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FC Libourne Saint Seurin sur L’Isle

Le Football Club de Libourne est fondé en 1935 par Georges Kany. Disputant sa première rencontre le 5 mars 1935 sur le pré Taillefer, le F.C.L. évolue ensuite sur le terrain des Sales puis utilise de temps en temps le terrain municipal : Plince. Cette dernière enceinte étant principalement dédiée au rugby, le F.C.L. se replie au stade de la Terrasse, nouvellement édifié. La Terrasse étant rasée après la seconde guerre mondiale, les Pingouins partagent alors le stade de la Plante avec l’équipe locale de rugby à XIII. Le club Libournais du président Jean-Antoine Moueix (1939-1979) gravit à vitesse grand V les échelons de la hiérarchie pour rejoindre dès 1948, puis en 1952, le C.F.A. Ses participations à la compétition majeure amateur française sont fugitives en raison d’un manque cruel de moyens. En 1965 est construit le stade actuel, en plein centre-ville : le stade Jean-Antoine Moueix alors d’une capacité de 2 800 places assises.

Après un séjour en Promotion Honneur ; le club réagit en devenant omnisports sous le nom de l’Association Sportive Libournaise (1966). Depuis cette date, Libourne joue les premiers rôles en Division Honneur de la ligue Sud-Ouest, accédant finalement en D3 en 1971 après avoir refusé l’accession en CFA en 1969 malgré le titre de champion du Sud-Ouest décroché par les Pingouins.

En 1975, le club connaît une saison délicate. Alors 16e de finalistes de la Coupe de France, l’A.S.L. est condamnée à la descente en championnat. Repêchés de justesse, les Pingouins recrutent l’entraîneur André Menaut qui impose sa rigueur.

En 1979, après 40 ans de présidence, Jean-Antoine Moueix disparaît. Diminué par la maladie, il eut le temps de désigner un successeur : Alain Donné. Cette disparition a des conséquences sur les finances du club car le président Moueix n’hésitait pas à mettre la main à la poche. Pour permettre à la section football de conserver son standing, les 17 autres sections du club omnisports n’hésitèrent pas à se passer d’une subvention municipale exceptionnelle. Belle solidarité !

Malgré ses soucis, la saison 1979-80 est excellente. En Coupe de France, Libourne s’incline 2 à 1 – après un match extraordinaire, face au finaliste de l’édition précédente : l’A.J. Auxerre. En championnat, à l’issue d’une course poursuite avec La Rochelle, Libourne accède en D2. Les Pingouins ouvrent leur carrière en D2 par une victoire à domicile face à Avignon (2 – 0) devant 2 487 spectateurs. Malgré ce résultat prometteur, l’objectif du club est le maintien. Après onze journées, Libourne est lanterne rouge. Avant l’ultime journée, Les Blancs et bleus ne sont toujours pas assurés du maintien. La manche retour à Avignon est alors programmée. Face à une formation avignonnaise à la dérive, Libourne s’impose 3 – 0 et sauve sa tête en D2. Fort de son expérience d’une saison dans l’antichambre de l’élite, Libourne entre sans complexe dans la bataille de la D2. Après cinq journées, le club pointe à la 4e place mais retrouvent bien vite le milieu de tableau. L’élimination en Coupe de France provoque une cassure qui fait plonger le club au classement. Une journée seulement avant la fin de saison, Libourne assure définitivement son maintien. Après deux saisons de présence en Division 2, Libourne cesse d’être considéré comme le petit nouveau. Le puissant voisin Girondin lui confie même quelques joueurs pour peaufiner leur formation comme les gardiens Testas et Ruffier et l’avant-centre Patrick Sanz. Seulement, l’entraîneur André Menaut fixe comme objectif le maintien. Les Pingouins finissent cette saison 82/83 à la 14e place. Malgré cette troisième saison en D2, le public ne remplit pas les tribunes de Moueix. En octobre 1982 est crée le club de supporters.

Pour leur 4e saison en D2, le premier match est une dafite de 5 à 2 face au promu, Sète. En mai, Libourne est relégué. Alain Donné passe la main à Jackie Coldeboeuf. Alors qu’ils sont en D3, une crise financière éclate en juillet 85. Bon nombre de joueurs s’en vont et André Menaut, l’entraîneur part à Saint-Seurin. L’équipe sera alors composée de jeunes. Dès la saison 87/88, sous l’aile du duo André Ferri / André Gallice, les Pingouins rejouent la montée en D2. Malgré une victoire lors du dernier match à Toulouse, c’est Rodez qui montera. En 1989, l’élection de Gilbert Mitterrand à la municipalité de Libourne permet au club et à la veille de renouer un dialogue. Un contrat moral de trois ans est alors mis en place. Contre une aide financière, le club se doit de jouer les premiers rôles en D3. Si écahec il y a, le football ne sera alors plus considéré comme le sport prioritaire à Libourne.

En octobre 1990, Eric Cazamajou succède à André Ferri comme entraîneur. Libourne n’a qu’un point au compteur. Mais, le nouvel entraîneur emmène son équipe à la 4e place ! En 1993, Libourne sera reléguer, suite à une réforme des compétitions. Jean Alibert succède à Alain Donné tandis de Eric Cazamajou est remplacé par Jean-Louis Petitbois Une saison plus tard, beaucoup de départ affaiblisse le club qui se retrouve en CFA2 (D5) en 1997. Lors de l’été 1998, les clubs de Libourne et de Saint-Seurin ont procédé à un rapprochement pour donner naissance au F.C. Libourne-Saint-Seurin. Pierre Testas en devient le président. C’est alors Jean-Marc Furlan qui deviendra entraîneur de l’équipe fanion. Le coach parviendra à faire monter le club en CFA dès le printemps 1999. Il emmènera aussi son équipe au plus haut niveau jamais atteint en Coupe de France : les quarts de finale, perdu 1 à 0 face à Bastia. En mai 2001, Pierre Testas laisse sa place de président à Bernard Laydis. Pour sa première saison en tant que président, il connaît alors de belles émotions. Lors des 32 emes de finale, Lille tombe alors que les Dogues sont 3e du championnat de D1. Le stade est alors bien rempli. Afin d’accueillir plus de spectateurs, le club et la municipalité de Libourne installe des tribunes inclinable autour de la main courante, portant ainsi la capacité d’accueil à 8 200 places. Metz tombe alors aussi, suivi par Châteauroux. Pour les quart de finale, le match se déroule à Chaban-Delmas, à Bordeaux. Les Pingouins jouent alors devant 16 552 spectateurs. Lors de la saison 2002/2003, les Pingouins espèrent bien monter en National...

