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WH
08-11-2009, 12:31
YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS


In the 95-96 season, Alan Hansen famously said "You'll never win anything with kids." But Beckham, Giggs, Scholes and the rest proved him very wrong as they went on to win the double, and as they say the rest is history.

In my FM games I almost always sign youngsters and try to build a squad of young players whenever possible. But I find it particularly rewarding when i bring a player from the youth team and he makes it into the first team and eventually becomes a star Player.
I decided i would start a game in which i would try to build the whole squad with youth players, mostly from my own youth academy but strengthened with youngsters who have been dumped by their clubs. Obviously i wouldn't last long in the top leagues with only my youth team players, but in non league football i might stand a chance as the ability of the opposition players is much lower.

I created a new team without any players or staff for this game. I called them The British Bulldogs.


http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

The British Bulldogs are a semi-professional club based in London. They play in English Non League football in the Isthmian Premier league, which is the 7th tier of Football in England. Their reputation is 1000 which is the average of all the teams in that league . They have a decent stadium nicknamed "The Kennel" that holds 8000 fans and has seating for 2000. The club have 50k in the bank and the chairman is not exceptionally wealthy as he has invested most of his cash into a state of the art youth academy and training facilities. The estimated value of the club is high due to its facilities but the reputation and finances are in line with other teams in that level of football.



I have set myself a few rules to follow and ways to deal with certain situations.

My manager will be set as Automatic as his past experience.
I'll avoid the search tool this season and let my scouts do the hard work.
Obviously the situation may arise that a certain position is not filled by the players that graduate to the youth team, In this scenario i will find a teenager who is without a club to fill the role.
Some players will obviously not be good enough so i will be letting them go on free transfers to keep the squad size reasonable and wages manageable. I will bring in youngsters who have been dumped by their clubs to improve my squad and give them another chance to stay in football.
I have no intention of spending money on players or signing anyone above the age of 19.
I will not get rid of a player just because he gets past a certain age.
I intend to sell players if i get a good offer and keep track of them to see if any of them become successful with other clubs. I'll post updates on any such players.
If i get the sack I'm not sure if i will add myself again and continue from where i was or call it an omen and finish the thread, Depends how interesting it is i suppose.


Game version FM2010
Database Version 10.1.0
Edits English Regional Premier leagues added (tier 7, using big rons edit file) New club (British Bulldogs) created and inserted into Isthmian Premier league in place of a team called Cray. Custom chairman added with average stats. Plenty of patience but not much cash.
Playable Leagues England down to tier 7 (regional premier leagues)
View only Leagues France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, N.Ireland, Scotland, Spain and Wales. Top 2 leagues .
Database Size Small with all players loaded from UK and Ireland Region.

Romanista1994
08-11-2009, 13:30
Looks like a great challenge, good luck with it! :thup:

Saxonaitor
08-11-2009, 14:22
Good Luck with this WH :thup:

Raware
08-11-2009, 15:18
An interesting concept, hope you do well WH :thup:

Out of interest, did you design the club badge yourself?

WH
08-11-2009, 18:30
Thanks for the comments.

I just hope that it won't fall flat on it's face with me getting relegeted in the first season.


Out of interest, did you design the club badge yourself?

I did spend a little while on paintshop creating the badge. I was quite pleased with how it turned out. I'm not very good with the program yet but do like to have a go at badges from time to time and have done a few on request for some friends. Also did my manager picture this time. (Manager profile will be in the game start update.)

WH
08-11-2009, 19:12
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH ISTHMIAN PREMIER DIVISION

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

GAME START



MANAGER PROFILE (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/ManagerProfile.jpg)


My first task was to place adverts for some staff members. I decided to look for Assistant Manager, Physio and Scout to start off with and eventually chose to employ these 3 candidates (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/staff.jpg) from the applicants. I had to pay 18k compensation for Beech, but he was by far the best candidate for the job.




SQUAD


The first set of youngsters has been brought through and promoted to the first team squad. (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/StartingSquad.jpg) Ian Foster stands out as the best of the bunch according to my staff. The team report shows that the Goalkeeping position is the weakest area of the squad and will need a higher standard player brought in. It was also suggested to strengthen the midfield. I intend to get another left sided defender in and maybe add another striker to the squad. Thats 4-5 players needed, time to send the scout out.




PRE SEASON


The friendly games went fairly well, The bulldogs won 4, drew 1 and lost 2. Winger Phil Palmer was the only injury worry, straining his knee ligaments and potentially out for quite a while .


EXPECTATIONS

The media have predicted that we will finish 10th this season and during my first meeting with the board it was agreed that our aim was for a respectable position in the league. Which equates to a top half finish. With a few additions to the squad i think this is within reach. The bookies however, have little faith in my young squad and have priced us at 40-1 for the title. In other words they think we should be more concerned about getting relegated than promoted.

I will update with end of season updates this time

WH
15-11-2009, 14:28
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH ISTHMIAN PREMIER DIVISION

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

SEASON UPDATE - 2009/10

Media Prediction - 10th
Board expectations - Respectable league position

SEASON SUMMARY

League
The season started fairly well for the Bulldogs, solid performances saw us sitting in the top 4 for the first 5 games. As could be expected with a whole new team, the form dipped for the next 4 games, which saw us start to drop towards our expected position in league. It took until the 10th game of the season for the young Bulldogs to recover their composure. An improvement in form then saw us climb to a position just out of the play off places.

So far the youngsters were a bit hit and miss. We were good in front of our own fans but we had a habit of crumbling away from home and an inability to defend corners. With a third of the season already gone a humiliating 5-2 thumping away to Tonbridge meant it was make or break for the Bulldogs. We had to improve to stand any chance of silverware this season and avoid dropping into the mid table mediocrity that had been predicted for us.

Things were so close at the top by this point of the season, a sensational 6-1 win away to kingstonian( who were second at the time) saw the bulldogs jump from 6th to 1st. It was a bit of a false position as Horsham and Wealdstone had 3 games in hand by this point and were right on our tails. As the team gelled and the youngsters started to gain some experience, we put together a brilliant 10 game unbeaten run which saw us remain top right through to the new year.

Wealdstone and Horsham played their games in hand and as the bulldogs form inevitably dipped we dropped to 3rd by the end of January with just 12 games to go.

As the season came to the final 10 games the Bulldogs sat in second place to Wealdstone, goal difference was the only thing separating us. Horsham were 2 points further back but with a game in hand. Baring any crazy situations it was a 3 horse race for the title at this point.

March saw a surprise Italy U21 (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Italy.jpg) call up for defender Francesco Ventura. Unsurprisingly he didn't make the 18 man match squad, but i was still pleased that one of our youngsters had made such an impression he was even considered.

With a great February and March behind us the Bulldogs once again hit top spot. There were only 5 games remaining, the last 3 of them were away from home, the bulldogs needed to dig in to see this through.

It seems the pressure was too much for the youngsters. The bulldogs only won once in the last 5 games and failed to score in the last 4. This final hurdle saw us drop to 3rd and put us into the playoffs. With form so bad at the moment and the inability to handle pressure i didn't hold out much hope of success.

In the playoff semi final the Bulldogs were drawn against Horsham who finished second. Horsham had home advantage and things looked bleak as we found ourselves a goal down and going out. Then out of nowhere a scramble on the goal line resulted in an 88th minute own goal equaliser to take the tie into extra time. Lifted by this late rescue the young Bulldogs found the goal they needed to overcome Horsham and reach the play off final.

With the Bulldogs playing infront of a bumper home crowd, the playoff final started perfectly. The Kennel was jumping when the Bulldogs took a 3rd minute lead against the inform Hastings Utd. We then had to hold off wave after wave of Hastings attacks, before a quick break saw us go 2 up in the 57th minute. Hastings, staring defeat in the face, pushed everything forward. Curran saw red in the 72nd minute as the Bulldogs tried to keep Hastings at bay. Hastings pulled a goal back through an 80th minute penalty as the bulldogs started to buckle under the constant pressure. The 10 youngsters had their backs to the wall but held out with some desperate last gasp defending. The Bulldogs win the playoff and promotion!

Fixtures and Results (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/res1.jpg)
League Positions Graph (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/PROGRESS1.jpg)
League Table (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/TABLES1.jpg)

Cups
Alferton of the BSN knocked the bulldogs out in the 3rd qualifying round.The Bulldogs had already beaten higher league opposition in the form of Chelmsford in the second qualifying round. In the FA Trophy and Isthmian league cup however the bulldogs were embarrassingly knocked out by lower league opposition after some shocking performances. The FA Cup was won by Everton. The FA Trophy was won by Rushden and the Isthmian league cup was won by Ramsgate.




TRANSFERS

Outgoing
Central Midfield player Steve Dixon was allowed to leave on a free transfer as he was not up to the required standard. He went to play for Armature N.Irish side Ardglass.
Goal Keeper John Jones was also allowed to leave for free. He is playing semi-pro football in Wales for Barry Town.
Incoming
Graham Curran and Oliver Zamaradi were brought in in august to improve the midfield and striking options respectively.
September saw the arrival of Goal Keeper Curtis as this was one of the weakest positions in the squad. Hogarth was also brought in to add some much needed height and strength to the defence.
My scout finally found a suitable left back in October and Steven Page was brought in.
November saw Midfielder Hamilton brought in to allow the impressive Danby to move to the wing. Sean Connolly was also brought in to improve the striking options.
The final 2 signings came in January. Chris Kerr for the right midfield slot and Keeper Ross Gibson was too good to miss out on if my scout was correct.
Thats nine players given another chance to build a career in football.



STATISTICS

Top scorer
Ian Foster 12
Most Assists
Ian Foster 11
Most Man OF Match
Harry Hogarth 7
Highest Average Rating
Harry Hogarth 7.32 from 37 apps
Squad Statistics (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/SQUASS1V2.jpg)



FORMER PLAYERS

N/A

PLANS FOR NEXT SEASON

Trim squad after next influx of youth players has been evaluated by my staff.
Strengthen weakest positions if good youngsters become available.
Consolidate in new league

BRITISH BULLDOGS SUMMARY



Season Team League Position Achievements
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09-10 BULLDOGS Isthmian Premier Division 3RD Promoted > playoffs

Danmanager08
15-11-2009, 18:25
Maybe we can see some screenshots of some of the star youngsters that come through? Really good thread, good luck with next season :)

WH
15-11-2009, 19:42
Maybe we can see some screenshots of some of the star youngsters that come through? Really good thread, good luck with next season :)

I'll add some screenies in my pre season update. :thup:

Thanks for commenting.

WH
16-11-2009, 01:23
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH BLUE SQUARE SOUTH

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

2010/11 PRE SEASON



NEWS


The club have announced a link up with Gillingham. The friendly each pre season should help make some money for the club, but i don't intend to make use of the player loaning scheme.

We decided to enter a youth and reserve team this season. It will give some of the players, who are not yet good enough, a chance to impress me and get some games under their belts.

I have been made a full time manager and awarded with a new 3 year contract worth 600 per week.

I've been on the lookout for someone to help Chris Beech with the coaching and training side of things. I placed an advert and Martin Hier (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/headcoach.jpg) was the best candidate for the job.




SQUAD


Another set of youngsters has been promoted from the youth academy. I've ran the rule over my squad and put some into the reserves. Here is the list of players who are fighting it out to be in my initial first team squad. (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/SquadS2V1.jpg) Alex Zabek (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/zabek.jpg) and Rob Reid (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/reid.jpg) look to be the pick of the new youngsters this season. I think Chris Kerr (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/kerr.jpg) and Harry Hogarth (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/hogarth.jpg) are the best players in the squad. I don't intend to add many more players to the squad this season, unless someone special turns up in my scout reports.




PRE SEASON


The friendly games went very well, The bulldogs won 5, drew 2 and lost 1. The loss was against Aston Villa, there was a super turnout of over 6000 to bring some money in. Thankfully there were No major injuries in pre season.


EXPECTATIONS

The media have predicted that we will finish 20th this season. The board just want us to try to avoid relegation this season. Which speaks for itself. I think we will be good enough to stay up, i hope we will be safe in mid table and avoid a relegation fight altogether. The bookies however,surprised us by pricing us at 6-1 as the 4th favorites for promotion.

rancer890
16-11-2009, 03:46
Looks interesting. Good luck WH. :thup:

Hope you can survive in the BSS. And nice affiliation with the Gills. I think I'll always have a soft spot with them from my FM09 career. :D

WH
23-11-2009, 02:43
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH BLUE SQUARE SOUTH.

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

SEASON UPDATE - 2010/11

Media Prediction - 20th
Board expectations - Fight bravely against relegation


SEASON SUMMARY

League
You never know what to expect in a new league and this season looked to be no different. The Bulldogs had a patchy start with an impressive 3 match winning streak, followed by an equally unimpressive 3 match losing streak. Moral was dropping amoungst the young squad and to make matters worse we had some bad news on the injury front. Young defender Rob Reid suffered a dislocated shoulder and will now miss 2-3 months while he receives specialist treatment.

We soon settled though and put together a 9 game unbeaten run which included a club record 6 wins on the trot. This superb unbeaten run ran from mid September to early December and the bulldogs had reached the heights of second place in the league table. The run was ended when we lost to second place Merthyr and resulted in a drop to 6th in the league for the youngsters.

Francesco Ventura (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/FrancescoVentura.jpg) continued to make it into the Italy u21 squad and eventually broke into the starting line up. He made 2 starts playing at right full back. After 2 youngsters from Man Utd were brought into the U21 side, Ventura was moved to the u19 team. Leon Pierce (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/LeonPierce.jpg) who also has Italian 2nd nationality has been called up to join him in the u19 squad, where he went straight into the team.

The disappointment of ending our unbeaten run didn't last long as we beat top team Bath in their own back yard in the very next game. With the season nearing the half way point it was still a tight league with 6 points separating the top 10.

A mid season dip in form saw a terrible 4 game losing streak which threatened to undo all the hard work we had put in so far. Worryingly for the Bulldogs we had only scored one goal in these 4 games. Worse still was the loss of center back Leon Pierce for 4 weeks due to a pulled hamstring.

We managed to stop the rot with a 1-1 draw against Wealdstone, our rivals and the eventual champions form the Isthmian premier league last season. The start of the new year saw the Bulldogs sitting in 8th. 12 points behind the leaders Worcester.

I lost an important member of my staff as Assistant manager Chris Beech was poached by League 1 side Scunthorpe to be their new Assistant Manger. We received 14k compensation. I wish him luck in his step up to league football. My task now is to look for a replacement and the club are only allowing me half the wage i was paying Beech.

The Bulldogs finally got a win in the league at the 7th time of asking, a convincing 3-0 win at home to Forest Green. We had failed to win in the league between 18th of December and 19th of January.

Its been a bit of an up and down season so far but Once the bulldogs got going again we were firing on all cylinders. After the Wealdstone draw we were on a 10 game unbeaten run which included another incredible run of 6 wins in a row, which put us back in contention with the top teams. We were now 3rd in the league with just 10 games to go. Game on!

Our unbeaten run had extended to 13 as the season drew toward the climax. Defeat away to a well organised Bromly side brought the run to an end. But a solid 4-2 win in the next game against relegation favorites Maidenhead, limited the damage and quashed any chance of falling into another losing streak. Merthyr were 5 points clear with just 8 games to go and it would have to be a big blunder from them to miss out on the title now. The Bulldogs were sitting in second, but all the playoff places were up for grabs with only 4 points separating the teams contesting them.

After 10 weeks and 16 applicants, i eventually found an assistant manager who didn't want twice as much money as i had available for wages. Jamie McGowan (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/am2.jpg) came in on a 325 per week part time contract. All the other applicants wanted more for a part time Assistants contract than i am on for my full time Managers contract. I can avoid those awful press conferences again now!

Just 5 games before the end of the season the Bulldogs were up against the leaders Merthyr. We started well but after a good spell from Merthyr we found ourselves A goal down at half time. We knew we had to get something from this game, so we went for an attacking formation in the second half. A fine second half comeback saw us pull level and get an important draw to stop them from pulling away. 4 games to go and we are second place just 3 points behind Merthyr.

Merthyr did blunder in a big way. While the Bulldogs went about their business of gaining as many points as they could. Merthyr were stumbling and could not buy a win. With just 2 games remaining the bulldogs had taken the lead and were now 3 points ahead. It was a position the youngsters had no intention of relinquishing and after another Bulldogs win and Merthyr loss, The Bulldogs were crowned Champions with a game to spare. It was a surprise but well deserved title. The Bulldogs could boast being the top scoring team in the league and the fine form of just 2 defeats in 20 games and only 3 losses since the turn of the year. One of those losses was the last game of the season. Which was a shame because despite normal crowds being nearly 1200, over 3800 fans turned out to see the new champions lift the league trophy.

To top things off i got the manager of the season award.



Cups
We negotiated our way through 3 F.A. Cup qualifying rounds with wins against Kingstonian, Biggleswade Town and Braintree without conceding a goal.

The F.A. Cup first round saw a huge match for the Bulldogs against high flying League 1 side Brighton. Unfortunately our inspirational captain Hogarth picked up a groin strain just before the game which saw him miss 4 weeks of action. Brighton were just too strong for the Bulldogs but it was a good effort as we only lost 1-0 in front of a home crowd of over 2500. Man City were the eventual winners.

The F.A. Trophy took much more work to progress through the early rounds. Truro from the level below were beaten after taking us to a replay.

The next round put us up against Blue Square Premier side Crawley town. After holding them to a draw at the kennel the Bulldogs managed to outplay them in the replay and win 1-0 to go through to the next round.

Despite the poor form mid season form we were still doing well in the cup. A battling performance at home against Workington of the Blue Square North saw us draw to take the tie into a replay for the 3rd round on the trot. Once again the Bulldogs had what it took to beat their opponents away from home.

A fine performance at home against fellow Blue Square South team Hampton and Richmond resulted in a comfortable 2-0 win which saw the bulldogs Progress into the semi final, where we met Cambridge Utd.

The Blue Square Premier side were too strong for the young Bulldogs in the away leg. Despite a valiant effort, Cambridge eventually won the game 3-1 after having the lions share of the chances in the game.
The home leg was dominated by the Bulldogs, with Cambridge content to sit on their 3-1 lead. We went forward on every occasion and really put them to the sword. Foster managed to score and bring the scores back to 3-2 but Cambridge dug in and kept the Bulldogs at bay as we looked for that elusive goal. Cambridge Utd went on to win the Competition.

The Good runs in this years cup competitions has seen the bulldogs rake in over 54k in prize money and the Brighton Fa cup game alone was worth 35k in gate money.

Fixtures and Results (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/res2.jpg)
League Positions Graph (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Progress2.jpg)
League Table (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/TABLES2.jpg)
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TRANSFERS

Outgoing
The first move was to release Midfielder Mpendulo Magagula and Keeper Steve Etherington who were not good enough and out of contract. Both remained unsigned throughout the season.
Goal keeper Richard Curtis was surplus to requirements and was sold to Welsh Premier Division club Welshpool for 1k
Midfielder Dean Hamilton fell down the pecking order this season and was allowed to leave. Windsor and Eton signed him, 30% of any future fee will go to the bulldogs.
Winger Micheal Flick didn't make the grade and signed a deal to join welsh lower league side Cwmbran Town for free at the end of his current deal.

Incoming
There were no extra signings made.



STATISTICS

Top scorer
Ian Foster (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/IanFoster.jpg) 20
Most Assists
Alex Zabek (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/AlexZabek.jpg) 14
Most Man OF Match
Ian Foster (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/IanFoster.jpg) 7
Highest Average Rating
Harry Hogarth (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/harryhogarth.jpg) 7.27 from 40 apps.

Squad Statistics (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/squads2v2.jpg)


FORMER PLAYERS

N/A

PLANS FOR NEXT SEASON

Once again i need to evaluate the new set of youngsters.
As always i will look out for any good youngsters to become available on free transfers.
Try to stay in the Blue Square Premier Division

British Bulldogs Summary



Season Team League Position Achievements
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09-10 BULLDOGS Isthmian Premier Division 3RD Promoted > playoffs
10-11 BULLDOGS Blue Square South 1ST Promoted > champions. F.A. Trophy Semi Finalists.

WH
27-11-2009, 01:44
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH BLUE SQUARE SOUTH

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

2011/12 PRE SEASON



NEWS


I was linked with the vacant managers position at League 2 side Bury, but i told the press i was not interested. Despite this they still offered me the job. This experiment with the bulldogs is a long term project so i turned them down.

The Bulldogs are expecting some decent crowds this season as the club have sold over 2000 season tickets this year.

The Contracts of both of my scouts was up at the end of the season so I decided to let them go and attempt to find a better one. The best applicant was Chris Grier (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/s3.jpg)who was signed to join the backroom team.


Chris Kerr (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/ChrisKerr.jpg) was called up to Republic of Ireland u21 squad and is being watched by Scottish first division side Morton.


SQUAD


Another set of youngsters has been promoted from the youth Academy. There don't seem to be too many that are good enough to break into the first team. My staff tell me only Cartwright, ( http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/cartwright.jpg) Fletcher (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/fletcher.jpg) and Street (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/street.jpg) have the potential to be as good as my first team squad (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/sQUADS3V1.jpg)players. I let a few fringe players leave this summer, they will be listed in the end of season update. I only have one Goalkeeper in the squad so i will be sending my scout out to find another one as his first priority.




PRE SEASON


This seasons friendlies resulted in 4 wins, 2 draws and a loss. There were no injuries and we didn't manage to get any big teams to come.


EXPECTATIONS

The media have predicted that we will finish 21st this season. The board just want us to try to avoid relegation this season. I think we will be good enough to stay up. The bookies have priced us at 20-1 with little chance of gaining promotion.

Wonder pus.
28-11-2009, 18:57
realy interesting idea hope you stay up this season.
who would you say your best player is?

WH
28-11-2009, 19:34
Hi, Thanks for commenting.

My staff say that Chris Kerr (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/ChrisKerr.jpg) is probably the best player in the squad. He Probably is the one with the highest ability but I would say our captain Harry Hogarth (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/harryhogarth.jpg) is the best, based on performance. He is a big strong defender who never lets us down.

nev147
30-11-2009, 02:57
Wow two very good seasons! - I think a consolidation season is on the cards. Mid table would be very good but I bet you would take staying up right now. :)

Good luck.

Raware
30-11-2009, 04:24
Some good progress here WH. Another promotion this season? I know this is a long term career with the Bulldogs but what if a big team come in for you...would you be tempted?

WH
30-11-2009, 22:38
Wow two very good seasons! - I think a consolidation season is on the cards. Mid table would be very good but I bet you would take staying up right now. :)

Good luck.

Thanks, i would be delighted with a nice safe mid table finish this season. Back to back promotions can sometimes mean you progress quicker than you can strengthen your team and you bounce straight back down.


Some good progress here WH. Another promotion this season? I know this is a long term career with the Bulldogs but what if a big team come in for you...would you be tempted?

I think this league is a bigger step up than the previous promotion so i'm not expecting the same success. I think we will be good enough to stay there, but it might take a few seasons to go up again.

I have another game on the go to quench my thirst for big money transfers, so i will resist the urge to move in this one.

Glad you decided to give FM10 another Fukien chance ;)

SteakAndChips
02-12-2009, 16:49
Good idea mate, hope it goes well for yer

WH
06-12-2009, 02:01
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH BLUE SQUARE PREMIER DIVISION

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

SEASON UPDATE - 2011/12


Media prediction - 21st
Board expectations - Fight Bravely against relegation


SEASON SUMMARY

League
Although somewhat hit and miss, our starting form far exceeded our expectations. It was a case of win one, lose one for the first few games and it wasn't until the 10th game of the season until we got our first draw of the season. We were sitting proudly in 3rd place by this point having proved we could compete with teams in the higher league.

In mid October we lost midfielder Kerr for 3 weeks with a twisted knee, Our form had already dipped as we were on a four game winless streak, but despite this we were still sitting in a comfortable 9th position in the league.

By the end of October, and after 3 fruitless months of searching, my scout had finally found a suitable goal keeper to compete with Gibson. Despite stiff competition for his services i managed to sign him up (see Lee burge in the Incoming Players section). Our form against these higher reputation sides continued to impress and we finished the month in 6th position after some good results.

Form continued to fluctuate and we had to fight for every point, but the Bulldogs were doing much more than was expected of them and sat in a comfortable 10th position nearing the half way point of the season.

A string of poor results just after mid season was a worry as we dropped to 13th position. We had to improve to stay clear of a relegation fight.

Just as we seemed to be digging our way out of trouble, club captain Harry Hogarth broke his arm and the specialist confirmed he would miss 7 weeks. Things got worse on the injury front. Over the next few games we lost other key players including Kinsella (see incoming players) for 4 weeks , Zabek for 3 weeks and Burge for 6 weeks.

Our squad players stepped in during the injury crisis and did very well to help us cope with the loss of 4 of our best players. Form was not outstanding but we were picking up enough points to guide ourselves away from the relegation fight. In fact we were in 8th with just 10 games remaining and still had a chance to reach the playoffs.

Some fairly good form kept us roughly where we were for the remainder of the season. We ended up in a comfortable 9th position in the league. This was a fine performance considering we were expected to struggle this season. I'm pleased we managed to prove we are worthy of a place in this league after 2 quick fire promotions.

Cups

We got through the last F.A.Cup qualifying round quite safely after beating Southern Premier League side Brackley away. The First round proper was a different story as we were drawn against High Flying League 1 Side Wallsall. The League side comfortably won this one 2-0 at the Kennel. Man City eventually won the FA.cup for the second year in a row after beating Man Utd in the final.

The Fa Trophy came at the wrong time for us. We were in the middle of our mid season slump in form and Lost 2-0 at home to fellow Blue Square Premier side Barrow. Cambridge Utd made it 2 in a row by winning this years competition.


League Positions Graph (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/PROGRESS3.jpg)
League Table (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/table3.jpg)
Results (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/resfix3.jpg)

TRANSFERS

Outgoing
No fewer than 11 players were allowed to leave at the start of this season when their contracts were up. They were only bit part players and all left on free transfers (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/out1.jpg).
Incoming
At the start of the season my scout recommended Midfielder Kinsella (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/GerrardKinsella.jpg) as a player to sign at all costs. The 19 year old Former Everton player apparently has the potential to be a star at League 2 standard.

My scout spent months looking for a goal keeper before he found one good enough to add to the squad. Lee Burge (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/LeeBurge.jpg) is 18 and a former Coventry City player who was released last season and has been looking for a new club. I had to fight off interest from a couple of clubs In Northern Ireland to sign him.



STATISTICS

Top scorer
Oliver Zamaradi (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/OliZam.jpg) 16
Most Assists
Rob Reid (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/RobReid2.jpg) 9
Most Man OF Match
Harry Hogarth (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/HarryHogarth3.jpg) 8
Highest Average Rating
Harry Hogarth (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/HarryHogarth3.jpg) 7.32 from 38 apps

Squad Statistics (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/SquadS3V2.jpg)


FORMER PLAYERS

N/A


PLANS FOR NEXT SEASON

Evaluate the new youth players.
Get rid of the deadwood.
Strengthen the squad with some more unemployed youngsters.
Try to push on after last seasons fine performance.

British Bulldogs Summary



Season Team League Position Achievements
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

09-10 BULLDOGS Isthmian Premier Division 3RD Promoted > playoffs
10-11 BULLDOGS Blue Square South 1ST Promoted > champions. F.A. Trophy Semi Finalists.
11-12 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier 9TH

WH
07-12-2009, 11:42
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH BLUE SQUARE PREMIER

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

2012/13 PRE SEASON



NEWS


I was offered, and signed a new contract for 625 per week which runs until 2015.

League 2 side Grimsby offered me their managers job but i turned them down. They also offered 625 per week.

We signed a new kit sponsorship deal this season. Unfortunately it was only worth 12k per season compared to last deal of 40k per season. But this one lasts for 5 years instead of just 1.

Championship side Watford were showing interest in one of my strikers, I didn't expect it to amount to anything as he was only a bit part player for my squad so i couldn't see how he was going to get a game in the Championship. But to my surprise they offered 85k so i decided to let Danny Ryder (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Ryder.jpg) leave. He is the first of my young team to get a move to a big club so it'll be interesting to see how it turns out for him.




SQUAD


Another set of youngsters has been promoted from the youth Academy. Unfortunately my staff tell me only Neil Pell (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/NeilPell.jpg) looks good enough to make it into the first team squad.

I decided i needed to bring a couple of players in to strengthen the squad. I have signed 4 unemployed young players already and I'll update on how those go in the season update.

Here is a list of players fighting it out to be involved in my First team squad (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/SquadS4V1.jpg).




PRE SEASON


This seasons friendlies resulted in 4 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. There were no Injuries to report. Manchester Utd and Newcastle reserves came for friendly games to help boost the bank balance. We had crowds of 7000 and 5000 respectively. We even managed to get a draw against Newcastle reserves after a thrilling late comeback.


EXPECTATIONS

The media have predicted that we will finish 18th this season. The board want us to achieve a safe mid table position this season. I think we will be good enough to do that as we managed it last season. I'll be looking for a push toward the play off positions this season .

CAFCIan75
07-12-2009, 15:13
Cracking career update WH, I am rapidly becoming a Bulldog fan myself!

WH
07-12-2009, 16:56
Cracking career update WH, I am rapidly becoming a Bulldog fan myself!

Thanks mate, glad your enjoying it. The Bulldogs will be all i have left to support soon as my team in real life (King's Lynn) will be closed down on wednesday. :(

WH
10-12-2009, 18:09
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."


BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH BLUE SQUARE PREMIER DIVISION


http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png


SEASON UPDATE - 2012/13


Media Prediction - 18th
Board expectations- Safe mid table position


SEASON SUMMARY







League


The season worryingly started off with 2 losses which i put down to the new players getting used to our counter attacking style of play. We soon sorted ourselves out and put together an impressive run of form which included 7 wins from the next 9 games. With a quarter of the season gone We were sitting in an impressive 3rd position.


