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Pangaea
06-12-2009, 07:20
Trafford Football Club

http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/5100059.png




Setup


Version

FM2010 10.2 and onwards (patching up as SI send out builds)


XML files

Uncle Ron's England addition
Added coordinates for Trafford


Database

Large (No extra players retained, attribute masking on)


Playable Leagues

England (To Level 8)
Ireland (All)
N.Ireland (All)
Scotland (All)
Wales (All)


View-Only Leagues

Argentina (Top Division)
Brazil (Top Division)
France (Top Division)
Germany (Top Division)
Italy (Top Division)
Norway (Top Division)
Spain (Top Division)





Club History

The club was formed in summer 1990, being the brainchild of David Brown, John Harrison, David Law, and Bill Whitten under the name North Trafford, sharing Shawe View with Trafford Borough Rugby League Club. After initially being denied entrance, a late withdrawal resulted in the club being invited to join Division 2 of the Mid-Cheshire League for 1990/91 season.

The first game at competitive level versus Macclesfield College was won 3-1,leading to a finish in second place, and promotion to Division One.

As a bonus the club obtained sole tenancy of Shawe View via a 30 year lease, and substantial ground improvements were undertaken.

1991/92 season saw progress continue on the field as 4th place was achieved coupled with a successful application to join Division 2 of the North West Counties League.

1992/93 ended with a 7th place finish, and after an indifferent start to the following season, a magnificent second half in which 20 out of 22 games were won, resulted in 2nd place and promotion to Division One.

Additionally the first trophy was won via a 3-1 victory versus Maghull in the Lamot Pils Cup.

Promotion was dependent on further ground improvements resulting in the erection of floodlights and the South Stand.

1994/95 was launched under the club's present name, ending in 4th place and defeats in the finals of the Manchester Senior and Carling Cups, progress being maintained the next season via 3rd place and reaching the last 16 of the F.A, Vase losing to the eventual winners, Brigg Town.

1996/97 was undoubtedly our most successful, winning the N.W.C.L. and gaining promotion to Division 1 of the Unibond League but losing out in the finals of the Manchester Senior Cup and the League Cup. David Law who had managed the club since inception was named N.W.C.L. Manager of the Year, and the Reserves won the N.W.C.L Reserve Division, the Reserve League Cup, and the Manchester Amateur Cup.

An indifferent start to 1997/98 was reversed ,the club finishing 12th, and a further trophy was won, the Unibond First Division Cup, beating Lincoln United 3-1.

Mark Molyneaux was appointed assistant manager to David Law at the start of 1998/99, taking over the reins in December, and guiding us to a final place of 14th.

Throughout season 2002-03 results didn't come Trafford's way and at Christmas the club decided to release manager Joey Dunn & appoint the vastly experienced Mike McKenzie who has won so many honours as a manager in the Unibond League. Sadly results still didn't come & Trafford were relegated to the North West Counties League.

In October 2003 Trafford decided to part-company with Mike McKenzie after finding themselves in 19th position in Division One.
A month later Trafford appointed 28 year old former Leigh R.M.I. Reserve Team Manager Danny Johnson as the new manager.
Within a couple of weeks the results changed and Trafford began to improved their league position.
By the end of season 2004-05 Danny Johnson's young entertaining side finished in 16th position with 50 points.

Trafford didn't have much joy in any of the cup competitions but finished in an improved 12th position on 56 points. While the Reserve Team won their third County Cup in four seasons by winning the Manchester F.A. Trophy.
Season 2005-06 was Trafford got off to a flying start in the League and had a good run in the FA Vase, but sadly couldn't maintain their league form throughout the season finishing in 14th position.

Season 2006-07 saw Trafford finish in 5th place in the NWCL Division One the club's best campaign since 2001 when they finished in 5th place in the Unibond Division One. The season included a good run in the FA Cup, two players in the top 20 goalscorers in the NWCL, with Glyn Barker in 6th place with 34 goals & Troy Hayder in 16th place with 20 goals, & a end of season run of 17 games unbeaten to round off a marvellous season.
At the end of the season sadly manager Danny Johnson decided to move up to the Unibond League with Ashton United, with our player Ged Kielty becoming Trafford's 'new' Player Manager, assisted by Lee Southwood & coached by Tony Coyne.

With the new look management Trafford had one of their most successful campaign's in Season 2007-08 winning the Vodkat League Championship title by 11 points with a club record of 95 points to be promoted to the Unibond League for a second time after winning the title in 1997.
From September 2007 Trafford went on a 29 league game unbeaten run including 18 straight wins which is a League record. Manager Ged Kielty was also voted Manager of the Year & the club won Programme of the Year.
Centre forward Andy Lundy ended the season with 34 overall goals putting him in second place in the League goalscoring chart, but was the League top scorer with his 28 goals in Division One. His 'sidekick' Scott Barlow came close behind in fourth overall place with 29 goals.

Season 2008-09 saw Trafford return to the Unibond League after an absence of five seasons. Manager Ged Kielty led the team to the club's second Unibond League President's Cup win beating First Division South Quorn 2-0 on their ground in the final. Trafford previously won the President's Cup back in 1999-2000. Trafford's striker Scott Barlow finished runner-up as the First Division North Overall Leading Goalscoring charts with 40 goals. Trafford finished in 15th place in the Division.

Season 2009-10 sees former Trafford stalwart Garry Vaughan in the 'hot-seat' as Ged Kielty decided to step down as manager. During seven seasons in the 90's Garry played a record 305 games for Trafford & is still the overall leading club goalscorer with 89 goals.

(* Courtesy of Trafford FC's official site (http://www.details.traffordfc.co.uk/page2.html))



Club Information


Founded: 1990
Status: Semi-Professional
Fierce Rivals: None
Other Rivals: Flixton



Stadium: Shawe View
Capacity: 2500 (292 seated)
Corporate facilities: Basic
Training facilities: Basic
Youth facilities: Minimal

Pangaea
06-12-2009, 07:35
I've removed the records and season summary. I figured it wouldn't be so cool for new readers to see that right away. At least that's what I thought when I read through some similarly structured updates.

I have also changed the title of the thread. It refers to the griffin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griffin)in the club logo. It is made up of a lion and an eagle. Traditionally the lion has been seen as a powerful animal on land, while the eagle as a powerful animal in the sky. That is why you see this strange creature in countless of logos, as statues and even in the flags and various symbols of countries.

Pangaea
06-12-2009, 08:42
2009/10
Northern Premier Division One North

Continuing the success of former manager Garry Vaughan, who led the team to lift the President's Cup, was going to be difficult. Team was sheit, staff was sheit, economy poor and in decline (hence the horrible title :D).

Trafford is playing in the Northern Premier Division One North.

The board wanted me to finish in a respectable league position. That was always going to be difficult with the squad we had, so off to the market I went. Scouts worked for their money, and managed to find the odd guy here and there who could lift the team a little bit.

It took time for them to settle in, which showed in the first half of the season. We barely kept our head above water. Halfway through the season we started to play better, and results soon followed. In the end we finished in a respectable 9th place. Never really in contention for a playoff spot, but the good form had me hoping for better things next season.

Cups were crap, of course. Nothing to mention. It is however worth to mention we had an ancient DL. He turned 42 just after the season finished. He won our player of the season award :thup:

2009/10 League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2010Table.png)

2009/10 Progress (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2010Progress.png)

Overall a better season than it looked like early on. Next season the goal is a playoff spot, and preferably promotion.


Records 2009/10


Attendance
o High: 262
o Low: 105
o Avg: 166
Results
o Win: 4-1
o Loss: 1-3
Sequences
o Won in row: 4
o Lost in row: 5
o Without losing: 5
o Without winning: 6
Players
o Top goalscorer: 16 (ST)
o Most assists: 15 (ST)
o Avg rating: 7.12 (DL)
o Player of the year: DL



Season Summary


Season Division Pos Movement FA Cup Other
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2009/10 Northern 1st Div N 9th - - Out of all cups early

Pangaea
06-12-2009, 09:27
2010/11
Northern Premier Division One North

This proved to be a nervy season - on two fronts.

Over the summer I managed to sign several players that raised the quality (err, it's all relative :D), including the loan MC I had for the last section of last season. Some signings were crap, while others really improved the team. The ST we landed shortly before Xmas was on fire!

Having improved the team quite a bit, the bar was raised by the board. IIRC they wanted a secure position, which I guess means gunning for a playoff spot. After about 10 matches of settling in, we were up there and fighting it out with the big boys, steadily improving our hand. As the last third of the season commenced, we climbed to the top, and were in brilliant form. From end of December to end of March we went 14 matches without a loss. I thought we had it all sowed up.

Then the slump hit us. 1 point in 3 matches, and Radcliffe Boro was all over us. We had wasted a 6 point lead, and were now tied. This one would go right down to the wire. We went into the last match tied on points, but we had a 6-goal advantage in the goals column. Thankfully they had a tough away encounter to a playoff fighter, while we had a tough one at home.

The nervousness was back, both in players and manager, and we didn't play well at all. Warrington took the lead after 15 minutes, and they were outplaying us. Radcliffe had 0-0. We were out of it. Not much changed in the 2nd half, though we were more into it now. But with 20 minutes left on the clock the live table still said Radcliffe Boro on top by 1 point. Drastic measures were needed. I put all eggs in one basket and went Overload with all kinds of stiff-haired shouts. It paid off. In the 77th minute our MC got the ball just outside the box and hammered it into the far top corner. Almost on overtime, and frantically checking the league table, we got a penalty. I was sure we were home now. I hadn't seen a player miss a penalty in our games over two seasons - and there were a lot of them. But our bloke did a very good Roberto Baggio copy, and blew it well over the bar. Expletives were thrown about. :mad:

Radcliffe Boro did not score though. In fact, they were lucky to get a 0-0 draw. I was jubilant after the match, and fixed up the foot of the table I had kicked all out of shape when we missed the penalty! :D

This is what FM is all about. Nail-biting end-of-season matches with love and hate feelings battering it out in your (not-so) rational mind. Promotion was secured on a +6 goal difference.

The other nervy front was that we were running seriously into the red, even though I kept wages under the limit. The chairman was clearly fed up, and wanted out. Mid-season a consortium wanted to buy him out, possibly leading to my firing. In the end they pulled the plug though. I guess we were too much in the red for their liking \o/

(This got a bit long, but it was fun to re-live it through writing :))

2010/11 League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2011Table.png)

2010/11 Progress (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2011Progress.png)

Next season:
The goal is to survive, and preferably without having to battle it out in the final rounds of the season.


Records 2010/11


Attendance
o High: 361
o Low: 130
o Avg: 234
Results
o Win: 4-1
o Loss: 1-3
Sequences
o Won in row: 5
o Lost in row: 2
o Without losing: 14
o Without winning: 4
Players
o Top goalscorer: 15 (ST)
o Most assists: 11 (DR/DM)
o Avg rating: 7.24 (DC)
o Player of the year: DC



Season Summary


Season Division Pos Movement FA Cup Other
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2009/10 Northern 1st Div N 9th - - Out of all cups early
2010/11 Northern 1st Div N 1st Promotion - Out of all cups early

Jason the Yank
06-12-2009, 09:41
This really has become the LLM schism forum. :D

Oh, and KUTGW!

Pangaea
06-12-2009, 09:44
Thanks :)

We gotta hide our club hidings somewhere :D

uncle ron
06-12-2009, 09:48
I'm waiting for the other eight seasons to be posted ;)

Congrats on the promotion. Winning the league on goal difference!

It will be interesting to see how you find the difference in quality between the leagues.

I've responded to your post in the league edit thread.

Pangaea
06-12-2009, 10:30
Aye. It was very nerve-wrecking. Especially for the table. But hey, at least it wasn't a church door! :D

m1234566778
06-12-2009, 11:24
Nice one. I love managing in these leagues. I have an Ossett save, from which I'm writing a story. I'm loving that save.

Great start to your career and incidentally Trafford have just knocked me out of the cup. :D

Pangaea
06-12-2009, 13:53
Ossett Albion right? IIRC Town started off in the Premier.

I actually beat Albion twice the first season. And they got relegated. See they have bumped back up now though :thup:

Crap. I just checked every team that got relegated from Level 8 in the first season. All 12 are back again now in the 3rd season :( Does that mean reputation trumps all?

m1234566778
06-12-2009, 14:07
No, Town. A league higher than you started but still.

I have started in your league before though, Garforth Town. :thup:

psychonaut
06-12-2009, 14:47
Player naming! What would Ian say? :)

Good start there, hope you have more success following your promotion.

Pangaea
06-12-2009, 15:10
Player naming? Apart from the history?

We battled it out with Garforth last season actually. They finished 3rd but lost the playoff final. Season before they lost in the playoff semi. I know how that feels...

Nobby_McDonald
06-12-2009, 19:41
Good start there Single Continent Bloke. :thup:

Pangaea
07-12-2009, 16:02
I'm not sure if people are interested in seeing the full World Cup stuff, but I should at least mention who won the thing.


World Cup 2010

3rd Place Playoff
Italy - France 2-0

Final
Nigeria - England p0-0


Nothing to worry about there! :D :D

Shrek blew it on the 5th btw.

Nobby_McDonald
08-12-2009, 01:30
I'm interested. ;)

Pangaea
08-12-2009, 23:08
Allright. I'll add them for your pleasure :D


World Cup 2010

Knocked out from Group Stage
Slovakia, Morocco; Japan, Ivory Coast; North Korea, Costa Rica; Mexico, South Africa; Switzerland, South Korea; Denmark, Saudi Arabia; Chile, Algeria; Honduras, Australia

Second Round
Paraguay - Ukraine 2-0
Italy - Spain e2-1
Ecuador - Brazil 0-1
France - Greece 2-1
Holland - Germany 0-3
Nigeria - Ghana 2-1
Argentina - Russia 1-3
England - Scotland 2-0

Quarter Final
Paraguay - France 0-2
Italy - Brazil 1-0
Germany - England 0-1
Nigeria - Russia 3-1

Semi Final
France - Nigeria 1-2
Italy - England 2-3

Third Place
Italy - France 2-0

Final
Nigeria - England p0-0

Nobby_McDonald
10-12-2009, 00:28
Not only did Scotland qualify, they also reached the Second Round.

Sort it out SI!

Pangaea
10-12-2009, 03:05
I thought it was fantastic to see an African nation finally winning the WC. And I can't help laughing when England fail at a pen shootout. Again! :D

Wonder pus.
10-12-2009, 22:41
Well done on getting promoted, do you think you will struggle this season?

Jason the Yank
11-12-2009, 08:56
I thought it was fantastic to see an African nation finally winning the WC. And I can't help laughing when England fail at a pen shootout. Again! :D

Usually they do that in the QF. ;)

Pangaea
11-12-2009, 16:58
Wonder_pus, I'm actually doing better than feared, though form has taken a serious dip lately. Not been able to play lately as I've been testing something for the beta team, but will hopefully get the season done this weekend.

Who will England fail against in next year's QF I wonder :D

Pangaea
14-12-2009, 17:20
Euro 2012

Group Stage
http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/European2012Groups.png


Knockout Stage
http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/European2012Knockouts.png


Many national managers lost their job or left after the tournament, including Capello, Domenech and Lippi of England, France and Italy. All left without being fired though.

Season update to come....

Pangaea
14-12-2009, 18:41
2011/12
Northern Premier League Premier Division

The transfer window was one of a lot of speculation. Last year the chairman wanted out and almost succeeded. This time he did. A consortium took over the club, and gave us a 300K loan. We were back in the black, if only momentarily so. Despite the long transfer ban we managed to sign some players close to season start.

The new board wanted us to survive the division, and gave us a whopping 2,200 wage budget to play with. Considering we were leaking 10-15K a month, though, I kept the budget to about 800, same as last season.

The season started off really well, it looked like we were going to fight for a playoff spot. About halfway through we suffered a row of injuries, and with few backups it was bound to impact results. We couldn't buy a win, and went 8 on the trot without victory. We were almost down in the relegation battle. Then we recorded some (very) lucky wins and managed to drag ourselves out of it before it got too serious. Managed to sign some good players in March to fill some weaknesses in the team, on DL, DC and MC. Hopefully they will start to play well into next season. We ended on a respectable 11th place. A very nice feather in the hat in the 2nd last match was to beat run-away leaders Harrogate 1-0 at home. They won the league by 19 points.

We actually did quite well in the cups this season. We lost to Sheffield in the Northern League Chairman's Cup (final between the winners of the N1N and N1S divisions), but did well in the others. Took BSP outfit Fleetwood to a replay in the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, and only lost 1-0, after a goal in the 90th minute. Supporters were still unhappy though (:mad: ). Also got to the 1st Round of the FA Trophy. I hoped we could get some silverware in the Northern League Cup, as there were quite a few Division One teams left in the Quarter Finals. But this was when we hit horrible form, so we lost out to Waltham Abbey from Division One.

LLaMas will have to block their eyes in a few screens here. I've decided to post the squad screen and mention some player names. Everybody are probably randomly generated anyway, so it's just for my own sake. Strictly this isn't a LLM game anyway as an editor (XML file) has been in use, even though other rules and guidelines apply.


Screenshots
2011-12 League Table (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2012Table.png) - 2011-12 League Graph (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2012Graph.png)

2011-12 Squad (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2012Squad.png)

2011-12 Best Eleven (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2012BestEleven.png) - Overall Best Eleven, per 2011-12 (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2012OverallEleven.png)

2011-12 Finances (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2012Finances.png)

We're losing a lot of money each month, and there is nothing we can do about it. I just hope our new chairman has deep pockets and is willing to invest a bit. Otherwise we'll end up with loan after loan, bleeding us dry.


Next season:
Despite a mid-season disappointment we did quite well for ourselves. The goal next season is to get a playoff spot. I feel we can achieve that with a few more solid signing, in particular a striker. We have two very promising strikers in Egan and Breen, but they're not quite ready yet, despite playing a lot.


Records 2011/12


Attendance
o High: 497
o Low: 146
o Avg: 251
Results
o Win: 4-0
o Loss: 0-3
Sequences
o Won in row: 3
o Lost in row: 3
o Without losing: 9
o Without winning: 8
Players
o Top goalscorer: 13 (Danny Egan)
o Most assists: 9 (Terry Masson)
o Avg rating: 7.11 (Ian Nagle)
o Player of the year: Terry Masson



Season Summary


Season Division Pos Movement FA Cup Other
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2009/10 Northern Div One N 9th - - Out of all cups early
2010/11 Northern Div One N 1st Promotion - Out of all cups early
2011/12 Northern Premier 11th - 4th Qual Rnd QF of Northern League Cup, Consortium take-over

uncle ron
14-12-2009, 19:11
Good solid first season at this level for Trafford.

Good to see Dan Egan signed for you. He did a good job upfront for Supermarine in my save for a few seasons.

Pangaea
14-12-2009, 20:55
So he's not a random player then? Figured just about everybody at this level were. My coaches rate him highly, but low now, so I hope he can be good in a year or two. Same with Breen. Have thankfully managed to sign a mature striker now, so I hope we can score a bit more regularly. Just a shame he got injured in pre-season, eh? :D

Board actually offered me a new contract even though there's a year left on the other. Tight ******** wouldn't increase my wage, so I turned them down. Hope that doesn't bite me in the arse ;)

salkster2102
15-12-2009, 17:39
Any chance you could take a look at Stocksbridge Park Steels please? :)

Pangaea
15-12-2009, 19:47
Sure thing :)

They got relegated from the Northern Premier in their first season, and has been in the Northern D1S the last two season, doing poorly (15th and 16th). But they have a decent start this season - 9th after 10 games. Not much to report from the cups either, though they did reach the 2nd round of the FA Trophy in the first season.

Their finances are "insecure", with a loan debt of 475K.

Anything else?

salkster2102
15-12-2009, 19:54
Sure thing :)

They got relegated from the Northern Premier in their first season, and has been in the Northern D1S the last two season, doing poorly (15th and 16th). But they have a decent start this season - 9th after 10 games. Not much to report from the cups either, though they did reach the 2nd round of the FA Trophy in the first season.

Their finances are "insecure", with a loan debt of 475K.

Anything else?

Nope that's great thanks! I wonder where their debt came from :confused:

Pangaea
16-12-2009, 06:16
No idea tbh. But a lot of clubs are having financial problems, including ourselves. The finances at the lower leagues aren't working well at all, something I really hope will be fixed for FM11, but also tweaked for the 10.3 patch.

Looking at my own team, we are actually losing money on matchday, even when I include ticket sales. I know many are struggling with finances, but to lose money on matchday? That's taking it a bit far.

Looking at English clubs down to level 8 there are:
2 bankrupt
1 in debt
(I hope you are sitting down...) 105(!) insecure

The vast majority of the rest are okay. But I reckon a good amount of those are struggling too, cause when we were 250K in the red our status was still "Okay".

salkster2102
16-12-2009, 11:12
How much are your ticket sales and attendances? It really depends on how much your wages are like with your players and staff. If your wages are under 2k per week then you would be making a profit if you are getting around at least 300-400 fans per game. Clubs at this level are so dependant on their sponsors just to keep afloat. Look at Durham City. They lost their main sponsor due to the conference not allowing them to get promoted. So they had to release all their players and are now playing kids. They are almost certain for relegation as they have lost every game.

Pangaea
16-12-2009, 12:40
How much are your ticket sales and attendances? It really depends on how much your wages are like with your players and staff. If your wages are under 2k per week then you would be making a profit if you are getting around at least 300-400 fans per game.

Going by those figures I should be making a profit I reckon (or at least not bleed 15K a month) - which I'm certainly not.

300-400 fans is a stretch for most clubs at this level. I'm at about 250 a game. We have 61 season ticket holders this season (two of them have dogs though). Taking away 30K we made from an away encounter in the Cup we have these figures:

+36K Gate receipts (£11 average)
+10K Season tickets (£165 average)
+8K Match-day income

-9K Ground maintenance
-53K (!!) Match-day expenses

-8K Total income on matches

This seems utterly bizarre to me. Add on player and staff wages, and it doesn't take a genius to figure out we're bleeding an awful lot of money. It's especially the match-day expenses that are wildly overestimated. Do we have the Secret Service guarding our donkeys or what?

I had planned to do a proper check on this and hand the data over to SI, as I think it's far removed from reality. But adding a new manager for every team and noting down the figures got boring very quickly :(

Nobby_McDonald
17-12-2009, 01:33
Blimey Pangaea, those colours are bright!

Rather one sided Euro final, such a shame the Italians hammered the French. :D

Pangaea
17-12-2009, 04:20
I agree. Why couldn't they both lose? :D

Nobby_McDonald
17-12-2009, 09:42
I quite like the Italians, mainly stemming from a ski holiday there this past February. The workers in various establishments were far friendlier than their French counterparts. We also watched the Chelsea v Juventus Champions League match in a bar, where there were approximately 100 Italians and 10 English (seven of whom were in our party). We were in Sestriere, and as the ski resort has no team and Torino is the closest city, Juventus is their main team. The Italians very much got behind their team in the bar, were devastated that they lost but were so courteous and friendly to us after the match and chatted to us about many things calcio, it was a pleasure to have been there.

Pangaea
18-12-2009, 16:31
Italians I have come across are very nice too. Very friendly and warm people. It's the football style and mentality I don't like too much.

Everybody seem to hate the French. Good thing Henry fixed that problem, eh? :D

Nobby_McDonald
19-12-2009, 17:39
He just reinforced international relations.

psychonaut
20-12-2009, 02:39
I can't say a bad word against the Romanians, not since I went skiing there in 2004. Lovely nightlife, particularly the Mafia run clubs where you can leave with more than a bird on your broken arm.

Pangaea
07-01-2010, 13:40
This took a while. Not played during xmas as I went 'home', and been a bit torn about the whole save because some teams are not put in the right divisions. But I've come too far here to just let it die. Being a slow player and not having a lot of FM-time in the foreseeable future, it's this or nothing.



2012/13
Northern Premier League Premier Division

The League
The board wanted a respectable league position, which I guess means mid to top-half finish. The media had us on 11th. We had a tiny wage budget and an economy spiralling downwards, so I had to offload players to sign new ones.

With a changed team it looked like it would be another roller-coaster season. We went up and down the first half. When November turned into December we finally hit form and climbed up the table. We had a playoff spot, and was gunning for more. In mid-January we were on top of the mountain, and all was looking bright. Then I noticed Sheffield were notching up win after win after win behind us, and closing in point by point. We kept doing well, but just couldn't keep up with their perfect record. From mid-January to the beginning of April they notched up an amazing 11 straight wins, and were breathing down our neck.

It looked like it would go right down to the wire. We would play them at home in the last match, for what looked like a must-win decider. But then it happened. Sheffield stopped winning. They drew the next two matches, and we were crowned Champions before our final meet. It ended 0-0, which was actually the first home match we hadn't won since mid-October(!). Shawe View had become a fortress, with a 16-3-1 record. Blue Square, here we come!!

League Table (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2012-13/2013Table.png)
Graph (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2012-13/2013Graph.png)

The Cups
We got some poor opponents in the Northern League Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2012-13/2013NorthernLeagueCup.png), and since we had been horrible in the cups so far I wanted to take this one home. But it wasn't to be. Northern 1South team Market Drayton smashed our dreams on penalties in the 2nd Round.

We were less lucky with the draw in the FA Carlsberg Trophy (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2012-13/2013FATrophy.png), and BSS outfit Dover stopped us in the 1st Round after a honourable 1-0 loss. Fans still lined up outside my office with their kicking boots on though - the ungrateful basterwds!

The FA Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2012-13/2013FACup.png) was the highlight, at least for the chairman. We beat AFC Fylde, local Salford, and Accrington, before meeting League Two team York City - away. Over 2,200 people came to see us be narrowly defeated 1-0, though pinned back. Fans were encircling the stadium with torches in hand again...

Transfers (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2012-13/2013Transfers.png)
Many players left the Trafford club house as we needed better ones to improve on our last position. In addition to the loanies, keeper Lyness, AMC Wright and forwards Lavery and Scully would prove to be good signings.

Squad (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2012-13/2013Squad.png)
The mercenary soldiers Greenwood, Hill and Harris had good seasons, especially Harris who both scored and assisted a lot.
Danny Egan (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2012-13/Players/DannyEgan.png) was starting to mature, and scored 24 goals. He was voted player of the season in the league to boot.
Terry Masson (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2012-13/Players/TerryMasson.png) played really well too, in creating 15 goals.
New signing James Lavery (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2012-13/Players/JamesLavery.png) had an okay season up front, scoring 15 and assisting 8 others.
Promising striker Johnny Breen (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2012-13/Players/JohnnyBreen.png) scored 9 times, but he isn't quite maturing yet.
Steve Maguire (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2012-13/Players/SteveMaguire.png) was good on DL and provided some assists. Despite Egan being voted player of the season in the league, Maguire took home the fans' prize. Usually the striker with most goals does.
Dean Lyness (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2012-13/Players/DeanLyness.png) was a nice improvement between the sticks.

Seasonal Best Eleven (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2012-13/2013BestEleven.png)
Overall Best Eleven (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2012-13/2013OverallEleven.png)

Finances (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2012-13/2013Finances.png)are continuing to spiral downwards. It was nice to see the chairman invest 25,000, but that has been all since the 300,000 loan after the take-over. Cheapskate.

Next Season
We got promoted this season, so obviously the goal is to not go straight down again. I don't know how big the gap is, but I'd like to make a good foundation for a go at promotion in two seasons.


Career Summary


Season Division Pos Movement FA Cup Other
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2009/10 Northern 1 North 9th - - Out of all cups early
2010/11 Northern 1 North 1st Promotion - Out of all cups early
2011/12 Northern Premier 11th - 4th Qual Rnd QF of Northern League Cup, Consortium take-over
2012/13 Northern Premier 1st Promotion 1st Rnd Out of the cups early




PS: A little fun fact was that Man Utd striker Macheda was loaned out to Aston Villa the whole season. While Man Utd did win the league title, Macheda was the top goalscorer in the Premier League with 20 goals, 6 more than Rooney and Berbatov, and he made the EPL team of the year. Javier Aguirre had taken over when Sir Alex Ferguson retired, but he was fired just 5 days shy of xmas when United tumbled out of the CL. Tony Mowbray took over the reigns, and brought the trophy back to Old Trafford.

I also thought it was very nice to see FC United get promoted along ourselves. When I started this save I wanted to take over FC United at some point, as I follow that team with one eye. But now I'd just want to see how far Trafford can go.