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FC Libourne Saint Seurin sur L’Isle

Le Football Club de Libourne est fondé en 1935 par Georges Kany. Disputant sa première rencontre le 5 mars 1935 sur le pré Taillefer, le F.C.L. évolue ensuite sur le terrain des Sales puis utilise de temps en temps le terrain municipal : Plince. Cette dernière enceinte étant principalement dédiée au rugby, le F.C.L. se replie au stade de la Terrasse, nouvellement édifié. La Terrasse étant rasée après la seconde guerre mondiale, les Pingouins partagent alors le stade de la Plante avec l’équipe locale de rugby à XIII. Le club Libournais du président Jean-Antoine Moueix (1939-1979) gravit à vitesse grand V les échelons de la hiérarchie pour rejoindre dès 1948, puis en 1952, le C.F.A. Ses participations à la compétition majeure amateur française sont fugitives en raison d’un manque cruel de moyens. En 1965 est construit le stade actuel, en plein centre-ville : le stade Jean-Antoine Moueix alors d’une capacité de 2 800 places assises.

Après un séjour en Promotion Honneur ; le club réagit en devenant omnisports sous le nom de l’Association Sportive Libournaise (1966). Depuis cette date, Libourne joue les premiers rôles en Division Honneur de la ligue Sud-Ouest, accédant finalement en D3 en 1971 après avoir refusé l’accession en CFA en 1969 malgré le titre de champion du Sud-Ouest décroché par les Pingouins.

En 1975, le club connaît une saison délicate. Alors 16e de finalistes de la Coupe de France, l’A.S.L. est condamnée à la descente en championnat. Repêchés de justesse, les Pingouins recrutent l’entraîneur André Menaut qui impose sa rigueur.

En 1979, après 40 ans de présidence, Jean-Antoine Moueix disparaît. Diminué par la maladie, il eut le temps de désigner un successeur : Alain Donné. Cette disparition a des conséquences sur les finances du club car le président Moueix n’hésitait pas à mettre la main à la poche. Pour permettre à la section football de conserver son standing, les 17 autres sections du club omnisports n’hésitèrent pas à se passer d’une subvention municipale exceptionnelle. Belle solidarité !

Malgré ses soucis, la saison 1979-80 est excellente. En Coupe de France, Libourne s’incline 2 à 1 – après un match extraordinaire, face au finaliste de l’édition précédente : l’A.J. Auxerre. En championnat, à l’issue d’une course poursuite avec La Rochelle, Libourne accède en D2. Les Pingouins ouvrent leur carrière en D2 par une victoire à domicile face à Avignon (2 – 0) devant 2 487 spectateurs. Malgré ce résultat prometteur, l’objectif du club est le maintien. Après onze journées, Libourne est lanterne rouge. Avant l’ultime journée, Les Blancs et bleus ne sont toujours pas assurés du maintien. La manche retour à Avignon est alors programmée. Face à une formation avignonnaise à la dérive, Libourne s’impose 3 – 0 et sauve sa tête en D2. Fort de son expérience d’une saison dans l’antichambre de l’élite, Libourne entre sans complexe dans la bataille de la D2. Après cinq journées, le club pointe à la 4e place mais retrouvent bien vite le milieu de tableau. L’élimination en Coupe de France provoque une cassure qui fait plonger le club au classement. Une journée seulement avant la fin de saison, Libourne assure définitivement son maintien. Après deux saisons de présence en Division 2, Libourne cesse d’être considéré comme le petit nouveau. Le puissant voisin Girondin lui confie même quelques joueurs pour peaufiner leur formation comme les gardiens Testas et Ruffier et l’avant-centre Patrick Sanz. Seulement, l’entraîneur André Menaut fixe comme objectif le maintien. Les Pingouins finissent cette saison 82/83 à la 14e place. Malgré cette troisième saison en D2, le public ne remplit pas les tribunes de Moueix. En octobre 1982 est crée le club de supporters.

Pour leur 4e saison en D2, le premier match est une dafite de 5 à 2 face au promu, Sète. En mai, Libourne est relégué. Alain Donné passe la main à Jackie Coldeboeuf. Alors qu’ils sont en D3, une crise financière éclate en juillet 85. Bon nombre de joueurs s’en vont et André Menaut, l’entraîneur part à Saint-Seurin. L’équipe sera alors composée de jeunes. Dès la saison 87/88, sous l’aile du duo André Ferri / André Gallice, les Pingouins rejouent la montée en D2. Malgré une victoire lors du dernier match à Toulouse, c’est Rodez qui montera. En 1989, l’élection de Gilbert Mitterrand à la municipalité de Libourne permet au club et à la veille de renouer un dialogue. Un contrat moral de trois ans est alors mis en place. Contre une aide financière, le club se doit de jouer les premiers rôles en D3. Si écahec il y a, le football ne sera alors plus considéré comme le sport prioritaire à Libourne.

En octobre 1990, Eric Cazamajou succède à André Ferri comme entraîneur. Libourne n’a qu’un point au compteur. Mais, le nouvel entraîneur emmène son équipe à la 4e place ! En 1993, Libourne sera reléguer, suite à une réforme des compétitions. Jean Alibert succède à Alain Donné tandis de Eric Cazamajou est remplacé par Jean-Louis Petitbois Une saison plus tard, beaucoup de départ affaiblisse le club qui se retrouve en CFA2 (D5) en 1997. Lors de l’été 1998, les clubs de Libourne et de Saint-Seurin ont procédé à un rapprochement pour donner naissance au F.C. Libourne-Saint-Seurin. Pierre Testas en devient le président. C’est alors Jean-Marc Furlan qui deviendra entraîneur de l’équipe fanion. Le coach parviendra à faire monter le club en CFA dès le printemps 1999. Il emmènera aussi son équipe au plus haut niveau jamais atteint en Coupe de France : les quarts de finale, perdu 1 à 0 face à Bastia. En mai 2001, Pierre Testas laisse sa place de président à Bernard Laydis. Pour sa première saison en tant que président, il connaît alors de belles émotions. Lors des 32 emes de finale, Lille tombe alors que les Dogues sont 3e du championnat de D1. Le stade est alors bien rempli. Afin d’accueillir plus de spectateurs, le club et la municipalité de Libourne installe des tribunes inclinable autour de la main courante, portant ainsi la capacité d’accueil à 8 200 places. Metz tombe alors aussi, suivi par Châteauroux. Pour les quart de finale, le match se déroule à Chaban-Delmas, à Bordeaux. Les Pingouins jouent alors devant 16 552 spectateurs. Lors de la saison 2002/2003, les Pingouins espèrent bien monter en National...

