Taking over the Tigers: ‘Sponsor’ a Tiger

Got a blog, website, channel, page, business, charity or band you want to promote? Looking for a different and fun way of promoting it? In real life, player sponsorships are available. So why not the same for my Franchise Hockey Manager team? Every mention of a player during a game will be accompanied by a ‘Sponsored by…’ in brackets.

For example, if I ‘sponsored’ Andy McKinney, it would look like this:

11:23 – GOAL: McKinney (sponsored by Matt Oswin)

Where my name is a link to my blog. Any goal, any assist, any penalty or being named as one of the three stars of the game for a player leads to their ‘sponsor’ being named and the link given.

The cost of ‘sponsoring’ a player? Nothing. Not a single penny. But who to ‘sponsor’? Here’s a list of the sqaud:

Netminders
Massimo Agostini – sponsored by DILLIGAF Racing
Lucas Brine
Phillip Spanswick

Defence
Corey Goodison – sponsored by LH-Clothing
Joshua Hustwick – sponsored by BadJokesgaming
Oliver Lord
Thomas McKinnon
Sam Oakford
Charlie Phillips
Greg Pick
Matthew Selby
Jonathan Weaver (A)

Forwards
Owen Bennett
Tom Duggan – sponsored by Matthew Revitt
Dominik Florian* – sponsored by Jennyverse
Connor Glossop – sponsored by CLIC Sargent
Finley Howells
Scott McKenzie (A) – sponsored by Beads of Courage UK
Andy McKinney
Jed Moreland
Callum Pattison
Rick Plant – sponsored by Not So Righteous
Danny Rose
Jason Silverthorn (C) – sponsored by Review To A Kill
Scott Spearing
Victor Waage Sand* – sponsored by Amazing ICT
Jack Watkins
Mason Webster – sponsored by R. Millis Carpentry & Maintenance
Chris Wiggins

To ‘sponsor’ a player, leave a comment on this post, tweet me (@mattoswin) or send me a direct message on Twitter. I need the player (only one player per ‘sponsor’) you are looking to ‘sponsor’, the name that you wish to appear by the player and a link to your website. Or blog. Or YouTube channel. Or Twitter account. Or Facebook page. Whatever you want a link to really (within reason). As players get ‘sponsored’ the details of the ‘sponsor’ will be added to this post. It’s first come, first served – get in quick!

Please note that this is not in any way affiliated with the Telford Tigers and is a bit of fun for the alternative universe within my Franchise Hockey Manager game and blog posts. ‘Sponsoring’ a player does not translate into sponsoring a real-life player. Player ‘sponsorships’ will not be applied retroactively. ‘Sponsor’ applies to either a person or website. The first post featuring ‘sponsorships’ will be at 17:30 on Saturday 13th June when my Telford Tigers side on Franchise Hockey Manager travel to the London Raiders.

Taking over the Tigers: Meet the sponsor – Beads of Courage UK

I am delighted to announce that Beads of Courage UK will be sponsoring Scott McKenzie.

Beads of Courage UK provides beads for treatments or processes that sick children with a chronic or life-threatening illness go through. Each collection of beads is unique to the child they are awarded to and chart the journey. Beads of Courage UK is helping to support around 13,500 children across the UK. My son is one of those 13,500 children.

He was diagnosed with Leukaemia in December 2019. From December 2019 until now, his collection of beads looks like this:

Beads

That’s around 700 beads. He still has around 32 months of treatment to go. At just two and a half, he’s two young to understand what he’s going through. The beads will show him his journey when he’s older and we try and explain his early years.

As a thank you to Beads of Courage UK for this amazing programme, I will be making a donation of £1.00 for every goal that Scott McKenzie scores in my Franchise Hockey Manager save and 50p for every assist. Every 10 goals will see a £10.00 bonus, with every 10 assists bringing a £5.00 bonus. Every week in The Tigers Times, there will be a running update of the donation to be made at the end of the season. Currently, Scott McKenzie has scored 5 goals (£5.00) and 10 assists (£5.00 + £5.00 bonus for reaching 10), giving a to-date total of £15.00.