Thankfully our medical room was not in use as often so far this season, the only Injury worth a mention was the loss of Rob Reid for 4 weeks with a twisted ankle.

We maintained strong form as the season started to settle down. We proved to be a difficult team to beat as we reached the half way point in the season having only lost 4 games. We were in a strong 3rd place only 4 points behind Leaders Brentford.

I seemed to be making a name for myself as a manager as i was Linked to 3 more league 2 jobs with Tranmere, Southend and Bury all interested according to media reports. I released press statements to deny my interest in taking over these teams.

We were proving to be one of the better teams in the league this season as we went on a fine run of form through the middle of the season. We were unbeaten in the last 12 matches winning 8 of those games.

Relegation struggler's Barrow tried to bring that run to an end with some bully boy tactics, A Late tackle resulted in fractured ribs for Hetherington, who was then ruled out for up to 2 months. Kinsella was also caught late and will miss 3 weeks with a twisted knee. To add insult to injury, (pardon the pun) Left winger Zabek then strained his knee ligaments and will miss 2 months. We managed to beat Barrow and were 2nd place in the league on the same points as leaders Brentford. Mansfield were a couple of points behind but still had 2 games in hand.

After the Barrow game our form did drop, Our unbeaten run ended in the next game and we went on a run of 4 games without a win. We were really missing our injured players, but still refusing to roll over, coming from behind more than once to secure a point in the next 2 games. With 3 quarters of the season gone we sat in 3rd position and looked odds on to secure a play off place.

My scouts assessment of Young midfielder Raines (see incoming players) ability level and huge potential seem to be spot on as he has been called up to the England U19 squad having only just turned 17. Just after this good news we lost Striker Zamaradi for 3 months with a Torn Hamstring, thats the end of his season.

Our end of season form was somewhat worse than we had produced so far. An inability to finish teams off, coupled with a loss of concentration to allow opponents to score late goals, caused us to drop far too many points. Brentford and Mansfield were both very strong teams so i don't think we could have won the league but we only kept hold of our play off place by the skin of our teeth, finishing in 5th.

The play off semi final against Mansfield continued in the same vein. We were a goal up and conceded 2 second half goals in the first leg. Then were unable to score in the the second leg.

Overall a good season and a nice improvement on last season. Just a shame that our end of season form was a let down. We threw too many points and only won 4 games in the last 18



Cups


We comfortably beat York city to progress to the F.A Cup first round. Bradford City from the Coca Cola Championship were our opponents. We gave them a good scare in their own back yard but they eventually out muscled us to win 3-2. Man Utd (Last years beaten finalists) lifted the cup this year.


In the F.A Trophy we beat lower league sides Burnham and Altricham to progress to the 4th round. Rushden were too strong for us and beat us 3-1. Rushden went on to win the Trophy.
League Table (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/table4.jpg)
League Positions Graph (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/progress4.jpg)
Fixtures and Results (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Fixres4.jpg)


TRANSFERS






Outgoing


Danny Ryder went to Watford for 85k as mentioned in the pre season report. Francesco Ventura was allowed to go to Dartford, we will get 30% of any future transfer fee. 3 other youth players were free transfered. (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/out4.jpg)






Incoming


19 Year old Striker Thomas Hitchcock (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/ThomasHitchcock.jpg) spent 3 years in Blackburn's youth team before he was released. He was brought in to replace Danny Ryder.


Angus McDonald (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/AngusMcdonald.jpg), a 19 year old former Reading youngster, came in to strengthen the back line.
19 Year old Midfielder Steven Hetherington (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/StevenHetherington.jpg) made 6 Scottish Premier Division starts for Rangers before he was released.
My scout found 16 Year old midfielder Jason Raines (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/JasonRaines.jpg) and he joined to make The Bulldogs his first club. Reports say he is already one of the best players in the squad and has potential to be a star in the English Championship. Defiantly one to watch.
STATISTICS






Top scorer


Connolly (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/connolly.jpg) 20



Most Assists


Kerr (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/kerr3.jpg) 11



Most Man OF Match


Hogarth (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/harryhogarth3-1.jpg) 10



Highest Average Rating


Hogarth (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/harryhogarth3-1.jpg) 7.30

Squad Statistics (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/squads4v2.jpg)


FORMER PLAYERS

Danny Ryder (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Ryder.jpg) was put straight into Walford's reserve side and placed on the loan list. They obviously see him as one for the future.

British Bulldogs Summary



Season Team League Position Achievements
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
09-10 BULLDOGS Isthmian Premier Division 3rd Play off winners > Promoted
10-11 BULLDOGS Blue Square South 1st Champions Promoted
11-12 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 9th
12-13 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 5th Lost in Play Off Semi Finals

m1234566778
10-12-2009, 19:14
Very interesting concept, and great work.

Might do something similar, but, with a normal team from level 10, e.g. Give them good academy/Training facilities but not sign any players over a certain age. It'd make for an enjoyable save.

CAFCIan75
10-12-2009, 19:34
Unlucky season WH, maybe next season will be the year when the Bulldogs finally deliver league football to The Kennel, good luck

jameswibbs
10-12-2009, 19:37
how do i create a team wouid like to do something along theses lines

minisav
10-12-2009, 19:39
Very interesting concept, and great work.

Might do something similar, but, with a normal team from level 10, e.g. Give them good academy/Training facilities but not sign any players over a certain age. It'd make for an enjoyable save.

Interesting.

I'm currently doing The FM 'Give Youth A Chance' thread in CSE which is fantastic. No signings allowed at all and you start in Level 10 and hope to go upwards :thup:

Loving this btw, will continue to read :)

m1234566778
10-12-2009, 19:48
So basically I'll be doing an easier version of that, but it'll be great to see how the young guns fire a rubbish team up the leagues.

Wonder pus.
10-12-2009, 23:35
Unlucky at missing out on promotion, next year will be your year and you will go up :thup:

WH
11-12-2009, 16:34
Thanks for the comments guys.

I'm finding this quite fun to play and it adds a real chalenge to the game.

I think we have found our level as a good non league side. It looks like it will be hard work to get into the football league, but thats the next challenge. Would be great to turn professional as i think the full time training would help to develop the youngsters faster.

@JamesWibbs You should be able to find some editor tips here (http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php?t=158999) to help you out. (i don't want to turn this into an editor help page.)

I hope to have my pre season finished today so will post it up later or tomorrow.

WH
12-12-2009, 20:27
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH BLUE SQUARE PREMIER

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

2012/13 PRE SEASON



NEWS


There was still more media speculation about Jobs as I'm linked with a move to Hereford and Crewe.

The Bank balance hit the 1m mark this summer thanks to a combination of good crowds and low wages.

There is lots of interest in Midfielder Jason Raines (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/JasonRaines.jpg) including Premier league side Peterborough' and Scottish premier side Falkirk.




SQUAD


Another set of youngsters has been promoted from the youth Academy. 3 players, Dale Rhodes (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/DaleRhodes.jpg ), Roger Taylor (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/RogerTaylor.jpg) and Terry Welch ( http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/TerryWelch.jpg) look like they could eventually have the potential to make it into the first team according to my staff.

I decided not to bring any other players in during the summer as i didn't want to unsettle the squad. But i have got my eye on another striker who is refusing to sign another contract with his current team. I have some frustrations over the form of Hitchcock (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/ThomasHitchcock.jpg) who i signed last summer. He will be given another chance this season but if he doesn't take this chance i will be letting him go.

Here is a list of players fighting it out to be involved in my First team squad (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/squads5v1.jpg).




PRE SEASON


Pre season didn't go so well with 3 wins and 4 losses. No big teams came for a friendly this time. Then we had a huge blow as probably our best player Raines (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/JasonRaines.jpg)strained his knee ligaments and will be out for 2 months.


EXPECTATIONS

The media have predicted that we will finish 9th this season. The board want us to achieve a respectable league position this season. I'll be looking for a push toward the play off positions again this season .

WH
15-12-2009, 02:24
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."


BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH BLUE SQUARE PREMIER DIVISION


http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png


SEASON UPDATE - 2013/14


Media Prediction - 9th
Board expectations- Respectable league position


SEASON SUMMARY




League


We started off well and were in good goal scoring form. We scored 4 goals on 3 occasions during the first quarter of the season and were in 3rd position at this point.



We carried on in the same vein, then as the season neared the halfway mark, club captain Harry Hogarth suffered a sprained ankle after a nasty fall and will be missing for 7 weeks. Then while still reeling from the first injury news of the season, Striker Ian Foster fractured his cheek bone in an accidental collision and was ruled out for a month while he received specialist treatment.

The halfway point of the season arrived and we were still going well. Although playing well, we are too inconsistent so far to look like contenders for the league as Crawley and Mansfield are not dropping many points. We are still in the playoff positions, holding an impressive 4th position in the table.

League 1 side port Vale offered me their managers job with a 675 per week contract. I show my loyalty to the team and supporters by turning it down. That offer was only an extra 50 per week for a big League 1 club like Port Vale. maybe my financial deal here at the Bulldogs is better than i gave it credit for. I'm not really sure what the going rate for a full time non league manager is.

5 wins from 7 games in an unbeaten December saw me named manager of the month.

With 3 quarters of the season now gone we were still battling it out at the top. We sat in 5th place but were only 3 points off top spot and had a game in hand. Worryingly we had not scored a goal in the last 3 games and i was scared that we were going to go on an awful barren run like we did in the closing stages of last season.

Luckily we kept our heads this season and our end of season form was quite good. We were in second place and with just 3 games to go we secured a play off place. All was still to play for with just 4 points separating the top 3. Wrexham were top and Crawley just behind us in 3rd. Early challengers Mansfield had fallen apart and recorded an incredible 12 losses in the last 15 games.

The penultimate game of the season was away to league leaders Wrexham. We were 2nd, just 2 points behind. If Wrexham won they were the league champions. If we won it put us into the driving seat for the the final game of the season. Our away form had been our only weakness of late and Wrexham were on a 7 game unbeaten run at home. So it was going to be a tough one to win.

It was end to end stuff and Wrexham were on top in the first half. I was pleased to go in 0-0. I gave the lads a talking to and let them know how important it was. We went out second half and played a blinder. 2-0 was the final score. We move to the top and dreamed of a place in the Football league while Wrexham continued to grumble about being denied a stone wall penalty.

The last game of the season was at home to already relegated AFC Wimbledon. This was a chance to turn on the style and see us crowned champions in front of our home fans. just short of 4000 had turned up to watch.

The occasion got to my young squad and despite creating many chances we were unable to score. The game ended 0-0 and we waited nervously for the Wrexham result to come in. The score flashed up on the scoreboard and Wrexham had lost 2-0. The Bulldogs are the champions!

I won my second manager of the month award for our fine April form.

Although we only took the lead at the end, i think we were worthy of the winners trophy. We had not dropped out of the play off positions since the 3rd game of the season and finished as the top scores and the least conceded.

I won the Blue Square Premier Manager Of The Year Award (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/manager5.jpg)for this season too.



Cups


F.A. Cup saw us win 4-3 in a scintillating game against Chester to reach the first round. We were drawn away to L1 high fliers Swindon. Against all odds we scored 2 goals in the last 6 minutes to pull off a shock win. Then we were brought back down to earth when L2 relegation candidates Lincoln beat us 1-0 at the Kennel. Arsenal won this years competition.



In the F.A Trophy we beat Macclesfield and then Bromly before Dagenham and Redbridge knocked us out after a replay in the 4th round . Grays were the eventual winners.
League Table (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Table5.jpg)
League Positions Graph (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Progress5.jpg)
Fixtures and Results (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/fixres5.jpg)


TRANSFERS


With my scout struggling to find any unemployed players that are good enough to add to the first team i decided to bring in James Cole (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Cole.jpg)to help him out. Cole will be looking after England, Wales and Scotland while Grier (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Grier5.jpg)concentrates on Ireland and N.Ireland.


Outgoing


Only 3 players left this season, (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/out5.jpg)Curran was the highest profile one but he was no longer good enough for our first team.


Incoming


19 year old Craig Morgan (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/morgan.jpg)was brought in to strengthen the striking options and replace Hitchcock who failed to impress. He has a good scoring record with 22 league goals from 50 games. Although this was at Welsh Armature level for Brickfield Rangers. He had left the club after refusing to sign any of the numerous contracts offered to him.


STATISTICS



Top scorer


Zamaradi (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/ollyzam.jpg) 24


Most Assists


Hetherington (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Hetherington5.jpg) 23


Most Man OF Man


Zamaradi (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/ollyzam.jpg) 6


Highest Average Rating


Hogarth (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Harryhogarth5.jpg) 7.22 from 40 apps.



Hetherington also won the Blue Sqare Premier Player of the season award.
Squad Statistics (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/squads5v2.jpg)


FORMER PLAYERS

Danny Ryder (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/ryder5.jpg) was moved into Walford's first team squad toward the end of the season but still has not played for them.

British Bulldogs Summary



Season Team League Position Achievements
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

09-10 BULLDOGS Isthmian Premier Division 3rd Play off winners > Promoted
10-11 BULLDOGS Blue Square South 1st Champions > Promoted
11-12 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 9th
12-13 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 5th Lost in Play Off Semi Finals
13-14 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 1st Champions > Promoted into football league.

LCFC
15-12-2009, 13:42
League football for the Bulldogs, great season there! Good luck next season, hopefully you can consolidate successfully like you did when you jumped from the BSS to the BSP. :thup:

WH
15-12-2009, 15:06
Thanks LCFC,

It's a big jump but if we can stay there for a few seasons we might be able to strengthen and push on. But i'm just glad we will now go full time so i can do more training to develope the players.

I'm putting together a 5 year review of most of the competitions in football during my game time. Should be up in a day or so.

CAFCIan75
15-12-2009, 15:11
Congratulations on the promotion WH, good luck in the Football League

Saxonaitor
15-12-2009, 15:11
Dont forget Norwich WH :thup:

WH
16-12-2009, 00:27
Thanks for the comments.

I'll add a Norwich update just for you Sax. :thup:

WH
16-12-2009, 02:10
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

5 SEASON REVIEW


The past winners for all the major competitions are covered in the following screenshots.



International (http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/7961/internationals.jpg)
European and World Club Competitions (http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/8894/europeanandworldclubcom.jpg)
English Leagues and Cups (http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/3585/englishleagueandcups.jpg)
English Non Leagues (http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/4120/englishnonleague5.jpg)
The Rest Of The UK. (http://img686.imageshack.us/img686/5673/restofuk.jpg)
European Leagues (http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/4813/restofeuro.jpg)
Just For Sax (http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/6456/norwich.jpg)

WH
18-12-2009, 01:19
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH COCA COLA LEAGUE 2

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

2014/15 PRE SEASON



NEWS


We received a total of 90K due to Birmingham , Middlesborough and West Ham Gaining promotion and not needing their parachute payments. More money came our way in the form of 265k for TV rights.

The club decide to go full time. I now have to negotiate contracts for my young players to turn professional.

I was offered a new 4 year deal (until 2018) for 675 per week which i signed.

I advertised for a new coach to help with training now we are full-time. 2 of the applicants looked very good so i signed them both. They were Dan West (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/danwest6.jpg)and Dean Hinton (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/deanhinton.jpg)

We sold nearly 4500 season tickets for the coming season.






SQUAD


Another set of youngsters has been promoted from the youth team. 16 Year old James Wood (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Jameswood6.jpg)looks like he is probably the best player ever to come out of the youth system. My staff tell me he is already better than our current first team keeper and has the potential to be far superior.

I will add to the squad if my scouts can find some suitable players. Turning pro will give me a good chance to sort through the squad to decide who gets a new contract and who is no longer needed.




PRE SEASON


Pre season was fairly good. We won 4, Drew 3 and lost 2 of the friendly matches. Sunderland came for a friendly to interest the fans, 7800 turned up to watch. On the down side, Chest and thigh injuries to Kerr and Rivers will see them both miss the first 3 weeks of the season.


EXPECTATIONS

The media have predicted that we will finish 24th this season. The board just want us to try to avoid relegation this season. Thats my 1 aim this season, to stay up. I hope we will be good enough to stay up as relegation could mean a mass exodus of players. This would have a devastating effect on the club. With our transfer policy it would probably take years to rebuild.

Paggioram
18-12-2009, 13:15
This is a brilliant read and a brilliant career WH. Really enjoying it. The engish future is bright the future is Bulldog's.

Also mate how do you do the screenshots with just a hyperlink on the text straight to shortcut?

WH
18-12-2009, 14:18
Thanks Paggioram, I don't think we have any Youngsters good enough to be future internationals just yet, but you never know we might just be able to produce a few now we are full time.

The links need to look like this Text (your link here) to give you this Text (http://link) note: this link leads nowhere but just to show what it should look like.

Added instructions in your thread now.

WH
27-12-2009, 18:00
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH COCA-COLA LEAGUE 2

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

SEASON UPDATE - 2014/15

Media Prediction - 24th
Board expectations- Attempt to avoid relegation


SEASON SUMMARY

League
The first quarter was quite a surprise as we were 13th place (mid table) and competing well against some big clubs. Apart from one 3-0 loss to Accrington the games had all been close. If we could finish the season here and now i would be over the moon. I really don't want to get drawn into a relegation fight.

Form continued along the same level as the early season. At the halfway point we were still going far better than expected and occupied 9th position in the league table. In this league the top 3 get automatic promotion which means 4th to 7th position contest the playoffs. If we continue with this sort of form we could have an outside chance of pinching a play off position.

Just after Xmas i was approached by Blackpool with regards to taking their managers job. They were 1st in L1 at this point and it seems that they were without a manager since the end of 2012. Their assistant manager had lead them to the top of the league, you would have thought they would give him the job. I turned the job down, Any other save and i would have taken it. The wage on offer was 875 per week.

Although we were still punching above our weight, a drop in form where we only recorded one win in 8 attempts saw us fall to 14 position in the league. But the youngsters dug in and a run of 4 wins on the trot moved us back up to 9th position by the time 3 quarters of the season had been completed. We were on the same points as the 7th position side and in with a realistic chance of making a play off place.

Our recent run of fine form resulted in me winning the Manager of the month award for February.

Just to show we are not there yet the next game was a 5-3 thrashing at the hands of Aldershot, who completely tore us apart.

Our form for the end of the season was not as good as the rest had been. We were struggling to break teams down and With my strikers going through some very barren spells i decided to give 20 year old Louis Weston (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/WESTON.jpg)a chance. Weston has been with the club for 4 seasons since coming through the academy and had spent his time in the youth and reserve teams. He made an instant impact and scored 3 in 3 games to give me something to think about for next seasons striking options.

The final game of the season was at home against the eventual champions Exeter. It finished in a 2-2 draw after a very exciting game which was played out in front of a huge crowd of 7780.

We only managed to win 2 in the last 10 league games which was a bit of a shame but that was not enough to detract from the fine performance this season that saw us finish 9th position. Just outside the play off positions and only missing out by 1 point.



Cups
We only played one game in the F.A. Cup. We met fellow League 2 side Luton Town in the first round and were beaten 2-1 at home.

Our First ever League Cup Campaign ended abruptly. It was the first competitive game of the season. We were thrashed 4-1 by championship side Q.P.R.

In the Johnstone's Paint Trophy we lost 2-1 to Oxford in the southern section semi final. We had done well up to that point beating Brentford, MK Dons and Hereford to get that far.

League Table (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/table6.jpg)
League Positions Graph (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/PROGRESS6.jpg)
Fixtures and Results (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/fixres6.jpg)
.

TRANSFERS



Outgoing
Really Not worth a screen shot. 3 youngsters were released, none of them had made an appearance and all were deemed to be not good enough by my staff.
Incoming
19 year old midfielder Chris Shields (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/chrisshields6.jpg) was brought into the first team squad. After being assessed by my staff it is thought that he is one of the best players at the club. He made 9 Scottish premier league starts for St. Johnstone before they decided to release him.


STATISTICS

Top scorer
Craig Morgan (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/MORGAN6.jpg) 12
Most Assists
Steven Hetherington (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/HETHERINGTON6.jpg) 16
Most Man OF Man
Harry Hogarth (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/HOGARTH6.jpg) 11
Highest Average Rating
Harry Hogarth (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/HOGARTH6.jpg) 7.25 from 49 apps

Squad stats (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/squadS6V2.jpg )


FORMER PLAYERS

Danny Ryder (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/ryder6.jpg ) played 10 times for Watford this season and scored 2 goals. Watford were relegated so maybe he will get more chances in the coming season.

PLANS FOR NEXT SEASON

My plans remain the same as last year. Just to stay in the league. I will be looking for a simular position if i can get it.

British Bulldogs Summary



Season Team League Position Achievements
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08-09 BULLDOGS Isthmian Premier Division 3rd Play off winners > Promoted
09-10 BULLDOGS Blue Square South 1st Champions Promoted
10-11 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 9th
11-12 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 5th Lost in Play Off Semi Finals
12-13 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 1st Champions > Promoted into football league.
14-15 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 9th

WH
29-12-2009, 17:43
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH COCA COLA LEAGUE 2

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

2015/16 PRE SEASON



NEWS


The Bulldogs attendance was the 4th highest average for league 2 last season at 5600. It shows we have the fan base to continue to progress through the leagues.

Ground maintenance costs somehow shot up last season. In 2013-14 season it cost 70k for the season. Last season it was just over 500k. I really don't understand why, it can only be because we are now professional as apposed to part time.

Striker Oliver Zamaradi was called up to the Congo National team. He is the first Bulldogs player to be called up for a full international but has not yet won his first cap.

We once again received a share of the unneeded parachute payments which totalled 90k and the TV money was 265k. That should cover most of the Ground maintenance costs for the coming season.

Over the course of last season and this pre season we have acquired 2 feeder clubs. Tooting and Mitcham and Harlow play in the Isthmian Premier League . I have been looking for suitable clubs to send some of my youngsters to gain first team experience.




SQUAD


Another set of youngsters has been promoted from the youth team. Aaron Taylor ( http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/AaronTaylor7.jpg)and Paul Piper (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/PaulPiper7.jpg)look to be the pick of the bunch. Early indications are that they are not good enough to go straight into the first team.
I will add to the squad ( http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/squads7v1.jpg) if I can. My scouts are having a difficult time finding unemployed players of a suitable standard to improve the squad. I Will be looking to send some youngsters out on loan this season to help with their development.


PRE SEASON


Pre season was not too bad, we won 2 Drew 4 and lost 3.
7500 Turned up for our big friendly against Everton.
Bad news was that Striker foster twisted his knee in the final friendly and will miss the first 4 weeks of the season.


EXPECTATIONS

The media have predicted that we will finish 18th this season. The bookies have priced us at 33-1 and feel we will face a long hard season with relegation a real possibility. The board want us to achieve a safe mid table position this season. I think this is a realistic target as we managed it last season.

WH
02-01-2010, 16:57
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH COCA-COLA LEAGUE 2

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

SEASON UPDATE - 2015/16

Media Prediction - 18th
Board expectations - Safe mid table position

SEASON SUMMARY

League
Worryingly we started the season without a win in the first 5 games. We did eventually win in the 6th game at home to Charlton. We had however only lost one game at this point and averaged one goal for and one goal against per match. With the form from the end of last season taken into account it was just 1 win in 9 games.

With a quarter of the season done our form had improved and we started to pick up some wins. During our winless run we had still been defensively sound and at this point find ourselves in 8th place having only lost 1 game from the first 11 of the season.

The lads must be training hard as Striker Morgan landed heavily and missed 3 weeks with a sprained wrist. Striker Zamaradi twisted his knee and faced 2 months on the sidelines and Captain Hogarth fractured his ribs and was out for 2 months.

Just a couple of weeks later we lost Striker Connelly for 3 weeks with a thigh strain and winger Zabek had to see a specialist about his hip injury and was out for 3 months.

Despite the players lost to injuries we continued to perform well. We won 5 and drew 5 from the next 12 games and scored in every one of them. At the halfway point of the season we were in 11th place. We had a game in hand over most of the teams around us and 3 points would put us into 7th place among the play off positions.

Transfer speculation was rife in January as Midfielder Raines was a target for premier league side Ipswich Town and Championship side Peterborough, But no offers were made.
Also Our goal keeper Lee Burge was attracting interest from Scottish first division side Ross county, their manager had been spotted in the crowd on several occasions.

Winger Zabek only lasted a game and a half after recovering from his hip injury before he sprained his ankle and then missed a further 8 weeks. This season was becoming one to forget for the young winger.

As the season progressed we seemed to maintain if not improve our performance. We still lost the odd one here and there to disrupt any long unbeaten runs. We started to score more goals and rather than drawing games we were winning more often. The big clubs like Charlton and Bradford were running away and we looked unlikely to catch them unless they pressed the self destruct button. We were however climbing up the table and with only 12 games remaining we sat in 5th position with a realistic chance of a play off spot.

Nearing the end of the season Southampton approach me to become their new manager. They were bottom of the Championship and already confirmed to be relegated. They offered 1300 per week. Once again this is a job I would have jumped at if not for the interest in the long term effects of my transfer policy at the Bulldogs, so I turned them down.

The end of season form didn't drop off as we continued to perform better than expectations. 6 wins and 4 draws from the final 12 games meant that we finished in a strong 6th position and gave us a crack at promotion from the playoffs.

In the final game of the season Pell broke his foot and missed the playoffs as he faced a 6 month lay off.

We overcame Aldershot in the 2 legged play off semi final. A trip to Wembley was our reward.

The Final Was against Charlton. We led at the interval after a good first half. Charlton came back strongly and scored 2 second half goals to beat us. We played infront of 51000 fans at Wembley. I can't really complain, Charlton were the better side and were unlucky not to win the league, due to financial problems they lost 10 points and dropped from 1st to 4th in the league.

We were a difficult team to beat and in fact only lost 9 games all season. This was 4 fewer losses than the league champions Bradford. We also conceded the fewest goals of all the teams in the league. We drew 18 games so, although hard to beat we were not strong enough to beat several of these teams.

Just after the season ended, Scottish 1st Division side Kilmarnock Bid 525k for Jason Raines (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/JasonRaines7.jpg) which my chairman accepted on my behalf. I don't mind too much as I think that is a fair price at more than double his 250k estimated value. I'm pretty sure he was the player with the highest ability in my squad so he will be difficult to replace.


Fixtures and Results (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/fixres7.jpg)
League Positions Graph (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/progress7.jpg)
League Table (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/table7.jpg)


Cups
F.A Cup started with a first round win against Crewe who were flying high in L1 at the time. Then we were thumped 4-0 in the second round by L1 side Leicester. Eventual winners were Burnley who beat Championship side Norwich in the final.

The League Cup Campaign ended abruptly again as Championship side Portsmouth beat us 1-0 in the first game of the season. The eventual winners were Chelsea.

The Johnstone's Paint Trophy was much more successful. We beat Luton as well as League 1 sides Brighton, MK Dons, Gillingham and Swansea on our way to the final. Unfortunately this trip to Wembley also ended in defeat, this time a 2-1 loss to L1 side Oldham.


TRANSFERS

Outgoing

Several of my youngsters spent most of the season at my 2 feeder clubs. They improved the fortunes of both clubs. Tooting and Mitcham won the Isthmian premier league in their first season back in it since they were relegated in 2013. Harlow made it to the playoff finals but were unsuccessful.

Incoming
16 Year old midfielder Stephen Johnson (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/StephenJohnson.jpg)was signed as one for the future. If my scout is correct, 18 year old right back Peter Richmond (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/peterrichmond7.jpg)has the potential to be better than any of the other right sided defenders in the squad, but at the moment is below their current level of ability.



STATISTICS

Top scorer
Craig Morgan 18 (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/morgan7.jpg)
Most Assists
Chris Ker 19 (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/kerr7.jpg)
Most Man OF Man
Harry Hogarth 10 (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/hogarth7.jpg)
Highest Average Rating
Harry Hogarth 7.27 from 40 apps from (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/hogarth7.jpg)


Squad Statistics (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/squads7v2.jpg)



FORMER PLAYERS

Danny Ryder (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/ryder7.jpg) played 10 times and scored 2 goals for Watford before he was sold to Scunthorpe for 28k. He has not been a huge success since leaving and has dropped back down to our level. He went on to play 9 games for Scunthorpe but didn't score. He will be back in League 1 next season as Scunthorpe finished second and were promoted.

PLANS FOR NEXT SEASON

Try to improve the squad and push for another top 7 position for another shot at the playoffs.


British Bulldogs Summary



Season Team League Position Achievements
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09-10 BULLDOGS Isthmian Premier Division 3RD Promoted > playoffs
10-11 BULLDOGS Blue Square South 1ST Promoted > Champions
11-12 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 9TH
12-13 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 5TH Lost in playoff semi final
13-14 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 1ST Promoted > Champions
14-15 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 9TH
15-16 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 6TH Lost in Play-off Final & JPT Runners up

iacovone
02-01-2010, 20:22
Great second season in League 2 there WH :thup:

Anyone on the radar to replace Jason Raines? That's a fairly large fee for a League 2 club to receive. I'd see why you'd be happy with the sale.

WH
02-01-2010, 22:41
Great second season in League 2 there WH :thup:

Anyone on the radar to replace Jason Raines? That's a fairly large fee for a League 2 club to receive. I'd see why you'd be happy with the sale.

Thanks Iacovone, I'm pleased with how the season went. We were quite solid and hard to beat which is half the battle.

I have both my scouts looking for central midfield players to replace Raines. They have found No obvious replacements yet, I think I will have to find somone with potential to be League 1 standard and wait for them to Improve over time with my squad. I think it will be difficult to get anyone of the same standard for free.

iacovone
02-01-2010, 23:10
I know the feeling WH. Its tough in SA to find players willing to join and be an improvement on the first team. Though I have to admit I've assembled a fairly good squad in two years. Took your planned route of buying a lot of people with the potential to be 'leading' players in the division and stuck with them.

