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LiRiM-InSaNe
01-10-2008, 09:03
Real London? I know. I've been wondering it for a while. I don't think it does anything.

minisav
01-10-2008, 11:57
I think the stars are something to do with how much of a prospect they are. I read something about it in the Wallace V Roberts thread. It is used just to help new managers an doften remind current managers of who to look out for

NepentheZ
01-10-2008, 12:03
I was just thinking the same this, especially Nep's fetish (hehe) with the * :D




Real London? I know. I've been wondering it for a while. I don't think it does anything.

LiRiM - I think he means the * beside my player names, and not to do with the club name change ;)

As for the stars, and the nicknames, and the other stuff I edit about the players names that you don't realize - its purely to help me know who is good, and why. For example, Bullseye is dubbed that because it seems every pass he makes hits the target. Dubbing him bullseyes lets me know I shouldn't play him on the wing, because his talents would be less effective there.

Jimbokav is the man to speak to though. I got the idea from him, and he really does go all out with it on his players. :D

LiRiM-InSaNe
01-10-2008, 12:06
Ohk. I might try that out, got a new gem for my Marine side, posting it in your Youth project actually, great intelligence sdo I nicknamed him Einstein. :D

sirdez24
01-10-2008, 17:48
Season Review - 2010/11 - Billericay - BSP

Well, have just gotten to the end of season 2010/11, my first in the BSP, and as you can see by the final table (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/finaltable1011.jpg), I have a playoff semi against Rushden in 11 days. Injuries really hit me throughout February and March and this was when Cambridge made its run to deservedly take the title.

My star player was obviously Wallace (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/wallace3.jpg), who won the BSP golden boot by seven goals, despite playing less than 30 games. Unfortunately he missed all of February and half of March with fractured ribs and then a gashed leg, and is fighting a battle to be fit for the first leg after bruising ribs in the final game (after scoring twice early on, mind you). The only interest in him comes from L2 Chester, however I have managed to tie him up until the end of 2013 (after the screenshot was taken that is, which shows him expiring in 2012). He wouldn't sign for any longer but that's fine for now.

I have also been offered a new two-year deal but have delayed it until once the playoffs are finished. Obviously I'll re-sign then.

Other key players

Bates (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/Bates.jpg) - A very solid season between the posts for the young Aussie, earning a call-up to the u21s in the process. Unfortunately will miss the playoffs through injury.

Bottinelli (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/Bottinelli2.jpg) - Comfortably my best defender, was very solid at the back and even took the armband a few times.

Parsons (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/parsons2.jpg) - My midfield maestro, and scored some cracking FKs too. Led the league in assists.

Smith (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/moses.jpg) - Played his part (geddit...?) mainly as a super sub, coming up with some crucial goals and picking up a magnificent average rating given how often he only played the last 10-15 minutes. Will likely have to lead the line in the first leg with injuries to Wallace, Boateng and Price (causing his loan deal to be terminated).

Will play the playoffs tomorrow, but think I need another season in this division to strengthen in depth. Still, I won't knock back promotion as you never know when it will come around again, plus the club remains nearly £400K in debt.

darren1983
01-10-2008, 19:34
Been away for a few days so not been able to finish my season till today

Hitchin Town Season 2011/2012 Review BSP

Was an good season in the end, we started badly and were conceded goals at a shocking rate, but just before christmas I had a bit of a reshuffle of my back 4 and that tidyed it up a small amount. I continued to have GK problems with my keeper being MOM one week then not being able to catch a cold the next. Despite this we were never in any real danger og going down thanks mainly due to our impressive forward Zavon hines who continued his scoreing record and now has 117 goals in 185 games for me.

League Table http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q43/darren1983_2006/BlueSquarePremierStages-3.png

The cups were again were not great, other then the sentanta sheild where we done better then ever before by reaching the semi-finals where we lost to winners York. But it at least it raised some cash for the club.

My aim for next season is to try and oush for a play-off place, and have found the person I belive that can solve my problem pos at GK.

sirdez24
02-10-2008, 06:55
Playoff Semi leg 1 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/playoffleg1.jpg)
Playoff Semi leg 2 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/playoffleg2.jpg)
Playoff Final (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/playofffinal.jpg)

The final was decided by a keeper clearance that beat my defence for a striker to tap home, which felt pretty cheap at the time, but in reality they were the better side and deserved the points. Rushden absolutely battered me in the second leg too but somehow I held on.

Parsons and Wallace both made the BSP Team of the Season (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/teamoftheyear.jpg), with Wallace also finishing up with 37 league goals, six ahead of the next man.

Unfortunately he's off to Exeter (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/wallacegone.jpg) next season after the chairman accepted a bid of £90K up front, £12K after 20 league goals and a friendly. I offered him out to clubs at around the same price and with a 40% sell-on fee and got a few bids, and also offered him a new contract myself, but despite this message (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/wallacepraise.jpg), he will be plying his trade in L2 with Exeter next season.

NepentheZ
02-10-2008, 12:42
Unlucky sirdez24. A play off final is great work though, hopefully next season Automatic Promotion :thup:

TSmith1991
02-10-2008, 13:55
Right, I've finally finished season 1 with my new club, Chelmsford.

Season 1 review

League position: 1st (http://img367.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ecs1rn8.jpg), 103pts.
Top scorer: Big Show (http://img530.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bigshowje9.jpg), 37

The season went surprisingly smoothly, with not one team strong enough to challenge us for the title. As it turned out, we won the league by a huge margin with a record number of points. This was mainly due to my main man Fola 'Big Show' Onibuje, a talismanic 2.01m striker who led the line and dominated the goal charts, scoring nearly one goal per game despite injury woes.

In the cups, we went on a pretty amazing run, despatching a series of non-league no-hopers before thumping League 2 Peterborough 3-0, beating Halifax at their ground, before travelling to Premiership Leeds, and springing perhaps the shock of the tournament by dumping them out 2-1. We were knocked out ourselves next round against fellow premiership boys Birmingham, but the gate receipts totalling £600k should keep us afloat for the next few years at least.

The BSP will be a much harder challenge, but we're already a step closer to EPL glory...

NepentheZ
02-10-2008, 15:35
I can't imagine why he's called "Big Show" - at 6'7" haha. :D

Well done on your promotion. I remember FM07 - much easier through the smaller leagues, but by the time I hit League 1 and Champs, I was there for a decade :( only 1 loss is impressive too, lets hope you keep the form into the BSP

sirdez24
02-10-2008, 15:40
Going by the date, that's FM08 with a throwback skin.

sirdez24
02-10-2008, 16:25
Nevermind, it is 07 according to the youth project thread. Just had the date as 2009 on the player profile which would mean the end of a third season on 07.

darren1983
02-10-2008, 17:54
Well so musch for finding a player that woukd solve my GK problem. In 23 games so far this season, I have conceded a shocking 69 goals:eek: the only reason i'm not in the relegation zone is thanks to the fact i've scored 45 goals.

_Agalloch_
02-10-2008, 18:43
Season 1 reviewTop scorer: Big Show (http://img530.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bigshowje9.jpg), 37
Is that Onibuje by any chance? That guy was an absolute machine for my Carshalton side.

TSmith1991
02-10-2008, 20:21
Yup, that's the man. It's nice to have a target man with a bit of pace isn't it?

sirdez24
03-10-2008, 02:08
Five games into the new season and I've gone top with four wins and a disappointing home draw. Three of my first five games were away to teams predicted to finish 1st, 3rd and 4th and I won all three, so I'm pretty happy with the way things are going (I'm normally a slow starter).

Told the board I'd challenge for the title to get some wiggling room in terms of wages, and despite losing my games record holder on a free (after he had personal problems and refused to re-sign) to Morecambe and obviously the goals of Wallace, I feel I'm a stronger team too.

Summer signings

Acton (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/acton.jpg) - Wallace's replacement. Not as lethal in key striking areas but a more balanced player overall and able to play midfield too. On a free from Port Vale.

Farkas (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/farkas.jpg) - Hungarian DC released by Liverpool. The best defender I have signed on this save and will play a key role.

Magee (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/magee.jpg) - On a free from Sunderland. Physically he isn't great but on reasonably small wages his technical ability should be an asset.

Lukic (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/lukic.jpg) - On a free from Preston. Can't see him being a regular starter but will provide cover for the entire back four and also midfield at a stretch.

Vidovic (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/vidovic.jpg) - Released by Leigh, should be fine for a season or two.

Ferguson (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/ferguson.jpg) - 16-year-old unattached newgen striker, looks very promising.

minisav
03-10-2008, 14:59
Profile (http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u148/minisav16/FM/Profile.jpg)

Well this is me starting again for only the 2nd time in 08. I gave up searching for a sub 1000 rep team and decided to take the team with the least players :p

sirdez24
04-10-2008, 09:22
This thread seems to have died of late...

Anyway, Season review - 2011/12 - Billericay Town - BSP

After the playoff final defeat last season, we started out on fire and didn't lose top spot from the third game onwards, wrapping up the title with five games to go - final table (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/1112table.jpg). So it's league football next season for the Ricay. Conceding a very late goal on the final day cost us the 100 points milestone however.

In the cups, we had a real money-spinner in the FA Cup, beating L1 Crystal Palace over two legs in the first round and L2 Cambridge over two legs in the second round, before drawing Championship Norwich in the third round and going down 0-2 at home. I'm still over £300K in the red but TV money hasn't come through yet for the new season.

Key players

Farkas (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/farkas2.jpg) - Unreal season. If he wasn't blasting in FKs he was winning literally everything aerially at either end of the ground. Playing as a barrowed DMC but with creative freedom, he was everywhere and in reality, far too good for the Conference. Is off to L1 Peterborough for £150K and 30% after he became unhappy I rejected approaches from L1 Barnsley and SPL side Falkirk, unfortunately.

Acton (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/acton2.jpg) - Was very good early but tapered off towards the end of the campaign. Still a very good season given his age and he is an excellent prospect.

Boateng (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/boateng2.jpg) - Started slowly but caught fire in the last two months. Between he and Acton they covered Wallace's goals, who Exeter have insisted on playing as a right winger.

Robertson (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/robertson.jpg) - Signed when the Islanders were generated, he's probably never going to be better than L1 standard but fits my system and did well in his first season.

Francis (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/francis.jpg) - A January purchase from EPL side Leicester for £18K, his overlapping runs down the right became my main attacking threat.

Just about to hit June 20th, and have delayed Farkas' transfer by a week so any transfer funds I get to retain go towards the new season.

minisav
04-10-2008, 12:31
I've heard of inspired substitutions but I never thought they'd do this well! (http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u148/minisav16/FM/SubInsp.jpg)

NepentheZ
04-10-2008, 12:57
Excellent stuff minisav. Thought I mentioned it before, but I hadn't, so heres a welcoming to the challenge from me :thup: - All the best.

minisav
04-10-2008, 16:59
Cheers. That was only my 2nd win in the league after 7 games. Tomkins, my CB, is on loan from West Ham, my parent club, and is my joint top scorer with 3. Hopefully my strikers will stop getting injured and start scoring some more

Blup008
04-10-2008, 22:08
AFC Wimbledon

History

2010-2011: My first season at AFC Wimbledon, in the Blue Square South.

Prediction: Fifth

Position: First (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/untitl-2.jpg)

FA Cup: Second round. Got defeated by Notts Co. The score was 4-0.

FA Trophy: 4th round. Got defeated by Cambrigde. They won with 3-1.

Setanta Shield: 5th round. Aldershot was too strong, they won with 3-1.

Key players:

Excuse me, the screens are in Dutch, because I'm from Belgium

Nicolas Baudart, Right winger (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/untitle-108.jpg)

Ian Armstrong, striker (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/untitle-109.jpg)

Marcel Huisman, right back (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/untitle-110.jpg)




2011-2012: My second season, in the Blue Square Premier:

Prediction: 22

Position:First (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/fg-39.jpg)

FA Cup: 4th round. Charlton was too strong. The score was 2-1.

FA Trophy: Winner, I've won against Burton with 3-0 in the final.

Setanta Shield: Runnerup. Stevenage was too strong, they won with 2-0.

Key Players:

I don't have screens from that season, but the key players were: Daniel Wasson (left back), Nicolas Baudart (midfield right), James Beattie (striker), Wesley Schouten (midfielder left) and Jeroen de Kort (midfielder central).

Here is a screen of the whole team. (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/untitl-9.jpg)




2012-2013: League 2.

Prediction: 24

Position: First (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/stand-28.jpg)

Carling Cup: 2nd round. Lost against Bolton with 4-1.

FA Cup: 3th round. Birmingham was too strong. They won with 2-1.

Johnstone's Paint Trophy: Winner. We've won against Lincoln in the final with 2-0.

Key Players:

The whole team, but the most important were:

Hervé Oussaleh, striker (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/fg-43.jpg)

Russell Duncan, defensive midfielder (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/fg-47.jpg)

Gary Howell, centre back (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/howell.jpg)

Otman Djellilahine, attacking midfielder central (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/djel.jpg)




2013-2014

Prediction: 24

Position: First (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/preston-79.jpg)

Carling cup: First Round, The Wolves were too strong. The defeated me with 4-1.

FA Cup: 5th round. Fulham was too strong, they won with 3-1.

Johnstone's Paint Trophy: Smi Final South. Colchester won with 1-0.

Key players:

Julien Wallenus (my son), striker (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/wallenus2.jpg)

Mehdi Mostefa, attacking midfielder central (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/mostefa1.jpg)

Radoslav Vasilev, striker (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/1-9.jpg)

Loïc Damour, defensive midfielder (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/damour.jpg)

Julien Féret, attacking midfielder central (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/feret.jpg)





2014-2015

Prediction: 24

Position: Fifth (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/preston-191.jpg), promoted with playoffs. Coventry was defeated with 2-1, in the final I was stronger than Bolton. The score was 2-1.

Carling Cup: 2nd round, lost agains Aston Villa with 0-3.

FA Cup: 5th round. Newcastle was too strong. They won with 2-0.

Key players:

Ben Turner, centre back (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/preston-87.jpg)

Michiel van Dam, defender centre (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/preston-92.jpg)

Andrea Giorgetti, striker (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/preston-96.jpg)





2015-2016

Prediction: 20

Position: 11th (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/pele-31.jpg), but the season isn't over yet.

Carling cup: I'm in the fouth round at the moment, I've defeated Cardiff and Bolton. I meet Everton in the fourth round.

FA Cup: Not scheduled yet.

Key players:

Niklas Christiansson, left back (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/pele-3.jpg)

Lee Cattermole, midfielder centre (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/pele-4.jpg)

Yohann Pelé, goalkeeper (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/pele-5.jpg)

Ricardo Gualter, right back (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/pele-6.jpg)

Miroslav Slavov, striker (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/pele-32.jpg)

Gerardo Di Dio, centre back (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/pele-33.jpg)

A very nice result: I've won 6-0 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/LibertyAngel/pele-28.jpg) against Chelsea.

sirdez24
05-10-2008, 15:49
Aren't you meant to be able to scout or trial any player you sign in this challenge, and also only load English leagues? A lot of obscure foreign sounding names there. Fair play to you if you've done consecutive promotions to the EPL abiding by the challenge rules though, as it's some effort.

I've managed to sign Dean Price permanently from Arsenal, who I had on loan for two seasons and who scored 57 (all comps) for me in the BSS in my first season. At one point he was on more than £30K per week, but he was transfer-listed and when I looked at him, he was interested in joining and was only on £1,300 a week, which is a fair pay cut. He just got his first goals of the season too, bagging four against Kettering.

ChelseaDaft
05-10-2008, 16:42
Chelseadaft
**New Game**

Blue Square North 2008/2009 Stamford
http://img392.imageshack.us/img392/7105/profileld8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img392.imageshack.us/img392/profileld8.jpg/1/w1024.png (http://g.imageshack.us/img392/profileld8.jpg/1/)

I have started this challenge for the final time before the new game comes out and i intend to complete this one!

Updates to follow!

Jimbokav1971
05-10-2008, 16:50
Blup008. How come your son is Welsh when you are a Belgian managing an English club?

NepentheZ
05-10-2008, 17:38
Also, why does he crop out just the league and players, and leave out the dates on every screen shot :confused:

sirdez24
05-10-2008, 17:53
Brian Bates (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/Bates2.jpg), my Australian keeper, is attracting interest from a whole host of Championship and SPL clubs. I've received around ten offers for him and rejected them all. The best thing? His personality is listed as 'unambitious'.

His low jumping, reflexes and aerial ability stats will probably mean he gets exposed in the Championship and above, but right now he's a class act where I'm playing.

rancer890
05-10-2008, 18:02
Blup008's success is a bit suspicious. How did he get all these foreigners?

OrientMartin
05-10-2008, 19:10
For me the challenge is over, I was really enjoying my Tiverton game, but there's been a save file error and I don't know what to do, it won't load.