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Peacemaker7:

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Bon Chance, et maintenez-vous le bon travail

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Sebastien Fernandez

Bonjour. Mon nom est Sebastien Fernandez, et c'est mon histoire. L'ampèreheure mais moi vous entendent dire, je ne peut pas parler français ? Je continuerai en anglais. Juste pour vous.

I was born in a small town called Ouanary, on the coast of French Guiana, not far from the border with Brazil on the 24th December 1967. My father was French Guianian, my mother Brazilian. It was not surprising therefore that I grew up with football in my blood, and my great dream was to represent Brazil in the World Cup Final. That particular dream never came true, although I did play football. I played for my local club in Ouanary till the age of 17, when I was signed by one of the top sides in Guiana, AJ Saint Georges who were based only a few miles inland. I could have spent all my career playing for them, had it not been for my call up to the French Guiana national squad for the 1988 Olympic games. It had been a great achievement for the country of my birth to reach this tournament, and even at the age of 21 I realised I would never play for Brazil, or even France, for whom I was eligible. I accepted the call up, and from that point there was no turning back.

French Guiana lost all their matches at that years Olympic’s, but I did manage to score our only goal in a 5-1 defeat to Belgium and I must have caught someone’s eye as I was offered a contract by French Ligue 2 side, Cannes. It was a hard decision for me to leave my homeland, but the opportunity was too good to turn down. My family was not rich, and playing football at this level game me the chance to help them reach a higher standard of life. After three years at Cannes, where I failed to make to much impact, I was sold to Rouen, and it was there I was to spend most of the rest of my playing career. I carved out a decent enough career there, and eventually took up a coaching role as well as playing, until I retired in 2002 aged 34. I became assistant manager at Rouen, and at the end of last season was offered a chance I could not turn down. I was to become manager of National side FC Libourne Saint Seurin sur L’Isle. I had been at best an average player, but I was determined to become a successful manager, and make my family proud of me. I hope I do not let them down.

The squad at Libourne is not the worst in the National, but its not the best either. If it was, they would not be in the National. There is a little bit of money to spend, and I will spend it. That, of course, is always assuming I can find the players who will want to play for our club, and who will be better than what we have. This is not a guarantee, and I will just have to see who is available to me once I sit down and go over it with my scouts and coaching staff. The board are expecting us to finish mid-table, and I believe this is something I can deliver. Our longer term ambitions are to reach the Ligue 1, but for now our aim is to compete in the National, and then we will know where we can go from there.

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You're dreaming if you think I'm writing this all in French gonch icon_razz.gif

Anyway. As some of you know I've hosted a CMO clan based in France for the past 2 years and the league has grown on me. This is an attempt to get a proper career story going, something I havent done for a long long time. Leagues running are all French and top two in England, Italy and Spain, so the options are still limited in a way, but its the best I can do speedwise. The days of running over 30 countries are long gone icon_frown.gif

This is FM5 of course, and I have a French Guiana retain all players option, but sadly there arent enough to make them manageable, which is a shame.

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Equipe

FC Libourne Saison 2004-2005

Gardiens

Sebastien Socie (28) France Former Lyon keeper, picked up for the massive sum of €2000. He is a decent enough keeper at this level and should be first choice.

Jean-Christophe Colard (23) France For a keeper, is still fairly young and isnt overly bad. Signed from Brive-la-Gaillarde for €22,000.

Christian Potel (30) France Has played for a number of crap teams, was already at the club. Merde.

Said Nadir (28) France Another keeper who was already at the club. Tres Merde.

Defenseurs

Lilian Astier (26) France In his 4th year with the club, a decent full back who can play either side.

Davy Merabti (27) France 3rd year at the club, the left back is also a decent enough player and will be the club captain.

Jean-Francois Douence (32) France In his 14th year witrh the club, has played his whole senior career with Libourne, which in reality must means he's merde. Looks not too bad though.

Sebastien Mazeyrat (25) France Can play in the centre or at left back, a €22,000 signing from Clermont.

Jerome Adam (25) France €3000 signing from Croix de Savoie, a decent enough looking player. Cant play football though.

Ahmed Berkouch (30) Maroc Another long serving player. Merde sur un baton.

Joel Venceslas Kouassi (22) Cote d'Ivoire Rather sadly named for a christmas carol, but a half decent player. In his 3rd year at the club.

Francois Marque (21) France Merde.

Laurent Strzelczak (33) France Bit old, but will do the biz. €16,000 from Wasquehal.

Stephane Santini (31) France €3000 signing from Bayonne, he isnt great but he was better than what we had.

Milieux

Mathieu Zandona (21) France Young player who can play the holding midfield role, and fill and left back. If only he could play the game, he'd be great.

Laurent Delchie (24) France There are a limited number ways of saying merde.

Mikael Michel (31) France Oh please, at least try and look like a footballer.

Lahcen Chakir (26) Maroc One of the better players who was at the club when I arrived but is currently injured for a wee while.

Pascal Theze (32) France Another long termer, and isnt overly bad.

Regis Castant (30) France Been here a long time, former Bordeaux player and if fairly decent.

Ernst Atis-Clothaire Haiti (8 Caps) His name translates as Cloth-Ears. Signed from Draguignan for €55,000 hes not too bad a player despite that.

Christophe Rossignol (30) France You have to wonder how some people can have the audacity to try and make a living from this game, when they clearly cannot play it.

Attaquants

Mohamed Ali Doumbouya (26) Guinée He thinks hes a world famous ex-boxer, says it all really.

Rolland Vieira (24) France Should be able to get one or two goals you'd think.

Guillaume Sabourin (24) France €18,000 from Thouars, he's not too bad.

Mohamed Benaissa (22) France €3000 signing from Oissel, should get a few games but isn't the greatest striker ever. Obviously.

Cyriaque Otta (27) Congo Drinks Umbongo. Allegedly.

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Aout 2004

With only one pre-season game, a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Swiss side Sion, it might be said we were ill-prepared for the new season. Truth was, we didn't have time to prepare many matches, and so we would just have to learn as we went along. Hopefully that wouldnt take too long, and with only a mid-table finished expected there shouldnt be too much pressure on us. The ligue season itself got underway with a visit to Pau, our first real chance to see what the side was made of. Sorry to say, it seems they're not made of much as we went down by a goal to nil. Not the perfect start.

