Ok, after losing my rag a bit yesterday I'm back. Certain things about this game get me wound up
Ta magman - really satisfying. Think I will struggle once I get up to league two though. BSP should be alright based on what I've seen so far although it might take a couple of years, but most of my players wont be good enough much beyond that.
EDT: Spoke too soon. A couple of wins followed by a couple of heavy defeats. This could be anything from a relegation scrap to a promotion push. Who knows?
Last edited by GreyedOutMan; 27-04-2010 at 15:23.
I found it easier from League 2 onwards because I was able to get premiership youngsters in on loan.
Ah I hadnt thought of that. Seems my side are much better at home - 3 wins (all home) and two defeats (away) so far, and I've just thrashed table-topping Ebbsfleet 6-0 on my patch Four goals for Barnett!
Chelseadaft Ashford Town Season 2 2011/2012 Blue Square Premier
Well after last seasons unexpected promotion I decided to do the same once more and get rid of the deadwood and bring in some better players. The players that came in were, as per my scout/ass man reports, of League 2 standard. Here are my transfers.
We started off fantastic and went on a really good run. At the turn of the year we were sitting 2nd in the League.
Unfortunatley, my squad lacked depth and also my backup GK wasn't any good and as usual the game hit me right where it hurts towards the all important run in.
With the injuries and lack of squad depth, we fell from 2nd to 3rd as Grimsby ran away with the league. Oxford with a late surge pipped me to 2nd place which mean't I had to play my bogie side Histon in the play off semi finals, without both my GK's and as you can imagine we lost 4-1 on agg.
Overall, I am still pleased with the progress little old Ashford town are making.
Here are some more screenies.
Code:Season League Position Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square South 1st Champions! 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 3rd Lost in Playoff Semis
Chelseadaft Ashford Town Season 3 2012/13 Blue Square Premier - Champions!
After a great season, just missing out on promotion it was important to restructure the side and again get rid of players who just never cut it last season. Players came in on free transfers, again based on scout reports stating their rep's are League 1/2 and the others were shown the door. I made £200k from transfers alone.
I decided to stick with my 4-1-2-1-2 formation but made a change this time, I changed the starting mentality to Attacking & Very Ridged and set about getting promotion.
The players were fantastic once more and we scored over 100 goals and over 100 points in the season. They were different class.
The chart to show the sides progress states just how well we did after it took a couple of games for players to settle and find their feet.
We had an impressive win in the first round of the FA Cup against Leyton Orient as we thrashed them. Then we came down to earth with a bump in the 2nd round when we played Stockport.
Again this season, I was linked with a number of different clubs but had these two job offers which were of course, turned down.
The players played really well once more, but i rotated them alot as the season went on. I was lucky with injuries as again only had my main keeper. This is something that needs addressing big time with promotion.
So now its a task to get the staff and playing staff right in our bid to take on the Football League.
Really pleased with how the seasons have progressed so far!
Here are some more screenies:
Manager of the Year
Code:Season League Position Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square South 1st Champions! 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 3rd Lost in Playoff Semis 2012/13 Blue Square Premier 1st Champions
ChelseaDaft: I wouldn't mind some screenies of some of the players you think did it for you this season
Congrats on promotion
Oxford City - Season 2016/17 - Coca Cola Championship
Pre-Season, and all the hopes and expectations therein
Probably the most disappointing yet, though it did contribute a great deal by letting me re-evaluate my squad and therefore not having an even worse start to the season than I eventually did. We notched up promising heavy away wins at Wycombe and South Melbourne, David Franck looking particularly sharp in front of goal. We then faced Stoke at home, one of our co-habitors of the Championship, and we lost handily, lucky to score in a 4-1 reverse. We were then lucky to draw against St. Pat's Athletic, and, following a win at Vauxhall, we received a drubbing from Wolves, a team who would be in the CCC this season and we'd pushed all the way in pre-seasons before.
5 club legends and some of our best players departed in July, either through being poached, getting too old, or not being up to CCC standard in my eyes. They were wholly replaced by free transfers and loan signings throughout the season; we had no paid money transfers this year. By contrast, our income from transfers was very healthy, to counterbalance a squad that was too big and the financial problems that arise when your stadium capacity is 3000.
A capacity ground awaited Oxford City as they made their heroic rise up the leagues, and after 14 seconds they would be stunned into silence as Nicky Evans carved us open. They would do this to us twice more in the opening 7 minutes, and it looked for all the world that we were punching above our weight, and we were heading for a Derby style season. The lads did well to ride the rest of it out, and Paulinho's superb individual effort in the second half made the scoreline look a little more appealing. A disappointing away defeat to Wigan, however, showed we still had work to do.
Our next game was at home to perennial mid-tablers Southampton, the type of game we had to win if we wanted to stay in this division. Daryl Murphy turned in a performance of utter brilliance - he scored a brace (only one of two occasions this happened in our whole team throughout the season) and assisted the other for Karakas as it finished, for all intents and purposes, Daryl Murphy 3 - 1 Southampton. Huddersfield followed and we showed our defensive frailties again, shipping 4 with only 2 late goals as consolation. We closed out August with a win that would be indictive of our season, Oguzhan Karakas' goal on the counter attack settling matters after only 4 minutes. This type of '1-0' football was very different to the free scoring matches of the previous seasons, but it was our most effective way of playing.
Our away form was lacking the same quality; we went down 2-1 at bottom club Doncaster in what was their first win of the season. Not even a rare performance away from home by Costa Rica captain Randall Azozeifa could inspire us. Middlesborough's class showed as they nudged past us 1-0, and Mark McGarry's brilliance ensured we left Cardiff with nothing to show for our efforts. Our next two home games were crucial, and both Norwich and Milwall were left ruing '1-0 Karakas' results. Often he'd have no support and 5 defenders near him, but his strength and pace combined with the decency of the ball coming out of defence would give him a rare chance - and he'd bury it.
We could have asked for better fixtures than to play 2nd placed Coventry and 1st placed Wolves away from home in the space of a week, but after a disappointing 4-1 defeat at Coventry the lads rallied round and came so close to upsetting Wolves as we lost 2-1 to a team that failed to win only 7 of their league games all season. Ollie Brierley netted our goal. Back to Court Place Farm against fellow relegation battlers Scunthorpe (my team IRL...) and despite their response to Karakas' effort, Joao Lemos netted his first of many headers from set pieces as we picked up a crucial 3 points. Once again we battled to no avail at high flying Birmingham, before we put in an exceptionally disappointing performance at home to relegation threatened Stoke, losing 2-0 to a team who looked very poor to my eyes.
The long trip to Brighton was met with nothing but a Lemos consolation, and he netted another in the following game as Notts County proved to be one of the few teams who could really pry open our defence at home, winning 3-1. Then came, on the 12th of November, the win which I felt turned our season around - at this point we were hovering just above the relegation places, and Reading were in mid-table. Karakas and Paulinho combined beatifully at the attacking end of our 4-4-1-1 formation to bag us a 2-0 win, our first points on the road. Reading would eventually be relegated, so perhaps it turned their season as well. We the railled brilliantly from 3-0 down at Loftus Road but some superb wing play in the second half only got us two goals. We returned to Court Palace Farm full of hope for our next few fixtures, as they looked very winnable indeed.
And won they were, Peterborough sent packing by our annoying style of football and then we utilised Crystal Palace's frustrations to out-maneuver them and win 3-0...away. The benchmark for most impressive win for the season was then shattered, as traditional play-off team Leicester fell victim to our counter-attacks and set pieces, goals coming from Karakas (who else?) and Lemos. Unfortunately our next game was televised, so naturally we were tonked at Ipswich. Moving on, we demonstrated our improvement from August by earning a 1-1 draw at Plymouth when Valbuena netted his first of the season. And then again, by beating Wigan 1-0 at home, Paulinho netting the decisive goal as Karakas was suffering personal issues and homesickness. A few games later, we demonstrated how our style meant we could not take advantage of lesser teams, a draw at home to bottom club Doncaster meaning our aggregate tally from them for the season was just 1 point. This contrasted with out next game, where we were unlucky to come away with Middlesborough with just a point courtesy of Blanco's goal.