Pangaea
07-01-2010, 14:09
2012/13 Records


Attendance
o High: 520
o Low: 118
o Avg: 288
Results
o Win: 5-0
o Loss: 2-4
Sequences
o Won in row: 7
o Lost in row: 3
o Without losing: 11
o Without winning: 4
Players
o Top goalscorer: 24 (Danny Egan)
o Most assists: 15 (Terry Masson)
o Avg rating: 7.30 (Danny Egan)
o Player of the year: Steve Maguire




Club Records


Attendance
o High: 520 (07.11.2012, vs Accrington, FA Cup 4th Qual Round)
o Low: 105 (13.10.2009, vs Chorley, Northern League Presidents Cup 2nd Round)
o Avg: 288 (2012/13)
o Highest Gate Receipt: £7,000 (07.11.2012, vs Accrington, FA Cup 4th Qual Round)

Results
o Win: 5-0 (05.02.2013, vs North Ferriby (H), Northern Premier League Premier Division)
o Loss: 0-3 (15.02.2012, vs Sheffield (H), Northern Premier League Premier Division)
o Highest Scoring Game: 4-4 (16.01.2010, vs Radcliffe Boro (H), Northern Premier League First Division North)

Sequences
o Games Won in Row: 7 (26.02.2013 - 16.04.2013)
o Games Lost in Row: 5 (13.10.2009 - 27.10.2009)
o Without Losing: 14 (28.12.2010 - 26.03.2011)
o Without Winning: 8 (21.01.2012 - 21.02.2012)
o Without Conceding: 4 (06.03.2010 - 03.04.2010)
o Without Scoring: 4 (25.08.2009 - 08.09.2009)

Players
o Top Goalscorer: 24 (Danny Egan) (2012/13)
o Top League Goalscorer: 21 (Danny Egan) (2012/13)
o Most Goals in a Match: 3 (Mark Pocock) (06.02.2010, vs Ossett Albion)
o Most Assists: 15 (Mark Pocock) (2009/10)
o Highest Average Rating: 7.30 (Danny Egan) (2012/13)
o Most Man-of-the-Match: 7 (Danny Egan) (2012/13)
o Most League Apps: 93 (Marcus Clyne) (2012/13)
o Most League Goals: 45 (Danny Egan) (2012/13)
o Youngest Player: 16 years, 47 days (Dan Baxter) (22.08.2009)
o Oldest Player: 42 years, 271 days (Paul McGee (12.02.2011)
o Youngest Goalscorer: 18 years, 251 days (Ian Wright) (05.02.2013)
o Oldest Goalscorer: 33 years, 187 days (Billy McCartney) (20.10.2009)
o Fastest Goal: 37 seconds (Terry Masson) (17.12.2011)

Transfers
o Highest Transfer Fee Paid: -
o Highest Transfer Fee Received: £4,000 (Mark Clarke to Morton) (20.06.2013)
o Total Transfer Spending: -
o Total Transfer Income: £7,000 (2012/13)

Pangaea
07-01-2010, 14:19
Roll of Honour
Argentina: San Lorenzo
Brazil: Sao Paulo
England: Man Utd
France: Olympique Lyonnais
Germany: Werder Bremen
Ireland: St. Pat's Athletic
Italy: AC Milan
N.Ireland: Cliftonville
Norway: Sandefjord
Scotland: Celtic
Spain: R. Madrid
Wales: Neath

Pangaea
07-01-2010, 14:31
Wow. Here's something to cheer about (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/AFCWimbledonvMKDons.png) for those AFC Wimbledon fans.

MK Dons in League Two and AFC in BSP btw.

uncle ron
07-01-2010, 14:47
Well done on the promotion :)

I'm sure you can now find a few extra £ to reward Danny Egan's goalscoring form. I'm not sure he can really (Tr)afford much on only £35 per week ;)

Pangaea
07-01-2010, 16:36
Way ahead of you. He's already got a shiny new contract and now earns almost a 3-digit sum every week :D

The board was nice enough to boost our wage budget from £1,000 to £2,800 :)

I figured we were losing money right, left and center anyway, and not mostly from player wages, so I might as well try to secure some decent players for the future before the future locks off the purse.

Nobby_McDonald
07-01-2010, 19:30
Two seasons to win Conference North then.

Pangaea
07-01-2010, 20:03
If history is something to judge on, that is within reach :thup:

What did you get an infraction for btw Nobby?

Jason the Yank
07-01-2010, 22:14
Tg! Kutgw! :D

Pangaea
08-01-2010, 08:29
Oi! What happened to your shift key? :D

Jason the Yank
08-01-2010, 08:38
Sometimes SI lower cases strings of capital letters. :thdn:

Nobby_McDonald
09-01-2010, 12:25
What did you get an infraction for btw Nobby?

For being a ****.

Pangaea
09-01-2010, 17:04
Hahaha! Probably worth it then ;)

Nobby_McDonald
09-01-2010, 19:39
One of them expires in two days time. :)

Pangaea
09-01-2010, 20:22
Time to go on the rampage again then ;)

I got a yellow card on the old board for something (have forgotten what), but don't think it followed over to the new one.

Pangaea
14-01-2010, 17:32
2013/14
Blue Square North

After the promotion the relatively new board wanted a safe mid-table position. It was clear from the go that the team could compete at this level. We quickly found our place just behind the playoff spots. At the half-way point we were in great form, and we started gaining ground on the leaders. With 10 matches left we briefly occupied 1st place. But then the injuries came. And how they came! Just about every match a player went out injured. I soon had lost all 3 DCs and a host of MCs. Thankfully the backup DL could play centrally too, and as usual I had a pack of midfielders to fill in for the crippled ones.

It was bound to affect results though, especially when our brilliant young Ian Wright was injured in late March and missed the tight-packed schedule in April. We played many teams on the bottom of the table and were no longer capable of breaking down their bus, neatly parked in front of goal. Several draws and losses followed, though we won a few too. It was tight in the top though, and everybody lost points. Bradford PA should have had it wrapped up with a 3-point gap with a game in hand, but then they dropped points left, right and centre too. But they secured promotion before the last day. We were lying 3rd and facing 2nd Southport at home. We smashed them 3-0 and grabbed 2nd.

Redditch, who we humiliated 4-0 at their place, was up in the semi final of the playoff. We got a bit lucky and drew them 1-1 away, before only winning 2-1 at home.

In the final (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2013-14/TraffordvSouthport.png)Southport awaited again. It looked like a one-lane road at first, as we took the lead in the 2nd minute. We pinned them back the first 25 minutes, but when they got a lucky equaliser all hell broke loose. They took a 2-1 lead before halftime. We started to gain control again after some tea, and drew level on the hour mark. It looked to be settled when their mental player Ager got sent in the shower in the 74th minute. We controlled play, but it was hard to make it count. The same happened in extra time. They had a few shots, but we controlled the play. I ended up putting everything forward as penalty shootouts have never been friendly to me. But it was just one of those days.

So down to pens it was. And what a shootout!! The first 8 shooters all did their job. Our goalie didn't stand a chance on any, though theirs was close a few times. Then heartache when our DC missed his :( I was shouting abuse at the screen, barely daring to watch their last penalty. The player must have been dead nervous, cause he put it straight at the goalie! We were still alive. The next three kicks went flying in too. We had 3 shots post-in by now. Too close for comfort I thought. But it was down to the carp shooters now, so anything could happen. And it did. With 7-6 on the board in the 9th pair, Southport had to make it count. I was sitting in my chair begging for a "Baggio". And there it was!!! The poor lad whacked it well over the bar, and sent us to heaven! :) Wooooh!

So there you have it. We got promoted on goal difference from the Northern Premier First Division North, and now we got promoted after a penalty shootout from the Blue Square North. Lady Luck must like me.

The Cups were crap, so I won't even mention them.

League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2013-14/2014-League.png)
League Progress (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2013-14/2014-Graph.png)
Finances (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2013-14/2014-Finances.png)
Squad (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2013-14/2014-Squad.png)
Transfers (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2013-14/2014-Transfers.png)

Players worth mentioning. Sturdy left-back Steve Maguire (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2013-14/Players/SteveMaguire.png), was voted player of the season again by the fans. They must really love him. Cause Danny Egan (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2013-14/Players/DannyEgan.png) has really matured now and netted regularly again. Stephen Greenwood (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2013-14/Players/StephenGreenwood.png) was brought in on loan again, and did well on DR. Ian Wright (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2013-14/Players/IanWright.png) and Daniel Swallow (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2013-14/Players/DanielSwallow.png) (poor lad, eh? :D) did well in the middle of the pitch. Dean Lyness (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2013-14/Players/DeanLyness.png) kept it clean at the back, despite his poor average rating. I'm quite excited about Tommy Fraser (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2013-14/Players/TommyFraser.png). Got him just before the playoff final. He hadn't played football for a year, after being kicked out of Port Vale, and had a horrible final where he was subbed at halftime, but he looks like a star.

Next Season
Strangely enough the media has us at 16-1 odds for promotion from the Blue Square Premier, but I feel the team needs a lot of work to be competitive. We got smacked around in the Cup by BSP side Cheltenham and lost 3-0. We need a proper striker up front next to Egan. I'm also hoping Greenwood will join on loan again for a third season. I don't think we should get relegated, but I picked to fight bravely against relegation just in case. Much depends on what we can sign during the summer. The finances are in shambles, so


Career Summary


Season Division Pos Movement FA Cup Other
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2009/10 Northern 1 North 9th - - Out of all cups early
2010/11 Northern 1 North 1st Promotion - Out of all cups early
2011/12 Northern Premier 11th - 4th Qual Rnd QF of Northern League Cup, Consortium take-over
2012/13 Northern Premier 1st Promotion 1st Rnd Out of the cups early
2013/14 Blue Square North 2nd Promotion 4th Qual Rnd FA Trophy 3rd Round. Promotion through Play-Off

Pangaea
14-01-2010, 17:41
2013/14 Records


Attendance
o High: 1,513
o Low: 245
o Avg: 422
Results
o Win: 5-0
o Loss: 0-3
Sequences
o Won in row: 5
o Lost in row: 2
o Without losing: 7
o Without winning: 3
Players
o Top goalscorer: 21 (Danny Egan)
o Most assists: 11 (Daniel Swallow)
o Avg rating: 7.31 (Ian Wright)
o Player of the year: Steve Maguire




Club Records


Attendance
o High: 1,513 (13.05.2014, vs Redditch)
o Low: 105 (13.10.2009, vs Chorley)
o Avg: 422 (2013/14)
o Highest Gate Receipt: £16,000 (13.05.2014, vs Redditch)

Results
o Win: 5-0 (05.02.2013, vs North Ferriby (H))
o Loss: 0-3 (15.02.2012, vs Sheffield (H))
o Highest Scoring Game: 4-4 (16.01.2010, vs Radcliffe Boro (H))

Sequences
o Games Won in Row: 7 (26.02.2013 - 16.04.2013)
o Games Lost in Row: 5 (13.10.2009 - 27.10.2009)
o Without Losing: 14 (28.12.2010 - 26.03.2011)
o Without Winning: 8 (21.01.2012 - 21.02.2012)
o Without Conceding: 5 (28.01.2014 - 25.02.2014)
o Without Scoring: 4 (25.08.2009 - 08.09.2009)

Players
o Top Goalscorer: 24 (Danny Egan) (2012/13)
o Top League Goalscorer: 21 (Danny Egan) (2012/13)
o Most Goals in a Match: 3 (Mark Pocock) (06.02.2010, vs Ossett Albion)
o Most Assists: 15 (Mark Pocock) (2009/10)
o Highest Average Rating: 7.31 (Ian Wright) (2013/14)
o Most Man-of-the-Match: 7 (Danny Egan) (2012/13)
o Most League Apps: 121 (Danny Egan) (2013/14)
o Most League Goals: 66 (Danny Egan) (2013/14)
o Youngest Player: 16 years, 47 days (Dan Baxter) (22.08.2009)
o Oldest Player: 42 years, 271 days (Paul McGee (12.02.2011)
o Youngest Goalscorer: 18 years, 251 days (Ian Wright) (05.02.2013)
o Oldest Goalscorer: 33 years, 187 days (Billy McCartney) (20.10.2009)
o Fastest Goal: 37 seconds (Terry Masson) (17.12.2011)

Transfers
o Highest Transfer Fee Paid: -
o Highest Transfer Fee Received: £4,000 (Mark Clarke to Morton) (20.06.2013)
o Total Transfer Spending: -
o Total Transfer Income: £7,000 (2012/13)

Pangaea
14-01-2010, 18:40
Oooooh. The board offered me a new 3-year contract. Almost doubled the wage, from 300 to 500.

:thup:

Pangaea
14-01-2010, 20:08
Oh crap. Please give me a break. The season hasn't even started yet, and half my defence is on the physio bench. The board turned down the accepted loan for DR Greenwood cause he's injured for two months (somehow got himself injured just before going on holiday), DC/DM is out for most of the season with damaged cruciate ligaments, DL and PotY Maguire is out for 3 more months with a torn calf muscle. And now I get the news our DC and captain Nnamani is out for 3 months with a dislocated shoulder. I wonder what happened to it. 3 months for that is mighty long! Did it fall off his body?

Nobby_McDonald
14-01-2010, 22:22
Blimey, Trafford in the Conference. Well done. :thup:

And Billericay in Conference North? What teams are in Conference South?

Pangaea
15-01-2010, 02:42
Thanks. It was unreal with back-to-back promotions. Pretty close call (:D) but a lot of fun. Heart was racing during the shootout...

Aye. Billericay in North is pretty messed up. Not sure if there are others put wrong as I'm not familiar with the geography of all these teams. At least Billericay is back to the South this season. Blue Square North (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/BlueSquareNorth.png) and Blue Square South (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/BlueSquareSouth.png) this coming season.

As an early version of Ron's file was used I know many teams in the bottom 2 tiers are placed in the wrong division. But I'm too deep into this game to abandon it. It doesn't have any practical meaning any more anyway. But it is annoying to see teams wind up in the very wrong division. I did some maps when testing this, and some teams and regions were just FUBARed.

The most recent file was almost spotless though, so it's a great base for others wanting to have a go at this level :thup:

Pangaea
15-01-2010, 02:48
I really wonder what Chris Scully has been up to during the summer. He's rated as my best striker by the staff, but the last two season he only scored 6 goals in 37 matches. In pre-season he has been on fire, banging in 9 goals and 4 assists in 5+2 matches. I had thought about getting rid of him as he was a one-trick pony who had forgotten his trick. But if this keeps up I can stop searching for a partner up front next to Egan.

Pangaea
15-01-2010, 03:15
Oh yes, there was this small summer tournament too....



World Cup 2014

Groups A to D (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2013-14/WorldCup2014.png)
Groups E to H (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2013-14/WorldCup2014.png)
Finals (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2013-14/WorldCup2014-3.png)


Out in Groups
Nigeria, Chile, Mexico, South Korea, Australia, USA, Peru, Tunisia, France(!), Saudi Arabia, Belarus, Senegal, Holland(!), Iran, Serbia, Morocco.

Second Round
Turkey - Switzerland 1-0
Germany - Spain 4-3 (dang!)
Sweden - Italy 1-2
Japan - Romania 0-1
Argentina - Honduras 3-2
Brazil - Israel 2-0
Uruguay - Colombia 1-1p
Mali - Portugal 1-1p

Quarter Final
Turkey - Germany 1-0
Italy - Romania 2-0
Argentina - Brazil 1-3
Colombia - Portugal 0-0p

Semi Final
Turkey - Italy 0-3
Brazil - Portugal 0-1

Third Place
Turkey - Brazil 1-1p

Final
Italy - Portugal 1-0

Italy wins World Cup 2014



The observant reader will have noticed that England didn't even participate. They were knocked out in the Playoff by Turkey, who ended up in the semi final. Lots of unusual action in this World Cup. Some big teams were knocked out in the group stage. And small football nations like Honduras, Israel and Mali were in the last 16. Very nice to see the usual pattern broken :)

Nobby_McDonald
16-01-2010, 20:08
Look at Conference North/South for the new season, Billericay in the North last season doesn't seem so far fetched.

Pangaea
17-01-2010, 06:48
Blue Square North 2013-14 (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2013-14/2014-League.png)
Blue Square South 2013-14 (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2013-14/BlueSquareSouth2013-14.png)

Since this is hardcoded it can't be far off. But wasn't there some cases where teams in the Conf N/S were put in the wrong division too?

Is there a way to get the pictures shown in their correct size btw, without having to pay for it?
I think it works with Imageshack still, but that site has gotten so slow lately. That's why I went over to Photobucket. But the darn thing keeps shrinking the pics :( They are supposed to be 1280 x something, but are turning out as 1024.

Nobby_McDonald
17-01-2010, 12:12
Apart from Forest Green should really have swapped with Billericay, there's not really much wrong there.

Pangaea
17-01-2010, 15:50
Good to hear. If SI can't get it right, there isn't much hope for the rest of us ;)

Almost done with the next season now :)

Mike7077
18-01-2010, 13:02
Just been having a read through this on my lunch break. Very enjoyable. Quick progress definitely being made!

Nobby_McDonald
18-01-2010, 18:56
There could be an argument for Merthyr going North too, to fit with East/West geography better, but in North/South terms (without the figures at hand), they're about the same as Billericay.

Pangaea
18-01-2010, 20:16
I read the FA may re-do the border rules next season, to make it easier. So there basically is just a North/South and East/West thing going. Have you got any info on that? Do you think something will be done?

uncle ron
18-01-2010, 20:28
I read the FA may re-do the border rules next season, to make it easier. So there basically is just a North/South and East/West thing going. Have you got any info on that? Do you think something will be done?

That's interesting, although I've not heard of that... where did you read?

Nobby_McDonald
18-01-2010, 20:47
It's a loose North/South fixed line, occasionally teams to get moved into the other league than their geographical coordinates dictate, simply due to travel costs and logistics to the other teams in the leagues.

Pangaea
18-01-2010, 21:27
That's interesting, although I've not heard of that... where did you read?

IIRC it was on one of the sites with maps and whatnot for the leagues far down the pyramid. It was mentioned the FA were going to make a decision sometime in 2010. He then speculated about a possible outcome, with maps, which was divided by North/South and East/West.

The borders I set when testing the borders were pretty much the same tbh, with an exception for the south-east. I figured it would be easier for the game to figure out who went where if there wasn't such a massive overlap between Isthmian and Southern as was in the original file.

I really hope there is some progress with this for FM2011. The game should be more intelligent in deciding who goes where, without us having to draw regions with huge overlaps just in case the bulk of teams change 'footprint' geographically in the FM-future.

Pangaea
18-01-2010, 21:34
Found it (http://www.mikeavery.co.uk/Non%20League%20Football%20Restructuring.htm).

What will happen, if anything, is of course hard to tell.

Pangaea
18-01-2010, 23:11
2014/15
Blue Square Premier

Board expectation: Battle bravely
Media expectation: 22nd
Odds: 16-1
Season tickets: 182 (up 109)

Our biggest weakness was our fullbacks, so two loanees found their way to Shawe View. An MC and striker was also brought in. Fraser, signed just in time for the playoff final last season, was the big news though. He looks very good.

I fully expected a tough fight to survive, and that's how the season started. After 10 matches we were hovering just above the drop zone. Then Barnet was sent packing with 7 goals in the bag (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2014-15/TraffordvBarnet.png). Form was picking up as the team gelled, and we started to climb the table. In December the playoff spots were just ahead of us, and by New Years we were sitting 2nd. At this point we were dominating games, and looked dangerous to anybody we played.

I started to believe. But it wouldn't be easy. Wrexham, Ebbsfleet and Cheltenham kept winning games, as did we. We slowly but gradually gained ground, and overtook them sometime in January. Ebbsfleet was a point behind with a game in hand though. We both beat off everything that came our way for the next few months, give or take. Then Ebbsfleet suddenly lost 4 on the trot, including one against us. A small gap had opened, but Wrexham were now in our heels.

We both got a near-perfect record in February and March, with us a horse's nose ahead of them in the table. We had a slightly thicker squad though, so I was able to rotate players more in the heavy winter schedule. Maybe that was the difference. Wrexham lost one match in April, but it was enough. We were crowned Champions with two matches to go.

As we were in good form and had a decently thick team - no backup in defence, but 4 good strikers and a load of midfielders - I wanted to try to secure some silverware. The FA Trophy was our only option. We battled ourselves to the final, where Histon faced us. We had beaten them twice, but was very lucky at their place. Injuries were piling up though. In the season run-in our captain and midfield general Fraser got injured for two months (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2014-15/BarrowvTrafford.png), as did our vice captain DC McCormack. Our other DC also got injured, plus some backups, and DMC Grant had to sit out the final due to a red card in the league. Thus, I had to field lots of backups in defence, including a DRC with only 1 sub appearance the whole season. But off we went.

It would prove to be one heck of a final (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2014-15/TraffordvHiston-FATrophyFinal.png). We didn't look strong, but managed to take the lead in the 4th minute. Histon fought right back though, and fired a freekick into the net past a non-existent wall in the 8th minute. Start of the 2nd half and they score from a cracking long-ranger. We struggle to hit back. Towards the end I throw all the toys out of the pram and put what we can muster up front. We are crap at the back anyway I figured. We hit the bar in the 86th minute. "Crap," I thought, "that was our chance." 2 minutes later Scully finds the net for the 2nd time. 2-2 and extra-time.

Heart-ache right form the go. Another freekick flies in, this time from their other striker. But we hit back right away. It's 3-3 after 94 minutes of play. Scully with his hattrick. They kept scoring when I drew the men back, so this time I figured we may as well try and pin them back. In Norway we call what followed "Hawaii football." I have no idea why, but it means two teams flying forward, not caring much for defence. Many chances followed, but no goals. 8 minutes left to the spot kicks. "Okay lads, put everything we got forward!" I shout from the sidelines. They almost score on the counter right away. Time is running out and I'm starting to worry about the penalties. New break chance, this time for us. Hill gets the ball on the right side and whips it in. Scully is there again, and he bloody well scores! 4-3!! The time says 118:13.

Hero of the day is Scully, who scores four in the final. Must have been a decent watch for the neutrals too! :D

This was one heck of a long update, and for that I am sorry. Despite the success, the season left me disappointed. This isn't supposed to happen. We were lucky to get promoted last season, and then we get another one? Come on! I have hopes for next season though. With interested players filtered out I still can't see anything that will improve our team for next season, and the teams in League Two are looking mighty strong. If we're not in the bottom half next season I'll be both surprised and disappointed. A relegation would actually be welcome at this stage. I much prefer to struggle for success. The last loss we suffered this season was on 22 November. 36 games unbeaten. That's not fun :(


League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2014-15/2015-League.png)
League Progress (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2014-15/2015-Progress.png)
Squad (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2014-15/2015-Squad.png)
Transfers (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2014-15/2015-Transfers.png)
Finances (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2014-15/2015-Finances.png)


Key players
Tommy Fraser (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2014-15/Players/8TommyFraser.png) - Captain and midfield general
Niall McCormack (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2014-15/Players/4NiallMcCormack.png) - Vice-captain and rock in defence
Dean Lyness (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2014-15/Players/1DeanLyness.png) - Sturdy goalie, made BSP team of the year
Daniel Swallow (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2014-15/Players/18DanielSwallow.png) - Playmaker who had a really good season
Chris Scully (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2014-15/Players/9ChrisScully.png) - FA Trophy final hero, and top goalscorer with 35 hits. Finally good after 6 goals in the two previous seasons.
Scott Robinson (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2014-15/Players/23ScottRobinson.png) - Very good first season
Johnny Breen (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2014-15/Players/20JohnnyBreen.png) - Staff have raved for seasons about him. He is finally maturing now
Steven Grant (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2014-15/Players/6StevenGrant.png) - Anchorman in midfield







Career Summary


Season Division Pos Movement FA Cup Other
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2009/10 Northern 1 North 9th - - Out of all cups early
2010/11 Northern 1 North 1st Promotion - Out of all cups early
2011/12 Northern Premier 11th - 4th Qual Rnd QF of Northern League Cup, Consortium take-over
2012/13 Northern Premier 1st Promotion 1st Rnd Out of the cups early
2013/14 Blue Square North 2nd Promotion 4th Qual Rnd FA Trophy 3rd Round. Promotion through Play-Off
2014/15 Blue Square Premier 1st Promotion 1st Rnd FA Trophy winners

Pangaea
18-01-2010, 23:22
2014/15 Records


Attendance
o High: 2,372
o Low: 519
o Avg: 831
Results
o Win: 7-0
o Loss: 2-4
Sequences
o Won in row: 12
o Lost in row: 2
o Without losing: 36
o Without winning: 4
Players
o Top goalscorer: 35 (Chris Scully)
o Most assists: 20 (Daniel Swallow)
o Avg rating: 7.79 (Daniel Swallow)
o Player of the year: ???




Club Records


Attendance
o High: 2,372 (25.04.2015, vs King's Lynn)
o Low: 105 (13.10.2009, vs Chorley)
o Avg: 831 (2014/15)
o Highest Gate Receipt: £26,000 (25.04.2015, vs King's Lynn)

Results
o Win: 7-0 (13.09.2014, vs Barnet (H))
o Loss: 0-3 (15.02.2012, vs Sheffield (H))
o Highest Scoring Game: 4-4 (16.01.2010, vs Radcliffe Boro (H))

Sequences
o Games Won in Row: 12 (22.11.2014 - 07.01.2015)
o Games Lost in Row: 5 (13.10.2009 - 27.10.2009)
o Without Losing: 36 (22.11.2014 - 09.05.2015)
o Without Winning: 8 (21.01.2012 - 21.02.2012)
o Without Conceding: 7 (28.02.2015 - 31.03.2015)
o Without Scoring: 4 (25.08.2009 - 08.09.2009)

Players
o Top Goalscorer: 36 (Chris Scully) (2014/15)
o Top League Goalscorer: 26 (Chris Scully) (2014/15)
o Most Goals in a Match: 4 (Chris Scully) (13.09.2014, vs Barnet)
o Most Assists: 20 (Daniel Swallow) (2014/15)
o Highest Average Rating: 7.79 (Daniel Swallow) (2014/15)
o Most Man-of-the-Match: 10 (Chris Scully) (2014/15)
o Most League Apps: 145 (Danny Egan) (2014/15)
o Most League Goals: 77 (Danny Egan) (2014/15)
o Youngest Player: 16 years, 47 days (Dan Baxter) (22.08.2009)
o Oldest Player: 42 years, 271 days (Paul McGee (12.02.2011)
o Youngest Goalscorer: 18 years, 251 days (Ian Wright) (05.02.2013)
o Oldest Goalscorer: 33 years, 187 days (Billy McCartney) (20.10.2009)
o Fastest Goal: 37 seconds (Terry Masson) (17.12.2011)

Transfers
o Highest Transfer Fee Paid: -
o Highest Transfer Fee Received: £4,000 (Mark Clarke to Morton) (20.06.2013)
o Total Transfer Spending: -
o Total Transfer Income: £7,000 (2012/13)

Pangaea
18-01-2010, 23:43
Roll of Honour

Argentina - River
Brazil - Santos
England - Man City :(
France - Lyon
Germany - Bayern Munich
Ireland - St. Pat's Athletic
Italy - AC Milan
N. Ireland - Linfield
Norway - Brann
Scotland - Celtic
Spain - R. Madrid
Wales - Carmarthen


Champions Cup
Man City - AC Milan 0-3

EURO Cup
Chelsea - HSV 4-1

European Super Cup
Genoa - Barcelona 2-0

FA Cup
Arsenal - Man City 2-3e (Tevez 120+1 winner)

League Cup
Man City - Liverpool 1-0

So sadly it looks like the bottomless moneybag in the blue part of Manchester is taking its toll on the game. Loss in the CL final, but won everything else - Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup.

Nobby_McDonald
20-01-2010, 00:34
Three league teams relegated from the Conference.

And well done taking Trafford to the Football League.

uncle ron
20-01-2010, 09:42
Found it (http://www.mikeavery.co.uk/Non%20League%20Football%20Restructuring.htm).

What will happen, if anything, is of course hard to tell.

Brilliant, good find and a very interesting read Pangaea :thup:

Pangaea
22-01-2010, 04:59
Halfway through the 2015/16 season both Barnet and Darlington are in real danger of getting relegated yet again. Barnet is in 20th in Blue Square South, 3 point adrift safety. Darlington is placed 19th in Blue Square North, 1 point ahead of AFC Telford who has a game in hand. Tranmere, however, is whipping the daylights out of BSN, with a 7-point cushion at the top.

In League Two we are finally filling our meagre 2,500 stadium. Our finances have improved, and for a laugh I asked the board for an expansion. They actually said it couldn't be done. No space or some such thing. Does that mean I'll have to wait for finances to improve enough that we can afford a new stadium, or is the board lying through their teeth to get me off their back? Now there's a "Pangaea Not Wanted" sign on their door :(

Pangaea
22-01-2010, 05:04
Once again a big tournament won't have to worry about English hooligans. Since getting hired in 2012, after England went out in the Euro semi final, Stuart Pearce has failed to take them both to the World Cup and Euro Champs. But somehow he still has a job. The English press must have mellowed. A lot. :D

The Hoop
23-01-2010, 16:39
Feel a bit sorry for Wrexham - 100 points not enough to win the title and then they fail in the play offs?!

Pangaea
24-01-2010, 19:15
They were luckier this time around. Got 89 points and second place again, but now they won the playoff final.

Pangaea
24-01-2010, 23:28
2015/16
League Two


Board expectation: Battle bravely
Media expectation: 24th (last)
Odds: 25-1
Season tickets: 689 (up 507)

Dennison, one of the loanies from last season, signed a contract with us over the summer. Some other players came on free too, including a fine-looking DR and DL, and a sturdy DC. In the last hours of the January window a DC was brought in on loan to cover for all the defenders in the physio room. Just a shame he had already played for two clubs that season, and could not play for the first team. D'oh! :D

Once again I expected a tight battle in the lower half of the table. And once again I was disappointed. The first month saw patchy results, but after that it was a one-ride ticket to League One. I can honestly not understand it, but once again the team brushed all opposition aside. Rushden gave us a very good run for our money, finishing with 101 points. But we were too stable to slip up in the end, even with all the injuries. Promotion was secured with 6 matches to go, and the championship with 2 matches left. Some League Two records were broken as well.