Romorantin at home gave us the chance to get some points on the board, but with just ten minutes played the visitors were ahead. I wouldnt say I was overly worried at this point, but then I am a damn good liar. Thats my French origins coming to the fore. The early set back took a while to overcome, but a minute from time Ernst Atis-Clothaire found the net, and just seconds later Christophe Rossignol made it 2-1. Seven minutes after the restart Regis Castant made it 3-1, but there was bad new on the hour as Laurent Strzelczak got himself sent off, and with six minutes left Lahcen Chakir had to go off injured. Still, we had won the match and that was the main thing. We would not end up with 'nil point'.

Entente Sannois Saint Gratien is another one of those French sides with a very long name. Sign writers in the country make an absoluite fortune off the football clubs, and actively encourage amalgamations. Our name being longer though, we were to win with a 61st minute Rolland Vieira goal, but I think it was more that we were the better side if truth be told.

Six points from nine was a decent start, but it wasnt to continue. A home match with US Royenne turned out to be an anti climax for our 821 loyal supporters, as neither side could find their way to the goal and the match ended nil all. Regis Castant joined our ever growing injury list. Yet if the match with Roye was simply alésage, at Tours were simply affligeant, as we crashed b 2-0, and a 1-0 home loss to Cherbourg confirmed what most of already knew, that we would not be in the promotion hunt this season.

Aout ended with with a trip to Valenciennes, and here we finally had a good game. Rossignal opened the scoring on 38 minutes, as his cross from right on the byeline somehow ended up in the back of the net, with the player claiming that he meant it. Of course, he was lying. He is French. Just before the halftime, the home side were level, but their joy was to last only 13 minutes into the second half when Atis-Clothaire restored our lead. Guillaume Sabourin added a 3rd seven minutes from the end, and all in a much improved performance.

Amd so a month in which we crammed in seven leagues matches, sees us lie 11th in the table after some mixed performances. There are signs that our season can go either way at the moment, but hopefully the win in Vallenciennes will encourage the players to realise they can do well, if they just put their minds to it.

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Septembre 2004

Racing Club de Paris 92 were our next opponents, at home. Goals were hard to come by as we reached the halfway mark without any. One minute after the break thiugh, Guillaume Sabourin sent us into a deserved lead against stubborn resistance. Rolland Vieira added a second just before the hour, and in the final minute Racing's Daniel-Francois Bocande was red carded, but the match was already settled.

Away to Valence, a 4th minute strike from Mohamed Benaissa sent us ahead early, but although we were the dominant team, it wasnt till the 79th minute when we scored again. A bizzare effort, as four of our players found themselves alone in the area with the Valence keeper, as their defence decided to trot back to the halfway line in a very poor effort to play offside I expect. The ball was cut back to Rolland Vieira who sent it into the empty net with the poor keeper stranded. Eric Farro scored for Valence a minute later, but it wasnt enough and we held on for another excellent win.

Nimes at home would be our 4th win in a row if we could pull it off. In the end, a highly dissapointing performance from us, but we did win thanks to an Own Goal from Nimes' Jean Marie Pasqualetti. Nimes were reduced to 10 men with eleven minutes left to play, but we couldnt take advantage. Still, a win's a win.

Away to Bayonne and another goalless first 45 minutes. Just after the break the home side were ahead, and then with 15 minutes to play Sebastien Socie decided to throw the ball into his own net. Christophe Rossigol got a consolation goal for us as our run came to an end. It was dissapointing, but we cant win them all.

At home to Raon-l'Etape, the visitors took the lead after 5 minutes. We seemed to be struggling to find form, and a 47th minute injury to Pascal Theze didnt help our cause. Slowly though we got to grips with the match, and on the hour Vieira was on target once more. Benaissa grabbed the winner on the 79th minute, and we breathed a sigh of relief.

After 12 matches, we lie in 4th place, four points behind the 3rd promotion place occupied by Cannes. Its been a decent enough start, and we have been helped by the fact most of our opponents have been fairly incompetant, as we certainly havent been playing well. But then again, when we do start playing well, the rest are in trouble.....

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Octobre 2004

Moving into Octobre, and if we could just find a little bit more consistancy, our good league position would soon enough become an excellent one. A visit to the side I had spent most of my playing career with, Rouen was quite emotional for me and I was recieved with good grace by the home support. Even if they did want me to be on the losing side this time. Rolland Vieira seemed to like playing at the Stade Robert Diochon too, as he fired in a great hattrick and we came away with a superb 3-1 win over the side who last season had been in Ligue 2.

Table topping Sete were our next match at home, and in as a tight a match as you would expect between two sides on form, Guillaume Sabourin's 4th minute goal was enough to give us the points. Suddenly, it seemed our promotion push really did have to be taken seriously, but there was still a very long way to go. It could still all go very much wrong.

Away to GFCO Ajaccio, and Christophe Rossignol sent us into the lead after just six minutes as our good mini run threatened to continue. Ajaccio were level though on 19 minutes, and ten minutes from time they took the lead, and it seemed that our run was over. It wasnt though, as Rossignol made it his day with a fine second, 2 minutes from time, and still we continued to bamboozle the media.

There was a danger though that our expectations might rise too high, that we might end up being very dissapointed. No-one at the club had expected promotion this season, but so far we were right in there. The longer we stayed in there, the higher everyone's hopes would be, the more dissapointing it would be if we eventually failed. Cannes were another decent team come to stop our run, but they couldnt handle Vieira who was on fine form as he rattled in another hattrick and almost single handedly won us the match. Mohamed Benaissa though was also on the scoresheet with our 4th in a fantastic 4-1 win that moved us to heady heights of 2nd place. This was dreamland central.

Our final match of the month at Besancon saw us twice fall behind, and twice Vieira pulled us level. The draw was our sixth match unbeaten, and leaves us 2nd behind Sete in what is turning into a very close and exciting title race as we near the halfway point.