A rare goalfest at Court Palace Farm saw us sneak past Huddersfield 3-2, overturning a 2-1 deficit with just 8 minutes to be played. Nondescript draws against Cardiff and Milwall preceded a remarkable win at home to Premiership bound Coventry, Cavalli's own goal on the stroke of half-time proving the decisive goal despite much late pressure. Antonioli's late winner took our points tally against Norwich to 6 and we then ran Wolves exceedingly close again, losing out 1-0 this time. We departed February on a high as we once again came back from a goal down to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat at Scunthorpe, Karakas netting the winner on his return to the side.
Birmingham made the mistake of pushing men forward in the second half of their return fixture against us, and paid the price as we smashed 3 past their bewildered defence with no reply. We then secured now-regulation points against Stoke and Brighton but Notts County once again proved too classy, as David Jones' late winner made it 2-1 just as Stefan Maierhofer looked to have snatched us a point. March's last game was our worst performance of the season at home to Reading, lucky to only lose 2-0. The reaction was superb; our biggest win of the season, 4-0 at home to QPR where Paulinho bagged only the 2nd league brace of the season. The final 4 games of the season passed much without incident with out safety assured, only failing to pick up points on the last day at home to Ipswich when our fringe players got a run-out.
Final League Table
It's good to be mid-table: a much better return than I anticipated in our first season at this level. Next season, I think we'll end up in a similar or worse position as we wait for the new ground to be built.
Never reached the play-offs, never in doubt of relegation. A very welcome 'safe' season.
Shows off Valbuena's surprising dominance.
Squad (End Of Season)
Only 3/4 players who really commanded a first team spot and stayed injury free, as you can see.
Finances (End Of Season)
Forgot to do this after the end of season payout, but we ended up a nice 1 million in the black I believe.
We did brilliantly to earn a replay at the City ground...and what followed was the most frustrating game, ever.
We went 3-0 up in 10 mins. We lost 3-4. It still really cheeses me off.
Embarassment at League 2 Cambridge; I feel this represented our lowest ebb in the season.
Still not really commanding the first choice left back berth, but showed impressive consistency and cropped up with vital assists. Never saw a winger really get the measure of him.
With an Off The Ball rating of 2, I wasn't expecting much, but Paulinho's skill on the ball firmly earned him 1st non-loan choice at AMC. A massive surprise.
Even at 33 he consistently terrorised defences. Tended to get knackered after a while, but was always a threat.
Player of the season by a long way. Super quick and awesomely committed, he looked a threat whenever he played, often getting a better match rating by 2.0 points, even in 0-0 draws. We'll struggle to replace him next term.
Surprise of the season. Released on a free by Real Madrid, he had no real experience of playing football, especially not in England, so he was only signed as cover. After David went through a horror show at the start of the season, he came in more out of desperation than anything else. He made the position his own. Dominant in the air, strong in the tackle, and only got better as the season went on. He has a bright future, something I haven't said a lot in this challenge until recently.
Next SeasonCode:Season League Position Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square North 2nd Promoted via play-offs 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 11th - 2012/13 Blue Square Premier 3rd Promoted via play-offs 2013/14 Coca Cola League 2 7th Promoted via play-offs 2014/15 Coca Cola League 1 16th - 2015/16 Coca Cola League 1 2nd Promoted 2016/17 Coca Cola Championship 13th -
Quite simply, don't get relegated. The new ground will be ready the season after next and so the increased revenue should mean we can be a bit more competitive in the league, but until then we have to keep focused on the job in hand.
Nantwich Town – Premier League 2025/26 – Season 16
With a surprise second place finish in the league last season we got to embark on our first Champions League campaign this season.
It appears the board quite liked our European adventure last season as they demand European Qualification of me this season, whilst the media predicted we'd finish 6th and rather surprisingly we have now obtained a Continental Reputation, the bookies also made us sixth favourites for the title.
With a decent opening run in Europe last season we found ourselves moving upto 55th in the European Club Rankings, whilst we became the 29th Richest Club in the World.
Transfers page one and page two - With our increase in reputation I could finally attract promising english youngsters to the club and I went a little crazy poaching promising youngsters for compensation. I paid for my spending spree by selling off squad players who hadn't impressed for a tidy profit.
Community Shield - we started the season by claiming the Community Shield for the first time.
Premier League - We didn't get off to the best of starts in the league having to come back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with WBA in the opening game, however we then thrashed Sheff Wed 6-0 and Spurs 3-0 before Newcastle beat us 1-0. However we soon found our way to the top of the league with wins over Man Utd, Arsenal, Burnley, Liverpool, Fulham and Man City, but 1-0 defeats to Wolves, Everton and Newcastle again saw us unable to to break away from a Newcastle side who were level on points with us whilst the rest of the league fell away.
In the middle of February with a 4-2 win over Chelsea we secured our Premiership status after just 26 games, however Newcastle were three points behind with a game in hand, but a month later with us both faltering Newcastle were a point clear having played 32 games to our 30 and two games later despite losing 1-0 to Wolves again we found ourselves level on points with two games in hand still.
With victories over Arsenal and Man City we all but secured the title, in the end securing it with a game to play with a 1-0 win at Sunderland.
Table - it was another solid season defensively that brought us the title with 24 clean sheets, with 12 of our wins being 1-0, whilst each of our defeats were 1-0 defeats, only three times this season did we conceed more than once.
Whilst at the bottom Sheff Wed, Sunderland and QPR were all awful and were all relegated with a fair bit of games left.
POS Graph - we were at the top all season with Newcastle sneaking past us due to having played more games.
Claiming the Premier League Title also saw me named Manager of the Year.
So with the first half of the Challenge complete could we also claim the Champions League at the first time of asking.
The bookies didn't give us much chance of success with the likes of Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus still favourites.
Again we were third seeds and drew a group of death; Juventus, Porto and CSKA Sofia, however we found the group surprisingly easy my Defensive Counter Attacking style seemed to suit European football and in the opening game at home to Juventus we soaked up the pressure and hit them on the break time and timea again and it was only some poor finishing and excellent goalkeeping that kept us at bay with us finaly opening the scoring in the 84th minute to claim a 1-0 win, in the second game my second string went to Bulgaria and came away with a comfortable 3-0 win, next up was a trip to face Porto who we brushed aside 4-1 with us both having to play the second half with 10 men - I lost a player to injury after making all three subs, in the return game my second string again proved to strong as we claimed a 2-1 win and with it qualification from the group, with qualification secured I sent my second string to Turin and they claimed a creditable 1-1 draw thanks to a goal from Magnus Eikrem who all but knocked Juventus out, in our final game we again beat CSKA 3-0 to finish top of the group.
Our prize for finishing top of our group was to draw favourites Barcelona, with the first leg at the Nou Camp we defended strongly until conceeding in the 82nd minute, however four minutes later Dimitrov came off the bench to grab an important away goal. With an away goal we could sit back and defend in the Home leg, but surprisingly Muraccioli gave us the lead from a free kick just after 20mins and we Barcelona frustrated they were reduced to 10 men just after the hour and 10 minutes later we finished them off to claim an historic 2-0 win.
In the Quarter Finals we would return to Italy to face Sampdoria this time, with the first leg at home we again defended strongly and after half an hour we scored on the break and managed to take a 1-0 lead to Italy with us and in Italy we again produced another solid defensive display ensure Sampdoria couldn't get a shot on target and with a 0-0 draw booked our place in the Semi-Finals.