We went flying out of the JPT (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/2016-JPT.png) and League Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/2016-LeagueCup.png) at the first opportunity, but did quite well in the FA Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/2016-FACup.png). We faced Championship side Brighton in the 3rd round. I set up shop away, and got away with a 0-0 draw (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/BrightonvTrafford.png). The same was accomplished in the re-match at home (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/TraffordvBrighton.png). They heavily outshot us, and got their reward in penalties. My usually sturdy DMC missed the first, and everything after that went to plan. Which was a crying shame as we would have faced Man Utd away (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/2016-EnglishFACup.png) in the 4th round. It would have nicely taken care of our financial woes.


League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/2016-League.png)
League Progress (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/2016-Progress.png)
Squad (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/2016-Squad.png) - Egan is no longer a starter, but it's been lovely to watch Breen develop. He really set Shawe View alight this year. Particulary before Xmas when he scored practically a goal a game.
Transfers (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/2016-Transfers.png) - Former captain Nnamani was sold for a club record of 16K
Finances (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/2016-Finances.png) - We started to fill up the 2,500 capacity stadium, and that did wonders for our finances. The cup run didn't hurt either. Probably made 100K from the meet with Brighton.



Key Players

Dean Lyness (GK) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/Players/1DeanLyness.png) - Good shotstopper, but this was his last season. Off to Coventry now
Craigh Taylor (GK) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/Players/13CraigTaylor.png) - Fine young keeper to take up Lyness' reins
Gavin Dennison (D RL) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/Players/2GavinDennison.png) - Solid season and a great signing
Tom Wright (D R) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/Players/21TomWright.png) - Played a fair bit, and looks like a very nice prospect
Barry Finn (D L) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/Players/3BarryFinn.png) - Made the left fullback position his own. Solid signing
Steven Grant (DMC) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/Players/6StevenGrant.png) - Is now part of the core of the team. Solid season
Tony Woolley (DMC) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/Players/TonyWoolley.png) - Very fine youngster I hope can turn into a class player
Tommy Fraser (MC) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/Players/8TommyFraser.png) - Another good season from our captain. Nice amount of assists, though fewer goals
Shaun Hill (MC) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/Players/14ShaunHill.png) - Very good season from the lad. He has grown and is a starter now
Daniel Swallow (AMC) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/Players/18DanielSwallow.png) - Another good season, though not as fantastic as last season
Ian Wright (AMC) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/Players/7IanWright.png) - Took back the AMC position from Swallow and did very well - finally
Chris Scully (ST) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/Players/9ChrisScully.png) - A good season, though he scored a lot less than last year's 35
Johnny Breen (ST) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/Players/20JohnnyBreen.png) - Has grown tremendously the 6 seasons here, and is now a key player
Danny Egan (ST) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/Players/23DannyEgan.png) - Still good, but simply can't compete with the others any more
Scott Robinson (ST) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/Players/10ScottRobinson.png) - Top scorer with 23, and a good assist-man too.



Big news!!

The promotion to League One was a big surprise, although a disappointing one. I hoped for more of a struggle. But the big news for the club came after the season. We are moving into a new stadium (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/2016-NEWSTADIUM.png) :) :) It's called "Trafford Stadium" and will pack 9,186 people (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2015-16/2016-NEWSTADIUM2.png) when completed in two years. It won't be easy financially the next two years, as we now have a massive 5 million loan to pay off, but 32K a month will hopefully be manageable.

I've never gotten a new stadium before, in any version of CM/FM. This certainly was cause for celebration :D



Next Season

Once again the goal will be to survive. I just hope it will be more of a fight this time. Most of our good players now demand new contracts - which are way out of reach financially. Thankfully I have two years left to think about what to do, but unless we get a lot more money, which is rather unlikely, many will leave next summer. I could maybe afford £500 a week for these stars, but £1000+ is simply not tenable.



Career Summary


Season Division Pos Movement FA Cup Other
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2009/10 Northern 1 North 9th - - Out of all cups early
2010/11 Northern 1 North 1st Promotion - Out of all cups early
2011/12 Northern Premier 11th - 4th Qual Rnd QF of Northern League Cup, Consortium take-over
2012/13 Northern Premier 1st Promotion 1st Rnd Out of the cups early
2013/14 Blue Square North 2nd Promotion 4th Qual Rnd FA Trophy 3rd Round. Promotion through Play-Off
2014/15 Blue Square Premier 1st Promotion 1st Rnd FA Trophy winners
2015/16 League Two 1st Promotion 3rd Rnd New stadium planned for June 2018.

Pangaea
24-01-2010, 23:38
Roll of Honour 2015/16

Argentina - San Lorenzo
Brazil - Sao Paulo
England - Liverpool
France - Marseilles
Germany - Bayern Munich
Ireland - Bohemians
Italy - Roma
N. Ireland - Linfield
Norway - Rosenborg
Scotland - Celtic
Spain - R. Madrid
Wales - Carmarthen


Champions Cup
Arsenal - At. Madrid 0-2

EURO Cup
Aston Villa- Udinese 0-2

European Super Cup
Chelsea - AC Milan 0-2

FA Cup
Bristol City - Chelsea 0-3

League Cup
Derby - Arsenal 1-0

uncle ron
25-01-2010, 09:28
How long now until a league game at Old Trafford!

Great news about the new stadium, although the promotion came way too soon as you really need that extra capacity as soon as possible. Shame you couldn't get Shawe View upgraded and play at Old Trafford for 2 seasons while the work is being carried out!

Pangaea
25-01-2010, 13:23
Haha! That would been nice. A shame about all the promotions really. I didn't think it was possible to fly up the leagues like this without cheating. So I'm a little disappointed by the whole thing. Thankfully we're struggling much more this season, so it looks like the auto-pilot has finally ended.

I think the problem is that the AI isn't aggressive enough when it comes to transfers, so I've been able to sign pretty solid players with little competition. Although several teams have been interested they have in most cases not put in bids. I'm hoping this will be amended a bit for 10.3, and heavily worked on for FM2011.

Really looking forward to the new stadium. It's tough economically now, and we are filling out the stadium every league match. And I mean fill with a big F. Average so far is 2,500. Not a man short :D

Pangaea
25-01-2010, 13:24
Swindon Town just got a consortium take-over btw.

uncle ron
25-01-2010, 14:20
Swindon Town just got a consortium take-over btw.

Are Town still in league One?

Did my finances / debts added send them into receivership?

Pangaea
25-01-2010, 15:03
Swindon had a short stop in League Two in 2012/13, but got back up again through playoff after finishing 6th.
They've been in the lower half of the table every year, except last year, in 2015/16. They finished 6th and lost the playoff final to Charlton. Very close to Championship football there :)

Don't know if they've been in receivership. Their finances are listed as "Okay" now. They're worth 1.7M with a loan of 3.7M. I just added a manager to their team to check the finances. It doesn't look too bad, but I can only see back to Oct 2011.

In Oct 2011 the balance was about 2.5M, going downwards. Summer 2014 it almost hit 0. Summer 2014 they were slightly in the red, 300K or so. Summer 2016 about twice that in the red - a good half million. Currently they have 800K in the bank. There's a downward spiral though, going by summers, so perhaps they'll hit 1 million in the red next summer.

It can't be due to the loans though. They have two chairman loans of 2M and 3.5M, both ending in 2028 (yours?), and are paying 26K a month combined on them.

Wages are about 44K a month now, so that's bound to be the issue. Last season wage costs were 3.5M compared to a turnover of 5.6M.

Ah yes. This month there has been a 600K investment. That's surely from the very recent consortium takeover. So finances aren't great - but far from dire either.

What is "Non-football costs" btw? For some reason it's included in wages in the Summary panel.

Pangaea
25-01-2010, 15:08
Oh blimey. They've paid a lot more on the loans going back a little bit. Until August 2014 they paid 90K a month. That's a solid portion of their costs back then. Total costs were about 500K back then.

uncle ron
25-01-2010, 15:10
2016 and the Swindon financial position is still very realistic!

Both the £2M and £3.5M loans were ones I imputed, there was also a third (£3M loan) which expired in 3 years.

I'm experiencing the (realistic) problems with Swindon's finances, loosing £200K per month, in my save.

Wages are way too high, they should be around £30-33K per month.

Not sure about the non-football costs?

Pangaea
25-01-2010, 15:17
The 3rd loan must explain the sudden drop from 90K a month then. Great to hear it's still realistic levels that far into the game though :)

I've reloaded the game now, so don't have access to the finances, but I think the current wage budget was 42K, and they had gone a bit over that. Don't know how the wage budget was the last 5 years. But going by my own club and it's very limited resources, we're probably given too high a wage budget. I was given 9.7K this season. Although I'm only at 6.5K and filling out the stadium, we are losing money every month. Have almost 500K in the bank though so maybe we'll stay in the black to next season, at least if we are lucky in the FA Cup. Already out of the others :D

uncle ron
25-01-2010, 15:25
The 3rd loan must explain the sudden drop from 90K a month then. Great to hear it's still realistic levels that far into the game though :)

I've reloaded the game now, so don't have access to the finances, but I think the current wage budget was 42K, and they had gone a bit over that. Don't know how the wage budget was the last 5 years. But going by my own club and it's very limited resources, we're probably given too high a wage budget. I was given 9.7K this season. Although I'm only at 6.5K and filling out the stadium, we are losing money every month. Have almost 500K in the bank though so maybe we'll stay in the black to next season, at least if we are lucky in the FA Cup. Already out of the others :D

You were only given £9.7k per month in League One :eek:

If you stay up, you will deserve an award!

Pangaea
25-01-2010, 16:14
LMAO! We only have a 2,500 stadium, and even with 6.5K spent on wages a week and filling up the stadium to the last seat, we are losing money.

It's only this low because most contracts run out in two years though. No way I could afford to extend the contracts on this budget. Could be up for quite a team re-shuffle next summer unless we are very lucky with an away draw in the FA Cup. I'm allowed to give almost 1000 for players now, but I haven't as it would just kill us economically.

Maybe I should just go with Ian's mantra though. I take care of the team, and if the board are stupid enough to give me more money than we can afford, it's their crap to clean up. I'll see what happens next summer. Though my hand may be forced as half the team want new contracts and are starting to go to the media.

uncle ron
25-01-2010, 17:00
Also, interesting the Board got a 5 year £100K per year stadium sponsorship deal, yet it is called Trafford Stadium! Is it sponsored by the City Council or the Trafford Centre?!

Pangaea
25-01-2010, 18:14
Haha! I don't know. I'm just really glad it's not called some stupid brand name. Old Spice Stadium? Neh. :D

The news message said we got a 2.3M grant from the authorities, so perhaps that could be the local council, and the stadium name is therefore not a stupid one? Just glad it's a fairly okay name tbh.

Swindon Supermarine got relegated to Southern 1S btw. And they've been there ever since, just missing the playoffs the last 3 seasons. Good start this year, so maybe they can finally get back up again.

Pangaea
25-01-2010, 20:37
European Championship 2016
Hosts: Norway

Groups Stage (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/Euro2016-GroupStage.png)

Knocked out from Groups
A: Scotland, Bosnia & Herzegovina
B: Switzerland, Romania
C: Portugal, Bulgaria
D: Ireland, Ukraine


Knockout Rounds (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/Euro2016-Knockout.png)

Quarter Final
Holland - Russia 2-1
Norway - Germany 0-3
Italy - Spain p1-1
Czech Republic - France 0-1

Semi Final
Holland - France 2-3e
Germany - Italy 0-1

Final
France - Italy e4-2

France wins European Championship 2016


Norway hosted it so we got there automatically. But it was great to see we got through the group stage. Also funny to see that both Scotland and Ireland qualified, but England, once again, failed. Why Stuart Pearce still has a job I'll never know. He has now failed to get England to both the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Euro Champs. While Brazil keep firing their managers for not winning everything they participate in. Brazil has turned into England! :D

Pangaea
31-01-2010, 22:41
2016/17
League One


Board expectation: Battle bravely
Media expectation: 24th (last)
Odds: 40-1
Season tickets: 1262 (up 573)

This was a summer with little transfer activity in. The youths whose contracts expired were released as usual, and some players were sold. Goalie Lyness had done his deed, and was sold for a club record 85K. Two promising goalies in Pennock and McCluskey was brought in, plus a DC/DM on loan. Our biggest weakness is in central defence. Some deadwood left too.

Again I hoped for a season of struggle at the foot of the table. And again I was disappointed. I feel like every season is a repeat of the last one. Each time I hope to struggle, as that is what ought to happen, and each time I end up disappointed. The team stayed practically the same as last season, but even so the players managed to lift the quality and play well against teams who ran rings around us last season. I've stopped trying to understand why this happens. I just notice that it does.

The Cups went much as last season. We didn't impress in any of them. After holding Championship side Watford to 3-3 at home (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/FACup-TraffordvWatford.png), we lost 1-2 away (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/FACup-WatfordvTrafford.png) in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.

The league went better. As usual the first 10 games left us midtable. But once the team got used to this level of football we started to improve our position. We were up and about fighting for promotion for most of the season. With two games left we secured promotion. And as both we and 2nd placed Coventry drew the last match, we won the division, 3 points ahead of them. It was of course nice to get promoted, but the whole thing just doesn't feel right. The game has to be easier this time around, cause I've struggled much more before.

League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/2017-League.png)
Progress (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/2017-Progress.png)

Squad (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/2017-Squad.png)- The team is a little thin and weak in central defence, but other than I feel comfortable. Breen is the big star now.
Transfers (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/2017-Transfers.png)- Not much activity. Goalies were swapped and some deadwood left. McCluskey looks very nice at only 15.
Finances (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/2017-Finances.png)- It's steadily improving, much thanks to a thus far small wage budget, but the end of season bonus took a big chunk out of the coffers. Wages will shoot up now, if I manage to renegotiate with my star players. Hopefully we get a bigger budget next season so this will be made possible.


Key Players
Gavin Dennison (D RL) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/Players/2GavinDennison-2.png) - Another fine season from the young quick fullback
Tom Wright (D R) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/Players/15TomWright.png) - Tough competition with Dennison, but played a fair bit
Barry Finn (D L) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/Players/3BarryFinn.png) - Another good season on left back
Steven Grant (DMC) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/Players/6StevenGrant-2.png) - Not good average rating, but is good and played a lot
Tony Woolley (DMC) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/Players/17TonyWoolley.png) - Has developed to a very good player.
Tommy Fraser (MC) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/Players/8TommyFraser.png) - Not as dominant as he once was, but provided many assists
Daniel Swallow (AMC) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/Players/18DanielSwallow.png) - Slightly disappointing, but had many assists
Ian Wright (AMC) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/Players/7IanWright.png) - Another good season, with a nice number of goals and assists
Chris Scully (ST) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/Players/9ChrisScully-2.png) - Scored every other game and played well.
Johnny Breen (ST) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/Players/20JohnnyBreen.png) - The star of the team. Top scorer with 33 goals, 2 short of Scully's club record.
Danny Egan (ST) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/Players/23DannyEgan.png) - Can't cut it anymore. Leaving on Bosman. Was here for 7 seasons, so a little sad to see him go. He carried the team for a long time.
Scott Robinson (ST) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/Players/10ScottRobinson.png) - Was injured a lot, but played well when injury-free.


Other news
In mid-May I was approached (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/2017-BurnleyApproach.png) for the first time in this career. Burnley, relegated from the Premier League, approached me with a pretty hefty transfer and wage budget. I hesitated a bit, but turned them down. I still have lots of work to do in Trafford :) It's a bit scary to know this is the kind of budgets I'm up against next season though. Michael Owen took over Burnley instead.

Finally the board agreed to upgrade the youth and training facilities (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2016-17/2017-Trainingfacilitiesupgrade.png), which still stands at "Basic" and "Minimal". The season has now started, however, and I've gotten no further news on this. So I'm worried the game has somehow "forgotten" it. I seem to remember this used to happen in July or so. It's now September and nothing has happened. Should I be worried?


Next Season
I'm just repeating myself here, but I hope the next season will involve some struggle. Don't get me wrong, it's fun to fly up the leagues, but it's hardly very realistic. Would love to have games of serious struggle while trying to get up the league ladder, like in previous saves. But for some reason this just hasn't happened with FM2010. Others struggle with the same I see, as can be observed from for example dafuge's thread.

The biggest challenge right now is to make sure our star players extend their stay.



Career Summary


Season Division Pos Movement FA Cup Other
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2009/10 Northern 1 North 9th - - Out of all cups early
2010/11 Northern 1 North 1st Promotion - Out of all cups early
2011/12 Northern Premier 11th - 4th Qual Rnd QF of Northern League Cup, Consortium take-over
2012/13 Northern Premier 1st Promotion 1st Rnd Out of the cups early
2013/14 Blue Square North 2nd Promotion 4th Qual Rnd FA Trophy 3rd Round. Promotion through Play-Off
2014/15 Blue Square Premier 1st Promotion 1st Rnd FA Trophy winners
2015/16 League Two 1st Promotion 3rd Rnd New stadium planned for June 2018.
2016/17 League One 1st Promotion 3rd Rnd Youth and training facilities to be upgraded

Pangaea
31-01-2010, 22:49
Roll of Honour 2016/17

Argentina - San Lorenzo & River
Brazil - Fluminense
England - Chelsea
France - Marseilles
Germany - Werder Bremen
Ireland - Bohemians
Italy - AC Milan
N. Ireland - Linfield
Norway - Rosenborg
Scotland - Celtic
Spain - Villareal :o
Wales - Cefn Druids


Champions Cup
Man City - Liverpool 2-3

EURO Cup
Udinese - Dortmund 1-1e

European Super Cup
At. Madrid - Udinese 4-1

FA Cup
QPR - Chelsea 1-4

League Cup
Arsenal - Chelsea 1-0

Nobby_McDonald
01-02-2010, 00:47
Six promotions in seven years? This is all getting rather easy!

Pangaea
01-02-2010, 01:01
I know :(

Even worse, we've gotten off to a pretty decent start in the Championship. I just don't understand WTF we are playing this well with players that don't seem to be good enough at all at this level. Bar Breen and a few others perhaps.

Maybe I should raise the issue to SI - once again. This simply should not be possible. I was hoping for a tough struggle all the way, maybe getting to the Premiership in 15-20 years. At this rate it's actually not impossible to make it in 10 - which is beyond absurd :(

Pangaea
01-02-2010, 07:46
Phew! We are crap again \0/

The starting form had me worried it would be another season pushing for promotion, as we were in a playoff position early on. But we can't buy a win atm and are sliding down the table. Good to see there is still some reality left in this game.

uncle ron
01-02-2010, 09:58
Champions Again! :) :cool:

I struggling in League One with a wage budget of £34,500 and much better player attributes :p

Good to see Swindon Town are joining you in the Championship.

I'm betting you will get promoted to the Premier League and play the first game at home in your new stadium to Manchester United :D

Pangaea
01-02-2010, 18:04
:D

Thankfully that is unlikely to happen. Reality has finally hit us, and we're struggling in every match - like it should have been for seasons already. Took time, but glad it finally happened. We've slid down to midtable now about half-way through the season, with a huge gap to the playoffs. I hope it will take some seasons building the team in the Championship now. Much more fun that way.

But I am quite worried that it was so easy to go up the leagues. If I hadn't played this game myself, I would never think it was possible without massive cheating. Didn't think back-to-back promotions like this was possible anymore. Didn't have a proper game on FM09, but struggled much more than this on FM08. So figured it would be more difficult on FM10. But the general sentiment seems to be that it's easier at the bottom levels, but much more competitive at the top.

It's quite absurd to be in the Championship with a 2.5K stadium though. Pretty sure that isn't exactly going by the book ;)

uncle ron
01-02-2010, 19:01
Also... I did promise you an award for keeping Trafford in League One. A task I imagined impossible given your tiny wage budget.

Here you go Per-Stian, you deserve it!


http://www.trophiesandmedals.com/@@content/pub/image_5647/S1970_55487.jpg


The Pangaea League One Survival with a Minimal Wage Budget and Turned it into a Promotion Award

:D

Pangaea
01-02-2010, 19:09
LMAO!!! :D :D That's brilliant :D

Thank you :)

Nobby_McDonald
01-02-2010, 19:49
Cups suck arse. :D

Jason the Yank
02-02-2010, 10:22
But I am quite worried that it was so easy to go up the leagues. If I hadn't played this game myself, I would never think it was possible without massive cheating. Didn't think back-to-back promotions like this was possible anymore. Didn't have a proper game on FM09, but struggled much more than this on FM08. So figured it would be more difficult on FM10. But the general sentiment seems to be that it's easier at the bottom levels, but much more competitive at the top.

It's quite absurd to be in the Championship with a 2.5K stadium though. Pretty sure that isn't exactly going by the book ;)

Bragging. :mad:

I can show you how it's done (or not done rather). :D

Pangaea
03-02-2010, 09:05
2017/18
Championship

Board expectation: Fight bravely
Media expectation: 24th (last)
Odds: 80-1
Season tickets: 1914 (up 652)

Central defence was still our weakness, so in comes a few guys on loan to plug the hole. An old DC is also signed, but a 450K offer was too good to refuse, and he was sold in January. A couple more come in on loan. We also got rid of both keepers and some others, bringing in 1.5 million. I figured we needed that to survive financially, and most players weren't starters anyway. 600K for talented goalie Pennock is a new club record.

This was our last season at Shawe View, and we desperately needed a new stadium. Every single game was packed to capacity. The average attendance (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/2018-Averageattendancerecord.png) for the whole season was 2,500 - exactly the stadium's capacity.

The season started off well, and we were just inside the playoff spots after 10 or so matches. Then both keepers went off to play for England U21, and I was left with a 16 year old in goal. We couldn't pick up the play when they came back, and slid down the table. In January we got a 3- and 6-month loanee. This helped us get the football back on track, and we remained stable for the remainder of the season. We finished in midtable obscurity with an 11th position.

Like last season we had a small adventure in the cup, but unlike last season it was the League Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/2018-LeagueCup.png) this time around. Some lucky draws saw us get all the way to the Quarter Final. I kept hoping for an away draw to a good team, but the last 3 rounds saw us play at home, resulting in meagre financial gains. We went out 0-3 to EPL Derby (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/2018-LC-TraffordvDerby.png) in the Quarter. Derby has actually turned into one of the bigger teams in England, and finished 5th this season.

We went out at the first hurdle in the FA Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/2018-FACup.png), against fellow Championship side Leicester 2-3 (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/2018-FAC-LeicestervTrafford.png). Despite playing half an hour with a man more, we failed to capitalize.

League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/2018-League.png)
Progress (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/2018-Progress.png)

Squad (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/2018-Squad.png) - We are pretty much lacking DCs so have to rely on loans, but other than that it's pretty decent-looking. Though I suspect some players are getting to the end of their stay here. The star rating isn't looking so impressive any more.
Transfers (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/2018-Transfers.png) - Two very fine-looking goalies were brought in, which is why both goalies from last season were sold. MC Fyvie was also a good capture.
Finances (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/2018-Finances.png) - Wages tripled from about 7K to 20K a week, but the sales and prize money treated us well. A 2.5M profit and we have finally moved from "Insecure" finances to "Okay".


Key Players
Liam Jones (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/Players/1LiamJones.png) (GK) - Was the better of the two goalies, but I tried to play both
Nick Roberts (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/Players/13NickRoberts.png) (GK) - Good potential, but ended up playing less than Liam Jones
Gavin Dennison (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/Players/2GavinDennison.png) (D RL) - Another fine season on right fullback
Tom Wright (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/Players/12TomWright.png) (DR) - Quite talented, but was hard to play when Dennison did so well. He didn't really take his chances too well either
Barry Finn (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/Players/3BarryFinn.png) (DL) - Fine season, but was often benched in favour of loanee Tom Thompson
Tom Thompson (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/Players/4TomThompson.png) (D LC) - Very good mercenary. Played mostly central, but also kept Finn out of the team on DL.
Ryan Nixon (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/Players/15RyanNixon.png) (DC) - Sturdy DC brought in on loan. He did well there, and scored a few goals too
Steven Grant (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/Players/6StevenGrant.png) (DM/MC) - Another good season where he scored a fair few goals. Most on pens though.
Tom Woolley (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/Players/16TonyWoolley.png) (DM/MC) - This lad is starting to look very good, though he's probably reached his potential now. Probably our best midfielder
Fraser Fyvie (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/Players/11FraserFyvie.png) (MC) - Brought in on free and played pretty well, assisting 10 goals and scoring 4.
Ian Wright (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/Players/7IanWright.png) (AMC) - Had a stunning season. Came like a rocket on the end, and ended up with 21 assists - a new club record.
Johnny Breen (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/Players/20JohnnyBreen.png) (ST) - Was our best man last season, but couldn't quite find the net now. Still did well though
Scott Robinson (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/Players/10ScottRobinson.png) (ST) - Had a very good season and was our top goalscorer with 29 hits to his name


Other news
It took time for the youth and training facilities to be upgraded, but sometime in October work was finished (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/2018-Facilitiesupgradecomplete.png). It's now up to "Fairly basic training facilities" and "Basic youth facilities." Nothing fancy, but it's a start.

It was a bit sad to see club hero Danny Egan (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2017-18/DannyEgan.png) leave the club. But he was simply not good enough any more. I let him off to the Scottish moors for free.

With the improved wage budget our star players, particularly Grant, Wright, Breen and Robinson, signed contract extensions. This was a great relief. Otherwise I would have had to sell them all for fear of seeing them go for free. Then we would have been relegated for sure.


Next Season
We were never in real danger of relegation this season, cause teams at the bottom were too crap. The goal is to build on this season and perhaps push for a playoff spot. We ended the season playing good football, so I hope we can keep that up going into next season.

It will also be great to finally play in front of more than 2,500 people. It's held us back financially the last two season. I'm looking forward to see what kind of crowds are coming next year.


Career Summary


Season Division Pos Movement FA Cup Other
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2009/10 Northern 1 North 9th - - Out of all cups early
2010/11 Northern 1 North 1st Promotion - Out of all cups early
2011/12 Northern Premier 11th - 4th Qual Rnd QF of Northern League Cup, Consortium take-over
2012/13 Northern Premier 1st Promotion 1st Rnd Out of the cups early
2013/14 Blue Square North 2nd Promotion 4th Qual Rnd FA Trophy 3rd Round Promotion through Play-Off
2014/15 Blue Square Premier 1st Promotion 1st Rnd FA Trophy winners
2015/16 League Two 1st Promotion 3rd Rnd New stadium planned for June 2018.
2016/17 League One 1st Promotion 3rd Rnd
2017/18 Championship 11th - 3rd Rnd Moved into 9,186 cap stadium. Facilities upgraded

Pangaea
03-02-2010, 09:14
Roll of Honour 2017/18

Argentina - River & Boca
Brazil - Palmeiras
England - Arsenal (goal difference in front of Man Utd)
France - Marseilles
Germany - FC Bayern
Ireland - Limerick FC
Italy - Fiorentina
N. Ireland - Linfield
Norway - Lyn
Scotland - Celtic
Spain - At. Madrid (Barcelona out of CL for the 2nd year running)
Wales - Afan Lido


Champions Cup
Real Madrid - Olympique Lyonnaise p0-0

EURO Cup
HSV - Barcelona 1-5 (Barca did okay here though :D)

European Super Cup
Dortmund - Liverpool 3-1

FA Cup
Crystal Palace - Arsenal 0-1

League Cup
Chelsea - Man Utd 0-1e

Pangaea
03-02-2010, 09:17
The 2018 World Cup was a pretty spectacular event.

But I'll write up that later. The Scots have a pretty decent striker btw. :faint:

Nobby_McDonald
03-02-2010, 10:21
Something is wrong. You didn't get promoted.

uncle ron
03-02-2010, 15:25
I'm disappointed with no promotion ;)

I can't believe you are making money despite the limited capacity :eek:

UELLfan
03-02-2010, 15:52
To be fair on Per Stian, staying up on a meager 20k/week was probably the cause of the profits.

Quite lowish IMHO. KUTGW! :D

Pangaea
03-02-2010, 16:18
The bulk of the profit was due to player sales. We sold players for 1.5M. Then we got 1.05 million IIRC for being placed 11th. The fairly low wage budget naturally helped keep costs down. So despite a tiny stadium we almost broke even in gate receipts and season tickets - wage costs.

We are getting bigger crowds than I thought this season. So far both league games have been sold out :thup:
Have used up the whole 33.5K wage budget this season, but I hope the bigger stadium will help us break even. I'm just worried what the board will do after the 2.5M profit.... :/

Sad to see Swindon drop right down again. They needed to win the last match against Burnley (quite far up the table). But they lost and went down.

Jason the Yank
03-02-2010, 21:17
I'm just worried what the board will do after the 2.5M profit.... :/


Buy some exotic fish?

psychonaut
03-02-2010, 23:03
Perhaps the bubble has burst, and you'll have those painful 10 years as Championship promotion nearly-men. Good luck!

Pangaea
04-02-2010, 06:28
They haven't taken out any profits yet, so I guess we'll keep it - this time.

10 years in the Championship would be great actually. But I'll see how it goes. Just played a couple of matches so far. But was very pleased to see the stadium was packed to 9,186 capacity. Maybe that means I'll be able to expand again in a year or two :thup:

Hope the current stadium can be expanded a fair bit, cause I'm not likely to get a new one for a very long time.

Just a shame studying is getting in the way, eh? Haven't been this hooked on FM for a very long time. I blame the Tactic Creator. Could never get my head around the flippin' sliders.

Pangaea
04-02-2010, 12:48
World Cup 2018
Hosts: Australia


Group A-D (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/WorldCup2018-GroupA-D.png)
Group E-H (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/WorldCup2018-GroupE-H.png)

Knocked out from Groups
A: Tunisia, Australia (bummer in front of home fans)
B: Peru, Costa Rica
C: Turkey, Cameroon
D: England (ho-hum!), Saudi Arabia
E: USA, Iran (must have been an interesting match :D)
F: Belgium, South Korea
G: Japan, Czech Republic
H: Honduras, Mali


Knockout Rounds (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/WorldCup2018-Knockout.png)

Second Round
Croatia - Italy 0-2
Greece - Russia 2-1
Argentina - Brazil 4-0 (dang!)
Mexico - Holland 3-0
Portugal - Germany 2-1
Ghana - Chile 1-3
Scotland - France 0-4 :(

Quarter Final
Italy - Mexico e1-0
Greece - Argentina 0-1e
Portugal - Uruguay 0-1 (wow)
Chile - France 0-1

Semi Final
Italy - France 1-1p
Argentina - Uruguay 2-1

Third Place Playoff
Italy - Uruguay 1-0

Final
France - Argentina 1-2

Argentina win World Cup 2018!


Lots of giants did poorly. England didn't get out of the group stage and Brazil went out early - albeit to the winners Argentina. Holland smacked around by Mexico was a bit surprising too.

Spain didn't even get to the World Cup. They lost to Belgium in the playoff. Deserved too I might add.

As mentioned Scotland has a monster of a striker. No wonder they got to the World Cup and did well with a guy like this up front (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/GordonLawson.png). :eek:

psychonaut
04-02-2010, 15:40
Scotland need to find a monster of a GK too, judging by the France thrashing ;)

Pangaea
04-02-2010, 18:02
Yeah, wish they had a whole team to back him up. One man doesn't make a team.

The English FA must be on drugs though. Stuart Pearce has failed to bring England to the Euro, WC and now they went out in the groups - but still he has a job. Just imagine if that happened IRL :D

psychonaut
04-02-2010, 18:04
Yeah, wish they had a whole team to back him up. One man doesn't make a team.

The English FA must be on drugs though. Stuart Pearce has failed to bring England to the Euro, WC and now they went out in the groups - but still he has a job. Just imagine if that happened IRL :D

My money's on an England group exit in South Africa. If I win, I'll buy everyone a copy of FM2011 :D

Pangaea
04-02-2010, 20:50
A part of me would really love that actually. Can't believe the English, time and time again, believe England have a team good enough to win the World Cup. Granted, if Terry stops shagging the wifes of teammates and Rooney maintains his fantastic form, England could go places. But even so I highly doubt they'll win it. You need world class players in every position, and England simply don't have that.

It is funny to see the press talk about England as one of the favourites though. If they go out on pens again, I'm gonna fall over laughing! :D

Nobby_McDonald
04-02-2010, 21:22
Practice your laughing Pangaea...

Pangaea
08-02-2010, 22:54
2018/19
Championship

Board expectation: Safe mid-table
Media expectation: 17th
Odds: 80-1
Season tickets: 2261 (up 347)

I brought in a pack of defenders as defence was still our main weakness. Tom Thompson joined on loan from Arsenal for another season, and did great. We signed our first foreigner. Luan Bratja from Albania had been released from Southend, which is shocking in itself as he had a few caps for his country. Due to this signing it was easier to finally let Barry Finn go. He had done well for us on left back for many years, but he wanted new challenges and asked to be transfer listed. In the end he left to Watford for 2.1M - a new club record. It'll take 3 years for the money to come in though.

In the pre-season we moved to our shining new stadium (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/2019-STADIUMMOVE.png). I figured we better have a match to initiate the 9,186-capacity beast. Tottenham accepted our call. We did better than I feared, but Spurs ran out 2-0 winners (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/StadiumDebut-TraffordvTottenham.png) to a filled Trafford Stadium.

The goal this season was to get a playoff spot, and I felt we had a good shot at it given the strong finishing last season and due to an improved squad.

My suspicions were correct. We got into the promotion race almost right off the bat, and never let go. We were sitting top at the halfway line, and with 8 matches left we had opened up an 11-point gap. I was sure we had it wrapped up. But as usual the close season left us with a full physio room. We secured promotion with 4 matches left, but the gap had shrunk to 7 points. I wanted to win the league, but this didn't look good. Going into the last day we were only a point ahead of West Brom, who were in stunning form. They played mid-table Burnley away, while we faced Wolves on 3rd away. It was a tough game and we held onto a draw, barely. I was sure it wouldn't be enough against West Brom. But for once they didn't make it count in front of goal, and Burnley beat them 1-0. We were champions 2 points ahead. We only got 2 points the last 4 matches, though. Close call. EPL, here we come! :)

The Cup draws were kind to us this year. We got far both in the League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/2019-LeagueCup.png) and FA Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/2019-FACup.png). Tottenham stopped us in the 4th round (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/2019-LC-TottenhamvTrafford.png) of the League Cup. In the FA Cup we got all the way to the 6th round (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/2019-FAC-ManUtdvTrafford.png) before we faced EPL teams. And it was the cashcow of all cashcows: Man Utd away. I set up shop and they only got one goal past us. And better yet, we earned 1 million. The bankers were happy.

League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/2019-League.png)
Progress (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/2019-Progress.png)
We somehow managed to do better away (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/2019-LeagueAway.png) than home (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/2019-LeagueHome.png).

Squad (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/2019-Squad.png) - We have filled the gap in defence now, and the team is looking pretty balanced. Not too many players stand out now, but Bratja is clearly a good one.
Transfers (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/2019-Transfers.png) - Opened our wallet for the first time, in bringing in a 16 year old kid from Scotland that our scouts say will be a good Premier League player one day. I sure hope they are right...
Finances (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/2019-Finances.png) - The new stadium meant we were bringing in a lot more dough. So even though I blew the whole 33.5K wage budget, we made a healthy profit.


Key Players
Liam Jones (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/Players/1LiamJones.png) (GK) - Did well between the sticks. Pulled off some great point-savers.
John French (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/Players/4JohnFrench.png) (D RLC) - A good buy that can play all over the place in defence.
Tom Wright (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/Players/12TomWright.png) (DR) - Quite talented, but was hard to play when Dennison did so well. He didn't really take his chances too well either
Luan Bratja (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/Players/3LuanBratja-2.png) (D/WB L) - A fantastic signing that even provided a handful of assists
Tom Thompson (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/Players/5TomThompson.png) (D LC) - Has come a long way and played brilliant on DC. If he was ours I'm pretty sure he would have won the fans' player of the year.
Ken Green (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/Players/15KenGreen.png) (DC/ST) - Another fine signing in defence. Can even play up front if needed.
Stuart Keast (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/Players/21StuartKeast.png) (DM/MC) - Hardly played, but he looks like a very nice prospect. I only hope all that money wasn't wasted.
Tony Woolley (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/Players/16TonyWoolley.png) (DM/MC) - Had 3.5 stars until the end of the season, and did very well. Provided a few goals and assists too.
Ian Wright (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/Players/7IanWright.png) (AMC) - Was stunning before Xmas, when he had almost an assist per game. Thought he would smash the 21-assist record, but he came 3 short in the end.
Ryan Higgins (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/Players/9RyanHiggins.png) (AMR/ST) - Some players say he will have a big future in the club, so I have big hopes for him. Decent first season.
Johnny Breen (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/Players/20JohnnyBreen.png) (ST) - Another fine season from our star. Top goalscorer. We have 4 spledid strikers now, though, so I all let them play a lot, which meant fewer matches and goals for Breen that I'm sure he could have gotten.
Alan Fitzgerald (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/Players/22AlanFitzgerald.png) (ST) - Much better 2nd season. Scored quite regularly.
Scott Robinson (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/Players/10ScottRobinson.png) (ST) - Also did pretty well, but was surprisingly the 4th least efficient striker


Other news
I kept asking the board to expand the stadium as we filled it up every game (usually to the last seat too), but they kept saying they saw no need. But due to the promotion the FA saw the need. So thankfully the board was forced to expand it, by 3,500 seats (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/2019-STADIUMEXPANSIONPLANS.png). It will be ready in November. In the meantime we'll make due with roughly a 8,000 stadium. This is also why our nice profit evaporated in the last days of the financial year

During the season I managed my 500th game (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/500thGame.png). It's nice to get that message, otherwise I wouldn't have noticed it. This is what the manager profile (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2018-19/2019-Managerprofile.png) looks like upon entering the Premier League.

My contract ran out at the end of this season. The board tried to give me a 4-year contract at 1,800 at the start of it - same as I was on. I was well p!ssed I can tell you! Even after many rounds and postponements they were only willing to stretch it to 3,300. But I want to stay, so I have no option but to accept it. Have only made it a one-year deal though, which I will until they give me proper wages for the EPL.


Next Season
It feels unreal to be in the Premier League. I actually can't remember when I last played long enough to make it up here. I can safely say FM2010 has me bitten.

The goal is obviously to stay up, but it's not going to be easy. We got a 11.5M transfer kitty, but I can't see players that will improve our squad much, so will mostly stick with what I've got. It will be very interesting to see how we do against the big boys :)


Career Summary


Season Division Pos Movement FA Cup Other
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2009/10 Northern 1 North 9th - - Out of all cups early
2010/11 Northern 1 North 1st Promotion - Out of all cups early
2011/12 Northern Premier 11th - 4th Qual Rnd QF of Northern League Cup, Consortium take-over
2012/13 Northern Premier 1st Promotion 1st Rnd Out of the cups early
2013/14 Blue Square North 2nd Promotion 4th Qual Rnd FA Trophy 3rd Round Promotion through Play-Off
2014/15 Blue Square Premier 1st Promotion 1st Rnd FA Trophy winners
2015/16 League Two 1st Promotion 3rd Rnd New stadium planned for June 2018.
2016/17 League One 1st Promotion 3rd Rnd
2017/18 Championship 11th - 3rd Rnd Facilities upgraded
2018/19 Championship 1st Promotion 6th Rnd Moved into 9,186 cap stadium. Facilities upgraded

Pangaea
08-02-2010, 23:07
Roll of Honour 2018/19

Argentina - River & River
Brazil - Fluminense
England - Arsenal (Man City and Liverpool out of Europe)
France - Lyonnais
Germany - Werder Bremen
Ireland - Bohemians
Italy - Juventus
N. Ireland - Linfield
Norway - Rosenborg
Scotland - Celtic (that's 10 (!) in a row; Rangers finished 6th)
Spain - Barcelona (R.Madrid 4th with an ageing Ronaldo)
Wales - Llanelli


Champions Cup
Chelsea - Man Utd e4-2

EURO Cup
Sevilla - Zaragoza 0-2

European Super Cup
Barcelona - R. Madrid 0-2

FA Cup
Man Utd - Arsenal 0-1

League Cup
Man Utd - Chelsea 0-1e

Not a good year for Man Utd in finals. They lost the finals in the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup - twice to Chelsea.

Nobby_McDonald
08-02-2010, 23:20
A wage budget of just £33,500 per week and you won the Championship? Sweet Jesus!

Pangaea
08-02-2010, 23:46
Any idea what the 'normal' wage budget is at that level?

I've been handed 125K in the Premier League. But since the players I can afford won't significantly strengthen the team, I'll stick with what I've got - for the most part. So can't see myself using the whole budget. At least not until January.

UELLfan
09-02-2010, 19:19
I was also going to congratulate you on going up on such meager wages :D

Good luck on staying up with your current crop. I'm afraid your defence won't be up to the required standard if the screenies reflect all you have in there.

TheGreemSim
09-02-2010, 21:29
Premier League baby!

Pangaea
10-02-2010, 01:39
Aye, the screenies do reflect my standard. But since my scouts have found some players that were willing to sign that didn't cost my right ball and then some, I have gone on a spending spree. Went a bit overboard with DCs though, so I have a small team of them now :D

UELLfan
10-02-2010, 09:16
It's never bad to have some few players to choose from*

*Words pronounced by some ageing bald Jockmod after being inquired for his 30something players free transfer spree signings in the original Clan A game :D

Pangaea
11-02-2010, 02:13
:D

I went from having in effect zero DCs two seasons ago, to 9 now :D

Managed to sell one and loan out two others though, so it's not too bad...

Nobby_McDonald
11-02-2010, 17:45
It's never bad to have some few players to choose from*

*Words pronounced by some ageing bald Jockmod after being inquired for his 30something players free transfer spree signings in the original Clan A game :D

Kostis used to do that with just strikers. :D

uncle ron
14-02-2010, 09:52
Just catching up..

Fantastic achievement getting Trafford to the Premier League and with another league championship.

:thup:

Have any other original non-league teams got into the Football League and established themselves higher up the pyramid?

Pangaea
15-02-2010, 00:11
Not an awful lot to report. I can't see that any below the Blue Square N/S have made it up. But some from the BS leagues have made it further up.

Hardly a big jump, but Ebbsfleet, Cambridge, Wrexham, Mansfield, Rushden, AFC Wimbledon and Oxford have made it up to League Two. Luton are in League One. Most impressive, however, is York who have gone from Blue Square Premier to the Championship. Unfortunately they got relegated this year, but maybe they will be back?

Tranmere has seen quite a fall, going from League 1 to BSN (one season only). They are back to League 2 now. Bit of a yo-yo team. Other than that I don't think any other big-ish teams have fallen far down the pyramid.

I was quite chuffed to see FC United almost get promoted to Blue Square Premier last season. But as it often goes when small teams overarchieve, they ended up in the lower half of BSN this season with a 16th position.

The only of the Big Five that hasn't performed really well is Liverpool. They have done quite poorly a few seasons now, being 8th, 9th and 10th the last 3 seasons.

City haven't impressed either given their huge wallet. Have only won the league once - but with a lot of 2nd and 3rd places. Have won 2 League Cups, 1 FA Cup and lost 2 Champions League finals though.

I am really excited about what is going down with Man Utd now though. For a good while now there has been a board take-over process going on, with talk of a consortium taking over. It would just be awesome to see the Glazers leave! I fear only Gill will leave though, and the leeches will stay put. Can't remember what happened when a consortium took over my club, if the director(s) stay put or not.

Pangaea
15-02-2010, 01:07
Sweet relief! The Glazers are gone! :)

No idea if they will do anything more, but there was talk of manager Tony Mowbray, who just won the title, being replaced with some bloke from Spain. Apparently the new chairman had business links there.

Nobby_McDonald
15-02-2010, 17:38
This talk of manure has made your career become boring. :p

Pangaea
15-02-2010, 19:14
I better update it soon then ;)

Pangaea
16-02-2010, 00:44
2019/20
Premier League

Board expectation: Fight bravely
Media expectation: 19th
Odds: 5000-1 (!!)
Season tickets: 3977 (up 1716)

I felt we couldn't rely on loans in central defence any more, and since the board now had no restrictions on scouting, off they went. We picked up players from Holland, Spain, France, Turkey and Belgium. Most were promising players, but DCs Brunner from Tottenham and Fortune from Grenoble slotted right into the team. We ended up with too many defenders and strikers, so some were sent out on loan. Striker Fitzgerald was shipped off to Italy in January for a club record of 4.9 million.

Season started as you'd expect, struggling for survival. Then we yo-yo'ed ourselves up the table. The last half of the season we swapped EURO spots for CL spots a few times. It was a tense finish to the season. We ended up handing the title to Man Utd after very luckily beating Arsenal 1-0 at home. A late conceded goal from 4th placed Man City meant we climbed above them and grabbed a CL spot (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/2020-CLQUALIFY.png). I should cheer, but this save has just been too strange. Explanation with WTF we are doing so well on a postcard, please :( As you can see from the screenshots below our players are not good enough for this level, so why this is happening is beyond me.

The FA Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/2020-FACup.png) wasn't a great adventure this year. I played some kids, and they fell to Championship side Sheff Utd in the 5th round (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/2020-FAC-TraffordvSheffUtd.png). Sheff Utd got relegated to League One.

The League Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/2020-LeagueCup.png) went better. We knocked out Wycombe, QPR, Portsmouth, Man City and shockingly Arsenal (with superman Lawson (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/9GordonLawson.png) up front) to face West Ham in the League Cup final (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/2020-LCFinal-WestHamvTrafford.png). It was a close match that could have gone either way, but fate played into our hands when West Ham awarded us a penalty in the 110th minute. The club's first proper trophy was ours :)

League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/2020-League.png)- We didn't score much, but kept it tight at the back
Progress (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/2020-Progress.png) - In the first half we were high due to playing more matches than the others, but in the end we earned the spot ourselves

Squad (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/2020-Squad.png) - I've brought in some really talented players. I was really excited about Fortes and Aktas as they had 4.5 stars the first half or so of the season. Aktas is now down to 3.5 so maybe he's not "all that" after all. I think both Azgin and Fortes can be key players in a few years though. They look pretty strong (look below).

Transfers (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/2020-Transfers.png) - More or less even in and out. 10 million spent and 9.25 earned. Some players only lasted a season, but as mentioned I have high hopes for a few of these lads.

Finances (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/2020-Finances.png) - TV and prize money, plus the bigger stadium, gave us a huge financial boost.


Key Players
Steven Brunner (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/Players/4StevenBrunner.png) (DC) - Very solid at the back. Great signing
Clement Fortune (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/Players/5ClementFortune.png) (DC) - Was injured for 2 months with a back injury, but played great when fit.
Mirac Azgin (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/Players/23MiraAzgin.png) (DC) - This looks like a very bright prospect. Already playing well.
Dejan Pusnik (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/Players/2DejanPusnik.png) (DR) - Didn't play great, but I hope he can make the DR position his.
Luan Bratja (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/Players/3LuanBratja.png) (DL) - Great season. Teams such as Man Utd and Inter are enquiring about him. Won't be easy to keep him.
Stuart Keast (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/Players/19StuartKeast.png) (MC) - Another player I hope can be big for the future.
Richard Cummins (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/Players/17RichardCummins-2.png) (MC) - Best midfielder this year. Had a fine season with 9 assists.
Ian Wright (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/Players/7IanWright.png) (AMC) - Another good season from Wright. Fans' player of the year again.
Ryan Higgins (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/Players/9RyanHiggins.png) (ST) - Scored quite a bit. Can't make up my mind who should be starters of my strikers. All are basically evenly matched
Roel Fortes (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/Players/20RoelFortes.png) (AMC/ST) - Big hopes for this lad. Played really well, and he's only 17.
Johnny Breen (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/Players/10JohnnyBreen.png) (ST) - Probably still our best striker. Topscorer with 15 goals.
Orhan Aktas (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/Players/22OrhanAktas-2.png) (ST) - Had huge hopes for him. But looks like he has personality issues, cause half the team can't stand him.
Scott Robinson (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/Players/18ScottRobinson.png) (ST) - Still scoring a fair bit. Should perhaps sell him, but it's difficult seeing that both Breen and Robinson have been with us for 10 and 6 seasons.

Season Best Eleven (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/2020-SeasonEleven.png)
Overall Best Eleven (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/2020-OverallEleven.png) - A small bug has been fixed so this much better represents who deserve to be there. Last season a lot of 1-season players were in, simply due to playing at a high level. Now it seems like matches and average rating play a bigger role - which is great.

Other news
Due to the much improved finances, the board cleared our debts (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/2020-DEBTSCLEARED.png) at the end of the season. It was 4.4 million. They also decided to expand the stadium (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2019-20/2020-EXPANSIONPLANS.png) again, even though they kept telling me to get the F out of their office. It will be finished in November. When completed Trafford Stadium will hold about 16,000 fans. The youth and training facilities will be upgraded too. The board finally agreed towards the end of the season.


Next Season
It would be great to copy this year's achievement, though it should be difficult given our playing staff. I've decided to change my tactic, just in case the match engine can't quite cope with the 4-1-2-1-2 formation I've used for this whole save (IIRC). I'm not sure how much of a difference it has made since Chelsea have used the same formation all the time (I think) and not done particularly well. But it's worth a try nonetheless.


Career Summary


Season Division Pos Movement FA Cup Other
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2009/10 Northern 1 North 9th - - Out of all cups early
2010/11 Northern 1 North 1st Promotion - Out of all cups early
2011/12 Northern Premier 11th - 4th Qual Rnd QF of Northern League Cup, Consortium take-over
2012/13 Northern Premier 1st Promotion 1st Rnd Out of the cups early
2013/14 Blue Square North 2nd Promotion 4th Qual Rnd FA Trophy 3rd Round Promotion through Play-Off
2014/15 Blue Square Premier 1st Promotion 1st Rnd FA Trophy winners
2015/16 League Two 1st Promotion 3rd Rnd New stadium planned for June 2018.
2016/17 League One 1st Promotion 3rd Rnd
2017/18 Championship 11th - 3rd Rnd Facilities upgraded
2018/19 Championship 1st Promotion 6th Rnd Moved into 9,186 cap stadium. Facilities upgraded
2019/20 Premier League 4th - 5th Rnd Stadium expanded (12,686). League Cup winner

Pangaea
16-02-2010, 00:55
Roll of Honour 2019/20

Argentina - Boca & Independiente
Brazil - Santos
England - Man Utd
France - Lyonnais
Germany - Werder Bremen
Ireland - St. Pat's Athletic
Italy - AC Milan
N. Ireland - Linfield
Norway - Brann
Scotland - Celtic
Spain - Barcelona (Messi moved to City after the season. Ronaldo retires next summer)
Wales - Llanelli


Champions Cup
Inter - Arsenal 1-0

EURO Cup
Palermo - Marseille 3-1

European Super Cup
Zaragoza - Chelsea 1-6 (dang!)

FA Cup
Derby - Liverpool 0-2

League Cup
West Ham - Trafford 0-1e

Nobby_McDonald
16-02-2010, 22:48
Are your neighbours getting worried yet?

Pangaea
17-02-2010, 02:19
Doubt it. Looks like it was a lucky first season for us. Struggling a lot more now. 13th after 9 matches. Big teams are dicking us, and we can't break down the weaker ones. But each time I try to go more offensive our players are all over the place with massive gaps at the back. Perhaps the talents just need more time to develop before I can give them freedom to roam about more.

Raware
17-02-2010, 03:33
A great debut season in the Prem and congrats on claiming the League Cup! :thup:. I'm starting to think along the same lines as you with regards to this years release...it can be too easy at times (in no way am I meaning to put a dampner on what you've achieved, what you've done with Trafford is a great achievement regardless :thup:) but with players that shouldn't be able to compete in leagues where they're no where near good enough, it seems that they are indeed able to.

It's a shame you're thinking of changing your tactic just so you don't win anymore :(. I hate to 'bash' SI as I know how difficult it is to make FM but I do think it should be a little more difficult in climbing the leagues. There's only a few teams I can think of IRL who have done so in the past few years. But then again there'd be threads and threads of people complaining that it was too hard if they changed it!

Anyway, again, congrats on the great job you've done so far :thup:.

Pangaea
17-02-2010, 07:12
Thanks for the :thup: and thoughts.

I did change my tactic for this season. Only a minor change, but nevertheless. We are doing much worse now, but tbh I don't know if that is down to the change in tactic or something else. There are probably many factors in play. I suspect that one is that our reputation has lacked behind our true skill for quite some time, so teams have been too offensive against us, often leading to break-away goals from our quick strikers. Since I'm playing with betabuilds the strikers are able to miss the goalie once in a while, leading to goals :D

Chelsea have been using the same tactic as I used, and have not been impressive, so it can't be as easy as down to the tactic either. Especially as all my roles are default and totally untinkered with. It really is a mystery to me. Whatever has caused it, though, it should simply not be possible.

I do think it has been too easy to rise up the leagues, obviously, but I don't know why this has been so. But what I can say is that we are struggling a lot more this season. Defence is still pretty decent, but we can't score in a brothel. Which is probably as it should be with the players at my disposal.

It is very strange though. Last season there were times we didn't look able to lose. This season we are struggling to even score goals. Most of the wins we've had have been of the lucky sort. 6-18 shots, 2-1 score and so on. It's a totally new world this season. Here's hoping the new influx of realism will last :)

dafuge
17-02-2010, 17:15
I do think it has been too easy to rise up the leagues, obviously, but I don't know why this has been so. But what I can say is that we are struggling a lot more this season. Defence is still pretty decent, but we can't score in a brothel. Which is probably as it should be with the players at my disposal.

It sounds like your team plays well as underdogs. I've seen this in the past and when I got near the top things suddenly got a lot more difficult, taking me quite a while to finally crack it.

Playing in the Champions League this early should be interesting though :)

UELLfan
17-02-2010, 18:37
CL Footie?! Ooers. KUTGW! :thup:

I see you well reinforced the weak CB links though.

Pangaea
17-02-2010, 20:13
It sounds like your team plays well as underdogs. I've seen this in the past and when I got near the top things suddenly got a lot more difficult, taking me quite a while to finally crack it.

Playing in the Champions League this early should be interesting though :)

I think that is pretty much what happened in my game too. In almost every season so far there have been large parts of the season we have seemed invincible, including last season. But now, when I assume our reputation has climbed quite a bit, I'm finding it a whole lot more difficult. We have scored less than a goal a game, so we'd be mired in a relegation battle if it wasn't for our good defensive record.

I think the players I have are pretty talented though, so I hope the team can get into the top 3 when they mature. But it is annoying to see the star ratings gradually drop on them. Hopefully the initial estimation is pretty well on target.

Pangaea
17-02-2010, 20:19
CL Footie?! Ooers. KUTGW! :thup:

I see you well reinforced the weak CB links though.

I almost always end up with too many DCs and strikers. Which makes it very difficult to give them all enough matches to keep their fitness level up. I should have had two reserve sides :D

Btw, are others finding regional scouting works much worse than national scouting? I prefer the former as I hate to restart scouting missions all the time, but they are finding much less than when I go to individual countries. Except UK and Ireland.

One thing I really hope is implemented next year is that we can select what countries we want scouted, and then the scout will keep scouting them, like they do in regional scouting.

Pangaea
19-02-2010, 13:58
European Championship 2020
Hosts: Italy


Group Stage (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/European2020Groups.png)

Knocked out from Groups
A: Croatia, Belarus
B: Romania, Portugal
C: Czech Republic, Sweden
D: Russia, Turkey


Knockout Rounds (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/European2020Knockout.png)

Quarter Final
France - Spain 1-0
Italy - Scotland 2-0
Austria - Germany 2-3e
Holland - England 2-1e

Semi Final
France - Holland 2-1
Italy - Germany 2-0

Final
France - Italy 1-3

Italy wins European Championship 2020!


England out in the Quarters this time. They did quite well :D
Scotland has turned into a wee force with Lawson up front.
Surprising to see Portugal go out so early too.

Pangaea
20-02-2010, 18:19
2020/21
Premier League

Board expectation: Safe mid-table
Media expectation: 11th
Odds: 200-1
Season tickets: 4,275 (up 298)

It would be tough to copy last season's 4th finish, but to help me out I got in some summer transfers, while others left us. I was slightly shocked when ex-Man Utd goalie Raul joined us, in stiff competition with some 15 other teams. He would prove to be a lifesaver.

The season would be very different form the previous one. We never stood at chance at fighting for Europe, and never rose above 9th. Was never any danger of relegation either, as we stayed mid-table all season. We finished 10th. Defence was good, but we failed to make it count in front of goal. We struggled a lot in the beginning and were on the back foot in most matches. Felt we played better towards the end, so hope we can step it up a little next season.

League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/2021-League.png)
Progress (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/2021-Progress.png)

Our defense of the League Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/2021-LeagueCup.png) was a disaster. We fell in the first hurdle to Everton (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/LC-EvertonvTrafford.png).

The FA Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/2021-FACup.png) didn't go much better. I played some youngsters, and we needed a replay to get past Swindon. No such luck against Doncaster (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/FAC-DoncastervTrafford.png)in the 4th round, and out we went.

Europe (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/2021-ChampionsCup.png)was more interesting. We met Bayern München in the last qualifying round. We managed to get a draw in Germany (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/CLQ-FCBayernvTrafford.png). Shockingly, we actually deserved to win. 0-0 at home (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/CLQ-TraffordvFCBayern.png) meant we got into the group stage. Ching-ching!
We won the first match as Lady Luck smiled our way, but from there on it was just a matter of keeping embarrassments at bay. It was very cool to record a 0-0 at Camp Nou (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/CL-BarcelonavTrafford.png) though :) We ended 3rd in the group (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/2021-CLGroup.png) and went into the EURO Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/2021-EUROCup.png). Not much luck here either. We met Atletico Madrid, who have become a big force in Spain. We lost 0-1 away (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/EURO-AtMadridvTrafford.png) and got 0-0 at home (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/EURO-TraffordvAtMadrid.png). Atletico went on to win the Spanish league and the EURO Cup.

Was fun to be in Europe, so hope we can get back in a few years :)


Squad (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/2021-Squad.png) - We have potential on most places, so should be set for a nice future. But they will probably need a few years to mature before we can reap the benefits. I'm really excited about de Jong and Fortes. They look like starlets in the making :cool:

Transfers (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/2021-Transfers.png) - 11.75 spent and 18m in. Mostly backups were sold, while some nice prospects came in, plus a splendid goalie in Raul. Huges for 300k and Ward for 800k were steals. They look really promising. My staff say they can both be leading EPL players.

Finances (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/2021-Finances.png) - Europe brought in a wicked amount of money, especially when TV money came in after the season was over. Didn't expect that. Our crooks dressed in suits took out 13 million (not present here), but we ended the financial year with a healthy bank balance of 58 million. It's impossible to keep wages this low though. We only had a budget of 170k, of which I spent 140k.


Key Players
Raul (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/Players/1Ral.png) (GK) - Great buy. He played some blinding matches where he just closed the doors.
Luan Bratja (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/Players/3LuanBratja.png) (DL) - Another fine season. Wanted by Man Utd and others.
Liam Hughe (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/Players/LiamHughes-2.png)s (DL) - Very young bloke, but is looking great. Got his first U21 cap aged 16. N.Ireland, but still..
Yunus Sari (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/Players/YunusSari.png) (DR) - Fine Turkisk prospect.
Dejan Pusnik (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/Players/2DejanPusnik.png) (DR) - Not developing as fast as I hoped. But a nice prospect
Steven Brunner (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/Players/4StevenBrunner.png) (DC) - Good season from the young Swiss
Mirac Azgin (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/Players/17MiraAzgin.png) (DC) - Difficult to keep him out of the team now. Looks very nice
Clement Fortune (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/Players/5ClementFortune.png) (DC) - Had him locked down in the first team, but Azgin gradually took over his spot
Barry Ward (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/Players/BarryWard.png) (MC) - Fantastic buy for 800K. Will be solid in a few years
Glenn Taylor (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/Players/GlennTaylor.png) (MC) - Paid out the arse for him (4.2M), but looks quite promising
Richard Cummins (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/Players/6RichardCummins.png) (MC) - Best midfielder on paper, but he doesn't contribute much in goals and assists
Hans de Jong (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/Players/7HansdeJong.png) (AMC) - Looks like he'll be a breathtaking AMC in the future. Got a fair few assists already
Ian Wright (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/Players/18IanWright.png) (AMC) - Still our main assist-maker. But his future looks bleak
Roel Fortes (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/Players/20RoelFortes.png) (ST) - Have big hopes for this bloke. 2 goals in 26 is hardly good, but his attributes look good. Should be smashing in a few years
Ken Green (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/Players/12KenGreen.png) (ST) - Started out at DC, but ended the season scoring 7 in 7 up front
Orhan Aktas (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/Players/22OrhanAktas.png) (ST) - Had big hopes on this guy, but looks like he won't turn into much, sadly. Will give him at least one more year to impress me. He already wants out though
Ryan Higgins (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/Players/9RyanHiggins.png) (ST) - Coaches are raving about him. He scored a few, but had a uncomfortable amount of stinkers too.
Johnny Breen (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/Players/10JohnnyBreen.png) (ST) - Difficult to sell since he's been with us for 11 seasons. Very useful as tutor, and was still dangerous-ish up front
Scott Robinson (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/Players/11ScottRobinson.png) (ST) - Same as Breen. Useful as tutor. But not really good enough for the PL.



Other news
I don't really get the board. I kept asking for a stadium expansion, and they kept slagging me off. But only days after I last asked, they announce it will be expanded (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2020-21/2021-STADIUMEXPANSION.png) by 2,260 seats. Training and youth facilities will also be upgraded. They're currently "Good." Would be great to get a youth academy soon so we can hopefully get some half-decent kids through. But doubt that will happen for some years yet.


Next Season
A much more realistic this season. I felt we played better towards the end and were able to control a few matches, so the goal is to improve on our 10th place.


Career Summary


Season Division Pos FA Cup Ch. Cup Other happenings
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2009/10 Northern 1 North 9th - - Out of all cups early
2010/11 Northern 1 North 1st P - - Out of all cups early
2011/12 Northern Premier 11th 4th Q Rnd - QF of Northern League Cup. Consortium take-over
2012/13 Northern Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - Out of the cups early
2013/14 Blue Square North 2nd P 4th Q Rnd - FA Trophy 3rd Round. Promotion through Play-Off
2014/15 Blue Square Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - FA Trophy winners
2015/16 League Two 1st P 3rd Rnd - New stadium planned for June 2018
2016/17 League One 1st P 3rd Rnd -
2017/18 Championship 11th 3rd Rnd - Facilities upgraded
2018/19 Championship 1st P 6th Rnd - Moved into 9,186 cap stadium
2019/20 Premier League 4th 5th Rnd - Stadium expanded (12,686). League Cup winner
2020/21 Premier League 10th 4th Rnd Groups Stadium expanded (16,112)

P = Promotion, R = Relegation

Pangaea
20-02-2010, 18:28
Roll of Honour 2020/21

Argentina - River & River
Brazil - Sao Paulo
England - Chelsea
France - Toulouse
Germany - FC Bayern
Ireland - Bohemians
Italy - AC Milan
N. Ireland - Linfield
Norway - Viking
Scotland - Celtic (Rangers have just fallen off; 6th this year)
Spain - Atletico Madrid
Wales - Welshpool


Champions Cup
Juventus - Werder Bremen 0-0p

EURO Cup
Atletic Madrid - Genoa 1-0

European Super Cup
Inter - Palermo 1-2e

FA Cup
West Ham - Derby 1-0

League Cup
Liverpool - Sunderland 2-0


A tycoon tried to take over Aston Villa, but pulled out in the end. Another tycoon took over Bolton. They got relegated though, so will be interesting to see how they do. The Arab is still chairman in Man City, but they're not doing very well.

Nobby_McDonald
20-02-2010, 23:50
Back to Earth with a bump eh.

Pangaea
27-02-2010, 15:16
2021/22
Premier League

Board expectation: Safe mid-table
Media expectation: 13th
Odds: 500-1
Season tickets: 4,322 (up 47)

Transfers (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/2022-Transfers.png)
This was a bit of a sad season, cause it saw several club legends and loyal servants leave. Johnny Breen (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/JohnnyBreen.png) left to Stoke (11 seasons), Scott Robinson (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/ScottRobinson.png) travelled north to Newcastle (8 seasons), and Steven Grant (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/StevenGrant.png) (9 seasons) was sold to Cardiff. Robert Benker and Liam Jones also left the club. We were only strengthened with one player, central midfielder Marciano Klaassen from Holland. I felt we needed some experience in the centre, and his 26 years on the planet brought us this. We only spent 4.2 million, and raked in 15. A nice profit.

League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/2022-League.png) (Progress (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/2022-Progress.png))
The board and media wanted us wanted us mid-table, but my own goal was to qualify for Europe. And blimey were we close! We started the season great, unbeaten after 14 matches (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/2022-14unbeaten.png). The middle of the seasons wasn't so nice to us, and we saw a dry spell, taking us outside the European spots. With players coming back from injuries and morale getting back in order, we managed a fine run-in. And despite facing Arsenal, Liverpool and City x2 in the last 5 matches, we were soooo close. Ironically it was the penultimate match against Fulham that saw us slip up. In classic FM fashion we dominated the game but failed to take our many chances. It feared it would bite us in the arse, and of course it did. Fulham scored on their only shot on target, and drew us 1-1. We finished 7th. Since 10th placed Tottenham made the FA Cup final against Chelsea, we lost our EURO Cup spot on fewer goals scored than West Ham. That stung :(

FA Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/2022-FACup.png)
This was simply a disaster for us. Peterborough took us down in the 3rd Round (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/2022-FAC-PeterboroughvTrafford.png). I fielded almost the best team we could muster, but we still failed. Was deserved too.
BSP Crawley (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/CrawleyBSPFACup.png) had a fantastic run though, only being stopped in the Semi Final against Tottenham.

League Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/2022-LeagueCup.png)
This seems to be more our kind of tournament. We had another good crack at it, improving on last year's horrific attempt to defend our title. The highlight was demolishing Tottenham in extra-time of the Quarter Final (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/2022-LC-TraffordvTottenham.png), beating them 3-0 after 7 glorious minutes of effective football. It looked like we would face Man Utd in the final, as we beat West Ham 2-1 (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/2022-LC-WestHamvTrafford.png) away in the first leg. But then it was our turn to fall to a great spell. West Ham scored two (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/2022-LC-TraffordvWestHam.png) in 8 minutes, and we failed to respond. Rough loss as we deserved to win, but that's how football goes sometimes. West Ham cheated us again :(


Squad (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/2022-Squad.png)
I feel the team is starting to mature now, so I hope we can get into Europe next season. The biggest challenge is to keep all players, as several want to leave, especially Bratja and Mirac Azgin. Neither will extend their contracts, but thankfully I have a couple years left of them. Here's hoping success will make them stay.
I've found some Brazilians that will sign in the coming years. Just a shame I can't get them until they turn 18. Not spectacular talent, but good EPL potential according to my scouts.


Finances (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/2022-Finances.png)
We only made a profit thanks to player sales. But the effing board ran off with those profits. Still made a healthy profit, though, thanks to end-of-season prize money. The stadium is already constraining us though, and no luck in improving either the stadium or facilities for next season. First time in a while, but still disappointing given our stature. Facilities are looking quite good, but I'm hoping for a Youth Academy soon so we can start getting the odd proper talent, and a stadium expansion to help us push for the top. We had an average attendance of 18,362 last season. That's a slightly impressive fillrate of 99.95% :D


Key Players
Raul (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/Players/1Ral.png) (GK) - Very solid at the back again.

Mirac Azgin (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/Players/5MiraAzgin-2.png) (DC) - Very solid at the back. He is a Wonderkid now :cool: My first ever I think. Incredible buy for 1.3m. Unfortunately he wants away now, so will probably only have him for a couple more years. Think it's hard to make players stay, even if we turn successful - once they want away.

Luan Bratja (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/Players/3LuanBratja.png) (DL) - Good season again. Best player on the team on paper, despite poor average rating. Perhaps I should try a more offensive tactic this coming season, hoping my fullbacks see more action and provide some more assists.

Barry Ward (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/Players/16BarryWard.png) (MC) - Have finally gotten him Natural in MC, so my staff rate him well now. Stunning talent tbh. Think he will be huge next season. Won't be surprised if he turns into a Wonderkid, though I guess that depends on his potential cap.

Glenn Taylor (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/Players/11GlennTaylor.png) (MC) - Another great talent. 4.2m was a lot for an 18yo kid from Liverpool, but he is starting to show off his colours now.

Hans de Jong (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/Players/7HansdeJong.png) (AMC) - Has taken over the AMC role from Wright, and assisted 11 goals this season. Expect him to be crucial in the coming years.

Roel Fortes (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/Players/20RoelFortes.png) (ST) - Scored 14 goals this season, and is starting to look really good. Hope he can be our main striker this coming season.

Higgins (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/Players/9RyanHiggins.png) was our top goalscorer with 14, while Cummins (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/Players/6RichardCummins.png), Green (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/Players/10KenGreen.png) and Wright (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/Players/18IanWright.png) did well.


Other news
We got the stadium expanded again, and facilities upgraded. Trafford Stadium now holds 18,372 (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2021-22/2022-Facilities.png). We have Top training facilities and Excellent youth facilities, though the former has already dropped to Good for the new season. Hoping for improvements across the board soon.

Looks like the Chairman wants out now. His status has dropped to "Happy to stay." He's been with us since the Consortium take-over in the 2011/12 season. If he pulls out, I hope I get an ambitious one so we get some expansions here and there. The current one hasn't done anything with transfers, so I really want the new bloke to be the same. Would hate to see my stars leave for pocket change...

It's a shame so many of our core players are foreign now. But it's just too expensive to buy UK talent. Tried to get a good-looking 17 year-old DR from Arsenal. But they wanted a bit for him. £42 million up front, plus wonderkid Mirac Azgin and our best player Bratja. Errr. No!


Next Season
It was disappointing to miss out on the EURO Cup on fewer goals this season. We need to turn some draws into wins, and we'll be there. That is the goal. I want back into Europe so we can start challenging at a bigger stage, hopefully bringing in some cash and maybe pleasing a few stars who want to move to bigger clubs.


Career Summary


Season Division Pos FA Cup Ch. Cup Other happenings
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2009/10 Northern 1 North 9th - - Out of all cups early
2010/11 Northern 1 North 1st P - - Out of all cups early
2011/12 Northern Premier 11th 4th Q Rnd - QF of Northern League Cup. Consortium take-over
2012/13 Northern Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - Out of the cups early
2013/14 Blue Square North 2nd P 4th Q Rnd - FA Trophy 3rd Round. Promotion through Play-Off
2014/15 Blue Square Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - FA Trophy winners
2015/16 League Two 1st P 3rd Rnd - New stadium planned for June 2018
2016/17 League One 1st P 3rd Rnd -
2017/18 Championship 11th 3rd Rnd - Facilities upgraded
2018/19 Championship 1st P 6th Rnd - Moved into 9,186 cap stadium
2019/20 Premier League 4th 5th Rnd - Stadium expanded (12,686). League Cup winner
2020/21 Premier League 10th 4th Rnd Groups Stadium expanded (16,112)
2021/22 Premier League 7th 3rd Rnd - Stadium expanded (18,372). League Cup Semi-Final

P = Promotion, R = Relegation

Pangaea
27-02-2010, 15:27
Roll of Honour 2021/22

Argentina - San Lorenzo & River
Brazil - Sao Paulo
England - Liverpool
France - Marseille
Germany - Werder Bremen
Ireland - Bohemians
Italy - Juventus
N. Ireland - Linfield
Norway - Rosenborg
Scotland - Celtic (Hold no to your hats. Rangers were relegated!!!)
Spain - Atletico Madrid
Wales - Afan Lido


Champions Cup
FC Bayern - Chelsea 2-1

EURO Cup
Marseille - Fiorentina 1-2

European Super Cup
Werder Bremen - Atletico Madrid 2-3

FA Cup
Chelsea - Tottenham 2-0

League Cup
West Ham - Man Utd 1-2


Incredible to see Rangers relegated. I've never ever seen that. Have hardly seen Celtic or Rangers out of the top 2 in any season of CM/FM, so this is an earthquake!

Nobby_McDonald
27-02-2010, 19:08
Edging back to Europe. :thup:

Stoke relegated. :thdn:

uncle ron
27-02-2010, 20:04
Good respectable 7th place finish.

Plenty of money in the bank there. Surely some big money transfer activity?

What is your highest transfer paid?

I guess that missing out on the European competitions will help you push for a higher league placing next season.

Pangaea
28-02-2010, 12:41
Not any huge transfers actually. The highest out so far is 4.9 million for Fitzgerald to Chievo. But this summer I've sold Dejan Pusnik for a deal worth 9.5, which shattered our record. We tend to sell more than we buy though. Looking through the last 3 seasons, when fees have gone up a bit, we have made about 25 million more than we have bought.

Money piled up quite a bit the 2 first seasons in the EPL as we had a very low wage budget the first one and TV money and prize money rained down our neck. And in the second due to making it into Europe. This 3rd season we broke even - until the end of season prize money arrived. Think we got about 14 million for our placement, and I see we made 13.9 million last season.

We've had big transfer budgets though, usually 20-30 million. I just haven't found any good prospects to blow it big on, instead focusing on getting nice-looking youths in. Maybe that will change though, when more players want to join us and we're not as held back by only being able to offer about 25-30k a week.

I really hope we can get into Europe following this season. Was so close this one, so that is the goal. Maybe that would convince Bratja, Azgin and a few others to stay. Turning down transfer requests isn't exactly shooting morale through the roof :(

Pangaea
28-02-2010, 13:09
We got a really nice youngster in this year's batch. I hope he can progress nicely and turn into a good player for us. The staff says he can be a good EPL player in the future.

Lewis Smith (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2022-23/LewisSmith.png) - Report (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2022-23/LewisSmith-2.png)

Pangaea
28-02-2010, 13:41
World Cup 2022
Hosts: Australia


Group A-D (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2022-23/WorldCup2022GroupA-D.png)
Group E-H (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2022-23/WorldCup2022GroupE-H.png)

Knocked out from Groups
A: Ireland, Egypt
B: Holland, Colombia
C: Iran, Germany
D: Uzbekistan, Nigeria
E: Brazil, South Africa
F: Chile, South Korea
G: Tunisia, Costa Rica
H: USA, Mali


Knockout (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2022-23/WorldCup2022Knockout.png)

Second Round
Japan - Argentina 1-1p
Saudi-Arabia - Italy 2-5
Uruguay - Portugal 2-1
Spain - Austria 2-0
Mexico - France e2-1
Turkey - Croatia 1-0
Greece - Ukraine 3-1
Australia - England 2-1

Quarter Final
Argentina - Spain 0-1
Italy - Uruguay e1-0
Mexico - Australia 3-0
Turkey - Greece e2-0

Semi Final
Spain - Turkey 0-0p
Italy - Mexico 3-0

Third Place Playoff
Spain - Mexico 0-0p

Final
Turkey - Italy 0-2

Italy win World Cup 2022!

Again there were many surprising results. Brazil has fired 13 managers in 13 years, but this time it was understandable. Brazil, Holland and Germany didn't get out of the group stage. France and England fell in the Last 16.

Our own Mirac Azgin took Turkey all the way to the final, where they were overrun by Italy. Italy had an 18-2 shots advantage, and had 72% possession. :eek:

I continue to be shocked at the English FA though. Stuart Pearce took over from Capello in 2012, and haven't had any success - but he still keeps his job. Capello took England to the World Cup final in 2010. Pearce didn't even get England qualified for WC 2014, didn't get out of the group stage in 2018, and only Last 16 this time around. Capello took England to the semi final of the European Championship in 2012. Pearce failed to qualify in 2016, but took England to the Quarter Final in 2020.

Knowing the English press, he would have been burned on the stake a long time ago ;)

Pangaea
28-02-2010, 14:15
I was approached for the first time this summer for a national team, by Nigeria. I don't think shuttling between the Manchester area and Nigeria is the most realistic thing, however, so I turned them down. Think I'll stick with my policy of not taking any national jobs. It's not particularly realistic (yes, there are some exceptions, though usually only temporarily), and taking national jobs have always been a disaster for my saves.

Pangaea
01-03-2010, 18:44
Feel like I'm talking to myself here, but I have either secured a fantastic signing, or just blown 12.5 millions. It's the player I tried to get from Arsenal, that they wanted 42 million plus 2 players for. Back then my scouts said he could be a leading star in the PL. Now the 4 stars have gone down to 3 and he can only be "good". I'm crossing my fingers the original estimate is correct. He is on loan at Stoke now, so I will get him in mid-January.

Gavin Pepper (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2022-23/GavinPepper.png)

Nobby_McDonald
02-03-2010, 01:23
Uzbekistan at the World Cup. :D

Pangaea
18-05-2010, 21:48
I'll see if I can put together some updates soon. I've played 3 seasons since the last one - after a long lull of about 2 months with no FM.

We've done a bit better since last time around.

Pangaea
30-05-2010, 17:08
I'm just a lazy ****, am I not? It's almost 4 season I've played now without an update. I'll try to sort out some images and an update. Just a mess with all of them FM-named.

More excitement from the 2026 World Cup btw. Cue Nobby's comment :D

dafuge
30-05-2010, 17:16
Good to hear you are still playing, I thought you'd disappeared for good there.

Pangaea
30-05-2010, 17:24
I didn't play for about two months. Got a bit fed up with the game, and uni commitments got too demanding. I always seem to end up like that. When I play, I play almost constantly, around the clock. So I'm bound to get fed up at some point. Then it takes a while to get the FM-bug again.

Maybe it's a bit down to the way I play. I've always been a slow player, turtling through seasons. I have probably more days on the clock than you do now, even though you are 30 seasons further into the game (if not more by now). Means I get very attached to the game, but also that I'm viable to the infamous FM Rage (TM) when the FM stars line up against me.

Overall it's been very fun though, and this is probably the furthest I've gotten into any game.

dafuge
30-05-2010, 17:43
Overall it's been very fun though, and this is probably the furthest I've gotten into any game.

I'll be the same soon, I'm about a year short of my furthest game ever.

Nobby_McDonald
30-05-2010, 23:26
I'm just a lazy ****, am I not? It's almost 4 season I've played now without an update. I'll try to sort out some images and an update. Just a mess with all of them FM-named.

More excitement from the 2026 World Cup btw. Cue Nobby's comment :D

Has some other rubbish nation qualified?

Pangaea
31-05-2010, 00:12
That too I guess, though Marocco has been there IRL of course. And Uzbekistan did rather well again.

Pangaea
31-05-2010, 01:59
Great! Shrewsbury got promoted to the PL. Will be very interesting to see how they get on.

Notts County were there this season, but sadly they got relegated on the last day.

Wigan is down to League 2, which is quite nice too. While FC United, with a little helping hand, has gotten up to Blue Square Premier (and survived with no help as nobody wanted to join).

AFC Wimbledon just got promoted to League 1. That's pretty nice too. Should be two interesting meets with MK Dons :D

Oooh. And Ebbsfleet almost got a playoff spot in League 1.

Some nice turnarounds happening now :)

Pangaea
31-05-2010, 22:10
2022/23
Premier League

Board expectation: Top-half finish
Media expectation: 10th
Odds: 200-1
Season tickets: 4,416 (up 96)

Transfers (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2022-23/2023-Transfers.png)
The big buy was young fullback Pepper for a club record 12.5 million from Arsenal. We also bought some other young and talented players.
Most notably out were fullback Pusnik and striker Aktas.

League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2022-23/2023-Transfers.png) (Progress (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2022-23/2023-Progress.png))
It's been a good while since I played this season now, but we got off to a pretty bad start. When we got going we fought for a European spot, before pretty much settling in for 2nd the last half of the season. Champions League, here we come!

FA Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2022-23/2023-FACup.png)
Not a great run. West Ham (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2022-23/2023-FAC-TraffordvWestHam.png) took us out after a replay. We lost 0-2 in an even match in the 5th round.

League Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2022-23/2023-LeagueCup.png)
This was even worse. We fell in the second hurdle to Derby (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2022-23/2023-LC-DerbyvTrafford.png)in the 3rd round, in a match we really should have won. Instead we lost 1-2.


Squad (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2022-23/2023-Squad.png)
The team is starting to look pretty sharp by now, with plenty of room to grow for some of the key players. Managed to renew some contracts too, which I was very happy about. It's always nerve-wrecking when your stars start blabbing about wanting to leave and don't want to renew contracts. Nobody did particularly brilliant in terms of goals or assists, but overall it brought us up the table.


Finances (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2022-23/2023-Finances.png)
Our finances were pretty much stable throughout the season. Our bank account is very healthy. Though I'll probably need it as our stadium constraints us quite a bit.


Key Players
As Photobucket is an arse and don't want to automatically tag my images, and it's a royal drag to do that manually, I'm not sure if I'm going to post player pictures. Let me know if you want them. The squad screen pretty much outlines who were important, and who are likely to be our future stars. I'll upload them, so you'll find them in the "Players" subfolder if the interest peeks you.


Other news
As mentioned above Arsenal reduced their Mafia-like demand for Pepper a fair bit. Although 12.5 million is still an awful lot for a 17-year old, I bit and bought. Time will tell whether it was a smart or dumb move.

In other news, Nigeria and Tottenham offered me jobs. The budgets were tempting, but I want to stay here and see what this wee club can turn into.


Next Season
We got back into Europe, which was the main goal. Next season I want to repeat that, and see if we can do ourselves proud in the Champions League.


Career Summary


Season Division Pos FA Cup Ch. Cup Other happenings
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2009/10 Northern 1 North 9th - - Out of all cups early
2010/11 Northern 1 North 1st P - - Out of all cups early
2011/12 Northern Premier 11th 4th Q Rnd - QF of Northern League Cup. Consortium take-over
2012/13 Northern Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - Out of the cups early
2013/14 Blue Square North 2nd P 4th Q Rnd - FA Trophy 3rd Round. Promotion through Play-Off
2014/15 Blue Square Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - FA Trophy winners
2015/16 League Two 1st P 3rd Rnd - New stadium planned for June 2018
2016/17 League One 1st P 3rd Rnd -
2017/18 Championship 11th 3rd Rnd - Facilities upgraded
2018/19 Championship 1st P 6th Rnd - Moved into 9,186 cap stadium
2019/20 Premier League 4th 5th Rnd - Stadium expanded (12,686). League Cup winner
2020/21 Premier League 10th 4th Rnd Groups Stadium expanded (16,112)
2021/22 Premier League 7th 3rd Rnd - Stadium expanded (18,372). League Cup Semi-Final
2022/23 Premier League 2nd 5th Rnd - Facilities upgraded

P = Promotion, R = Relegation

Pangaea
31-05-2010, 22:19
Roll of Honour 2022/23

Argentina - River & River
Brazil - Fluminense
England - Man Utd
France - Lyon
Germany - Dortmund
Ireland - St. Pat's Athletic
Italy - Palermo
N. Ireland - Dundela
Norway - Notodden
Scotland - Celtic
Spain - Barcelona
Wales - Cefn Druids


Champions Cup
AC Milan - Arsenal 0-2

EURO Cup
Zaragoza - West Ham 4-2

European Super Cup
Fiorentina - FC Bayern 1-5

FA Cup
West Ham - Man Utd p1-1 (West Ham from the Championship)

League Cup
Derby - Tottenham 0-1

Nobby_McDonald
01-06-2010, 00:57
That too I guess, though Marocco has been there IRL of course. And Uzbekistan did rather well again.

Morocco are historically one of the better teams in Africa.

Pangaea
01-06-2010, 18:24
2023/24
Premier League

Board expectation: Qualify for EURO Cup
Media expectation: 6th
Odds: 25-1
Season tickets: 5,518 (up 1,102)

Transfers (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2023-24/2024-Transfers.png)
We didn't spend much, but some of the buys turned out to be fantastic investments. Michael Smith (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2023-24/2024-WONDERKID-MichaelSmith.png) got the "Wonderkid" label before the end of the year, and it proved more and more difficult to keep him out of the team. Over the coming years goalkeeper Almeida and striker Rafael also got the smile-promoting "Wonderkid" label.

The very promising right-back Vereb was sold, as both Pepper and Yunus Sari kept him out of the team. Several years down the line he turns up in Manchester City and winds up in the Premier League Dream Team.

League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2023-24/2024-League.png) (Progress (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2023-24/2024-Progress.png))
This time it was finally our turn. For most of the season we kept a little bit ahead of the chasing pack, and we ended up as Champions by a margin of 5 points.

FA Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2023-24/2024-FACup.png)
Again a terrible run for us. We have had much luck in the cups so far. West Ham (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2023-24/2024-FAC-WestHamvTrafford.png) sent us packing in a crushing 0-3 defeat in the 4th Round. We played well enough to draw them, but their star striker Borrouhou ran amok in our defence and scored all three goals.

League Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2023-24/2024-LeagueCup.png)
No glory in the League Cup either. Man Utd (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2023-24/2024-LC-ManUtdvTrafford-2.png) sent us home with the tail between our legs with in a 0-1 defeat in the 4th Round.

Champions League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2023-24/2024-ChampionsCup.png)
This went a lot better. We got in a tough group with Juventus, Real Madrid and Anderlecht. After beating Real Madrid twice we got through with a 5-0-1 record, setting us up for a knockout double-meet with Madridians Atletico. We beat them and Hertha Berlin, but once again Man Utd proved too strong. They beat us (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2023-24/2024-CL1-TraffordvManUtd.png) in the Semi Final - twice (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2023-24/2024-CL2-ManUtdvTrafford.png). Still, a great run for our first trip to Europe.

Squad (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2023-24/2024-Squad.png)
Brazilian frontman Cleber (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2023-24/Players/19Clber.png) really started to show what he is made of this season. He scored 22 goals and was our most important player.

Cummins (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2023-24/Players/6RichardCummins.png)keeps banging them in for Ireland, but isn't all that for us.

Hans de Jong (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2023-24/Players/7HansdeJong.png) has turned into a marvel of a player, and is the heart in our creative midfield.

Goalkeeper wonderkid Michael Smith (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2023-24/Players/13MichaelSmith.png) has just turned 19, but already he looks like a wall.

Finances (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2023-24/2024-Finances.png)
Not much to report really. Our finances were slowly improving, growing to 130 million before the shareholder payout at the end of the season. Wages grew by 25%. It is probably good to have something to fall back on as players demand more money and we are already maxing out our stadium, which cannot be expanded beyond the 18,372 capacity.

Team of the Season (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2023-24/2024-SeasonEleven.png)
Historic Best Eleven (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2023-24/2024-BestEleven.png)


Other news
In February our Chairman status changed to "Will listen to offers". By the end of the season nothing concrete had still not happened, but I expect him to step aside early next season. Hopefully it won't have drastic consequences.

After Man Utd stopped us several times this season, it was very nice to humiliate them 5-0 (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2023-24/2024-TraffordvManUtdHumiliation.png) on our own turf on the final day of the league campaign.


Next Season
We finally won the league, and did very well in Europe. It would be nice to repeat that feat, and add on better performance in the national cups.