GRRRRRR. Anyone have any ideas?

roberto922
05-10-2008, 19:11
My curiosity has been piqued Blup008 explanation?

Blup008
05-10-2008, 21:04
Yeah I know. I didn't know about this challenge, but I accidentely came on this site. I was looking for a picture of Miroslav Slavov. And then I started reading in this topic. I didn't play with these rules, because I didn't know they existed. I just wanted to show what I was doing with AFC Wimbledon. I've sleected around 55 playable leagues in whole Europe. I'm very sorry because I didn't care with the rules.

About my son: I've played my first three seasons at Llangefni in Wales. My nationality was Belgian. After the first season I got my son, he's neationalities were Welsh, because I was a manager in Wales, and his second nationality was Belgian. The boy was talented, he's worth €4.2 million at the moment, but he didn't get any chances for playing for Belgium. So he started playing for Wales because he didn't get any chance to play for Belgium.

Blup008
05-10-2008, 21:10
Also, why does he crop out just the league and players, and leave out the dates on every screen shot :confused:

That is because I am writing a story about my carreer on www.fmbel.be. Thats a Belgian FM site. I just took te screenshots that I use on that site. If you are interested to take a look, here is the link (http://www.fmbel.be/forum/viewthread.php?forum_id=43&thread_id=4664&rowstart=0). The whole story is written in Dutch.

I hope you guys understand me, and I'm very sorry about what happened here.

rancer890
05-10-2008, 21:14
55 playable leagues until 2016. I thought my computer was top of the line...:(

NepentheZ
06-10-2008, 01:43
Yeah I know. I didn't know about this challenge, but I accidentely came on this site. I was looking for a picture of Miroslav Slavov. And then I started reading in this topic. I didn't play with these rules, because I didn't know they existed. I just wanted to show what I was doing with AFC Wimbledon. I've sleected around 55 playable leagues in whole Europe. I'm very sorry because I didn't care with the rules.

About my son: I've played my first three seasons at Llangefni in Wales. My nationality was Belgian. After the first season I got my son, he's neationalities were Welsh, because I was a manager in Wales, and his second nationality was Belgian. The boy was talented, he's worth €4.2 million at the moment, but he didn't get any chances for playing for Belgium. So he started playing for Wales because he didn't get any chance to play for Belgium.


That is because I am writing a story about my carreer on www.fmbel.be (http://www.fmbel.be). Thats a Belgian FM site. I just took te screenshots that I use on that site. If you are interested to take a look, here is the link (http://www.fmbel.be/forum/viewthread.php?forum_id=43&thread_id=4664&rowstart=0). The whole story is written in Dutch.

I hope you guys understand me, and I'm very sorry about what happened here.

:thup:

Thats fair enough, mate. Except, if it doesn't conform to the rules of the challenge - you're not really welcome to post your updates here, but could use the CAREER THREAD. (http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php?t=15178)

John Swarbrick
06-10-2008, 11:54
Ok guys hope you are all doing good. I am going to start a new game as soon as my holiday has finished and I will post a screenshot soon after.

The big problem is how to sign players. I just want to get a decent set of 18 players or so but I don't know how to do it! When I put out a job offer for a scout and ask them to scout UK and Ireland they take too long and then 31st August comes around and i'm just screwed after that! Or what will happen is that they will find a 7 star prospect but he will play for like a really good team's reserves and he will have no interest in joining. Is the best thing to do is offer every single player without a club a trial like nep said. If so, do I offer everyone a week's trial? 2 weeks? How do I pick out the best ones. Or is there a better way to sign players for a rubbish club?

Thanks everyone.

sirdez24
06-10-2008, 12:02
Most seven star players a scout brings back are available for loan.

Jimbokav1971
06-10-2008, 13:20
Odds on getting a son in the game. 10,000-1 (guess).

Odds on getting a son in the game at the end of the 1st season 100,000-1 (another guess).

That's some good luck.

sirdez24
06-10-2008, 15:27
Jimbo, are you on your Mosside save at the moment or something?

Am interested to see how Doch is getting on of late.

John Swarbrick
06-10-2008, 15:59
http://img131.imageshack.us/img131/7559/hendonhq8.th.jpg (http://img131.imageshack.us/my.php?image=hendonhq8.jpg)http://img131.imageshack.us/images/thpix.gif (http://g.imageshack.us/thpix.php)

New game as Hendon. Could somebody reply to my last post please about getting players?

Much appreciated.

minisav
06-10-2008, 16:28
Well for starters if it doesn't bother you filter everybody who is without a contract and get reports for them. If you don't have scouts at all then you're going to have to guess or hope a scout comes quickly. The 31st doesn't matter for non-league clubs so don't be worried by then. A parent club can help.

Also if you're looking for good strikers. Filter out everybody with pace less than 15. Get some good ones. I've got 2 from doing that and they both have 6 goals each after like 10 games :)

John Swarbrick
06-10-2008, 17:03
I'm going to go through 201 players who are unattached contracts and offer them a weeks trial. It will take a long time but don't know any other way. :(

sirdez24
06-10-2008, 17:11
You're better off filtering attributes - say all players with at least 12 for pace, or 10 for finishing, or 12 for tackling/heading, and going from there. You can usually find some decent dead-ball specialists this way too, which are invaluable at a level where most keepers are crap.

TSmith1991
06-10-2008, 21:13
Season 2 report

Season 1 08/09 BSS: 1st
Season 2 09/10 BSP: 2nd, lost in playoff final

Argh, so close yet so far. I really thought I was in with a chance of promotion after starting the season strongly, but we tailed off in the middle of the season and Dagenham ran away with it. However, to our credit we came back strongly and had we not made some criminal mistakes in the last few games, we may have overhauled them. As it was, they beat us fair and square, and Chester were too strong in the Playoff final, winning 2-0.

League table: 2nd (http://img409.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ecnir3.jpg)
Star player: Zac (http://img259.imageshack.us/my.php?image=zacnz7.jpg)

Thanks to my newfound scouting knowledge of Bulgaria (my feeder club had a Bulgarian coach, so I gained all their scouting knowledge), I managed to bring in some absolute gems for tiny sums. Just look at Marion (http://img46.imageshack.us/my.php?image=marionhv1.jpg), Peter (http://img376.imageshack.us/my.php?image=peterxs6.jpg) and my personal favourite Vlad (http://img352.imageshack.us/my.php?image=vladbb5.jpg). None of these beasts cost me more than £5k. Sadly, they seem to have attracted a lot of unwanted attention, and Marion is soon to join Charlton for £250k, and Vlad is on his way too.

Still, hopefully next year will be our year.

sirdez24
07-10-2008, 10:47
Season review - 2012/13 - Billericay Town - League 2

Well, as you can see from the final table (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/1213table.jpg), it's back-to-back promotions for my Billericay Town side, although in fairness I have usually found the step up from the BSP quite easy on this version. It's L1 where I always get stuck, however.

Dean Price (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/price2.jpg) - This man is fast becoming a legend of the club. After having him on loan for my first season and a half at the club, he became available permanently and I snapped him up. As you can see, he didn't disappoint, and is now Billericay's all-time leading scorer in the league. Currently wanted by Colchester and Inverness.

Salvatore Zaugg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/zaugg.jpg) - Swiss youth international released by Villa, I made up for his poor physical stats by surrounding him with stronger midfielders so that I could utilise his creativity and passing. Had a key hand in so many more goals than his assists tally would suggest.

David McKay (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/McKay2.jpg) - My classy vice-captain made the step up to league football with easy, playing mainly on the left and cutting inside.

Finances (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/finances.jpg) are finally in the black but not enough to get me a transfer budget I wouldn't think. I always knew I had a chance of promotion straight from L2 but from past experience, I'll be happy with mere survival next campaign.

ChelseaDaft
07-10-2008, 10:52
Chelseadaft
**New Game**

Blue Square North 2008/2009 Stamford
http://img392.imageshack.us/img392/7105/profileld8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img392.imageshack.us/img392/profileld8.jpg/1/w1024.png (http://g.imageshack.us/img392/profileld8.jpg/1/)

I have started this challenge for the final time before the new game comes out and i intend to complete this one!

Updates to follow!



Well the challenge is over before it has begun... finished bottom of the league so am starting again, I dont know about anybody else but i find it veryt difficult with tactics etc. I know in the lower leagues about K.I.S.S and have read numerous threads about tactics etc.. but to me i want to do it all my own way without using other peoples tactics etc and training.

As the new game is out in about a month or so i am gonna have another crack at this but not change a single thing on training (leave it on general) and also the standard tactic that comes with the team ( so no changing team or individual instructions) and see how long it takes me to get promoted.

Just adds another dimension i guess to keep my occupied for a month. I will start this today and tonight (once back from work) then am off on holiday for a week so gives me more than enough time to give it a whirl.

I am holidaying now as we speak so i will update with my team once sorted!

P.s Well done everyone for sticking with it for whatever successes you have had so far.. especially those using their own tactics and training, you alone would of had more reward from this challenge than anyone!

minisav
07-10-2008, 15:30
Well I'm doing pretty well with Margate. Got manager of the month and I'm on a 7 game unbeaten run I believe. I don't care about it being jynxed as it would happen anyway. Just firing it up.

In the cup against Eastleigh they had injured goalies and they played a striker in goal! I only beat them 3-1 but my striker got a hat-trick :)

The Rebel MC
07-10-2008, 16:35
I've just began the 2012-13 season with Tonbridge Angels. I managed to get them promoted in my first season as champions.

Every season so far has been an improvement - finishing 18th, 12th, 10th respectively. I really thought this was the season to make a challenge - I've managed to bring in some quality free signings. But after the first few games my form has been erratic and although I'm scoring goals, I'm shipping them at the back.

I think it could be another inconsistent season for the Angels.

ChelseaDaft
07-10-2008, 21:06
Well the challenge is over before it has begun... finished bottom of the league so am starting again, I dont know about anybody else but i find it veryt difficult with tactics etc. I know in the lower leagues about K.I.S.S and have read numerous threads about tactics etc.. but to me i want to do it all my own way without using other peoples tactics etc and training.

As the new game is out in about a month or so i am gonna have another crack at this but not change a single thing on training (leave it on general) and also the standard tactic that comes with the team ( so no changing team or individual instructions) and see how long it takes me to get promoted.

Just adds another dimension i guess to keep my occupied for a month. I will start this today and tonight (once back from work) then am off on holiday for a week so gives me more than enough time to give it a whirl.

I am holidaying now as we speak so i will update with my team once sorted!

P.s Well done everyone for sticking with it for whatever successes you have had so far.. especially those using their own tactics and training, you alone would of had more reward from this challenge than anyone!


So here goes:

Chelseadaft 2008/2008 Blue Square North ****Ilkeston Town****

Here is my profile, updates to follow:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season1/profile.jpg

ChelseaDaft
07-10-2008, 22:02
Well i have been given a two year plan to establish myself in the league and avoid relegation! Game on!

Jimbokav1971
08-10-2008, 07:32
ChelseaDaft. Hi mate. Good to see you back in here.

I got sacked too in my first season with Hitchin. Since then I've progressed pretty well and in November 2013, my Borehamwood team are now top of Conference National.

I have been helped by inheriting a youth player who has scored 143 goals in 81(129) appearances.

Despite him now being 20 years old, he still seems to perform better when introduced from the bench.

Something that I find a little strange is the way that some of my fringe players are valued. Obviously as both wages and transfer fees are still more than a bit of an issue at this early stage I only sign players in frees and concentrate on young players, (usually teenagers), who will sign for lower wages. In addition to that, I only sign players who my scouts have found or whjo have been commented on in the media and who I then send my scouts to look at.

Despite that, I currently have players valued in the following amounts.

£140K 21 year old AM RL. (Squad player signed on a free after released by Boro. Only made 4 league appearances).
£80k 22 year old Irish MC. (Squad player signed on a free after released by Leigh).
£80k 20 year old MC. (Reserve player signed on a free after released by Barnsley. Not made a single start for me yet).
£70k 20 year old HG free-scoring SC. Now this valuation seems realistic and if anything a little low.

Looking at these players, (and the cout reports), I would expect them to be valued somewhere in the region of £10k-£20k. Anything more seems silly.

Then it also seems strange that Doch (the 20 year old SC) is only valued at £70k despite already having scored 143 goals and being chased by clubs such as Charlton, Hull, Leicester, Sheff Utd, & Wigan. Really just doesn't seem to add up for me.

ChelseaDaft
08-10-2008, 08:31
ChelseaDaft. Hi mate. Good to see you back in here.

I got sacked too in my first season with Hitchin. Since then I've progressed pretty well and in November 2013, my Borehamwood team are now top of Conference National.

I have been helped by inheriting a youth player who has scored 143 goals in 81(129) appearances.

Despite him now being 20 years old, he still seems to perform better when introduced from the bench.

Something that I find a little strange is the way that some of my fringe players are valued. Obviously as both wages and transfer fees are still more than a bit of an issue at this early stage I only sign players in frees and concentrate on young players, (usually teenagers), who will sign for lower wages. In addition to that, I only sign players who my scouts have found or whjo have been commented on in the media and who I then send my scouts to look at.

Despite that, I currently have players valued in the following amounts.

£140K 21 year old AM RL. (Squad player signed on a free after released by Boro. Only made 4 league appearances).
£80k 22 year old Irish MC. (Squad player signed on a free after released by Leigh).
£80k 20 year old MC. (Reserve player signed on a free after released by Barnsley. Not made a single start for me yet).
£70k 20 year old HG free-scoring SC. Now this valuation seems realistic and if anything a little low.

Looking at these players, (and the cout reports), I would expect them to be valued somewhere in the region of £10k-£20k. Anything more seems silly.

Then it also seems strange that Doch (the 20 year old SC) is only valued at £70k despite already having scored 143 goals and being chased by clubs such as Charlton, Hull, Leicester, Sheff Utd, & Wigan. Really just doesn't seem to add up for me.

Hello Jimbo! Its been a while!

I know what you mean, i have only been able to sign free transfers, for a start the Ilkeston squad is made up of 5 or 6 under 16 players to fill the gaps and the rest of the squad is greyed out.

So i use the recommended filter settings for each position and see who (half decent) i can get hold of on a free and then if not anyone that has a minimum of 6 for each attribute and go from there. I then send the scouts out and look to sign anyone they have recommended on a trial first and then sign them.. or if someone comes up described by my ass man as a "decent" player i look to sign asap.

In this new game we are affiliated with Derby so have managed to get hold of a GK, AML and a FC that are quite good and that has improved the quality of the side. Apart from that its just see what you can do with what you have and go from there! I think its gonna be a few seasons of "target 40 points" to avoid relegation before i can get in some good players for each position to make a challenge...

adamc81
08-10-2008, 12:04
Well its the 2020-21 season of my Bedford Town experience.

After 5 long seasons in the Championship with the chairman consistantly selling players over the top of my head i have made it to the promised land finishing 2nd behind Newcastle. I've consistantly struggled in midtable during the last 4 seasons but after a flying start, and a somewhat open and weaker league than it had been in previous seasons i was able to hang on to it for a change. The previous season had seen both 1st and 2nd places clocking up well over 100 points, it only took a modest 87 for me to guarantee promotion.

http://img76.imageshack.us/my.php?image=historytw8.jpg

http://img65.imageshack.us/my.php?image=championshipgc0.jpg

My average squad age is just under 22 so im hopeful they can keep improving and lead me to safety in the prem. Fortunately i have £30 mil in the bank thanks to having to replace my star players over the last few years and hopefully i'll be able to pick up a couple of class players.

Chelsea have won the Prem for the last 7 seasons and are top with a game to go so i think its going to take a while to dislodge them.

Interestingly, Liverpool who are 2nd the league have 2 wingers that use to play for me now playing regularly in their side, if only my chairman respected my judgement!

Top Gooner
08-10-2008, 14:24
Hi nepenthez, just out of curiosity how did the name of your club change to Real London??

sirdez24
08-10-2008, 15:00
It's edited.

The Rebel MC
08-10-2008, 20:01
Sorry to ask - but what is the quickest way to save and upload images for this forum - I want to do so for my Tonbridge Angels game - is it easy to use imageshack - or is there a lot of messing around? And how much do people look at all the links of different stuff (I do!) - I've not done this before but since starting this challenge I'm hooked and I want to add like everybody else. (Sorry for asking nooby questions!)

roberto922
08-10-2008, 20:11
You press the Prt Scn button, save it on paint and upload to photobucket (my preference) or imageshack. then you post the direct link. All pretty easy tbh.

sirdez24
09-10-2008, 01:02
New signings for Billericay Town's first campaign in League One...

Bird (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/bird.jpg) - A quality left-back, a position of weakness for me. Amazingly, Sheffield United decided not to renew his contract and kept him on month-to-month, and I was happy to snap him up for no compensation on July 3rd.

