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    Boreham Wood FC – Coca Cola League Two - 2012/13

    Pre-season, for the third time in a row, all targets were to stay in the division. This time, however, I really did feel it would stay that way. I didn’t really feel the squad was good enough for League Two and to be honest I never expected to win the playoffs – I had written most of the report under the assumption that we would have been gallant losers, in with a great chance of automatic promotion to League Two this season. But League Two is very different to the BSP, and my squad didn’t really look like it was up to a third straight promotion. That said, I was quietly confident that with a bit of strengthening, survival shouldn’t be too much of a problem, and if we kept going like we were, then we’d be pushing for promotion next year. At the start of the season, we received a large sum (£120k) in parachute payments thanks to Portsmouth, Hull, Burnley and Bolton’s promotions over the last couple of years. Then the board turned us professional and Watford terminated their link with us. That wasn’t a big deal – we have Arsenal as a parent club.

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    For the first ten games or so, it really looked like we were destined to undo all our good work of last season and get relegated back out of the Football League. But we really improved towards the end of the season and safety was, realistically anyway, secured with about ten games to go. There was a slight chance of a push for a playoff spot, with the Wood always about 10 points off it in the 2nd half of the season, before falling further off the pace with a poor run at the end of the season, picking up just four points from our last nine games. But a season of consolidation was the important thing and hopefully next year we might be able to make a push for a playoff spot. Just four more wins would probably have seen us in the Playoff zone, and those last nine games really did cost us dear.


    The e.on FA Cup – our debut in the 3rd round, and whilst we didn’t get a Premiership team, Leeds were a good 2nd best – they’re riding high in the Championship now.
    The Carling Cup – Peterborough got into the League 1 playoffs this season so this defeat was no disgrace.

    The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – and Norwich got promoted from League 1 so ditto!

    Transfers – Mainwaring and Ball were probably the only two high points in the transfers in this season. Might clear some dead wood out this summer.

    Squad
    – only two players averaging over 7, which needs to increase next year. But a fair few goals from a struggling side.


    Key Player Profiles:

    Jamie Robins – Not an absolute hatful of goals but very consistent and was usually amongst the best players in the side on a matchday.

    Zoltan Harsanyi – probably the player of the season for me, and he played both on the wing and up front which is very helpful.

    Ross Stephens – loan signing from Spurs, and whilst he wasn’t brilliant, he did his best to stabilise what is a very weak defence that will need to be strengthened next season.

    Marcus Cassius – not the best of seasons from Marcus and he’s probably out of his depth, but he did chip in with some vital goals.

    Matty Mainwaring – one of the MAINstays (geddit? ) of the midfield, Matty played some part in every single game this season. His passing ratio is pretty good, and he’s done well.

    Callum Ball – mid-season signing during a period when my strikers weren’t firing. He didn’t get many goals but he got the others scoring – the competition seemed to spur them on. He’s also a good prospect for the future.


    Career Overview
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    2010/11   Blue Square South         1st        Promoted as Champions
    2011/12   Blue Square Premier       5th        Promoted as Playoff Winners
    2012/13   Coca Cola League 2       20th        -

    Next Season

    The target is simply to improve next year. There might be a push for the playoff places but I’m not particularly bothered about that – I still feel that last season’s promotion came a little quick anyway, so a further season of consolidation before a more concerted push for promotion to League One in the next couple of years is probably fine. I’d definitely take anything from about 15th upwards, although to be honest, survival will continue to be the main priority. Hope to do some cost-cutting over the summer as my wage bill has spiralled a bit this year. But I also need to firm up my defence a little – we have one of the leakiest defences in the league. Any thoughts/recommendations/questions?
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    Into April now so my EOS report should be up later today.

    Now... I signed Jabuti to see what all the fuss was about...

    I'm disappointed. Only 45 goals in 42 games. I was expecting something more like 100 in 3

    Naa, in all seriousness, Jabuti has been a god for us this season. He lived up to the hype!

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    dafuge, who won the World Cup and how far did Austria go?

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    My word, on my return to the CCC (2018-2019) after suffering a really bad season on my previous foray, I'm actually doing really well with much the same team. Ok I've added some youngsters and my two centre halves had a combined age of 65 but apart from that my team is very similar. Guess what though?! I'm currently 3rd and I cant quite believe it. I just keep winning and the draws usually come in away games. Gwan you Boro !!

    EDIT: I didnt realise that your coaches and more specifically my assistant managers stats improved over time? The assistant I appointed at the very start of the game now has mostly 20's in his abilities?!? It's taken me all these years to think of replacing some of my staff...and when I went to look at them, they've all gotten alot better

    Oh and by the way, mulling over my improved form, I cant help thinking it has coincided with me no longer doing press conferences, I got sick of them and put my assman to do them, and I've not looked back since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by canvey!! View Post
    dafuge, who won the World Cup and how far did Austria go?
    Austria lost their next match, on penalties to the Ukraine. Makes my loss seem even worse

    Italy beat Spain 4-2 in the final.

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    Anyone got any thoughts on my season report? 2nd season in League 2 is proving just as tough, really...so far anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreyedOutMan View Post
    Anyone got any thoughts on my season report? 2nd season in League 2 is proving just as tough, really...so far anyway.
    With two consecutive promotions and a young squad you are always going to find it difficult at some point. Just don't ever stop looking to improve your squad.

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    OK - best way to go about that in L2? Its getting harder to find loan signings and free transfers who will improve my squad dramatically.

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    I find it is best to look for young free transfers, and get in early. 1st July is the best date to look as a lot of players will be released from their clubs.

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    I do that, but its so hit and miss. For every gem you get at least 10 duffers. Plus you get players who you think would be brilliant - e.g. I got Ignasi Miquel, released from Arsenal - but he's been hopeless so far...

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    Just noticed by the way that Boreham Wood have been promoted IRL this season which means I will have to find a new team to do this challenge with next year

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    Bad luck on the World Cup dafuge, shame the dream won't be happening (at least for a while anyway). The new signings look excellent, it must be liberating to be able to go out and splash the cash again!

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    Grrr! Just played at home to bottom of the table Darlington. Hammered them for 90 minutes but couldnt get the goal, and they scored in the 5th minute of 3 minutes of injury time

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    League 2 advice. Hmm, it's a hard one. I've found in League 2 if you have a steady (enough) defence, then you can build your squad around a complete forward. Alex Revell did the business for me in that regard.

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    Its not really that simple, though is it? Surely at this level there's not really such thing as a "complete" forward. I find my strikers are all very much hit and miss - I have quite a lot so I can rotate them when out of form. My 18 goals so far this season have all come from just four players. That's in 22 games in the league, and I got knocked out of both cup competitions so far without scoring. 18 goals in 22 games isnt really good enough...

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    Simple, far from it. I got very very lucky with players who were released - loan players and pacy players are also a massive bonus. Sorry I can't be more helpful, but it's easy to forget just how much luck is involved in this challenge. Good luck, regardless.

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    Yeah I always look for pacy players. Hopefully within a few years I will have improved the squad enough to go up. It wont happen fast. But I have a feeling the step up from L2 to L1 might not be so big so after a few years, maybe consecutive promotions could be on the cards again?

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    Just for your info...it's a bit out of date but anyone who would like to have a look at this and suggest where I might be going wrong, it would be greatly appreciated!

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    Oxford City - Season 2017/18 - Coca Cola Championship

    Pre-Season, and all the hopes and expectations therein

    Started poorly, finished strongly and didn't concede a goal in the last 4 friendlies. At the same time, it was annoying to see, once again, only Karakas was contributing with the goals.

    Transfers

    I released players who I believed were too old or just wouldn't make the standard of the Championship. Kramer, Salcedo, Vink, Jonsson, Perico and Amengual were all essentially useless and a waste of time and/or money where applicable. Andrews was signed with the future in mind and so was Barker, but Blackpool's lost proved to be our gain as he quickly claimed the first choice keeper spot. I was pleased to sign Joao Lemos permanently after a steady season on loan, and bar Kroonstroom all the other signings proved to be squad players at best. My hand was forced in January to trim some of the deadwood, but it was bitterly disappointing to lose Valbuena, my best defender by far, to a bid over my head from Sheffield United.

    The Season!

    A first day win would be important, and a Zoundi penalty gave us just what the doctor ordered. However, the doctor must have been a quack because I certainly wasn't expecting us to lose 3-0 away to newly promoted Southend in a game the fans are only just starting to forgive me for. Plymouth famously unravelled us on the opening day last season and despite a stirring fightback from 2-0 down, they snatched a last minute winner. The lucky so-and-so's. The first month of the season ended with a deflated defeat at QPR, and the question on everyone's lips was - what's happened to our defence? And our goals? Well, we fought bravely in the next game, televised at home to Middlesborough, but lost out 2-0 and never really looked on the same level. It looked as if it was going to be one of those seasons.

    Blackpool were a team who gave us some crucial results last season, and we secured a rare win at Bloomfield Road with our first goal from open play that wasn't scored by Oguzhan Karakas - and this was the 16th September. We did the impossible and made it two in a row with another 1-0, this time at home to Southampton. Such wins were great but irrelevant if we only got them against the relegation teams, and miserable defeats against Sheff Utd and Wigan seemed to confirm my point. We were unlucky only to draw at Milwall, but we then got our best win yet; 3-2 at home to Bolton. Diakite's last minute winner was deserved, despite twice getting pegged back to level scorelines late in the game. League leaders Newcastle were given a chasing in their own backyard but former City transfer target Sean Graves' early goal made the difference.

