orcan Posted July 9, 2009 Share Posted July 9, 2009 Hi all! Been so long since we had contact, so today i decided to check whether i was still registered to the forum, and it's good to see my username and password still working. It might have been long but we all still remember you guys with a lot of respect and many good memories remain. When you attend a Gencler game, you still see people with blackburn scarfs and shirts. Thank you once again for being such good hosts. So, if some of you wonder how Gencler is doing, here's what has happened since the 2003-2004 season. In the 2003-2004 season, we finished the league in 10th position and lost 4-0 in the Turkish Cup final against Trabzon. 2004 - 2005. finished 5th 2005 - 2006. finished 6th 2006 - 2007. finished 6th 2007 - 2008. finished 15th (one above the relegation zone), lost in the cup final against Kayseri (ft 0-0, et 0-0, penalties 11-10) 2008 - 2009. finished 14th (stayed up by having a better points average with the other two teams finishing at the same point) Ever since the season we played against Blackburn, we only qualified for the European Cups (UEFA Cup) once in the next season, beating HNK Rijeka (CRO) in the preliminary round and going out against Egaleo (GRE) in the first round. We have had so many managers i can't even remember them all. Almost all Gencler fans have a huge rift with the board. On May 2006, our president was re-elected by cheating. As he realized he was going to lose the election, in one week's time the club had 1000 new members and all voted in the election for the president. That was on the same day with the final game of the season and as we protested against it, we now have a banner-ban ever since. We can't take banners or even flags inside the stadium. In the last three years, the club board cancelled the membership of most opposition, refused almost all membership applications and the president was re-elected by all votes minus one in the congress. He has been the president since 1977 and he will now remain for three more years. Last season was incredibly painful. In the last game of the season we needed to secure a single point against Kayseri at home. At the beginning of the second half, we were 4-0 down, and we needed our fellow Ankara team, Ankaragücü to concede or score and they did concede (if you had watched the game, you would have understood what i meant). For 19 minutes we were the team that was going down. We finished level with two other teams and stayed up. In the 2007 - 2008 season something strange happened. Our B team got promoted to the Turkish Super League. With all the necesary paperwork prepared in one week, the FA registered the club to play in the same division with us. We even had the same name (Genclerbirligi OFTAS was theirs), same colours, same training ground and shared the same stadium. But there was a different board of directors (a complete set-up) for our B team (they finished 4 places above us that season). Last year name of the team changed to Hacettepe, and they got relegated. As the club tried to create a balance within two teams, we almost ended getting relegated too (actually, Hacettepe got relegated on purpose or we think that a ban would have been imposed on us and the Turkish FA letting the same club have two teams in the same division). This year it is getting even worse. We have a new manager. Thomas Doll, the former East German and then German national player. Only 3 players have been brought in (one is the goalkeeper of the team finishing last year in the very bottom of the league, 2 are young Turks living in Europe). We have brought in 6 or 7 players from our B team (again, relegated). No other transfers are expected. This week we lost James Troisi (the Aussie from Newcastle Utd. Academy) to Kayseri in a strange fashion. He has a contract with us for 2 more years and he signed for Kayseri claiming there was a clause in his contract. The case has already been taken to FIFA. Our squad includes Serbian national team's second choice goalkeeper (he is so bad), Bruce Djite and Mile Jedinak from the Oz, Jacques Momha, a decent Cameroonian left back, and some more unknown players as foreigners. The club decided not to renew the contracts of our best 2 players in the squad. Can it get worse? Most of us believe we are going to get relegated this season. The season tickets are out (at 25 UK pounds) and there's almost no interest. Even I haven't decided on buying one (for sure I will buy one or two despite I know that we will go nuts in the stands in most of the games). Anyway, if any of you plan to come to Turkey for any purpose, just let us know. Drop a line in the alkaralar.com forum and be our guests. Don't even book hotels, you're always most welcome in our homes. Cheers! Orcan Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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