Murat (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/murat.jpg) - Once signed he came up with the "make me the focal point of your team while I use you as a stepping stone kthxbai" crap which annoyed the fans, but I am not overly concerned as half my squad is happy with the signing and he finally gives me a genuinely classy option to play at AML/R, rather than using strikers there as I have been doing.

Kerr (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/kerr.jpg) - Nothing more than a squad signing, but for no cost (only 30% sell-on) and reasonable wages he's pretty good value from Fulham. No better or worse than what I have at that position but I needed depth there.

Parrott (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/parrott.jpg) - Ricay's new record signing at £220K from BSP side Rochdale. Probably a bit too much but it was the lowest I could get them down to, and he's far better than any other centre-half I could get. At 22 he has plenty of years ahead of him too.

Deakin (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/deakin.jpg) - An unattached regen, this guy looks like he's going to be something very special.

I've set the expectation to avoiding relegation and I think this is possible. Would probably like to bring in another keeper as I only have too but that will likely just be a loan signing. Up front I only play one striker, and am happy with my options there. Price is attracting to interest from Championship clubs Preston and Colchester and still Scottish first division club Inverness CT, but unless they stump up my asking price of £250K + 50%, or have the chairman accept something lower, he is going nowhere. I also have teenager Andrew Ferguson (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/ferguson.jpg) who I plan to slowly introduce to the first team this season.

sirdez24
09-10-2008, 02:15
Forgot to add, I had my first job offer immediately after the L2 season had finished (after being linked to another dozen or so) from Carlisle, which I found surprising as they ran away with the L2 title.

Khanu
09-10-2008, 17:54
Hi guys !

I'm starting this challenge with Gloucester City ! Manager Profile (http://img80.imageshack.us/my.php?image=khanuprofileso6.jpg)

I would like to have some advice before I start the season. I have no staff and a lot of the player are gray. So I'll need to sign some players to my team. To stick to the rules, and to make it more real, I presume I need to hire scouts and send them out to get me some good players. Is that the right thing to do or are they other ways ? Will it not be too late before my scouts have a list of players ?

Advices are welcome, I don't want to make a bad start.

Thanks ;)

roberto922
09-10-2008, 18:04
one simple tip is to scour the free transfer list, also spend a bit of time sorting out your training and tactics.

Ceus
11-10-2008, 04:39
hi im going try this challenge with hitchin town of blue square north

http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/4926/dafugepu1.th.png (http://img337.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dafugepu1.png)http://img337.imageshack.us/images/thpix.gif (http://g.imageshack.us/thpix.php)

nerner
11-10-2008, 07:18
i am going to try this now with Weston Super Mare.
wish me luck.

Wayne\'o
11-10-2008, 07:32
is any one still starting the challenge with the release of fm09 soon.

Jimbokav1971
11-10-2008, 07:46
Quite a few of us have started it quite recently.

thezogsageordie
11-10-2008, 08:35
I'm back, attempting this challenge, last try before 09...For those of you who remember me, I'm sorry about the Wallace v Roberts and just not turning up.

Hendon have a new icon:

http://img147.imageshack.us/my.php?image=samfullerprofileol8.png

I would've made that into a url and headed it Profile but unfortunately I don't know how to, on this new format.

I'll post an update before the 1st game of the season.

Wayne\'o
11-10-2008, 08:43
Just so i get this correct. do i have to choose a team from any of the north/south conference league after promotion from the 2 new teams

Wayne\'o
11-10-2008, 09:23
Profile Pic (http://http://static3.filefront.com/images/personal/w/WayneB73/145730/cdvuipcsse.jpg)

thezogsageordie
11-10-2008, 11:40
Sam Fuller - Hendon. Season 1

Media Prediction: 21st

After looking at all the 'real' players, the only survivor was Bontcho Guentchev, partially because of who he is! Tell a lie, my 15-year-old keeper, Peter Walsh, looks promising!

It's fair to say I had to sign some players, convincing 19 to join, so far, giving me a grand total of 21...cosy!

If pre-season is anything to go by then I might aswell restart now.

Results were 0-2, 0-3, 1-4, 1-1, 0-1. (Funnily enough the only half decent result was the 1-1 against Crawley)

I was quite optimistic considering the gems that I found that should've been signed "at any cost" . . Most of my squad were scouted like this, I'm not that optimistic and I think I'm gonna have to have words with my Ass Man!

I'll do a mid-season (probably January) update.

Thanks for reading.

thezogsageordie
11-10-2008, 12:00
Sam Fuller - Hendon. Season 1

Interim Update!

My first competitive match as gaffer saw Havant & Waterlooville heading north to Claremont Road. The ever reliable media have slapped a generous 9th placed prediction on the southerners, meaning they were favourites.

We won the match 2-1, we scored first early on, through a Greg Palmer penalty, only for Greg's namesake Marcus to gatecrash the party two minutes later.

Straight after kick-off, we pressured and it paid off after 40 seconds when Marek Szmid buried a difficult chance. The rest is history!

I've just linked up with QPR as our parent club and I'm very excited that they've sent us Liam Barratt (young forward) and Pat Kanyuka (centre half) both tower above 6 feet and I couldn't be happier with these two! Of course I will push my luck and try to lure some more talent to Claremont Road!

Thanks for reading.

NepentheZ
11-10-2008, 20:32
Real London Update - Season 5 (2012/2013)

To Begin : With getting promoted to Div 2, the board have decided to turn Real London Professional.! (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/RealLondonProfessional.jpg)- This will mean massive things for the club, especially getting staff on full time contracts.
Blue Square Premier Prediction - 22nd
Blue Square Premier Position - 2nd
F.A Cup - 3rd Round
Setanta Shield - 4th Round
F.A. Trophy - 3rd Round

Blue Square South - Graph (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/LeagueGraph.jpg) | Table (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/LeagueTable.jpg)


Blue Square Premier: 2nd place was absolutely brilliant. PROMOTED via the Play Offs too, and deservedly. I expected a relegation dog fight with the other candidates, but I was fighting it out tooth and nail with the leaders, and held top spot for much of the season, only to get pipped with a tough run in towards the end of the season.

F.A Cup : My best effort yet, and an away draw to Liverpewl in the 3rd round sorted my finances out in a heart beat. A great run, and I have high hopes that I can carry on this great form.

Setanta Shield : 4th round, and this was a better season for me in the cups. Would like to win one of these lower league cups before I move up in the divisions.

F.A Trophy : Managed to push through to the 3rd round here too, and should've gone further.

Best Elevens - Season (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/BES.jpg) | Overall (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/BEO.jpg)

Other Info

Finances (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/Finances.jpg)
Team Selection (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/Teamsheet.jpg)
Team Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/ClubInfo.jpg)

Manager Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/ManInfo.jpg)
Manager Overview (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/ManOver.jpg)
Manager Profile (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/ManPro.jpg)

Player Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/RecP.jpg)
Team Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/RecT.jpg)

Transfers (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/Transfers.jpg)
Affiliated Clubs (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/Aff.jpg)
Real London Staff (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/Staff.jpg)


Awards

Real London Fans Player of the Year - Paul Hardy (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/FPOTYHardman.jpg)
BSP Manager of the Year, Runner-Up - NepentheZ (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/MOTY2nd.jpg)
BSP Team of the Year - 2 Players (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/TOTY.jpg)

New Real London Records*

[/URL]Record Attendance - [URL="http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/RecAtt.jpg"]3,022 (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%204/RecWins.jpg)
Record Gates - £26,000 (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/RecGates.jpg)
Record Average Attendance - 1,850 (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/Recaveatt.jpg)
Record League High - 2nd in Blue Square Premier (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/Rechig.jpg)
Record League Apps - Bullseye, 145 apps. (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/Recleagueapps.jpg)
*Records are only displayed when broken, and may not represent the final tally of the broken record

Players of the Season

Paul Hardy (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/hardman.jpg) - Another great season. Top scorer yet again. Seems like the top 2 players every season have been the same two every year..!! A fantastic player for Real London, but can he step it up in Div. 2?

Bullseye (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%205/Bullseye.jpg) - Yet again brilliant with 24 assists and a barrel full of goals. This guy is getting better and better, and I just hope I can keep hold of him.


Season Summary
A great season. My best so far. I really expected to be in the BSP for about 4 years, as thats normally how long it takes me to move up the division, but 2 successive promotions on the trot now, and consolidating my position in Div. 2 is vital. Some new players will have to be bought in, Defenders and a Goal Keeper essentially, but I also need a Div. 1 / Champ class striker for at least 1 season to help keep me up.

Manager history

Season 1 - Blue Square South - 8th place
Season 2 - Blue Square South - 12th place
Season 3 - Blue Square South - 2nd place
Season 4 - Blue Square South - 1st place | Promoted to Blue Square Premier
Season 5 - Blue Square Premier - 2nd place | Promoted to Division 2, via play-offs.

*Real London were formerly Hendon

roberto922
11-10-2008, 21:35
Congratulations Nep, hopefully you can get somewhere close to where you were before.

Wayne\'o
12-10-2008, 06:56
I see this as a monster task, i lost both my freindlys 4-1 and 4-2, lost my 1st league game 4-1 but got a 1-1 draw at home. there are no decent players around to pick up on a free.. iv tried loaning a host of players i remember from my Ipswich Town days and they not having any of it lol..

whats the average league finish in 1st season?

NepentheZ
12-10-2008, 14:06
Some people get promoted first season. I usually take 3-4 seasons. I like to build a strong foundation, get the right staff, scouts, training and potential youth signings before getting promoted. Obviously, getting promoted first season would be nice, but I wouldn't be too worried if it takes you up to 5 seasons.

In the lower leagues, theres some vital info that I go by. Midfielders and Attackers need to be physically good. This will enhance your squad no end, and if you can try to find players with 1 specific quality, it will help wonders. For example, if you've got a plyer with 17+ in Free Kicks, but isn't too great anywhere else, Still sign him, because his free kicks could be the difference in a game. The same with Pens, Corners, Influecnce, etc etc. With defenders, I find mental attributes are key to keeping clean sheets. Positioning, Work Rate, Influence, Vision, all massive in the lower leagues.

Just build a team, and don't be scared to sign 50-80 players in a season to find the right line up. :thup:

Wayne\'o
12-10-2008, 14:20
don't be scared to sign 50-80 players in a season to find the right line up. :thup:


Well i have signed alot of players. some im now giving free transfers which is costing me like 10k in some cases. i have found 5 or 6 players who have like 5,6,7 stars. and boy dont i know it if they either have a bad game or get injured. i tried to loan players from as high as championship and as low as league 2. none would come. yet other teams manage to get players from championship that i previously wanted. not sure why cos it was the players who rejected and not the clubs..

any how im doing ok. find my selve in 5th place after 15 od games.

NepentheZ
12-10-2008, 14:41
Jimbo told me to scout the reserves. you'll get better chances of being able to loan them players.

sirdez24
13-10-2008, 03:10
You're generally signing players to single year deals in the lower leagues, so I would concur that signing as many players as possible is often the way to go, knowing they're not going to burden your books if you don't need them.

I have also found getting from the BSP to L2 the hardest step, so to do that at the first attempt is a fine effort.

Jimbokav1971
13-10-2008, 11:07
Wayne. Don't pay too much attention to stars.

If the current ability/potential of your best player in a certain position is "pish", anyone will look like a world beater.

What I do instead is try and get my scouts to find players who can play, (or more likely have the potential to play at), 2 levels up from where I currently am. The only problem with this is that you need to have a scout with JPP of at least 18i t do this. It's uinlikely that a scout with JPP that you can sign will have a decent JPA so you might need to only use him for looking at a players potential rather that hi current ability.

Also, running a sizeable squad as I do can be expensive, (although I tend to only sign teenagers so wages are kept pretty minimal). Also, rather than signing players on 1 year contracts, I actually sign then on 1 year part time deals to start off with and then immediately get them to sign full-time long-term deals to keep them as long as possible. This means that I will keep them long enough to benefit from their increased ability as they develop.

By signing them onto only 1 year contracts you have to worry about signing them again each year and will probably have to increase their wages each year too. By signing them on a longer term deal at the outset you avoid this, (I also don't like to offer a % increase to teenagers).

I play by pretty strict LLM rules so I only sign players that my scouts find, however as time progresses and the number of players that my scouts have found increases also.

As players on my shortlist develop and get too good for the level of our league, or get too old to be considered an investment, or simply don't develop as well as I might hope, then I remove them from my shortlist. I also then use this "shortlist" to search for players listed for loan. I try not to sign young superstars that are waaaaay to good for our level, but as my best player is currently being scouted by Premiership managers and is better than any of my loan signins then I don't see it as an issue currently.

I struggled in the early seasons and had to overperform to avoid relegation. Now though I should be challenging for the league title and am actually underperforming due to a shortage of GK's and my poor ability as a manager:(.

Jimbokav1971
13-10-2008, 11:09
You're generally signing players to single year deals in the lower leagues, so I would concur that signing as many players as possible is often the way to go, knowing they're not going to burden your books if you don't need them.

I have also found getting from the BSP to L2 the hardest step, so to do that at the first attempt is a fine effort.

Although I don't agree about signing players on 1 year deals, (reasons explained above), I completely agree that getting from Cnference National to League 2 is hard work. There is only 1 automatic promotion spot and usuallly some clubs in there with some future Premiership stars who hammer everyone.

sirdez24
13-10-2008, 14:49
Although I don't agree about signing players on 1 year deals, (reasons explained above), I completely agree that getting from Cnference National to League 2 is hard work. There is only 1 automatic promotion spot and usuallly some clubs in there with some future Premiership stars who hammer everyone.

I only mean signing players on single year deals when you're looking to build your squad depth and find the right combinations. I always make sure players I know are going to be valuable for me get signed up longer, but at the same time if I sign someone who doesn't perform or I find doesn't get into my rotation, then I don't have to worry about keeping him around past the end of the season.

sirdez24
13-10-2008, 15:02
Anyway, time for a January Update - it's January 2014 and I'm currently in my first season in League One, after consecutive promotions from BSP to L2 and then again to L1.

As you can see from the current league table (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/leaguetable.jpg), another promotion is well on the cards. I have no idea what is happening as I haven't really changed my tactics at all and haven't really added a huge amount to my squad from L2, but for some reason we hit the ground running and haven't looked back. I'm shocked as usually I find L1 is quite a tough league to consolidate in and my aim was merely to avoid relegation, but right now anything other than promotion would be disastrous.

The talismanic Dean Price (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/price3.jpg) has once again been the star, playing his way onto the club's favoured personnel list with 143 goals in 176 appearances. He's been attracting interest from a few Championship clubs, but as of yet no one has been prepared to meet my asking price of £350K + 50%, which he is well worth on performance.

If he does go I've been looking at potential replacements, and managed to sign Georgi Boychev (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/boychev.jpg) after he came up on my player search screen for some reason, and with "back-up" squad status and an expiring contract, I was able to get him on trial and sign him for just £7K.

As far as sales go, I'm now light at the back after the sale of Danny Kinch (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/kinch2.jpg) for £200K + 50% to Wycombe. He has some outstanding defensive stats, but given his low jumping and lack of work ethic meant he never really got high ratings for me and low fitness/stamina meant he was prone to mistakes in the last 10 minutes when the opposition is really pressing, not to mention at a price that was nearly four times his value, I was prepared to sell. I now have two days to find a replacement, as right now if either of my remaining two centre-halves get injured then I only have an 18-year-old in the reserves as cover.

Finally, my star Australian GK, Brian Bates (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/bates3.jpg), has been unsettled by Premiership trio Stoke, Charlton and Wolves and is unhappy I turned down inquiries, but given he is contracted until 2016, hismorale is still 'superb' and his performances haven't dropped, I am prepared to reject all approaches for the time being. My line of thinking is if I get promotion to the Championship it may be easier to hold onto him, and he is the one player in my first XI who I can't replace adequately, hence there's no way he's going anywhere until at least the summer when I have time to find a replacement.

Wayne\'o
13-10-2008, 17:44
Quick update with 16 games gone, have qualified for the FA Cup 1st round proper, have an away game to Bath in my league who i beat 4-2 at home recently. iv only won 1 game so far away this season in the league so its gonna be an uphill battle, i wanna make 3rd rnd and get a huge team for the gate recipts..


http://static3.filefront.com/images/personal/w/WayneB73/145730/lrkvzeztdl.jpg

seanefc
13-10-2008, 18:00
Just starting this challenge now... currently in the Holiday Man stage

I assume the rules are still as stated in the first post? i.e. no retaining of english players?




on another note, i normaly start games with multiple countrys running, just because in earlier versions of CM & FM i found it gave the game a better balance in the far future. i found that with just english leagues running, english teams tended to become dominant... has anyone found this to be the case in FM08??

seanefc
13-10-2008, 21:15
After hours of reloading i finally got the team i wanted...

Mangotsfield United

(yes i know there is a save on the website, but i wasnt sure if it was for v8.0.2)

Heres my profile...
http://img379.imageshack.us/img379/5403/mangoprofilestarthb7.th.jpg (http://img379.imageshack.us/my.php?image=mangoprofilestarthb7.jpg)http://img379.imageshack.us/images/thpix.gif (http://g.imageshack.us/thpix.php)

Jimbokav1971
14-10-2008, 09:28
Borehamwood. Conference National. End of season summary 2013/14.

I think that we have been guilty of underperforming this season. Part of this is down to us losing our only senior GK for 21 games, (I couldn't find another decent GK to bring in), and part down to us being unable to kee clean sheets even when Avery was available. I lost 11 games worth of play due to a crash mid-season and when I replayed these 11 games, performed significantly more poorly than when they were originally played.

Here are some of the players who made key contributions this season. I think after seeing some of the quality on show you will also agree that we have underperformed.

GK. Avery. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/AveryJun2014.jpg)(apologies it's the pic at the start of the next season). First choice GK. I loaned him in from Luton for 2 full seasons before signing him on a free. He hasn't developed as I would like though and I am looking to ecruit another young GK.

GK. Wilson***2013. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/Wilson2013Apr2014.jpg) The *** indicates that he was deemed to be the best player promoted from the acadamy that year and the 2013 indicates that he was promoted in 2013. He has a decent FK rating and bagged himslef a couple of goals in his first 11 games for the vclub and was playing pretty well, but after a crash and the games were replayed he performed at nowhere near the same level.

DL. Nobody worth mentioning. I have been unable to sign anyone to fill the boots of Chef, (who will be hanging up his boots at the end of the season but whom has been offered the Ass Mans role despite his apparrant lack of ability in that area).

DR. JJ. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/JJApr2014.jpg) Hasn't developed as I would hope and while certainly not a liability, is certainly someone will have to improve if he is not t be replaced.

DC. Hardy. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/HardyApr2014.jpg)Club skipper and one of our best players, (in fact probably one of the best DC's in the league).

DC. Ken Flynn. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/KenFlynnApr2014.jpg) Started off as a sub and I tended to play him in away games and a loanee was played at home, (Flynn was slower but better in the air).

MC. Chris. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/ChrisApr2014.jpg) I like the look of him. I played him of the left of an inverted midfield triangle.

DM. Tom. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/TomChrisApr2014.jpg) I played him in the DM role in a midfield triangle, despite his best position being at DC. I think this will change next season as I look to shore things up at the back.

MC. David Simmons. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/DavidSimmonsApr2014.jpg) The Bermudan International was signed after being spotted playing in Conference North. Frustratingly he misses regular games through International duty but it's still nice to have a regular International in the squad if I'm honest.

MC. Carl. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/CarlApr2014.jpg) I'm not really a fan if I'm honest, but every time I drop/rotate him out of the squad, he always seems to force his way back into the reckoning.

ML. Robbie Charlton. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/RobbieCharltonApr2014.jpg) He looks good and started as my first choice on the left but never really produced the goods. Really disappointing season. Was so poor that he was dropped from the Cayaman Islands team after my scouts spotted him playing in Conference North.

ML. Ferdinand. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/FerdinandApr2014.jpg)Became 1st choice on the left as Charlton spurned chance after chance and with a little more improvement might have a big impact next season.

MR. Walsh. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/WalshApr2014.jpg) Started as 1st choice on the right but didn't produce the goods and was eventually dropped from the sqad in frustration.

MR. Bailey. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/BaileyApr2014.jpg) Was brought in as my frustration with Walsh grew and he soon cemented his postion as 1st choice on the right flank.

SC. Doch. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/DochApr2014.jpg) 39 goals in 12(35) appearances brings his total for the club 161 in 89(146) appearances. Premiership sides Charlton and Norwich are both sniffing around.

SC. Billy. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/BillyApr2014.jpg) Signed on loan from Watford. Was a regular starter, (with Doch coming on in the 2nd half), so a decent season when you consider that he was usually replaced at half-time. His Watford contract expires shortly so I will be looking to make him a permanent addition.

SC. Bird. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/AlanBirdApr2014.jpg) Signed on loan from West Ham. Looked better than Billy but didn't prove as effective. I think he might prove better with 2 up front, (which I intent experimenting with next season), so I will be looking to sign him again next season if I can.

We seem to be weakest in goal and on the flanks, (both full back and the wing), so this is where I will be looking to sign players, but it is obviously down to players on my shortlist being released or my scouts finding new players. I don't intend paying money for players at this stage so we will just have to keep our fingers crossed.

League Table. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/LeagueTableApr2014.jpg)

League Graph. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/LeagueGraphApr2014.jpg) I think it's pretty easy to see where Avery goy injured for the first time.

Squad Stats. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/SquadStatsApr2014.jpg)

The board have offered me a new 2 year contract, (which I have accepted).

Confidence. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/ConfidenceApr2014.jpg)

Finances. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/FinancesApr2014.jpg) £898,000 in credit. Not bad. Certainly helped by the ridiculous prices that some of my carppy players have been going for. I could really do with a few decent 50% fees coming through though.

Information. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/InfoApr2014.jpg)

Hardy was named in Conference National Team of the Year. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/ConfNatTeamofYearMay2014.jpg) I was initially surprised that Doch wasn't included, but both the SC's selected scored more league goals than him.

The youngsters promoted from the acadamy.

Doch. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/DochApr2014.jpg) Was promoted in Hune 2010, (1 week before I became manager).

Laws***2011. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/LawsMay2014.jpg)

Joe***2012. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/JoeMay2014.jpg)

Wilson***2013. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/Wilson2013Apr2014-1.jpg)

Ian***2014. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/IanJun2014.jpg) It's more than a little sad when the best prospect promoted from your youth acadamy is a SC with finishing of 1:(.

With a squad like this I should at least have made the playoffs. Cetainly losing the only senior GK didn't help, but I suppose I need to take the blame for only having 1 in the squad in the first place.

Next season, (assuming I manage to sign/loan a couple of decent SC's), I will try experiment again with playing 2 SC's at home in the hope that we can take advantage of our dominance aghanst the weaker teams.

Seasonal Best XI. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/SeasonalBestXIJun2014.jpg)

Overall Best XI. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/OverallBestXIJun2014.jpg)

Transfers 2014. (http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/dafuge%202013%20Borehamwood/Transfers2014.jpg)

sirdez24
14-10-2008, 13:39
Season Review - Billericay Town - League One - 2013/14

Amazing season. Despite some patchy form throughout March and April, we still managed to produce enough results to wrap up promotion with three games to play, and the title with one - final table (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/champions.jpg). We also lost the Johnstones Paint final to Burnley, 1-3 in an even game.

Price was the star with 38 goals, despite missing the last ten games with broken ribs, but new signing Boychev (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/boychev2.jpg) was a more than adequate replacement, coming up with some crucial goals in the home stretch, and may even turn out to be the better player. Ferguson (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/ferguson3.jpg) also bagged his first professional goals for the club.

Stoica (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/stoica.jpg) was another who impressed after being signed on a free following a successful trial at the start of Feburary.

Despite his attitude angering supporters when I signed him, Murat (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/murat2.jpg) was pure class down the right all season.

So now the Championship. I am worried as the club's reputation is still low, our stadium is still tiny and our training and youth facilities are still very poor, although two of these problems were at least recognised by the board with a small stadium upgrade (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/stadiumtraining.jpg) being planned, along with an upgrade to training facilities.

In terms of playing staff, only Murat and Bates are I feel capable of excelling in the Championship straight away. Price has the pedigree and seems to perform above his stats while Boychev has real promise, so we'll see how I go. Bates is also listed after requesting a transfer, but is not going anywhere until a team gives me a worthwhile bid.

I got no transfer funds but a big wage budget for saying I'd avoid relegation, and despite using the adjustment to give myself half a million quid in funds, the only money signings I made were Postulka (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/postulka.jpg) as one for the future, and compensation for several coaches, including Anderson (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/anderson.jpg) from Middlesbrough, who looks class. Quite simply, no one wants to join still. Hopefully that will change if I can consolidate.

Otherwise I just looked at which veterans Premiership clubs had released, and picked up three bargains on very reasonable wages, ironically from the three teams promoted.

Brown (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/billbrown.jpg) - released by QPR.

Varyvonda (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/varyvoda.jpg) - released by Norwich.

Fournier (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/fournier.jpg) - released by Wigan, and will play down the left while Murat plays down the right, either side of the lone striker. Technically he is magnificent and I should get at least a good season out of him.

Mokoena (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/mokoena.jpg) - my prize signing, on a free from Aberdeen. The holding midfield role is very important to my tactic and this bloke looks absolute class. He should really shore up my midfield and defence.

Thomson (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/thomson.jpg) - an unattached newgen, only his low jumping stat looks like it will prevent him from becoming a very good GK.

As far as sales go, the only player to go for cash was Thomas (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/thomas.jpg), who I sold to fellow promotee Crystal Palace for £75K + 30%. Handy but not a big loss.

roberto922
14-10-2008, 13:52
Well done sirdez

PFG
14-10-2008, 19:11
NEW GAME

My 2nd attempt (and the last before FM2009). I did start a game as Ilkeston but that came to an abrupt end when my laptop was stolen... I am going for another local team WORKSOP - I'm hoping to get my team (forest) as a parent club. With laptop bolted to the table I am now raring to go....

http://i499.photobucket.com/albums/rr351/GoodingPF/PGworksop.jpg

stinger061
15-10-2008, 08:14
Looking forward to joinging in again come the FM09 release (been there since the 1st challenge on 06). Only got as far as League 1 this year which was dissappointing. But this challenge will once again hopefully for most of the FM09 year

Jimbokav1971
15-10-2008, 08:54
Just catching up on some of the recent updates in here.

Nep. Congratulations on getting to L2. I should have done it this year too but underperformed badly.

Turning pro will have an enormous impact:thup:.

What do the keys on your nicknames indicate? You have *, **, _name_ and !name!, (can't replicate the vetical line) lol, and of course I know all about the Youth Prospects, (but haven't posted in there yet).

You seem to be struggling with finances. Compare yours to mine. A little strange.
Bellseys looks quality!

Where did you get the like of de Vet & Filipov from? Can't believe that de Vet scored 57 goals and wasn't voted player of the season and wasn't selected in Confeence National team of the season.

WayneO. I ignorethe results of frendlies and really just use them for fitness. I would advise you to do the same. If you get hammered, (which is a distinct possibility early on), then get your squad morale and form back up before your first leage game by playing a couple of games against your Reserves/U18's, (and ignore the fact that you don't have any players in these squads). As for what you should be aiming for in your first season. Anything except relagation and the sack should be considered a success. The 2nd year you should aim at a mid table finish. The 3rd year the playoffs and promotion by the 4th season. Earlier than that is a bonus.

Looks like you are way ahead of schedule at this stage:thup:.

Seanefc. Yes, running only the English leagues WILL skew future results in favour of ENglish clubs, but it is the only way to have us all playing the same game. As soon as you start adding other leagues/Nations then the players that are available change and this changes the challenge. This way it is standard for all participants.

SirDez. Making good progress:thup:.

NepentheZ
15-10-2008, 13:14
Nep. Congratulations on getting to L2. I should have done it this year too but underperformed badly.

Turning pro will have an enormous impact:thup:.

What do the keys on your nicknames indicate? You have *, **, _name_ and !name!, (can't replicate the vetical line) lol, and of course I know all about the Youth Prospects, (but haven't posted in there yet).

You seem to be struggling with finances. Compare yours to mine. A little strange.
Bellseys looks quality!

Where did you get the like of de Vet & Filipov from? Can't believe that de Vet scored 57 goals and wasn't voted player of the season and wasn't selected in Confeence National team of the season.

* = Needs first team football, is of a young age and a potential legend.
** = Needs first team football, is of any age and is a potential legend.
_NAME_ = Flat runner. Aka, fast striker.
|NAME| = Big man, aka Tall striker.

I had to put the _ _'s and | |'s in to distinguish my strike force from one another, because I was testing a fair few forwards, and needed to make sure I either had a big man / big man or big man / little man partnership, and that was easier than checking profiles each time.

Yea financially its been hard. I've never had any upgrades of any kind, and now I'm in League 2 that could be costly. The reason the finances were so poor is 2fold. 1st, my cup runs were pathetic, and I usually count on them being a large source of income, but secondly, my attendances were awful. Constantly in the bottom 2 for average attendance in BSS (4 years) and BSP (1 year) and am rock bottom in League 2 for Ave Att's too. I was getting around 300 per game with Hendon, where as with AFC Wimbledon, it was in the thousands and made a massive impact.

De Vet came from Fulham reserves on loan. They were my feeder club (at the time) - and he was farmed out to me. He didn't win player of the season, I can only assume because his loan deal ended before the FPotY was decided. This happened for most of my loanee's. fwiw, he's now regarded as one of the best players on the game, is worth nearly £20,000,000 and is a regular international player.

I genuinely don'r remember Filipov, and have no reccolection of him in my game :confused:

Lower Leagues Rule
15-10-2008, 13:28
Just build a team, and don't be scared to sign 50-80 players in a season to find the right line up. :thup:


I watch this thread a lot while playing my save in the JoseRR's Challenge, I have played a large number of lower league games throughout Europe and have used many techniques, but I think the most amusing one was when I had 30 days from the players returning until my first real game, and By this stage I had already got 30 players on trial in that first season, so I kept trialling anyone who looked good and had a friendly set for every single day, by the time my first game came around I had managed to tie down the 22 players I wanted to start the season with, of course I also had a reserve squad FULL of players I had trialled, but I have found this method worked well that time, but not really since.

In the first season I usually set up a filter on the List something like "contract Status" is "Expired" or "Expiring" or "Unattached", Position is "???", Attributes are more than "10" or at most "1" (This accounts for those with blank in there from the fog of war) with about 3-4 key attributes for the position as I see it. I also like to search young as these players are generally cheaper, yeah they sometimes make some big errors, but if you sign them and train them up you may end up with either a superstar or a player you can sell off for a pretty penny. If I cannot find two players of quality in a position under 25 then I look at 30+ as these guys are also pretty cheap. I admit this technique means it can take me a few seasons to build promotion, but after that first season I have my scouts out just searching everywhere they can, and if they find someone better than my current starter or I see that one could be better with coaching I will bring them in.

On the scouting front, I run a three scout system, two with High JA and one with high JP, if I can get them with both this is better, but the JP one is looking at players Under 21 and the other two at players over 21. Then once I get a good report I get it checked by one of the other scouts then trial or if he looks good I sign.

Hope this advice is helpful to someone :)

sirdez24
15-10-2008, 14:20
I had dreams of my Aussie keeper playing for another decade and becoming a club legend (he was well on the way, especially with the shelf life of keepers compared to outfield players), but that is not to be as I've had to sell him after his unhappiness really affected his performances over pre-season and the first three games of the season proper (LXW). I ended up getting £210K + 10% for him, which isn't great but paid for his replacement, who is not as good but at least wants to be at the club. Will post screenshots tomorrow when I load up.

Dean Price is also refusing to sign a new deal and has "holding out in hope of a big move at the end of his contract" on his personal screen, so if this doesn't change by January I may offer him to clubs.

sirdez24
15-10-2008, 14:25
I kept trialling anyone who looked good and had a friendly set for every single day

I holiday friendlies with "use current match tactics" ticked, but for someone who likes to play the pre-season themselves, this is actually very clever.

Lower Leagues Rule
15-10-2008, 14:27
I holiday friendlies with "use current match tactics" ticked, but for someone who likes to play the pre-season themselves, this is actually very clever.

Even if you are holidaying them it will give you a small idea of how a trial player will do ;)
I have since changed my first season method though :)

roberto922
15-10-2008, 20:38
Right then I've finally got to January on my mums sluggish laptop and the update will either be tonight or tomorrow evening.

roberto922
15-10-2008, 22:06
AFC Wimbledon Update - Season 9 (2016/2017)

To Begin....

My expectations this season have only really been to equal or slightly exceed last season and thankfully we have so far done just that, if we keep this up I've got a feeling we can get 5th place.

Premiership Prediction - 14th
Premiership Position - 8th
F.A Cup - 3rd Round vs West Brom
League Cup - Quarter final (out)

Premiership - Graph (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/PremgraphJanuary.jpg) | Table (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/LeagueTableJanuary.jpg)

Premiership : A solid season so far, we're where I want us to be with a good chance at getting a place in the UEFA Cup through the league this time rather than Intertoto.

F.A Cup : Nothing to report on as of yet.

League Cup : I really thought we were going to win the tournament this season but we ended up going out to Tottenham.

(http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Real%20London/Season%2022/BEO.jpg)
Club Ranking - 108th

Other Info

Finances (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/FinancesJanuary.jpg)
Squad (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/SquadJanuary.jpg)
Team Info (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/TeamInfoJanuary.jpg)

Transfers (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/TransfersJanuary.jpg)

Season Summary
Aside from the League Cup, this was a fantastic season. European football, a great squad assembled and progress with our previously weak defense. My target this season is to finish 5th - 6th.

Season 1 - Blue Square South - 1st place. Promoted
Season 2 - Blue Square Premier - 3rd place. Promoted
Season 3 - League Two - 17th place
Season 4 - League Two - 2nd place. Promoted
Season 5 - League One - 9th place
Season 6 - League One - 1st place. Promoted
Season 7 - Championship - 5thplace. Promoted
Season 8 - Premiership - 8th place.
Season 9 - Premiership - 8th place so far

sirdez24
16-10-2008, 00:56
Even if you are holidaying them it will give you a small idea of how a trial player will do ;)
I have since changed my first season method though :)

I was thinking more about if you holiday friendlies you have no control over who plays and thus you'll get players playing consecutive days in that scenario. However I guess you could tick the 'assistant manager takes friendlies' option and 'keep current line-up where possible'.

sirdez24
16-10-2008, 01:00
Bates (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/bates4.jpg) is gone, unfortunately, and while his replacement Lloyd (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/lloyd.jpg) isn't as good, he was the best I could get at short notice and within my budgets, and he should tide me over until I can spend a proper time frame scouting a long-term prospect.

NepentheZ
16-10-2008, 01:26
nice work roberto. You're flying through the season to top class footy :thup: (I wish I could do it that quick).

Unlucky with Bates, sirdez24, he looked a corker, its a shame you couldn't keep hold of him. :thdn: - Les hope Lloyd is just a short term fix, and you get a decent GK in the next window.

Lower Leagues Rule
16-10-2008, 01:59
I was thinking more about if you holiday friendlies you have no control over who plays and thus you'll get players playing consecutive days in that scenario. However I guess you could tick the 'assistant manager takes friendlies' option and 'keep current line-up where possible'.

Easy solution there ;) Make it your reserves playing not your first team and put only 22 players into the reserves each day :) Worked that little trick out as well haha

Ceus
16-10-2008, 07:05
Hi all just a Quick update on my Hitchin town game

i just been through the 1st season and is was kinda dull as i stay in 12th place most of the season and i got kicked off the cup competitions as soon as they started.the only reason why i am 12th was because of 2 arsenal kids that i got on loan from my parent club arsenal.1 of them is goalkeeper from the U-18s and another was a defender called thomas Cruise.
Currently im 6 games into the 2nd season with hitchin and im currently top of the table thanks to 5 arsenal kiddos (Thomas Cruise(defender),Luke freeman(Striker),Frimpong(Midfielder),Van den berg(right wing),kyle bartley(defender).
Luke freeman already had a couple of hattricks.i have high hopes for the season hoping i could get promoted this season

NepentheZ
16-10-2008, 13:50
I'm getting so frustrated in League 2 :(

I started the season immensely, keeping up in the play-off places, which was a bit of a dream, to be honest, but now its all gone down hill. I'm losing to bottom half teams, and getting beaten comfortably. I know I'm not expected to work miracles this season, but every last one of my starting 11 is rated "A Good Championship Player" or better. (2 even thought of as A good signing for most Premier League sides, and KIZZ is regarded as a "Leading Star for most Premiership sides"

Surely with a team like this I should be picking up a healthy amount of points. Unfortunately, I'm going to lose a fair few of my stars this season, as they wont sign new deals, and already Butterbean and KIZZ are leaving on a free at the end of the season, with KIZZ going to Inverness CT, and Butterbean to Kilmarnock. I tried to flog them off with + 50% 's on, but no clubs wanted them. I got so desperate to get the 50% sell on fee, I even offered them out for £0 + 50%, but the only takers were Div 1 sides, or other Scottish sides, but they still chose the free transfer routes. :(

Aside from the few that are leaving, I've still got a great core of players, but they just dont want to seem to play together.

Benjaminoo
16-10-2008, 14:33
Hey Guys,

Might have one more shot at this before 09 comes out. I'll be holidaying soon so I'll post the profile + update on the website when it's finished holidying. :thup:

sirdez24
16-10-2008, 14:35
I'd leave on free too if you nicknamed me 'Butterbean'.

NepentheZ
16-10-2008, 14:41
Theres two [First Name] Bean's in my squad. So they're named GreenBean and ButterBean. :)

sirdez24
16-10-2008, 15:36
I'd be even more determined to leave then if I got called 'Butter' while the other guy got 'Green'.

roberto922
16-10-2008, 15:47
Thanks nep, I think it'll take me two - three seasons to get Champions league football but I'm definitely pleased with our performances. Ched Evans has been fantasticso far and actually managed 3rd place in the European Striker of the year along with Fedrico Fazio finishing in the top 3 for defender of the year, despite that, the player that has impressed me most so far has to be Fischer (21, DRC) I brought him from the reserve side for a month when Craig Davis was injured and he's never looked back thank god, it means I don't have to look for a better right back so I can focus fully on left back.

Good luck with yours, I didn't like League Two much either tbh, it's a huge step up from Non - league football.

sirdez24
16-10-2008, 17:19
There is no way anyone will convince me the AI doesn't inadvertently use some sort of corner exploit. They are just about undefendable.

roberto922
16-10-2008, 17:20
I don't have that problem.

sirdez24
16-10-2008, 17:21
Would love your set up then. It's been an issue from the start for me to the point where even players with crap heading/jumping have a field day from corners.

NepentheZ
16-10-2008, 17:22
I'm quite often top corner scorers in the divsions. (Not this season, 3rd with 15, 1st has 18, 2nd has 16.)

sirdez24
16-10-2008, 17:24
I'm going to try and have everyone man-marking and leave no one covering the posts.

sirdez24
16-10-2008, 17:33
Results like this (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/AIshotequalsAIgoal.jpg) are absolutely killing me. Most games I'm dominating possession and creating chances, but at this level the AI is literally scoring from just about every shot on target. January can't come quick enough as I really need to bolster my defence, which isn't up to standard.

Benjaminoo
16-10-2008, 17:48
Started as Merthyr Tydfil - here's my Profile (http://img507.imageshack.us/my.php?image=10162008184009up0.jpg)

Wish me luck :thup:

NepentheZ
16-10-2008, 18:07
Good luck Benjamin :thup:

sirdez24
16-10-2008, 21:09
Quick update. A couple of wins in a row has pulled me up into the top half, just, at the halfway mark of the season - league table (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/halfwaychamp.jpg). As you can see, I haven't had any trouble scoring goals, but only Southend have shipped more (and they beat me 4-0 at Fossett Farm!).

I still have a problem with Dean Price (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/price4.jpg), whose value has now gone to seven figures but still has no interest in renewing. I don't really have a problem with offering him to clubs on January 1st, especially given I've lined up Matt Kerr (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/mattkerr.jpg), who Sunderland released, however Price has the club and me listed as his favourites and I'm worried I'll get the whole "feels he is being forced out" rubbish if I do this.

Any advice? I was thinking of offering for around £750K + 30% first up...

roberto922
17-10-2008, 20:47
Very quick update. In January I brought in a top 18 year old DM called Gascon from a Spanish side (I think it was Mallorca) for 5m (I'll show a proper screenie in the EoS update). In even bigger news we have been tussling with Everton for 4th place for the last month, switching places 5 times, it's looking like a very interesting season for us.

roberto922
18-10-2008, 04:35
AFC Wimbledon Update - Season 9 (2016/2017)

To begin....

Jones enters 500th game with AFC Wimbledon (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/500thgame.jpg)

There may be trouble ahead... (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/Samuelsonnews1.jpg)
Uhoh :( (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/Samuelsonnews2.jpg)
Phew! (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/Takeovercomplete.jpg)

Premiership Prediction - 14th
Premiership Position - 6th
F.A Cup - 4th Round
League Cup - 5th Round
UEFA Cup - 2nd Round

Premiership - Graph (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/Premgraph-1.jpg) | Table (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/Premtable.jpg)

Premiership: We've had a very solid season, as the graph shows, after an initially bad start we went from strength to strength and the result of that was a well deserved UEFA Cup berth. My expectations for this season were 6th/7th place so It's good to see us on course. To be honest I don't really think we were ready for the Champions League yet so in a way it was better that we finished 6th than 4th, a position we'd been vying for since late January. In the end the two games proved to be vital, in game 37 (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/HomevsAstonVilla.jpg) our star defender Federico Fazio was sent off, leaving us with an out of form Savin and Emre Sahin, who was clearly above his suited level, to cope in the two vital games, as you can see we lost to Aston Villa. After the match I then complained about the sending off which didn't turn out too good. (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/Touchlineban.jpg) So there we were, if we won we'd hold on to 4th but a defeat would spell the end, two problems being that the defensive rock and the manager were both missing, we then proceeded to lose to Everton and all of a sudden it was over.

F.A Cup : In the third round we were drawn away against West Brom (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/FACup3rdRound.jpg), we proceeded to the 4th round after a 3-1 win. After that we travelled to Sunderland (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/FACup4thRound.jpg) where we fell at only the second hurdle, dissapointing really, hopefully next year I'll be able to do alot better.

League Cup: Lost 3-1 vs Tottenham in the Quarter Final

EURO Cup: And so our European adventure begins! First up was a return ticket to Illichivets, Ukraine. We took them out 7-4 on aggregate to go through to the EURO Cup. In the first qualifying round we drew Ruzomberok of Slovakia, we continued at their expense as we won 8-1 on aggregate. We then knocked 5 past Wisla with only one reply before we entered the group stages. We were drawn with Roma, Panathinaikos, Bezanijiya and Kayerispor. We won 3 and lost 1 as we continued to the next stage in 2nd place, that's where we more than met our match. We faced the mighty AC Milan, fresh from a 3rd placed Champions league finish but still ranked #1 in the world and were to be eventual EURO Cup winners. All I could do was watch as we were battered Home and Away, beaten 3-0 at home before Miguel Jones gave a heroic performance at the San Siro by keeping them down to 2 goals with Federico Fazio scoring a consolation goal in the 61st minute. All in all a good experience although we'll obviously be hoping to go further next year and not meet the European Cup and now EURO Cup champions again.

European Club Ranking: 79th (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/EuropeanClubrankings-1.jpg)

Other Info

Finances
Squad
Team Info (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/TeamInfo-2.jpg)
Transfers (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/Transfers-2.jpg)

Photobucket is playing up at the moment so I will post the finances and squad as well as the players of the season and youngster watch later as they all require screenshots.

Season Summary
A great season. Decent cup runs, a good stint in Europe and we've moved to a new stadium at last... or have we? Basically two days after we had moved to our brand spanking new 18k seater stadium the board has decided to get a 14m loan on top of the 15m we had already from building the stadium and expand the AFC Wimbledon Stadium by 11 thousand seats, whilst this will be excellent in the long term it is certainly going to affect our spending power and despite my budget of 17m I'm going to have to try to keep it below £10 million.

Manager history

Season 1 - Blue Square South - 1st place. Promoted
Season 2 - Blue Square Premier - 1st Place. Promoted
Season 3 - League Two - 17th Place.
Season 4 - League Two - 2nd Place. Promoted
Season 5 - League One - 9th Place.
Season 6 - League One - 1st Place. Promoted
Season 7 - Championship - 5th Place. Promoted
Season 8 - Premiership - 7th Place. Qualified for EURO Vase
Season 9 - Premiership - 6th Place. Qualified for UEFA Cup

rancer890
18-10-2008, 15:43
Another good season roberto :thup:

roberto922
18-10-2008, 18:05
Two new signings to strengthen our defense:

Fabio (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/Fabio.jpg)
Arboleda (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/Arboleda.jpg)

The future looks bright defensively, next season I'll buy a replacement for Fazio and then we should be alright for a couple of years.

sirdez24
19-10-2008, 14:12
Season Review - Billericay Town - 2014/15 - Championship

A really solid season. Outclassed by the big boys, but battled well above our weight against the midtable sides and beat the teams down the bottom fairly easily. Taking 13 points from the final six games of the season gave me the final Manager of the Month award of the season, and left us a very comfortable 9th - final table (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/finalchamptable.jpg).

Just for an idea of how out of our depth we were, have a look at the average attendance list (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/attendance.jpg). And we were nearly selling out each week!

Both Price (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/price5.jpg) and Murat (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/murat3.jpg) are refusing to sign new deals and it's looking like I'll lose them for free, something I find quite funny as Price has "thinks the club should retain the services of Murat" in his personal section, and Murat has "thinks the club should retain the services of Price" in his. Hypocritical ********.

Trinidad and Tobago skipper Kern Belgrave (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/belgrave.jpg) was a deadline day signing from Reading but struggled somewhat with form and injuries, although with a pre-season I'm hopeful he'll be much better next campaign.

I also handed an early debut to Matt Deakin (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/deakin2.jpg) and he looks like he's going to be a real gem, already showing he has an eye for a pass from central midfield.

Boychev (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/boychev3.jpg) was my leading scorer but he is another who is refusing to discuss a new contract. I still have him for another season though so there is time to change his mind.

Finally, Andrew McGrath (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/mcgrath.jpg) is on his way from Blackburn (who are bankrupt) for a snip at £1K. If I can repeat a top ten finish I'll be delighted given the players I will potentially be losing in the next couple of months.

Benjaminoo
19-10-2008, 14:16
Merthyr Tydfil - Season 08/09 - Blue Square South

PROMOTION:D

Great Season. I expected us to finish pretty high in the table and challenge for promotion as I brought in some pretty good players all around. We managed a 4th placed finish (http://img529.imageshack.us/my.php?image=10192008145115wa3.jpg)and promotion via the play-offs.

Here's our Squad (http://img524.imageshack.us/my.php?image=10192008145357ym3.jpg). As you can see we scored ALOT of goals, most coming from Marc Willims (http://img291.imageshack.us/my.php?image=10192008145527zh0.jpg) (He went an amazing 18 hours without scoring), Jack Jeffrey (http://img389.imageshack.us/my.php?image=10192008150147co6.jpg) and the amazing Oliver Hotchkiss (http://img375.imageshack.us/my.php?image=10192008150335oe1.jpg).

A Special mention goes out to our 17 year old defensive midfielder Richard Gardner (http://img89.imageshack.us/my.php?image=10192008150547si8.jpg) who was sensational throughout the season.

Now to our play-offs. We drew AFC Wimbledon in the semis. I expected it to be pretty tough, but it was a breeze.

Play Off Semi Finals Leg 1

Merthyr Tydfil 3-0 AFC Wimbledon (http://img381.imageshack.us/my.php?image=10192008150902zl5.jpg)

Ply Off Semi Finals Leg 2

AFC Wibledon 2-3 Merthyr Tydfil (http://img525.imageshack.us/my.php?image=10192008151023eu5.jpg)

Then we drew Worcester and what a thriller it was..

Play Off Finals

Worcester 3-4 Merthyr Tydfil (http://img510.imageshack.us/my.php?image=10192008151516ir9.jpg)

WHAT A RESULT ;)

to the premier we goooo :D

Kazpeer
19-10-2008, 16:26
Profile (http://img255.imageshack.us/my.php?image=profiliu4.jpg)

Im gonna start my last game in Hendon, and I think im gonna make a Youth project like NepentheZ :)

sirdez24
19-10-2008, 16:28
Another stadium expansion, this time just under 3000 seats to be added.

For six months I am now ground-sharing with Southend, who have just been relegated to L1.

A True Fan
19-10-2008, 17:49
Just started to continye my Hendon game. 2nd season in the BSS. Doing badly this season so far. The defence is all over the place. Can't mark can't tackle and can't head. Changes having to be made soon.

roberto922
19-10-2008, 17:51
This threads like Ghost town now :( roll on FM 09.

ChelseaDaft
20-10-2008, 12:57
Hi all

Remember a back on page 110 i said this:
"As the new game is out in about a month or so i am gonna have another crack at this but not change a single thing on training (leave it on general) and also the standard tactic that comes with the team ( so no changing team or individual instructions) and see how long it takes me to get promoted"

Well this is what i have been doing. So here is my progress so far.

Chelseadaft Ilkeston Blue Square North 2008/2009.

As usual when you start one of these challenges unless you start with AFC Wimbledon its very unusual for your squad to have non greyed out players! So i had to bring in free transfers at the start of the season. It also helped that Ilkeston had just signed a deal with Derby County to be our parent club too so i used the option of loans and brought in 2 long term and 4 on renewed 3 month loans for the season. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season1/transfers.jpg

As per above i am sticking to not touching the tactics or individual player instructions for this challenge. But i think i have found the key to success in the BSS / BSN. I utilised the scout reports and the only thing i used was opposition instructions. This worked a treat. The side performed above all expectations, neutralised more often than not the opposition dangermen and played well, dont get me wrong, the loans helped, but we only ran out of steam in the last three games and lost in the playoff final.. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season1/pofinal.jpg

We finished 3rd and i was delighted! Here are some more screenies:

Table http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season1/table.jpg
Squad http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season1/squad.jpg
Finances http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season1/finances.jpg




Season 2 Chelseadaft Ilkeston Blue Square North 2009/2010 PROMOTED AS CHAMPIONS!

Well i used the same opposition instructions and nothing to the tactics, individual instructions or training. Managed to get hold of the same loan players on same deals from Derby and have won the league! Screenies below:

Table http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%202/table2.jpg
Squad http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%202/squad2.jpg
Transfers http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%202/transfers2.jpg
Finances http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%202/finances2.jpg
Manager of the year http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%202/MOTY.jpg
Board Message http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%202/boardmessage.jpg

As you will see from the squad screen, my two loan signings have done great for me especially as one of them scored over 40 goals for me this season. But he still didnt finish top scorer. The top scorer also turned out to be player of the season.. have a look (amazing!) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%202/topscorer.jpg


Roll on next season in the Blue Square Premier!

rlipscombe
20-10-2008, 13:01
[quote]
As you will see from the squad screen, my two loan signings have done great for me especially as one of them scored over 40 goals for me this season. But he still didnt finish top scorer. The top scorer also turned out to be player of the season.. have a look (amazing!) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%202/topscorer.jpg
quote]

that's ridiculous!! :eek:

NepentheZ
20-10-2008, 20:16
Real London Update - Season 6 (2013/2014)


Coca-Cola League 2 Prediction - 24th
Coca-Cola League 2 Position - 20th
F.A Cup - 3rd Round
Setanta Shield - South Quarter-Final
League Cup - 3rd Round

Coca-Cola League 2 - Graph (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/LeagueGraph.jpg) | Table (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/LeagueTable.jpg)


Coca-Cola League 2: Ultimately, I was disappointed with the final position in League 2. I was expecting a relegation dog fight, but at the start of the season, and for the first 12-15 games, I was hangin' out with the big boys. I was playing spectacular footy, destroying everything put before me. Then, it collapsed. I couldn't put my finger on why, or when, but I started losing games left, right and center. I went from being a safe 18 points ahead of the relegation zone, to a mere 6 points ahead, and all of a sudden worrying about weather or not I could stay up. I had a good hard look at my team. There were so many players I were playing that were in the completely wrong position. I had Bullseye on the wing, where I should have had him playing through the middle, dictating the game. I had KIZZ tied up in defense, when in reality, he was the perfect defensive midfielder to counter balance Bullseye's attacking flair. I had The Hunter on the wing, when yet again, he was much more potent in the center of the field, rotating with KIZZ and Bullseye. George Kemp, my DC supreme wasn't being plyed to his strenghts, and had completely the wrong individual settings. I fixed all my tactical errors, and the team woke up towards the end of the season. We still only wound up 20th, and a mere 7 points away from safety, but that was a great finish, considering what could've happened. Only 3 or 4 wins away from a strong mid-table position.

F.A Cup : Another 3rd Round. Unfortunately, there were no Premiership clubs for me this season, so I couldn't really capitalize on the financial side of things, but for a club like ours to hit the 3rd Round of the F.A Cup 2 seasons running is immense.

Setanta Shield : Made it to the S Quarter-Final this season, after some great performances. Eventually lost out to Plymouth.

League Cup : My first entry into the League cup was a joyful one. I beat Premiership Birmingham away from home 3-2, after being 2-0 down, with Carl Simmons scoring a superb second half hat-trick. I was then drawn up against Man City in the 3rd Round, but unfortunately is was a home tie, so I could yet again not capitalize on the finances. 1-0 up at HT, but eventually went down 3-1 to a far superior side.

Best Elevens - Season (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/BES.jpg) | Overall (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/BEO.jpg)

Other Info

Finances (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/Finances.jpg)
Team Selection (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/TeamSheet.jpg)
Team Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/ClubInfo.jpg)

Manager Info (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/ManInfo.jpg)
Manager Overview (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/ManOVer.jpg)
Manager Profile (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/ManPro.jpg)

Player Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/RecP.jpg)
Team Records (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/RecT.jpg)

Transfers (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/Trasfers.jpg)
Affiliated Clubs (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/Aff.jpg)
Real London Staff (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/Staff.jpg)


Awards

Coca-Cola League 2 Top Goal Scorer - Carl Simmons (Runner-Up) (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/SimonsTGS2nd.jpg)
Real London, Fans Player of the Year - Carl Simmons (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/FPOTYSimons.jpg)
Coca-Cola League 2 Team of the Year - Carl Simmons, Bullseye (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/TOTY.jpg)

New Real London Records*

Record Attendace - 3,023 (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/RecAtt.jpg)
Record Average Attendance - 2,747 (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/RecAveAtt.jpg)
Record Gate's - £30,000 (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/RecGates.jpg)
Record High - 20th, Coca-Cola League 2 (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/RecHigh.jpg)
Record League Apps - 175, Bulseye (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/RecLeagueApps.jpg)
*Records are only displayed when broken, and may not represent the final tally of the broken record

Players of the Season

Carl Simmons (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/Simons.jpg) - Another who I'd been playing in the wrong position over the last few years. I'd had him in the center of the park, but clearly Striker was his calling. A brilliant tally, and scored over 50% of the clubs goals this season.

Bullseye (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/Bullseye.jpg) - Season after season this guy performs for me. Assist after assist, goals too, great perfomances, high average ratings and a great asset to the club. Became Real London's record league capped player.


Season Summary
All in all, a good season. Great cup runs, and a tidy league campaign. The low points of the season have to be losing KIZZ, Butterbean, Greenbean and Tomb Raider. The first 3 on free transfers, as they wouldn't sign new deals, but I managed to pawn Raider off for £4,000 before his contract was signed up for free. It will be a big rebuilding season for me next season, with a defense to fill out, and some wingers to bring in, and I need a decent Striker to partner Simmons.

Manager history

Season 1 - Blue Square South - 8th place
Season 2 - Blue Square South - 12th place
Season 3 - Blue Square South - 2nd place
Season 4 - Blue Square South - 1st place | Promoted to Blue Square Premier
Season 5 - Blue Square Premier - 2nd place | Promoted to Division 2, via play-offs.
Season 6 - Coca-Cola League 2 - 20th place

*Real London were formerly Hendon

roberto922
20-10-2008, 20:19
It's not that bad really Nep, I finished 17th with Arsenal loanees so 20th withouts a good season IMO

NepentheZ
20-10-2008, 23:56
Yea cheers. I was just disappointed because I had such a good start. Injuries didn't help, but the main problem was, the fact that I had good cup runs, I was always 2 or 3 games behind in the league, and that made my position lower by attrition. Had I not had the cup runs, I firmly believe I could have finished a comfortable mid table.

As for loanee's, I honestly don't need them. I have so many players in my squad rated as "Leading Stars in Champ" / "Good Champ Player" / "Leading Star in Div. 1" - that a loaned in player wouldn't exactly pick up the first team spot. I don't have 1 person in my first team squad (with exception to my Youth Player Projects) that's rated a "Div 2 player". They're all rated Div 1, Champ, and Holmes, Bullseye, Simons and Kemp are rated Good to Leading star for the Prem.

Edit : Just checked my squad again, and Dave McKenzie is also a prem rated player.
Edit mkII : Eddie O'Neil is also prem rated.

So if my squad is fully fit, 6 of the 10 outfields are good enough to play in the prem. Which is why I'm not happy about my finishing position in League 2 last season.

bermybhoy
21-10-2008, 00:09
You've surely answered this before, but how come you started again Nep? Did you complete it last time?

NepentheZ
21-10-2008, 00:14
Nah didn't complete it. I had a problem with my laptop, and had to have it sent to Apple. So I put everything on my External HD. (Real London Game was in 2032 IIRC). In the time my laptop was in the shop, I'd played 2 or 3 more seasons on my spare laptop. When I got my laptop back, and was transferring all the data back over, I somehow managed to delete the 2035 game, and was left with the 2032 game. In the 3 seasons that I'd played, I made soooo many massive gains, and especially the progress of YP19, I just couldn't face going through the 3 seasons again, and perhaps not getting the same gains, and rather started again, using fake players along with Jimbo and a few others. Its a shame, as it was one of my fave ever saves for many reasons, underlyingly the beggning on the Youth Projects. :(

bermybhoy
21-10-2008, 00:18
Ah, that would be annoying to say the least. I made it to League 1 in my Hitchin save (using fake players) but have stalled on doing updates for ages. And playing it for that matter.

rancer890
21-10-2008, 00:23
Good 1st season in League Football Nep. I'm sure you will get promoted in a couple seasons. Part of the reason I stopped my Wombles game in favor of my challenge was the inability to get out of League 2. Finished 7th a couple times too. :(

seanefc
21-10-2008, 17:07
Just out of interest, how many players have actualy completed this challenge? or atleast one part of it? Is this thread now so dead, simply because everyone have finished???

I just do not have the patience to read through 112 pages to find out ;)

Its an excellent challenge by the way, i am just gutted that i have never managed to finish it. In the previous two FM's i took Billericay and Staines quite far, Billericay i think was championship, and Staines was premiership, but i never stuck with it. This is my first 'real' attempt at the challenge with FM08 (infact, with the exception of my everton save, ive hardly stuck at any of the games ive started in this version come to think of it :(). Its odd that i didnt stick at the Staines game in FM07, we have Bojan upfront, he was on loan from our parent club chelsea for about 3 or 4 years, from something like League 2, all the way to the prem, before i actually managed to buy him! Massively unrealistic of course, but great fun!

Currently at the end of Jan09 on my Mangotsfield save, will do an undate at the end of the season. Building an entire team from scratch has been an interesting experience!

canvey!!
21-10-2008, 18:15
Just out of interest, how many players have actualy completed this challenge? or atleast one part of it? Is this thread now so dead, simply because everyone have finished???


I've found it for you (Link! (http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php?p=1486570&highlight=dafuge%27s+FM08+club#post1486570)).
gillianchung, Scab, Leth4187, Beng, 3Sixty, dafuge, Rickaldo, kaNovi, ejthegreat, Annihilator666 and michaeltmurrayuk have completed the challenge. That's 11 people.

...and also...



Blue Square South - Graph (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/LeagueGraph.jpg) | Table (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%206/LeagueTable.jpg)

Coca-Cola League 2:

Ton of bricks (http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php?p=1725685#post1725685), NepentheZ ;)

dafuge
21-10-2008, 19:31
How do people feel about calling this just 'the small club to big club challenge' for FM09?

roberto922
21-10-2008, 19:34
Boo!! :mad: lol I think it should just be called Dafuges challenge tbh but don't take your name out as it would lose readers straight away as theres probably a few people that just look out for your name to get started.

canvey!!
21-10-2008, 19:50
I have to say your name adds huge gravitas to the sign-up. Even «dafuge's challenge» would be better than «The small club to big club challenge». However, I would say that the name at the moment does seem to long. Putting names in challenges is a bit of a weird thing really. I don't know whether my intended challenge for FM09 sounds better with or without my name in. WW thinks with. I think the main purpose of the name is to add gravitas and seperate it out as it's from a recognised name. Whether you want to do that is your call, as our local mod.

roberto922
21-10-2008, 19:54
I think if you have a name with two syllables or less it's alright but more than that doesn't sound AS good although some sound alright.

NepentheZ
21-10-2008, 20:02
...and also...



Ton of bricks (http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php?p=1725685#post1725685), NepentheZ ;)

I've absolutely NO Idea what you're talking about. :D :D

NepentheZ
21-10-2008, 20:03
Oh, and "Dafuge's Challenge" is a perfect title. People who already know, don't need the rest, and people who don't know, actually know. :) - Perhaps "Dafuge's Blue Square Challenge" or something along those lines?

canvey!!
21-10-2008, 20:38
I've absolutely NO Idea what you're talking about. :D :D

Read the linked bit about the ton of bricks, and then re-read the bit of your latest update that I quoted. Then, perhaps, you shall see the light. ;)

roberto922
21-10-2008, 20:39
You put BSS and then League Two below it, basically you forgot to change your header

NepentheZ
21-10-2008, 20:40
Read the linked bit about the ton of bricks, and then re-read the bit of your latest update that I quoted. Then, perhaps, you shall see the light. ;)

Read the post you quoted of mine ;)

canvey!!
21-10-2008, 20:44
Read the post you quoted of mine ;)


I've absolutely NO Idea what you're talking about. :D :D

I realised after I posted that you had sneakily edited it - and that was sarcasm in the no idea quote. Determining it from writing isn't my strong point :o.

minisav
21-10-2008, 22:16
How do people feel about calling this just 'the small club to big club challenge' for FM09?

Nope, because there are so many of them now

Razer82
22-10-2008, 14:51
How do people feel about calling this just 'the small club to big club challenge' for FM09?

I don't think any change to the name of the challenge is needed at all.

Everybody who knows about the challenge knows it as Dafuge's Challenge.

If you were to change anything then drop the small club to big club part, just keep it simply as Dafuge's Challenge.

roberto922
26-10-2008, 22:42
AFC Wimbledon January Update - Season 10 (2017/2018)

To begin....

After the board decided that it would be a good idea to move us out of our brand new stadium for 6 months I thought it was terrible, now however I simply think 'Ka-ching-ah'. We're raking it in from having Stamford Bridge as our temporary home, especially in the last 2-3 months where our attendance figures have rocketed to an average of 48,000 :eek:. We've also had our training facilities expanded and they are now rated as excellent :cool:.

Premiership Prediction - 7th
Premiership Position - 1st :O
F.A Cup - 3rd Round (vs Arsenal)
League Cup - Semi Final (vs Liverpool)
UEFA Cup - 1st Knockout Round (vs Kayerispor) sp?

Premiership - Graph (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/LeagueGraph-1.jpg)| Table (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/LeagueTable-1.jpg)

Premiership: I'm absolutely stunned by our season so far, utterly speechless. After managing to achieve a top defense through signing Fabio and Arboleda I was certain we could challenge for a top 4 spot but 1st place :eek: Rui Fonte and Ched Evans in particular have been key to our success as well as Fazio and Arboleda being amazing in defense. Robert Smith continues to amaze me as he remains our star player no matter who I bring in, at 26 he's now coming in to the prime of his career.

League Cup: Through to the semi final after a decent run and I'm hoping that we could get a treble this season.

EURO Cup: Started off against Amkar who we destroyed in the 1st leg (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/vsAmkarEC1stroundleg1.jpg) before being lightly beaten in the 2nd leg. (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/vsAmkarEC1stroundleg2.jpg) After that came the group stages where we faced Trabzonspor (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/vsTrabzonsporECGroupB.jpg), PSV (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/vsPSVECGroupB.jpg), B. Jerusalem (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn49/ohmylife92/vsJerusalemECGroupB.jpg) and Inter Milan. We are set to face Kayserispor in the next round.

European Club Ranking: 79th


Season Summary

Fantastic so far and I've got a feeling we could win it.

Manager history

Season 1 - Blue Square South - 1st place. Promoted
Season 2 - Blue Square Premier - 1st Place. Promoted
Season 3 - League Two - 17th Place.
Season 4 - League Two - 2nd Place. Promoted
Season 5 - League One - 9th Place.
Season 6 - League One - 1st Place. Promoted
Season 7 - Championship - 5th Place. Promoted
Season 8 - Premiership - 7th Place. Qualified for EURO Vase
Season 9 - Premiership - 6th Place. Qualified for UEFA Cup
Season 10 - Premiership - 1st Place. Champions???



Note: From now on I'm just gonna do short updates once a season because with so few people reading now that we're getting so close to FM 2009 and becaus many have lost interest after completing it/failing, it's pointless doing long winded updates (also I wanna finish it before FM 09 comes out)

rancer890
26-10-2008, 23:39
Good work so far Robert :thup:

Nice to see Man Utd near the bottom.:D

NepentheZ
27-10-2008, 00:59
4 days since your post Robert :(

I've not lost interest, per say, I've just been so busy. I'd love to have a good ol' session on FM08 before FM09, but I just can't see it happening.

roberto922
27-10-2008, 01:04
It was an hour ago...

NepentheZ
27-10-2008, 01:21
No I meant, before your post, there was 4 days since the last post.

roberto922
27-10-2008, 01:24
Ah right, I'm looking forward to FM 09 now, kinda sad that I'm so close to finishing this now when 09s just around the corner. Are you oing this one first again?

NepentheZ
27-10-2008, 01:35
Gundo's or this, yea.

Jimbokav1971
27-10-2008, 06:32
How do people feel about calling this just 'the small club to big club challenge' for FM09?

I think it's irrelevant what you call it.

It will always be known as the dafuge challenge even if the name changes.

tbsn1fan
27-10-2008, 17:58
ok so basically ive never done well at these sort of things and tbh im not that great at the game in general.
so i didnt post all my stats up and stuff and take screenshots as it seemed pointless.
however ive now played 7 and won 7 so was wondering if it was possible still to sign up kinda thing if not it doesnt matter :)

dafuge
27-10-2008, 18:00
ok so basically ive never done well at these sort of things and tbh im not that great at the game in general.
so i didnt post all my stats up and stuff and take screenshots as it seemed pointless.
however ive now played 6 and won 6 so was wondering if it was possible still to sign up kinda thing if not it doesnt matter :)

It should be fine, your manager profile should still be the same as when you started if you are only 6 games in.

tbsn1fan
27-10-2008, 18:24
ah brilliant will do it all now :)

roberto922
27-10-2008, 18:25
Heh, I posted mine after 3 years :D

tbsn1fan
27-10-2008, 19:11
hopefully this works :)
9 wins in a row then lost my two strikers in one game and lost the next game :D

http://img91.imageshack.us/my.php?image=picture1kw7.png

roberto922
27-10-2008, 21:38
Last game of the season, 1 point ahead of 2nd placed Liverpool :eek:

roberto922
27-10-2008, 21:41
4th Minute - 1-0 AFC Wimbledon!
30th minute - 2-0!!!!!

rancer890
27-10-2008, 21:42
Good luck roberto. I just had a heartattack. Look at my thread for more details.:p

roberto922
27-10-2008, 21:44
34th minute - 2-1 :mad: Giles Barnes Penalty
42nd minute - 3-1! Rui Fonte slammed it in

roberto922
27-10-2008, 21:49
Full Time 3-1! AFC Wimbledon are Premier League Champions :cool: FA Cup final up next :)

rancer890
27-10-2008, 21:53
Congratulations roberto!!!:thup::):D

roberto922
27-10-2008, 21:55
Thank you :)

roberto922
27-10-2008, 21:57
FA Cup final - 1-0 up at half time

roberto922
27-10-2008, 21:59
2-1 Fulltime :cool:

rancer890
27-10-2008, 22:01
Congratz on winning the double!:thup::)

roberto922
27-10-2008, 22:02
What a season :)

dafuge
28-10-2008, 08:38
Thinking about FM09, are there any rule changes that people would like to see?

One I'm considering is the banning of parent clubs. It seems that decent players are far too easy to get on loan this way, which can make the first couple of seasons too easy if you get lucky with a club that sends you a few players.

daemonic
28-10-2008, 08:51
I'd be in favour of no parent clubs however one problem with banning parent clubs is the board sometimes set one up whether you ask for it or not. It's a good idea but could get messy.

canvey!!
28-10-2008, 08:59
It depends: if you feel enough people can get parent clubs for it to be considered fair, keep it as it is. If you feel there is too much of an imbalance caused by the parent club feature, disallow it.

dafuge
28-10-2008, 09:10
I'd be in favour of no parent clubs however one problem with banning parent clubs is the board sometimes set one up whether you ask for it or not. It's a good idea but could get messy.

I'd forgotten that happens and you're right, it would be hard to police and that's the last thing I want to be doing.

Hopefully with FM09 it won't be a problem, but I don't really want a repeat of what happened in the Wallace vs Roberts thread where some teams are able to get hold of a 40 goal a season superstar who single-handedly gets the club promoted.

Perhaps it's just best to leave it down to individuals to decided how they want to play it.

daemonic
28-10-2008, 11:07
Fingers crossed FM09 will be better in terms of realistic loans. IRL, the only time I recall a top team loaning out a youngster who then proceeds to rip a league apart was West Ham loaning Defoe to a League 2 team way back when. Other than that loanees rarely make the headlines by being a class apart from everyone else in the division.

You could always add some guidelines that people can choose to follow. No need to police them but anyone who does play within the guidelines (realistic loans etc.) will have the satisfaction of knowing they made the game tougher for themselves and still succeeded.

roberto922
28-10-2008, 13:14
How about if you can't have a parent club until League Two/ League One? I say that because having Arsenal loanees did help me alot in BSS and BSP but the effect of loanees was alot smaller once I hit League football.

NepentheZ
28-10-2008, 13:33
Thinking about FM09, are there any rule changes that people would like to see?

One I'm considering is the banning of parent clubs. It seems that decent players are far too easy to get on loan this way, which can make the first couple of seasons too easy if you get lucky with a club that sends you a few players.


I don't think banning them is the way forward. I think a rule should be put in place regarding them, but it would be highly unfair for a club of BSS / BSP stature to firstly miss out on the finances from the link, but also a couple of fringe players. I do think that perhaps a 2 division max should be put in place. So BSN/BSS clubs must have a parent club from Div. 2 or BSP. BSP clubs from Div. 1 or Div. 2 and so on and so forth.

daemonic
28-10-2008, 13:41
But what if the board go and set up a Prem team as a parent and don't give you any option to reject it? While in it's a good idea it just may not be practical.

roberto922
28-10-2008, 13:42
So just don't let people choose one themselves but don't punish them if their board gets one?

dafuge
28-10-2008, 13:44
I don't think banning them is the way forward. I think a rule should be put in place regarding them, but it would be highly unfair for a club of BSS / BSP stature to firstly miss out on the finances from the link, but also a couple of fringe players. I do think that perhaps a 2 division max should be put in place. So BSN/BSS clubs must have a parent club from Div. 2 or BSP. BSP clubs from Div. 1 or Div. 2 and so on and so forth.

It's not the parent club itself I want to get rid of, I'm all in favour of that. It's the players they lend out who do not belong in the BSN/S which I'm not happy with.

daemonic
28-10-2008, 14:31
So just don't let people choose one themselves but don't punish them if their board gets one?
I think the news item for both methods of getting a Parent club is much the same so no way of knowing if the board imposed the new parent club or the manager choose them.

It could all be academic, SI may have fixed this (unrealistic loanee's playing for BSN/BSS teams) as part of the totally rewritten transfer system. The demo should give a fair indication if this is the case and gives plenty of time for new rules to be decided upon before the full release and people start the challenge proper.

roberto922
28-10-2008, 14:45
TBH I don't see what's bad about players making the most of what's given to them, if you're offered a choice of Arsenal, Leeds or Charlton as a feeder club you're gonna go for Arsenal, why would you go for the lesser version? It's like being offered a choice between a Sega Megadrive or a PS3.

dafuge
28-10-2008, 14:49
TBH I don't see what's bad about players making the most of what's given to them, if you're offered a choice of Arsenal, Leeds or Charlton as a feeder club you're gonna go for Arsenal, why would you go for the lesser version? It's like being offered a choice between a Sega Megadrive or a PS3.

I think that the parent clubs and they players they loan out are a bit flawed in FM08 and generally we don't like making the most out of flaws in the game while playing this challenge. I'm hoping that this won't be the case with FM09 but just in case I'm thinking about ways around it.

daemonic
28-10-2008, 15:00
Simplest solution would just be to ban loaning players completely and ask everyone to include a screen shot of the seasons transfer history in their season updates.:)

roberto922
28-10-2008, 15:02
Loaning is and always has been a big part of LLM since before feeder clubs/parent clubs were even thought of. Plus it still doesn't solve the problem of your board getting you a parent club :/

daemonic
28-10-2008, 15:15
Loaning is and always has been a big part of LLM since before feeder clubs/parent clubs were even thought of. Plus it still doesn't solve the problem of your board getting you a parent club :/
As Dafuge has said, the parent club isn't the unrealistic bit, it's the players they send and while you may have no choice about a parent club you can reject the loan transfers.
And I agree, loans can be necessary when wage budgets are tight and you have a transfer of budget £0 but if they are unrealistic then maybe no loans is the simplest option that can be proved with screenshots.

dafuge
28-10-2008, 15:22
I'm quite happy with loaning players in general, it's when you get loaned a £1m rated striker who scores you 40 goals and gets you promoted that I don't like.

daemonic
28-10-2008, 15:36
I'm quite happy with loaning players in general, it's when you get loaned a £1m rated striker who scores you 40 goals and gets you promoted that I don't like.
Possibly set limitations on the value of a player that can be loaned (although time remaining on a contract may skew this). If it is workable though you could have a list of leagues and the max value of a loanee player for each (BSS/BSN Max value 100k, BSP Max Value 250k etc) with screenshots on the day of the transfer as proof. All very laborious...here's hoping SI have made this a non-problem ;)

roberto922
28-10-2008, 15:47
TBH that's complicating things, IMO one of the most attractive parts of this challenge is that it's simple to do but hard to complete, if you start adding rules and regulatons all over the shop it would damage the enjoyment which HAS to be the most important factor.

dafuge
28-10-2008, 15:57
TBH that's complicating things, IMO one of the most attractive parts of this challenge is that it's simple to do but hard to complete, if you start adding rules and regulatons all over the shop it would damage the enjoyment which HAS to be the most important factor.

Exactly. To make things simple it might be best to not have any rules on it, but have a guideline which people can choose to follow if they wish.

I'm hoping that with the demo we can all test it out and decide if it is needed at all.

daemonic
28-10-2008, 15:59
TBH that's complicating things, IMO one of the most attractive parts of this challenge is that it's simple to do but hard to complete, if you start adding rules and regulatons all over the shop it would damage the enjoyment which HAS to be the most important factor.
I agree. I'm just throwing ideas around but ideally none of them will be needed. We're only discussing it because of a flaw in the FM08 loan signing implementation so with a bit of luck it won't even be an issue in FM09.
I could also see the lack of loans actually damaging the success of the challenge. We all know that in any of these challenges the first season or 2 can be extremely frustrating as you just try to get 11 bodies on the pitch so the ease of loaning good players in FM08 probably got a lot of people past those early seasons. Once you're a few seasons in its much tougher to abandon a save.
BUT, if there are no easy loans in FM09 a lot more could give up early on.

roberto922
28-10-2008, 15:59
Yeah that's best IMO, if people want to follow the guidelines (I won't be getting a prem side as a parent club this time) it'll just make it more of an achievement and gives them more braggin rights, whereas the people that decide to get a top parent club and exploit other things won't have achieved as much but it'll still have been fun for them.

daemonic
28-10-2008, 16:08
So we're all agreed then, nothing changes :D

roberto922
28-10-2008, 16:10
Well I am, I think we'd need the opinions of the other regulars like NepentheZ etc.

minisav
28-10-2008, 16:50
TBH I don't see what's bad about players making the most of what's given to them, if you're offered a choice of Arsenal, Leeds or Charlton as a feeder club you're gonna go for Arsenal, why would you go for the lesser version? It's like being offered a choice between a Sega Megadrive or a PS3.

Megadrive everytime obviously ;)

I did actually choose a megadrive over a 360 a couple of Christmases ago. I was waiting for the PS3 to come out :p

NepentheZ
28-10-2008, 16:53
I'm quite happy with loaning players in general, it's when you get loaned a £1m rated striker who scores you 40 goals and gets you promoted that I don't like.

Just to be finicky, does this mean that if we sign a player not on loan that scores 40+ goals, you've also don't like that? Value imo means nothing, and is too largely linked to reputation of the club. But I could find a 40+ BSP striker who's valued at no more than £50,000 in a heart beat.

minisav
28-10-2008, 16:56
If he is likely to come to a club of that stature then it's alright isn't?

He's more moaning about the fact that a Prem player wouldn't go on loan to a BSN/BSS club.

roberto922
28-10-2008, 16:59
Wrexham (BSP) Loaned John Ruddy from Everton and he's played a couple of games for us, why wouldn't an unknown 17 year old go to a BSP side?

minisav
28-10-2008, 17:02
But does he go on scoring 40+ Goals though?

NepentheZ
28-10-2008, 17:02
If he is likely to come to a club of that stature then it's alright isn't?

He's more moaning about the fact that a Prem player wouldn't go on loan to a BSN/BSS club.

A prem player wouldn't go anywhere other than a Prem club. IMO, the loaning of 16-20 year olds who are yet proven does actually happen down in the lower leagues. I remember a few years back, Arsenal had a DC called Liam Chilvers, who went on loan to Northampton Town in 2000/2001 season, while they were in Div. 1. He also got loaned out to Notts Co. who again at the time were a Div. 1 club.

I know thats not as bad as BSP / BSS - but I'm sure lots of prem kids have gone down as far as that to get first team footy. Turns out Chilvers was pants, and now plays for Preston.

NepentheZ
28-10-2008, 17:03
Wrexham (BSP) Loaned John Ruddy from Everton and he's played a couple of games for us, why wouldn't an unknown 17 year old go to a BSP side?

Thats my point, :D

roberto922
28-10-2008, 17:03
But does he go on scoring 40+ Goals though?

No but he kept our defense as solid as a rock for the 3 months he was there.

dafuge
28-10-2008, 17:06
Just to be finicky, does this mean that if we sign a player not on loan that scores 40+ goals, you've also don't like that? Value imo means nothing, and is too largely linked to reputation of the club. But I could find a 40+ BSP striker who's valued at no more than £50,000 in a heart beat.

No, not at all, I'm talking about the players who you can sometimes get on loan from parent clubs who don't belong in the BSN/S. You can spot them a mile off as their attributes are streets ahead of the other players in the league. I've not got a problem with players who are of a similar standard to the league (or a little bit better) but Championship quality players shouldn't be playing in the BSN/S.

Players like this (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y134/dafuge/olly5109.jpg) (from the Wallace vs Roberts thread)

NepentheZ
28-10-2008, 17:22
Yea I get what you're saying, but my point is, its possible to pick these players up regardless. I have Bullseye and Robert Holmes, who are both come under "Could be a leading star for most Premiership sides" - and I picked them both up as 16 year olds, and they both played in the BSS and BSP for me.

I do agree though, its stupid to have a player of Kenney's caliber loaned out, but its also unrealistic that a 24 year old would drop down that far.

roberto922
28-10-2008, 17:28
And I have Robert Smith who I picked up as a 16 year old in BSP and he's just led us to the Premiership title so it's the same thing to me.

dafuge
28-10-2008, 17:29
Yea I get what you're saying, but my point is, its possible to pick these players up regardless. I have Bullseye and Robert Holmes, who are both come under "Could be a leading star for most Premiership sides" - and I picked them both up as 16 year olds, and they both played in the BSS and BSP for me.

I do agree though, its stupid to have a player of Kenney's caliber loaned out, but its also unrealistic that a 24 year old would drop down that far.

Picking up players who have the potential to be Premier League standard is not a problem, that happens with good scouting, it's the players who are very nearly Premier League standard already coming on loan from parent clubs that I am not happy with.

The reason I'm querying it is because it is unrealistic, players who are that good should not be joining BSN/S teams on loan, they should be going to League 1 or Championship teams as a lot in real life do.

NepentheZ
28-10-2008, 17:30
Agreed. As mentioned above, I was just being finicky :D

roberto922
28-10-2008, 17:30
I've just said that John Ruddy, who has played for Everton 2-3 times, went on loan to Wrexham for 3 months and was immense for us so it does happen IRL

dafuge
28-10-2008, 17:32
And I have Robert Smith who I picked up as a 16 year old in BSP and he's just led us to the Premiership title so it's the same thing to me.

Brian Taylor did the same for me :cool:

That's completely different though, at the time of signing him he was the right standard for the league you were playing in, he just had the potential to go a lot further.

I'm talking about the players who you can get on loan from your parent club (who you couldn't normally sign or loan) who are good enough to play in League 1 or the Championship already, with the potential to improve. You can't sign players like this any other way while in that league.

roberto922
28-10-2008, 17:36
Like Rui Fonte? :cool:

dafuge
28-10-2008, 17:37
I've just said that John Ruddy, who has played for Everton 2-3 times, went on loan to Wrexham for 3 months and was immense for us so it does happen IRL

Is that this season or a couple of seasons ago?

roberto922
28-10-2008, 17:38
Last season I think. They were in League Two but he was still too good for us.

dafuge
28-10-2008, 17:40
Last season I think. They were in League Two but he was still too good for us.


In September 2006, Ruddy was given another chance on loan. A one-month deal was agreed with Stockport County, which was extended to three months after an impressive performance. Since then he agreed another one month loan with Wrexham in February 2007 but failed to establish a place in the team during his time at the Racecourse Ground and the Red Dragons decided against extending the loan beyond the initial month. On April 21 Ruddy completed an emergency one week loan to League One side Bristol City and helped them move closer to promotion. He is currently out on loan, having a second spell with Stockport County.
His many loan spells mean Ruddy played for eight clubs before he turned 21.


He doesn't sound like the sort of player I'm talking about, I mean the sort of player who turns the club into a one man team during a year long loan.

roberto922
28-10-2008, 17:41
I don't get people that support us :( I thought he was immense on his first stay :o

NepentheZ
28-10-2008, 19:52
Real London Update - Season 7 (2014/2015)

Just a small update this time around. I don't see the point in a full update with FM09 round the corner, and would rather spend my time getting through the seasons in FM08 :)

League 2 - 2nd place, Promoted. (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%207/L2.jpg)

I was in and around the play off spots for the entirety of the season. A change of tactic with 12 games left saw me get to top spot with 1 game to go, but a home draw against 17th place meant I had to settle for 2nd. Still a dream season, and I'm delighted to be out of League 2 in just 2 seasons.

Manager Profile. (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%207/ManPro.jpg)
Carl Simons (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a385/NepentheZ/Hendon/Season%207/CarlSimons.jpg) - Basically controlled the team. The midfield he has behind him means he's a 50+ goal a season striker for my club. Top effort.

Manager history

Season 1 - Blue Square South - 8th place
Season 2 - Blue Square South - 12th place
Season 3 - Blue Square South - 2nd place
Season 4 - Blue Square South - 1st place | Promoted to Blue Square Premier
Season 5 - Blue Square Premier - 2nd place | Promoted to Division 2, via play-offs.
Season 6 - Coca-Cola League 2 - 20th place
Season 7 - Coca-Cola League 2 - 2nd place

*Real London were formerly Hendon

roberto922
28-10-2008, 19:57
Good to see you promoted, proves me right :cool: Good luck with the seasons, I'm in a right old rush to get my challenges done :)

NepentheZ
28-10-2008, 19:58
I wanted to complete Gundo's Challenge too. So I need to make a move on :D

roberto922
28-10-2008, 19:59
I'm doing this, Wallace vs Roberts and Rancers challenge, I'm only in season 2 with the Asian one though.

Liniert
29-10-2008, 04:47
just joined :D

Profile (http://img379.imageshack.us/my.php?image=liniertprofilega8.png)

taken over at Bedford Town. have a slight concern, my team only has 9 players in it, the rest are made up of greyed out players

roberto922
29-10-2008, 05:18
The latest latecomer ;)

AdamFitz
30-10-2008, 01:01
Nae, that would be me ;)

Registered on the site, just skipping a year now, how fast does it go?

rancer890
30-10-2008, 01:08
Pretty fast for me, but it depends on your processing speed though.:p

It shouldn't take too long even on a computer with average specs.

And welcome to the forums.:)

AdamFitz
30-10-2008, 01:17
Thanks mate, I'm in November now, been running for about 15 minutes

basic_flaw
30-10-2008, 01:44
[I know the first update has taken a few weeks...!]

Tiverton Town, 2008/2009

Media Prediction: 21st*
Finished: 5th
FA Cup: 3rd Q Round
Setanta Shield: 1st Round
FA Trophy: 2nd Round

Table (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/basic_flaw/FM2008/Table0809.jpg)|Graph (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/basic_flaw/FM2008/Graph0809.jpg)

League

The Season started indifferently. Just managed to get 11 'real' players out on the first day, and managed to beat Fisher 2-0 (who struggled all year). Then the expected poor run started. 2 wins from 9 put us where I expected us to be; bottom half. This 5-5 (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/basic_flaw/FM2008/5-5.jpg) draw with Wimbledon the highlight!!! However, recruiting players was coming along nicely. I was confident that results would pick up. I was right. A 14 game unbeaten run from November to February left us in the top half with an outside chance of the play-offs. A couple of loan signings in March saw us sneak into the play-offs courtesy of a last day of the season 2-1 (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/basic_flaw/FM2008/Eb2-1.jpg) win at 2nd placed Ebbsfleet.

Semi Final

A convincing 5-2 win at home allowed me, I thought, to be complacent when travelling to the return leg to Dorcester [Although I warned my players against in ;)!]. Playing my 2 young defensive midfielders instead of either of my aging attacking midfielders (which by now included Hadji...took me ages for my scouts to pick him up!) seemed to be working at 80 minutes. I'd dominated the game and although the 1-2 scoreline didn't reflect this, I was happy with a 2 goal cushion on aggregate. Out of nowhere, I conceded...twice! I was shocked...but composed myself...changed a few things...and pulled a late winner out of my A***! 2-4 (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/basic_flaw/FM2008/PlayOffSF0809.jpg) on the night, and 7-6 on aggregate.

Final

Considering I never expected to be here in the first season, I though I'd go for it. Playing Hadji as a play-maker, I looked to repeat the dominance of the semi with a better attacking result. In reality my small squads legs were gone, and I lost 2-1 (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/basic_flaw/FM2008/PlayOffFinal0809.jpg). The dodgy penalty, sending off and near misses, couldn't hide the fact that Ebbsfleet were far better when they had something to play for. They deserved it, and I'm left to regroup for a proper push next year.

Cups

Barely worth mentioning. First 2 competitions came too soon as I was still trying to get 16 players out every week. Had a little run in the Trophy but hardly worth shouting about.

Summary

I expected mid table obscurity. I had an outside hope of the play-offs but didn't believe in it until about 5 games out (so utilised the loan market). A little disappointed with the final loss, but I feel my team is capable of beating any team I played last year. Next year the aim is promotion.

Squad Stats (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/basic_flaw/FM2008/SqStats0809.jpg)

Star players

Watkins (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/basic_flaw/FM2008/Watkins6-9.jpg): One of the Original Five. Had a very good season and won player of the year. Attracting unwanted interest.

Mason (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/basic_flaw/FM2008/Mason8-8.jpg): Season loan from Feeder Club, Argyle. Good striker, but injury prone. Now in Luton's Reserves after being released.

Stanford (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/basic_flaw/FM2008/Stanford6-9.jpg): Another of the Original Five. Was solid at left back, especially after I'd signed competition. Also attracting unwanted interest.


New Players

Ben Gerring (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/basic_flaw/FM2008/Gerring8-9.jpg): Had him briefly on loan, but got injured. When signed he stated he was looking for a permanent move. When Argyle released him, he got it.

Toby Davies (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/basic_flaw/FM2008/Davis8-9.jpg): Found in a Bristol City reserve game. When released I snapped him up as I quite like having a Target Man.


Youth Intake (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/basic_flaw/FM2008/Youth0910.jpg): Fairly standard. My Assistant is a good judge of potential and ability. I can assure that the are all fairly average. May come in useful though.


Club Info (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/basic_flaw/FM2008/Info0809.jpg) | Finances (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/basic_flaw/FM2008/Finances0809.jpg) | Profile (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/basic_flaw/FM2008/Profile7-9.jpg)

*I don't feel the media prediction for the first season is worth noting. I had 5 players when it was made! The team predicted 22nd have 3!

AdamFitz
30-10-2008, 02:11
http://img511.imageshack.us/my.php?image=94485171vk8.png

:)

rancer890
30-10-2008, 02:14
http://img511.imageshack.us/my.php?image=94485171vk8.png

:)

Good luck with Chelmsford Mr. Fitzpatrick.:thup::)

roberto922
30-10-2008, 02:14
Good luck Adam, good first season Basic Flaw.

AdamFitz
30-10-2008, 10:22
Gonna be a toughie for sure

Danny_648
30-10-2008, 11:18
For some reason im not getting my verification code from Dafuges website, so im just gonna start and keep and take my screenshots as needed!

Wish me luck...

AdamFitz
30-10-2008, 11:34
Same problem mate.

1st win of the season against Worcester beat them 4 - 2 :)

ChelseaDaft
30-10-2008, 11:43
Sorry guys have been away from the site for a few days and have completed 4 seasons since! (Thats what happens when you work nights!!) so here are my updates:

Chelseadaft Ilkeston Season 3 2010/2011 Blue Square Premier. (My default tactic and training challenge inside the Dafuge challenge)

A season of struggle was predicted by the press for Ilkeston and my god it was. Again HAD to use my parent club Derby for loans to stand any chance of survival. Remember im not changing anything about the training or tactics at all, just using oppo instructions. Very hard season, injuries hit me and important stages in the season and my own players that stood out in last seasons title winning season took a while to adjust to the BSN. Anyway fight we did and we managed to stave off relegation only just! Here are the screenies:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%203/table3.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%203/squad3.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%203/transfers3.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%203/finances3.jpg


Chelseadaft Ilkeston Season 4 2011/2012 Blue Square Premier/

My Luck ran out. Again utilised the loan signings to try and establish stability in the league but it all went to pot. Cruicial injuries to my loan strikers took its toll and my side went down with a whimper to be fair. Again players that had played for me for 4 seasons now seemed to have consistant nightmares or would either get sent off or injured more often than not and my greyed out youngsters had to come in and try and do a job but it wasn't to be. So we went down. Of course once it was confirmed the press had a field day speculating whether or not i would be offered a new deal, and to my surprise i was! Another 2 year deal which was the only positive thing to come out of this season! Screenies below:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%204/table4.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%204/squad4.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%204/transfers4.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%204/finances4.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%204/contract.jpg


Chelseadaft Ilkeston Season 5 2012/2013 Blue Square North.

Just like a Yo-Yo we bounced back from dreadful season and won the league in our first attempt since being back in the division! At the beginning of the season i decided upon a clear out. Out with the deadwood and in with experience and players recommended by my scouts (who had alot to answer for last season!) The two key signings for me on Freebies were two players that gave my side experience and stability that we had lacked in the last two seasons. In came Andy Dawson (York) and Simon Rusk (York). Both were made Captain and Vice-Captain with the latter my number one. It seemed not only to steady the ship but brought alot out of my youngsters. Again, i won't lie, i used the loans from Derby has i have in ever season so far as i had to and the side played some good stuff and scored goals for fun. So we are back to have another crack at the Blue Square National. Here are the screenies:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%205/table5.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%205/squad5.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%205/transfers5.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%205/finances5.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%205/titlewin5.jpg

Chelseadaft Season 6 2013/2014 Blue Square Premier.

What a start we had to the season. In came three more scout recommended signings along with the loans and we started off all guns blazing. We had amassed 31 points but the beginning of November and the magical 40 point mark didnt seem far off. BUT, as usual the game gets its own back on you. Key injuries took their toll and i had buggered up my loans that i had to play players out of position who then also got injured and my great start was taken away from me. 14 games without a win including only 3 draws hurt the side.

We plummeted down the league. For the first time i can remember since playing the game one of my playes became unhappy with my assistant manager Paul Devlin and due to the fact we had won in so long i decided it was time for change and sacked him. I promoted Kevin Horlock from Coach to assistant manager and brought in Dougie Freedman as Coach. Devlin to this point only had a rating of 3 for motivation, whereas Horlock is on 8 and this had an immediate affect. We managed to stablise above danger and battled for some good wins, this of course happened at the same time key players came back from either suspension or injury and we managed to put a nice run together or good results to maintain our status in the league so i am more than happy. We finished a respectable 15th. Here are the screenies:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%206/table6.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%206/squad6.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%206/transfers6.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%206/finances6.jpg


So considering i am not touching the tactics or the training i am happy with the progress. BUT the big problem i have is that they still won't give me any money from transfers!!!

I would also like to add my point of view to Dafuge about the loan signings from a parent club. In this instance with my game and the way i am playing it i have no choice but to utilise the parent club option (which was already in place before i started the challenge) but i 100% agree with the fact that in some cases loaning a player from a Big Parent club, and i mean Premiership or Championship side to a BSN/BSS side is ridiulous when its blatently obvious they are going to run a mock in the league.

For the new game and challenge i put forward the idea of banning Parent Clubs until YOUR OWN club becomes one and you then utilise your feeder clubs. It does give you an unfair advantage and no matter what anyone else here says in this thread, we all feel a sense of guilt when you do really well in the lower leagues to start with as your loanee bags his 30th goal of the season!.

I think it makes it more realistic. As i still see the odd promotion a season flying about here and there through the lower leagues. Great if you have no parent club and fair play if you haven't, but im sure it wouldnt be as easy as that if you didn't! Thats just my point of view!


My Career so far in the Default Training and Tactic Dafuges Challenge - Ilkeston.

Season 1 08/09 BSN Position 3rd.
Season 2 09/10 BSN Position 1st Promoted
Season 3 10/11 BSP Position 20th.
Season 4 11/12 BSP Position 22nd Relegated
Season 5 12/13 BSN Position 1st Promoted
Season 6 13/14 BSP Position 15th.

AdamFitz
30-10-2008, 11:51
3 wins in a row puts me 11th in the table. 10 points from 7 games

Danny_648
30-10-2008, 12:03
http://img395.imageshack.us/my.php?image=prfielqe2.jpg

Right here we go, il keep you updated..

AdamFitz
30-10-2008, 12:38
My Chelmsford > Your Chelmsford :D

4th atm

Danny_648
30-10-2008, 12:42
My Chelmsford > Your Chelmsford :D

4th atm

Sounds good, are you in your first season?

Danny_648
30-10-2008, 14:33
Right with pre-season now over here are my results,

Walking in on my 1st day as Chelsmford manager i soon realise i have 5 players to choose from and no staff, so i quickly get to work signing, 1 coach, 1 physio, 1 assistant manager and 2 scouts, thats is shortly followed by 20 signings.

So i now have a squad to work with and some backroom staff, im told that my odds on winning the league are a shallow 33/1, so i know i have a job on my hands, so i get my assistant to start arranging friendlys whilst i start thinking about tactics. It soons comes down to me choosing my captains and i choose to ignore my assistants advice and choose who i think suits the bill, well how wrong could i be, i have a whole squad of unhappy players before i have even played my first friendly.

So after all my friendlys i quickly realise that my team need some time to gel as there are too many stay passes and attacks leading to nothing, also my defence is a big problem its actually funny to watch sometimes, anyway here's how i got on,

Played - 5
Won - 0
Lost - 4
Drew - 1
Scoring - 2
Conceeding - 15

So things aint looking too good as of yet but i have faith in my squad of young stars to be, il be keeping you updated on my fight for survival...

Benjaminoo
30-10-2008, 14:59
Sorry I haven't been posting updates, just come back from America for a week.

Should have my second season update by the end of the weekend :)

Danny_648
30-10-2008, 17:08
Right i'm 10 games into my first season, and after a poor pre-season im very happy with how my first 10 games have gone, despite my last results being a 6.1 trashing at the hands of Thurrock, hopefully my team can pick themselves up from this and continue their good form, well here's a screeny of the league table after 10 games:

http://img352.imageshack.us/my.php?image=tablest1.jpg

As you can see im not doing too badly and will post another report when i reach 20 league games...

roberto922
30-10-2008, 17:10
Ah it's had a new lease of life :)

Danny_648
30-10-2008, 18:58
This is the first time i have played with a club outside of the premiership, and i must say it is so frustrating, you get onto the fact your managing a small team when your watching your players playing the wrong passes and fluffing so many chances, its stressfull but fun lol....

basic_flaw
30-10-2008, 23:10
The fact they NEVER stop the ball after it's thrown back from the stands...:mad: I'm pretty sure being in BSS doesn't render you incapable of catching a ball!

AdamFitz
31-10-2008, 20:10
Hey lads, quick update I'm 1st after 20 games with 41 points, I've lost two key players that I got on loan, but we're still doing well. Play-Offs seems realistic now although my target was to stay in the league.

ChelseaDaft
03-11-2008, 11:25
Chelseadaft Ilkeston Season 7 Blue Square Premier 2014/2015.

After avoiding relegation and obtaining some stability in the league i was looking forward to an improvement in the forthcoming season. Out went the deadwood and in came the new whilst again utilising the loan options with my parent club. It was pre season when one of my main strikers declared he wanted to move to a bigger club, so with that he was sold to Burton for 40k. To my surprise a player who i had loaned for many of my seasons so far from Derby was available on a free transfer so in he came as a direct replacement.

Again i strengthened the side with a bit more quality from scouted players and looked forward to a challenging season.

It was an amazing season, not only did we improve on our best finish of 15th in the BSP but we finished 8th and also won the Setanta Shield! It was an amazing season. Here are the screenies:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%207/table7.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%207/squad7.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%207/transfers7.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%207/squad7.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%207/finances7.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%207/final.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/chelseadaft/Season%207/ssfinalwin.jpg


My Career so far in the Default Training and Tactic Dafuges Challenge - Ilkeston.

Season 1 08/09 BSN Position 3rd.
Season 2 09/10 BSN Position 1st Promoted
Season 3 10/11 BSP Position 20th.
Season 4 11/12 BSP Position 22nd Relegated
Season 5 12/13 BSN Position 1st Promoted
Season 6 13/14 BSP Position 15th.
Season 7 14/15 BSP Position 8th. Setanta Shield Winners.

daemonic
03-11-2008, 15:12
Ah it's had a new lease of life :)
And then the FM09 demo was released and the new lease of life was extinguished.... Anyone know who the likely candidates for this challenge on 09 will be?

roberto922
03-11-2008, 15:40
FC United could be? They'd be fun, maybe Canvey?

canvey!!
03-11-2008, 17:59
I'm afraid Canvey Island aren't going to be all that likely: having just got into the Ryman Premier and not being that well known their reputation won't be that high. :(

minisav
03-11-2008, 18:03
Well there's still that small chance though!