French National November 1

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| Pos | Inf | Team | | Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | G.D. | Pts |

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| 1st | | Sète | | 17 | 10 | 4 | 3 | 26 | 13 | +13 | 34 |

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| 2nd | | Libourne StSeurin | | 17 | 10 | 3 | 4 | 27 | 16 | +11 | 33 |

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| 3rd | | Valence | | 17 | 9 | 6 | 2 | 26 | 14 | +12 | 33 |

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| 4th | | Croix de Savoie | | 17 | 10 | 3 | 4 | 28 | 19 | +9 | 33 |

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| 5th | | Cannes | | 17 | 9 | 5 | 3 | 23 | 13 | +10 | 32 |

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| 6th | | Besançon | | 17 | 8 | 6 | 3 | 33 | 20 | +13 | 30 |

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| 7th | | Pau | | 17 | 7 | 7 | 3 | 21 | 13 | +8 | 28 |

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| 8th | | Nîmes | | 17 | 7 | 4 | 6 | 27 | 18 | +9 | 25 |

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| 9th | | Bayonne | | 17 | 7 | 3 | 7 | 21 | 19 | +2 | 24 |

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| 10th | | Wasquehal | | 17 | 6 | 5 | 6 | 18 | 14 | +4 | 23 |

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| 11th | | Valenciennes | | 17 | 7 | 2 | 8 | 18 | 24 | 6 | 23 |

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| 12th | | Cherbourg | | 17 | 6 | 5 | 6 | 22 | 19 | +3 | 23 |

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| 13th | | Rouen | | 17 | 5 | 7 | 5 | 26 | 24 | +2 | 22 |

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| 14th | | Sannois SG | | 17 | 6 | 3 | 8 | 21 | 31 | 10 | 21 |

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| 15th | | Racing 92 | | 17 | 4 | 4 | 9 | 11 | 29 | 18 | 16 |

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| 16th | | Raonl'Etape | | 17 | 3 | 6 | 8 | 14 | 22 | 8 | 15 |

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| 17th | | Romorantin | | 17 | 4 | 3 | 10 | 19 | 26 | 7 | 15 |

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| 18th | | GFCO Ajaccio | | 17 | 2 | 7 | 8 | 20 | 34 | 14 | 13 |

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| 19th | | Roye | | 17 | 2 | 5 | 10 | 9 | 32 | 23 | 11 |

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| 20th | | Tours | | 17 | 2 | 4 | 11 | 12 | 22 | 10 | 10 |

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Novembre 2004

When this season began, I certainly hadnt expected to be a team in the middle of a promotion race come the halfway stage of the season. And neither did the media. Indeed, they now said that although our current run was excellent, we should enjoy it while it lasts, as that wont be forever. I cant really disagree with that belief.

Croix de Savoie, another team heavily involved in this tense promotion battle, were our next opponents at home, and when they took the lead after just 15 minutes, the sound of bubbles bursting and bottles breakening was deafening. Three minutes after the break though, defender Francois Marque headed home a corner for his first ever senior goal, and we were level again. The goal inspired us, and even though Guillaume Sabourine was red carded on 55 minutes, Benaissa and Rossignol both got on the scoresheet as we secured another valuable win. Not though before Marque decided to cancel out his own effort five minutes from time, and make the score look closer than it was.

Successive away matches against mid table Wasquehal and struggling Romorantin would be a test of our credentials, and by the narrowest of margins we came through both. To be fair, at Wasquehal Regis Castant did miss and 8th minute penalty, and it took a Laurent Pichon own goal on 49 minutes to give us the win. They all count though, and I'll take results like this any day. At Romorantin it was Mohamed Benaissa who got the only goal, and the month ended we sat proudly atop the National.

The Coupe de France 7th round saw us travel to CFA side US Forbach. Such games can be potentially tricky, but a professional performance saw us run out 7-0 winners, three players bagging braces. The draw for the 8th round sees us with a much tougher assignment as we got to Ligue 2 Laval. It will be an interesting test of how far the side can go.......

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Decembre 2004

Time flies when you're having 'le fun' and already it was Noel. The first Noel, he fell down a drain..... but anyway I digress.

Entente Sannois Saint Gratienp were our first opponents over the festive period, and an in injury to Rossignol was a bit of a blow for us, as he would be out for a month. That didnt stop us winning though, as Theze and Vieira found the net, and we kept our run going. It was getting quite exciting.

Away to US Royenne, and we were in no mood to hand out Christmas presents. Lahcen Chakir sent us into the lead after just two minutes, and when Laurent Delchie added second just seven minutes later, there was little doubt where this match was going. Vieira and Sabourin added goals number three and four, and even though the home side had played for 62 minutes with 10 men, still an impressive away result.

With Stade Lavallois Mayenne FC 53 lying in 15th place in Ligue 2, we had to feel that given our current form we could cause an upset in the Coupe de France. Clearly though Laval were on a different level from what we were used to, although it did take a penalty for them to take the lead on 18 minutes. Three minutes after halftime, Patrice Loko added a second and our Coupe dream was over. Vieira did get a late consolation, but we will now 'be able to concentrate on the ligue'.

A 62nd minute Laurent Delchie goal was enough to get us back on our winning ways at home to Tours with a narrow and hard fought 1-0 win. The result leaves us five points clear at the top going into the winter break, which is not a position we would have expected. Hopefully we wont blow this now......

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Janvier 2005

The winter break was over, and it was time to get back to the task of securing the promotion we had now put ourselves in the frame for. If possible, winning the title would nice, but promotion was my main aim at the moment and if we secured that, then we would see how we stood regards anything extra.

2005 started with a trip to Cherbourg and we began as the old had ended, with a 1-0 win thanks to Rolland Vieira, who was starting to attract a little bit of attention and we might not be able to hold onto him if we get the right offer. Our run was now 13 ligue games unbeaten, perhaps unlucky for some, but not for us. Valenciennes were our first foots for 2005, and they certainly made a battle of it. Benaissa finally made the breakthrough 20 minutes from time, but the visitors had a sting in their tail and snatched a point with eight minutes left to play. You cant win them all.

Away to Racing 92, and after so many low scoring games, this was to be a treat for the support, and it was a pity only 832 people turned up for this game. Racing took the lead after just three minutes, but Lilian Astier[/i[ had us level five minutes later from the penalty spot. Racing were back in front just three minutes later, and our unbeaten ligue run was looking under serious threat. On 39 minutes, Mohamed Benaissa had the ball on the edge of the area, but being surrounded by three defenders he seemed to have nowhere to go. A quite equisite piece of play though from the striker saw him make space for himself and deliver a beautiful cross to the feet of Rossignol who was unmarked in the area, and we were level. Goal of the season stuff.

Benaissa was rewarded with a goal of his own seven minutes into the second half, and Rolland Vieira added a 4th to emphasise our superiority and complete a fine win. The month ended at home to promotion chasing Valence, and for the second home match in a row we had to settle for a draw. After the goal glut in the previous game, there was nothing here for our 3350 support to celebrate, but we remain top of the table with eleven games left to play.