In the Semi-Final we would again travel to Italy this time to face Fiorentina, with the first leg in Florence we produced another defensive performance and managed to snatch a 1-0 win thanks to a Dario free-kick.
In the second leg we extended our lead with an early goal from Wonderkid Zelaia, before losing right-back Leite to injury, and in the second half with Fiorentina hacking my players down a mistake from my young sub right back allowed Fiorentina back into the tie before Zelaia also went off injured and five minutes later disaster struck as we gave away a soft penalty that put Fiorentina ahead on away goals, however we were to have the last laught as sub van Beek thread the ball through to Costa who made it 2-2 in the 92nd minute from what looked like an offside position and somehow we'd made it to the Champions League Final were we would face a Real Madrid side who had just knocked out Porto.
We weren't given much chance in the Final against 13 times winners Real Madrid, though they were proven right this time as Real Madrid proved to be to strong for us, whilst we defended strongly we just couldn't create any chances, it didn't help that we ever we got into the final third Real just hacked us down with me losing sub van Beek to injury late on whilst in the 88th minute Real were reduced to 10 men, but we neither of us able to break the deadlock the game went to extra-time, but even with 10 men we still couldn't break Madrid down and they finally took the lead after 103 minutes from a corner, but two minutes later we were given another chance as Madrid were reduced to 8 men, but we still couldn't break them down and Madrid held out for a 1-0 win
Carling Cup - ended quickly this season as we lost to Man City in the 4th round after extra-time, apparently despite winning it for the last two seasons we weren't expected to do anything this season.
FA Cup was a disapointment aswell, we claimed comfortable victories over Liverpool and Wolves before needing a replay to sneak past Peterborough, before suffering a poor defeat to Everton in a 6th Round Replay.
Squad - we didn't suffer that many injuries this season so I was free to rotate my squad when I wanted to get my squad players some more experience.
Turkish Keeper Taha Kodalak had another solid season in goal and it's no surprise our sucess have come since signing him, he even chiped in with 5 assists and was named Runner-up for European Goalkeeper of the Year he was also named in the Champions League Dream Team, Alan Dolan again provided cover and he even managed to keep clean sheets in all but one appearnce but isn't happy being backup and will be sold once he has finished tutoring my young keepers.
At Full Back Pedro Leite had another excellent season bar a couple of penalty misses, covering him was Brazilian Cledson who looks like he could be a quality player, on the left Airam Barba was also in good form though he is being pushed hard by fellow Spanaird Ricardo Jimenez Garcia who for the last two seasons has torn up both the Championship and German League whilst on loan and returned as a Wonderkid and most surprisingly was named Spains left-back for the World Cup.
In the centre of Defence Captain Erwin Bauwens was in good form however age seems to be catching up to him as again his form dropped in the middle of the season, so I really need one of my young centre-backs to step up next season, thankfully his partner Ian Thomas was in excellent form and was named fans player of the year and is now a key part of the England squad that has just won the World Cup for the second time in a row. Providing cover was Russian Sergey Kalashnikov who had a fine season and will hopefully step up to replace Bauwens, whilst English Centre-Back Ray Bristow didn't really impress and with other options his time might be over depending on his wage demands.
In the Defensive Midfielder role Adam Rains had another solid season, whilst Chris Smith and Andres fought to be his long term replacement.
In the centre of midfield Playmaker Dario had another fantastic season and found himself named European Midfielder of the Year and Runner Up for World Footballer of the Year, World Player of the Year and European Footballer of the Year and he was also named in the World Team of the Year. Providing cover for Dario was fellow Brazilian Carlinhos who had a solid season but isn't likely to ever challenge Dario for his spot.
On the right hand side of my midfield trio was Frenchman Jerome Muraccioli who did well when he played and even managed to score a couple of free-kicks, whilst on the left hand side Ricardo Sousa had a solid season and is really turning into a World Class player. Providing cover was English Midfielder Daniel Williams who did well considering he missed most of last season through injury, whilst Brazilian youngster Eduardo became my latest Wonderkid and he had a good season until injury ended it, fellow Brazilian Glaucio also had a good season despite mainly being used as a sub.
Upfront I went with my two Spanish Strikers as first choices, Antonio Costa lead the line as my Target Man and finished as my Top Scorer again, partnering him was Wonderkid Inaki Zelaia who had a solid season as my support Striker and whilst he doesn't get that many goals his movement opens up space that my other players can exploit and he came Second in English Young Player of the Year award with Eduardo third. Providing cover upfront was Vladislav Dimitrov who lead the line for my second string though he is now thinking of retiring. Whilst my other Strikers were on their last chace Dutch Striker Ernst van Beek isn't really good enough any longer however on occasion he does have the ability to come off the bench and change games, it is the same with French Striker Frank Schmidt he's a good player but he just doesn't fit into my team.
Elsewhere Nantwich Icon Magnus Eikrem finally retired this season at a record 348 league games for the club (378 games in total), it's just a shame he couldn't add the Champions League to his league title, on the plus side he is now one of my coaches.
Best XI - Still has Dario as a DM.
Confidence - Untouchable, though the fans aren't happy about the Champions League Final defeat.
Finances are now looking very healthly thanks to prize money bringing in £40m, we were even able to pay off our debts, though the gift loan wasn't paid off.
Our ground was also expanded upto 28,000 capacity and it now looks like a rather nice Premier League ground, hopefully it should still have room for expansion as the two corners on the right hand side of the pitch haven't been filled in yet, so hopefully we'll be able to get upto 40,000 as there are only six Premier League Grounds smaller than mine.
So the plan for next season is simple win the Champions League.
Code:Season League League Finish Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2010/11 Blue Square North 1st Promoted - Champions 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 3rd Promoted - Play-offs 2012/13 League Two 8th 2013/14 League Two 11th 2014/15 League Two 15th 2015/16 League Two 3rd Promoted 2016/17 League One 1st Promoted - Champions 2017/18 Championship 15th 2018/19 Championship 3rd Promoted - Play-offs 2019/20 Premier League 20th Relegated 2020/21 Championship 9th 2021/22 Championship 1st Promoted - Champions 2022/23 Premier League 9th 2023/24 Premier League 8th League Cup Winners 2024/25 Premier League 2nd League Cup & FA Cup Winners 2025/26 Premier League 1st Champions League Runners-up
Well it seems Boreham Wood dont do draws - current record is P20, W14, D0, L6. Top of the league after nearly half the season - going well!
EDT: Curse of the forum - 21st game was a 1-1 draw!!
Last edited by GreyedOutMan; 27-04-2010 at 21:09.
Is there any way anyone could load a game for me with all top clubs players retained and save it on the first day. Them upload it for me as i cannot get the ddt file to work on my computer. I can holiday it myself just need the save game file.
Here is the squad
I had two loans that didn't feature alot and didn't get screenies of them.
According to my Ass Man I need to get rid (end of contract) of Towell, Crawford, Sinclair, Page & Fairley.
After a lengthy absence, and a few FM games I couldn't get into, later... I'm back to take on the challenge again.
This time I'm going with Merthyr, going to my Welsh roots.
Have just gone back to this (FC United, still in BSS/BSN I forget which) and after a while spent playing as Inter this is like slow motion. Going okay though, on course for a play-off place, just need some consistency now.
It's the BSN
2021-2022 Season Review-Kings Lynn-CCL2
I recently started this save again and when I started we were languishing in the bottom half of the table but a change in tactics saw us rise up the table and I secured a playoff spot on the last day of the season. Unfortunately we folded in the playoffs and we lost 5-0 on aggregate to Leyton Orient. As we were only expected to get mid table this is a great season.
Stars of the Season
Scott Norris-a great season from the forward scoring and creating goals.
Richard Sheppard-very solid season at left back absolutely quality at this level.
Sam Hill-great season from the forward he was our top scorer this season.