Career Summary


Season Division Pos FA Cup Ch. Cup Other happenings
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2009/10 Northern 1 North 9th - - Out of all cups early
2010/11 Northern 1 North 1st P - - Out of all cups early
2011/12 Northern Premier 11th 4th Q Rnd - QF of Northern League Cup. Consortium take-over
2012/13 Northern Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - Out of the cups early
2013/14 Blue Square North 2nd P 4th Q Rnd - FA Trophy 3rd Round. Promotion through Play-Off
2014/15 Blue Square Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - FA Trophy winners
2015/16 League Two 1st P 3rd Rnd - New stadium planned for June 2018
2016/17 League One 1st P 3rd Rnd -
2017/18 Championship 11th 3rd Rnd - Facilities upgraded
2018/19 Championship 1st P 6th Rnd - Moved into 9,186 cap stadium
2019/20 Premier League 4th 5th Rnd - Stadium expanded (12,686). League Cup winner
2020/21 Premier League 10th 4th Rnd Groups Stadium expanded (16,112)
2021/22 Premier League 7th 3rd Rnd - Stadium expanded (18,372). League Cup Semi-Final
2022/23 Premier League 2nd 5th Rnd - Facilities upgraded
2023/24 Premier League 1st 4th Rnd Semi-Final

P = Promotion, R = Relegation

Pangaea
01-06-2010, 18:37
European Championship 2024
Hosts: England

Group Stage (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2023-24/Euro2024Groups.png)[/URL]

Knocked out from Groups
A: Holland, Austria
B: Czech Republic, Serbia
C: Germany, Turkey
D: Sweden, Poland


[URL="http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2023-24/Euro2024Knockout.png"]Knockout Stage (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2022-23/WorldCup2022GroupE-H.png)

Quarter Final
Scotland - Spain 1-0
Belgium - France 0-1
Croatia - Romania 4-0
England - Bulgaria 1-0

Semi Final
Scotland - France 0-0p
Croatia - England 1-2e

Final
France - England 1-2

England wins Euro 2024 - at home!

Pangaea
01-06-2010, 19:19
2024/25
Premier League

Board expectation: Qualify for EURO Cup
Media expectation: N/A (Forgot to take screenshot)
Odds: 14-1
Season tickets: 7,110 (up 1,592)

Transfers (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2024-25/2025-Transfers.png)
This was a big buying season. We bought for 49.5 million and raked in 54 million (a hefty portion over 4 years though). I invested in lots of youths my scouts were happy about, the prime one being the Brazilian left fullback Dhiego, who my scouts found when he was 15. By the end of the season he was a Wonderkid (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2024-25/2025-WONDERKID-Dhiego.png).

Alvarez and Jankovic went straight in the first team in midfield. Most of the kids bought didn't really turn into anything, but Jamie Thomas is now, 3 years down the line, breaking into the first team. Long-serving players Ryan Higgins (legend), Ken Green and Clement Fortune were sold as others knocked on the door and they didn't really perform well enough.

League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2024-25/2025-League.png) (Progress (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2024-25/2025-Progress.png))
It was a tough follow-up season on our title last year. We started horribly, and in October the board were getting uneasy as our season looked to end in tatters. Things finally improved, may be as the new players settled in, and we gained ground. There was no way to catch Arsenal, however, and we finished 2nd 6 points behind.

FA Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2024-25/2025-FACup.png)
We finally had a good FA Cup run. But, amazingly, Man Utd once again stood in our way. This time in the final (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2024-25/2025-FAC-TraffordvManUtd.png)as they beat us 1-0. Terribly undeserved I may add!

League Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2024-25/2025-LeagueCup.png)
We continued our bad performance in the League Cup, and Man City beat us 3-0 in the Quarter Final (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2024-25/2025-LC-ManCityvTrafford.png).

Champions League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2024-25/2025-ChampionsCup.png)
Once again our performance in Europe was much better. We walked the group 6-0-0, beating Juventus twice, before knocking out HSV, Juventus and Arsenal on our way to the final. AC Milan greeted us there. In a very close affair we beat them 1-0 (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2024-25/2025-CL-TraffordvACMilan.png). The board went nuts. As did I to be honest :D

Squad (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2024-25/2025-Squad.png)
Unfortunately I forgot to take screenshots of the players after this season.

Despite scoring the winner in the Champions League Final, Roel Fortes continued his demise as he scored only 13 goals. Cleber made it up by banging in 33. de Jong had a fine season with 4 goals and 15 assists. We relied way too much on Cleber, so I hope others step it up next season.

Dhiego had a smashing first season with 24 starts, 7 assists and a 7.14 average.

Rafael played a lot, but only scored his few goals in the last matches of the season. If that hadn't happened I may well have sold him. He is a technical masterpiece, but slow as a donkey.

Finances (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2024-25/2025-Finances.png)
As you can see we are losing money, and only the prize money made broke us even (after the annual handouts).

Team of the Season (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2024-25/2025-SeasonEleven.png)
Historic Best Eleven (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2024-25/2025-BestEleven.png)


Other news
It took until November, but the Chairman finally stepped down (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2024-25/2025-TakeoverComplete.png). A buy from the board changed his seat at the table.

In other news it was shock in Scotland as Rangers got relegated (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2024-25/2025-RangersRelegated.png) from the top division.


Next Season
Surprisingly we won the Champions League this season, but failed to retain the Premier League. The goal is to get back on top in England, and get into the final stages of the CL again. Would be nice with a Cup win too, but that doesn't seem to be our domain.


Career Summary


Season Division Pos FA Cup Ch. Cup Other happenings
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2009/10 Northern 1 North 9th - - Out of all cups early
2010/11 Northern 1 North 1st P - - Out of all cups early
2011/12 Northern Premier 11th 4th Q Rnd - QF of Northern League Cup. Consortium take-over
2012/13 Northern Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - Out of the cups early
2013/14 Blue Square North 2nd P 4th Q Rnd - FA Trophy 3rd Round. Promotion through Play-Off
2014/15 Blue Square Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - FA Trophy winners
2015/16 League Two 1st P 3rd Rnd - New stadium planned for June 2018
2016/17 League One 1st P 3rd Rnd -
2017/18 Championship 11th 3rd Rnd - Facilities upgraded
2018/19 Championship 1st P 6th Rnd - Moved into 9,186 cap stadium
2019/20 Premier League 4th 5th Rnd - Stadium expanded (12,686). League Cup winner
2020/21 Premier League 10th 4th Rnd Groups Stadium expanded (16,112)
2021/22 Premier League 7th 3rd Rnd - Stadium expanded (18,372). League Cup Semi-Final
2022/23 Premier League 2nd 5th Rnd - Facilities upgraded
2023/24 Premier League 1st 4th Rnd Semi-Final
2024/25 Premier League 2nd Final Winners New Chairman (From within)

P = Promotion, R = Relegation

uncle ron
01-06-2010, 19:53
Wow fantastic progress. Premier Legaue winners in 5 season and Champions League Winners :cool:

KUTGW!!:D

Seems strange your season ticket salkes is well below capacity??

Pangaea
01-06-2010, 20:35
2025/26
Premier League

Board expectation: Qualify for EURO Cup
Media expectation: 3rd
Odds: 10-1
Season tickets: 8,102 (up 992)

Transfers (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-Transfers.png)
Not much activity, despite the crowded out screen. Despite having two great young keepers in Smith and Almeida, when my scouts said Thomas Browne could be a leading star in the future, I just had to buy him.

Sebastian Sanchez, another great keeper that had been on loan last season, was sold to Portugal for 10 million. I put in a percentage on next sale as I'm sure he'll be a star player. Shame his value dropped when he went to Portugal, but oh well.

League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-League.png) (Progress (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-Progress.png))
There was never much doubt about this one. We were sturdy at the back and scored more up front. We were crowned Champions with some matches to go, and won the league by 15 points.

Super Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-SC-OMvTrafford.png) - Marseille were beaten 2-0

FA Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-FACup.png)
This is starting to get seriously annoying. We get to the Semi Final, and once again Man Utd (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-FAC-ManUtdvTrafford.png) stop us in our tracks. You can only imagine how I felt after losing this match 2-3...

League Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-LeagueCup.png)
Not exactly more success here. Tottenham beat us 2-0 (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-LC-TottenhamvTrafford.png) in the 4th Round - with 2 shots.

Champions League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-ChampionsCup.png)
After these unfortunate events Karma kicked in. We went through the group (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-CLGroup.png)fine enough, then lost 0-1 at home to Werder Bremen in the first leg of the knockouts. We get a man sent off after 3 minutes in Germany, and I'm waving my chances good-bye. Lacy Luck smiles our way, however, and we beat them 2-0.

Bordeaux then beat us for the 3rd time this season in the Quarter Final. After being 0-2 down in the 2nd leg we come back kicking and screaming. We beat them 4-2 and are through on aggregate.

More French opposition as a fireworks of a match ends 3-3 against Lyon in France. Anti-climax in the return leg as we beat them 1-0.

And what team awaits us in the Final? Our nemesis Man Utd... They took us into extra-time, where they got a man sent off. Cleber took advantage of the situation and pinged home the winner. We finally beat them (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-CL-ManUtdvTrafford.png) and retain the Champions League trophy.

Club World Championship (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-CWC.png)
We smack Cruz Azul around, but only beat them 3-2 (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-CWC-CruzAzulvTrafford.png) - in extra-time.

Squad (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-Squad.png)
Cleber (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/Players/10Clber.png)was our main man again, netting 25.

Rafael (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/Players/20Rafael-2.png)started scoring, while Fortes (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/Players/9RoelFortes.png)did okay. Got the Wonderkid (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-WONDERKID-Rafael.png)label at the start of the season.

Michael Smith (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/Players/1MichaelSmith-2.png) was now first choice between the sticks.

Dhiego (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/Players/14Dhiego.png)is looking like an absolute star. Probably best left-back I've ever had. He's even starting to push Bratja (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/Players/3LuanBratja-2.png)out of the team.

Rudd (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/Players/15SteveRudd-2.png)is now a serious challenger for first spot in central defence. Turned into Wonderkid (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-WONDERKID-SteveRudd.png) before the turn of the year.

Ward (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/Players/16BarryWard-2.png)in midfield looks obscenely good too. A magnificent player.

At one point the team had 4 Wonderkids: Smith, Dhiego, Rudd and Rafael.

Finances (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-Finances.png)
With an increased wage bill we are losing money unless we sell players.

Team of the Season (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-SeasonEleven.png)
Historic Best Eleven (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-BestEleven.png)


Other news
I turned down Ivory Coast during the season, but then Brazil (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-BrazilOffer.png)came a-knocking, during the World Cup. It was impossible to turn down as I was getting a little bored with almost automatic success.

We beat France (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-WC-BrazilvFrance.png)1-0 in the last group stage match, but needed to win by four to go through from the group stage (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/WorldCup2026BrazilGroup.png). Brazil were ranked 12th (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-Brazil12th.png) when I took over.

It will be interesting to manage internationally again. I haven't done that for many a year now, always staying well clear since it ruined a great save back in the early FM days. I hope I can survive to the next World Cup, but it will be tough since Brazil goes through a manager a year on average.


Next Season
Would be great to take a third consecutive Champions League title, but the main aim is to retain the league title, as we failed to do that last time around.


Career Summary


Season Division Pos FA Cup Ch. Cup Other happenings
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2009/10 Northern 1 North 9th - - Out of all cups early
2010/11 Northern 1 North 1st P - - Out of all cups early
2011/12 Northern Premier 11th 4th Q Rnd - QF of Northern League Cup. Consortium take-over
2012/13 Northern Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - Out of the cups early
2013/14 Blue Square North 2nd P 4th Q Rnd - FA Trophy 3rd Round. Promotion through Play-Off
2014/15 Blue Square Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - FA Trophy winners
2015/16 League Two 1st P 3rd Rnd - New stadium planned for June 2018
2016/17 League One 1st P 3rd Rnd -
2017/18 Championship 11th 3rd Rnd - Facilities upgraded
2018/19 Championship 1st P 6th Rnd - Moved into 9,186 cap stadium
2019/20 Premier League 4th 5th Rnd - Stadium expanded (12,686). League Cup winner
2020/21 Premier League 10th 4th Rnd Groups Stadium expanded (16,112)
2021/22 Premier League 7th 3rd Rnd - Stadium expanded (18,372). League Cup Semi-Final
2022/23 Premier League 2nd 5th Rnd - Facilities upgraded
2023/24 Premier League 1st 4th Rnd Semi-Final
2024/25 Premier League 2nd Final Winners New Chairman (From within)
2025/26 Premier League 1st Semi-Final Winners CWC winner

P = Promotion, R = Relegation

Pangaea
01-06-2010, 20:43
Wow fantastic progress. Premier Legaue winners in 5 season and Champions League Winners :cool:

KUTGW!!:D

Seems strange your season ticket salkes is well below capacity??

Yeah, it's a bit strange tbh. With only 18k capacity you'd think it would be much higher. Prices are pretty wild though. Right now it costs £49 a seat and £852 for a season ticket. Only Arsenal and Tottenham are more expensive :D

If dafuge's game is anything to go on, I won't be able to build a stadium until 2038, as my current one is built in 2018. If I ever get that far I'm worried it will be relatively small as we only have 18k capacity now. They should be building 40k+, but I won't be surprised if they do 22k or something like that. Boards are inherently stupid :( We still only get roughly 2 million in sponsorship a year, despite being a top-2 side in England the last 4 seasons and winning the Champions League twice.

Edit: Price-info (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-Info.png)

Pangaea
01-06-2010, 21:07
World Cup 2026
Hosts: Spain


Group A-D (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/WorldCup2026GroupA-D.png)
Group E-H (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/WorldCup2026GroupE-H.png)

Knocked out from Groups
A: Hungary, Japan
B: Chile, USA
C: Ivory Coast, Mexico
D: Brazil, Iran
E: Honduras, Cameroon
F: Saudi Arabia, Peru
G: Australia, Senegal
H: Bolivia, Russia


Knockout Stage (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/WorldCup2026Knockout.png)

Second Round
Greece - Italy 0-0p
Portugal - Czech Republic 1-0
Ireland - Croatia 1-2
Uzbekistan - Germany p3-3 (!)
Morocco - Nigeria 3-1
France - Argentina 2-1
England - Holland 5-0
Israel - Spain 0-4

Quarter Final
Italy - Portugal 1-2
Croatia - Uzbekistan 2-0
Morocco - France e2-1
England - Spain 0-2

Semi Final
Portugal - Croatia e2-1
Morocco - Spain 0-3

Third Place Playoff
Morocco - Croatia 0-1

Final
Portugal - Spain 1-2

Spain wins World Cup 2026 - also at home!

Great to see Uzbekistan do so well. I bet the Germans were a bit miffed! :D

Pangaea
01-06-2010, 21:30
Brazil 2026
Friendlies

After the exit from the 2026 World Cup we had only friendlies to play this year, so not much to report. We won all, however. I hope this lends me some goodwill with the Brazilian FA in case we should draw a match at some point... They tend to be rather draconian, and have fired a manager a year on average - even after drawn friendlies!

Brazil - France 1-0 (World Cup)
Brazil - Finland 4-1
Slovakia - Brazil 0-3
Australia - Brazil 0-2
Brazil - South Korea 2-0
Brazil - Nigeria 1-0


Next Season
The FA want us to win Copa America 2027. Since I want to take Brazil to the 2030 World Cup I guess I have to win that thing to have a chance.


International Career Summary

Year Country Competition Achievements
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2026 Brazil - Hired as Brazil manager.
(Thanks to dafuge for the format of the above table)

dafuge
01-06-2010, 22:05
The FA want us to win Copa America 2027. Since I want to take Brazil to the 2030 World Cup I guess I have to win that thing to have a chance.

Best of luck if you don't win it, you may need it ;)

Nobby_McDonald
01-06-2010, 23:32
Uzbekistan beat Germany. Awesome. :D

Pangaea
08-06-2010, 07:48
2026/27
Premier League

Board expectation: Title challenge
Media expectation: 2nd
Odds: 6-1
Season tickets: 9,827 (up 1,725)

League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/2027-League.png) (Progress (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/2027-Progress.png))
We got off to a rough start, but from about X-mas and in we controlled matters. We lost two of the first 3 matches, then didn't lose the rest of the year. In the end we almost beat Arsenal's legendary 49-match unbeaten record, but ended our run on 46. Set a new points record. Champions.

Community Shield (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/2027-CS-ManUtdvTrafford.png) - Man Utd beat us 1-0 in an even affair.

Super Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/2027-SC-StuttgartvTrafford.png) - An even match, but de Jong scored the 2-1 winner against Stuttgart with only minutes left on the clock.

Club World Championship (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/2027-CWC.png) - Quite a few youngsters beat Indian team Mohun Bagan 3-0, while the seniors took care of Cruz Azul (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/2027-CWC-TraffordvCruzAzul.png) 4-0 in the final.

League Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/2027-LeagueCup.png) - We got to the final for the first time since winning it back in 2019/20. Unfortunately Man City (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/2027-LC-TraffordvManCity.png) were too strong for us. They beat us on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

FA Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/2027-FACup.png) - We have never won this tournament, and this year was no different. Again we fly out on penalties, this time in the 5th Round against Blackburn (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/2027-FAC-BlackburnvTrafford.png).

Champions League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2025-26/2026-ChampionsCup.png)
Despite failure in the domestic cups, we have usually done well in the CL, winning it the last two seasons. We started off by winning the group (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/2027-CLGroup.png)and narrowly beating Bayern on away goals after two draws. Barcelona was up in the Quarter final, and we beat them 1-0 at home (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/2027-CL1-TraffordvBarcelona.png). We took them to extratime at Camp Nou, but they were too strong and beat us 2-0 (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/2027-CL2-BarcelonavTrafford.png).


Transfers (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/2027-Transfers.png)
Only bought a 15 year old fullback that looks nice. But sold a whole heap again. Most notable is Cummins who left for 15 million. I'm never sure how to use these versatile MC+ST players. Good allrounders, but not really good enough for either role.


Squad (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/2027-Squad.png)
The team is strong now, and all three strikers scored 20 or more. I am trying to domesticate the team, which looks to be going well so far.

Michael Smith (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/Players/1MichaelSmith-3.png) - Great goalie

Dhiego (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/Players/14Dhiego-2.png) - Great season from the Brazilian fullback. 13 assists.

Steve Rudd (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/Players/5SteveRudd.png) - Best DC now, and has left Swiss captain Brunner as backup

Barry Ward (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/Players/16BarryWard-3.png) - Just can't get over how great this guy looks, even if he doesn't contribute all that much in terms of assists, goals or average rating.

Cleber (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/Players/10Clber-2.png) - Without doubt our best striker. We're not the same without him. 31 goals, 14 assists and 16 MoM and 7.3 AvR says it all.


Finances (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/2027-Finances.png)
Not much to say. We have plenty in the bank, are slowly losing money throughout the season, and get bumped up from end of season prize money, before the board take out 15-20 million to throw a kick-arse party.

Team of the Season (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/2027-SeasonEleven.png)
Historic Best Eleven (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/2027-BestEleven.png)


Other news
I am in a massive luxury problem with goalies now. Michael Smith (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/Players/1MichaelSmith-3.png) is between the sticks for England. Flavio Almeida (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/Players/25FlvioAlmeida-2.png) is a wonderkid between the posts for Portugal, and Thomas Browne (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2026-27/Players/ThomasBrowne-2.png) looks stunning as backup for us. Will surely turn into a wonderkid soon. He looks amazing.

I often get in this position with young players, buying too many than fits the team. Just too hard to not fork out for what looks like a great player, even though I deep down know I probably can't give him enough matches.


Next Season
A clean sweep would be nice, but the main aim is to retain the Premier League and do better in the Champions League. Would be great with domestic Cup glory too. I'd like to get my hands on the FA Cup soon.


Career Summary


Season Division Pos FA Cup Ch. Cup Other happenings
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2009/10 Northern 1 North 9th - - Out of all cups early
2010/11 Northern 1 North 1st P - - Out of all cups early
2011/12 Northern Premier 11th 4th Q Rnd - QF of Northern League Cup. Consortium take-over
2012/13 Northern Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - Out of the cups early
2013/14 Blue Square North 2nd P 4th Q Rnd - FA Trophy 3rd Round. Promotion through Play-Off
2014/15 Blue Square Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - FA Trophy winners
2015/16 League Two 1st P 3rd Rnd - New stadium planned for June 2018
2016/17 League One 1st P 3rd Rnd -
2017/18 Championship 11th 3rd Rnd - Facilities upgraded
2018/19 Championship 1st P 6th Rnd - Moved into 9,186 capacity stadium
2019/20 Premier League 4th 5th Rnd - Stadium expanded (12,686). League Cup winner
2020/21 Premier League 10th 4th Rnd Groups Stadium expanded (16,112)
2021/22 Premier League 7th 3rd Rnd - Stadium expanded (18,372). League Cup Semi-Final
2022/23 Premier League 2nd 5th Rnd - Facilities upgraded
2023/24 Premier League 1st 4th Rnd S-Final
2024/25 Premier League 2nd Final Winners New Chairman (From within)
2025/26 Premier League 1st S-Final Winners CWC winner
2026/27 Premier League 1st 5th Rnd Q-Final CWC, SC winner, LC finalist

P = Promotion, R = Relegation

Pangaea
08-06-2010, 08:09
Brazil 2027
Copa América

The Brazilian FA want us to win this. Given their sacking history I think I need to win to have a chance to guide Brazil to World Cup glory in 2030.

Brazil - Venezuela 1-0 (Group) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027%20Brazil/2027-G1-VenezuelavBrazil.png) - Not a great result, but we won and that's the main thing. They sat back for 90 minutes.

Brazil - Mexico 4-1 (Group) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027%20Brazil/2027-G2-MexicovBrazil.png) - Thought this would be close, but we were super-efficient and killed them 3-0 in the first half. Then a 4th just after half-time. Everybody who have played football knows what that does to team spirit...

Brazil - Peru 3-0 (Group) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027%20Brazil/2027-G3-BrazilvPeru.png) - An easy win, and we were through.

The Group Table (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027%20Brazil/2027-CopaAmricaGroup.png).

Brazil - Uruguay 3-0 (Quarter Final) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027%20Brazil/2027-QF-BrazilvUruguay.png) - Another team who sat back. We got an early goal, which always helps.

Brazil - Peru 2-1e (Semi Final) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027%20Brazil/2027-SF-BrazilvPeru.png) - I rested some tired stars here, like my own fullback wonderboy Dhiego who would have missed the final with another yellow. Didn't want to risk that. Match was closer than I appreciated, but we got them in extra time.

Brazil - Argentina 2-0 (Final) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027%20Brazil/2027-F-BrazilvArgentina.png) - Argentina were missing some key strikers, which made the match much more one-sided than usual. Striker Cleber made it 1-0 early, while AMC star Magno made it 2-0 and killed the tie just before time. Dhiego wrecked havoc up the left wing, as per usual.


Next Season
By taking home the Copa América my future was sealed, at least for a while. We won the first five qualifying matches, including 2-1 at home to Argentina, so it should all go well. The FA want us to "easily qualify", which I think we will do.


International Career Summary

Year Country Competition Achievements
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2026 Brazil - Hired as Brazil manager
2027 Brazil Copa América 2027 Winner

uncle ron
09-06-2010, 09:19
Well done winning the Cope America!

Do you think Argentina would have given you more of a game in the final, if they'd had their key strikers?

Pangaea
09-06-2010, 11:14
Yeah I'm sure of it. IIRC their main striker was injured and the other guy was suspended, so they didn't have good firepower up front. Even so though, I was surprised at how one-sided it was.

Since then we have played them at home in the qualifiers. We did win 2-1 but it was very tight and could have gone both ways. We did get a guy sent off in the 35th minute when 1-0 up (one of those "professional fouls" that are very dodgy to say the least), but even before that it was even. So if they had a full team in that final I expect it would have been more of a fight.

Lucky for me though. I wouldn't have been surprised if I had been sacked with 2nd place. I've actually seen manager fired over friendly losses and draws :o

For some reason this thread doesn't seem to attract much attention :(

midlothian
09-06-2010, 23:09
For some reason this thread doesn't seem to attract much attention :(

Probably not much of a consolation but I'm a committed follower of your progress, just too lazy to post comments. Great read though, had to say it now.

Pangaea
10-06-2010, 00:02
Thanks for the comment. It's nice to know others read it :)

It'll be nice to read for myself down the line, but it feels a bit pointless to keep writing a monologue. But guess it's like this with many updates. People read or skim through them, but without posting much.

salkster2102
10-06-2010, 00:06
Great career you've had here!! Any chance on an update on how Stocksbridge Park Steels have done?

Pangaea
10-06-2010, 00:13
Great career you've had here!! Any chance on an update on how Stocksbridge Park Steels have done?

Sure thing.

Stocksbridge league history (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/StocksbridgeParkSteels.png). They've been floating between Northern Premier and Northern D1S, but never getting relegated.

They also won the Northern League Chairman's Cup in 2020.

:)

Pangaea
10-06-2010, 00:41
Holy crap! I just noticed that the Brazilian FA are worse than Stalin himself. I won 23 matches in a row for Brazil, including the Copa America, with a goal difference of 58-7. Then we drew two qualifying matches in a row 0-0 after Bolivia and Peru parked the bus. My status is now "Insecure" with 44% approval rating, after a 3-1 away friendly win to Romania.

I don't think the rating went above 50%, even after the Copa America victory. This is just absurd. No wonder they fire a manager a year if they get ****ed off for not winning every game ever played.

Hope they don't fire me :(

psychonaut
10-06-2010, 01:20
Maybe you should resign first :)

Pangaea
10-06-2010, 03:05
Neh. I'm hoping to take them to the World Cup. Hopefully they won't fire me as long as we don't lose any matches. But I have to say it's pretty surreal to be under threat with a 24-2-0 record. Maybe this is how Pellegrini feels...

midlothian
10-06-2010, 11:19
I think it's slightly overdone in the game, it's not like Dunga won every single game in the last few years yet I daresay his job is safe. What happens if they flop at the World Cup is a different matter of course.

Pangaea
10-06-2010, 11:23
Yeah, I can actually understand getting fired from a 'poor' WC performance, but to fire a manager a year is over the top.

Thankfully the draws have now exited the Matches screen, so confidence is back up to 50%. That is probably as high as it can go with Brazil.

dafuge
10-06-2010, 19:51
Brazil are a bit nuts on my game as well:

Brazil Landmarks (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y134/dafuge/Brazil.png)
Brazil Results (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y134/dafuge/Brazil-2-1.png)

Ricardo Fontes Paiva lost his job for losing one Confederations Cup group game, then despite picking things up and winning the Confederations Cup, new manager Ronaldo de Oliviera got sacked after just two months for losing a friendly!

jackripper
10-06-2010, 21:03
im a victim of the brazil FA

Pangaea
11-06-2010, 05:40
Brazil are a bit nuts on my game as well:

Brazil Landmarks (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y134/dafuge/Brazil.png)
Brazil Results (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y134/dafuge/Brazil-2-1.png)

Ricardo Fontes Paiva lost his job for losing one Confederations Cup group game, then despite picking things up and winning the Confederations Cup, new manager Ronaldo de Oliviera got sacked after just two months for losing a friendly!

That's a good example. They win the tournament the FA surely expect them to win, then lose a worthless friendly and sack the manager who won them the tournament. Utterly ridiculous.

It's one thing if the manager did poorly in the tournament and was given the opportunity to improve matters in the friendlies. Then it could make sense to fire him after friendly losses. But this doesn't make an inch of sense.

So I guess I have to win the Confederation Cup too, to stand a chance at taking them to the World Cup, even if we are top of the qualification table by 7 points after 11 matches :(

dafuge
11-06-2010, 17:10
I think you'll need to do a bit more than just winning the tournament, you need to make sure you never lose a match again.

Pangaea
12-06-2010, 17:37
That won't be an easy task. I've had a look at the groups. England face Tahiti, Honduras and Ghana. Needless to say, that is two walkovers and one "should-win". We, however, are faced with Mexico, Spain and South Korea. Just getting through the group stage will be a tough nut.

Here we go....


(Hopefully I'll be able to update a couple of Trafford seasons and the Confederations Cup later today, unless the World Cup gets in the way again).

Pangaea
12-06-2010, 22:40
2027/28
Premier League

Board expectation: Continental qualification
Media expectation: 3rd
Odds: 5-1
Season tickets: 10,837 (up 1,010)

League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/2028-League.png) (Progress (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/2028-Progress.png))
We controlled matters more or less from the start and were crowned Champions in the middle of April. I thought it was great to see Shrewsbury in the top league, having come from League 2. There have been some nice shifts now, with Wigan finishing 22nd in League 2 (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/2028-Coca-ColaLeague2.png) and thus barely surviving.

Community Shield (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/2028-CS-BlackburnvTrafford.png) - We beat Blackburn 2-0 in a one-sided contest.

League Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/2028-LeagueCup.png) - We got to the final again - and lost again. This time Man Utd (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/2028-LC-ManUtdvTrafford.png), once again, beat us in a crucial match.

FA Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/2028-FACup.png) - We started really well, with 3 impressive victories, including a 9-1 humiliation (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/2028-TraffordvLincoln9-1.png) of Lincoln. But then Arsenal (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/2028-FAC-ArsenalvTrafford.png)stopped us with a 3-0 bashing in the 6th Round. We went down 0-2 quickly, I went super-offensive and left the room. Apparently they scored again just after, probably before the tactics had changed. This simply isn't our tournament.

Champions League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/2028-ChampionsCup.png)
We were in a tough group (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/2028-CLGroup.png), but finished a point behind Barcelona. We battled ourself to the final, knocking out Inter, Celtic and Man City on the way. Bayern waited us in the final (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/2028-CL-TraffordvFCBayern.png). We won 2-0 to claim our 3rd Champions Cup trophy.


Transfers (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/2028-Transfers.png)
Wonderkid MC Elcock (El Who?) was brought in for 17 million and a promising player their way. I also bought some promising youngsters, and sent a bunch of others out on loan. Some of them left after their clubs opted to use the loan transfer clause.

