http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...areSouth-3.png - One more push
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...areSouth-3.png - One more push
Truro City - 4th placed, Blue Square South 2010/2011
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...areSouth-4.png - Final Table
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...areSouth-5.png - League Graph.
I was lucky. Either way, next season will take some rebuilding.
Playoffs to be played tomorrow. Took 6 points off Salisbury this season, but both games were very tight. I expect 2 more tight games.
Last edited by sheeshy; 06-12-2009 at 01:54.
I lied. I stayed up for the playoffs.
Truro City have won promotion from the Blue Square South
Full update tomorrow
Last edited by sheeshy; 06-12-2009 at 02:32.
Dartford - Coca Cola League One - 2017/18
League Table Graph
A great season with a lot of satisfaction aside from major losses on the balance sheet. We scored just about enough to keep runs going and in the end we were worthy winners.
Transfers Got a certain Giles Barnes in on a free, did very well overall.
Squad Looks ok now but improvement is needed as usual.
Finances Suffered due to me going for broke with getting a few good players in. Payed off but we need to start making profits.
Giles Barnes Far too good for this level when he pulled his finger out.
Charlie Dickinson My awesome left winger. Will probably have to be sold as he's unhappy but hopefully not.
Bergsma Starting to look like a quality striker. Not sure how he will fair in the Championship but I feel deserves a chance.
Ben Lesserre The best centre back I've had at the club so far. Not perfect and definitely not a superstar that will stay with me all the way to the Premiership but still deserves his praise.
Next SeasonCode:Season League Position Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square South 4th Promoted Via Play-Offs 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 5th Defeated in Play-Off Semi-Final 2012/13 Blue Square Premier 1st Promoted as Champions 2013/14 Coca Cola League Two 10th n/a 2014/15 Coca Cola League Two 2nd Promoted 2015/16 Coca Cola League One 6th Defeated in Play-Off Semi-Final 2016/17 Coca Cola League One 9th n/a 2017/18 Coca Cola League One 1st Promoted as Champions
Survival. Seriously, I can tell it's going to be tough as hell next season. Fingers crossed we can stay up and build from there.
Last edited by JonnyCurrie; 06-12-2009 at 07:22.
Good job sheesy!
Good season Jonny, Lesserre definitely looks Championship quality - if his Positioning was about 5 points better he'd do alright in the Premiership
Bradford Park Avenue - Blue Square North - 2010-2011
Finished: 3rd (Playoffs)
Well past experience of this challenge has normally seen me cruise the 1st two seasons in the Conference level of leagues, but not to be this time.
We were always up there in the top 4 or so, mostly in 2nd place, but Southport were a class above the rest of the division, and it was always going to be the playoffs for me.
We were drawn against Hayes, who had posed us problems in our previous meetings.
[IMG]1st leg[/IMG] An immense performance and result to beat them 2-1 away in the 1st leg, setting us up nicely for the return.
[IMG]2nd leg[/IMG] A nervy match in the end, despite Malcolm Christie putting us 2-0 up early doors. I was bricking it by the end to be honest, as if they scored a third we would have been in trouble...
So in the final we were drawn against Corby, who I was actually more confident of beating than Hayes.
[IMG]Playoff Final[/IMG] 2 good 1st half goals, had me quite relaxed until they pulled one back after 69 minutes via the penalty spot. However when Christie slotted home the pen with 4 minutes left, I knew we were going up!
Promoted to the Blue Square Premier!
[IMG]Transfers[/IMG] Well I raided my favourite club Celtic for their free transfers, and have picked up a few promising Scots lads for this level. Jordan Lowdon was the low point, have promised much more than he delivered, with Robbie Crawford being the star signing.
[IMG]Squad[/IMG] Will need a massive overhaul for the next step up, but they have coped ok this season.
[IMG]Finances[/IMG] Struggling for cash at the moment, and considering the size of our attendances (Avg:476) I don't see this improving any time soon.
Next SeasonCode:Season League Position Achievements 2010/11 Blue Square North 3rd Promoted Via Play-Offs
Well 1st thoughts were merely just to survive in the BS Premier, but after the 1st 4 games, I have won 3 and drawn 1, so maybe we should be aiming a bit highter!
(just realised I've made a bit of an arse of the tags, but can't be bothered going back and fixing them. will have it sorted for the next update!)
Really struggling in the Championship barely making it out of the bottom three before dropping back into the danger zone. Going to be close.
Good job with the Avenue Steven
Following my exploits against Man Utd last season, I just beat them 2-1 to put paid to their second choice manager's (after me ) short reign
Sutton United - League 1 2013/14
Well, yet another promotion as champions despite only telling the board that we'll avoid relegation. Some of my players are really starting to punch above their weight. I rellay expected both Barnsley and Stockport to also be promoted as they were pushing us for most of the season until they hit sticky patches towards the end of the season. Perhaps the little bid of minds games I played with the barnsley manager elp to cause their promotion blip, especially as we hammered then 4-1 away.
We ended up winning the league with 4 games left to play.
A little bad luck with the draw in this competition saw us against Championship side Watford in the first round at Vicarage Road which we won 2-0. In the second round we drew another Championship side away and lost to Birtmingham 3-1
We were a little lucky in this draw and only faced one fellow League 1 side before the final. In the South final we faced Luton and won the first leg at home 2-1 but lost the second leg away 3-2. I forgot that away goals counted and was expecting extra time or even penalties, but we wnt through to the final at Wembley anyway.
We faced fellow League 1 side Crewe in the final and ended up winning 3-2 to get our second cup.
Last season we had a hell of a cup run that saw us get to a 4th round replay against West Brom.
This season was another triumph. In the first round we faced Luton and came out 2-1 winners. The second round saw us go to League 2 Hereford and despite Hereford having a player sent off after 5 minutes it wasn't until the 92nd minute that the winning goal was scored.
The third round we were drawn away to Champinship Walsall and we wnt 2-1 down and down to 10 men after 66 minutes only to end up earning a 3-3 draw and take it to a replay. The replay saw us hammer them 4-0
The fourth round saw us against another Championship side Hull and we were 3-1 down when we had a central defender sent off in the 73rd minute. I made a big formation change that saw us score the equaliser in the 92nd minute. The replay went our way with a 3-1 win.
In the fith round we ended up goint to Goodison to play in from of the cameras against Everton. Unfortunately for us I had 2 strikers out injured and 2 loan who were ineligable (I'll have to double check that clause in future loan deals)
That left us with 1 fit striker who was a little goal shy. Needless to say we lost, but only by the single goal. For some reasons the fans were disappointed with that result.
We actually sold a fair few players this season and a few more went out in January for a percentage of the sell on fee as I didn't really need them and I needed to free up some wages. Ian Barratt became the clubs record signing at £450k, but as a 17 year old keeper with Premier League potential and already good enough for teh Championship I through that it would be worth it.
I also signed a few French youngsters partially with the future in mind, but 2 of them forced thwir way into the starting 11 even with the language barrier.
The squad was trimmed down to 27 professionals including 3 long term loanees and 1 or 2 3 month loans a couple of times.
