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supersaint
07-04-2008, 12:03
Thanks guys for great updates - it makes me want to continue - even after another ****** season were I did everything I could do wrong.

Updating in a little while....

drunken_stumbles
07-04-2008, 14:17
I decided to take up the challenge once more. After about 50 attempts with no luck to try and get Corby Town or Hastings United I settled for Boreham Wood.

Profile (http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/2323/kiddtexasprofile2sg7.png)
Club Info (http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/6869/borehamwoodinformationbw2.png)
Squad that started the season (http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/3069/borehamwoodborehamwoodpws9.png)
Result from my very first game (http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/2390/borehamwoodvsalisburyovik8.png)

supersaint
07-04-2008, 14:55
Bedford - Season 12/13
After a decent start of the season, Bedford seemed to have solved most of the defensive problems from last season. Despite a goal difference of 25-26 and 20 points from 13 games, the team seemed more confident, both in defence and attack by the end of september.
The change in training regime and the hiring of two new physios helped keeping injuries down to the minimum and the fans were happy as the club was securely placed at 8th place.

Before the FA Cup 4th qualifying round match home against Rushden, the Eagles were full of confidence, after picking up 8 points in five matches in October, including a win against Mansfield and a draw against highflying Kettering, both away.

Unfortunately for the Eagles fans, the 1475 that met up in the drizzling rain, the day couldnt start worse. The Eagles were backtracking right from the kick-off, and in the 14th minute the worst thing happened: Leon Constable was dragged down by Ramsey inside the box - penalty and a red card for DOGSO for Ramsey. Constable put the ball in the net, and after this the game was over. The match ended 1-3, with Naylor scoring the consolidation goal in the 85th minute.

Another 7 points from 4 matches in November kept the fans happy, with the club still among the 10 best teams after 22 matches, with 39-35 in GD and 35 points by the end of November.

December started off badly with two losses, at home to Burton and Rochdale. The fans was not happy about this, and started to question Nybekks tactics. Nybekk refused to comment anything, claiming that they needed to focus on the FA Trophy 1st Round away to minnows Merthyr Tydfil.
Clearly the preparations didnt go well, with the Eagles loosing 4-1 in a match they owed. But possession wont help, when your goalie lets in four goals in seven shots. Soap on the gloves perhaps?
After this match Nybekk was clearly angry, and some fans said they could hear his shouts up to a mile away from the stadium.

The year ended with 4 points in 2 matches, and things seemed back on track.


But, as we all could read in last number of EagleZight, it all went wrong in January. Half of the team was chased by other clubs, and players lost concentration. Especially Super Nielsen in goal showed that he was disturbed by the intrest showed in him, and when the Eagles were offered £90K by Leage One side Bradford, they simply could not afford to say no. In addition to this, MK Dons made a bid of £70K for the talented right back Eamonn Scott, which also was hard to turn down.
The last man to leave for money was fan favourite Josh Wright, that left for Boston Utd in a £14K deal.
The fans was angered by the sales, and wondered if the club was trying to sell themselves into trouble.
In an attempt to fill the gap after these three top-players Mr Nybekk brought in Scott Moss, a talented striker, Joe Robbins- a new backup goalie, and Ian Riley, who was performing well for Alfreton at right-back.
Scott Moss and Joe Robbins came on free transfer, whilst Ian Riley costed £26K. Nybekk also seemed eager to use some more money on tightening the defence, buy spending another £26K on centreback Darren Dennehy from Newport.

Despite all the wheeling and dealing in January, the team managed to pick up another 6 points from 4 games.

Mr Nybekk stated at a press conference 1st of February, that he was happy with the new players and that he was sure that they would be able to fill the gaps that was left. "Unfortunately, in lower league football, you simply cannot afford to keep players of the calibre like Nielsen and Eamonn. We need the money to keep the club running, and when we get offers like this we have to sell. The new players are players that Im confident that can do the job, and that also have potential to grow into great players given some time."

The fans were still not convinced and their doubts were to be confirmed.


By the start of February, Eagles were still in the top 10 and looking good. 45 points and 47-46 GD in 30 matches was clearly much better than last season, and nobody was even thinking of relegation with only 16 games to go.

BUT - After a horrid spring-season, suddenly things were changed.

In the 14 next matches, the Eagles were bereft of confidence. The loss of Super-Nielsen and Josh Wright was more noticable than anyone could imagine. The new players did not show that they could add anything and the team was suddenly in danger of relegation yet again.
In these 14 matches, the Eagles only managed to score 21 goals and let in a whopping 36 goals. This meant only 5 points were picked up, and now with only two matches left the team had 50 points and were only two points above the relegation battlers.

The fans were furious and started to demonstrate outside the clubhouse, demanding that something should be done. The Chairman stated at a press conference that Mr Nybekks job was safe, and that this was just unfortunate luck. Yes the club had let go of their best goalie, which in hindsight could be stated as stupid. But the Chairman stated that he had the clubs best intrest in mind, and he still believed Mr Nybekk was the right man to keep the club progressing.

The two last matches was against two of the relegation battlers, which meant that Eagles needed at least to win one of these to stay clear. Depending on results in other matches, it could be enough with only one but also two.

The first match was home against Dorchester in fine spring weather the day before Mr Nybekks birthday. It was clear that three points was the only thing good enough for both teams, the nervousness lied thick on every player on the pitch. Some good chances were created in the first half, but nothing big. Until 2 minutes of injury time. Kazmierczak were bodychecked just outside the penalty area. He lied the ball down, and played it to Danny Connor, the leftback who had come up for the free-kick. Danny cooly placed the ball in the right corner of the goal, 1-0 Eagles!!
With nothing to loose, Dorchester throw everything forward and was rewarded with a penalty in the 53rd minute, when Naylor dragged down Daniels. 1-1 and suddenly the match was wide open again.
Both teams had some chances, but it didnt seem to go well for any of them. The ball just didnt want to go into the net.
But in the last ten minutes Eagles started to get more possession, and in the 85th minute the ball was played to Charles on the right wing. Being all alone, he was able to see that Nicholas Green had moved away from his defender and was unmarked on the egde of the penalty area. He played a great ball just infront of Greens foot, and Green took his chance - he placed the ball in the top left corner at the first touch of the ball - 2-1 Eagles!!
This seemed to take the air out of Dorchester and in the 90th minute Kazmierczak was able to get loose and
cooly placed the ball in the net.

Eagles ran out 3-1 winners and thanks to other results, this proved to be vital. A new Premier season was secured!

This meant that the last match didnt mean anything for Eagles and they could relax a bit more. The last match against Burton was won 1-0, which meant that the final leaguetable looked like this (http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/4291/bluesquarepremierleaguepb0.png)

"Of course Im not happy with this", Mr Nybekk told EagleZight. "I honestly thought that we were capable of keeping our good form, even with the new players. Now we have to sit down and analyze what went wrong, and make sure we dont do the same mistakes again".

In the last issue, EagleZight presented Ryan Charles (http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/9479/ryancharlesprofilexw0.png) as the player of the year. He had a decent season, and we all hope that he can build on this the next season.
Last seasons best XI (http://img262.imageshack.us/img262/3679/bedfordtownhistorybesteie8.png) was also presented. This means that Eagles overall best XI looks like this (http://img261.imageshack.us/img261/1445/bedfordtownhistorybestefq5.png)

The club also revealed the financial status (http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/3664/bedfordtownfinancessummky3.png) in a press release last night. It seems like the club is going in the right direction.
Club Information (http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/488/bedfordtowninformationtd2.png)


Now it is up to Mr Nybekk and the club to show the fans that they want to establish themselves in the top of the league!!



Preseason 13/14

Breaking News 13th of July 2013
===============================
Before todays friendly against Banbury, this years Senior Squad was presented on a press conference. "There are no great changes", Mr Nybekk stated, "but the sale of Nielsen and now in summer our top defender Ciaran Purdie, means that we have been looking out for someone to fill these gaps. Our scouts have spent more time than ever in hope of finding someone capable of this. And the squad we present to you today, is the squad we tend to keep for the whole season. Hopefully this would recreate some of the stability we had at last seasons beginning."


BEDFORD TOWN SQUAD 2013/2014
----------------------------

GK
1. Mike McKnight (http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/5823/mikemcknightprofiledf9.png)
2. Karl Darlow (http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/1063/karldarlowprofilesv9.png)

DR
1. Ian Riley (http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/4715/ianrileyprofilerh5.png)
2. Michael Connor (http://img260.imageshack.us/img260/5093/michaelconnorprofileac5.png)

DL
1. Danny Connor (http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/2246/dannyconnorprofilekr5.png)
2. Joe Heath (http://img262.imageshack.us/img262/9180/joeheathprofilecm6.png)

DC
1. Christopher Ramsey (http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/6576/christopherramseyprofilnr3.png)
2. Lee Cook (http://img262.imageshack.us/img262/8284/leecookprofilerw5.png)
3. Darren Dennehy (http://img262.imageshack.us/img262/726/darrendennehyprofilezs3.png)
4. Ian Pattison (http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/71/ianpattisonprofilesq3.png)

MR
1. Gavin Dillon (http://img260.imageshack.us/img260/6640/gavindillprofileor0.png)
2. Elliott Bennett (http://img261.imageshack.us/img261/9407/elliottbennettprofileya0.png)

ML
1. Lewis Haldane (http://img261.imageshack.us/img261/6569/lewishaldaneprofilerh8.png)
2. Torkil Jacobsen (http://img262.imageshack.us/img262/1093/torkiljacobsenprofilery6.png)

MC
1. Jonathon Hogg (http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/4090/jonathonhoggprofileew8.png)
2. John Whitehead (http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/4441/johnwhiteheadprofileod8.png)

AMC
1. Brendon Naylor (http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/2140/brendonnaylorprofilenb2.png)
2. Nathan Crank (http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/8540/nathancrankprofilecz8.png)

SC
1. Pawel Kazmierczak (http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/1226/pawelkazmierczakprofilegv3.png)
2. Ryan Charles (http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/6439/ryancharlesprofilekj4.png)
3. Stuart Moss (http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/2026/stuartmossprofilefy1.png)
4. Nicholas Green (http://img262.imageshack.us/img262/3826/nicholasgreenprofilein9.png)

michaeltmurrayuk
07-04-2008, 16:08
Marine - Championship 2019/20

So with our triumphant return to the Championship, the board wanted us to avoid relegation (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/9861/expectationseu1.jpg), and with that in mind I used some of the clubs riches to sign some promising english youngsters - a right back from Birmingham for £1m, an Attacking Midfielder from Watford for £900K, and I spent a club record £1.5m (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/5214/forsythpo7.jpg) on a promising young Striker Steven Forsyth (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/9023/forsyth2rq0.jpg) from Fulham, after he'd impressed on loan last season.

Then the computer started to strip-mine my team, my initial plan was just to sell off some of my underperforming/not developing youngsters. A lost my Lativan Centre-back to Southampton for £2.8m after they met his relegation release, San Marino Winger Selva left for WBA, I lost my Lativan midfielder Recickis to Wigan for £400K and on the last day of the window Brighton poached my Brazilian Midfielder Alex for £4.5m after my Chairman decided it was too good to turn down (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/1345/alexsoldul5.jpg) (alright he was only worth £200K, but I would have preferred him to go abroad rather than to a rival), Alex also for some reason thought that fellow Championship Brighton were an illustrious club (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/6076/illustriousclubld9.jpg) (all they have done since promotion to the Championship five seasons ago is lose in the playoffs several times).

Brighton also spent most of the season attempting to poach my defence (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/2844/goawaybrightonkq6.jpg), after they sold their's to Celtic, and with them upsetting my captain Nana Ofori I managed to delay his transfer to Brighton until the end of the season (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/4889/oforisalefb4.jpg), also managed to delay the transfer of my left back Marani and Romanian Midfielder Tofanescu until the end of the season aswell.

Keeping hold of players is becoming a real struggle, players seem to want to sign for anyone who bids, even if I don't actually get any money for them? (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/6540/crapihavetoputupwithkx2.jpg)

The season didn't get off to the best of starts, my young defenders made a few mistakes scoring a couple of own goals, and then getting injured, so it was time to bring out the cheque book and fly off to the Czech Republic again, I'd already signed a Czech Midfielder Sigmund for £150K from Brno, and added Czech defender Alexander Houska (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/7905/houskaqe0.jpg) (£250K from Banik Ostrava) who'd I'd actually brought in on trial several years ago (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/5764/houskahistoryat8.jpg) and decided against signing for some reason.

Transfers Screen (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/9273/transfersiv8.jpg)

With my defence gelling the game thought it would be fun to pick on my Strikers aswell - Naylor picked up a couple of knocks in pre-season, whilst Spevak got himself injured in the first game of the season. So with my other Strikers injured or struggling for match fitness Argentine Striker Gallego was given his chance and he started well scoring a hat-trick in our 6-0 win over Derby, but with my other strikers coming back from injury he started moaning about a lack of first team football and started missing training, when I told him if he trained well he'd play, he decided he'd skip training again, so when San Lorenzo bidded for him he happily went back to Argentina, and with Forsyth having problems, I was rather weak upfront so went back to the Czech Republic and signed promising striker Tomas Smejkal for £250K from Mlada Boleslav, however in his second game for the club he tore his calf muscle and would miss the rest of the season http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Then the injuries started building up, Czech Midfielder Sigmund pulled a hamstring and would miss March, whilst Czech Right Winger Straka also tore his Calf muscle and would miss the last two months of the season : ( (It appears that Czech players are fairly injury prone)

Even with our injury and unsettling problems we found ourselves firmly placed in the playoffs throughout the season, though we didn't have the strength to battle for the automatic promotion spot or the title, and in the second half of the season with injuries piling up, players tiring and falling out of form, we just couldn't match the form of Bolton, Southampton or Brighton, especially with Soton and Bolton scoring for fun (they were both destroying other teams six and seven nil - though we did beat each of them once).

On the plus side we did manage to keep 20 clean sheets this season, though there was 11 games that we failed to score in.

In the end we finished in fifth place, which wasn't bad, though the playoffs were not going to be fun - Star Striker Naylor got himself injured in the final game of the season and would miss the playoffs, as would my first choice right winger Straka and new Striker Smejkal.

The playoffs would see us drawn against Coventry City (Though it didn't really matter who we'd be playing, we'd beaten and lost to Brighton, and drawn twice to WBA)

The first leg at home, saw us go down 1-0 in the first half thanks to a bad throw-in from O'Connor. Spevak put us squarly back into the tie in the 78th minute with a magical goal, where he ran from inside our own half before beating the Keeper one-on-one. Though we then switched off in the 88th minute allowing Coventry to retake the lead.

So the first leg ended Marine 1-2 Coventry. (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/2997/playoffsemileg1je2.jpg) My left back Marani also picked up an injury that would rule him out of the return game.

The second leg would need a good performance to oveturn Coventry's lead, we started off well, Spevak got onto the end of a long Kick by my Keeper Woods, and rounded Coventry's Keeper to level the tie, he then added a second in the 25th minute to put us ahead in the tie for the first time.

In the second half Spevak picked up a knock and was struggling, so he was replaced by Forsyth, then things went wrong, Conventry managed to snatch a goal in the 95th minute (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/9422/cheatingcoventrysy7.jpg), when there was only supossed to be four minutes of stoppage time!

So Coventry had unjustly sent the tie into Extra-time, with my team tiring Coventry leveled the game and put themselves ahead in the tie in 96th minute, but in the 110th minute my Italian right winger Capecchi managed to bundle the ball over the line, to send the game to penalties!

Penalties didn't go too well, my best penalty taker Ofori saw his effort saved, as did Alexander Houska, whilst Woods could only manage to save one of Coventrys, so Coventry would progress 4-2 on pens. (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/9306/playoffsemileg2yg8.jpg)

Coventry then continued their luck in the final (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/8513/playofffinalmu4.jpg), sending the game to pens with a 120th equaliser, they then of course went onto win the penalty shootout.

Championship Table (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/2010/tablerv8.jpg) and POS Graph (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/1994/posqu5.jpg) - we had the best defence, but the fact that I struggled to keep my attacking players fit and in-form let us down, and leaves the question of what could have been had I not lost half my team? Derby going bankrupt sent them into free fall, which ended any chance of them winning the league as the media expected.

Sqauad (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/5249/squadnt2.jpg) - Woods, Ofori and Gomez are about the only players who didn't get injured this season, one problem I have is the fact that I only have 2 right wingers, hence the loaning of Ronaldo and Milner. It was also rather worrying that my centre-back Ofori was my third top scorer. Whilst Scottish Centre-back Steven Forrest (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/6200/forestpg1.jpg) became my first full Home International, when he came on as a sub against Brazil.

Seasonal Best XI (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/8352/seasonalbestxiip8.jpg) - the fact that three of those players have been sold is not good, whilst the Overall Best XI (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/7273/overallbestxidq9.jpg) updated to my current formation and see's van den Berg and Harris replace Spevak and Ameobi in the starting XI.

Club Info (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/7951/clubinfolt2.jpg) - Keeper Gary Woods gets added to the fav personnel, our estimated value of £36.5m makes us the richest Championship side and makes us the 17th richest side in England (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/1667/domesticrichlistab3.jpg), though our reputation is still only Regional, which means my players get unhappy when the likes of midtable Plymouth bid for them http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Snapshot (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/7677/snapshottx1.jpg) - No surprise that we yet again went out of the Carling Cup in the Second round (5th Season in a row), this time 2-1 to Premiership Blackburn. Whilst we made the FA Cup Fifth Round for only the second time, beating Wrexham and Doncaster, before losing to Newcastle again.

Manager Profile (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/9417/profilesm7.jpg) - no real change apart from some more knowledge - attempted to become friendly with some managers in the hopes it'll stop them from trying to poach my players.

I also got offered the Man Utd job (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/566/utdjoboffermy6.jpg), which would be tempting if I wasn't going the challenge, the fact that they got relegated and still want to win the Premier League Title is not a good sign, at least the Transfer Budget of £4m explains why they haven't bought anyone for a few seasons (and sold everyone off), they have actualy been doing rather badly winning the Champions League in the first season, but then only qualifying for it in three more seasons, of course they now make winning the Championship unlikely for me http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

The plan for next season is to improve the squad depth and plug any gaps, well depending on how many players I lose that is, and also try and find some way to improve our reputation.

Nationality Break down: (Youth Players in Brackets)

BEL (1)
BUL 1
CYP 2
CZE 5
DEN 2
ENG 17 (9)
ESP 6
EST 1
FRA 2 (1)
ISL (1) - First non-UK player my youth system has generated.
ITA 1
LIE 3 (1)
LUX 1
MLT 1
MNE 1
NIR 1
NOR 1
SCO 4
SRB 1
SVN 1
SWE 1

SECOND NATS:

IRL 1
SCO 2
BASQUE 1
ENG 3
AUS 1
ROM 1

michaeltmurrayuk
07-04-2008, 16:57
Well my chairman is now annoying me, he's just sold a third player to Brighton - my young Scottish Centre-back Forrest, becomes the third defender that Brighton have poached off my in the last couple of seasons http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif

Alright £5m is a fair bit of money, but we already have nearly £40m in the bank, and strengthening rival teams isn't the way to gain promotion to the Premiership http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

I've got three weeks of the transfer window left to hope that no-one else leaves.

chopper99
08-04-2008, 02:00
I've just posted the following in GQ but though you guys in this thread might appreciate it and perhaps feel my pain:

I've had 3 long term goals on this game since FM07 was released:

1 - To complete Dafuges challenge.
2 - To have son come through my youth ranks.
3 - To have a stadium built and named after me.

Those are the three things that really keep me playing and keep me just as interested as the day the game was released.

So it's now 2024 in the game and not only have I just finished Gateshead's first ever Champions League campaign, but I managed to beat Arsenal in the final and actually won the trophy. Although I only managed second in the Premier League I won it for the first time in Gateshead's history last season so Dafuges challenge is practically complete. I'd now just like to win both the Prem and Champions league in the same seasons to be completely satisfied that Dafuges challenge is complete. Baring in mind that I've given up on this a few times since FM07 was released I'm chuffed to bits I've managed to do it, and all with my own tactics to boot.

So that really just leaves a son and a stadium for me to be completely happy. I'm yet to get a son through the Gateshead ranks so I'll just keep waiting and see if that happens, hopefully soon.

However, at the end of my Champions League winning season I get a news message telling me that the board is going to build a brand new 66,000 seat stadium to replace the now 46,000 seat Gateshead International stadium. I'm delighted. Could this be it, will they name it after me, the man who's taken them from the very bowels of the football leagues right up to the dizzy heights of Champions League glory, and all in only 16 years. I'm listed as one of the clubs favoured personnel so surely this is my year?

Nope.

The board have decided to name to stadium after former club 'favourite' Paul Thompson. Who?!?

This is a player that must have left the club before I took over or was one of the players that I got rid of in the first season. He is a member of the clubs favoured personnel but holds no records at the club; i.e. he's not the longest serving player or top scorer. So this guy never played in the professional leagues for Gateshead, did nothing outstanding and last played for the club over 16 years ago. And here's me who's dragged them through the leagues and managed to make the club a fortune as well as putting some trophies in the cabinet. They didn't even have a cabinet before I took over! And this is the thanks I get?!?

Why I oughta

*Shakes fist*

P.S. As for Dafuges challenge, although I've not been writing updates in this thread or added my name to the list of people taking part in the challenge I have been doing it and I'm chuffed to bits I've nearly fully completed it. So just wanted to say http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif to an excellent challenge that's kept me going back to FM since the start of FM07.

dafuge
08-04-2008, 02:03
You must be gutted http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I had exactly the same three aims last year with AFC Wimbledon. I completed the challenge, they built Fuge Park but I've still never had a son in the game.

chopper99
08-04-2008, 02:25
Originally posted by dafuge:
You must be gutted http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I had exactly the same three aims last year with AFC Wimbledon. I completed the challenge, they built Fuge Park but I've still never had a son in the game.

At least you got Fuge Park. I'll admit that The Hopper Stadium might not have much of a ring to it but it's no worse than The Thompson Stadium.

Looks like I'll have to wait 'til Dafuge's challenge '09 before I get as stadium named after me http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

supersaint
08-04-2008, 02:32
I want to quit now http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Only once I have had a worse start to the season - that was when taking Torquay directly to the Prem back on CM3.

12 matches, 9 points and 12-24 in GD for a team that should be in top-half is utterly bad. Problem is that my players looks like headless chickens and afraid of the ball. I have never had bigger problems getting my tactics to work, and feel like just give it uphttp://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

supersaint
08-04-2008, 03:20
Facing the impossible (http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/5167/holidaynybekkinboxgn5.png)

Hardfought victory (http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/4290/bristolroversvbedfordspmg3.png)

Battle to the final whistle (http://img120.imageshack.us/img120/1774/bristolroversvbedfordpiot7.png)

ejthegreat
08-04-2008, 07:54
This doesn't look good http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Am I Gone? (http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/8951/gonexs3.jpg)

2 Games left in the season, currently 7th in Championship 2 pts off playoff spot, last 2 games are against 5th and 6th. Expectation was "respectable league position".

Has anyone had this message and survived?

daemonic
08-04-2008, 07:57
Had the same message while in the BSS with Merthyr. Like you I was exceeding expectations, I asked for a new contract and was told no. Then a couple of weeks later they offered a new contract so you could be alright.

michaeltmurrayuk
08-04-2008, 08:29
Originally posted by ejthegreat:
This doesn't look good http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Am I Gone? (http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/8951/gonexs3.jpg)

2 Games left in the season, currently 7th in Championship 2 pts off playoff spot, last 2 games are against 5th and 6th. Expectation was "respectable league position".

Has anyone had this message and survived?

I think that always happens (well has done to me), as long as you are meeting expectations they should offer you a new contract, before your old one expires. (For some reason SI changed the date that the board renew your contract on, in FM07 it was sometime in March, in FM08 it's May or June, which means you get to sweat for a couple of months).

Rickaldo
08-04-2008, 14:23
Originally posted by supersaint:
I want to quit now http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Only once I have had a worse start to the season - that was when taking Torquay directly to the Prem back on CM3.

12 matches, 9 points and 12-24 in GD for a team that should be in top-half is utterly bad. Problem is that my players looks like headless chickens and afraid of the ball. I have never had bigger problems getting my tactics to work, and feel like just give it uphttp://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Same thing happened to me for two seasons in league 2, i think in the first 8-10 games of each season i only had around 2 points and was easily rock bottom with my team playing rubbish football, but after a while your team should sort themselves out and start moving up so don't give up on them yet.
Do you play any friendly's? because i did'nt until my fifth year and i had a good start to the season for once.

supersaint
08-04-2008, 15:37
Originally posted by Rickaldo:


Same thing happened to me for two seasons in league 2, i think in the first 8-10 games of each season i only had around 2 points and was easily rock bottom with my team playing rubbish football, but after a while your team should sort themselves out and start moving up so don't give up on them yet.
Do you play any friendly's? because i did'nt until my fifth year and i had a good start to the season for once.

Glad to hear that others have experienced the samehttp://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif And yes, I do play friendlies - both against better and worse teams. Everything seemed fine during this preseason, but yet it went wrong.

Actually I have managed to turn things around now. It started with the game against Bristol R away were we won 1-0 3:30 into injury time. I watched this and the next couple of matches on full, and was able to iron out very small flaws in the tactic that actually was having a big impact on how my players were playing.
The tactic was solid, but due to lack of quality in some areas, the small flaws that wouldnt impact anything in higher leagues led me to leaking goals.
But now the team is a hard-working unit again, not one that impresses in every match - but I create more chances, have better passing % and more possession.
I think that the small tweaks and the fact that I have started to use the OI has made the difference. After the horrid start, I now have picked up 33 points from the last 15 games and a gd of 27-15, which is a massive turnaroundhttp://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.gif


The main problem within my squad used to be that we conceded too many freekicks and yellow cards. One of the reason I guess is that my players are too agressive:
<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">
Agg #
17 4
16 1
15 1
14 1
13 1
12 2
10 4
<10 8
</pre>

I have managed to reduce the number of cards over the last games, and the arguments with ref has gone down too, thanks to my dicipline. But are there any way to reduce the agression? The thing is that I feel that I could be even better if I could allow my players to go harder into tackles, but I cant afford to loose players to suspensions.
I mean, last year I picked up almost 90 yellow cards, and 10 reds I think - mostly due to double bookings. So if I could get the aggression down, I would probably be able to play tougher without the risk of getting into that situation again.

ejthegreat
09-04-2008, 06:55
AFC Wimbledon 17/18 Championship Season Review

Following a horror season last year, we had a good offseason and started off this season much more brightly, never dropping lower than 9th for the whole season.
Another bad season like last year (18th) would've seen me get the sack so it was very important that the squad pull together and play well.

After 27 games, we'd hit the top of table and were looking good, however, the mid season re-ranking put an end to my hopes of promotion as we slipped back down to 6th and then eventually dropped out of the playoffs in the last few rounds.

Table (http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/2892/tableup1.jpg)
Graph (http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/7957/graphji9.jpg)

During this time the cup campaigns came and went, with a 3rd rd exit in the League Cup and 4th rd exit in the FA Cup, both away losses to Premier League teams.

Confidence (http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/7650/confidencefj5.jpg)

Overall confidence was low all season because of the previous season, however, once the last game was played, they became very happy and offered me a new contract.

Squad (http://img353.imageshack.us/img353/5691/squadpt3.jpg)

Transfers (http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/3687/transferspx7.jpg)

Upcoming Transfers (http://img353.imageshack.us/img353/5479/upcomingtransfersft1.jpg)

As you can see from the season transfers we're selling a few players. Norwood, Skelac and Griffin were board sales, which is still increadibly frustrating, especially since Norwood and Skelac were to be my first choice central midfielders during the season.

Having now played in the Championship for a few seasons, two things are becoming clear.
1. The top teams are those who have come from the Premiership and I cannot match their quality with the squad I have
2. I have too many players around the same level, which leads to rotations and losing points in winnable games.

Because of that, I've deicded the best option is to find young players that can become significantly better than what I have currently.

Here are some of the younger players that are either first team players who who will be from next season:

Douglas-wants out but i'm hopeful. Easily best DC (http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/3442/douglasbb2.jpg)

Kondakovs- Will partner Douglas at DC (http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/8531/kondakovsnx3.jpg)

Belanik- Lightning fast fullback, will take over from Mulgrew who is now 31/32 (http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/5813/belanikwo7.jpg)

Baticle- Young central midfielder, averaged 90%+ Pass completion in reserves (http://img353.imageshack.us/img353/7303/baticlerf5.jpg)

And the attackers:

Babic- With Chambers wanting out, he'll take over next season (http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/3307/babicxn8.jpg)

Muller- Very excited by his potential (http://img353.imageshack.us/img353/4404/mulleruk0.jpg)

Amauri- Broken leg this season, I still think he can become my best striker but is tempermental (http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/6847/amauriendseasonmd6.jpg)

Off field, we improved traning facilities and expanded the stadium this season and will do both again next season. Board won't improve youth facilities due to lack of money but i'll keep pestering.

Club Info (http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/2160/clubinfoag1.jpg)

With sales to come, finances will be strong. Will definately look to spend the money ideally on youth facilities but if not then players since if I don't, I'm worried board will take it for dividends.

Finances (http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/5807/financesch2.jpg)

Current Profile (http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/9968/profilehj0.jpg) I do tend to tinker with tactics a lot hence the lower rating there.


Aims for next season:

1. Retain all players that will be in first squad.

2. Improve weak areas such as Goalkeeper and Right Midfield.

3. Bring through young players.

4. Make playoffs and hopefully, promotion.

oh and
5. Don't get sacked!!!

ejthegreat
09-04-2008, 06:58
Edit: Meant Slezak, not Skelac, I can never get his name right and I guess I won't have to any more.

LRJ
09-04-2008, 07:07
http://img182.imageshack.us/img182/4041/dafugechallengeec2.th.png (http://img182.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dafugechallengeec2.png)

supersaint
09-04-2008, 07:33
Last season went fairly well, despite the bad start (update coming later), and now it is time to prepare for the 4th season in the Blue Square Premier.

As usual I let my Assistant set up the friendlies, and I was a bit surprised when the first one came up. At least the Eagles got to train on their defensive skills (http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/3448/bedfordvhsvsplitviewhl9.png) http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Im just a bit surprised how he managed to get them to come to Bedford to play against this small club http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

Indy216957
09-04-2008, 10:14
Indy216957 - Halesowen Town - 2017/2018 - Championship

This was the first season that was I was finally able to get some players from outside of England on free transfers that were good enough to play in this league. My team from the last season wasn't bad but lacked quality at the back and needed another striker because I didn't have many. I got a solid centerback and rightback as well as a striker and centermid. My team played well through the year and hung for the most part in the playoff spots, but around game 30 we started to make a push trying to get automatic promotion. We fell just short but was able to get promotion through the playoffs. When I started this I never really thought that I would ever make it to the Premier League.

Profile (http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh280/Indy216957/Profileendseason10.jpg)

League Table (http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh280/Indy216957/Leaguetableendseason10.jpg)

Team Sheet (http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh280/Indy216957/TeamSheetendseason10.jpg)

Transfers (http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh280/Indy216957/Transfersendseason10.jpg)

2018/2019 - Premier League

For the first year, I finally had some money to spend. Probably becuase of all the tv revenue. I went out and immediately spent it. I had to upgrade some positions and obviously wasn't going to be able to upgrade everything, but the goal was to stay up. So I spent 6.5mil on a young leftback, 3.6mil on a leftmid, and also bought a cheap centerback and striker. Oddly enough, and I think the reason why I was able to get them, the bigt money I spent was on players who were still in the championship. But my scouts said that they could be good premier league players and they were both young so I went for it.