Being hard to beat is now my new favourite ambition in FM. I've got a solid tactic now that really gives me a chance in any game home or away. Its very pleasing. Good luck with the new season :thup:

WH
02-01-2010, 23:28
With my transfer policy of only using my academy players or only signing teenagers who are unemployed it's getting difficult. Obviously It's a lot tougher to find players ready for league 2 football than it was at the start in the lower leagues. Players with potential is the way to go for me now.

WH
05-01-2010, 01:06
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH COCA COLA LEAGUE 2

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

2016/17 PRE SEASON



NEWS



We once again received a share of the unneeded parachute payments which totalled 90k and the TV money was 265k. At the start of our 8th season we have built up a bank balance of 2.8m and only 615k of that was raised through player sales.

My Physio refused to sign a new contract so i replaced him with one of the Italian National teams physios. Zeppilli ( http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Zeppilli8.jpg) looks to be a perfect replacement, so i offered him a 5 year deal.

We had a good level of interest in season tickets again this season. We sold 4705 tickets which raised 1.4m and our bank balance on the day of our first match stands at 3.7m





SQUAD


Another set of youngsters has been promoted from the youth team. Mustafa Uysal (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Mustafa8.jpg)and Jermaine Rothwell (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/JR8.jpg) look to be the pick of the bunch but are not yet strong enough to go into the first team.

One of my main task was to try to replace Rains in the midfield, I have my eye on a French midfielder who is highly recommended by my scout.

My scouts tell me 2 of my young strikers are better than Connelly who is now 25 years old. Thats too old to be a reserve player so I'm going to let him go and give 19 year old striker Terry Welch (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/terrywelch8.jpg) his chance in the first team. This will be his 4th season at the club since coming through the academy, he has scored 22 goals from 43 games while on loan to our feeder club Harlow.


PRE SEASON


We won 6, drew 2 and lost 1 in a pleasing pre season. There were no injuries to report in these games.



EXPECTATIONS

The media have predicted that we will finish 13th this season. The board want us to achieve a top half finish this season. I think this is a realistic target as we managed it last 2 seasons. I hope we will have enough quality in the midfield so that we don't miss Rains too much.

Raware
05-01-2010, 04:58
Still following this WH and am enjoying reading your progress. Heartbreak in last seasons play-offs...I know the feeling :(. Convert some of last years draws into wins and you'll be on your way to League One. Shame the chairman accepted the bid for Rains but as you said, probably a good deal to get twice his value.

CAFCIan75
05-01-2010, 12:15
I just noticed that every season when the Bulldogs appear in a play off final they go up as Champions the following season (Ooooops may have tempted fate! :eek:), sorry WH......good luck for the coming season, this is still an outstanding thread, well done

WH
05-01-2010, 13:14
Thanks for the Kind comments guys.

I was not too upset about the play off loss. I would have loved to go up but Poor old Charlton deserved it more as it was only money problems that robbed them of the league title. (I feel their pain with my real club King's Lynn recently going bust)

CFCIan75 I hope your right about the play off/ Promotion pattern.

WH
13-01-2010, 17:46
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH COCA-COLA LEAGUE 2

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

SEASON UPDATE - 2016/17

Media Prediction - 13th
Board expectations - Top half finish

SEASON SUMMARY

League
Our season started with a shocking injury as midfielder Danby fractured his skull as a result of a "robust challenge" and was out for 3 months. Shortly after that Kerr broke his wrist after landing heavily and was unavailable for 6 weeks.

Despite these negatives we performed very well in the early part of the season and were sitting 2nd in the league having gone 12 games unbeaten. Our defence was as mean as ever as we had only conceded 5 goals by this point.

Seven straight wins in October saw me awarded Manager of the month as our unbeaten run continued. It finally came to an end with a 1-0 loss to Rushden in the 19th game of the season.

We were sitting on the top of the table five points clear of Carlisle in second. Also we had only conceded 8 goals in 19 league games. Not surprisingly my Goalkeeper Lee Burge was attracting attention, Championship side Plymouth were the team who were most interested as they had sent scouts to our last home game to watch him. 11 clean sheets from 17 starts was an impressive statistic for the 23 year old shot stopper.

Only a few games later we showed we are not yet the finished article as we were stuffed 5-0 away to Dagenham and Redbridge. To say i was not happy would be an understatement. Apart from those 5 goals we had only conceded 8 goals in 23 games. As a result we were sitting 6 points clear at the top of the league at the half way point of the season, having only lost twice in the league.

6 victories in 7 games in Jan, saw me once again awarded the manager of the month. With 3 quarters of the season gone, we were still top and 9 points clear of 2nd place Aldershot. With the top 3 gaining automatic promotion, It would take a monumental **** up for us to miss out .

Nearing the end of February we saw several offers from Irish clubs for Kerr and McDonald. I managed to scare them off by quoting prices of 5x their value. I was not going to let my star players leave on the cheap when in such a good position to potentially win the league.

We guaranteed promotion with 6 games remaining, Then the very next game we cemented our place at the top of the league. No one could catch us now and come the final game of the season we were crowned champions. It was all thanks to another long run without defeat, this time it was 17 games undefeated and we were 14 points clear of our nearest rivals.


Fixtures and Results (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/res8.jpg)
League Positions Graph (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/progress8.jpg)
League Table (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/table8.jpg)


Cups
In the F.A Cup we beat L1 sides Exeter and Charlton to reach the 3rd round and were awarded with a sellout home game against Chelsea. As expected the reigning champions of Europe were too strong for us and beat us 5-0. Tottenham were the eventual winners.

The League Cup Campaign ended abruptly again as Championship side Fulham beat us in the first game of the season. But they needed extra time and penalties to do it. The eventual winners were Arsenal for the 4th time in 8 seasons.

In the Johnstone's Paint Trophy we beat L1 Gillingham in the first round. Our parent club has only beaten us once in 8 attempts. Dagenham and Redbridge bet us in the next round as the game went to penalties. Southend won the competition this year.


TRANSFERS

Outgoing

Several of my youngsters were loaned out this season. 9 players were allowed to leave on free transfers including Connolly (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/connelly8.jpg ) who went to Brentford. Rivers was sold to Bangor at the end of the season, he had spent 7 seasons at the club making 67 appearances but was only a bit part player in the last few seasons He was sold for 26k.

Incoming
19 Year old French midfielder Driss Faivre (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/DrissFaivre8.jpg)was signed as a replacement for Rains. My scouts tell me he has the potential to be a star in league 1.

18 Year Old defender Ryan Brown (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/RyanBrown8.jpg) was brought in as one for the future. As was Striker Josh Lewis (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Lewis8.jpg) he is 6'6" tall which I thought would add something different to our forward line if he turns out to be good enough to get into the first team.



STATISTICS

Top scorer
Ian Foster 20 (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/foster8.jpg)
Most Assists
Hetherington 15 (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/hetehrington8.jpg) and foster 15
Most Man OF Man
Harry Hogarth 8 (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/hogarth8.jpg)
Highest Average Rating
Harry Hogarth 7.42 from 40 apps. (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/hogarth8.jpg)


Squad Statistics (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Squad8v2.jpg)



FORMER PLAYERS

Danny Ryder (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/ryder8.jpg) played 12 times and scored 2 goals for Scunthorpe this season.. Rains (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Rains8.jpg ) personally had a fairly good season, but Kilmarnock finished bottom of the Scottish 1st Division and were relegated. He has requested a transfer after Kilmarnock's relegation and has interest from England and Scotland..

PLANS FOR NEXT SEASON

Look to improve the squad. Stay up.


British Bulldogs Summary



Season Team League Position Achievements
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

09-10 BULLDOGS Isthmian Premier Division 3RD Promoted > playoffs
10-11 BULLDOGS Blue Square South 1ST Promoted > Champions
11-12 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 9TH
12-13 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 5TH Lost in playoff semi final
13-14 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 1ST Promoted > Champions
14-15 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 9TH
15-16 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 6TH Lost in Play-off Final & JPT Runners up
16-17 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 1ST Promoted > Champions

Thistles * player
13-01-2010, 19:35
Good season WH. Hogarth looks like a club legend in the making. I'm amazed at the impact he has had.

CAFCIan75
13-01-2010, 20:16
I just noticed that every season when the Bulldogs appear in a play off final they go up as Champions the following season (Ooooops may have tempted fate! ), sorry WH......good luck for the coming season, this is still an outstanding thread, well done

Looks like my prediction came true WH! :D Great season congratulations on promotion good luck next season :thup:

WH
13-01-2010, 21:48
Good season WH. Hogarth looks like a club legend in the making. I'm amazed at the impact he has

Although his stats are not that good, Hogarth just keeps producing the goods season after season. I don't think he is the highest ability Central defender in the team but he is definatly the best performing player in the squad. Its now 8 seasons on the trot that he has been the highest ranked player in the squad.


Looks like my prediction came true WH! Great season congratulations on promotion good luck next season

You are my lucky charm now, please predict something good for L1 next season. I notice a pattern in the finishing positions, Lets hope I can finish 9th next season and keep it going.

Thanks for the comments guys.

WH
03-02-2010, 17:26
Been a while since I updated, sorry about that to anyone who was following.

Busy at home, busy at work. You know how it is.

I'm going to load it up and get back into it soon.

Will catch up on a few other careers I was following and post my pre season update soon, then crack on with season 9.

Leeds v Spurs might rule tonight out.

See you soon :thup:

iacovone
04-02-2010, 00:57
Hope you were supporting the almighty Lilywhites ;)

WH
04-02-2010, 17:09
Always rooting for the underdog in the F.A. Cup.

Unless my team are the favourites that is.

WH
04-02-2010, 18:18
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH COCA COLA LEAGUE 1
http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

2017/18 PRE SEASON


NEWS



We negotiated a New 5 year kit sponsorship deal worth 60k per season.

Our Link with Gillingham was terminated as we are now in same league. My board instantly arrange a new deal with Plymouth which will earn us 16k per season and a friendly, I won't be making use of the loan option of the agreement.

I was offered a new 4 year contract worth 850 per week. Which I signed straight away, much to the chairmans delight.

I decided it was time for another staff member, so I brought a Goalkeeper coach (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/gkcoach.jpg) to the club, he was recommended in a staff meeting.

Season tickets were sold out for the Kennel this year. We sold 6125 which brought in 2.2m for the club and boosted our bank balance to 4m at the start of the season.





SQUAD


Another set of youngsters has been promoted from the youth team. Thomas Foley (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Foley9.jpg) was the pick of the bunch according to my staff.

There is speculation that Burge, McDonald, Faivre and Shields are going to be subject to offers form various clubs across the country. If any of these materialise i may need to hunt for some replacements. Otherwise i can't see anyone coming in as my scouts are finding it hard to find free players of the required standard. We did have an offer for Burge from Crystal palace. but the Championship side were looking for a Keeper on the cheap and i was not prepared to let my keeper go for 65k so the deal was rejected.


PRE SEASON


Pre season went well. We won 7 and drew 1. including a win against French club Metz. There were no injuries during the pre season games.


EXPECTATIONS

The media have predicted that we will finish 24th this season and head back down to league 2. The board just want us to fight bravely against relegation. We have always done more than is expected of us so i believe we can stay up this season. I'll be looking for striker Welch ( http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/terrywelch8-1.jpg) to improve on the 8 goals he scored last season or I may have to look through the other options in my reserves.

Paggioram
05-02-2010, 02:08
Welcome back Bulldogs you have been missed.

Raware
05-02-2010, 03:05
Good to see you carrying this on WH :thup:. Although weren't you promoted last year? In which case your pre season update should say Coca Cola League One *pedantic mode over* :p

WH
05-02-2010, 17:47
Thanks for the comments :thup:


Good to see you carrying this on WH :thup:. Although weren't you promoted last year? In which case your pre season update should say Coca Cola League One *pedantic mode over* :p

:o That will teach me not to be lazy when using the copy and paste function. Changed it now, thanks for spotting it. 1 gold star for you.

WH
12-02-2010, 17:58
Season 9 is almost finished. Update will be later this evening.

I decided it was time to put a face to Legendry defender and Bulldogs Club captain Harry Hogarth (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Hogarth9.jpg). I think he looks like a no nonsense defender.

WH
13-02-2010, 00:39
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH COCA-COLA LEAGUE 1

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

SEASON UPDATE - 2017/18

Media Prediction - 24th
Board expectations - Fight bravely against relegation

SEASON SUMMARY

League


French midfielder Faivre (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/DrissFaivre8-1.jpg) left early in the season as Partick Thistle made a 300k deadline day bid. I negotiated a price of 750k for him and the chairman accepted Particks improved offer instantly. I was sad to see him go but it was a good deal in my opinion. The downside was that my scouts had no obvious replacements in their shortlist. I decided to bring reserve players Johnston ( http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Johnson9.jpg) and Piper ( http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Piper9a.jpg) into the first team to compete for the space.

In early October our first choice keeper Burge (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/burge9.jpg) broke his leg and was sidelined for 6 months. His 2 young understudies wood (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/wood9.jpg) and taylor (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/taylor9.jpg) then had to battle for the no1 shirt in his absence. But with 4 losses in the next 4 league games I decided they were not up to it and had to act quickly to stop our season from falling apart. My staff recommended a Portuguese keeper Xavier (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/xavier9.jpg) in our team meeting and I brought him in. He made a difference straight away as he recorded 5 clean sheets in his first 7 games for the club.

This recovery in form helped to stop the free-fall down the table and with a third of the season gone we were sitting 13th in the table.

We suffered some further injury problems when 4 midfield players all were ruled out for between 4 and 8 weeks. Shields, Hetherington, Zabek and Johnson were out with injuries ranging from a pulled hamstring to strained knee ligaments. Thankfully despite this setback it didn't have a drastic effect on our recently improved form.

When our injured players returned to strengthen the squad again we hit an outstanding run of form. 6 wins in a row in December resulted in me winning the manager of the month award. And 8 wins from 9 games saw us shoot back up the league to occupy 7th place, just outside the playoff positions with just a third of the season to go. We also had 2 games in hand on the teams around us.

Our good form continued as we only lost 4 from the final 15 games of the season. This form helped me gain the April manager of the month award and propelled us into 5th position in the league and a playoff place.

We were drawn against Southend in the semi finals. The first leg was a cagey affair and ended 0-0 at the kennel. The second leg was much the same but despite Southend being slightly the better team we managed to snatch an 80th minute winner.

The Play off Final

A crowd of over 51000 turned up to see the game against Cardiff. It was an evenly contested game that looked to be heading for a 0-0 scoreline in the 90 minutes. Cardiff however had other ideas as they scored in the 88th minute to take the lead. The Bulldogs heads didn't drop and throwing caution to the wind we pressed forward creating several late chances. It seemed we were too late to turn this one around. Then in the first minute of stoppage time Zamaradi was tripped in the box. the ref pointed to the spot and Zamaradi picked himself up to score the equaliser and take the game into extra time.
Zamaradi struck in the 107th minute of the game to give the bulldogs the lead. Cardiff were not done yet and hit the woodwork in the final minute, but Bulldogs legend Hogarth picked up the loose ball before running to the other end and putting the ball into the open net to guarantee the win and the bulldogs promotion into the Championship.

Fixtures and Results (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/fix9a.jpg)
League Positions Graph (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/progress9.jpg)
League Table (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Table9.jpg)


Cups
In the F.A Cup wins against Brighton and Northampton earned us a 3rd round tie against premier league opposition in the form of Blackburn. We managed a superb 0-0 draw at Ewood park. The replay resulted in a sell out crowd of 8000 at the kennel. Surprisingly we almost won it. We were leading 2-1 but Blackburn equalised in the 3rd minute of stoppage time to take the game into extra time. With no more goals coming it went down to a penalty shootout, but Blackburn were too good for us. man city were the eventual winners.

The League Cup Campaign ended abruptly again as Championship side Bristol Cit knocked us out. The 2-1 loss means We still haven't won a game in this competition. The eventual winners were Burnley.

In the Johnstone's Paint Trophy we reached the southern section final where we lost out to Colchester over 2 legs. Colchester won the competition this year.


TRANSFERS

Outgoing
The only transfer of any note was Driss Faivres (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/DrissFaivre8-1.jpg) move to Partick Thistle on deadline day. He went for 750k which I think was a good deal for a player I got for free only last season.

8 youngsters left when their contracts were up.


Incoming
Pedro Xavier (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/xavier9.jpg) was recommended in a staff meeting. I signed him when our form took a huge dive shortly after we lost Burge (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/burge9.jpg)with a broken leg. He had spent 2 seasons playing regularly for Portuguese side Braga before they released him at the end of last season.




STATISTICS

Top scorer
Terry Welch (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/welch9.jpg) 23
Most Assists
Terry Welch (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/welch9.jpg) 14
Most Man OF Man
Terry Welch (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/welch9.jpg) 8
Highest Average Rating
Ian Foster (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/foster9.jpg) 7.20 from 43 starts

Harry Hogarth (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Hogarth9.jpg) was beaten to highest rated player for the first time in 9 years. He came second with 7.17 from 35 apps

Squad Statistics (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/squadstats9.jpg)



FORMER PLAYERS

Danny Ryder ( http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/ryder9.jpg) was released by Scunthorpe when his contract expired. He spent most of the season unemployed. Tranmere, Kilmarnock and Rushden were all showing an interest in him. He received an offer from Institute who play in the Northern Irish Division 1. Unless he secures a big move in the future, i will no longer be following His progress.

Following Kilmarnocks relegation from Scottish Division 1 Jason Rains (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/rains9.jpg) was snapped up by Scottish Premier League side Dundee Utd for a bargain 35k. He had a decent season making 28 starts and Dundee finished 4th, qualifying for the Euro cup.

Driss Faivre (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Faivre9.jpg) went straight into Partick Thistles first team and made 31 starts. He was one of their best players in a season that saw them finish 2nd in the league ahead of Rangers. He could get a chance to play in the champions league next season.

PLANS FOR NEXT SEASON

With 2 quick promotions I am expecting a very difficult season in the Championship. I don't expect my staff to find any free teenagers that are good enough to jump straight into the first team. I will be looking for players of potential again.


British Bulldogs Summary



Season Team League Position Achievements
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

09-10 BULLDOGS Isthmian Premier Division 3RD Promoted > playoffs
10-11 BULLDOGS Blue Square South 1ST Promoted > Champions
11-12 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 9TH
12-13 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 5TH Lost in playoff semi final
13-14 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 1ST Promoted > Champions
14-15 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 9TH
15-16 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 6TH Lost in Play-off Final & JPT Runners up
16-17 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 1ST Promoted > Champions
17-18 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 1 5TH Promoted > Playoffs

Raware
13-02-2010, 03:56
Well done on promotion WH :thup:. What a roller coaster of a last few minutes of normal time! Good to see Hogarth sealing it for you; also love his 'new face'. Definitely looks like a no nonsense defender!

Good luck in the Championship next season. It's a big step up from League One as I found out with my AFC Wimbledon save last year.

WH
13-02-2010, 12:02
Thanks Raware.

I'm expecting a tough season next time round with a real possibility of relegation on the cards. It is a big step up and the fact we skipped through League 1 so quickly could mean we are not ready for it. Especially when you take our transfer policy into account. We won't be able to just buy our way out of trouble as you could with another team. Should be a good test of character for my players in our 10th season.

WH
14-02-2010, 21:22
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

2018/19 PRE SEASON


NEWS



We received 400k as a result of wolves promotion back to the Premier League meaning they do not requiring their parachute payment anymore.

Our Link with Plymouth was terminated as we are now in the same league. My board worked quickly to arrange a new deal with Italian side Lecce which will earn us 38k per season and a friendly, once again I won't be making use of the loan option of the agreement.

We sold out our season tickets again this season. 6125 tickets were sold raising an impressive 2.8m and boosting our Bank balance to almost 5.5m at the start of the season. I expect the Kennel to be full for most games this season. The Chairman may need to develop the stadium soon as the 8000 capacity stadium is tiny compared to some of our rivals this year, if he can raise the funds of course.




SQUAD


Another set of youngsters has been promoted from the youth team. However my staff were not particularly impressed with any of them.




PRE SEASON


Pre season went fairly well, We managed 4 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. There were no injuries to report.

EXPECTATIONS

The media have predicted that we will finish 24th this season and The board just want us to fight bravely against relegation. Relegation really could be on the cards this season after two quick promotions we have not had the time to strengthen the squad sufficiently. Our pre season team meeting highlighted that we were one of the weakest teams in the league in almost every possible area apart from speed.

WH
18-02-2010, 00:37
I thought I would share some latest facegen faces I made for my players.

Hogarth.
http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/6632/harryhogarth.png

Welch
http://img718.imageshack.us/img718/231/welchv.png

Zamaradi
http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/6043/zammo.png

This is why my season update is taking so long. I must get back to playing the game. (season 3/4 finished now.)

Raware
18-02-2010, 03:27
Nice regens WH :thup:! What program have you used for them? Do you use a template/base of a player which you then alter slightly or is it completely from scratch?

WH
18-02-2010, 11:49
Hi Raware,

I downloaded the free version of faceGen from here (http://www.facegen.com). Then you need a paint program to edit them with.

You can either randomly generate a face, Make your own from scratch by tweeking various sliders or use a photo as a base in the photo fit section, then edit it to until you have what you need.

If you unpack the fm10 graphics folder with the resource archiver tool there are lots of player pics you can use as a base. Or any facepacks you may have already downloaded. (they just need to be JPG instead of PNG for the facegen program.)

I downloaded a hair pack from Here (http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php?t=169242), The guy has done a good job with them but they may need some resizing to fit with the facegen image.

TaylorB
18-02-2010, 12:33
They certainly make the game more interesting, they look very impressive. :thup: Good luck with the season ahead, I'm thinking you've avoided relegation despite your squad not having that much time to develop. KUTGW :thup:

WH
20-02-2010, 15:56
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

SEASON UPDATE - 2018/19

Media Prediction - 24th
Board expectations - Fight bravely against relegation

SEASON SUMMARY

League


We started much better than I expected we would. Not promotion form but much better than relegation form. In the first 15 games we managed to win 4 and draw 5. This form was good enough to put us in 15th place in the table, seven places above the relegation zone. With a third of the season done, I would be more than happy to end it now with us sitting in such a comfortable position.

Oliver Zamaradi (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/Zammo10.jpg) became the Bulldogs first ever full international player when he came on in the 89th minute for Congo in an African Nations qualifying game.

Our mid season form was a fraction worse but still good enough to keep us where we needed to be. We only won 3 from the next 15 games but the 6 draws we also gained meant we picked up a reasonable haul of points . With 2 thirds of the season gone we were in 17th position with 32 points. We were 10 points ahead of the last relegation place. My First target is to get 45 points which should just about keep us up using past seasons as a marker

In the January transfer window I sold Defender John hardy to Watford for 120k. I was glad to get rid of him as he was regularly missing from training and I was getting fed up with fining him.

Spanish 2nd division side Malaga bid for Defender Leon Pearce. (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/Pearce10a.jpg) Their offer of 1m upfront with 500k over 12 months and 10% of any future fee and with a friendly thrown in was too good for my chairman to refuse. Pearce is the first bulldogs player to move abroad. He had been with the club from the start 10 years ago, at the age of 16, in the Isthmian premier league.

With 2 defenders leaving, 20 year old center back Tony Burgees (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/Burgees10.jpg) was promoted from the reserves to provide cover. This is his 4th season at the club since coming through the youth academy.

In Feb I was offered the Portsmouth job. They are currently in the relegation zone of the championship. I turned them down to stick with the bulldogs.

I brought in a Youth coach (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/YouthCoach10.jpg) to help train the youngsters. He was recommended to me in a staff meeting.

Our form in the run in was slightly improved and it needed to be. The teams around us were fighting for survival and picking up more points than previously. We lost half of our final 16 games of the season but we also managed to gain 6 wins which helped us to stay out of the relegation zone. Things were looking very worrying for a while as we dropped down to 20th position just above the drop zone. But 3 wins from our final 4 games saw us move up to 17th and 11 point above the final relegation position.


Fixtures and Results (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/fixres10a.jpg)
League Positions Graph (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/progress10.jpg)
League Table (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/table10.jpg)


Cups
In the F.A Cup We beat fellow Championship side Ipswich in the 3rd round to set up a big 4th round tie against Man City, which resulted in a full house at the Kennel. Their new 25.5M striker Gonzalo Higuain was our main tormentor scoring a debut hat-trick as they thrashed us 5-1. Arsenal were the eventual winners, beating Newcastle in the final.

As for the League Cup We finally got a win under our belts in this competition with a fine display against Dagenham and Redbridge. Then did even better to beat Premier Division side West Ham in in the second round. Aston Villa proved too strong for us in the 3rd. The eventual winners were Newcastle who beat last years winners Burnley in the final.



TRANSFERS

Outgoing
The only major transfer was when pearce (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/Pearce10a-1.jpg) left for Malaga for 1.5m.

Hardy was sold to Watford for 120k just to get rid of a trouble maker.
10 more players left, most on free transfers but 1 went for 10k.


Incoming
Big center back Josh Andrews (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Andrews10.jpg) was brought in when Man Utd let him go.

Midfielder Kevin Ritchie (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Ritchie.jpg) was snapped up when his contract at rangers was not renewed.

Arsenal decided defensive midfielder Danny Miller (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/miller10.jpg) was not going to make it so I decided to give him a chance.

Keith Gosling (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Gosling10.jpg) was surplus to requirements at Everton despite being able to play Central defence and Midfield positions.

All 4 were signed as players for the future but Andrews got a few chances when Hardy and Pearce left in January.




STATISTICS

Top scorer
Oliver Zamaradi (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Zammo10.jpg) 15
Most Assists
Stephen Johnson (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/johnson10.jpg) 12
Most Man OF Man
Harry Hogarth (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Hogarth10.jpg) 6
Highest Average Rating
Harry Hogarth (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Hogarth10.jpg) 7.17 from 41 starts

Squad Statistics (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/squad10.jpg)



FORMER PLAYERS

Jason Rains (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/jasonrains10a.jpg) had a pretty average season for Dundee Utd. They finished 6th in the league and Rains has been transfer listed as not needed by the club. He wants to stay with the club but there is interest from Championship side Oldham and Premier League side Peterborough. His asking price is just 130k

Driss Faivre (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/faivre10a.jpg) had a good season at Partick Thistle. They finished third in the league and played in the champions league qualifying rounds. He is unsettled and looking for a move. Some very big clubs are interested in him including A.C.Milan, Olympiakos and Sporting CP.

Leon Pearce (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/pierce10a1.jpg) did fairly well after his move to Malaga. He played regularly and his team avoided relegation from Spanish second division, finishing 17th.



PLANS FOR NEXT SEASON

Fight to stay up.

British Bulldogs Summary



Season Team League Position Achievements
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09-10 BULLDOGS Isthmian Premier Division 3RD Promoted > playoffs
10-11 BULLDOGS Blue Square South 1ST Promoted > Champions
11-12 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 9TH
12-13 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 5TH Lost in playoff semi final
13-14 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 1ST Promoted > Champions
14-15 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 9TH
15-16 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 6TH Lost in Play-off Final & JPT Runners up
16-17 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 1ST Promoted > Champions
17-18 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 1 5TH Promoted > Playoffs
18-19 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 17TH

WH
20-02-2010, 16:03
I'm Planning to add a list of the competition winners for all the top leagues (The ones I have loaded) and international competitions for the 10 seasons so far.

If anyone wants an update on a team or player, just let me know who and i'll let you know how they are doing. (if they are in my game)

Murrayzoster
20-02-2010, 16:14
An update on Rangers please?, and great work with the Bulldogs btw :)

LCFC
20-02-2010, 17:29
Good job on avoiding relegation WH, hopefully this is a platform you can build upon and stabilise your position in the league with hopefully a mid-table finish next season. Good luck :thup:

TaylorB
20-02-2010, 19:40
Great first season WH! Done all that can be asked of you, Zamaradi looks like he should always score goals for you which is a massive bonus :thup:

WH
21-02-2010, 16:21
Thanks for the comments :thup:

@LCFC,I will be happy with another season like last, it will be difficult to stay up again this season but I would like to be safe a bit sooner than last season. we only guarenteed suvival with 3 games to go.

@Taylor B, Zamaradi has been capable of scoring at every level so far. There have been a couple of low scoring seasons for him but he is our all time league top scorer with 115 goals from 252 games. Foster is the next best with 110 goals from 284 games.

@Marrayzoster, Rangers will feature in the 10 year update but I will look to add some more detail if i find anything of interest.