    Notts County totally outclassed us as they completed the double last season, so I was surprised as anyone as Marco Antonioli's brace secured a memorable win against the Magpies. A tough game against Birmingham was reflected in a 0-0 scoreline, and the situation was similar at London Road, except Peterborough managed to find the winner. A 2-0 home to Huddersfield came next and it really seemed like our terminal form was going to cost us Championship survival. After some more disappointing low score draws and defeats, I changed my tactic from a defensive 4-5-1 to a more attack minded 4-4-2. It reaped instant rewards at Brighton, where 3 late goals made the difference. It was disappointing to lose 1-0 at relegation rivals Cardiff, but we pulled out another win against Crystal Palace with Kroonstrom once again on the scoresheet. Wins over Cardiff, Stoke and Southend gave us an unbelievable 4 consecutive wins and with the new formation we had a greater variety of players scoring; we weren't just relying on Karakas' goals. We finished off a difficult run of games brilliantly by holding table toppers Blackburn to a 3-3 draw at Ewood Park with a second-string team.

    Consecutive 1-0 losses to QPR and Plymouth seemed agonising enough, but nothing, nothing would compare to our next three games which would all yield a 2-2 draw when a win would have helped us so much:

    Coming back from 2-0 down at Middlesborough and squandering a whole host of chances.

    Letting a one goal lead slip courtesy of an own goal at Southampton.

    Blackpool pegging us back with a last minute equaliser. It seemed as if everything was going against us.

    So when Sheff Utd took a one goal lead at Court Place Farm, I was less than confident. But we pulled them back superbly and Perico's brilliant 89th minute volley gave us a crucial win and suddenly, three games without a win turned into 4 games without a loss. Not 5 though, because Milwall embarassed our new formation by romping home to a 4-1 win.

    Dreariness at Wigan preceded an unprecedented double completed against Bolton - I believe the Antonioli and Karakas inspired win us what saved us this season. We did superbly to hold high flying Newcastle and Birmingham to draws, but one of the worst peformances I've ever seen was to follow. We lost 5-2 to a Huddersfield side that had 10 men for 70 minutes; a few home truths were brought out in the dressing room. A loss at home to Peterborough sucked us back into a relegation battle, but we emerged with flying colours and another 4 game winning streak; the highlight of which was dominating Cardiff away where we were unlucky not to win by more than 3 goals to 1.

    The last three games of the season saw us home and hosed, and passed without incident until the last game of the season. Traditionally I give the fringe players a run-out in this fixture, and despite being at home to already promoted Blackburn I kept faith with this policy. It was rewarded with a terrific performance where the unsettled Diakite's brace earnt us a draw; Jonathan McCarthy and Marco Vacca also shined.

    Final League Table

    Same position as last season, with just 4 points fewer. Considering how much poorer I believe we were, it represents quite the achievement.

    Positions Graph

    Similar trend to last season, but relegation always looked a possibility until about 6 games to go when we got some vital, vital wins.

    Stats

    A stats page full of surprises for me; I had no idea Vacca was so good in the air, or that Benitez was anything other than dreadful. No player really stands out though.

    Squad (End Of Season)

    Much more of a settled first team this season, but strangely our form didn't match it.

    Finances (End Of Season)

    Much more settled finances also, and the new 15k capacity Oxford City Stadium should see us really expand in terms of capital available.

    FA Cup

    Embarassing, pathetic, every word you want to use. The worst cup defeat I've ever had in FM, and what's more we never looked like beating the non-league team.

    League Cup

    Drama at Gillingham and we took the lead at Portsmouth but in the end their class, and our defensive frailties showed and they grabbed a late win.

    Key Players

    Sander Kroonstrom

    Surprise of the season. Signed him optimistically on a free from Levadia and he played with superb composure to steady midfield and offer his set piece skills as well.

    Karl Henry

    Midfield ballwinner, he had a slow start but grew in stature to impress and keep club legend Al Bangura out of the side. He was released at the end of the season as his age meant he was fading too quickly in games.

    Alassane Zoundi

    His annoyingly low stamina is all that holds him back - he has tremendous ability but he causes what I like to call the 'MR problem'; we have a choice between Zoundi, who rarely lasts a game, Karakas, who would be wasted on the wing when he does so much good work up front, and the unproven Jonathon McCarthy.

    Oguzhan Karakas

    Unbelievable skill on the ball and surprising work rate. Has the thankless task of leading the line in a below-par team and does so with merit. Scored some fantastic goals with his feet and with his head, and I hate to imagine where we would be if I hadn't signed him.

    Marco Antonioli

    Popped up with important goals in his second season on loan from us, much better than his stats suggest but I doubt he will be an Oxford City player next season.

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    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        -
    2017/18   Coca Cola Championship   13th        -
    Next Season

    I believe we should be able to attract enough quality next season to stay up...we just need a better defence. If we fail to improve on a part of our team which has relied on loan players at this level, we will really struggle.

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    Why the frick can I never get the code right?!!!?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beerish View Post
    Why the frick can I never get the code right?!!!?!?!
    Preview before you post and shift to the right some of the positions.

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    Code:
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    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           -
    2017/18   Coca Cola Championship       13th           -

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    Great the first time I score more than once in the League this season I manage to give a 3-0 lead away to draw 3-3 - the change to 4-4-2 has made us more attacking but throwing away a three nil lead wasn't in the plan, though it doesn't help that both my first choice centre-backs are injured aswell as two of my first choice midfielders

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    Thanks very much

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    My Striker Zelaia has just scored four goals in a game, which isn't bad considering he only managed 5 goals in 22 league games last season

    And those goals have just got him onto the Favourred Panel for the club
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    Boreham Wood FC – Coca Cola League Two - 2013/14

    Pre-season, the target didn’t really change all that much. Survival was a must, and I wanted to improve on my position last year, but I thought the playoffs were probably a little outside the realms of possibility.

    League Table
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    It was a tough second season at this level. In all honesty I think my transfer dealings probably made the team worse not better. The target of finishing higher than last year was more than achievable and for most of the season we were hovering around 18th place. A crucial last day win meant that we ended up 7 points better off, and 5 places higher, than last season. That looks like a success but I’m not sure it is...


    The e.on FA Cup – a predictable but pretty nasty thrashing by Doncaster.
    The Carling Cup – ran Pompey close. Not bad as they were chasing promotion to the Premiership.
    The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – Brighton won League Two by 16 points, so this was no disgrace.

    Transfers – we were in a bit of a mess financially this season which is why there are a lot of outward loans – they were all on 100% of wages deals, which did cut our wage costs significantly. The loss of Harsanyi for three months from late January was the major talking point, but he hadn’t been having a particularly good season by his standards.

    Squad
    – Clearly not enough consistent performers here. Parnaby’s emergence was the bright spot and the academy product will be playing up front for a few years here. Just three players averaging over 7, and one of them was not a regular. It needs to improve. Especially as both of them are strikers.

    Key Player Profiles:

    Peter Parnaby – Easily my player of the season – established himself and will lead the line here for a while.

    Jamie Robins – had the best scoring ratio but we need someone better to be honest, someone who can knock in 20+ goals in a season. How can I find an affordable player to improve on Robins?

    Nat Wedderburn – on loan from Stoke, he did a job for us, though with attributes like his, surely he should have taken League Two by storm? I cant imagine I could get much better players on loan at this level?

    Ben Owen – still our best defender but he still can’t really get up to League Two standard.

    Grant Lees – a graduate of the academy from the year after Parnaby, Lees is only on here because he made somewhat of a breakthrough this year and looks like a decent prospect. Scored a couple of big goals, too.



    Records Broken this Season: (a new section this season – I think it has its place in these posts, but let me know if they’re unnecessary)

    Highest League Position: 15th in League Two
    Highest Gate Receipts: £65,000 v. Doncaster, FA Cup, 9.11.13
    Most Games Without Scoring: 6 – 9.11.13 to 7.12.13
    Oldest Player: Che Wilson 35y113d v. Wycombe, 10.5.14
    Highest Transfer Fee Received: £85,000, Craig Moore to Bristol City, 31.7.13


    Career Overview
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    2010/11   Blue Square South          1st            92        Promoted as Champions
    2011/12   Blue Square Premier        5th            83        Promoted as Playoff Winners
    2012/13   Coca Cola League 2        20th            53        -
    2013/14   Coca Cola League 2        15th            60        -

    Next Season

    Again we threw away a lot of points late on in games. Despite getting a small amount more points, I think this was probably a step backwards. The strikers weren’t really firing and the defence was far too leaky. But the thing is it is very hard to find players who are of sufficient quality to properly improve the side. Not for lack of trying – my wage bill soared this season. But there just doesn’t seem to be anyone affordable who is up to scratch in this league. How can I rectify this?
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    Started as Merthyr.

    Done with pre-season, about to play the first game of the season.

    I'll do a full update at the end of the season (possibly quite some time later, the curse of being a student).

    And here are my transfers so far and I'm hopeful that Richard Walker and Matty Done will be key players for the season.

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    GreyedOutMan, keep with it, i had several seasons hovering in the lower reaches of L2 before getting promotion one season.
    What formation do you play? You clearly need more of a goal threat and a tighter defence.
    Parnaby and Lees look quite promising, Robins doesn't look enough for this level.
    It could just be your tactics, the lack of yellow and red cards makes me think not enough tackles are being put in.
    It also be your midfield that needs changing rather than the strikers either with different players or by playing with a dm/am approach or if 2 cm's setting one to be defensive and tackling and staying back and the other attacking with foward runs.

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    Ta Thebaker - i do use a defensive and an attacking MC. Will try to work out how to rectify some of the other stuff though - gotta admit I didnt notice that we werent getting many yellow and red cards....

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    I use a 4132 and have done since L2. My first season in CCC aside where I had a torrid time and got relegated, it's been superb. I'm doing amazingly well in the CCC this time round, 5th place having been hovering between 2nd and 5th all season. I'm only 5 points off third. I dont score an amazing amount, but its defensively very good.

    EDIT: When I say a 4132, I dont have any wingers, I play narrow and through the middle with a short passing style, hence not so many goals, but sound defensively.

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    I've played a 442 since the start with 1 cm defensive and the other pushing foward, the wingers also pushing foward. i then have a poacher and advanced foward up front.
    I also play with aggresive tackling so i pick up a lot of yellows and reds.
    One of my best players usually gets 20-30 yellows a season and a few reds, still he often stays fresh as he is suspended for 10 games a season

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    Chelseadaft Ashford (Middx) Season 6 2015/16 League One - Promoted!!!

    Remember how I said I let all my players from the season before go after their 1 year contracts had expired and then proceeded to plough through every single Premier League, Championship and League One sides released players to build a side to stabilise in League One in my first season?.

    Guess what, just finished second and we are automatically promoted which is unbelieveable!!!

    The way I play this game is purely and simply down to trust. I utilise my Ass Man's views on all the players and scouts. Basically for every league I am in I try and get hold of "good player" or "Leading Star" or even "Good player for the League above me".

    This is what I did during the summer. I was faced with a difficult decision. After sealing 3 Championships in five years the board hadn't budged. My staduim (coming into this season) was still 2550 capacity and I knew my finances were always going to be a nightmare.

    The wage budget was still there so edited the budget and reduced the transfer budget to 0 to allow extra into my wage budget. We had just over £14,000 a week available and I had managed to bring in a couple of good signings on £875 a week. The problem i was then faced with was players who I knew could take me to the next level wanting the likes of £2900 -£1900 per week and I knew it was going to be a struggle.

    So these are the players I relased and brought into the club. I had good enough quality and in most positions were rated 3 stars / pushing into 4 stars and my Ass Man had said we had a good enough squad to achieve what is required of us, which was avoid relegation.

    I also brought into the club some loan signings. This guy was my star from Man Utd. My board didn't see the point of a parent club which is strange. This guy has lead me to promotion and there is no two ways about it.

    It too the side a while to pick up our form and when I brought this guy in from Chelsea for 3 months he gave us some stability in defence to build on while I continued to look for players.

    I had no interest in the cup competitions at all. I was hoping the board would come up trumps and invest in the club. Twice this season they put money into the club to help with the running costs. First of all £150k was put in the club and then £55k towards the end of the season.

    My tactic is still the same. Because of the jump up a division I changed my starting mentality to Standard but after a while i knew we were good enough to continue our attack minded mentality. Once i reverted back to the settings that have carried us this far we took off.

    We lost the odd game and drew the odd game here and there but once we got going and with our star man up front we were flying. So it came to the last three games of the season and we were in second and Preston were a single point behind us. We had to play away and two home games. I thought we would blow it to be honest they would pip me to automatic promotion but we won 2 and drew the other one to seal promotion!

    Its been my biggest achievement in this challenge through all the years I have been doing it. I am well pleased. We received this payment for finishing second. Then I realised I had offered the players a high bonus for the league and cup and that was confirmed with this message I received from the board. My finances are now in a serious state!

    Then to my relief I received this message finally about the stadium!. Then read it again and realised that it will only be finished another year from now so still have to play in my little old 2550 stadium in the Championship in my first season. I am hoping that someone comes and invests into the club otherwise we are in serious debt.

    Anyway, enough of that for now. Here are the players that have done the business for me this season!.

    GK Henderson / Walsh
    DR Neilson / Kelly
    DL Johansson / Barron
    DC Baldwin
    DC Lopez / Blake
    DMC Silva / Tudor Jones
    MC Brittain
    MC Gleeson
    AMC McCormack / Bostock
    FC Goodwin
    FC O'Brien / Vanaschen

    Roll on the Championship! Just hope the debt wont cost me my job!

    Code:
    Season    League                   Position    Achievements
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    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!
    2015/16   League One               2nd         Promoted

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    Just been showing my father in law the game he's not a games player! As I went to my league history to show him, I found my league positions are all messed up (

    No accurate history!

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    Tooting & Mitcham United FC - Barclays Premier League - 2054/55

    The all-T&M dream came crashing to an end last season with a shock defeat by Austria, this made my mind up that it was time to go back into the transfer market and try and bring this club back to the level it was some time ago.

    League Table
    League Positions Graph

    It was far from spectacular, but with so many changes to the squad I think winning it was a great result.

    Community Shield - absolute domination.

    Carling Cup - still no luck in this competition as Liverpool knocked us out for the second year in a row.

    FA Cup - it felt like a repeat of last season as we crashed out in the semi final.

    UEFA Champions League - Zenit were the only team to take points off us in the group stage. We had narrow wins against Sevilla, Man City and Lyon which took us to the final. An early goal made it look easy but Porto hit back and it took a last minute dodgy penalty to win it for us for the first time in six years.

    Squad - big changes here, so this was something of a transitional season. I can't wait for next season as I hope we can still improve.

    Transfers - the new players have been described already, but there was also a bit of a clearout.

    Key Player Profiles:

    Paul Moran - despite all the changes, we still have the same top scorer.

    Luis Fernández - expensive, but well worth it for the goals from midfield.

    Sebastiano Costacurta - the new hope, who didn't really impress.

    Hasan Aydin - he couldn't really fail.

    Dorian Falkenberg - a good solid season, and a few goals.

    Career Overview
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    Season    League                   Position    Achievements
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    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
    2054/55   Barclays Premier League  1st         Premier League and Champions League winners
    Next Season

    We are well and truly back. Withe the new squad settling I am hoping that the team can go on to even greater things and hopefully start bringing in the trophies once again.

    The finances have taken a huge hit, with a loss of £176m this season but my stadium loan has just ended so hopefully things will improve.

    No news from Tunisia yet, but are the hosts for the next Cup of Nations.

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    Thought I'd post my two tactics on here for you to see exactly what I'm doing and tell me what could be adjusted. I have already set the tackling to "aggressive" on the basis that I'm not getting many Y/R cards so I can afford to. Any other recommended adjustments? Id like to keep my wingers because I have a fair few decent ones, but I'm happy to listen to thoughts. Just bear in mind what I have in my squad (see my last post). I could get a few more players in, but I'd like to keep the majority of the team the same as I need some stability.

    I've called them "Home" and "Away" as a guide, but actually I dont use them that rigidly - it depends on form, opposition etc...though in general I use "Home" more at home, and "Away" more away from home.

    Home Tactic
    Away Tactic

    Thoughts?

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    Dafuge - any chance you could post your honours list from the game? Must be good reading!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreyedOutMan View Post
    Dafuge - any chance you could post your honours list from the game? Must be good reading!
    My Honours

    15 cup final losses

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    Hmm - was expecting a few more titles and fewer Champions League titles than that. Can be misleading in a list. Can I suggest you post this screen every 5 years or so?

    And you've lost a lot fewer finals than you've won, so stop complaining. I make it something like 66 major (cup) trophies to, in fact, 21 final defeats. Thats a pretty good record in finals.....

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    Any recommendations from looking at my tactics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreyedOutMan View Post
    Hmm - was expecting a few more titles and fewer Champions League titles than that. Can be misleading in a list. Can I suggest you post this screen every 5 years or so?

    And you've lost a lot fewer finals than you've won, so stop complaining. I make it something like 66 major (cup) trophies to, in fact, 21 final defeats. Thats a pretty good record in finals.....
    I've won 21 titles, which still isn't the most in English football in my game (Man Utd with 22).

    I wasn't counting the one off games, just the full tournaments. I shouldn't complain really but when I've been clear favourites in most of them it is a pain to lose so many, even if it is just a quarter.

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    ...I still think it's pretty good! Any thoughts on my tactics posted above and the season report?

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    I finally got my second full England International - my Spanish Left Back Airam Barba just got capped by England

    Whilst Alan Shearer is now the England Manager after Matt Hill retired after claiming two World Cups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreyedOutMan View Post
    Boreham Wood FC – Coca Cola League Two - 2013/14

    Next Season

    Again we threw away a lot of points late on in games. Despite getting a small amount more points, I think this was probably a step backwards. The strikers weren’t really firing and the defence was far too leaky. But the thing is it is very hard to find players who are of sufficient quality to properly improve the side. Not for lack of trying – my wage bill soared this season. But there just doesn’t seem to be anyone affordable who is up to scratch in this league. How can I rectify this?
    I find League Two is a good place to sit for a few years and try and build your club up - there is only two relegation spots and the top 7 can get promoted, going upto League One before you are ready can be a bad idea (two many relegation spots and high chances of ex-premiership teams).

    As long as you aren't in threat of relegation I'd concentrate on trying to get some cup runs to bring in money and increase your reputation.

    Players wise scout Ireland and France if you can, otherwise scout and trial as many released players as you can - start on the positions you are weak in and concentrate on the attributes for the role you want the player to play. I found the best time to sign released players was towards the end of the season March-June (after the transfer window has closed but before the season update) as if a player cannot find another club he may just be deseperate enough to play for you.

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    OK will bear that in mind. Though not sure how I can "concentrate on cup runs" - the thing is you come up against a decent side and usually I get tonked. Frankly, as soon as I draw anyone in the Championship or above (or even L1 really), I write off that cup for the season....

    Am now scouting both Ireland and France :-)

    Whilst I do concentrate on the things that are important for the role (e.g. strength and tackling for DCs), Im also trying to bear in mind that I need players who are decent all-rounders too. How much should I weight key attributes? If I find a defender who is ridiculously slow and generally unfit but a fantastic tackler, is he likely to do the biz?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreyedOutMan View Post
    Whilst I do concentrate on the things that are important for the role (e.g. strength and tackling for DCs), Im also trying to bear in mind that I need players who are decent all-rounders too. How much should I weight key attributes? If I find a defender who is ridiculously slow and generally unfit but a fantastic tackler, is he likely to do the biz?
    Usually I find that the odd great key attribute is enough in the lower leagues, although I would always look for decent physical attributes first. If he's slow and he can't jump then I wouldn't think about signing him at centre back.

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    OK - so decent physical attributes and then just the one key attribute for his position. Will bear it in mind.

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    Ok, thats my season done!
    Premiership here we come, scraped through via the play-offs, but hey i won't moan!

    I'll be doing a report later, but am keen to progress through to build on my squad.

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    Pretty late to this challenge but I thought I'd give it a shot anyway. After realising I didn't load top players with Horsham I restarted as Bradford PA (I love their home kit colours).

    Playing with all the rules in place, though attribute masking (which I don't usually use) made the beginning off-season a huge headache (I think during my first Horsham game I trialed about 30 players at once).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie15 View Post
    Premiership here we come, scraped through via the play-offs, but hey i won't moan!
    ...unlike Dafuge, moaning about losing the occasional final :P

    This game is so frustrating! My side looks decent at the moment but every game is a struggle, and most of them I end up losing

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    Also - why is it that when you get players on loan who are clearly too good for your level, and you could never sign permanently, they ALWAYS do badly? I have four such players this season. Average ratings? 5.40, 6.12, 6.20 and 6.80!! Pathetic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreyedOutMan View Post
    ...unlike Dafuge, moaning about losing the occasional final :P

    This game is so frustrating! My side looks decent at the moment but every game is a struggle, and most of them I end up losing
    I don't know about you but every cup final defeat hurts for me! The one against Man City in the Champions League final to end a run of 7 consecutive wins was genuinely gutting.

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    Wahoo!!! Get in! 24 hours to spend some of it on some real quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie15 View Post
    Ok, thats my season done!
    Premiership here we come, scraped through via the play-offs, but hey i won't moan!

    I'll be doing a report later, but am keen to progress through to build on my squad.
    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    I don't know about you but every cup final defeat hurts for me! The one against Man City in the Champions League final to end a run of 7 consecutive wins was genuinely gutting.
    Yes, but it happens. I think with his 75% winning record in finals, he has little to moan about!

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    1 point from 5 games after six from the first three. It looked so promising...but it looks like being the first step backwards we've had this season

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreyedOutMan View Post
    Yes, but it happens. I think with his 75% winning record in finals, he has little to moan about!
    I guess it is just the memory of the early finals. I lost my first four cup finals before finally winning the FA Cup. I then lost two more, including the Champions League.

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    Black Mama will be back in proper lower league management. I'm holidaying right now and looking forward to picking the future CL winners.


    I haven't had a proper career game on FM10 yet for some reason - how is the game running after 20 odd seasons. Any problems with newgens or some other defects??
    Last edited by Blackmama; 03-05-2010 at 19:14. Reason: Spell check :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackmama View Post
    I haven't had a proper career game on FM10 yet for some reason - how is the game running after 20 odd seasons. Any problems with newgens or some other defects??
    I'm in 2055 and I haven't noticed any long term issues, things look in pretty good shape.

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    Truro City - Blue Square South - 2010/2011 - Champions

    Blue Square South

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    Season summary

    A very good start put us top of the table early on until injuries started hitting the spine of the team. A few additional free signings helped us get back on track though and despite patchy mid-season form we managed to keep ourselves at the top throughout the winter. Spring saw our form drop even further but luckily for us not a single team below us managed to put in a consistent run to really threaten us. Chelmsford City were by far the best team in the second half of the season which saw them climb from mid table up to second, but they were never close enough to really challenge for the title. We only won 3 of our last 10 but the championship was still decided with 3 games to go
    .

    FA Cup

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    2nd Qualifying Round          Farnborough - Truro City          1:3
    3rd Qualifying Round          Tiverton - Truro City             0:0
    3rd Qualifying Round (rep)    Truro City - Tiverton             2:0
    4th Qualifying Round          Margate - Truro City              1:1
    4th Qualifying Round (rep)    Truro City - Margate              3:0       
    1st Round                     Truro City - AFC Wimbledon        1:0
    2nd Round                     Southend - Truro City             0:4        
    Three consecutive away draws saw two lower division teams take us to a replay which actually helped us a lot financially. A very good cup run.

    FA Trophy

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    3rd Qualifying Round       Truro City - Dartford        0:1
    A disappointing first round exit but FA Trophy was never really a priority.

    Best player

    Nick Main. The Scottish midfielder recorded a staggering 23 assists along with 4 goals and an average rating of 7.83 - a no contest really. Had he not been injured for two months he could've probably hit 30 assists in this league. Unsurprisingly voted the best player in the division.

    Overview

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    2010/11   Blue Square South        1st         Promoted as Champions
    Next Season Expectations

    Hoping to challenge for another promotion. Need to cut down on the monthly losses as well - despite being more than £2k p\w under wage budget we could have flirted with bankruptcy without the FA Cup run, so this is definitely something that needs attention.

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    Like your skin, mate - any chance of a link?

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    It's Neue2 with a few modifications - stole the attribute colors from someone on these forums and replaced the morale icons.

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    Can you upload the updated skin (i.e. with your modifications) to filefront and post a link here? I love the skin as it looks there - morale icons and attribute colours were the things that drew me to it!

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    Sent a PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Äktsjon Männ View Post
    Sent a PM.
    Was it David Cameron or Gordon Brown? (sorry couldnt resist!)

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    Getting close to a point where I want to give up. This is utterly pathetic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreyedOutMan View Post
    OK will bear that in mind. Though not sure how I can "concentrate on cup runs" - the thing is you come up against a decent side and usually I get tonked. Frankly, as soon as I draw anyone in the Championship or above (or even L1 really), I write off that cup for the season....

    Am now scouting both Ireland and France :-)

    Whilst I do concentrate on the things that are important for the role (e.g. strength and tackling for DCs), Im also trying to bear in mind that I need players who are decent all-rounders too. How much should I weight key attributes? If I find a defender who is ridiculously slow and generally unfit but a fantastic tackler, is he likely to do the biz?
    With the cups I tend to play my second string in them, to give them experience and to rest my first XI apart from the rare times I make the cup a priority.

    With the players it depends on what you can find, you aren't likely to find that many all rounders but you may be able to find a crap player who by chance has his high attributes in the right places - for example passing according to the game isn't important for a Winger.

    For a Centre-Back you want Jumping, Positioning, Tackling and Marking whilst Heading, Strength, Determination and Concentration would be nice if you can get it.

    Full-Backs depend on how you deploy them, if they defend only you want centre-back attributes with some speed, if you want them to get forward they need to be able to pass, cross, dribble and have speed and stamina.

    Wingers want Speed, Crossing and Dribbling, possibly passing, OTB, shooting.

    In midfield and upfront it depends on what roles you are using.

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    This is crazy! Talk about a step backwards! Looks like we might get relegated....and i have no idea why!
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    :O just realised I am several coaches down and theres no coaching at all in some key areas! Could this explain the lack of form completely or is it just a minor factor in it?

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    Bradford Park Avenue - Blue Square North - 2010/11 Season Review

    Targets
    I believe I promised a top half finish, which gave me a very generous wage budget of £6k. More importantly being able to offer upto £575 p/w to players meant that I could attract some real gems to the club if I moved quickly.

    My personal aim was to try and scrape a play-off place in the league, though being the first season I had no idea what kind of chance I had of doing this. I also knew I'd be hemoraging money with the wages I was allowed, so I was hoping for some good cup runs to help offset my exspenses.

    League Review
    After playing 7 away friendlies purely for money in the pre-season I was feeling confident with my team, but 7 games into the league my form was shakey (2W/2D/3L) and I couldn't find a formation I was happy with. I reverted back to a standard 4-4-2 going into the game against Stalybridge (having not much confidence in my team for the rest of the season) when out of the blue I DESTROYED them 7-0, with Keatings, after being very quiet before the game, bagging 5 goals himself and earning a perfect 10.0 rating.
    After that result I played 2 more league games & 2 FA Cup games (2W/2L overall) so decided to switch from the 4-4-2 and settled on a 4-3-2-1 with a ML, MC & MR, and 2 AMCs behind a lone striker. This proved a revelation as I went onto make a 22 game unbeaten run and 19 league games unbeaten run, a BSN record. The major irony of the story being that the team who stopped my unstoppable run was Stalybridge, the same team I had beat 7-0 at the beginning of the season. They beat me 1-0, so I guess they had the last laugh.
    Regardless, the run had put me sitting comfortable at the top of the table but just before it ended, I picked up three 6-8 week injuries to key players in a single day, and afterwards I began to get more injuries to key players which made the end of the season a real headache (at this point I loaned in 2 wingers as my wingers were picking up injuries).
    Although I was sitting comfortably at the top of the table and was unlikely to be caught at this point, I found it a real struggle to notch up those handful of vital points I needed to win the league. At one point I only needed 6 points from 7 games to clinch it. However it wasn't until the 39th game of the season that Bradford PA could be declared champions, after a 1-1 draw with Cambridge City.

    League Table

    Honestly I had not really expected to be challenging for 1st, but to run away with it the way I did was beyond magical, especially after the start I had. The 19 league games unbeaten run played a huge factor, but it also helped that the other title contenders didn't rack up nearly as many points as they should have.

    FA Cup
    After beating Harrogate in the 2nd Qualifying round I went up against Gainsborough, who I failed to notice had the best defensive record in the BSN at the time and were masters at scraping 1-0 or 2-0 results. This is exactly what they did to me as I just failed to really threaten their goal and they beat me 1-0. Gutted to go out so early, but in retrospect it allowed me to focus more on the league.

    FA Trophy
    1st game was against Gainsborough which allowed me to get revenge after they knocked me out of the FA Cup, and I promptly beat them 2-0. I then went on to beat Eastbourne boro (BSS) and Altrincham (BSP) before facing Mansfield away in the 2nd Round. Mansfield at the time were 3rd in the BSP, and I knew it'd be a tough game with the injuries I had picked up. I had Vermooten (My #1 DC) injured early on in the game, and it went downhill from there as I lost 2-1. I gave as good as I got though so I wasn't too down-hearted, I was more annnoyed by my best defender being out injured for the rest of the season.

    Squad - Part 1 Part 2
    Too large for it's own good really, but plenty of capable young talent. I know I'll have to trim some of the fat in the off-season if I want to sign any new talent, I'm just not sure how much fat to trim.

    Transfers - Part 1 Part 2
    I knew starting out I'd have to sign pretty much a whole knew squad so that's exactly what I did. I firstly took full advantage of Celtic & Ranger's youths being released and ended up with 13(!) scottish players (including 3 GKs) signed by the end of pre-season. I didn't stop there though and had my scouts working hard to find some real belters. I had signed 20 player's total by the end of Pre-Season, and knew I had a larger squad than I wanted. Interestingly though I had pretty much no backup wingers as I had originally intended to not really bother with wingers for my main formation, but that would come to haunt me later on when I was getting so many injuries. After Pre-Season I also signed a backup D/M C and then bought David Haggerty from Rotherham for £2.5k a month after that. In the second half of the season I signed a left winger, and a right winger both on loans to cover my injuries.

    Key Player Profiles
    Grant Adam (GK) - I knew he was good, but 21 clean sheets in 41 league starts alone proved vital to my team's success.

    Joshue Vermooten (DC) - Like Adams, when I saw his attributes I knew he'd be worth signing. He was an solid in defense, and has been my #1 DC throughout.

    David Haggerty (DC) - Recommended by my staff during the early stages of the season I decided to buy him for the bargain sum of £2.5K and he instantly became my #2 DC, he and Vermooten made a superb defensive partnership.

    Robbie Crawford (MC) - He was suprisingly consistent in the lone MC role and played it very well, giving one or two players I'd expected to be better at the role a run for their money.

    James Keatings (AM/FC) - King Keatings eventually came into his own and became the standout player of the season, being our top scorer, 24 goals in all. Not bad for an AMC positioned player.

    Dylan McGeouch (AM/FC) - He partnered Keatings in the AMC roles and was the second highest goal scorer next to the King, so I'm not complaining. Based on his attributes though I'm hoping he'll have an even better 2nd season if he stays.

    Christiano Kisuka (ST) - While not an out & out goal scorer like I would have liked, he has been instrumental, put in alot of consistently good performances, and has been my #1 choice striker. He's attracting some interest though, and valued at 90K I'm half hoping I'll sell him for a tidy sum and bring in someone who can bang in the goals.

    Career Overview
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    2010/11   Blue Square North        1st         Promoted as Champions
    It's been a great season but now I have to look ahead. Going into the BSP my finances don't look great and I have a large squad of players. I'm not sure how many new signings I'll make as my squad seems to have alot of good players as it is, and there's really not much room in the squad to start going crazy on free transfers.
    Honestly I don't know what to expect from here and so we'll see how the off-season unfolds.
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    Blue Square North    10/11       1st    Champions
    Blue Square Premier  11/12       1st    Champions, FA Trophy Winners
    League Two           12/13       3rd    Automatic Promotion
    League One           13/14       5th    JPT Winners, Promoted
    Championship         14/15       4th    Promoted
    Premiership          15/16       14th
    Premiership          16/17       8th
    Premiership          17/18       1st    Champions, FA Cup winners, Community Shield winners
    Premiership          18/19       1st    Champions, FA Cup winners, Carling Cup winners, UCL 1/4 finalists
    Now a Legend at FC United, and a 'World Class' manager

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreyedOutMan View Post
    :O just realised I am several coaches down and theres no coaching at all in some key areas! Could this explain the lack of form completely or is it just a minor factor in it?
    Well i would imagine your players attributes will be actually decreasing all the time so it wouldn't help and often their morale suffers from either too much or too little training.
    Personally i rarely sign players based on attributes, i only go from my scouts (and at L2 you should be able to find some 20/20 ones) reports and sign players who have the current ability or potential ability to play a league or 2 higher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thebaker View Post
    Personally i rarely sign players based on attributes, i only go from my scouts (and at L2 you should be able to find some 20/20 ones) reports and sign players who have the current ability or potential ability to play a league or 2 higher.
    What's the benefit of that though? The players are what their attributes show, CA and PA have no effect on how they play. Especially regens, you get plenty of poor players with terribly unbalanced attributes who will be world beaters according to your scouts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thebaker View Post
    Well i would imagine your players attributes will be actually decreasing all the time so it wouldn't help and often their morale suffers from either too much or too little training.
    Personally i rarely sign players based on attributes, i only go from my scouts (and at L2 you should be able to find some 20/20 ones) reports and sign players who have the current ability or potential ability to play a league or 2 higher.
    Problem is, i just got someone who my scouts thought could end up being a leading L1 midfielder, and he arrived at the club and my coaches didnt agree - they dont think he'll ever be good enough for L2 even...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Äktsjon Männ View Post
    What's the benefit of that though? The players are what their attributes show, CA and PA have no effect on how they play. Especially regens, you get plenty of poor players with terribly unbalanced attributes who will be world beaters according to your scouts.
    Have to admit, that tallies with my take on it. I tend to take a long hard look at every player my scouts show me, and check their attributes. If they look good enough, I'll take them - otherwise, I take their advice with a huge pinch of salt. Even then, I tend to get some serious duffers.

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    Make that I tend to get ONLY duffers, at least since I got to League Two. Is this about the hardest level to get decent players? Anyone who is really good enough for the league is too expensive and/or wont want to come to the club, and anyone who will come just doesnt do the trick...

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    I have to say, signing centre backs who are dominant in the air has always worked better for me than ones with great marking stats, but that's probably more to do with my tactic; soaking up pressure by forcing direct play and hitting teams on the break (which can often come from defensice clearances)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreyedOutMan View Post
    Make that I tend to get ONLY duffers, at least since I got to League Two. Is this about the hardest level to get decent players? Anyone who is really good enough for the league is too expensive and/or wont want to come to the club, and anyone who will come just doesnt do the trick...
    It depends. If you rise too quickly without establishing a bit of the club's infrastructure (what I call the bends) then you eventually get brought back down to earth. like michaelmurray said, League 2 is pretty much ideal to build yourself up; there's much less risk involved.

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    OK so what would you recommend next season? I've overstretched the finances this season and I'm in debt. Hopefully parachute payments from other clubs will cover some of that, combined with TV deals, but I will probably need to cost-cut. What would be your strategy this season if, as seems likely, we avoid relegation fairly easily but probably in 20th/21st place?

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    Boreham Wood FC – Coca Cola League Two - 2014/15

    We had to push on this year. 7 points off the playoffs in 2014, it was now a realistic target. Automatic promotion was probably not really on the cards, and even to get into the playoffs would require strengthening, but perhaps not a complete overhaul. The target was 70 points, which on the basis of the last few years, would give me about a 50% chance of making the playoffs.

    League Table
    League Positions Graph


    The first time we’ve gone backwards since I took over. This was a ridiculously frustrating season – I’d almost say disastrous, and I worry that we have completely stagnated. We started really well and it looked like a playoff place was possible. After a major windfall from a sell-on clause, I had money to burn, and though I didn’t spend anything like all of it, all three of the players I paid money for were hopeless. And more to the point, all the other players underperformed all season. We just couldn’t find any form at all – when the wins did come they were isolated. I don’t think my sanity can bear more than another couple of seasons at this level, maximum! I fear, though, that I might have to bear it, or possibly worse. This side just doesn’t look up to it.


    The e.on FA Cup – a kind draw in round one followed by an unwinnable match in round 2. Is it me or is it almost impossible to beat a Championship or Premiership side in this challenge? Before you get there, that is... I get the feeling that unless I draw a League Two or perhaps a lower League One side, the game is either a walkover or completely impossible.
    The Carling Cup – again...
    The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – this was just unlucky, really. These things happen.

    Transfers – as mentioned, there was a sell-on clause windfall which is why there was a small transfer outlay towards the end of the August transfer window, but there was not a single success story in any of these transfers this season, free or otherwise. That makes things difficult. After January, I sent my scouts out to try to find some decent talent and though I fear most of them were probably no-hopers, I might find one or two turn into really decent players, particularly Ali Karasu and Rafael Jan.

    Squad – just two regulars averaging over 7 – its clearly not good enough. Fourteen other players played under 5 hours of football over the season in a year when my team changed so often I lost track purely because of poor performance after poor performance after poor performance. This squad will look very different next year. The two main strikers will probably stay though I have a feeling Robins wont be a first choice. No-one else can be guaranteed to be at the club next year. I need a clearout.


    Key Player Profiles:

    Peter Parnaby – Another good season from Parnaby. Problem is that we wont be able to hold onto him if we don’t improve fast.

    Jamie Robins – unlike last season, he didn’t get many goals, but his performances were better than anyone else other than the star, Parnaby. Quite an achievement to become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer. I rather think Parnaby will overtake him though.

    Zoltan Harsanyi – really frustrating this season, he blew very hot and very cold. His five man of the match awards but relatively low Av. Rating shows that. When he was good, he was very good, but he wasn’t good often enough.

    Matty Mainwaring – not sure why his average rating was so low as he was very good very often. More consistent than most – if we had 11 like him, we’d be doing OK.

    Luke Baker – by my reckoning, Baker had at least eight different central defensive partners, which can’t make things easy. He was the only consistent defensive player I had this season. We’ll need to fix that next year.


    Records Broken this Season:

    Lowest Attendance: 673 – v. Newport Co, JPT, 21.11.14
    Highest Transfer Fee Received: £200,000 from Brentford for Chris Burns
    Worst Discipline: Mark Hooper – 12y 1r (26 apps)

    Cumulative Records (by current players):

    BROKEN:
    Most League Goals for Boreham Wood: Jamie Robins – now extended to 60

    Career Overview
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    2010/11   Blue Square South          1st            92        Promoted as Champions
    2011/12   Blue Square Premier        5th            83        Promoted as Playoff Winners
    2012/13   Coca Cola League 2        20th            53        -
    2013/14   Coca Cola League 2        15th            60        - 
    2014/15   Coca Cola League 2        20th            50        -

    Next Season

    Needless to say this was a really frustrating season. My plan is to have a fire sale of a large number of underperforming players and try to build up a team around a few core players who have played well, whilst also cutting the wage budget and getting out of the red. Will be sending out all my scouts to search far and wide (i.e. France, Scotland and England!) for the best talent they can find but will only be signing the absolute best. Hopefully I will find enough quality to turn things around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreyedOutMan View Post
    Problem is, i just got someone who my scouts thought could end up being a leading L1 midfielder, and he arrived at the club and my coaches didnt agree - they dont think he'll ever be good enough for L2 even...
    One thing i've noticed is that my scouts have higher judging attributes and are generally right far more than my coaches, my coaches are pretty quick to write players off especially if they are not playing a lot of games.
    I've signed players who 3 20/20 scouts call a leading prem player, all 15 coaches think he is decent prem, coaches seem to need to see a player getting games regularly for a while before they are able to make a very accurate judgement.
    As for attributes, i've had a lot of players with great attributes play really poorly (see my last update for Franks and Probst) and others with seamingly ordinary attributes play far better like my best player Aslan.
    In my opinion the hidden attributes and mental attributes play a huge role in whether a player consistantly plays well.

    Edit: Your problems could be caused by 1 or 2 players affecting squad morale, if you could identify them and get rid of them.
    Could also be that the squad character is not right, not the right personality to bounce back from defeat especially a few in a row.
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    Black Mama - Boston Utd - 2010/2011 BSS

    I've taken the hotseat in Boston Utd. Finances look ok with 50k in the bank and a stadium with a max att. 6.000 (I wish )

    Signed everone remotely interested from Rangers & Celtic. Connor Fairley (gk), Nick Main (mc), Robbie Crawford (mc), Kyle Mcausland (ST).

    Still in desperate need of proper defensive players - so still looking for decent talent.

    Bookies fancies ud for promotion somehow - hate to dissapoint them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackmama View Post
    Black Mama - Boston Utd - 2010/2011 BSS

    I've taken the hotseat in Boston Utd. Finances look ok with 50k in the bank and a stadium with a max att. 6.000 (I wish )

    Signed everone remotely interested from Rangers & Celtic. Connor Fairley (gk), Nick Main (mc), Robbie Crawford (mc), Kyle Mcausland (ST).

    Still in desperate need of proper defensive players - so still looking for decent talent.

    Bookies fancies ud for promotion somehow - hate to dissapoint them

    Welcome to the land of the Pilgrims. Hopefully you'll climb the leagues quicker than I did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almondo View Post
    Welcome to the land of the Pilgrims.
    I love that name - with GOD on our side how can we fail?

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    FC United, Premier League, 2019/20

    CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!!

    Have now won 3 consecutive EPL titles, 3 consecutive FA Cups and just added a 2-0 win over Glenn Hoddle's Zenit side in the UCL final!

    Still a long way to go to overhaul ManUre, so I'll carry on playing

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    Blue Square North    10/11       1st    Champions
    Blue Square Premier  11/12       1st    Champions, FA Trophy Winners
    League Two           12/13       3rd    Automatic Promotion
    League One           13/14       5th    JPT Winners, Promoted
    Championship         14/15       4th    Promoted
    Premiership          15/16       14th
    Premiership          16/17       8th
    Premiership          17/18       1st    Champions, FA Cup winners, Community Shield winners
    Premiership          18/19       1st    Champions, FA Cup winners, Carling Cup winners, UCL 1/4 finalists
    Premiership          19/20       1st    Champions, UCL winners, FA Cup winners, Community Shield winners

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    What is your skin mate? Getting really bored of the default skin but cant find any others that suit my playing style, but that one might...

    Congrats by the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreyedOutMan View Post
    What is your skin mate? Getting really bored of the default skin but cant find any others that suit my playing style, but that one might...

    Congrats by the way.
    Thanks... It's an edited Neue2. Background 'borrowed' from the Hydro skin, custom attribute colours.

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    Could you PM me with a download link for the edited skin? Upload it to filefront for me?

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    Nantwich Town – Premier League 2026/27 – Season 17

    After having won the Premier League Title last season and having lost the Champions League Final to Real Madrid in extra time the goal was to win the Champions League this season whilst trying to retain the Premier League Title.

    The Board's expectations were for a top four finish, the bookies made us third favourites to win the league, whilst the Media Predicted a top 6 finish.

    We also became the 19th Richest Club in the World, having the second highest average ticket prices and third most expensive season tickets didn't hurt our rise.

    Transfers - I again raided Scotland and England for various promising youngsters, youngster Jordan Charles was finally signed from Ipswich after two years of chasing him - Ipswich had been demanding over £11m for him but after they failed to regain promotion to the Premier League £5m was enough to get him, whilst my final two January signings were signed after I was randomly linked in the press to them both, I scouted them and they both turned out to have potential and were quickly signed.

    Player Sales saw me raise £40m as I sold off various squad players, including centre-back Bristow and Keeper Dolan.

    The season itself didn't get off to the best of starts as we lost to Arsenal in the Community Shield.

    Premier League - We got off to a promising start in the league winning three of our first four games 1-0, however my 4-1-3-2 formation wasn't proving effective any longer as we were now the favourites the other times were playing defensive against us and whilst my formation was strong defensively we just couldn't break times down due to a lack of width so a new formation was required - however the problem was finding one that could get us goals without costing us at the back, so I switched back to 4-4-2 but then had to work out which roles worked and who to play, it also didn't help that I had several players out injured.

    The change to 4-4-2 didn't get off to the best of starts as we threw away a 3-0 lead at Home to Leicester to draw 3-3, we then lost 4-3 to Liverpool due to a last minute after spending half the match with 10 men after Eduardo was sent off after moaning about a penalty not being given, a defeat to Man City and a 3-3 draw to Spurs left us mid-table and well out of any title race, however a 5-0 win over Burnley with Zelaia scoring four times and a hat-trick from Costa in a 3-0 win over Notts County pulled us up the table but draws to Peterbrough, Everton and Newcastle and defeat to Coventry this left us in 6th place at the half-way stage having already dropped as many points as in the whole of last season.

    At the turn of the year our form changed as we claimed nine wins in a row to lift us right back into the title race; we went to Old Trafford and beat a poor Utd side 3-0 before thrashing Arsenal 5-0 at home thanks to a hat-trick from Zelaia, a last minute goal from Costa saw us beat Bolton 3-2, we destroyed Aston Villa 7-1, Liverpool 4-2 and a 5-2 win at Chelsea saw us climb to the top of the league (whilst keeping Chelsea bottom) although with a game in hand on City and Arsenal.

    Our run was finally ended with a shock 1-1 draw to Leciester as my side started to get nervous, however a 3-0 win over Man City with my second string thanks to goals from my centre-backs returned us to the top of the table on goal difference, though Arsenal still had a game in hand.

    Victories over Spurs, Peterbrough and Burnley saw us pull six points clear of Man City with three games left, however Arsenal were just two points behind with two games in hand and a poor draw to Notts County didn't help our chances, but Arsenal could only draw at Villa, but we again shot ourselves in the foot with a 0-0 draw against Newcastle, whilst Arsenal lost to Liverpool leaving us two points clear with two games left, but Arsenal still had a game in hand and Man City were now only four points behind us, in the second to last weekend we all won our games 1-0, which ended City's hopes and with Arsenal only able to draw 1-1 to Fulham in their game in hand destiny was in our own hands as we were one point clear going into the final day and a win would allow us to retain the Premier League Title, going into the last game I had a couple of injury problems and was forced to play right back Cledson on the right wing, however it proved to be a great decision as he scored twice in the first ten minutes as we beat Coventry 6-1 and retained the Premier League Title.

    Table - At the half way stage our title hopes really did look over but we finished the season unbeaten in 19 games as the change to 4-4-2 made us a lot more deadly in front of goal as we scored 20 more goals than anyone else.

    Whilst at the botton of the table Man Utd and Chelsea were both relegated - Chelsea wasn't a shock as they'd been struggling for the last few seasons (ever since they signed my Keeper) and were rock-bottom for most of the season it would have been a shock if they survived. However Utd going down was a shock - in the five years previous to me winning the title they'd been a top three side and won the two title before me, but last season Steve Bruce retired and they hired Hristo Stoichkov to replace him but fired him at the end of November and hired ex-Lyon Manager Claude Puel to replace him (which was a shock as he'd been fired at both Fulham and Chelsea after nine months) and went into free fall claiming just two wins and five draws under Puel whilst he spent a game record £43m on an Italian DM, so the most expensive player in the world is now a Championship player.

    Retaining the Premier League didn't impress the board however the fans now deem me a Nantwich Legend, whilst Striker Zelaia becomes a fans favourite.

    Champions League - Despite reaching the final last season and climbing upto 33rd in the Rankings we were still third seeds in the group draw and we got an even harder group this time around as we drew Barcelona, Roma and Dinamo - so more trips Spain and Italy, whilst we again travel to Croatia to face Dinamo.

    The bookies again gave us no chance making Barcelona and Real Madrid favourites again, in our opening game we faced Roma at home and a penalty from Pedro Leite was enough to win a close game, in the second game we travelled to Barcelona and a fine defence performance along with another penalty from Pedro Leite saw us win 1-0, in the third and fourth games against Dinamo we switched to 4-4-2 and smashed them 4-0 away and 5-0 at home which ensured our qualification, in our fifth game a second string fell 2-1 to Roma, whilst in our final game we threw away a 2-0 lead but a 2-2 draw was enough to ensure we finished top of the group.

    In the Knockout Round I shouldn't have been surprised when we were given yet another trip to Spain this time to face Sevilla and despite a nervous performance in Spain we managed to come away with a 1-1 draw, this allowed us to relax and take our time in the second leg where two late goals from my Wingers Eduardo and Glaucio was enough to send us through where we'd face Barcelona who knocked out AC Milan in the last round.

    The first leg against Barcelona proved to be an equal game with both of our keepers on fine form, however the ref seemed determined to book everyone on the pitch and feeling a red card was coming I put my players on easy tackling and thus it was Barcelona who were reduced to 10 men, and with space opening up we punished Barcelona as French Striker Frank Schmidt came off the bench to give us a 1-0 win with his 50th goal for Nantwich, with a slender lead a draw in the Nou Camp would do, but Barcelona were significantly weakened due to injuries and suspensions and when Pedro Leite opened the scoring with another penalty there was only going to be one winner especially when Barcelona were again reduced to 10 men and second half goals from Zelaia and Schmidt settled the tie and set up a Semi-Final with Real Madrid. We were then hit with some bad news as my right winger Eduardo broke his leg in the Barcelona game and would be out for six months.

    The Semi-Final First Leg didn't get off to the best of starts as before we'd even got started we were 2-0 down and despite having most of the possession we just couldn't take our chances even when Madrid were yet again reduced to 10 men.

    In the Second Leg we got off to the best possible start as Pedro Leite smashed home yet another penalty to put us back in the time, but despite being on top we just couldn't find the all important second goal and yet again our European Adventure ended with Real Madrid, who retained the trophy with a 3-0 win over Man City at City's ground.

    FA Cup - we found ourselves with an easy run to the Final this season dispatching Cardiff, Bury and Wolves before we thrashed Middlesbrough 7-0 in the Quarters and beat Watford 3-1 in the Semi-Final, we would be appearing in our second FA Cup Final and were favourites to beat Everton, however we just didn't turn up as Everton comfortably won 2-0

    Overview - The Carling Cup didn't exactly go well as we lost to West Ham in our first game.

    Squad - With 4-1-3-2 not proving effective enough I switched to Controling Balanced 4-4-2 and in the end settled on deploying two centre-backs on defend, two supporting full-backs, two attacking wingers, a defensive deep lying playmaker and a box-to-box midfielder in the middle with a deep lying and advanced forward both on attack up front.

    Tana Kodalak had another solid season in goal claiming Third Place in European Keeper of the Year and was named in the Premier League Select, whilst Argentine Youngster Silivo Martin provided cover this season.

    At full back Pedro Leite was as solid as ever and chipped in with five pens, providing cover was Brazilian Wonderkid Cledson who had an excellent season and was even drafted in at right wing due to injuries. On the Left Airam Barba also had a solid season and after getting a British Passport was quickly capped by England, though his understudy Ricardo Jimenez Garcia was pushing him hard until injury ended his season early which gave Scottish Youngster Scott Dalziel a chance to impress.

    So whilst we are strong at full-back the centre of defence is now starting to be a problem whilst Ian Thomas is proving to be a solid player finding him a partner is proving a problem, Captain Erwin Bauwens struggled against the better sides this season, so Russian Sergey Kalashnikov has now taken his place, however cover is the problem, my young centre-backs just don't seem to be developing, and whilst Italian Fabiano D'Angelo had a good season none of my other promising centre-backs are any where near the first team.

    In midfield with the change to 4-4-2 Brazilian Wonderkid Eduardo moved over to the Right Wing and did well until injury ended his season, however I soon realised that right wing was one of my weaker positions, as Ian Nelson isn't fast enough whilst James Ramsay was also injured, on the left I don't have any problems as Dario was just as effective out on the wing and was named Fans Player of the Year for the first time, providing cover was the equaly impressive Brazilian Glaucio who is another one of my Wonderkids and he was named English Young Player of the Year.

    In the Centre of Midfield Ricardo Sousa was deployed as my Deep-Lying Playmaker once he recovered from injury and he had a solid season taking over from Adam Rains who decided to join Bayern rather than sign a new contract, though I didn't mind him going as I have several promising youngsters waiting to take over including a 17yo wonderkid.

    Deployed as my Box-to-box Midfielder was Frenchman Jerome Muraccioli who adapted to his new role rather well, providing cover was new signing Jordan Charles who made a good start .

    Upfront Inaki Zelaia was in excellent form after his Deep-lying role was made more attacking he started scoring goals for fun in the league finishing second top scorer, however he didn't get have the best of times in Europe and with all of my players the goals dried up when he got to 20, covering him was promising Serbian Striker Igor Pejic who did well after a slow start.

    Deployed in the Advanced Forward role was Antonio Costa who was in good form getting goals and assists, covering him was Frank Schmidt who excelled in the new role having his best season since his debut season and his good form gets him a new contract.

    Best XI - Interesting, the change in formation and rotation seems to have messed it up.

    Overall XI - Costa, Eduardo and Kodalak all make the Overall XI

    Manager Profile - I was offered a new contract at the start of the season, whilst Portugal were the first National side to offer me a job (that I had to turn down) I also won Manager of the Year.

    Finances - are not great £50m worth of prize money kept us out of the red and with the ground now being unexpandable I'm not likely to be going on any spending spree's anytime soon.

    So the goal for next season is to again try and win the Champions League hopefully we'll go somewhere other than Spain next season and hopefully avoid Real Madrid.

    Career Overview
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    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
    2026/27        Premier League            1st             FA Cup Runners-up

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    Epic update... you have too much time mate

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    Did some reloading in an attempt to get into a save and got Kendal. Gonna give this another go with the mint cake boys!

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    Stick with it, it ****es me off at times, but it's very rewarding !

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    4th season in L2 now and I cant win a single game. It's terrible!

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    Well, CCC 2018-19 I'm currently in 3rd place, 2 games to go and 4 points off automatic promotion. The twist to the tale...I play QPR who are 1st (by a good clear margin) away and then followed by Burnley who are second at home. If I could nick 2 wins in these games I've got a chance of going up automatically. I just need Southampton to take something from Burnley in their penultimate game.

    Heres hoping.

    EDIT: I drew with QPR 1-1, but my result is irrelevant as Burnley pulled off a 1-0 win at home to Southampton..Oh well playoffs it is, just need to win this last game to place as high as I can as that draw put me down into 4th, very tight table at the top, 6th place finish is only 2 points below so I need a result vs Burnley!
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    Rather than edit that post again, I lost at home to Burnley 1-2, literally the last kick of the game and they score

    Hence..I finished 6th and now have to face Ipswich in the playoffs. Not a prospect I'm enthusiastic about as they have steamrolled me twice in the league already this season.

    EDIT: Unbelievable, I made it, beat West Brom 3-1 in extra time in the final. I was down to 10 men when Natan Sansara my left back got his marching orders early in the second half with the game at 1-1. I decided to gamble and left two up top anyway, paid off with Anichebe scoring 2 in extra time after a switch to a more direct style, to give me a 3-1 victory. Brilliant!!

    I'll almost certainly get relegated from the Premiership...but hell, I dont give a rats ass!!
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    Right. Spurs in the Champions League, the Tories looking likely to be in government. Now I can escape reality. Oh no! Boreham Wood look likely to drop out of the Football League at the first hurdle. Anyone want to give me some help to try to avert that catastrophe?

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    To be honest GOM, we cant help you. You keep asking but well, we cant play the game for you mate. Tips we can provide, even tactics, but its the decisions you make that define a win or a loss. Only you can do that.

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    True....its so frustrating, this challenge.

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    Oxford City - Season 2018/19 - Coca Cola Championship

    Pre-Season, and all the hopes and expectations therein

    7 in 7 for Karakas, but our peformances suggested my tactics needed some refinement - Santiago running us very close and Macclesfield beating us.

    Transfers

    Tomas Hubocan became my record signing and only second ever purchased player, but completely unjustified his price tag and the years (years!) I'd spent trying to scout him and sign him. I don't know what it is, but decent centre backs are so hard to find on this version of FM. Barile was a mammoth coup because his mental stats are some of the best I've ever seen for a 24 year old. O'Toole, Rose, Reynaldo, Crossan and Ellis were all signed as backup but ended up commanding first team spots. Jose Javier made me a very nice 250k profit despite being my 2nd choice right back, and all my other signings contributed very little. I shipped out some players who were too old before the season began, and managed to collect some very tidy fees in January that helped keep our finances fairly stable.

    The Season!

    Despite a tough opening fixture at home to recently relegated Burnley, our mysteriously brilliant opening day form allowed me a measure of warranted confidence - Reynaldo scored on his debut in a very narrow 1-0 win. We built on this with another result at the Madjeski Stadium, Reynaldo carrying on his impressive early goalscoring form with an effort in a 2-1 win. The two 1-1 draws that followed against Sheffield United and especially bottom club Swansea were frustrating, but our slack 1-0 loss at home to Cardiff seemed to provoke the side into making Oxford City Stadium a fortress; we were to lose there only 5 times all season. The Cardiff loss was frustrating, but was incomparable to our next three games; we were royally tonked three times. Notts County 4-1, Crystal Palace 3-1, and cruellest of all, 5-1 at Ipswich. The 451 tactic was being compromised, but I risked keeping the same shape at home to perennial relegation battlers Watford.

    It paid off. Reynaldo and Crossan each got braces inside 25 minutes, and we should have won by far more. London Road was proving a tough venue to travel to and choked once again in a 2-0 defeat. Our turnaround from 2-0 down to earn a draw at Stoke was fantastic, but it was Sod's Law that we should play so well at home to Plymouth and get the same number of points; I could see unconverted wins were going to cost us dear this season. Bizarrely, we managed to score 4 goals within 25 minutes once again at home to Bristol City but as we always do, took our foot of the gas and gave them two easy goals to make it a nervy ending.

    There was to be no repeat of our heroics at Bolton from last season as we crashed 3-1; but once again we blasted in 4 goals at home and thankfully this time, without reply. Oguzhan Karakas scored his first hat-trick for the club and in doing so brought his tally to 7 goals in the last 5 games. He added another at Brighton, and Reynaldo's late winner gave us 3 wonderfully unexpected points. Huddersfield were another team that tended to do us no favours on their patch and this was proven again as their strike force dominated us and lashed in 3 goals to our 0. Next up was the televised game at home to Middlesborough and we finally managed to break our telly curse with a superb 3-2 win that saw us take the lead 3 times. Unfortunately our next two games didn't generate the same level of drama as we lost 1-0 at Milwall before we had the same result in our favour at home to Norwich; a team who seem to be allergic to good games of football.

    A good performance at Leicester merited a draw, but it seemed half of our players got injured in that game and would miss the crucial home game against Birmingham...so naturally those players who filled in for them starred off the bench as we came back to win 2-1. I decided to keep faith with the same line-up, and they rewarded me with a good draw at Burnley, who would only lose once at Turf Moor all season. Consecutive wins against Reading and Scunthorpe saw Kroonstrom, Crossan and Karakas all continue their good goalscoring form. Two more points were squandered in a bore draw over Swansea before we reverted back to '1-0 Karakas' ways against Sheffield United - I hate to think where we'd be in the CCC without him, so integral he is to our play. A good win at Cardiff was bettered by a win at home to the always impressive Notts County. A rare blip saw us go down at Crystal Palace, but we responded magnificently to beat league leaders Ipswich at home 2-1 and edge out Watford 1-0 at Vicarage Road. This proved to be the last game Karakas would score in until the end of the season. Considering this was the 2nd of February, our next run of games shouldn't come as too much of a surprise...bear in mind at this point we were in the play-offs by 2 points.

    We just couldn't buy a win. Super keepers, poor refereeing decisions, inexplicable one-on-one misses - everything that could go against us did, and I saw our play-off spot fall out of our grasp as we squandered a point here, sometimes even 3...a strong win with a weakened side at home to Brighton offered a glimpse of hope, but this proved to be our only win as the curtain call of the season approached. Our fringe players showed how it should be done by sending Scunthorpe down with a great 2-0 win on the last day of the season, Karakas finally ending his 15 hour drought and Wedderburn getting his first in about two years. The result was bittersweet, because I hated taking responsibility for sending Scunthorpe down, even if it's only in the game...an agonising season was brought to a halt in the best and the worst way.

    Final League Table

    I love how tight the Championship is in the game, it's just like real life.

    Positions Graph

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    Stats

    All of Joao Lemos' goal attempts would have been part of my corner routine (for which he scored 7 two seasons ago). Some of those at crucial times in the season and I might have been laughing.

    Squad (End Of Season)

    The number of settled first teamers once again expanded, but Elokobi will be gone by next season and difficult to replace; I can easily see some regression next season if we're not careful.

    Finances (End Of Season)

    Steady growth, though I fear we may become too reliant on player sales and cup runs.

    FA Cup

    After playing them in the League Cup, Stevenage were something of a formality, even with a second string team. A fellow Championship team at home tends to be a tense affair and our 4th round match was no exception, looking for all the world to be heading for a replay until Robbie 'Hero' Crossan popped up with a winner. Chelsea away showed me how far I am from completing the challenge; it was like shooting practice for them, and we only managed one decent chance in the whole game.

    League Cup

    After several humiliating cup defeats in recent years, we bossed Stevenage but required extra time goals from Reynaldo and Crossan to edge through. Stockport put up brave resistance but faltered in the latter stages of the second half, and we were then drawn at home to Notts Forest, a Premiership team whose comeback from 3-0 down in the Cup two years previously still rankled me. Reynaldo gave us an early lead, but after a period of sustained pressure they won a penalty which Daniel Sturridge...blasted wide! This seemed to change the whole shape of the game, and shortly afterwards Forest's Pontius Wentebloom was sent off and from the resulting free-kick a fine move saw Robbie Crossan smash home what proved to be the winner. The next round saw us drawn at home to QPR, recently promoted to the Premier League, but they nullified us quite brilliantly and added some late goals to gloss the scoreline a little.

    Key Players

    Danny Rose

    Had a blistering start to the season, then had a terrible form, and met a happy compromise towards the end. As our only specialist left winger, we were lucky he steered clear of injuries.

    Robbie Crossan

    Greatest sub ever. Skillful, fearless, and quick as lightning, he scored goals for fun off the bench and when he started as well. It's almost unfortunate we operate with a lone striker...

    Oguzhan Karakas

    ...and here he is. I didn't think he could get much better, but he broke his goalscoring records and seemed to bring others into play much more; his relationship with the next bloke flourished greatly.

    Reynaldo

    Fans' player of the year, which isn't surprising given the embarassing abundance of skill he possesses. Operating in the hole, he caused opposition defences nightmares. He would have off games sometimes, but that was generally caused through a lack in supply.

    Sander Kroonstrom

    Came into the team after an injury to Jacopo Barile and never looked back. Scored a few goals and provided some assists from set pieces, and was the model of consistency as he held his own in the side despite my previous doubts.

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    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           -
    2017/18   Coca Cola Championship       13th           -
    2018/19   Coca Cola Championship       11th           -
    Next Season
    Avoid a slippery slope. I think a play-off place is beyond our grasp simply because the other teams are improving quicker than we can, but I just don't know where our next promotion push is going to come from.

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    Nice update Beerish. Keep plugging away, my promotion to the premiership was TOTALLY unexpected, so you never know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaffa View Post
    my promotion to the premiership was TOTALLY unexpected
    As was mine. Made the playoffs on the last day of the season.

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