I had a good start to the season and thought that I could snake a euro vase spot but I eventually fell down to 10th. A remarkable finish in my opinion considering we were supposed to be so bad. My defense was pitiful since I gave up 53 goals, but my two strikers from the previous year didn't miss a step when we moved up helping us to 55 goals.

Undoubtedly the greatest moment for the season was winning the FA Cup. We got to play Arsenal who were in third, and throughout the year we had played well against the best teams, but I didn't think we could win so handedly. The final score was 2-1, but their goal was in the 83rd, and my team dominated play. I will have to expand the squad next year since we will be in the Euro Cup, but hopefully playing in it will help me attract some better players.

Profile (http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh280/Indy216957/Profileendseason11.jpg)

League Table (http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh280/Indy216957/LeagueTableendseason11.jpg)

Team Sheet (http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh280/Indy216957/TeamSheetendseason11.jpg)

Transfers (http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh280/Indy216957/Transfersendseason11.jpg)

FA Cup Final (http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh280/Indy216957/FACupFinalSeason11.jpg)

NepentheZ
09-04-2008, 10:25
Dafuge

In light of me learning what I did from you recently, would you allow it within your challenge, so that no matter the club I chose, I can name it to what I want? (not sure how you would feel about that). I shouldn't have thought there would be an issue, but its your challenge. http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif (Feel free to delete this post).

dafuge
09-04-2008, 10:27
Originally posted by NepentheZ:
Dafuge

In light of me learning what I did from you recently, would you allow it within your challenge, so that no matter the club I chose, I can name it to what I want? (not sure how you would feel about that). I shouldn't have thought there would be an issue, but its your challenge. http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif (Feel free to delete this post).

I don't see why not, it would be just the same as people playing without real player names.

dafuge
09-04-2008, 10:27
Just make sure in all your reports that you include the original name of the club.

NepentheZ
09-04-2008, 10:36
http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif Will do, thanks mate. (On your previos comment, Haven't read the OP since, forever, are we allowed to not use real players?)

NepentheZ
09-04-2008, 11:23
Real London are proud to announce new manager....

'NepentheZ' (http://img508.imageshack.us/my.php?image=profilemb8.jpg) .. !!

NepentheZ has been given a 3 year deal, and expected to be challenging for the BSS Title by the end of those three years.

*Real London was formerly known as AFC Wimbledon.

Rickaldo
09-04-2008, 13:51
Just been forced to sell one of my strikers that i signed in the first season because of the damn Scottish teams trying to sign him on a free, i was in the play-off positions up to that point so i was not best pleased http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif .

Striker sale (http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/6046/1213carsonsalewe4.jpg)
Striker Profile (http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/5724/1213carsonkw9.jpg)

Rickaldo
09-04-2008, 14:14
Fixed Striker Profile (http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/175/1213carsonrb6.jpg)

drunken_stumbles
09-04-2008, 14:41
I'm in the playoff final after this victory in the semi-final


Playoff Semi 1st Leg (http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/6813/salisburyvborehamwoodovwm3.png)
Playoff Semi 2nd Leg (http://img380.imageshack.us/img380/8941/borehamwoodvsalisburyovvn7.png)

drunken_stumbles
09-04-2008, 16:03
Disaster Strikes!

Playoff Final (http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/2218/borehamwoodvbasingstokeqg3.png)

My captain misses a penalty, it was never going to be our day. Dammit! I was pretty confident of the win. Oh well bring on season 2.

Final Squad (http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/8629/borehamwoodborehamwoodpck6.png)

Final Table (http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/3399/bluesquaresouthstagesvl6.png)

fi3ryicy
09-04-2008, 20:48
Originally posted by Spurs Revival:
wow.. congrats. how large is your stadium? can i see a screenshot of your information sheet and your best 11?

must've felt great..

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by freelinet:
FINALLY!!!!

Chippenham are the 2030/2031 Premiership champions.

Me winning the premiership was like waiting for a bus, Previously all I had won was the UEFA cup (quite an achievement in itself!) and suddenly all in 1 season I won:
F.A Cup
Carling Cup
Community Shield
Premiership

2030/2031 Premiership table, note Chelsea! (http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x147/freelinet/TableWin.jpg)

The Boys that done me proud! (http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x147/freelinet/TeamWin.jpg)

I still can't win the Champions League though, for the last 2 years I have gone out against Porto who have gone on to be winners and runners-up in those 2 seasons. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

Chippenhams stadium is now a healthy 46137 all seater with undersoil heating.

I just want to add that I'm going to continue this challenge until I win the Champions League! http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

any1 knows how to make the board upgrade the stadium wif undersoil heating? i'm playing in BSN and my club is now in BSP on its way to promotion so i wanted to know if there is a way to make the board add the undersoil-heating since the pitch is forzen during winter... eh.. adn the retractable roofs as well.. thnaks in advance..

dafuge
10-04-2008, 04:20
Originally posted by fi3ryicy:

any1 knows how to make the board upgrade the stadium wif undersoil heating? i'm playing in BSN and my club is now in BSP on its way to promotion so i wanted to know if there is a way to make the board add the undersoil-heating since the pitch is forzen during winter... eh.. adn the retractable roofs as well.. thnaks in advance..

Stadium upgrades just take a lot of time and money, I wouldn't expect anything to be done to the stadium until you get a bit nearer the Premier League.

ejthegreat
10-04-2008, 05:44
I hate transfer windows and the month before them so much!! http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif

Clubs circle like vultures around my players. Of course they all want to be allowed to discuss terms with other clubs, no matter how bad the offer is, no matter how much you're needed at this club.

What I wouldn't give for an increase in reputation.

Currently my best DC, best ML, best MR, best ST and most promising ST are all unhappy with me not allowing them to leave. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

On a good note I guess, realised I needed a new DR so offered contracts to 2 of them who I didn't think would accept. They both did and now I have 1 too many..lol

daemonic
10-04-2008, 06:13
I set a very high asking price for my best players, (10x) they're value and it reduces the number of bids a lot. An if someone wants to offer the asking price well then I have a nice addition to the bank balance.

ejthegreat
10-04-2008, 06:39
Originally posted by daemonic:
I set a very high asking price for my best players, (10x) they're value and it reduces the number of bids a lot. An if someone wants to offer the asking price well then I have a nice addition to the bank balance.

I've tried to do the same but it doesn't stop the offers coming in at their value or 10-20% above value. Other problem is, it seems to only take 1 club bidding to upset them.

ejthegreat
10-04-2008, 07:01
Speaking of just needing 1 club to bid on myplayers, West Brom, newly relegated from the Premiership, are after 11 of my players http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

I hope with all my heart they go bankrupt, but they're "secure" so I'm probably just dreaming.

Rickaldo
10-04-2008, 07:52
AFC Hornchurch - League Two

Just about to start the play-offs after finishing 7th in the league, only scraped into them because of Kevin Rodgers Form (http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/6362/rodgersformbg1.jpg) in the last few weeks.

Rickaldo
10-04-2008, 08:03
Just found out that my only good striker is missing the play-offs to play for England under 19's. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif
Super Striker (http://img174.imageshack.us/img174/5531/wardinternationalmu3.jpg)

michaeltmurrayuk
10-04-2008, 09:21
Originally posted by ejthegreat:
I hate transfer windows and the month before them so much!! http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif

Clubs circle like vultures around my players. Of course they all want to be allowed to discuss terms with other clubs, no matter how bad the offer is, no matter how much you're needed at this club.

What I wouldn't give for an increase in reputation.

Currently my best DC, best ML, best MR, best ST and most promising ST are all unhappy with me not allowing them to leave. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

On a good note I guess, realised I needed a new DR so offered contracts to 2 of them who I didn't think would accept. They both did and now I have 1 too many..lol

I know how you feel, it's even worse when the teams they want to go to are below you in the league http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Jacking up the players price isn't always the best plan - Brighton offered and upset one of my promising defenders, he was valued at ~£200K, so I said £5m + 50% next sale, fully expecting them to withdraw, they didn't and my chairman accepted the offer.

If your player has a long contract and is important, I'd reject the bids, as they do become happy a few months later (just in time for the next transfer window), when they are happy offer them a new contract, but if they stay unhappy I'd sell them.


The thing that really annoys me is the continual crappy bids that upset my players, though even more annoying are Ipswich and MK Dons, who are continualy trying to buy back two youngsters on the cheap I bought from them a couple of seasons ago - if they wanted them that much why'd they sell them in the first place?

Rickaldo
10-04-2008, 11:36
AFC Hornchurch - League Two - 2012/2013

Another season of relegation battling was expected from the board, but i was hoping for a mid table finish after a few decent signings over the summer. The season kicked off with a defeat but after that mostly winning my home games and losing the away games kept me in mid table until January when i had to sell one of my strikeforce ( Blair Carson (http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/2719/1213carsonmi8.jpg)) to stop him leaving for free in the summer, after this a poor run of games dropped the team down to 14th with 7 or 8 games remaining. Just when it looked like the season was going downhill up stepped Kevin Rodgers (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/5628/1213kevinrodgersmp5.jpg) to score 10 goals in the last 6 games and get me into the playoffs.

A seventh placed finish meant i was drawn against Tranmere, the second highest scorers in the league after me so goals were expected. A few days before the first leg i found out that John Ward (http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/501/wardinternationalhr4.jpg) was missing both legs to play for England under 19's. A 2-3 defeat (http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/7708/1213playoff1stbl4.jpg) at home followed by a 3 - 3 draw (http://img523.imageshack.us/img523/53/1213playoff2ndme8.jpg) away meant another season in League Two awaited.

The board said they would expand the stadium but then the council blocked it, so still a 3000 capacity ground that sells 2000+ season tickets.

Table (http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/6936/1213tablect8.jpg)
Graph (http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/864/1213graphjl4.jpg)
Squad (http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/4941/1213squadce7.jpg)
Club Info (http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/7452/1213clubinfokz7.jpg)

Rickaldo
10-04-2008, 11:45
Fixed Table Link (http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/783/1213tabledy5.jpg)

Spc1485
10-04-2008, 12:08
Finally decided to take on this again for the first time since 07 after being inspired by the wallace v roberts thread.

I've taken over Chippenham (prediction 21st) in the blue square south. Struggling to buy players at the moment due to the low rep but touch wood will have a strong enough squad to make the playoffs.

Profile (http://img396.imageshack.us/img396/2008/profileys9.png)

David_Clark_26
10-04-2008, 13:26
Hi sounds like a good challenge Dafuge

michaeltmurrayuk
10-04-2008, 13:53
The new confidence screen can be annoying - both the fans and board are unhappy that we lost in the Third Round of the FA Cup, away to Huddersfield Town who are Third in the Premiership, and to top things off they needed two 90th minute goals to do it, with the first of them being offside (no idea how the linesman missed it - he was stood right next to the player!) http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

dafuge
10-04-2008, 13:56
Originally posted by michaeltmurrayuk:
The new confidence screen can be annoying - both the fans and board are unhappy that we lost in the Third Round of the FA Cup, away to Huddersfield Town who are Third in the Premiership, and to top things off they needed two 90th minute goals to do it, with the first of them being offside (no idea how the linesman missed it - he was stood right next to the player!) http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

The confidence feature of the game definitely still needs a bit of work.

michaeltmurrayuk
10-04-2008, 15:05
Originally posted by dafuge:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by michaeltmurrayuk:
The new confidence screen can be annoying - both the fans and board are unhappy that we lost in the Third Round of the FA Cup, away to Huddersfield Town who are Third in the Premiership, and to top things off they needed two 90th minute goals to do it, with the first of them being offside (no idea how the linesman missed it - he was stood right next to the player!) http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

The confidence feature of the game definitely still needs a bit of work. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hopefully FM2009 will give us the ability to state how far we want to go in the cups, and board/fans to take account of who knocks you out, or how you go out (offside goals etc).

I do have a weird thing going on at the moment, the fans are disappointed when we lose (and also generaly dissapointed with draws - 1-1 draw with Man Utd), but yet my players jump at the chance to sign for any other Championship side - it's rather annoying that the players seem to think our reputation is so low that a championship relegation fight with Derby is a higher level of football than a promotion chase with me, whilst the fans are under the impression we should be beating everyone http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

Though the most annoying thing right now is the way the computer negotiates transfers - couple of teams bidding for my left-back I don't want to sell, they bid ~£5m, I say £10m, they come back with £5m repeat... Whilst I attempt to sign a player, they want £1.6m, I offer £1.5m they then decide they want £2.5m.

drunken_stumbles
10-04-2008, 15:36
Three more season tickets than last year.

Business is booming! (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/3293/kiddtexasinbox4vi1.png)

foost
11-04-2008, 03:30
michaelmurrayuk:

What patch are you playing with?

sergent21
11-04-2008, 04:23
Right here we go again!! (http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u279/sergent21/mangotsfield.jpg)

2nd time of asking now in this challenge. Having originally started and then just sort of phasing the game out, I'm back and ready for another go at it.

Played the San Marino "Double" Challenge, and Gundo's with Killyleagh in Northen Ireland, but nothing beats this challenge in my honest opinion..

Yet to actually start, with work and whatever, so hoping to get some game time in tomorrow now, and will update regulaly my goings on with the might of Mangotsfield http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

foost
11-04-2008, 05:59
gl sergent http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Kazpeer
11-04-2008, 09:41
I am on vacation now http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Kazpeer
11-04-2008, 10:25
I'm Gateshead! :b

profile (http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/9341/profilqy0.jpg)

68_Grandad_99
11-04-2008, 11:31
Well i'm preparing for the torture that is Chelmsford City. I've lost my first two league games, both of which were at home to Weston Super Mare 2-0 and Eastbourne 1-0. It's gonna be a loooooooong season!!

Spc1485
11-04-2008, 12:35
Chippenham 08/09 - Early season review

Ive made a decent start to this challenge with consistent form taking me to 4th after 13 games although as you can see in the table two sides are running away with it so the playoffs will be my only hope of a first season promotion.

Table (http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/3627/tableearly08mu6.png)

Not suprisingly these sides have west ham and portsmouth as parent clubs so are really two man sides, unfortunately my chairman doesnt see the point of a parent club so its up to my youngsters to do the business.

Will keep you posted on my progress

Ungface
11-04-2008, 13:28
I havent tried this challenge since 2007. Guess I will give it another go http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

michaeltmurrayuk
11-04-2008, 15:14
Originally posted by foost:
michaelmurrayuk:

What patch are you playing with?

8.0.2 (117931(m.e v665)), applied it about 5 game years ago I think.

mag man
11-04-2008, 16:26
Ive finally got time to start a new game, I don't think I will be able to complete it but I will enjoy playing in the lower leagues again after have a career premiership game.

New team coming later.

mag man
11-04-2008, 16:36
Originally posted by mag man:
Ive finally got time to start a new game, I don't think I will be able to complete it but I will enjoy playing in the lower leagues again after have a career premiership game.

New team coming later.

Just to add to that, does anyone have an 8.0.2 save with Maidstone United promoted?

Ungface
11-04-2008, 16:41
Here we go:

http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/952/profilecs1.jpg

Gonna tke hednesford to the top http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

rangers85
11-04-2008, 21:26
Quick update on my progress at this point. As said before, I took over Merthyr Tydfil in the Blue Square South. They had practically no team except about 5 youth players.

It's currently Jan 15, 2009 and we're 25 games into the Blue Square South season. I have a goal differential of -3, but sit with 42 points and in 4th place. Achieved my board's competition goals.

FA Cup: Lost in the 4th round qualifying, which is what my bad wanted me to get to.

Setanta Shield: Lost in S 2nd Round, same as my board wanted me to achieve.

FA Trophy: Made it to the second round, board only wanted me to get to first round, so they're delighted about that.

As for the league, they wanted me to achieve a safe mid-table position and are currently delighted that I'm in a position to challenge for the title.

As far as the squad I have, there's a couple players that were on the team as youth players when I took over. Gary Bannister is probably the best of these players who has been solid in my midfield as a 16 year old. However, my big acquisition was Jack Jeffrey on the free a few weeks into the season. He has 15 goals in 19 games, however just missed a couple months to injury. Have had a few loans, but nothing huge, so it's kind of nice that I've achieved this standing at this point based on my free transfer signings since I had no transfer budget when I took over.

Peljam
12-04-2008, 11:39
Right, I'm getting stuck back into my Witton save. I just couldn't get into any other games so it's back to them. And it feels kinda good.

The save is in the middle of the season (which I don't remember...gin may have been involved) but things are going well. Just getting used to things again.

Quick Recap...

Middle of second season in Premiership with Witton Albion. Finished 12th last year, currently 6th. Got a decent, if young, team. One or two of the players have been or are in the process of being poached but I'm hoping a European finishing place will settle things.

Have a 21k all seater, about 30 mil in the bank but have a 14 mil debt (why we can't just write it off I don't know).

Here goes http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Peljam
12-04-2008, 12:02
Not seen this before! (http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s121/peljam/Witton/bar.jpg)

Definately not what I needed before the match with Chelsea. My most promising winger, ever, is also playing for them after moving last season http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

michaeltmurrayuk
12-04-2008, 13:13
Originally posted by Peljam:
Not seen this before! (http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s121/peljam/Witton/bar.jpg)

Definately not what I needed before the match with Chelsea. My most promising winger, ever, is also playing for them after moving last season http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

I've had a player miss training due to being at a bar, but missing a match is a new one http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

What icon did the game use to show he couldn't play?

dafuge
12-04-2008, 13:20
Originally posted by Peljam:
Not seen this before! (http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s121/peljam/Witton/bar.jpg)

Definately not what I needed before the match with Chelsea. My most promising winger, ever, is also playing for them after moving last season http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Quality, not seen that before http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

Jimbokav1971
12-04-2008, 13:24
Originally posted by dafuge:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Peljam:
Not seen this before! (http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s121/peljam/Witton/bar.jpg)

Definately not what I needed before the match with Chelsea. My most promising winger, ever, is also playing for them after moving last season http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Quality, not seen that before http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Brilliant http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif.

Peljam
12-04-2008, 13:38
Originally posted by Jimbokav1971:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by dafuge:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Peljam:
Not seen this before! (http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s121/peljam/Witton/bar.jpg)

Definately not what I needed before the match with Chelsea. My most promising winger, ever, is also playing for them after moving last season http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Quality, not seen that before http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Brilliant http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

It is a nice touch http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Even if his absence did leave my defence at sixes and sevens against Chelsea. Fined him as much as I could http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

rangers85
12-04-2008, 15:47
It's something that can only happen with a regen. A player in the game from the start can't have this happen to them, most likely due to legal reasons.

michaeltmurrayuk
12-04-2008, 16:03
Marine - Championship 2020/21

With last seasons playoff defeat to Coventry, this season the plan was to not get relegated like what happened last time, and also hopefuly make a push for promotion, depending on how many players I lose. At least the board only wanted a top half finish (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/5006/expectationsqh8.jpg), rather than promotion.

Transfers (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/3289/transfersnz8.jpg)

The season didn't start off to badly transfer wise - the prearranged transfers went through, that saw my Captain Ofori leave for Brighton (where he'd spend the season on the bench), my left-back Marani went to France, I also got rid of a couple of squad players/youngsters who were moaning, including the last of my San Marino players (who turned out to be a bunch of moaning high ego players) youngster Tura went to QPR and Striker Ricci returned to Plymouth where he spent most of last season on loan, Plymouth also signed my DM de Boer after he wasn't really needed anymore, then rather predictably Brighton poached one of my players (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/9952/birghtonbidsh3.jpg) Promising Scottish Centre Back Steven Forrest for £5m +50% next sale, that my chairman felt was too good to turn down, and to be fair to my chairman he was only worth £200K and I never expected Brighton to bid £5m on him (there seems to be something up with my players values this season, as they go up and down by a fair bit, so I don't actually know what their proper value is most of time), after this I decided to up my asking price for my other star players to £10m.

The winter window saw the sale of a couple of more players - Bulgarian right back Zhelev left for Hartlepool a couple of months after signing when he became unhappy, and striker Parkinson went to Rochdale after he started moaning about first team football, but hadn't developed. I also managed to loan out a fair few of my promising youngsters to get them some experience.

Transfers in wise I took a new path - signing some experienced players on free's to fill the gaps in my squad - Algerian Defender Reda Johnson (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/6843/redajohnsonnw1.jpg) arrived from Marseille to add some experience to my defence along with ex-Inter Milan Montenegrin defener Ivan Fatic. The midfield was boosted with the arrival of Ecuadorian winger Guerrero (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/4526/guerreroru7.jpg) (ex-Real Madrid Youth Product) and Uruguayian Midfielder Ribair Rodriguez (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/9299/ribairrodriguezlc7.jpg).

In the Winter Window I raided a bankrupt Man Utd for Brazlian Midfielder Rafinha (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/9307/rafinhaod4.jpg) (who scored twice on his debut) and English Midfielder Jonny Howson (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/936/jonnyhowsonjl3.jpg), I also brought in a couple of youngsters including a promsing Spanish Striker Eduardo Lasarte (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/7566/eduardolasarteae1.jpg) from Athletic for £525K.

I'm also making a fair bit of money from sell on clauses, most of the players I've sold in the last few seasons have been sold on already - I got an extra £5.5m for San Marino Midfielder Capicchioni. (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/8098/capicchionisellonfeeex4.jpg)

We started the season off in fine form - winning our first six games, however we already found ourselves 3 games behind everyone else, even though for some reason the season kicked off on the 1st August (I think my games were being postponed due to having two players at the Olympics!)

So the game decided we'd make our games up playing Sat-Tue-Thur-Sat-Wed, that resulted in our first two defeats of the league season against WHU and WBA(we'd already been knocked ot of the League Cup in the Second Round to Oldham), we then followed this up with our first draws of the season - 2-2 against Preston, where we fought back from 2-0 down and 1-1 against Man Utd (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/2/utddrawjr5.jpg) at home in a truly awful game, with neither side turning up.

That was the beginning of a downward spiral, where my team just didn't turn up - conceeding stupid goals from backpasses, being caught in possession or throwing the ball to the opposition from Thrown-ins, whilst my wingers and strikers would just blast the ball goalwards whenever they got the ball (more often than not nowhere near the goal) - we managed to throw away a 2-0 and 3-1 lead against Luton in the same game, ending 3-3, we then very nearly threw a three goal lead against Sheff Wed, finally just winning 4-3. (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/9899/sheffwedmn3.jpg)

At the halfway stage of the season, we'd again fallen away from the title/automatic promotion challenge, and were fighting for a playoff spot, injuries at this point were starting to mount up (having 8 players injured at once is not fun, nor is losing several players in one game).

Then around January our luck turned - Man Utd went bankrupt and lost 10 points sending them out of the promotion race, we destroyed Preston 4-1, a game that saw three goals in the 90th minute, and a 3-1 win at Old Trafford (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/157/utdawayhe8.jpg) against Man Utd saw us go top of the league, well for one game anyway, and rather unluckily saw the Man Utd manager fired, not really his fault if they hadn't been docked 10 points they'd have been top of the League, but we couldn't keep the pressure up, and a crushing 3-0 defeat to WBA and disappointing 1-0 defeats to Luton, Blackburn, Sheff Wed and Hull (2 late goals, and two pens), meant we needed a last minute goal in our second to last game against Forest to claim a playoff spot, which was rather lucky considering our last game was against Brighton and the ref was a touch biased awarding Brighton 3 pens, my backup Keeper Quinton was able to save two of them but it wasn't enough as we went down 3-1. (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/7948/biasedreftn4.jpg)

So again our season would come down to the lottery of the playoffs, and again we would be without Star Striker Danny Naylor, who injured himself a couple of weeks ago and would miss the rest of the season.

This time around we saw ourselves drawn against Ipswich, who'd had a fine season considering they were in League One last season. Our overall record against Ipswich was even having lost 4, won 4 and drawn 2, though this season Ipswich had the upperhand - we'd drawn at Home 2-2 in March, where we fought back from 2-0 down, but Ipswich won the reserve fixture 2-1, thanks to a late goal in October.

The First Leg didn't start off too well, Ipswich took the lead in the 6th minute thanks to a header, Italian Winger Capecchi evened things up in the 10th minute scoring a header at the back post aswell. Ipswich were still on top though, and in the 22nd minute Dodd, robbed my centre back Moore of the ball and rounded Woods to make it 2-1 Ipswich.

Ipswich were comfortably on top now and looking to finish us off, and in the 60th minute it looked like they had, when the ref awarded them a penalty, upstepped Dodd to make it 3-1, but Woods saved the penalty and even managed to save the rebound before my left back Sali cleared the ball, we were still in the game.

The penalty miss boosted us, and in the 83rd minute, Spevak turned his man and fired a shot pass Ipswich's Keeper to make it 2-2! Then a minute later on the counter attack Spevak attempted to lob the Ipswich Keeper, and with the shot taking a deflection off a defender, it span over the Keeper and just about crossed the line at the far post to make it Marine 3-2 Ipswich (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/9355/playoffleg1ld8.jpg), a draw would now be good enough in the second leg.

But in the end rather predictably my team didn't turn up, and Ipswich were on top for the whole game, taking the lead through another header from Rooney, in the 60th a twice deflected shot made it 2-0, they then added a third in the 86th minute, though we did respond in the 90th minute with our only real chance, a pen but it was too little too late http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Final Scroe on Agg: Ipswich 5-4 Marine (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/7691/playoffsemileg2uf8.jpg)

Final Table (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/6646/tableua8.jpg) - Whereas Ipswich gain back-to-back promotions, Blackburn suffer back-to-back relegations. Whilst in the end Utd's 10point deduction gave me their playoff spot. Losing 13 away games proved costly this season, we had the best defence the second year in a row, but we need to turn that into points.

POS Graph (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/23/posod7.jpg) - we spent most of the season in the playoffs, we just need to move to that next level.

Squad (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/5285/squaduh4.jpg) - Spevak and Naylor scored nearly a goal a game each, but the main problem was their goals came in few matches - 11 matches between them they scored more than once, with 4 hat-tricks, the problem was when they weren't scoring the team wasn't - Moore's goals came from corners, and Right Winger Capecchi was my only other real scorer, my left-wingers Mendez and Kekic were disappointing this season, they wasted too many shots, with Kekic's assists mainly being corners, whilst Czech Right Winger Straka spent most of the season injured, leaving Capecchi as my only real Right Winger, new signing Rodriguez impressed in the middle of the park, whilst at the back English Centre-Back Scott Moore (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/3974/scottmooreec8.jpg) stepped up to replace the departed Ofori and Forrest.

I had quite a few upset players this season, most of my new older signings are moaning about first team football when they were brought in as backups, Spanish Keeper Jimenez felt relegated Blackburn were too good to turn down, but it's not that much of a problem, Woods isn't letting go of the #1 Jersey and I have plenty of Promising Keepers, Left back Bell spent most of the season moaning about first team football, when he played a third of my games (may have played more if he didn't moan), Czech Striker Smejkal is also on his way out after he started moaning, after missing last season due to injury he struggled to displace Spevak and Naylor.

I really need to bring in a new right winger, and possibly a good reliable left winger, but I cannot seem to find a good quality one who is interested in playing for me and affordable (Bankrupt Blackburn wanted £11m for their £3m rated winger).

Seasonal Best XI (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/7319/bestxiff4.jpg) and Overall Best XI (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/889/overallbestximb1.jpg) - Perez Gomez makes it into the Overall XI.

Profile (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/1447/profilemq9.jpg) - no real change, still not quite sure what Domestic Player Bias means, - I've signed 39 Players from non-english clubs, 23 players from English clubs and 121 players on free transfers (clubless) - so it must count clubless players as domestic?

Snapshot (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/2914/snapshotcv1.jpg) - Carling Cup again saw us fall at the Second Round this time to Oldham 3-2, whilst the FA Cup saw us lose 2-1 to Huddersfield (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/3407/offsidefacupdefeatom9.jpg) who were placed Third in the Premiership at the time, and needed two 90th minute goals to beat me, with the first being offside.

Club Info (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/7250/clubinfo2oi1.jpg) - At the end of the season we finaly achieve National Reputation (not that it stops my players being poached - now the Premiership clubs are after my players), the board also decide to expand the stadium and install under-soil heating. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif Our training facilities are now the best they can be, whilst we have excellent youth facilities but no Academy.

Our value of £38m also see's us ranked as the 19th richest club in England (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/9590/englishrichlisttl1.jpg) (though my value goes change by a lot, rather regularly - a couple of months later at the end of August we are worth £54m and the tenth richest club in England), and at the beginning of the season we made it onto the World rich list at 75th place (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/1930/richlist2mc3.jpg) (at the moment we are 49th - above AC Milan and Juventus), it's a shame this doesn't seem to have improved our reputation. The board taking £8m in dividends didn't help matters.

The final board confidence report (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/3382/confidencewm1.jpg) was confusing as always - our loss to Ipswich in the Playoffs apparently can not be ignored, even though the board only wanted a respectable league position. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

One thing that is becoming rather silly is the Player X faces former club report - got it this season for a player I had on-trial for 3 days (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/7105/3daysmn7.jpg) (I supose I should be pleased it got the time correct, normaly the game assumes the player has been with me since the start of the game, if I ever trialed them, or if they came to there current club via a third club, it seems to count all the time as playing for me). It is a nice feature, but I think it should be reserved for special occasions - club favourites, players who've been a major part of your team, rather than loanes, trialed players and players who hardly played.

So another season in the Championship, this time I have Everton to put up with aswell and Southampton and Coventry again after they all got relegated from the Premiership.

LRJ
12-04-2008, 16:07
This is so much harder than i thought

Im the ol AFC Wimbledon, my defence's card record is shockingly bad http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Conceded way too many penalty's

Currently 11th on October 11th with a record of 5-2-5

4 points from play-off zone

NepentheZ
12-04-2008, 16:29
Real London Update - Season 1 (2008/2009)

To begin....

I got Charlton as a Parent Club, (without even asking the board, they just assigned them to me) - and got loaned 2 rather good Center Mid's. This was a big help for the season, as one of the was a good all round set piece player, while the other was a great leader.

BSS Prediction - 9th
BSS Posistion - 6th
F.A Cup - 3rd Qual. Round
F.A Trophy - 1st Round
Setanta Shield - S 2nd Round

Blue Square South - Graph (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/Graph.jpg) | Table (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/BSS.jpg)

A nice 6th place finish, despite being in the play-off place for about 8 games prior to the penultimate game, but an ultimately disappointing season, after a very indifferent start to the season. I couldn't decide on which tactic I wanted to go with, and changed tacitcs about 10 times in the first 20 games. I went from a standard 4-4-2 to 3-5-2, to a 4-1-4-1, and even tried a 3-6-1 - but nothing seemed to give me the consistency i wanted. So I went back to basics. I too a 4-4-2 with AML/AMR, Farrows for the AM's, played a nice direct game with a big/little man combo, and the goals started flowing. The wins started mounting, and as a result, I climbed the table in the second half of the season.

Best Elevens - Overall (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/BEO.jpg) | Season (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/BES.jpg)

As you can imagine, not much is happening in the Best Elevens this season. 16 new players inducted into what was basically an empty whole. For the first 5-8 years, the best elevens will be redundant anyway, until I get a team thats settled, and that doesn't change by way of personnel too often.