League Positions Graph
FA Cup-2nd round v Bournemouth
League Cup-1st round v Peterborough
JPT-1st round v Lincoln
Although we are progressing on the pitch off the pitch we are really struggling. We are in mountains of debt. If anyone has any ideas to get myself into the black they would be very much appreciated.
Code:Season League Position Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square North 18th None 2011/12 Blue Square North 4th Promoted via Playoffs 2012/13 Blue Square Premier 16th None 2013/14 Blue Square Premier 19th None 2014/15 Blue Square Premier 16th None 2015/16 Blue Square Premier 3rd Playoff Semi losers 2016/17 Blue Square Premier 5th Promoted via Playoffs 2017/18 League 2 21st None 2018/19 League 2 9th None 2019/20 League 2 15th None 2020/21 League 2 9th None 2021/22 League 2 7th Playoff Semi losers
Care to upload your some screenies of your finances screen?
here is the finances screen
I lost to Sheffield United. No shame in that, of course, they are in the Premiership. The problem was I have now lost the next four games on the trot in the league and have gone from top of the league to outside the playoff places. How to get back on track?
EDT: I have been ahead in a lot of these games, incidentally. Sometimes two up. Any tips on holding onto leads?
Last edited by GreyedOutMan; 28-04-2010 at 19:48.
Just let my third 2-goal lead sliip in the last ten games or so. Something like a 15-goal lead in total has been given up in that time, even in the games when we were never 2 goals up, we were often one goal up twice in the game - one occasion three times. This is very frustrating.
It always happens to me when I have a 3-0/4-0 halftime lead. Especially this season. Luckily I still win 3-2/4-3.
I do tend to do either 'defensive' or 'counter' towards the end. 'Contain', i find, is too negative and just invites the opposition on. Will bear in mind the team talk advice though, ta.
God I hate Mr Interfering Chairman...
Marotta, whos on course to break all scoring records, is sold over my head for £6.75m when I slapped a £10m price tag on him. Now Ferrari, whos price tag is around £6m, is now being sold for £4.1m. Hardly any of it is up front as well
Going to have to find some replacements in January now...
EDIT: Also Faye is not considering changing his retirement date of 28th January either
Last edited by midgetram; 28-04-2010 at 21:16.
Chelseadaft Ashford Town Season 4 2013/14 League One.
After promotion last season it was a time to strengthen the side. Made a fatal mistake, went through the players and gave new contracts to key players and gave em too much money. Our form was indifferent. We would win, then lose alot of games so come Christmas and the transfer window I had to make a decision to get rid of my top earners.
The problem came about as I had £8300 per week on wages from the board and some of them were on over £1000 or close to. I had also managed to be allowed to bring in 10 coaches and 7 scouts so did that too and the finances became stretched.
I decided to cash in on one of them and made £100,000 which was a result and then brought in players described as "good players" for League 2 rather than "Leading stars" and managed to pick our form up and went on a fantastic run after the new year and just missed out on the playoffs.
I am happy with my position of 10th though as its better than I hoped for as I had hoped to stablise in the division for a season and then kick on from there. Problem I have now is that alot of my staff will not negotiate new contracts as their reputations are "regional".
So Its with excitement that I move into the new season and lets hope I can improve on 10th!.
Final Position winnings
Code:Season League Position Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square South 1st Champions! 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 3rd Lost in Playoff Semis 2012/13 Blue Square Premier 1st Champions 2013/14 League Two 10th None
Starting to remember why I put this game on hold, 3 straight defeats leaves us in 9th
Maidstone Season 14 Update 2023/24 - The Premier League - Challenge Complete!!!!
Media Prediction - 6th
Position - 1st
Its going to be a pretty shoddy update unfortunately as I dont have as much time as in the past
Season was prett comfortable, I was able to get some real top players in and my squad is finally starting to look complete albeit small.
1st trophy picked up was the European Super Cup. This was then followed up with the club world cup and finally the fa cup and retained the champions league.
Ozkan was the star of my team this year and needed to be with the wages he was on He also picked up the English football of the year award.
Premier League Team of the year and champions league dream team both contain a fair few of my players.
Manager of the Year
I will continue on with Maidstone but I am going to have to go back to 2020 as that is the earliest backup I have with working histories.Code:League Season Finished Achievements ------------------------------------------------ BSS 2010/11 19th BSS 2011/12 19th BSS 2012/13 15th BSS 2013/14 10th BSS 2014/15 5th Playoff Winners BSP 2015/16 10th BSP 2016/17 1st FA Trophy League 2 2017/18 1st League 1 2018/19 1st JPT Trophy Championship 2019/20 6th Playoff Winners Premiership 2020/21 9th Premiership 2021/22 4th League Cup Premiership 2022/23 5th Champions League, League Cup Premiership 2023/24 1st Champions League, FA Cup, European Super Cup, CLub World Cup.
well done on completion Mag Man
Back once again to have yet another go at this challenge. This time with Farnborough, who I think were my team of choice for my first attempt. Here's the Profile. Lets see what happens. Oh and if any one knows of any nice badges/ logos for the eligable teams could you let me know and possibly link me, thanks
Boreham Wood FC - Blue Square Premier - 2011/12
Pre-season, once again, all targets were to stay in the division.
League Positions Graph
Two games in, staying in the division seemed inevitable and I wondered if back-to-back promotions were a possibility. But after that I lost two – the first two away games in fact, and I wondered if it was more likely to be stability, not a rapid rise, that was required this year. But we kept winning and were floating around the top two positions for the rest of the first half of the season. It seemed that we were ready to walk the 2nd promotion in two years. However, after exiting the FA Cup (see below), we lost 4 consecutive games and got just five points from eight games. That took us from top of the league to below the playoff spots. We struggled for much of the rest of the season to break back in, just as we looked ready to do it, we lost again. Then, with two matches to go, and with five games unbeaten, suddenly Luton lost whilst we beat Cambridge and we were back in 5th spot. Two wins would do it – against already-relegated Tamworth (A) and Eastwood (H) – and then the playoffs would beckon. Tamworth put up brave resistance for most of the first half, but goals a few minutes either side of half-time were enough to dispatch them, and one more was added late on. One win from the playoffs...and after a 61st minute Jamie Robins goal, the last few minutes were ridiculously tense until the sweet release of the final whistle confirmed our place in the playoff semi-finals. The playoffs will be coming up live shortly, after which I will repost the season report in its entirety!
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Board expectations have been set at consolidation, however I set my own target of minimum top 10 for first season in BSS. And so the process of sorting out the backroom/playing staff begins. Managed to arrange a friendly with Ipswich also. Found a Farnborough logo as well
Ebbsfleet at home coming up. Live updates to follow.
Boreham Wood (5th) v Ebbsfleet (2nd) - playoff semi final first leg.
24': 1-0 Jamie Robins with another crucial goal!!
29': 2-0 Get in! Ritchie Gamble doubles the lead!
39': 3-0!!! Yes! Harsanyi makes it three! Looking good for the 'Wood!
Half Time! Its looking good here folks.
59': Robins goes close again. This could be a rout.
78': 3-1 Ebbsfleet are back in it, after a Magno Vieira goal.
90': A great save from Webb keeps it at 3-1. Since the hour mark, they've been all over us.
Full Time. 3-1 in the home leg leaves us well placed to make the final.
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Barnett is back in the team for the 2nd leg after injury.
12': 1-0 West crosses to Emanuel to put Ebbsfleet very much back in the tie. 3-2 to the 'Wood on aggregate.
31': For the 2nd game running, Ebbsfleet have a man sent off, again its a 2nd yellow but this time star striker Josh Knight is given his marching orders for...DIVING!!
HALF TIME - we should be able to hang on now they're down to ten men, but another goal would make it comfortable...
53': 1-1 Harsanyi makes it 4-2!! Should be fine now. Final here we come.
90': 1-2 Robins gets another crucial goal to seal and deliver Wood's place in the Final!!