If you’d like to join in, or just make a donation, please do. And thank you.

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Taking over the Tigers #15: The Tigers Times – 21st October 2019

A four-point weekend is always going to be something I’m happy about, but the manner of the performances is most pleasing. Scored 22 and conceded 4 – we’ve grown into the season and are now playing our best hockey of the season.

We hosted the Steeldogs on Saturday, who had set off at a blistering pace before losing two on the bounce to Hull and Swindon. I expected a reaction from them; a 13-2 victory for us was not what I had ever anticipated! I’ve mentioned before that I’m not keen to see Dominik [Florian] dropping the gloves, but if we get that reaction each time, he can drop them as the opening puck goes down each time! I think Luka tried to do the same for the Steeldogs later in the first and spark something for them, but it had the opposite effect and we took complete control. From there, we never looked back and there were some incredible points totals for individuals on the night.

I don’t mind admitting that after such a comprehensive win over the team who had been at the top, the journey to Peterborough filled me with nerves. Bottom of the league and the night after a convincing win – had we put so much into the game against Sheffield that we then relaxed and took our eye off Peterborough. The answer was no as we ran out comfortable winners following three consistent periods. Their shot conversion rate was outstanding, but that’s my only complaint and we have to ensure we stay switched on at the back, something that’s arguably easier when you face more pressure.

It was great to be able to welcome Matt [Selby] back into the lineup and he had a good weekend. Players sometimes come back and can take time to get up to speed, but he picked up where he left off. It’s also great to be top, but being top now is not what counts – it’s where we are at the end of the season. We’re now most definitely the target for the rest of the league.

We’re on the road next weekend. First up, it’s a trip to Bracknell. They’re currently 8th so we’ll be expected to win well. However, they don’t concede many so I’m certainly not viewing it as a guaranteed two points. We follow up with a trip to Sheffield on Sunday. I’m sure they’ll be itching to put the record straight and will be pleased to get a chance to do so just one weekend later. We’ll need to be at our very best to return back to Telford with the points.

Standings after Week 5

Week 5

Goal Leaders (where totals are the same, less average time on ice will place a player higher)

3: Victor Waage Sand (sponsored by Amazing ICT): 9 (18:23 ATOI)
2: Dominik Florian (sponsored by Jennyverse): 9 (17:51 ATOI)
1. Rick Plant (sponsored by Not So Righteous): 9 (14:22 ATOI)

Assists leaders (where totals are the same, less average time on ice will place a player higher)

3. Jason Silverthorn (sponsored by Review To A Kill): 11
2: Tom Duggan (sponsored by Matthew Revitt): 12
1. Dominik Florian (sponsored by Jennyverse): 13

Points leaders (where totals are the same, less average time on ice will place a player higher)

3. Victor Waage Sand (sponsored by Amazing ICT): 17
2. Jason Silverthorn (sponsored by Review To A Kill): 19
1. Dominik Florian (sponsored by Jennyverse): 22

+/- leaders (where totals are the same, less average time on ice will place a player higher)

3. Connor Glossop (sponsored by CLIC Sargent): +14 (14:37 ATOI)
2. Victor Waage Sand (sponsored by Amazing ICT): +15
1. Jason Silverthorn (sponsored by Review To A Kill): +17

PIMS leaders (where totals are the same, less average time on ice will place a player higher)

3. Andy McKinney: 43 minutes
2. Tom Duggan (sponsored by Matthew Revitt): 44 minutes
1. Dominik Florian (sponsored by Jennyverse): 65 minutes

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Taking over the Tigers #14: Peterborough Phantoms V Telford Tigers – 20th October 2019

Peterborough Phantoms lines lines

Phantoms

Telford Tigers lines

V Phantoms

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Taking over the Tigers #13: Telford Tigers V Sheffield Steeldogs – 19th October 2019