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Weirder and weirder...

Right now I'm sitting less than 10 kms away from Libourne -my mother lives in a small village here and I'm spending Xmas with her.

You possess a remarkable command of the French language, by the way -either that or you copied & pasted the first thread... icon_wink.gif

Another one to look forward to reading icon_cool.gif

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Février/Mars 2005

With only 2 games to play, Fevrier was a month for recuperation, and in that sense it was good that we had gone out of the Coupe as it would help us in the final run in. Nimes would certainly be a tough away test, and indeed five minutes from half time the home side were ahead, albeit via the penalty spot. But confidence is high in the Libourne squad at the moment, and we werent for giving up our unbeaten ligue run so easily. Just after the hour, Mohamed Ali Doumbaya, in for the injured Benaissa, pulled us level and Pascal Theze won us another three points with eight minutes left to play.

Winning at home though seems to be something the players have forgotten how to do, as a 0-0 draw with Bayonne saw us fail to win our 3rd successive match on our own pitch. Away from home though we seem able to do the business, and although it was far from a classic match as Raon-l'Etape, a 23rd minute strike from Theze was enough to give us all three points. Perhaps we should play all our matches away.

Rouen came to Libourne, and my old side were struggling mid-table. A goalless first half suggested yet another draw, but on 58 minutes Ahmed Chafni sent us into the lead. Yet just as our fans finally sensed a win, with eight minutes left to play Rouen levelled and a 4th draw was on the cards. Pascal Theze though seems to be on a lucky run at the moment, and it was he who restored our lead on 85 minutes and in injury time Benaissa secured the win, and we had ended the jinx. It had been starting to get a wee bit worrying.

March ended with a trip to Sete who were no longer top of the table, becuase of course we were, and who were in fact struggling now to stay in touch with promotion. Once again, it seems our away matches are much more entertaining, as we went behind on 12 minutes, but Sabourin levelled eight minutes from the break. Laurent Delchie sent us ahead on 67 minutes, but Sete were desperate for the points and quickly hit back to level the game. We werent to be denied though as we stretched our unbeaten ligue run to a remarkable 21 matches, and five minutes from time Benaissa made it eight straight away ligue wins.

With just six games left to play, we sit five points clear of 2nd placed Besancon and thirteen points clear of the 4th spot, occupied by Valence. Promotion isn't quite guaranteed yet, but it's not far away, and we would have to have a quite incredible collapse to blow this now.

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Avril/Mai 2005

With promotion secured, the target now was to bring home the National title for the first ever time. GFCO Ajaccio were easily brushed aside, Rolland Vieira bagging a brace as he cchased Besancon's Emmanuel Coquelet for the title of top scorer in the division, a race he was eventually to lose out on by three goals. Ahmed Chafni grabbed a late third, and we were three points nearer our title dream.

Away to Cannes, and our run of away wins was to come to an end. Vieira was on the scoresheet again in the 6th minute, but the home side were level ten minutes later. On 64 minutes they took the lead as our unbeaten run looked under threat, but Sabourin salvaged a draw and the run went on. Of course, such runs can't last forever and at home to a Besancon side that needed a win to clinch promotion for themselves, we seemed strangely unable to match their appetite for the match, and went down 2-0.

Croix de Savoie were another team chasing promotion, and so a trip there was not going to be easy, even though it seemed to the press we should stroll this game. I could only imagine they were on drugs. Another 2-0 defeat left us reeling, and with Besancon beating Pau 2-0, we found ourselves now trailing them by a point. It seemed we had run out of steam at the very end, and our title hopes were up in smoke. I could only be thankful that we were already promoted.

Yet football is, as they say in England, a funny old game. Besancon's title bid took a real blow as they went dowm 2-1 at Romorantin, and managed to shake off our lethargy to overcome Wasquehal by the same score, although there were times when it looked like we really wanted to throw this away. A fantastic second half from Besancon at home to Sannois in their final game, saw them score six times for a 6-0 win, but all their efforts were to be in vain. Although it wasn't pretty in our final match at home to Pau, an Atis-Clothaire goal ten minutes from time brought us the win we needed, and we had secured ourselves a title to celebrate over the summer.

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| Pos | Inf | Team | | Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | G.D. | Pts |

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| 1st | C | Libourne StSeurin | | 38 | 25 | 7 | 6 | 62 | 32 | +30 | 82 |

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| 2nd | P | Besançon | | 38 | 24 | 8 | 6 | 85 | 35 | +50 | 80 |

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| 3rd | P | Valence | | 38 | 19 | 14 | 5 | 54 | 29 | +25 | 71 |

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| 4th | | Croix de Savoie | | 38 | 20 | 9 | 9 | 67 | 49 | +18 | 69 |

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| 5th | | Sète | | 38 | 17 | 12 | 9 | 59 | 40 | +19 | 63 |

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| 6th | | Cannes | | 38 | 15 | 15 | 8 | 51 | 40 | +11 | 60 |

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| 7th | | Nîmes | | 37 | 15 | 11 | 11 | 54 | 40 | +14 | 56 |

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| 8th | | Romorantin | | 38 | 15 | 10 | 13 | 52 | 43 | +9 | 55 |

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| 9th | | Bayonne | | 38 | 14 | 11 | 13 | 44 | 37 | +7 | 53 |

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| 10th | | Pau | | 38 | 13 | 14 | 11 | 48 | 38 | +10 | 53 |

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| 11th | | Rouen | | 38 | 12 | 14 | 12 | 55 | 53 | +2 | 50 |

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| 12th | | Valenciennes | | 38 | 13 | 9 | 16 | 44 | 49 | 5 | 48 |

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| 13th | | Cherbourg | | 38 | 11 | 13 | 14 | 48 | 50 | 2 | 46 |

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| 14th | | Wasquehal | | 37 | 11 | 12 | 14 | 47 | 44 | +3 | 45 |

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| 15th | | Sannois SG | | 38 | 12 | 7 | 19 | 48 | 73 | 25 | 43 |

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| 16th | | GFCO Ajaccio | | 38 | 8 | 12 | 18 | 43 | 71 | 28 | 36 |

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| 17th | R | Tours | | 38 | 8 | 12 | 18 | 36 | 55 | 19 | 36 |

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| 18th | R | Raonl'Etape | | 38 | 8 | 11 | 19 | 42 | 61 | 19 | 35 |

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| 19th | R | Racing 92 | | 38 | 7 | 9 | 22 | 29 | 66 | 37 | 30 |

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| 20th | R | Roye | | 38 | 4 | 6 | 28 | 21 | 84 | 63 | 18 |

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Peacemaker7:

Hehe thanks Dave. I better not make any derogatory remarks then about the place icon_wink.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Don't hold back on my account icon_smile.gif

Not the most exciting place, and more than a fair share of weirdoes, pensioners and snobs walking the streets, judging from this morning's Christmas Market...

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Juin/Juliet 2005

The big transfer news of the summer, for Libourne fans at any rate, was the departure of Rolland Vieira. It wasnt my intention of selling last season's top scorer and Supporters Player of the Year, but when two clubs matched my asking price of €750,000 up front and the same again over 12 months, I could hardly turn down such a bid. In the end, Vieira chose Guingamp and we were considerably better off.

The biggest signing of the summer in the way for us, was forward Stephane Calce- a direct replacement for Vieira - from Aurillac for €75,000. Five other players arrived to boost the squad as a few players departed on frees or minimal fee's. The basis of the team though is pretty much the same, and it remains to be seen as to whether we can survive in Ligue 2.

Equipe

FC Libourne Saison 2004-2005

Gardiens

Sebastien Socie (29) France Had a decent season last time, despite the odd flakiness at times, but being ever-present in the side shows he had what it took. Whether he can survive the higher ligue remains to be seen, but then that is true of us all. (Appearances 40, Conceded 34, Clean Sheets 17, Man of the Match 1, Rating 7.30)

Jean-Christophe Colard (24) France Didn't manage any first team appearances at all.

Jeremy Guy (24) France €18,000 signing from Orleans in the summer, is a reasonable keeper who adds depth to the keeping pool if needed.

Wilfried Aloy (20) France Spent last season in the reserves and will stay there. Doesnt look as if he can make it into first team contention and is likely to leave the club sooner rather than later.

Thomas Bense (18) France Our youth team keeper is a decent enough prospect, but of course he still has a lot of learning to do and it will be a while before we know if he has what it takes to break into the first team.

Defenseurs

Lilian Astier (27) France Decent season as the No 1 right back. Should be just about good enough to cope in Ligue 2. (Appearances 30, Goals 1, Assists 2, Man of the Match 2, Rating 7.33)

Davy Merabti (28) France Good season as an ever-present at left back, and should be well capable of holding his own in the higher division. (Appearances 40, Goals 0, Assists 6, Man of the Match 3, Rating 7.53)

Joel Vencleslas Kouassi (23) Cote d'Ivoire Didnt manage any appearances at all last season, but the departure of more regular players means Joel should get his chance to show us what hes made of.

Francois Marque (22) France Decent enough when given the chance, but already showing signs that Ligue 2 might just be too much for him. (Appearances 20, Goals 2, Assists 1, Man of the Match 0, Rating 7.12)

David Duquesnoy (23) France €30,000 summer signing from Roye.

David Soubieux (22) France €16,000 summer signing from Gap.

Christophe Arnould (19) France €30,000 summer signing from Albi.

Mathieu Zandona (22) France Managed only four appearances, but with a bit of luck will get more chances to prove himself. (Appearances 3(1), Goals 0, Assists 0, Man of the Match 0, Rating 6.00)

Milieux

Kalusivikak N'Goma (28) Republique Democratique du Congo €16,000 summer signing from Bayonne.

Laurent Delchie (25) France Had a decent enough season, and chipped in a handful of goals. (Appearances 29(2), Goals 5, Assists 6, Man of the Match 0, Rating 7.16)

Guilllaume Sabourin (25) France Good enough season, should just about be able to cip in the higher division. (Appearances 30, Goals 7, Assists 9, Man of the Match 1, Rating 7.50)

Regis Castant (31) France Didnt manage as many starts as he might have liked, but he should have more chances this season. (Appearances 15(2), Goals 1, Assists 2, Man of the Match 1, Rating 7.12)

Christophe Rossignol (31) France Good season from the midfielder, and can be dangerous from the edge of the area. (Appearances 27, Goals 7, Assists 6, Man of the Match 1, Rating 7.26)

Mickael Michel (32) France Only three appearance, the aging midfielder is really only making up the numbers. (Appearances 2(1), Goals 0, Assists 0, Man of the Match 0, Rating 7.33)

Lahcen Chakir (27) Maroc In and out of the first team, but did well enough when his chances arose. (Appearances 24(2), Goals 1, Assists 4, Man of the Match 2, Rating 7.42)

Pascal Theze (33) France Oldest player now in the squad, he did well enough when called on. (Appearances 27, Goals 4, Assists 1, Man of the Match 3, Rating 7.37)

Ernst Atis-Clothaire (27) Haiti Wants to leave after failing to make much impact, but no bids as of yet. (Appearances 6(1), Goals 3, Assists 1, Man of the Match 1, Rating 7.29)

Ahmed Chafni (25) Maroc Few appearance and far from convincing when he did play. (Appearances 4(7) Goals 2, Assists 2, Man of the Match 0, Rating 6.82)

Julien Colleter (18) France Never really looking like he can make the first team breakthrough, and will spend this season on loan to Trelissac.

Attaquants

Stephane Calce (26) France €75,000 replacement from Aurillac for Vieira, a lot is expected of him and it will remain to be seen if he can deliver.

Mohamed Benaissa (23) France Played the striking role in most games last season, but when all is said and done, a fairly poor goals return for such a position. (Appearances 32(2), Goals 12, Assists 8, Man of the Match 3, Rating 7.26)

Mohamed Ali Doumbouya (27) Guinee Filled in up front when needed, but didnt look at all impressive. (Appearances 6(1), Goals 1, Assists 1, Man of the Match 0, Rating 6.43)

Michael Munk (25) France €12,000 summer signing from Orleans.

Cyriaque Otta (28) Congo Only made 2 sub appearances last season.

Julien Faure (18) France Youth team striker, but he is very poor.

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Aout 2005

After three low key warm up matches, we marked our return to the second level of French football with a visit to Troyes. We were nervously confident that we could do fairly well this season, but this would be a test as to how far we could expect to go. New boy Michael Munk sent us into a 39th minute lead, but ten minutes from the end Kouassi put the ball into his own net and we were denied our opening day glory.

At home to Sedan, in front of just under 6000 people, nerves seemed to take hold of us and we werent helped by the visitors being awarded a 16th minute penalty which they converted. Five minutes later Sedan had a second and the points were gone. If we were in any doubt as to the task facing us this season, those have just been washed away.

Away to Niort, and another new boy makes his mark as Kalusivikako N'Goma[/b] fired us into a 6th minute lead. Stephane Calce had to go off injured after just 16 minutes, which was a huge blow, and on the half hour we conceded our second penalty in two games, but this time the kick was put over the bar and we survived. Another injury blow at halftime as Laurent Delchie couldnt carry on, and in the second period we stubbornly held our lead until N'Goma added a second in injury time for a superb away win.

Montpellier at home was always going to be a tough match, and for the 3rd game in a row we game a penalty, on the 51st minute this time, but once more the kick was missed. Late goals from Patrick Mboma and Nicolas Esceth-N'Zi though gave our visitors the win they probably deserved. Once more though, away from home, we were to find the luck with us. Besancon of course came up with us last season, and I guess if we were going to beat anyone we would think it would be them. Calce grabbed his first goal within 32 seconds of the match started, and then added another on 29. In between the new strikers first two goals for the club, N'Goma showed he was going to be threat with another goal, and in the end another very good away result.

For some reason, our home match with Creteil was live on TV, and after 35 minutes we found ourselves behind. Calce did pull us level three minutes later, but the visitors scored again seventeen minutes from time and it seems we cannot win at home. Of course its very early days yet, and if we end the season in our current 11th position, I guess that will be a very good achievement.

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Septembre 2005

The start to the season hadnt been the greatest. The reality was though, that it was probably as good as could have hoped for, and not quite as bad as we feared it might have been. Yet it was true we were struggling a bit to find our feet in the higher division, and we would need to do that soon if we were to survive.

Away to Toulouse, we battled stubbornly, but a 16th minute strike from Braizat saw us stumble to another defeat. We had yet to win a home match, which was very worrying in itself. When Lorient took the lead after 24 minutes from the penalty spot, that record seemed as if it was going to continue. Gradually the players started to get to grips, and right on half time Doumbouya equalised. Twelve minutes into the second half, we were ahead and even though it had taken an own goal, we would happily accept all the luck we could get. In injury time, Dusquesnoy missed a penalty for us, but we had finally broken our home duck.

A 2-0 defeat in Grenoble showed that perhaps we hadnt quite turned the corner yet, but at home to struggling worse than we were Valence we finally put in a performance to be very proud of. Stephane Calce, fully fit again, fired in a hattrick and other goals from Sabourin, Theze and N'Goma saw us ease to a great 6-2 win, that moved us up the table and away from the zone of relegation.

Our final match of the month took us to mid-table Reims. Calce grabbed his eighth goal in nine league games, and subsitute AtusAtis-Clothaire grabbed the winner on 75 minutes as we pulled of an excellent away win, and now things look that little bit brighter as we sit in a much better looking 7th place.

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| Pos | Inf | Team | | Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | G.D. | Pts |

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| 1st | | Toulouse | | 12 | 8 | 3 | 1 | 25 | 9 | +16 | 27 |

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| 2nd | | Nice | | 11 | 6 | 4 | 1 | 18 | 9 | +9 | 22 |

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| 3rd | | Le Mans | | 12 | 6 | 3 | 3 | 15 | 9 | +6 | 21 |

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| 4th | | Le Havre | | 12 | 6 | 3 | 3 | 17 | 13 | +4 | 21 |

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| 5th | | Ajaccio | | 12 | 6 | 3 | 3 | 20 | 17 | +3 | 21 |

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| 6th | | Montpellier | | 11 | 6 | 1 | 4 | 23 | 17 | +6 | 19 |

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| 7th | | Libourne St-Seurin | | 12 | 6 | 1 | 5 | 19 | 14 | +5 | 19 |

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| 8th | | Guingamp | | 12 | 5 | 4 | 3 | 10 | 8 | +2 | 19 |

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| 9th | | Sedan | | 10 | 5 | 2 | 3 | 11 | 5 | +6 | 17 |

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| 10th | | Reims | | 12 | 5 | 2 | 5 | 14 | 19 | -5 | 17 |

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| 11th | | Brest | | 12 | 4 | 4 | 4 | 15 | 12 | +3 | 16 |

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| 12th | | Niort | | 12 | 4 | 4 | 4 | 13 | 16 | -3 | 16 |

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| 13th | | Grenoble | | 12 | 4 | 4 | 4 | 13 | 16 | -3 | 16 |

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| 14th | | Créteil | | 12 | 3 | 5 | 4 | 12 | 13 | -1 | 14 |

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| 15th | | Gueugnon | | 12 | 3 | 3 | 6 | 16 | 21 | -5 | 12 |

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| 16th | | Lorient | | 12 | 2 | 4 | 6 | 14 | 21 | -7 | 10 |

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| 17th | | Châteauroux | | 10 | 1 | 5 | 4 | 7 | 11 | -4 | 8 |

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| 18th | | Valence | | 11 | 2 | 2 | 7 | 8 | 15 | -7 | 8 |

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| 19th | | Troyes | | 12 | 1 | 4 | 7 | 13 | 25 | -12 | 7 |

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| 20th | | Besançon | | 11 | 1 | 3 | 7 | 12 | 25 | -13 | 6 |

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Octobre 2005

Although things were looking not too bad, for a newly promoted team, it wasnt all plain sailing of course and you really wouldnt expect it to be. A 2-2 home draw with Ajaccio wasnt a great result, but at eleast it was entertaining stuff, and a red card for either side did little to ruin the match.

Being in Ligue 2, Libourne would now be partipating in La Coupe de la Ligue. Grenoble were the opponents in the Preliminary round and trailing 1-0 as the match drew to a close it looked like curtains. With literally the last touch of the ball, Kouassi headed home from an Atis-Clothaire corner and we had extra time. The match was heading for a penalty shoot out, when Calce stormed through the Grenoble defence and slotted the ball home with 120 minutes and 22 seconds on the clock. No wonder the Grenoble players were gutted.

That the side was still short of a player or two wasnt unknown to me, and the 1-0 defeat at promotion pushing Le Havre just underlined the point, although I also believe it shows we are not that far away from the better side in the division. A 2-1 home defeat from Gueugnon though perhaps showed that we were after all, but the month ended with a 2-0 win away to Le Mans and that sort of cancelled out the Gueugnon defeat.

As the season nears its halfway point, with sixteen matches now played in the ligue, we sit in a very respectable 8th position, with 23 points. Only seven adrift the 3rd spot that would see us promoted to Ligue 1, and ten ahead of relegation. Its looking like a nice comfortable mid table spot, and at the end of the day we couldnt really ask much more at this stage in time.

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