Dean Cronin became the vice captain and due to Hodgkiss not being quite up to League 1 standard he was captain for most of the matches and did superbly and even scored 10 goals from corners.. Well enough to have other clubs sniffing around him, but a new contract with £2.5M release clause stopped that. I doubt that he'll be ready for the full captains role next season, so I'll proabably give the armband to an older player who won't play often in the Championship.
Paris Cowan-Hall was again top scorer even after a 10+ hour goal drought during the season.
Simon McMahon was singed on loan as a back up, but due to Liam head struggling he ended up starting a lot of the games. He can be inconsistent, but when he does play well he does very well. I doubt that I'll be able to sign him permanently unfortuantely.
Masime Valette struggled a bit when hi first came to the club, but did play much better in the second half of the season. Due to his long throws I got him to learn the flat throw, but so far I've only got a goal from that twice with the ball landing at the feet of Dean Cronin for him to rifle in. I still need to modify the team instructions to try to get more goals from his throw ins.
Cedric Levavasseur is the second young French player to break into the first team. Due to the language barrier I wasn't expecting hiom to make so much of an impact, but he formed a good partnership with Cronin in central defence.
Ian Barratt is the first England cap at the club for the U19s. His only weakness is command of his area, but is usually a great shot stopper. According to my best coach he's potentially Premier League quality.
Steve Cleaver won his first England U21 cap during the close season. He still dives into tackles at times, but he rarely gets booked for them. Hopefulyl at some point I can train him to stop that.
Next season I need to get some better players in. I need a better left winger, defensive minded midfielder, striker and a couple of back up players. I've already signed a Championship quality left winger in the shape of 29 year old Hameur Bouazza on a free.
I suspect that this could be a promotion too far. We have some good young players but they did so well this season due to high confidence. I think coming up against bigger and better clubs will put big dents into that confidence during the season. So I hope that I can sign a couple of older heads to help with that pressure.
Code:Season League Position Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square South 1st Promoted as champions. 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 1st Promoted as champions, FA trophy winners. 2012/13 League Two 1st Promoted as champions. 2013/14 league One 1st Promoted as champions, JPT winners.
Season 15 - SnakeXe's Merthyr Tydfil
Premier League - 4th (Table)
FA Cup - 4th Round (lost v Tottenham)
League Cup - Runners Up (lost v Aston Villa)
Another impressive step-up from the team this year, from comfortable mid-table to Champions League challengers - and we made it! Despite disappointingly only beating a couple of top-half teams across the season, our record against the bottom half was almost flawless, and we picked up enough draws against the better sides to keep us in the mix. Qualification was still in doubt after the last ball had been kicked in the Premier League, however, as Man City had a Champions League final against Juventus to play - victory for them would mean heartbreak for Merthyr...
Luckily Juve won through 2-1 to break Man City hearts and send Merthyr into the promised land!
Other than the great league form, a good run in the League Cup (although we didn't play any serious teams until the final) saw us finish as runners up after we bottled the final, losing 2-0 to Aston Villa in a limp display.
15 seasons in looks like another good point to look a little closer at the Merthyr squad, and to take another look at the guys I identified as key in the 10th season update
Victor Anichebe - Retired
Daniel Carrera - Qualified for Wales this year having failed to make an impression on the Spain set-up, and is still a useful part of the squad at Merthyr. He's an able deputy when rotation or injury requires, but I don't see him ever regaining his first-choice status.
Giuseppe Barbato - Replaced by my £19m man in the first team, but still an important member of the squad as he can pull out some good displays off the bench and, when required, from the start. Like Carrera, qualified for Wales having failed to get near the Italian squad, but is currently understudy to one of my youth products for them!
Saifallah Mrad - Bargain of the century - didn't cost us a penny, and really took us to the next level, his arrival coinciding with our elevation to the top-half of the table and beyond. The Tunisian international's classy passing and hard work in the middle of the pitch are one of our best assets, and not a transfer window goes by without a rumour of a multi-million transfer to a European giant. His age is getting to the point where I'd probably accept should an offer come in, but it would be with a heavy heart.
Diego - A £30k capture from Internacional, his physical threat and link-up play combined with a goals-to-games ratio of almost 1 in 2 across his 3 seasons with us make him an integral part of the team. Our poor runs throughout the season almost all coincided with injuries to him.
Jose Manuel Moran - The stats speak for themselves. 32 goals in 45 starts, with 12 assists to boot. English Players' Player of the Year. Premier League top scorer. After 2 seasons as backup (still managing a none-too-shabby 16 goals across those), he's hit 62 in his two seasons as first choice, and shows no sign of letting up. When he's on song, we win.
Code:Season League Position Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2010/11 Blue Square South 1st Blue Square South Champions, Promoted 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 1st Blue Square Premier Champions, Promoted 2012/13 Coca-Cola League Two 4th Play-Off Winners, Promoted 2013/14 Coca-Cola League One 6th Play-Off Semi-Finalists 2014/15 Coca-Cola League One 4th Play-Off Semi-Finalists 2015/16 Coca-Cola League One 17th Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners 2016/17 Coca-Cola League One 2nd Promoted 2017/18 Coca-Cola Championship 18th None 2018/19 Coca-Cola Championship 21st None 2019/20 Coca-Cola Championship 9th None 2020/21 Coca-Cola Championship 6th Play-Off Winners, Promoted 2021/22 Premier League 13th None 2022/23 Premier League 14th None 2023/24 Premier League 9th None 2024/25 Premier League 4th League Cup Runners Up
Previous Season Reports:
Season 1 - 2010/11
Season 2 - 2011/12
Season 3 - 2012/13
Season 4 - 2013/14
Season 5 - 2014/15
Season 6 - 2015/16
Season 7 - 2016/17
Season 8 - 2017/18
Season 9 - 2018/19
Season 10 - 2019/20
Season 11 - 2020/21
Season 12 - 2021/22
Season 13 - 2022/23
Season 14 - 2023/24
Spankie - SnakeXe - good season guys and good reports.
Spankie - what skin is that?
Aario - Thanks and it's the Dominion skin
I've also been offered the Liverpool job after Rafa left. They finished 11th in the EPL. I've saved that game just in case.
Sutton offered me £1.5M transfer budget, some of that will go on players with potential and some on players for the first team.
Magnus Eikrem has just been called upto the full Norway squad, how desperate are they for players
argghhh one of my biggest talents just signed a new 5 year contract.. 2 weeks later he's looking to move....
several players looking to move to a bigger club and they can barely handle the prem at all.. makes me wanna break their legs sometimes
300 seats in the prem looks kinda funny too.. it seems my seats are just randomly placed around the stadium in the 3d engine
Last edited by gargle; 06-12-2009 at 19:33.
arr man thats harsh
Contract renewals are starting to annoy me now, I'm not sure what's worse my players wanting ~50% wage increase after signing a new contract last season or them demanding a £400 appearance bonus (that is 40%-50% of their wage demands), I'm not sure where my players think this money is going to come from my wage budget is £14K p/w and I'm currently spending £15K p/w on wages, and to make matters worse even if I wanted to give into their bonus demands I cannot because what they want is more than the board will allow.
The silly thing is, is that at random points the players will accept the standard 10% bonus finding that point is the problem
I cannot even sell them and replace then with loanees as the few league two rated players around have no interest in joining me on loan
On the plus side Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink has 5 goals in 9 games so far
FA Cup 2nd round, playing Rushden or Telford. 3rd round beckons again. Hope I can get the big money draw this time, not just a "kind draw"
19th in the BSP mid-November, this season was always going to be hard, looking only to stop up this year.
Last edited by sheeshy; 07-12-2009 at 02:39.
Man, sometimes I really hate this game. After 8 solid seasons of playing wretched in the first 3 months, I made a point of not making as many changes to the squad this summer, just adding in a bit of a quality, but not my usual new army of arrivals. We respond with the best first half of my tenure, storming out to 4th place at the New Year, a Carling Cup semi-final berth, and a kind FA cup draw. After the usual January of everyone and their brother either wanting a new contract or being tempted by offers abroad, we're in 7th, out of both cups, and hanging on by a thread. Man I hate January.
Just thought I'd let you know.
Why are the board injecting 120k to help the clubs running costs when our balance is 2.6m ?
Decided to start the challenge (first time I ever try this) and I am very excited... just hope I don't get too frustrated too soon!
Decided to go as Boston Utd...
Here's to reaching the dizzying heights of Champions League glory!
Wish me luck!!!
Unfortunately I had to restart my game so I took charge at Cambridge City.
In the first season I achieved what I set out to do by ending with a mid table finish, nothing notable in the cups but a few good transfers with Dow, Alston, Toshney and Tolmie staying for a couple of years.
The second season I was under no pressure to finish higher than above the relegation places but surpassed that by going up as champions. I only brought in three players for this season as I was struggling financially and apart from a right back and another forward didn't really feel the need to bring much in (Thanks for the forumista who tipped Vasilev and Grasser btw, both served me well)
I started life in the conference really well, I was leading the table at Christmas but a horrific injury list in the new year and no leeway with budgets I had to throw in the rubbish from the youth team and two average players in on loan. By the end of February when the injuries cleared up I was well out of the title race, I did manage to pick things up though and get promoted via the playoffs. I was really pleased with some of my signings, Casalinuovo being a particularly good capture after three years of trying to get him even though he didn't have a club. Tanzyna and Weilj (a Polish trailist) have also served me well.
In to the fourth season and as I expected it was a struggle to keep up with pace the whole season with a thin squad and no money and from an outside chance of the playoffs with 10 games to injury struck to my keeper and I only managed 2 points in that time which meant I slipped to 18th. I was able to attract a better standard of players on the whole though and after trawling through the released players in Poland I managed to get 25 players in on trail of which I took 6 on. I also managed to finally get out of the red thanks to an FA cup run where in rounds 1,2 and 3 the ties all went to replays and then a very good away tie at Aston Villa that although ended up in a 5-1 defeat netted me just shy of £500k which has helped me afford a few better players for the season I am currently in.
Welsh Wizard - Carshalton - Coca-Cola League 2 - 2012/13 - Season 3
Table | Past Positions Graph | Player Stats
FA Cup - Lost in 2nd round vs Walford
League Cup - Lost in 1st round vs Swansea
JPT -Lost in S 2nd round vs Leyton Orient
Zoltan Harsanyi - Decent season and best in team
Decent cup run to ease debt
Improve squad and get rid of dead wood
Top Half finish
Code:Season Division Position Achievements --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 BSS 1st Promotion 2011/12 BSP 4th Play-off Winners 2012/13 L2 12th 2013/14 L2 4th Play-off Winners
Last edited by Welsh Wizard; 26-12-2009 at 12:39.
Liverpool away. FA Cup 3rd Round.
Woo! Very tight game, after their guy got sent off in stoppage time I went to Overload, scored a lovely goal to win it at the death
Decided on a complete change of tactics for the Liverpool game, and it paid off!
Now, if only I could do this in the BSP, I'd be safe as houses! Colchester at home next round.
That's an incredible result sheeshy! What tactics did you choose? Did they send out a weakened team?
Just negotiated the Champions League qualifying round successfully, my heart was in my mouth though. First of all we got the best possible draw - Wolfsburg (the alternatives were Real Madrid, Zenit, Shakhtar and Fiorentina ), beat them 1-0 at home quite comfortably, then in the away game we were all over them, but didn't score for ages. I was thinking " they're going to fluke a last minute equaliser and win on penalties aren't they", but my £22.5m record summer signing scored his first goal of the club to make sure of it in injury time
Think he's pretty much just paid for himself hasn't he?
Since then, have won 4 and drawn 1 using the same tactic, and am looking good for staying up, maybe even mid table. A case of "it's your tactics" I think
Bit gutted to think I could be top 10, top 6 even if I had just attacked from the off.
Got FC Bayern, Fenerbahce and Benfica in my Champions League group - not bad at all considering we were a bottom seed! Very qualify-from-able
Not a bad group that.
Dartford - Coca Cola Championship - 2018/19
League Table Graph
Don't let the final position fool you. We struggled big time this season and the first half of the season had me thinking I had no chance of turning it around. We got some good players in at January on frees thankfully and it seems to sort a few problems out. We went from strength to strength (including the best result on my career so far) and in the end stayed up comfortably.
O and bizarrely this season a big club grabbed us (first time I've had it done to me without me asking the board) as a feeder club...
Send me your young gems!
As it turned out they sent us a centre back in January but he wasn't great (about League 1 standard) and only played once or twice. So didn't even need to feel any guilt about taking a bit of help.
Carling Cup Nothing really happened here.
FA Cup Arsenal ended our run before it had begun. Nothing to worry or be angry about though.
Transfers Lots and lots of free transfers in. One particular Italian striker Guidetti was my signing of the season by a mile.
Charlie Dickinson as expected moved on.
Squad After a few signings in January we look a hell of a lot stronger but for us to push on, we need more quality.
Finances Not great for this level but given our desperation to get good players in (on higher wages) it was a given. Should continue to grow though.
Simon Rowe Stepped up from last season in League One to blast his way into Dartfords record books. Hitting 30 goals in all competitions and considering he was battling it out for two strike positions amongst about 6 strikers, he did well.
Nicola Guidetti A gem signed on a free. A premiership player by my reckoning and adds a bit of magic to my front line.
Marcel Wuttke Signed during the season and became a key player on the left wing.
Luke Hubbins Another winger signed and whilst not spectacular with his technical ability, his raw pace and accelation combined makes him one of the most effective wingers I've had at the club.
Bruno Oueslati Had this keeper for three seasons now and has really came into his own this season. Looking like a real star at this level and the interest in him is telling. Hopefully can hold on to him.
Next SeasonCode:Season League Position Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square South 4th Promoted Via Play-Offs 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 5th Defeated in Play-Off Semi-Final 2012/13 Blue Square Premier 1st Promoted as Champions 2013/14 Coca Cola League Two 10th n/a 2014/15 Coca Cola League Two 2nd Promoted 2015/16 Coca Cola League One 6th Defeated in Play-Off Semi-Final 2016/17 Coca Cola League One 9th n/a 2017/18 Coca Cola League One 1st Promoted as Champions 2018/19 Coca Cola Championship 13th n/a
Again as much as it lacks ambition, I'd be happy to stay in the division. It's a very competitive league and unless we get some brilliant players in I could never say or predict anything. Plus I'd like to have a decent team for when I actually break through to the Premiership.