Telford Tigers lines

Lines V Steeldogs

Sheffield Steeldogs lines

Steeldog lines

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Super 6 – 11th July 2020

Liverpool 2-1 Burnley
Blackburn Rovers 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
Preston North End 1-2 Nottingham Forest
Middlesbrough 1-1 Bristol City
Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Barnsley 1-1 Wigan Athletic

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01 Saison – Cucumber & Juniper

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Cucumber and Juniper Saison

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My Untappd comment and score: Very refreshing. 4/5

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Super 6 – 8th July 2020

Manchester City 3-0 Newcastle United
Sheffield United 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
West Ham United 1-1 Burnley
Bristol City 2-1 Hull City
Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Preston North End
Brighton and Hove Albion 0-2 Liverpool

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For Your Eyes Only

For Your Eyes Only is a collection of five short stories featuring James Bond. Most of the stories have Bond on some kind of mission, but he does listen to a story about a dinner guest in one of them. Despite being short stories, Fleming includes plenty of detail in each of the stories. However, with them being short stories, they never develop into the thrillers that the series is noted for.

Rating (out of 5): ***

Taking over the Tigers #12: The Tigers Times – 14th October 2019

After the disappointment of last weekend, this is just what we both wanted and needed – a four point weekend.

Saturday’s trip to Milton Keynes was a close affair throughout. I don’t mind admitting I feared the worst when they took an early lead after we’d had a powerplay, but the team responded well and we took a lead back to the locker room. As the game progressed, it became more physical as the Lightning looked to spark something. We stood up well to this and saw the game out with a good third period.

Sunday was different as we welcomed the Basingstoke Bison to our barn. They are the first team we’ve played twice this season and evidently there were some scores to be settled as the opening minutes were littered with penalties. Once we got the opening goal, we never looked back and were able to run out comfortable winners. Our finish to the second and start to the third gave us the comfortable win and it was pleasing to see us take advantage of the powerplay opportunities we had.

Next weekend will be a challenging one, with plenty of pressure on us. First up, it’s the unbeaten Sheffield Steeldogs. They’ve been scoring goals for fun and are the early pacesetters. We can’t afford to let too big a gap open up between us and them, even at this early stage of the season. The pressure is for a completely different reason on Sunday with a visit to the Peterborough Phantoms – they’re propping up the table and with only one win to date, we’ll be expected not only to win, but win well.

Standings after Week 4

Table

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Taking over the Tigers #11: Telford Tigers V Basingstoke Bison – 13th October 2019

Telford Tigers lines

Lines V Bison

Basingstoke Bison lines

Bison lines

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Taking over the Tigers #10: Milton Keynes Lightning V Telford Tigers – 12th October 2019

Milton Keynes Lightning lines

MKL Lines

Telford Tigers lines

V Lightning

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Super 6 – 4th July 2020

Manchester United 3-0 Bournemouth
Leicester City 2-1 Crystal Palace
Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Leeds United
Bristol City 1-1 Cardiff City
Brentford 3-1 Wigan Athletic
Fulham 2-0 Birmingham City

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Micro NEIPA

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Micro NEIPA

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My Untappd comment and score: Plenty of hops and a clear grapefruit taste. 4/5

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Super 6 – 1st July 2020

Arsenal 3-0 Norwich City
Everton 1-2 Leicester City
Bournemouth 0-1 Newcastle United
Nottingham Forest 2-1 Bristol City
Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United 1-3 Chelsea

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Goldfinger

A chance meeting at an airport after a mission results in James Bond encountering Auric Goldfinger and discovering how he cheats at cards. Upon his return to England, Bond gets assigned a case. The man in question? Goldfinger. Bond soon discovers a plot that could never have been imagined by anyone. But can he share his knowledge?

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Super 6 – 27th June 2020

Leeds United 1-1 Fulham
Stoke City 1-2 Middlesbrough
Birmingham City 2-1 Hull City
Wigan Athletic 1-1 Blackburn Rovers
Norwich City 1-3 Manchester United
Sheffield United 0-1 Arsenal

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