Other Info

Finances (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/Finances.jpg)
Manager Stats (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/ManagerStats.jpg)
Manager Overview (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/ManOver.jpg)
Manager Profile (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/ManPro.jpg)
Team Information (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/RealLondonInfo.jpg)

Player Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/RecP.jpg)
Team Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/RecT.jpg)
Team Selection (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/TeamSelection.jpg)

Transfers (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/Transfers.jpg)

As you can see from the transfers screen, A lot came in, and a lot went out. What that doesn't show you is the 40 odd players I had on trial at the club that I just didn't want. I released a LOT of deadwood at the start of the season.

Players of the Season

A. thomas (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/AThomas.jpg) - The player already had a transfer to the club set when I took over as manager, which I wasn't too happy about, as I don't like having players signed for me, but he turned out to be a real hero. Scoring 29 goals in 43 appearances is a brilliant return, considering the start to the season my team had.

R. Charles (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/RCharles.jpg) - a great partner for Thomas, chipping in with 22 goals.

Season Summary

Overall, not a great season. Perhaps its just me being who I am, but I expected promotion on season 1. The tactical side of things weren't great either, and hopefully thats improved upon next season and we can take home a promotion. A lot of work to do with the team, training and tactics still, but I'd still like to push for promotion every year.

Manager history

Season 1 - Blue Square South - 6th place

*Real London were formally AFC Wimbledon

NepentheZ
12-04-2008, 16:42
Youth Player Project

I attempted something similar to this with Gundos' challenge, but haven't played enough seasons since starting it to see how much of an effect it will have.

Basically, Every year we get a new batch of youth players, and the Ass Man singles out the best one of them. (I'm assuming they have the best P.A of the group.)

My aim is to take this player, give them some first team football, and track their career, be it at Real London, or should they move on. Each season I will add a new player to the reports, (naturally) and just think it could be fun, interesting and informative of what happens with them.

Player 1

John Adam, AM/F C (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/JohnAdam.jpg)

michaeltmurrayuk
12-04-2008, 17:16
Originally posted by NepentheZ:
Youth Player Project

I attempted something similar to this with Gundos' challenge, but haven't played enough seasons since starting it to see how much of an effect it will have.

Basically, Every year we get a new batch of youth players, and the Ass Man singles out the best one of them. (I'm assuming they have the best P.A of the group.)

My aim is to take this player, give them some first team football, and track their career, be it at Real London, or should they move on. Each season I will add a new player to the reports, (naturally) and just think it could be fun, interesting and informative of what happens with them.

Player 1

John Adam, AM/F C (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/JohnAdam.jpg)

My Assistant Manager never points out the best of my youth products - could be something to do with his Judging Potential being 1 and judging Current Ability of 2. If your Ass. Manager is as bad as mine, you may be better going off the recommendation of your best JPP coach.

NepentheZ
12-04-2008, 17:24
Originally posted by michaeltmurrayuk:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by NepentheZ:
Youth Player Project

I attempted something similar to this with Gundos' challenge, but haven't played enough seasons since starting it to see how much of an effect it will have.

Basically, Every year we get a new batch of youth players, and the Ass Man singles out the best one of them. (I'm assuming they have the best P.A of the group.)

My aim is to take this player, give them some first team football, and track their career, be it at Real London, or should they move on. Each season I will add a new player to the reports, (naturally) and just think it could be fun, interesting and informative of what happens with them.

Player 1

John Adam, AM/F C (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/JohnAdam.jpg)

My Assistant Manager never points out the best of my youth products - could be something to do with his Judging Potential being 1 and judging Current Ability of 2. If your Ass. Manager is as bad as mine, you may be better going off the recommendation of your best JPP coach. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Surely everyone has the feature, as I've had this every single season, no matter which team I've been. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

When you get the new youth intake, it gives you the names of the newly promoted players, and then underneath gives a "Ass Man Name thinks Player A is one of the better players from this years intake"

(Comment caries from time to time.)

michaeltmurrayuk
12-04-2008, 19:52
Originally posted by NepentheZ:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by michaeltmurrayuk:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by NepentheZ:
Youth Player Project

I attempted something similar to this with Gundos' challenge, but haven't played enough seasons since starting it to see how much of an effect it will have.

Basically, Every year we get a new batch of youth players, and the Ass Man singles out the best one of them. (I'm assuming they have the best P.A of the group.)

My aim is to take this player, give them some first team football, and track their career, be it at Real London, or should they move on. Each season I will add a new player to the reports, (naturally) and just think it could be fun, interesting and informative of what happens with them.

Player 1

John Adam, AM/F C (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/JohnAdam.jpg)

My Assistant Manager never points out the best of my youth products - could be something to do with his Judging Potential being 1 and judging Current Ability of 2. If your Ass. Manager is as bad as mine, you may be better going off the recommendation of your best JPP coach. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Surely everyone has the feature, as I've had this every single season, no matter which team I've been. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

When you get the new youth intake, it gives you the names of the newly promoted players, and then underneath gives a "Ass Man Name thinks Player A is one of the better players from this years intake"

(Comment caries from time to time.) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes I get the message, but when I got coach reports from my JPA20 Scout, it turns out the guy my Ass. Manager tipped is one of the worst of the bunch.

MadBoy
13-04-2008, 01:23
Sorry for my poor english. I'd like to ask a question to dafuge and all the players playing this challenge. I'm sure it's been discussed lots of times, but i did a search and couldn't find a proper answer to this problem. I'm really interested in this challenge, though i want it as hard as possible. So i decided that i want to manage Bromsgrove Rovers, but there's absolutely no chance of getting them promoted... i reloaded my game 500 times, but still no rovers http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Then i found i solution, but i'm not sure if it's cheating or not. Save a game on 2008.06.18. Open Fmm , change bromsgrove rovers reputation to for example 1500, and press continue. Bromsgrove rovers will get promoted. Then goto fmm and set the reputation to original state. Then save a game, reload it, pick them to manage and enjoy. So my question is ... Is this allowed? Is it considered cheating? Any oppinions?

dafuge
13-04-2008, 01:34
Originally posted by MadBoy:
Sorry for my poor english. I'd like to ask a question to dafuge and all the players playing this challenge. I'm sure it's been discussed lots of times, but i did a search and couldn't find a proper answer to this problem. I'm really interested in this challenge, though i want it as hard as possible. So i decided that i want to manage Bromsgrove Rovers, but there's absolutely no chance of getting them promoted... i reloaded my game 500 times, but still no rovers http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Then i found i solution, but i'm not sure if it's cheating or not. Save a game on 2008.06.18. Open Fmm , change bromsgrove rovers reputation to for example 1500, and press continue. Bromsgrove rovers will get promoted. Then goto fmm and set the reputation to original state. Then save a game, reload it, pick them to manage and enjoy. So my question is ... Is this allowed? Is it considered cheating? Any oppinions?

It is a question that has been asked a few times before. While there is obviously no advantage to be had, we decided that it would be better to have a total ban on the use of editors.

NepentheZ
13-04-2008, 01:35
Wouldn't be allowed I'm afraid. There is absolutely no acceptance of using an external tool for Dafuge's Challenge.

MadBoy
13-04-2008, 04:04
Ok... will give it a go with different team, but still i'll be waiting for <1000 reputation team http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

NepentheZ
13-04-2008, 04:42
IIRC, theres an <1000 team available on www.dafugeschallenge.com (http://www.dafugeschallenge.com)

MadBoy
13-04-2008, 04:47
i need a medium db, cause my pc is only 3ghz and 1gb of ram, i like when the game flies http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif but anyway, thanx for the link

Ungface
13-04-2008, 05:00
Originally posted by MadBoy:
i need a medium db, cause my pc is only 3ghz and 1gb of ram, i like when the game flies http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif but anyway, thanx for the link

i have a little less and i always run on large database with multiple leagues (not in dafuge challenge game ofc)

Ungface
13-04-2008, 07:12
on another note i managed to claw my way to the fa cup third round and drew arsenal away http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


http://img382.imageshack.us/img382/1294/arsenalta0.jpg

awesome game.

Spc1485
13-04-2008, 08:49
Chippenham Season Review 08/09

After being in the play offs all year I was pleased to finish the season in a solid 4th place.

Final Table (http://img99.imageshack.us/my.php?image=table08mb2.png)

Throughout the year I was very consistent with only one bad run where we went without a win for 5 games. This owed much to my cb pairing of webster and devaux, with webster ending the season with 11 goals and 8 assists. He took all my set pieces and penalties and was rock solid at the back. Up front my 3 strikers all had decents seasons scoring 23, 17 and 13 respectively. Stev Davis was the pick of them and would have scored more without injury.

Squad (http://img99.imageshack.us/my.php?image=squad08pv0.png)

So to the playoffs I easily overcame salisbury 3 - 0 away in the 1st leg to all but book my place in the final where I would meet Bishop Stortford. They had beaten me twice in the normal season with jack collison from west ham destroying me through the middle of the park in both games. Unfortunately I had only Davis available from my strikers so Andy Liddle had to step in up front. Davis put me infront although soon they were level after a lapse of concentration at a set piece cost us.

With the match tied at 1-1 it looked like extra time which with no strikers left on the pitch after injuries to davis and liddle would have been tough to come through. Fortunately Webster stepped up and id this..........
Webster!! (http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/1815/freeth1.png)

Great Season although with my lw rep the blue square premier could be a long hard season as alot of this squad lack the quality to tmake the step up.

Rickaldo
13-04-2008, 09:46
Has anybody ever had a striker on Excellent Form (http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/989/wardformif8.jpg) like this. He's currently shooting me to the League Two title http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif.

michaeltmurrayuk
13-04-2008, 09:51
Originally posted by dafuge:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by MadBoy:
Sorry for my poor english. I'd like to ask a question to dafuge and all the players playing this challenge. I'm sure it's been discussed lots of times, but i did a search and couldn't find a proper answer to this problem. I'm really interested in this challenge, though i want it as hard as possible. So i decided that i want to manage Bromsgrove Rovers, but there's absolutely no chance of getting them promoted... i reloaded my game 500 times, but still no rovers http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Then i found i solution, but i'm not sure if it's cheating or not. Save a game on 2008.06.18. Open Fmm , change bromsgrove rovers reputation to for example 1500, and press continue. Bromsgrove rovers will get promoted. Then goto fmm and set the reputation to original state. Then save a game, reload it, pick them to manage and enjoy. So my question is ... Is this allowed? Is it considered cheating? Any oppinions?

It is a question that has been asked a few times before. While there is obviously no advantage to be had, we decided that it would be better to have a total ban on the use of editors. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

We could for FM2009 if it still works use an edt file to even out all the challenge teams reputations (take an average and give it to all teams) - This should then mean each team has an even chance of promotion. (Of course you'll lose the slight early advantage of picking a higher rep team, and lose bragging rights of having the worst rep team). Assuming FM2009 doesn't change the way teams are promoted.

dlnwba86
13-04-2008, 09:56
Well i'd grown sick of Football Manager 2008. I couldn't achieve anything and had no real game that has gone over 5 seasons so i decided to give up and pack it all in.

The new patch had done little to boost my confidence so i decided to go back to FM 07.

After looking through my old saves, i came acroos my dafuge's challenge save. It was the day after i had won the Champions League, at the thrird attempt, and i looked through my King's Lynn team in amazement. i couldn't believe i could have so much success in one save at yet fail so often with this version.

However, seeing this save has reignited my desire to succeed in FM08 and as a result i will restart dafyge's challenge, and it will be the only save i have until FM09 is realeased.

Holidaying as we speak.

PS: is the website right?, Has nobody completed this challenge? Or have i just read it all wrong?

NepentheZ
13-04-2008, 09:58
good luck dlnwba86 http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

The website is wrong, I don't think its been updated for a long old while http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

dlnwba86
13-04-2008, 10:13
Thanks, nice to know its possible http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

dafuge
13-04-2008, 10:13
Originally posted by dlnwba86:

PS: is the website right?, Has nobody completed this challenge? Or have i just read it all wrong?

The website doesn't have a working achievements section, so I have been doing it manually. This (http://community.sigames.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/5402079792/m/6142046153?r=5022086183#5022086183) is the most recent list, although I haven't updated it for a while.

Peljam
13-04-2008, 10:24
Witton Albion - 21/22 - Premiership - Rodrigo De La Vega

Can't comment too much about the first half of the season as that was months ago, in real time. I picked the game back up yesterday and finished off the season.

The team seemed to play well and we were able to finish 7th (http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s121/peljam/Witton/table-2.jpg) . Not bad for the second season in the Premiership.

We scored plenty of goals and the younger players seem to be coming on leaps and bounds. I'm thinking maybe another couple of seasons, with some cup success to keep them happy, and the team should be mature/gelled/talented enough to take the title in style.

The bad news for the season is that Braun (http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s121/peljam/Witton/Braun.jpg) will be leaving but I feel that Tshabalala (http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s121/peljam/Witton/Tshabalala.jpg) will be be able to step up. He doesn't need to play straight away as Anson and Ballesteros both got over 20 goals each and Giderius managed 11.

Was a pity missing out an europe but I think it wouldn't have made much difference. I don't intend to bring many if any players in as the squad is big enough, and I'd like to concentrate on a cup next season. Maybe the league?

Anyway, roll on next season. I'll have a more detailed update then http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

dlnwba86
13-04-2008, 11:19
dlnwba86 - King's Lynn

Well i thought i would stick with my old team and try to emulate the team of 2007. I also like their colour.

Fingers crossed for a decent season. My usual goal was promotion within 3 season for each league, i think i'll be lucky to get that!

Profile (http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r237/dln424/klynnpro.jpg)

Aesler
13-04-2008, 13:37
Originally posted by Rickaldo:
Has anybody ever had a striker on Excellent Form (http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/989/wardformif8.jpg) like this. He's currently shooting me to the League Two title http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif.

What Skin is that?

Rickaldo
13-04-2008, 13:50
Originally posted by shakey.jake@hotmail.co.uk:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Rickaldo:
Has anybody ever had a striker on Excellent Form (http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/989/wardformif8.jpg) like this. He's currently shooting me to the League Two title http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif.

What Skin is that? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

ZzizZ from sortitoutsi.net

David_Clark_26
13-04-2008, 14:16
Sounds fun i'm in!

michaeltmurrayuk
13-04-2008, 14:35
Marine - Championship 21/22

Having lost in the Playoffs for the last two seasons in a row, the hope was to do better, but in the end the other teams in the League provided too strong for us.

It was a weird season in the Championship this season - the Top Seven were just in another league to everyone else, with us just about hanging onto the other six teams coat tails.

By the second half of the season we had opened up a massive lead over the eigth place team - and we were basicaly fighting to see which one of us wouldn't make it into the playoffs.

Recently relegated Southampton were unstoppable - scoring a record 127 goals - hammering Everton 6-0, Coventry 4-0, West Ham 7-1 and Man Utd 8-0 (who were Keeperless at the time).

The other teams - Brighton, Sheff Wed, Everton, Coventry and West Ham were banging goals in for fun aswell. Brighton were fielding three of my ex-defenders - and they managed to hammer Coventry (6-1) and West Ham (7-1).

Everton aswell were a problem - they spent £10m on a player who spent most of the season on the bench, they also had a couple of £10m rated strikers. Luckily they found themselves in a bit of trouble in Jan when other teams started to raid them for players.

So to compete with these teams my team needed strengthening and I needed a bit of luck - I strengthened my team by raiding the Czech Republic for 5 more Czech players, I also started refilling my team up with some promising youngsters, and also spent a fair bit of money on two promising youngsters - Italian Left Winger Mario Rocchi (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/4609/mariorocchico2.jpg) arrived from Inter for a club record £4m, he'd done okay on loan and was rated highly by my staff so I decided to sign him before anyone beat me to him, I also brought in another Promising Spanish Striker Jose Carlos Vargas (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/8018/josecarlosvargaskk7.jpg) from Sevilla for £3m and a Bulgarian Winger on a free Krasimir Petrov (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/2406/krasimirpetrovex0.jpg) who my fans were excited about.

At last count I now have 9 Czech Players and 9 Spanish Players, compared to 11 Englishmen (excluding Youths and 2nd Nats).

Of course I needed these players after I lost 14 squad players - Relegated Blackburn signed Spanish Keeper Jimenez and Czech Striker Smejkal after they were both unhappy, English Centre-back Robinson went to Ipswich after £1m was too much to turn down, moaning Left-Back Bell went to Oldham, whilst the aging Kajtes went to Woking.

I then lost my left wingers, hence the signing of Rocchi - Talavera hadn't impressed and at the time I had better options, then Mendez started moaning after Bolton bidded £200K for him, he finally disappeared back off to Spain, then a couple of weeks later my Danish Winger Nielsen randomly demanded a transfer and went to Plymouth. English Midfielder Paul Franks completed the sales when he started moaning about competition.

The Winter Window just got worse and worse - Promising Midfielder Jason Tomlin left for £4m to Rangers, after he refused to sign a new contract when Fulham declared an interest.

My Chairman then decided to get involved, it seems he doesn't want me to ever gain promotion with his attempts to sell players to rival Championship clubs - he attempted to sell Swedish Left Back Christoffer Sali to Coventry (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/7445/chairmanrr0.jpg), luckily I offered him out and he accepted Hertha's bid (£2m less but at least he's not going to play against me for a while). Then towards the end of the window he decided to sell my striker Forsyth to Huddersfield for £10m (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/5991/forsythwt7.jpg) http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Transfers actually need two screens this season, as we don't see to be able to filter out loans - Transfers Part 1 (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/8646/transferspart1vo6.jpg) and Transfers Part 2 (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/3141/transferpart2df2.jpg).

And that would pretty much end my chances of promotion - My Star Striker Naylor would miss most of the season due to injury - he got injured in the 6th minute of our first game of the season, then got himself injured scoring on his return, then injured himself in the rerserves as I attempted to get him match fit http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

High point of the season was beating Man Utd 7-0 at home (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/5964/manutdhomequ5.jpg), at this point Man Utd are pretty much reduced to players who've come from their academy.

Again our inablity to score let us down with 5 nil-nil draws against teams we should have beaten. Yet again we just couln't keep the pressure up on the top teams, we only really gained on them when they played each other or we played them - we managed to beat Brighton 2-1 (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/8113/brightonim9.jpg) thanks to an inspired substitution and also became the first team to score against and beat Soton in ages (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/5089/sotonem1.jpg), though it was a costly win, losing my two centre-backs and left back to injuries http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

But with the teams above us beating everyone else, they weren't dropping that many points, and a 6-2 defeat to Everton (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/9079/evertonfz9.jpg) ended our hopes of automatic promotion, and in the end we narrowly beat out West Ham to the last Playoff Spot.

But it was all for nothing, we were drawn against Sheff Wed in the playoffs and they hammered us 3-0 in the first leg (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/6786/playoffleg1wy4.jpg) and in the second leg we never looked like scoring, and that game ended 0-0 (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/1823/playoffleg2cf3.jpg), meaning for the third season in a row we had given up in the playoffs http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Final Table (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/7185/tableyv8.jpg) - we had the best defence yet again, but just couldn't match the others, and spent most of the season hanging onto that last playoff spot. (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/2746/posfb4.jpg)

The problem is I just cannot match the top teams, if my players start playing well they get poached or become unhappy when a midtable team bids for them and start playing crap. I also struggle to actually attract players to the club, if someone else bids on a player the player will join them, sometimes it just seems like players want to play for anyone but me.

Squad (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/610/squadra2.jpg) - Keeper Nicky Quinton (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/7815/nickyquintontp4.jpg) impressed this season and may have taken the #1 jersey from Woods, elsewhere it was disappointing - left winger Kekic had an awful season and was sold to Hull at the end of the season, Maltese left back Julian Gregory (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/3254/juliangregoryhv3.jpg) stepped up and seemlessly replaced departed left back Sali, even scoring direct from a corner.

Seasonal Best XI (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/8851/bestxisa3.jpg) - About right, no changes to overall best XI this season.

Snapshot (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/2752/snapshotax1.jpg) - we finally made it past the second round of the Carling Cup, beating Bradford and Rushden before losing to Spurs. In the FA Cup we needed an extra time goal from Forsyth in the replay to beat Swansea, before losing to Wolves.

Manager Profile (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/1263/profileie3.jpg) - Loyalty goes up after I was linked to a few jobs - including the Arsenal one, that eventually went to Frank Lampard, who it appears did his best to get them relagated and was replaced with Sol Campbell after just 3 months.

Club Info (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/7410/clubinfotm3.jpg) - With our ground being expanded upto 36K Capacity next season, only Sheff Wed and Man Utd have bigger grounds than us, board still won't build a youth academy though. We also end the season as the 19th richest club in England (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/9083/engrichlistpm8.jpg) and 73rd in the World.

I also finally got not just one but three new feeder clubs (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/2711/endfeederscd7.jpg) this season - Bulgarian Team Svilengrad for Work Permits, (who seem to have tiny bits of knowledge of random countries (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/346/randomknowledgemz0.jpg)), Italian Serie C2/B Side Gubbio and Mogas 90 from Benin, Africa.

Are we allowed to sign players from our feeder clubs without having to scout/trial them? - Whilst the board let me have an African Feeder club they won't let me scout Africa, and as they need work permits I cannot trial them either. I also miss being able to see other clubs knowledge.

NepentheZ
13-04-2008, 15:15
Great update mate http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

Unlucky on not getting promoted again. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

(Good lord, I hope I'm not still in the lower leagues in 21/22..!!)

NepentheZ
13-04-2008, 15:59
Youth Player Project

Every year we get a new batch of youth players, and the Ass Man singles out the best one of them. (I'm assuming they have the best P.A of the group.)

My aim is to take this player, give them some first team football, and track their career, be it at Real London, or should they move on. Each season I will add a new player to the reports, (naturally) and just think it could be fun, interesting and informative of what happens with them.

Player 1

John Adam, AM/F C (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/JohnAdam.jpg)

Just a little update on John Adam's progress so far this season

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">

Apps | Gls | MoM | Av R

6(4) | 5 | 2 | 7.00</pre>

Not bad from the young lad. He got forced into 2 starts, due to an injury, and scored 3 goals over the 2 games (2/1) - which I was delighted about, as one of them was a 35 yard free kick, earning him 3rd place in GOTM. \0/

I'm not entirely convinced about his stats, but physically, he's not bad - and allows his a lot of chances.

Originally, when "born" - he was rated CA/PA */** by every coach and scout, since them, 2 coach reports have turned into */*** - and one scout has **/***

Jimbokav1971
13-04-2008, 16:30
Originally posted by NepentheZ:
Great update mate http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

Unlucky on not getting promoted again. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

(Good lord, I hope I'm not still in the lower leagues in 21/22..!!)

He has always done quality updates http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif.

michaeltmurrayuk
13-04-2008, 17:54
Originally posted by Jimbokav1971:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by NepentheZ:
Great update mate http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

Unlucky on not getting promoted again. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

(Good lord, I hope I'm not still in the lower leagues in 21/22..!!)

He has always done quality updates http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks, it's a shame my players don't put as much effort into the matches http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

ejthegreat
13-04-2008, 20:41
michaeltmurrayuk, whilst your updates are great, they aren't filling me with much hope. Having exactly the same issues with regards to losing players and not being able to match the top teams in the Championship.

Only differences are that I have a stadium 1/2 your size, probably 1/5 the bank balance (at best) and worse youth facilities.

Where's the hope for me? http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

robmontie1965
14-04-2008, 03:06
Morning Dafuge

I have decided to take up your challenge, I am AFC Wimbledon, forgot to take screenie on 19/06/08 instead on 23/06/08 hope this is ok, this appears to be a tough challenge I will give it my best shot.http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/2417/managerprofilexc7.jpg]manager profile (http://imageshack.us)


Originally posted by dafuge:
The Aim

To take a small club who were previously unplayable in the game from the Blue Square N/S to Premier League and Champions League glory.


The Rules

Load a game with the English leagues only, with the Blue Square N/S selected, a large database (or smaller if preferred) and the attribute masking and the transfer boxes ticked. No additional players from any nation should be loaded. It should look like this. (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y134/dafuge/setup.jpg)

The extra levels of detail that you can change while in the game are up to you, as they shouldn't make a difference.

Add yourself as an unemployed manager, the details are not important at all. I like to call mine 'Holiday Man'.

Go on holiday until 19th June, this shouldn't take that long, perhaps about an hour. Saving on 18th June may give you a better choice of teams by reloading the game then going on holiday for one day, I would strongly recommend trying this.

Retire your 'Holiday Man' manager, it's always a sad moment, a bit like when the farmer says 'that'll do pig, that'll do' at the end of Babe.

Add a new manager, the options are up to you but 'past experience' must be set to the lowest possible which is 'Sunday league footballer'. I understand that choosing different nationalities may have an effect later on, but I trust people will be sensible with this. I would expect people to use their own true nationalities.

Take over one of the new clubs promoted to the Blue Square North or South, they should appear in this list which also shows the reputation of the possible clubs. The reputation should act as a difficulty level, the lower the reputation, the harder your game should be. Everybody knows that real men manage a club with a reputation less than 1000 [img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Isthmian Premier

AFC Hornchurch 900
AFC Wimbledon 1350
Ashford Town (Middx) 650
Billericay Town 1100
Boreham Wood 950
Carshalton Athletic 900
Chelmsford City 1250
East Thurrock United 600
Folkestone Invicta 700
Harlow Town 600
Harrow Borough 750
Hastings United 600
Hendon 900
Heybridge Swifts 850
Horsham 800
Leyton 700
Maidstone United 800
Margate 1100
Ramsgate 850
Staines Town 800
Tonbridge Angels 850
Wealdstone 700



Northern Premier

Ashton United 750
Buxton 850
Eastwood Town 850
Fleetwood Town 1000
Frickley Athletic 850
Gateshead 1200
Guiseley 1200
Hednesford Town 1300
Ilkeston Town 1050
Kendal Town 900
Leek Town 900
Lincoln United 850
Marine 1250
Matlock Town 1150
North Ferriby United 950
Ossett Town 900
Prescot Cables 1000
Stamford 1000
Whitby Town 1100
Witton Albion 1250
Worksop Town 1200



Southern Premier

Banbury United 800
Bashley 600
Bedford Town 1000
Brackley Town 400
Bromsgrove Rovers 700
Cheshunt 600
Chippenham Town 900
Cirencester Town 750
Clevedon Town 750
Corby Town 650
Gloucester City 800
Halesowen Town 900
Hemel Hempstead Town 800
Hitchin Town 1000
King's Lynn 1100
Mangotsfield United 850
Merthyr Tydfil 1100
Rugby Town 600
Swindon Supermarine 450
Team Bath 552
Tiverton Town 1000
Yate Town 650
</pre>

It is now up to you to manage this club all the way to the Premier League title and UEFA Champions League crown.

You may not move clubs unless you are sacked.

If you get sacked, you can either take over a newly promoted club that satisfies the original criteria (check the club's league history), or just start again.

Any form of international management is not allowed, until you have completed the challenge.

There are no restrictions on assigning feeder/parent clubs.

To sign a player, you must be able to scout them, this doesn't mean you have to, just he must be accessible to your scouts. If you have a foreign player on a free transfer who is willing to come on trial, you do not need to be able to scout them.

No external utilities such as FMScout should be used and the database should be unedited. Should SI release a data update, this would be allowed. It is advised that people should update using the latest patches as they are released.


Rules for this Thread

Player naming is allowed. (This is a warning for those of you who do not wish to see this)

Discussion on tactics is allowed. (This is another warning for those of you who do not wish to see this)

Screenshots for anything are encouraged.

When you join the challenge, could you post a screenshot of your manager's profile on the 19th June Like this (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y134/dafuge/profile-1.jpg) .

Progress of your club should be documented using this thread, we want to hear the story of your club all the way through. Please keep us updated, even if you are doing really badly.

At the end of every season, could everyone post some kind of season review, including at least a screenshot of a league table and the clubs transfer page. If you give this a title in bold it makes it a bit easier to pick out.


The Website

Thanks to Allan our webmaster, we have our very own website: http://www.dafugeschallenge.com/

When taking part in the challenge you can register with the site which tracks your progress throughout the challenge. If you do not sign up to the website, your name will not appear on the list which I will regularly post in this thread.


How to Post a Screenshot

<UL TYPE=SQUARE> <LI> While in FM, press the 'Prt Sc' button (usually next to F12 on your keyboard).

<LI> Open an image editing program such as Paint and paste the image

<LI> Save the file as a JPEG

<LI> Upload the image to an image hosting website such as Photobucket or Imageshack

<LI> Post the direct Url to the image here. [/list]


Best of luck http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

robmontie1965
14-04-2008, 03:11
http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/1843/managerprofilenq0.jpg

My first attempt at posting screenshot did not work

robmontie1965
14-04-2008, 03:14
Still not got this right, hopefully third time lucky.


Originally posted by robmontie1965:
[URL=http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/1843/managerprofilenq0.jpg]http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/1843/managerprofilenq0.jpg

My first attempt at posting screenshot did not work

robmontie1965
14-04-2008, 03:15
http://img380.imageshack.us/img380/6549/managerprofilexf0.jpg

David_Clark_26
14-04-2008, 03:55
Currently holidaying and this my 1st attempt a the Dafuge challenge Will keep you all posted with who i take over

dj clark boy
14-04-2008, 04:18
hi like sound challenge Currently loading a game up as i type...

butts
14-04-2008, 06:21
Just managed to get this (http://img377.imageshack.us/img377/9814/04142008151351vl2.jpg) transfer fee for someone not even in my starting 11. Did have alot of potential but couldn't turn down that amount of money in the BSS.

robmontie1965
14-04-2008, 06:31
Hi this is my first update, it's not going so well, but I will persevere http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/9563/leaguetablehy0.jpg
http://img76.imageshack.us/img76/995/firstteamop8.jpg
http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/6545/transfersxx7.jpg

michaeltmurrayuk
14-04-2008, 08:16
Originally posted by ejthegreat:
michaeltmurrayuk, whilst your updates are great, they aren't filling me with much hope. Having exactly the same issues with regards to losing players and not being able to match the top teams in the Championship.

Only differences are that I have a stadium 1/2 your size, probably 1/5 the bank balance (at best) and worse youth facilities.

Where's the hope for me? http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

You'll probarbly gain automatic promotion in your first season. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif
The Championship seems to depand on the luck of who comes down - rather confusing is the fact that the likes of Bolton, Brighton and Everton are able to spend £5m-£10m on several players a season (mainly mine), whilst Man Utd, Aston Villa and Blackburn went bankrupt, with Villa and Blackburn getting relagated to League One.

This season may be my chance - the league looks weaker, and I managed to get most of the moaning players transfers to go through at the end of the season.

Mike_Cardinal
14-04-2008, 08:19
Hey guys, starting a fresh with AFC Wimbledon.

Profile pic: http://i28.tinypic.com/2n7i71x.jpg

canvey!!
14-04-2008, 08:47
Originally posted by butts:
Just managed to get this (http://img377.imageshack.us/img377/9814/04142008151351vl2.jpg) transfer fee for someone not even in my starting 11. Did have alot of potential but couldn't turn down that amount of money in the BSS.

Good work! I sold Lee Millichip for £75k to Weston-super-Mare. He'd had a good season the season before but that season was truly dire, and there were two star strikers holding up the team, so I was happy to accept.

michaeltmurrayuk
14-04-2008, 08:51
Just noticed that Blackburn's Manager is a regen called Stacy Cain http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Rickaldo
14-04-2008, 09:40
AFC Hornchurh - League Two - Season 13/14

This was the season when i was expecting to get promoted after last years playoff defeat, so when i was sitting mid table after losing 3 of my first 4 away games it looked as though my dodgy away form would ruin the promotion hopes for another year.

A quick change of formation to a 451/433 and my form picked up home and away, at one point i won 17 straight home games until Crewe won with their only shot on goal. (http://img76.imageshack.us/img76/929/crewedl9.jpg) That result did'nt make much difference in the end as having the best attack and defence in the league meant that i won the league by a big margin. (http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/434/1314tableub6.jpg)

This season saw a change of tactic from a 442 to a 433 attacking (http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/7135/1314tacticyk3.jpg) which seemed to help the defence more than the attack even though only the centrebacks are set to a defensive mentality.

The squad (http://img149.imageshack.us/img149/9121/1314squadqz2.jpg) is mainly made up of British players with a couple of Czech's thrown in from player recommendations and of coure 4 or 5 Islanders with dual nationalities.

Goalkeeper - (http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/4506/1314ingramgoaliexw9.jpg)Became my first choice because of injuries and never lost his place due to a string of solid performances.
Rightback - (http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/7267/1314donaghyrightbackpu8.jpg)Donaghy was bought for about 20k from Coleraine and now i'm rejecting bids of 300k. Very good at getting forward and intercepting passes.
Leftback - (http://img74.imageshack.us/img74/3789/1314groundsleftbackwa5.jpg)Decent enough for this league. Signed for free from Middlesbrough.
Centreback - (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/4408/1314clarkecentrebackmh2.jpg)Another free transfer, nothing special.
Centreback - (http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/6269/1314liptakcentrebackap1.jpg)Excellent performer all season, one of the main reasons i was promoted.
Right Central Midfield - (http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/4980/1314rodgersmidfielddk5.jpg)Kevin Rodgers, another good season even though he was nowhere near his usual standard, more of a team player this year with 10+ key passes in a number of games.
Central Midfield - (http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/3600/1314clarkemidfieldhy6.jpg)Played in a defensive role this season and seemed to play better because of it. Probably going to leave soon with Everton interested.
Left Central Midfield - (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/4400/1314finlaysonmidfieldgq5.jpg)An outstanding debut season from Finlayson, he takes all set pieces, is the vice captain and he still wants to move to a bigger club.
Right Winger - (http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/7114/1314andersonrightmidfieti8.jpg)Probably my best player on potential as Liverpool and Arsenal are chasing him, very strong on either foot but won't resign so i'll sell him in January.
Left Winger - (http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/3339/1314hruskaleftmidfieldhc1.jpg)Signed on a player recommendation from Banik Ostrava he played quite well and is another that wants to leave.
Superstar Striker - (http://img247.imageshack.us/img247/2918/1314wardstrikerat5.jpg)Amazing season from Ward, he broke quite a few records that i doubt any other player will break including Goals' Man of the Match and Average rating. He also scored 9 hat-tricks including a double hat-trick to break the most goals in a match record. Suprisingly is still happy to stay despite Premier interest.

Next season i'm hoping just to stay up as i have a New Stadium (http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/4149/1314stadiumfz2.jpg) on the way. It is a 7500 all seater compared to 3000 now, it costs 4.2 milllion with me paying 45k per month until 2029 so i'm a bit short on cash at the moment.

NepentheZ
14-04-2008, 10:17
Youth Player Project

Every year we get a new batch of youth players, and the Ass Man singles out the best one of them. (I'm assuming they have the best P.A of the group.)

My aim is to take this player, give them some first team football, and track their career, be it at Real London, or should they move on. Each season I will add a new player to the reports, (naturally) and just think it could be fun, interesting and informative of what happens with them.

Player 1

John Adam, AM/F C (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/JohnAdam.jpg)
Mid-Season Update

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">

Apps | Gls | MoM | Av R

13(7)| 12 | 5 | 7.25</pre>

I'm overly impressed from the lad. He's covered again due to injuries, and hit a hat-trick against 2nd place in the league, securing a vital 3-1 win.! Every Coach, and 1 scout now rate him at 4* for potential, and one scout even rates him 5* potential.!

Since he his still 16, his attributes haven't improved much, but when he gets a Full Time professional contract, I'm hoping they shoot up http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

canvey!!
14-04-2008, 12:04
Personally, I think that's an excellent idea, perhaps I might follow suit.

Scoham
14-04-2008, 12:36
Originally posted by michaeltmurrayuk:
Just noticed that Blackburn's Manager is a regen called Stacy Cain http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Name probably comes from the ex Charlton reserve player Stacy Long, unless there are other Stacy's in the game? Good really to see uncommon names used in the game.

michaeltmurrayuk
14-04-2008, 12:55
Originally posted by Scoham:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by michaeltmurrayuk:
Just noticed that Blackburn's Manager is a regen called Stacy Cain http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Name probably comes from the ex Charlton reserve player Stacy Long, unless there are other Stacy's in the game? Good really to see uncommon names used in the game. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

There's only one other Stacy in my game at the moment - an unattached regen striker.

According to the editor there are 5 players called Stacy - an Aldershot defender, French youngster, two unattched players, and Stacy Long at Ebbsfleet.

Cannot find any data for the UK, but in America it was a fairly popular in the 1960's-80's (Top 400), but seems to have died out by 1993. (http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/Stacy)

cdave53
14-04-2008, 12:57
Hi There going to give it ago sounds like really good challenge ever done one before sounds like lot off fun.

NepentheZ
14-04-2008, 13:00
Originally posted by canvey!!:
Personally, I think that's an excellent idea, perhaps I might follow suit.

Are you talking about Dafs Challenge, or my youth Project>? http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

cdave53
14-04-2008, 13:03
hi NepentheZ both mate http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

NepentheZ
14-04-2008, 13:16
Originally posted by cdave53:
hi NepentheZ both mate http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I was talking to Canvey!! http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

But cheers.

cdave53
14-04-2008, 13:22
sorry mate but yours sounds good to thought I would give it a go

michaeltmurrayuk
14-04-2008, 14:33
My chairman needs to die a very very slow death http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif

NepentheZ
14-04-2008, 15:18
Originally posted by michaeltmurrayuk:
My chairman needs to die a very very slow death http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif

....Dun dun duhhhhhhh....

butts
14-04-2008, 15:38
Originally posted by canvey!!:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by butts:
Just managed to get this (http://img377.imageshack.us/img377/9814/04142008151351vl2.jpg) transfer fee for someone not even in my starting 11. Did have alot of potential but couldn't turn down that amount of money in the BSS.

Good work! I sold Lee Millichip for £75k to Weston-super-Mare. He'd had a good season the season before but that season was truly dire, and there were two star strikers holding up the team, so I was happy to accept. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
That's what was weird about this one he had only played 9 times and scored twice for the club yet he was worth 170khttp://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif.

michaeltmurrayuk
14-04-2008, 16:08
I've managed to survive this seasons Transfer Windows with just the loss of 5 players leaving due to them wanting to discuss terms, though I do have another six players who's transfers I managed to delay until the end of the season - that and loaning players out are the only ways I've found to reduce the offers you get http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

It doesn't help that my Chairman accepted two of the offers from rival Championship teams - he let Luxembourg Striker Engel go to Coventry for £5m and no addons after he'd broken into my first team and he decided to accept Bolton's £10m bid for Italian Winger Capecchi, luckily I was negoatigating with them and got it to go through at the end of the season, before the chairman took over (Since when did Championship Sides start spending £10m on players rated under £500K??)

I may add up how many of my ex-players are now playing for other Championship sides. Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that the players don't seem that loyal in FM2008 - most of the players I've sold have ended up being sold on after 1 or 2 seasons at their new club.

Work Permits are annoying me more at the moment - an uncapped Serbian player managed to get a work permit, but a Peru guy with 19 caps doesn't, and neither did two promising fully capped (alright only a handful) Russians http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

michaeltmurrayuk
14-04-2008, 17:12
Found out where all Man Utd's money has gone - they have just fired their 5th manager in 2 1/2 seasons http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

michaeltmurrayuk
14-04-2008, 17:14
It also appears that 20 is the magic number of caps for a work permit.

ejthegreat
14-04-2008, 20:55
Originally posted by michaeltmurrayuk:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ejthegreat:
michaeltmurrayuk, whilst your updates are great, they aren't filling me with much hope. Having exactly the same issues with regards to losing players and not being able to match the top teams in the Championship.

Only differences are that I have a stadium 1/2 your size, probably 1/5 the bank balance (at best) and worse youth facilities.

Where's the hope for me? http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

You'll probarbly gain automatic promotion in your first season. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif
The Championship seems to depand on the luck of who comes down - rather confusing is the fact that the likes of Bolton, Brighton and Everton are able to spend £5m-£10m on several players a season (mainly mine), whilst Man Utd, Aston Villa and Blackburn went bankrupt, with Villa and Blackburn getting relagated to League One.

This season may be my chance - the league looks weaker, and I managed to get most of the moaning players transfers to go through at the end of the season. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Good luck getting through this season.
This is my 5th season in the Championship so it's a little late for me to gain automatic promotion in my first season http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Like you, i've managed to hold off transfers etc although I've got some upset players. Also had a work permit problem. Signed a brazilian kid my scouts found and he got a permit on appeal. Now his contract runs out at the end of this year and I can't get a permit for a new contract.

Only Watford so far has gone bankrupt on mine, a few more and I'd be a real chance http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

MikaelS
14-04-2008, 22:34
Originally posted by michaeltmurrayuk:
It also appears that 20 is the magic number of caps for a work permit.
I think a players has to play 70% of played matches.

foost
15-04-2008, 00:25
Roy Keane took over Chelsea and won the league instantly (2012 i am). Still chelsea, man utd, arsenal and liverpool are doing well and not close to relegation like in your leagues. Strange thing tho is that Wolves became 2nd last year and this year 5th... Wolves that good? http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

NepentheZ
15-04-2008, 05:43
Real London Update - Season 2 (2009/2010)

To begin....

Ton Up for NepentheZ (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/Nep100.jpg) - In very quick fashion, NepentheZ reaches his 100th game for Real London. The game was the 1st leg of the Play-Off Semi-Final v Bromley, and a very respectable 2-2 was achieved.

BSS Prediction - 3rd
BSS Posistion - 3rd
F.A Cup - 4th Qual. Round
F.A Trophy - 2nd Round
Setanta Shield - 4th Round

Blue Square South - Graph (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/graph2.jpg) | Table (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/BSS.jpg)

A very impressive 3rd place from Real London, despite the media predicting such a position. I was around 4th - 8th pretty much the whole season, but an easy run in, which saw me play 4 home games out of 6 left, all against relegation battlers, allowed us to steal 3rd place on the last day of the season, and but for a few goals difference, it could have been second. My squad has really come on this year, but winning the league was never going to happen, due to (for the second year running) the relegated BSP team dominating. Next year, I aim to challenge for the title.

Best Elevens - Season (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/BES.jpg) | Overall (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/BEO.jpg)

Remarkably, Youth Project 1 (John Adams) - has been inducted into the Season's best ELEVEN, but also is in the starting line up for the OVERALL best eleven.!

Other Info

Finances (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/graph.jpg)
Manager Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/ManInfo.jpg)
Manager Overview (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/ManOver.jpg)
Manager Profile (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/ManPro.jpg)
Team Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/TeamInfo.jpg)
Team Selection (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/selection.jpg)

Player Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/RecP.jpg)
Team Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/RecT.jpg)

Transfers (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/Transfers.jpg)

Again, a lot of players released on free's, and due to the board not giving me any funds, free transfer signings are all I can go by. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Players of the Season

R. Charles (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/Rcharles.jpg) - Despite the natural striker playing Right Midfield for most of the season, he still managed to knock in 19 goals. A great season.

Youth Project 1 (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/1EOS1.jpg) - I can't believe I'm putting him here. I expected him to be a fringe player, but due to lack of forwards, and a lot of injuries, he ended up becoming a first team regular, and earned his place. An impressive 21 goals from the 16 year old.

Season Summary

Disappointed the board again this season, by not trying to "achieve promotion", despite being in the play-off spots for most of the season. Excelled in 2 cups, but let them down again in the F.A Cup, getting knocked out by a "Grey Team" for the second year running.

Manager history

Season 1 - Blue Square South - 6th place
Season 2 - Blue Square South - 3rd place

Play Off Heartbreak

In the first leg, Real London were away from home, and scored a late equalizer in the dying minutes, to take a 2-2 draw, and arguably make them favorites to progress. However,

Real London 2-3 Bromley (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/Playof2ndleg.jpg)

a 3-2 defeat, in which Real London missed an early penalty, saw Bromley go through. 3-0 with ten minutes to go, Real London managed to pull 2 goals back in the last 2 minutes, but it was never going to be enough. Bromley went all the way, and got Promoted to the BSP, which made me very happy, as in the 6 meetings so far between the 2 clubs, I've never managed to beat them.!

*Real London were formally AFC Wimbledon

NepentheZ
15-04-2008, 05:46
[QUOTE]Originally posted by NepentheZ:
Youth Player Project

Every year we get a new batch of youth players, and the Ass Man singles out the best one of them. (I'm assuming they have the best P.A of the group.)

My aim is to take this player, give them some first team football, and track their career, be it at Real London, or should they move on. Each season I will add a new player to the reports, (naturally) and just think it could be fun, interesting and informative of what happens with them.

Player 1

John Adam, AM/F C (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/JohnAdam.jpg)
End of Season Update

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">

Apps | Gls | MoM | Av R

35(9)| 21 | 5 | 7.16</pre>

A brilliant season.! I'm so impressed with him scoring 21 goals, that he might just start the season as first choice.!

Player 2

Mathew McManus (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/MathewMcManus.jpg)

Doesn't have great stats in any area, so I can't imagine I'll be giving him too many opportunities, but will track his career regardless.!

butts
15-04-2008, 06:07
Butts - AFC Wimbledon blue square south 08-09

Well it was an eventful season with some ridiculously high scoring games the most notable of which was a 6-3 victory and a 5-5 draw. We also won 5-0, 6-0 and 7-1 at different points in the season. We were always around the playoffs but didn't secure our place in them until the final day although to go out of them by then we would of needed to lose 35-0 if cambridge won 1-0. The 5th place finish didn't impress me at all though as it meant we would have to play Crawley who topped the table most of the season and really deserved to win it. However after the playoffs i was left wondering why we couldn't have played like that all season.

Playoff semi-final first leg (http://img165.imageshack.us/img165/2824/04152008150212ta4.jpg)
Playoff semi-final second leg (http://img165.imageshack.us/img165/6665/04152008150257zc9.jpg)
Playoff Final (http://img165.imageshack.us/img165/6665/04152008150257zc9.jpg)
League Table (http://img245.imageshack.us/img245/2765/04152008150031ht7.jpg)
Positions Graph (http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/2351/04152008150113zw0.jpg)

canvey!!
15-04-2008, 09:48
Originally posted by NepentheZ:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by canvey!!:
Personally, I think that's an excellent idea, perhaps I might follow suit.

Are you talking about Dafs Challenge, or my youth Project>? http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Your youth project - I should have been more clear. But if you'd been paying attention you'd know I'm already 5 seasons into the Challenge http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

NepentheZ
15-04-2008, 10:47
Originally posted by canvey!!:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by NepentheZ:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by canvey!!:
Personally, I think that's an excellent idea, perhaps I might follow suit.

Are you talking about Dafs Challenge, or my youth Project>? http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Your youth project - I should have been more clear. But if you'd been paying attention you'd know I'm already 5 seasons into the Challenge http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Gimme a break, I only started this a few days ago http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif (Although I'm now well into season 3 http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif )

NepentheZ
15-04-2008, 11:42
Youth Player Project

Every year we get a new batch of youth players, and the Ass Man singles out the best one of them. (I'm assuming they have the best P.A of the group.)

My aim is to take this player, give them some first team football, and track their career, be it at Real London, or should they move on. Each season I will add a new player to the reports, (naturally) and just think it could be fun, interesting and informative of what happens with them.

Player 1

John Adam, AM/F C (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/JohnAdam.jpg)

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">

Season | Apps | Gls | MoM | Av R

1 | 35(9)| 21 | 5 | 7.16
2 | 3(2)| 4 | 2 | 7.40</pre>

5 games in to the new season, and I just can't NOT play him. I bought him on as sub, twice, for him to score on both occasions, (despite 1 being 5 minutes from time), and in the three starts he's made, hes scored 2 more. We've won all 5 games so far this season, largely down to this kid.

Player 2

Mathew McManus (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/MathewMcManus.jpg)

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">

Season | Apps | Gls | MoM | Av R

1 | 0(5) | 2 | 0 | 6.60
</pre>

Scoring on his debut made me kind of regret saying that he won't play much of a part for me this season. I thought I'd give him a try, and have only bought him on when the games have been all but won. He's only played roughly 30 minutes combined football over the 5 games, but still managed to knock in 2 goals. I'm overly impressed, yet again.

Hopefully, if my boys carry on knocking them in, I can sell them on for a fee not worthy of their attributes. Player 1 however, does seem to be excelling in the technical side, and might just have a future at the club, so long as we are in the lower leagues. http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

mag man
15-04-2008, 12:27
Originally posted by NepentheZ:
Youth Player Project

Every year we get a new batch of youth players, and the Ass Man singles out the best one of them. (I'm assuming they have the best P.A of the group.)

My aim is to take this player, give them some first team football, and track their career, be it at Real London, or should they move on. Each season I will add a new player to the reports, (naturally) and just think it could be fun, interesting and informative of what happens with them.

Player 1

John Adam, AM/F C (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/JohnAdam.jpg)

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">

Season | Apps | Gls | MoM | Av R

1 | 35(9)| 21 | 5 | 7.16
2 | 3(2)| 4 | 2 | 7.40</pre>

5 games in to the new season, and I just can't NOT play him. I bought him on as sub, twice, for him to score on both occasions, (despite 1 being 5 minutes from time), and in the three starts he's made, hes scored 2 more. We've won all 5 games so far this season, largely down to this kid.

Player 2

Mathew McManus (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/MathewMcManus.jpg)

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">

Season | Apps | Gls | MoM | Av R

1 | 0(5) | 2 | 0 | 6.60
</pre>

Scoring on his debut made me kind of regret saying that he won't play much of a part for me this season. I thought I'd give him a try, and have only bought him on when the games have been all but won. He's only played roughly 30 minutes combined football over the 5 games, but still managed to knock in 2 goals. I'm overly impressed, yet again.

Hopefully, if my boys carry on knocking them in, I can sell them on for a fee not worthy of their attributes. Player 1 however, does seem to be excelling in the technical side, and might just have a future at the club, so long as we are in the lower leagues. http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

Any chance of a screenshot to see how John Adam has progressed?

NepentheZ
15-04-2008, 16:18
John Adam (http://img90.imageshack.us/my.php?image=johnadamqj5.jpg) - Current Profile

You can't see much (if any http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif ) difference in attributes, but I can notice a difference in the way he plays on the field.

NepentheZ
15-04-2008, 16:26
I've taken the liberty to check each attribute, and here are the advances, and declines.

Technical Attributes

Dribbling +1 (5 to 6)
Passing +2 (4 to 6)
Tackling +1 (3 to 4)

Mental Attributes

Anticipation +1 (7 to 8)
Composure +1 (6 to 7)
Concentration +1 (3 to 4)
Creativity +2 (6 to 8)
Decisions +2 (2 to 4)
Flair -1 (15 to 14)
Off The Ball +1 (7 to 8)
Positioning +1 (4 to 5)
Team Work +1 (4 to 5)
Work Rate +1 (10 to 11)

Physical Attributes

Agility -1 (8 to 7)
Balance -1 (8 to 7)
Jumping +1 (5 to 6)
Stamina +2 (2 to 4)
Strength +3 (4 to 7)

Total gained Attribute points = 18

\0/

michaeltmurrayuk
15-04-2008, 17:09
Marine - Championship 2022/23

So after losing in the first round of the playoffs for the past three seasons, the odds were that was where we were going to end up this season.

I was quietly confident this season, the league looked weaker, my squad had an extra season of experience behind it, and I started culling underdeveloped and underperfomring players - Left Winger Kekic went to Hull for £1m, after he had an awful season last season, I had yet another young centre-back poached off me, this time Fulham took McStay for £2.5m, the rest of the sales being youngsters who hadn't made it, I then went about bringing in some more promising youngsters to replace all the ones I'd lost - my reserve and youth teams are looking rather threadbare.

The board again wanted a middle table position, then less than two weeks later offered me a new two year contract where they wanted me to be a major player in the Championship (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/6151/newcontractls2.jpg), I managed to negotiate and get a five year contract out of them.

From that point the season went downhill, my best midfielder Ivo Sigmund broke a leg in a friendly and would be out for 6 months (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/2392/sigmundinjuredwr1.jpg) http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Then the exodus began, Czech Midfielder Jan Herman, felt the lure of Arsenal too strong and will join them for £2.5m at the end season, rather annoying is that I'd only signed him last season and he'd just settled into my team.

The computer decided it would pick on my midfield this season - Cypriot Midfielder Savrou would join Coventry at the end of the season, he even started moaning whilst he was discussing terms with Coventry (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/2994/complainingwhilsttalkinwf3.jpg), and he'll be joined at Coventry next season by Czech Midfielder Lukas Janacek who after just six months at the club felt Coventry were too good to turn down http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

It didn't end there Liechenstein Defender Wolfgang Stein became unhappy when I turned down a bid from Coventry, and he'll join Sparta Prague at the end of the season for £2.7m.

My chairman then decided to get in on the action - Bolton bidded for my Italian Winger Capecchi and I said fine £10m plus 50% next sale and delay until the end of the season in the hopes they'd pull out as he was only worth £325K, but no they seem to be full of money and my chairman greedily accepted the offer (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/4713/capecchichairmanap0.jpg) http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Then in January my Chairman decided to sell Luxembourg Striker Engel to Coventry for £5m (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/7209/engelsoldhd6.jpg), alright we are making a fair bit of profit, but I'd wish he'd stop selling players to rival teams http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

With most of the sales delayed until the end of the season, I went out spending some of money on promising youngsters my scouts raved about - hopefully the fact that I can atrract players from French and Italian teams is a sign of our improving reputation.

My main signing of the season would be French Left Winger Stephane De Araujo (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/4479/stephanedearaujokn6.jpg) from Nantes for £2.4m to replace the departed Kekic, and to take some pressure off my young winger Rocchi.

Other signings included the capture of Promising French Centre-back Sebastien Chevalier (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/2391/sebastienchevaliersk4.jpg) from RC Lens for £1.7m, a Serbian Right Back Dragan Markovic (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/2564/draganmarkovicpy0.jpg) was brought in for £500K but seems rather injury prone, I also brought in a Keeper Wayne Henry (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/9186/waynehenryel1.jpg) on a free from Walsall to provide some competition, and I raided Italy for some promising defenderrs Manuele Bonomi (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/8851/manuelebonomios9.jpg) arrived from Roma for £275K and Stefano Costanzo (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/7007/stefanocostanzojm6.jpg) was bought from Genoa for £1m, I also raided Russia for a couple of promising players, who didn't get Work Permits, but should in the next year or two.

Transfers Screen (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/5305/transferspl1.jpg) and Future Transfers (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/9486/futuretransfersdm2.jpg) Screen.

I decided to change things around this season, with half my team leaving at the end of the season this would be our best chance for promotion.

I switched back to my old trusty 4-4-2 formation with a couple of tweaks, hoping it would provide more attacking options than my 4-3-3 formation.

The season started off well we won our first 3 games, with Spevak in fine form grabbing 6 goals in 6 games.

Things then started to quickly fall apart, we were crushed 5-1 by Luton, and followed that up with defeats to Palace and Mboro, and after 19 games we'd dropped down to 18th in the League with defeats to relagation threatened Man Utd and MK Dons - we'd only won 3 times since the opening three wins and suffered nine defeats and it was looking like we'd be going back down to League One - we just couldn't win games, our only decent result was beating a poor York side 4-1, and we'd thrown away a 2-0 lead against Leicester losing 4-2.

With the season looking a lost cause I decided to mix things up again - went back to 4-3-3, and changed things around - right back O'Connor was dropped after yet another poor backpass resulted in a goal, English Centre-Back Luke Hulse was promoted to partner Scott Moore in defence instead of Alexander Houska who seemed to be struggling. Italian Capecchi came back in for Straka on the right wing, upfront I'd rotate between Spevak, Naylor and Promising young Spanish Striker Eduardo Lasarte who'd impressed earlier in the season.

Central Midfield proved to be a problem position - Lukas Janacek was starting to impress but picked up an injury in Feb that would rule him out for the season, Brazilian Rafinha also got himself injured, but luckily by this time Sigmund had recovered.

I also decided to respond no comment to the pre-match buildup and no comment to the previous player comment, as any other answer seemed to upset my Keepr Quinton, teamtalk wise I switched between no Pressure and you can win the match.

With the change to 4-3-3 we saw ourselves fly up the table winning five of our next six games including a 2-0 win over league leaders Ipswich.

A set back after Christmas against Wigan, didn't effect us and we'd go the next 17 games unbeaten, including a run of 7 wins in a row.

We were proving unbeatable - we'd finally learned the nack of grinding out results, holding onto narrow leads and coming back from a goal down, even injuries couldn't stop us.

After 33 games with a 2-0 win over Leicester on Valentines Day (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/1703/moreinspiredsubsga1.jpg) (14 Feb) thanks to some inspired substitutions we found ourselves back in the playoffs, only 9 points off leaders Ipswich and with victories against playoff rivals West Ham and Bolton, we were firmly entrenched in the playoffs, but a disapointing 1-1 draw against York reminded us we still had work to do.

Our 38th league game of the season, would be one of the more important, away to Second Place Derby, we needed a strong performance and we got one, beating them 3-0 (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/6043/derbyoa0.jpg) sending us to Second in the League, promotion was now in our own hands.

But again we slipped up and could only draw 1-1 against Walsall, allowing the other teams back in, next we'd have must win games against MK Dons and Man Utd who were both fighting for their lives at the foot of the table, we needed to come back from behind against MK Dons to win 2-1 thanks to goals from my Italian Wingers Capecchi and Rocchi, though it could prove to be a costly win losing Gregory and Herman to injury.

I needn't have worried we followed up with comfortable Home wins over Man Utd and Swansea, with Lasarte coming off the bench to grap a double against Swansea.

So with 42 games gone we were now 6 points clear of Third Placed Mboro and fourth placed Bolton, Though Ipswich were 11 points clear at the top and had effectivly won the league.

The season still had some extra twists up its sleeve, as next we would have to play Ipswich who were in no mood to do us any favours and they won a close game 1-0 ending our 17 game unbeaten streak, which allowed Boro to close the gap to 3 points.

We came a step closer to Promotion with a 4-1 demoliton of Burnley with Eduardo Lasarte grabbing his second hat-trick of the season and with Boro only drawing we'd only need 1 point to gain promotion to the promised land.

In our way was the old enemy Coventry, and a poor performance saw us lose 2-0, and with Derby and MBoro both losing, only Bolton could catch us, we would now just need a point against Wigan in our final game, or hope that Bolton don't win, if we lost and Bolton won they'd be promoted on Goal Difference.

It was a cagey first half against Wigan, but then in injury time a moment of madness from Wigan's Keeper occured, he attempted to dribble the ball, but was tackled by Spevak, who rounded the covering defender and slotted the ball into the empty net, to see us go in 1-0 up at half-time, he then added a second in the 68th minute firing home from the age of the area, substitute Eduardo Lasarte then finished the game off in the 90th minute when Wigan left him unmarked in the box. Final Score Marine 3-0 Wigan (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/7127/finalgamebf5.jpg)

So after over 700 games, over 5000 days and 15 seasons Marine will be in the Premier League http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif though with no players...

Championship Table (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/3667/tableji9.jpg) - For the fourth season in a row we have the best defence in the league, and +27 Goal Difference (had +28 last season, +27 season before and +28 season before that, we are consisent at least), and as I predicted the weakened league this season really helped, this amount of points last season would have still left us in sixth place. On the bad side Man Utd suffer relagation to League One by 2 goals, and I don't see them recovering from that, they are £700m in debt http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Bolton beat Coventry with a last minute extra-time goal in the Playoff Final.

POS Graph (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/886/psographav1.jpg) - Just shows how unlikely promotion was before Christmas.

Squad (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/9521/squadbf7.jpg) - Keeper Quinton had a good season in goal keeping 16 Clean Sheets, in the centre of defence Hulse and Moore were rocks, but in January Hulse wanted to go to Mboro and will join them for £5m at the end of the season. DM Perez Gomez is rather underrated by the game, but does an important job in front of the defence. Centre Midfield is going to be a problem next season, Rafinha is getting old, Mikel is unhappy, and rest have been sold leaving only Ivo Sigmund. On the Left Winger de Araujo and Rocchi rotated well, however the right wing is going to be a problem, Jaroslav Straka doesn't seem to have recovered from a long injury a couple of seasons ago and struggled, Vittorio Capecchi was in fine form, but will be joining Bolton.

Upfront Danny Naylor had another awful season by his standards, and his time may have come, Spevak started the season well, but seriously underperformed when we were struggling, but came back into form with the change to 4-3-3 with some important goals.

Star of the Season was Young Spanish Striker Eduardo Lasarte (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/4738/eduardolasarteub6.jpg) touted as the next David Villa, who was signed from Athletic for £500K the season before last, spending last season onloan impressing at Real Sociedad, he impressed early on in the season as a late sub, with his work rate and determination - he's what I have been missing upfront, he's willing to chase the ball, scoring a few goals after tackling defenders or Keeper, and scoring scrappy close range goals, he did well in the first half of the season when Spevak and Naylor were out of form, and spent the second half of the season coming on as a sub to keep Spevak fresh, or as something extra in games we weren't winning. Of course I'll see how long it takes for my chairman to sell him.

Best XI (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/5827/bestxigm9.jpg) - Bulgarian Petrov is a surprise choice on the left, he like Lasarte was mainly used as a sub to keep my wingers fresh, he was intialy a right winger, but being left footed I trained him to play on the left.

Overall Best XI (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/2225/overalbestxilq1.jpg) - Scott Moore comes in at Centre-back, whilst Keeper Quinton makes the bench, Gary Woods is just short of 500 appearances for the club, he's been a fine Keeper since the Blue Square Premier when I signed him from Man Utd on a free making 457 league appearances, conceeding only 495 goals, keeping 149 Clean Sheets, plus 5 goals and countless assists. Though this may be broken as according to Naylor's history and Marine Records Naylor has 164 League Goals for Us plus 16 cup goals not 159 as that says http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

Club Infomation (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/9880/clubinfojy2.jpg) - Rafinha joins the Favoured Personnel, possibly due to the fact that he likes scoring 35 yard free-kicks. Whilst our ground is now going to be a just under 40,000 all-seater stadium - this is now the biggest staduim I've had since beginning the challenge in FM06 - only 8 grounds are bigger than ours in the Premiership, and looks like some teams have been expanding, Whilst Portsmouth have moved into a 45,000 capacirt Spinnaker Stadium (is this pre-programmed?)
The Richlist see us ranked 14th in England (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/144/richlistno0.jpg), and 49th in the World above Inter Milan!

Feeder Clubs (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/3408/feedersao9.jpg) - Added League One Grimsby and Trinidad side Joe Public (what a great name http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif)

Snapshot (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/5739/snapshotuj1.jpg) - The FA Cup saw us lose to Premiership Portsmouth 3-1 in the Third Round, whilst we reached the Third Round of the Carling Cup for the second season in a row beating Peterborough and Yeovil before going down to Everton on pens after a thrilling 4-4 draw (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/3593/leaguecupbu4.jpg), where we showed some backbone, that we weren't showing in the league at the time.

Manager Profile (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/5075/profilewv2.jpg) - Loyalty goes up after I was linked with more jobs, whilst Domestic Bias actually goes down, and it will go down more now I can scout the whole world.

There was also a shock in the Premier League (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/8277/premierxm6.jpg) this season - Arsenal got themselves relagated to the Championship, releasing their first choice keeper, who was only rated as a good Championship Keeper early in the season, didn't help them, and with them being £211m in debt we may not be seeing them again, rather disappointing is that Abramovick is still at Chelsea.

I also get the last laugh on the four players who felt Arsenal, Mboro and Coventry were too good to turn down, as I'll be in the Premiership whilst they are in the Championship. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I may have found out why the relagated Premiership teams have some much money - I get £29.5m TV rights just for the Premiership! (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/9283/tvrightsbg2.jpg) (Though I haven't received any cash yet, do we get this monthly then?)

So to stop me going straight back down, I'm going to have a lengthy shopping list I needed - a couple of centre-backs, possibly a right back, several central midfielders, and some right wingers.

Lets hope that I don't go straight back down to the Championship...

Though it appears being in the Premiership doesn't stop your players from becoming unhappy, my Bulgarian Winger is unhappy I turned down a bid from Brighton for him http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif and to top it off I'm finding it very hard to sign new players, all the teams want silly money for their players http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

NepentheZ
15-04-2008, 17:24
About time Murray.! Congrats on getting promoted, at last.! http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

Lets hope you can bring in a lot of good players from that.

foost
16-04-2008, 00:10
Try looking/scouting in the Netherlands for good wingers!

happy slappy
16-04-2008, 01:58
Damn this thread!!

Just been reading the first 30 pages and now I want to do this challenge AGAIN!

Holidaying as I speak.

http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

rlipscombe
16-04-2008, 02:01
Originally posted by happy slappy:
Damn this thread!!

Just been reading the first 30 pages and now I want to do this challenge AGAIN!

Holidaying as I speak.

http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

ha ha, tell me about it!! got a few irons in the fire so to speak at the moment, but do fancy another crack at it...

dafuge
16-04-2008, 02:02
Originally posted by michaeltmurrayuk:

I may have found out why the relagated Premiership teams have some much money - I get £29.5m TV rights just for the Premiership! (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/9283/tvrightsbg2.jpg) (Though I haven't received any cash yet, do we get this monthly then?)



Yes, it comes in instalments throughout the season.

Congratulations on the promotion (at last) http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

ejthegreat
16-04-2008, 04:03
I HATE MY CHAIRMAN

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THIS MUCH!!! http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.gif http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.gif http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.gif

Just sold off my star centre-back Douglas http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon13.gif

Douglas (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/1391/douglasatbidov6.jpg)

Selling him off for £3m or so. I really want him to leave the club alone.

ejthegreat
16-04-2008, 04:06
By the way, the arrow looked much bigger when I put it in than shows on the page. Just imagine it going on until the end http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

ejthegreat
16-04-2008, 05:10
Couldn't keep him http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gifHe's going (http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/4200/gonefd5.jpg)

dafuge
16-04-2008, 05:14
That better? http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

ejthegreat
16-04-2008, 05:18
Originally posted by dafuge:
That better? http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Hahaha, much more realistic http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Now if I could just ruin his businesses so he'd have to sell the club.

ejthegreat
16-04-2008, 06:09
Got a new media message that I hadn't seen before:

Muller attracts attention (http://img516.imageshack.us/img516/521/oddshm4.jpg)

Surprised since he's only a played a few games this season, although has done fairly well.

Given that's he valued at only £100k and wanted by Blackburn, Bolton, Charlton, Leeds, Newcastle, Portsmouth, Reading and Tottenham, who here gives me any chance of holding onto him past the next transfer window?

rlipscombe
16-04-2008, 06:42
Originally posted by ejthegreat:
Got a new media message that I hadn't seen before:

Muller attracts attention (http://img516.imageshack.us/img516/521/oddshm4.jpg)

Surprised since he's only a played a few games this season, although has done fairly well.

Given that's he valued at only £100k and wanted by Blackburn, Bolton, Charlton, Leeds, Newcastle, Portsmouth, Reading and Tottenham, who here gives me any chance of holding onto him past the next transfer window?

slim?? i'd say your best bit is hiring a hitman to take out your chairman... http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif on a serious note, what sort of contract is he on? could you offer him a new one to try and keep them at bay a bit? might also boost his value a bit...

ejthegreat
16-04-2008, 07:46
Originally posted by rlipscombe:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ejthegreat:
Got a new media message that I hadn't seen before:

Muller attracts attention (http://img516.imageshack.us/img516/521/oddshm4.jpg)

Surprised since he's only a played a few games this season, although has done fairly well.

Given that's he valued at only £100k and wanted by Blackburn, Bolton, Charlton, Leeds, Newcastle, Portsmouth, Reading and Tottenham, who here gives me any chance of holding onto him past the next transfer window?

slim?? i'd say your best bit is hiring a hitman to take out your chairman... http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif on a serious note, what sort of contract is he on? could you offer him a new one to try and keep them at bay a bit? might also boost his value a bit... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Am offering one at the moment, so far he's happy so hopefully he'll accept. Currently has 18mths to go on £2k/week contract as a squad player. Will be looking at 3-4 yr contract at least. So far I've had 4-5 "enquiries" but no firm offers, fingers crossed.

happy slappy
16-04-2008, 08:58
Happy Slappy Returns to Bedford Town!

That's right, (http://img390.imageshack.us/my.php?image=mesb9.jpg)I'm back!

The team info. (http://img380.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bedfordoo9.jpg)

It feels good to be back.

michaeltmurrayuk
16-04-2008, 09:57
A Quick overview of the World 16 years into the Future - 2023

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Premier League</A> - Liverpool have won the League a record 27 times, winning the last 5 in a row, and 9 out of the 16 since 2008. Spurs have won 4 titles - including 3 in a row 2016-2018, Newcastle and Arsenal are the only other teams to win it. Interestingly Everton finished second two years in a row before getting relagated the next season. In the last few years Leeds, Birmingham, Reading, Man City and Huddersfield have been finishing 2nd/3rd. Portsmouth managed two third places in 2009 and 2017.

Liverpool are currently the only side with a Worldwide rep, whilst Birmingham, Chelsea, Huddersfield, Leeds, Man City, Newcastle and Spurs have Continental Reputations.

Huddersfield have been a Premiership Team since 2015/16, and now a mid-table team.
Leeds returned to the Premiership in 2012/13, getting relagated twice more but coming straight backup.
Southend have been here since 2013/14 and are a lower table struggler.
Wolves have been battling relagation since their promotion in 2011/12.
Whilst Chelsea are back to being a top-half finisher, just claiming or missing a European place.

Managers: (club mentioned is which club they started the game at)

Birmingham - Leyton Orient's Martin Ling has been in charge for 10 years. They have an Algerian Board.
Bolton - Preston's Manager Paul Simpson, was appointed last season, his longest stay is 5 years at Derby.
Brighton - Appointed Steve Cotterill (Burnley) last season.
Chelsea - Abramovich is still chairman and have been managed by Alan Pardew for 18 months (he stayed at Charlton until going back to WHU in 2011). Avram Grant was in charge until 2010, whilst Dennis Wise lasted one season in charge.
Huddersfield - Managed by Frank Lampard - he left Chelsea in 2013 joing Oldham on a free, was a youth coach at Reading and Arsenal for two seasons each, and then spent nearly 3 seasons in charge of Coventry, before being appointed Arsenal manager, that only last 3 months when he nearly got them relagated (their relagation last season, shows it wasn't his fault), and was appointed Huddersfield manager last year.
Ipswich - Have a regen in charge, who was previously the Bedford Manager. Though they have Brian McClair on the coaching staff.
Leeds - Ex-Brentford Manager Leroy Rosenior has been in Charge since 2018. There backroom is completly English except for the NIrish Gerry Taggart.
Liverpool - Watford Manager Adrian Boothroyd was appointed in 2017. Benitez lasted until 2011.
Man City - Fired Eriksson after Christmas in the first season, they still have the same Thai Chairman and are currently managed by German Thomas Schaaf who joined last season after a season at Everton and 8 years at Chelsea.
Newcastle - Chairman Mike Ashley is still there and they are managed by David Platt. Whilst Nigel Pearson and Lee Clark are still on the coaching staff. Stuart Pearce spent 7 years in charge of them and is still the England U21 Manager.
Portsmouth - managed by Ian Holloway, who's on his 7th job of the game (not very loyal), Tony Adams is still assistant manager. Redknapp retired in 2010 after losing the FA Cup and was replaced by Martin O'Neill. They have also had Laudrup, Boothroyd, Platt, Mike Newell and Henk ten Cate in charge.
Sheffield United - Managed by Micky Adams.
Southampton - Managed by Andy Ritchie, who spent 6 months in charge of Man Utd.
Southend - are still managed by Steve Tilson, he's been in charge since 2003.
Stoke have a regen in charge.
Sunderland - Managed by Mike Newell, with Niall Quinn still chairman. Roy Keane resigned in 2013.
Tottenham - Now have a Finnish Board and are managed Spaniard Marcelino (Racing Manager) who was appointed last season. Martin Jol was fired in Dec 2007, replaced by Louis van Gaal who was then fired in Feb08. Steve Coppell, Mark Hughes, David Moyes and Stuart Pearce have all been manager. They have been inspired by Bojan for the last 10 years after he arrived on a free from Barcelona.
West Brom have Iain Dowie in charge.
Wolves are being managed by Espanyol manager Ernesto Valverde, who was the guy that got Man Utd relagated.

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Championship</A> - Blackburn, Derby, Fulham and Wigan are all established Championship sides, Kettering Town made it to the Championship this season, after starting off in the BSN. Reading and Arsenal are in the Championship for the first time. WHU have never made it back to the Premiership since going down in the first season.

Sol Campbell is the Arsenal Manager.

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League One</A> - Man Utd are in real problem, and went bankrupt again this season, Aston Villa are spending their fourth season in League One, Charlton have been here for 8 years.

Whilst the Computer is attempting the Challenge with Billericay Town, they gained promotion to the BSS in 2009/10, and this is their first season in League One, who would have thought that Man Utd and Billericay would both be in League One in 2023?

Man Utd - fired Fergie in 2010 for being third in the league, and from then things went downhill. Felix Magath, Steve Bruce, Roy Keane, Alan Curbishley, Andy Ritchie, Thomas Doll and Dieter Eilts couldn't bring succes to them. Their only succes has been winning the Champions League and FA Cup in the First Season.

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League Two</A> - nothing really going on here, apart from Watford. Bradley Wright-Phillips is in charge of Hendon and Steve Harper is in charge of Woking.

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Blue Square Premier</A> - Barnsley not doing too well, and are the lowest ex-Premier Team. There's a few challenge teams in here can they make it to the Football League.

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Blue Square North</A> - Crewe and Port Vale doing rather badly. With Crewe down to Semi-Pro.

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Blue Square South</A> - nothing going on here.

FA Cup - nothing remarkable happening here, Everton, Blackburn, Newcastle, Man City and Liverpool have all managed to win it twice. Mboro, Chelsea, Portsmouth, Arsenal and Sunderland the other winners.

Carling Cup - was Spurs's competition 10 years with 3 in a row and 4 in 5 years. Leeds have claimed the last two.

Aston Villa have won the Paint Trophy, their only cup since League Cup in 1996.

UEFA Champions League - Has only been won by English sides 4 times - Spurs(x2), Man Utd and Liverpool. AC Milan have won it 4 times, Inter 3, with Barcelona, Sevilla, R. Madrid, FC Bayern and current holders Lyon all winning it once. AC Milan have the record with 11 wins.

UEFA Cup - Blackburn, Liverpool and Rangers are the only British teams to have won it, only R. Madrid have mangaged to win it more than once - three times, whilst FC Kobenhaven won it on home soil in 2010.

FIFA Club World Cup - Liverpool and Man Utd have won it once, AC Milan have a record 3 titles. 7 South American Teams have won it, compared to 8 European sides.

World Cup - 2010 was won by Italy beating France, England came third. 2014 was won by Argentina over Italy, with France third. 2018 saw Brazil beat Spain and Holland finish Third. The last World Cup 2022 was won by France over Croatia, with Brazil Third.

In 2014 and 2022 England made it to the Second Round, and the Quarters in 2018.

Euroepean Championships - England finished runner-ups in 2008 and 2012 to Italy and Spain, whilst Holland won it in 2016 and 2020 beating Spain and Italy.

(Screenshots show overall best xi, only counts appearances since game started I think)

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England</A> didn't make it Euro2014, losing to Denmark in the playoffs, whilst they made it to the Quarter-Final in 2020.
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England Records.</A> Steve McClaren stayed in charge until 2014, being replaced by Steve Coppell, who was replaced by Current Manager Gareth Southgate two years ago.

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Ireland</A> - Made it to Euro2012 finishing bottom of their group with no goals or points, they lost the playoff in 2014 like England. World Cup wise they lost the playoff in 2012.

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NIreland</A> have made it to nothing.

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Scotland</A> made it to Euro2020 but finished bottom of Group A. They also made it to World Cup 2018, but went out in Group A on Goal Difference.

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Wales</A> - finished bottom of the second placed teams in World Cup 2008Q so didn't make the playoffs, they did make it EURO2020 but finished bottom of their group with 1 point and one goal.


Managers - Hristo Stoichkov is the USA Manager, Michael Laudrup is the Barcelona manager and spent a year in charge of Portsmouth. Paul Ince is the Juventus Manager, after stints in charge of Villa and Soton. Steve Staunton is still the Ireland Manager. Mancini is still in charge of Inter, Ancelotti is in charge of Italy, Koeman is in charge of Holland. Nigel Worthington is still in charge of NIreland. Hagi is in charge of Romania, Roland Nilsson is in charge of Sweden, and Mark Hughes has been in charge of Valencia for nearly 10 years.

Other than that everyone else seems to have retired.

michaeltmurrayuk
16-04-2008, 10:16
Originally posted by NepentheZ:
About time Murray.! Congrats on getting promoted, at last.! http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

Lets hope you can bring in a lot of good players from that.

The chairman's given me £40m to spend. Though I have made £43m in player sales this season, ~£15m of that is from sell on fee's http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

So after spending £28m I still have £30m of the £41m left http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I brought back my old defender Dean Law, which impressed the fans, but upset some of my defenders as they seem to think there is too much competition - even though I have one less centre-back than last season http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

Also signed a French Midfielder who's touted as the next Platini.

The season didn't get off to the best of starts - Away to Chelsea in the first game, and my new Peru midfielder gets himself sent off before half-time for holding, whilst my Striker Spevak got himself injured before the game, we end up losing 4-1 welcome to the Premiership.

The season got better as we followed that up with a 2-2 draw away to Birmingham and 2-1 home wins over Southend and Huddersfield thanks to 90th minute goals, whilst my young striker Eduardo Lasarte seems unfazed by the Premiership with 4 goals in 3(1) appearances http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Rickaldo
16-04-2008, 10:34
Looks like it will be a while before i join you in the Premier League with my chairman accepting bids (http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/5167/wardchairmanacceptbr8.jpg) for my 64 goal striker from last year, he's already sold my best midfielder to Bolton for 1.7 million and 50%.
John Ward the Super Striker (http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/1188/johnwardmm4.jpg)
Ward's History (http://img120.imageshack.us/img120/4200/johnwardhistoryey6.jpg)

lewis999
16-04-2008, 11:15
Hi guys im new to his challenge but just wondered if anyone is having a go with boreham wood.

I support arsenal you see and i want to be them as they have arsenal as a parent club just wondered if it took a while before any of you got to pick Boreham as im finding it abit tricky at the moment.

canvey!!
16-04-2008, 11:40
Boreham Wood shouldn't take too long, 5-10 reloads perhaps. Their reputation is 950.

canvey!!
16-04-2008, 11:46
canvey!! – Mangotsfield United – 2013/14 – Blue Square Premier

Pre-Season Review

Stenhousemuir 3-1 Mangotsfield
In the first part of our Scottish tour, it truly was a game of two halves. Our first-half hard work paid off when Gary Stephen upended Malcolm Christie to give us a penalty, which Christie converted. The injured Brian Ryan came off at half time, and the second half’s goalscoring began with an offside Stenhousemuir goal from David Chapman, who was on a yellow for diving. Andy Fotheringham made it two 10 minutes later with a free kick, and a header from a corner summed up our humiliation. Central defender Spencer Harris was injured at the 90, leaving me wondering if this was a bloodbath or a friendly. Perhaps they never would have equalised if it weren’t for some bad refereeing decisions by Unknown.
MOM: Marc McMillan (8) – Stenhousemuir’s 3rd goalscorer

Stirling 1-0 Mangotsfield
With Brian Ryan out for a week or two, and Spencer Harris out for a month or two, as well as Malcolm Christie being unfit and out of contract, things weren’t looking good for our trip to Stirling, the next part of our Highland tour. Welsh striker Robert Duffy, however, arrived just in time to get into the squad. Good goalkeeping from Ben Smyth kept the first half goalless, but he couldn’t keep this up and we were soon 1-0 down after the restart. Yet another striker injured, Malcolm Christie suffering a near-death experience with his condition down to 1. Stirling added another, but it was ruled offside.
MOM: Gary McDermott (8) – Stirling goalscorer

Inverness CT 5-3 Mangotsfield
It only took us 5 minutes to go 1-0 down, but loanee Marlon Jackson headed in a terrific equaliser. The referee, Unknown, made the mistake of giving it as an own goal. But really, it was scant consolation: we weren’t going to win, and it looked as if the players knew it. Even the clinical Championship strikers fired pathetically wide as the defence were ripped to shreds time and time again. Going into the break, we were 4-1 down. Marlon Jackson gave us a goal in the 59th, would it be a spectacular comeback? While it looked like that temporarily, Marlon Jackson adding another, Inverness taught our fans never to dream by scoring to round off the match.
MOM: Joe Mason (8) – Inverness goalscorer x2

Cowdenbeath 1-0 Mangotsfield
Our Scottish tour concluded at Cowdenbeath. The first half ended goalless, and we seemed to be controlling the match well. Unfortunately, the callous Scots were at it again, this time injuring Matthew Hackney. I brought Gavin Kennedy on and we commenced the second half. We seemed shy in the second half, and that cost us the first goal 10 minutes in. It was worrying; 10 minutes to go, trailing, and the team not looking like scoring; it was a lazy match. The attackers’ diet of melted cheese meant they couldn’t hit a barn door, so the match passed really without incident. Note to self: Never tour again.
MOM: Stephen McVittie (8) – Cowdenbeath scorer

Mangotsfield 1-1 Rushden
Right winger Iain Sinclair gave us the lead against League 2 Rushden & Diamonds just 17 minutes in. Despite constant pressure, we held that to half time. Solid defence-work and good goalkeeping seemed futile as the anchorman failed to make key tackles, and the strikers wasted our occasional chances. I replaced the formation’s sharp end in the hope that would change. It didn’t, although I think shambolic DM Paul King was to blame for Rushden’s equaliser.
MOM: Iain Sinclair (8)

Mangotsfield 1-9 Bristol City
Marlon Jackson was ineligible for the visit of his club Bristol City, last year’s Championship playoff final losers. Loanee Christopher McMahon took between the sticks, and I made a point of not selecting Paul King. We held the fort for 2 minutes and 17 seconds, before a long range shot got the better of us. There had been no real Mangotsfield highlights by 65 minutes. Bristol City were 7-0 up, including a hattrick and a third for Matty West, whereas we’d mustered only 6 shots – all of target. But then Brian Ryan came up with a moment of magic, scoring from Dave Wilson’s cross, and we were only 6 goals away from an equaliser! But of course that would only happen in my dreamiest of dreams, and Bristol City finished the game off even more so with an extra two goals. Wow, still single figures! The only real high point was the 2,456 attendance, just 44 short of capacity. Just for fun, our ratings: 2x6, 4x5, 4x4, 1x3. You may think the result is understandable, seeing it is to a Championship-quality club, but take a look in the records thread, and you’ll see the record home defeat is my own by the same scoreline, in the league. I thanked Gary Johnson for the match as I sheepishly left the pitch.
MOM: Matty West (10), with 4 Bristol City goals

Mangotsfield 3-1 Worksop
Four days before the match, I glanced at my overview screen. Lo and behold, the manager was Garry Haylock, who was with the club under me for a year, making 5 appearances. Marlon Jackson opened the scoring 10 minutes in, and Brian Ryan doubled the lead in the 41st, 26 minutes after having another goal ruled out for offside. At halftime, we looked comfortable with our 2-0 lead. 50 minutes in, Darren Rowell was fouled, giving us a chance to increase our lead from the spot. Unfortunately, Vice-Captain Iain Sinclair could only hit it at the keeper. But Sinclair pounced as the ball clattered away, and rifled it into the top corner to seal our win. Worksop nabbed a goal back in the 83rd, in a similar way to Sinclair’s goal, but we held strong against the pressure and rode out for the win, our first of the pre-season.

Mangotsfield 4-0 Chelmsford
New signing Mark Walker opened the scoring 16 minutes in against personal rivals Chelmsford, and he headed in from a corner to double his tally at the half-hour. We held that score until half-time, and Brian Ryan, who I subbed on, scored 10 minutes after the restart. By the time 90 minutes arrived, we were 4-0 up, Ryan having finished off his brace scrambling in a goal after an excellent passing move went awry. Stoppage time went by without a hitch, and we ended our pre-season in style!
MOM: Mark Walker (9)

Season Ticket Sales: 239
Transfers (http://img519.imageshack.us/my.php?image=season6yh3.png)

I’ve bolstered the squad with Welsh talent, that being a goalkeeper on loan from Cardiff, and three Welsh strikers, two of whom I am licking my lips at the prospect of watching them develop. I’m still searching for a left winger, as my assistant Kevin Phillips sees the current one, Dave Wilson, as the weak link in an otherwise good team. My expectation: a solid mid-table position, something around about 9th.
P.S. Sorry for the long match synopses http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

michaeltmurrayuk
16-04-2008, 11:55
Originally posted by Rickaldo:
Looks like it will be a while before i join you in the Premier League with my chairman accepting bids (http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/5167/wardchairmanacceptbr8.jpg) for my 64 goal striker from last year, he's already sold my best midfielder to Bolton for 1.7 million and 50%.
John Ward the Super Striker (http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/1188/johnwardmm4.jpg)
Ward's History (http://img120.imageshack.us/img120/4200/johnwardhistoryey6.jpg)

Yeah, it sucks when your chairman is determined to sell off your best players, it looks like mine may have left me alone now, he let me turn down a £19m bid from Portsmouth for my Defender Scott Moore.

Rickaldo
16-04-2008, 14:17
Originally posted by michaeltmurrayuk:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Rickaldo:
Looks like it will be a while before i join you in the Premier League with my chairman accepting bids (http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/5167/wardchairmanacceptbr8.jpg) for my 64 goal striker from last year, he's already sold my best midfielder to Bolton for 1.7 million and 50%.
John Ward the Super Striker (http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/1188/johnwardmm4.jpg)
Ward's History (http://img120.imageshack.us/img120/4200/johnwardhistoryey6.jpg)

Yeah, it sucks when your chairman is determined to sell off your best players, it looks like mine may have left me alone now, he let me turn down a £19m bid from Portsmouth for my Defender Scott Moore. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

My chairman's only done it twice but they were the best players i had by far, anyway this is my replacement for Ward, he's been playing for Motherwell recently but they released him so i thought i'd give him a chance.
Andres D'allesandro (http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/1277/andresdka8.jpg)

lewis999
16-04-2008, 15:35
thanks for the quick reply canvey! i got them finally and im on my way to the premier league and champions league finals http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif wish me luck lads

NepentheZ
16-04-2008, 16:21
[QUOTE]Originally posted by NepentheZ:
Youth Player Project

Every year we get a new batch of youth players, and the Ass Man singles out the best one of them. (I'm assuming they have the best P.A of the group.)

My aim is to take this player, give them some first team football, and track their career, be it at Real London, or should they move on. Each season I will add a new player to the reports, (naturally) and just think it could be fun, interesting and informative of what happens with them.

Mid-Season Reports

Player 1

John Adam, AM/F C (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/JohnAdam.jpg)

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Season | Apps | Gls | MoM | Ass | Av R

1 | 35(9)| 21 | 5 | - | 7.16
2 | 19(2)| 13 | 5 | 7 | 7.52</pre>


Apart from the fact that he got injured from 1-2 months http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif - he's been playing out of his skin. His coach/scout reports have all hit 5* marks, and the media have "hailed" him twice, while he has been commented as a danger man once too. I can't wait until he returns fro injury.! Now valued at £10,000 - I could potentially make a good amount of money out of this kid.!

Player 2

Mathew McManus (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/MathewMcManus.jpg)

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Season | Apps | Gls | MoM | Ass | Av R

1 | 3(11)| 3 | 0 | 5 | 6.71
</pre>

Not impressive stats? perhaps, but the fact of the matter is, he only really gets bout 15 - 20 minutes a game, so its not REALLY that much time to have an impact. Still managed to knock in 3 goals, and 5 assists, and mentally looks quite a good player. Also got injured for 2 months http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif - due back in a few weeks.

Well, I'm overly impressed still from both my boys. They are scoring machines, and getting in on the assists too. Both got injured for 2 months, within the space of 3 days http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Will update at either milestones, or End of season.

http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

michaeltmurrayuk
16-04-2008, 17:19
We are making life difficult for ourselves this season, in 17 games I've had 5 men sent off http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

My Left Back Gregory has been sent off 3 times - alright one was a second yellow for holding someones shirt http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif but the others were for hacking players down, he's only got an aggression of 2!

Four of my red cards have been in the first half as well.

foost
17-04-2008, 01:12
What place are you atm michael?

foost
17-04-2008, 01:23
Club: Guiseley
Coach: Joost Nijhof (foost)
League: BSN
Season: 03


GOAL/WHAT HAPPEND:
Last season went okish, my biggest problem -the weak defence- was still a big problem this season. Tho, thanks to my great new keeper and good strikers I scored more than I got against and become, bit lucky, champion. Next season will be extremely hard and will be a battle against relegation.

I still havn't got the right tactic. I score lots of goals, but my defence is ***** which I think is weird since my scout/coachreports sais I have defenders who are decent League Two/One players. So that needs a bit tweaking.

This was also the first season where I sold a couple of players earning the club a 10k ;-)

Next season I will be looking for great youngsters which I can use for a couple of seasons and build a team where the players get to know each other.

BS Premier here we come!


SCREENSHOTS
- Profile (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s03-Profile.jpg)
- Club Information (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s03-Information.jpg)
- The Staff (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s03-Staff.jpg)
- Guiseley's players (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s03-GuiseleyPlayers.jpg)
- Transfers in/out (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s03-Transfers.jpg)
- Finances Summary (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s03-FinancesSummary.jpg)
- End of season table (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s03-Stages.jpg)
- End of season graph (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s03-PastPositions.jpg)
- Overall team stats (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s03-TeamStats.jpg)
- Overall player stats (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s03-PlayerStats.jpg)
- Season Summary (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s03-SeasonSummary.jpg)

canvey!!
17-04-2008, 08:34
My Season Ticket Sales (see long post above) now confirmed at 239.

michaeltmurrayuk
17-04-2008, 09:25
Originally posted by foost:
What place are you atm michael?

5th after 16 league games http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

The press seem to think we are in a title challenge - but Liverpool in First are 11 points clear.

My Keeper and Centre-backs are playing well, our solid defence means we are able to snatch 1-0 wins, or 1-1 draws - two 2-2 draws and the 4-1 opening day defeat to Chelsea are the only games in which more than three goals have been scored, leaving us with a GD +3 compared to Liverpool's +22.

90th minute goals are becoming a factor this season - I've won three games due to a 90th minute goal, lost one and drawn two games with both goals coming in the 90th minute.

The league is seeming rather weak - only Chelsea have hammered us and we spent most of that game down to 10 men, we so nearly beat Liverpool at home, scoring in the 90th minute, only for them to equalise a minute later.

Though I expect we'll soon drop away - I've got three players suspended at the moment (two for 5 yellows and Gregory for his red cards), all it needs is a couple of injuries or the loss of form of certain players, as we are a bit thin for cover in certain places.

Ungface
17-04-2008, 12:01
Ive been without internet for the last few days but I have finished my first two seasons so I will do both reports in one:


Hednesford 2008/2009 Report

I took over the team and as usual all they had was a Chairman and a Manager (how did they manage to get promotion http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif?) I signed an ass man, fitness coach, scout and a phsyio and then started looking for players.

I signed 19 players on a free transfer looking for them to fill the roll of a 4-3-3/4-5-1. I also managed to get Craig Mahon on loan from wigan.

With a squad average age of 19 and absolutley no understanding of each other I only envisaged the worst. I was pleasently surprised when we won our first ten games.

All good things come to an end eventually and the rest of our season was pretty much a ration of Win-Win-Draw-Lose and a really bad slump in December where we didnt win any games.

After December things started to pick up and we managed to push ourselves into amazing form taking over 5th place by 20 points at the end of the season finishing 4th.

It seemed we took our performances that should have been in the Setanta Shield and Fa Trophy (losing our games in them to non playable teams) and mixed them in the bag with the Fa Cup.

We beat two unplayable teams, our Arch Rivals Stafford in the Blue Square Premier, Histon who were top of the BSN for the entire season and finally Crewe in League One 2-0 away. Hoping to get a team from the Premiership my prayers were answered with a trip to the Emirates to play Arsenal...

Who duly thrashed us 8-2 (http://img382.imageshack.us/img382/1294/arsenalta0.jpg) (although I was ecstatic when we went 6-1 down http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif) Craig Mahon somehow scoring two goals. Most importantly the game netted me with 1.4 million making my board very very hapy. (and me)

Sadly though after all these positives we lost in the playoff semi finals after winning the first leg 3-1. But a great first season anyway.

Final Table (http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/8485/endtablesy2.jpg)
Squad (http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/6832/endteamlf1.jpg)

Our best player of the season was undoubtedly Craig Mahon (http://img329.imageshack.us/img329/3584/endmahonbu4.jpg) but the ******* doesnt want to sign for me permanently http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Hednesford Season 2009/2010

Given a 500k Transfer budget and a 8k Wage budget I went into this season with an immensly positive attitude. I decided that my team could do with some experience so I signed three central midfielders over 28 (who at the end of the season would be the top three highest pass-pacentage players (all above 90%))

I had no luck in buying or loaning Mahon again for some reason http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif so I signed the first guy i could find with 16+ pace and accelleration turning up with Joel Ledgister (more on him later) Also Loaned in Jack compton and signed another Winger, going for all out pace.

The season started amazingly (although we were crap in the cups) and by December we were top by 15 points. And alas... The Curse of Santa Claus came again and we lost every game in december. Our form picked up a bit in january but it was shakey for a long time.

With 4 games to go I was in 2nd 12 points behind Nuneaton. My only chance of promotion now was to win all my last games and Nuneaton to lose all of theirs (they had only lost 2 games in their whole season so far). The stage was set, if I was to win the league this year it would be Epic.

Luckily the first of the last 4 games was against Nuneaton, Perhaps the turning point of the season as we beat them 5-0. Now I had a chance; Their squad was demoralized after this loss (helped a bit by some of my gloating http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif).

We won the next two games 4-0 and 3-0 while Nuneaton lost both their games.

For the last game of the season I had Harragate who were fighting for a playoff spot and Nuneaton had Witton who had already been relegated.

But a miracle happened with 10 minutes to go i was 3-0 up and witton were winning 2-0. Harrogate scored 3 goals in the last ten minutes . I was almost crying when Joel Ledigster (http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/5617/endledigsterkt5.jpg) scored his 32nd goal of the season in the 5th minute of extra time. And yep Witton had beaten Nuneaton 2-0.

This has been probably one of the most exciting last 4 games of a season I have ever played. Against all odds we secured a promotion and I secured a new three year contract. Nuneaton also lost in the playoffs http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Final Table (http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9043/endtableun2.jpg)
Squad (http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/6470/endsquadmv7.jpg)

I go into the BSP with 1.6 million in the bank, lots of links with league two clubs and a positive attitude. Hopefully Mahon will join me. Ledigster and Mahon upfront together... http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Thanks for reading ( if you actually did :P)

Spc1485
17-04-2008, 13:51
Chippenham 09/10 Season Review

Just finished the end of a promising yet ultimately frustrating season in the BSP.

Our inability to hold onto leads, defend set pieces or convert our chances lead to numerous defeats or draws towards the end of the season.
Our final league position of 8th was better than i had hoped at the start of the season although after such a promising start , the play offs should have been a realistic target.

A major setback this year was losing my top scorer Davis from the previous year when he tore his cruciate and was out for a year after scoring 7 in 7. I will release him at the end of this year as he wasnt the quickest before the injury.

My best player was Hotchkiss who was released by Leeds and has been a revelation in the AMC role scoring 18 league goals this year. Without his goals we would have strugled as none of my strikers made the step up from BSS. This said I have high hopes for my 16 yr old striker james jones who I bought on a free from Merthyr Tydfill. Il keep you posted with his progress.

I think with a new defence and a proven striker promotion could be on the cards next year.

Squad (http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/9960/squadry1.png)
http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/3990/table10ue2.png

NepentheZ
17-04-2008, 16:16
Youth Project - A quick update

Wont update the goals and what not until EOS now, but just to let you know...

Youth Player 1 (Andy John) - has a club interested in him.!!! (Dag & Red)

He's valued at £9,000 - I've set an asking price of £50,000, but will accept anywhere between £20,000 and £30,000 for him. (should they bid)

dafuge
18-04-2008, 00:17
For Hazzydeepy:

This is a list of clubs that have appeared. (http://www.dafugeschallenge.com/Teams/)

foost
18-04-2008, 01:35
@ Hungface:

How the hell did you get a transferbudget?


Hednesford Season 2009/2010

Given a 500k Transfer budget and a 8k Wage budget I went into this season with an immensly positive attitude.

dafuge
18-04-2008, 01:45
Originally posted by foost:
@ Hungface:

How the hell did you get a transferbudget?

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Hednesford Season 2009/2010

Given a 500k Transfer budget and a 8k Wage budget I went into this season with an immensly positive attitude. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

He drew Arsenal away in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, bringing in £1.4m.

rlipscombe
18-04-2008, 01:50
Originally posted by dafuge:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by foost:
@ Hungface:

How the hell did you get a transferbudget?

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Hednesford Season 2009/2010

Given a 500k Transfer budget and a 8k Wage budget I went into this season with an immensly positive attitude. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

He drew Arsenal away in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, bringing in £1.4m. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

shows just how important a good run in the FA Cup is... the holy grail that is the 3rd round...

dafuge
18-04-2008, 01:59
It happened to me last year, managed to beat a few lower league teams before drawing Man Utd at Old Trafford. It gave me more money than I could spend for a few years, at that level there's nothing you can do with the money.

crhealy
18-04-2008, 02:11
Mangotsfield Season 2009/10

An average start to the season which begins looking like another mid-table battle but after the first 5 games the play picks up as Mangotsfield get on a roll even holding 2nd place for a 3 game spell but eventually find themselves fitting for the play-off positions. A battle with Sutton Utd dominates the season as they fight over 3rd with Mangotsfield end coming out on top- they met again in the play-off semis with Mangotsfield putting in a good away performance to sneak though 4-3 on aggregate. The final isn't the expected clash with Bath but with Basingstoke- they prove a solid test but Mangotsfield pass the test winning 1-0 and winning promotion to the Blue Square Premier. A season ends with success despite the media predicting another tough season for Field- Healy is rewarded for his heroics with a new 2 year contract.

Table (http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s37/crhealy/Dafuge%20Challenge/LeagueTableSeason2.jpg)

Graph (http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s37/crhealy/Dafuge%20Challenge/LeagueTableGraphSeason2.jpg)

1st Leg (http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s37/crhealy/Dafuge%20Challenge/BSSPlay-OffSemiLeg1.jpg)

2nd Leg (http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s37/crhealy/Dafuge%20Challenge/BSSPlay-OffSemiLeg2.jpg)

Final (http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s37/crhealy/Dafuge%20Challenge/BSSPlay-OffFinal.jpg)

BSP (http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s37/crhealy/Dafuge%20Challenge/BSSPromotion1.jpg)

Healy Ton Up (http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s37/crhealy/Dafuge%20Challenge/Healy100.jpg)

Team Stats (http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s37/crhealy/Dafuge%20Challenge/SquadStatsSeason2.jpg)

Squad (http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s37/crhealy/Dafuge%20Challenge/SquadEndSeason2.jpg)

Transfers (http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s37/crhealy/Dafuge%20Challenge/TransfersSeason2.jpg)

foost
18-04-2008, 05:27
Damn that is hot indeed. Still it's nice to have some money on your account instead of getting bankrupt http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Ungface
18-04-2008, 07:39
Originally posted by dafuge:
It happened to me last year, managed to beat a few lower league teams before drawing Man Utd at Old Trafford. It gave me more money than I could spend for a few years, at that level there's nothing you can do with the money.

Yeh, No one worth buying at all. But its nice to have a solid backbone for the future.

NepentheZ
18-04-2008, 16:59
Real London Update - Season 3 (2010/2011)


BSS Prediction - 2nd
BSS Posistion - 2nd
F.A Cup - 3rd Qual. Round
F.A Trophy - 2nd Round
Setanta Shield - 5th Round

Blue Square South - Graph (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/Graph.jpg) | Table (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/Table.jpg)

second place, but more importantly, A comprehensive 4-1 win in the Play Off Final (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/Play-OffFinal.jpg) saw us promoted, finally.! A great season, and it was always going to be between Real London and Crawley for the title from early on in the season, despite a late charge from Ebbsfleet. 2 losses from Real London to Crawley proved crucial, as they were the main reason behind the second place finish, and not first.

Best Elevens - Season (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/BES.jpg) | Overall (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/BEO.jpg)

Both youth players in the season best eleven, and YP1 still a first pick in the Overall Best eleven, with 40 club goals in 82 apps.

Other Info

Finances (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/Fianances.jpg)
Manager Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/ManInfo.jpg)
Manager Profile (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/ManPro.jpg)
Team Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/TeamInfo.jpg)

Player Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/RecP.jpg)
Team Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/RecT.jpg)
Team Selection (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/Selection.jpg)

Transfers (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/Transfers.jpg)

Only 4 signings this season, as I didn't feel I needed to strengthen the squad.

Awards

NepentheZ - Manager of the Year, Runner Up (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/MotY2nd.jpg)


Players of the Season

Ian Daly (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/IanDaly.jpg) - Top scorer for the club, for the second season in a row, and played really well throughout.

Matt McManus (Youth Player 2) (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/MathewMcManus.jpg) - Despite not playing much in the first two thirds of the season, I gave him an end of season run out, and he delivered something magical. Scoring 7 goals in 5 games, I was shell shocked, before he got injured AGAIN.! http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif A great season for a kid I honestly didn't expect to feature much.

Season Summary

Fantastic that I got promotion, but disappointed in the 2nd place, after fighting for 1st place from game 1, to the last day of the season. Cup runs were dismal, but the promotion was enough to earn me a new 3 year contract

Manager history

Season 1 - Blue Square South - 6th place
Season 2 - Blue Square South - 3rd place
Season 3 - Blue Square South - 2nd place, Promotion


*Real London were formally AFC Wimbledon[/QUOTE]

NepentheZ
18-04-2008, 17:12
Youth Player Project

Every year we get a new batch of youth players, and the Ass Man singles out the best one of them. (I'm assuming they have the best P.A of the group.)

My aim is to take this player, give them some first team football, and track their career, be it at Real London, or should they move on. Each season I will add a new player to the reports, (naturally) and just think it could be fun, interesting and informative of what happens with them.

Mid-Season Reports

Player 1

John Adam, AM/F C (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/JohnAdam.jpg)
End of Season 2 - Profile (http://s15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/?action=view&current=S2YP1.jpg)
Interest from Dag & Red (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/YP1DagRed.jpg)
First International Game (Scotland U-19) (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/YP1Internationa.jpg)

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">

Season | Apps | Gls | MoM | Ass | Av R

1 | 35(9)| 21 | 5 | - | 7.16
2 | 36(2)| 19 | 6 | 11 | 7.42</pre>

Injury aside, he had a good season. If it wasn't for the 2 months out, I've no doubt he would have had a bigger impact, and beaten his first season goal total of 21 goals. Averagely better ratings, moving up by 0.26, and making an impressive 11 assists this season. Absolutely over the moon with his International call up, even though it was for the Scotland U-19s (first nationality is English) - but in his profile he claims he wants to play for england. Dag & Red have shown interest, but are yet to bid.

Player 2

Mathew McManus ST (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/MathewMcManus.jpg)



<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">

Season | Apps | Gls | MoM | Ass | Av R

1 | 16(14)| 11 | 1 | 8 | 6.97
</pre>


A very good first season from the lad. Mentally his stats are good, and his physical stats seem to be improving drastically. Considering, of the 14 sub appearances he made were literally minimal, hes scored 11 goals in around 19 or 20 games total, which is immense for a player like him. Also grabeed 8 assists.


Player 3

Andrew Martin - MC (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/AndrewMartinyp.jpg)

At last, not a striker.! This guy, still only 15, actually look decent. Again, mentally he is very apt, but his technical stats are left much to be desired. I've strengthened the squad a lot for the new season, so I can't imagine he'll be starting many, if any games, but he'll definitely come on the field a few times.

Overall Thoughts

Glad I'm doing this. I've never REALLY payed much attention to these players from the lower leagues, but these guys are slotting into my team nicely. It also adds something extra to the game, as I get attached to them, and feel genuinely happy when they do well http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

Thanks for reading.

NepentheZ
18-04-2008, 17:13
Youth Player Project

Every year we get a new batch of youth players, and the Ass Man singles out the best one of them. (I'm assuming they have the best P.A of the group.)

My aim is to take this player, give them some first team football, and track their career, be it at Real London, or should they move on. Each season I will add a new player to the reports, (naturally) and just think it could be fun, interesting and informative of what happens with them.

<STRIKE>Mid-Season Reports</STRIKE>
End of Season Reports

Player 1


John Adam, AM/F C (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/JohnAdam.jpg)
End of Season 2 - Profile (http://s15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/?action=view&current=S2YP1.jpg)
Interest from Dag & Red (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/YP1DagRed.jpg)
First International Game (Scotland U-19) (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/YP1Internationa.jpg)

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">

Season | Apps | Gls | MoM | Ass | Av R

1 | 35(9)| 21 | 5 | - | 7.16
2 | 36(2)| 19 | 6 | 11 | 7.42</pre>

Injury aside, he had a good season. If it wasn't for the 2 months out, I've no doubt he would have had a bigger impact, and beaten his first season goal total of 21 goals. Averagely better ratings, moving up by 0.26, and making an impressive 11 assists this season. Absolutely over the moon with his International call up, even though it was for the Scotland U-19s (first nationality is English) - but in his profile he claims he wants to play for england. Dag & Red have shown interest, but are yet to bid.

Player 2

Mathew McManus ST (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/MathewMcManus.jpg)



<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">

Season | Apps | Gls | MoM | Ass | Av R

1 | 16(14)| 11 | 1 | 8 | 6.97
</pre>


A very good first season from the lad. Mentally his stats are good, and his physical stats seem to be improving drastically. Considering, of the 14 sub appearances he made were literally minimal, hes scored 11 goals in around 19 or 20 games total, which is immense for a player like him. Also grabeed 8 assists.


Player 3

Andrew Martin - MC (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/AndrewMartinyp.jpg)

At last, not a striker.! This guy, still only 15, actually look decent. Again, mentally he is very apt, but his technical stats are left much to be desired. I've strengthened the squad a lot for the new season, so I can't imagine he'll be starting many, if any games, but he'll definitely come on the field a few times.

Overall Thoughts

Glad I'm doing this. I've never REALLY payed much attention to these players from the lower leagues, but these guys are slotting into my team nicely. It also adds something extra to the game, as I get attached to them, and feel genuinely happy when they do well http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

Thanks for reading.

ejthegreat
19-04-2008, 06:01
AFC Wimbledon 18/19 Championship Update

Just ticked over into January and having lost my best player to Southampton and with bids coming in from all directions I should be upset. Surprisingly, for me, I'm still confident that the team will at least challenge for promotion in what is currently an incredibly tight Championship season.

Apart from Aston Villa who are 11 pts ahead after 26 games, there is only 1 point from 2nd-7th and 6 from 2nd-12th. AFC Wimbledon is one of those clubs fighting and whoever doesn't have a slump is right in there with a chance of promotion.

Changed tactics a little this season, keeping the 4-4-2 but altering them more than I have over the past 5-6 seasons and creating more specialised tactics to reduce the amount of in-game tinkering. This was a result of my failure to handle both 4-2-4 and 4-4-2 with long foward arrows.

On the transfer front, I've brought in a new keeper and full back, both of whom will either be in the first team or strongly pushing for first team. With the £3million fee for losing Douglas I'm hopeful of getting a good replacement centre-back, although currently not been successful.

Have also made it through to the 4th Rd of the FA Cup where I'm away to fellow Championship side Southend who are 11th currently so 50/50.

Hoping to keep players happy and have a strong second half of the season and fingers crossed, a chance at promotion.

sergent21
19-04-2008, 13:05
Nep, your youth players appear to be of a better standard than any of my youngsters.

Nearly finished my 1st season, which I will complete tonight and will bang out a review in the morning (depending on the boxing)

KUTGW everybody http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

canvey!!
19-04-2008, 13:53
A 13-goal Thriller (http://img291.imageshack.us/my.php?image=lowpointka5.png) for your delectation. Unfortunately, I came out on the wrong end of it.

Unsurprisingly, it's the clubs record high-scoring game.

NepentheZ
19-04-2008, 13:59
Originally posted by sergent21:
Nep, your youth players appear to be of a better standard than any of my youngsters.

Nearly finished my 1st season, which I will complete tonight and will bang out a review in the morning (depending on the boxing)

KUTGW everybody http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

They're not that good http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Just good enough. I don't know how much they will feature in my future, tbh

dlnwba86
20-04-2008, 02:14
dlnwba86 - King's Lynn - Season 1

It was with thanks to my 6 loan players from Norwich that i managed such a successful first season as manager of King's Lynn.

We started the season on fire and won the first 3 games of the season. Despite an excellent end to our season though, it was a dissappointing December/January which resulted in the team fighting it out in the playoffs.

League Table (http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r237/dln424/KLLtable.jpg)

League Position (http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r237/dln424/KLPosis.jpg)

As you can see from the above graph, the top 5 were pretty much as you were for the whole season, the closest i ever came to 6th was 2 points.

The first leg of the play-offs pitted us against Southport and after some dissappointing results against them earlier in the season i wasn't too hopeful.

First Leg (http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r237/dln424/KLLeg1.jpg)

Second Leg (http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r237/dln424/KLLeg2.jpg)

A 6-2 aggregate win even suprised me and having not lost to Tamworth in the two games we played against them this season, maybe we could grab a victory and promotion.

Final (http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r237/dln424/KLFinal.jpg)

An end to end game inevitably went to penalties, and my players held their nerve better to take victory and promotion to the Conference at the first attempt.

I really wouldn't have achieved this if it weren't for my Norwich loans and in a way i feel a bit guilty, but hey-ho, it's what their there for.

My finances are looking good and i should hopefully have a bit of cash to play with next season. If i can't get many Norwich loans for the second season, it may be the case i have to sign a whole new squad.

Finances (http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r237/dln424/KLFinances.jpg)

Finally my squad, Chris Martin from Norwich notched a fantastic 56 goals in 47(1) appearences and was player of the season in the league. Just hope i can get him next season as well.

Players (http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r237/dln424/KLPlayers.jpg)

ejthegreat
20-04-2008, 02:34
Thanks to tutoring/learning, I've managed to cure my young striker of the team disrupting illness known as "tempermental".

He went from tempermental to realist and finally to balanced in the space of 6 mths and now has the tutor as favoured personnel http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

Now all I need is for his contract renewal to get a work permit and I'll be set. Sadly this is looking tougher than tutoring.

Kazpeer
20-04-2008, 04:38
My new profile http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif (http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/9702/profilhs7.jpg)

Kazpeer
20-04-2008, 04:50
I got Ivan Campo on trial, and he want to sign a contract, then i see he wants £18.000 a week! then i make him as a key player, and see that i can offer him £18.000 !!! http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

NepentheZ
20-04-2008, 06:15
Kazpeer - I usually give people the benefit of the doubt in precarious situations, but in this case, I have to believe you're lying.

A BSS Club would never have the resources, or finances to A) Attract a player like Ivan Campo, and B) - Be able to offer him £18,000 a week.

Ungface
20-04-2008, 09:38
Originally posted by NepentheZ:
Kazpeer - I usually give people the benefit of the doubt in precarious situations, but in this case, I have to believe you're lying.

A BSS Club would never have the resources, or finances to A) Attract a player like Ivan Campo, and B) - Be able to offer him £18,000 a week.

Gonna have to agree with you there. you would never be able to offer anyone that much.

canvey!!
20-04-2008, 10:15
The most I can offer is £600, which is 1/33 of that, or <0.35% of it. So I'm with NepentheZ and Ungface.

Kazpeer
20-04-2008, 10:57
unfortunately i dont have a ss.
but the most i can offer is £725
And i don't know how i could offer him so much.
Just so you know, i didnt sign, cause he would blow up my wage budget.

Jimbokav1971
20-04-2008, 11:23
and see that i can offer him £18.000


but the most i can offer is £725

Make up your mind.

michaeltmurrayuk
20-04-2008, 12:25
Marine - Premier League 2023/24

The Story So Far...

Our story starts back in 2008, taking charge of Marine newly promoted to the Blue Square North, a fine start to my career at Marine saw us reach the playoffs in my first season, before losing to Leigh 1-0 in the Final. We got over this disapointment by winning the League in style next season, gaining a record 103 points, scoring a 122 goals (+91GD) and going 22 games without losing - records that still stand today. My 7-0 win over Tamworth is still the Biggest Win, whilst Nabil El Zhar's 22 Assists is still the most, and my Bulgarian coach Guentchev is the oldest player to grace the pitch in the BSN at the age of 45.

Promotion to the Blue Square Premier didn't faze my team, at this time reinforced with most of Liverpool's reserve squad on loan, as we won the title with a record breaking 94 points gaining promotion to the Football League for the first time in Marine's history, turning Pro in the process.

We made a fine start to our League Career, making the playoffs in our first season, but losing 3-2 on agg to Chester. We again followed up the disappointment of losing the playoff, by gaining promotion to League One next season with a third place finish.

League One proved a bit more challenging, we finished a solid 15th in our debut season, and the following season narrowly missed out on the playoffs by two points. Our Third attempt would be the charm, as we again entered the lottery of the playoffs, gaining promotion to the Championship with a 2-1 win over Swansea.

We got off to a solid start in the Championship finishing 15th in our first season, but we couldn't keep it up, and the following season we were poor and ended up getting relagated on the last day finishing 22nd by one point.

Our relagation to League One gave us a chance to rebuild, and we would return to the Championship straight away pipping Sheff Wed to the League One title.

For the next three seasons we'd fight our way into the playoffs, only not to perform in the playoffs and be sent home packing in the first round, these seasons also saw us lose a fair amount of players due to my chairman and them wanting to discuss terms.

Then last season we were unstoppable in the last half of the season and flew up the league, finishing second and claiming the automatic promotion spot.

Whilst we have made it up through the leagues my cup form has been dire, mainly due to me fielding my second string or youngsters.

In the three years I competed in the Setanta shield, the first year was the only year we won any games, making it to the Fourth Round. With Guentchev still holding the oldest player record at 44.

Whilst Three Seasons in the FA Trophy saw us reach the second round once, losing in the First Round the other two seasons.

Six seasons in the Paint Trophy saw us make the North Quarter Finals twice, and the North Second Round once.

Our Carling Cup record has been consistent - losing in the First Round four years in a row, followed by losing in the Second Round for the next 6 seasons, and the last two seasons has saw us reach the Third Round.

The FA Cup has been slightly more succesful we reached the Sixth Round in 2015/16 whilst in League One, other than that we made it to the Third Round once, before starting there. Guentchev also holds the oldest player record for the FA Cup.

Premeir League

So for our debut season in the Premier League we'd actually have a weaker squad than I've had in the Championship for the last few seasons. My Shopping list priorities would be a centre-back, a couple of midfielders, a right-winger, with secondary purchases being a World-Class Striker and a quality Right-Back.

I started the season off by expanding my scouting network - the board let me scout the world and hire upto 7 scouts. It also appears that a higher reputation speeds your scouts up when you assign them to a country/region and if they have cont./World Class rep they'll give you the full report straight away, so I poached relagated Arsenal's and Man Utd's better scouts http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Initialy the board gave me £29m to reinforce the team to avoid relagation, they then boosted this to £40m which was nice considering I'd raised over £45m from player sales this season (sell on clauses are making me a fortune).

Transfers (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/7905/transferssy0.jpg)

First in was a Peruvian Midfielder Dario Sambade for £1.3m from Russian side Saturn, next I spent a club record £5.25m on a DRCongo right winger Freddy Descamps from Saint-Etienne, his record lasted about two weeks, when with me unable to attract a new centre-back I turned to an old hero signing Marine Legand Scottish Centre-back Dean Law from Celtic for a record £6.25m - he'd made just over 100 appearances over four years for us 7 years ago back in League One, before my chairman sold him to Brighton for £1.4m, the fans were delighted with the return of a hero. I also picked up a promising South African Midfielder Paul Ndlovu (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/9756/paulndlovuoc2.jpg) in the hopes he'll get a work permit in the future.

With the transfer market closing, I completed our reinforcements with the signings of two promising midfielders an 18 year old Irish Midfielder Tom Howes from Birmingham for £4m, who was loaned out to Championship side Kettering, and I also again broke our transfer record spending £7.75m on a highly rated young French Midfielder Emmanuel Richard touted as the new Michel Platini from PSG.

In the winter window I reinforced the team spending £5m on Reading's Spanish Defender Jose Francisco Jose, and £1.3m on a promising Mexican Midfielder from Monterrey who was loaned to Anderlecht, I also signed some promising youngsters on free's and brought back Spanish Midfielder Alex Mendez on loan from Arsenal.

I also got rid of two more of my Czech players as they didn't prove upto the standard in the Premiership - Defender Alexander Houska joined Kettering for £1.1m, whilst midfielder Mikel went to FC Metz for £2.5m.

Fortantley it looks like my chairman may have left me alone, he let me reject a £19m bid from Portsmouth for my Centre-Back Moore (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/503/moorebidcd5.jpg), I also got revenge on Coventry upsetting one of their players when they rejected a bid from me (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/2193/covrevangelz9.jpg) http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

The season didn't get off to the best of starts - we were away to Chelsea on the opening day, and with my Peruvian Midfielder Sambade getting sent off in the first half of his debut for holding, we eventually crashed 4-1. We showed some spirit in our second game away to Birmingham where a double from young Spanish Striker Eduardo Lasarte gained us a 2-2 draw.

We followed that up with our first wins of the season beating Southend and Huddersfield at home 2-1 thanks to 90th minute goals, we then managed to beat Ipswich 2-0 away, before suffering three defeats in a row to Spurs, Sheff Utd and Bolton.

We followed that up with an eight game unbeaten run - including 1-0 wins over Wolves and Newcastle and 1-1 draws against Leeds and Liverpool where each goal was scored in the 90th minute.

December proved to be a difficult month - 3 1-1 draws and two defeats, including a 4-1 drubbing by Man City.

Then in the second half of the season injuries and suspensions started to addup - Italian Winger Mario Rocchi suffered a torn calf muscle in Feb and would miss the rest of the season, DM Alfredo Perez Gomez twisted his ankle and would be injured for April, whilst Centre-back Scott Moore tore his hamstring in April and would miss the next 3 months, it also didn't help that Sambade disappeared for a month on international duty (Olympic Qualifers), my first team being relatively small didn't help things, most of my youngsters were loaned out, as I forgot how crappy the PremierLeague Reserve System is. (Only 18 games, why can they not play each other 4 times?) Any slim chance of snatching an European place disappeared.

Luckily Moore's injury wasn't important, as with a 2-1 win over Brighton (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/4142/brightonawayen2.jpg) thanks to late goals from Welz and Brighton's ex-player Dean Law (he also scored in the 90th minute against Brighton at Home) we secured our Premier League Status with 5 games to go.

So with our Premiership status secured, I played what youngsters I hadn't loaned out to get them some experince.

Sky Sports News were a little bit biased towards Liverpool when we travelled to New Anfield (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/2637/biasedssndm7.jpg), expecting them to have won the game by half-time - alright it was actually true, we lost 2-0 thanks to two first half goals, but we put in a good performance.

Whilst Man City seem to have something against me - they injured three of my players, thankfully it was the last game of the season, but we had the last laugh winning 3-2 (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/8779/mancityawayui8.jpg) thanks to a deflection, that seem to now go down as Own Goals.

In the end we finished in a creditable 11th position (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/8169/premtablefd6.jpg) - Winning 14, Losing 14 and drawing the other 10 - we had the second worst strikeforce but at the same time the third best defence (3 0-0 draws, 5 1-1 draws and 2 2-2 draws helped out).

We were never in any danger of relagation (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/9094/posjl1.jpg) which was surprising, with only Chelsea (4-1, 2-1), Sunderland (1-0, 2-0) and Spurs (0-1, 0-2) doing the double over us.

Squad (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/9051/squadex0.jpg) - Only 20 players figured in 10 games or more this season.

Main Players:

GK - Nicky Quinton (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/8478/nickyquintondf3.jpg) - Signed from Tiverton for £14K as a kid, and was in fantastic form this season, even got onto the Clubs Favoured Players List for most of the season.

RB - Jose Francisco Jose (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/3278/josejosekq4.jpg) - Arrived from Reading in Jan for £5m to shore up the right flank, initial first choice Serbian Dragan Markovic (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/4412/draganmarkovicmv5.jpg) is still learning, whilst he had a fine season he has a tendancy to get suspended or injured.

CB - Returning hero Dean Law (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/1831/deanlawbn1.jpg) quickly formed an impressive partnership with Scott Moore (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/8648/scottmooreyc1.jpg) (signed from Ipswich for £250K as a kid) and Keeper Nicky Quinton, with Law scoring a few from corners and one pen.

LB - Maltese youngster Julian Gregory (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/268/juliangregorydq2.jpg) arrived as a 16 year old on a free, and claimed the left-back slot after my chairman sold my first choice left back to Hertha Berlin (who's now at Barcelona), he played well when he stayed on the pitch, his 3 red cards gave Norwegian Lars Kristiansen (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/6640/larskristiansenih1.jpg) a chance, who arrived from Brann for £12K as a kid, he played okay but like Gregory likes to pick up cards, so I may need to bring in a more reliable left-back.

DM - Marine Vice-Capatain Alfredo Perez Gomez (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/5065/afredoperezgomezti2.jpg) has made this his position since arriving from Getafe for £55k eight years ago, didn't get chance to get forward that much this season, but had his best season for a couple of years, protecting the back four and moping up any loose balls.

CM - Czech Ivo Sigmund (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/438/ivosigmundsc7.jpg) was mainly partnered by my record signing Emmanuel Richard (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/2876/emmanuelrichardkk7.jpg), they quickly formed a fine partnership in the middle of the field.

RW - New Signing Freddy Descamps (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/8463/freddydescampsui5.jpg) didn't have a brillant first season, but Czech Winger Jaroslav Straka (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/2704/jaroslavstrakaus0.jpg) (signed from Slovan Liberec for £60K 8 years ago), upped his game after a disapointing season last season and may have forced his way back into the first team.

LW - Mario Rocchi (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/7381/mariorocchion5.jpg) was starting to show his potential since his £4m move from Inter the season before last, before injury ruled him out of the second half of the season, luckily Bulgarian Winger Krasimir Petrov (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/5154/krasimirpetrovci7.jpg) stepped up (he was initialy a right winger, but I retrained him to the left, due to being left footed) with some fine performances.

ST - My main Strikers Danny Naylor (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/2887/dannynaylortp0.jpg) and Tomas Spevak (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/7716/tomasspevaktt3.jpg) are starting to age now, Naylor having joined from Preston for a bargain £14K 13 years ago (back when we were in League Two) and has a club record 172 league goals in just over 300 games, whilst Spevak joined from Brno for £100K 11 years ago scoring 161 goals in nearly 300 games for us, they both scored important goals this season, but struggled against the better teams and unfortantley their time my be up, as again they were both outclassed by the Young Spanaird Eduardo Lasarte (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/7054/eduardolasarteni2.jpg) who arrived 3 years ago from Atheltic for £525K and is touted as the next David Villa, scoring a fantastic 13 goals in just 18 games, and will hopefully negate the need for me to spend a fortune on a world class striker. Lasarte's fine performances actually won him the Players Young Player of the Year Award. (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/383/youngpotyzo6.jpg)

Seasonal Best XI (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/1678/bestxiet2.jpg) - A rather weird formation, which if you take out Petrov was my formation when down to 10 men.

Manager Profile (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/4391/profilecp0.jpg) - Somehow got a World Class reputation during the season, which is rather weird as I haven't really done anything to deserve that, considering I haven't won anything except the League One and BSP, BSN titles, or even been in Europe. I'm also the only World Class Manager, apart from the Czech U21 Manager. Apparently I've bought the most players in the game at 226 - having spent £59m on them (that's £261K on average) I've also sold the most at 138, for a total value of £114m (average £826K). My 3 league wins and 21 awards puts me second behind the Liverpool manaage Adrian Boothroyd who has 5 Leagues, 30 Awards and 18 cups.

Matches wise, only the King's Lynn, Chester and Lincoln managers have played more that my 830, my 401 wins is a record by 61, my 189 draws are the sixth most, whilst my 240 defeats are the 9th most, I've also scored the most and have the highest GD. Whilst so far I have earned £2.3m (average of £2.75K a week).

Snapshot (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/6582/snapshotwl0.jpg) - Made the Fourth Round of the Carling Cup for the First Time, beating Bury and Sheff Utd before losing to Spurs 1-0 having spent most of the game with 10 men (like the league game). In the FA Cup we beat Chester 2-0, before going out to Newcastle for the third time.

Club Infomation (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/1186/clubinfowa2.jpg) - My Keepers Quinton and Woods both dropped off the Favoured List at the end of the season, we are also the fifth richest team in England (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/489/richlistbf4.jpg) and 13th in the World.

Feeder Clubs (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/4705/feederslq1.jpg) - Added Chilean Side Union Espanola, but then my chairman decided 7 was enough, so I cancelled the Thurrock one as they are now non-league and lost their Jamacian Staff Member, then my chairman decided 6 was enough, and then at the end of the season cancelled my Italian link (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/7976/linkterminatedva2.jpg) as appartently sending several players a season on loan wasn't using it.

The plan next season is to ensure we don't go down, and then set the team up to attempt to get into Europe the season afterward, whilst the league still looks rather weak.

Nationality Break Down (Youths in Brackets)

AUT 1
BEL 1
BIH 1 (Bosnia)
BLR 1 (Belarus)
BRA 1
BUL 1
COD 2 (DRCongo)
CRO 1
CYP 1
CZE 5
DEN 1
ENG 9 (6)
ESP 9
FRA 3
GER 1
GRE 1
IRL 2
ITA 5
LIE 1
MDA 1 (Moldova)
MEX 1
MLT 1 (2)
MTQ (1) (Martinque)
NED 1
NIR 2
NOR 1
PER 1
POR 1
REU (1) (Reunion)
RSA 1 (South Africa)
RUS 2
SCO 3
SEN 2
SRB 1
UKR 1
USA 1
WAL 1

Second Nats: WAL, FRA(4), BASQUE(3), ENG, ESP, and hopefully in the next couple of seasons or so about 10 Bulgarians, thanks to my Work Permit Feeder Club.

Finally League One was a bit interesting this season - even with a 10point deduction Man Utd managed to finish second on Goal Difference, thanks to having three of my youngsters on loan (it was rather close with 2nd-5th having the same points), at the other end of the table Billericay went down along with ex-Premier League sides Aston Villa and Norwich.

Kazpeer
20-04-2008, 12:25
The most i could offer Ivan Campo was £18.000
but the most for other key players is £725

NepentheZ
20-04-2008, 13:19
Originally posted by Kazpeer:
The most i could offer Ivan Campo was £18.000
but the most for other key players is £725

Can you get a screenshot of this?

Kazpeer
20-04-2008, 13:35
unfortunately no.

but i dont care if you don't believe me, i know that i ain't lying.

NepentheZ
20-04-2008, 14:04
Originally posted by Kazpeer:
unfortunately no.

but i dont care if you don't believe me, i know that i ain't lying.

Why can't you get a screen shot?

Ungface
20-04-2008, 18:23
Originally posted by Kazpeer:
unfortunately no.

but i dont care if you don't believe me, i know that i ain't lying.

Just stop insulting our intelligence tbh.

ejthegreat
20-04-2008, 20:41
For the first time in 2 years of playing FM the game had a serious error and shut down on me, losing (I think) about a month of gametime. I say "I think" since I haven't found the desire to load it back up again.

Crashed at start of Feburary, which is a real shame since I'd managed to keep hold of everyone during the transfer window that I wanted to and we'd had some good performances at the same time.

Will check if there are any backups but I suspect the last save was on either 2nd or 5th January http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

foost
21-04-2008, 00:01
that sucks ejthegreat... well good lesson for the next time altho it sucks.

I back my game up every month.. got: guiseley jan. guiseley feb. etc...

I lost my game last year trying the challenge and not having a good backup hehe

//

Great update michael: I think you finished quite nice! Very very close to an uefa cup place... gl next season

sergent21
21-04-2008, 04:49
sergent21 - Mangotsfield Town - BSS - Season 1

Just finished my 1st season, which in fairness wasn't a bad effort from the boys.

As soon as taking up the mantle of manager of Mangotsfield Town, I set about signing any players who wanted to play for the club. Being unable to find anybody of any quality to sign, I then set anout just signing players in the hope that they would be up to doing the job.

Here is the transfers (http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u279/sergent21/transfers.jpg) that eventually wormed there way to Cossham Street.

The season started inconsistantly, winning some, losing some and drawing even more. The graph (http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u279/sergent21/positiongraph.jpg) shows what I mean.

I was struggling to grind out results, with the defence holding generally well together, but going forward we were struggling to put away chances.

I eventually settled on this formation (http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u279/sergent21/tactic.jpg) which appeared to sort me out atboth ends of the pitch. Defence improved even more and attack now appeared more capable of finishing the chances created.

Eventually finished the season in 5th position, thus gaining my way into the playoff's.

I was drawn against Crawley, who finished 2nd in the league. I didn't much fancy our chances, but was quietly confident that we would hold up well at the back and maybe sneak a close very close victory in either leg.

Well how wrong my pre match prediction turned out to be. The first leg was a cracking match (http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u279/sergent21/playoff1.jpg) with us in pole position going into the second leg.

Now I was definately expecting something to happen, but as per usual (http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u279/sergent21/playoff2.jpg) when the pressure came on, we succumbed to it and just crumbled, as the result shows.

So the season finished poorly but this loanee (http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u279/sergent21/scottbrown.jpg) put a smile on my face the majority of games, and will be hoping that he comes back next season.

This is the squad (http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u279/sergent21/squad.jpg) that made the playoffs.

Cups were nothing at a special, being knocked out early in all of them, seeming to have no real luck with any of the draws.

Next Season

1) Sign more players with better quality
2) Try and progress further in the cups
3) Try and sign all players onto FT contracts.

Just starting pre season of the second season now, will report back soon with some information http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

ejthegreat
21-04-2008, 05:15
Just played against Sheff Wed away.

Decided to go with easy tackling and low closing down in a defensive tactic.

Result......2 red cards within 30mins http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

That didn't happen in the same game pre crash http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

NepentheZ
21-04-2008, 11:34
Youth Player Project

Every year we get a new batch of youth players, and the Ass Man singles out the best one of them. (I'm assuming they have the best P.A of the group.)

My aim is to take this player, give them some first team football, and track their career, be it at Real London, or should they move on. Each season I will add a new player to the reports, (naturally) and just think it could be fun, interesting and informative of what happens with them.

Mid-Season Reports


Player 1


John Adam, AM/F C (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/JohnAdam.jpg)
End of Season 2 - Profile (http://s15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/?action=view&current=S2YP1.jpg)
Interest from Dag & Red (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/YP1DagRed.jpg)
First International Game (Scotland U-19) (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/YP1Internationa.jpg)

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Season | Apps | Gls | MoM | Ass | Av R

1 | 35(9)| 21 | 5 | - | 7.16
2 | 36(2)| 19 | 6 | 11 | 7.42
3 | 18 | 13 | 5 | 4 | 7.33</pre>

Season info - Another injury this year, (although only 2 weeks) - but I hope this isn't a sign of things to come. Very promising season thus far, also. 13 goals in 18 games is quite an achievement, especially considering the rise in quality by getting promoted.

Player 2

Mathew McManus ST (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/MathewMcManus.jpg)



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Season | Apps | Gls | MoM | Ass | Av R

1 | 16(14)| 11 | 1 | 8 | 6.97
2 | 14(6) | 5 | 1 | 6 | 6.80
</pre>


Season Info - Had a bad spell, not scoring in over 13 hours, but came back with a hat-trick. only 5 goals, and seems a little out of his depth in this league. An impressive 6 assists, but I don't think he can cut it at this level. I'm currently training him to AMR - to see if he can work well as a winger, due to the amount of assists he is actually getting.


Player 3

Andrew Martin - MC (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/AndrewMartinyp.jpg)

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Season | Apps | Gls | MoM | Ass | Pass | Pass | Av R
att com

1 | 7(6) | 1 | 0 | 2 | 280 | 161 | 6.92</pre>

Although I doubted he would play much of a role in my season, he's actually proving his worth to the team. Got his chance via injury to my MC, and the Back up MC for that side of the midfield. He scored on his debut (as all three youth's now have.! http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif ) - and never really looked back. His pass percentage is up there with the rest of the midfielders, although it doesn't seem to be reflected in his Average Rating, but this is largely due to the fact that, he's attempted 30 tackles, and committed a foul each time. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

sergent21
21-04-2008, 11:48
Nep, I hope you don't mind if I kind of steal your idea regarding youth players. I think it's a really good idea and would like to post about my best youth players as well.

Hope it's okay http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

michaeltmurrayuk
21-04-2008, 13:28
Marine - Premier League 2024/25

After last seasons 11th place finish, I was hoping for a similar finish this season, at min. was just hoping to avoid the second season relagation curse.

Initialy I'd keep faith with largly the same team as last season, and hope that some of my youngsters had developed, whilst being loaned out across Europe. It was actually a quiet season transfer wise (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/9531/transfersix2.jpg), I got rid of a couple of youngsters who didn't make it, or were unhappy, I'm finding it a lot harder to sell unwanted players in the Premiership, normaly I'm fending teams off, but teams don't seem to want to bid for the players I don't need anylonger, it appears the players don't want to drop down which is rather annoying when they are not good enough for the Premier.

The season didn't get off to the best of starts, we lost our opening game to Liverpool 2-1, and followed that up with two 0-0 draws and three straight defeats, leaving us in a bit of trouble.

So I went out and spent a record £16.5m (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/4853/volkovsigningfp2.jpg) on a Russian Right Winger/Striker Eugeny Volkov (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/1074/eugenyvolkovkx0.jpg) from Ajax, who became my first big name signing (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/6963/bignamesigningaj5.jpg), and impressed ex-player Rafinha (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/6406/favouritesigningiq8.jpg) who appears to now be my Spokesman.

He made an intanst impact scoring on his debut, but he couldn't stop us losing to Huddersfield.

So after six games without a win, I tweaked my tactics - encourged my central midfielders to get forward more, to provide some more attacking options, and it seemed to work we won our next game 3-0 against rock-bottom Stoke (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/3386/firstwints4.jpg), for our first win of the season and followed it up with three straight wins to lift us up the table.

In December on a run of four games without a win (2 draws, 2 defeats) we had a trip to Stamford Bridge to face the Holders Chelsea and we destroyed them 5-0 (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/8366/chelseaawayww3.jpg), though we followed that up with a 2-1 Home defeat to Southend thanks to a last minute goal.

After a good Christmas period, that included a 4-0 thrasing of Spurs, confidence was high as we went to League Leaders Liverpool and promptly got whipped 5-1, though we followed that up with six wins on the trot including a 3-0 win over Man City who were having managerial problems - Thomas Schaaf retired in the summer and new manager Marcelino lasted 10 ten days before leaving to manage Spain, they then appointed Iain Dowie who they then fired in March.

We also beat Sunderland thanks to two last minute goals, held off Stoke with 10 men for most of the game to win 2-1, thrumped Huddersfield 4-0 and snatched 1-0 wins over Bolton and Portsmouth, before falling 2-0 to Newcastle, who seem to be full of my ex-players, including San Marino Midfielder Bruno Capicchioni who has a Worldwide Reputation (seems a lot more common in FM08 compared to FM07).

This fine run had lifted us upto an incrediable third in the league, though leaders Liverpool were in a class of their own.

The race for the European spots was wide open - anyone from me in third, down to about 12th place, could claim the last two Champions League spots, with 8 games left, the cups weren't going to be much help - Southend had won the Carling Cup, and quickly fell away, whilst the FA Cup Semi-Finals had Championship Man Utd and League One Burnley in it, but luckily Sunderland and Spurs made it the final, and with Sunderland looking like they'd claim second, I wouldn't have to worry about Spurs pinching a European Spot.

We also picked up a bit of luck when the last English team Wolves went out of the Champions League in the Semi-Final.

A 5-0 thrashing of Wolves and wins over relagated MBoro and relagation threathened Everton would see us play in Europe next season, but which competition, a poor defeat to Brighton made me start to think my players had switched off for the rest of the season, happy with a top half finish, but a 2-0 win over Birmingham and a crazy game against Reading which we won 3-2 with all goals coming in the first half looked to have given us a Champions League spot next season, and with results going for us elsewhere we made certain of third place with a late 2-1 win over Chelsea (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/9598/chelseahomezn3.jpg) in our third to last game.

Final Table (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/6435/tableyo8.jpg) - A fantastic third place in only our second season in the Premiership, we were never involved in a title race, neither were Sunderland, Liverpool are so much stronger than everyone else. Chelsea only won the League Last Season because Liverpool through it away, Liverpool have pretty much been dominating the league the last few seasons having won six of the last seven titles, with pretty much no competition - Arsenal gave them a run for their money in the first five seasons, then Spurs had six seasons of competition, winning the league three seasons in a row before disappearing from the title fight, it appears nobody has any money - Chelsea were only willing to give me £4m to win the Title within Two seasons.
Chelsea also snuck into the UEFA Cup next season by winning it.

League POS Graph (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/7931/posgraphdr0.jpg) - another fine run in the second half of the season, lifted us into Europe for next season.

Player League Stats (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/1126/playerstatsbk3.jpg) - My midfield were on fine form this season, rarely missing a pass, whilst Dean Law was the second highest rated player in the league, but was snubbed in the awards, as we cleaned up with the Young Player of the Year Award (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/6574/youngplayeroftheyearsd2.jpg) claiming 1st, 2nd and 3rd. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Squad (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/436/squadkg7.jpg) - Keeper Nicky Quinton (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/1842/nickyquintonrv8.jpg) was on fine form again keeping 15 clean sheets, Dean Law (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/5879/deanlawsk6.jpg) and Scot Moore were (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/9592/scottmooreyd8.jpg) also outstanding at the back, with Moore becoming the first Marine player to be capped by England (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/1046/firstengcapxq1.jpg), after that he spent the rest of the season wanting to move to a bigger club (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/3263/scottmooreunhappyit1.jpg), requesting a transfer, not wanting a transfer and then re-requesting a transfer (Why is it I always end up with an English Centre-back wanting to leave me in the Challenge - FM05 it was Thompson who spent about 8 seasons transfer listed by request, had the same thing last year with Perry at Frickley), Moore being unhappy also upset DM Alfredo Perez Gomez (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/6629/perezgomexunhappyio2.jpg) who decided he wanted a new challenge, luckily I got him to reconsider and he hasn't moaned since. The possible loss of Scott Moore may not be a problem as his understudy Manuele Bonomi (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/1263/manuelebonomipc4.jpg) had a fine season when he was needed.

Centre-back Dean Law ended up second top scorer mainly due to him heading in goals from set pieces and a couple of pens.

In the centre of midfield Emmanuel Richard (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/4024/emmanuelrichardsh2.jpg) had another fine season, and he seemed to like the freedom to get forward more scoring 7 goals, for his partners this season I rotated between Peruvian Dario Sambade (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/3462/dariosambadezt8.jpg) and Russian Valery Shipulin (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/9143/valeryshipulincn8.jpg) who finaly got a Work Permit after spending the last two seasons in France.

On the Wings Fellow Russian Eugeny Volkov (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/7816/volkovws8.jpg) had a fine first season, scoring eight goals from the wing, whilst my Left Winger Mario Rocchi became my first Wonderkid (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/961/wonderkidhg6.jpg). http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

UpFront Spaniard Eduardo Lasarte (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/9972/eduardolasartekd9.jpg) continued to impress a goal ever two games, and even started to get some assists and was rewarded with a callup to the full Spanish Side.

Whilst Danny Naylor (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/8514/dannynaylorsy2.jpg) and Tomas Spevak (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/1716/tomasspevakbu8.jpg) did well when called upon, but aren't really good enough for this level, but I just cannot bring myself to get rid of them or my Keeper Woods, after they have spent the last 10 years with me, anyone have the same problem?

Best XI (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/1296/bestximx1.jpg) - is actually correct this season, whilst Dean Law returns to the Overall Best XI (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/7317/overallxike2.jpg), and my Keeper Gary Woods has now amassed over 500 appearances for us (and 5 goals), thanks to me bringing him on as a sub when I could.

Snapshot (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/503/snapshotpj3.jpg) - We went out to the old enemy Coventry on pens in the Carling Cup Third Round after Spevak levelled for us in the 90th minute, after beating Man Utd in the Second Round.
The FA Cup saw us lose 2-0 to 10 man West Brom.

Manager Profile (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/746/profiledn2.jpg) - Domestic Bias is dropping like a stone.

Confidence (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/1318/confidenceuz3.jpg) - apparently third is only a respectable league position, lets hope the board don't want a title challenge next season. Whilst no surprise they are disapointed with my cup exits.

Club Info (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/7173/clubinfoyw1.jpg) - Keepers Quinton and Woods return to the fav. personnel, whilst the ground will be expanded up past 40,000 next season, and the board finally build a youth academy (only took 3 months), hopefully we'll start churning out quality youth players soon. Whilst we finish the season as the 2nd Richest Club in England (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/3203/richlistip3.jpg), and Third in the World, Barcelona are the Richest in the World valued at £288m.

Feeder Clubs (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/6776/feederspe2.jpg) - Gained French Second League Side Boulogne, whilst the board have decided 6 is enough.

Season Summary saw me snubbed for overachivers, Ipswich got it for finishing 7th and I didn't even get nomiated for Manager of the Year.

After our fine performance this season, my players seem to have attracted the attention of other Premiership clubs and the rest of Europe, with my players prefering to play in the UEFA Cup with Newcastle or Chelsea (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/1234/unhappyqx7.jpg), or Man City who aren't even in Europe. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Oh and my chairman is back to selling my players (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/896/stupidchairmanwe9.jpg), accepting a bid from Everton for one of my strikers, that alright I was selling but was hoping to get a bit more money from them.

NepentheZ
21-04-2008, 14:19
Originally posted by sergent21:
Nep, I hope you don't mind if I kind of steal your idea regarding youth players. I think it's a really good idea and would like to post about my best youth players as well.

Hope it's okay http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

Naturally http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

Infact, I encourage it http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif - I'd like to see how others get on with it too.

sergent21
21-04-2008, 14:43
Cheers Nep,much appriciated.

Well here we go then..

Here he is.... (http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u279/sergent21/youthproject1.jpg), admittidly he's not much to be honest, but I will see what I can do to improve him as much as possible.

Not particulaly impressed overall though, scout says he will only become a good BSS player, but we'll see what we can do

NepentheZ
21-04-2008, 16:00
Originally posted by sergent21:
Cheers Nep,much appriciated.

Well here we go then..

Here he is.... (http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u279/sergent21/youthproject1.jpg), admittidly he's not much to be honest, but I will see what I can do to improve him as much as possible.

Not particulaly impressed overall though, scout says he will only become a good BSS player, but we'll see what we can do

He's not bad at all.! http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Dribbling and Crossing are ok, and his pace and acceleration are also quite decent. Considering you're in the BSS, he could prove to be a very decent winger for you.!

ejthegreat
21-04-2008, 23:42
Originally posted by ejthegreat:
Got a new media message that I hadn't seen before:

Muller attracts attention (http://img516.imageshack.us/img516/521/oddshm4.jpg)

Surprised since he's only a played a few games this season, although has done fairly well.

Given that's he valued at only £100k and wanted by Blackburn, Bolton, Charlton, Leeds, Newcastle, Portsmouth, Reading and Tottenham, who here gives me any chance of holding onto him past the next transfer window?

This kind of performance won't help me keep hold of him but I'll enjoy it as long as I can http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
Muller vs Sheff Utd (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/4169/sheffutdmatchpv1.jpg)

rlipscombe
22-04-2008, 01:32
Originally posted by ejthegreat:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ejthegreat:
Got a new media message that I hadn't seen before:

Muller attracts attention (http://img516.imageshack.us/img516/521/oddshm4.jpg)

Surprised since he's only a played a few games this season, although has done fairly well.

Given that's he valued at only £100k and wanted by Blackburn, Bolton, Charlton, Leeds, Newcastle, Portsmouth, Reading and Tottenham, who here gives me any chance of holding onto him past the next transfer window?

This kind of performance won't help me keep hold of him but I'll enjoy it as long as I can http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
Muller vs Sheff Utd (http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/4169/sheffutdmatchpv1.jpg) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

keep hold of him!! anyone who can humiliate Sheffield United is a legend in my eyes... http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

andy139s
22-04-2008, 02:27
had pc problems so here we go again

starting at Chelmsford (http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee208/andy139s/profile.jpg) with no players or coaches and trying to develop a new tactic

forgot to take screen pic at start just remember but profile shows when i started at club

will let you know wether new tactic works or not when i update at end of season

Kazpeer
22-04-2008, 04:18
Originally posted by NepentheZ:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Kazpeer:
unfortunately no.

but i dont care if you don't believe me, i know that i ain't lying.

Why can't you get a screen shot? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I didn't took one.

NepentheZ
22-04-2008, 05:51
Originally posted by Kazpeer:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by NepentheZ:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Kazpeer:
unfortunately no.

but i dont care if you don't believe me, i know that i ain't lying.

Why can't you get a screen shot? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I didn't took one. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

So, you had him on trial. Go to his player history, and it will note there that you had him on trial. (I don't honestly care, tbh - so whatever)

Kazpeer
22-04-2008, 06:16
Here .. (http://img165.imageshack.us/img165/9903/trialzn6.jpg)

NepentheZ
22-04-2008, 07:50
Originally posted by Kazpeer:
Here .. (http://img165.imageshack.us/img165/9903/trialzn6.jpg)

shocking. I've never seen, heard of or experienced anything like this before

Swindon69
22-04-2008, 10:46
2nd season with Merthyr - started 1st season with about 5 players. Brought in 16 plyers on frees plus two for £0.

Finally went up via the playoffs thanks to 30 goal Stephen Thompson (released by 'Boro) and my 16 year old keeper Ashley Wilkinson only letting in 29.

Finances got a lovely boost when young Sam Wedgbury - who came in on a free following his release by Sheff Utd went to Burton for £100k.

happywill84
22-04-2008, 20:43
Good to see this is still so popular! Bit bored waiting for GTA IV to arrive (naively hoping my pre-ordered copy will be on the door step next tuesday) so gonna buy FM08 later today... will be starting this challenge soon.

Hoping for more success than FM07, where i gave up on the game after i lost 4 seasons of my save in a moment of supidity while updating my PC. Still been playing this challenge on FM06 until recently. Fingers crossed I won't be completely sh*te at this game!

foost
23-04-2008, 00:05
Club: Guiseley
Coach: Joost Nijhof (foost)
League: BSP
Season: 04


GOAL/WHAT HAPPEND:
Last season I had some trouble with my finances (to much wages), but cleared that this season and our balance is rising. What also helped was the transferincome. I sold a couple of players what gave me an ammount of money: 105k. Biggest sale of the season was Mohammed Kasim (40k) which I got on a free five months earlier.

This season I brought in, what was planned, a lot of young free players to build up a team. And I think I have succeed in that. The players I got where released by their clubs and not the little onces. I got players from Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and so on. Of course from their youthdepartment but still.

High eyes were on: Frederik Nielsen, Anthony Savage and Ajet Shehu... And they did perfect!

I didn't had the plan to get promoted since I want to build on a solid team and don't want to be an Inter Milan. Well all eyes will be on next season how the young lads are one year older and matture...

p.s. still no one on the Favoured Personnel list...

SCREENSHOTS
- Profile (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s04-Profile.jpg)
- Club Information (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s04-Information.jpg)
- The Staff (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s04-Staff.jpg)
- Guiseley's players (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s04-GuiseleyPlayers.jpg)
- Transfers in/out (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s04-Transfers.jpg)
- Finances Summary (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s04-FinancesSummary.jpg)
- End of season table (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s04-Stages.jpg)
- End of season graph (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s04-PastPositions.jpg)
- Overall team stats (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s04-TeamStats.jpg)
- Overall player stats (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s04-PlayerStats.jpg)
- Season Summary (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s04-SeasonSummary.jpg)
- BSP Team-of-the-Year (http://www.joostnijhof.com/dafuge08/s04-TeamoftheYear.jpg)

Ungface
23-04-2008, 15:37
Anyone else having trouble with parent clubs? Ive been tryimng for 3 years but my chairman keeps saying no.

NepentheZ
23-04-2008, 15:45
Originally posted by Ungface:
Anyone else having trouble with parent clubs? Ive been tryimng for 3 years but my chairman keeps saying no.

I got Charlton in my 2nd season. Although the players they are sending me, aren't actually good enough for my first team. :scratchhead:

NepentheZ
23-04-2008, 18:23
Real London Update - Season 4 (2011/2012)

To Begin.....

Youth Player 1 amazed me, and the rest of the world, by getting an U-21 Call Up (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%204/YP1U21Cap.jpg) for the Scotland U-21 national squad.! He played in a 5-0 win, but despite the scoreline, he didn't get a good rating. (6) - and was "largely disappointing" ... A little unfair, considering he only played for 8 minutes.!


BSP Prediction - 20th
BSP Posistion - 12th
F.A Cup - 1st Round
F.A Trophy - 3rd Round
Setanta Shield - 5th Round

Blue Square Premier - Graph (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%204/Graph.jpg) | Table (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%204/Table.jpg)

A great season. Although the graph and table don't show it, but for pretty much the entire season, I was only 3-6 points away from the play-off spots.! A good run would've possibly seen me in with a shout of promotion. (Although it would've been far too quick.!) - Never in danger of getting relegated, holding a mid table position throughout.

Best Elevens - Season (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%204/BES.jpg) | Overall (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%204/BEO.jpg)

YP1 and YP3 achieved first team spots in the season best eleven, with YP2 on the bench, but it's still only YP1 of the three players who have made it into the Overall Best eleven. He's hit an impressive 68 goals in 122 games so far in his career, which is magical.

Other Info

Club Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%204/ClubInfo.jpg)
Finances (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%204/Finances.jpg)

Manager Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%204/ManInfo.jpg)
Manager Overview (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%204/ManOver.jpg)
Manager Profile (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%204/ManPro.jpg)

Player Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%204/RecP.jpg)
Team Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%204/RecT.jpg)
Team Selection (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%204/Selection.jpg)

Transfers (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%204/Transfers.jpg)

Not much activity in the transfer market again. A few releases, a few loans in and out, and a few signing. None of the signings played much of a part in the season, so it wouldn't be fair to comment really.


Player of the Season

Youth Player 1 (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%204/YPEOS2012.jpg) - Even through another injury plagued season, he still scored consistently. 28 goals, and top scorer for the club this season.

Season Summary

A great season. I expected a relegation battle, but instead I got mid table scrap for top half finish. The only complaint was a 7-1 decimation by the eventual league winners, after having a man sent off early. Two big wins in the season, (6-1 and 6-3) and a few other high score draws (3-3 / 4-4). Hopefully next season, with a few good signings, and the experience my current team has, I could put together a promotion push.!

Manager history

Season 1 - Blue Square South - 6th place
Season 2 - Blue Square South - 3rd place
Season 3 - Blue Square South - 2nd place, Promotion
Season 4 - Blue Square Premier - 12th place


*Real London were formally AFC Wimbledon

NepentheZ
23-04-2008, 18:37
Youth Player Project

Every year we get a new batch of youth players, and the Ass Man singles out the best one of them. (I'm assuming they have the best P.A of the group.)

My aim is to take this player, give them some first team football, and track their career, be it at Real London, or should they move on. Each season I will add a new player to the reports, (naturally) and just think it could be fun, interesting and informative of what happens with them.

End of Season Reports


Player 1 - John Adams


John Adam, AM/F C (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/JohnAdam.jpg)
End of Season 2 - Profile (http://s15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/?action=view&current=S2YP1.jpg)
End of Season 3 - Profile (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%204/YPEOS2012.jpg)
Interest from Dag & Red (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/YP1DagRed.jpg)
First International Game (Scotland U-19) (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/YP1Internationa.jpg)
First International Game (Scotland U-21) (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%204/YP1U21Cap.jpg)

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">

Season | Apps | Gls | MoM | Ass | Av R

1 | 35(9)| 21 | 5 | - | 7.16
2 | 36(2)| 19 | 6 | 11 | 7.42
3 | 39(1)| 28 | 11 | 7 | 7.35</pre>

Season info - An incredible season, all things considered. 28 Goals, top scorer, new record for MotM awards in 1 season for Real London, and all this on top of the jump in class from the BSS to the BSP

Player 2 - Mathew McManus

Mathew McManus ST (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%202/MathewMcManus.jpg)
End of Season 2 - Profile (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%204/YP2EOS2012.jpg)

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Season | Apps | Gls | MoM | Ass | Av R

1 | 16(14)| 11 | 1 | 8 | 6.97
2 | 20(10)| 7 | 1 | 9 | 6.90
</pre>


Season Info - Not a great season for the young lad. The jump in class was clearly too much for him, and he's been placed on the Transfer List due to this.



Player 3 - Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin - MC (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%203/AndrewMartinyp.jpg)
End of Season 1 - Profile (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%204/TP3EOS2012B.jpg)
End of Season 1 - Stats and Figures (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%204/YP3EOS2012.jpg)

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Season | Apps | Gls | MoM | Ass | Pass | Pass | Pass | Av R
att com %

1 | 13(13)| 1 | 0 | 7 | 553 | 358 | 64 | 6.92</pre>

Season Info - Not a bad season, but no fireworks. An OK pass rate, and chipped in with a nice amount of assists considering his age, and inexperience. He played most of his games in the defensive role in midfield, but I am training him to become an AMC, so when he is good in that position, he will play more in the attacking role, and hopefully this will reflect in his performances.



Player 4 - Dale Schofield

Dale Schofield - DC (http://s15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%204/?action=view&current=DaleSchofieldYP.jpg)

I've go high hopes for this lad. Although he is a DC, he's got a lot of the right attributes for a full back, which is where he will retrain. It's also a position he can play without having too adverse effect on the game if he has a bad match. Good physically, but technical abilities are to be desired.

Thanks for reading.

rlipscombe
24-04-2008, 01:29
top update as ever Nepenthez - good to see the youth projects doing so well. scotland U-21 call-up? http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif he must be attracting interest from loads of other clubs...

MikaelS
24-04-2008, 04:34
Originally posted by NepentheZ:
Youth Player Project


Player 1 - John Adams


John Adam, AM/F C (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/JohnAdam.jpg)

I dont get it. His attributes are not that speciel. It must be a crappy scottish u18 and u21 team http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

ejthegreat
24-04-2008, 05:01
Originally posted by MikaelS:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by NepentheZ:
Youth Player Project


Player 1 - John Adams


John Adam, AM/F C (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%201/JohnAdam.jpg)

I dont get it. His attributes are not that speciel. It must be a crappy scottish u18 and u21 team http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Probably. I'm guessing his biggest strength is his dual footedness, something players at the lower level aren't used to and have trouble with.

NepentheZ
24-04-2008, 05:59
Originally posted by rlipscombe:
top update as ever Nepenthez - good to see the youth projects doing so well. scotland U-21 call-up? http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif he must be attracting interest from loads of other clubs...

Nope, not really. Dag & Red showed interest in him a few seasons back, but that went away over the summer, and theres been nothing ever since.

@ MikaelS - Tell me about it.! He's clearly one of the worst players in the Scotlan U-21 squad too..!!

@ ejthegreat - spot on. This accounts for a massive dip in attributes, but still, taking that into consideration, his attributes are very poor, yet he's been consistent for 3 seasons at such a young age.! I could have a keeper here.! (Not a goalkeeper, lol)

Swindon69
24-04-2008, 08:42
Me - Merthyr BSP Premier 2009/10

After a promising start we suffered a wee dip in form and a goal conceded in the 93rd minute of the final league game cost me a place in the play-offs.

As for the cups - we reached the 2nd Round of the FA Cup, lost the FA Trophy Final to Gray's who we'd put five past a few weeks before. We did however win the Setanta Shield, but my joy was tempered by the fact that the prize money worked out at £14k less then the bonus paid for winning it.

Still there's always next year.

DaveHammer
24-04-2008, 12:18
hello chaps, Ive decided to return to the best FM challenge out there!

This will be my 5th attempt without completion yet!! Best i did was take Braintree to the champions league in fm06.Going for Chelmsford City again as they are local.

Profile (http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o197/Dave_Hammer/DavidSeamanProfile-1.jpg)

Its been about 6 months since ive been in the thread so cany anyone update me on peoples progress? Has it been completed on 08 yet?

Will post updates when im underway.

ejthegreat
25-04-2008, 00:38
Snuck into a playoff spot in the Championship.

4 points between 4th and 10th and got in with an away draw in the last round.

Playing Ipswich in the Playoff semi....wish me luck http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

ejthegreat
25-04-2008, 01:02
3-1 Home win!!
Very lucky I might add, Ipswich had plenty of chances and missed most.
Their goal came from a throw-in which is an area I can do nothing to defend against. They make it so their striker is one on one with my central defender in the box and no one either in the path from thrower to striker or within 10yards of the pair. Therefore throw in taker can throw it hard and low at striker's feet with my central defender having no help at all.

ejthegreat
25-04-2008, 01:16
Ipswich have started bidding for my players before the 2nd leg, no doubt trying to upset them so they play badly. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon13.gif

ejthegreat
25-04-2008, 01:24
1-0 up 11min, please may we not choke

ejthegreat
25-04-2008, 01:40
It's Wembley and a date with Hull!!!! http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Ipswich had 32 shots over 2 games but only 9 on target as AFC Wimbledon with 3-1 and 1-2.

Hull defeated Sheff Wed 1-1 and 3-0 so they'll go in with confidence too.

On a side note, I've never seen my team play so well, I didn't notice any mistakes over the 2 legs and am very proud.

ejthegreat
25-04-2008, 02:30
Came out with an attacking tactic, 2-0 up at 1/2 time http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif. Got 2 yellows already though and Hull are going to come out firing......here goes nothing.

ejthegreat
25-04-2008, 02:45
Picked up the 2nd yellow but I don't care.

2-0 WIN!!!

Premiership!!!!

After 5 season in the Championship I've finally made it http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

God I'm tired...lol

rlipscombe
25-04-2008, 04:05
Originally posted by ejthegreat:
Picked up the 2nd yellow but I don't care.

2-0 WIN!!!

Premiership!!!!

After 5 season in the Championship I've finally made it http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

God I'm tired...lol

CONGRATS!! http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif good luck next season.

ejthegreat
25-04-2008, 07:32
AFC Wimbledon Championship 18/19 Season Review

In case you missed the last 1/2 page, here's the story of the season http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

With a number of departures at the start of the season, I set about bringing in some replacements. Main area of concern was right back and central midfield. Found 2 right backs, one of whom, Pastor (http://img111.imageshack.us/img111/7987/pastorhi6.jpg) I'd had on loan a couple of seasons ago and for £725k was well worth the money. Was actually surprised he came to me as some Premiership sides were also offering contracts, I guess not as "key player" though.

Other major purchase preseason was central midfielder Pedro (http://img110.imageshack.us/img110/715/pedroql2.jpg) The Brazilian (2nd nat- Italian) has been labelled "Could be the next Matuzalem" which from past versions of FM I know to be good http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif He turned out to be a great buy, becoming 1st choice central/attacking midfielder,leading the Championship for passing percentage Team Stats (http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/7773/teamstatsxw9.jpg) and forming a great partnership with Baticle (http://img110.imageshack.us/img110/8519/baticlegh8.jpg)

These were backed up with the January signing of a left fullback Holub (http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/1580/holuber8.jpg), keeper Prieto and central defender Kehrli, brought in after I lost Douglas to Southampton. Also brought in a lot of kids on trial and a few of them have been signed and are sitting in the u-18 side.
Transfers (http://img111.imageshack.us/img111/8572/transfersye5.jpg)

The season started well, unbeaten in first 6 rounds and making the 4th Rd of the League Cup. We then stumbled for a little before finding form just in time to beat Premiership side West Ham away in the 4th Rd. Sadly this would be followed with a disappointing Qtr Final loss to Swindon
League for was also slipping, although we were hard to beat we just had too many draws and slipped down to 11th in what was an incredibly close race for 2nd behind a dominant Aston Villa. A great run of form in January saw us jump to 3rd but we fell back just as fast settling into around 8-10th as the season got to it's final months. The great run of form included beating Plymouth 3-0 in the FA Cup but then we again lost to a weaker side, losing the 4th Rd match to Southend 1-2.

March and Muller proved to be the catalyst for a late season surge. He scored 4 as we beat Cardiff 5-0 which led to a 5 match winning run which gave us real hope of making the playoffs. We had an up and down last 7 matches (2-3-2) but with results going our way, we hung onto 6th spot with a 1-1 draw at Norwich on the final day.

Graph (http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/1705/graphan5.jpg)

We drew Ipswich in the semi-final.
The home leg was a dream, 2-0 up 1/2 time and whilst they scored a late goal, we grabbed one at the death to take a 3-1 to Ipswich Semi Leg 1 (http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/3681/semihometn5.jpg) Match Stats (http://img110.imageshack.us/img110/4183/semihomemslp2.jpg) As you can see, they had their chances but were wasteful in front of goal.

That trend continued in the return leg which Ipswich again had the better of us but when we scored early, they were in trouble. They equalised soon after and we went in 1-1. Straight after 1/2 time they went very attacking but we hit them on the counter to take a 1-2 lead and just tried to hold on from there. Semi Leg 2 (http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/9173/semiawayuj1.jpg) Match Stats (http://img111.imageshack.us/img111/1530/semiawaymspw8.jpg)

We held on through their wastage and faced Hull in the final at Wembley in front of 89,992 fans.

For the final, I decided to try and hit them straight away, going with a very attacking, hard tackling, full pressure tactic which paid off in the 10min mark when Sahraoui (http://img111.imageshack.us/img111/429/sahraouiuo7.jpg) my leading scorer all season capped off a good move. The tactic worked a treat with Hull trapped inside their own half for the first 45mins. Then, right on the stroke of half time, Sahraoui struck again, giving us a 2-0 buffer at half time.

After half time Hull came out more attackingly but never really threatened the goals with my central defender dominating the air (with 12 and 11 jumping btw http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif). When Baticle picked up his 2nd yellow I was a little concerned but we held our nerves and our subs, which proved important when Ochirosli came off injured at the start of injury time. Final vs Hull (http://img110.imageshack.us/img110/1746/finalej7.jpg) Match Stats (http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/9255/finalmsfr6.jpg) http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

Final Table (http://img110.imageshack.us/img110/7516/tablezy1.jpg) We join Aston Villa and Watford in the Premiership next season. Watford was impressive having gone into administration only 2 seasons ago. Southampton, Birmingham and Reading take our places in the Championship next season and Liverpool, after 3 years without success, come back and win the Premiership to add to their 8 straight wins from 07/08--14/15 http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

The triumphant team (http://img110.imageshack.us/img110/1814/squadlu8.jpg)

Season Overview (http://img110.imageshack.us/img110/7563/overviewdx3.jpg)

Confidence Summary (http://img111.imageshack.us/img111/7149/confsummok6.jpg)

Finances (http://img110.imageshack.us/img110/7917/financestf1.jpg)

Club Info-Board says we have one of the best training facilities in the world. (http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/1963/clubinfoeo1.jpg)

My Current Profile (http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/6214/profilebk0.jpg) Amazingly, my reputation is now Continental, surprising but not unwelcome http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Well, we're in the top flight and hopefully most of the players wanting out will now stay. Looking at the new Team Report, out top players are now only 4 stars, so we'll need to bring in some players, with priority being both left and right wingers and a strong aerial centre-back.

Sadly, after all the trouble I went through to keep Amauri, I couldn't get a work permit for his contract renewal and then Sporting Lisbon swooped in at the start of Febuary and nabbed him for nothing http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif I tried several times to at least offer a contract so then they'd have to pay compensation, however, the one time I forgot, he got taken away.

Aims for next season:

1. Survive
2. See 1.

ejthegreat
25-04-2008, 07:38
"Team stats" link doesn't show info....correct link is Player Stats (http://img129.imageshack.us/img129/1922/chplaystatsyc1.jpg)

michaeltmurrayuk
25-04-2008, 08:31
Originally posted by ejthegreat:
Picked up the 2nd yellow but I don't care.

2-0 WIN!!!

Premiership!!!!

After 5 season in the Championship I've finally made it http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

God I'm tired...lol

Well Done, Good Luck in the Premiership http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif

michaeltmurrayuk
25-04-2008, 08:48
Originally posted by ejthegreat:
AFC Wimbledon Championship 18/19 Season Review

Well, we're in the top flight and hopefully most of the players wanting out will now stay. Looking at the new Team Report, out top players are now only 4 stars, so we'll need to bring in some players, with priority being both left and right wingers and a strong aerial centre-back.



Good Luck with that, promotion to the Premiership for me, just meant bigger teams became interested, whilst actually doing well in the Premiership attracts the interest of the European Giants http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

The stars seem to be done differently in the Premiership, anyone in my game with 4-7 stars are leading Premiership players according to my staff, 2-3 decent/good Championship/Premership players, 1 star League One and below. I tend to use the stars as a rough guide, then look at the wording to see what they are rated as.

(Of course if the star system is relative rather than absolute then it would make sense - 5 Stars is an average player in league, though whether it is based on a number at the start of the game say CA or PA 150, or is an average value from all players in the league - so if the league is full of Leading Prem players, then most of the leading prem players would be rated 4/5 stars and only the best of the best getting 7 stars).

michaeltmurrayuk
25-04-2008, 08:49
Marine - Premier League 2025/26

With last seasons surprise third place finish, the board wanted more of the same demanded at least a UEFA Cup spot through the league (fifth place) (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/5906/expectationsuf6.jpg), I said top half finish, but the board still wanted a UEFA Cup spot (it's a bit harsh making teams go from fight relagation to get in Europe, with no inbetween).

Whilst the press were under the impression we had the quality to mount a title challenge (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/2888/titleoddstf6.jpg), expecting us to finish 4th.

My new Youth Academy may have already started churning out players - Right Back Lee Knowles (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/7489/leeknowlesjx0.jpg) best of the bunch with Premiership potential, I also got a Turkish born English Keeper - How random is that.

The season didn't get off to the best of starts, our overachievement last season, saw the rest of Europe and the League descend on my team - Centre-Back Scott Moore who wants a new challenge will join AC Milan at the end of the season for £19m, whilst Peruvian Midfielder was going to go to Juventus for £20m at the end of the season, but the transfer was cancelled as Juventus had already signed a non-eu player this season and next season, and my German DM Weis became unhappy when Newcastle bidded for him, he eventually joined them for £7.5m, I also got rid off a couple of squad/youngsters who weren't needed.

Transfers in wise I only spent £5m on five youngsters - £2K on a promising Serbian Left Winger, £130K on a Promising German Midfielder, £3m on a young Italian left-back from Juventus, £35K on a 15yo French Striker from Lyon, and £1.9m on a highly rated Brazilian Striker Ricardo (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/1193/ricardopm0.jpg) who's dubbed the new Ronaldo from Santos.

Attempts to sign quality first teamers failed, they are either not interested or want silly money - one striker wanted £83K plus bonuses (and I'm sure if I could offer more he'd have wanted it), so I'd again put my trust in my youngsters.

I'll start off with the Domestic Cups this season:

Carling Cup

Our Carling Cup campaign would start off in the Third Round with a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace, we followed this up with a tough game against Newcastle where we managed to hold on for a 2-1 win. (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/2983/carling4vc6.jpg)
The Quarter Final (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/1047/carlingqsw7.jpg) saw us travel to Hillsborough to take on Sheff Wed, this time we needed a goal in extra-time from my Russian Midfielder Valery Shipulin (scored the rebound from the saved pen.) to win 2-1 setting up a Semi-final against Southend.

Our record against Southend at this point is rather interesting - each of the six games we have played against them so far (including this seasons FA Cup 3rd Round tie, which was played 4 days before the first leg of the semi-final) have ended 2-1, we me only winning twice.

The first leg of the Semi also ended 2-1 (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/1056/carlingsemi1wb4.jpg), but to us this time.

In the second leg Southend started strongly, and were 2-0 up at half time and ahead overall, then in the 76th minute Southend bundled a corner into their own net making it 2-1 on the night and even overall, and thats where I expected the game to end and go to pens, but then in the 94th minute with the last kick of the game, Russian Striker Alexey Antonov, outjumped the Southend defender and made it 2-2 on the night! (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/4109/carlingsemi2tn9.jpg)

With that goal we would make our first trip to Wembley (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/4028/carlingfinalbulidupsv9.jpg) (Well our second trip if you include our League One Playoff Final against Swansea) to play two time winners Man City.

In the end the final turned out to be rather disapointing (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/9712/carlingfinalru3.jpg), we just couldn't beat their Keeper in the First Half, it also didn't help that Left Winger Rocchi missed the game due to injury and right Winger Volkov was woeful.

In the second half we just didn't turn up, City scored pretty much from the Kick-off their DM Badiane was allowed to run with the ball as we back off and he fired home from the edge of the area, then 3 minutes later, a bad clearance from Sambade landed at the feet of Badiane who fired it back in from 25 yards to make it 2-0 to City and game over, they then added a third later on http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

I wouldn't have minded losing but we just didn't turn up, and it would just be one of several woeful performances from my team this season http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

The FA Cup

Our FA Cup campaign would start off against Southend, and it was no surprise the game ended 2-1 (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/5033/fa3kv9.jpg), a 74th minute goal from Lasarte being the winner, the bad news was Rocchi breaking his ankle that would rule him out for 3 months http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

The Fourth Round saw us drawn against Championship Side WBA, and we needed a replay to beat them 3-0, the 5th and 6th rounds would see us take on Championship opposition aswell, we beat Burnley 2-0 and then took Leicester apart 3-0, to set up a Semi-Final against Tottenham.

Rather surprisingly we actually turned up for the the semi-final and destroyed Spurs 4-1 (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/9462/fasemiuy1.jpg), after giving away a 3rd minute pen.

Our First FA Cup Final (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/5766/facupfinalbulidupty5.jpg) would also be against Six Times Winners Man City.

We didn't get off to the best of starts, City Striker Ros got in front of Moore to make it 1-0 City in the 15th minute, but in the 38th minute, Lasarte found space in the area and connected to Volkov's cross with a diving header to make 1-1 with his 100th goal for Marine.

Then in the 72nd Sambade fired a shot into the top corner from the edge of the area to make 2-1 Marine, and we were starting to dream the impossible, but then in the 82nd minute Ros again beat Moore to an header to make it 2-2, not the best performance from Moore in his final appearance for the club http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

And that's how the game finished, and with neither team able to make a breakthrough in extra-time, pens would decide the FA Cup Winner.

Man City opened the scoring with their first pen, whilst Law stepped up and fired a poor pen wide of the goal.
Next up was City's time to miss with Connett blasting the ball over the bar, whilst my young Austrian Winger Rottensteiner made it 1-1 (brought on in extra-time for his pen taker ability http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif)
The Third pens were both scored, leaving it at 2-2.
We were then given a chance when Quinton saved City's Fourth pen, Spanish Full-back Jose scored making 3-2 to Marine.
City had to score their 5th pen to stay in the game, upstepped one of my ex-players Finnish Fullback Andersson who calmly scored, it would now all come down to Russian Winger Volkov if he scored we'd win, but he blazed his penalty over the bar http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Sudden-Death saw City Striker Ros step up and hammer his penalty somehow against the post, but my Captain Perez Gomez saved his blushes with a poor pen down the middle that was saved by the City Keeper.

Then City put the pressure on us, when Romanian Striker Ciobanu calmly scored his pen, we would now need centre-back Scott Moore to score to keep us in the game, but he ballooned his penalty over the bar and into orbit http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

City win 4-3 on Pens. (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/7268/facupfinalpw7.jpg)

So Man City would again beat us to a Cup this season, have I mentioned recently that I hate Man City.

European Adventure

This season would also see Marine's first European Adventure, which would start off in the Champions League 3rd Qual. Round, however with us being ranked 107th in the co-efficients we would be unseeded and ended up with a small little known German side called FC Bayern.

The First Leg would be in Germany, and we got off to a good start, Bayern giving away a penalty in the 25th minute, that Law missed but managed to score the rebound, however that just spurned Bayern on and we found ourselves outclassed and 3-1 down at Half-time, in the second half we battled back and Lasarte brought a goal back, but it ended FC Bayern 3-2 Marine (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/8154/uclqr3l1qt8.jpg), we were still in with a chance though.

We started the Second Leg well again, Law opening the scoring in the 6th minute, putting us ahead on away goals, but Bayern equalised in first half injury time, however we hit back immediatley Rocchi restoring our lead for half-time.

In the Second half Bayern came out attacking and just before the hour mark leveled on the day, wiping out our away goals in the process, we'd now need a two goal win to go through, and it looked like we may do it Peruvian Midfielder made it 3-2 in the 74th minute, before the legand that is Danny Naylor came off the bench to make it 4-2 in the 82nd minute, but we couldn't hold out and Bayern added a third to put them ahead on away goals and that's how it ended.

Marine 4-3 FC Bayern (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/9190/uclqr3l2nm4.jpg) (6-6 agg, Bayern win on Away goals), I was proud of my team, we put up a good fight, even the fans were pleased, however the board weren't they expected us to reach the Group Stage.

With our Champions League Campaign over before it started, we had at least dropped into the UEFA Cup, where we were also unseeded and would face a trickly tie against Russian Side Lokomotiv Moscow.

We were home in the First Leg and a cagy game ended 1-0 to me (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/6136/uefar1l1rx6.jpg), thanks to a first half goal from Russian Volkov, so at least we wouldn't go out on away goals this time.

The second leg in a warm but wet Moscow (33 degrees - SI fans of Global Warming then, as the record temp for Moscow is 29.6 degrees C set on May 23 2007) was another caggy affair, Moscow took the lead midway through the first half, but Lasarte equalised 9 minutes later to make it 1-1 (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/2838/uefar1l2ek3.jpg) and that's how it stayed we'd be through to the Group Stage.

The UEFA cup Group stage would see us seeded 4th, we ended up with an Interesting Group, in order of Seed: Lyon (France), Zaragoza (Spain), B.Jerusalem (Israel), Me, and Dinamo-2 Kiev (Ukraine - Dinamo Kiev's second team, who due to a bug are a seperate team to the first team, though not sure how they got into Europe, as they are in the Ukranian Second League (or whatever it's called), they actually made it further into Europe than their parent team, also rather interestingly their fixture list didsn't start until the 2009/10 season?).

Our Group campaign would start off with a visit to the Ukraine, were two early goals from Rocchi and Law were enough to give us a 2-1 victory. Second game would see us home to Zaragoza, we didn't start of well and found ourselves 2-0 down by half-time, but a fantastic second half comeback lead us to a 3-2 win - Volkov got onto Richard's through ball in the 75min, then in the 87th minute Sambade played a one-two with Perez Gomez and placed a low shot to make it 2-2, then in the 91st minute Richard fed Lasarte who made it 3-2 to complete an amazing comeback. After that game we were effectively through, so I fielded a largly second string side in Jerusalem, and they were strong enough to claim a 1-1 draw, that saw us become the first team to qualify for the knockout round. Our final and fourth group game, saw a second string side fall 4-1 to Lyon, but it didn't matter as we qualified 2nd in the group (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/7604/uefagroupse5.jpg), and would then face a Champions League Drop out in the First Knockout Round.

The First Knockout Round would see us play Benfica, the first leg was at home and by the 60th minute we were 3-0 up, and looking home and dry, I took some players off to rest them, and nearly regretted it as Benfica pulled two goals back, with the game ending Marine 3-2 Benfica (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/7997/uefak1l1vk5.jpg) leving the tie wide open. In the second leg we took an early lead through Lasarte, and a fine performance from my Keeper Quinton kept Benfica at bay and we won 1-0, making it Marine 4-2 Benfica on agg. (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/3171/uefak1l2us3.jpg)

The Second Knockout round, we drew Spanish Side Osasuna, and we calmly won the first leg 2-0 thanks to goals from Volkov and Lasarte. (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/939/uefak2l1bd9.jpg) The Second leg didn't quite go to plan, we didn't start well and Osasuna were 2-0 up at Half-time and the tie was levelled. In the second half we upped our game, Lasarte scoring from a corner straight from the kickoff to put us ahead in the tie, he then added another just after the hour mark, then 5 mins later, Lasarte was pushed over from another corner and Law scored the resulting Penalty, we then finished the tie off in the 73rd minute, when from another corner, an Osasuna player handled the ball near the line and found himself sent off and Law stepped up to score his second penalty of the game, Osasuna's Striker grabbed his hat-trick later on but it wasn't enough.
Final Score on agg: Osasuna 3-6 Marine. (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/5359/uefak2l2gz9.jpg)

In the Quarter Final, we had Anderlecht, but it took less than an hour to finish the tie off - winning the first leg 5-0 (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/6004/uefaqfzo7.jpg), in an absolutley fantastic performance, where we just ripped them apart, apart from giving them a soft pen that Quinton saved anyway, in the second leg, I fielded a second string who claimed a 0-0 draw to put us into the Semi-Finals.

The Semi-Finals would see us take on Newcastle, a rather dire first Leg ended 0-0 at St. James' Park, in the Second Leg my team stepped up and we ripped Newcastle apart winning 4-0 (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/2710/uefasemier5.jpg) thanks to two goals apiece from Lasarte and Rocchi (just back from injury) to set up a final against Southend.

We'd already met Southend 5 times this season, having knocked them out of the Carling and FA Cups, whilst we both won the home League Game, not surprisingly both those games ended 2-1.

It would be our first final (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/6538/uefafinalbuilduplb8.jpg), whilst it would be Southends second, having been beaten by Chelsea in last seasons final, rather interesting is that we are actually an older club than Southend http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

The Final would be played in Norway at Rosenborgs ground, that only fits 21000, seems small for the final.

And yet again this season, we didn't bother turning up for the final, Southend were 2-0 up after 60mins, predictable we pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/9632/uefafinalpo5.jpg), and after our goal absolutley nothing happened, no highlights at all, just Southend tending to an injury and bringing on some subs.
And with Lasarte not scoring (didn't even get a shot on target), he missed out of setting a Top Scorer record in the UEFA Cup by 1 goal.

I wonder if there is some match fixing going on here (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/7807/southendhh8.jpg) http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

So Three Finals and Three Defeats http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif, wonder if we did any better in the League to cheer me up:

Premier League

We didn't actually start off too badly in the League, we didn't lose until our ninth game (against Southend), and at the half-way stage of the season we found ourselves second and only 1 point behind an unbeaten Liverpool side, it took until the 22 game for Liverpool to lose, but by that stage Chelsea were ahead of us on Goal Difference.

In the second half of the season, with our cup games buliding up, we dropped away in the League mainly due to not playing - only managed one league game in Feb, we started losing and drawing games we should win (1-1 against 10men Sheff Wed at home, thanks to a last minute own goal http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif)

Towards the end of the season we found ourselves 4 games behind and in 5th place, and having spent several months playing twice a week my team started to tire, I'd lost wingers Rocchi and Straka to long term injuries, I was struggling to find a striker to cover Lasarte so he could rest.

In the last week of the season we had 4 games (Sun-Wed-Fri-Sun, then Wed and Sat Cup finals) we needed to win to reclaim third place, on the first Sunday we found ourselves 2-0 down to Coventry at Half-time after an abject performance, though we managed to fight back with Two goals from Gonzalez but a missed pen from Shipulin could prove costly as we could only draw 2-2. Next up would be Chelsea where two late goals from Rocchi and Lasarte and a fine performance from Quinton in Goal gave us a 2-1 win, and a chance of reclaiming a UCL spot, though we also in the process handed the title to Liverpool. On Friday my tired team faced relagated Reading and a 2-0 win lifted us back into Third place.

Our final league game would be away to 4th place Portsmouth, who were three points behind us, as were 5th placed Newcastle, all we needed was a draw at Portsmouth.

With important cup games coming up, and my team knacked I rested several players, that was a mistake as Portsmouth took a 4-1 lead into half-time, two second half goals from my Brazlian Striker Ricardo brought it back to 4-3 but it wasn't enough, and to make matters worse Newcastle beat Bolton 2-1 to claim fourth place http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

That left us in fifth place by two goals (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/246/tableue1.jpg) http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

To complete a season that despite it's promise ended badly due to 4 defeats in important games http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

The European qualification was rather interesting this season (would be more interesting if I won the 3 cups - qualifying for the UEFA Cup 4 ways) - Man City claimed a spot through winning the League Cup, I claimed a spot for finishing 5th in the League, that meant the FA Cup spot went to next in the League - Southend, but they won the UEFA Cup, meaning they'd already qualified, so it went to Bolton, and poor Arsenal in 8th miss out on everything http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

POS Graph (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/5170/posct1.jpg) - we never really recovered once we fell behind, but hopefully this season has improved my youngsters and made them stronger for the future.

Eduardo Lasarte (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/2118/eduardolasartepk2.jpg) ended up Runner-up in Football of the Year (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/7882/footballerofyeared7.jpg), whilst Emmanuel Richard won Young Player of the Year (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/1457/youngfootyearjb1.jpg) for the second season in a row.

Squad (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/526/squaduq3.jpg) - Serious Squad Rotation was used this season, with most of my second string getting over 25 games, the result of most games this season came down to two factors: the form of Keeper Quinton and Striker Lasarte, when they were on form we were unbeatable, when they didn't turn up we struggled.

I've got to say we were woeful at points this season, it's not that easy to decribe here, but the most annoying thing was the amount of games we just didn't turn up for, on our day we can rip apart anyone (well except Liverpool) - at times this season we were magnificant - my midfield three controlling the game with short triangle passes between each other, opening up space were a joy to watch at times, wingers skinning their man and whipping crosses in for Lasarte to tuck away, defence splitting passes from my midfield.

But then there were times when we were woeful - needless wasteful backpasses, leaving opposition free and unmarked, rifling 30 yard shots high and wide instead of passing.

Upfront for the most part Eduardo Lasarte was on fire scoring a record 43 goals in a season for the club, aswell as a record 13 man of the match awards, a record average rating of 7.80, the main problem was when he needed resting or didn't play well, there wasn't really anyone to replace him with - Russian Striker Antonov rather suprisingly picked up Bulgarian Nationality at the start of the season (after just 2 1/2 years), but his time in Bulgaria didn't seem to help him and he struggled at times, of course towards the end of the season he demanded first team football on the day he got injured for the rest of the season, my other Striker Igor Gonzalez started to improve towards the end of the season, but then demanded first team football - he'd started 15 games and was at this point my second choice striker, what does he expect in his first season with first team, me to play him ahead of Lasarte who was scoring for fun! He then decided at the end of the season that he had achieved all he could at the club and wanted a new challenge, after one season in the first team.

In midfield Mexican Midfielder Ignacio Abundis (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/986/ignacioadundishd0.jpg) became my second Wonderkid.

At the end of the season, after 16 seasons with the Club my Keeper Gary Woods (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/1482/garywoodsaa8.jpg) decided to retire from the game http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif
Anyone had anyone stay on as a coach in FM2008, all my players who have retired say they will stay on but don't.

Then we were rocked by my Capatain Alfredo Perez-Gomez (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/2641/afredoperezgomezst1.jpg) wanting a new challenge http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif (The majority of my team, are also considering a new challenge, obviously the challenge of challenge for the title and in Europe not appealing to any of my players)

Confidence (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/2961/confidencelb5.jpg) - The Board have become a bit demanding, expecting the Quarter-Finals of every competiton and are disappointed about losing to Bayern in the Champions League.

Snapshot (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/9392/snapshotet7.jpg) - 68 games this season, and not a single red card.

Profile (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/539/profilern5.jpg) - Coaching Style changes to Attacking, whilst Domestic Player Bias continues to drop.

Club Infomation (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/8166/clubinfozx7.jpg) - the run to the UEFA Cup final boosts our reputation to Continental, whilst my Keepers again drop of the fav. list and the board expand the ground by 10,000! Whilst we become the richest club in England. (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/2301/richlistlt4.jpg)

Best XI (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/3302/bestxibv3.jpg) - No room for Perez-Gomez, whilst Moore only makes the bench.

We also get a boost for next season, moving upto 52nd in the European Rankings. (http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/2231/finalcoefficentsae7.jpg)

Hopefully we'll have a better season next season, though it's not looking likely with the amount of players I'm losing http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Peljam
25-04-2008, 11:29
Witton Albion - Premiership - 2022/23

7th again! (http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s121/peljam/22%2023/table.jpg) Which isn't bad when you consider we were tipped for 14th. We did have to sacrifice doing well in the cups though.

We probably could have done better if we hadn't had suck a rubbish start (http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s121/peljam/22%2023/graph.jpg). But c'est la vie.

Highlights would probably have to be Ballesteros (http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s121/peljam/22%2023/Ballesteros.jpg) getting the player's player award. (http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s121/peljam/22%2023/PlayersPlayer.jpg)

Ballesteros had a great season, as did favourite Anson (http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s121/peljam/22%2023/Anson.jpg) and Blanchet. (http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s121/peljam/22%2023/Blanchet.jpg) I'm not sure how much longer Anson has left in him though. 31 isn't ancient but I have doubts as to whether he's going to get his 300th league goal for the club in the time he has left (he's currently at 260).

So, next season the aim is for a little bit more consistancy, less goals conceded and maybe getting one of the younger back up stikers to get ready for taking over Anson full time. I have one or two in mind (Sobiech who came off the bench to grab 13 goals this season looks like the 1st choice). Also might try prodding the board and getting an stadium expansion. Witton stadium can seat 21021 and we had an average attendance of 20982.


Also, inspired by others awesome updates and extra info I thought I'd add this.

Past Title Winners (http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s121/peljam/22%2023/pastwins.jpg)

Rickaldo
25-04-2008, 13:49
AFC Hornchurch - League One - 2014/2015

First season in League One and i forgot what happened as i finished this season about a week ago. A mid table finish was very good considering my chairman sold my best player to Celtic, he also did'nt add a sell on clause in the deal.

This was supposed to be my last season in my old stadium but construction was delayed on my new stadium (http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/4743/1415stadiummk9.jpg) which meant that i had another four months to play in my old ground.

Table (http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/4089/1415tablevn6.jpg)
Graph (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/3977/1415graphgy4.jpg)
Squad (http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/3277/1415squadkq3.jpg)
John Ward - Best Player (http://img159.imageshack.us/img159/5377/johnwardll4.jpg)
Ward History (http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/7832/johnwardhistoryjk3.jpg)

From next season longer more detailed updates will start as i might have something to mention by then. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Peljam
25-04-2008, 16:39
Just got the 'good' news from the board. 3000 new seats...in 5 months time. Hardly seems the effort if I'm selling out already. Another 10000 would be a much better investment I think.

ejthegreat
25-04-2008, 23:59
Going better than I am Peljam. After 2 seasons of rejecting expansions my board has finally caved and will expand our current 13864 stadium by.......wait for it......a whopping 1500 seats...lmao
Board Announcement (http://img165.imageshack.us/img165/7613/stadlolxj4.jpg)

They must be anticipating bigger crowds in the Premiership. http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

ejthegreat
26-04-2008, 01:12
Pastor looks like he'll be moving on after a bid like this:
Huge Bid (http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/6721/lostwt8.jpg)

Biggest shock is that the Chairman didn't step in.