Squad (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/2028-Squad.png)

Dhiego (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/Players/14Dhiego.png) - Had another fantastic season. When you find players like this you just want to do unholy things for and to your scout :D

Dwane Elcock (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/Players/18DwaneElcock-2.png) - A fine first season. Think this lad will be very good. Already gotten capped a few times too.

Barry Ward (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/Players/16BarryWard.png) - Our best player attribute-wise. I'm worried about his reluctance to sign a new contract though...

Hans de Jong (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/Players/7HansdeJong.png) - Not been so hot lately, but this season he was lethal. 26 goals and 12 assists from 56 matches as AMC. Stunning.

Cleber (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/Players/10Clber.png) - Talking about stunning players, Cleber was just unreal. 44 goals from 55 matches. Broke a bucketload of records and filled a couple of walls with awards.


Finances (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/2028-Finances.png)
Spent 15 million on signing on fees for new contracts (unless it was last season). Ended with about 10 million profit after the board took their usual hefty cut. So we rely heavily on player sales and prize money. But with that balance it's not exactly an issue.

Team of the Season (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/2028-SeasonEleven.png)
Historic Best Eleven (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/2028-HistoryEleven.png)


Other news
As prophecized last season, Thomas Browne (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/2028-WONDERKID-ThomasBrowne.png) turned into a Wonderkid. I think Smith is a touch better, but it's so even I have no idea what to do with them. Difficult to keep both happy, and not too keen on selling Browne as his value is very low compared to his skill. Nobody are interested either.

Paul Cartwright (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/PaulCartwright.png) of Man Utd had a decent season, scoring 53 goals in 50 starts. I experimented with a 4-2-3-1 formation a season or two ago, but it ended in tears and FM Rage. Cartwright is doing a pretty good job as the spearhead in Man Utd's 4-2-3-1 however... A good reason why I despair when we face Man Utd.

Oh yes, I almost forgot. I managed my 1000th game (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/2028-1000thGame.png) this season :cool: This is the profile (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2027-28/2028-1000thGameProfile.png) after 1001 matches (I forgot to screenshoot after the 1000th match).


Next Season
We've won the league and the Champions League a handful of times now, so I'd really like to win some domestic cups soon, especially the FA Cup. Then of course try to repeat this season's success in the two other main domains: league and Europe.


Career Summary


Season Division Pos FA Cup Ch. Cup Other happenings
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2009/10 Northern 1 North 9th - - Out of all cups early
2010/11 Northern 1 North 1st P - - Out of all cups early
2011/12 Northern Premier 11th 4th Q Rnd - QF of Northern League Cup. Consortium take-over
2012/13 Northern Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - Out of the cups early
2013/14 Blue Square North 2nd P 4th Q Rnd - FA Trophy 3rd Round. Promotion through Play-Off
2014/15 Blue Square Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - FA Trophy winners
2015/16 League Two 1st P 3rd Rnd - New stadium planned for June 2018
2016/17 League One 1st P 3rd Rnd -
2017/18 Championship 11th 3rd Rnd - Facilities upgraded
2018/19 Championship 1st P 6th Rnd - Moved into 9,186 capacity stadium
2019/20 Premier League 4th 5th Rnd - Stadium expanded (12,686). League Cup winner
2020/21 Premier League 10th 4th Rnd Groups Stadium expanded (16,112)
2021/22 Premier League 7th 3rd Rnd - Stadium expanded (18,372). League Cup Semi-Final
2022/23 Premier League 2nd 5th Rnd - Facilities upgraded
2023/24 Premier League 1st 4th Rnd S-Final
2024/25 Premier League 2nd Final Winners New Chairman (From within)
2025/26 Premier League 1st S-Final Winners CWC winner
2026/27 Premier League 1st 5th Rnd Q-Final CWC, SC winner, LC finalist
2027/28 Premier League 1st 6th Rnd Winners CS winner

P = Promotion, R = Relegation
CWC = Club World Championship, SC = Super Cup, CS = Community Shield, LC = League Cup

Pangaea
12-06-2010, 23:41
European Championship 2028
Hosts: Russia


Group Stage (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/International/Euro2028-Groups.png)

Knocked out from Groups
A: Italy, Greece
B: Turkey, Poland
C: Romania, Switzerland
D: Russia, Denmark


Knockout Stage (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/International/Euro2028-Knockout.png)


Quarter Final
Germany - Croatia 1-0
France - Holland 0-1
England - Ukraine 2-1
Spain - Serbia 1-0

Semi Final
Germany - Holland p2-2
England - Spain e3-1

Final
Germany - England 0-2

England win European Championship 2028!


Not a great deal of surprises here, except Italy flying out in the Group stage. Pleeeeeeease let that happen in the real World Cup 2010 :D

As is unfortunately common in FM, England dominates. Rooney is now their manager, and he has done pretty darn well for himself.

WH
12-06-2010, 23:46
You have been pretty much unstoppable from the start. Some great achievements.

Any sign of another expansion of the stadium? But then it's not stopping you from building up your finances so I don't suppose your too concerned about that.

Pangaea
13-06-2010, 01:19
Our wages are starting to get pretty high now, so doubt we can make a profit without raking in a lot in player sales. Almost 40 million in the last season, which was cut to about a 10 million profit after board payouts.

If it is correct that we have to wait at least 20 years between new stadiums, I sadly have a long wait to go yet. The last one was built in 2018 :( I keep asking them, but each time they say the council will never allow it, or something to that effect.

It's easy enough to be successful when you have the funds. What was disappointing was how easy it was to get promoted up the leagues. I really hadn't seen that coming as it hasn't been like this in the past. I was a betatester at that stage, and we discussed quite a bit why this could happen.

I think we pretty much came to the conclusion that the AI underestimated the strength of newly promoted teams, and therefore went too offensive, which made it easier to get results against them. And that there was too little competition for signings from the AI, perhaps especially free signing. Also, the AI released players too easily. Actually, a couple of players I still have were signed on free. Goalie Michael Smith and Cleber. Why they were released I will never know. I'm just thankful my scouts found them and they wanted to join.

dafuge
13-06-2010, 11:59
If it is correct that we have to wait at least 20 years between new stadiums, I sadly have a long wait to go yet. The last one was built in 2018 :( I keep asking them, but each time they say the council will never allow it, or something to that effect.

I'm just coming up to the 20th anniversay of my stadium being built (which couldn't be expanded), so I may be able to confirm the 20 year gap theory if they build a new one soon.

Pangaea
13-06-2010, 21:42
Looks like 20 years is correct then. You've had it twice now, and IIRC I've seen others who have experienced the same. Hopefully I get a new stadium before FM11 comes out. If only I was a quicker player.... 55 days on the clock now :D

Nobby_McDonald
14-06-2010, 00:35
Trafford better than those from Old Trafford.

Pangaea
14-06-2010, 12:38
Ouch. My attempt to develop a new tactic is falling flat on its face :(

Teams are just setting up shop and we can't break them down so I figured I would try more width. Result? 1 win in 7 league games. I truly am **** with tactics. Guess I have to go back to the usual and hope we find form again. Hovering just above the relegation zone now. Early days, but still.

Quite a bit of news, both on club and international level, so I'll get them updates sorted soon. Damn World Cup getting in the way :D

Pangaea
14-06-2010, 21:31
2028/29
Premier League

Board expectation: Challenge for title
Media expectation: 3rd
Odds: 5-1
Season tickets: 11,423 (up 586)

League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-League.png) (Progress (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-Progress.png))
We started well and were 12 points clear by Xmas. Then Man Utd hit surreal form and very almost caught us. We won on the last day to claim another title. Man Utd had 14-2-0 the last 16 matches. You just can't compete with that. Glad we had some headway. Chelsea (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-ChelseaProgress.png) had a poor season.

Community Shield (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-CS-ManUtdvTrafford.png) - If rivalries could be established on this game, Man Utd would surely be our main rival by now. We met them again in an important match. This time we won, but it took penalties.

European Super Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-SC-TraffordvManUtd.png) - Surprise, surprise. Man Utd rear their head again. Now we weren't so lucky. They outplayed us and won 3-2.

League Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-LeagueCup.png) - Good start with two 3-0 wins, but then... yes you got it. Man Utd again. We play them off the park and lose 0-1 in the Quarter Final (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-LC-TraffordvManUtd.png). This is an increasingly recurrent story I'm afraid.

FA Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-FACup.png) - After a lot of "almosts" in the FA Cup, this was finally our year. Liverpool were brushed aside 4-0 in the semi final, and Wolves 2-0 in the final (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-FAC-WolvesvTrafford.png).

Club World Championship (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-CWC.png) - This is usually a formality when we qualify. Gamba from Japan was sent home with 0-4 in the bag in the semi final. Chivas (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-CWC-TraffordvChivas.png) awaited in the final, where we beat them 2-0. We needed extra-time to find a way through, but it was just one team on the pitch.

Champions League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-ChampionsCup.png)
The group (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-CLGroup.png) went fine enough, we got through with Inter. Two French teams and Juventus failed to stop us, and we got ready for another CL final (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-CL-TraffordvBarcelona.png), against Barcelona.
They scored early in each half and I thought it was over. Looking like losers I threw all the toys out with half an hour to go. 0-4 or 0-2 didn't matter. We scored one right away, from a tumble in the box. Glenn Taylor then equalized with a fantastic dribble. Extra-time. We had the upper hand by now, and Cleber nailed the coffin shut with an utter peach of a dribble and shot in top far corner. What a way to win a final!

With this trophy we won the Treble for the first time. The proper Treble; league, main domestic cup, and Champions League.


Transfers (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-Transfers.png)
I forked out a lot of money on promising kids. Robson (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/Players/9Rbson.png) went straight into the team (though he was more injured than fit this season), and Scott Ferguson (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-ScottFerguson-Buy.png) looks like a great midfield prospect. I hope having Him (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-Jess-Buy.png) in our side will help our defence :D So many jokes can be made from real and imagined news messages.. He broke the club record, but he looks so great I just had to activate the minimum release clause.
We raked in a pile of money on transfers out, though most is over 4 years. Some of the kids I bought some seasons ago was pushing older guys, so they were sold. Others didn't make the grade, so they were sold too. Fortes hasn't impressed me lately, so he was shipped off too. Harsh times.


Squad (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-Squad.png) - The first team is very strong, with absurd cover on the goalie position. But behind them I rely on talented youths. I'm pretty sure some of them will make the grade, so I want to play them when I can.

Dhiego (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/Players/3Dhiego.png) - Another strong season from our main threat on the left side. He keeps flying up the wing and whipping in crosses.

Hans de Jong (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/Players/7HansdeJong.png) - New good season from our main creative force.

Cleber (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/Players/10Clber.png) - We struggled a lot more to score this season, surely because Cleber had an off-season. Less than half a goal a game is not like him.


Youths - For the first time we got some youths that I think can make the grade. At least Morris. He looks class already.

Iain Morris (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-IainMorrisYouth.png) - Without doubt the best youth I've gotten. Really hope he can break into the first team within 3-4 years.

Sean Blackwell (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-SeanBlackwellYouth.png) - I'm less sure about this one, and there is very tough competition on fullback positions. But when youths come through with 3 stars, they have very good potential, so I hope he can fight his way into the team.


Finances (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-Finances.png) - Due to the many players leaving we made a 30 million profit after the handout. If only the board would want to build a new stadium. Still about a decade away :( We're filling up every single seat every game now (for many seasons actually), except some CL matches which has little away support.

Team of the Season (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-SeasonEleven.png)
Historic Best Eleven (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-HistoricEleven.png)


Other news
I have tried to extend the contract with Barry Ward for years, but he wouldn't budge. He wanted away, to be transferlisted, and whatnot else "bad" there is. So in early February I took the hard decision and put him on the transfer list. Soon after Arsenal and a host of other teams came in for him. Despite having Arsenal as favourite club, it was Man City that got his signature. He will be sold for a new world record fee of 70 million. 10 up front, 40 over 4 years, and 20 after 50 matches (hopefully).

He is the 2nd best player in the world (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-WardSaleStatus.png). This is his history (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-BarryWardHistory.png). He played almost 250 league matches the 9 seasons he was here. It's a big loss for us, but I hope the young players will step up.

Despite having a poor season, Cleber became the club's record holder for most league goals (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/2029-Cleberrecordgoalscorer.png).

Next Season
A Treble will be impossible to repeat I think, but I want to win the league again and do well in Europe. Will try a tactical revamp as we just can't break down teams who park the bus. I've no idea how to pull it off, but I will give it a shot.


Career Summary


Season Division Pos FA Cup Ch. Cup Other happenings
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2009/10 Northern 1 North 9th - - Out of all cups early
2010/11 Northern 1 North 1st P - - Out of all cups early
2011/12 Northern Premier 11th 4th Q Rnd - QF of Northern League Cup. Consortium take-over
2012/13 Northern Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - Out of the cups early
2013/14 Blue Square North 2nd P 4th Q Rnd - FA Trophy 3rd Round. Promotion through Play-Off
2014/15 Blue Square Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - FA Trophy winners
2015/16 League Two 1st P 3rd Rnd - New stadium planned for June 2018
2016/17 League One 1st P 3rd Rnd -
2017/18 Championship 11th 3rd Rnd - Facilities upgraded
2018/19 Championship 1st P 6th Rnd - Moved into 9,186 capacity stadium
2019/20 Premier League 4th 5th Rnd - Stadium expanded (12,686). League Cup winner
2020/21 Premier League 10th 4th Rnd Groups Stadium expanded (16,112)
2021/22 Premier League 7th 3rd Rnd - Stadium expanded (18,372). League Cup Semi-Final
2022/23 Premier League 2nd 5th Rnd - Facilities upgraded
2023/24 Premier League 1st 4th Rnd S-Final
2024/25 Premier League 2nd Final Winners New Chairman (From within)
2025/26 Premier League 1st S-Final Winners CWC winner
2026/27 Premier League 1st 5th Rnd Q-Final CWC, SC winner, LC finalist
2027/28 Premier League 1st 6th Rnd Winners CS winner
2028/29 Premier League 1st Winners Winners CWC, CS winner, SC finalist

P = Promotion, R = Relegation
CWC = Club World Championship, SC = Super Cup, CS = Community Shield, LC = League Cup

Pangaea
14-06-2010, 22:40
Brazil 2029
Confederations Cup

The Brazilian FA wanted us to reach the final. Not much leeway there. Our group was tough: Spain, Mexico and South Korea. First up, Spain.

Brazil - Spain 1-2 (Group) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029%20Brazil/2029-Conf-SpainvBrazil.png) - We had a slight upper hand, but came behind early and spent the rest of the game chasing the equalizer. When we finally got it, the game pushed its "Oi, the human scored, make goal for AI. Pronto!" button. Spain took the lead again right away, 2 minutes on overtime.

Well, that was it. Brazil fired me (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029%20Brazil/2029-SackedfromBrazil.png) on the spot. Thanks for getting you qualified after only 13 matches (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029%20Brazil/2029-WorldCupSAMQualified.png), eh? Ungrateful gits :(

I honestly hadn't expected that, since we had a very good opportunity to get through the group stage despite the loss. The new guy messed it up bad, however.. Final Group Table (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029%20Brazil/ConfederationsCup2029.png). A part of me smiled at their failure.

I lasted 3 years in the job, to the day. That is about a year more than the next guy on the list, so I should be glad about that I guess. But with a 26-4-1 record I naturally felt rather empty when the quite frankly unexpected message popped up.

Fixtures (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029%20Brazil/2029-BrazilFixtures.png)


Next Season
Argentina offered me a position (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029%20Brazil/2029-Argentinaoffer.png) while I was under contract with Brazil. The new bloke was "Insecure" but then got some wins in a row and qualified Argentina for the World Cup in 4th position. Some European teams were "Very Insecure" after failing to qualify, like Turkey and Poland. But I think I will wait to after the World Cup and see what opens up then. If some nice teams are available I'll give the international scene another shot.

IIRC the FA don't tell you their expectations until you've been hired. It would be nice to know in advance so you knew if there was any leeway or not. Knowing you can get fired from draws or losses is not all that fun. I learnt Portuguese though and got another trophy, so it was a nice experience. Would be nice to go to Africa or Asia for a different experience now, and a new language. Maybe that can be a new little mini game for this save, to learn a lot of languages.


International Career Summary

Year Country Competition Achievements
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2027 Brazil Copa América Winner
2029 Brazil Confederations Cup Group stage
Appointments


Country Hired Fired/Quit Record Achievements
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Brazil 21.06.2026 20.06.2029 26-4-1 Copa América 2027

uncle ron
15-06-2010, 11:01
Well done with the Trafford treble! I like the look of Iain Morris, I'd say he will be ready for first team pretty much straight away, although his mental stats are a bit low, i.e. determination.

Shame about the Brazil sacking, I'm probably going to avoid them in my save.

Pangaea
15-06-2010, 11:48
I'm trying to tutor him, but he's gone through two pretty much failed sessions so far. I like him very much too. Wish he was slightly quicker, but he is already good enough to play a fair bit. Would really love to get a local lad into the first team too. That alone is a good incentive to play him more.

Good idea to avoid Brazil. You will get sacked, it's just a matter of time (usually short). If you take them on though, do so after the Confederations Cup or shortly before the World Cup. It was stupid of me to take them right after a World Cup as it was pretty much impossible to survive 4 years to the next one.

dafuge
15-06-2010, 17:26
Unlucky with Brazil, they really are maniacs aren't they?

I might have a go with them if (when) the job comes up after the World Cup.

Pangaea
15-06-2010, 19:01
Unless they win the World Cup, you have your opening ;)

Not sure it's the best idea to take it on right after the WC though. You really have to win all tournaments you are part of to stand a chance. And like with me, if you lose one match in an important tournament, even if you're not out of it, you run a serious risk of getting fired.

I was going to wait until after the WC, but then Ghana came available after a poor African Nations. They're in the WC, so I applied. Nigeria approached me, but with zero matches until after the WC I rejected. Ghana is an English-speaking country, but I hope I get it anyway so I can try the WC.

As I was writing this the game progressed and they want me. Wagerty!!!1 :)

dafuge
15-06-2010, 19:04
Brazil lost in the second round and the manager kept his job :D

Pangaea
15-06-2010, 19:22
Yesterday I had a look at Brazil's management history. As expected it was rather bleak. People could generally survive a few friendly losses, at least if it was early in their reign, but losses in tournaments meant you were out of a job, sometimes even if the team still had a (good) opportunity to qualify to the knockout stage.

The most extreme example is probably Marinho, who got fired after a draw in the WC qualifiers, despite him having a very good track record. Same with Braga, though he had fewer matches under his belt. It says quite a bit that I was fired despite winning 26 of 31 matches too. It was the first we lost, and that did it.

Mendonca is right up there of absurdities too. Only been in charge a month, but gets sacked after a friendly loss.

In real life I believe a manager generally only is sacked after the World Cup, though have not fact checked this. So the game is a bit off here. It's perhaps even more off with England, where the manager tends to stay on almost no matter how he does in tournaments. At least Stuart Pearce does.




Manager Hired Sacked Days W D L Reason Achievement
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Dunga 02.07.2010 - 8 1 3 0-1 Italy WC QF
Parreira 05.07.2010 10.07.2011 370 4 2 2 1-1 Uruguay Copa Gr
Gaucho 18.07.2011 22.06.2013 705 5 3 4 0-4 Italy Conf Gr
Vieira 24.06.2013 09.07.2014 380 8 2 1 0-1 Portugal WC SF
Albertoni 14.07.2014 14.10.2015 457 11 3 2 1-3 Argentina WC Q Copa America 2015
Braga 19.10.2015 12.10.2016 359 5 3 0 0-0 Uruguay WC Q
Ferreira 17.10.2016 26.06.2017 252 5 1 2 0-1 France Conf Gr
Santos 03.07.2017 18.10.2017 107 3 0 2 0-1 Bolivia WC Q
Macedo 23.10.2017 15.07.2018 265 3 0 2 0-4 Argentina WC 2nd Rnd
Peixeto 23.07.2018 13.07.2019 355 5 2 2 2-2 Venezuela Copa Gr
Mendonca 15.07.2019 14.08.2019 30 3 0 2 1-2 Belgium Friendly Copa America 2019 Final
Marinho 19.08.2019 14.10.2020 422 9 3 0 2-2 Venezuela WC Q
Filipe 19.10.2020 23.06.2022 612 15 0 4 1-3 Mexico WC Gr Confederations Cup 2021
Freitas 27.06.2022 26.07.2023 394 4 3 5 0-1 Mexico Copa SF
Feitosa 31.07.2023 12.10.2024 439 7 2 3 0-1 Chile WC Q
Oliveira 14.10.2024 19.06.2026 613 6 5 3 1-1 Iran WC Gr
Pangaea 21.06.2026 20.06.2029 1095 26 4 1 1-2 Spain Conf Gr Copa America 2027

Pangaea
15-06-2010, 19:23
Brazil lost in the second round and the manager kept his job :D

DAMN! That is incredible. And you progressed a few days to make sure? :D

dafuge
15-06-2010, 19:27
DAMN! That is incredible. And you progressed a few days to make sure? :D

It has been over a month since the defeat, he is still there :D

Pangaea
15-06-2010, 19:48
There's a first for everything I guess ;)

Pangaea
16-06-2010, 16:15
Ho-hum. The team is revolting against me.

We lost yet another match after utterly dominating the other team. This time it was Liverpool, so I clicked. I gave a 2-week fine to the only guy that played bad enough (all were poor, but not dire).

21 players are now angry at treatment of teammate. Squad harmony is 17%.

My mantra is: Play ****, I treat you like ****. Play well, I treat you like kings :D

Pangaea
24-06-2010, 15:36
2029/30
Premier League

Board expectation: Challenge for the title
Media expectation: 2nd
Odds: 3-1
Season tickets: 11,807 (up 384)

League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-League.png) (Progress (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-LeagueProgress.png))
As mentioned I tried to change the tactic. It didn't work out very well (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-Table17matches.png). We kept losing after heavily outshooting our opponents. So I went back to the tried and trusted 4312 tactic instead. We did a fine job catching up, but it was impossible to get back to Chelsea who had a cracking season. We finished 2nd 8 points behind them.

Community Shield (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-CS-TraffordvManUtd.png) - Up against Man Utd again. Very close match, but we edged them 3-2.

European Super Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-SC-WerderBremenvTrafford.png) - German opposition this time in Werder Bremen. They hardly had the ball and we won 2-0.

League Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-LeagueCup.png) - Man City and Liverpool were brushed aside on our way to the final, where Middlesbrough (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-LC-TraffordvMiddlesbrough.png) were beaten 1-0 after extra-time. The campaign included a rather late win (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-LC-TraffordvManCityovertime.png) in the Quarter final...

FA Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-FACup.png) - A tough draw. Arsenal and Derby were beaten away, and we drew Man Utd away. But disappointingly they overcame us on our turf, in the 6th Round (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-FAC-TraffordvManUtd.png) replay.

Club World Championship (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-CWC.png) - America (MEX) were beaten 2-0 in the final (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-CWC-TraffordvAmricaMEX.png).

Champions League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-ChampionsCup.png)
Nice draw this time, and we went through the group stage (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-CLGroup.png) with 14 points. As usual April featured a nightmare fixture list, but we got to the final where giants Bercelona awaited. We met them here last season too. The match felt much more even than the stats perhaps indicate. It was "dancing around the room" time when Taylor slotted home the winner in the 85th minute. No mercy at this level though. He was still sold in the off-season as our youngsters were getting too good not to get played.


Transfers (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-Transfers.png)
Some very promising players were brought in. Alan Sutter (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-AlainSutter-Buy.png) came for 800k with high praise from scouts. Graham Harrison (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-GrahamHarrison-Buy.png) is a direct competitor with our own youth Alain Morris (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/Players/18IainMorris.png), but a prospect like that could not be overlooked. Laszlo Czeke (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/Players/22LszlCske.png) was offered for market price as he wanted a new challenge. I'm probably in better shape than him (which says a lot), but it was good value for money.

The big transfer out was Barry Ward for 70 million. Good but not quite there youths left for handsome sums, while others went on loan. Then in January I sold my main keeper Smith for 25 million as Browne (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/Players/13ThomasBrowne.png) overtook him. Just couldn't keep a keeper like that on the bench.


Squad (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-Squad.png) - I'm quite happy with this squad, and actually have a luxury problem in the middle. So after the season several old-ish midfielders were sold to give room for upcoming midfielders in Sutter, Ferguson and Love, and hopefully Sousa with more time.

Youths - Didn't really get any tasty-looking youths this time around. I'm sure several can become good players in other PL clubs, but doubt they can make it here.


Finances (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-Finances.png) - Finances do look very good, but we rely on player sales to make a profit. Without it we'd take about a 40 million loss after the board handout. I crave a new and bigger stadium. The sale of Ward was probably needed to be honest.

Team of the Season (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-SeasonEleven.png)
Historic Best Eleven (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-HistoricEleven.png)


Other news
During the season I got a news message that a club had put in a Bosman offer for Jorge Ortiz (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-JorgeOrtiz-Buy.png), the überstar of Barcelona. Apparently he was fed up with life in Catalonia. I offered the 150,000 a week he wanted (smashing our wage structure) and a handsome lump sum, and he decided to travel to rainy Manchester. Dumbass! :D

He is over the hill I think, but with skill like that I'm sure he can pull his shift for a season or two.

Next Season
We couldn't repeat the Treble and fell short in the league. I'd like to get the league back. Hopefully Ortiz and our upcoming youngsters can make that happen. Feel there is a nice balance in the team now.


Career Summary


Season Division Pos FA Cup Ch. Cup Other happenings
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2009/10 Northern 1 North 9th - - Out of all cups early
2010/11 Northern 1 North 1st P - - Out of all cups early
2011/12 Northern Premier 11th 4th Q Rnd - QF of Northern League Cup. Consortium take-over
2012/13 Northern Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - Out of the cups early
2013/14 Blue Square North 2nd P 4th Q Rnd - FA Trophy 3rd Round. Promotion through Play-Off
2014/15 Blue Square Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - FA Trophy winners
2015/16 League Two 1st P 3rd Rnd - New stadium planned for June 2018
2016/17 League One 1st P 3rd Rnd -
2017/18 Championship 11th 3rd Rnd - Facilities upgraded
2018/19 Championship 1st P 6th Rnd - Moved into 9,186 capacity stadium
2019/20 Premier League 4th 5th Rnd - Stadium expanded (12,686). League Cup winner
2020/21 Premier League 10th 4th Rnd Groups Stadium expanded (16,112)
2021/22 Premier League 7th 3rd Rnd - Stadium expanded (18,372). League Cup Semi-Final
2022/23 Premier League 2nd 5th Rnd - Facilities upgraded
2023/24 Premier League 1st 4th Rnd S-Final
2024/25 Premier League 2nd Final Winners New Chairman (From within)
2025/26 Premier League 1st S-Final Winners CWC winner
2026/27 Premier League 1st 5th Rnd Q-Final CWC, SC winner, LC finalist
2027/28 Premier League 1st 6th Rnd Winners CS winner
2028/29 Premier League 1st Winners Winners CWC, CS winner, SC finalist
2029/30 Premier League 2nd 6th Rnd Winners CWC, CS, SC, LC winner

P = Promotion, R = Relegation
CWC = Club World Championship, SC = Super Cup, CS = Community Shield, LC = League Cup

hrbfcrule
24-06-2010, 16:14
Just read through the whole thread, great career and a great read :thup:

Unlucky on being sacked by Brazil great acheivment winning 26 out of 31 games with them though

Pangaea
24-06-2010, 16:24
Ghana 2030
World Cup

After being fired from Brazil I wanted to take over a team ready for the World Cup. There were a couple to choose from. Ghana looked like the only team who could progress. I put in an application and got the job (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/International/2030%20-%20Ghana/2030-GhanaAppointed.png).

Ghana wanted us to progress to the 2nd round, not an impossible task when grouped with England, Sweden and Japan.

Ghana v Sweden 0-0 (Group) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/International/2030%20-%20Ghana/GhanavSweden.png) - Not a good start for us. We were on the back heel for much of the match, and were a bit lucky to get away with 1 point.

Ghana v Japan 3-3 (Group) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/International/2030%20-%20Ghana/JapanvGhana.png) - Fantastic start as we were 3-0 up 27 minutes, including a penalty miss. They fought one back before halftime. I must have said something really terrible during the break, cause Japan came out fuming and we did jackshit. They scored two goals. But even after they got a man sent off we couldn't score. It ended 3-3. Big disappointment. Now we needed to beat... England.

Ghana v England 1-2 (Group) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/International/2030%20-%20Ghana/GhanavEngland.png) - England took the lead early and we found it hard to get the ball. Still, we managed to find a goal in the 73rd minute. They changed gear, however, and took back the lead shortly thereafter. England deservedly won 2-1, and could have won by a bigger margin.

Group D - 3rd (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/International/2030%20-%20Ghana/2030-GhanaWCGroup.png).

Despite the disappointment I wasn't insta-fired. Instead I resigned as I couldn't see myself managing these guys in the long term. I think there are simply too few players loaded from Africa and Asia, so it's not really a nice experience to manage teams from here. The national pool pretty much consists of all players eligible. Most nations are unmanageable as I can't apply.


Next Season
I find it hard to get attached to a national team. International management is simply too poorly implemented thus far in the game, so it a bit boring. Nevertheless, I will try to take on another job, which seems to be practically limited to South America and Europe. I've already tried and failed with Brazil, so think I will try and take over a big-ish team in Europe.


International Career Summary

Year Country Competition Achievements
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2027 Brazil Copa América Winner
2029 Brazil Confederations Cup Group stage
2030 Ghana World Cup Group stage
Appointments


Country Hired Fired/Quit Record Achievements
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Brazil 21.06.2026 20.06.2029 26-4-1 Copa América 2027
Ghana 17.02.2030 26.06.2030 1-3-1

Pangaea
24-06-2010, 16:29
Just read through the whole thread, great career and a great read :thup:

Unlucky on being sacked by Brazil great acheivment winning 26 out of 31 games with them though

Thanks :)

It was very disappointing to be honest. I hoped to take them to the World Cup and do well, especially since my two club stars played for Brazil (Dhiego and Cleber), and 1-2 more players were in the squad.

Their players fit my club tactic quite well too, and I don't like to change it as I'm utter crap with tactics (as seen from my rather poor revamp attempt last season!).

Pangaea
24-06-2010, 18:25
Finances (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-Finances.png) - Finances do look very good, but we rely on player sales to make a profit. Without it we'd take about a 40 million loss after the board handout. I crave a new and bigger stadium. The sale of Ward was probably needed to be honest.

Just took another look at the finances of the last season (yet to be reported). If we hadn't made a solid profit on transfers, we would have lost almost 50 million. That's pretty darn bad!

47 million profit (after handout).
95 million profit on transfer activity

Thankfully many of our previous transfers were over 4 years, so lots will still come in even with few sales the next few years, but this is not looking terribly good in the long term. We seriously need a new stadium soon. Assuming the wait is 20 years, I'm probably almost 10 years away still. They may announce a new one in 2038, which may then take 2 years to build. Ouch!

hrbfcrule
24-06-2010, 18:37
Is it really a 20 year wait in between stadiums? :eek:

If so I am in the same boat as you in my save. Although admittedly not as bad a situation as you are in. . . . . . . yet anyway.

Pangaea
24-06-2010, 18:45
According to dafuge's save it is yeah. He's had two new stadiums built now (3 combined), and the last two were 20 or so years in between. So it seems like 20 years is hardcoded.

Blows pretty hard when your club is suffering from lack of income from gate receipts. Given we fill up every seat every single game, bar a few CL exceptions, I'd say we could regularly fill a lot more than 18,000 seats. That is probably why our tickets are ridiculously expensive. £49 for a match and £852 for a season (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2029-30/2030-Info.png). Kinda steep! :D

Pangaea
24-06-2010, 18:54
Had a look in the thread and found this. Looks like a certainty it's 20 years. I'm guessing they can make the decision after 20 years, so in effect it will be 21-23 years, depending on how long it takes to build the new stadium. If you read this dafuge, scream out if it's incorrect ;)


Exactly 20 years after Dafuge Arena was built, it is going to be knocked down, to build... Dafuge Park \o/ (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y134/dafuge/dafuge-41.png)

hrbfcrule
24-06-2010, 19:01
Had a look in the thread and found this. Looks like a certainty it's 20 years. I'm guessing they can make the decision after 20 years, so in effect it will be 21-23 years, depending on how long it takes to build the new stadium. If you read this dafuge, scream out if it's incorrect ;)


Ahh thats not good news for me or you then :(

dafuge
24-06-2010, 20:18
Had a look in the thread and found this. Looks like a certainty it's 20 years. I'm guessing they can make the decision after 20 years, so in effect it will be 21-23 years, depending on how long it takes to build the new stadium. If you read this dafuge, scream out if it's incorrect ;)

Sounds about right to me. Based on my experiences I'd say the 20 year wait is pretty certain.

kevhamster
24-06-2010, 21:04
Just read this all, and have loved the updates. Amazing career - well done! I look at things like this and wonder how the hell people do it!

Things have improved for me with the new tactics creator though. But still, well done on this - fantastic stuff!

Pangaea
24-06-2010, 21:18
Sounds about right to me. Based on my experiences I'd say the 20 year wait is pretty certain.

Looks like it yeah. So based on the last being built in 2018, I can expect a new one about 2040 right? They may make the decision in 2038, and then a couple of years to build it?


Just read this all, and have loved the updates. Amazing career - well done! I look at things like this and wonder how the hell people do it!

Things have improved for me with the new tactics creator though. But still, well done on this - fantastic stuff!

Thanks. Always nice to hear people enjoy the read :)

The tactic creator has helped me heaps too. I just use the roles, with very minor adjustments. Before I didn't dare to touch a thing cause it inevitably resulted in terrible results.

dafuge
24-06-2010, 22:09
Looks like it yeah. So based on the last being built in 2018, I can expect a new one about 2040 right? They may make the decision in 2038, and then a couple of years to build it?

If mine is anything to go by, yes :(

Pangaea
24-06-2010, 22:15
Crap. I'm in for one heck of a wait then :(

Pangaea
24-06-2010, 23:12
World Cup 2030
Hosts: Mexico


Group A-D (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/International/WC2030-GroupA-D.png)
Group E-H (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/International/WC2030-GroupE-H.png)

Knocked out from Groups
A: Ireland, Egypt
B: USA, Brazil (Gotta say this was nice to see, on some level)
C: Iran, Ivory Coast
D: Ghana, Japan (We didn't do well)
E: Honduras, Uzbekistan (amazingly, they made it to the WC again)
F: France, Chile (who said FM isn't realistic? :D)
G: Paraguay, South Korea
H: Italy (!), Costa Rica


Knockout Stage (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/International/WC2030-Knockout.png)

2nd Round
Romania - Spain 0-1
Australia - Uruguay 1-1p
Czech Republic - Sweden e1-0
Germany - England 2-1 (will FM predict the score??)
Morocco - Argentina p1-1
Russia - Serbia 1-2
Holland - Israel 0-0p
Mexico - South Africa 1-0

Quarter Final
Spain - Germany 2-3
Uruguay - Czech Republic p0-0
Morocco - Mexico 3-3p
Serbia - Israel 2-2p

Semi Final
Germany - Israel p1-1
Uruguay - Mexico 1-2e

3rd Place Playoff
Uruguay - Israel 2-1

Final
Germany - Mexico e4-1

Germany win World Cup 2030!


While writing this I see in the last one I wrote I hoped Italy would go out in the group stage..... :D

Pangaea
25-06-2010, 00:47
2030/31
Premier League

Board expectation: Challenge for the title
Media expectation: 2nd
Odds: 5-1
Season tickets: 12,022 (up 215)

League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-League.png) (Progress (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-LeagueProgress.png))
The goal was to retake the league, but it wasn't the best start. Practically our entire midfield was out injured (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-Midfieldinjurycrisis.png), most for months. This meant the kids were running the show for the first months of the season. Thankfully they did very well, giving me hope for the future. There was no doubt where this title would end up. We were crowned Champions and beat a new point record in the PL.

I think it's very nice to see Shrewsbury (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-Coca-ColaChampionship.png) will join us at the top level again next season. And minnows Kidsgrove (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-Coca-ColaLeague2.png), from level 8, have been promoted to League One, while Wigan barely survives League Two again (local reputation, severe financial issues).

Community Shield (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-CS-ChelseavTrafford.png) - Even match, but we beat Chelsea 1-0.

European Super Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-SC-LOSCLilleMtropolevTrafford.png) - This could have gone both ways. Despite a red card, however, we got them 1-0 just before time.

League Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-LeagueCup.png) - This has really become our tournament lately. Arsenal were beaten twice in the semi final, and Man City 1-0 in the Final (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-LC-ManCityvTrafford.png). Nice that when one promising forward gets injured, the other steps up to the plate.

FA Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-FACup.png) - Rough draw against Man Utd and Arsenal in the start, but we pulled through and faced, again, Man City (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-FAC-ManCityvTrafford.png) in the final. This was the last match of the season and the team was knackered. Still we thoroughly deserved to win. Unfortunately it was just one of those games, and we ended up losing 1-0.

Club World Championship (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-CWC.png) - This was rather one-sided. Suwon (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-CWC-SuwonvTrafford.png) were beaten 7-0 in the semi-final, and Velez (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-CWC-TraffordvVlez.png) fell 5-0 in the final. We even missed a penalty.

Champions League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-ChampionsCup.png)
We went through the group (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-CLGroup.png) again with 14 points. Then Celtic got a bit smacked around in front of their own fans. Everything went our way, and we ended up winning 7-1! (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-CelticvTrafford1-7.png) Lyon and St. Etienne were narrowly beaten, and we found ourselves in the final. Werder Bremen (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-CL-WerderBremenvTrafford.png) awaited. It was remarkably one-sided, but we had to wait to the 112th minute before they had to pick a ball out of the net. Youngster Alain Sutter was the hero of the day.


Transfers (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-Transfers.png)
As already mentioned, the big signing was Barca-star Jorge Ortiz (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-Buy-JorgeOrtiz.png). I then asked him for a player to sign, and he recommended fellow Barca DC Francisco (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-Buy-Francisco.png). He was young and looked hot. My scouts gave all fingers up, he had a minimum release clause of 16 million, so the choice was easy.

Rudd was a very fine player for us, in the England team and doing well, but unfortunately he couldn't stand (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-SteveRudddislike.png) our two other DCs, Pepper and Azgin. With Francisco and Jesus looking good, somebody had to go. It had to be him. Of the established players, Jankovic, Taylor and Rafael also left, mainly because younger players were knocking on the door and we had a solid surplus of players in midfield.


Squad (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-Squad.png) - Still a bit thick in midfield, but Ortiz is old and de Jong, Czeke and Alvarez is getting on too.

Youths - Can't say we got any very promising youths this time either. Some came with 2.5 stars, which tend to mean they can become pretty good, but not outstanding. Dylan Green (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-Youth-DylanGreen.png) looks nice, but midfield is a very tough spot to compete over. Coaches aren't up in arms over the guy either.

Robson (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/Players/9Rbson-3.png) - Without doubt the man of the season for us. Scored an amazing 48 goals. Just a shame he got over-confident at the end and his goals dried up.

Flavio Almeida (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/Players/1FlvioAlmeida.png) - Another goalie falls from grace as Browne loses his spot to Almeida. Can't complain on his performances. Browne (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/Players/13ThomasBrowne.png) is still Number One for England though.

Neville Love (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/Players/14NevilleLove-2.png) - One of the players who had to step up when our seasoned midfielders were out injured. He did to flying colours, and amassed 14 goals and 13 assists. Damn well from 'only' 24(9) matches.

Dhiego (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/Players/3Dhiego.png) - Back to his old self with heaps of assists. Played virtually every match.

Jorge Ortiz (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/Players/11JorgeOrtiz.png) - Very good first season for the guy. I can understand why Barca-fans were fuming when he left.

Iain Morris (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/Players/20IainMorris-2.png) - Very good season from our academy's big prospect. 13 goals and 13 assists. He played in some big games too.

Graham Harrison (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/Players/21GrahamHarrison-2.png) - This guy looks even better tbh, even though he's younger. Got big hopes for the both of them. Strangely he was called up to the senior England squad - and scored twice in his debut!


Finances (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-Finances.png) - We made a profit of 48 million after the board ran away on a rather expensive holiday. It came solely from transfer profits of 95 million. Without it we would lose close to 50 million... :|

Team of the Season (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-SeasonEleven.png)
Historic Best Eleven (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-HistoricEleven.png)


Other news
I celebrated the big five-oh during the season. The team almost gave me the perfect season in birthday gift, but unfortunately we lost the FA Cup Final.

The Youths continued their reign in the U18 league (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2030-31/2031-EnglishUnder18sGroup2.png). They have now gone 104 league matches without losing, including a stretch of 29 straight victories.

Next Season
We got back the league, now I want to take back the FA Cup too.

Elsewhere, the finances is becoming the big talking point. Wages are up to 1.3 million a week, which is impossible to fund with our stadium. But we need to maintain some kind of stability for another 8-10 years before we can hopefully get a new shiny stadium. I only hope they build a solid 40,000+ stadium, and not a measly 25,000 or so. That is still a looooong way into the horizon though.


Career Summary


Season Division Pos FA Cup Ch. Cup Other happenings
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2009/10 Northern 1 North 9th - - Out of all cups early
2010/11 Northern 1 North 1st P - - Out of all cups early
2011/12 Northern Premier 11th 4th Q Rnd - QF of Northern League Cup. Consortium take-over
2012/13 Northern Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - Out of the cups early
2013/14 Blue Square North 2nd P 4th Q Rnd - FA Trophy 3rd Round. Promotion through Play-Off
2014/15 Blue Square Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - FA Trophy winners
2015/16 League Two 1st P 3rd Rnd - New stadium planned for June 2018
2016/17 League One 1st P 3rd Rnd -
2017/18 Championship 11th 3rd Rnd - Facilities upgraded
2018/19 Championship 1st P 6th Rnd - Moved into 9,186 capacity stadium
2019/20 Premier League 4th 5th Rnd - Stadium expanded (12,686). League Cup winner
2020/21 Premier League 10th 4th Rnd Groups Stadium expanded (16,112)
2021/22 Premier League 7th 3rd Rnd - Stadium expanded (18,372). League Cup Semi-Final
2022/23 Premier League 2nd 5th Rnd - Facilities upgraded
2023/24 Premier League 1st 4th Rnd S-Final
2024/25 Premier League 2nd Final Winners New Chairman (From within)
2025/26 Premier League 1st S-Final Winners CWC winner
2026/27 Premier League 1st 5th Rnd Q-Final CWC, SC winner, LC finalist
2027/28 Premier League 1st 6th Rnd Winners CS winner
2028/29 Premier League 1st Winners Winners CWC, CS winner, SC finalist
2029/30 Premier League 2nd 6th Rnd Winners CWC, CS, SC, LC winner
2030/31 Premier League 1st Final Winners CWC, CS, SC, LC winner

P = Promotion, R = Relegation
CWC = Club World Championship, SC = Super Cup, CS = Community Shield, LC = League Cup

Pangaea
25-06-2010, 05:56
Holy crap!!! He's coming back! (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2032-Jesussettoreturn.png) :D

uncle ron
25-06-2010, 11:35
Another great, perhaps your greatest season so far?

You've now won the Champions League in 6 of the past 7 seasons. What do you put that down to? You have just selected UK leagues so do you feel teams in non-playable nations are weak?

hrbfcrule
25-06-2010, 11:44
Holy crap!!! He's coming back! (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2032-Jesussettoreturn.png) :D



Hahhahaha thats brilliant


Congratz on winning the league and Champions league

crouchaldinho
25-06-2010, 11:46
holy crap!!! he's coming back! (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/pangaea666/fm2010%20-%20trafford%20fc/2031-32/2032-jesussettoreturn.png) :d

Awesome! :D

Pangaea
25-06-2010, 18:06
Another great, perhaps your greatest season so far?

You've now won the Champions League in 6 of the past 7 seasons. What do you put that down to? You have just selected UK leagues so do you feel teams in non-playable nations are weak?

I suppose overall it was the best season as we were just one match short of winning all we participated in. But in 2028/29 we won the league, FA Cup and Champions League, which are the 3 things I aim for each season. Judgement call I guess.

We have some really great players now, so I think the success is mostly down to having better players then the others. I'm sure my tactic isn't great as I just use the tactic creator with common roles and very minor adjustments (think the only one is hug touchline for fullbacks instead of normal, which probably doesn't do much difference anyway), so at least domestic success must be down to better players.

I find it odd we do so well in the CL year in year out, so this must be down to not having a lot of active leagues I think. I have the big European leagues loaded, but as view only. IIRC from setting up the game, that didn't add any more players, it just means the teams and leagues are loaded. So it probably means the teams aren't as competitive as they normally would be. That said, Barcelona have a truly marvellous team. Jorge Ortiz and Francisco came from them, and they have several more world class players. Think the 3-4 best players according to World Overview was from Barcelona. They're getting on a bit now (probably over the hill and in decline), but these players have been running amok in the world for a decade now.

Javier (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/6Javier.png)
Jose Maria (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2JosMara.png)
Julio Villa (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/8JulioVilla.png)
Mark O'Shea (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/4MarkOShea.png)

Especially Javier has raked in a lot of awards the last 5 or so years.
World footballer of the year (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/World-2.png)
World player of the year (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/World.png)

If I had a better computer it would be beneficial to add more active leagues and/or more players though. I'm pretty sure it would have been more difficult to win the Champions League as often then. A big portion of the tournament is a bit of a formality right now to be honest. The going usually gets tougher in the quarters or semi finals. More international teams would also be manageable with more leagues/players loaded. It's more or less restricted to Europe and South America right now, with the odd nations from Africa also a possibility.

Nobby_McDonald
26-06-2010, 00:13
Triffic Trafford.

Pangaea
26-06-2010, 15:50
The youths finally lost (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/TraffordUnder18svWestBromUnder18s.png), for the first time in over 4 years in the league. 122 games without a loss (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/EnglishUnder18sGroup2.png).

Some big January and future transfer news too.

Laszlo Cseke (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/25LszlCske.png) is a fantastic player, but the horrible stamina means he can never last a full game in decent shape. He hasn't played all that well either, despite his fantastic attributes, so when Man City laid 40 million on the table I was hard pressed to reject. It will arrive over 4 years, which will help our finances greatly.

Graham Elwell (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/7GrahamElwell.png) must be the most stupid buy I have ever seen. AC Milan gave 56 million for him, but as they don't play with wingers he hasn't played much. He was therefore all too happy to join us next summer on a Bosman. Shame we don't play with wingers either! :D

Romeo Geurts (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/6RomeoGeurts.png) is 30 now. I have been after him since he was about 24, and now he will finally join us on Bosman. Hopefully he can last about 3 years. Jorge Ortiz is in pretty serious red-arrow decline now, aged 34, so even though I just handed him a 1-year contract extension I doubt he will be much use after the current season. He has gone from 4 stars to 3 stars, and will probably decline further by the end of the campaign. He wants to enter management though, so I hope to get him on board.

Now I regret rejecting Arsenal's 40 million bid on de Jong last season. He's not as good any more and we could use the money until a new stadium may or may not be built. Got too greedy as I negotiated to 45, and they pulled out.

Pangaea
29-06-2010, 14:14
My beta-build stopped working two days ago, and this time it didn't help to re-activate it. Didn't work. As this is my longest ever save I thought it would be a shame to let the save die, so even though I guess FM11 will be out in 3-4 months and it's summer I ordered the full game. Better late than never ;)

Think it should arrive for the weekend. With another AC/DC album to boot. Wore out the last one :D

Thepathtoamen
05-07-2010, 16:47
Just read this over a week or so from the beggining. You've done brilliantly so far. Looking forward to seeing whether you get a new ground or not. Maybe they will name it after you. :D

Keep it up!

Pangaea
08-08-2010, 10:27
Thanks. It's great to see people enjoy reading about my escapades :)

I haven't been playing FM now for a while. But fired it up yesterday and finished the next season. I'll get something together soon. Don't like this forum at all. All kinds of quoted or coded text looks terrible. Even the links are difficult to spot now. Not to mention the smilies. Why can't they put up some different skins for us to choose from? Can't be that difficult to integrate into the site.

I'm in the boring off-season now, playing some matches in the Euro 2032. Hoping for some quality youths. That is one of the key things about seasons now. Also very unsure what to do with the team, as I will have an overload of quality midfielders, including wingers, next season. A new stadium is unfortunately still a fair few years away, but it's one of the things that keeps me going. Really interested to see what kind of stadium we will get next, especially its size. Our current one is horrible under-sized. Our economy is good, but that is solely down to prize money and transfers.

Pangaea
10-08-2010, 09:23
2031/32
Premier League

Board expectation: Challenge for the title
Media expectation: 3rd
Odds: 3-1
Season tickets: 12,541 (up 519)

League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2032-League.png) (Progress (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2032-LeagueProgress.png))
There was never real doubt about where this title would go, and we were crowned Champions at the end of April. Elsewhere once-level 8 club Kidsgrove (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/KidsgroveAthletic.png) had an uncomfortable encounter with League One (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/Coca-ColaLeague1.png), only getting 3 points all season and conceding 159 goals. Ouch!

Community Shield (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2032-CS-ManCityvTrafford.png) - Man City were dominated, but we only scored one goal. Enough to win 1-0 though.

European Super Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2032-SC-HerthaBSCvTrafford.png) - Everybody know how these losses feel... Complete domination, but they score on both shots on target and we lose 2-1 to Hertha Berlin.

League Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2032-LeagueCup.png) - A nice way to the final (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2032-LC-ManCityvTrafford-2.png), where Man City were soundly defeated 3-0.

FA Cup (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2032-FACup.png) - Man Utd were smacked around 5-0 in the semi final. Solid domination in the Final (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2032-FAC-TraffordvArsenal-3.png) against Arsenal, but it took a penalty to grab us the 1-0 winner.

Club World Championship (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2032-CWC.png) - Chivas were beaten 2-0 in the Final (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2032-CWC-ChivasvTrafford.png). Love scored both.

Champions League (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2032-ChampionsCup.png)
Full pot in the Group (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2032-CLGroup.png). Very close call against Sampdoria in the 1st Knockout round, but we nailed them on penalties. Battled ourself to the Final (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2032-CL-TraffordvArsenal.png) again, where Arsenal faced us. Very even match, and they were ahead 1-0 at the half-way line. We came out firing in the second half however, and overturned the match to a 3-1 victory. That's five in a row.

Transfers (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2032-Transfers.png)
Wonderkid Andrezinho (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2032-Buy-Andrezinho.png) was snapped up for 1.8 million, thanks to an early agreement. In addition to the early mentioned Cseke who left to Man City for 40 million, a handful of players who didn't make the cut left to various parts of the world. Some have already broken into their national teams and moved on to better clubs for more money, but I couldn't see them making it here.

Youths - We got one youth that I'm quite excited about. Matt Simpson (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2032-Youth-MattSimpson.png) came with 2.5 stars, and the coaches say he can be a leading star in the Premier League. As a DMC it will be very tough to make the team, but I will try to give him chances when he ages and hopefully develops to my liking.

Squad (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2032-Squad.png) - Still have a luxury problem as it's hard to match all players, which will be even worse when Elwell and Geurts arrive (and Sousa comes back from loan). I feel the youngsters will be able to take over when the old stars retire, so the team is pretty much set for the future.

Robson (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/Players/9Rbson.png) - He was injured quite a lot, but still had one hell of a season, scoring 31 in 35 starts. Our top scorer by some distance.

Jorge Ortiz (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/Players/11JorgeOrtiz.png) - He is ageing and declining, but Holy Mother what a season! 12 goals and 26 assists, the latter a new club record.

Dhiego (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/Players/3Dhiego.png) - Another cracking season from our attacking left fullback. Still quite young, but I don't know what I'll do when he retires. He's a one-man attack.

Francisco (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/Players/5Francisco.png) - He was recommended by Ortiz (a Barca team-mate) and promptly bought. Hasn't disappointed and has made the DC position his own. Ultimately resulted in Azgin losing his spot, and moving back to Turkey at the end of the season.

Scott Ferguson (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/Players/17ScottFerguson.png) - My central midfielders never have great average ratings, but I'm sure you can appreciate why I'm rather excited about this lad. Still only 19, but looks like a great finished product. His octagon reminds me a bit of Barry Ward (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/Players/16BarryWard.png), who sadly had to be sold some seasons ago as he flat out refused to sign a new contract. Ferguson has developed nicely since he was 16 (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2028-29/Players/15ScottFerguson.png).

Iain Morris (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/Players/20IainMorris.png) - He came from our youth academy and deserves mention. He's a wonderkid now. Played a lot of matches and scored 18 goals. Love it when I'm able to blood my youngsters into the team, and they actually deserve the spot.

Finances (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2032-Finances.png) - Again the finances screen lies as it's taken from before the seasonal board robbery, but I prefer it as I can compare with the previous year. The actual bottom line was a profit of 26 million. Without transfer income we would have lost 60 million(!).

Team of the Season (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2032-SeasonEleven.png)
Historic Best Eleven (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/2031-32/2032-HistoricEleven.png)

Next Season
As it turns out this was very close to the perfect season. We won everything, except the Super Cup. It would be great to manage a perfect season just once, but the main goal is to retain the Premiership and Champions League. During the season I must say it was quite amusing to see Jesus described as a Wonderkid. I'm not religious myself, but it was still funny :D


Career Summary


Season Division Pos FA Cup Ch. Cup Other happenings
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2009/10 Northern 1 North 9th - - Out of all cups early
2010/11 Northern 1 North 1st P - - Out of all cups early
2011/12 Northern Premier 11th 4th Q Rnd - QF of Northern League Cup. Consortium take-over
2012/13 Northern Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - Out of the cups early
2013/14 Blue Square North 2nd P 4th Q Rnd - FA Trophy 3rd Round. Promotion through Play-Off
2014/15 Blue Square Premier 1st P 1st Rnd - FA Trophy winners
2015/16 League Two 1st P 3rd Rnd - New stadium planned for June 2018
2016/17 League One 1st P 3rd Rnd -
2017/18 Championship 11th 3rd Rnd - Facilities upgraded
2018/19 Championship 1st P 6th Rnd - Moved into 9,186 capacity stadium
2019/20 Premier League 4th 5th Rnd - Stadium expanded (12,686). League Cup winner
2020/21 Premier League 10th 4th Rnd Groups Stadium expanded (16,112)
2021/22 Premier League 7th 3rd Rnd - Stadium expanded (18,372). League Cup Semi-Final
2022/23 Premier League 2nd 5th Rnd - Facilities upgraded
2023/24 Premier League 1st 4th Rnd S-Final
2024/25 Premier League 2nd Final Winners New Chairman (From within)
2025/26 Premier League 1st S-Final Winners CWC winner
2026/27 Premier League 1st 5th Rnd Q-Final CWC, SC winner, LC finalist
2027/28 Premier League 1st 6th Rnd Winners CS winner
2028/29 Premier League 1st Winners Winners CWC, CS winner, SC finalist
2029/30 Premier League 2nd 6th Rnd Winners CWC, CS, SC, LC winner
2030/31 Premier League 1st Final Winners CWC, CS, SC, LC winner
2031/32 Premier League 1st Winners Winners CWC, CS, LC winner

P = Promotion, R = Relegation
CWC = Club World Championship, SC = Super Cup, CS = Community Shield, LC = League Cup

Pangaea
10-08-2010, 10:03
France 2032
European Championship

I resigned after the poor World Cup showing with Ghana, and got a pile of offers. Italy, France, Holland and Argentina wanted me. I ended up taking on France. They have a pretty good team, so it should be possible to win something with them. Qualifying (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/International/2032%20-%20France/2032-FranceQual.png) went well, but our performances were not great. I tried various tactics, and none seemed to do the trick.

France v Portugal 0-0 (Group) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/International/2032%20-%20France/2032-PortugalvFrance.png) - We did perhaps deserve to win, but nobody managed to get the ball across the line.

France v Belgium 0-1 (Group) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/International/2032%20-%20France/2032-FrancevBelgium.png) - We got on the back foot early and chased a goal the entire game. It proved impossible to get through their defence, and we now need to win the last match to go through.

France v Serbia 0-0 (Group) (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/International/2032%20-%20France/2032-SerbiavFrance.png) - At least this one was even, but we failed to win. As Portugal lost to Belgium, a one-goal win would actually have put us through.

Group stage: 3rd (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/International/2032%20-%20France/2032-FranceEuroGroup.png)

Another disappointing performance by France on the big stage, without even scoring a goal. That has never happened before. Oh wait... Maybe that's why they didn't instantly fire me. Either way, I resigned my position.

No enticing jobs opened up, and I'm not even sure I will bother with international management for a while. It ended up being an unwelcome distraction from my club duties. Stuff like selecting a squad was a drag, and I always went with the assistant's recommendation when that option was there. I think I'll only take a job again if a big nation is available, where I have players myself. Which basically means England, Spain and Brazil. I'd like another stint with Brazil, but I'm certainly not taking on that job right after a World Cup ever again ;) Rooney wins everything with England, so that job won't open up for quite some time I suspect.


International Career Summary

Year Country Competition Achievements
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2027 Brazil Copa América Winner
2029 Brazil Confederations Cup Group stage
2030 Ghana World Cup Group stage
2032 France European Championship Group stage

Appointments


Country Hired Fired/Quit Record Achievements
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Brazil 21.06.2026 20.06.2029 26-4-1 Copa América 2027
Ghana 17.02.2030 26.06.2030 1-3-1
France 21.07.2030 14.06.2032 10-7-1

Pangaea
10-08-2010, 10:12
European Championship 2032
Hosts: Germany

Groups (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/International/Euro2032-Groups.png)
Knockout stage (http://i898.photobucket.com/albums/ac183/Pangaea666/FM2010%20-%20Trafford%20FC/International/Euro2032-Knockout.png)

Knocked out from Groups
A: Switzerland, Holland
B: France, Portugal
C: Germany, Turkey
D: Poland, Romania

Quarter Final
Ukraine - Serbia 0-1
Czech Republic - Croatia 0-1
Belgium - Spain 0-3
Russia - England 1-2

Semi Final
Serbia - Croatia 1-0 (No war broke out)
Spain - England 0-2

Final
Serbia - England 0-2

England win European Championship 2032!


Very poor showing from Germany on home turf, and quite a few surprise knockouts in the group stage. England seem a tad unbeatable at the moment, with Wayne Rooney at the helm. The team is filled with players who either do play or have played for Trafford. That means most of the starters and roughly half the squad. My scouts and coaches must have done a good job :)