Maybe Juve will send me a wonderkid on loan
However I do have these going for me!
Youth & Training Facilities Upgrading..finally
Stadium Expansion Hardly worth mentioning but it's something in the right direction.
Sounds good Jonny, a couple of seasons of consolidation is a good idea
Having an absolute whale of a time this season, P12 W12
Villa, Arsenal, then FC Bayern are the next 3 games, have a feeling it'll be reading a tad different after those
Edit: Yep lost 3-1 to Villa
Last edited by SnakeXe; 07-12-2009 at 16:31.
Hassebasse Merthyr Tydfil 2022-2023 CCC
A good second season in CCC, finishing just behind the play-off spots. Midway through the season I got my tactics in order after hovering just above relegation. I'm now playing a Kevin Keeganesque 4-3-3 trying to outscore my opposition .
Top performer, my trequartista
Goals for the new season:
Begging the board for a bigger home ground
Something is very wrong here.. The board keep injecting money even though we have 6m euro in the bank, furthermore our finances are beeing described as "insecure"
FC United - Barclays Premiership - Season 2015/2016
Wow this was a close one, we sat in the relegation spots for most of the season, thankfully a late turn in form gave us the results we needed to secure our place in next season's league and more.
Our FA Cup run was excellent once again, reaching the Final for a second time, this time succumbing to a much stronger Chelsea side 3-0. This secures our place in the Europa League for the second time. We were unlucky in the League Cup, falling to Arsenal in penalties in the fourth round.
Without a doubt, the most important signing of my career so far was Gustavo Caamano from Anderlecht, signing for a heft 9.75m. He certainly proved to be well worth the pricetag ,with 28 goals in 35 games he finished top scorer in the Premiership and lifting the Golden Boot and the English Player of the Season, huge achievements for a striker playing for a team finishing 13th. Other important signings were Alex Pearce of Reading, dominating defensively and Francisco Merida in midfield, keeping everything running smoothly. Simon Church was massively disappointing, having been the best player in the Championship last season. Gislason was impressive as were Ashley Cole and Jose Boswinga despite their age. It was also farewell to longtime players like Callum Morris and Tommy Smith with one of our better players David also leaving for a pretty decent sum of 5.5m. Striker Guillem Bauza also departed.
My squad obviously saw many changes and sadly this meant Craig McShea falling totally out of favour, he still got off the bench from time to time but it looks like the days of my favourite FC United player are all but over. Without Caamano we would easily have been relegated making him my star player.
Aims for Next Season:
Would be nice to see us move up the table into a more acceptable midtable finish.
Code:Season League Position Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square North 1st Promoted, BSN Champions 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 2nd Promoted 2012/13 Coca-Cola League 2 6th Promoted, play-off winners 2013/14 Coca-Cola League 1 1st Promoted, League 1 Champions, FA Cup Runner-Up 2014/15 Coca-Cola Championship 5th Promoted, play-off winners 2015/16 Barclays Premiership 12th FA Cup Runner-Up
Last edited by Bartman; 07-12-2009 at 19:33.
Nearing the end of my 2nd season now, but thought I'd just post this quite unlikely result:
Maybe this season?
Oh and I just had a game postponed because of a waterlogged pitch. Can't remember the last time that happened in FM (or even CM!).
Well at the half way stage this season isn't going well we are currently 19th - 14pts from relegation and 10pts from the playoffs.
We just cannot defend at all - 10 of the goals we have conceeded so far have gone down as mistakes.
It possibly doesn't help that of the 7 french based players I have only one of them can speak English, I would try and sign some English speaking players but I have no money and no-one who can improve my team is interested in signing for me
Though my scouts are helpful in that they keep on recommending players to me who's wage demands or asking price I cannot afford.
Cambridge City 2012/2013 - League Two - (Season 3)
As usual these days the media prediction of 24th was way off.
League - Far tougher this time around. We even lost to Cheltenham who just avoided relegation. However, the title was still wrapped up pretty convincingly.
Transfers - In the summer we strengthened the wings with AM L Billy Bodin joining from Swindon for just £500 and AM R Michael McCrudden costing us £10k from MK Dons. Our best buy was easily striker Terry Gornell on a free from League One Tranmere Rovers. During January we brought in quality centre back Michele Fornasier also on a free from Manchester United.
The player stats for League Two clearly showed that once again our strikers are more than capable of finishing off the supplies from the wingers. New signing Terry Gornell actually outscored strike partner Radoslav Vasilev. Its the 1st time I can remember the left sided striker actually outscoring the right sided striker.
Six of our players made the League Two team of the year.
Squad - I was very happy with the squad this season as we were pretty strong all over however, I do have worries about it being strong enough for next season's League One campaign.
League Cup - We didn't do too well here mainly because we got the toughest 2nd Round game at home to Spurs. It ended 3-3 aet with Spurs winning 6-5 on penalties with both sides failing to score a winning penalty each.
Johnstone's Paint Trophy - We sailed through this competition easily winning the Final 5-1 against Doncaster Rovers to complete the double. The first time I'd ever won this competition as a manager.
FA Cup - This competition really is a blue ribbon event for us. A 2-2 draw at home to Leicester City in the 3rd Round was followed by a shock 2-1 win for us in the replay. The 4th Round saw us continue the Indian Sign over Liverpool with 2-0 win at Anfield followed by another giant killing in a 2-1 win away to holders West Ham United in the 5th Round. Round 6 was an easy 1-0 win at home to Preston North End whilst we shocked the footballing World by defeating West Bromwich Albion of the Premier 4-1 at Wembley.
FA Cup Final - Sadly the game was a very dire affair and an Ebanks-Blake goal 9 minutes from time stopped us from making history.
Club XI (2012/13)
Club XI (all time)
Well getting to the FA Cup had seriously boosted my reputation up to continental and at the end of the season Roman was on the phone to offer me a job.
The good news was the board decided to increase our capacity by 1400 seats. Not great but its better than nothing. However, the bad news was they had decided we should ground share with Cambridge United!!! :mad:
Code:Season League Position Achievements --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square North 1st Champions, Promoted, FA Cup 5th Round, FA Trophy Winners 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 1st Champions, Promoted, FA Cup 4th Round, FA Trophy Winners 2012/13 League Two 1st Champions, Promoted, FA Cup Finalists, League Cup 2nd Round, Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners
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Tooting & Mitcham United FC - Barclays Premier League - 2020/21
Last season we managed to stay in the league so I was looking for an improvement.
League Positions Graph
It was a great season but it could have been better as we threw away far too many points against teams near the bottom.
FA Cup - Everton knocked us out in the worst way possible.
Carling Cup - we suffered a huge shock as League 1 Brighton knocked us out.
Transfers - an effort was made to bring in promising English players but we paid far too much for those players.
Squad - this is a great young squad that will only get better. It boasts nine current 'wonderkids' which just goes to show the potential this team has.
Key Player Profiles:
Anderson - he had a good year as our top scorer but he'll need to get a lot more if we are to challenge further up the table.
Michael Karner - it has taken him a long time to make an impact but he's starting to do well, still one for the future.
Josh O'Donnell - we would be no where without him, he was immense.
Marc Ward - I was expecting more for this classy looking player but he may pick up next year.
Ander Casado - he can't score goals like he could in the Championship but he's still a great player.
Career OverviewNext SeasonCode:Season League Position Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square South 5th Promoted via playoffs 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 8th 2012/13 Blue Square Premier 2nd Promoted via playoffs, FA Trophy finalists 2013/14 Coca-Cola League 2 6th Lost in playoff final 2014/15 Coca-Cola League 2 1st Promoted as champions 2015/16 Coca-Cola League 1 4th Promoted via playoffs, JPT finalists 2016/17 Coca-Cola Championship 9th 2017/18 Coca-Cola Championship 6th Lost in playoff semi 2018/19 Coca-Cola Championship 4th Promoted via playoffs 2019/20 Barclays Premier League 16th 2020/21 Barclays Premier League 11th
Once again, I want to continue to build my young squad that will one day challenge for major honours. I think European qualification is still a few years away so I would be happy with just a top half finish.
Boston Utd - Blue Square North - 2013/14
Final Position - 3rd
Predicted Finish - 17th
Final League Table
In the club's second season in the BSP it came within 1 game of earning promotion into the Football League, however it was just not meant to be. It was a year that saw the club perform remarkably on defence (allowing only 38 goals in 46 games) however in the end it was our inability to produce on offence consistently that led to a late-season slide and ultimately losing out in the playoff final. All in all it was a great year which saw the club perform much beyond expectation however it was a cushing defeat to lose out on a promotion spot. Financially the club had a great year as well, posting profits over £430,000 largely due to our huge attendance figures compared yo years past.
Top Transfer News
Richard Offiong (In) - The veteran striker was brought in the be the primary strike partner for Daniel Nardiello and to add some much needed pace to the frontline.
Paul Green (In) - A free transfer from our rival Lincoln brought in the play RB. He should be a big upgrade over the current situation.
Christian Smith (In) - A hard working midfielder will be a role player counted on for depth and defensive duties.
FA Cup - We lost away to a classy Barnsley club. We put up a good fight in what was a very good game however they nwere just too strong for us in the the end.
FA Trophy - As defending champions we were bounced in the 4th round by Wrexham, who went on to win the trophy.
Top 5 performers of the season:
Matty Hughes - (Avg rating 7.11) A fantastic year put in by the young CB star. He posted the 9th best rating in the BSP and is now attracting interest from clubs in League 1 & 2. He was largely responsible with Derek Bassi for the great goals conceeded record we had on the season.
Derek Bassi - (Avg rating 7.11) In 2012-13 Derek Bassi won the Supports Player of the Year and he could very well win it again. Paired with Matty Hughes, the duo provide perhaps the best central defender combination in the league.
Paul Green -(Avg rating 6.99) The new signing a very good year on the backline.
Sean Doherty - (Avg rating 6.97) The classy LW had a breakout season for the club and was an offensive force. He finished the year leading the league in assists with 15.
Daniel Nardiello - (Avg rating 6.97) 22 league goals for my top striker however he missed many games due to small nagging injuries throughout the season.
Top 3 Prospects:
None of any mention.
Outlook for 2014/15 Season in the Blue Square Premier Division:
The obvious goal is to challenge for promotion again this season, hopefully completing the task this time. I have 2 very good new signings already commited for a July 1st move.
I need to add some depth at the DC position, as well as continue my long-lasting search for a classy striker. It should be a fun year!
Code:Boston Utd Season Division Position Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2010/11 Blue Square North 9th None 2011/12 Blue Square North 3rd Promoted (through playoff) 2012/13 Blue Square Premier 11th FA Trophy Winners 2013/14 Blue Square Premier 3rd None
Crispypaul - Boreham Wood - Season 2011/12 - Blue Square Premier
A very successful season led us to top the table by a
fair few points.
Unfortunately, we blew it in the FA trophy final.
Our key performers:
Davide Enrico Somma looked way too good for this level - and was!
James Keatings continued where he left off.
Mansour Assoumani was a rock at the heart of defence.
In other news, Man Utd won the Premiership, Chelsea the League Cup, and Arsenal the FA Cup. Both European trophies came to Madrid - the European Cup to Real (against Barcelona!) and the UEFA Cup to Athletico.
I can see League 2 being a lot tougher now - however i'm looking forward to the club finally turning professional.
Well this is interesting after 35 games we have the second best away record in the league whilst at the same time we have the second worst home record in the league
Stayed up. The board aren't too pleased for some reason!
Hi everyone, I've been reading this entire thread, plus I've read last year's challenge thread as well, and also both (2009 and 2010) of dafuge's career threads. Anyway, I've been thinking of trying this challenge, but have never managed below the Championship level. One of the big things that trouble me when managing in Championship, not to mention anything lower than that, is I can't seem to figure out what standard of player to look for. Is there any sort of general consensus as to what level of attributes should be excellent in BSN/S, BSP, League 2, League 1?
I also read somewhere in this thread that any player with key attributes of 10 or above would be excellent in the Blue Square North or South, does this also apply for Blue Square Premier? For example a striker with 10 finishing, would that be considered excellent for BSN/S or BSP level?
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BTW SMSL, you had a takeover?
2018/2019 - Billericay Town - Barclay's Premier League
League Position - 2nd
Well, then there was that. Easily my best season yet with the Blues, we started off solid, got stronger as the year went on, had a little January blip, and then carried from strength to strength in the final third. The key to the season was probably the acquisition of Dave Pickering from recently relegated Leeds. The wonderkid did the business in midfield all season long, scoring and providing in quantity, and eventually winning both his first cap and the PFA young players award.
Its odd, though I finished 2nd, and though I really never looked like anything less than European qualification, it does feel a bit of a mirage. The team was classier than any I've managed previously, but we never looked like we might possibly win the league, and while we got goals from everywhere (8 different players with at least 5) there was no real consistent source (top scorer was Romagnoli on 14). While Ikäheimo and Kristic both look like they could be world-class scorers, neither one is the sort I can rely on for a goal when I need it. And while my defense has been solid, and for that matter, been together for a long time (my 3 center halves have been with the squad 5 years or more), they're not exactly Cannavaro and Baldini back there. Still, its success beyond my wildest dreams, and I'm pretty sure at a minimum we'll be good enough to stay in the division from here on out.
The only major downside really is the squad is about to get very expensive, and while they're of good standard, they're probably not worth what they're about to get paid. I have to find a little bit more creative quality while staying somewhat frugal in the market. While there are both training facility and stadium upgrades in the offing next season, they will probably only result in my facilities improving to Championship level, rather than the current League One level, but not the Premiership quality needed.
The cups were a mixed bag, we stormed through the early rounds of the Carling Cup en route to a semi-final faceoff with our bogey team Villa. We had a one-nil in the home leg until the 90th, when they drew level. That carried into the return fixture where we never had a chance. I was enticed by silverware and sort of sloughed off the FA Cup, going down in the 4th round in a replay at Elland Road.
FA cup results
As stated, I was still relatively frugal in the market, but I definitely used some of that bob they've been giving me to play with this time.
Highlights of the squad this season:
Manuel Rodríguez Sánchez - Rodríguez Sánchez is yet still a fan favorite, though he's probably been pipped by Castro as first choice in the stopper role. Was named in the Team of the Season along with Pickering.
Lasse Ikäheimo - The Finnish starlet was no doubt my player of the season, despite what the fans thought. While it took a bit for the goals to start coming, he's no doubt Champions League quality. The PFA Young Players Award voters
Dave Pickering - My first top-class Englishman, I spoke of him earlier. He was immense in the run-in.
David Castro - The Spaniard has been with us a while now, and his quality really showed with some immense goals.
Federico Fratus - He did nothing special this season, but the Ricay captain joined us in League Two, and became the clubs all-time appearance leader this year. While both Spanish defenders are probably superior, I admit to a soft spot for him.
Alberto Romagnoli - The Italian striker has been with us for a while now, and while again, completely flummoxed by any pressure, he was our top scorer this year.
In the next season, I plan to really trim the squad a good bit, whilst seeking a new batch of youngsters to bring through. I don't expect to do anything more than enjoy the experience of playing in the UCL, and really, I just hope we can handle the offseason transition period well enough to compete for it again this year.
2010/2011 - Blue Square South - 2nd, playoffs - promoted; FA Cup - 3rd qualifying round; FA Trophy - 3rd qualifying round
2011/2012 - Blue Square Premier - 2nd, playoffs - promoted; FA Cup - 2nd round; FA Trophy - Final
2012/2013 - Coca-Cola League Two - 3rd, automatic promotion; FA Cup - 2nd round; League Cup - 1st round; Johnstone's Paint Trophy - 1st round
2013/2014 - Coca-Cola League One - 12th; FA Cup - 3rd round; League Cup - 2nd round; Johnstone's Paint Trophy - 2nd round
2014/2015 - Coca-Cola League One - 3rd, playoffs - promoted; FA Cup - 4th round; League Cup - 2nd round; Johnstone's Paint Trophy - 2nd round
2015/2016 - Coca-Cola Championship - 10th; FA Cup 6th round; League Cup - 2nd round
2016/2017 - Coca-Cola Championship - 6th, promoted via playoffs; FA Cup - 3rd round; League Cup - 1st round
2017/2018 - Barclay's Premier League - 16th; FA Cup - Semi Final; League Cup - 2nd round
2018/2019 - Barclay's Premier League - 2nd; FA Cup - 4th round; League Cup - Semi Final
A striker with 10 finishing is probably good enough for L2 as long as it's combined with pace, or heading/jumping/strength.
So would this be a good scale for player standard?
League 2: >12
League 1: >13
Just starting, going to bring Horsham some glory! http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k1...RyanDunn-2.png
About to start this. Gave 09 a try but didn't really put much time into it. I am now the proud manager of Cambridge City!
For example in the BSP, if you pair a pacy striker (say 15 for pace and acceleration) with a deeper lying striker who is strong and good in the air, then even if his finishing isn't great he'll still bag plenty as his pace will get him a lot of one on ones.
Sadly at the City Ground I seem to get quite a few postponements.
On the plus side we have managed to fill Abbey Stadium almost every home game. Thats a capacity of 8,600 however, we're now back at the 3,400 capacity City Ground. We also managed to sell ALL our season tickets of 1,531.
Only had 2 friendlies so fitness may not be right up to scratch. We still had good results beating Ilkeston 1-0 and BSP side Dag & Red 3-0. Made a few signings. Most of which are younger players which will hopefully develop into starting players for me.
Have been given surprising odds of 8-1 and reckon i'm a good chance for promotion. Lets hope they are right.
Also, when im posting. I can't see the buttons like bolding words or posting pictures and such. Is there a way i can get them up somehow as i cant mesmorise them all :o
Yeah, thats what i've done but all I get is the emoticon stuff down the bottom....
i cant understand the AI.
i have a 18yo youth player who is rated at 1/2 star potential by all 8 of my coaches and i was going to let him go. West Ham in the prem have made a bid of 0 + a friendly and 20% of next sale.
I keep wondering if they are seeing something i'm not or they are just daft
Edit: West ham signed him as a backup player with £6500 p/w wages, i just scouted him my 20/20 scout says he is a good blue sq prem player in potential
It goes without saying that a lot of fans are deeply upset at his going and would welcome him back
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Ahh thanks, got it working now
Championship Prediction - 22
Championship Position - 12
The stupid decision to loan 30m to a new stadium had me selling some of my best players as i had to reduce the wage bill with 20.000 euros.
I did and we did -okay- i think next season might look a little bit like this one as our new stadium first arrives next season.
Our finance are rated as insecure although i have managed to raise a lot of money from sold players so our balance right now is on 5m which should be enough for next season.
Alvarez Championship top goalscorer!
Libertazzi A frightning duo!
Connolly My ass man hates him but he always grabs his chance and plays well every single season
Goals for the upcoming season:
Im hoping for a mid-table finish and a good cup run! im not sure we can fight for a promotion place unless we get more room in the budget
Code:League Season Finished Achievements ------------------------------------------------------- Blue Square South 2010/11 4th Playoff Final losers Blue Square South 2011/12 1st Blue Square South Champions Blue Square Premier 2012/13 5th Playoff semi-final losers Blue Square Premier 2013/14 1st Blue Square Premier Champions League Two 2014/15 2nd JPT Winners, Promotion League One 2015/16 13th none League One 2016/17 2nd Promotion Championship 2017/18 14th none Championship 2018/19 12th none
Wow things are improving sitting 4th in the Premiership at the start of November, looking good. Also doing well in the Europa League, having qualified for the knockout stages. Things are looking very good for FC United, shows what a few signings can do.
kaNovi, Looks like a reasonable season there as you have clearly had to cut costs.
Don't understand how Alvarez did so well with his low finishing for that level.
I agree about Alvarez.. he doesnt have the greatest attributes, but i think it might have something to do with a great partner in front.. he scored 18 goals in 35 games last year with an 7,03 avr, so he must have something going for him
Gargra - Chippenham Town - Barclays Premier League - 2015/2016
Was hoovering just above relegation spots for first half of season. Made a change to tactics playing with anchor-man in dmc position instead of a amc and my games started to go more my way and eventually ended up 13th. Did terrible in all cups going out after 1 and 2 games.
Transfers - Guglielmi was probably my best buy this season money compared to performance. Actually bought him as backup and company for Benedetti since i had no italians in squad from before and he ended up as best average defender.
Finances - got profit each month. i guess it might be my wages still beeing very low. i'm not sure.
Emerson - Highest average. Won Young Player of the Year and ended up in Team of the Year.
Francesco Guglielmi - Highest average defender.
Enrico Teodorani - Most goals.
Rocha - Most assists.
Enzo Dubus - Delivered another decent season in goal.
Code:Season League Position Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square South 4th Promotion(Playoff) 2011/12 Blue Sqaure Premier 3rd Promotion(Playoff), FA Trophy 2012/13 Coca-Cola League 2 3rd Promotion 2013/14 Coca-Cola League 1 4th Promotion(Playoff), Johnstone's Paint Trophy 2014/15 Coca-Cola Championship 5th Promotion(Playoff) 2015/16 Barclays Premier League 13th
New stadium should be ready soon and players probably gonna demand new contracts soon so i guess my finances won't change much. Season goal is just to avoid relegation again and finish around mid table waiting for some players to develope more.
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Good job kaNovi and gargle
Thx Snake, my finances actually looks pretty good this season so im hoping i can push for a playoff spot or atleast a decent cup run!
Last edited by kaNovi; 08-12-2009 at 18:49.
So with 40 games gone Nantwich are at last safe from relegation from League Two for another season, well unless we enter administration, interestingly we are only 7pts off the playoffs with a game in hand - League Two is rather weird in that there is only 10pts seperating 7th-19th, yet there are also 10pts seperating 4th from 7th and 21st from 23rd.
Guiseley Season 3 Review- League: Blue Square Prem
Media prediction- 24th
Final Position - 15th
A reasonable Season- it was clear from early on we would not be involved in either the promotion push or the relegation dogfight we suited me fine in our 1st season in this league.
We didn't get in either the player stats or team stats so no point posting them this season.
Brown Nice Dc who formed a strong partnership with Ward.
Ward Our best dc according to my assistant- i hope he can play for my club as long as he is up to the standard.
Thurlbourne One of our cms who can play dm also- i noticed he is a favoured player of the club.
Massey one of my 2 main strikers- our leading player in value at 20 years old- hopefully he can score a few more next season though.
Players i would like
I had a look at a few of the top regens in my game:
Of course there are many others i would like to sign but i would be posting forever :P
Finances As with many clubs in this challenge finances are poor- i shall look to lower wages but expect a similar loss next season.
Transfers All signed on free transfers as budget is low- ward and massey probably were the 2 best out of them.
Next Season- I am looking to sign a few quality players in the end of contracts as my reputation should be higher being a BSP team now. I'll look to make a few loans if necessary. I plan to get rid of the deadwood to lower wages. In terms of position i want to reach the playoffs next season, promotion would be nice but i do not expect too much.
\o/ qualified for the Champions League knockout stages with a game to spare! Could even win the group if we beat Fenerbahce and FC Bayern fail to beat Benfica would be top of the group if we'd held on against Bayern at home :mad:
I swear the game doesn't want me to win at home - the ref has just given Cambridge a pen for nothing that I can see, and then ruled out the winner aswell for a push with the last kick of the game
2014/15 - Hendon - Blue Square Premier
Media Prediction: 19th
League Finish: 11th
FA Trophy - Poor run really but we faced stern opposition and were the weaker team on the day.
FA Cup - A better than the Trophy which ended at Nott'm Forest on TV which upped the finances very well.
Key Player Profiles
Jon André Fredriksen - The Norwegian was recommended to me by my coach and provided 9 goals whilst contributing 11 for our scoring total.
Luca Santonocito - Luca was phenominal in the centre of the park and provided 15 goals throughout the season.
Michael Stewart - The former Hearts DM was very good and the stopper in defensive midfield. The aggresive lad cut out any attack the opposition attempted to start very well.
Danijel Subotic - Once again, top scorer with 16 goals and provided 10. Great contribution.
Code:Season League Position Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square North 1st BSN Champions 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 23rd Relegated 2012/13 Blue Square North 1st BSN Champions 2013/14 Blue Square Premier 15th None 2014/15 Blue Square Premier 9th None
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Well that's typical with our playoff hopes over, my team come back from 2-0 down at home to draw 2-2 with 10 men, could have done with that fighting spirit earlier in the season.
Was looking for a new keeper and found this Rodrigao. Wasn't cheap but i think he'll be worth it.
Bad start of season so far. 8 players away in international duty for first 2 games.. i still beat united somehow... my best midfielder came back injured for 5 weeks....
Last edited by gargle; 08-12-2009 at 21:54.
Argh, forgot to take screenshots at the end of the season. Oh well. Finished my second season in League 1 in 9th place, which was three positions lower than my first year at this level.
Finances are still a mess, £900k in the red right now.
Nantwich Town – League Two 2014/15 – Season 5
So after a disappointing season last season, I hoped for a better season this year.
Transfers - I went about bring in a couple of experienced players - DM Sam Togwell, right wingers Lomana LuaLua and Jermaine Johnson and rather surprisingly we managed to sign Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink - whilst he may not be able to run, if I can get the ball to him he should be deadly.
Other signings included two french strikers Agosta and Acapandie and a France based Malian defender Toungara, I also brought in four youngsters on loan to add some depth.
Player sales saw me try and cut the budget by selling anyone outside the first 18 - with Nardiello, Assoumani and Krushovski all joining Crawley who appeared to have got some money from somewhere.
I then suffered my first player to demand a move to a bigger club when left back Wiggins demanded a move after the Wycombe manager spoke to the press about him, so with him unhappy and unwilling to sign a new contract he was offered out and Exeter stumped up £100k for him.
In January with the club losing money Frenchmen Manceau and Ghezzal were sold as their wage demands were far to much for squad players, whilst Strikers Gould and Keatings were let go on free's before the Welsh teams tried to get them thus freeing up some wages.
So the expectations for the season were to Consolidate again, whilst again the bookies gave us no chance and the media expected us to finish 20th again.
Whilst I hoped for more, but it wasn't to be, we just never got going and when my strikers did get going my defence would make woeful mistakes.
Table - In the end we finished 15th, rather annoying is that we had the second best away record in the league, however we countered that by being woeful at home
POS Graph - Shows the story - when we got within site of the playoffs we collasped, only to recover when it looked like we'd get dragged into a relegation fight.
Stats - We made 40 less mistakes this season, but conceeded 6 more goals due to mistakes
Overview - The cups didn't go much better, Colchester knocked us out of the FA Cup in the Second Round, whilst Crewe sent us crashing out of the Paint Trophy in the first round.
The Carling Cup went well for 45 minutes as we took a 2-0 lead over Championship Middlesbrough at the Riverside, before we fell apart in the second half and lost 5-2. On the plus side we earned £175K from the game which proved to be very valuable.
Grant Adam continued in goal, however he made several mistakes this season and it looks like I'll be looking for a new keeper next season.
Yanis Lacombe continued at right back, whilst Grant Basey reclaimed the left back spot as he was my only left back.
In the centre of defence Yanis Abbes was my strongest defender, with Daniel Ayala, Moussa Toungara and Chris Kirk all fighting to partner him though none of them were consistent enough to claim the spot out right and I'll be looking for a new defender next season.
On the wings Lomana LuaLua proved to be a good signing grabbing 11 assists, however he struggled for fitness in the second half of the season, whilst Jermaine Johnson struggled to make an impact, on the left Stephen Brogan had a good season but like most of my team went missing in several games.
In the middle Sam Togwell was brought in to shore up my team, but he struggled to keep his place ahead of the impressive Matthew Whyte who is developing nicely and is only let down by the bug that stops the game from giving midfielders decent marking/positioning attributes. Whilst the game finally gave me a semi-decent youth player Adam Curran who has a three star potential (interestingly I've still not had a keeper promoted yet?)
Providing the creativity in midfield was Norwegian Magnus Eikrem who tried his best to push us forward on his own, setting a new record of 14 assists and he even got himself back into the Norwegian Squad though he didn't play and claimed fans player of the year, providing cover was the equally impressive George Moncur.
Upfront saw Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink lead the line as he grabbed an impressive 14 goals in 31 appearances, though he may struggle to play that many games next season, and with my other new strikers failing to impress Sean Fitzharris took his chance and finished top scorer with 19 goals in 33 appearances, setting a new record for league goals - though he really should have had more goals in the middle of the season he had about 15 goals from 20 games, but in the final third of the season his and the teams form disappeared.
French Striker Vincent Acapandine started the season in fine form but with him struggling to settle his form fell away and he struggled to reclaim his place from Fitzharris, my other French striker Yohann Agosta also struggled and was largely used to replace a tiring Vennegoor.
Best XI - Again right, whilst the Overall XI somehow sees youngster Rawlins get on there after one sub appearance.
Finances - not good at all, despite bringing in £175K from the Mboro game and £300K on player sales we finish the season ~£100K in the red
We are also going backwards in League Two that is not good at all.
Code:Season League League Finish Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2010/11 Blue Square North 1st Promoted - Champions 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 3rd Promoted - Play-offs 2012/13 League Two 8th 2013/14 League Two 11th 2013/14 League Two 15th
CAMBRIDGE CITY (2013/2014) LEAGUE ONE - SEASON FOUR
Media Prediction - Still these muppets will not stop predicting that we'll finish last.
LEAGUE ONE - A much better season points wise. It took quite a while before we dropped points, twice in all. Forst was a 1-1 draw away to Portsmouth and the only other time was a shock 2-1 loss at Stockport. The title was once again sewn up by early March.
FA CUP - Kidderminster Harriers, Colchester United, Notts County and Reading were beaten however, despite leading 2-0 at half time against Everton they rallied to beat us 3-2 in Round Five.
LEAGUE CUP - Ipswich Town and Southampton were dispatched before QPR eliminated us in Round Four 3-2 after extra time at the Abbey Stadium.
JOHNSTONE'S PAINT TROPHY - A 3-1 home win against Charlton in First Round then saw us put in a poor performance to lose on penalties after a 1-1 draw away to the MK Dons. Not only was this this first time the club had been on the receiving end of a giant killing but it meant we relinquished our hold on the Trophy.
SQUAD - We just about had all the bases covered however suspensions were rife toward the end of the season with sendings off aplenty.
LEAGUE ONE PLAYER STATS - Not difficult once again to see that the wings supply and the strikers finish.
GK Tom Lester - With GK being one of our weaker positions I went mad and splashed a massive £2.1m on this keeper from Leeds United described by my scouts as "a player who could be a leading star for the Premier Division in the future". Although Jak Alnwick also has a good future he has not really improved at all over the past 18 months.
D L Tom Bender - A name to get the Micky taken out of but a player who was superb in defence.
ST Marc Spellman - An absolute bargain at £50,000 from Doncaster Rovers. From late January onward was replacing the great Radoslav Vasilev.
LEAGUE ONE TEAM OF THE YEAR
CLUB XI 2013/14
CLUB XI 2010/14
Playing the 1st half of the season at the Abbey Stadium and filling it constantly seriously boosted our average attendance. So much so that board finally put their money where their mouth is and decided to buy us A NEW STADIUM. The construction of the imaginatively named CAMBRIDGE CITY STADIUM will cost us a massive £18.5m! This does mean we now have to pay back a loan of £16.11m at £110k per month. Doesn't sound too bad apart from the fact it takes TWO YEARS before its ready meaning at a 3,400 capacity stadium finances are shall we say none existant?
However, our future does bode well.
Code:Season League Position Achievements --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square North 1st Champions, Promoted, FA Cup 5th Round, FA Trophy Winners 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 1st Champions, Promoted, FA Cup 4th Round, FA Trophy Winners 2012/13 League Two 1st Champions, Promoted, FA Cup Finalists, League Cup 2nd Round, Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners 2013/14 League One 1st Champions, Promoted, FA Cup 5th Round, League Cup 3rd Round, Johnstone's Paint Trophy 2nd Round
Last edited by Stephanie McMahon\'s Secret Lover; 09-12-2009 at 07:36.
Even after spending almost £1M in transfer fees for my first Championship season I still have a shade over £2M left in the bank.
Are you using some sort of diablo tactic?
Merthyr Tydfill League 1 2019/20
FA Cup - 4th Rd
League Cup -2nd Rd
JPT - South Final
This was a pretty miserable season in the league only narrowly escaping relegation at the end of the season, strikers were very inconsistant and the defenders just let in goals through errors.
In the FA cup i went out 3-1 away to Premeirship West Ham, in the League cup i lost 3-2 away to Championship Derby. I won the first JPT South final leg 2-1 against Crystal Palace before losing the second leg 3-1 to go out.
Carre (history) was a talented player who didn't live up to his promise and was sold on.
Kudimbana (history) and Morrison (history) were first teamers but were sold on to balance the books as i had replacements. Djemia (history) was a great player but his contract was running out and so was sold. Whyte had not made many appearances but the chairman sold him on for 325K without a sell-on clause, 18 months later he was sold on for 4 million :mad:
Most of the squad were quite poor this season although Banahene was solid in defence and Clifford and Clarke good in patches up front.
Star Player - In his first season he replaced Noone in the centre and chipped in with a good number of goals
Merthyr Tydfill League 1 2020/21
FA Cup - 1st Rd
League Cup - 3rd Rd
JPT - 2nd Rd
This was a repeat of last season only worse as we didn't keep a clean sheet for the first 20 games and then couldn't score, in fact by Nov when i lost in the fa cup to a league 2 side and was nearly bottom of the league i thought about not continuing with the save. However after asking about tactics advise i followed SnakeXe's suggestion and changed from balanced to rigid philisophy, this worked wonders as the defence were tighter and the goals started going in again.
The FA cup and JPT were forgettable going out to lower league opposition, in the 2nd rd of the league cup i had won at home 2-0 in ET against championship Southampton before losing 2-0 away to championship Wigan.
With the finances still poor i got rid of some higher earners.
McShea (history) was a club favourite but had become 4th choice striker and was moved on as his contract was ending. Bailleul (history) was talented but was not scoring the number of goals to justify his big wages.
Assogba (history) was a good player in midfield but again was a high earner and was often suspended, he managed 69 yellows and 6 reds in 199 games, 4 reds came in his last season.
With Orsinsi a championship standard keeper my main keeper last season Warren was sold on.
Krouchi (history) reverted to being absent for games and training so was sold in Jan.
Few of the players did well this season, Iddi, Rivera and Diop were good in defence.
The midfield was particually disappointing, bringing in the experience of Cana backfired.
The strikers really struggled up front.
Star player - In his first season the only striker who could find the net.
Code:Career so far: Season League Position Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square South 3rd Promoted via playoffs 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 9th None 2012/13 Blue Square Premier 2nd Promoted via playoffs 2013/14 League 2 15th None 2014/15 League 2 13th JPT Winners 2015/16 League 2 5th Promoted via playoffs 2016/17 League 1 13th None 2017/18 League 1 14th None 2018/19 League 1 12th None 2019/20 League 1 15th None 2020/21 League 1 14th None
Last edited by Thebaker; 09-12-2009 at 11:04.