WH
21-02-2010, 17:12
http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/HEADER10.jpg

Time to catch up on the goings on around the rest of the world. (I can only supply info on the leagues i have running in the background)


INTERNATIONAL


WORLD CUP


YEAR 1ST 2ND 3RD
2010 ITALY SERBIA BRAZIL
2014 ARGENTINA CROATIA SPAIN
2018 BRAZIL GERMANY TURKEY


EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS


YEAR 1ST 2ND
2012 ITALY FRANCE
2016 FRANCE ITALY


OLYMPICS


YEAR 1ST 2ND 3RD
2012 NIGERIA SPAIN GERMANY
2016 ITALY ARGENTINA FRANCE






EUROPEAN CLUB COMPETITIONS


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE


YEAR 1ST 2ND
2010 ARSENAL JUVENTUS
2011 CHELSEA A.C. MILAN
2012 R. MADRID CHELSEA
2013 AT. MADRID ROMA
2014 R. MADRID BARCELONA
2015 FC BAYERN LYON
2016 CHELSEA AT. MADRID
2017 R. MADRID BARCELONA
2018 FC BAYERN INTER
2019 JUVENTUS FC BAYERN


EUROPA LEAGUE


YEAR 1ST 2ND
2010 AT. MADRID PSV
2011 TOTTENHAM GALATASARAY
2012 SCHALKE EVERTON
2013 A.C. MILAN BORDEAUX
2014 PALERMO TOTTENHAM
2015 ROMA STUTTGART
2016 A.C. MILAN ARSENAL
2017 JUVENTUS ARSENAL
2018 NEWCASTLE LAZIO
2019 BARCELONA HSV


EUROPEAN SUPER CUP


YEAR 1ST 2ND
2010 ARSENAL AT. MADRID
2011 TOTTENAHAM CHELSEA
2012 R. MADRID SCHALKE
2013 A.C. MILAN AT. MADRID
2014 R. MADRID PALERMO
2015 FC BAYERN ROMA
2016 A.C. MILAN CHELSEA
2017 R. MADRID JUVENTUS
2018 FC BAYERN NEWCASTLE
2019




DOMESTIC LEAGUES & CUPS

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE


YEAR 1ST 2ND 3RD
2010 CHELSEA MAN UTD ARSENAL
2011 CHELSEA ARSENAL MAN UTD
2012 ASTON VILLA MAN UTD CHELSEA
2013 CHELSEA ARSENAL MAN CITY
2014 ARSENAL CHELSEA NEWCASTLE
2015 MAN UTD CHELSEA MAN CITY
2016 MAN CITY MAN UTD ARSENAL
2017 ASTON VILLA CHELSEA MAN CITY
2018 MAN UTD NEWCASTLE ARSENAL
2019 MAN UTD ARSENAL ASTON VILLA


ENGLISH FA CUP


YEAR 1ST 2ND
2010 EVERTON TOTTENHAM
2011 MAN CITY CHELSEA
2012 MAN CITY MAN UTD
2013 MAN UTD NEWCASTLE
2014 ARSENAL NEWCASTLE
2015 NEWCASTLE WOLVES
2016 BURNLEY NORWICH
2017 TOTTENHAM FULHAM
2018 MAN CITY STOKE
2019 ARSENAL NEWCASTLE


ENGLISH LEAGUE CUP


YEAR 1ST 2ND
2010 MAN CITY CHELSEA
2011 TOTTENHAM MAN UTD
2012 ARSENAL LIVERPOOL
2013 ARSENAL MAN UTD
2014 MAN CITY LIVERPOOL
2015 ARSENAL EVERTON
2016 CHELSEA MAN UTD
2017 ARSENAL WEST HAM
2018 BURNLEY BLACKBURN
2019 NEWCASTLE BURNLEY



SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE


YEAR 1ST 2ND 3RD
2010 RANGERS CELTIC ABERDEEN
2011 CELTIC RANGERS DUNDEE UTD
2012 HEARTS CELTIC RANGERS
2013 CELTIC RANGERS HEARTS
2014 CELTIC RANGERS DUNDEE UTD
2015 RANGERS CELTIC HEARTS
2016 CELTIC HEARTS RANGERS
2017 RANGERS CELTIC DUNDEE UTD
2018 CELTIC PARTICK TH. RANGERS
2019 HEARTS CELTIC PARTICK TH.


SCOTTISH CUP


YEAR 1ST 2ND
2010 CELTIC ROSS COUNTY
2011 CELTIC HIBERNIAN
2012 RANGERS CELTIC
2013 CELTIC DUNDEE UTD
2014 DUNDEE UTD HEARTS
2015 HEARTS INVERNESS
2016 CELTIC FAKLIRK
2017 RANGERS DUNDEE
2018 RANGERS DUNDEE UTD
2019 PARTICK TH. CELTIC




SPANISH LIGA BBVA


YEAR 1ST 2ND 3RD
2010 BARCELONA R. MADRID SEVILLA
2011 R.MADRID BARCELONA SEVILLA
2012 R.MADRID BARCELONA AT. MADRID
2013 BARCELONA R. MADRID AT. MADRID
2014 R.MADRID BARCELONA AT. MADRID
2015 R.MADRID AT. MADRID BARCELONA
2016 BARCELONA R. MADRID SEVILLA
2017 AT. MADRID R. MADRID BARCELONA
2018 R.MADRID SEVILLA AT. MADRID
2019 AT. MADRID R. MADRID BARCELONA



SPANISH CUP


YEAR 1ST 2ND
2010 R.MADRID BARCELONA
2011 VALENCIA BARCELONA
2012 BARCELONA ALMERIA
2013 BARCELONA AT. MADRID
2014 AT.MADRID BARCELONA
2015 BARCELONA VALENCIA
2016 BARCELONA SEVILLA
2017 R.MADRID DEPORTIVO
2018 DEPORTIVO AT. MADRID
2019 AT.MADRID MALLORCA




ITALIAN SERIE A


YEAR 1ST 2ND 3RD
2010 JUVENTUS INTER ROMA
2011 JUVENTUS INTER A.C. MILAN
2012 JUVENTUS INTER ROMA
2013 JUVENTUS ROMA INTER
2014 JUVENTUS A.C. MILAN INTER
2015 JUVENTUS INTER ROMA
2016 INTER FIORENTINA NAPOLI
2017 INTER A.C. MILAN JUVENTUS
2018 INTER JUVENTUS GENOA
2019 INTER JUVENTUS LAZIO


ITALIAN CUP


YEAR 1ST 2ND
2010 LAZIO INTER
2011 JUVENTUS FIORENTINA
2012 UDINESE ROMA
2013 JUVENTUS INTER
2014 CALGLIARI GENOA
2015 PALERMO LAZIO
2016 FIORENTIN JUVENTUS
2017 A.C. MILAN JUVENTUS
2018 FIORENTINA ROMA
2019 A.C. MILAN LAZIO




GERMAN FIRST DIVISION


YEAR 1ST 2ND 3RD
2010 FC BAYERN W. BREMEN SCHALKE
2011 FC BAYERN SCHALKE W. BREMEN
2012 FC BAYERN W. BREMEN STUTTGART
2013 FC BAYERN W. BREMEN STUTTGART
2014 FC BAYERN STUTTGART W. BREMEN
2015 FC BAYERN W. BREMEN STUTTGART
2016 FC BAYERN W. BREMEN FRANKFURT
2017 FC BAYERN HSV W. BREMEN
2018 FC BAYERN HSV STUTTGART
2019 FC BAYERN W. BREMEN STUTTGART


GERMAN CUP


YEAR 1ST 2ND
2010 FC BAYERN HSV
2011 FC BAYERN SCHALKE
2012 FC BAYERN LEVERKUSEN
2013 STUTTGART HOFFENHEIM
2014 W. BREMEN TSV EINTRACHT
2015 SCHALKE AACHEN
2016 FC BAYERN DUISBERG
2017 W. BREMEN BEILEFELD
2018 W. BREMEN LEVERKUSEN
2019 STUTTGART DORTMUND




FRENCH LIGUE 1


YEAR 1ST 2ND 3RD
2010 LYON MARSEILLE BORDEAUX
2011 LYON BORDEAUX MARSEILLE
2012 MARSEILLE LYON P.S.G
2013 LYON LOSC LILLE MARSEILLE
2014 LYON MARSEILLE BORDEAUX
2015 MARSEILLE LYON P.S.G
2016 LYON MARSEILLE P.S.G
2017 LYON MARSEILLE BORDEAUX
2018 MARSEILLE LYON BORDEAUX
2019 MARSEILLE BORDEAUX P.S.G


FRENCH CUP


YEAR 1ST 2ND
2010 FC LORIENT TOULOUSE FC
2011 CAEN NANTES
2012 BORDEAUX AUXERRE
2013 LYON BESANCON RC
2014 LOSC LILLE AUXERRE
2015 TOULOUSE FC RENNAIS
2016 TOULOUSE FC BORDEAUX
2017 MONACO BORDEAUX
2018 LYON MARSEILLE
2019 LYON RENNAIS

Murrayzoster
21-02-2010, 19:36
Thanks WH, Rangers seem to have done very poor by their standards

m1234566778
21-02-2010, 20:47
What reputation did you give the club? And also what budgets?

Really enjoying this btw.

WH
21-02-2010, 20:53
Hi Murrayzoster.

Here is some more info on Rangers.

After winning the league and Scottish league cup in 2010 Walter Smith left the club. (I can't click on him so I assume he has now retired) He was soon replaced by former Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies.

Davies spent 8 years at Rangers and won 2 SPL Titles, 3 Scottish Cups and 1 Scottish League Cup. He left to take the West Ham Job. Terry Butcher was brought in as his replacement.

Butcher was a strange choice. His only real achievement was winning Scottish First Division with Inverness CT in 2011. Butcher was in charge from November and his first season in charge saw Rangers finish a woeful 7th in the SPL.

WH
21-02-2010, 20:57
What reputation did you give the club? And also what budgets?

Really enjoying this btw.

Hi, glad your enjoying it.


From the opening post.

The British Bulldogs are a semi-professional club based in London. They play in English Non League football in the Isthmian Premier league, which is the 7th tier of Football in England. Their reputation is 1000 which is the average of all the teams in that league . They have a decent stadium nicknamed "The Kennel" that holds 8000 fans and has seating for 2000. The club have 50k in the bank and the chairman is not exceptionally wealthy as he has invested most of his cash into a state of the art youth academy and training facilities. The estimated value of the club is high due to its facilities but the reputation and finances are in line with other teams in that level of football

Murrayzoster
21-02-2010, 20:58
Thanks WH, Well i can see why Rangers struggled, Butcher is an awful manager, and Davies aint any better

CAFCIan75
21-02-2010, 21:30
Hey WH, just caught up with your progress. Congratulations on reaching the Championship hopefully the Bulldogs will make a better fist of it next season, good luck

On the subject of updates, could you if possible give me an update of how Jonjo Shelvey is doing in your game at the moment? cheers

WH
21-02-2010, 22:13
Hi CFCIan75. Thanks for the comments, here is the Jonjo update.

Jonjo Shelvey spent the 2010 season at Charlton, His 11 goals in league 1 saw him attract the interest of Premier division clubs. Fulham managed to sign him for a bargain price of 2.3 million. He made 23 league starts for Fulham but failed to score a goal.

He was loaned out to German side Schalke and performed quite well, he scored 1 goal in his time there and won his first trophy as part of Schalkes Europa league winning team. Winning this competition raised his reputation enough to get him noticed by Liverpool who signed him for 12.5 million.

He is now starting his 8th season for Liverpool and has scored 48 goals in 260 league games in his career. He has performed well throughout his career as he has an average rating of 7.25.

He was part of the England U21 team that won the U21 European Championships in 2013 and as a result was called up for his first full international later that year. He is now a regular for England and has scored 4 goals in 25 international starts.

WH
27-02-2010, 00:59
The Bulldogs are going to be on hold for a while as my computer went pop before a burning aroma started to escape from it and now won't turn on. lol.

I'm on my old laptop at the minute which has no chance of running FM.

My save game is safe on an external hard drive right up to the start of season 11. I must have sensed the the impending doom as I only decided to copy the save game a few days ago.

Any luck and i'll be able to get back into it once the repair job is done.

Shr3kk__Wpg
27-02-2010, 23:33
I'm just curious WH, what did you set your attendance levels to when you created your club? i.e avg attendence, min & max?
This kind of save seems fun and I'm keen to try one but wonder what to set the attendance to

WH
28-02-2010, 11:41
Hi Shr3kk_wpg,

Luckily i'm an old fashioned type of guy, so I wrote everything down on a notepad before I started editing :thup:

Minimum was 300 (Small but still reasonable for the starting standard)
Maximum was 10000 (Incase we made it up the pyramid)
average was 1000 (A good average for the starting league & the same as my real team Kings Lynn used to get :()

Its good fun and you can be quite competative in the lower leagues. It gets very hard to replace players with good players when you go up the leagues. ( I found my staff suggested better players in the team meetings than the scouts could find) Playing this way you do miss the thrill of big money transfers.

Let us know how you get on if you do get one started.

Shr3kk__Wpg
28-02-2010, 22:11
Thanks for the info WH. Those sound like quite reasonable attendances. I was working on this kind of save last night but have a few glitches to take care of. Did you create your team from scratch? When I try that, no FA Cup for them in the first season. I am gonna start out in the 8th level of English football I reckon.

MeLikeFM
28-02-2010, 23:09
Thanks for the info WH. Those sound like quite reasonable attendances. I was working on this kind of save last night but have a few glitches to take care of. Did you create your team from scratch? When I try that, no FA Cup for them in the first season. I am gonna start out in the 8th level of English football I reckon.

You cant compete in the FA cup until your 3 years old or something.

Shr3kk__Wpg
01-03-2010, 00:07
You cant compete in the FA cup until your 3 years old or something.

Yes, but WH created the Bulldogs and they were in the FA Cup from the 1st season

Shr3kk__Wpg
01-03-2010, 00:11
I have another question for you WH, when you created your stadium "The Kennel", did you make it expandable? Or is it a max of 8000 attendance?

WH
01-03-2010, 17:11
I made the expansion capacity 10000. I'm not sure if that means I can expand it to a max of 10000 or expand by 10000 for an 18000 capacity. I'm sure I will find out in time.

As for the Bulldogs, I created a team from scratch then moved cray out of the league and added the bulldogs to that league. I set the year they were founded to 2005, this might be why I was able to compete in the F.A. Cup, im not sure. If not then It was almost certainly down to the work of uncle ron as I used his lower league expansion form THIS THREAD (http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php?t=161216)


Computer update: My power supply had stringy bits of melted plastic coming out of it and i'm pretty sure my motherboard has had a failure too as there was some black markings around some of the components. I have some bits on order so I hope they are all I need to fix it.

Shr3kk__Wpg
01-03-2010, 18:16
[QUOTE=WH;4905499]I made the expansion capacity 10000. I'm not sure if that means I can expand it to a max of 10000 or expand by 10000 for an 18000 capacity. I'm sure I will find out in time.

Your total capacity will be a max of 10000

As for the Bulldogs, I created a team from scratch then moved cray out of the league and added the bulldogs to that league. I set the year they were founded to 2005, this might be why I was able to compete in the F.A. Cup, im not sure. If not then It was almost certainly down to the work of uncle ron as I used his lower league expansion form THIS THREAD (http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php?t=161216)

ok, so I will have to go back and set my team to a 2005 or 2006 start I guess. But i am for sure going to start in the 10th level using SuperBladesman's database

WH
06-03-2010, 18:03
My computer is now back up and running. It seems stable enough.

I will give it a good test run tomorrow as i'm due down the pub soon. ;)

Should be able to get my pre season update up tomorrow, or maybe tonight if I turn the computer on when I get home.

My aplogies if I post a drunken mess of an update later.

Let me know if you want any updates on teams or players.

WH
07-03-2010, 12:22
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

2019/20 PRE SEASON


NEWS



The board announced plans to enlarge the stadium by 2000 seats. The estimated cost is 2.5m and the work is expected to be completed in 4 months so should be ready in September. The stadium will hold 10000 when finished with seating for 4000. My chairman informed me that the council would not allow any further expansion of the Kennel as there was simply not enough space. If we are to grow in the future we will need a new home. That won't come cheap.

Despite a slight reduction in the capacity while the work is being done and a difficult season in the Championship we still sold over 5700 season tickets which brought in 2.7m and covered the cost of the stadium upgrade.

We received 400k as a result of Fulham not needing their parachute payment.




SQUAD


Another set of youngsters has been promoted from the youth team. However my staff were not particularly impressed with any of them.
I intend to thin out my reserve squad as it's getting hard to cover the Wage costs they are now 80k per week, which isn't a lot for a championship side but is hard to cover with our income. The main problem (apart from having a small ground) is that we only attract 60k per year in sponsorship.

I managed to get 3 youngsters who were released from big premier league teams. The pick of them was former Man Utd striker Ibrahim Mansaray (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/mansaray11.jpg) who has the potential to be a premier league striker according to my scout. I will add more detail in the transfers section of the end of season update.




PRE SEASON


Pre season went fairly well, We managed 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. There were no injuries to report.

EXPECTATIONS

The media have predicted that we will finish 24th this season and The board just want us to fight bravely against relegation. I'm expecting another difficult season and will be happy to fight off relegation for another season.
We now find ourselves in a difficult position. Players of the required quality are hard to come by. When players do start to shine at this level, bigger clubs come in for them and in most cases we have to let them go for a good offer. We could be fighting relegation from this level on an yearly basis, if we can stay up.

Raware
08-03-2010, 04:07
My computer is now back up and running. It seems stable enough.

I will give it a good test run tomorrow as i'm due down the pub soon. ;)

Should be able to get my pre season update up tomorrow, or maybe tonight if I turn the computer on when I get home.

My aplogies if I post a drunken mess of an update later.

Let me know if you want any updates on teams or players.

Glad to hear your computer is back up and running :thup:. Like me, it would have been a shame to lose all the hard work you've put into your save.

WH
08-03-2010, 11:17
I don't know why but suddenly one day I thought I need a back up of this save. Then a day later my computer dies. lol.
In the end it wasn't anything to do with my hard drive, but I will save an extra copy after every season from now on just in case.

Glad your still looking in:thup:

WH
08-03-2010, 17:04
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

SEASON UPDATE - 2019/20

Media Prediction - 24th
Board expectations - Fight bravely against relegation

SEASON SUMMARY

League


We lost 2 players before a ball had been kicked. Burge (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BURGE11A.jpg), our most experienced Keeper and Kinsella (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/KINSELLA11A.jpg)a very experienced midfielder. Both had decided they wanted to move to bigger clubs. They were sold for 1m each. I couldn't really hold out for any more as they were in the last year of their contracts and likely to go for free at the end of the season. Burge went to Derby and Kinsella went to Sheff Wednesday. They will be lining up against us in the Championship this season.

The season started poorly with the Bulldogs struggling to pick up wins. We lost 9 of the first 15 games and were in 20th position just a couple of points off the bottom. We needed a big improvement to avoid a relegation battle this year.

We managed to sign Scottish striker Michael Creaney (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/creaney11.jpg) after he was released by Hearts. My assistant tells me he is now the best striker at the club. Unfortunately after 4 games for us he suffered a broken ankle (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/creaney11injured.jpg) while away with the Scottish U20 squad. He will be out for up to 3 months. More bad news as Richmond (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/richmond11.jpg) broke his leg in a training ground collision and is set to miss 5 to 6 months.

Just before Xmas I was approached by Bristol City to become their new manager. They offered 2100 per week in wages. Bulldogs only pay me 850 per week but I turned them down to continue with the Bulldogs.

With the transfer window drawing close I was preparing myself for a battle to keep my squad together. 12 of my 22 man first team squad were attracting interest from across the U.K.

Thankfully we tightened things up tactically and had a big improvement in form. We only lost 5 of the next 15 games and 7 wins in that period helped us to 16th in the table. I was also awarded manager of the month for our fine December form.

January saw us fighting 3 battles. The first was on the pitch as we fought to keep our good form and stay clear of our relegation rivals, We were doing well and had a 10 point cushion.
The second was a fight against a horrendous injury crisis (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/feckinginjuries11.jpg) which saw us with 9 first team players missing and we had to draft youth team players in to fill the bench. We had 16 of the whole squad out injured during the worst part of it.
The third was a battle to keep my squad together as a host of teams tried to poach my players. I did quite well to scare most of them off when quoting the prices it would take to sign my best players. My chairman took it upon himself to accept a 1.7m offer from Palermo for Mansaray (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/mansaray11b.jpg). 1.7m profit for 6 months is very good but I can't improve my team if my brightest prospects are sold before they have a chance to develop into good quality players.

Our form in the final third of the season was even better. We pulled away from the relegation zone with the help of 7 wins and 6 draws from the final 16 games of the season. We were much more solid in defence which was the major reason for us only losing 3 games during that period. We finished the season in 8th position which was an amazing improvement from last season and didn't look like a possible outcome with our poor start to this season.



Fixtures and Results (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/fixres11a.jpg)
League Positions Graph (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/progress11.jpg)
League Table (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Table11.jpg)


Cups
In the F.A Cup we lost 1-0 to Plymouth in the 3rd round. Plymouth are managed by former Chelsea's player Joe Cole. Liverpool won the competition, its the first trophy they have won in 14 years.

In the League Cup we beat Dagenham & Redbridge to reach the second round but were beaten by Premier League side Sunderland. Man City Won the Competition.



TRANSFERS

Outgoing
Mansaray was a former Man Utd striker who was sold for 1.7m 6 months after we picked him up for free.
Kinsella left for Sheff Wed for 1m after deciding he wanted to move to a bigger club.
Burge, same as above but to Derby for 1m.
Plus 10 other players left as I thinned out my reserve and youth squads, most went for free as only 25k was made from these transfers.


Incoming
Apart from Mansaray (above) and Creaney, (mentioned in the season report) I brought in former Man City fullback Georgiou (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/georgiou11.jpg) and former Chelsea youngster osman (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/osman11.jpg) who also plays fullback. Both were signed as players with the potential to make it into the first team.




STATISTICS

Top scorer
Welch (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/welch11.jpg) 21
Most Assists
Hetherington (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/hetherington11.jpg) 15
Most Man OF Man
Hogarth (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/hogarth11.jpg) 6
Highest Average Rating
Creaney (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/creaney11b.jpg) 7.52 from 19 apps.

Squad Statistics (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/squad11-1.jpg)



FORMER PLAYERS


Rains (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/rains11.jpg) was surplus to requirements at Dundee Utd This season. He played 7 times for them mainly as a sub before he was sold to Huddersfield for 180k. He played 13 times for Huddersfield and played against the Bulldogs for the first time toward the end of the season.

Faivre (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/faivre11.jpg) secured an incredible 6.75m move to Spanish top division side Zaragoza. He now earns 17,5k per week. He played 27 times in the Spanish first division scoring 1 goal.

Pearce (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/pierce11.jpg) Played 33 times for Malaga as they improved to finish 6th in the Spanish second division. Despite this Peirce was unhappy and wanted to be transfer listed as he feels he should be a first team regular.

Kinsella (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/kinsela11b.jpg) played 35 times for Sheff Wednesday this season. They finished third in the league and were unlucky to miss out on a chance to play in the premier league after losing in the playoffs.

Burge (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BURGE11b.jpg) only played twice for Derby this season and as a result he wants to leave the club. Burge definitely made the wrong decision to move as Derby were relegated from the Championship this season after finishing 22nd.

Mansaray (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/mansaray11c.jpg) Injuries restricted him to just 1 start for Palermo. Despite this he was called up to the Sierra Leone squad and he has scored 2 goals from 4 internationals so far.




PLANS FOR NEXT SEASON

Would be great to repeat the top half finish but a lot depends on the chairman and whether he will sell our best players from under me. I don't mind too much if he is putting the money toward a new stadium but I can't see that happening just yet.

British Bulldogs Summary



Season Team League Position Achievements
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

09-10 BULLDOGS Isthmian Premier Division 3RD Promoted > playoffs
10-11 BULLDOGS Blue Square South 1ST Promoted > Champions
11-12 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 9TH
12-13 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 5TH Lost in playoff semi final
13-14 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 1ST Promoted > Champions
14-15 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 9TH
15-16 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 6TH Lost in Play-off Final & JPT Runners up
16-17 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 1ST Promoted > Champions
17-18 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 1 5TH Promoted > Playoffs
18-19 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 17TH
19-20 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 8TH

WH
14-03-2010, 00:44
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

2020/21 PRE SEASON


NEWS



During the course of last season and the close season I decided to replace my feeder clubs as I wanted my loaned out youngsters to play at a higher level. Burton Albion were the first club confirmed who play in the Blue Square Premier and Exeter who have just been relegated to league 2 were also affiliated.

I decided to bring another physio (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/physio.jpg) in to help out in case we have another injury crisis like last season. I also brought in the Bulldogs first goal keeping coach. (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/gk.jpg)

We received a total of 800k as a result of Fulham and Leeds not needing their parachute payments.

I signed a new 4 year deal at the Bulldogs for 1800 per week, thats a 950 per week pay rise, I assume my chairman was getting worried by the offers I was receiving from fellow Championship clubs.

More than 6000 season tickets were sold for this season and that brought in almost 3.2m to boost our bank balance to 7.7m as the season began. We are currently spending just under 90k per week on wages



SQUAD


Another set of youngsters has been promoted from the youth team. Once again they were average at best looking at my coach reports. Although keeper Tristan Tanner (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/tristantanner12.jpg) might become a decent player as he developes.






PRE SEASON


Pre season went very well, We won 5 and lost just 1. There were a few minor injuries and unfortunately we lost Club Captain Harry Hogarth for up to 2 months when he tore his knee ligaments.

EXPECTATIONS

The media have predicted that we will finish 14th this season and The board are expecting a safe mid table position this season, I hope to achieve this but it will be easier if the chairman lets me keep some of my better prospects for a bit longer, instead of selling them for a couple of million pounds. If we sell our top players now we need to be looking for more money in my opinion.

BoundedCascade
14-03-2010, 07:39
Brilliant thread mate!

Question though, where did you get those fancy pictures for the regens?

WH
14-03-2010, 12:55
Thanks mate, glad your enjoying it.

As for the regen faces, I used a facegen program to generate them. Then edited and added hair in a paint program.

Facegen Download link in this thread. (http://community.sigames.com/showpost.php?p=4564081&postcount=614)

There is also an old thread here (http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php?t=27758&highlight=regen+style) where I first spotted them.

I downloaded the hair pack from Here (http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php?t=169242)

Hope this helps.

WH
23-03-2010, 22:41
On the subjest of regen faces, i added one for my striker Ian Foster.

Here is the origional and his new one to compare.
http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/fozzie12.jpg
I tried to make the features on his new one as simular to the origional as possible, but more realistic.

I have finished my latest season and am now writing it up and uploading screenshots. It should be posted up tomorrow evening if all goes to plan.

WH
24-03-2010, 20:30
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH COCA-COLA CHAMPIONSHIP

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

SEASON UPDATE - 2020/21

Media Prediction - 14th
Board expectations - Safe mid table position

SEASON SUMMARY

League


Our early season form was much improved when compared to recent seasons. We were riding high among the play off positions until 3 losses on the bounce saw us drop rapidly. With the first third of the season completed we were in 12th position and already a long way toward achieving our goals for this season.

There was lots of interest in my top striker Creaney (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/creaney11b.jpg) . Marseilles and west ham were the main teams interested in his services but i slapped a 10m price tag on his head in the hope of scaring them off. My main concern was that any cash offer was likely to be accepted by my chairman and he was a player I didn't want to lose on the cheap.

We continued to play well and actually improved during the mid season period. Over the next 15 games we only lost 3 games and won an incredible 9 games. We were free scoring now and comfortably the top scorers in the championship at this point. With just 16 games to go we were in an impressive 4th place in the league with a very good chance of making a play off position.

As the transfer window opened The interest in Striker Creaney has intensified due to his incredible goal scoring form. He has scored 18 in 28 games and is now attracting interest from Lyon, Dortmund, Bayern, Juventus and athletico Madrid. I put a price tag of 20m on his head in the hope of reducing the chance of a low offer being accepted by my chairman. I think its inevitable that i will lose him soon but i want to get as much for him as possible. Its strange that he is attracting these teams as he was deemed not good enough for Hearts in the Scottish premier league not so long ago.

Our recent form also helped me to win the Manager of the month award for December.

We managed to keep Creaney through the transfer window and were rewarded with some more fine form from him and our other star striker Welch (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/welch11.jpg). During the final third of the season we won 9, drew 3 and lost only 4. This helped us to cement our place in the playoffs as we finished the season in an impressive 3rd position. We were also the top scorers in the Championship this season with 89 goals. Both Creaney and Welch scored over 25 goals this season.

Play-offs

In the semi finals we were up against Steven Gerrard's Wolves side. We went at them in the away leg and caught them by surprise. We beat them 4-0 and set ourselves up perfectly for the second leg at the Kennel. We held them to a 1-1 draw and also managed to rest some players as we comfortably made our way to the playoff finals and another trip to wembley, our 5th in 12 years.

A crowd of 59000 turned up to watch as the Bulldogs ran riot against Sol Campbell's Middlesborough' side. Our free scoring side were 4-1 up by half time and the Bulldogs fans were partying in the stands as a place in the premier league was all but guaranteed. 'Boro pulled one back but 2 more from Creaney wrapped it up as he completed his hat-trick and the Bulldogs won promotion with a brilliant 6-2 win.

So after 12 season we have battled our way to the top division. We face an even tougher battle to stay there.


Fixtures and Results (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/fixres12a.jpg)
League Positions Graph (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/progress12.jpg)
League Table (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/table12.jpg)



Cups
In the F.A Cup we lost 2-1 to premier league side Sunderland in the 3rd round. Newcastle won the competition.

In the League Cup we beat Exeter and Southend to reach the third round but were thrashed 4-0 by Aston Villa. Arsenal Won the Competition after losing in last years final.



TRANSFERS

Outgoing
16 Players left as we tried to keep our wage budget as low as possible. 800K was raised through the sale of these reserve players who looked unlikely to make the grade.


Incoming
18 year old former West Ham youth team striker Oliver Sithole (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/sithole12.jpg) was signed and loaned out to feeder club Burton.
Former Man Utd Defensive Midfielder Guy Webb (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/webb12.jpg) Was snapped up and also loaned out, this time to Exeter.
Adaptable defender / midfielder Jeff Pears (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/pears12.jpg) a Former Blackburn player was snapped up when he was dumped by the premier league club.

All 3 were signed with the hope they might one day develop into players good enough to represent the first team. They are not at that standard yet but my staff say they have some potential for improvement.




STATISTICS

Top scorer
Creaney (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/creaney12.jpg) 29
Most Assists
Johnson (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/johnson12.jpg) 12
Most Man OF Match
Creaney 7
Highest Average Rating
Creaney 7.58

Squad Stats (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/squad12.jpg)



FORMER PLAYERS


Rains (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/rains12.jpg) made 20 appearances for Huddersfield this season as they finished 11th in the Championship. He is attracting interest from Premier league sides Leeds and West Ham.

Faivre (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/faivre12.jpg) made 37 apps for Zaragoza this year as they finished 7th in the Spanish top division.

Pearce (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/pierce12.jpg) made 34 apps for Malaga this year but still feels that he is not a first team regular. He will probably leave at the end of this season as his contract is up. Mallorca from the Spanish top division are monitoring the situation.

Kinsella (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/kinsella12.jpg) played 19 times for the Championship winners this season but unfortunately has fallen out of favour and been moved to the reserve team and transfer listed. Looks like he could miss out on the chance to play in the premier league

Burge (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/burge12.jpg) Played 36 times for Derby as they made the playoffs in league 1. They missed out on promotion. I bet he wishes he didn't move to a bigger club now.

Mansaray (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/mansaray12.jpg) Only played twice for Palermo this season. He is one for the future and has been made available for loan.




PLANS FOR NEXT SEASON

Try to make enough money for a new stadium. 10000 won't be big enough to support a premier league squad.Try to stay up!

British Bulldogs Summary



Season Team League Position Achievements
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

09-10 BULLDOGS Isthmian Premier Division 3RD Promoted > playoffs
10-11 BULLDOGS Blue Square South 1ST Promoted > Champions
11-12 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 9TH
12-13 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 5TH Lost in playoff semi final
13-14 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 1ST Promoted > Champions
14-15 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 9TH
15-16 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 6TH Lost in Play-off Final & JPT Runners up
16-17 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 1ST Promoted > Champions
17-18 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 1 5TH Promoted > Playoffs
18-19 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 17TH
19-20 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 8TH
20-21 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 3RD Promoted> Playoffs

hrbfcrule
24-03-2010, 20:59
Congratz on reaching the premiership

Really enjoyed reading this thread Keep it Up:thup:

LCFC
24-03-2010, 23:01
The promised land! Well done mate, been quite a journey but you made it and lets hope you can stay there :thup:

Quite funny to come up against both Sol Campbell's and Steven Gerrard's teams in the play-offs.

WH
25-03-2010, 17:45
Thanks for the comments guys.

I'm very pleased to get to the premier league, it was through the back door as I have not won a league since League 2. I really don't expect to be good enough to stay there, but i've felt the same after the last 2 promotions so you never know.

I think my players are performing way above their ability as my coach reports still say things like "Would be a decent player for most League 1 sides". My star player Creaney's coach report is the best, it says "would be a leading star for most Championship sides."

As for former players who are now managers. As well as Gerrard and Campbell I also came up against Nicky Butt when he Replaced Joe Cole at Plymouth. Richard Dunne at Swansea, Phill Jagielka at Swindon and Rio Ferdinand was Notts County manager (With Gerrard as his no2) until he got the sack when they were relegated from the premier division.

WH
27-03-2010, 16:06
Forgot to mention I upgraded to the third patch at the start of the 2019/20 season. (More injuries but a better match engine, in my opinion it's an improvement)

My pre season update should be done for this evening. But DVD'S, beer and a curry are beckoning tonight as well as an "early night" ;) suggested by the wife. So forgive me if it does not appear.

edit: I just found out the early night is because the grand prix is on at 6am and the clocks go forward tonight. lol.

WH
28-03-2010, 11:15
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH PREMIER DIVISION

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

2021/22 PRE SEASON


NEWS



We brought a premier league legend in to mark our introduction to the premier league. Frank Lampard (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/fatfrank.jpg) was signed as coach.

The board announced plans to add 6000 seats to make the Kennel a 10000 all seater stadium to comply with premier league rules. They must have negotiated a good deal as it is due to cost only 775k and will take 10 months to complete the work.
We will be ground sharing with West Ham until the work has been completed.
I found it quite amusing that if the Hammers fans want to see premier league football at Upton Park this season, they will have to come and watch the Bulldogs, as West Ham were relegated last season.

We were leaking money last season and made a loss of more than 3.5m.
This season saw a jump in player wages as their contract clauses kicked in to raise their wages by 25%. The weekly wage bill for our squad is now 138k. Thats not that bad when you consider several premier league players earn more than that alone. Akinfeev (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/akinfeeve.jpg) and Aguero (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/aguero.jpg) for example.
The premier league t.v. money of 29.4m will be a big bonus to us for this season.
We also negotiated a new 5 year kit sponsorship deal worth 1.1m per season. These financial boosts saw us with a healthy 7m in the bank as the season started.

Our link with Lecce has now been terminated as it was "not utilised enough to make it viable" I don't mind as I never asked for a Parent club and It goes against my transfer policy to use the loan arrangements. The only real benefit is the 30k that they paid us each season.



SQUAD


The new intake of youth players arrived, Darren Molloy (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/molloy13.jpg) looks a good prospect.

Unfortunately Zamaradi (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/zammo13.jpg) has fallen down the pecking order, he wants to be a first team regular but my staff inform me that he is not good enough for the team. He is rated as a good League 2 striker by my assistant. I decided to Transfer list him.
21 year old Reserve striker Jason Watts (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/watts13.jpg) will be given a chance in the first team. He came through the youth team 6 years ago and has scored 38 league goals from 69 starts whilst on loan at lower league clubs. It's a big ask of him to play in the premier league but if he does not make the grade I may use stephen Johnson (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/johnson12.jpg) as a striker instead of in midfield as I have more options in Midfield.






PRE SEASON


The friendly matches went well as we won 6 drew 1 and lost 1. The loss was against Man Utd and only 1-0, I'd be happy enough with that in the league.

EXPECTATIONS

The board expect us to fight bravely against relegation and the media have us as hot favorites to finish bottom. I think relegation is quite probable this time. I just hope there are 3 teams worse than us.

pn75
30-03-2010, 11:52
Great read and excellent work so far.... i'm inspired!

Paggioram
30-03-2010, 12:32
Amazing WH to see the mighty Bulldogs make the premier league. You must be a club Icon now. I am looking forward to seeing how the kids do at Old Trafford, Anfield etc.

I always knew you would get there eventually.

EvilDave
30-03-2010, 12:47
I'll echo what Paggioram just said - amazing to see you reach the top flight and so quickly at that. It'll be interesting to see if your 'decent League 1' players can continue to punch above their weight and keep you up, good luck!

WH
31-03-2010, 01:05
Thanks for the comments im glad your enjoying it.


You must be a club Icon now.

Supprisingly I don't even feature on the Favoured Personnel list. This could be because I started it with the 10.1 patch. There were reported issues with it being impossible to get on the legends and icons list.

Its amazing how these players have continued to perform each time we go up. Foster has been in the team since the Isthmian Premier and scored goals at every level. (More than 130 league goals in 12 seasons)

Although we have not been good enough to win a league since League 2, I can't complain about going up through the play offs with this transfer policy.

jayahr
31-03-2010, 14:51
I just read through the whole thread. Truly great work and a great read on top of that!! :):thup:
This thread really makes me wish I could spend more time on the game. Then I could try and create a similar challenge for myself as well :(

But as that is not to be, I'm left reading this. Now I'm really looking forward to see how your fortune will be in the Prem. Fingers crossed. :)

WH
31-03-2010, 23:39
Thanks for taking the time to read through (it must have taken ages) and thanks for the comments.

If you find more time to play, be sure to post your progress in here, there are some great threads to read through.

My season should be finished and updated some time over the weekend. (as long as real life doesn't take over ;))

jayahr
01-04-2010, 13:27
Thanks for taking the time to read through (it must have taken ages) and thanks for the comments.

I'm at work, so no worries ;)



If you find more time to play, be sure to post your progress in here, there are some great threads to read through.
I actually thought of giving that a go as I'm playing a nice special game started just in 2012 with a few mods, but I wonder who on here would wait for around 6 weeks to finally get a new season's update from me... :(


My season should be finished and updated some time over the weekend. (as long as real life doesn't take over ;))
Real life is vastly overrated ;)

CAFCIan75
01-04-2010, 20:21
Just caught up WH, congrats on the promotion to the Premier League, I'm sure the youngsters will continue to do you proud.

Good luck for the coming season

WH
01-04-2010, 23:14
Thanks and Welcome back mate.

Any progress with your saves?

WH
02-04-2010, 11:45
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH PREMIER DIVISION
http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

SEASON UPDATE - 2021/22

Media Prediction - 20th
Board expectations - Fight Bravely against relegation

SEASON SUMMARY

League


We surprised ourselves during the first third of the season as we managed 4 wins and 2 draws from the first 12 games, including a fantastic 4-3 win over Man Utd and a 1-1 draw against Liverpool. We were also on the wrong end of a few thrashings from our 6 losses, including a 4-0 stuffing from Everton. Things were going much better than expected though and we were in 16th place at this point of the season just ahead of Liverpool and the 3 teams in the relegation spots, Sheff Wed, Peterborough and Notts County. If I can just stay ahead of these 3 I'll be happy.

Stoke offered me their managers job after Gary Megaon left to take the recently vacant Liverpool job. It was worth 20,500 per week. Much more than my 1800 but you know the story by now so i turned it down.

Our mid season was even stronger than our starting form. 5 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses during this period saw us gain a few positions in the table and move up to 13th. we increased the points gap between us and the relegation zone. We were 14 points ahead of Sheffield Wednesday who occupied 18th (the final relegation spot)
It wasn't all good news as Man Utd got revenge for our win early in the season when they thrashed us 4-0 and we were starting to suffer some injuries. Andrews (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/andrews13.jpg) was out for a month with a groin strain and Farrell (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/farrell13inj.jpg) (see transfers) tore his calf muscle and was ruled out for 4 months.

In January Zamaradi (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/zammo13-1.jpg) went to Walsall in the championship for a fee of 50k. It was a real shame to let him go because he was a long serving player who had been very successful. He had scored 118 league goals in 286 league games for the bulldogs and was still the only bulldogs player to have represented his country during his time at the club, playing 3 times for DR Congo. In the end he just wasn't good enough to get back into the team.

With just a third of the season left to go, it looked like it would take a major collapse for us to get drawn into the relegation fight.

Final third of the season we managed 4 wins and 2 draws. This helped us to comfortably avoid relegation with a fine 13th position in the table. The 7 losses from these final 13 games showed we are still some way from being comfortable in the league. My challenge was to stay up and we were 20 points above Sheffield Wednesday who finished in 18th, the final relegation spot.

With just 3 games to go Blackburn offered me their managers position, it was worth 26k per week but i wasn't interested and they were below me in the league as well.

we received 8.25m for final league position. Add that to the t.v. money and the higher gate receipts we ended the season with 29m in the bank, 27.5m profit for this season.

I received some more good news after the season had finished.

The Bulldogs board have today announced that the club have been granted planning permission to build a new stadium. Construction of Bulldogs stadium will cost around 72m, although this figure will be offset by the 11m the club will receive by selling the Kennel. The board have secured a loan of 61.02m to help finance the stadium project. Additional funding has been secured with a stadium sponsorship deal worth 30.36m. The new stadium is scheduled to be finished on Monday 24th June 2024 and will boast under soil heating and a capacity of around 27750.



Fixtures and Results (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/fixres13a.jpg)
League Positions Graph (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/progress13.jpg)
League Table (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/table13.jpg)



Cups
In the F.A Cup We beat Sheffield Utd and Notts County before a loss to championship side Millwall in the 5th round. We will get our chance to avenge the defeat next season as they won promotion to the premier league. Arsenal went on to win the cup and complete the double. This is their 13th F.A. Cup victory and they are now the team who have won it the most.

In the League Cup we won against Walsall before Spurs beat us 3-1 in the 3rd round. Man city went on to win the competition.



TRANSFERS

Outgoing
7 players left for a combined fee of 350k. Apart from Zamaradi (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/zammo13-1.jpg) they were all reserve and youth players.


Incoming
Man Utd let 19 year old keeper Walsh (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/walsh13.jpg) leave, we signed him as he has the potential to be as good as our first choice keeper.
When Arsenal let Midfielder Farrell (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/farrell13.jpg) leave we took him in as he has the potential to be a decent premier league player. He was on the fringe of the first team from the start. The future looks good for this 18 year old.
18 Year old former Newcastle striker, Patterson (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/patterson13.jpg) was signed in the hope he could one day make the first team. After signing him my assistant said we should transfer list him as he is not good enough. I'll give him a bit of time. He was sent to Burton for the season.




STATISTICS

Top scorer
Welch (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/welch13.jpg) 18
Most Assists
Danby (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/danby13.jpg) 10
Most Man OF Match
Welch 5
Highest Average Rating
Danby 7.28 from 15 apps

Squad Stats (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/squad13.jpg)



FORMER PLAYERS


Rains (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/rains13.jpg) played 28 times for Huddersfield this season. They seem to have converted him to a left winger, he scored twice as Huddersfield narrowly miss out on a play off position. They finished 8th in the championship this season.

Faivre (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/faivre13.jpg) Played 45 times for Zaragoza who finished a respectable 5th in the Spanish top division. He scored 4 goals and assisted 8 times this season.

Pearce (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/pierce.jpg) was without a club for much of the season after his contract at Malaga expired. He eventually signed for Inverness CT who finished 5th in the Scottish premier division. He played 11 times this season.

Kinsella (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/kinsella13.jpg) spent the whole season in the Sheffield Wednesday reserve side this season. He is not wanted by the club and on the transfer list. His contract runs out at in June. I'll see where he ends up before I decide if I will continue to follow his progress.

Burge (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/burge13.jpg) Spent the season as Blackburn's 3rd choice keeper. He is currently being watched by Scottish premier league side Partick Thistle.

Mansaray (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/mansaray13.jpg) Played 6 times and scored once for Palermo who finished 5th in Serie A this season.

Zamaradi (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/zammo13-1.jpg) Went to Walsall in the championship played twice for them and was then put in the reserves. He is now transfer listed and his contract runs out in June. Walsall were relegated to league 1. He is another one who might not get an update if he drops too low.





PLANS FOR NEXT SEASON

More of the same. I just want to stay away from a relegetion battle. I need to renew a few contracts for some key players so I may need to start to pay my players some decent wages. My current top earner is on 12.75k per week, thats not a premier league playes wage. My budget should be a bit higher now we have some money in the bank. fingers crossed.

British Bulldogs Summary



Season Team League Position Achievements
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

09-10 BULLDOGS Isthmian Premier Division 3RD Promoted > playoffs
10-11 BULLDOGS Blue Square South 1ST Promoted > Champions
11-12 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 9TH
12-13 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 5TH Lost in playoff semi final
13-14 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 1ST Promoted > Champions
14-15 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 9TH
15-16 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 6TH Lost in Play-off Final & JPT Runners up
16-17 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 1ST Promoted > Champions
17-18 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 1 5TH Promoted > Playoffs
18-19 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 17TH
19-20 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 8TH
20-21 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 3RD Promoted> Playoffs
21-22 BULLDOGS Premier Division 13th

MeLikeFM
02-04-2010, 23:31
Really no need for a loan that big :confused:

WH
03-04-2010, 08:22
It was unusual, they didn't touch any of the 29m we had in the bank. They could have reduced the loan by 15/20m if they used some of that cash.

Saying that, I still think it will be affordable.

WH
04-04-2010, 20:16
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH PREMIER DIVISION

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

2022/23 PRE SEASON



NEWS




The board are now starting to take money out of the club, they paid out 11.2m dividends to its shareholders. I can't complain too much as they have backed me fairly well so far and spent money when needed to improve the stadium.

Our loan payments have started and will cost 416k per month for the next 15 years. This should be affordable with the T.V. money, Stadium Sponsorship and extra gate money when we move into the new stadium. The key will be staying in the premier league.

Stuart Pearce left his post as England Manager after leading them to victory in the 2022 world cup. Well done Psycho :thup:




SQUAD


The new intake of youth players arrived. Mason (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/mason14.jpg) and Massey (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/massey14.jpg) both look promising prospects.

Left back Steven Page (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/page14.jpg) left us as he refused to sign a new contract and wanted to move to a bigger club. He went to Ipswich in the league below for 700k. I was not too worried as Georgiou had made that position his own by now anyway.

My plans had to change when Dinamo Kiev signed previously mentioned young wingback Stephen Georgiou. (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/georgiou13-1.jpg) Their 11.5m offer was just too good to turn down.

20 year old Thomas Foley (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/foley14.jpg) was promoted to the first team to cover the left back spot, he came through the youth academy 5 years ago and will have to be thrown in at the deep end until we can find some more cover.






PRE SEASON


The friendly matches went well with 4 wins a draw and a loss. There were no major problems with injuries to worry about.

EXPECTATIONS

The board expect us to fight bravely against relegation and the media have us as favorites to finish bottom. I'll be trying to keep out of any relegation battles if I can.

RichG
06-04-2010, 12:09
72m for 27,750 seats. You had better hope ticket prices are high in the new stadium or debts will cripple you.

Any idea of the term on the stadium sponsorship? Kind of cool though the board can go out and secure loans for ground development so as not to touch your transfer budget for the season. Looking forward to my Italian Legacy game now and hope i get a mega stadium when/if i get to serie A. Bring on the debt :)

Toasty
06-04-2010, 13:02
This is a fantastic thread, best of luck in your second season in the Premiership.

Christy Farrell looks like he'll be a star for you. The next Harry Hogarth, we can only hope!

dragonheat
06-04-2010, 14:02
how are the mighty whites of leeds doing ( for some strange reason I think they probably still in league 1 )

WH
06-04-2010, 19:22
Thanks for commenting guys.


72m for 27,750 seats. You had better hope ticket prices are high in the new stadium or debts will cripple you.

Any idea of the term on the stadium sponsorship? Kind of cool though the board can go out and secure loans for ground development so as not to touch your transfer budget for the season. Looking forward to my Italian Legacy game now and hope I get a mega stadium when/if I get to serie A. Bring on the debt :)

Its a big loan but I think we can live with it. We don't spend money on transfers so don't need too much spare cash kicking around.
Our current season tickets are 734 and match day tickets are 41.90. At those prices if we manage to fill the new stadium we should be OK.
The stadium sponsorship deal is 3.03 million per year, spread over 10 years. We might lose money for 2 years while we wait to move into the new stadium but with almost 30m in the bank it gives us a good cushion


This is a fantastic thread, best of luck in your second season in the Premiership.

Christy Farrell looks like he'll be a star for you. The next Harry Hogarth, we can only hope!

Thanks Toasty, I'm enjoying playing and writing it up so I'm glad others are enjoying it too.
Farrell looks like he will turn into a real quality player, I hope we can keep him long enough for him to become a legend like Hogarth. (I still can't believe he has done so well for so many seasons.)


how are the mighty whites of Leeds doing ( for some strange reason I think they probably still in league 1 )

Here is last seasons Premier League Table (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/table13.jpg), so better than you expected. I'll add a more detailed update of their progress shortly.

RichG
07-04-2010, 09:39
What are your cup expectations?

Whilst i can see you are fighting against relegation how are other requirements going? Do they expect and cup glory yet?

WH
07-04-2010, 20:36
Hello again Rich.

Thankfully my board currently have very low expectations in the cup. For the FA Cup we are expected to make the 4th round. As we enter in the 3rd, thats just 1 win. The league cup is also 4th round by we need 2 wins as we enter the second round for this.

WH
07-04-2010, 21:04
@ Dragonheat.

Here is the Leeds Update.

Leeds finished 3rd in League 1 in 2009/10 and suffered the agony of a play off defeat. They repeated the feat the next season but were on the winning team at wembley to gain a place in the Championship.

In 3 solid seasons, Leeds proved themselves to be a strong Championship side. Then in 2014/15 they once again finished 3rd and once again felt the agony of a playoff loss. It took 2 more years for Leeds to challenge again and in the 2016/17 season they went one better finishing runners up to Fulham to secure a long awaited return to the premier league.

The glory was short lived as Leeds finished bottom and came crashing back down. Grayson parted company with Leeds after this and soon took over at Reading. (Reading were relegated to League 1 in Graysons first season in charge, but they stuck with him and he guided them to the Championship as champions in the 2020/21 season)

Leeds appointed Steve Staunton as manager and in 2 seasons he led them back to the top flight, finishing as runners up to Millwall.

A solid season saw them finish mid table and reach the FA Cup final, but Newcastle were too strong for them. After another mid table finish the following year Leeds seem to have established themselves as a decent premier league side.

WH
11-04-2010, 10:41
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH PREMIER DIVISION
http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

SEASON UPDATE - 2022/23

Media Prediction - 20th
Board expectations - Fight Bravely against relegation

SEASON SUMMARY

League


A surprisingly good start with 2 wins and 2 draws from the first 4 games was quickly followed by a very worrying run with 7 losses from the next 9 games. We did face some good sides in that spell including Man Utd and City, Leaders Sunderland, second placed spurs, third placed Villa, Newcastle and Defending Champions Arsenal. Another worrying fact is that Creaney is the only striker who seems to be capable of scoring at the moment. Despite this big dip in form we were still doing enough to achieve our goals. We were sitting in 14th position with the first third of the season completed and we were 7 points ahead of the final relegation spot.

It took until the 16th premier league game of the season for Welch and Watts to finally score their first goals of the season. Foster has also only scored once this season. It means we are relying completely on Creaney at the moment and thats Simply not good enough from my other strikers. I don't have too many options to change it at the moment as none of my younger strikers are quite ready to play in the first team. All I can do is hope they can chip in with a few goals each until a striker of suitable quality becomes available. Teenage Premier league quality strikers don't come along very often, especially on free transfers.

During the second part of the season we continued in good form. During the next 13 games we won 4, drew 5 and lost just 4. This run of results saw big positives with wins against Everton and Big spending Millwall, draws against Man Utd, Liverpool and High Flying Sunderland. But on a negative note we were thrashed 5-1 away to Burnley just to make sure we still had our feet on the ground. Some of our other strikers were starting to help out in the goal scoring department. With a third of the season remaining we occupied 11th position in the league and were 11 points clear of the relegation zone.

In the final third of the season we proved we were now deserving of our place in the Premier League. Our form continued to be good enough to stay clear of the relegation scrap. we had 5 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses in the final 13 games. We even managed to beat Villa and destroy Chelsea 4-1. Chelsea did have a poor season though and finished in 16th position. We finished the league in 11th position and 15 points clear of relegation.

Creaney finished the season as the second highest scorer in the league with 26 league goals and he scored 30 goals this season in all competitions. He has turned into a top quality player for us.

We received Prize money of 10.3m for final position in the league this season.

Just before the squad left on holiday I was offered the Everton job. It was worth 29.5k per week but I turned it down.

Fixtures and Results (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/fixres14a.jpg)
League Positions Graph (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/progress14.jpg)
League Table (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/table14.jpg)



Cups
In the F.A Cup We met Liverpool in the third round. They had a player sent off within the first 5 minutes so I decided to go for the jugular and played a very attacking style. We took full advantage of the extra man and managed an incredible 6-0 annihilation of our high profile visitors. To make sure we didn't have an easy time in the cup we drew man Utd in the next round. After a 1-1 draw at the Kennel we went to old Trafford and took them into extra time before we eventually succumbed 3-1. United went on to win the competition this season.

In the League Cup we won against Walsall before Spurs beat us 3-1 in the 3rd round. Arsenal won this one as the completed the double..



TRANSFERS

Outgoing
Georgiou (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/georgiou14.jpg) went to Dinamo Kiev in an incredible 11.5m deal.
Newcastle signed second choice keeper Taylor (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/taylor14.jpg) for 1.8m
Page (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/page14-1.jpg) left for Ipswich for 700k
6 other players left for a combined total of 330k


Incoming
We signed 19 year old ,former Hearts keeper Howie (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/howie14.jpg) and loaned him out to Exeter for the season.
Arsenal released Leon Bennett (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/bennett14.jpg) who was out for 5 months after breaking his leg. Once he could pass the medical we brought him in and he looks a very promising player.




STATISTICS

Top scorer
Creaney (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/creaney14end.jpg) 30
Most Assists
Welch (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/welch14.jpg) 14
Most Man OF Match
Creaney 8
Highest Average Rating
Creaney 7.60 FROM 35 Apps

Squad Stats (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/squad14.jpg)



FORMER PLAYERS


Rains (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/rains14.jpg) Switched back to his more familiar central midfield role. He played 26 times for Huddersfield scoring and assisting 5 times. Huddersfield finished 6th and made it to the playoffs. But Rains wont be playing in the Premier League as Sheff Utd were too strong for them.

Faivre (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/faivre14.jpg) had a good season with Zaragoza, He played 47 times for the Spaniards, scoring 3 and assisting 5. Zaragoza finished 5th in the league.

Pearce (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/pearce14.jpg) played 31 times for Inverness CT who finished 6th in the SPL this season. His contract has expired and he is currently on a month by month rolling contract. he could be on his way soon as he keeps refusing improved contracts with Inverness.

Kinsella spent the season without a club after his Sheffield Wednesday contract expired and has decided to call it a day, he has retired at the age of 31.

Burge (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/burge14.jpg) was once again 3rd choice keeper at Blackburn. He didn't play a game this season. His contract expires in a month and there is interest from Championship side Middlesborough.

Mansaray (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/mansaray14.jpg) Didn't play for Palermo this season but he was loaned out to Brighton where he scored 1 goal in 5 games. He did however, manage to win another 4 international caps this season and scored once.

Zamaradi (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Zamaradi14.jpg) was unemployed all season. He might not have too long left in the game as he will turn 33 before the end of next season.

Georgiou (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/georgiou14-1.jpg) Played 44 times for Kiev this season. He played in the Champions league qualifying rounds and the Europa league.

Taylor (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/taylor14end.jpg) only played twice for Newcastle this season. However he did become the first choice keeper for N.Ireland this season and won 5 caps.




PLANS FOR NEXT SEASON

Remain stable in the premier league. Properly establish ourselves as a mid table team by repeating our success from this season. Our new stadium should be ready by the end of the season, I might try to lure a big club there for a high profile friendly game to open it with a bang. If I can fit one in.

I'm also planning to do some major scouting in an attempt to strengthen the depth of the squad. So if all goes well there could be 7-8 new faces.

British Bulldogs Summary



Season Team League Position Achievements
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

09-10 BULLDOGS Isthmian Premier Division 3RD Promoted > playoffs
10-11 BULLDOGS Blue Square South 1ST Promoted > Champions
11-12 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 9TH
12-13 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 5TH Lost in playoff semi final
13-14 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 1ST Promoted > Champions
14-15 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 9TH
15-16 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 6TH Lost in Play-off Final & JPT Runners up
16-17 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 1ST Promoted > Champions
17-18 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 1 5TH Promoted > Playoffs
18-19 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 17TH
19-20 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 8TH
20-21 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 3RD Promoted> Playoffs
21-22 BULLDOGS Premier Division 13th
22-23 BULLDOGS Premier Division 11th

Chalky1989
11-04-2010, 17:15
Leon Bennett looks like he could be something special in the future. Where do you play him, in midfield or at CB?

WH
11-04-2010, 17:31
Thanks for looking in chalky.

His natural position is in midfield but he is an accomplished central defender, according to the positional overview. I mainly use him in midfield as unless I'm short of cover at the back. He certainly does look like a potential star player for us. I think Bennett and Farrell in midfield could make a great partnership if we can keep hold of them. I am in the position now that I don't have to sell if I'm not 100% happy with the offer. My chairman seems happy enough to let me make the decision at the moment.

RichG
11-04-2010, 19:23
Nice finish

Above Chelsea so a good season :)

Go on Villa in 4th :)

WH
13-04-2010, 19:25
Chelsea really did have a poor season. They have had 4 managers in the last 18 months.

They Sacked Owen Coyle and replaced him with American Bob Bradley who only lasted 9 months. Then Hugo Sanchez joined for 8 months before he retired. Their current manager is Russell Slade, he got Brighton promoted from League 1 then Wolves promoted to the Premier League and an FA Cup final before Chelsea appointed him.

Villa have done well in my game, qualifying for the champions league 8 times in 14 seasons and winning 2 Premier League titles.


Pre season update coming soon.

EvilDave
13-04-2010, 20:14
Russell Slade at Chelsea!? He was good at Grimsby but still!

Other than that Barnett looks like a great pickup, silly of Arsenal to let him go. Hope you can make them regret it in the coming season, keep it up :)

RichG
14-04-2010, 08:34
Holding your own now :) just need 2-3 super youth players

What is your youth setup like now?

WH
14-04-2010, 19:28
Thanks for the comments.

We have state of the art youth and training facilities. There are some decent players coming through but its taking a few seasons on loan before we find out if they are going to make it to the first team. Its about 4 years before they make it into the first team. Saying that there are 2 very good prospects in this seasons graduates.

WH
14-04-2010, 20:19
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH PREMIER DIVISION

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

2023/24 PRE SEASON



NEWS




Valencia tried to sign our star player Creaney. They were not prepared to increase their 6m offer so they got told where to go.

We once again payed out 11m to our share holders. I bet they like our no spending transfer policy now.

We brought former Man City defender Micah Richards (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/coachrichards15.jpg) in as coach when he decided to hang up his boots.

We cancelled our link with Burton when they were relegated. Our New affiliates Watford and Crystal Palace both in League 1 and Both in London are a good standard to send my youngsters to improve their games.

My management skills were finally recognised as my chairman offered me a new 4 year contract worth 23k per year.
Then England Manager Gareth Southgate offered me the England U21 Job. It just seemed to fit with what this thread was all about so I accepted it.




SQUAD


The new intake of youth players arrived. Sealey (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Sealey15.jpg) and Darlow (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Darlow15.jpg) look to be extremely good prospects and my staff agree.

We have intensified our scouting over the summer and have narrowed it down to a list of 10 potential new signing to improve the strength of the squad. I don't expect to get them all but hope we can bring most of them in.





PRE SEASON


The friendly matches were hit and miss with 2 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses. No major injuries to worry about either.

EXPECTATIONS

The board expect us to avoid relegation this season and the media expect a 16th place finish. I'm looking for another mid table finish.

WH
15-04-2010, 15:23
I jacked in the England U21 job before we played a game. I had some selection issues.

Firstly it seems the U19's and U20's get priority when picking squads so the options were limited to start with.

Then it was listing 20 year olds as not eligible because they were over 21. :rolleyes: I spent 30 mins trying to pick a team then decided it was not worth the effort

RichG
15-04-2010, 15:51
I am hoping to get the Italian U18,19 or 21 job in my game so i can have pick of the youth players :)

Always nice to know where the talent is.

Brian Shanahan
17-04-2010, 18:59
I jacked in the England U21 job before we played a game. I had some selection issues.

Firstly it seems the U19's and U20's get priority when picking squads so the options were limited to start with.

Then it was listing 20 year olds as not eligible because they were over 21. :rolleyes: I spent 30 mins trying to pick a team then decided it was not worth the effort

Same thing happened to me in my current game, when I tried out the Cameroon U-20's job (could be U-21's). The age problem is mainly due to the cut off date being 01/01, so you can have 20y.o.s being ineligible. The other squads getting priority could be due to them having cmpeditive matches and the U-21's having challenge ones.
How is your young Irish man Foley doing, and Ireland in general? Keep up the good work.

WH
17-04-2010, 22:41
Thanks for reading Brian.

Foley has done a good job since making the huge step up to the premier League. He is now a regular and despite a few poor performances has not let us down.

Ireland have not had much to cheer about. David O'leary spent 10 years in charge after Trapattoni Retired in 2011. Ireland have failed to qualify for either the European Championships or the World cup in that time. They did finish runners up in the 4 assosiations Tournament twice in this time. O'Leary retired in 2021 and was replaced by former Stoke player Glen Whelan. It was Whelan's first management role so he did well to get the National job. But He did win 50 Ireland caps in his playing days.

WH
18-04-2010, 23:50
I decided to do a search on the net for My Legendry club captain Harry Hogarth and found a picture of him.

This is him in real life age 19/20
http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/7125/harrys.jpg

This is the picture I created to represent him in my game when he was 28/29 years old.
http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/6632/harryhogarth.png

I just thought the likeness was uncanny, considering the facegen one was just a creation from my imagination as I had no idea what the real man looked like at the time. The only hint I had was the Blond hair on the 3d pitch.

jayahr
19-04-2010, 12:16
Wow, that was almost female intuition :thup::D

RichG
19-04-2010, 15:51
WH have you got a link to the thread for facegen? I need to make one for me in my save :)

EnEguE
19-04-2010, 17:02
WH have you got a link to the thread for facegen? I need to make one for me in my save :)

It's at www.facegen.com

I made some for my game too. When is the next update WH, can't wait already. :)

WH
20-04-2010, 00:38
Wow, that was almost female intuition :thup::D

LOL, Thanks.


WH have you got a link to the thread for facegen? I need to make one for me in my save :)

EnEguE answered that one and the hair pack I used is Here (http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php?t=169242)



It's at www.facegen.com

I made some for my game too. When is the next update WH, can't wait already. :)

I'm up to jan 10th at the moment so it will be a little while yet. I'm on a good shift this week so I should get some time to play. 12 hour shifts coming soon, including weekends. That might slow it down a bit.

WH
22-04-2010, 09:58
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH PREMIER DIVISION
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SEASON UPDATE - 2023/24

Media Prediction - 16th
Board expectations - Stay clear of relegation

SEASON SUMMARY

League


After a 4-0 opening day thrashing by Birmingham we improved to pick up 5 wins and 3 draws from our first 12 games. There were some worrying signs as we conceded 25 goals in this period and were looking very shaky at the back. Thankfully we were not goal shy at the other end in the opening part of the season, scoring 25 goals ourselves. We were in a very impressive 8th position at this point of the season.

Christy Farrell (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/farrell14intinj.jpg) won his first International cap for Ireland and Sithole (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/sithole14int.jpg) won his first cap for Eritrea. These are only the 2nd and 3rd players to win full International caps while at the Bulldogs. Unfortunately Farrell tore his knee ligaments in the next training session and missed the next 2 months.

I brought in Wayne Rooney (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/roo15.jpg) as coach. He had previously been a youth coach at Arsenal.

I realised My reputation in the football world had reached an all time high when I was offered the Man Utd Job. It was worth 52k per week but I turned them down to stick with the Bulldogs.

Despite improving defensively and only conceding 17 in 13 games our form didn't improve to match. Lost 6 of the next 13 games and only won 4. We went 5 games without a win, losing 4 on the trot. The fact that we only managed to score 14 goals in this period showed where things were going wrong as we struggled to break teams down. We had dropped to 12th with two thirds of the season completed.

In January Newcastle made a bid for Creaney. In an attempt to put shearer off, I negotiated a very lucrative deal. But to my surprise shearer agreed to meet my demands instantly with a fresh bid. It was a wrench to let my star striker (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Creaneytransfer15.jpg) leave but I decided it was an offer we couldn't refuse. The deal was worth 19m cash. 7m upfront and 12 million over 30 months. Plus 1m after 10 league games and 5m after 30 league goals. Also 20% of the next transfer fee. Thats potentially 25m plus 20% of future fees in total.

In the next game After selling Creaney our second best striker Welch broke his foot and will be out for up to 4 months, thats the rest of the season. It looks like 16 year old academy recruit Sealey will be given a spot in the first team squad for the rest of the season. We have been hit by injuries lately Farrell, Foley, Walsh, Piper and Shields are all several weeks away from Full fitness with various breaks, tears and pulls.

As the injuries began to deplete our squad our season frizzled out. In March we lost Watts with strained knee ligaments which means will be ending the season with only 1 of our original 4 first team striker available. Stephen Johnson will be pushed forward from midfield to help out the young reserves who are filling in.
Bennett was added to the injury list which currently stands at 9 first team squad members missing from action. Our makeshift strike force did their best but our squad only managed 11 goals from the final 13 games of the season. We did improve in defence once again and only conceded 15 goals during the season run in. We only managed 3 wins 5 draws and 5 losses from these games. This saw us finish the season in 13th place.

Man City won the Champions League to stop Lyon making it 4 in succession.



Fixtures and Results (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/fixres15a.jpg)
League Positions Graph (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/progress15.jpg)
League Table (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/table15.jpg)



Cups
In the F.A Cup. We beat Notts County in the third round Before their fellow championship side Leeds knocked us out in the 5th round. Man Utd retained the FA Cup.

In the League Cup We comfortably beat Accrington before Notts County knocked us out in the 3rd round. Man City won the competition this season. Thats the 3rd time in 5 years for city.



TRANSFERS

Outgoing
16 players were sold this season. Only Creaney (25m) (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Creaneytransfer15.jpg) and Andrews (500k) (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/andrews15.jpg) moving for Notable transfer fees.


Incoming
A busy summer of scouting resulted in no fewer than 8 promising teenagers arriving. They come to us after being released from big Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Sunderland. They are Phil O'Donnell (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/odonnell15.jpg),Michael Haywood (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/haywood15.jpg), Joe Macaulay (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/macauley.jpg), Daniel Gardner (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/gardner15.jpg), Carl May (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/may15.jpg), Steve Haskins (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/haskins15.jpg), Stuart Sweeney (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/sweeney15.jpg), Frankie English (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/english15.jpg) and John Williams (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/williams15.jpg). I'm Positive that several of them will have what it takes to make the first team very soon.




STATISTICS

Top scorer
Welch (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/welch15.jpg) 11
Most Assists
Shields (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/shields15.jpg) 5
Most Man OF Match
Gosling (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/gosling15.jpg) 6
Highest Average Rating
Gosling (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/gosling15.jpg) 7.37 from 37 apps.

Squad Stats (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/squadstats15.jpg)



FORMER PLAYERS


Rains (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/rains15.jpg) played 38 times in Huddersfield's disappointing season. They finished 14th in the Championship.

Faivre (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/faivre15.jpg) Scored 6 goals and assisted 9 times from 43 appearances for Zaragoza as they finished 2nd in the Spanish top division. They missed out on the championship through goal difference.

Pearce (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/pierce15.jpg) Helped Falkirk to a mid table finish in the SPL. despite having a year left on his contract he has decided to retire when the season finishes.

Burge (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/burge15.jpg) Played 14 times for Norwich and was a play off loser after their 4th place finish in league 1 this season. He is currently subject to a bid from Inverness CT in the SPL.

Mansaray (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/mansarray.jpg) Was once again rarely used by Palermo this season and is now not needed by the club. Despite being on the transfer list he is not attracting any interest.

Zamaradi (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Zammo15a.jpg) Failed to find a club this season and now plans to retire at the end of the season.

Georgiou (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/georgiou15.jpg) Secured a move to PSV in a 14m deal and helped them to a 4th place finish in the Dutch top flight. He played 33 times and scored 5 goals and 4 assists.

Taylor (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Taylor15.jpg) After only 1 first team start for Newcastle,Taylor was sold to Fulham for 400k but was an unused sub all season.

Creaney (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/creaney15b.jpg) Made 8 appearances for Newcastle, Mainly as sub but has not scored yet. Newcastle finished 4th. So Creaney ane could be playing in the Champions league next season.

PLANS FOR NEXT SEASON

I need to make some changes to my transfer policy to allow us to push on in the premier league. Once I decide how I'm going to do it I'll update.




British Bulldogs Summary



Season Team League Position Achievements
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09-10 BULLDOGS Isthmian Premier Division 3RD Promoted > playoffs
10-11 BULLDOGS Blue Square South 1ST Promoted > Champions
11-12 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 9TH
12-13 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 5TH Lost in playoff semi final
13-14 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 1ST Promoted > Champions
14-15 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 9TH
15-16 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 6TH Lost in Play-off Final & JPT Runners up
16-17 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 1ST Promoted > Champions
17-18 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 1 5TH Promoted > Playoffs
18-19 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 17TH
19-20 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 8TH
20-21 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 3RD Promoted> Playoffs
21-22 BULLDOGS Premier Division 13th
22-23 BULLDOGS Premier Division 11th
23-24 BULLDOGS Premier Division 13th

RichG
22-04-2010, 13:38
You are holding your own now mate :) a few more seasons of building then push for the Europa League

hrbfcrule
22-04-2010, 14:39
Nice mid table finish again:thup:

WH
23-04-2010, 09:55
Thanks for the comments :thup:

I'm pleased with the mid table positions as I think we are still playing above our current level of ability.(Most of our players would be "decent Championship players" according to my staff.) Every point is hard fought and we are just as capable of losing to Burnley as we are of picking up a point at United. I think this is roughly as good as we can get with the current transfer policy.


With 15 years now completed and the original set of youngsters now starting to retire. I decided it's now time to tweak our transfer policy a little to give us more chance of challenging up the top half of the premier league. I decided the age limit will raise from 19 to 21 for new signings and I will now allow myself to spend upto 1m on a player. I don't intend to buy lots of players as this is still about bringing youth players through.

My current first team has 13 former youth academy players in the 24 man squad. And 3 others have made relatively big money moves over the years, I want to try to keep bringing them through. The rest of the squad are young players deemed not good enough by their previous employers. I still intend to try to pick some of these players up and give them another chance.

RichG
23-04-2010, 10:12
Thats fair enough mate. Your success so far has earned you some flexability on transfers :) Its very important to keep your setup though and still focus on youth.

How much cash have you got these days?

WH
23-04-2010, 10:47
Thats fair enough mate. Your success so far has earned you some flexability on transfers :) Its very important to keep your setup though and still focus on youth.

How much cash have you got these days?

Cheers Rich.

I thought upto 21 years old was still young enough to fit in with the challenge I set myself. Also your scouts have to be miracle workers to get a premier league standard youngster for 1m so there will still need to be some development of players on that front.

It takes about 3/4 seasons before its clear whether an academy player is going to be good enough for the first team. ( it took less in the lower leagues) so its quite interesting as you watch them develop then try to guess if and when they are ready to move up to the first team. Every now and then there is one player who stands out and can be brought in quickly.

My finances were a very healthy 55m at the end of the season. But the board took 12m for share holders. So we have 43m in the bank as we approach the next season. We do still owe 61m to the bank for our stadium, but we move into it for next season so income should pick up and make the repayments manageable.

RichG
23-04-2010, 11:44
sweet on the new stadium. Should give the club a real boost

Any confirmation on final capacity yet?

Mack2k7
23-04-2010, 22:06
probably the best career thread I've ever read.

An amazing idea and amazing achievements.

WH
24-04-2010, 14:52
sweet on the new stadium. Should give the club a real boost

Any confirmation on final capacity yet?

It was 27,748 when completed. It should give us a big boost and help to keep ontop of the loan repayments. I just wonder if they could have squeezed 2 more seats in for a nice round figure. :D


probably the best career thread I've ever read.

An amazing idea and amazing achievements.

Thanks for the comments and thanks for reading :thup:

WH
25-04-2010, 11:48
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH PREMIER DIVISION

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2024/25 PRE SEASON



NEWS



As the new stadium was almost completed we arranged a friendly with Barcelona. I wanted the Last game at the Kennel to be against a high profile club so we could see the old stadium out with a bang.

Likewise our First game in the new Bulldogs Stadium was a high profile game against Sevilla after Real Madrid pulled out of the friendly.

We paid out 12.75m to our shareholders this season. I'm sure the chairman is happy to be getting a return for his initial investment in the Youth Academy and Training facilities.

With my new transfer policy I had my scouts working overtime. I also brought in an extra scout. Gary Stevens (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/gARYSTEVENSCOACH15.jpg) was at my Feeder club Exeter, he looked better than any applicants I had for the job so I brought him in. I had to pay 60k compensation to Exeter to get his services. I also brought in Dominic Field (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/fieldfitnesscoach16.jpg) as our new fitness coach in a hope that better fitness training will reduce the amount of injuries.




SQUAD


The new intake of youth players arrived. We had 2 very good prospects in this years recruits. Vincent Johnson (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/johnson16.jpg) and Andy Green (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/green16.jpg) have the potential to be decent Premier League players in the future if my staff are correct.

This season I am looking to strengthen the defence as we conceded far too many goals last season. Also my staff tell me our veteran center back Hogarth is no longer good enough to compete at this level. I won't sell him like suggested as he is a Bulldogs legend. I will try to keep him until he retires then give him a coaching job if he stays in the game. Shields was promoted to captain as Hogarth is unlikely to feature too often this season.

I'm also looking for a striker to fill the space left by Creaney. We were looking a bit goal shy towards the end of last season.




PRE SEASON


In the friendly matches we won 3 against our feeder clubs and lost 3 to Barcelona Sevilla and Wolfburg. No serious injuries to mention but there were quite a few knocks and sprains to hinder the players trying to get match fit.

EXPECTATIONS

The board expect us to avoid relegation this season and the media expect a 16th place finish. I'm looking to sneak into the top 10 this year.

Brian Shanahan
25-04-2010, 23:13
Thanks for reading Brian.

Foley has done a good job since making the huge step up to the premier League. He is now a regular and despite a few poor performances has not let us down.

Ireland have not had much to cheer about. David O'leary spent 10 years in charge after Trapattoni Retired in 2011. Ireland have failed to qualify for either the European Championships or the World cup in that time. They did finish runners up in the 4 assosiations Tournament twice in this time. O'Leary retired in 2021 and was replaced by former Stoke player Glen Whelan. It was Whelan's first management role so he did well to get the National job. But He did win 50 Ireland caps in his playing days.

Sorry for not getting back earlier I'm very active elsewhere myself. I noticed that too about Ireland, Trap retiring sometime about the end of Euro 2012 quals and O'Leary taking over a lot. On the likes of Whelan getting the job there aren't that many Irish managers atm, and the game tends to give it to the highest rep uneployed countryman if there is no human interference. Thanks againfor the update.

Just saw the update, thanks for doing your bit for the future of Irish football:thup:.
I agree with the transfer policy. It's hard enough at the top even when you're allowed to spend.

WH
01-05-2010, 08:22
Ireland have made a good start to their world cup 2026 qualifying campaign. They have a 100% record after 4 games including wins against Spain and Russia. Fingers crossed they will do it this time.

I have almost finished the season and an update should be here before the weekend is over. Bad news is, changes at work will restrict my time from Tuesday onwards so progress will slowdown.

WH
02-05-2010, 20:57
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH PREMIER DIVISION
http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

SEASON UPDATE - 2024/25

Media Prediction - 16th
Board expectations - Stay clear of relegation

SEASON SUMMARY

League

The early season signs were very promising. We had certainly plugged the leaky defence and only conceded 7 goals and lost just 2 of the first 12 games. We also kept 8 clean sheets in that time which was exactly the kind of response I was looking for. We were still a little shot shy going forward. We scored just 10 in 12 matches and as a result picked up 6 draws. One of our 4 wins was against struggling Chelsea. After last seasons poor efforts Abramovich decided he had enough and allowed another board member to take over. With 12 games gone Chelsea and Liverpool were both in the relegation zone. We were in a pleasing 9th position.

During a busy opening to the season, Mid table man Utd and bottom of the league liverpool sacked their Managers, Dave Penny and Paul Lambert. I have been linked with both of these jobs but stated that I was not interested.

As a result of our stronger form, I won the Manager of the month award for October.

Our improvements continued into the new year. We won 7 of our next 13 mid season games and only lost 3. We were still not free scoring with 14 goals in 13 games but it was a small improvement. Our defence had remained very solid throughout with only 10 goals conceded during this time. We managed to maintain this form through a tricky spell which saw our midfield hit by a series of awkward niggling injuries, forcing us to shuffle our midfield lineup every other game. With a third of the season remaining we were in a superb 5th position in the league, although Man City had a couple of games in hand and could easily pass us if they won those games.

Micah Richards (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/richardsmanagerjan16.jpg) left us to make the Step up from coach to manager. He went to struggling Championship side West Brom, we were given 60k compensation. I advertised the vacant position and decided to let it run until the end of the season before I decide who to appoint.

The season was heading to an interesting finish with Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City and Man Utd all out of the running. We remained strong and difficult to beat. We won 6, drew 3 and lost 4 from the final 13 games. Our tight defence was again the key reason for this form and we managed to keep 7 clean sheets in this time. Our defence was good all season and in total we kept 20 clean sheets from 38 league games, conceding just 30 goals. As a result of this defensive improvement our forward play did suffer and we finished the season having only scored 38 league goals.

We Finished the season in a very pleasing 7th position, finally breaking into the top 10 and meaning we qualified for the Europa League. We received 14.4m prize money for our final position in the table.

I think our Higher position this year partly thanks to Man Utd, City, Chelsea and Liverpool all having very poor seasons by their standards and I wouldn't be surprised to see us finish a few places lower next season.

Incredibly Liverpool were relegated this season. They have had very little success since the game start but this is an all time low.

Arsenal won the Premier League for the 4th time in a row.


Fixtures and Results (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/fixres16a.jpg)
League Positions Graph (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/progress16.jpg)
League Table (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/table16.jpg)



Cups
In the F.A Cup we nearly lost to Q.P.R. at the first hurdle and it took a penalty shootout to win it after the replay. A fine run of games saw us beat Oldham, Fulham, Burnley and Huddersfield on our way to the final.The Bulldogs went to wembley and beat Everton In front of 90000 fans and Won the FA CUP!

In the League Cup We beat Charlton, Cardiff and Newcastle before Coventry put us out in the quarter finals. Arsenal won the competition.



TRANSFERS

Outgoing
16 Players (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/transfersout16.jpg) left for various fees ranging from free to 1m. They were all Reserve of fringe players and a total of 3.7m was made from the sales.


Incoming
Former Partick thistle midfielder Steven Ferguson (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Ferguson16.jpg) (19) was signed up after the Scottish premier side decided to let him go for free. With luck he has the potential to step up to the first team.

19 year old defender David Casey (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Casey16.jpg) was our first cash transfer, he cost 975k from Bohemians and while scouting him we spotted 15 Year old Brian Douglas (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/douglas16.jpg) he is a big center back with huge potential according to my scout. He cost just 55k

One of my scouts uncovered a gem in 16 year old Defender Tony McGowan (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/mcgowan16.jpg). He is a big lad and good enough to go straight into the first team squad. He cost 500k from Port Vale and will undoubtedly become the long term replacement for veteran defender Harry Hogarth.

Finally we brought 21 year old striker Alex Byrne (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Byrne16.jpg) from Falkirk for 375k. He looks a decent player and I hope he will eventually fill the space left by Creaney.

Our first spending spree came to a total of 1.9m





STATISTICS

Top scorer
Welch (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/welch16.jpg) 11
Most Assists
Johnson (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/stephenjohnson16.jpg) 11
Most Man OF Match
Farrell (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/farell16.jpg) 6
Highest Average Rating
English (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/english16.jpg) 7.34 from 36 apps

Squad Stats (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/squadstats16.jpg)



FORMER PLAYERS


I decided not to report on Taylor or Burge anymore unless something of interest happens to them. ( they are currently mostly un-used sub keepers)


Rains (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/rains16.jpg) had an impressive season. He made 54 appearances for Huddersfield, scoring 3 goals and 9 assists as they won the Championship and reached the FA Cup semi final. He will finally get his chance to play in the premier league at the age of 29. 10 seasons after leaving the Bulldogs.

Faivre (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/faivre16.jpg) Made an 11.5m move to Lyon where he helped them to the French League title. He scored 3 goals and 4 assists from 25 appearances. He couldn't have made a better move as Lyon have played in the Champions League Final in the last 5 seasons winning it 4 times.

Mansaray (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/mansarray16.jpg) left Palermo when his contract expired. He eventually joined English League 1 side Rochdale. He Scored 16 Goals in 34 games as they finished 13th and seems to have finally kick started his career at the age of 24. His goal scoring form has attracted the interest of Spanish second division side Albacete.

Georgiou (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/georgiou16.jpg) played 42 times for PSV scoring 3 goals and 3 assists. PSV won the Dutch first division without losing a game. leverkusen and Juventus are both showing an interest in him.

Creaney (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/creaney16.jpg) played 24 times for Newcastle, (mainly as sub) He scored 4 goals and 1 assist as Newcastle finished Runners up in the league.



PLANS FOR NEXT SEASON
Hope to have some fun in our first European campaign and would love to qualify for the Europa League again. I do expect Man Utd and City to improve to make this an even more difficult task. Top 10 would once again be a good finish for us.




British Bulldogs Summary



Season Team League Position Achievements
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09-10 BULLDOGS Isthmian Premier Division 3RD Promoted > playoffs
10-11 BULLDOGS Blue Square South 1ST Promoted > Champions
11-12 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 9TH
12-13 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 5TH Lost in playoff semi final
13-14 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 1ST Promoted > Champions
14-15 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 9TH
15-16 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 6TH Lost in Play-off Final & JPT Runners up
16-17 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 1ST Promoted > Champions
17-18 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 1 5TH Promoted > Playoffs
18-19 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 17TH
19-20 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 8TH
20-21 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 3RD Promoted> Playoffs
21-22 BULLDOGS Premier Division 13th
22-23 BULLDOGS Premier Division 11th
23-24 BULLDOGS Premier Division 13th
24-25 BULLDOGS Premier Division 7th FA Cup winners> Qualified for Euro Cup.

RichG
02-05-2010, 23:15
Blimey Chelsea almost went as well. With Man U and Man City Flatering its time for some new teams to have a go.

WH
03-05-2010, 08:43
Blimey Chelsea almost went as well. With Man U and Man City Flatering its time for some new teams to have a go.

Chelsea and Liverpool were fighting it out all season but one of them was always in the drop zone.

Man Utd and Man City had poor seasons by their standards but with their spending power I would expect them to be back up there for the next season and push us a bit further down.

Man City kept faith with manager Mark Hughes after last season poor performance which suprised me. It must have been because of their Champions league win in the previous season. City have 1 champions League title, 1 premier league title and won 3 FA Cups. Hughes has spent over 870m on players since the game started.

It is good to see some other clubs doing well. Kevin Phillips and Michael Owen are doing a good job with Fulham. Paul Ince is responsible for Spurs recent improvements and Shearer is doing a fine job for Newcastle.

hrbfcrule
03-05-2010, 11:13
Congratz on qualifying for Europe. It's weird seeing the big teams struggling although I am glad Liverpool went down and not Chelsea

Chuffa
03-05-2010, 11:28
Great thread, just read it from the start, you've done a great job and it's an awesome read. Keep it up mate.

donnie
04-05-2010, 16:47
If you do not want to sell any of your players, just set their value to zero and reject all offers. hehe..

Anyway, great thread, i'm inspired to continue my thurrock game and get a new stadium. Long ways to go though. Keep up the good work!

onecockygeezer
05-05-2010, 08:56
Well done, your thread has inspired me to make my first post in a while. a really interesting read. ive found myself becoming fond of a couple of players as the seasons gone by, one being the big harry hogarth and rightly so that you wont be selling him but letting him retire at the club. and the other being ian foster, he seemed to be a major player for you earlier on in the thread in the lower leagues.

Again well played on your league status keep up the good work!

WH
05-05-2010, 20:22
Thanks for all the comments, I'm pleased others are enjoying reading it.

@Donnie. I quote what I think is a good deal for us if I get offers for players. If they agree to the price then I let the sale go through. Just like the Creaney deal with Newcastle. Apart from the original edits and turning down good jobs, I have tried to keep my style of play as realistic as possible.

@Onecockygeezer. Hogarth and Foster have done so well to keep in the team through all the different leagues as we made our way up. Its a shame that they are now dropping down the pecking order but I will try to keep them until they retire if I can keep them happy.Unfortunatly I can't afford to play my weaker players in the Premier league too often.


I have a day off tomorrow so hope to get the pre season update done some time during the day.

Thanks again for reading.

jayahr
06-05-2010, 11:01
Again, I love reading this too and drop in daily to see if there is an update :):thup:

You never talk about your tactics. I don't want to urge you to do so, but I guess they must be good considering what you achieve with a team where many of the best players only have decent Premier potential. Are you doing something special or do you keep if pretty basic and mainstreamed in that area?

WH
06-05-2010, 15:58
Hi Jayahr, Welcome back.

There is nothing amazing about my tactics. I try not to mention tactics too often so it doesn't turn into a Tactics request thread.

I use a narrow 442 diamond formation made with the tactics creator. I have made sure my pitch is narrow to help us out too.

I have 2 versions, The first uses attacking mentality with a very fluid philosiphy and uses wingbacks to support the attacks. I use this one at home (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/home.jpg) and against weaker teams.

The second is standard mentality and uses very fluid philosiphy. In this one the wing backs are pushed back to the fullback position and are more defensive. This is used away (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/away.jpg) and against better teams. (Used more often than not in the premier league)

For both I use shorter passing and more expressive creative freedom.

Corners are aimed for the back post where I set my biggest, strongest and ugliest defender to attack the far post.

I use touch line shouts if I feel I need to change things. I also don't hold back when I'm behind in a game, I often push an extra player forward and switch to a direct passing game. As a result of all the changing my tactical consistency rating is 1 (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/manager.jpg).

hrbfcrule
06-05-2010, 16:19
I like your manager stats, 20,20,20. . . .1 :D

WH
06-05-2010, 16:57
lol, I know. Its a bit of an extreme but I do tend to tinker with things several times per game.

jayahr
06-05-2010, 17:30
tactical consistency rating is 1 (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/manager.jpg).

Got you! You are Ricardo Moniz. Confess! ;)

Cheers for that bit of info :)

WH
06-05-2010, 22:01
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH PREMIER DIVISION

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

2025/26 PRE SEASON



NEWS


The shareholders received a payout of 12.25m this season.

The Board announced plans to expand the stadium just 1 season after it was built. They are spending 18.5m to add another 13874 seats and it is expected to be completed in 6 months. That will make the new capacity 41622. The little 8000 capacity stadium with 2000 seats seems so long ago now.

After leaving the advert for a new coach running until the end of the season we had more than 15 applicants. The successful applicant was former Chelsea player Micheal Mencienne. (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/mmcoach16.jpg) He had a very impressive playing career with Chelsea and Newcastle which saw him win 3 premier league winners medals and 2 champions league winners medals among others. He also player 37 times for england.

After at first overlooking him, I also appointed unknown French coach Killian Rondeau (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/rondeaucoach.jpg) who was one of the more impressive of the other applicants.


SQUAD


The new intake of youth players arrived. Colin Parks (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/colinparks17.jpg) looks to be the only one with the potential to progress.

Ageing Legends Hogarth, Kerr and Johnson seem to be rapidly deteriorating as during team meetings I am often told how they become weaker at certain skills. I have repeatedly been advised to sell them. I have moved them into the reserve team to give them games and may consider loaning them out if they become unhappy.

I'll try to add a few more players If I can find any players with the potential to make it into the first team.





PRE SEASON


The friendlies were mixed with 3 wins and 3 losses. Injury and illness hit hard in the pre season, Steven Johnson broke his collar bone in first friendly and will miss 7 weeks. Sweeney slipped a disk in the weights room and is out for up to 3 months and English (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/english17.jpg) is suffering from a serious viral infection and could be out for 8 months.

EXPECTATIONS

The board expect us to Achieve a respectable league position. I think thats a top half finish. I'm looking to sneak into the Europa league qualifying positions again but would be happy with top 10.

RichG
07-05-2010, 10:54
41622 should enable you to at least hold on to your top young players now and add 1-2 top overseas players to complement them.

I feel a title coming on soon :)

ancipital
10-05-2010, 00:28
I started following this a few days ago before I registered on here and now I'm caught up I have to say I'm really impressed with what you've done here. :D

I know your ideal answer to this would be "both" but if it comes to it, would you rather focus on trying to improve your league position next year or going all out in the Europa League? Clearly I'm thinking of a real world example :p

WH
10-05-2010, 21:20
41622 should enable you to at least hold on to your top young players now and add 1-2 top overseas players to complement them.