FULL TIME! BOREHAM WOOD ARE IN THE FINAL! ONE SHOT AT CONSECUTIVE PROMOTIONS!
WEMBLEY HERE WE COME!!
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Boreham Wood v Barnet, WEMBLEY STADIUM, Playoff Final
28': 1-0! Barnett scores! Oh no! He's had it chalked off for an apparent foul on the keeper. Dubious decision
HALF TIME: Not a single shot on target yet. Plenty off target (9-5 to the Wood), but we need to get our shooting boots on.
52': Harsanyi finally gets in the first shot on target but its an easy save for the 'keeper.
70': Webb makes his first save of the game - a long shot but it was in the bottom corner. It's cagey. Very.
87': Barnet are pushing for the winner now. Webb has had to make a few good saves recently. Its looking like extra time here at Wembley though.
FULL TIME: That was dire stuff. Really poor game, looked like the players were over-awed by the occasion.
FULL TIME IN EXTRA TIME. Nothing happened. Penalties were beckoning in this game from the first minute.
BARNET PENALTY: Christie....SCORES
WOOD PENALTY: Barnett....[See the irony here? Barnett against Barnet?!]...SCORES
BARNET PENALTY: Brett....SCORES
WOOD PENALTY: Sherwood....SCORES
BARNET PENALTY: Vilhete....SCORES
WOOD PENALTY: Harsanyi....SCORES
BARNET PENALTY: Jennings....SCORES
WOOD PENALTY: Pulis....SCORES
BARNET PENALTY: Hofbauer....BLASTS IT OVER THE BAR!!!!!!
WOOD PENALTY: Measom can win it for the Wood....
BOREHAM WOOD ARE A LEAGUE TEAM!!!!! Get in!!
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Go on my son! Sort those BarnetBoyz out!
Congrats You're finally getting some luck in this challenge
Thanks guys. Full season report to follow shortly.
FC United of Manchester - Blue Square North - 2013/2014
Awful, awful season, our worst by some distance. We were at one point as low as 19th, but a good mid-season run saw us climb as high as 3rd. But a run of only 4 wins in the last 15 games meant we slipped back down to mid-table mediocrity.
Still fairly young, but with a lot of room for improvement.
Sam Ashton - I may have to look for a new keeper. Conceding 74 goals in a season at any level just aint good enough. I have 18-year-old Clive Dolby, but he is not quite ready.
Nicky Giddings - Despite all the goals conceded, I feel he had a decent season. Performed well without hitting the headlines.
Declan Gallacher - Started every game this season but looked suspect at times, as did most.
Terry Chapple - Arrived in February so only managed 16 appearances but has turned into our best defender. Took over from the rotating Jamie Coyle and Declan Freeman.
Simon Garner - Another productive season from the left-back. 10 assists. 22-year-old Martin O'Neill is his backup and eventual successor.
Ryan Oakley/Luke Garrard - Neither were particularly outstanding, but both covered well for each other. Ryan is only 21 and I feel he has a good future at the club.
Nick Main - Still the midfield star. The best player in the team ability-wise and at 22, has a number of great years to come.
Frankie Low - The other Scotsman was ok, used in rotation because of injuries and, at times, poor form, with Joe O'Sullivan, who may have to leave to cut the wage bill.
Jerome King - 18-year-old looked very good when called upon, should be a star in this team next season. Rotated with Ben Priest and George Purcell, neither of whom will be at the club next season.
Gareth Evans - Had a shocking start following his record £24k move here, but picked up eventually and finished with a slightly-less-than-decent 15 goals. His 13 assists, however, are not to be ignored.
Kyle Wilson - Still the main goalscorer, finished the season with 31 goals, meaning he has scored 144 goals in 182 games since I signed him. Truro City legend Stewart Yetton looked like a great signing, but he failed to build on his excellent scoring record he had with Truro. Youngsters Richard Smith and Max Wright were used sparingly.
Only managed the 4th Qualfying Round before losing at non-league Frickley
Another non-league team proved too much for us in this, Hendon knocking us out in the 1st Round.
Still well in the black, beginning to lose £20-30k per month though.
Ashton is awesome!!! I didn't replace him as 1st choice until I was in the CCC!!!
Boreham Wood FC - Blue Square Premier - 2011/12
Pre-season, once again, all targets were to stay in the division.
League Positions Graph
Two games in, staying in the division seemed inevitable and I wondered if back-to-back promotions were a possibility. But after that I lost two – the first two away games in fact, and I wondered if it was more likely to be stability, not a rapid rise, that was required this year. But we kept winning and were floating around the top two positions for the rest of the first half of the season. It seemed that we were ready to walk the 2nd promotion in two years. However, after exiting the FA Cup (see below), we lost 4 consecutive games and got just five points from eight games. That took us from top of the league to below the playoff spots. We struggled for much of the rest of the season to break back in, just as we looked ready to do it, we lost again. Then, with two matches to go, and with five games unbeaten, suddenly Luton lost whilst we beat Cambridge and we were back in 5th spot. Two wins would do it – against already-relegated Tamworth (A) and Eastwood (H) – and then the playoffs would beckon. Tamworth put up brave resistance for most of the first half, but goals a few minutes either side of half-time were enough to dispatch them, and one more was added late on. One win from the playoffs...and after a 61st minute Jamie Robins goal, the last few minutes were ridiculously tense until the sweet release of the final whistle confirmed our place in the playoff semi-finals.
Ebbsfleet were the opposition in the semi. See the match updates above for detailed info, but:
So, on to the final at Wembley – our first trip to the national stadium. Barnet had beaten Oxford on penalties in the other semi-final with last minute goals all over the place – first leg, 2nd leg, extra time... But before our final, my own team, Arsenal, lost in extra time to Man City in the FA Cup final, after a last minute equaliser in normal time scored by Robinho. A bad sign?
THE PLAYOFF FINAL
So Boreham Wood are now a league team. Two consecutive promotions! Does this make me a good manager?!
The e.on FA Cup – went one further this season, and I did get the Premiership tie I had been hoping for, although it was Bramall Lane I had to settle for, not Old Trafford. Whilst I lost to Sheffield United, there was a historic win against Blackpool.
FA Trophy – disappointing early exit again this year, in the 2nd round.
Transfers – Harsanyi was the undoubted pick of the bunch, with McPhee and Gray getting honourable mentions for doing well when they were given a chance.
Squad – for a squad which is largely the same as the BSS squad I had, they did well in stepping up a league. Without serious strengthening, I think a 3rd promotion on the bounce is unlikely, but I don’t really want to break up such a winning team, so I don’t intend to completely overhaul the squad. We’ll see how it goes.
Key Player Profiles:
Jamie Robins – scored vital goals, particularly towards the end of the season, and laid on plenty of assists too. 10 man of the match awards is impressive, aswell. Not sure if he’s good enough for League Two, though.
Ben Owen – once again the mainstay of the Wood defence. Definitely good enough for League Two, and at 25, he should still be improving.
Marcus Cassius – top goalscorer, and with a 45% shots on target ratio its not hard to see why. He had a vintage season, and has re-established himself as the first choice striker after not having that title last season.
Ritchie Gamble – definitely a case for him being our player of the year. He pulled the strings from central midfield and his superb pass completion ratio gives you an idea of how central he was in everything good about us this season.
Zoltan Harsanyi – thinking about it, he was definitely the buy of the season. One of my best buys ever. 13 goals from the wing! Outstanding!
Stuart Barnett – didn’t hit the heights of last season and I now have my doubts about his ability to step up to league football, but not a bad season by any means.
Code:Season League Position Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square South 1st Promoted as Champions 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 5th Promoted as Playoff Winners
This season was a lot harder than I expected after the first two games. Closing games out is going to have to be the key next season. Any tips on keeping my squad fitness up? I think that was a big factor – we dropped leads late on in a lot of games, sometimes after having a two goal lead, and dropped a big lead in the league late in the season when fitness was really going downwards. Stat of the season? This: Boreham Wood dropped 17 points in the league from winning positions! That’s ridiculous and with those points, we would have been very close to automatic promotion. But we got lucky, so next season is now going to be about survival, almost certainly. Closing out games is bound to be vital, though.
You should turn pro once you go into League 2, so get everyone on Full-time contracts ASAP and that should help your fitness somewhat
Good point. Ta midgetram
EDT: Have now gone Pro
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Nuneaton 2017-18 League 1
Well well well, After a poor start on my return to League one after suffering relegation...I was poor to say the least!! Turned it round though and managed to finish second to MK Dons in the end, so back up to CCC I go! Sorry my updates are brief, I just dont have the time nor motivation to do the massive updates some of you do. Keep it up though, I enjoy reading them.
Bonus aswell, I managed to bag the Columbia job in pre-season !
Specials props to GreyedoutMan for a triumph in adversity, you've stuck at it and should give yourself a pat on the back mate.
One question to all who have tried it, because its a first for me....Do I need to recruit staff for my national team, and if so .. how do I do that?
I don't want to be a nuisance or anything, but are you allowed international jobs before you finish the challenge?
Oh? Are we not? if so I'll resign
EDIT: Your spot on Midge, just checked the rules. Consider my resignation tendered !
Feeling a little overawed by league football. Think I might have to plunge the Wood into mountains of debt this season. A risk, sure...but I think I need to because that squad wont stay in League Two, will it?
Might do, give them a chance, few additions should see you right. Problem with adding loads of players is it unsettles the squad as a whole, can find yourself with a bit of a hangover from it, and with low morale throughout the squad. Just be careful
Oh I wont be signing hundreds of players - its a question of whether the 5-8 players I sign are going to break the bank or not.
Also keep an eye on the other team making subs and changing tactics, make sure you reapply any OI's when they bring on subs.
Subbing tired (anyone below 70%) or nervous/complacent players can help provided you have decent cover. (or a high morale youngster)
Tactics wise try switching to defensive (or control if you are better than them) and if you need drop the roles of your wide players from attack-> support, support->defend.
Using the shouts can be effective aswell, as you go through the games you should learn which shouts and tactics work and when to use them.
I'll take that
NIce TG and that's a fairly difficult group as well
I wasn't even expecting Europa League football when I saw the group! Especially as it's my first foray in Europe...
Marthyr Tydfil 2035/36 Premier League
FA Cup - 6th Rd
League - Winners
CL - Semifinals
I had maybe my best squad ever in terms of quality backups in every position but ultimately the season was disappointing, perhaps the squad still needs to mature.
My defence was weak at the start of the year and was changed over the course of the season, i was always behind Arsenal in the league and the nearest i got was 8 points.
In the FA cup i lost out to Arsenal 2-0. In the league cup i played my reserve side who sneaked past Arsenal and Sunderland on penalties before comfortably seeing off Wolves 4-1. I played my full side in the semi against Man City and won 5-4 on agg. In the final i was always in control. In the CL i struggled in an easy group of Zenit, Dinamo Kiev and Copenhagen finishing 2nd. I went past R madrid and Roma before easily losing to Porto.
Transfers 1 2
This year was mostly about changing the defence and bring in some talented youngsters.
Hagelstein (history) left after wanting to go for some time. Castillo (history) had been backup for many years but was in decline and was sold. Osbourne (history) was another who wanted to leave and was sold after Franks was signed for a record fee.
Frohlich was signed at the end of last season and is a great backup player already. Probst was signed as a leading prem potential player but an average of 6.22 in 17 games showed he was lacking something. Marano was signed to replace him. Toninho was another who failed to live up to expectations and left.
After spending last year on loan Hadland (history) was sold as was the promising Wilson.
Rivera spent 7 years as backup to right midfield playing 74 games mostly in the cup and off the bench, but was now 5th choice and was sold.
Burbeary and Loader were bought as future stars, loader was rated at decent prem level by the end of the season.
Paulinho was the main keeper with Harris showing some good form.
Joyce established himself as first choice with Hagelstein's leaving, he is now a wonderkid.
Franks cost 40 Million but played like he cost 40 quid
Frohlich by contrast played well in his first season.
Robertson was signed for 110K in order to sell on for a profit, 3 years later he is now rated my best player and is now a wonderkid.
Francisco played well but Tarantino is now in slight decline.
Aslan was excellent as usual, Williams had turns on both sides and is another who became a wonderkid.
Up front Sergio and Abraham were immense, Marini was injured for 4 months but Maza stepped up to justify his big price tag last year.
Star Player - yet again the captain was having a brilliant season, seems to be getting better later in his career.
Code:Career so far: Season League Position Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square South 3rd Promoted via playoffs 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 9th None 2012/13 Blue Square Premier 2nd Promoted via playoffs 2013/14 League 2 15th None 2014/15 League 2 13th JPT Winners 2015/16 League 2 5th Promoted via playoffs 2016/17 League 1 13th None 2017/18 League 1 14th None 2018/19 League 1 12th None 2019/20 League 1 15th None 2020/21 League 1 14th None 2021/22 League 1 1st JPT Winners,Champions 2022/23 Championship 16th None 2023/24 Championship 8th None 2024/25 Championship 10th None 2025/26 Championship 6th Playoff semi-finalists 2026/27 Championship 6th Promoted via Playoffs 2027/28 Premiership 15th None 2028/29 Premiership 14th FA Cup Winners 2029/30 Premiership 12th None 2030/31 Premiership 4th None 2031/32 Premiership 1st Premiership Winners 2032/33 Premiership 10th CL Winners ------------------------Challenge Complete-------------------------------------- 2033/34 Premiership 5th FA Cup Winners 2034/35 Premiership 1st Premiership Winners, Euro Cup Winners 2035/36 Premiership 2nd League Cup Winners
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Any tips for survival (and eventually promotion pushes) in League Two? Really struggling at the moment.
Congratulations to mag man on completing and GOM on becoming a Football League side
I've started again (again) as I realised I hadn't retained players from top clubs when I set up the game.
Gone for Bradford Park Avenue, the club who sacked me on my very first attempt at this challenge. Hoping for better this time.
Cheers Terk and good luck
4-1-2-3 was the thing that won me League One with a horrible team but good strikers. Depends where your strengths are I guess.
Then, I had Victor Anichebe and two other similarly excellent-for-that-level strikers, so I was playing to my strengths there. Absolute route-one-hoof-it-for-the-big-lad-and-hope-it-goes-in-off-his-arse football
Also go through premier league clubs looking at players listed for loan. Get 4 key players in on loan for the entire season and also keep 2/3 in on short term loans.
After knocking in 100 goals in the whole of last season in the league, I've only gone and scored 101 in 37 games this season, including 9 from summer signing Jonás Gutiérrez A FA Cup semi-final as well coming around the corner
EDIT: And promotion is secured with 7 games to go
EDITEDIT: The league is all wrapped up before the semi-final
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Well looks like this season is going the same as last season so far we have played 6 games, won 4 1-0, drawn 1-1 and lost 1-0, though the injuries are returning this season Sousa got injured in my last friendly and will be out for 4 months, Striker Zelaia started the season in good form but he got injured for 1 month and his replaced Schmidt has just got himself injured for 3 weeks aswell
In the Champions League we were again just third seeds and have drawn Roma, Barcelona and Dinamo, it wouldn't surprise me if most of my fans had second homes in Italy and a holiday home in Spain now
Sold my star RB and brought in a 19yo to replace him who could end up better. Figured my backup RB wouldn't be up for the job but he'll get games in Europe as the 19yo already played in a qualifier. Also sold the 23 yo Brazilian CB I have and giving the chance to the 19yo I signed in the summer and he's doing well. Also, was to send my three of my young strikers on loan but only sent two as one of my two senior strikers got injured. Kept one back and decided against loaning in another striker as backup as I planned. Maybe send him out in January and get in backup for the second half of the season. Depends how he does in his chances.
Obviously way late to the party, but anyone get the .ddt file to work on a mac?
It seems like the game just doesn't want me to succeed.
This is my strikers 16 games into the season. The last match saw 2 strikers out, so that means just youth players left.
Seriously struggling in League Two. Is it possible that relegation might not be such a bad thing (due to the possibility that another year in the BSP would bring morale back up and give me some time to assemble a more L2-worthy squad)?
Canvey Island 2017/18 Report - CCC
into the big time
A strong peformance last time out wasn't enough to convince the media of anything more than a relegation scrap; whilst odds of 50-1 were the same as last season, so it looked liked nobody were giving us a chance for this season
League - Positions -
A positve start was marred by inconsistency early on, with 3 defeats in the first 7 games denying us the perfect start, but after the initial blip it was plain sailing from there on in.
After defeat to Notts County in Septemeber, we went on a streak of 17 wins out of 18 to go into the new year with a comfortable gap at the top. Even a 0-0 draw vs West Brom, our first 0-0 of any kind in almost 2 years, didn't slow us down; gaining another 15 wins out of the next 16 to wrap up both promotion and the league title comfortably.
We ended the season with a record points tally for the league and club, in any divison, along with the league record for most goals scored.
3rd rd - Bristol Rovers 1-4 Canvey Island
4th rd - Canvey Island 8-1 Southampton
5th rd - Huddersfield 0-3 Canvey Island
6th rd - Canvey Island 5-0 Hull
Semi Final - Aston Villa 3-2 Canvey Island
Despite not drawing a team in a lower league than us, both Rovers and Southamption were well adrift a tthe foot of the CCC table and were dispatched easily. We struck lucky against Huddersfield, who had gone 7 games without defeat before playing us, before a fantastic game vs Hull. A bit gutted with the semi final result, especially as we outplayed them fot the majority of the game.
1st rd - AFC Wimbledon 0-1 Canvey Island
2nd rd - Canvey Island 3-0 Gillingham
3rd rd - Sunderland 2-3 Canvey Island (aet)
4th rd - Stoke 4-1 Canvey Island
We got lucky in the 1st round game to be honest, and the 2nd round game was only really wrapped up after the sending off. A whole load of luck was on our side in the 3rd round game though, the red card was harsh and our 91st min equaliser may have been offside, but the Stoke game was abysmal to say the very least.
Hard to find the best 11 here, since half of them were sold off in January, but the replacements did a fine job anyways.
Millward's Player Choice Award (basically who I think deserves our Player of the Season before the Fan's vote...)
2010/11 - Luke Thurlbourne MC
2011/12 - Chris Todd DC
2012/13 - Scott Smith DL
2013/14 - Dean Lodge AMR
2014/15 - Dean Hammond MC
2015/16 - Luciano Napoli ST
2016/17 - Borja ST
2017/18 - László Horváth MC (1)(2)
Not really a contest here, playing in all but 2 games in the season (both because of injury) and constantly pulling the strings in the middle of the park. Well worth the extra year I had to wait for him.
Transfers (1)(2) - And here I thought last year's outgoings were large Slightly dissapointed at the sales of Marotta and Canovas especially, though losing a constantly unhappy Jagielka was not part of the plan as well. Pierre finally got his wish of leaving, Faye retired after the ACoN, whilst Ferrari and Golaszewski were easily replaced in the end. Still no cash exchanged! (though loans may be used more reguarly if I continue not to spend a penny)
Finances - Once again, transfer revenue saves the day in the way of finances, but I have now gained all of the money that was required for the new stadium so that is a bonus. I do wish that the 25% promotion wage rise wasn't in the contracts though, as this keeps on rising year on year.
Confidence - Still seen as untouchable, though I wonder how long that may last if we are involved in a relegation scrap next season.
2010/11 - BSS: 3rd, defeat in playoff semi-finals
2011/12 - BSS: 1st
2012/13 - BSP: 1st
2013/14 - CCL2: 1st
2014/15 - CCL1: 7th
2015/16 - CCL1: 1st
2016/17 - CCC: 8th
2017/18 - CCC: 1st
The Trophy Cabinet
Blue Square South - 2011/12
Blue Square Premier - 2012/13
Coca-Cola League 2 - 2013/14
Coca-Cola League 1 - 2015/16
Coca-Cola Championship - 2017/18
Aims for next season: Survival is essential. Attacking wise I think we are fine, depending on who we sell though, but defensively improvements can be made.
Tooting & Mitcham United FC - Barclays Premier League - 2053/54
Last season we won back our Premier League title, but the quality of the squad is really taking its toll in the cup competitions.
League Positions Graph
Things were pretty easy for us this year as we almost led from start to finish. We finished the season with some patchy form but it was enough to hold off the challenge from Liverpool.
Community Shield - a decent win in a fairly even match.
Carling Cup - despite using a strong team, Liverpool took us apart.
FA Cup - we had an easy run of games then suffered this shocker in the semi final.
UEFA Champions League - Bayern were the only team to take a point off us in the group stage. We were pretty lucky to get as far as we did but Juventus destroyed us in the semi final.
Squad - we have one or two stars but this is starting to look like a very average Premier League squad, it is amazing they are still capable of the title challenge.
Key Player Profiles:
Edward Graham - we have a new top scorer as Moran failed to impress this season.
Paul Moran - well, he wasn't that bad really.
Andy Greenhouse - the coaches still think he's a Championship level player but who cares when he plays like this.
George Aston - another player that the coaches don't rate, but seems to be doing well on the pitch.
George Fry - he's getting on a bit but he's still a solid defender.
Career OverviewNext SeasonCode:Season League Position Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square South 5th Promoted via playoffs 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 8th 2012/13 Blue Square Premier 2nd Promoted via playoffs, FA Trophy finalists 2013/14 Coca-Cola League 2 6th Lost in playoff final 2014/15 Coca-Cola League 2 1st Promoted as champions 2015/16 Coca-Cola League 1 4th Promoted via playoffs, JPT finalists 2016/17 Coca-Cola Championship 9th 2017/18 Coca-Cola Championship 6th Lost in playoff semi 2018/19 Coca-Cola Championship 4th Promoted via playoffs 2019/20 Barclays Premier League 16th 2020/21 Barclays Premier League 11th 2021/22 Barclays Premier League 3rd FA Cup finalists 2022/23 Barclays Premier League 7th Carling Cup finalists, FA Cup winners 2023/24 Barclays Premier League 3rd 2024/25 Barclays Premier League 5th Champions League finalists 2025/26 Barclays Premier League 3rd Carling Cup finalists 2026/27 Barclays Premier League 2nd 2027/28 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League and Champions League winners 2028/29 Barclays Premier League 1st PL, CL and CWC winners, Carling Cup finalists 2029/30 Barclays Premier League 1st PL, CL, CWC, FA Cup and Carling Cup winners 2030/31 Barclays Premier League 1st PL, CL, CWC, and Carling Cup winners 2031/32 Barclays Premier League 3rd Club World Cup winners 2032/33 Barclays Premier League 2nd FA and Carling Cup winners 2033/34 Barclays Premier League 1st PL, CL and Carling Cup winners 2034/35 Barclays Premier League 1st PL, CWC FA and Carling Cup winners 2035/36 Barclays Premier League 1st PL, CL, FA Cup and Carling Cup winners 2036/37 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League and Club World Cup winners 2037/38 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League and Champions League winners 2038/39 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League and Club World Cup winners 2039/40 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League winners and FA Cup finalists 2040/41 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League and Carling Cup winners, Champions league finalists 2041/42 Barclays Premier League 3rd FA Cup and Champions League winners 2042/43 Barclays Premier League 5th Club World Cup winners 2043/44 Barclays Premier League 2nd Carling Cup and Europa League winners 2044/45 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League winners and Carling Cup finalists 2045/46 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League and FA Cup winners, Champions League finalists 2046/47 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League winners and FA Cup finalists 2047/48 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League and Champions League winners 2048/49 Barclays Premier League 1st PL, CL, CWC, and FA Cup winners 2049/50 Barclays Premier League 2nd Club World Cup winners 2050/51 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League winners, FA Cup and CL finalists 2051/52 Barclays Premier League 4th 2052/53 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League winners, FA Cup finalists 2053/54 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League winners
I'm hoping that the upcoming World Cup with England will force me to do it, but I think this will be the end of the all-T&M era. At club level I aimed for a Premier League and a Champions League title, both of which we have achieved, so it is now time for a change.
My bank balance is currently rather healthy after the takeover, with £220m sitting there so I think I'm going to go on a spending spree of around £150m in the summer. Nothing will be done until the World Cup is finished, but I'm going to start by changing my backroom staff by bringing in a load of new scouts and the reintroduction of foreign coaches. I think I'll try and bring in a few new players in the summer, then a few more in January.
Another league title dafuge?? Surely it gets boring winning the EPL time after time
Back at Canvey Island, our first 3 games in the PL will be: Newcastle H, Liverpool H, Man Utd A Could be worse; we could have our run of Arsenal, Villa, WBA, Liverpool, Man Utd, Newcastle (which is in December) at the start I suppose...
Chelseadaft Ashford (Middx) Season five League Two 2014/15 - Champions!
After our consolidation season last season, our first in the Football League the board asked me to achieve an safe mid-table position. I was happy with that and comfortable knowing I had a good enough squad with one or two changes and some loans coming in I knew we could push on for a playoff place. I never expected to win the League!
To be fair our form all season has been fantastic. I made some changes to the squad and brought in some loans (long term and short term) for the up coming season.
Again I kept the same formation that I have been using since the start. My 4-1-2-1-2 formation had served me well. Howver, I changed the starting mentality from Attacking to Standard and it worked wonders. Of course during games depending on how we were doing I would change to Attacking or Overload and the players responded.
But it all came down to the last game of the season. I had just lost at home and Walsall had won at home to take the top spot. The last game of the season I had an easy game against a side at the bottom of the League. Walsall had to go to Carlisle who were in 3rd in the League and Carlisle did me proud, beat Walsall 3-1 and with us winning comfortably away the title was ours!
It was an unexpected and unbelievable success and we are now in League one after 5 seasons.
The downside to our success was that I had set the player bonuses to high in the League and Cup competitions and once we had won the League i received this message which has screwed our finances!
With my coaches and ass man telling me the players below are League 2 standard it will be a really really busy time for me as I look to rebuild to try and consolidate once again in League one for a season and then push on the season after.
Here are the players in the squad who have done the business for me once more!
Rotational players who played their part too!
Chandler, N Manchev, Payano, Buxton, L Manchev, Kohlert, There were some other signings on Loan that I haven't featured as they played a game and got injured! So didn't really make any impact on the squad.
Roll on League One!
Code:Season League Position Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square South 1st Champions! 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 3rd Lost in Playoff Semis 2012/13 Blue Square Premier 1st Champions! 2013/14 League Two 10th None 2014/15 League Two 1st Champions!
Re build is the key for me!
I'm so sorry, I am the replying to the wrong thread, but a lot of people replied to this thread so there is a bigger chance someone can help me. (I'm new here so I can't post threads). Anyway can someone please tell me is there any other editor apart from the data editor and the FMRTE? If so please give me a link
If I remember correctly, there wasn't much of a step-up from the top sides in L2 and the mid-table sides in L1. So I woudn't recommend a total clearout of your squad, especially if your incomings are restricted due to limited capacity.
My wage budget is now over £10,000 per week and have managed to get three of them on £875 per week. If I can get 10 of these kind of players and then the rest loans I could be laughing all the way to safety this season.
England - World Cup - 2054
With the recent win in the Confederations Cup this was a great chance for us to achieve my target of winning a major tournament with my all-T&M England side.
Qualification was hard work, mostly because of a run of three consecutive draws. Norway were the only real challengers but a 3-0 win put us through with a game to go.
The pre tournament preparation was a home friendly against North Korea. Everything went to plan and we came through with a clean bill of health which means I have been able to select my first choice 23 man squad for the World Cup.
England vs Japan (group stage)
It was looking like a tight game until Tom Forster unleashed a superb 35 yard free kick to take the lead. Following the opening goal we settled down and put the game beyond doubt with a period of brilliant attacking football.
Holland vs England (group stage)
The game that is likely to decide the group did not go our way as a bundled goal from a corner gave Holand the win. This means we just need a draw in the final game to secure second place in the group.
Tunisia vs England (group stage)
It took a while but we eventually managed to get the result we wanted.
Final Group Table
Holland topped the group as we settled for second place. This actually did us a favour as there was a shock in group H as Austria qualified ahead of France.
England vs Austria (2nd round)
I'm not sure what to say, shocked just isn't the word for it.
International Career OverviewNext SeasonCode:Year Country Competition Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2030 Italy FIFA World Cup Winners 2032 Turkey European Championship Quarter Finals 2033 Spain Confederations Cup Finalists 2034 Spain FIFA World Cup Winners 2035 Brazil Copa América Semi Finalists 2038 Nigeria Cup of Nations Winners 2038 Nigeria FIFA World Cup Group Stage 2040 Czech Republic European Championship Qualifying playoff 2041 Serbia Confederations Cup 4th place 2042 Serbia FIFA World Cup 3rd place 2044 Belgium European Championship Group Stage 2046 Russia FIFA World Cup Group Stage 2048 England European Championship Semi Finalists 2050 England FIFA World Cup 3rd place 2052 England European Championship Finalists 2053 England Confederations Cup Winners 2054 England FIFA World Cup 2nd Round
I waited until the end of the tournament just to see what happened, and predictably I was sacked. It was nice to see a couple of my players also called it a day.
So, the T&M England dream is over. There are a few interesting jobs about so I'm sure I'll ba back soon.
This is such a strugge to get staff and players of a good enough calibre . For some reason the staff/scouts I have are recommending Scouts and Coaches of a Local rep now and not regional!
I have spent the last few hours or so going through every single Premier League, Championship and League One sides transfer history and offering trials to every single player !
Hope to put a squad together sooner rather than later!
It is the 1st of September and it has been a busy time at Tooting & Mitcham.
Firstly, after my England sacking I decided to take a job in Tunisia. There won't be anything to play for until the 2056 Cup of Nations but it seemed an attractive prospect as I'm going there on holiday this summer. England appointed David Watson, an ex youth product of mine who had recently retired and had taken up a coaching role at my club. Strangely he still seems to be coaching for us.
Then there's the transfers.
On the way out were a lot of the overrated players that failed to impress and could be replaced. There were no huge prices but to be honest they weren't exactly superstars.
On to the interesting bit, the players signed.
Márcio - highly rated young versatile midfielder, a bargain at £2.1m.
Miguel Santos - a classy looking winger, shame about the wages.
Luis - wonderkid defender, probably a bargain at £14.5m.
Hasan Aydin - I literally couldn't believe it when I found him, a steal at £30m.
Sebastiano Costacurta - wonderkid striker, I hope he's capable of 30 goals a season.
Luis Manuel - highly rated young goalie, hopefully he'll replace Sills.
Maximilian Reinhardt - £20m was a lot for a 17 year old but he looks superb.
Luis Fernández - I know I've paid too much, but a great AMC makes a great difference to my team.
Dorian Falkenberg - a solid defender, although this is bad news for Fry.
Alberto Fava - Aiden Lund was unhappy at the players being signed, so I swapped him and £10m for this youngster.
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