It’s the big day. Nick Sawyer is here and Steam FC are ready to play their first official game at the Chelmsford Sport and Athletics Centre in front of a bumper crowd of 3,000…
- Ben Amos
- Marnick Vermijl
- Sam Magri
- Joseph Yobo (c)
- Rafael Floro
- Etien Velikonja
- Reggie Grimstead
- Beram Kayal
- Ryan Mason
- Scott Wagstaff
- Zakaria Bakkali
These eleven men have their place assured in history forever. This is the first starting eleven in Steam FC history.
The nerves were there. Of course they were. But there was something else too. A sense. A feeling that we were embarking on something special.
Mr. Sawyer arrived in the dressing room about an hour before kick-off and spoke to every member of the starting eleven individually, driving home what this club means to him.
The warm-up was quick, intense and sharp. The boys were up for it. They knew they were in for a battle and had to strike hard and fast.
One last message from me, “Stay calm boys. You’re better than them technically and that will show. Don’t panic. I believe in you all. Play your game and you will win.”
And that was it. All the preparation. All the work. For this ninety minutes. It was game time.
The boys were being harried straight away but within seconds Mason had found Wagstaff in behind but his effort was straight at the keeper. It didn’t take long to make the breakthrough though.
20 minutes in and Velikonja’s strike is parried back into danger by the keeper where Wagstaff is there to smash home from eight yards. The relief and joy was there for everyone. I was buried under Charlie and the other coaches jumping on me straight away. It was bedlam.
The boys had their tails and five minutes later, Mason found Wagstaff in behind and he crossed for Velikonja to head home. We were flying and Chelmsford were struggling to keep up with us.
Mason was brought down minutes later in the area and young Sam Magri stepped up to slot home with ease. 3-0 at half-time and we were cruising. I told the guys to keep it up and keep control and to their credit they did. Velikonja had a goal ruled out for offside before Mason worked a bit of space and smashed an absolute worldie in from 20 yards. It was a fitting finale to a wonderful performance and we were up and running.
This could be fun…
If you want to do this challenge yourself on Football Manager, the link to the Steam workshop is here.
Catch up with the last part of Steam Powered here.