I feel a title coming on soon :)

Our financial situation is very good at the moment and the upgraded stadium will help out even more. The 1m max spend on players means it would be almost impossible to spend beyond our means. I think a title is still a long way off but if several of our players mature at the same time we could make a big leap forward and then you never know.


I started following this a few days ago before I registered on here and now I'm caught up I have to say I'm really impressed with what you've done here. :D

I know your ideal answer to this would be "both" but if it comes to it, would you rather focus on trying to improve your league position next year or going all out in the Europa League? Clearly I'm thinking of a real world example :p

It's a difficult one. I think we will need to be very good just to finish in a simular position as last year. I'm expecting the big teams to get back to where they belong and push us further down the league.

I will be going all out in the Europa league because due to the reasons mentioned above, we might not qualify for it next season.

Thanks for reading.

WH
13-05-2010, 21:20
I have the weekend off this week so I should be able to get the season done and an update posted soon.

Until then, here is the new facegen for midfielder Leon Bennett (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/bennett14.jpg)

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Bennett.png

I'm now training him to be an AMC as he has a good shot on him and I think he would be more dangerous further up the field.

WH
16-05-2010, 11:49
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH PREMIER DIVISION
http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

SEASON UPDATE - 2025/26

Media Prediction - 11th
Board expectations - Respectable league position.

SEASON SUMMARY
League
Things seemed a bit more predictable in the early part of this season. Man Utd, Man City and Chelsea all returned to fight it out at the top of the table. Arsenal were there too and worryingly for the rest of us, they didn't seem to be having their normal slow start.

Despite the early revival of the big teams we were right there with them. 7 wins and 2 draws from the first 12 games was good form. A win against Utd and a draw against Arsenal are the pick of the results so far. We were scoring much more freely and had a goal difference of +8 from 12 games. We were in 4th place with a third of the season completed.

We had one big blow in the opening to the season when we Lost Farrell for 3 months with a torn calf muscle.

The mid part of the season started very badly with 2 defeats and injuries were starting to deplete the squad with no fewer than 7 of our first team trying to shake off minor injuries. Veteran midfielder Kerr was brought back into the first team to provide some cover in the midfield.

We had Some good news when Our stadium upgrade was complete. this added a nice boost with more fans behind us and the financial benefits that come with it. The Bulldogs stadium is now a 41622 all seater stadium and We managed to sell out for the first game against Chelsea.

During our poor mid season spell we won 5, drew 3 and lost 5 games .One sore point was when our former star striker Creaney scored a hat-trick against us as Newcastle destroyed us 4-1.

Arsenal and Man City had now pulled away from the rest of the pack to battle it out for the title. Despite our worrying drop in form we were still in 6th place and fighting with Chelsea, Newcastle, Man Utd, Vila and Spurs for a spot in one of the European competitions.

A good recovery followed as we were unbeaten in all 13 league games in the Final third of the season. we won 7 and drew 6 games, the unbeaten run was an incredible 16 games in total. This run meant we left a few teams behind and were in a battle for a champions league spot with Chelsea and Newcastle. But We were unable to keep with Chelsea as they soon pulled clear. That made it a 2 horse race for 4th spot

Beating Newcastle in the penultimate game meant it all came down to the final game of the season. Newcastle were 1 point ahead but lost to West Ham while we battled to a 1-0 win over Birmingham. This unexpected last day turn around meant we took 4th spot and a chance to Qualify for the Champions League group stages.

We received 17.5m prize money for finishing 4th in the league. I assume that will be shared out between the shareholders.

We had some End of season bad news as Scott McClair (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/mcclair17inj.jpg) broke his leg against Everton in the league run in and will be out for 6 months missing the pre season and the first few months of the new season.

Man City held firm to win the title and put a stop to Arsenals recent dominance.

Elsewhere Liverpool destroyed the opposition in the Championship scoring over 100 goals and finishing with 101 points. They sold over 80m worth of players in the summer and used 20m to rebuild their squad.

Fixtures and Results (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/fixres17a.jpg)
League Positions Graph (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/progress17.jpg)
League Table (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/table17.jpg)



Cups
In the FA Cup we beat West Ham, Q.P.R. Portsmouth and Swansea to set up a Semi final against Arsenal. As usual they beat us. We matched them for long periods but they scored in the second half then finished us off when we were pushing for an equaliser. Despite some complaining about a penalty we didn't get, Arsenal deserved the win. Aston Villa went on to beat them in this seasons final.

In the League Cup Tottenham knocked us out in the first game. The board didn't like it but this cup was my lowest priority for the season. Chelsea were the winners.

Our first foray into Europe with the Europa League started well as we comfortably dispatched Austria Wein over 2 legs in the qualifying stage. We were placed in group A which looked difficult but not impossible to get out of. We did ourselves proud by finishing second (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/eurogroupstage2.jpg) in the group having only lost 1 game.

In the first knockout stage we were drawn against Spanish Giants Valencia. The first leg was at home and despite being on the back foot for most of the game we managed to come away with a 1-0 lead to take into the away leg. Valencia came at us in the second leg laying siege to our goal. We managed to weather the storm then late on snatched a goal to take a 2-0 lead in the tie. That took the sting out of Valencia and we advanced to the 2nd knockout phase.

We met German side Hamburg and again were at home in the first leg. We took the game to them and were rewarded with a 3-1 win. We thought we had done enough but were soon surprised when Hamburg scored 3 first half goals in the second leg. Our defence were a joke and I told them how I felt at half time. The second half was better and we scored to level the tie. But with just 2 minutes left we allowed Hamburg to score an easy goal that sealed the win for Hamburg and knocked us out of the competition. Palermo won the competition.



TRANSFERS

Outgoing
9 players left for a combined total of 6m. they were all players who had dropped down the pecking order or ended up not making it. Rob Reid (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/reid17.jpg) was the biggest player to go having played over 400 games for the bulldogs in his 15 years at the club. He was dropping down the pecking order and when Sheff Wednesday made a 1m offer I decided he should go.


Incoming
6 players (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/transfers17.jpg) arrived for a total of 3.5m

Former Celtic midfielder Steven Adam (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/stevenadam17.jpg) was signed after the Scottish side released him. he was loaned out straight away to allow him to develop.

18 Year old fullback Chris Pilgrim (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/pilgrim17.jpg) cost 875k from port vale. He was brought in to strengthen the particularly weak left fullback position.

Versatile Teenage midfielder Scott McClair (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/mcclair17.jpg) cost 1m from Rangers but it was suggested that he is now comfortably the best midfielder in the squad.

Big Welsh striker Jon Fowler (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/fowler17.jpg) was a bargain 40k from Bala in the Welsh Premier division. I hope he will add some aerial threat to our attack.

My scouts were raving about the potential of 16 year old Hearts striker Graeme Duncan (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/duncan17.jpg). I brought him in for 850k as one for the future.

When fullbacks English and Pell were both ruled out I was without a right sided Fullback Paul McLeod (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/mcleod.jpg) was signed for 700k from Celtic as an emergency replacement. He could well be Pell's long term replacement.




STATISTICS

Top scorer
Sealey (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/sealey17.jpg) 20
Most Assists
McClair (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/mcclair17b.jpg) 18
Most Man OF Match
McGowan (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/mcgowan17.jpg) 5
Highest Average Rating
Sealey (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/sealey17.jpg) 7.38 from 34 apps

Squad Stats (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/squadstats17.jpg)



FORMER PLAYERS



Rains (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/rains17.jpg) played 27 times for Huddersfield this season. They had a difficult season and went straight back down to the championship. rains might not be there much longer as he has Rejected several contract offers and his current contract is due to expire very shortly. He could still stay in the premier league if Burnley renew their interest in him.

Faivre (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/faivre17.jpg) played 13 times for Lyon before David Moyes took him to Arsenal in an incredible 23m deal. He played 11 games for Arsenl but they missed out on the title with a 2nd place finish.

Mansaray (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/mansaray17.jpg) scored 8 in 23 games for Rochdale as they finished 15th in league 1. He could be in with a chance of Championship football next season with Wigan currently monitoring his situation.

Georgiou (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/georgiou17.jpg) made another big money move, this time a 9m switch to Sevilla in Spain. He played 29 times and helped them to a 6th place finish.

Creaney (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/creaney17.jpg) played 48 times for Newcastle scoring 20 goals. His Newcastle side finished 5th this season 2 points behind the Bulldogs.




PLANS FOR NEXT SEASON
I hope to progress a little way into the champions league and boost the clubs reputation even more. Top 4 might be difficult to pull off again but I would like to qualify for one of the European competitions again.




British Bulldogs Summary



Season Team League Position Achievements
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09-10 BULLDOGS Isthmian Premier Division 3RD Promoted > playoffs
10-11 BULLDOGS Blue Square South 1ST Promoted > Champions
11-12 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 9TH
12-13 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 5TH Lost in playoff semi final
13-14 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 1ST Promoted > Champions
14-15 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 9TH
15-16 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 6TH Lost in Play-off Final & JPT Runners up
16-17 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 1ST Promoted > Champions
17-18 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 1 5TH Promoted > Playoffs
18-19 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 17TH
19-20 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 8TH
20-21 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 3RD Promoted> Playoffs
21-22 BULLDOGS Premier Division 13TH
22-23 BULLDOGS Premier Division 11TH
23-24 BULLDOGS Premier Division 13TH
24-25 BULLDOGS Premier Division 7TH FA Cup winners> Qualified for Euro Cup.
25-26 BULLDOGS Premier Division 4TH Qualified for Champions League

hrbfcrule
16-05-2010, 12:47
Congratz on a champions league place, a step closer to challenging for the title:thup:

EnEguE
20-05-2010, 10:21
KUTGW! Good luck in Europe, again. A trophy will be awesome for your club.

RichG
20-05-2010, 10:37
grats on 4th place.

Paggioram
20-05-2010, 12:21
Well done mate it is fantastic to see how you are progressing. Good luck next season

WH
21-05-2010, 20:51
Thanks for the comments, we really pushed on last season, way beyond expectations. I'm looking forward to trying our luck in the Champions League.

Progress will be a bit slow as I'm struggling to get a day off work at the moment, but the Bulldogs will continue.

I forgot to mention Micah Richards who left us to take over struggling Championship side West Brom, has not had an easy time of it. He did save them from relegation when he took over but they only just avoided it again last season. I can't see him keeping the job much longer if he can't get them higher up the table this coming season.

WH
29-05-2010, 10:04
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH PREMIER DIVISION

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

2026/27 PRE SEASON



NEWS
The shareholders received a payout of 12.5m this season.

I was offered a new 4 year contract. This time its worth 56k per week.

We announced a new main kit sponsor. its a 5 year deal worth 3.1m

Frank Lampard was poached by Man Utd, we received 110k compensation. We then replaced him with Nugent (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/nugentcoach18.jpg). He was by far the best of the applicants.

After finally qualifying for the world cup Ireland only went and won it! Brian Shanahan will be pleased.
Manager Glen Whelan decided to leave on a high after the tournament.




SQUAD
The new intake of youth players arrived. 2 players, Michael Ward (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/michaelward18.jpg) and Steve Perry (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/steveperry18.jpg) look promising.

3 players retired this summer, They were Legends Hogarth (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/hogarth17a.jpg) and Kerr (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/kerr17a.jpg), and Foster (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/foster17a.jpg) who was one of the original set of youngsters. I employed Kerr (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/kerrcoach.jpg) as a coach but Hogarth turned me down as he wishes to become a manager. Foster is a scout but is not up to the required standard.

With striker Fosters decision to retire it left a space in the first team squad so I decided to promote young striker Graeme Duncan (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/duncan18.jpg) and give him a chance in the premier league.




PRE SEASON
We were unbeaten in the friendlies. A terrible injury crisis hit in pre season as 9 players were out injured including midfielders McClair, Farrell and Bennett. Fullback McLeod (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/mcleod18inj.jpg) was the worst with a broken leg that will see him miss 5 months


EXPECTATIONS
The board expect us to qualify for the Europa league this season so thats a top 7 finish. The media are expecting the same for us too.

john1
30-05-2010, 00:07
Read the whole lot and was brilliant :D Surprised to see Liverpool got relegated :D

WH
30-05-2010, 08:17
Read the whole lot and was brilliant :D Surprised to see Liverpool got relegated :D

Thanks John1, Must have taken a good while to get through. I'm trying not to make the updates too big while also trying to offer as much info as possible. Some times I ramble on a bit though, so sorry for that.

The season Liverpool got relegated was a strange one. Liverpool are no longer one of the "big 4", Man City have well and truly taken that spot. (Aston Villa and Newcastle are probably rated as bigger clubs now too) Man City and United had both stumbled into mid table positions. Chelsea and Liverpool were fighting it out for 17th spot all season and it was always going to be one of them who went down. Liverpool did demolish the competition in the Championship the next season though after clearing out 80m worth of players and starting again.

MeLikeFM
30-05-2010, 14:00
Ireland winning the World Cup :cool:

WH
30-05-2010, 16:29
Ireland winning the World Cup :cool:

It was a big surprise after failing to qualify for a major tournament up to that one. Glen Whelan left on a high and took a job as a youth coach at Aberdeen :D. I would have expected a higher profile job would be waiting for him, but hey this is FM. Former Burnley, Chelsea and Villa manager Owen Coyle then took over. His biggest achievement so far is winning the FA Cup with Burnley in 2016.

jayahr
31-05-2010, 10:57
It was a big surprise after failing to qualify for a major tournament up to that one. Glen Whelan left on a high and took a job as a youth coach at Aberdeen :D. I would have expected a higher profile job would be waiting for him, but hey this is FM. Former Burnley, Chelsea and Villa manager Owen Coyle then took over. His biggest achievement so far is winning the FA Cup with Burnley in 2016.

Strange coincidence. Just yesterday as ManU I lost the FA Cup Final 2016 against Burnley. Seems to be hardcoded in the game ;)

RichG
01-06-2010, 09:50
a bit harsh that the board already expect euro qualification after only one season of achieving this. Your job may become very hard in a few seasons :( hope all goes well this season

creigo
01-06-2010, 12:22
WH, on and off its taken me the best part of the morning to catch up with your achievemants. Top thread. I must say you have done brilliantly to mastermind The Bulldogs into 4th. Good effort.

R.I.P Harry Hogarth...Gone, but never forgotten.

Out of curiosity did you ask him to reconsider his retiremant? Due to him playing under you for near enough all of his career a Bulldogs, it might have been the one time i would have heard of a domestic player turning his retiremant plans around. I managed to do it on FM08 with Paul Scholes on an international level, but never with anyone domestically.

WH
01-06-2010, 21:19
Strange coincidence. Just yesterday as ManU I lost the FA Cup Final 2016 against Burnley. Seems to be hardcoded in the game ;)

It must be another FM cheat like Super keepers and tactic cracking. ;)


a bit harsh that the board already expect euro qualification after only one season of achieving this. Your job may become very hard in a few seasons :( hope all goes well this season

I did seem a bit soon to be demanding Euro qualification, but I suppose the game doesn't realise I'm trying to do it with kids. I think the more successful we are the higher the expectations and the harder it will get. It could end up being my eventual downfall. (Unless I can come up with another tweak of the transfer policy in the future.)


WH, on and off its taken me the best part of the morning to catch up with your achievements. Top thread. I must say you have done brilliantly to mastermind The Bulldogs into 4th. Good effort.

R.I.P Harry Hogarth...Gone, but never forgotten.

Out of curiosity did you ask him to reconsider his retiremant? Due to him playing under you for near enough all of his career a Bulldogs, it might have been the one time i would have heard of a domestic player turning his retiremant plans around. I managed to do it on FM08 with Paul Scholes on an international level, but never with anyone domestically.

Sorry I made you lose your morning, lol. Thanks for taking the time :thup: I'm glad you enjoyed it.

I didn't try to dissuade Hogarth from retiring as his stats had dropped so far I couldn't see him getting many games and he was already getting frustrated due to his lack of action. I will keep an eye on him if he gets a job and give an update from time to time. He might even change his mind and join as a coach if out of work for too long.

RichG
01-06-2010, 21:23
I think all games evolve after 10-15 seasons and some tweaks have to be made.

Raware
02-06-2010, 08:34
Some great progress WH since my last visit in here :thup:. Glad to see that things are going well. Also glad to see the facegen pics carrying on. Is it me or does Leon Bennett look like the offspring off SWP and Carlton Palmer? ;)

Good luck in the Champions League :thup:.

WH
02-06-2010, 10:17
Some great progress WH since my last visit in here. Glad to see that things are going well. Also glad to see the facegen pics carrying on. Is it me or does Leon Bennett look like the offspring off SWP and Carlton Palmer? ;)

Good luck in the Champions League :thup:.

Carlton Palmer? He will be devastated. lol.

It was a good guess though, I pasted the top half of Micah Richards face onto the lower half of SWP and let facegen work its magic from that monstrosity :D

Thanks for popping in :thup:

WH
03-06-2010, 22:50
Once again on the subject of Facgens I added one for another midfield star Christy Farrell (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/farell16.jpg).

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Farrell.png

creigo
04-06-2010, 09:37
Sorry I made you lose your morning, lol. Thanks for taking the time :thup: I'm glad you enjoyed it.

I didn't try to dissuade Hogarth from retiring as his stats had dropped so far I couldn't see him getting many games and he was already getting frustrated due to his lack of action. I will keep an eye on him if he gets a job and give an update from time to time. He might even change his mind and join as a coach if out of work for too long.

WH, there is no need to apologise, the boss is away so i'm going great guns to skive as much as possible ;)

Think it would only be fair to give us a report on how The Big Man does with his career after Bulldogs.

Brian Shanahan
09-06-2010, 00:59
I've been away from the thread too long, should look at my UserCP more!


After finally qualifying for the world cup Ireland only went and won it! Brian Shanahan will be pleased.
Manager Glen Whelan decided to leave on a high after the tournament.

Damned right I am, and in order to celebrate let me http://forums.civfanatics.com/images/smilies/eekdance.gifhttp://forums.civfanatics.com/images/smilies/avatar.gifhttp://forums.civfanatics.com/images/smilies/avatar.gifhttp://forums.civfanatics.com/images/smilies/eekdance.gif.

Congratulations on the cup win, Europa and CL qualifications, and I've looked at some of your new buys and promotions, and you're developing a good crop. I've a feeling the league will be a bitt quicker than expected.

WH
09-06-2010, 21:58
Thanks Brian, I thought you would like that.

I have 2 games to go and have the week end off this week, so expect an update some time then.

WH
12-06-2010, 23:54
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH PREMIER DIVISION
http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

SEASON UPDATE - 2026/27

Media Prediction - 7th
Board expectations - Europa league qualification.

SEASON SUMMARY

League
We were off to a solid start in the league this season. 8 wins and 4 losses from the first 12 games was just the sort of form we require if we are to meet the boards higher expectations and qualify for Europe this season. I know we have managed it the previous 2 seasons but there is more pressure this year as the board are expecting nothing less this time. We were in 5th place with a third of the season gone. Sunderland and Aston Villa were the 2 runaway leaders at this point. Man City and Arsenal were just below us but both had games in hand.

As we progressed through the mid season we became harder to beat, but as a result we also lost some of our ability to finish teams off. We were held to 6 draws during this time but we did pick up 6 wins. Our only loss was to Man City and with a 3-0 win they showed we still had some way to go.

We also had a few injury issues especially in the midfield. Farrell and Bennett were both struggling with knee injuries and McClair had a hip injury he just couldn't seem to shake off. This meant we had to bring Adam (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Adam18.jpg) and Brannan (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/brannan18.jpg) into the first team squad sooner than first planned. They did a good job though and didn't let us down.

With just 13 games to go we were in 4th place and looking strong. I still hadn't caught Sunderland or Villa but was closing the gap. City and Arsenal were still just behind and still had the games in hand and the potential to leap frog us.

Central Defender Mcgowan (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Recordmcgowan18.jpg) proved he is the man to fill Legendary defender Hogarth's boots when he beat the club record for Man of the match awards, previously held by Hogarth. Then to Add to an already impressive season for the young defender he managed to break into Gareth Southgates England squad. (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/mcgowaninternational18.jpg)

Over the next 12 games Sunderland and Villa faded. we won 8, drew 3 and lost just 1 as we continued our charge. City and Arsenal played their games in hand and with one game remaining the top of the table looked like this. (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/lastday18.jpg)

We were in with a real chance of winning the league. It went down to our final game of the season against Chelsea and we had to win it.
After a nervous start we gained control of the game. Our young striking sensation Sealy gave us the lead in the first half. Chelsea came back at us in the second half and we had to weather the storm. Sealy pounced from a half chance and scored on the counter attack to put the game beyond doubt. We had done it, a final day of the season win. But City and Arsenal had also won and there was no change in league positions. We were the premier league runners up and now have another crack at the champions league.

We had 2 Huge financial boosts at the end of the season, 19m for our finishing position and 18m for champions League TV money. This meant we ended the season with 120m in the bank

Fixtures and Results (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/fixres18a.jpg)
League Positions Graph (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/progress18.jpg)
League Table (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/table18.jpg)



Cups
In the FA Cup wins against Everton, Huddlesfield, Bristol City, Sheff Utd and Notts County saw us reach the F.A. Cup final for the second time. This time we were up against Arsenal. Their Manager David Moyes (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Moyesretired18.jpg) had won 6 premier league titles, 7 league cups and 4 F.A. Cups in his career, he wanted to make it 5 as he was retiring the next day. We battled through a closely contested 90 minutes at wembley but neither team could find a break through. The game went into extra time and we scored almost immediately through Irish midfielder Farrell. Arsenal came at us and we had to withstand huge pressure for the rest of extra time. But we held on to win our second F.A. Cup

In the League Cup we beat Leeds 6-2 and Crystal Palace 8-0 before Notts county put us out in the Quarter Finals. County went on to Beat Arsenal in the Final to add to David Moyes Disappointment this season.

We qualified for the Champions league group stage after beating Porto in the qualifying rounds. Unfortunately our group (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/championsleaguegroup.jpg) included Lyon who have been in the final for the last 6 seasons and strong German side Stuttgart. Despite a good effort we were not good enough to qualify from the group and dropped out of the competition after finishing third. (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/outofchampleague18.jpg) Lyon made it into their 7th consecutive Champions League final but were beaten by Juventus.

We were then placed in the Europa league where we beat Zaragoza before Espanyol beat us in the second knockout stage after 2 uninspiring performances. Genoa went on to win this one, beating Man Utd in the final.



TRANSFERS

Outgoing
18 players (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/transfersout18.jpg) left this season for a total fee of 9.75m. The only player with notable first team experience was striker Jason Watts. (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/watts18.jpg) He left for 2.1m and joined Sheffield Utd. I decided to sell him as he only managed to score a grand total of 28 goals in 5 seasons of first team action. Thats just not good enough to warrant a place in the team.


Incoming
Two players were signed on free transfers this year. 18 year old striker Ralph Sayer (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/sayer18.jpg) was surplus to requirements at arsenal and 20 year old Thomas Brannan (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/brannan18.jpg) was no longer needed by Man City.

We also spent 400k on Man City's 18 year old reserve keeper Marc Foster (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/foster18.jpg) as we only had 2 goalkeepers at the club. Finally we added 18 year old Irish defender John Kenny (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/kenny18.jpg) to the squad. He was a 50k bargain from Sligo Rovers.






STATISTICS

Top scorer
Sealey (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/sealey18.jpg) 22
Most Assists
Johnson (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/johnson18.jpg) 17
Most Man OF Match
McGowan (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/mcgowan18final.jpg) 15
Highest Average Rating
McGowan 7.73 from 47 apps.

Squad Stats (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/squad18.jpg)



FORMER PLAYERS

I forgot to take the screen shots of players for this section before the season updated..Doh!


Rains Only played 12 games for Derby this season. Although they will be delighted with their 8th place finish in the Premier League, Raines must have been disappointed with the lack of action.

Faivre was on the losing side in 2 cup finals this year with arsenal. He will have been pleased with his personal performance over 33 games this season however. He scored 5 goals and 7 assists this term.

Mansaray Made a 40k switch to Barnsley this season and scored 5 goals from 13 games. Barnsley finished 15th in league 1 this season. I will not report on him next season unless something different happens. Unfortunately this once promising youngsters career seems to be going nowhere and now aged 26 he looks set to remain an average lower league striker.

Georgiou and Sevilla had an average season. The club finished 7th in the league and the player was no more than average in his 47 games.

Creaney had a good season for Newcastle who picked up 7th place this season. he scored 21 goals and 8 assists from 45 appearances. He needs to score 1 more league goal to reach 30 and activate the 5m clause in his contract. I'm sure we will be seeing that money sooner than later. Despite scoring 111 league goals from 231 games he has not managed to attract the interest of the Scottish national side. He also has 15 youth international goals from 13 games.

Micah Richards Our former coach is finding his feet as a manager. After sitting in the relegation places for a long time this season he managed to improve his teams fortunes and comfortably avoid relegation, finishing 17th in the championship.

Harry Hogarth is still unemployed and still refusing to accept a coaching job with us. I guess he has his heart set on being a manager.




PLANS FOR NEXT SEASON
Would be great to progress a bit further in Europe. Hope for another top 4 finish in the league to qualify for the Champions League again. Wouldn't mind another cup win either.





British Bulldogs Summary



Season Team League Position Achievements
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09-10 BULLDOGS Isthmian Premier Division 3RD Promoted > playoffs
10-11 BULLDOGS Blue Square South 1ST Promoted > Champions
11-12 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 9TH
12-13 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 5TH Lost in playoff semi final
13-14 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 1ST Promoted > Champions
14-15 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 9TH
15-16 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 6TH Lost in Play-off Final & JPT Runners up
16-17 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 1ST Promoted > Champions
17-18 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 1 5TH Promoted > Playoffs
18-19 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 17TH
19-20 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 8TH
20-21 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 3RD Promoted> Playoffs
21-22 BULLDOGS Premier Division 13TH
22-23 BULLDOGS Premier Division 11TH
23-24 BULLDOGS Premier Division 13TH
24-25 BULLDOGS Premier Division 7TH FA Cup winners> Qualified for Euro Cup.
25-26 BULLDOGS Premier Division 4TH Qualified for Champions League
26-27 BULLDOGS Premier Division 2ND FA Cup Winners> Qualified for champions league

Raware
13-06-2010, 10:31
What a nail biting end to the season! Really unlucky there WH but still, you've gotta be pleased with the progress you've made...and the 2nd FA Cup win.

Let's hope you win the title next year.

hrbfcrule
13-06-2010, 11:20
Exciting finish to the end of the season, pity it wasn't in your favour. Maybe next season.

RichG
13-06-2010, 14:14
Nice going WH the title is almost in your hands :)

KUTGW

Mattyboy89
13-06-2010, 16:22
I have a question...

Do u watch ur games, or do u just use commentary? You seem to go through your seasons very quickly...

WH
13-06-2010, 16:48
Thanks for all the comments :thup:

@Mattyboy89. I watch the "key Highlights" but have Match stats and player ratings widgets up so I can keep an eye on the finer details. I also have the opposition formation widget on so I can react quickly if they change formation. Some times I get a good stint in during a weekend and can get through it quickly. But recently have been working 12 hour shifts and not had many days off so that has slowed progress down a lot. Thanks for looking in.

Mattyboy89
13-06-2010, 17:19
That is basically what I do, apart from I have my teams motivation widget up. I look at match stats every now and then during the game

Brian Shanahan
15-06-2010, 22:56
Firstly congratulations on a very good season. With automatic qualification for group stage CL a bit of a European Odyssey may be in order!

[FONT=segoe ui][SIZE="4"]Finally we added 18 year old Irish defender [b]John Kenny (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/kenny18.jpg) to the squad. He was a 50k bargain from Sligo Rovers.


Wellanywayshamehithimshaveabollock. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Kenny)

WH
18-06-2010, 15:50
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH PREMIER DIVISION

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

2027/28PRE SEASON



NEWS


The shareholders received a payout of 15.25m this season.

Plans were announced for another big stadium development. The board have decided to spend 18.5m to add an extra 13874seats to the Bulldogs stadium bringing the capacity up to 55496. It will be up there with the best stadia in the country when completed. But still shy of old traffords 70k capacity. Thankfully we are wealthy enough to complete the work without adding to our loan. We start the new season with 80m in the bank and have the TV money to look forward to.

After David Moyes retired, Arsenal decided to promote from within instead of appointing a famous or established manager. Youth Coach Jake Inglis (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/Inglis19.jpg) was their choice which was strange as they also had Glen Whelan as a Youth coach. Thats the same Glen Whelan who won the world cup as Ireland manager.

I will be advertising for another scout as We are finding it difficult to find players that can improve the squad within the boundaries of our transfer policy.


SQUAD


The new intake of youth players arrived Mclaren (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/mclaren19.jpg) stood out as the best of the bunch.




PRE SEASON


Pre season couldn't have gone any better. We won all 6 friendlies and there were no major injuries to worry about.

EXPECTATIONS

The board again expect us to qualify for the Europa league this season so thats a top 7 finish. The media are predicting 4th and another champions league qualification.

RichG
24-06-2010, 14:39
going well WH

Good luck for this season

WH
04-07-2010, 16:10
Just to update, This game is still alive. But real life has taken over and I can't find the time to play it at the moment.

It will continue, I'm just not sure when. Sorry if anyone was following.

I'm toying with the idea of missing FM2011 and carrying on with this version while I wait for FM2012 so any luck it could go a long way.

jayahr
05-07-2010, 12:00
I'm toying with the idea of missing FM2011 and carrying on with this version while I wait for FM2012 so any luck it could go a long way.

Same here. FM10 is just too good :)

RichG
05-07-2010, 12:11
WH do you just throw young prospects into the deep end and first team football or farm them out for a couple of seasons first? Mine look ok but not superstar material

WH
05-07-2010, 12:27
Some of the best prospects have been thrown straight in at the deep end in their first season for a few games. If they did well then they are in the squad for the second season.

With some players it's not obvious straight away if they are going to be good enough. I give these ones about 4 seasons of reserve football or time on loan at the highest level I can. I will decide by the time they are 20-21 if they are good enough. If they have not made it by 22 its time for them to leave.

Johnny Drama
06-07-2010, 18:23
Just read all this, unbelievable stuff. Good work!

jayahr
07-07-2010, 15:23
I think it's as weird as it sounds, but threads like this sometimes make unemployment seem a desirable thing :)
I just don't get enough playing time to start challenges like this one.
(no offense intended at all to the obviously busy OP or anyone else!)

m1234566778
07-07-2010, 16:31
Still going strong WH, well done on reaching the CL. :thup:

Sr. Luria
07-07-2010, 19:14
Nice work, WH.

WH
09-07-2010, 08:13
Thanks for the comments everyone :thup:

Have to say I dont mind the changes to the forum apart from the incredibly narrow area for posting and the horrible grey margins. It also ruins the pictures and tables in this forum. lets hope they sort that out soon.

I might get an hour to play tomorrow. yay!

Thepathtoamen
14-07-2010, 17:09
Just read all of this over the course of a week. Great career thread and I look forward to further updates.

How are my beloved Spurs doing? Any big developments in recent seasons?

KUTGW! :D

Paggioram
20-07-2010, 14:28
Still one of the best reads around. Keep up the good work WH.

rent_boy11
21-07-2010, 11:41
MANAGER PROFILE (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/ManagerProfile.jpg)

how did you get that manager picture?

Raware
21-07-2010, 21:58
I'm sure WH won't mind me replying on his behalf.

He downloaded the free version of faceGen from here (http://www.facegen.com). Then you need a paint program to edit them with.

You can either randomly generate a face, Make your own from scratch by tweeking various sliders or use a photo as a base in the photo fit section, then edit it to until you have what you need.

If you unpack the fm10 graphics folder with the resource archiver tool there are lots of player pics you can use as a base. Or any facepacks you may have already downloaded. (they just need to be JPG instead of PNG for the facegen program.)

He downloaded a hair pack from Here (http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php?t=169242), The guy has done a good job with them but they may need some resizing to fit with the facegen image.

By the way, still enjoying the read WH :thup:

WH
22-07-2010, 22:27
Thanks again for all the comments, I'm pleased others are enjoying reading :thup:

Sorry about the ongoing delays, I'm currently working 12 hour shifts with a 1 hour commute each way. By the time I have a shower and eat, its bed time again. My wife is going mad as she hardly sees me at the moment. I think it should all settle down soon if things work out as planned.

Thanks for that Raware, I couldn't have explained it better if I had typed it myself ;)

WH
30-07-2010, 17:37
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH PREMIER DIVISION
http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

SEASON UPDATE - 2027/28

Media Prediction - 4th
Board expectations - Europa league qualification.

SEASON SUMMARY

League
We started the season in the best possible way by defeating the defending champions Man City in the community shield. The task now was to back this up with some of the more important trophies.

I added former Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/gerrard19coach.jpg) to our coaching team. He had been at struggling Championship side Hull so we had to pay a 60k compensation fee to get him.

Early season form was hit and miss, Maybe we were a bit overconfident after last seasons 2nd place finish. Or was it because my scouts had a fairly fruitless search for players over the summer and we had failed to add any real quality to the squad? We won 6, Drew 3 and Lost 3 in this period so it was not a disaster. We were in 6th in the league and our Title rivals Man City and Arsenal were both off to flying starts. I knew we couldn't afford too many slip ups if we were going to keep in the Race.

Our form picked up as we approached mid season. Over the next 13 games we picked up 8 wins and 3 draws. We had only climbed one place to 5th but had clawed some points back against the teams around us. Only 6 points separated the top 6. Man Utd had started well and looked on their way to becoming a top club again. Notts county and Derby were also up there in the top 6 that had started to pull away from the rest of the chasing pack.

Our stadium upgrade was completed and our average attendance soon started climbing. On several occasions we attracted near capacity crowds in the region of 55,000.

Former Bulldogs striker Michael Creaney scored his 30th league goal for Newcastle and activated the clause for a 5m payout (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/CREANEYCASH.jpg) into the Bulldogs bank account.

I finally managed to persuade Club legend Harry Hogarth (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/hogarthcoach19.jpg) to join as a coach. After almost 2 seasons out of work he must have realised a coaching job could lead to the manager role he had his heart set on. Or he decided it was the only way he was going to pay the bills.

The usual suspects ,Man city and Arsenal were trading blows at the top and our chances of overhauling them seemed to be getting slimmer as injuries were now starting to bite. 8 players were now in the treatment room with recovery times ranging from 3 months to 6 days.

We refused to let the injuries disrupt our flow as we put an incredible 16 game unbeaten run together in the league. We managed to win 10, draw 1 and only lose 1 from the next 12 games of our season run it. Notts County, Derby, Man Utd and Arsenal had all fallen by the wayside and the league was now a 2 horse race.

The premier league came down to the final day of the season, the Bulldogs were top with Man City just behind by 1 point. Amazingly Our final game of the season was a championship decider against Man City at the Bulldogs Stadium. The game was very even and came down to 2 good chances each. City hit the woodwork with both of their chances and the Bulldogs scored both, which meant we were crowned Premier Division Champions

The prize money for winning the league was 20.6m.


Fixtures and Results (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/FIXRES19A.jpg)
League Positions Graph (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/PROGRESS19.jpg)
League Table (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/TABLE19.jpg)



Cups
In the FA Cup My hopes of retaining the trophy were dashed. We got through to the third round OK but in our next game we were very poor and lost 3-1 to league 1 side Watford in the 4th round. Despite Liverpool only narrowly avoiding relegation they managed to win the competition. It is their first top flight trophy for 10 years.

In the League Cup We beat Huddersfield, Hull, West Ham and Ipswich on route to the league cup final. Notts County were our opponents but they had no answer for our firepower up front and succumbed to a 3-0 loss. We won the League Cup for the first time in our history.

After our second place finish last season we went straight into the Champions league group stage . Group F (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/group19.jpg) was a very difficult looking group and despite a surprise win over Barcelona it was no surprise that we didn't qualify. Unfortunately our group games fell at the same time as our patchy early season form and the final table looked like this (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/europe19.jpg). Juventus retained the cup for the 3rd time in a row by beating Arsenal in the Final.

As a result of our early champions league exit we were placed in the first knock out round of the Europa League. We made good progress despite difficult opposition in the form of Hoffenheim, Aston Villa, Rangers and Roma. Positive results over 2 legs in each of these games put us in the final against French side Lille. A surprisingly one sided final finished 3-0 to the Bulldogs and we won our first European honour as Europa League winners.



TRANSFERS

Outgoing
A total of ten players left for a combined fee of 12.75m. The 3 most notable were as follows.

Welch (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/WELCH19.jpg) was sold to Shakthar for 2.7m after requesting to leave due to lack of first team opportunities. It was a shame to see him leave but I couldn't guarantee him a starting place. he scored over 130 league goals for the Bulldogs in a 12 year spell in the first team.

Xavier (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/XAVIER19.jpg) was another player unhappy to be second choice and was sold to Sporting for 2.8m. He made 214 apps for the Bulldogs in a 10 year period.

Gosling (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/GOSLING19.jpg) was deemed surplus to requirements as several younger defenders were rated higher by my staff. He went to Ipswich for 2.6m. He had been with the Bulldogs for 10 years.



Incoming
My scouts had a lot of trouble finding players with the potential to make an impact for the team. Of the 4 players brought in only 1 was good enough to go into the first team squad.

Tarik koc (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/koc19.jpg) cost 500k from Besiktas and was an ideal mid season replacement for the disgruntled Xavier. At 19 he had already played 79 times for his club and was a full international for Turkey with 4 caps. He went straight into the first team squad.

Stuart Holmes (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/holmes19.jpg) is a 17 year old striker and was recommended as a player with good potential. He cost 240k from Derby and with some luck he might make the first team in a few years time.

Colm Brady (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/brady19.jpg) a 100k signing from Glentoran is 17 years old and my scouts think he could be a good premier division defender in the future. Time will tell if they were correct.

Derek Gunn (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/gunn19.jpg) cost just 20k from Falkirk. My scouts think the 15 year old keeper could one day be as good as my current first choice keeper.






STATISTICS

Top scorer
Fowler 22 (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/FOWLER19.jpg)
Most Assists
McClair 22 (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/MCCLAIR19.jpg)
Most Man OF Match
McGowan 11 (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/MCGOWAN19.jpg)
Highest Average Rating
McGowan 7.67 from 53 apps.

Squad Stats (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/SQUAD19.jpg)



FORMER PLAYERS



Rains (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/RAINS19.jpg) At the age of 32 is playing less often than in previous seasons. Played 17 times for Derby who had an impressive season finishing 4th in the league to pick up a Champions league spot and reaching the F.A Cup final where they lost out to Liverpool.

Faivre (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/FAIVRE19.jpg) was sold to Derby for 2.7m just 2 years after his 23m move to Arsenal. Arsenals new manager obviously decided he was surplus to requirements. This didn't seem to faze Faivre as he scored 3 goals and 11 assists form 40 apps in Derby's impressive season.

Georgiou (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/GEORGIOU19.jpg) played 44 times this season and was pretty average for Sevilla who finished 6th in the league.

Creaney (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/CREANEY19.jpg) spent almost 4 months out as 2 fairly serious knee injuries disrupted his season. He did manage 28 games for Newcastle scoring 9 goals this season and activating a contract clause that awarded us 5m after his 30th league goal for Newcastle.

Gosling (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/GOSLING19.jpg) Helped Ipswich gain promotion to the premier league with a second place finish. He played 39 times this season.

Welch (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/WELCH19.jpg) Impressed at his new club Shakthar scoring 15 goals from 19 games in the league.

Xavier (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/XAVIER19.jpg) played 26 times for Sporting and could have a long career ahead of himself. Their other top keeper is still playing aged 40.

Micah Richards (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/RICHARDSMANAGER19.jpg) improved his West Brom sides performance again. This time they finished a respectable 9th only 2 points outside the playoff places. He might just be finding his feet as a manager. He has also managed these improvements having made a 2.5m profit with his dealings in the transfer market.




PLANS FOR NEXT SEASON
After winning the Community shield and going on to complete a Treble this season. It would be nice to defend some of these titles.




British Bulldogs Summary



Season Team League Position Achievements
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09-10 BULLDOGS Isthmian Premier Division 3RD Promoted > playoffs
10-11 BULLDOGS Blue Square South 1ST Promoted > Champions
11-12 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 9TH
12-13 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 5TH Lost in playoff semi final
13-14 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 1ST Promoted > Champions
14-15 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 9TH
15-16 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 6TH Lost in Play-off Final & JPT Runners up
16-17 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 1ST Promoted > Champions
17-18 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 1 5TH Promoted > Playoffs
18-19 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 17TH
19-20 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 8TH
20-21 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 3RD Promoted> Playoffs
21-22 BULLDOGS Premier Division 13TH
22-23 BULLDOGS Premier Division 11TH
23-24 BULLDOGS Premier Division 13TH
24-25 BULLDOGS Premier Division 7TH FA Cup winners> Qualified for Euro Cup.
25-26 BULLDOGS Premier Division 4TH Qualified for Champions League
26-27 BULLDOGS Premier Division 2ND FA Cup Winners> Qualified for champions league
27-28 BULLDOGS Premier Division 1ST CS / EPL /LC / EL winners (Treble)

hrbfcrule
30-07-2010, 18:58
Congratz on a fantastic season not too far off a clean sweep

Great way to win the league as well :D


Your updates are brilliant as always KUTGW

Brian Shanahan
30-07-2010, 21:43
When I saw the result in the ultimate game of the season, I punched the air (Rocky style). Well done WH, hope the success keeps rolling in.

Raware
31-07-2010, 13:27
Well done WH, to become champions of England from the lower echelons in 19 seasons is some achievement! Great to see you finally winning it after narrowly missing out last year. Congrats on the League Cup and Europa League trophies too :thup:

WH
01-08-2010, 16:44
Thanks for the comments guys. I'm glad your still looking in.

It really was a great season and it couldn't have been decided in a better way. Man City and Arsenal are spending 20- 40m per season so we are doing really well to compete with them. Looking forward to see if it was a one-off or if we can cement our place at the top.

Also hope more of our academy players can make it through to the first team. At the start of the coming season, only 5 of my 23 man first team squad have came from our own academy. 8 others were free transfers that were unwanted by their club. The remaining 10 were brought for a combined total of just over 5.8m

WH
02-08-2010, 19:47
I forgot to mention that Man City Manager Mark Hughes retired at the end of the season.

Hughes spent the 19 seasons of game time at Man City and was in charge for 1089 games. He had a win ratio of 58% which is incredible, but was helped out by the 945 million he spent in the transfer market.

Hughes won a great haul of trophies in this time including:

3 Premier League Trophies
3 F.a. Cups
5 League Cups
1 Champions League Trophy
1 European Super Cup
1 World Club Championship Trophy.

WH
06-08-2010, 08:48
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH PREMIER DIVISION

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM Career Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

2028/29 PRE SEASON



NEWS



With all the prize money we won last season our bank balance increased to 154m (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM Career Game/FINANCES19.jpg)

The shareholders received a payout of 23.5m this season.

We sold just short of 23000 season tickets for this season.

With last seasons success I entered the hall of fame (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM Career Game/HALLOFFAME19.jpg) for most successful English managers



SQUAD


The new intake of youth players arrived but I agree with my staffs opinion that none of them stand out.
I am fighting of interest for nearly all of my players this summer. The big clubs seem to think they are going to get them on the cheap. But thats not going to happen unless they are surplus to requirements. Thankfully None of them seem to be unsettled yet.




PRE SEASON


Pre season went well with 6 wins and only 1 goal conceded. We did have some injury problems with 9 players needing treatment before the season started.

EXPECTATIONS

The board expect us to qualify for the champions league by finishing in the top 4 . The media are predicting a 3rd place finish .

johnels001
08-08-2010, 20:20
Great Great thread! Just finished reading after a week! Congrats mate! :)

WH
12-08-2010, 09:10
Thanks johnels001, Glad you enjoyed reading through. I hope you managed to read it at work as it took a week of your time. :thup:

In the game I have celebrated my 50th birthday (the team didn't even throw me a party) so I decided to update my manager picture to reflect the aging effects of such a stressful job.

Before.
http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/manager2.png
After.
http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/manager2old.png
That tracksuit is lasting well isn't it? They don't make them like they used to back in 2010. ;)

I'm currently 12 games into the new season. ( about a third of the way through the league matches)

WH
17-08-2010, 16:48
I have a dilemma.

When I set this up, I used an edited database to add the English regional premier leagues to my game and now I seem to have a glitch. My team has been entered in the Isthmian league cup against all those lower league teams. I then checked it out and Premier league teams have been in the competition from the start.

I now need to decide if I just put my youth team in for this game, holiday past it and pretend it never happened or call it a day with this save at the end of the season (the 20th year) and start a new career.

Opinions would be appreciated.

hrbfcrule
17-08-2010, 17:38
I have a dilemma.

When I set this up, I used an edited database to add the English regional premier leagues to my game and now I seem to have a glitch. My team has been entered in the Isthmian league cup against all those lower league teams. I then checked it out and Premier league teams have been in the competition from the start.

I now need to decide if I just put my youth team in for this game, holiday past it and pretend it never happened or call it a day with this save at the end of the season (the 20th year) and start a new career.

Opinions would be appreciated.


It would be a shame to end this career after all the time and effort you have put into it, I would just use the youth team for those matches if I were you

jayahr
18-08-2010, 09:09
I would be very sad not to have your thread as one of my regularly visited places on here anymore. :(

So all EPL teams are in that cup or just a random few or just the Champions?
Anyway, I think I would use it as an opportunity for the U19 to get some practice in official matches and not stop playing a save of 20 years just due to a glitch of that sort. I'm sure they should do well against that opposition, though I guess your board won't judge you on that cup performance anyway, will they?

KUTGW :thup:

WH
18-08-2010, 11:14
It looks like 7 random premier teams are in the first round. Arsenal are the current holders.

I think for now I will use the u18 squad and holiday past those games pretending they never happened. I hope it won't get worse and start putting me in other regional cups as that might be the point where I have to call it a day.

Thanks for the replys and continuing to read :thup:

Brian Shanahan
20-08-2010, 20:45
It looks like 7 random premier teams are in the first round. Arsenal are the current holders.

I think for now I will use the u18 squad and holiday past those games pretending they never happened. I hope it won't get worse and start putting me in other regional cups as that might be the point where I have to call it a day.

Thanks for the replys and continuing to read :thup:

If I recall correctly you've used Superbladesman's edited DB. There is a problem with the Ismathian cup if you don't run all leagues and PL clubs get entered into it. Personally I'd do the u-18 thing and not worry about it myself. It's just a minor glitch, which will not mess up your game (i.e. no Europe qualification, pennies reward).

Saxonaitor
21-08-2010, 11:31
Yeh same thing happens with me WH shouldn't be much of a dampener on the game surely..

prayer
21-08-2010, 11:35
Good experience for your Youf :D

WH
24-08-2010, 21:03
Thanks for the replys. I am carying on and ignoring the problem for now.


Just read all of this over the course of a week. Great career thread and I look forward to further updates.

How are my beloved Spurs doing? Any big developments in recent seasons?

KUTGW! :D

I seem to have missed this request, sorry about that. Here is the info on Spurs.

Harry redknapp took spurs to a 6th place finish in the league and an FA cup final in the first season. He improved on this the next year finishing 5th and adding 2 cups to the trophy cabinet at white heart lane. These were the League cup and the Europa league trophy. Redknapp then quickly added the European super cup to that list in the 2011/12 season and repeating the 5th place finish in the league. That was all from Redknapp as he announced his retirement at the end of the season.

The new manager was Spurs hero Jurgen Klinsmann. His side managed to match redknapps league performances finishing 5th then 6th in the next 2 seasons, Unfortunately he couldn't match the Europa league success as spurs finished runners up to Palermo in 2014. League finishes of 7th , 6th and 5th over the next 3 seasons saw spurs holding their ground in the league but unable to make the improvement to reach the Champions league places. But Klinsmann's side did add the 2017 FA cup to their list of honors . A poor showing in the 2017/18 season saw spurs finish 10th in the league and soon after Chairman Daniel Levi decided to leave allowing Grant Hodges to move up from the board to the chairman position. Klinsman soon had spurs back on track and his side finished 4th to qualify for the champions league the very next season. 2 average seasons followed with 8th and 5th placed finishes in the league before klinsmann's side struggled to a lowly 15th place finish in the 2021/22 season and he was promptly sacked.

Ronald koeman was the next big name manager to take over in 2022 and instantly performances improved with a 7th place finish. This didn't last long and spurs were once again struggling, this time to a 14th place finish and as a result Koeman's reign was over after 2 seasons.

Tottenham decided to go for an English manager again this time and brought in Former Bolton and Atalanta manager Paul Ince. Ince was also in charge of the England U20 side. The new manager effect once again helped spurs as they finished 6th and 9th in the next 2 seasons. In the 2026/27 season things once again turned sour. Ince's side were struggling and the manager was sacked early in the season,

Spurs then looked to U.S.A manager John Bell (Regen) to save their season. Bell had taken the U.S.A. to the Olympic title and the Gold Cup. Bell only lasted 9 months before he was sacked and worse still Spurs were now doomed to relegation from the premier league.

Spurs called upon the skills of veteran manager Ian Holloway for their 2027/28 Coca Cola championship Campaign. Despite having to rebuild the squad after shipping out 110m worth of players Holloway was able to build a side worthy of winning the league at the first attempt. After the championship was secured Holloway decided to call an end to his career on a high and retired.

After 16 years in charge of Birmingham, the final one resulting in their relegation from the Premier league and ultimately in his sacking. 63 year old Paul Jewell was the man given the task of keeping spurs in the top flight and they currently sit 12th in the league.

WH
30-08-2010, 15:15
20th season is finished. I just need to take all the screen shots and write up the season report.

This is now the longest game I have played on any version of FM.

WH
31-08-2010, 21:32
"YOU'LL NEVER WIN ANYTHING WITH KIDS."

BRITISH BULLDOGS - ENGLISH PREMIER DIVISION
http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/BulldogsFINAL.png

SEASON UPDATE - 2028/29

Media Prediction - 3rd
Board expectations - Champions league qualification.

SEASON SUMMARY

League
The Community Shield match against Liverpool was the ideal way to kick off the new campaign. We were well on top throughout the game and ended up comfortable 3-0 winners.

Some very positive play during the early part of the resulted in 9 wins from the first 12 games. This form was just the kind of start we needed and we were 2nd position in the table, sandwiched between the 2 Manchester clubs. United were top as they continued to show improved form and the threat of a possible revival.

There was a flurry of activity as teams came in for some of my staff. Youth coach Moore (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/mooretochelsea20.jpg) left for Chelsea and was replaced by Ian Cathro (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/cathroyouthcoach20.jpg) from Celtic. Bolton were in need of a new manager and when Michael Mancienne (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/manciennebolton20.jpg) informed me of his ambition to become their new manager I wished him luck and allowed him to go.
We then added hugely experienced Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/igorgkc20.jpg) to our staff as a goalkeeping coach. The Russian had played an incredible 787 league games in his career and all at the top level. He also had 150 international caps to his name. My young keepers should be able to learn a lot from him.

Arsenal decided their plan to promote from within was not working as they sacked Jake Inglis after a miss firing start to the season. Newcastle legend Alan Shearer was the man they brought in. Shearer who spent 19 years in charge of the Magpies had been sacked by Newcastle a week before.

A slight loss of form in the mid season didn't dent our chances as much as it could have. We were still picking up good points even if we were not firing on all cylinders. 6 wins, 5 draws and just 2 losses was good enough form to see off the challenge of most other teams. Man Utd had fallen away and realistically it was now between us and leaders Man City. The others could still catch us but it would take a major collapse from us for them to do so.

An end of season injury crisis looked set to ruin all the good work we had done so far. 10 first team players were in the treatment room, 5 of those were fairly long term injuries ranging from 4 weeks to 3 months.

To my surprise Our season run in was almost perfect. We won 9 drew 3 and lost just 1 in the final third of the season. Aston Villa had an incredible 13 game unbeaten run in the same period and Climbed up the table with this late charge. Man City on the other hand completely crumbled losing 5 and only winning 4 of their games in the season run in. This season there was no last minute drama and we secured our second premier league title with 3 games to spare. Villa beat Man City to the runners up spot. The prize money for winning the league was 20.6m.

Man City manager Macdonald decided to retire as the season finished and I was quickly offered 110k per week (Double my current wage) to take over. I declined the opportunity.

Our defence was a major factor in our success. We only conceded 17 league goals in 38 games. Our keepers keeping 24 clean sheets between them in the league.


Fixtures and Results (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/FIXRES20A.jpg)
League Positions Graph (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/PROGRESS20.jpg)
League Table (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/TABLE20.jpg)




Cups
In the FA Cup we fell at the first hurdle with a third round loss away to Villa. My board were not pleased with our performance in this competition. Championship sides Colchester and Coventry both pulled off shock wins in the semi finals, beating Manchester Utd and Arsenal. Colchester were the eventual winners.

In the League Cup We beat Burnley, Villa, Nottingham Forrest and Arsenal to reach the league cup final. A good display saw us win 2-1 against Man Utd in the final and We won the League Cup for the second year in a row.

After winning the Premier League last season we went straight into the Champions league group stage. Group B (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/CHAMPIONSLEAGUE20.jpg) was a very difficult looking group which included defending champions Juventus. We didn't let it faze us this season and comfortably won the group without losing a game. That was as far as we went because A.C.Milan were too strong for us in the first knockout stage, beating us 3-1 over 2 legs. Milan went on to win the competition and end Juventus recent strangle hold.

Early in the season we managed to beat Champions league winners Juventus 1-0 to become this seasons European Super cup winners.



TRANSFERS

Outgoing
A total of 13 players (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/TRANSFERSOUT20.jpg) left for a combined fee of 4.7m. The 3 most notable of these was Neil Pell (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/PELL20.jpg) who spent 16 years in the Bulldogs first team.



Incoming
We brought 4 players in this season. None are ready for the first team but my scouts tell me they all have a chance of making it in the future

Matt Powell (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/powell20.jpg) and Rob Ashcroft (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/ashcroft20.jpg) had both been released from arsenals youth team so we signed them both on free transfers. Both are 18 years old. Matt is a midfielder and Rob is a tall player who can play upfront or in central defence.

Mark Baird (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/baird20.jpg) is a 16 year old striker and was recommended as a player with huge potential. He cost 1m from Falkirk. I hope he is good enough to play in the first team in a couple of years time.

Jamie Taggart (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/taggart20.jpg) is a 16 year old wing back. He cost 900k from Ross County and is almost as good as my current wing backs. He could make the first team very soon.







STATISTICS

Top scorer
sealey 22 (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/SEALY20.jpg)
Most Assists
McClair 14 (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/McCLAIR20.jpg)
Most Man OF Match
McGowan 9 (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/McGOWAN20.jpg)
Highest Average Rating
McGowan 7.68 from 43 apps.

Squad Stats (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/STATS20.jpg)



FORMER PLAYERS



Rains (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/rAINES20.jpg) Was placed on the transfer list as he is no longer wanted by Derby. He went to Reading on loan for the season and played 40 times for the championship club. He helped them to a 6th place finish but they lost out in the Play offs. His contract is up in a few weeks time and at the age of 33 if anyone takes him on it will no doubt be his last contract.

Faivre (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/FAIVRE20.jpg) Had a good season for an impressive looking Derby side. He played 38 times for the Rams and scored 2 goals and 11 assists. Derby finished 5th in the Premier League this season just missing out on a Champions league spot.

Georgiou (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/GEORGIOU20.jpg) Played 35 times for Sevilla and had a relatively good season. Sevilla finished 5th in the Spanish top division.

Creaney (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/CREANEY20.jpg) Put last years injury hit season behind him and played 38 times, scoring 15 goals for Newcastle.

Gosling (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/GOSLING20-1.jpg) played 37 times for Ipswich and helped them remain in the Premier League after their recent promotion.

Welch (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/WELCH20.jpg) Had another incredible season for Shakthar, scoring 30 goals in 37 games.

Xavier (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/XAVIER20.jpg) played 55 times for Sporting where he kept 26 clean sheets. His Sporting side were Europa League Runners Up this season.

Micah Richards (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/RICHARDS20.jpg) West Brom side dropped back down to 13th position this year. He is described as an under pressure manager and is disappointed with how things are going.

Michael Mancienne's (http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab39/enyawdrawoh/FM%20Career%20Game/MANCIENNE20A.jpg) Bolton side finished 12th in his first season in charge. He is much more satisfied with how things are going.




PLANS FOR NEXT SEASON
We once again won 4 trophies. A treble with the League, League cup and Euro super cup. Also the community shield but I class that as a glorified friendly. Would be nice to keep adding this sort of silverware to our trophy cabinet.




British Bulldogs Summary



Season Team League Position Achievements
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09-10 BULLDOGS Isthmian Premier Division 3RD Promoted > playoffs
10-11 BULLDOGS Blue Square South 1ST Promoted > Champions
11-12 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 9TH
12-13 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 5TH Lost in playoff semi final
13-14 BULLDOGS Blue Square Premier Division 1ST Promoted > Champions
14-15 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 9TH
15-16 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 6TH Lost in Play-off Final & JPT Runners up
16-17 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 2 1ST Promoted > Champions
17-18 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola League 1 5TH Promoted > Playoffs
18-19 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 17TH
19-20 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 8TH
20-21 BULLDOGS Coca-Cola Championship 3RD Promoted> Playoffs
21-22 BULLDOGS Premier Division 13TH
22-23 BULLDOGS Premier Division 11TH
23-24 BULLDOGS Premier Division 13TH
24-25 BULLDOGS Premier Division 7TH FA Cup winners> Qualified for Euro Cup.
25-26 BULLDOGS Premier Division 4TH Qualified for Champions League
26-27 BULLDOGS Premier Division 2ND FA Cup Winners> Qualified for champions league
27-28 BULLDOGS Premier Division 1ST CS / EPL /LC / EL winners (Treble)
28-29 BULLDOGS Premier Division 1ST CS / EPL /LC / ESC winners (Treble)

Raware
31-08-2010, 21:48
Well done on retaining the title WH (and claiming another treble) :thup:. Retaining the title is probably one of the hardest challenges but you've made it look easy! :D Just the Champions League to win now then?!

jayahr
31-08-2010, 21:50
This is almost starting to become boring ;)

KUTGW :thup:

WH
31-08-2010, 22:01
Well done on retaining the title WH (and claiming another treble) :thup:. Retaining the title is probably one of the hardest challenges but you've made it look easy! :D Just the Champions League to win now then?!

Thanks Raware, Thats the one i'm after now. I've not really got close so far.

WH
31-08-2010, 22:05
This is almost starting to become boring ;)

KUTGW :thup:

Lol, Cheers Jayahr. I really hope the my rivals come back strong or it really will start to get boring. I want to be battling for every trophy and until now we have been.

hrbfcrule
31-08-2010, 23:05
Congratz on a 2nd premier league title, just need to win champions league now KUTGW

Romanista1994
01-09-2010, 15:08
Still following this closely, though without posting.
Incredible acheivement on both winning and retaining the title with the challenge you set yourself.

KUTGW! :thup: