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Frazza Pee
13-07-2008, 22:06
Seriously. Whats the actual point of adding 70 seats to my stadium?
The farmers need to bring there cows?

NepentheZ
13-07-2008, 22:09
The farmers need to bring there cows?

Considering I'm based in London, I doubt there are any farmers :D

Frazza Pee
13-07-2008, 22:11
They could travel from afar? I'm Scottish I don't know anything about Englands geography.

radicell
15-07-2008, 09:05
My Ilkeston game is going rather good so far. Nearing the end of the season, and I'm in a playoff place. The full report is coming up; wish me luck for the last six games.

padmore_001
15-07-2008, 09:40
My Ilkeston game is going rather good so far. Nearing the end of the season, and I'm in a playoff place. The full report is coming up; wish me luck for the last six games.

Good luck.

My Worksop Town game really is turning into a farce. Should be able to give my rather disappointing season update later on.

radicell
15-07-2008, 13:00
Ilkeston - 2008/2009 Season

Results

Blue Square North: 4th Place (Predicted: 17th) Table (http://www.isarapix.org/pix0/1216122510.jpg) Graph (http://www.isarapix.org/pix68/1216122552.jpg)
FA Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round
Setanta Shield: North 3rd Round
FA Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round
New Manor Ground Championship: 4th Place

Summary

A new member of the Blue Square North, The Robins began by strengthening our squad with numerous players, including no less than three thirty-plus-year-old football veterans. After around a month of time of letting the players gel with each other, I made the board request of getting a parent club, as I wanted some decent players to loan in. At the moment, we didn't have any parent clubs. Unfortunately, the board's verdict returned with the statement that they couldn't find any clubs to be linked with.

Well, that was that, and I would have to wait a few months before being able to make the request again. Soon, our new squad was ready for its first matches. The New Manor Ground Championship is an annual tournament held at Ilkeston's home, New Manor Ground. The inaugural tournament consisted of Ilkeston, hosts, Ilford, invitees, as well as the reserve and youth teams of Ilkeston. Our semifinal pitted us against Ilford, and it was a close match. However, we ultimately fell to minnows Ilford by the scoreline 2-3. Disappointed, we got ready for our third place play-off against our youth team. A Lee Ellington goal was unfortunately canceled out by a greyed-out player from the U18's, and we proceeded to lose the shootout. Our first NMGC Tournament came to a disastrous end.

The rest of the preseason was quite unstable. Tactical changes saw us beat Matlock Town at home, however we lost to Slough in the following match 1-2. Our composure was regained with 2-1 and 4-1 victories over Staines and Histon respectively. However, our preseason ended on a low note following losses in our last two friendlies. An unrealistic game against Chesham ended 4-5 to the visitors, while Folkestone Invicta thrashed us 4-2.

Let the season begin!

We started with two away games against Nuneaton (tied 3-3) and Farsley (lost 0-1). Back at home, we established ourselves as non-pushovers when we thrashed Alfreton 3-0 and Tamworth 4-1. Harrogate was unable to stop our run of victories as we 3-2ed them on the road. Then came an abrupt end to our winning run in the form of a 0-3 home defeat to Hinckley. The next few games continued like this, with us beating Kettering, Worcester, and AFC Telford, and drawing bore draws with Burton and Barrow.

Now came our first cup game - FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round against Malvern, away. It was no easy game, and despite themselves, Malvern managed to put up quite a fight. In the end, goals from Richard Sneekes, Lee Ellington, and Ryan Smith helped us win 3-2. Following a victory over Marine in the league, we beat Barrow 2-0 in the Setanta Shield. However, our FA Cup run was abruptly cut short following a ridiculous 1-2 defeat at home to minnows Grantham. This was when things started going slightly downhill. In our next six league games, we recorded 3 wins and 3 losses. Our Setanta Shield 2nd Round North fixture with Burscough ended 3-3, and we won barely on penalties. Then came our first FA Trophy game against Team Bath. We barely scraped a draw at home, and at Team Bath's stadium we lost 2-3, getting ourselves an early exit from the FA Trophy. Even more, after a draw with Gainsborough in the league, we proceeded to be dominated by Kettering and get kicked out of the Setanta Shield. This season's cups, done.

The remaining Blue Square North season was full of ups-and-downs. Injuries to our key players meant draws with low-rank teams like Solihull Moors, and even a run of four losses in a row against Kettering, Worcester, AFC Telford, and Marine, whom we all beat comfortably in the first half of the season. It was disappointing and I could feel things falling apart. All this while we lay between 3rd and 4th of the league table, draws against Hucknall and Blyth meant we were hanging in the 5th-place spot, one point over Tamworth. Fortunately, the endseason came and we performed decently, not particularly outstanding, but victories over Burscough, King's Lynn, and Gainsborough was enough for us to clinch 4th place, despite the disheartening 0-3 loss against Stalybridge.

And so, unexpectedly, we found ourselves in the Promotion Play-offs. It was Burton in the semi-final, and even though we scored a victory and a draw against them in the main season, we were no match for them during the playoffs. Our injury-filled squad lost to Burton 1-2 at home, and when we visited Burton-on-Trent, we returned home with a 2-4 defeat. 6-3 on aggregate, Burton thrashed us out of the play-offs, and we began preparing for Blue Square North, 2009/2010. Burton went on to beat King's Lynn on penalties in the Play-off Final and get promoted into Blue Square Premier, along with champions Kettering. Glad I won't be playing them next season.

In the News

Man Utd won the English Premier League. Chelsea won the FA Cup, beating Wolves on penalties in the final. They also won the League Cup, where Man Utd finished second. Chelsea topped off their cup treble with a win in the Community Shield over Arsenal. They came close to winning the Champions League, however they were defeated by Liverpool in the final. Lazio won the UEFA Cup, denying Aston Villa of the title.

Next Season

My aim next season is to secure a mid-table finish. Yes, you might expect me to expect higher due to our performance this season, but I've seen it all - in both my Halesowen and Gloucester games, I did really well in the first season, even getting into the play-offs in my Halesowen game. However, when the new season started, we did dismally. Loss after loss, we were on course for relegation. So all I hope for next season's Ilkeston is that we can maintain our performances from this year.

Manager History

2008/2009: Blue Square North, 4th Place

stonini90
15-07-2008, 13:30
can you edit your post?
yes you can....finally

daemonic
15-07-2008, 15:51
can you edit your post?
yes you can....finally
Only for a short period of time though :)

The Preview Post option is a saviour.

radicell
16-07-2008, 08:14
I'm starting my second season now. To be honest, I really don't want to keep playing in the Blue Square North. Not necessarily because I want to get promoted, but because of the teams I play against. Seriously, opponents with names like Blyth (WTF?), Nuneaton (still can't say that correctly), and Barrow (what? why the hell would a football club be named Barrow?), it really bores me and puts me off. And then there's this Hucknall striker who always scores against me, and his name is Wiggins-Thomas. 'Nuff said.

ejthegreat
16-07-2008, 13:32
My AFC Wimbledon board finally added 9500 seats to my stadium. So great considering they were going at about 1500/season prior to that. Still not an all seater stadium, which is strange because I would've thought that would be the first thing they'd address due to the requirements of the F.A.

acidmonkey
16-07-2008, 14:35
Blyth Nuneaton and Barrow are all towns in the UK hence the names,

tempted to start with gateshead considering i drive past their stadium every day on the way to work

Rickaldo
16-07-2008, 17:56
AFC Hornchurch - Season 2022/23 - Premier League

League Table (http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/5559/leaguetablevj3.jpg)
League Graph (http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/1366/leaguegrapheo8.jpg)

A solid defense of the title makes it two in a row for Hornchurch, an unbeaten home record (http://img184.imageshack.us/img184/9238/homerecordvq9.jpg) together with an impressive away record (http://img186.imageshack.us/img186/1079/awayrecordsx2.jpg) meant that the league was over by the beginning of April. This was the best game of the season. (http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/5226/bestleaguematchdz6.jpg)

Now the cups, starting with the Community Shield where we would face Arsenal, a tight 2-1 victory (http://img380.imageshack.us/img380/392/1communityshieldoq7.jpg) was followed by an equally dull Super cup victory. (http://img380.imageshack.us/img380/50/2supercupim1.jpg) After the excitement of the previous games the World club Championship (http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/2338/4clubworldcupht0.jpg) was a much better spectacle, a comprehensive 4-0 rout of Sao Paulo crowned us champions of the world, although we still only had continental reputation. The league cup was won when Leicester were defeated in the final (http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/5218/7leaguecupfinalmb0.jpg). The only bad note this year was the loss to Arsenal (http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/7116/8facupdefeatxy8.jpg) in the FA cup 6th round.

The Champions League would draw us against Ajax, Maccabi Haifa and Celtic. It turned out to be an easy route through the group stage (http://img355.imageshack.us/img355/3310/groupstageom1.jpg) and a 6-5 away win (http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/9052/3celtic65mp4.jpg) against Celtic broke my record score in Europe. Into the second round and an aggregate 4-1 win against Porto led to Valencia in the quarters, the first leg was a 1-1 draw at my ground so we needed to win at Valencia, a 2-1 away win (http://img159.imageshack.us/img159/3785/valenciasm1.jpg) after going a goal down meant we were in the semi final against Real Madrid. The first leg would be played at home and it resulted in a fantastic performance and a 2-0 win (http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/9977/realmadridja1.jpg), this meant Real had to attack at home so i played counter attacking and won 3-1 in the away leg. The final would be against Juventus and be played at Feyenoords ground, it was'nt much of a game really as we overwhelmed Juve 4-1 (http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/2554/9championsleaguefinalci3.jpg) to defend our crown.


Club info (http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/9021/clubinfoni0.jpg)
The Squad (http://img239.imageshack.us/img239/6867/squaduj9.jpg)
Dejan Ilic (http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/1373/dejanilickm0.jpg) - Played every game in all competitions
Rodrigo Ortega (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/2757/ortegabv1.jpg) - The only new player in the first team
Luke Thomas (http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/5779/lukethomasmh5.jpg) - 70 goals and was excellent all year

michaeltmurrayuk
16-07-2008, 19:28
My AFC Wimbledon board finally added 9500 seats to my stadium. So great considering they were going at about 1500/season prior to that. Still not an all seater stadium, which is strange because I would've thought that would be the first thing they'd address due to the requirements of the F.A.

Stadium requirements aren't in the game. I now have the fun of the local council blocking me from expanding my stadium, they seem to want to keep Liverpool as the biggest club in Liverpool :(

radicell
17-07-2008, 01:04
There I go, it's happened again. Is it just me, or does this seem to happen in everyone's game?

I manage a newly-promoted club, and in the first season, we do way above expectations. We get like 4th or 5th when we are predicted to come 19th/20th. It is shocking, but unfortunately we don't clinch promotion, and of course everyone expects us to maintain the form into the next season. Then next season comes, and it's loss after loss after loss. Sometimes we're 0-3 down at halftime. I'm using the same players from last year, the same tactics, against the same teams, so what's happening?! My defenders get 5's every game, and my strikers miss even when they are faced with an empty goal. It seems like the computer has preset that I will lose a game before I even play it. For example, during the course of a game, I get like 10 corners, not scoring any of them. My opponents get 1 corner, and headers it in. Then my goalkeeper makes three bad clearances, one of which is punished by a goal. My defenders seem to concede goals for fun. And none of my strikers have scored yet, and I'm into my fourth game. And even when I do score, the opponents also score immediately.

Gahh.. what should I do?

NepentheZ
17-07-2008, 01:06
Been there before radicell :D

IMO, just change your tactic minimally. Maybe just a farrow or barrow, or making an MC a DM, and putting his player instructions mentality setting as ultra defensive. Try and praise your team where you can to give them confidence not to make mistakes, and perhaps play a friendly against your U-18's to get the goal scorers scoring, and the confidence flowing.

NepentheZ
17-07-2008, 02:50
Real London Update - Season 11 (2020/2021)

To Begin.....

Stadium Expansion - 3485 Extra seats. (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2013/StadiumExpansion3485.jpg)

About time there was a big improvement. And the good news is, as it takes 10 months to complete, I get to share Loftus Road with QPR, which will be great for my ticket revenue :D

Coca-Cola League 1 Prediction - 19th
Coca-Cola League 1 Position - 3rd
F.A Cup - 2nd Round
League Cup - 1st Round
Johnstone's PT - S Qtr Final

Coca-Cola League 2 - Graph (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2013/LeagueGraph.jpg) | Table (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2013/LeagueTable.jpg)

What a season. Much, much, much better. Only missed out on the Auto Promotion spot by 3 points, and got my butt whopped in the Play Off Semi Final, but hopefully with a few big signings next season, I can get auto promoted.

Best Elevens - Season (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2013/BES.jpg) | Overall (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2013/BEO.jpg)[/URL]

Other Info

[URL="http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2013/Finances.jpg"]Finances (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2012/BEO.jpg)
Team Selection - (Forgot to take the screen shot :( - sorry )
Team Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2013/TeamInfo.jpg)

Manager Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2013/ManInfo.jpg)
Manager Overview (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2013/ManOver.jpg)
Manager Profile (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2013/ManPro.jpg)

Player Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2013/RecP.jpg)
Team Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2013/RecT.jpg)

Transfers (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2013/Transfers.jpg)

Player of the Season

Alex Askey (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2013/Askey.jpg)- Not a great season, due to injury, but still managed to stick in 14 goals from midfield. Consistently a top player in the team.

Youth Project 7 (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2013/Youth%20Projects/YP7.jpg) - Wow. Wow. WOW. Quite simply an amazing season. 37 goals in 41 appearances, breaking the Real London "goals in a season" record, the "Most league goals in a season" record AND the "most MoM awards in a season" record. Phenominal, and even finished 3rd in the scorers list in Div. 1. Simply brilliant.

Awards

Team of the Year (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2013/TeamofYear.jpg)(2 players)

Season Summary
A fantastic season. Youth Project 7 amazed me game in, game out, breaking all sorts of records on the way. I've never really been much good in the cups, despite trying, and this season was no different. Really letting myself down there. Just need to sure up the defense, and my squad will be unstoppable.

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
Season 5 - Blue Square Premier - 18th place, F.A Trophy Winners
Season 6 - Blue Square Premier - 7th place, Setanta Shield Runner-Up
Season 7 - Blue Square Premier - 4th place
Season 8 - Blue Square Premier - 5th place, Promoted
Season 9 - Coca-Cola League 2 - 16th place
Season 10 - Coca-Cola League 2 - 3rd place, Promoted
Season 11 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 4th place
Season 12 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 17th place
Season 13 - Coca-Coal League 1 - 3rd place

*Real London were formally AFC Wimbledon

_Agalloch_
17-07-2008, 03:09
Gateshead - Season 2011/12 (Fourth Season)

Well, after last season's disappointing league performance I set about strengthening the squad and getting some fringe players off the wage bill. We brought in Pope from Mansfield (iirc), Miller from Darlo (a target who took about 3 months to sign), Wright from Lincoln and Farrell, a hardworking defensive midfielder who were all added due to their experience. On loan joined Chijoke Peters (I know, great name) from Boro, Airey from Newcastle and towards the end of the season McCrudden from the Barcodes as well. A few youngsters were brought in to provide competition for places; Sharpe, Muir and various potential players who were loaned out.

The season started unspectaculary, we kept taken one step forward but then a step back. I decided it was time to change tactics completely and opted to go for my "Oh, crap, we need a goal" tactic, lots of closing down and forwards runs etc., it was initially used for the end of games when I was trailing but I decided to start with it as I noticed we kept possession well and performed a lot better defensively. It paid off, results improved tenfold and by January/February time we were in the playoff positions and enjoying a 17 game unbeaten run. Our problem was that the two top teams (Aldershot and Macclesfield) were just not letting up, neither suffered a particularly bad run of results so we could never overtaken them often. Going into the last 5 games things were tense, Macclesfield were top and performing consistantly, Aldershot were second but had 3 games in hand and we were in 3rd place, unfortunately on a poor run, of all the times my team let up it had to be now. Goals were a problem, despite dominating games we often drew 1-1 or 0-0 and Watt, our main goalscorer was performing poorly (except his ratings didn't show this so I couldn't criticise him) and our backup was pure crap. With 2 games to go Aldershot clinched promotion (deservedly, they've been up there every season I've been in this dreadful league), eventually 4th is all we could achieve, playoff's were our only hope and I wasn't confident, scoring was proving difficult and my match was against one of my bogey sides, Dorchester (Oh, how I hate you and your annoying formation).

The first leg ended 1-1 at home, we played poorly and I wasn't pleased. Now, this is where some higher FM god decided to **** on my bonfire, Vauls, our first choice left back and Brown, our first choice centre-back got injured so we had to draft in King and Sharpe. We started in the worst possible way and conceded after a minute, a just-outside-the-box beauty from their striker, Rae. Things got worse after 20 minutes when they increased their lead, thankfully before half-time we got a goal back, a glimmer of hope. 3-2 on aggregate. As we pushed on to find a goal we conceded, 4-2 but after 66 minutes Dalton got us a goal back, 4-3. We pushed on as ever committing everyone forward, the time was ticking away and we were 10 seconds away from the full whistle when suddenly, out of nowhere Dalton picks out our right winger Wright and he runs into the box, placing the ball beautifully into the bottom corner (Watt, take notice) 4-4 and I thought we'd gone through on aggregate but no, this being the Blue Square Premier (aka, the League of Unbearable Torture and Death) there was extra time instead, gutted, absolutely gutted. The FM god found this incredibly funny and decided to injure my striker Peters, we couldn't bring anyone on due to having used all my subs, this wasn't his last trick however as 3 minutes from the end, youngster Sharpe inexplicably put the ball into his own net from a cross, suffice to say he won't be offered a new contract (I'm a harsh *******). Well, talk about bad luck, nothing went right for us.

Despite our final game I was pleased with the season overall, we were predicted to finish 19th but easily beat the expectation, if it weren't for the opening eight games before the new tactic was implemented I'm positive that Automatic Promotion would have been ours and next season, I believe we'll achieve that as long as we strenghen our attack, we need a couple strikers and an attacking midfielder. On another positive note financially we're doing fantastic due to getting Tottenham, away in the FA Cup (third round perhaps), we got a lot of money but did lose 7-0 (6 goals came in the second half).

The squad:

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn186/Electric_Wizard_2008/GatesheadFOURTHSEASON.jpg?t=1216257506

*Forgot to show Morrison, who again had a good season got injured for 5-6 months

League Table:

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn186/Electric_Wizard_2008/GatesheadLeagueTableFOURTHSEASON.jpg?t=1216259430

Our most influential player:

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn186/Electric_Wizard_2008/GatesheadWATT.jpg?t=1216259616

He had a superb first half to the season but stuttered towards the end where he missed a lot of guilt edge chances. He's got great potential and is wanted by a whole host of clubs, whether we can keep him or not is up the the chairman.

Here's a picture of him roughly 2 seasons ago:

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn186/Electric_Wizard_2008/GavinWatt-1.jpg?t=1216259756

He's developed quite nicely I'd say, so has Brown who was brought at the same time.

Thanks for reading.

_Agalloch_
17-07-2008, 03:25
There I go, it's happened again. Is it just me, or does this seem to happen in everyone's game?

I manage a newly-promoted club, and in the first season, we do way above expectations. We get like 4th or 5th when we are predicted to come 19th/20th. It is shocking, but unfortunately we don't clinch promotion, and of course everyone expects us to maintain the form into the next season. Then next season comes, and it's loss after loss after loss. Sometimes we're 0-3 down at halftime. I'm using the same players from last year, the same tactics, against the same teams, so what's happening?! My defenders get 5's every game, and my strikers miss even when they are faced with an empty goal. It seems like the computer has preset that I will lose a game before I even play it. For example, during the course of a game, I get like 10 corners, not scoring any of them. My opponents get 1 corner, and headers it in. Then my goalkeeper makes three bad clearances, one of which is punished by a goal. My defenders seem to concede goals for fun. And none of my strikers have scored yet, and I'm into my fourth game. And even when I do score, the opponents also score immediately.

Gahh.. what should I do?
Yeah, it's frustrating, basically the AI has figured out your tactic so as NepentheZ said just change your tactic instructions bit, like trying to play more counter attacking etc. or even super attacking, your opponents may not expect it, anyways just try tweaking but not too much. As for corners, just change your instructions, there's some really good tips around the forums for this, happened to me last season.

radicell
17-07-2008, 12:30
Alright guys, thanks for the feedback. I think I've solved my problem with the tactics; I'm making tweaks here and there and we are not recording as many losses anymore.

The problem now is - my strikers still aren't scoring! Even when it's one-on-one or once when faced with an empty goal, all my strikers miss! Is there a way to improve my strikers' goals, or is this some other deliberate AI thing?

NepentheZ
17-07-2008, 13:47
I'll give you some advice, radicell that worked brilliantly for me, and others in the T&TT Forum, but caused problems for some. Seeing as you're already having problems, I don't see how it can make it worse :D

Firstly, I need to know what tactic you're playing though, so I can give you some specific instructions to enhance strikers scoring rates.

daemonic
17-07-2008, 16:59
I'll give you some advice, radicell that worked brilliantly for me, and others in the T&TT Forum, but caused problems for some. Seeing as you're already having problems, I don't see how it can make it worse :D

Firstly, I need to know what tactic you're playing though, so I can give you some specific instructions to enhance strikers scoring rates.
Got any links to this advice NepentheZ? I know from your Gundo games you have strikers who've scored ridiculous numbers of goals.

NepentheZ
17-07-2008, 17:13
Got any links to this advice NepentheZ? I know from your Gundo games you have strikers who've scored ridiculous numbers of goals.

Link (http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php?t=19884)

The Tactics thread I've just given you is my Knockbreda Tactic from Gundo's challenge. Its based on player instructions and playing to player strengths, so should give a good idea as to how to maximise payer potential on the field. Let me know how it goes :thup:

radicell
18-07-2008, 08:10
Thanks NepentheZ, I normally play with four D's (DL, DC, DC, DR), one DMC, two MC's, one AMC, and two FC's. The DL's and DR's have got F-arrow's to move into Wing Back positions. I'll give your tactic a try, it looks quite promising but as you said, it works for some and screws up for others. I'll give it a shot and get back to you on how it worked for me. Wish me luck.

radicell
18-07-2008, 11:26
Thanks for trying to help NepentheZ, but your tactic didn't really seem to do much.
I'm playing oppressedly and hardly get the chance to make use of my wingers at all. And when I do, the strikers stuff up the header. My defenders are constantling making mistakes, sometimes just letting an oppoonent take the ball when theya re passing between them. It is VERY frustrating, but there's simply nothign I can do, whihc makes it all the more frustrating. Sometimes I occasionally get to score the first goal, but it unrealistically comes at the 3rd minute - and from that point on, it's all them. Opponent, opponent, opponent, goal, goal, goal. I'm sure that the game is just teasing me by letting me score a goal, because straight after it goes in, my opponent scores one too - probably because of some ******** defender mistake. And the media just won't shut up, which is not helping my temper. "Helpless Ilkeston well beaten" "Ilkeston powerless to resist as Leigh dominate" "Ilkeston maintain loss of form". The in-match pundits say at the end of the game, ".. when it could so easily have gone in Ilkeston's favor." Well, why doesn't it ever?!

WooYeah
18-07-2008, 18:51
I've been aware of this challenge but never given it a go. However, I am now manager of Tiverton Town :)

lander
19-07-2008, 23:26
Better late than never, right? Started on this challenge, after having spent I-dont-know-how-many hours trying to get a sub-1000 club. Finally ended up with Halesowen.

Profile (http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/5025/landerprofilevj9.png)
Website player profile (http://www.dafugeschallenge.com/players/lander/)

When I took over, I found a near full squad at my disposal. But they're much better at rocket science than football, so I'm trying to build a new team. Not so easy, since I can't find any players that will fill my needs. Oh, well. As long as I can survive relegation, there are plenty of seasons ahead.

Pre-season went out the window, but I was delighted with a 1-12 deficit against Sunderland reserves -- we scored!

With the chairman looking to sell, I hope I can manage to keep my posistion as manager when somebody else takes charge in the board room.

Wish me luck!

radicell
20-07-2008, 01:42
Ilkeston - 2009/2010 Season

Results

Blue Square North: 15th Place (Predicted: 12th) League (http://www.isarapix.org/pix1/1216514478.jpg) Graph (http://www.isarapix.org/pix72/1216514505.jpg)
FA Cup: 4th Qualifying Round
Setanta Shield: North 2nd Round
FA Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round
New Manor Ground Championship: 1st Place

Summary

A rather unexciting pre-preseason with not much comings and not much goings. Again, I made the decision to ask the board for a parent club, in the hopes of loaning in some quality players, but this time, Sam Wood told me that he simply did not see a point in creating links with other clubs at this moment. Disheartened, we began preparing for our second New Manor Ground Championship. Sky Bet put us up as 7-4 promotion favorites; this was because of our 4th place performance last year.

This year's New Manor Ground Championship consisted of Ilkeston (hosts), Ilkeston U-18's, Ilford (holders), and Leek Town (invitees). Our semifinal tie against our U-18 team was our first fixture of the season, and we didn't disappoint - a 5-3 victory saw us advance into the final where we would play Ilford, who had defeated Leek Town on penalties after a 2-2 draw. The match would end 0-0, but our superior shooting skills gave us the edge in the penalty shootout. We had won our first New Manor Ground Championship.

The rest of the preseason was quite ominous. An unexpected 0-5 heavy defeat to Unibonders Ossett Town was outrageous, and following that came a 0-1 defeat to Bangor City. Even though we beat Cinderford and Thurrock, a loss to Heybridge set a grave tone tone to our first league game.

Let the season begin!

As I had foreseen, we didn't do as well this season as last season. Strikers kept missing, defenders kept making mistakes, and my Verdean keeper Veiga kept letting me down. We lost 0-2 away at Droylsden in our first match, but we beat Leigh and Gainsborough 1-0 afterwards. 0-2 to Nuneaton saw us stay at 6 points, but after that, we managed to beat Stalybridge and clinch draws against Altrincham, Farsley, and Blyth. We were up 2-0 at halftime against Solihull Moors, but we lost the game 2-3 in the end, ridiculous. Beating Harrogate 2-0 was followed by a scoreless draw against Tamworth, after which our first FA cup match came. Eastwood Town certainly showed they were no pushovers, as we barely clinched a draw. In the replay however, we comfortably beat them 2-1. Back to the league, where we drew with Histon and beat Barrow, beating Bath in the FA Cup in between.

This was when our inconsistent performances started getting the better of us. We lost to Burscough 0-2 in the league before crashing out of the FA Cup 1-3 to Hucknall. A scoreless draw with Matlock was followed by winning against AFC Telford. But even though we clinched a draw against King's Lynn, we were outplayed at Rossett Park at Crosby. Then came the Setanta Shield and FA Trophy. We were kicked out of Setanta contention by Histon, who beat us 4-1. We clinched draws against Altrincham for both the FA Trophy 3rd Round and the replay, but we unfortunately lost on penalties. Our cup runs were done for the season.

We began the league again with three scoreless draws in a row, against Worcester, Hinckley, and Hucknall. Then came two losses in a row against Droylsden and Leigh, after which we lost again to Altrincham, despite 0-0ing with Gainsborough in between. A further loss was recorded when we lost away at Nuneaton. Despite the negatives, we managed to win twice at home against Stalybridge and Solihull Moors, but that wasn't enough, as at our next home tie, we lost to Blyth 0-3. Following a 1-1 draw with Harrogate, we recorded three losses in a row against Histon, Tamworth, and Barrow, all teams that we had beaten earlier this season. Beating Burscough 1-0 was key to preventing relegation, as after that, a 3-3 draw with Matlock ensued. Despite another three-losses-in-a-row run, this time against King's Lynn, AFC Telford, and Hinckley, we stunningly overcame Worcester 3-0. We then beat Marine 2-1 and secured safety, ending the season on a low note with a 0-2 loss against Hucknall. Leigh won the Blue Square North, and King's Lynn got promotion through the playoffs. I'm really not looking forward to playing Tamworth, Droylsden, Altrincham, and especially the newly-relegated Burton next season.

In the News

Chelsea won the Premier League, Newcastle, Tottenham, and Bolton coming 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively. Liverpool won both the FA Cup and the League Cup, while Chelsea won the Community Shield. In Europe, English teams dominated. Man Utd won the Champions League, writing off Real Madrid 2-0 in the final, while Arsenal won the UEFA Cup with the same scoreline against PSV.

Next Season
My aim next season is to avoid relegation. I'm not sure if that can happen, and I think I'll need to be working extra hard to not find myself bottom of the table.

Manager History

2008/2009: Blue Square North, 4th Place
2009/2010: Blue Square North, 15th Place

radicell
20-07-2008, 11:45
This is outright outrageous - something has GOT to be wrong with my game. When the injury time counter displays (+4), the game is still going at 95:00, at which point my opponent scores the winning goal! This is completely wrong! The game should stop at 94:00, instead of letting my opponents score a 96:00 goal! Cheap AI stunts like this are making me lose the will to play!

NepentheZ
20-07-2008, 13:06
Real London Update - Season 14 (2021/2022)

To Begin.....

PROMOTION.!

Stadium Expansion - 5451 Extra seats. (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2014/Staidum5451.jpg)

Yet another expansion. Thats over 8,000 seats in 2 seasons, and I'm very impressed. The great news is, I get to share Loftus Road with QPR for another season, at nearly 20,000 seats :D - 'Mon the money.

Coca-Cola League 1 Prediction - 6th
Coca-Cola League 1 Position - 4th
F.A Cup - 4th Round
League Cup - 2nd Round
Johnstone's PT - S 2nd Round

Coca-Cola League 2 - Graph (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2014/LeagueGraph.jpg)| Table (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2014/LeagueTable.jpg)

A brilliant season. Crystal Palace run away with the league, but there was about 10 teams who were all in with a real chance of getting the automatic promotion spot, and with 2 games left, It was still all up in the balance. I finished 4th, getting into the playoffs, but on the final day of the season 4 teams were in the 2nd place spot at one point or another. Fortunately I won promotion via the play-offs, after beating Millwall for the first time ever, which totals about 13 games in the final. I'm overjoyed with the season, and even did better in the cups.

Best Elevens - Season (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2014/BES.jpg) | Overall (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2014/BEO.jpg)

Other Info

Finances (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2014/Finances.jpg)
Team Selection (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2014/Selection.jpg)
Team Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2014/TeamInfo.jpg)

Manager Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2014/ManInfo.jpg)
Manager Overview (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2014/ManOver.jpg)
Manager Profile (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2014/ManPro.jpg)

(http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2013/RecP.jpg) Player Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2014/RecP.jpg)
Team Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2014/RecT.jpg)

Transfers (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2014/Transfers.jpg)

Awards

Ashley Brennan - Top Goal Scorer, 47 Goals (League only) (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2014/TGS47.jpg)
Div. 1 Team of the Year (Ashley Brennan, Kevin Harris) (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2014/TOTY.jpg)
NepentheZ - Manager of the Year, Runner Up (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2014/MOTY2nd.jpg)

Player of the Season

Ashley Brennan (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2014/Ashbrennan.jpg) - Superb season. Broke all goal records this season in the league and overall, scoring a massive 47 league goals and 50 goals in total. A brilliant effort, and has a lot of top clubs looking closely at him.

Youth Project 7 (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2014/Youth%20Projects/YP7.jpg) - Second season in a row hes far outperformed himself. Another 20 goals this season, with 17 assists, and this all came from AM C role. Not one game in ST this season, due to Brennans brilliance. Scored 4 goals in 1 game, and 2 other hat-tricks.


Season Summary
A great season, finished off by a great play-off final. My team pulled together this seasons and showed they can get me out of this division. Better cup runs, financially set and now have the ability to hire more coaches and scouts, and can even scout some of Europe now.

Manager history

Season 1 - Blue Square South - 6th place
Season 2 - Blue Square South - 3rd place
Season 3 - Blue Square South - 2nd place, Promoted
Season 4 - Blue Square Premier - 12th place
Season 5 - Blue Square Premier - 18th place, F.A Trophy Winners
Season 6 - Blue Square Premier - 7th place, Setanta Shield Runner-Up
Season 7 - Blue Square Premier - 4th place
Season 8 - Blue Square Premier - 5th place, Promoted
Season 9 - Coca-Cola League 2 - 16th place
Season 10 - Coca-Cola League 2 - 3rd place, Promoted
Season 11 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 4th place
Season 12 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 17th place
Season 13 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 3rd place
Season 14 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 4th place, Promoted

*Real London were formally AFC Wimbledon

padmore_001
20-07-2008, 18:11
Right then, before I update you on my first season in charge at Worksop Town I need to say cheers to NepentheZ for the advice you gave in your Knockbreda tactic thread. I had a pretty bad start to the season and decided to give your tactic a go after you put the link up in this thread. I was using a similar system, 4-4-2 with my MR and ML very attack minded and playing on the counter but it just wasn't working. Anyhow, I made a few changes to my tactic after reading your Knockbreda thread and the results really did pick up. So cheers!

Anyway, the update...

Worksop Town - Blue Square North - Season 1 (2008/09)

League
Media Prediction: 15th
Actual Position: 11th

Table (http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj242/padmore_001/table09.jpg)
Graph (http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj242/padmore_001/pos09.jpg)

Cups
FA Cup: 1st Round
Setanta Shield: 1st Round
FA Trophy: 1st round

Other Info
Season Overview (http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj242/padmore_001/overview09.jpg)
Transfers (http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj242/padmore_001/transfers09.jpg)
Squad (http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj242/padmore_001/squad09.jpg)
Club Info (http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj242/padmore_001/clubinfo09.jpg)
Manager Profile (http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj242/padmore_001/profile09.jpg)
Finances (http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj242/padmore_001/finances09.jpg)


As I said, the season really did start badly, 2 wins in the opening 14 games and the team really did look like going straight back down to the Northern Premier. Following my earlier failure in this challenge with Chippenham, by this point I was thinking I needed to go away and get a lot better at managing at this level. However I persevered, changed my tactic (cheers again NepentheZ) and things turned around.

We managed to pull ourselves upto 11th place and I really didn't want the season to end. We finished the season 6th in the form table, our home form in particular was impressive.

As for next season, well I have already played my first league game, a 5-1 victory over rivals Gainsborough! So lets hope the good start continues and perhaps promotion come the end of the season.

lander
20-07-2008, 21:45
Halesowen Town -- September 2008

The pre-season went down the drain. The only consolation was that I managed to score in each of my last three friendlies. Looking at the squad at my disposal -- and my miserable dealings in the transfer market -- things were definately not looking good.

Thankfully, the board agreed to finding a parent club, and we formed an official partnership with League 2 outfit Shrewsbury. I managed to get two of their senior reserves on season-long loan. However, one of them came with personal issues to the club. When he managed to get a red card (and a three match ban) in my second league game, I gave him leave of absence and terminated the loan.

In hopes of supplementing the squad, I begged for a decent loan from Shrewsbury, and managed to get my star signing (not that it's saying much): Guy Madjo (http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/2952/guymadjoprofile2fi1.png). He's been absolutely brilliant for me, scoring in five out of six league matches so far, netting seven goals. Unfortunately, his loan is only until October. Here's hoping he will extend his stay with us.

So, six league games played in August and -- thanks to Madjo -- we won every one of them. They've all been close; only managed one win with a two goal margin.

Fixtures (http://img299.imageshack.us/img299/2349/halesowentownhalesowenfsp2.png)

But, we've got eighteen vital points that will go a long way towards staying in the BSN. Last year's relegated teams had 36, 40 and 41 points, so I'm hoping this excellent start to the season will bring the platform I need.

However, I do feel that an injury, suspension, or return to Shrewsbury for Madjo will prove disastrous. Only three other players have got a goal, and only one each. I did manage to sell a squad player for 4k and 50% next sale, so I hope the money is enough to bring in a striker if I lose my goal-Madj'-ine. Also, the board is still looking to sell, so I'm not overly optimistic towards keeping my position as manager after the inevitable takeover.

Wish me luck!

lander
20-07-2008, 22:07
And only moments after posting that, I lost 1-0 to relegated Histon. I even thought to myself as I started that match, "I really shouldn't make public a positive streak. Oh, well... Here goes!" After all these years playing Pro Evo, texting my mates about my great success, then crashing to an unexpected defeat, you'd think I know better... Stupid, stupid, stupid...

Ruud Van Nistelrooy 774
21-07-2008, 15:43
Starting this again for a new season. Profile Picture (http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c230/photos7610/profile-2.jpg)

I've started with Tiverton Town who play at the 3500 capacity Ladysmead stadium. We are fierce rivals with Taunton Town so I arranged my first friendly against them. We have Exeter and Plymouth as parent clubs so hopefully I can get some good players in and I may even have the chance to get the legendary Cherno Samba as he was here last season on loan.

Ruud Van Nistelrooy 774
21-07-2008, 17:42
My stadium and clubhouse (presumably) - Ladysmead (http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c230/photos7610/ladysmead.jpg)

michaeltmurrayuk
22-07-2008, 00:48
Marine - Premier League 2034/35

After somehow claiming my Third title in Three years last season, the board offered me a new contract on 250K a week (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/5570/newcontractff6.jpg) (that I again boosted to 5 years) with the board actually giving me two years (or five - long-term goals seem to run with your contract, length just doesn't update on confidence screen) to win the title, and only wanting me to challenge this season - I have to say dispite earlier complaints/doubts about the new confidence system I have to say it works alot better than previous versions and I am quite liking it (still not perfect though) - previous versions would demand the title each season, whilst the board now complain about cup exits, they don't seem to be a case of win the cup or your fired.

Though the new season didn't quite get off to the best of starts as I had a rather enforced clearout of players this season (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/6696/transfers1bn2.jpg) - I sold off several more Academy players who weren't going to make it at Marine.
My defence then took a hit Italian Left-Back Giorgio Coppola went back to Italy for 10m after he had another error-prone season, Australian Rocky Mullins was sold to Mallorca for 3.9m after he started moaning, whilst my Captain Manuele Bonomi also went to Spain for 3.9m after he wanted a new challenge, I also let my young French Centre-back Couturier join Wolves for 2.2m as he hadn't developed aswell as I hoped.
In the winter window I lost Spanish Midfielder Jorge Lopez to Atlanta for 8.75m after he started moaning.

But the worst thing to happen was that my chairman decided to get involved for the first time in years and proceeded to sell my Promising Mexican Striker Cristobal Michel to Portsmouth for a frankly woeful 10m!!!!! (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/822/chairmanil2.jpg) That if not for a corrupted save game (I'll get into that later) was very nearly the worst decision he has ever made, not including the fact that Michel was worth 5m at the time of sale, turned into a Wonderkid not long after, Portsmouth are a top six team oh and we are worth over 1bn more than the second richest team in the world.

Transfers inwise I signed a couple of promising youngsters - Christian Onana came from my Cameroon Feeder Club (the moves freely type seems to mean you can sign players for free), though the problem I have with him is that I have no where to loan him to, and it seems impossible to obtain two Work Permit Feeder Clubs, whilst Spain is good for Brazilians, it's useless for everyone else. I also signed a couple of promising English Youngsters Michael Angus is a DLC, ML poached from Portsmouth, whilst Shane Gibson AMLC, FC taken from Soton. The most promising youngsters were the two I picked up at the start of the Season (the following Screenshots are end of season shots, I lost the ones from when I signed them) Brazilian Striker Oliveira (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/3631/oliveiratm2.jpg) joined from Cruzeiro for 1.4m as was loaned out to one of my Championship Feeders Stoke scoring an impressive 19 Goals in 45 Games, even more impressive was Norwegian Striker Per Kopperud (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/8571/kopperuddc0.jpg) - who at only 17 has found himself a key member of the Norwegian First Team and really developed out on loan in the Championship with Blackburn.

Back at Marine I had some tapping up to deal with - English Centre-Back James Flanagan was appointed my new captain after the sale of Bonomi, and about a week later Juventus declared their interest in him (but never put in a bid) and ever since he has been unhappy feeling he wants a new challenge and has achieved all he can at the club, and with his contract expiring at the end of next season he has no interest in signing a new contract, whilst not a single team are interested in him, so he's likely to leave on a free at the end of next season. Juventus did though bid nearly 30m for his new partner Martin Johnson, that luckily my chairman let me turn down and didn't become unhappy, I also prehaps foulishly turned down a 26m for Serbian Tomic in the hopes he'll rediscover his early form.

On the pitch we'd start the season off in the useual way - winning the Community Shield this time with a 3-0 win over Southampton making it 5 in a row equaling Liverpool's record from 2019-2023, interestingly we haven't played anyone twice in the Community Shield yet.

In the league we just about beat Southend 3-2, before losing 2-1 to Bolton, we then had a busy week as we claimed some early title scalps beating Newcastle 2-1, Chelsea 3-0 and Portsmouth 1-0, then after smashing Leeds 5-1 we started to falter only managing a 2-2 home draw to Arsenal - that saw us both score with a centre-back from a corner, before Rowlands scored in injury time to surely claim a winner, but straight after we let Lins score from 25yards to equalilse for Arsenal, we then went to New Anfield and after 11 mins were 2-0 up, but by the 70th minute we were 3-2 down and needed an 84th minute goal from Rowlands to rescue a point - we then went on a 14 game unbeaten League run, however five of those were draws, so in the middle of January we were sat in second place 4pts behind Leaders Liverpool.

In the early season we again had the distraction of the Carling Cup - we've lost in the Semi-Final in 3 of the last 4 seasons, the other season losing the final.

Hopes were not high after getting Liverpool in the Third Round Draw, especially considering it would come three days after throwing away a 2-0 lead to Liverpool, but at least we were home this time, but a double from Emmanuel Richard was enough to claim a 2-1 win. (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/5377/carling3lj1.jpg) Next up was a Home Tie against Huddersfield and our shooting boots once again disappeared, and in the end we needed extra-time goals from Lasarte and Cook to claim a 2-0 win. The Quarter-Final proved to be the easiest tie so far as Lasarte inspired us to a 5-0 win over a poor Man Utd side (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/3391/carlingqfyx7.jpg), even being reduced to 10 men didn't stop us.
It was then no surprise that we Drew Newcastle in the Semi-Finals - we'd beaten them two years earflier in the Carling Semi-Final.

We weren't on the best form going into the first leg - we'd only managed a 1-1 draw at St. James' Park on New Years Day and had earlier in the week gone out of the FA Cup in the Third Round (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/2674/facup3oi1.jpg) at home 3-2 to a 10 man Arsenal side.

Another subded encounter between me and Newcastle ended 1-0 (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/4323/carlingsemil1gl0.jpg) to Marine thanks to a late goal from Serbian Tomic.

Before the second leg, Chelsea ended our 14 game league unbeaten run beating us 1-0. In the Second Leg Scottish Midfielder John Brittain put us 2-0 on agg after 10 mins ending the lottery of pens, but Newcastle's Homegrown Captain Joe Parker scored twice before half-time to leave the tie level but us ahead of away goals, in the second half Newcastle just couldn't find away past my first choice defence or my young Italian Keeper, and so extra-time it would be, but again we held out and would go through on away goals (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/2811/carlingsemil2bi8.jpg) to face Cheslea in the Final in a months time.

Again our form leading upto the final wasn't that good - whilst we beat Portsmouth 3-1 (with Michel scoring their goal), we then went on to suffer our first home League defeat in three seasons to lowly Brighton, who scored their only shot of the game, whilst my strikers went on strike yet again. We also lost right winger Simon Barrow to injury for a month and he'd miss the Carling Cup Final. We then followed with a disappointing 0-0 draw to Leeds.

But before the Carling Cup Final the Champions League was restarting - we'd actually gotten off to a poor start in the Group Stage (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/1658/uclgroupjf7.jpg) for a change, we had to come back from behind to draw at Home to a surprisingly strong and stubborn all-gray Rangers side - for some reason Rangers have no players, Celtic only have a couple of Keepers, whilst the other SPL teams are full of players they have bought, whilst Motherwell have 40 players and two feeder clubs.
We then needed to come from behind to draw 2-2 away to Fenerbahce, but the double header against Sparta kickstarted our campaign, whilst we could only win 1-0 in Prague, we destroyed them 5-0 at home, we then went to Glasgow and again struggled but we were given a life-line in the 85th minute when Rangers' scorer Currie conceeded a pen and got himself sent off, Marcio converted the pen and Italian Midfielder Gherardi scored a last minute goal to claim victory and qualification, whilst a 2-0 win over Fenerbahce claimed first place and our prize a Knockout Round Tie against Juventus.

With the first leg in Turin, we smashed Juventus 3-0 (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/5334/uclk1l1kx2.jpg) thanks to a double from Eduardo Lasarte who'd rediscovered his scoring touch this season. (for some reason the game things my new navy away kit clashes with Juventus's white/black home kit, but their blue away kit doesn't clash with my white/black home kit?)

So high on confidence we'd go to Wembley to face Chelsea in the Carling Cup Final (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/5921/carlingcupbuildupet1.jpg), whilst we'd taken out the big guns on the way to the final Chelsea had had a somewhat easier route to the final (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/5207/carlingcuproutemy6.jpg), history also wasn't on our side we'd bottled it the last two times we made the final, whilst Chelsea weren't doing much better having only won one of four finals since the start of the game.

I actually wanted to win this Cup this season so I fielded the strongest side I could, and the game punished me for it - Emmanuel Richard suffered a hip injury on the half hour and would miss the rest of the season, and whilst we battered Chelsea's goal we just couldn't score, but luckily neither could Chelsea, so extra-time it would be and with extra-time all but up Pens were approaching - but then in the 120th minute we won a corner, Serbian Tomic floated it over and Captain Jame Flanagan beat two Chelsea markers to the ball and headed the ball past the man on the near post to win the Carling Cup!!!! (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/20/carlingfinalct0.jpg) - Leaving just the UEFA Cup as the only top level competition yet to be won by Marine.

Arsenal then brought us crashing back to earth with a woeful performance gifting Arsenal a 3-1 win, we then threw away a 2-1 lead at home to Liverpool, when my right back Lee Knowles for some unknown reason decided to pass the ball across my area straight to a Liverpool player who then scored, rather than safely knock the ball down the line.

That 2-2 draw against Liverpool looked to have blown our chances of the title - with 10 games left we'd dropped to third 10 points behind leaders Liverpool - who looked likely to smash my points record from last season, whilst Portsmouth inspired by Wonderkid Michel had leapfrogged me into second by two points, I also had Newcastle and Birmingham one and two points behind waiting for me to slip up.

Then some none game related stuff started to happen - for some reason our cooker kept on blowing the electrics when it was turned on - the game had auto saved after the Liverpool game, so everything upto this point was safe - however the first powercut lost the next couple of games I'd played - smashing Juventus in the UCL and losing to Man Utd in the league, so next day start playing again, time to do the tea so I save the game and put computer into sleep mode (quicker to wake up if electrics didn't go) - electrics did go and somehow the game save got corrupted - this save was saved in May, with the backup save back in March just after the 2-2 draw with Liverpool (Thank God for rolling Autosave)

The only reason I'm mentioning this is that these two games then took on completly different tracks - now before the problems, with Richard my only real attacking midfielder injured I'd decided to change formations and had gone to a standard 4-4-2, using the game presets for full-back, centre-back, wingers, midfielder for my two central midfielders and striker for one of my strikers, the other striker was just left with my own settings - I also tried to reset up the set pieces, not that the players seem to listen when you tell them to stay back.

In the corrupted save, we smashed Juventus 7-0 on agg, lost to Man Utd again, struggled to draws against Plymouth and Derby, losing to Sheff Wed, that combined with Liverpools form saw Liverpool claim the League with about three games left, when the game was corrupted we were left hanging onto Portsmouths tails for second place (as Michel that my chairman helpfuly sold them was on fire) and we'd need them to drop points to finish second, whilst in the Champions League we'd drawn Rangers in the Quarters, and after losing the first leg 1-0, we need extra-time to beat a Rangers side reduced to 10 men 3-0, this set up a Semi-Final against Newcastle, who we smashed in both legs to set up a Final against Inter, who beat Arsenal with a last minute goal.

But all that was lost and we were back to the Second Leg against Juventus - a fairly open game saw Juventus win 3-2 (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/615/uclk1l2ic9.jpg), but we'd go through on agg 5-3 to face Rangers again - changing to 4-4-2 seemed to please my strikers as both Tomic and Sanna scored and were managing more shots on target. Other ties also went a bit differently - whilst Rangers again knocked out Barcelona, Liverpool crashed to FC Bayern, whilst Braga somehow beat Inter.

Back in the league we recovered some form beating Man Utd 3-1 at Old Trafford, and a 2-0 win over Wolves brought us closer to Liverpool as they and Portsmouth both lost - this reduced the gap at the top to 7 points with eight games left, whilst Portsmouth were now four points behind with a game in hand.

In the UCL Quarter Final, the first Leg at Ibrox would be my 1,500th game in charge of Marine (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/4546/1500gamesci6.jpg) and we'd again be outplayed by Rangers at Ibrox, but Italian Sanna gave us the lead in the 83rd minute that looked to have claimed us a sneaky win, but in injury time Rangers broke and beat my Keeper at the near post to make it 1-1. (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/7861/uclqfl1rt8.jpg) On the plus side in the League both Liverpool and Portsmouth could only draw giving me a further chance to close the gap - we easily won our game in hand smashing Sheff Wed 3-0, putting us just five points behind Liverpool with 6 games left, and even better we'd opened up a 7 point lead from Third placed Arsenal - though Birmingham, Portsmouth and Newcastle were all within two points of them, we at least had a two game breathing space.

Back in Europe Rangers again were hard to break down, and in the 70th minute with Currie sent off, we should surely claim a 0-0 draw at least to put us through, but then the unthinkable happened 7 minutes later, with my left-back Romeo caught flatfooted Nugent raced through to slot the ball under my Keeper to send Rangers through to the Semi-Final (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/9086/uclqfl2gf5.jpg) - and we are now going backwards in Europe.

With the European Adventure over yet again, we had to pick ourselves up and try to somehow catch Liverpool - who had won whilst we weren't playing and were now 8 points clear, but having played an extra game.

We were then given a life-line by Newcastle of all teams, who smashed Liverpool 3-0 - meaning we were now 8 points but more importantly two games behind Liverpool - if we could win our games in hand we'd only be two points behind - first up was an away trip to Derby, where our shooting ability yet again disappeared, however Left Winger Radice found some space from a free-kick just after the hour and smashed home the winner. But then as par for the course we shot ourselves in the foot as again lacking the cutting edge we lost 2-1 to Birmingham, leaving Birmingham just one point behind us in third, but having played an extra game.

And then we falted again - we could only manage a 1-1 home draw to Southampton and in the process adding Radice to my injury list, that would see him miss the remaining games. Luckily Liverpool could only draw 2-2 to relagated Man City.

So with just three games left Liverpool were five points clear, whilst Birmingham were only two points behind (Newcastle with a game in hand were in 6th a further 8 points behind Birmingham).

Game 36 would see the title race make it to TV - as we'd both make the trip to London - Liverpool would face Chelsea at lunch time, whilst we'd face Spurs in the evening kick-off - and our title hopes were again given a boost as Liverpool rather surprisingly fell 3-1 to Chelsea, whilst at three o'clock Birmingham fell to Bolton, so a win over Spurs would put us on Liverpool's coat tails, but again during the first half we just couldn't finish our chances, and with backup left winger Matt Taylor suffering a first half injury, Serbian Tomic would be pressed into service on the left - he'd done well on the left during the corrupted save, but I couldn't recreate it so far - but just 7 minutes after coming on at half-time Tomic found space in the area and broke the deadlock and that was all that was needed, Spurs didn't threaten and 1-0 was enough to put us two points behind Liverpool with two games left.

Game 37 would see both me and Liverpool play at Home, Liverpool would entertain Portsmouth, whilst we would play local rivals Everton - both of us quickly ran into early leads, as we smaashed Everton 4-1, however Liverpool just about managed to beat Portsmouth 3-2, after leading 3-0 before the hour mark.

This meant the league would go down to the final day - that on it's own was an achievement in itself.

So the last day of the season would see Liverpool make the trip to Leeds, whilst we make the trip to Manchester to play relagated Man City.

We started off on fire for a change Fit again Right Winger Simon Barrow found space at the far corner to open the scoring in the 7th minute and then 2 minutes later Eduardo Lasarte made it 2-0 with his 10th goal of the season, but midway through the half disaster struck when Serbian Tomic broke his leg under challenge from a City player, and will be out well into next season, after half-time we were still 2-0 up, and with a better GD than Liverpool, Liverpool would need a win in Leeds, however things weren't going Liverpool's way as Leeds took the lead on the counter just before half-time.

In the second half we continued to pressure Man City but couldn't claim a third goal to make things safe, and just after the hour Liverpool equalisled against Leeds, but with us still unable to further break down Man City, Leeds did us a favour in the 80th minute retaking the lead from a corner and that's how the Liverpool game stayed: Leeds 2-1 Liverpool, all we needed now was a draw to claim an unlikely title.

In the 89th minute Man City grabbed a goal to make it 2-1 and to ensure a nervy finish to the game, however they couldn't grab a second or third and we held on to win 2-1 (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/9720/38citypm7.jpg), and that would see the title remain in Marine.

Table (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/8403/tablewo8.jpg) - I have no idea how we won the title this season, Liverpool were unstoppable earlier in the season, but just fell apart over the last 8 games. The POS graph (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/8462/posbw0.jpg) shows for the second time in three seasons that we didn't top the table until the last game of the season - is their anything better than poaching the title from within the grasp of your Local Rivals :), whilst the icing on the cake was Man City getting relagated, Southend going down was nice (not atall bitter about them beating me to the UEFA Cup nine years ago).

Possibly even more remarkable was Newcastle snatching Third place on the final day from nowhere - and completes their 4th 3rd place in a row, whilst the top three have been the same for the last three seasons (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/654/premhisqu6.jpg) - Darren Ferguson unable to replicate the success of Boothroyd earlier in the game, whilst Newcastle keep on spending 40m-60m a year on coming third.

Success this season was maybe down to the amount of goals we scored from set pieces in the league - 19 from corners, 4 direct Free Kicks and 10 indirect free kicks - that made up 33 of our 76 league goals - nearly half of our goals.

Squad (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/7258/squadfn3.jpg) - In defence young English Right-Back Will Cartwright (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/1449/willcartwrightul0.jpg) was given the right-back spot after Lee Knowles made some awful mistakes, at centre-back James Flanagan (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/3967/jamesflanaganzc7.jpg) and Martin Johnson (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/1204/martinjohnsonkl5.jpg) were rocks at the back for both me and England, with Flanagan winning European Defender of the Year (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/2259/edotyic2.jpg) for the second season in a row, whilst Johnson was runner-up, and with Flanagan refusing to sign a new contract cover is becoming a bit of a problem, Brazilian Marcio is ok but not brillant, whilst Academy player Mike Booth did OK but demanded a Transfer when I wouldn't put him in the team ahead of Flanagan.

In Midfield the Right Wing is proving to be a problem position, Romainian youngster Gabriel Pop missed the entire season with Damaged Cruciate Ligaments, main Right Winger Simon Barrow (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/7906/simonbarrowem9.jpg) had a fine season when he wasn't injured, claiming European Midfielder of the Year (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/1861/emotyxj6.jpg) - England winning the World Cup may have helped these guys win, as my Keeper Kevin Barton also claimed European Keeper of the Year (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/3011/egotyuc9.jpg). Providing cover down the right was another Academy player Barry Williams (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/8334/barrywilliamsmo5.jpg) - who's not really Premiership standard but did Ok, until he too got injured. So youngster Matthew Sealey (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/6421/mattsealeyya0.jpg) was recalled from Loan.

Up Front Eduardo Lasarte (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/6625/lasarteft8.jpg) rediscovered his scoring touch in the cups, whilst a change to 4-4-2 later in the season gave him a new lease of life as he combined well with Luke Rowlands (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/8113/lukerowlandsja0.jpg), who had his best season goalswise since I signed him, and is one of the few players who has no desire to leave the club. (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/8303/rowlandspecij4.jpg) Providing Cover this season was promising Italian Marco Sanna (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/2912/marcosannazl4.jpg), who started the season off well but struggled late on, but he's still young and learning. Serbian Dalibor Tomic (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/8684/dalibortomicrk2.jpg) was mainly used as a sub, but with the change to 4-4-2 was impressing upfront and on the left wing, though his injury may set him back next season.

Best XI (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/7119/bestxixs7.jpg) was roughly right, with Richard missing half of the season, whilst we made a clean sweep of the Premier Select XI's midfield. (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/7729/teamofseasonrd5.jpg)

Whilst Luke Rowlands claimed English Footballer of the Year (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/6564/efotyvt5.jpg), Simon Barrow won English Players' Player of the Year (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/562/eppotyzn4.jpg) (first time in years that Arsenal didn't win it). Whilst ex-player Cristobal Michel beat out Marco Sanna to Young Player of the Year. (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/6509/youngpotyrs0.jpg)

Snapshot (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/3058/snapshotud3.jpg) - at the beginning of the season I took the France job when offered it - at the end of the season we were just about top of an easy Euro2036 qualifing group - though are picking up a silly amount of injuries.

Profile (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/4540/profiletc7.jpg) - Player Bias still hasn't gone up, whilst Formation changes to 4-4-2. Whilst I'm now fluent in four languages. (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/8690/managerperby1.jpg) The Latest Title success see's me climb upto 14th in the Worldwide Hall of Fame. (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/1588/halloffamefw6.jpg)

Club Info (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/3089/clubinfopr5.jpg) - No real change, though at the end of the season the council did block my expansion. Whilst we are only slighty richer than everyone else. (http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/2239/richestclubik6.jpg)

So the plan for next season is try and win the Champions League for the first time in several years and try and get Flanagan to sign a new contract.

bermybhoy
22-07-2008, 03:00
Hitchin Season 13/14 review - League 2

After our successful promotion season last year, Hitchin finally found themselves in the Football League.

For this inaugural season, I decided to stick with the tactical setups that worked so well previously. It was important to bring in more quality, and with a greatly increased budget and limits on wages available to players, I hit the transfer market hard, with the focus on quality, not quantity. A solid new backbone was brought into the team, with a young centre forward, Beasley, on a Bosman from Coventry of the championship; experienced midfielder Lionel Loko, who came in from Kilmarnock on a free and could fill the holding role; and finally spent some money, splashing out a whopping 120k on Ian Grant, a centre back from Darlington.

In terms of sales, it was mostly peripheral figures who departed, the most notable being John Smith, the Scottish winger who was excellent a few seasons ago, but starting to look out his depth. Without weakening he squad, sales raised a healthy total of 550k. . Transfers (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/transfers.jpg)


We started out with a solid 1-1 draw away to Peterborough. That was followed by our inaugural League Cup game - it was a disaster, a 6-0 thrashing by Cardiff, a championship team, who played us off the park. That setback led to another couple of disppointing 1-0 league defeats, before - out of nowhere - our first League win.Grays, ridng high in the division, came to town, and were simply blown away. Beasley simply ran riot, netting a first half hat-trick, and added a 4th after half time, helping us to an amazing 6-0 win.

Our first JPT trophy game also ended in defeat - this time 5-3 to MK Dons, a division higher, who we more than matched, but got caught out pushing to save the game. League results then settled into a pattern of wins and defeats - mostly low scoring, with an extraordinary amount of last minute goal that often denied us exceptional results. Still, what was clear that we were largely matching other teams in the division, and picking up plenty of wins. Despite the bookies' predictions of a last place finish, relegation never looked a major concern.

Some great results through the season included a 3-0 pasting of Hereford, who were second, with young Fitzpatrick netting his first hattrick. Morecombe were beaten by the same margin, and set us up for a strong finish to the season - we won 8 of the last 17 games, losing just 3. Alas, we were never serious play off contenders - he league had split into two from about Chistmas, and we took the highest available spot in 11th place. All in all, it was a great season.

Results and tables
Results 1 (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/results1.jpg)
Results 2 (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/results2.jpg)
League table (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/leaguetable.jpg) - Comfortably 11th, mid table was the realistic extent of our ambitions and we got there easily.
League progress graph (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/leagueprogress.jpg) - and indifferent start and solid finish - by the time our form became consistent, 11th was about the height of our ambitions.

Top players
Season 2013/14 - best XI (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/seasonbestXI.jpg)
Squad average ratings (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/squadaveratings.jpg)
Assistant reports (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/squadasstreport.jpg)
Again further improvement in the team. It's evolving and the youngsters are maturing at the right time. A lot of players continue to attract attention. Worrying, the goalkeeper Ferguson and Fitzpatrick both declared an interest in moving to bigger clubs, and were slightly unhappy for most of the season. Until we get promotion at the very least this is likely to be the case, but thankfully no solid bids are coming in and both will stay until ridiculous bids come in.
Paul Ferguson (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/player-paulferguson.jpg) The young goalie is still playing at a level way below his true ability. Wants to leave, but no offers for him. 2.5million would be reasonable, and I brought in another Scot, Brian McLean, for a measly 2k who the scouts reckon is about as good, lest he should get his way and leave.
Rob Smith (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/player-robsmith.jpg) Right back has never been a great position, but this guy came in January from the Premiership ans was a key part of our improved form.
Steve Bell (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/player-stevebell.jpg) Played at laft back most of the season, but really, doesn't seem quite good enough. Two Bosman are coming in to vie to replace him.
Brian Milsom (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/player-brianmilsom.jpg) Still here, still good, but I'm getting frustrated by his lack of pace - it cost us with a couple of late goals.
Ian Grant (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/player-iangrant.jpg) Our big money signing, has a bit of pace, a very good centre back. Should be in team for a few years yet.
Lionel Loko (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/player-lionelloko.jpg) Not an exciting signing, but replaced Wilkinson who didn't look good for the step up, and solidified midfield.
Billy Russell (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/player-billyrussell.jpg) In and out the team, but a decent season.
Scott Nairn (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/player-scottnairn.jpg) Love this guy. Chipped in with a few goals from midfield, which were almost all absolute peaches - he was a contender, or won, goal of the month with about 5 of them.
Brian Manson (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/player-brainmanson.jpg) As per last season, the left winger is attracting a lot of interest from Premier league and Championship teams and had a terrific season. Really, a brilliant player at this level, and seems happy to stay a while longer. The fans love him, he was voted player of the year.
Matt Rowntree (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/player-matttrowntree.jpg) The right winger/striker is still a class act. Starting to make noises about a move, but hopefully we can keep him for a while. His skill and versatility is fantastic.
Kevin Kerr (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/player-kevinkerr.jpg) This guy is a club hero, but I think is just missing something. Didn't play as often with Fitzpatrick and Beasley around, and was sold at the end of the season for a tidy, club record 400k.
Stuart Fitzpatrick (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/player-stuartfitzpatrick.jpg) This guy continues to improve, and is potentially a phenomenal player. Unfortunately has pretty big ideas about his worth, and wants to go. The media speculation says 5m for him - although he doesn't play every week, I wouldn't take less.
Tony Beesley (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/player-tonybeesley.jpg) New to the club but still young. Played in rotation with Fitzpatrick and Kerr and made a good return of 20 goals.

All time best XI (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/alltimeseasonbestXI2014.jpg)


Club overview
England season summary (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/englandseasonsummary.jpg) - for the second time running, rated overachievers for our division
Wages (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/wages.jpg) - shooting up, but still under budget
Finances (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/finances.jpg) - levelling off somewhat, but still very healthy - as a result, the chairman saw fit to:
Upgrade our facilities (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/Upgrade.jpg)
Club info screen (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/clubinformation.jpg)
Club records (1) (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/clubrecords1.jpg)
Club records (2) (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/clubrecords2.jpg)
Board confidence (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/boardconfidence.jpg) - they do of course remain very happy, and rewarded me with a new 3 year contract
Manager profile (http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll247/bermybhoy/Hitchin/season%206/managerprofile.jpg)

Overall, a very solid season, achieving all I hoped for.

Next season prediction: play off spot

Kazpeer
22-07-2008, 12:28
I'm gonna try again ..
on holiday right now.

Kazpeer
22-07-2008, 14:11
How do i edit my post?

http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/2042/profileay5.jpg here is my new profile :D

radicell
23-07-2008, 11:39
Ilkeston - 2010/2011 Season

Results

Blue Square North: 10th Place (Predicted: 18th) Table (http://www.isarapix.org/pix81/1216809497.jpg) Graph (http://www.isarapix.org/pix82/1216809525.jpg)
FA Cup: 4th Qualifying Round
Setanta Shield: Quarterfinals
FA Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round
New Manor Ground Championship: 1st Place

World Cup 2010

This World Cup was a nightmare for the giants, and a dream come true for the giant-killers. The surprise qualifiers were Wales, Serbia, and Peru. Italy and Cameroon made it out of Group A, unsurprisingly eliminating Wales and Paraguay. France, however, were outplayed by the likes of Ivory Coast and Serbia, both of whom advanced over France and Japan. In Group C, Germany and Poland proved too strong for South Korea and Morocco, while the same happened with Brazil and Holland, dominating the group, over Saudi Arabia and Costa Rica. The next surprise came when Nigeria and the Czechs overcame Portugal, eliminating them, along with Iran. Spain and Sweden killed Chile and Ghana in Group F, while the English-speaking countries of England and USA overcame Peru and the hosts, South Africa, in Group G. In the final group, Group H, Argentina won the group, while group favorites Mexico were eliminated along with Croatia, by the Aussie Socceroos.

In the knockout stages, Ivory Coast beat Cameroon in the Battle of West Africa, while Holland overcame fierce rivals Germany 4-1. The Czechs were defeated by Spain, while both the Italians and the Nigerians beat their opponents, the Serbs and the Swedes respectively, on penalties. Then came shock after shock. Poland beat Brazil on penalties in a result that reflected the theme of the remaining matches. Both Australia beat England and USA beat Argentina, both with 1-0 wins.

In the quarter-finals, the giant-killers continued their streak. Poland won in penalties again, this time against Italy after a 0-0 draw. The Ivorians shockingly beat the Dutch by a scoreline of 3-1. The Spaniards lost out to the Socceroos in a penalty shoot-out, while in the last fixture of the round, the Americans beat the Nigerians 3-2.

For the first time in history, the semi-finals consisted of four teams who had never won a cup before. Australia beat Poland and USA beat Ivory Coast to earn themselves a place in the final - in which the States convincingly beat the Australians. USA are crowned, Champions of the World.

Summary

A long, hard, inconsistent, and ultimately mediocre season. We started our first three games with two losses and a draw, however that was quickly overcome with a 4-1 thrashing of Whitby. After that followed a loss, after which was a win, which was followed by a loss, then a win, then a loss, and so on. By the 21-game mark, we had won 10 games, drawn 1 (the 2-2 with Halesowen at the start of the season), and lost the other 10.

Our cup runs were quite balanced. Dismal runs in the FA Cup and FA Trophy was canceled out by a superb run in the Setanta Shield. In the Cup, we managed to beat Alsager and Belper before losing out to Blue Square Premier side Stockport 0-4. In the Trophy, we lost in the first match we played following a 1-2 loss to Northwich Victoria. In the Shield, however, things were quite different. We battled our way from the North 1st Round - in which we beat Halesowen 1-0, right down to the quarterfinals, following wins over Northwich (N 2nd Round), Burscough (N 3rd Round), Boston United (4th Round), and Burton Albion (5th Round). We were finally knocked out of contention by Crawley, who narrowly beat us 1-0.

Back to the league, things were taking a turn for the better. Wins over Marine, Redditch, and AFC Telford were crucial to us taking 7th place - 4 points away from a playoff place. However, towards the end of the season, we began falling apart, and a less-than-impressive end-season saw us drop three places on the final day, following a 1-1 draw with Blyth, we ended our third season in the Blue Square North in the mid-table position of 10th place.

In the News

Arsenal won the Premier League and the FA Cup, as well as the League Cup. Chelsea won the Community Shield, while in Europe, Liverpool won the UEFA Cup, and Barcelona beat Juventus in the Champions League Final to take home the trophy.

Next Season

Aims next season - achieve safe mid-table finish. If that is guaranteed, a goal of getting a playoff place would be feasible.

Manager History

2008/2009: Blue Square North, 4th Place
2009/2010: Blue Square North, 15th Place
2010/2011: Blue Square North, 10th Place

Man City Supporter
23-07-2008, 14:41
Decided to start this. Took over at a club of my nationality. (http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l5/ozoo/Football%20Manager/dafuge/New.jpg)

NepentheZ
24-07-2008, 01:16
Real London Update - Season 15 (2022/2023)

To Begin.....

Stadium Expansion - 8023 Extra seats. (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2015/Stadia8023.jpg)

Brilliant :D - They've now added over 16,000 seats in just 3 seasons. Unfortunately, I wont be ground sharing again this season with QPR, but at least I've got my own 13,000 seater with another 8,000 on the way.

Something that always seems to happen to me.....
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2015/BrightonTable.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2015/BrightonResults.jpg

Brighton only won 8 points all season, and FOUR of them came against me. :mad: Its so infuriating that they literally couldn't beat anyone all season, except me.! They got battered game in game out by nigh on every team, yet still managed to destroy me in one game, and get a comfortable draw in the other.

Championship Prediction - 22nd
Championship Position - 14th
F.A Cup - 5th Round
League Cup - 1st Round

Championship - Graph (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2015/LeagueGraph.jpg) | Table (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2015/LeagueTeable.jpg)

So much better than I though. I honestly though I'd be fighting it out for every point the entire season, but it just really wasn't like that. I found myself in the play-off spots for the first half of the season, but that died off in January when a few of my better players were sold, and the new signings didn't gel quick enough for them to have the impact that I wanted.

Best Elevens - Season (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2015/BES.jpg) | Overall (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2015/BEO.jpg)

Other Info

Finances (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2015/Finances.jpg)
Team Selection (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2015/TeamSelection.jpg)
Team Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2015/TeamInfo.jpg)

Manager Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2015/ManInfo.jpg)
Manager Overview (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2015/ManOver.jpg)
Manager Profile (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2015/ManPro.jpg)

Player Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2015/RecP.jpg)
Team Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2015/RecT.jpg)

Transfers (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2015/Transfers.jpg)

Awards

Kevin Harris - Championship Team of the Year Select (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2015/TeamoftheYear.jpg) Player of the Season

Tom Chambers (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2015/TomChambers.jpg) - The clubs record signing, and the top goal scorer this season. He fits in very well in the Championship and will be a key factor in helping this club reach the Premiership.

Carl Grange (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2015/CarlGrange.jpg) - A shining star. Didn't score the most goals, or get the most assists, but in almost every key highlight, he was involved heavily and created a lot of troubles for the AI.


Season Summary
A lot better than I imagined. The Lithuanian invasion could either make or break the team, now that I can scout far and wide, and hire more staff. Many thanks to QPR's ground share, because it gave me the finances to secure a lot of players, and rebuild my own stadium. I've got big plans for next season, needing some new players to sure up the defense.

Manager history

Season 1 - Blue Square South - 6th place
Season 2 - Blue Square South - 3rd place
Season 3 - Blue Square South - 2nd place, Promoted
Season 4 - Blue Square Premier - 12th place
Season 5 - Blue Square Premier - 18th place, F.A Trophy Winners
Season 6 - Blue Square Premier - 7th place, Setanta Shield Runner-Up
Season 7 - Blue Square Premier - 4th place
Season 8 - Blue Square Premier - 5th place, Promoted
Season 9 - Coca-Cola League 2 - 16th place
Season 10 - Coca-Cola League 2 - 3rd place, Promoted
Season 11 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 4th place
Season 12 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 17th place
Season 13 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 3rd place
Season 14 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 4th place, Promoted
Season 15 - Championship - 14th place

*Real London were formally AFC Wimbledon

Lock&Load
26-07-2008, 00:28
Congrats on the promotion bermybhoy, I'm playing as Hitchin now and In the blue square premier. I'm finding it difficult to push up into the top and also getting in good players as I'm still semi-pro even though I have like 1.5 million in the bank!

Last season I finished 8th season before was 10th I think.

NepentheZ
26-07-2008, 02:49
Real London Update - Season 16 (2023/2024)

To Begin.....

Tom Chambers (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2016/ChambersGone.jpg) - Sold from under my nose. Even a 24,000 per week contract couldn't keep the young lad with me. (Would have made him my highest paid player by about 19,000 per week :) )

Season Tickets, Sold Out (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2016/SeasonTicketsSoldOut.jpg) - The first time I've ever seen this. I actually sold out all of the season tickets available.


Championship Prediction - 17th
Championship Position - 10th
F.A Cup - 4th Round
League Cup - 1st Round

Championship - Graph (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2016/LeagueGraph.jpg) | Table (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2016/LeagueTable.jpg)

10th place finish wasn't bad, but I really wanted a play off place. Was going good the first half of the season, but had a massive mid season slump, not winning in 9 league games, and only 1 win in 14. End of season was really strong, winning 7 of the last 9 games, and made a real push for the play off spots, but came up just a couple wins short.

Best Elevens - Season (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2016/BES.jpg) | Overall (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2016/BEO.jpg)

Other Info

Finances (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2016/Finances.jpg)
Team Selection (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2016/TeamSelection.jpg)
Team Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2016/TeamInfo.jpg)

Manager Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2016/ManInfo.jpg)
Manager Overview (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2016/ManOver.jpg)
Manager Profile (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2016/ManPro.jpg)

Player Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2016/RecP.jpg)
Team Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2016/RecT.jpg)

Transfers (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2016/Transfers.jpg)

Awards

(http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2016/TeamOfTheYear.jpg)Skinny- Championship Team of the Year Select (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2016/TeamOfTheYear.jpg)

Players of the Season

Ashley Brennan (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2016/Brennan.jpg) - A Saviour after Tom Chambers bailed on me. Finished top scorer and was generally lively all season

Skinny (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2016/Skinny.jpg) - The main man. A great all round player and held the team together.


Season Summary
Ultimately disappointing in the cups, again, but a strong league finish saw me uphold a 10th spot, and improve on last season by 4 places. If I can do that again next season, Promotion may be in the offing.

Manager history

Season 1 - Blue Square South - 6th place
Season 2 - Blue Square South - 3rd place
Season 3 - Blue Square South - 2nd place, Promoted
Season 4 - Blue Square Premier - 12th place
Season 5 - Blue Square Premier - 18th place, F.A Trophy Winners
Season 6 - Blue Square Premier - 7th place, Setanta Shield Runner-Up
Season 7 - Blue Square Premier - 4th place
Season 8 - Blue Square Premier - 5th place, Promoted
Season 9 - Coca-Cola League 2 - 16th place
Season 10 - Coca-Cola League 2 - 3rd place, Promoted
Season 11 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 4th place
Season 12 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 17th place
Season 13 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 3rd place
Season 14 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 4th place, Promoted
Season 15 - Championship - 14th place
Season 16 - Championship - 10th place

*Real London were formally AFC Wimbledon

Lower Leagues Rule
26-07-2008, 02:56
Should I try and catch up the 100 pages? :P

Lower Leagues Rule
26-07-2008, 11:59
Gateshead 08/09: A Fresh Beginning

After his latest jaunts in the lower leagues of Italy, Des Tiny (http://img525.imageshack.us/my.php?image=destinyus6.jpg) has returned to England to take up a management job at Gateshead (http://img522.imageshack.us/my.php?image=gatesheadhl5.jpg). Looking forward to a return to International Stadium (http://www.burtonalbion.com/Opposition/Images/Gateshead.jpg) and bringing Gateshead up to meet their city rivals in the Premiership. For 2008/09 he was expected by the board to create a squad (http://img522.imageshack.us/my.php?image=squadto1.jpg) that was capable of a mid table finish (http://img507.imageshack.us/my.php?image=expectationssl0.jpg). Des had other ideas believing he could build a squad off free transfers and loans that would be capable of getting promoted in his first season. After asking the chairman and realising that they did not have a parent club, his first request was that the board seeked one out for him. Then he sent offers out to some non-playing staff that he thought would be good for the club, next he sat down at his computer to see what players would become available on bosmans come June 30th. Their were a few possibilities, but no one that stood out.

NepentheZ
26-07-2008, 13:53
Good luck LLR. Hope you get promoted quicker than I.!!

bermybhoy
26-07-2008, 14:36
Congrats on the promotion bermybhoy, I'm playing as Hitchin now and In the blue square premier. I'm finding it difficult to push up into the top and also getting in good players as I'm still semi-pro even though I have like 1.5 million in the bank!

Last season I finished 8th season before was 10th I think.


Thanks very much. I've found it really hard going with them but very rewarding when you do get some success. Having to constantly tweak tactics to get anywhere, but now looking in with a good shout of at least a play off spot in L2.

I now have some brilliant players but even then struggling to put together some consistency. The boy Fitzpatrick I have up front, is just amazing, no idea how I managed to snag him, but now have Celtic, Rangers, Arsenal, Spurs, Newcastle and so on bidding for him - thankfully the chairman is yet to accept a bid over my head.

I notice that a lot of people at the start of this seemed to rocket up the division - as a serious question, was it easier to do it before the various patches, or are the likes of myself and Nep and anyone doing it now just a bit rubbish? :p

bermybhoy
26-07-2008, 14:38
Good luck LLR. Hope you get promoted quicker than I.!!

It's a marathon not a sprint etc, etc.

Out of interest, do you think your 'youth player project' has held you back any? Does doing it mean you're giving players a game who otherwise you wouldn't let anywhere near your first team?

NepentheZ
26-07-2008, 15:50
bermy - I would definitely say they have held me back. I don't attribute ever poor season to them, but there have certainly been games that the players who could have played instead of them would have done much better. Perhaps turning draws into wins, and losses into draws. Especially YP1 - he's never been any good, yet I've played him EVERY season. Sure hes scored every season, but he takes like 6 or 7 shorts to score in every match, where another player would have scored a hat-trick there.

I guess its part of the sacrifice to find a decent youth player :D

Ruud Van Nistelrooy 774
26-07-2008, 17:29
An update for the first season (08/09) of my Tiverton game. It was a great season from the start and easily my best start to this challenge from the last three years. I won the league (South) (http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c230/photos7610/0809bss.jpg) with ease, scoring over 150 goals and getting over 100 points. Our defence wasn't as good but it was easily enough to win the league. Our league form was good throughout the season and we were consistently well on top of our rivals. The progress graph (http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c230/photos7610/0809progress.jpg) shows how much we were on top.
In the cups we didn't do very well at all, going out early in all of the, although we did reach the first round of the FA Cup.

This is a picture of our stadium Ladysmead (http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c230/photos7610/ladysmead.jpg) taken from google maps which I posted before but will post again.

An overall view of the season can be seen in the manager information (http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c230/photos7610/0809manager.jpg).

Our form was more down to good players than complex tactics, we played a basic 4-4-2 which was very fast and direct and resulted in a lot of goals. Our loan partnership with Plymouth helped a lot and meant we had some very good players in the first team.

Key to our form was Cherno Samba :*) (http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c230/photos7610/0809samba.jpg) on loan from Plymouth for the whole season. He was superb, scored lots of goals and basically was just far too good for the standard of the league. I even convinced him to stay on for at least the start of the next season. Undoubtedly the star of the team and won BSS Player of the Season, finished top of the goalscoring charts but was robbed of fans player of the year, presumably because he was only on loan.

But we weren't just a one man team. Other attackers Steven Inglis (http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c230/photos7610/0809inglis.jpg) and Bradley Hudson-Odoi (http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c230/photos7610/0809ho.jpg) were also key to our form and consistency and they got 63 goals between them. Both similar players, pacey and with an eye for goal, they were two key permanent signings. They are also both very young. Bradley came in after being released by Fulham and Steven was signed on a free after an impressive initial trial period.

Experience was also important to our season and we signed two key players to have an influence on the youngsters in the ageing Andy Sinton (who has now retired) and Mustapha Hadji (http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c230/photos7610/0809hadji.jpg). Neither could play a huge role through being dreadfully unfit on Sinton's part and a serious injury for Hadji but were reliable performers when called upon. Sinton is now coaching but Hadji is still an important member of the team, although he is at the moment injured again.

Our most talented player though was probably Paul Watson (http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c230/photos7610/0809watsin.jpg) but he wasn't quite as consistent as the others. He was probably the sole reason we didn't lose every match 5-4 or something. A real talent and was reluctantly sold to Sunderland for 200k at the end of the season. I'm really missing him now but I let him go to further his career. He was another trialist who came good and became a key member of the team.

That about sums up the season, it really was very good, probably my most dominant ever FM season and really enjoyable too. Finances were also not a problem at all, the gate money was good in a decent sized stadium and I didn't go overboard with wages and spent no transfer money. The 200k will come in handy when it is paid in (mostly over 2 years) and hopefully will help me to expand the staium further of get better facilities. I'm already quite a way into the next season and it is again good but we won't get automatic promotion again. It seems to be developing into a battle for the play-offs so hopefully we can reach those.

Kazpeer
26-07-2008, 20:06
I finished my first season last night, and it's was a good season in the end. My squad (http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/5948/hold1cv3.jpg). Actually i have only signed 2 players for the 2nd season. but im on the 3rd place after 18 matches. Transfers (http://img369.imageshack.us/img369/8343/transfers1cn7.jpg)
League table for the first season (http://img380.imageshack.us/img380/6154/league1lf7.jpg)
League Graph (http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/5486/graf1bp7.jpg)
Manager overview (http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/3629/snapshot1og1.jpg)
My profile after the first season (http://img120.imageshack.us/img120/9797/profile1ui7.jpg)

Like NepenteZ, i think im gonna try to use my Youth players. But there will first be screenshots of them, after the 2nd season :)

NepentheZ
27-07-2008, 15:19
Real London Update

Just thought I'd share some of my fortunes with you lads.

For the lat 5 or 6 seasons, I've been so unsettled in the tactics I've been using. I've scoured the T&TT forums for so many tips, hints on how sliders work, the pros and cons of Farrows, and the basics revolved around attacking football, with good defense, and to be quite honest, I just lost control of myself.

Sure, I had minimal success in those years, getting a couple of promotions, but I've never dominated divisions like I used to in FM07, and in My FM08 Gundo's challenge. I'd spent so much time on so many tactics, home, away, bad weather, Big team tactics, cup tactics, 3-5-2's, 4-5-1's - the works, but I could never find consistency, and it was starting to bug me. So I went back to Gundo's Challenge save, and had a look at the tactic that I had used successfully over 20+ seasons.

It was a standard 4-4-2 with AMR / AML - and they both had farrows. The Team instructions were relatively basic, but the player instructions were built around the team. The worst part is, I knew this. I'd offered advice to other people about this, while completely disregarding it for myself.

I was finding it hard to get a striker to score more than 30 goals a season, despite them being of great skill, so I went back to basics.

I created a 4-4-2, only not with AMR / AML - just with ML / MR with Farrows to AML / AMR, and built the player and team instructions around the team, and th abilities of the players.

So far this season, I've played a lot better, and only lost 4 games, 2 of which have come to the teams occupying the top two spots. I've only conceded 29 goals in 19 games, where I had conceded over 40 by the same time last season, and my total goals scored is a lot better, already bagging 42 goals this season, and have the top scorer in the league on 18 goals.

That is all. I just needed to tell someone. :D

MikaelS
27-07-2008, 15:38
I actually tried your knockbreda tactic mainly because my 2nd season in PL really sucked. I had only sporadic success with it though. First match saw me win 7-1 against AZ in UEFA Cup, but then I went on a 7 match loosing streak.

Im now back to my kimz tactics and so far Im doing better than with knockbreda. Too bad, 'cause I really need a good tactic which concentrates on defence while getting a fair amount of chances, especially when playing away.

NepentheZ
27-07-2008, 15:52
I stated in the thread with that tactic, that you shouldn't download it and use it. Its got to be based on YOUR players. Its imperative that you edit the player instructions to suit your players strengths. For example, if you have a fast winger with good dribbling and finishing, put his crosses to "rarely", "run will ball" - often and "from byline", with his creative freedom about 75% of the way up, so that he will tare the wingers apart. However, if you have a Winger how has a dab hand at crossing balls, but isn't so fast and has poor dribbling and or flair, put his "run with ball" to minimum, his crosses to often and far post, cross from deep and play through balls.

It really is about having all of your players playing individually brilliant so that it pays off as a team.

man_in_pants
27-07-2008, 21:17
Witton Albion Season 1 08/09

i finally finished my first season, my vacation set me a few weeks back

well anyways to the season...

it was a lot better than i thought it would be, http://i315.photobucket.com/albums/ll458/ERRRR1990/wittontable0809.jpg, we were on fire the whole year and next season looks very promising.
http://i315.photobucket.com/albums/ll458/ERRRR1990/wittonseasonoverview.jpg I believe I owe some of my success to my early exits in the cups as the fixture backlog in my other seasons proved to kill me in mid season, i almost always had around a 96 - 100% fit squad, still this season im going to try for the cups (at least meet the board expectations)
http://i315.photobucket.com/albums/ll458/ERRRR1990/wittontransfers0809.jpg all of my transfers were frees and i sold my reserves for some nice money too. *not shown* (Ive also just sold my 3rd string striker for $150,000)
http://i315.photobucket.com/albums/ll458/ERRRR1990/wittonteam0809.jpg and needless to say my squad was great, I got 3 great loans from my feeder club Crewe.

For next season I said I'd avoid relegation but I'm expecting greater things
If you want to see any more just let me know

Dibond
29-07-2008, 01:12
Decided to give this years challenge a go. Chelmsford looked to be about the best team that came up after my holiday (even though they are above 1000) so I chose them.

Chelmsford 08/09 Season - Beginning

Here is the link to my profile
Jamison Dartt's Profile (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v609/Dibond/Chelmsford-ManagerProfile.jpg?t=1217290041)

And here's to what I hope will be a good first season! :thup:

NepentheZ
29-07-2008, 02:00
Real London Update - Season 17 (2024/2025)

To Begin.....

Paul Wallace (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2017/PaulWallace.jpg) - Well, I just had to. He was an 18 year old Irish striker. If he was N. Irish I would have sworn it was the same guy, but unfortunately, he was Irish.

Crystal Palace 4 - 2 Real London, Play Off Final (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2017/PlayOffFinal.jpg)

So disappointed. I worked so hard throughout the season, to find myself 4-0 down at Half Time, and pretty much threw it all away. Managed to scrape a couple of goals back to save face, but I'm bitterly disappointed.
Championship Prediction - 14th
Championship Position - 3rd
F.A Cup - 4th Round
League Cup - 3rd Round

Championship - Graph (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2017/LeagueGraph.jpg) | Table (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2017/LeagueTable.jpg)

First off, I thought I'd show Pompeys League Graph as well as my own. How gutted must they be.! Top for practically all of the season, until the penultimate game.!

3rd place. Fantastic. As I explained a few posts above, I went back to basics with my tactic, and it payed off. Both my strikers have struck a fantastic partnership, scoring nearly 70 goals between them this season, and they're only going to get better, with Hinds being 19, and Murat only 25. I destroyed so many teams, and my new GK "Marco Portugal" - who happens to be from Portugal is a phenom for me. He saved my bacon on more than several occasions.

Best Elevens - Season (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2017/BES.jpg) | Overall (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2017/BEO.jpg)

Other Info

Finances (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2017/Finances.jpg)
Team Selection (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2017/TeamSelection.jpg)
Team Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2017/TeamInfo.jpg)

Manager Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2017/ManInfo.jpg)
Manager Overview (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2017/ManOver.jpg)
Manager Profile (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2017/ManPro.jpg)

Player Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2017/RecP.jpg)
Team Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2017/RecT.jpg)

Awards

(http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2016/TeamOfTheYear.jpg)Team of the Year (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2017/TeamoftheYear.jpg)
Murat - Top Goal Scorer (45 league goals) (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2017/MuratTGS45.jpg)
Murat - Goal of the Season, 3rd place.
(http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2017/GoaloftheSeason3rd.jpg)
Players of the Season

Fikret Murat (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2017/FikretMurat.jpg) - What a player. I thought I'd find it hard to fill the void of Chambers, but I really haven't. 49 goals in 52 appearances is fantastic. Especially with 14 assists.

Scott Hinds (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2017/ScottHinds.jpg) - Signed on a whim last season for the sake of spending some of the transfer money I received from a few sales, and he's turned out fantastic. A great, young strong striker, with bags of potential.

Season Summary
Fantastic season. 3rd place was brilliant, my team is coming together and I'll push hard for Auto Promo next season.

Manager history

Season 1 - Blue Square South - 6th place
Season 2 - Blue Square South - 3rd place
Season 3 - Blue Square South - 2nd place, Promoted
Season 4 - Blue Square Premier - 12th place
Season 5 - Blue Square Premier - 18th place, F.A Trophy Winners
Season 6 - Blue Square Premier - 7th place, Setanta Shield Runner-Up
Season 7 - Blue Square Premier - 4th place
Season 8 - Blue Square Premier - 5th place, Promoted
Season 9 - Coca-Cola League 2 - 16th place
Season 10 - Coca-Cola League 2 - 3rd place, Promoted
Season 11 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 4th place
Season 12 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 17th place
Season 13 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 3rd place
Season 14 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 4th place, Promoted
Season 15 - Championship - 14th place
Season 16 - Championship - 10th place
Season 17 - Championship - 3rd place, Lost in Play-Off Final (v Crystal Palace)

*Real London were formally AFC Wimbledon

NepentheZ
29-07-2008, 02:01
3 updates on one page. Go me. :D

ejthegreat
29-07-2008, 08:58
Hi, looking to post season update, clicked on the post reply button and the box comes up (wasn't quick reply) but not seeing any option to use BOLD for the title or to put in links to screenshots or anything....can anyone help?

ToMexico!!
29-07-2008, 10:41
BB code is On
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HTML code is Off


at the bottom of the page there is that list of links...click on the BB code option and that lists all the coding.

ejthegreat
29-07-2008, 13:08
BB code is On
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[IMG] code is On
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at the bottom of the page there is that list of links...click on the BB code option and that lists all the coding.

Thanks, turned out I needed to change settings in my options to allow more than just basic posting. Will do write up now :thup:

A True Fan
29-07-2008, 16:23
I started with Hendon yesterday and I'm going strongly in the Blue Square South, currently 3rd. Plenty of goals up front, but just can't seem to stop leaking goals.

steve.rush
29-07-2008, 16:47
Finally decided I am going to give this challenge a go.

Here is my profile

Profile (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/managerprofile.jpg)

Only a handful of youngsters at the club but Brackstone looks to have good potential

Dominic Brackstone (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/brackstone.jpg)

A True Fan
29-07-2008, 17:15
Only a handful of youngsters at the club but Brackstone looks to have good potential

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/brackstone.jpg

A very good player considering his age and the league.

ejthegreat
29-07-2008, 18:13
AFC Wimbledon 2023/24 Season Review

After completing the challenge at the end of last season, the pressure was off and the aims for the season was silverware, as much as is humanely possible.

We'd be competing in 7 competitions in all and looking to win them all.

There was a small amount of movement in the off-season. Left back Belanik wanted a new challenge, as did holding midfielder Baticle and left winger Briggs. Belanik and Baticle both left for 25m each and Briggs will go at the end of the season. Using the money, I signed Anusic (http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/9443/anusictm9.jpg) to replace Baticle, Dalziel (http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/4962/dalzielvq5.jpg)as a replacement for Belanik and Babin (http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/4852/babinpt9.jpg) as a long term replacement of Briggs.

Transfers (http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/2787/transfersic8.jpg)


The season started well with victory (3-1) in the Community Shield over Southampton and after starting the season with 4 straight league wins, we played Barcelona in the Super Cup. A 0-0 final score sent the game into penalties, where we triumphed 2-1 thanks to regens being awful at penalty taking

2 trophies down, 5 to go

We then continued on an historic winning sequence, winning every match (22 in total)until 29th November, when we lost 1-2 to Porto in CL Group C match where we'd both already qualified, beating out Marseilles and Brondby.

When we finally drew 1-1 at Newcastle, we'd won our first 15 league games and had already taken a mighty stranglehold on the Premiership.

Next challenge was the Club World Championship in Tokyo. Turned out to be less of a challenge than expected, beating New York 3-1 in the semi-final and then Cruzeiro 3-0 in a lopsided final.

3 down, 4 to go.

After beating Man City 4-0 in the League Cup Qtr Final, we won our next 3 league games, turning at 18-1-0, before finally losing to Tottenham 1-3.

An easy 3-0 FA Cup 3rd round win over Stockport brought us to the League Cup Semi against Portsmouth. Away in the first leg, Portsmouth came out firing and won 3-2 League Cup Semi Leg 1 (http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/8652/leaguecupsemi1ad9.jpg). Straight after we lost to Liverpool and losing 3 from 4 games, it looked like we were finally crashing back to earth.

All was not lost though and in the return leg, League Cup Semi Leg 2 (http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/7588/leaguecupsemi2bv7.jpg) we came back to form with an absolute rout of Portsmouth. 4-0 up after 15minutes, we continued the pain and when the final whistle blew, AFC Wimbledon had hit double figures, winning 10-0 for a 12-3 aggregate.

Back in form, we defeated Yeovil 4-0 in the 4th rd FA Cup, then took 7 points from 3 league games leading into the FA Cup 5th rd vs Exeter. This proved to be another record breaking game FA Cup 5th Rd vs Exeter (http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/9176/facup5thrdaf8.jpg) with Dobi, pushing for a starters striking role, slamming 6 past a helpless defence, as AFC Wimbledon ran out 9-0 victors.

Next up was the Champions League Knockout Stages and first up, CSKA Moscow. We travelled to Moscow first up, and dominated, taking a 4-1 lead back to Wimbledon. But before we could finish them off, there was another trophy to be won, the League Cup.

We were drawn against Derby in the final, who had recently been relegated to the Championship.League Cup Final (http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/1572/leaguecupfinalcl0.jpg) Dyer struck early, before Derby drew level just before the break, 1-1 at half time. Dyer then continued on his rich vein of form, netting his 2nd on 56minutes and it stayed that way until the final minutes. Derby went on the attack, leaving space at the back and Dyer made them pay, completing his hattrick in injury time for a 3-1 win.

4 down, 3 to go

Focusing back on the league, we beat City and Chelsea 3-1 and 5-1 respectively to go 22-2-2 and nearly 20points clear on top of the table before welcoming CSKA with a 3rd string side. They lucked out 0-1, despite 18 shots to 7 but the result was never in danger. We would go through to meet Sunderland in the Qtr Final.

A block of 5 league games awaited, but before that, the FA Cup 6th Rd vs Bolton. FA Cup 6th Rd (http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/9049/facup6thgk4.jpg)Bolton were never in the hunt, as AFC Wimbledon dominated the game, Muller scoring twice before the half 2-0 half time. Bolton pulled one back against the run of play in the 53rd minute, but Muller's hattrick in the 69th settled the result, 3-1 AFC Wimbledon

4 wins and draw from the next 5 league games put us 1 game away from clinching the title with 7 games remaining. Before we could do that, however, it was a Qtr Final match up with Sunderland in the CL and wedged in the middle, a trip to Wembley to play Everton in the FA Cup Semi Final.

The first leg again at home, we used to our advantage, putting Sunderland away with ease CL Qtr Final Leg 1 vs Sunderland (http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/8302/clqtr1ds5.jpg) Goals to Muller, Dyer and Rodrigues, soured only by a two footed lunge from winger Mahmoud saw us run out 3-0 winners.
The return leg saw a much tighter contest CL Qtr Final Leg 2 (http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/7374/clqtr2gy1.jpg) with Sukic giving them the early lead. When Muller and Dyer both struck before half time, things looked comfortable. Sukic then gave Sunderland a glimmer of hope, scoring 2 more for his hattrick but still needing 3 more goals, Sunderland never came close, 2-3 for a 5-3 aggregate.

Meanwhile, we headed to Wembley for a semi final against Everton. FA Cup Semi (http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/5971/facupsemiex8.jpg)Despite controlling the game, we went down 0-1 early on but a great strike from Anusic levelled it at 1-1 and it stayed that way until half time. Then, in the 72nd minute, Mahmoud made a great run down the right, swung in the cross, meeting the head of Dobi who slammed it home and there it finished 2-1 and off to the final against a midtable Watford.

Back in the league, a 2-1 victory at home to West Ham sealed the title after 32 games. A Three-peat for AFC Wimbledon

5 trophies down, 2 to go.

With the focus now on the Champions League, we'd face what was probably our biggest test all year, AC Milan.
Again we started the tie at home, this time, however, we didn't put away our opponent, Milan switching between very defensive and attacking mentalities, catching me out. We went in 2-0 at half time with a Dyer brace but Milan, despite only having 7 shots to 20, hit us hard, firstly clawing one back, then exposing us again, final score 2-2 CL Semi Leg 1 (http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/1325/clsemi1js6.jpg)

Before the return leg, the 2nd string side put 6 past Newcastle, so, combined with the first team's great morale from winning the league, the entire team was on a high as we headed to the San Siro.

A free kick in the 13th minute whipped in the from the right came down just outside the box, where Kamara, filling in at right wing for the suspended Mahmoud, fed the ball through to Muller who slid it past the keeper 1-0.

An evenly poised game was then blown apart in the 30th minute, when Muller latched onto a long ball from Di Giuseppe. Passes to Dyer, then back to Westley and sideways to Pedro opened some space foward of centre. Pedro then dribbled foward, pulling the central defender from Milan out of position, before threading to the now unmarked Dyer just outside the box. He took it foward to the edge of the box and slammed it past the advancing keeper for his 50th goal of the season, 2-0 AFC Wimbledon and Milan in trouble.

Just before half time though, with Milan on full attack, their Keeper hit a long ball to a clearly offside right winger, who only just ended up controlling inside the byline, bringing everyone else onside. His cross hit my defender, Douglas, then fell for Vecchi who was too quick to react and he made it 2-1 at the half.

Right after the break though came the highlight of the game. AFC Wimbledon won a freekick about 35yrds out just left of centre. Kamara stepped up and smacked a curling ball into the far corner, stranding the Milan keeper and sending us 3-1 up from where we were never headed, 3-1 and 5-3 on aggregate to set up a final in Istanbul against Sevilla. CL Semi Leg 2 (http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/6758/clsemi2gr5.jpg)


Three final league games to go before the FA Cup and CL Finals. Sadly a 0-1 at Man Utd meant that we couldn't hit the 100 point mark but winning the final 2 games kept the confidence up and finished the season on an amazing 99 points.

Table (http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/4230/tableul7.jpg)
Graph (http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/2529/graphmm2.jpg)

First up was the FA Cup final against Watford, who fallen to 16th by the end of the Premier League season, although well clear of relegation. Their main threat came from former AFC Wimbledon striker, Milan Zima but truth be told, we were in another league to them.

We dominated the final. When Douglas headed clear from a Watford free kick in the 9th minute and Muller found the ball inside of halfway there was no catching him as he powered it home, 1-0.

Then in the 23rd minute, Rodrigues picked the ball up in midfield, having come in from the wing. He dribbled past two opponents and when surrounded by 4 fed it back to Pedro who laid if foward for Anusic about 35yrds out straight in front. With no men left to cover him, he took it to 25 and then slid it in to Dyer who took it first time and made it 2-0.

From a corner in the 44th minute, Dyer was just too good in the air for his opponent (not many regens have greater than 17 jumping ) and put it past the keeper, 3-0 at half time and the trophy in the bag.

Watford got a consolation from a corner in the 52nd minute but that was their only on target shot all game and AFC Wimbledon lifted the FA Cup for only the 2nd time 3-1.
FA Cup Final (http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/7983/facupfinallv7.jpg)

With a clean sweep in sight, there was just one more match to go, the Champions League Final.

We went in at full strength and were confronted with a Sevilla team playing a 4-4-2 but with 2 defensive midfielders and 2 wingers at the AMR/AML spots, basically a 6-0-4. To counter, I pulled my fullbacks back a little and pushed my holding midfielder further foward, hoping to pin them back in their own half.

Sevilla had much more of the ball, however, produced nothing up foward early. Then in the 17th minute, Dougals won a ball on halfway, foward to Anusic who played it to the feet of Muller about 25yrds out with his back to goal. Muller touches it on first time past his defender for the run of Dyer, who burns off his marker, takes a touch to the right and straight over the diving keeper, 1-0.

It stayed that way until injury time in the first half, when in the 2nd minute of injury time, their central mid held onto the ball for too long and was dispossed by Pedro. He then hit it first time to Muller, who'd cut inside his marker and took the first time shot and completely stuffed it up. Luckily it fell straight to Dyer who slotted it into an empty net, 2-0 at half time.

AFC Wimbledon killed off Sevilla in the 56th minute when Rodrigues corner found the head of Dyer. He headed it into the crossbar but the rebound fell into the waiting lap of Centre Back and Captain, Douglas to scramble home, 3-0.

The final nail came in the 67th minute, again it was Rodrgiues, finding Dyer and this time no mistake as he headed home his hat-trick and sent AFC Wimbledon into 7th heaven. 4-0

CL Final (http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/2033/clfinalkd5.jpg)

7 competitions, 7 trophies....an incredible season for AFC Wimbledon.

Overview (http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/1500/overviewkw3.jpg)
Competition Confidence (http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/8946/compconfgl0.jpg)

AWARDS:

Premier League:

Young Player of the Year (http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/6754/youngplayeryearif0.jpg) Couldn't even get into my side, loaned him out to Southampton.
Laine (http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/3126/lainepe8.jpg) and the runner-up, Reich (http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/2873/reichav3.jpg)

Reich was the no.4 striker this season and although clearly not at the level of the other 3, is just a pure goalscoring machine and indeed has been added to the club's favoured personnel list already

Goal of the Year (http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/6094/premierleaguegoalyearkk0.jpg)

Premier League Team of the Year (http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/6040/eplteamyearmq4.jpg) 6 players from AFC Wimbledon in the team and 2 players, Gerrits and Kebe are former players. Kebe sold by chairman and Gerrits just couldn't win a spot in the midfield.

Manager of the Year (http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/144/manageryearjo3.jpg) No real shock, dominated the league and deserved it, oh and an amazingly humble man


Champions League:


Best Player in CL (http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/752/clbestplayerrn3.jpg)Dyer also won the golden boot this season in the CL.

Goal of the Year (http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/2296/clbestgoalwe9.jpg)The scorching free kick in the Semi Final against Milan from Kamara is one of the best goals I've seen, especially given the context.

Champions League Dream Team (http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/9581/cldreamteamnm0.jpg)Thought we deserved more than 7 in there :p


Team and Club Links:

Squad (http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/4061/squadtq9.jpg) All the men that played a role in winning the 7 titles.

Dyer (http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/590/dyercb4.jpg) 56 goals, 7.73 rating, big game performer, he's every defender's worst nightmare.

Muller (http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/5839/mullernm2.jpg)47 goals, 7.44 average, his touch and speed the perfect compliment to Dyer.

Rodrigues (http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/570/rodriguestu3.jpg)Only 6 goals but 24 assists and a 7.58 ranking, how this guy doesn't get more international caps is a disgrace.

And a kid on the rise:
Kakascik (http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/7716/kakascikhi7.jpg)Kaka for short, only played a bit part so far but I think he can be something special. Sadly was born with a PPM of "Looks to pass rather than attempting to score", which may mean he has to play as a winger, time will tell.


Club Info (http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/281/clubinfonf6.jpg) Worldwide reputation and finally I get on the list of favoured personnel.

Affiliated Clubs (http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/3446/affclubsuo4.jpg)Added a belgium feeder to go with the Polish one for work permits, American Feeder doing good business, however, the free movement Ghana affiliate hasn't produced any good players so far.

Finances (http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/8038/financesnw9.jpg) Winning all those trophies is good for the back pocket. Maybe a new stadium, named after a long serving manager would be the way to go


Speaking of which, here he is
Manager Profile (http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/9167/profileda6.jpg)



First update using the new forum software, really hope all that time writing out the url codes was worth it, here goes nothing

NepentheZ
29-07-2008, 19:00
well done ej. :thup:

One season behind me, and already completed it :( - When's my turn :(

A True Fan
29-07-2008, 19:55
Great work ej. The hardwork has been rewarded.

michaeltmurrayuk
30-07-2008, 00:02
Marine Premier League - 2035/36

So after somehow pinching the title from Liverpool's grasp last season, for our fourth title in a row, the priority this season would be the Champions League - it's been 7 years since we last won it and 3 since we last made the final.

It would be a quiet season transferwise this season (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/9935/transfers1hd7.jpg) - I sold off a couple of academy players, including right-back Lee Knowles who'd been underperforming and had lost his first team place. I also let Argentine Midfielder Fernando Silvero leave, as he hadn't developed aswell as I liked and competition is fierce in central midfield.

In the Winter window I let Scottish Experienced Midfielder John Brittain join Chelsea, as he'd dropped down the pecking order, though the game did mock me as the second I recalled Italian Midfielder Nicola Redaelli from loan to cover Brittains place on the bench, I recieved loads of bids for him, and accepted 5m from Torino as he was only ever going to be an average Premiership player.

Transfers inwise I started to replenish my youth team, in came German Defensive Midfielder Timo Ferner, Spanish Defender Xabier Iriarte, Welsh Left Back Giles Cattermole, English Winger/Striker Darryl Hannaa from Title rivals Liverpool, 15yo Portuguese Striker Luis Cosme, Promising Italian Centre-Back Francesco Di Somma and finally a Promising Uzbek Striker Davron Kholiqov from one of my Feeder Clubs.

The season would start off in the normal manner - winning the Community Shield, this time with a 1-0 win over Bolton.

The League started well aswell - we claimed 4 wins out of 4 in August, including a 4-0 win over Man Utd and a 2-1 win at Chelsea.

September didn't go too well - we suffered a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Arsenal - our biggest defeat since they beat us 4-1 in the Champions League five years ago. We followed that game up with a 1-0 home defeat to Liverpool - Liverpool took the lead in the 13th minute, but on the half-hour the ref spoilt the game - sending a Liverpool player off for two soft yellow cards, and then 7 minutes later sending one of my Midfielders off for two soft yellow cards aswell.

Whilst our defence of the Carling Cup didn't go to well, crashing 1-0 to Everton in the Third Round.

We then went on a 17 game unbeaten run in the League, before crashing 1-0 to Arsenal at the end of Jan - though 7 of those 17 games were draws - we'd either smash teams into the ground 3-0 or struggle to finish them off, allowing the opposition back into the game - we needed a last minute goal to beat 10man Plymouth, whilst we let Soton, Man Utd, Bolton and Wolves all score a late equalislers against us. This meant after losing to Arsenal we were level on points with them at the top of the league, though we'd played 24 games to Arsenals 23, so the ball was in Arsenal's court.

The first half of this season was not fun - sometime during October our reputation dropped to Continental - this then caused several players to become unhappy, World-Class Midfielder Ollie Clayton became upset when Lyon expressed an interest and he now wants a new challenge, whilst young left back Gary Beesley launched a angry tirade at me after I wouldn't let him join title rivals Arsenal on the cheap. (It's very annoying that I can not sign players from Arsenal due to us being rivals, and every manager they appoint seems to hate me, but I'm expected to give them my players on the cheap).

And as October went on things just got worse - Serbian Attacker Tomic, managed to get himself injured in his first game back from his previous injury and would miss another month of the season, and then to make matters even worse my Capatain James Flanagan breaks his foot at the end of the month and will miss the next four months :( - on the upside he did finally sign a new contract at the end of December, though I fully expect when he's fully fit and someone expresses an interest he'll become unhappy again - which is what happened at the end of the season.

Finally during October France even found time to fire me (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/1277/franceqv9.jpg) for only making the Qualification playoff - they didn't even give me a chance to play the playoff - an aging injury prone team that cannot attack is not a good thing - the only game I lost was to Belguim who somehow beat us 1-0 with their only shot being off target, drawing half the qualifying games didn't help and Belguim only topped the group by one point. - Revenge was mine as France crashed out of Euro36 in the group stage with three draws.

Back to the league, during Feb Arsenal won their game in hand, whilst we matched each others results until March when Arsenal were beaten 2-1 by Millwall, thanks to a last minute goal from one of my ex-players, whilst we beat Leeds 2-0, putting us both level on points at the top with 10 games left, our GD was 8 goals superiour, meaning we just needed to Match Arsenal's results.

In the middle of March we opened up a 2 point lead, by beating Portsmouth 3-0 whilst Arsenal conceeded a 90th minute pen to Everton costing them victory. At the end of March we nearly threw our advantage away as we needed a last minute goal from Tomic to claim a 3-3 draw away to Millwall, luckily Arsenal could only draw 0-0 to Wolves.

We would continue to match results until Game 36 at the end of April - earlier in the day Arsenal had let Brighton comeback and snatch a 1-1 draw. So a win at Wolves for us would all but claim the title however, things didn't go to plan and we just didn't turn up and were outplayed by a Wolves side that went through about half a dozen different formations during the game - including that annoying 5-4-1 diamond formation, and with the last kick of the game Wolves scored to win the game 1-0 and leave us just one point clear of Arsenal with two games left.

So with two must win games left, I further tweaked my formation - I removed most of the individual settings from the presets and set them back to team - I seem to find my style of play suits all my players having the same closing down, mentality, rather than customizing it per position.

The formation tweak seemed to do the trick as we smashed Bolton 4-0 to take the title down to the last day.

And in a cruel twist of fate we'd travel up to St. James's Park to face old rivals Newcastle, whilst Arsenal would travel to Old Trafford to face Man Utd.

We started strongly against Newcastle but as always they proved tough to break down, but in the 33rd minute we opened the scoring with a fluky goal - Rowlands received a throw-in on the left side of Newcastle's area, spun towards goal and floated the ball towards Lasarte at the near post, however both Lasarte and Newcastle's Keeper missed the ball and it ended up flying into the goal :) and in the 44th minute Rowlands made it 2-0 - Newcastle's French Left Back knocked the ball back to his Keeper, and as the Newcastle defence stood watching Rowlands closed down the ball just about beating the Keeper to it, before rounding the floored Keeper and smashing the ball into the empty net.

During the second half we held on as Newcastle assaulted our goal but they couldn't score and the double from Rowlands had given us the title for a fifth year in a row. Though in the end the Newcastle game didn't matter as Arsenal lost 1-0 to Man Utd.

Table (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/3819/tabledo7.jpg) - in the end it was rather comfortable, whilst Interestingly last Seasons Early Challenges didn't fair well this season - Birmingham went down, and Portsmouth fell after selling Michel to Newcastle half-way through the season, and bizarely Wolves seemed to be the only team who applied for the Intertoto Cup.

POS Graph (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/9428/graphsy8.jpg) - shows another season of us being top most of the time, and we really should have had the title won in advance.

Champions League

Whilst we'd claimed the League the actually priority was the Champions League this season. The group stage (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/96/uclgroupyo6.jpg) would again see us face Rangers, whilst we'd play AZ and Besiktas for the first time.

Again Rangers would prove to be annoying to break down, we needed an own goal and a last minute goal from Nelson to beat them 2-0. The trip to Holland was frustrating we didn't play well and were lucky to claim a 1-1 draw, whilst the trip to Turkey was a costly victory - they injured both my strikers Tomic and Sanna - we gained revenge by easily beating them 3-0 at home, before Rangers beat us with a last minute goal yet again.
For the final game I played my first team, as for the first time we needed to win the final game to go through, and a 5-0 victory was enough to top the group.

In the Knockout Round we'd face Benfica for the first time in the Champions League - having faced them tow years in a row in the UEFA Cup.

In the First Leg (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/557/uclkl1ce4.jpg) Standin Capatain Emmanuel Richard gave us an early lead, but Benfica soon took control taking a 2-1 lead, before Rowlands made it 2-2 in the 82nd minute, though my Keeper saved our blushes in the last minute with a penalty save.

In the Second leg (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/5774/uclkl2ct3.jpg) Benfica for some reason set out defensively which suited us, and whilst we couldn't score Benfica never really threatened and a 0-0 draw was enough to send us through on away goals.

The Quarter Finals would see another Battle of Britain as we'd face Celtic - in the first leg (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/478/uclqfl1sn9.jpg) we were on fire early, taking a 3-0 lead within 30 minutes.

In the second leg we again started well scoring twice within 6 minutes, however by half-time things had fallen apart - Celtic had scored and Nelson had got himself sent off for an elbow that would rule him out of the final if we got there, in the second half we were left hanging on as Celtic smashed us, but in the end they couldn't find the six goals they needed, and we hung on to win 5-4 on agg. (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/1664/uclqfl2zr5.jpg)

There was a rather weird thing I noticed about Celtic (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/854/celticwe2.jpg) - They only have 4 real players, 3 Keepers and a Striker - yet each of their Keepers managed to play over 20 league games - meaning apparently Celtic played over 70 League games last season, something has gone a little wrong there.

The Semi-Final drew us against an old enemy - Lyon - who we'd met three times before in the Champions League.

Whilst we outplayed them in France during the First Leg (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/3023/uclsfl1jh7.jpg), we needed an 88th minute goal from Rowlands to open the scoring. The second leg was a different matter, with my tactics tweaked we rediscovered the killer instinct and smashed Lyon 4-0 (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/1323/uclsfl2qf8.jpg), with Eduardo Lasarte ending his 15 hour goal drought that had lasted two months.

And in the Final we would be facing... Rangers. (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/9382/uclfinalbuilduprh4.jpg)

And as is typical we just didn't turn up to the final (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/2792/uclfinalut6.jpg), we let Rangers take a 2-0 lead before Lasarte pulled one back, but we never showed any desire to win the game :(

Though that could have been from the shock of where we were playing - Oriel Park, Dundalk, ROI - a 12,000 capacity stadium that looks worse than Marine's starting stadium. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:DSC01384.JPG) (IRL it's actually reduced to 6,000 so it meets European safety regulations, and the fact that they sold some of the land for housing devlopments).

Squad (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/7783/squadqu1.jpg) - Italian Keeper Daniele Alessi (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/9650/alessicv9.jpg) claimed the #1 Kersey from Kevin Barton, when Barton got himself injured for a couple of months, Alessi impressed and single handendly kept us in some games.

In Defence Right Back Gianluca Wilkinson (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/6155/wilkinsondl3.jpg) is the latest Academy player to make it to the first team (my academy likes to produce right sided players for some reason). In the Centre of Defence Martin Johnson (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/4448/johnsonxw0.jpg) stepped up whilst Captain James Flanagan (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/6827/flanaganhn7.jpg) missed half the season injured. Brazilian Marcio (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/375/marciocx1.jpg) stepped in the for injured Flanagan, and whilst he did ok, he's not as good as Flanagan. Providing cover at centre-back were two players who really aren't centre-backs: Bulgarian Midfielder Antonio Petkov (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/9697/petkovbj1.jpg) did ok but is now demanding to be a first team regular (really should have taken the 10m Bolton offered a couple of seasons ago), partnering him is a promising English Defender Mark Smith (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/4831/smithyr9.jpg), who's naturally a right back, that I've trained down the left, he had a solid season at centre-back considering his lack of experience.

Midfield will be going through a few changes in the next couple of seasons World-Class Midfielder Colin Bettney will be joing Inter for 32m at the end of the season, Ollie Clayton wants out and Richards isn't likely to last that much longer.

Upfront Eduardo Lasarte (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/3503/lasartewo7.jpg) rediscovered some of his form of 10 years ago - after six games he had 6 goals, 4 assists and 4 MoM awards, whilst his form dropped off in the middle of the season, 18 goals from 39 starts is a good return. His Strike Partner Luke Rowlands (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/8867/rowlandsvo8.jpg) had his best rated season yet and grabbed 10 more goals from the same amount of starts. Providing cover was Serbian Dalibor Tomic (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/1795/tomicin8.jpg) when he'd recovered from injury and Italian Marco Sanna - who had a poor season and was loaned out to Southampton to gain some experience. The player who impressed the most was Young Portuguese Wonderkid Nelson (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/6508/nelsonvy2.jpg), who hopefully has the potential to take over from Lasarte, and he made a good start scoring 16 times from 17 starts and 16 sub appearances.

Premier League Select (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/7787/premselectff0.jpg) - Saw three of my defenders, Simon Barrow and Luke Rowlands selected, Whilst the Champions League Select (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/9458/uclselectty4.jpg) saw James Flanagan, Simon Barrow and Youngsters Daniele Alessi and Nelson selected.

The awards saw Luke Rowlands claim English Footballer of the Year (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/8053/efotyku4.jpg) for the second year in a row, he also claimed World Footballer of the Year. (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/2343/wfotygr5.jpg) Young Player of the Year (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/3539/ypotyoq1.jpg) was again won by my ex-player Cristobal Michel who joined Newcastle for 21m in January, Runner-up was Nelson, Third was one of my Italian Youngsters Vito Coni who was on loan at Birmingham.

Manager Profile (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/9533/profilekc7.jpg) - Preferred Formation changes to 4-4-2, most of my knowledge disappears again.

Snapshot Screen (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/8144/snapshotrg5.jpg) - We went out of the FA Cup in the 6th Round losing at Home 2-0 to Man City, who were top of the Championship :( - Though something seems to have gone wrong their as all the Champions League games and info has been wiped.

Club Info (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/9422/clubinfoxm4.jpg) - The Title win boosted our Reputation back upto Worldwide, whilst next season we managed to sneak 3,000 extra seats past the Council.

So the plan for next season is to again try and rewin the Champions League, whilst I also have to find long term replacements for the aging Eduardo Lasarte and Emmanuel Richard (who have both amassed over 300 league appearances for me, and are the last two players that were at the club during our maiden Premier League Season, and I'm now doing my best to get them to stay in the game when they retire). I also need to find replacements for James Flanagan (he became unhappy again at the end of the season when R. Madrid expressed an interest) and Ollie Clayton as both are unhappy and want out.

A True Fan
30-07-2008, 19:55
Hendon - Blue Square South - 08/09.

A season which started and ended contrastly. A brillant start left us top after 10 games, with a 5-1 win over Havant & Waterlooville opening the season, expectations were high and we were brought back down to reality with a 1-1 away to Worcester. Two wins followed, a 3-2 home win against Weston-Super-Mare and a destructive 8-1 over Cambridge City pushed us up the table. 2 more wins followed against St. Albans and Bishop's Stortford which were both well deserved victories and once again rocketed the expectations of the fans. A 2-2 draw against Newport County followed the 4 straight wins to continue our unbeaten start to the season. After an evenntful start to the season with goals flying in, at both ends (more at the opponents:D). Halfway through the season we sat 3rd and what I thought, ready to push on again, but this didn't happen we started to fall apart. Our form dipped and slowly the gap between 2nd and 3rd widened and the gap between 3rd and 4th shortened. A 1-0 defeat away to Lewes on the 10th of March finally dropped us to 4th and then from the following matches results we dropped furthur from 4th to 5th to 7th. The last day of the season the play-offs were still possible even though we were bang out of form and short of our top striker I still believed we could still beat Thurrock and earn ourselves a play-off position. At half-time we were 2-0 down and looking at another season in the Blue Square South. Thinking we had nothing to lose and that only a win would do I pushed 3 up front 2 in defence and 5 in midfield with 2 AM's and 1 DM, going full out attacking. We pulled it back to 2-2 with 15 minutes to go, I was watched the screen, my eyes glued as we pushed forward once again. Rundle won another corner as everyone apart from one of my midfielders pushed forward into the box. Rundle placed a beautiful corner right onto the penalty spot but the Thurrock 'keeper claimed it and hoofed it forward. Phillips my midfielder collected the ball on the edge of my penalty area and played it towards my 'keeper who would hopefully clear it upfield, but Thurrock's striker who has raced foward from the halfway line intercepted the pass and slotted it past my 'keeper, making it 3-2 to Thurrock. They twisted the knife as they made it 4-2 in injury time.

Media prediction - 21st.
Finished - 7th.

Hendon - Cup competitions - 08/09.

FA Cup

2nd qualifying round - Hendon 3-0 Chesnut.

3rd qualifying round - Hendon 5-0 Billericay.

1st round - Hendon 2-6 Cheltenham.


Setanta Shield

1st round - Hendon 3-1 Merthyr Tydfil.

2nd round - Hendon 5-0 Eastbourne.

3rd round - Hendon 2-3 Newport County.


FA Trophy

3rd qualifying round - Hendon 4-1 Romulus.

1st round - Hendon 1-1 Workington.

1st round replay - Hendon 4-3 Workington.

2nd round - Hendon 0-2 Woking.


Conclussion.

I'm pleased overall but still dissapointed that we didn't reach the play-offs as we had the chance in our grasp. But still another season (or two) in the Blue Square South could help us in the long run so I can build on the current squad.

Key players

-Adam Rundle (http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk229/MattyWFC/AdamRundle0809.jpg)
-Danny Phillips (http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk229/MattyWFC/DannyPhillips0809.jpg)
-Junior Brown (http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk229/MattyWFC/JuniorBrown0809.jpg)
-Russell Martin (http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk229/MattyWFC/RussellMartin0809.jpg)
-Stefan Koffi (http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk229/MattyWFC/StefanKoffi0809.jpg)

robbie231
31-07-2008, 12:45
I have decided to give this challenge a go. Chippenham are the lucky team. Profile (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n410/robbie231/Profile.jpg)

A True Fan
31-07-2008, 14:08
I have decided to give this challenge a go. Chippenham are the lucky team. Profile (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n410/robbie231/Profile.jpg)

Good luck. :thup:

lolleyj
31-07-2008, 16:16
I Won the champions league with Redditch United.

So i beleive i have what it takes to complete your challenge!

lolleyj
31-07-2008, 16:21
Erm Help, How do you get all the kits and stuff!?

For the premier league!?!

smithers08
31-07-2008, 16:23
Im going to give this a go .Going to keep loading the game until i get my local team Gateshead . :)

NepentheZ
31-07-2008, 17:01
No less than 10 days after Carl Grange left Real London for Colchester (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/CG.jpg), he scores an Own Goal for Colchester (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/CGOG.jpg) against Real London, helping them cruise to a 4-1 win :D :D

A True Fan
31-07-2008, 17:06
No less than 10 days after Carl Grange left Real London for Colchester (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/CG.jpg), he scores an Own Goal for Colchester (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/CGOG.jpg) against Real London, helping them cruise to a 4-1 win :D :D

I thought that just happened in dreams. :D

bermybhoy
31-07-2008, 17:21
Just had a 500k offer for star striker Fitzpatrick. Negotiated up to 7m + 50% sell on which they agreed to. For a player at a League 2 club. Chairman naturally bit their hands off for it, don't blame him one bit. Sadly the money will come in too late to encourage a stadium expansion that we need.

Frazza Pee
31-07-2008, 18:44
I decided to restart this as I can't find a save I want to stick to. I'm just holidaying atm. I'm probably going to go Wimbledon as I'm rubbish at this game and it will be easier.

NepentheZ
31-07-2008, 19:01
Wimbledon's not easier. I'm in season 17 and still not in the Prem.

Frazza Pee
31-07-2008, 19:04
Wimbledon's not easier. I'm in season 17 and still not in the Prem.
It will be in the first season.

Frazza Pee
31-07-2008, 20:24
Breaking News June 19th 2008

Unknown manager Doesn't Matter (http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/4194/07312008202055yl3.jpg) has taken charge of AFC Wimbledon in the Blue Square South. Little is known about the Scottish manager but it is known that the first position he will be looking to make stronger is the defence. With the AFC Wimbledon squad wanting a top half finish at least, the pressure is on for him to do well.

Frazza Pee
31-07-2008, 21:13
Look who I got on loan from Chelsea. Bridcutt (http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/7085/07312008211219if2.jpg)

lolleyj
31-07-2008, 22:33
Okay im in febuary, close to looking at Clubs, im going to really get into this, as i havent done a " long term" game since my redditch days, back at the release of the game!

lolleyj
31-07-2008, 23:24
Is it, 1000 or below

or 999 and below?

lolleyj
31-07-2008, 23:39
Onto about my 30th load, Christ!

lolleyj
31-07-2008, 23:56
this is just taking the P*** now :|

lolleyj
01-08-2008, 00:18
CHIPPENHAM TIMES:

Former Chippenham player Joe Lolley today took over the managerial role of the club. Lolley was some what of a cult hero around Hardenhuish Park. Retired in 2006, Lolley takes over the club after former Manager, John Parkinson was forced to leave after His Wife became increasingly Ill. Lolley has never managed a club before but is relishing the prospect of leading Chippenham to Success, this is what he had to say "Im Absolutely delighted to be at the club, i had great times playing here, and i cant wait to have a crack at management".

http://img253.imageshack.us/my.php?image=lolqd8.png

More to Follow,


Quick Question, how do i get the Links to say things like,

Finance, Manager etc,

Dibond
01-08-2008, 01:36
Chelmsford City - Blue Sq. South - 08/09

Just finished up pre-season friendlies and it doesn't look too promising so far. Out of the five we only one 1 game scoring a total of 4 goals and conceding 12. My players can barely complete half their passes and I've only seen a handful of successful crosses from all the games combined. Both offensive and defensive players just look confused out there often times passing to noone and not covering their men well.

Hopefully they will eventually learn to play with each other and maximize the potential they have.

lolleyj
01-08-2008, 01:43
Chelmsford City - Blue Sq. South - 08/09

Just finished up pre-season friendlies and it doesn't look too promising so far. Out of the five we only one 1 game scoring a total of 4 goals and conceding 12. My players can barely complete half their passes and I've only seen a handful of successful crosses from all the games combined. Both offensive and defensive players just look confused out there often times passing to noone and not covering their men well.

Hopefully they will eventually learn to play with each other and maximize the potential they have.

If their Passing is upto scratch, how about trying to play a more direct root of football?

NepentheZ
01-08-2008, 02:43
I've just had THE MOST dramatic final day of the season. Updates tomorrow though ;)

lolleyj
01-08-2008, 03:19
CHIPPENHAM TIMES:

Former Chippenham player Joe Lolley today took over the managerial role of the club. Lolley was some what of a cult hero around Hardenhuish Park. Retired in 2006, Lolley takes over the club after former Manager, John Parkinson was forced to leave after His Wife became increasingly Ill. Lolley has never managed a club before but is relishing the prospect of leading Chippenham to Success, this is what he had to say "Im Absolutely delighted to be at the club, i had great times playing here, and i cant wait to have a crack at management".

Joe Lolley Profile (http://img253.imageshack.us/my.php?image=lolqd8.png)

More to Follow,

radicell
01-08-2008, 12:25
Manager History

2008/2009: Blue Square North, 4th Place
2009/2010: Blue Square North, 15th Place
2010/2011: Blue Square North, 10th Place
2011/2012: Blue Square North, 9th Place

lolleyj
01-08-2008, 14:43
CHIPPENHAM TIMES:

Former Chippenham player Joe Lolley today took over the managerial role of the club. Lolley was some what of a cult hero around Hardenhuish Park. Retired in 2006, Lolley takes over the club after former Manager, John Parkinson was forced to leave after His Wife became increasingly Ill. Lolley has never managed a club before but is relishing the prospect of leading Chippenham to Success, this is what he had to say "Im Absolutely delighted to be at the club, i had great times playing here, and i cant wait to have a crack at management".

Joe Lolley Profile (http://img253.imageshack.us/my.php?image=lolqd8.png)

CHIPPENHAM BUILD ON SOLID START.

Mananger Joe Lolley, always had a tough ask of Keeping Chippenham in the division, When taking over the club, Lolley had just 3 contracted player in their original Squad (http://img165.imageshack.us/my.php?image=76057478bq6.png), and even them were 16 year olds youths, bringing in At least 15 Quality players was always going to be a tough ask for Lolley, but he welcomed this challenge with open arms bringing in no less than 23 Players (http://img360.imageshack.us/my.php?image=loloc5.png)
Bad news struck just days before the season started as Adriano Rigoglioso (http://img360.imageshack.us/my.php?image=37675211tp9.png) was injured during a pre-season friendly, reports showed he was out for upto 4 months.

As the season kicked off Chippenham Made a Solid start drawing at Home to St.Albans, although this came after being 2-0 up going into half time. The next game Chippenham lost their 1st game away at Newport County, this was Quickly followed up with an enphatic win of Hitchin, with the scoreline ending up 4-2. After then losing away at Bath 3-1, Chippenham went on a streak of 10 Unbeaten (http://img388.imageshack.us/my.php?image=jjjjjjtm2.png), including a 2-1 win over Runnaway and unbeaten Leaders Sailsbury. This was quickly put to an end by dorchester, and after having only picked up 3 points out of their last 4 games, it leaves Chippenham in a very respectable 9th (http://img214.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ltfm3.png) place, after 18 games.

After the Injury of Rigoglioso, someone needed to step upto the plate and produce goals, This man was no other than Kevin McCrory (http://img520.imageshack.us/my.php?image=nhhpj5.png), His goals have been Vital in moving Chippenham up the bottom, and is already a fan favourite around Hardenhuish Park.
Just 3 weeks Ago, Lolley unveiled a new signing which brought Excitement and a real Buzz around the club as Rick Joslin (http://img520.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ghjggqj2.png)signed on a free transfer, this was a real boost to Lolley's defence.

More to Follow Tommorow or Tonight

Dibond
01-08-2008, 16:42
Not quite yet halfway through my first season yet so I'll hold off posting an update, but I do have one question. What's the trick to keep teams from equalising so easily after you go up? The past 3 matches in a row I will be dominating a team for the first 15-45 minutes and score a goal only to have it immediately pegged back (within 2-5 minutes every time) and my team unable to get anything going the rest of the game.

lolleyj
01-08-2008, 16:55
Dibond, i had the same problem i lead in my first 4 games, all of them equalized and a couple went onto win,

I'm really unsure to be honest, i tried to change tactics half way through game, didnt work, so i left it, and i seem to be okay now, maybe its just the fact your defense isnt solid enough? What worked for me, was just a change in defence and in Cb's

I Dont know, sorry.

NepentheZ
02-08-2008, 16:28
Real London update - Final Match Day

So, We're in the final day of the season. Stoke City had already tied up the league, 8 points clear of the closest rivals, and have been dominant all season. Real London find themselves in 4th, on 87 points along with Peterborough in 5th, also on 87 points, but with a much inferior goal difference. Up in 3rd place we have Liverpool, who have been in decline over the last few weeks, losing 4 of 8 games, throwing away not only the title, but the automatic promotion spot, and have 88 points. In second place we have Leeds, on 89 points, and with a great chance of taking the 2nd place.

Matches -

Real London (4th) v Doncaster Rovers (20th)
Burnley (16th) v LIVERPOOL (3rd)
Peterborough (5th) v Middlesbourgh (14th)
Swansea (15th) v LEEDS (2nd)

I didn't enter the day with much confidence. I needed 2 shock results from promotion fighting teams against really poor lower table teams. I had a fortunate run in, with only 1 difficult game in my final 6, and played 23rd, 22nd and 20th in the final 3 games. Although I found myself down in 4th place, I felt a little hard done by, as I had the fewest defeats in the league with only 8, Stoke, who won the league finished with 10 defeats.

It wasn't long before REAL LONDON went 1-0 up, scoring in 22 minutes, and pushing them into 2nd place in the table (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/Lastday3.jpg), But with only 22 minutes gone, the other teams around me had plenty of time to do the business, with Leeds at 0-0, and Liverpool already losing 1-0 to Burnley. Peterborough weren't posing much of a thread either, drawing 0-0.

It wasn't long before REAL LONDON went 2-0 up, minutes before half time, and as the half time whistle pulled the players off the field, there were no less than 3 clubs perfectly aligned in the hunt on 90 points a piece. (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/LastDay1.jpg) Leeds and Real London we're in perfect harmony, and it was only Real Londons GOALS SCORED that had them in 2nd place currently. Another goal from Leeds and the dream is potentially over. Peterborough were the other team in the mix, but 15 goals worse off than Leeds and Real London, it wasn't looking too good for them, unless Swansea and Doncaster pulled off the impossible.

With 45 minutes remaining and Real London BARELY in the 2nd spot, Liverpool started to make tracks, Pulling a goal back v Burnley, leaving them only 1 goal to take the 2nd place, but it wasn't to be as Burnley quickly made it 2-1 around 60 minutes. Peterborough were cruising at this point v Middles'bro, already 3-0 up and would finish on 90 points, but needed miracles to take the Automatic Promotion spot. That left Leeds. 1-1 at half time, and barely allowing me to sneak into second spot, but they looked to make amends in the second half, racing into a 2-1 lead, and giving themselves an unbeatable 92 points. Liverpool were out of it by now, and the 'Boro looking comfortable winning 3-0 but with no real hope. 10 minutes to go, and the table is still tense. Only Real London and Leeds left in with a shout. Real London go 3-0 up with 8 minutes remaining, but it looks like it'll be a pointless victory in the scheme of things with Leeds relentlessly plugging out a win v Swansea.

5 minutes to go. Its Leeds 2-1 Swansea. Or is it? Theres a quick change in the table, and Real London find themselves in 2nd place yet again, after Swansea pull a goal back giving Real London the 2nd place on Goal Difference. We're there. Almost. 2 minutes remain, and we're still sat in 2nd. I'm wishing the clock frantically to pass, and then the penny drops. With the strike of a ball, the season is over.

SWANSEA 3 - 2 LEEDS.!!!

Swansea steal a last minute winner, and with liverpool going down 2-1 to Burnley there's little peterborough can do to stop Real London taking the 2nd spot and achieving PROMOTION TO THE PREMIER DIVISION..!!!

A frantic final 10 minutes is bought to a close. And Real London are promoted.

Final Day - Results

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/FinalDayResults.jpg

I'm absolutely over the moon with the effort, especially after about 35 games I was 13 points behind liverpool in 2nd place, who spectacularly collapsed. 7 wins in the last 8 games, and promotion is secured.

Frazza Pee
02-08-2008, 16:32
well done Nep. What do you think your chances of staying up are?

NepentheZ
02-08-2008, 16:45
Real London Update - Season 18 (2025/2026)

To Begin.....

Liverpool offer NepentheZ Job (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/LiverpoolJobOffer.jpg) - My first "Big" job offer. Despite Liverpool dancing between The Prem and The Champs, it was a nice gesture.

Season tickets sold out (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/SeasonTicketsSoldOut.jpg) - This is becoming a regular occurrence now, and the revenue it generates is fantastic for the club.

Stadium Increase - 3000 season (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/Stadia3000.jpg) - Seems to be another regular occurrence here at teh Fans Stadium. An extra 3,000 seats for the 3rd yea in a row.

Championship Prediction - 6th
Championship Position - 2nd
F.A Cup - 6th Round
League Cup - 1st Round

Championship - Graph (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/LeagueGraoh.jpg) | Table (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/LeagueTable.jpg)

PROMOTED.! - And couldn't be happier. For the last 2 season I've thought my team was good enough, but I just needed to strengthen my tactics to suit my players. This year I did that, and the rewards we're obvious. A fantastic return from the lads.

Best Elevens - Season (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/BES.jpg) | Overall (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/BEO.jpg)

Other Info

Finances (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/Finances.jpg)
Team Selection (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/TeamSelection.jpg)
Team Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/TeamInfo.jpg)

Manager Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/ManInfo.jpg)
Manager Overview (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/ManOver.jpg)
Manager Profile (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/ManPro.jpg)

Player Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/RecP.jpg)
Team Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/RecT.jpg)

Transfers (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/Transfers.jpg)

Awards

Team of the Year (2 players) (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/TOTY.jpg)
NepentheZ - Manager of the Year, 3rd Place (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/MOTY3rd.jpg)

Players of the Season

Scott Hinds (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/ScottHinds.jpg) - Played out of his skin this season. I changed the style of the 2 upfront so that the expectance wasn't so large on Murat, and hoped to share the goals between the 2. It worked. 27 goals in 31(7) Apps is a fantastic return from the 19 year old.

Fikret Murat (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/FikretMurat.jpg) - Top scorer for Real London 2 years running. Worth every penny that I paid for him. A fantastic return of 37 goals in 43 Apps. Truly amazing.

Marco Portugal (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/MarcoPortugal.jpg) - The first time I've EVER put a GK in my players of the season, but he really deserves it. I cant tell you how many times he saved us games. The best clean sheet record ever for Real London, and was just as important as Murat and Hinds in our promotion season. And before you ask, yes, Marco Portugal is indeed from Portugal :)

Season Summary
Fantastic season. 3rd place was brilliant, my team is coming together and I'll push hard for Auto Promo next season.

Manager history

Season 1 - Blue Square South - 6th place
Season 2 - Blue Square South - 3rd place
Season 3 - Blue Square South - 2nd place, Promoted
Season 4 - Blue Square Premier - 12th place
Season 5 - Blue Square Premier - 18th place, F.A Trophy Winners
Season 6 - Blue Square Premier - 7th place, Setanta Shield Runner-Up
Season 7 - Blue Square Premier - 4th place
Season 8 - Blue Square Premier - 5th place, Promoted
Season 9 - Coca-Cola League 2 - 16th place
Season 10 - Coca-Cola League 2 - 3rd place, Promoted
Season 11 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 4th place
Season 12 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 17th place
Season 13 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 3rd place
Season 14 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 4th place, Promoted
Season 15 - Championship - 14th place
Season 16 - Championship - 10th place
Season 17 - Championship - 3rd place, Lost in Play-Off Final (v Crystal Palace)
Season 18 - Championship - 2nd place, Promoted

*Real London were formally AFC Wimbledon

NepentheZ
02-08-2008, 16:46
well done Nep. What do you think your chances of staying up are?

Pretty high. You'll see why shortly in my Prem Transfer round up :)

haza555
02-08-2008, 16:57
I must say, last year when i did this challenge as Billericay i had the most fun doing a challenge i've had. So when my computer got a hardware failure i was pretty annoyed. Will be re-starting this challenge sometime this weekend, hoping to get my native Gateshead this time.

NepentheZ
02-08-2008, 17:01
Real London Update - Transfers

So, a new season is upon Real London, and we're about to embark in our first ever Premiership Campaign. Do I think the squad is good enough to keep us up? Largely yes. I think the foundation of the team is solid, and over the last few years I've worked hard looking for 16-18 year olds with great potential. Prior to this season, I'd made quite a few transfers, and have recruited a fair amount of young kids, a couple of Spanish youngsters too.

This being said, I do think that should my players get injuries or suspensions, I don't think the back up players are good enough. So I've heavily strengthened the squad with these 4 players.

Omar Cisneros (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2019/Transfers/OmarCisneros.jpg) - an AMR with blistering pace, brilliant crossing and fantastic finishing. He looks very good, and is only 18. Mass potential at the club, and will provide as vital back up should Jerome get injured.

Jose Maria Matin (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2019/Transfers/JoseMartin.jpg) - a MC signed largely based on my Scouts, but also the fact he already has 2 U-21 Spain caps and is only 17. Looks like a really tidy player, and will get his chance in the first team, should the situation arise.

So thats the two new young guns I've signed to help build from the future. Now for the big hitters.......

Bernard Bernard (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2019/Transfers/BernardBernard.jpg)- "So good they had to name him twice". Etc. A great CB. He is something we missed last season, which is a big strong centerback, not scared to get involved and get his hands dirty. Will come in as first choice, and hopefully block up the back line to help Marco Portugal claim some clean sheets.

Raul Arguelles (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2019/Transfers/RaulArguelles.jpg) - Easily the best player I've ever signed. A ST who will immediately come in and dominate my strike force. He's big. He's talented and he's called Raul. How can I possibly go wrong with him. :)

So I've strengthened my squad up with those players, and I fully believe that with the lads I already had, we can easily stay up.

haza555
02-08-2008, 17:05
That last regen looks amazing, should really help you in the top flight. ;)

lolleyj
02-08-2008, 22:36
Chippenham Report:

Last season Objectives:

1. To Finish in the top 15.- ACHEIVED.
(http://img293.imageshack.us/my.php?image=leaguetableup2.png)2. Make Fa Cup 4th Round - NOT ACHEIVED (http://img393.imageshack.us/my.php?image=facupqa8.png)

Signing of the season:

Rick Joslin (http://img293.imageshack.us/my.php?image=player4cn1.png)

Manager's 3 players of the year:

3rd: Inderpaul Khela (Captain) (http://img501.imageshack.us/my.php?image=playerjz3.png)
2nd: Leigh Downing (http://img501.imageshack.us/my.php?image=player3hd2.png)
1st: Kevin McCrory (http://img393.imageshack.us/my.php?image=player2cl0.png)

Top Scorer: Kevin McCrory (http://img393.imageshack.us/my.php?image=player2cl0.png)

Overall:

A Good season with many positives!

Targets for next season:

1. Fa Cup 1st Round
2. Play off's Appearance
3. Fa Trophy 3rd Round
4. Clear the Deadwood and bring in fresh players - ACHEIVED (http://img53.imageshack.us/my.php?image=transferszh4.png)
5. Make sure 90% of Squad is capable of competing at that level. - ACHEIVED
(http://img80.imageshack.us/my.php?image=newsquadic3.png)
Best Buy this summer:

1. Aaron Ledgister (http://img377.imageshack.us/my.php?image=player8ay4.png)


Pre-Season:

Went okay Overall, Beat Altrincham, Oxford and My under 18's (x3) and in the middle of them lost to Burnely 2-1 and Ipswich 3-0.

But overall was very good,

Start of this season:

Going quite well and lie in 5th place after 8 games, Won 4, Drew 2, Lost 2,

Anyway thats my report so far..

Views? ;)

ejthegreat
03-08-2008, 12:41
Just going through another off-season and the new year arrives and like everyone (I imagine), I had my fingers crossed for some great youth players. I was a little disappointed with the quantity of players this year, but the quality has more than made up for it ;) :D

Youth Intake (http://img368.imageshack.us/img368/1015/youthintakeiq4.jpg)

Jones at 15 (http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/2255/jones15xa6.jpg)

steve.rush
04-08-2008, 16:27
Season 1

Chelmsford 2008/09 Blue Square South

A Fantastic first season saw us lift the Blue Square South title at the first attempt. The title was wrapped up in style, winning our last nine games, with no goals conceded in the last 6 games, pipping a strong Crawley Town side at the top.

Blue Square South (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/bss.jpg)

Squad (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/squad.jpg)

Special mention must go to fans player of the year Jonathan Pringle (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/pringle.jpg)

and on-loan star Tony Stokes (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/stokes.jpg)

I also managed to pick up an individual award, Manager Of The Season (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/mos.jpg)

Best Eleven (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/besteleven.jpg)

Mistryman
06-08-2008, 13:21
i was just wondering how many people have completed this challenge?

dafuge
06-08-2008, 13:29
i was just wondering how many people have completed this challenge?

gillianchung
Scab
leth4l87
3Sixty
dafuge
kaNovi
Annihilator666
michaeltmurrayuk
ejthegreat

All of these people have completed it. There's a table on page 94 but the code is messed up due to the forum move. That reminds me, the character limit has recently been lifted a bit which means I should be able to post an updated table now.

wisla_krakow
06-08-2008, 17:13
Billericay are going to Wembley again! But this time for a cup final.

We've just beaten Middlesbrough 7-5 on aggregate in the Carling Cup Semi-Final, and we'll play Man Utd in the final. It's been an easy cup run, lower league sides and lower-half Premiership sides (like us) so we haven't had a challenge yet, but the final will be tough if we want to get into Europe.

Currently 12th (in the Premiership) which is great as we were predicted 20th, though we have fluctuated depending on the spell of teams faced, and the hard spell will be coming up again soon.

Frazza Pee
06-08-2008, 20:23
Due to the fact I deleted all my saves I have to start this again. This time I have went with Carshalton Athletic. Here is my profile (http://img118.imageshack.us/img118/7249/08062008202143jg6.jpg)

NepentheZ
07-08-2008, 00:32
Carshalton are the first team I completed this challenge with back in 06 :D - Good luck.

stinger061
07-08-2008, 07:04
Alright I'm in with Mangotsfield. Photobucket is being uncooperative at the moment so I'll have to post my profile up later

Frazza Pee
07-08-2008, 09:46
Carshalton are the first team I completed this challenge with back in 06 :D - Good luck.
Yeah, I'll need luck. I got hammered 15-0 by Bolton Reserves. Going to be a long season.

Mistryman
07-08-2008, 16:52
Right- I'm finally starting this challenge as I have got bored of many other challenges available in this forum and also this looked the hardest to complete.

I took over Hednesford who are predicted to come 12th in the season and are valued at 300k. They have a wages budget of just 2.2K in which i have managed to bring in a few quality players.

I am 11 matches in the new season in the BSN and this is how the table looks: http://i330.photobucket.com/albums/l417/piteshmistry/leaguetable.jpg

These are my two best players:

Zavon Hines (signed on free)- http://i330.photobucket.com/albums/l417/piteshmistry/zavonhines.jpg
Nathan Wolfe (signed on free)- http://i330.photobucket.com/albums/l417/piteshmistry/nathanwolfe.jpg

Wolfe's form is surprising as he isn't the best player in my squad but yet he has scored 11 goals in 12/13 matches :D

Here is my profile- http://i330.photobucket.com/albums/l417/piteshmistry/myprofile.jpg

I will post a proper update when my season finishes and hopefully I will be up into the BSP by the time I write the update! :thup:

NepentheZ
07-08-2008, 17:10
Good luck Mistryman - Hope it goes well for you. :thup:

wisla_krakow
07-08-2008, 17:36
Heartbroken - lost 3-2 to Man Utd in the Carling Cup Final in the 118th minute :(.

dafuge
07-08-2008, 17:41
Heartbroken - lost 3-2 to Man Utd in the Carling Cup Final in the 118th minute :(.

That's harsh :(

michaeltmurrayuk
07-08-2008, 20:15
Marine - Premier League 2036/37

After just about holding off Arsenal in the league last season to make it five in a row things would be a lot harder this season - Arsenal going out and spending 44m reinforcing their squad didn't help.

But the main problems would be at home - a complete lack of loyalty from certain players was hurting moral and squad depth. My Captain James Flanagan (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/3007/flanaganunhappygb8.jpg) demanded a transfer, World-Class Midfielder Colin Bettney jumped at the chance to join Inter Milan and would move for a club record 32m - and is now my most expensive buy and sell.

Then my chairman got in on the act - selling Serbian Attacker Dalibor Tomic (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/6716/chairmantomicwk6.jpg) to R.Madrid for a paltry 18m (he was worth 15m and I asked for 28m, but my chairman happily accepts 18m), after he became unhappy when they declared an interest.

We then completed one of the most drawn out Transfers I've been involved with - last season Arsenal (among other teams) enquired about my promising english left-back Gary Beesley, I told them to get lost and then Beesley started launching tirades at me demanding to be sold - at the end of last season bids of 10m started coming in from nearly every other Premier League team - but no-one was willing to stump up the 20m (30m for teams who'd annoyed me) for a player valued at 5m, and with time running out it looked like he'd be staying - however Bolton (who've been incrediably active in the market over the last few seasons - both selling and buying) then gave in and offered me 20m plus 50%, and a couple of days later so did Man Utd, but with Arsenal not willing to stump up 30m (not sure why they wanted him - according to my scouts they have two promising young left-backs in their youth team - though I did poach one of them next season :)) he finally joined Man Utd.

Final sale was unhappy Bulgarian Petkov to Torino for 4.9m, in the Winter Window I sold Keeper Kevin Barton to Wolves for 1.5m as his contract was expiring and he was no longer first choice.

Transfers (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/7954/transferslx7.jpg) in were relativley quiet again - I brought in three youngsters, all signed due to Chairmen accepting the bids - Striker Matteo Ciccarelli arrived for free from Juventus (at least my chairman has never given away players), French Midfielder Benoit Cros arrived for Lyon for 100K. In the Winter Window a bit more money was spent - Promising Irish Centre-Back Neil Hunt was signed from one of my Feeders Stoke, Promising Keeper Kobzev also arrived from a Feeder, and finally I raided Spain Promising Spanish Winger/Striker Moises Barrera eventually arrived for 6.5m from Sevilla, after I spent the last few months trying to get him, whilst Towering Centre-Back Eduardo Ramos arrived from Mallorca after I met his release fee of 12.5m and he'll hopefully be my replacement for James Flanagan when he goes.

Despite my lack of squad depth, the press made me favourties for the league (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/3646/premoddsbb1.jpg), whilst the other contenders see the game go back to today near enough.

We started the season as always by winning the Community Shield this time beating Plymouth 4-0 to make it 7 in a row.

Our League campaign started off two weeks late thanks to having two players at the Olympics - we finally kicked the season off with two wins, before Portsmouth beat us 2-0, we then needed two goals from Eduardo Lasarte to come from behind to beat Bolton 2-1 at home - after that game my Assistant Manager declared Eduardo Lasarte was no longer good enough for the first team (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/7687/lasartepastprimenm0.jpg) - even though he had 5 goals from 5 games at this stage of the season. (never actually seen this message before).

After defeat to Portsmouth we then went on a 9 game unbeaten run in the league (with just one draw to WBA) before losing to Chelsea - including a 2-0 win over Liverpool, that was mared by Luke Rowlands picking up an injury that would rule him out for upto 3 months, which was quickly followed by my Right Winger Simon Barrow getting himself injured on International duty and he'd also miss 3 months.

Again we'd embarked on an unbeaten run in the league 10 games this time, before crashing 2-0 to Bolton - this time mared by draws to Wolves and Man Utd, though beating Arsenal 4-0 with a hat-trick from Wonderkid Nelson was a highlight. We followed the Bolton came with our last League defeat somehow losing to Portsmouth 2-1 at home thanks to a last minute goal.

Elsewhere we actually embarked on a Carling Cup Campaign this season, easily beating Stoke 3-0 thanks to two late goals from Marco Sanna in the Third Round, in the Fourth Round we went to Everton who knocked us out last season in the Third Round, but two first half goals were enough to see us through.

The Quarter Final (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/5377/carlingqfox4.jpg) would draw us away again this time to Plymouth - where we quickly took a two goal lead, but let Plymouth quickly back into the game, and despite our superiority we couldn't find a third goal, and just after the hour, we gifted Plymouth a pen sending the game to extra-time against a Plymouth side who'd been reduced to 10 men, just before half-time in extra-time we grabbed a third thanks to Nelson, but then in the last minute we again gave away a pen, however this time my Keeper Alessi saved it, and that was the last kick of the game, and we'd managed to get through to the Semi-Final to face Chelsea.

In the First Leg (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/3605/carlingsfl1ds7.jpg) at Stamford Bridge, Eduardo Lasarte gave us the lead just before the hour, but Chelsea claimed victory with two goals shortly afterwards. In the Second leg (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/3687/carlingsfl2xk8.jpg) we actually bothered to turn up and a double from Brazilan Striker Oliveira, aswell as a goal from Right Winger Pop was enough to win 4-2 on agg.

In the final we'd meet Man Utd - whilst we'd beaten them in all three previous Carling Cup encounters, they had beaten us in the FA Cup Final 9 years ago.

Again it would be a close final - none of our strikers bothered to turn up for the game, and it went to extra-time, with aging Midfielder Emmanuel Richard tiring I replaced him with a Promising Defensive Midfielder Dean King for extra-time, and just before half-time it paid off - Utd failed to clear a cross, and Dean King smashed the ball home from the edge of the area, to claim Marine's second Carling Cup! (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/6631/carlingfinalpg3.jpg)

Though extra-time did prove costly, as a couple of days later my tired team needed a last minute goal from Sanna to claim a 1-1 draw away to Spurs.

With the season hotting up, we still had the Champions League to think about, which again was the priority this season - we had an easy group stage (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/2968/uclgrouptb0.jpg), against teams we'd met before - four straight wins put us through, and whilst we fell to Ajax, a last day win claimed first.

In the Knockout Round we'd face Inter Milan - who we'd only met in the final of 2033 so far, and revenge proved comfortable easily beating them 2-0 in Italy (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/422/uclk1l1dw4.jpg), before a past his prime Lasarte hat-trick inspired us to a 5-1 home win (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/9495/uclk1l2bq5.jpg), and we were now the only Brittish team left in the Champions League.

Next up was another trip to Italy, this time to face Juventus - who we'd also faced in a UCL Final, and twice beaten them in the Knockout round, and an even first leg ended 2-2 (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/5899/uclqfl1yx9.jpg), in the second whilst we gave away a pen, three first half goals from Sanna and Nelson would be enough to put us into the Semi-Final. (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/228/uclqfl2bk4.jpg)

With the Semi-Final drawn, it was no surprise we got the last Italian team left - AC Milan, who we'd just about beat four years ago in the Quarter Final.

And to make things interesting we'd face Arsenal in the League inbetween the two Milan games - in a game that could decide the title, as we'd managed to throw away our lead in the League over the last few months.

After 19 games things were looking comfortable we were five points clear of second placed Bolton and 7 clear of Arsenal, however by the time the Champions League started back up, Arsenal were four points behind with a game in hand.

Whilst we didn't lose after the Portsmouth game, we were drawing too many games - against Spurs after the Carling Cup Final, after the Inter game we could only draw 2-2 away to a poor Liverpool side (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/6223/poolmarll9.jpg) - and even then we needed an 87th goal from Rowlands, and a 90th minute goal from Barrera who'd only been on the pitch for 2 minutes - even more they were our only shots on target all game, we followed that up with draws to WBA and Sheff Wed. We eventually recoverd some form beating Chelsea 1-0.

However who ever did the fixtures list didn't like us - we'd play four times during the first week of April - Away to Juventus on the Wed, on Saturday we were away to Newcastle, who we managed to beat 2-1, however injuries to Midfielders Radice and Clayton wasn't helping my squad depth, then on Monday we'd travel down to the opposite end of the country to face Plymouth where my defence went walk about - we managed to throw away a 3-0 and 4-1 lead, letting Plymouth peg us back to 4-4 - Where during this time Bolton played Arsenal in the FA Cup Semi-Final on Saturday and then they both played home games on the Wednesday, whilst I played Juventus in the Champions League!!!!

This now meant after 34 games I was five points clear of Bolton and six clear of Arsenal - however Bolton had two games in hand, and Arsenal had three - meaning even second place was out of my hands.

So the fate of the season would likely come down to three games in the space of a week.

First up was the Champions League Semi-Final First Leg (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/9871/uclsfl1nv5.jpg) against AC Milan - we'd need a good result at home to take to Italy, and we started well Italian Striker Marco Sanna continued his good form grabbing two goals to put us 2-0 up within half an hour, all we needed to do now was defend well and try and keep a clean sheet, however yet again this season, my normally reliable defence went walk abouts and in the space of three minutes Milan had made it 3-2 to them :(
In the second half we took the game to Milan, as their defence went walk abouts - Ollie Clayton grabbed a double, whilst Marco Sannaa grabbed his hat-trick, however with five minutes left we let Milan grab another goal and a 5-4 Home win was not exactly brillant (1-0 would have been better).

Next up was a trip to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal, things didn't get off to the best of starts Italian Midfielder Davide Gherardi picked up an early injury, and my defence again went wandering as Arsenal took a 2-0 lead within 20 mins, just after the half-hour Brazilian Striker Oliveria pulled a goal back chiping the Keeper after being put through by Richard, as we started to claw our way back into the game. We blew a glorious chance to draw level after 77 mins when Nelson was pulled the ref awarded us a pen, but Oliveira's pen was saved by the Arsenal Keeper. However he made amends a few minutes later, as Simon Barrow got behind the defence, and whipped the ball across the face of the Arsenal goal, where Oliveira met the ball with a diving header to make it 2-2.

A draw was not the best of results, whilst it kept us in with a chance, we'd fallen to third on Goal Difference - with two games left each Arsenal were three points clear of both me and Bolton, whilst GD wasn't even on my side this season - Arsenal had +45, Bolton +41 and me +34 - we were within distance of Arsenal until they smashed Man Utd 8-0.

But the league would have to wait - first up was a must win trip to the San Siro, but a rested Milan side proved too much for my tired and injury fit team, though we did bring about our own downfall, after the goal fest of the first leg, none of the attacking players played well and Milan won 1-0 (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/2051/uclsfl2gs0.jpg) thanks to my rightback Cartwright giving away a pen - Tripping a Milan Striker after Flanagan had already taken the ball - though we were lucky Flanagan wasn't sent off for pushing whilst waiting for the pen to be taken, and if we'd made it through he would have missed the final after getting booked.

After the disapointment of losing in the UCL Semi-Final we still had the league to fight for, and in the second to last game we reclaimed second place from Bolton, beating Man Utd 1-0 thanks to Lasarte coming off the bench and scoring straight away, as Bolton could only draw to Spurs, but Arsenal beat Man City 3-1, putting them three points and 13 goals clear - meaning we'd need to win big against Everton, whilst hoping Liverpool would smash Arsenal.

However it wasn't to be this season, whilst we beat Everton 2-0, Arsenal beat Liverpool 3-1.

Final Table (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/3527/tablezs4.jpg) - Arsenals 87 points is a new record, their wasn't much I could do, Arsenal were on form and haven't lost since 23rd December when they fell to Plymouth after losing to me, and won 14 of the last 19 games. At least Everton beat them in the FA Cup Final. Whilst we couldn't match Arsenal, drawing games we should have won, 84 points has been in the past enough to win the league - and this is the first season someone managed over 84 points.

POS Graph (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/4419/posgw1.jpg) - shows we just couldn't hang onto First place over the last 10 games.

Squad (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/5605/squadjz0.jpg) - My Keeper Alessi had a poor season, after doing well last season, my defence didn't have the best of seasons either, whilst new signing Eduardo Ramos (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/7209/eduardoramosay8.jpg) will hopefully settle in quickly next season.
In Midfield Simon Barrow, missed most of it through injury, luckily my Spanish born Romanian Winger Gabriel Pop (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/3955/gabrielpopkq4.jpg) filled in nicely. In centre of midfield World-Class Midfielder Ollie Clayton (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/8404/ollieclaytondx5.jpg) did well, but will be joining Bolton for 29m at the end of the season as apparrently they were too good to turn down. Partnering him in the middle was Italian Davide Gherardi (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/9704/davidegheradiit5.jpg) and the aging Emmanuel Richard. (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/4631/emmanuelrichardqe3.jpg)

Upfront Eduardo Lasarte (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/5653/eduardolasartepv4.jpg) had a good season considering his age, and whilst he can not run any longer, he still has the ability to spot a pass (didn't get many assists as he assists the assister) and the experience to be in the right place at the right time. Whilst injuries pushed Luke Rowlands (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/451/lukerowlandsug1.jpg) into a bit part role this season.
My other Strikers saw Brazilian Oliveira (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/2294/oliveiraxc4.jpg) make the first team, and he had a fantastic season, grabbing close to a goal a game, Italian Marco Sanna (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/9306/marcosannatc3.jpg) didn't start well, but found his form towards the end of the season. Portuguese Wonderkid Nelson (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/294/nelsonoz9.jpg) had a good season, but his form fell away as he started to attract interest. New signing Moises Barrera (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/4359/moisesbarrerajf0.jpg) looks like his full of potential and will be loaned out next season for experience.

James Flanagan won European Defender of the Year (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/4539/edotyap7.jpg) for the Fourth Time, whilst Martin Johnson was runner-up for the second time. Whilst Gabriel Pop won English Players' Young Player of the Year (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/3138/ypotycx2.jpg), with Nelson second and loaned out Midfielder Vito Coni Third.

Snapshot (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/8778/snapshotyw9.jpg) - Oliveira finished Top Scorer, Whilst Pop was my highest rated player.The FA Cup (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/8895/facup3sd5.jpg) was an embrassement this season as Bolton somehow beat us 8-1 in the Third Round - as every shot on target they had went in, we even had more shots than Bolton.

Whilst my praise of the Confidence Screen (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/9538/confidencexm7.jpg) last time round was unfounded - Apparently winning the Community Shield is more important than the Carling Cup, whilst the board are unhappy that I am not meeting the long term goals of winning the Premiership - Despite the fact that I've won it twice since 2034!

Club Info (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/5945/clubinfoop4.jpg) - Nelson gets added to the Favoured Personnel, though he did get removed at the season update, when the clubs reputation dropped again.

Overall Best XI (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/8045/overallxilz7.jpg) - see's two outgoing players added Ollie Clayton and James Flanagan, they become the first players in years to be added, and join Richard and Lasarte as the only current players to make the Best XI. (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/8823/bestxidx9.jpg)

Manager Profile (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/6383/profilesg4.jpg) - No real change, though at the beginning of the season I noticed Turks & Caicos Islands (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/6936/turksjobqn7.jpg) were managable - the only non-euro Nation apart from Arg, Brazil and Mexico - though I did need to create a new manager and retire him to apply for the job, as the current manager was never going to get fired as they have no expectations. Of course they don't have any games for four years as they'd just lost in the First Round of World Cup Qualifing and don't play in the Gold Cup, so I'll see if I have any players left in 4 years - friendlies didn't go to well as we were hammered 5-1 by Guatemala and 6-3 by Panama, as nearly all the players play below the BSP, apart from the defender Keeling I signed in the hopes he'll reach his Championship potential and a Striker playing for Spurs. I also have the fun of one of their Keepers playing in the Unibond League waiting for a chance to play for England! (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/4374/turksenglq0.jpg)

So the plan for next season is to reclaim the Premier League Title, again attempt to win the Champions League, of course all this does depend on how many players I lose next season.

wisla_krakow
08-08-2008, 17:49
Billericay - Premiership - Season 2013/14

Well in an eventful first season in the Premiership for Billericay, in which we came possibly 2 minutes from Europe, we've had a decent start to life in the Premiership.

In the main competition itself, we finished 9th on 54 points, (http://img45.imageshack.us/my.php?image=08082008172636ne7.jpg) when I had been aiming for 40-45 points so a great achievement in the end. We were safe with 4 games to go aswell, which most newly-promoted Premiership sides can't boast of doing. We had a tough start with two of the "big four", but regained some momentum to be in a safe midtable position by the time of a spell of tough fixtures (Chelsea, Villa, Spurs, Everton and Man Utd). We came out of that with just 2 points and sat 17th, but a 6 game unbeaten spell had us flirting with the top 10 for the first time in the season. 5 games without a win brought us back down to earth with a bump, but a 5-0 away win over Portsmouth (http://img115.imageshack.us/my.php?image=08082008173141io4.jpg) (which personally stung deep) was exactly what we needed, and when the tough spell came around again, we recorded good wins against Villa and Spurs, and the highest scoring Premiership game (http://img367.imageshack.us/my.php?image=08082008173311lh8.jpg) against Everton. We lost 1 of our last 6 games to finish the season in the top 10, just below Man Utd, and a 1-0 win against Birmingham on the final day was enough to keep us there to finish 9th and gain 12.5m for our final position! Funnily enough, in my first Premiership season with Frickley on FM07, we also finished 9th. A good omen perhaps? Though there is no Paul 'Predator' Reid this time.

In the cups, our main success (or almost, you could say) was in the Carling Cup, we eased past lower league opposition Rotherham and Preston into the 4th round, where a 4-2 win over Reading was followed by a very late winner (http://img393.imageshack.us/my.php?image=08082008173733it4.jpg) to see off Man City. We battled to a high scoring first leg win (http://img80.imageshack.us/my.php?image=08082008173926lw6.jpg) over Boro, and were able to finish them off (http://img80.imageshack.us/my.php?image=08082008173953ll4.jpg) in the 2nd leg to go through to the final 7-5 on aggregate. The final would be a great day for Billericay fans regardless of the result, but they were left heartbroken by an 118th minute winner (http://img80.imageshack.us/my.php?image=08082008174048sz5.jpg) from Brandy for Man Utd, to put them 3-2 up after we had led on 94 minutes. We made it to the 4th round of the FA Cup (after a 7-0 win over Luton in the 3rd), but suffered a 3-0 loss to Arsenal.

But despite the heartbreak, Billericay still have a chance to make Europe. And why? As we were the highest ranked team to apply for the Intertoto Cup, which I'm just about to face Anderlecht in (a hard draw).

Player of the Season

Mark Mensah (http://img105.imageshack.us/my.php?image=08082008174346qm2.jpg) - after two seasons on loan, we managed to convince West Ham to sell us the young Ghanaian midfielder for just 500k, which has turned out to be a brilliant bit of business for us. As the screenie is after the new season, Mensah played 31(1) games, scored 6 goals, got 8 assists and had an average rating of 7.25. This was good enough for him to also be named the English Young Player of the Year, which was fully deserved. His talents in dead-ball situations, including 35 and 40-yard free-kick goals in important games, certainly helped. Hopefully he'll be able to keep his place in the first team along with the midfielders who I've got lined up to sign.

Predictions for next year

Again, it's surviving relegation, though really I'd like to be able to get another Top 10 finish and make it into the UEFA Cup through our Intertoto Cup campaign. A cup run would be an added bonus.

wisla_krakow
08-08-2008, 18:53
Don't you love it when your subs pay off? (http://img47.imageshack.us/my.php?image=08082008185114xu4.jpg)

NepentheZ
08-08-2008, 19:54
Thats brilliant, Wisla :)

I've had something similar myself. was 0-0 at HT - bought on 3 subs, won the game 3-0 they all scored one and all got an assist :)

Also, well done on getting to the Prem so quick. I wish I could've done :thup:

wisla_krakow
08-08-2008, 20:28
Thanks :thup:.

Omens looking very good for this season already, we've just beaten Anderlecht 5-1 at home to go through 8-3 on aggregate, a lot easier than I had expected! I've allowed John Fleck (http://img220.imageshack.us/my.php?image=08082008201956bq3.jpg) to play up front this season (he played ST in the Championship but LM last year) after the signing of Lior Refaelov (http://img220.imageshack.us/my.php?image=08082008202054uk0.jpg), and so far it's doing wonders to his gameplay. He got 2 against Anderlecht, and most recently both goals in a 2-0 win over West Brom on the opening day of the season.

But that's not the main player to show some ability so far, that goes to Anderson (http://img220.imageshack.us/my.php?image=08082008201911wc2.jpg), a young Brazilian CB signed from Santos in the summer. I tried to sign him last season after a scout's recommendation but couldn't afford the 3.3m they wanted at the time, so was suprised to see him valued at 50k at the start of this season, and I managed to get him in the end for 500k. An extra seasons experience and 2.8m saved on the original price wanted, not a bad deal at all. And he's certainly showing how good he is for his age, absolutely dominated the defence and despite West Brom's 18 shots (13 on target), we kept them out and he was the main man at the back, along with David Martin (http://img228.imageshack.us/my.php?image=08082008202454yc7.jpg) in goal, who's also been formidable after joining from Southampton for 2m last season. Captain Rami Perets (http://img361.imageshack.us/my.php?image=08082008202704mx7.jpg) is also now looking like a top-class defender, and should this season break the all-time league appearance record (he's about 30 games off of Mike Williamson's record of 155).

Roke
09-08-2008, 03:28
Hello again everyone, I've been going back in the threads and the reading updates from posters attempting the challenge, beginning with NepentheZ, michaeltmurrayuk (although it's taking a while), and hopefully a few others, which has rekindled my interest in the challenge. I've lost interest in my main personal FM game (losing to Antigua & Barbuda in the 2nd round of World Cup Qualifying while managing Canada killed my drive and interest) as well as other games I have started up since then. I've been experimenting with developing tactics and winning using tactics rather than a bankroll. To make a long story short, I decided to take another crack at the challenge with my new knowledge and have already completed a season; I did not want to post that I'm taking another shot without actually having done something. I'll stop wasting time and get down to business.

Manager Profile (http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i189/Roke11/Dafuge08/Profile.jpg)


Witton Albion-Season 1- Blue Square North 08/09

Blue Square North Prediction: 15th
Blue Square North Finish: 6th
FA Cup Finish: 4th Qual. Round
Setanta Shield Finish: Qtr. Finals
FA Trophy Finish: 1st round

Blue Square North Standings Table (http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i189/Roke11/Dafuge08/Table_0809.jpg) Graph (http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i189/Roke11/Dafuge08/Graph_0809.jpg)

With the squad filled with all-grey players at the beginning, the slow start was not unexpected, but to be in the relegation battle for 15 games was shocking, and worrisome. My season turned around when I got a good goalkeeper and a decent striker on loan. We then road streaks of 11 and 7 games undefeated, were 1-point clear into a playoff spot going into the last day and then lost 1-nil. Nonetheless, a very successful season, as long as we don't go bankrupt from my high wage bill.

Key Loanees
I cropped in their Witton statistics to fit with their ratings as their loans ended before the end of the season, nonetheless:

Tom Pope-striker (http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i189/Roke11/Dafuge08/Pope_0809.jpg)
Richard Martin-goalkeeper (http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i189/Roke11/Dafuge08/Martin_0809.jpg)

Pope was my only striker with aerial ability, led my team in goals and consistently headed in crosses from the wings, especially from Canadian Gavin McCallum (my favorite signing). Martin meanwhile single-handily ended the leaking of goals by our back 4 and previous goalkeeper, coming up with a lot of big saves in key moments. When his 2nd 3-month loan ended and Man City rejected my loan offer I had to look elsewhere and got a keeper who was just as capable, but he turned my season around.

Best Eleven (http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i189/Roke11/Dafuge08/Best11_0809.jpg)
Fans Player of the Year-Glenn Reay (http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i189/Roke11/Dafuge08/FansPOTY_0809.jpg)
Finances (http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i189/Roke11/Dafuge08/Finances_0809.jpg)
Summary (http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i189/Roke11/Dafuge08/Summary_0809.jpg)
End of Season Squad (http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i189/Roke11/Dafuge08/squad_0809.jpg)

We are in a precarious financial position however, a couple of players are about to be sold which will put us back in a positive bank balance. I will have to keep a closer eye on the wage budget and stick to it next year, as I hope to keep the side together and get promoted.

Thank everyone.

Edit: looks like I had the photos reduced in size when I uploaded them, I'm going to try re-uploading them so they are actually readable.

robbie231
09-08-2008, 03:42
Chippenham - Blue Square South 2008/09 Season Review

When I took over at the club, the squad had 5 youth players; none were quality enough to start. So after looking at some free players, we brought in a total of 30 players, a few too many, so some were released later in the season as the transfer screen shows (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n410/robbie231/TRANSFERSCREEN.jpg). I was going into the season slightly nervous about how we would fair, as we had lost or drawn all our friendlies.

We started the season on fire and after 11 games we were sitting 3rd with 6wins, 2 draws and 3 losses. We continued this form and at the halfway point we were 1st. we yo-yoed between 1st and 2nd the rest of the year, and a win on the final day meant that we the championship and promotion. This was despite losses to 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the last 9 games of the season.

League
Media Prediction: 21st
Board Expectations: Fight Bravery against relegation
Final Position: 1st
League Table (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n410/robbie231/LEAGUETABLE.jpg)
League Position Graph (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n410/robbie231/LEAGUEPOSITIONGRAPH.jpg) - we did well for the whole season considering my initial expectatons.

Cups
Fa Cup: 4th qualifying round
Setanta Shield: 1st round
Fa Trophy: 3rd Round

Top Players
There were definitely some key players for use this season especially going forward. This is shown in the Squads average ratings (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n410/robbie231/SQUADAVERAGERATING.jpg). Our player of the year is easily Waide Fairhurst (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n410/robbie231/WAIDEFAIRHURST.jpg) who also won the BSS player of the season (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n410/robbie231/playeroftheseason.jpg), with special mentions also going to attacking midfielders Thomas Pinault (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n410/robbie231/THOMASPINAULT.jpg) and Neil Connor (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n410/robbie231/NEILCONNOR.jpg), defensive midfielder Scott Morrison (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n410/robbie231/STEVEMORRISON.jpg) and our only player on loan Michael Byrne (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n410/robbie231/MICHAELBYRNE.jpg) in defense. Steven Leslie (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n410/robbie231/STEVENLESLIE.jpg) and Sasha Opinel (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n410/robbie231/SASHAOPINEL.jpg) also built a great relationship on the left, providing the team with many assists over the season

Club Overview
Season Overview (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n410/robbie231/SEASONOVERVIEW.jpg)- Great season overall for use, with plenty of goals going in at both ends of the pitch.
Wages (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n410/robbie231/WAGES.jpg) - Way over my wage budget, will need to trim down the squad and hopefully bring in some quality aswell.
Club Information (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n410/robbie231/CLUBINFO.jpg)
Club Records (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n410/robbie231/RECORDS.jpg)
Board Confidence (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n410/robbie231/BOARDCONFIDENCE.jpg)
Profile (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n410/robbie231/PROFILE2009.jpg) - was also manager of the year (http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n410/robbie231/manageroftheseason.jpg)

Predictions
I am hoping to keep my best players this off season, as they will be crucial if we are to remain in the Blue square Premier. Hopefully we will be able to reach mid table next season, with a look for promotion in the year after next

Mongrel
09-08-2008, 11:10
I like the format above - sorry for nicking it!

King's Lynn - Blue Square North 2008-09 Season

I don't have the pictures for this because I'm into my second season, so this'll be a pretty brief overview. Australian manager Scott Muller (profile (http://img261.imageshack.us/img261/4584/mullerof6.jpg)) takes the reigns of Norfolk side King's Lynn who are predicted for low table mediocrity despite being lucky enough to have Championship side Norwich as their parent club. With only three or so youth players currently in the side, Muller went on a signing rampage and also managed to pick up the very handy loan of Ryan Jarvis from Norwich for the season. Lynn finished the season proper in third and edged past Southport on penalties to make the playoff final against Northwich. After claiming a 44th minute lead thanks to Jarvis, the Linnets also held a one-man advantage and looked the goods for promotion to BSP. But heartbreak struck as Goma Lambu scored for Northwich to level the scores at 1-1 and send the game to extra time. A relatively uneventful extra time sent the match to a dramatic penalty shootout. The Linnets went up 4-3 on penalties after Johnny Allen blazed one over the bar for Northwich, but a miss from Jack MacLeod was answered by a conversion from Lambu to even things are at 4-4. Left back Ben Weedon had his shot saved to allow Andy Parrish to slot one home and secure Northwich's spot in the Blue Square Premier (match (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/KLvSouthport.jpg)).

Season Results:
League - 3rd (23-10-9) - League Table (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/BSNTable.jpg)
FA Cup - 2nd Qualifying Round (v Retford 1-2)
Setanta Shield N - 1st Round (v Harrogate 1-2)
FA Trophy - 3rd Qualifying Round (v Tiverton 3-4)

Players
Undoubtedly the star of the season was Ryan Jarvis who was far-and-away the reason the Linnets managed such an impressive league position. Jarvis scored 39 league goals in 45 appearances and also claimed eleven assists on loan from Norwich. Club captain Mustapha Hadji also impressed with thirteen goals in 38 appearances and loan signing Damon Lathrope was the general of the midfield with 24 appearances at an average rating of 7.21.

Club Information
Best XI (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/TeamoftheSeason.jpg)
Transfers (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/transfers.jpg)

Conclusion/Looking ahead
Overall a very good season for the Linnets and one that we can definately capitalise on for the next year. Hopefully Ryan Jarvis may return for a stint on loan, but if he doesn't we can have a look at bringing in another striker from Norwich's pretty strong pool. Despite the league success, form in other competitions left little to be desired as we didn't win a match. Hope for a vast improvement there next year. In hindsight, I don't think a promotion to BSP would have done us any good and it's much better to develop a solid base in BSN before we progress.

Mistryman
09-08-2008, 11:21
i just won 5-4 against hartlepool in the fa cup first round :D
also if you want proof about this result- just ask me! :) EDIT: I have just drew Boston Utd who are 6th in the BSP! i could be getting through into the third round of the fa cup!

NepentheZ
09-08-2008, 18:45
Real London Update - Season 19 (2026/2027)

To Begin.....

Real London manager NepentheZ takes charge of his 1,000th Real London Game. (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/1000thGame.jpg) They would play this game V Chelsea, which they easily won 2-0. Youth Project 15 scored both goals, paying tribute to his managers youth policy.

The Real London board have also announced that a new 33,446 Seater Stadium (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/NewStadium.jpg) is being built. the stadium is all seater, complete with undersoil heating, and will be unveiled June 29. The stadium will be named the "Real London Stadium" - and will be a welcome move from the Fans Stadium - that has seemingly had its time.


Premiership Prediction - 20th
Premiership Position - 13th
F.A Cup - 6th Round
League Cup - 2nd Round

Premiership - Graph (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/LeagueGraph.jpg) | Table (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/LeagueTable.jpg)

I'm not really surprised my boys managed to keep me up. What is surprising is that for the majority of the season, I was only 5-8 points away from 8th spot. Even right up until the final few games I was pushing for a top 10 finish, and I must credit my team there. Another Quater Final performance in the F.A Cup, which was ended somewhat prematurely by Championship outfit Crystal Palace. The league cup has never been one of Real London's strong points, and they continued in their pathetic fashion by yet again crashing out in the early stages.

Best Elevens - Season (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/BES.jpg) | Overall (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/BEO.jpg)

Other Info

Finances (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/Finances.jpg)
Team Selection (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/TeamSelection.jpg)
Team Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/TeamInfo.jpg)

Manager Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/ManInfo.jpg)
Manager Overview (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/ManOver.jpg)
Manager Profile (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/ManPro.jpg)

Player Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/RECP.jpg)
Team Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/RECT.jpg)

Transfers (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/Transfers.jpg)

Awards

Team of the Year (2 players) (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/TOTY.jpg)
Raul Arguelles - Top Goal Scorer, Joint 1st place (28 league goals) (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/TGSArg28.jpg)
Scott Hinds - Young Player of the Year (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/HindsU21.jpg)
Andres Aerts - Young Player of the Year, Runner Up (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/HindsU21.jpg)
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Players of the Season

[URL="http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/RaulArguelles.jpg"]Raul Arguelles (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2018/MOTY3rd.jpg) - Simply fantastic. Equaled the long standing all time record number of goals scored in a single premiership season, set by Nicklas Bendtner, with 28 goals. Also scored an impressive 10 goals in 6 cup games. Real Londons record signing, and has pretty much already payed his manager back. Awarded 2 Argentina caps this season, scoring 2 goals in those games.

Scott Hinds (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/ScottHinds.jpg) - Yet again proved his worth to the team finishing with an impressive 21 goals in 24(5) apps. Wasn't always first choice striker due to his off field antics. The forward wants away from Real London, but is tied down to a long term deal.

Omar Cisneros (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/OmarCisneros.jpg) - Had to battle it out on the right wing with Jerome, but ultimately came out on top. The young winger has bags of potential and although didn't get capped, managed to convince the Spanish manager he was good enough to be in the squad. 19 Assists and 3 goals from the winger is a brilliant contribution.

Season Summary
Exceptional really. I'm still having a few problems keeping hold of my players, and it gets especially annoying when Championship clubs are offering for my players, and my players are getting unhappy. A strong 13th place should slowly start to ween away those UNH signs as the rep of Real London increases. My scouting has become more broad, but not in the manner I wish. I can still only scout select nations, but I can now scout every "continent". (I/E South Africa, North Africa etc etc). For next season, I'll ultimately be looking to strengthen the defense, and perhaps acquire some solid center mids, as my squad currently consists of AMC's.

Manager history

Season 1 - Blue Square South - 6th place
Season 2 - Blue Square South - 3rd place
Season 3 - Blue Square South - 2nd place, Promoted
Season 4 - Blue Square Premier - 12th place
Season 5 - Blue Square Premier - 18th place, F.A Trophy Winners
Season 6 - Blue Square Premier - 7th place, Setanta Shield Runner-Up
Season 7 - Blue Square Premier - 4th place
Season 8 - Blue Square Premier - 5th place, Promoted
Season 9 - Coca-Cola League 2 - 16th place
Season 10 - Coca-Cola League 2 - 3rd place, Promoted
Season 11 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 4th place
Season 12 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 17th place
Season 13 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 3rd place
Season 14 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 4th place, Promoted
Season 15 - Championship - 14th place
Season 16 - Championship - 10th place
Season 17 - Championship - 3rd place, Lost in Play-Off Final (v Crystal Palace)
Season 18 - Championship - 2nd place, Promoted
Season 19 - Premiership - 13th place
*Real London were formally AFC Wimbledon

michaeltmurrayuk
10-08-2008, 00:40
Real London Update - Season 19 (2026/2027)

The Real London board have also announced that a new 33,446 Seater Stadium (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2020/NewStadium.jpg) is being built. the stadium is all seater, complete with undersoil heating, and will be unveiled June 29. The stadium will be named the "Real London Stadium" - and will be a welcome move from the Fans Stadium - that has seemingly had its time.


[B]Premiership Prediction - 20th
Premiership Position - 13th
F.A Cup - 6th Round
League Cup - 2nd Round
Season Summary
Exceptional really. I'm still having a few problems keeping hold of my players, and it gets especially annoying when Championship clubs are offering for my players, and my players are getting unhappy. A strong 13th place should slowly start to ween away those UNH signs as the rep of Real London increases. My scouting has become more broad, but not in the manner I wish. I can still only scout select nations, but I can now scout every "continent". (I/E South Africa, North Africa etc etc). For next season, I'll ultimately be looking to strengthen the defense, and perhaps acquire some solid center mids, as my squad currently consists of AMC's.


Welcome to the Premier League:thup:

I wouldn't bother about the scouting nations, as I don't think you are ever allowed to scout them all individualy - best thing to do is to send your scout out to the regions.

And good luck with the unhappy players - even after what I've done with Marine, various players still want to jump ship to any other Premier League team :(

NepentheZ
10-08-2008, 00:57
Thanks for the support MMUK. :thup: - Will take on your advice about the Regions. I'm only allowed 4 scouts (But have 5) - and scouting nations takes a lot of the time away.

Mongrel
10-08-2008, 01:40
King's Lynn - Blue Square North 2009-10 Season

Transfers:
To start the season, Norwich sent strikers Chris Martin and Kris Renton on season-long loans to the Linnets with Ryan Jarvis deemed unavailable for a season long loan. Jarvis would eventually join the club for three months to break the all-time scoring record of fifty league goals before rejecting an extension and returning to Norwich. The Linnets also landed promising defensive duo Jordan Yong and Matthew Fry on three month loans - the pair would remain at the Norfolk club for the entire season as their loans were extended throughout the year. Former Leeds and Manchester City winger Darren Huckerby also joined the club throughout the playoffs on a short one-month loan as the Linnets made full use of their relationship with Norwich City.

On the transfer front, manager Scott Muller wasn't given any transfer money for the second season running and was made to make do with free signings. The first to join the club was former Leeds youngster Nathan Cartman, whilst Boston United veteran Matt Jackson joined the club on a free transfer. The Linetts made a couple of other smaller signings to add depth to their side; one of those being Grant Hemsley who proved vital at the back en route to 41 appearances throughout the year.

Mustapha Hadji remained captain of the side, whilst new signing Matt Jackson replaced youngster Sam Tuttnott as his deputy. (Transfers (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/Transfers.jpg))

The League:
Despite going so close to promotion last season and being heavily backed by the bookies for promotion, the media held more modest expectations for the Norfolk club as they predicted a mid-table finish of 11th. After an awful pre-season which saw them take just one win from five matches, the Linnets surprised everyone by hitting their straps with a 3-1 win over Barrow to start the season thanks to a brace from Chris Martin. Muller's men took twelve points from their opening six games before suffering their first loss at the hands of Stalybridge at Bower Fold. The loss was compounded by a 2-2 draw against Southport and a thumping at Histon 1-4.

The Linnets stayed in touch with the top of the table for the most part before going on an amazing run which broke all records as they won 12 games on the trot in all competitions to force themselves into the top three. As Histon broke away to take a nine point lead over the Linnets who sat seven points clear of third, the two teams edged closer to an all important contest in February. But after closing within just three points of the league leaders, King's Lynn struggled following a draw with Worksop and surprise losses to Stalybridge and Southport! But the Linnets would gain some respect with a 2-0 over the league leaders Histon but would never catch them as The Stutes took the championship by three points - leaving Muller's men an imposing task of facing Marine in the playoff semi-final.

The first leg would be held at The Walks Stadium where it would be the visitors who would take the lead through Bradford's Kelvin Bleau who hit a fierce strike from outside the area from a Matt Arnold punch for his first goal of the season. But as he had done so many times this season, Chris Martin found space from a Jimmy Yong pass and slotted one home to level the scores at 1-1. Martin's fellow Norwich striker Kris Renton put home his fifteenth goal of the season to put the hosts ahead at half time 2-1, but they would be surprised by a free kick in the 74th minute from Luke Morgan which leveled the scores at 2-2. But in the 92nd minute, Yong and Martin combined again as the latter headed the winner home in front of 2,747 fans - the visitors would later be fuminy over what they thought was an offside. Replays suggesting otherwise and the 3-2 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/3-2Marine.jpg) win stood. Marine would host King's Lynn in the second leg but were embarassed by Muller's men who booked their second straight playoff final in this division. Goals to Renton, Martin, Huckerby on debut and Hadji sealing an emphatic 4-0 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/4-0Marine.jpg) victory to advance to the final 7-2 aggregate.

Fate seemed to decide the playoff final as a replay of the 2008-09 playoff semi final was booked following Southport's 6-4 aggregate win over Stalybridge in their semi-final. Some 6,000 people turned out to Pirelli Stadium for what was set to be a blockbuster as The Sandgrounders looked keen to avenge their penalties loss last season. Things started poorly for them, though, as Chris Carruthers conceded a corner and then proceeded to try and clear the ball over his own net - only to put it in! But just four minutes later, striker Sam Gargan slotted home his 28th league goal of the season to level the scores. But disaster struck in the 25th minute for The Sandgrounders as Andrew Proctor was sent off following a dubious decision from referee Andy Garrett who showed red for the eighth time this season - a decision further soured just before half time as Chris Martin's 45th league goal of the year put the Linnets into a good position at 2-1. Lynn dominated the match from there on, a 56th minute header from centre back Grant Hemsley sealing their spot in the Blue Square Premier League and a 3-1 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/3-1Southport.jpg) win for Muller's charges!

Cups:
After a disappointing 2008-09 season in cup football for the Linnets (where they failed to win a match), Muller's men managed to book their place in the FA Cup following victories over Brentwood, Chelmsford and Aveley. But what would come would shock all King's Lynn fans as the minnows were drawn against Grimsby in a first round clash - the League Two outfit stunned in a 3-1 upset by the Linnets. Things only got better as they travelled to Bristol to steal a 1-1 draw against City after forcing the hosts to score in injury time before booking their place in the third round with a 1-0 win at The Walks thanks to Nathan Cartman. Lynn looked like causing another upset against a League Two side as they took an early lead against Torquay - only to be downed by another 90th minute strike following a 41st minute strike from Glen Little and be bundled out in the 3rd round after a great run!

The minnows also had success in the Setanta Sheild as they made the fifth round before losing in a goal bonanza to Aldershot - the hosts claiming a 6-3 win in front of 1,437 fans. Their FA Trophy run ended before it started as Burton Albion took a 5-3 win at home despite the visitors going up 2-0 after eleven minutes thanks to Chris Martin's brace.

Season Results:
League - 2nd (25-11-6) - League Table (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/LeagueTable.jpg)
FA Cup - 3rd Round (1-2 v. Torquay)
Setanta Shield N - 5th Round (3-6 v. Aldershot)
FA Trophy - 1st Round (3-5 vs. Burton)

Players
Undoubtedly, the best player for the club was Chris Martin (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/ChrisMartin.jpg) who was prolific up front with 49 goals from 48 appearances (two of which came off the bench). Martin also had a hand in five goals and was well supported by fellow Norwich striker Kris Renton (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/KrisRenton.jpg) who scored 29 in 49 - thirteen of which came in his thirteen appearance in cup football. Another loan signing in Jordan Yong (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/JordanYong.jpg) also impressed as he split his time between left-back and left-midfield with a massive 53 appearances yielding five goals and fifteen assists. Out of the King's Lynn contracted players, former vice-captain Sam Tuttnott (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/SamTuttnott.jpg) was brilliant in midfield in his 49 appearances whilst captain Mustapha Hadji (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/MustaphaHadji.jpg) scores seven and assisted nineteen in another great season for the veteran of 454 career appearances.

Manager Overview (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/ManagerOverview.jpg)
Finances (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/Finances.jpg)
Confidence (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/Confidence.jpg)
Club Information (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/ClubInfo.jpg)'
Stats (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/IncludingMartin.jpg) - Also Ryan Jarvis (13 apps, 15 goals, 6 ass, 6 MOTM, Ave: 8:15)
Records (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/Records.jpg)
Best XI (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/BestXI.jpg) | Overall XI (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/OverallXI.jpg)
Chris Martin also won Blue Square North Player of the Season
Scott Muller was runner up to Histon's Steve Fallon in Blue Square North Manager of the Year

2010 World Cup
Finland produced one of the early shocks with a 4-3 upset over Ghana on the first day, whilst Saudi Arabia also went close to upsetting another African giant - only an injury time strike from Bakary Kone helping the Ivory Coast over the line 4-3. But perhaps the big upset of the group stage hit as Denmark completed a dramatic 2-0 win over the English who would have to find wins over Cameroon and Iran to qualify for the second round. Australia produced a fantastic 1-1 draw against Germany after a Mark Bresciano goal to finish off the first fixtures of group football.

Ghana were sent crashing out earlier than they'd have liked as they were beaten 2-1 by Chile whilst Italy won the other Group A clash over Finland. Hosts South Africa stumbled to their second loss and an early exit in a 2-0 loss to Peru whilst the Ivory Coast recovered to defeat Sweden 4-2. England hit back after an awful opening loss to record a 2-0 win over Cameroon to move to second in Group E whilst Germany again could only muster a point in a 1-1 draw with Nigeria. To finish the second round of fixtures, Argentina knocked off South Korea and the USA and Croatia fought out a 1-1 draw.

Finland and Chile would fight it out for the final spot in the second round from Group A, whilst Peru and Mexico would face a similar prospect in Group B. Ultimately it would be Finland and Mexico who would advance with Italy and Portugal whilst a draw for the Czechs was enough to help them advance with Brazil in Group C, and a surprise win from the Ivory Coast over France helped them advance top of the group. England took the points over Iran to advance with Denmark, whilst Holland thrashed a disappointing Germany 4-0 to advance alongside Nigeria who shared the points with Australia in Group F. To complete second round qualifying, Russia's victory over Paraguay ensured they qualified ahead of Egypt, whilst South Korea's 1-0 win over Croatia helped them to edge out the USA for the final spot.


Group A P W D L F A GD Pts
Italy 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 9
Finland 3 2 0 1 8 6 +2 6
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Chile 3 1 0 2 2 6 -4 3
Ghana 3 0 0 3 4 7 -3 0


Group B P W D L F A GD Pts
Portugal 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
Mexico 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 6
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Peru 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 3
RSA 3 0 1 2 2 5 -3 1


Group C P W D L F A GD Pts
Brazil 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
Czech Republic 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4
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Japan 3 1 1 1 2 3 -1 4
Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3 1


Group D P W D L F A GD Pts
Ivory Coast 3 3 0 0 9 5 +4 9
France 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6
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Sweden 3 1 0 2 6 6 0 3
KSA 3 0 0 3 3 10 -7 0


Group E P W D L F A GD Pts
Denmark 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 9
England 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6
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Cameroon 3 0 1 2 2 5 -3 1
Iran 3 0 1 2 1 5 -4 1


Group F P W D L F A GD Pts
Holland 3 2 1 0 7 1 +6 7
Nigeria 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
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Australia 3 0 2 1 2 4 -2 2
Germany 3 0 2 1 2 6 -4 2


Group G P W D L F A GD Pts
Spain 3 2 1 0 5 0 +5 7
Russia 3 2 0 1 4 1 +3 6
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Egypt 3 1 1 1 2 3 -1 4
Paraguay 3 0 0 3 1 8 -7 0


Group H P W D L F A GD Pts
Argentina 3 2 1 0 2 0 +2 7
South Korea 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
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USA 3 0 3 0 1 1 0 3
Croatia 3 0 1 2 1 3 -2 1

The second round sprung an upset first up as unbeaten defending champions Italy were shocked by Mexico despite taking the lead after five minutes through Alberto Gillardino. Italy conceeded two in five minutes thanks to dos Santos and Vela to crash out 2-1. Meanwhile, Portugal overcame a spirited Finland 2-1 to advance to the quarters. The unbeaten Ivory Coast also disappointed in the second round as they were beaten easily by the Czech Republic 2-0, whilst it took a goal in the 120th minute to Adriano - just moments from a penalty shoot out - to help Brazil send 2006 finalists France out in a thrilling encounter. Another World Cup campaign ended early for England as they fell to the Dutch thanks to a 48th minute strike to Robin van Persie, whilst Nigeria also sent Denmark out 2-1. Guus Hiddink continued his amazing World Cup record with a sensational 2-1 win over Argentina, whilst Spain completed the quarter finals lineup with a 3-0 win over South Korea.

Brazil started the quarter finals with a 1-0 win over the Portuguese thanks to Pato's 50th minute strike, whilst world beaters Mexico were sent packing thanks to world number 13 Czech Republic. Milan Baros struck in the 19th minute which was enough to seal a spot in the semi finals for the Czechs. In the other quarter finals, Spain continued their impressive run in knocking off Holland 2-0 whilst Hiddink's Russia sealed a semi final showdown with Brazil following a 2-1 win over Nigeria.

In the first semi final, Spain booked their place in the final with a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Czech Republic. Athletico Madrid's left back Antonio Lopez scored in the 14th minute to set up the victory in a match dominated by the Spaniards who booked a spot in their first World Cup final. Guus Hiddink's Russia couldn't pull off one last upset as they fell to Brazil 2-1 after Robinho opened the scoring in just the second minute. Yury Zhirkov levelled the scores in the 50th minute, but Brazil edged ahead again through Adriano in the 75th minute. The 2-1 scoreline probably flattered Brazil in what was a very even match as both teams had nine attempts on goal and Russia controlled possession.

In the third place play off, a 31st minute strike from Tomas Rosicky was all that seperated the Czechs and Russia. But all focus was on the final and some 70,000 turned out to the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg to see two goals in the first fifteen minutes. David Villa gave the Spaniards the early lead but just two minutes later, Robinho equalled the scores. The 1-1 scoreline would remain for the rest of the game and injury time to send the match to penalties. With the scores locked at three a piece after three shots each, it was Silva who broke as he missed - Robinho having no trouble in slotting the ball home. Needing to score to keep Spain in the World Cup, Joaquin's attempt was saved by Roma goalkeeper Doni to give Brazil their sixth World Cup!

Dream Team (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/DreamTeam.jpg) | Golden Boot (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/GoldenBoot.jpg) | Best Player (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/BestPlayer.jpg) | Best Goalkeeper (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/BestGK.jpg) | Goal of the Tournament (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/GOTT.jpg)

English Premier League - Liverpool (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/flaminmongrel/2009-10%20KL/EPL.jpg)
FA Cup - Arsenal 3 - 1 West Brom
Carling Cup - Arsenal 2 - 2 Chelsea (Arsenal won 4-1 on penalties)
UEFA Champions League - Barcelona 3 - 2 Manchester United
UEFA Cup - Porto 2 - 2 Lazio (Porto won 3-2 on penalties)

Conclusion/Looking ahead
Sensational season which saw us neck-and-neck with Histon for most of the year before the ******** broke free. Had a few tense moments in the playoffs - particularly in the first leg against Marine - but ultimately the boys pulled through thanks to some great performances from the Norwich and Lynn boys alike. With the profits of a great cup run, the bank balance is pretty healthy at 422K following a tidy profit of 289K and hopefully the board is happy to give me some money to fund our assault on BSP football. I don't hold hopes of promotion - just survival - and hopefully Norwich will be willing to give us some talent to help us stay up. May look into another parent club as well from either the Championship or Premier League for some extra depth.

NepentheZ
10-08-2008, 01:46
Well done on promotion dood. Unlucky you didn't win the league really, only 6 losses to 1st spots 9, and they still beat you there :(

Fantastic update, by the way. Very informative. :thup:

PaulHartman71
10-08-2008, 01:49
That was a very good update Mongrel, especially the in-depth look at the 2010 World Cup :thup:

smithers08
10-08-2008, 11:45
Im going to do this challenge , Going to try and get my local(ist) team Gateshead (Y)

NepentheZ
10-08-2008, 14:02
Good luck Smithers.

Law_Man
10-08-2008, 16:38
I'd like to manage Lancaster City (stadium name 'Giant Axe' :D). Problem is they're in the "English Northern Premier League First Division N" according to the data editor. How can I sort it so I take them over as per this challenge?

I've just looked at where the English Northern Premier League First Division N on the internet and it says that its level 8 on the ladder, with the Blue Square North being level 6. So I think I'll have to do some fiddling with the editor. What's the best way forward?

Cheers.

NepentheZ
10-08-2008, 16:44
yes, You just need to keep reloading before the 19th June until they are promoted. :thup:

NepentheZ
10-08-2008, 16:45
However, I don't think they are eligible, as they have previously participated in the Blue Square North in both 2005 and 2006.

Law_Man
10-08-2008, 16:55
However, I don't think they are eligible, as they have previously participated in the Blue Square North in both 2005 and 2006.

Won't a lot of the teams that get promoted to the Blue Square North/South for the purposes of this challenge have previously participated in the them? I'm confused.

Also, I'm now fairly sure that Lancaster City are TWO leagues below the BSN, so I'd have to holiday two seasons and keep reloading it and sounds like a nightmare.

Any advice? Obviously I can always just swap a team out of either Northern Prem (i.e. directly below BSN) or BSN itself and not participate in the challenge :( But would rather join in with a team that appeals to me! :)

O\'Hara_fan
10-08-2008, 17:25
2008/2009 season - Gateshead

Okay, decided to start this challenge before FM09 comes out, so decided to take charge of my local-ish team (well they are only on the otherside of the river) Gateshead.

Managerial Profile (http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj263/Gaulty94/ManagerProfile-1.jpg)

I am on 220 a week and have 0 to spend with a 2.4k p/w wage budget. Aim, stay clear of relegation.

NepentheZ
10-08-2008, 17:25
Using the editor is strictly forbidden in Dafuge's Challenge. No matter what the reason.

I'm not 100% sure on the other thing though. I was under the impression that teams who have previously played in the league, are no longer eligible.

Law_Man
10-08-2008, 17:29
Using the editor is strictly forbidden in Dafuge's Challenge. No matter what the reason.

I'm not 100% sure on the other thing though. I was under the impression that teams who have previously played in the league, are no longer eligible.

Ah well I'll just play for my own enjoyment then :)

Cheers

darren1983
11-08-2008, 00:13
So after trying this a few times I'm back as I need a game to last me till FM09.
I'm taking an easy(er) option and am the manager of AFC Wimbledon
[img]http://s133.photobucket.com/albums/q43/darren1983_2006/?action=view&current=DarrenHusherProfile-4.png[img]

NepentheZ
11-08-2008, 00:17
So after trying this a few times I'm back as I need a game to last me till FM09.
I'm taking an easy(er) option and am the manager of AFC Wimbledon
Darren Husher - Profile (http://s133.photobucket.com/albums/q43/darren1983_2006/?action=view&current=DarrenHusherProfile-4.png)

Just thought I'd fix that for you. ;)

Good luck too. I'm also AFC Wimbledon, and haven't found it that easy.!

ChelseaDaft
11-08-2008, 10:40
I am starting this challenge again. Hi all by the way. PC crashed totally and have had to save for a new one! Finally got one and about to re-start this challenge and hopefully complete before the new game comes out !!!

Here is my profile: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season1/Profile.jpg

steve.rush
11-08-2008, 11:02
Season 2

Chelmsford 2009/10 Blue Square Premier

So after a fantastic first season, culminating in promotion from the Blue Square South, we were looking to steer clear of relegation in the Blue Square Premier. We brought a few players in to give us more squad depth and also managed to bring in a few loan signings to add a bit of quality.

Transfers (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/transfers.jpg)

We took our form from last season into this campaign from the off. Ourselves, Rushden and Forest Green battling it out at the top all season. We were bitten by the injury bug around the new year but managed to grind out important results.

And so it came down to the final day of the season. Rushden were top on 91 points and were to host third place Forest Green at home. We were guaranteed at least second place in the league and were a point behind Rushden on 90 points and were hosting fourth place Chester

Final Day (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/FinalDay.jpg)

The game kicks-off and after 15 minutes gone, our game plan looks doomed after conceding two early goals. We manage to pull one back before half-time and go in at the break 1-2 down. Meanwhile, Rushden lead by a goal to nil at home to Forest Green.

Second half kicks off and we lay siege to the Chester goal but to no avail. We lose our first league game at home on the final day. Rushden held on to win 1-0 and go up as champions. We would have to overcome the playoffs.

Forest Green were to be our opponents in the play-off semi-final, the first leg being played away from home. Forest Green took an early lead but we managed to equalise on the half-hour. The game was close and just as we thought we would take a battling draw, Forest Green popped up with the winner 3 minutes from time.

Playoff Semi 1st Leg (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/playoffsemi1.jpg)

In the second leg at home, we had a slow start but managed to go in at the break 3 goals up, all scored 10 minutes before the half. Another goal was added after the interval and we comfortably went through to the final, winning 5-2 on aggregate.

Playoff Semi 2nd Leg (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/playoffsemi2.jpg)

We met our nemesis Chester City in the final. We hadnt managed to beat them in any of our two previous meetings and the bookies made Chester the favourites.
Chester came out all guns blazing and laid siege to our goal. They deservedly took the lead just before half-time. Chester took advantage of some poor defending to double their lead but we managed to pull one back with half hour left. We attacked Chester, looking for an equaliser but got caught on the break and Chester took a 3-1 lead. We got a late consolation but it was too little too late. Chester won 3-2 and we were to spend another season in the Blue Square Premier.

Playoff Final (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/playofffinal.jpg)

All in all, an excellent season and I am proud of my players for getting us into 2nd place but ultimately dissapointing at the final hurdle. Hopefully we can hold onto our best players and also add a bit more quality to the squad

Blue Square Premier (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/league.jpg)

Scott Chamberlain (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/chamberlain.jpg) and Matt Fish (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/fish.jpg) were rewarded in the Players Select (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/playersselect.jpg)

Jonathan Pringle (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/pringle.jpg) also had another good season finishing as top goalscorer for the second season in a row

Squad (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/squad.jpg) I Finances (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/finances.jpg) I Fans Player (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/fansplayer.jpg) I Seasons Best XI (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/seasonbest.jpg) I Overall Best XI (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/overallbest.jpg)

darren1983
11-08-2008, 15:30
Just thought I'd fix that for you. ;)

Good luck too. I'm also AFC Wimbledon, and haven't found it that easy.!

Thanks for that nep. just cant seem to get the hang of these new codes since the change :confused:

I've had a good start, won 7 and drew 5 of my first 12 league games, but have just lost 5-0 away to Basingstoke! I'm still top though

rlipscombe
11-08-2008, 16:26
debating coming back to this challenge as a break from my Como game in another thread (seeing as no-one else seems to be doing the challenge... :( ) might load up the game tonight and see. had a couple of attempts before, but gave them up. third time lucky it is then!!

Leeds_Oasis
11-08-2008, 19:30
Season 2 -
2009/2010 - Hitchin, Blue Square Premier.

Promotion !!! managed to get to 5th place after 5 wins on the streak, and came against a strong Rochdale side, who remarkebly were on a 28 match unbeaten run. I used a very defensive tactic in both matches against them, which we drew 1-1 (very luckily) thanks to my keeper scoring a penalty , and 2 - 1 thanks to Ryan Charles in the last minute. I then had to play York in the final, which i also opted to play a defensive formation ( a recurring theme haha) , which was probably one of the tensest matches i've ever played. i won 3 - 2 on penalties, and i have to say i was lucky to survive that long.

The season started very well for me, when i went on a 16 match unbeaten run, but around christmas my teams performances started to drop, and i slipped down from second to around mid table. There was a point where i was in danger of joining the midtable , but i ended my bad run with an emphatic 6-1 win. from there i steadily climbed the table.

This close season, after my loan signings have left, i have a hole in the right side of defence i intent to fill, while my left midfield has left.

even tho hitchin are 900k in the black , My board still dont give me any transfer money, which makes preparations for the next season nigh on impossible , as i can still not attract most blue square players.
Oh well....

League table - http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/2662/bluesquarepremiervg8.jpg
Play off final - http://img164.imageshack.us/img164/1493/playofffinalqy7.jpg
player of season - http://img137.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ryancharlesuf9.jpg

rlipscombe
12-08-2008, 10:58
debating coming back to this challenge as a break from my Como game in another thread (seeing as no-one else seems to be doing the challenge... :( ) might load up the game tonight and see. had a couple of attempts before, but gave them up. third time lucky it is then!!

ran through the holidaying last night, and re-loaded a few times. reckon it's going to be down to Tiverton Town, Ilkeston Town or Worksop (where my dad is from) have had a go as Worksop before, so could go back, or my try something new. might well just try a few more loads to see what it throws up, but looking forward to getting cracking on this. Roll on 5.30pm when i can finish work!! :D

Leeds_Oasis
12-08-2008, 12:51
Guys , where can i get the kits and badges for hitchin and other promoted teams?

rlipscombe
12-08-2008, 13:08
you can find them all at either sortitoutsi.net or fmglive......

Leeds_Oasis
12-08-2008, 14:08
cheers , but after you download them
where do you put them and how do you make them come up on the game

rlipscombe
12-08-2008, 15:38
in the following filepath, you need to create a "graphics folder"

my documents/football manager 2008/graphics

within this create seperate folders for "kits", "logos" etc. and put the relevant dowmloads into the folders.

i think that you then need to either 'tick' or 'un-tick' the "always reload skin cache" option in preferences in the game. that SHOULD do it..........

hope this helps

Leeds_Oasis
12-08-2008, 22:25
thanks ... but still not working haha
cheers for help anyway

so far this season as hitchin, I've amazingly gone to first after a 8 match unbeaten run, winning 7 of those. The main reason are my loan signings iv made to plug the holes in my team, which have all done really well.

smithers08
12-08-2008, 23:14
I am finally going to start this challenge as Gateshead , my localist team .

will load the game and go on holiday tonight , and then start the challenge tommorow :thup:

smithers08
12-08-2008, 23:17
Has anyone managed to get Gateshead to the premiership ???

wisla_krakow
12-08-2008, 23:24
I did on FM06.

smithers08
12-08-2008, 23:44
Ive just added myself on the Dafuge challenge website , however i havent seen anyone who has managed to get Gateshead to the prem , im hoping to be the first :)

smithers08
13-08-2008, 00:03
Do Gateshead have ANY players that arent grey ?

darren1983
13-08-2008, 00:19
AFC Wimbledon Season 09/10 Review - BSS

I forgot to do a review after my first season, think it was because I was trying to forget it happened! :D: Was in the play-offs all season till a dreadfull run of 6 straight defets at the ended left me in 9th place. Was also knocked out of all the cups at the first hurdle! Only good thing to really happen was getting West Ham to be my parent club :cool:

This season was much better, though it started off poorly because I just couldnt find my best starting 11 or formation till Febuary, when I changed to a 442 formation and flew up the table. I ended 4th which put in a play-off game with Bath who had finished 5th. It turned out to be a bit of a stroll after a 4-0 win away in the first leg. I won the 2nd 2-1 to progress to the final!

I played Dorchester in the final, which also turned out to be my 100th game in charge, who I had lost to twice in the league. I was under pressue for the first 30 mins without creating much. But then up popped the lil man Charlie Ide to score a hat-trick in the final 4 mins of the half! We were able to cruise through the second half with Ide's strike partner Stevie Thompson getting our 4th on 82 mins. So BSP here we come!

Was again knocked out of all cups at the first hurdle :mad:

Reason I dont have no screenshots is becasue i'm having trouble posting them since the change.

rlipscombe
13-08-2008, 10:49
At last, i can begin my new game. May i proudly introduce myself (http://img352.imageshack.us/img352/5573/profilekq0.jpg) as the new manager of..... Tiverton Town (http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/7778/infoscreenas3.jpg). i decided to go to Tiverton for four main reasons:

1) They have good youth facilities. As i plan to 'do a Nep' and follow a youth product each season, giving him a chance, then the quality of player sshould be better.
2) We have a parent club link with Plymouth (and to a lesser extent Exeter.) i have already used this to sign a young polish GK on loan, and Ruben Reid, a ST, on loan for the season.
3) the south-west is a nice place to live!
4) they don't play in Red - Ilkeston, my other option do.

i have been given a three-year contract during which time i have to establish the club as a Blue Square South outfit. i have much grander ambitions than that though, and hope to be in the Blue Square Premier by then.

so far, most of my time has been spent on trying to build up my squad. A few key signings have already been made, which i'm pleased with, and i am now looking to add a bit of depth. plenty of players have joined the club on trial. i'm aiming for a squad of about 20 players, in addition to the 6 youth players i had at the start of the season.

i'll post my squad, transfers etc once i get the squad settled a bit. looking forward to getting the season started, although there is a long way to go before we're ready for our first game.

smithers08
13-08-2008, 12:26
I am now the new manager of Gateshead . No staff , 11 youth players , its going to be hard

smithers08
13-08-2008, 12:32
Made my first signing , Assistant manager , former Hitchin manager robbie okeefe , will bring good expereince and knowledge to help me along the way

Law_Man
13-08-2008, 15:55
Has anyone managed to get Gateshead to the premiership ???

Chopper has

Ben-g
13-08-2008, 17:59
Chippenham - PL - 2018/2019

Third year in PL. I had my first player sold over my head, Marino Ferrari (http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/7886/marinoferrariprofilebo9.jpg), for 29 M. It's a lot of money, so even if he was by far my best CB, I had faith in my players to be better than last year. I bought Alberto Garcia Cabrera (http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/9083/albertogarcacabreraprofkx3.jpg) for 23 M to have some quality to give balls to my strikers.

Final position : 8th (http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/5044/englishpremierdivisionlto0.jpg)
Graph (http://img396.imageshack.us/img396/8584/englishpremierdivisionpbg4.jpg)
General information (http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/6579/chippenhamtowninformatixi3.jpg)
General summary (http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/4355/benoverviewzb3.jpg)
My players (http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/9571/chippenhamtownchippenhaqt0.jpg)
Transfers (http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/1081/chippenhamtowntransfersrr4.jpg)
Finances (http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/6799/chippenhamtownfinancesshi1.jpg)
Profile (http://img108.imageshack.us/img108/9471/benprofilerx9.jpg)



Chippenham - PL - 2019/2020

I changed my transfer policy this year, because the young players I bought some years ago don't improve as fast as I need them to do. I made three key signings with Ruggiero (http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/2555/albertoruggieroprofilera4.jpg),
Garai (http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/3882/igogaraiprofileje7.jpg) and
Alexandre (http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/6311/alexandreprofilebz5.jpg).This year, as last year, I spent more money for transfer in than out. I should be careful for the next years.
I hope I can have some stability, I think the actual players, with a few changes each year, are good enough to win the league and the CL in the next few years.

Final position : 2nd (http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/6392/englishpremierdivisionled2.jpg)
Graph (http://img223.imageshack.us/img223/6964/englishpremierdivisionpgb2.jpg)
General information (http://img501.imageshack.us/img501/6766/chippenhamtowninformatite4.jpg)
General summary (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/1857/benoverview2yo7.jpg)
My players (http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/9539/chippenhamtownchippenhawd4.jpg)
Transfers (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/630/chippenhamtowntransfersxe3.jpg)
Finances (http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/1441/chippenhamtownfinancessyk3.jpg)
Profile (http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/6477/benprofile2sr1.jpg)

I reached the UEFA cup semi-finals, and was quite unlucky :
first leg (http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/8075/chippenhamvsevillasplitvu0.jpg)
second leg (http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/9431/sevillavchippenhamsplitml5.jpg)



I do not follow a youth project, but I'm used to sign promising young players, and made them play in the last 30 minutes of most of my games. But I don't manage to make them improve enough. Two of them are now in my first team (after 3 long years), and the third one being my favourite substitute. But all three of them might be the first players I will change in the following years...



To recap :

Season 1 : 2008-2009 : BSS 1st (promoted)
Season 2 : 2009-2010 : BSP 11th
Season 3 : 2010-2011 : BSP 1st (promoted)
Season 4 : 2011-2012 : L2 1st (promoted)
Season 5 : 2012-2013 : L1 5th
Season 6 : 2013-2014 : L1 1st (promoted)
Season 7 : 2014-2015 : CH 12th
Season 8 : 2015-2016 : CH 2nd (promoted)
Season 9 : 2016-2017 : PL 17th
Season 10 : 2017-2018 : PL 6th (Qualification to EC)
Season 11 : 2018-2019 : PL 8th (Qualification to EV)
Season 12 : 2019-2020 : PL 2nd (Qualification to ECC)

darren1983
13-08-2008, 22:18
AFC Wimbledon Season 2010/11 Review Blue Square Premier


My team was predicted to finish 23rd but after a few good runs during the season I managed to finish 14th. My main problem durind the season was a lack of goals. After a good start I then went 8 games without scoring, then a few weeks later I went on a run of only 2 goals in 13 games. After some dealings in the transfer market I managed to bring in Fred Sears from west ham who scored 11 goals in 14 games and Hogan Eprhaim from QPR who scored 21 goals in just 27 games.

My plan for nest season is to push for the play-offs by siging some people that know where the back of the net is and can find it!

NepentheZ
14-08-2008, 01:17
Good luck rlip - I've never seen anyone get too far with Tiverton.

rlipscombe
14-08-2008, 11:06
Good luck rlip - I've never seen anyone get too far with Tiverton.

you will soon!! (maybe...... ;) ) squad building going ok so far. just need to add a bit of depth to it. in middle of pre-season at moment, tweaking the formation, and giving games to trialists, to cut the wheat from the chaff.

the season will soon be on us though.

niresearch
14-08-2008, 11:14
Oh No!!

Don't do what i did guys and fall asleep while holidaying - must have clicked the 'indefinately' by accident, i've woke up to discover my game two and a bit seasons on.

I was in League One and had a great squad ready to challenge - i've now woke up in 23rd of league two with three senior players and four games played.

I've had to use all my money to establish a new squad in two days and have to start over - some of the players i previously had are now playing in the championship and prem - worth a couple of million pounds where as it look like i 'released' them


GRRRRRR!!

rlipscombe
14-08-2008, 11:51
ooooooooops! what a mistaka to maka.....

radicell
14-08-2008, 12:00
Oh No!!

Don't do what i did guys and fall asleep while holidaying - must have clicked the 'indefinately' by accident, i've woke up to discover my game two and a bit seasons on.

I was in League One and had a great squad ready to challenge - i've now woke up in 23rd of league two with three senior players and four games played.

I've had to use all my money to establish a new squad in two days and have to start over - some of the players i previously had are now playing in the championship and prem - worth a couple of million pounds where as it look like i 'released' them


GRRRRRR!!

Why don't you just reload then? Or did you have auto save on?

niresearch
14-08-2008, 13:26
auto save :(

back up to 6th and undefeated since bringing in my new squad so should be back up at the end of the season, very frustrating though!

saab693
14-08-2008, 15:36
Hope you all don't mind a late starter?

http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd227/saab693/Chippenham/ChippenhamProfile.jpg

I'd edit the link but I can't see how to do it with the new way the forum is!

Anyway, quick bit of background. I'm a big fan of Gundo's challenge and have had a couple of good stabs at that, reaching the top division in Sweden and Belgium. Things started to feel a little stale so I thought I'd give this a go, as I've never really had a crack. Hats off to all those who've completed this and I will hopefully follow suit!

Cheers

rlipscombe
14-08-2008, 15:39
the more the merrier saab693. i've only just started it myself. good luck with Chippenham.

saab693
14-08-2008, 15:40
the more the merrier saab693. i've only just started it myself. good luck with Chippenham.

ah riipscombe! Another Gundo faithful! How's the Tiverton save going?

rlipscombe
14-08-2008, 16:06
ah riipscombe! Another Gundo faithful! How's the Tiverton save going?

indeed! still working way through pre-season. building the squad at the moment. signed some decent players i think - time will tell. just putting finishing touches to the squad before the season starts.

saab693
14-08-2008, 16:37
haha well i think i just set the record for the shortest attempt at this challenge!! Didnt save it so Chippenham's out the window, Im reloading to try and find another team!

michaeltmurrayuk
14-08-2008, 19:18
Marine - Premier League 2037-38

So after narrowly losing the title to Arsenal last season, the board demanded the title this season. (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/379/expectationsqi2.jpg) Though any chance of winning the title was promptly ended before the start of the season when nearly all my players wanted to discuss terms with anyone who bid for them - among the worst being one of my promising strikers Ray Spence (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/5702/spenceem6.jpg) wanting to go to a Brighton (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/3131/brightongg9.jpg) side who have only ever finished in the top 10 once! (and that was 9th last season) but at least he in the end stayed, whilst one of my young left backs wanted to go to Plymouth. (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/8667/playercrapgy8.jpg)

Though I did end up losing eight of my first 22 players - Captain James Flanagan (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/8593/flanaganil9.jpg) finally left for Sevilla for 19m after turning down a new contract, English Midfielder Ollie Clayton felt Bolton were to good to turn down and joined them for 29m. Then Real Madrid got involved tapping up nearly all my right sided players - they took promising midfielder Matt Sealey (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/3031/sealeyum8.jpg) for 20m (too much to turn down for my third choice right winger), they then tapped up my right back Will Cartwright and Romanian Winger Gabriel Pop, causing both of them to demand a transfer, but Madrid wouldn't stump up the money for either of them - Will Cartwright eventually joined Newcastle for 19m, whilst Gabriel Pop stayed and was managing to keep first choice Simon Barrow on the bench, however in January my chairman felt the need to sell Pop back to Sevilla for 30m (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/3271/popay8.jpg), the January window also saw Italian Striker Marco Sanna return to Juventus for 22m - he hadn't impressed and was refusing to sign a new contract.

Full Transfers List (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/3442/transfers1oh6.jpg) - Other transfers out were mainly youngsters who hadn't made it, and I also let Brazilian centre-back Marcio leave after he had a poor season last season.

Transfers in, were just a load of youngsters to rebuild my squad. (Got some revenge on Arsenal, when their Chairman let me have one of their promising left-backs for nothing, also poached a promising right-back from R.Madrid)

So with a quarter of my team sold, things got worse during pre-season when, Strikers Luke Rowlands, Oliveira and Zlatan Safari got injured and would miss the first two months of the season, as would Midfielder Davide Gherardi, leaving me well and truly down to the bare bones.

We got off to a good start in the league, smashing Birmingham 4-1, though they did turn out to be the league's whipping boys this season. Next we fell to Arsenal 3-1 giving them an early advantage in the title race, though we did follow that game with an eight game unbeaten run that was promptly ended by another visit to North London - this time Spurs put three past us, which was followed by a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle.

We recovered some form winning our next three games, however a poor December would finish off any title hopes we had as we suffered five defeats from five league games this month - Man Utd scored twice in the 90th minute to beat us 2-1 at home, Sheff Wed then humilated us 4-3 at home, Arsenal completed the double our us with a 2-1 win at Rossett Park, whilst Liverpool (2-1) and Plymouth (3-1) beat us away, we recovered some pride by beating Birmingham 3-0, but Chelsea beat what was left out of us with a 5-1 win - and we were now 7th in the league just after the halfway point - my team just seemed to lose any and all ability to do anything, my defence went walkabouts, whilst my Keeper seemed to get out of the way of the ball, as nearly every shot went flying into the net - neither of my Keepers were diving, and shots straight at them seemed to go straight through them.

A short FA Cup run recovered some morale - beating League One Hendon 4-0 in the Third Round, Blackburn 2-1 in the Fourth Round, but a second string side fell 2-1 (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/8227/facupai6.jpg) at home to Brighton in the Fifth Round - the worst thing was we showed no fight until the 70th minute when both my full-backs had been sent off reducing us to 9 men.

So with some form recovered I thought we had a fighting chance in the Champions League (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/3254/uclgroupnq1.jpg) - we again walked through our group, only to be met by Barcelona in the First Knockout Round (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/6463/uclk1l1fm6.jpg) - whilst we took an earlier lead in the first leg in Spain, we were never really in the game and Barcelona claimed an easy 3-1 win - in the second leg, we reclaimed some pride taking the game to Barcelona, but we just couldn't score the goals we needed and a 1-1 draw sent us crashing out of Europe (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/2300/uclk1l2wf8.jpg) :(

And after being knocked out of Europe some more players decided they wanted out - Italian Left Winger Giuseppe Radice and Italian Keeper Daniele Alessi (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/7653/alessidx4.jpg) - who decided he wanted a new challenge after just one full season as #1 and two seasons of fighting for the #1 jersey, he also wanted out straight away (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/839/alessileavezu1.jpg) even though the transfer window is closed.

So with the season effectively off by March, I decided to change things around, the unhappy moaning players were dropped to the reserves, and I changed formation back to 4-3-3 - and that seemed to inspire my team - claiming six wins from the remaining 9 games. My team was performing better and my defence was looking more solid and my Keeper was actually making saves (I don't see how changing formation/tactics affects my Keepers ability to dive, or save shots that are straight at him?)

Though the game didn't seem to like my rediscovered form and promptly injured my three central midfielders - and with a make shift midfield we could only draw away to Portsmouth (3-3) and Wolves (1-1).

So with our form recovered we found ourselves back in the hunt for a European place - whilst the title and second were out of reach, the Champions League spots were still in reach. Easter weekend would be reckoning time - a 4-0 home win over Leeds thanks to an Oliveira hat-trick had lifted us to fourth place with three games left - one point behind third placed Sheff Wed, and level on points with Man Utd and Newcastle, with Man City two points behind in 7th waiting for someone to slip up. So on Easter Monday we'd travel to Sheffield to play Wednesday and a 90th minute goal from Brazlian midfielder Jose Gomes was enough to give us a 3-2 win, putting us third, but still level with Man Utd who had beaten Newcastle 7-2, leaving us just 3 goals better off than Man Utd.

Game 37 would see us entertain a disapointing Liverpool side, and even an injury to Wonderkid Nelson couldn't mar a 3-1 win, and with Man Utd drawing we were still third two points clear of Man Utd, whilst Newcastle in fifth could still catch us - they'd need a 14 goal shift to do it.

Rather typicaly the final day of the season would see us make the trip to Old Trafford to face Man Utd. Things didn't start off well as Man Utd took a 2-0 lead into half-time. In the second half we got our act together and Luke Rowlands scored twice to make it 2-2, but in the 81st minute Man Utd scored the winner :(

Table (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/6993/tableea2.jpg) - defeat to Man Utd saw us drop to fourth our worst finish in 13 years, and to be fair after some of our performances this season we were lucky to claim fourth. (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/4070/posag4.jpg)

There's not much I can do when I am losing large parts of my team each season - I cannot attract any World-Class players to the club, so I'm left signing youngsters (who are delighted to sign for me), but then after a season in my first team, they demand to be sold to the first team that shows an interest in them, and if I try and keep them my chairman will just sell them for less than I turned down - I wouldn't mind it, but the board are demanding the title each season, the media put me as favourites for the title, we are by far the richest club in the world, and we are still somehow the number one team in Europe according the co-efficients - yet I can not keep hold of any of my players (bar a couple of loyal players - Lasarte, Richard, Rowlands and Johnson are the only players to refuse interest), I cannot even develop my youngsters fast enough to replace the departing first teamers.

Squad (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/4904/squadko2.jpg) - Italian Keeper Daniele Alessi (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/8753/danielealessigk0.jpg) wants out, so that meant Spaniard Jose Manuel Alfonso (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/5328/josealfonsozp5.jpg) was given a chance, and he did Ok but isn't anything special, and I'm hoping one of my Younger Keepers will step up soon.

At Centre-back Eduardo Ramos (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/3082/eduardoramosjj3.jpg) settled quickly, having a fine season becoming my latest Wonderkid, he can also take a mean free-kick, and has formed a good partnership with my new Captain Martin Johnson (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/2631/martinjohnsonch7.jpg) - who with four full seasons in the league is one of my more experienced players. Whilst the two centre-backs who were initialy going to provide cover, found themselves pushed to full back - Mark Smith (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/8642/marksmithya3.jpg) took the right back slot after the sale of Will Cartwright, though we'll see how long he stays as he keeps on moaning about wanting to move to rivals Arsenal, whilst Spaniard Xabier Iriarte (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/3070/xbieririarteqv9.jpg) took the left-back spot from an underperforming Romeo.

In Midfield Italians Davide Gherardi (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/6610/davidegherardimg8.jpg) and Vito Cioni (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/5126/vitocionipv0.jpg) had a good season, with Gherardi dropping back to the DM slot later in the season, whilst Brazilian Jose Gomes (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/4328/josegomesai3.jpg) provided cover, but was drafted in with the change to 4-3-3.

On the Wings, Simon Barrow (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/9074/simonbarrowgf5.jpg) lost his place to Gabriel Pop, before my chairman sold him, Barrow then switched to the left wing after the change in formation with Portuguese Wonderkid Nelson (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/8451/nelsonxa8.jpg) coming in on the right wing.

Upfront Luke Rowlands (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/5204/lukerowlandswm4.jpg) spearheaded the attack, whilst Brazilian Oliveira (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/9562/oliveiraky8.jpg) continued to impress as his understudy.

And despite our poor season Nelson claimed English Players Player of the Year (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/8893/epotygu5.jpg), with Rowlands runner-up, whilst my Norwegian Striker Per Kopperud won Young Player of the year (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/9227/epypotywe5.jpg) out on loan at Mboro, with Eduardo Ramos Runner Up.

Snapshot (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/9175/snapshotdp2.jpg) - My Carling Cup (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/7926/carlingrl2.jpg) defence didn't go well - losing to Sheff Wed in the 4th Round, after extra-time, after having come back from 2-0 in the first half and being reduced to 10 men.

Confidence (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/8149/confidencejw8.jpg) - The board not best pleased having forgotten I've delivered 5 titles in a row over the last 7 years, and we'll see if they'll offer me a new contract during the next season or not.

Club Info (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/7109/clubinfogt6.jpg) - Still only Continental Reputation, whilst at the end of the season the board got permission to expand the stadium by 3,000 seats - making Rossett Park the biggest club ground in England.

dafuge
14-08-2008, 19:25
That's a shame to hear that you are struggling to hold on to your players after building the club up for so long like that. It seems much harder turning a small club into a big club on this version of the game.

michaeltmurrayuk
14-08-2008, 20:46
It's actually getting worse 17 of my first squad are wanted in the middle of September out of 27 players - though only two are currently unhappy, if you are lucky and no-one bids on the player when they are unhappy they do become happy again, however when someone declares an interest in the next window you start all over again. Case in point is my Italian Keeper Alessi who wanted out in March, no one decent bid on him, (he turned down some small Italian Team) and now doesn't want to leave, I'll see what he does in Jan.

The bigger problem I've got at the moment is finding new background staff as all my physios and most of my coaches have decided to retire - including Ade Akinbyi who'd been with me since the third season (~25 years - talk about loyalty), though it does mean I get to bring back a couple of ex-players as coaches - Russian Winger Eugeny Volkov and San Marino Midfielder Christian Selva :cool: Just waiting for Lasarte and Richard to gain staff profiles.

saab693
14-08-2008, 23:33
so the c*ck up with chippenham has been resolved as i am the new manager of Halesowen Town

Profile

If someone could let me know how to edit the URLs I'd be thrilled! Worked it out with the old forums but havent been able to so far

Wish me luck!

rlipscombe
15-08-2008, 09:51
it's simple once you know. Highlight the text you want the link to be (i.e. highlight 'profile' if you put it in your post, and then do the web link. this will transform your text into the link.

roberto922
15-08-2008, 10:28
I was wondering, on my AFC Wimbledon save that I started before I even knew about this challenge has Scotland Irealnd and Wales loaded as well, will I still be able to play it for the challenge? I haven't taken control of any other sides and it follows all the other rules.

bermybhoy
15-08-2008, 11:32
It's actually getting worse 17 of my first squad are wanted in the middle of September out of 27 players - though only two are currently unhappy, if you are lucky and no-one bids on the player when they are unhappy they do become happy again, however when someone declares an interest in the next window you start all over again. Case in point is my Italian Keeper Alessi who wanted out in March, no one decent bid on him, (he turned down some small Italian Team) and now doesn't want to leave, I'll see what he does in Jan.

The bigger problem I've got at the moment is finding new background staff as all my physios and most of my coaches have decided to retire - including Ade Akinbyi who'd been with me since the third season (~25 years - talk about loyalty), though it does mean I get to bring back a couple of ex-players as coaches - Russian Winger Eugeny Volkov and San Marino Midfielder Christian Selva :cool: Just waiting for Lasarte and Richard to gain staff profiles.

I find the problems you're having really surprising. Surely if your rep is Continental it's higher than most of the teams who are managing to unsettle your players? Surely with the rep, the biggest stadium in the country and of course all your success, your club is by now regarded as 'big'?

I can see how this perception of 'size' might take a while to kick in: Wimbledon for example were in the top division for years but never regarded as a large club, but then they were rarely more than survivors. Is this worth a flag in the bugs forum?

roberto922
15-08-2008, 11:41
Right I've begun my long (or short) and glorious (or disastrous) reign as manager of Chippenham Town. I set my aim as to Avoid relegation which resulted in a 2,200 p/w wage budget and an enormous transfer budget of 0. Here's my profile pic, if you need any others just ask.

Profile (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/dafugeprofilepic.jpg)

daemonic
15-08-2008, 12:55
so the c*ck up with chippenham has been resolved as i am the new manager of Halesowen Town

http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd227/saab693/halesowen/HalesowenProfile.jpg

If someone could let me know how to edit the URLs I'd be thrilled! Worked it out with the old forums but havent been able to so far

Wish me luck!
Or if you just want to edit it in plain text you need to add the tags. url=yoururl inside [], then the description and close it with /url inside []...end result Halesown Profile (http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd227/saab693/halesowen/HalesowenProfile.jpg)

Ben-g
15-08-2008, 14:19
Chippenham - PL - 2020/2021

This probably was the greatest season I've ever had with FM. I'll do my best to make a correct update despite my ''French-English''.

This fifth season in PL was the first that saw us among the favourites for the title. We were given 4th by the media, and the board wanted us at least to qualify for UEFA. After last year second place, I thought that was fair.
We were also wanted to reach the semi final of each national cups, and the group stage in CL (that is nonsense as we qualified for this thanks to our second place finish of last year).
The average age of my team is 24, my stadium is 44070 all seater with under-soil heating, my youth and training facilities are top level.

I went on with the ''star-signing'' policy, with world-class midfielder John Hoek (http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/9295/johnhoekprofilebg7.jpg) (35 M), and Jean Marc Mocka (http://img501.imageshack.us/img501/6817/jeanmarcmockaprofilewj1.jpg) (16,5 M). My young second GK Casali (http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/5854/emanuelecasaliprofilejj5.jpg) got injured for 6 month, so I bought promising Reece (http://img79.imageshack.us/img79/1305/alanreeceprofiletu4.jpg) from Birmingham 2,5 M, to replace him. On the other hand, I got about only 6 M by selling players. I won't be able to do this for too long, but my finances are still healthy at that point.

As usual, I played in the cups with my ''B-squad'', and after beating Ipswich, Peterborough, Chelsea and Reading, we played the final against Portsmouth (with my A-squad this time) to win our first national trophy (http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/5505/portsmouthvchippenhamspmt9.jpg).
The FA cup went about the same way, beating Swansea, Tottenham, Wigan, Man Utd and Middlesbrough, we faced Arsenal in the final. But we failed (http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9870/chippenhamvarsenalsplitih8.jpg) to get our second trophy, 32 years old Vela is still one of the best footballer in the world.

In the league, we saw more or less the same as last year, Arsenal and I dominating the other teams. After half of the season, I was one point ahead of Arsenal, with a team which behaved much better than last year. But last year, we lost the title in the second part of the season. I encountered many difficulties in January with the incessant bids for most of my players. Among them, promising Cummins (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/7378/jamescumminsprofilevl3.jpg) wanted to move to a bigger club, Mocka (http://img501.imageshack.us/img501/6817/jeanmarcmockaprofilewj1.jpg), Alexandre (http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/3731/alexandreprofilewt7.jpg) and Murillo (http://img390.imageshack.us/img390/3783/ibonmurilloprofileen5.jpg) received bids, but I could turn them down (my chairman did not interfere), and they were not unhappy. But star player Ruggiero (http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/4562/albertoruggieroprofileij3.jpg) was unhappy after I turned down a bid from Inter, and so was Cecchetti (http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/8108/davidececchettiprofilenb8.jpg). So, when Liverpool bid young Wilian (http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/3616/willianprofilexv3.jpg), I accepted. I also had many enquiries about my youngsters Tagliani (http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/7963/alextaglianiprofilepl8.jpg), Bacci (http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/2311/andreabacciprofilehv0.jpg), Gabilondo (http://img329.imageshack.us/img329/3457/sergiogabilondoprofilewz9.jpg)... At the end of january, I had (only) one player sold, and three unhappy. The good news being the fact that later, in March, Ruggiero changed his mind and was again happy at club. During his unhappy period, his form was slightly decreasing. The other 2 (Cecchetti and Cummins) are still unhappy at the end of the season, I think I'm bound to sell them... By the way, I had this message (http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/1538/beninboxxk2.jpg), I found it funny. So, all this mess did not make my form decrease thanks to some players such as French striker Delahaye (http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/8885/karldelahayeprofileyz6.jpg), and I continued winning most of my games. Finally, we won the league (http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/1705/englishpremierdivisionleq5.jpg) with three games left, that was just fair regarding our domination (http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/3151/englishpremierdivisionptb5.jpg).

As for Europe, I was not expecting anything from this first experiment. I sent my ''B-squad'' during the group stage (we obtained a promising draw 2-2 away against Roma, who won the CL 4 times in a row between 2016 and 2019, last year winners being Barcelona, but we lost home 1-2). So we qualified easily.
For the knock-out rounds, I sent my ''A-squad'' to all the games. First one saw us draw 1-1 home against Real Madrid, and I did not felt confident for the following match. I though the job was done by Ruggiero before Higuain scored a 90 min goal. But Delahaye 111 min goal saved us. Quarter final were against Roma. Ruggiero got rid of them scoring our 6 winning goals (wins 2-1 home, 4-3 away). Semi final, against Inter. The game was quiet, a comfortable 3-0 win was almost secured before a stupid goal in the 90 min was scored by Inter. The second leg was probably the most thrilling game of the year, because after 59 minutes, it was 3-1 for Inter, and at 81 min, my left back Bacci was sent-off. But fantastic Delahaye (Ruggiero's substitute in this game) scored at 85 min (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/3560/intervchippenhamsplitvibd5.jpg).
So, the final was against Arsenal. At that point of the year, I had already won the league cup, the league, and I lost the Fa cup final 4 days before only because I sent a ''B-squad'' to face Arsenal, because I wanted to have my best players fit for THE final. What I did not say was the fact that our form at the end of the season was much better than arsenal's, and we should have won the FA cup if centre-back Spillane had not a nightmare game against Vela (he was rated 4). So I felt confident, and was right, Ruggerio scoring twice (3' and 59'), and the rest of the team doing a great job to secure this historic result (http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/1449/arsenalvchippenhamsplitsw0.jpg) !

Here are some other informations :

General information (http://img388.imageshack.us/img388/4956/chippenhamtowninformatimq3.jpg)
Summary (http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/1521/benoverviewoy7.jpg)
Transfers (http://img380.imageshack.us/img380/1457/chippenhamtowntransfersrx5.jpg)
Finances (http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/4382/chippenhamtownfinancessrv2.jpg)
CL table (http://img329.imageshack.us/img329/840/europeanchampionscupstayu3.jpg)
Profile (http://img182.imageshack.us/img182/3196/benprofilexm0.jpg)
Board confidence (http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/5199/chippenhamtownconfidencdz6.jpg)

And to finish, here are my players :

Keepers : Jensen (http://img93.imageshack.us/img93/356/clausjensenprofilefj6.jpg) was signed 3 years ago for 4 M, I did not expect him to become the player he is now.
Casali (http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/5854/emanuelecasaliprofilejj5.jpg) was supposed to be my star keeper ''in the future'', but he did not improve fast enough after 4 years. He costed me 8,5 M, I should not have spent so much money on him !
Reece (http://img79.imageshack.us/img79/1305/alanreeceprofiletu4.jpg) was signed this year (2,5 M) to replace Casali. One of this two guys must be sold next year.

Centre-backs : Fernandes (http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/493/romainfernandesprofilesn0.jpg) is my first choice, at the left. He was signed 4 years ago for only 2,7 M and had always been very good.
Garai (http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/1866/igogaraiprofiletn3.jpg) was signed last year, for 12 M, and is my first choice at the right. He is wanted by many clubs, and was unhappy at the end of last year when I turned down an offer from arsenal. Now, he is happy to stay.
Buono (http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/6098/gianlucabuonoprofilejp0.jpg) is one of my second choice. He was signed 6 years before, while in CCC, for 9 k, he is one of my faithful players.
Spillane (http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/3514/michaelspillaneprofileim0.jpg) is my other second choice. Signed 5 years ago when promoted to PL, for 275k, he stayed in the team only because I lost Ferrari 3 years ago, he was good enough to replace him.
Tagliani (http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/7963/alextaglianiprofilepl8.jpg) is a young player who might replace Spillane next year. He was signed 3,6 M, which is a mistake.

Wing-backs :
Bacci (http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/2311/andreabacciprofilehv0.jpg) is my first left back, signed 3 years ago for 1,5 M (right price). I hoped for long he would be my first wonderkid, but he is not, and now I think he won't.
Farrell (http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/8238/liamfarrellprofilezk9.jpg) second left back, signed 2,5 years ago, 7,5 M, when I wanted to sign young English players only. It's again a waste of money. Fortunately money is raining in PL...
Murillo (http://img390.imageshack.us/img390/3783/ibonmurilloprofileen5.jpg) is my first choice at the right, signed last year 3,3 M, which is a very good deal.
Ibarra (http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/4177/jessibarraprofilest0.jpg) is my second choice, signed 11 M last year, an expensive but good substitute.
Kihlman (http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/2029/teemukihlmanprofileky7.jpg) is a good youngster signed 2 years ago for 20 k,
DMC :
Hoek (http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/9295/johnhoekprofilebg7.jpg), record signing (35 M), is my first choice. He's my second world class player.
Vanak (http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/7153/michalvanakprofileru2.jpg), signed 6 years later, for 300 k, is my second choice, and one of my favourite players.
David (http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/1968/micheldavidprofileih2.jpg) is a promising youngster bought 2 M 2 years ago.

MC : Cabrera (http://img377.imageshack.us/img377/2303/albertogarcacabreraprofkt2.jpg) is my first choice, at the left. He was signed 23 M 3 years ago, and was my first big signing.
Mocka (http://img501.imageshack.us/img501/6817/jeanmarcmockaprofilewj1.jpg), first choice at the right, signed this year for 16,5 M, is already a star player.
Cecchetti (http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/8108/davidececchettiprofilenb8.jpg) is one of my second choice, signed 4 years ago for 3,7 M. He is one off the 3 young players (with Wilian and Gabilondo) of whom I expected very much.
Cummins (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/7378/jamescumminsprofilevl3.jpg) is the other substitute, bought 4 years ago for only 200 k, many big clubs wanted him at this time, but I got him.
Santano (http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/179/aitorsantanoprofilexg7.jpg) is a young player who could replace Cecchetti or Cummins if one of them was sold. He costed me 2,1 M last year.

Wingers :
Del Olmo (http://img501.imageshack.us/img501/4268/jorgedelolmoprofilere5.jpg) is my first choice at the left. He was signed 3 years ago for 2 M, a good deal.
Wilian (http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/3616/willianprofilexv3.jpg) was my second choice, signed 4 years before for 500 k. He was sold to Liverpool for 14 M, and replaced by
Gabilondo (http://img329.imageshack.us/img329/3457/sergiogabilondoprofilewz9.jpg), a striker who learned how to play AMR at Chippenham,and was signed also 4 years ago, for 1,9 M. He played at the right, while Olovsson played to the left after January.
Alexandre (http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/3731/alexandreprofilewt7.jpg) is my first choice, signed 12 M last year. One of my key players, he missed the game against Inter and I saw the difference.
Olovsson (http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/2781/robinolovssonprofiledm2.jpg), second choice at the right, and then at the left, signed 3,6 M 5 years ago.
Bartolucci (http://img390.imageshack.us/img390/4817/giovannibartolucciprofidq3.jpg) is one of my worst signing, rated 7 stars PA, he costed 13 M last year, but he is way too slow to play as left winger !
Willis (http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/6153/peterwillisprofilehi5.jpg) was signed 2M 3 years ago, a good substitute.

Strikers :
Ruggiero (http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/4562/albertoruggieroprofileij3.jpg) is my star player. I signed this world-class player 2 years ago for only 14,75 M, after long negotiations because he refused many contracts before accepting to join.
Delahaye (http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/8885/karldelahayeprofileyz6.jpg) is my second choice, signed on a free 2 years before. I want him to play left winger, and to replace him by another striker who can jump.



To recap :

Season 1 : 2008-2009 : BSS 1st (promoted)
Season 2 : 2009-2010 : BSP 11th
Season 3 : 2010-2011 : BSP 1st (promoted)
Season 4 : 2011-2012 : L2 1st (promoted)
Season 5 : 2012-2013 : L1 5th
Season 6 : 2013-2014 : L1 1st (promoted)
Season 7 : 2014-2015 : CH 12th
Season 8 : 2015-2016 : CH 2nd (promoted)
Season 9 : 2016-2017 : PL 17th
Season 10 : 2017-2018 : PL 6th (Qualification to EC)
Season 11 : 2018-2019 : PL 8th (Qualification to EV)
Season 12 : 2019-2020 : PL 2nd (Qualification to ECC)
Season 13 : 2020-2021 : PL 1st (Challenge completed)

saab693
15-08-2008, 14:20
it's simple once you know. Highlight the text you want the link to be (i.e. highlight 'profile' if you put it in your post, and then do the web link. this will transform your text into the link.

sorry cant work out what you mean! I highlight the word 'Profile'.....?

roberto922
15-08-2008, 14:23
No highlight the link and type what you want in

saab693
15-08-2008, 14:26
it's simple once you know. Highlight the text you want the link to be (i.e. highlight 'profile' if you put it in your post, and then do the web link. this will transform your text into the link.


No highlight the link and type what you want in

That hasnt worked either. Could you do a step by step for the idiot i am??

roberto922
15-08-2008, 14:29
Put the link in: http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/dafugeprofilepic.jpg

then you highlight the whole of the link and type over it what you want: Profile (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/dafugeprofilepic.jpg)

make sure that it's completely highlighted or it won't work

rlipscombe
15-08-2008, 14:32
sorry cant work out what you mean! I highlight the word 'Profile'.....?

sorry i wasn't clear. say you want to put a screenshot of "Joe Bloggs" your new striker. You will no doubt mention him something like this in your post:

"star of the season was Joe Bloggs, a new signing from Arsenal, who scored 23 goals."

to tie the screenshot to his name, highlight his name in the text, click on "Insert Link, paste the link in, and click Ok. this should tie the link to his name.

hope this makes more sense.

saab693
15-08-2008, 14:32
Put the link in: http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/dafugeprofilepic.jpg

then you highlight the whole of the link and type over it what you want: Profile (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/dafugeprofilepic.jpg)

make sure that it's completely highlighted or it won't work

Ok heres where i paste the link Profile
I now highlight it and type profile

roberto922
15-08-2008, 14:33
Hmm, weird I can't help you then because I don't get what you're doing wrong :(

rlipscombe
15-08-2008, 14:41
Tiverton Town FC - Blue Square South - Pre-Season Review 2008/09

as i near the end of my first pre-season with Tivvy, i thought it was time for a pre-season review. On the results front, pre-season could best be described as 'steady'. Comfortable, if unspectacular wins were recorded against lower league opposition, improving my confidence for the season. this came crashing back down t oearth following our 5-0 home defeat to Exeter City (who i had previously terminated our link with...). :( This was a blow to morale, although some was repaired with a narrow 2-1 home defeat to Plymouth Reserves.

On the player front, the squad is almost there now. i am maybe lacking a pacey CB and a CM, but it's not too bad. I have trialed an extensive list of players, and while many have been sent packing, a chosen few have earned a chance to pull on the Tivvy shirt. i have picked out of few of the players who i think will be critical to the success (or lack of) we have this season:

Reuben Reid (http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/6034/reidgt2.jpg) - My first 'signing', on a season loan from Plymouth. His stats aren't too special, but is highly rated by coaches and scouts, and i hope he will be able to score the goals to keep us up.

Waide Fairhurst (http://img374.imageshack.us/img374/2173/fairhurstyc8.jpg) - my first 'real' signing. A young ST, i had him in previous attempts with Worksop and Matlock. A decent prospect, with solid all round stats. Initially destined to be an impact player off the bench.

Giovanni Torre (http://img374.imageshack.us/img374/1923/torrehk5.jpg) - young Italian ST once on Portsmouth's books. highly rated by my staff, Giovanni has possibly been my best striker in pre-season. Technical stats aren't great though.

Oliver Hotchkiss (http://img501.imageshack.us/img501/2421/hotchkisscy9.jpg) - Young Attacking Midfielder signed after his release by Leeds. Another player known to me after my Worksop save. One of my early signings. Should hopefully provide an attacking thrust from midfield. Too good for little ol' Tiverton tbh.

Ryan Beswick (http://img501.imageshack.us/img501/3179/beswickoi9.jpg) - Another 'key' signing for me, Ryan will be trusted with providing the width down the left side of midfielder. a good crosser, with decent pace, i'm looking for Ryan to be one of our main supply lines for goals.

Michal Misiewicz (http://img514.imageshack.us/img514/4026/misiewiczxj1.jpg) - Young Polish keeper signed on season long loan from Plymouth. Will start as No. 1 'keeper, despite his tender age. Already produced some heroics in pre-season. i firmly believe he will become a great player in years to come.

And now, to my choice of Youth Project for 2008-09:

Profile (http://img501.imageshack.us/img501/9464/youthprojectmb6.jpg)
Coach Report. (http://img501.imageshack.us/img501/2496/youthprojectcoachnf2.jpg)

it was a tough choice of Youth Project for this year, as it could have been a few players to be honest. I have gone for this young GK, as he is rated as having the best potential by my Ass Man. Has solid stats for someone so young, imo. Will probably battle with another GK to be Michal's understudy this season. I will look to give him a few games if possible, although a short-term loan may be an option. Whereas Nep looked to give as much gametime as possible, i will, albeit to a lesser extent. It may well change after this season - we shall see.

>>> AIMS FOR THE NEW SEASON <<<

>> SURVIVAL. at the end of the day, it's the only thing that matters really. i am hoping for a mid-table finish, but survival is all that matters really.

>> to try and reach the first round of the FA Cup.

>> to try and ensure long-term financial stability.


So that's about it. Tivvy are just about ready for their first season in the Blue Square South. i feel that it might well be a bumpy ride along the way....

saab693
15-08-2008, 14:41
Hmm, weird I can't help you then because I don't get what you're doing wrong :(

This is going to sound hard to explain, but how come in your post showing me how to do it, the link is on the 1st line then the word Profile appears on the 3rd line? If you're just writing 'Profile' over the original link then surely it would appear on the 1st line? I think this is where i'm going wrong!

roberto922
15-08-2008, 14:55
Because I was trying to show a before and after (I watched Blue Peter as a kid :D).

saab693
15-08-2008, 17:57
Tiverton Town FC - Blue Square South - Pre-Season Review 2008/09

as i near the end of my first pre-season with Tivvy, i thought it was time for a pre-season review. On the results front, pre-season could best be described as 'steady'. Comfortable, if unspectacular wins were recorded against lower league opposition, improving my confidence for the season. this came crashing back down t oearth following our 5-0 home defeat to Exeter City (who i had previously terminated our link with...). :( This was a blow to morale, although some was repaired with a narrow 2-1 home defeat to Plymouth Reserves.

On the player front, the squad is almost there now. i am maybe lacking a pacey CB and a CM, but it's not too bad. I have trialed an extensive list of players, and while many have been sent packing, a chosen few have earned a chance to pull on the Tivvy shirt. i have picked out of few of the players who i think will be critical to the success (or lack of) we have this season:

Reuben Reid (http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/6034/reidgt2.jpg) - My first 'signing', on a season loan from Plymouth. His stats aren't too special, but is highly rated by coaches and scouts, and i hope he will be able to score the goals to keep us up.

Waide Fairhurst (http://img374.imageshack.us/img374/2173/fairhurstyc8.jpg) - my first 'real' signing. A young ST, i had him in previous attempts with Worksop and Matlock. A decent prospect, with solid all round stats. Initially destined to be an impact player off the bench.

Giovanni Torre (http://img374.imageshack.us/img374/1923/torrehk5.jpg) - young Italian ST once on Portsmouth's books. highly rated by my staff, Giovanni has possibly been my best striker in pre-season. Technical stats aren't great though.

Oliver Hotchkiss (http://img501.imageshack.us/img501/2421/hotchkisscy9.jpg) - Young Attacking Midfielder signed after his release by Leeds. Another player known to me after my Worksop save. One of my early signings. Should hopefully provide an attacking thrust from midfield. Too good for little ol' Tiverton tbh.

Ryan Beswick (http://img501.imageshack.us/img501/3179/beswickoi9.jpg) - Another 'key' signing for me, Ryan will be trusted with providing the width down the left side of midfielder. a good crosser, with decent pace, i'm looking for Ryan to be one of our main supply lines for goals.

Michal Misiewicz (http://img514.imageshack.us/img514/4026/misiewiczxj1.jpg) - Young Polish keeper signed on season long loan from Plymouth. Will start as No. 1 'keeper, despite his tender age. Already produced some heroics in pre-season. i firmly believe he will become a great player in years to come.

And now, to my choice of Youth Project for 2008-09:

Profile (http://img501.imageshack.us/img501/9464/youthprojectmb6.jpg)
Coach Report. (http://img501.imageshack.us/img501/2496/youthprojectcoachnf2.jpg)

it was a tough choice of Youth Project for this year, as it could have been a few players to be honest. I have gone for this young GK, as he is rated as having the best potential by my Ass Man. Has solid stats for someone so young, imo. Will probably battle with another GK to be Michal's understudy this season. I will look to give him a few games if possible, although a short-term loan may be an option. Whereas Nep looked to give as much gametime as possible, i will, albeit to a lesser extent. It may well change after this season - we shall see.

>>> AIMS FOR THE NEW SEASON <<<

>> SURVIVAL. at the end of the day, it's the only thing that matters really. i am hoping for a mid-table finish, but survival is all that matters really.

>> to try and reach the first round of the FA Cup.

>> to try and ensure long-term financial stability.


So that's about it. Tivvy are just about ready for their first season in the Blue Square South. i feel that it might well be a bumpy ride along the way....


Looking good mate, the Youth Project player looks really good considering the quallity of Tivvy's academy!
I have similar hopes for my Halesowen first season, should hopefully get pre-season and the start of the season played and written up tonight.

All the best, looking forward to your next update

darren1983
15-08-2008, 17:59
I really hate this game at the moment! After spending my summer going through and offering trials to about 50 players I finally settled on what looked like the best squad i'd ever had. Then the day before the season started my chairman sold my captain and star cb of 75k + 25% add on. Even after this I had a good start to the season but just after the transfer window closed I went on a shocking run! Am now at the start of Dec and have lost 9 straight :( Am now going to take a break, jump in the shower then go and get ****ed and come back to this bloody game tomorrow :D

saab693
15-08-2008, 18:00
I really hate this game at the moment! After spending my summer going through and offering trials to about 50 players I finally settled on what looked like the best squad i'd ever had. Then the day before the season started my chairman sold my captain and star cb of 75k + 25% add on. Even after this I had a good start to the season but just after the transfer window closed I went on a shocking run! Am now at the start of Dec and have lost 9 straight :( Am now going to take a break, jump in the shower then go and get ****ed and come back to this bloody game tomorrow :D

its a tough life eh! have fun

rlipscombe
15-08-2008, 19:59
Looking good mate, the Youth Project player looks really good considering the quallity of Tivvy's academy!
I have similar hopes for my Halesowen first season, should hopefully get pre-season and the start of the season played and written up tonight.

All the best, looking forward to your next update

Tivvy actually have a 'good youth academy' - one of the reasons i chose them tbh. hoping to get a few gems through it in the coming years.

saab693
16-08-2008, 00:24
Tivvy actually have a 'good youth academy' - one of the reasons i chose them tbh. hoping to get a few gems through it in the coming years.

Ah that explains it!

I still havent worked out the link thing - i cant find the 'insert link' bit you mention in the above post. Whereabouts is it?

steve.rush
16-08-2008, 01:36
Season 3

Chelmsford 2010/11 Blue Square Premier

After the disappointment of falling at the final hurdle last season, we were looking to push on and go one better and get promotion. I strengthened the squad in depth with some good prospects and also managed to get some quality from our feeder club, QPR.

Transfers (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/2010-11/transfers.jpg)

We started the season quite poorly with just two wins in the first six games, but gradually started to scrape wins together. We really missed a good goalkeeper this season and the guys we had seemed to struggle to cement their place between the sticks.

Ultimately, the league championship came down to the final day yet again. We travelled to 20th placed Lewes, two points ahead of the chasing pack at the top of the table. We needed a win, as a draw would mean we could miss out on goal difference.

Lewes, fighting for survival, capitalised on a defensive mistake to take the lead on 3 minutes and just as I thought it couldn't get any worse, they doubled their lead on the half hour. I couldn't believe that we were about to throw the championship out of the window! Wayne Clarke scored a goal just before the break to throw us a much needed life-line. 2-1 down at the halfway stage and if results stayed the same, we would finish in third place in the league!

A battle cry from our captain Matt Fish followed the guys out the tunnel for the second half and we responded. Daniel Neary with a screamer from the edge of the box equalised and then the captain himself notching two fantastic free-kicks. 4-2 win and the Blue Square Premier Championship was ours!

4-2 Win! (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/2010-11/finalday.jpg)

Blue Square Premier (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/2010-11/league.jpg)

Captain Matt Fish (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/2010-11/fish.jpg) and Scott Chamberlain (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/2010-11/chamberlain.jpg) were again rewarded in the Players Select (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/2010-11/select.jpg) and on a personal note, I was awarded Manager of the Season (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/2010-11/mos.jpg)

A notable mention must go to Danny Ward (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/2010-11/ward.jpg) who forced his way into the starting line-up ahead of fans favourite Jonathan Pringle to finish top goalscorer and Dominic Brackstone (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/2010-11/brackstone.jpg) who started off in the youth team and is coming along nicely in his progress

Squad (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/2010-11/squad.jpg) I Finances (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/2010-11/finances.jpg) I Fans Player (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/2010-11/fans.jpg) I Season XI (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/2010-11/seasonxi.jpg) I Overall XI (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/2010-11/overallxi.jpg)

At the end of the season, after much speculation, I signed a new Contract (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/2010-11/contract.jpg) that will keep me at Chelmsford City until 2015

After our promotion to the Football League, we have now become a Professional (http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/steve_rush/2008-09/2010-11/pro.jpg) club

ejthegreat
16-08-2008, 09:16
Chippenham - PL - 2020/2021

(Challenge completed)

Congrats on completing the challenge Ben-g :thup:

rlipscombe
16-08-2008, 11:56
Tiverton Town - Blue Square South - End of September 2008/09 Update

League Table (http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/1567/tablesept08wy8.jpg)
Squad (http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/7643/squadsept08su4.jpg)

Well, what can i say?? I'm overwhelmed with the start we have had. It's going better than i could have imagined.... i know it's only early days, but i am already changing what i want to achieve for this season. after this start, maybe we can make the play-offs, if not automatic promotion!!

i know there's a long way to go, but i can ejoy it for now....

kccircle
16-08-2008, 20:22
Jumped back onto this having given up my Cookstown Olympic game on Gundo's challenge

I have chosen Kings Lynn on a 1st load - Norwich as a parent club helped

http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q244/kccircle/InitialProfile-1.jpg

dafuge
16-08-2008, 21:02
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Premier League 2016/2017 Halesowen Town gillianchung Premier League Champions 2015/16
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Premier League 2019/2020 Hendon Scab Premier League Champions 2018/19
Champions League winners 2018/19

Premier League 2020/2021 Bedford Town leth4l87 Premier League Champions 2017/18
Champions League winners 2019/20

Premier League 2021/2022 Chippenham Town Beng Premier League Champions 2020/21
Champions League winners 2020/21

Premier League 2020/2021 Chippenham Town 3Sixty Premier League Champions 2021/22
Champions League winners 2021/22

Premier League 2022/2023 Prescot Cables dafuge Premier League Champions 2021/22
Champions League winners 2021/22

Premier League 2023/2024 AFC Hornchurch Rickaldo Premier League Champions 2021/22
Champions League winners 2021/22

Premier League 2027/2028 Boreham Wood kaNovi Premier League Champions 2020/21
Champions League winners 2022/23

Premier League 2024/2025 AFC Wimbledon ejthegreat Premier League Champions 2021/22
Champions League winners 2022/23

Premier League 2024/2025 Merthyr Tydfil Annihilator666 Premier League Champions 2022/23
Champions League winners 2023/24

Premier League 2036/2037 Marine michaeltmurrayuk Premier League Champions 2026/27
Champions League winners 2027/28

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16-08-2008, 21:02
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michaeltmurrayuk
16-08-2008, 22:16
Dafuge - it may be better for FM09 to add people to the table once they have finished the first season, have most of those people in the first season even posted an opening post?

dafuge
16-08-2008, 22:25
Dafuge - it may be better for FM09 to add people to the table once they have finished the first season, have most of those people in the first season even posted an opening post?

It's all automatically generated by the website so that really is a list of everyone who's taken part, even if they played less than a season. I haven't really got the time to do it all manually like I used to, I was spending around 45 minutes every time I was updating it.

Saying that, I'm not sure of we'll still have the website for FM09, assuming there is a challenge for FM09...

threelions1goal
17-08-2008, 01:43
Well I'm the newest latecomer to this challenge!!

Always played versions of FM, just choosing what teams to be and became bored of being the same teams, signing the same players etc etc.

So after doing a few challenges "last at Christmas" on susie, "Real Sociedad" again on susie and lastly "San Marino" from this website - where I have just finished after not having my contract renewed after losing the Serie C2B play off final twice in a row, I have decided to have a crack at this!!

So (if it posts) here I am.....

http://img154.imageshack.us/my.php?image=matlockmanagereo6.jpg

And thats me!!

Can't wait to get going on this challenge tomorrow - its way too late now, and Strongbow will impair my judgement at this time of the night!!

radicell
17-08-2008, 01:53
It's all automatically generated by the website so that really is a list of everyone who's taken part, even if they played less than a season. I haven't really got the time to do it all manually like I used to, I was spending around 45 minutes every time I was updating it.

Saying that, I'm not sure of we'll still have the website for FM09, assuming there is a challenge for FM09...

Come on Dafuge, there has to be a FM09 version! I can't wait to use some new non-AFCWimbledon teams! :D

rancer890
17-08-2008, 02:49
Going to take a rest from my challenge and the CSE Euros and I have started at AFC Wimbledon

Hope it's not too late...

Profile (http://img107.imageshack.us/my.php?image=profilege8.jpg)

MikaelS
17-08-2008, 07:02
Going to take a rest from my challenge and the CSE Euros and I have started at AFC Wimbledon

Hope it's not too late...

Profile (http://img107.imageshack.us/my.php?image=profilege8.jpg)

its never too late :)

MikaelS
17-08-2008, 07:03
Well I'm the newest latecomer to this challenge!!

Always played versions of FM, just choosing what teams to be and became bored of being the same teams, signing the same players etc etc.

So after doing a few challenges "last at Christmas" on susie, "Real Sociedad" again on susie and lastly "San Marino" from this website - where I have just finished after not having my contract renewed after losing the Serie C2B play off final twice in a row, I have decided to have a crack at this!!

So (if it posts) here I am.....

http://img154.imageshack.us/my.php?image=matlockmanagereo6.jpg

And thats me!!

Can't wait to get going on this challenge tomorrow - its way too late now, and Strongbow will impair my judgement at this time of the night!!
Welcome and good luck :thup:

darren1983
17-08-2008, 13:18
AFC Wimbledon Season 2012/13 Review

As stated in an eariler post, I started the season ok with what I thought wasmy best squad ever. How wrong was I! After a frankly rubbish run of 11 straight defets I changed my formation and results started to pick up. Sadly was too late to really get anywhere near a promtion challenge and I spent the whole season in the bottom half, finally ending in 17th place. http://s133.photobucket.com/albums/q43/darren1983_2006/?action=view&current=BlueSquarePremierStages.png

However I did manage to guide the wombles to their first ever visit to a wembley by getting to the final of the sentanta sheild. http://s133.photobucket.com/albums/q43/darren1983_2006/?action=view&current=AFCWimbledonvOxfordOverview.png

In case the screen shot dont work I lost 3-2.

AH well, allways next season :D

michaeltmurrayuk
17-08-2008, 13:51
Come on Dafuge, there has to be a FM09 version! I can't wait to use some new non-AFCWimbledon teams! :D

FC United :cool:

radicell
17-08-2008, 14:05
FC United :cool:

Exactly what I had in mind. Promotion from the non-playable leagues seem to be based on reputation alone, so I hope some teams that didn't make it this year get to become 'regulars'.

michaeltmurrayuk
17-08-2008, 19:55
Hopefully in FM09 all/most the challenge teams will have the same reputation, so there's an equal chance of any coming up - rather than previous versions where a couple of teams always seem to come up.

dafuge
17-08-2008, 20:01
Hopefully in FM09 all/most the challenge teams will have the same reputation, so there's an equal chance of any coming up - rather than previous versions where a couple of teams always seem to come up.

That would be great but I can't see it happening.

FC United could be popular though.

Frazza Pee
17-08-2008, 20:01
Is FC United actually a football team?

dafuge
17-08-2008, 20:06
Is FC United actually a football team?

It's the breakaway club Man Utd fans started when the Glazers took over, a bit like AFC Wimbledon.

Frazza Pee
17-08-2008, 20:10
Brilliant name.

dafuge
17-08-2008, 20:11
FC United of Manchester is the full name

Frazza Pee
17-08-2008, 20:12
That makes it quite bad tbh.

NepentheZ
17-08-2008, 20:17
Yes it is a terrible name.

Real London FC is a much better name :D

threelions1goal
18-08-2008, 00:59
Just reading through (alot!!) of earlier posts and Mustafa Hadji is a "grey area".

I've not signed him yet, but as he appears on my "transfers" screen, with my assistant filtering out unrealistic targets, is it ok to just sign him, or must I invite him on trial first??

Just trying to play by the rules!!

dafuge
18-08-2008, 01:04
If you can get him on trial you are free to sign him.

The easy way to think of the rule is if you can't get a scout or a coach to report on a player, you can't sign him.

radicell
18-08-2008, 02:23
That would be great but I can't see it happening.

FC United could be popular though.

Along with the likes of Merthyr Tydfil, Tiverton, King's Lynn, ... the same old clubs who failed to make promotion this year. At least I hope they reshuffle some reputation so that new clubs get a chance.

Oh, and question for you Dafuge: How the hell did you get Prescot Cables promoted? Sheer luck?

dafuge
18-08-2008, 11:21
Oh, and question for you Dafuge: How the hell did you get Prescot Cables promoted? Sheer luck?

It took quite a few reloads until they came up.

michaeltmurrayuk
18-08-2008, 13:16
For anyone who's interest these are likely to be the challenge teams for FM09 (taken from the bbc website):

BGB Southern Premier Division: Banbury United, Bashley, Bedford Town, Brackley Town, Cambridge City, Chippenham Town, Clevedon Town, Corby Town, Evesham United, Farnborough, Gloucester City, Halesowen Town, Hemel Hempstead Town, Hitchin Town, Mangotsfield United, Merthyr Tydfil, Oxford City, Rugby Town, Stourbridge, Swindon Supermarine, Tiverton Town, Yate Town.

Ryman Premier Division: AFC Hornchurch, Ashford Town (Middlesex), Billericay Town, Boreham Wood, Canvey Island, Carshalton Athletic, Dartford, Dover Athletic, Harlow Town, Harrow Borough, Hastings United, Hendon, Heybridge Swifts, Horsham, Maidstone United, Margate, Ramsgate, Staines Town, Sutton United, Tonbridge Angels, Tooting & Mitcham, Wealdstone.

Unibond Premier Division: Ashton United, Boston United, Bradford Park Avenue, Buxton, Cammell Laird, Eastwood Town, FC United of Manchester, Frickley Athletic, Guiseley, Hednesford Town, Ilkeston Town, Kendal Town, Leigh Genesis, Marine, Matlock Town, Nantwich Town, North Ferriby United, Ossett Town, Prescot Cables, Whitby Town, Witton Albion, Worksop Town.

Assuming FM09 doesn't mess around with the reputations too much, I don't think many of those teams will have a large reputation - I expect Boston Utd will get promoted often, possibly Carshalton (they had a high rep in FM07), FC United may have a large reputation due to their rise (Like AFC Wimbledon, assuming that wasn't down to the game/researchers counting them as the old Wimbledon, or due to SI's sponsorship of them).

Full Non-League Roundup on BBC's site (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_conf/7402814.stm) - Altrincham yet again survive relagation due to other teams being demoted :)

Cambridge City, Leigh Genesis/RMI and Sutton Utd were all relagated to the feeder leagues. Whilst the promotions of Gateshead and AFC Wimbledon will at least see some new teams in next years challenge, though Team Bath getting promoted was a surprise, considering I've never seen them promoted in any of my games.

I may have a hard choice choosing between Marine and FC United assuming either ever come up.

dafuge
18-08-2008, 13:23
Hopefully with Gateshead and AFC Wimbledon out there should be a bit more variety.

Cammell Laird? I've never heard of them

rlipscombe
18-08-2008, 14:36
Hopefully with Gateshead and AFC Wimbledon out there should be a bit more variety.

Cammell Laird? I've never heard of them

i noticed them when i was looking at the league tables at lunch. never heard of them... i can see FC United becoming the new AFC Wimbledon (assuming rep is high enough to get them promoted....)

rlipscombe
18-08-2008, 14:38
(taken from Wikipedia.... if anyone cares... :) )

Cammell Laird Football Club is a association football (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Association_football) club based at Kirklands Stadium (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kirklands_Stadium&action=edit&redlink=1) in Rock Ferry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_Ferry), Birkenhead (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birkenhead), Merseyside (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merseyside), England (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England).

Cammell Laird Football Club can trace its origins back to 1889 when a team from the Upper Boilers Shop of Laird Brothers (forerunners of the world famous shipyard whose name the club carries to this day) played in Birkenhead Park under the name of Grange Football Club. However, the club soon changed to the rugby code and it was not until June 1907 that the Cammell Laird Institute Association Football Club was established.

They have won the West Cheshire League (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Cheshire_League) 19 times in the past 35 years. They reached the Quarter-Finals of the FA Vase (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FA_Vase) in the season 1994-95 but have since bettered that by reaching the Semi-finals. They lost 5-0 on aggregate to Nantwich Town.
In season 2005-06 'The Lairds' became the 1st team to win the championship of the second and first divisions of the North West Counties League at the first time of trying, scoring over 250 league goals in the process.

They are currently members of the Northern Premier League Premier Division (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Premier_League_Premier_Division) after being promoted automatically in season 2007/08 due to Retford United (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retford_United), who won the league, failing their ground grading, meaning the 2nd placed team were promoted in their place.

_Agalloch_
18-08-2008, 16:06
Right, after 5 odd years with Gateshead I got a bit bored so I'm leaving that as a novelty game.

My last attempt at the challenge on FM08 and fate has dealt me with Hitchin Town (for the third time):

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn186/Electric_Wizard_2008/TheElectricWizard-HitchinTown.jpg?t=1219071793

michaeltmurrayuk
18-08-2008, 19:15
(taken from Wikipedia.... if anyone cares... :) )

Cammell Laird Football Club is a association football (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Association_football) club based at Kirklands Stadium (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kirklands_Stadium&action=edit&redlink=1) in Rock Ferry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_Ferry), Birkenhead (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birkenhead), Merseyside (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merseyside), England (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England).

Cammell Laird Football Club can trace its origins back to 1889 when a team from the Upper Boilers Shop of Laird Brothers (forerunners of the world famous shipyard whose name the club carries to this day) played in Birkenhead Park under the name of Grange Football Club. However, the club soon changed to the rugby code and it was not until June 1907 that the Cammell Laird Institute Association Football Club was established.

They have won the West Cheshire League (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Cheshire_League) 19 times in the past 35 years. They reached the Quarter-Finals of the FA Vase (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FA_Vase) in the season 1994-95 but have since bettered that by reaching the Semi-finals. They lost 5-0 on aggregate to Nantwich Town.
In season 2005-06 'The Lairds' became the 1st team to win the championship of the second and first divisions of the North West Counties League at the first time of trying, scoring over 250 league goals in the process.

They are currently members of the Northern Premier League Premier Division (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Premier_League_Premier_Division) after being promoted automatically in season 2007/08 due to Retford United (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retford_United), who won the league, failing their ground grading, meaning the 2nd placed team were promoted in their place.

They look tempting, there ground is even smaller than Marines: 1,500 Capacity (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=CH42+1PY&ie=UTF8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ll=53.368343,-3.001295&spn=0.001276,0.003487&t=h&z=19)

radicell
19-08-2008, 10:08
They look tempting, there ground is even smaller than Marines: 1,500 Capacity (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=CH42+1PY&ie=UTF8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ll=53.368343,-3.001295&spn=0.001276,0.003487&t=h&z=19)

Farnborough and Dover are both newly-promoted clubs, and in FM08, they had huge reputations (the likes of 900-1200 while the other feeder-league clubs were around 600-800), so I'm expecting to see them quite a lot. FC United will probably become the new AFC Wimbledon, while Boston Utd the new Chelmsford. Carshalton came up a lot in 07, but was quite rare in 08 (anyone know why?) Also, teams like Hednesford, Marine, Merthyr Tydfil, Tiverton, King's Lynn etc. will stay as regulars. The situation with Team Bath just goes to show that FM deals with non-league promotions based on reputation alone. Also, has anyone ever noticed that promotion/relegation doesn't happen at all between two non-playable leagues? For example, no matter how many seasons you play, the Unibond League First Division North teams will always stay the same. None of them will ever get promoted to the Unibond Premier Division. Personally I think FM09 should change things up a bit, actually low-detail sim all the non-playable leagues games (at least the ones one division below the playable leagues), to determine who gets promoted, instead of reputation alone.

darren1983
19-08-2008, 14:17
Well my AFC game is getting to me now :( so am going to take a bit of a break from it and maybe start a career game. Will def come back in a few weeks though as I'm detrmined to get AFC promoted!

mit_p
19-08-2008, 18:05
If anyone is marine and spent a bit of time on the game, could you tell me what the max amount of scouts the board allow is?
Came first in the first season, havent properly signed up to the challenge board though.
Most of my players are from liverpool (parent team) on loan so next season should be fun.

OrientMartin
20-08-2008, 20:47
Tiverton Town 2008-2009

Just starting the season as Tiverton in my first go at this challenge as I needed a challenge until FM09.

Looks hard as we have 5 players (youth teamers) and no staff

Manager Profile: http://i37.tinypic.com/idyngk.jpg

Also, I'm the 10,000th post on this thread.

NepentheZ
20-08-2008, 22:29
10,000th post on this thread. Go me.

Edit : Orient Martin, You jammy so and so. :)

Edit, Part 2 : While you do indeed have the 10,000th post, Orient Martin, I have the 10,000th reply. IMO, thats better :D

In on-topic news, Real London will play in Europe for the first time getting into the Euro Vase :D

roberto922
21-08-2008, 14:10
Bets on this getting 20,000 posts for FM 09?

michaeltmurrayuk
21-08-2008, 17:41
10,000th post on this thread. Go me.

Edit : Orient Martin, You jammy so and so. :)

Edit, Part 2 : While you do indeed have the 10,000th post, Orient Martin, I have the 10,000th reply. IMO, thats better :D

In on-topic news, Real London will play in Europe for the first time getting into the Euro Vase :D

Yet the threads only been viewed 10,002 times. (I'm guessing the amount of views didn't survive the changeover).

_Agalloch_
22-08-2008, 00:49
Right, after 5 odd years with Gateshead I got a bit bored so I'm leaving that as a novelty game.

My last attempt at the challenge on FM08 and fate has dealt me with Hitchin Town (for the third time):

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn186/Electric_Wizard_2008/TheElectricWizard-HitchinTown.jpg?t=1219071793
Scrap that (I'm the most indecisive person ever, haha), I've decided to go for a lower rep. club to give myself a proper challenge. After reloading and reloading, the first club that came up (with the lowest reputation) was Chippenham Town, who I'm happy I got.

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn186/Electric_Wizard_2008/Chippenham-TheWizaard.jpg?t=1219362362

On a sidenote, how are people managing to sign Hotchkiss? Seriously, I've started this challenge numerous times and he's never been interested in signing for me, what did you do? Take him out for a picnic in the countryside?

NepentheZ
22-08-2008, 01:44
Yet the threads only been viewed 10,002 times. (I'm guessing the amount of views didn't survive the changeover).

That seems to be the case with the majority of threads that were changed over.

NepentheZ
22-08-2008, 01:55
Dear Dafuge's Challenge compatriots. I'd like to ask if anyone here has the same scenario.

While I'm extremely happy that I'm not in my 3rd Season in the Prem with Real London, I can't help but think I don't deserve to be here. I've not yet won a single league title. :( - I've never, ever finished first in a division, and have only won 1 trophy.

MikaelS
22-08-2008, 07:37
Scrap that (I'm the most indecisive person ever, haha), I've decided to go for a lower rep. club to give myself a proper challenge. After reloading and reloading, the first club that came up (with the lowest reputation) was Chippenham Town, who I'm happy I got.

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn186/Electric_Wizard_2008/Chippenham-TheWizaard.jpg?t=1219362362


Good luck with Chippenham. Its been a fun challenge for me with Chippenham so far.

MikaelS
22-08-2008, 07:39
Dear Dafuge's Challenge compatriots. I'd like to ask if anyone here has the same scenario.

While I'm extremely happy that I'm not in my 3rd Season in the Prem with Real London, I can't help but think I don't deserve to be here. I've not yet won a single league title. :( - I've never, ever finished first in a division, and have only won 1 trophy.
Its not the number of league titles that makes champions. A Promotion is a promotion regardless of how you look at it. Its the success after hard work and you should feel proud to have gotten this far.

I know I am.

The Rebel MC
22-08-2008, 11:49
Hello everyone, I think this is my first post - anyways, I've just started this challenege and am now at Chippenham Town - will begin to post screenshots when stuff has happened cos only just started it. Can't wait to get into it, I'll keep you posted!!!

threelions1goal
22-08-2008, 20:17
Okay, okay, I confess....... I'm a quitter!!!

Matlock Town - I'm afraid it wasn't for me.

As it was a first challenge of this type for me, I found it a good place to "cut my teeth" so to speak. But, I lost interest after Christmas.

I was around 14th-16th (which was ok for the board) finances were ok-ish, but it was the constant turnover of players that I think I went wrong with.

Now, I don't know about you guys, but I need to "feel" an affinity with my players, and I had that at the start of the season, but, as I said, lost it by trying to get too many frees, too may loanees, etc.

Soooo....... after being the "Matlock manager", I am now the "Guisley Gaffer!!!


[img=http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/888/guisleygafferro7.th.jpg] (http://img389.imageshack.us/my.php?image=guisleygafferro7.jpg)


Slightly higher rating than Matlock, but what drawed me to Guisley is that the chairman is looking to sell and I'm intrigued to what will happen!!

Here goes nothing.....................!!!

dafuge
22-08-2008, 22:33
Slightly higher rating than Matlock, but what drawed me to Guisley is that the chairman is looking to sell and I'm intrigued to what will happen!!

Here goes nothing.....................!!!

Best of luck and I hope the board takeover goes ok for you :thup: