A clean sweep of the player awards. Update on its way.
A clean sweep of the player awards. Update on its way.
Maidstone Season 6 Update 2015/16 - Blue Square Premier
League Finish - 10th - League Positions
My first season in a new league and it going to be a massive challenge, I also had to sell last seasons best player for next to nothing so that I could lower the wage bill and actually bring in some other players. I struggled for the first 30 odd games and was just hanging around above the relegation drop. This is when I had decided I had enough with the save and left it.
After a bit of time away I wanted to come back to Maidstone, I had spent my time at a better side studying the tactical aspect of the game and so was prepared to finish the season and get cracking with the next. My new approach really got the best out of my players and I managed 9 wins in a row, if only I had this form all season I would probably have won the league and definitely been involved in the play-offs. I finished 10th and have to build for the season, if I can keep the core of the squad together and add a few top players (striker who can score) I feel I can challenge for the league.
Star Player - Youth Player 1
Code:League Season Finished Achievements ------------------------------------------------ BSS 2010/11 19th BSS 2011/12 19th BSS 2012/13 15th BSS 2013/14 10th BSS 2014/15 5th Playoff Winners BSP 2015/16 10th
Tonbridge Angles - League 2 - 2012/2013
I was expecting the team this season to struggle to gel together straight away, like last season how it took pretty much half of the season for the squad to finally gel together and play in a way I wanted the team to play. But I was wrong, the team seemed to work together well from the off and we were fantastic this season, I wasn't expecting promotion and would have took anything around mid-table this season.
League Positions Graph
After the first 3 games we really did show the league that we meant business, and I was surprised by this as like the other seasons, I pretty much sold the whole squad and brought in a totally new fresh squad that would be up to the challenge of the league, and I stick by doing this as it has obviously worked so far with successive promotions in every season.
I think that the amount of time I actually spent in pre-season this season helped me make sure I was signing the right players, I spent a lot of time looking through for free transfers and such, searching for certain types of players with certain attributes to fit my team and I think I done this very well this season, especially on when I signed Tommy Hoiland, who I'm sure was some sort of FM god on a previous version of the game, obviously no where near as good on this version but he was classed as a leading star for this league like many players I signed.
As you can see, we brought in a lot of players to make up for the amount of players that we let go and I was also pleased with how we didn't spend a penny and even made 50k in selling players which is actually quite helpful at this level.
I think I done really well and bringing together a squad that was easily good enough for this league with enough backup as well, especially for up-front as a few of my strikers become injured a lot.
As you can see at the start of the graph our finances shot up by about 100k, this was because of I played a lot of home friendlies against higher reputation teams at the start of the game which gave me a lot of money, and I have done this every pre-season so far and it has really helped us for the season and our current balance which is around the 200k mark, is not bad, and this I will want to keep this at around 300-500k next season.
We done quite well in the FA Cup, making it to the 3rd round and we done extremely well from getting past the 2nd round when we faced Blackpool away who were in the league above us (League 1) and we turned them over 3-0. In the 3rd round, at home to Barnsley who were in the Championship, we started well and were leading at half-time, but Barnsley should that extra quality they had in the 2nd half to beat us.
Tommy Hoiland - Was lethal for the first half of the season but in the second half of the season he was no where near as good
Richard Peniket - Was brought in on loan to act as cover for my main strikers, but instead, he was our best player and was tremendous, pity we couldn't keep him as he will be back to Man Utd now, maybe I will go back in for him on loan for next season
Dan Woodard - A player who was bought to play RB, but instead he was great in the centre of midfield when he played there, he was basically the more defensive of the two midfielders when he played , so I decided to get a loan in to let him play there and the loan player could play at RB where Woodard played
Tiago Ronaldo - A player who I had high hopes for just because of his name and the fact my scout said he was good enough for a League 1 team. He didn't really disappoint though and did what he was asked to do, even though at times, I did rotate him about with some of my other midfielders as I had a lot of cover in the centre and I did this to keep the players happy. Provided a lot of assists, and our strikers did have good service when he played.
Luca Gerbaudo - Probably my favourite signing so far in this game, Luca was brought in when I played a diamond midfield with 2 centre midfielders, an attacking midfielder and a defensive midfielder, and I brought him in just incase we would need to revert back to the normal 4-4-2, and we did, I went to 4-4-2 and he played brilliantly on the right, managing to even get into double-figures and it I took a risk on him as well when I signed him because I knew the quality he had and knew he was interested in joining the club, so I offered him the highest wage I possibly could, which persuaded him to join.
I am really looking forward to next season because I don't think I will have to sell the whole squad like I have did previous years, I think quite a few of my current players will be good enough for next season, and already I have sold players ready for next season for quite high prices, so far, the amount I will bring in on the 1st July, will be 500k and I would like this money to stay in my balance so we can start to build our finances to keep them stable.
I will have to get another goalkeeper in as my first team goalkeeper Rene Mommers was struggling to motivate himself all season, and this could be the same next season, also our backup goalkeeper Connor Fairley, isn't good enough now, so 1 or 2 goalkeepers will need to come in.
Looking at my strikers, I will only have Tommy Hoiland, James Keatings and Papa Waigo left for next season as it currently stands going into pre-season, as I have already sold 2 of my strikers. I am also planning on selling James Keatings because I think now that we are in League 1, it is far above his standards, even though he has been a great player for us and our longest serving player so far. Papa Waigo is normally used for the left wing, but his preferred position in up-front, so that will leave us with 2 strikers, so we will need to bring in possibly 2 or 3 in the summer.
Our defence will also be very weak when our loans move back to our clubs, especially our centre of defence, and we will need to bring in quite a few defenders to make sure we don't leak goals next season.
Our midfield is probably looking the most stable for next season, we have 2 good wingers and a few really good centre midfielders already, so this will be my last worry to look at in pre-season.
Also, I will be looking at staff for next season, as it currently stands we only have an assistant manager, a scout and a physio, so I will be looking to get in a few coaches to help out
Code:Season League Position Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square South 1st Champions 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 5th Promoted via playoffs 2012/13 Leaggue 2 1st Champions
well played mag man. Glad to see you hung in there and got some good results in the end!
Whats next for you? Pushing for promotion? Your definately getting a good manager profile!
3 seasons, 3 promotions, not bad going, Tug Congratulations on winning the title and it'll be interesting to see how you get on in League 1.
Well played there Tug. 3 promotions back to back is pretty hard to do IMO but you pulled it off.
As long as we have a stable mid-table finish next season, I will be happy enough, I want to start building for the future now.
Sounds great, you going to loan him out or play him a couple of matches in first and reserve team?
Just got my first job offer from another club \o/ Tottenham finished 17th in the Premier League last season (avoiding relegation by just 2 points) and they sacked Alan Shearer as a result. Clearly they were impressed with me when we spanked them good and proper in the League Cup and their chairman has just offered me a 2 year deal and a £16M transfer budget. If this game didn't revolve around this challenge then I'd be tempted, but given the nature of this challenge, my response was a very swift, 'get tae ****'.
I really hope we can keep this activity up guys, the thread was starting to go a little slow the past few weeks and now the last few days there has been lots of activity, lets keep this going
Anyway pre-season has started, just got my fixtures and that through and my first three games are:
Tonbridge vs Derby
Blackpool vs Tonbridge
Tonbridge vs Notts County
So a very very hard start, three teams who have all been involved in the Championship
I am trying both Terk. Got two great prospect strikers. I am keeping one in house and one on loans, then I will see what helps the most. Of course the one in house is getting tutored
Sounds like a very difficult start, Tug
I think the thread died down a bit because a few people who had been posting a lot completed the challenge and therefore faded away from the thread. I'm here for the long run though. I doubt I'll ever complete this thing, so I'll be posting in this thread right until the day that the FM11 version is started
I had a couple of weeks away from the game due to Mass Effect 2 coming out so stopped posting altogether but I'm back in for the long run.
And yeah I think you're right, I'm looking to whenever I complete this challenge to do what dafuge has done though and carry on at the top, using the youth and watching them grow
Kings Lynn - Barclays Premier League - 2019/20 - Season 10
At the outset i was aiming for further consolidation and squad building. I had managed to make some decent moves in the transfer market and brought in some experience in Stephen Defour and Some Strength at the back in big Argentine Miguel Angel Gimenez. Despite this we still looked to be no more than a Mid Table to Lower Half side and because of this top 10 seemed a reasonable aim and maybe some cash from a cup run.
We started the season erratically and our inconsistency was so frustrating, both Gimenez and Defour were struggling to come to terms with the pace of the league and were putting in some shocking displays, both were dropped to the bench and eventually out the squad for a while. Defour never quite made it back in.
After 10 games we were sitting around 12th and i was happy with that, even if i was not happy with many of the teams performances.
But then we went on an amazing 10 game unbeaten run and after 20 games were sitting in Nose Bleed territory in 1st place, Top of the premiership.
These heady heights were unheard of, and although it has never been confirmed i am sure that the slump of the next 10 or so games was as a result of a squad wide bout of Vertigo, this saw us drop to 5th before claiming the final Champions League position on the last day of the season!!!!!!!!
Kings Lynn in Europe, Unbelievable.
However, to be truthful, we are probably the least deserving qualifier in history, we played awful football and regularly nicked wins and draws with our only efforts on goal, often having suffered a battering but emerging with the points
But what we did deserve was our Cup Success, for proabably the first time in the whole 10 seasons i had a cup run to write about, The FA Cup was another non-event, however we played some great stuff in the League Cup and got ourselves all the way to Wembly.
League Cup Run
We endured a battering through the game but repelled Chelsea's Long Shot barrage and emerged with the Silverware in our grasp
League Positions Graph
Same again as far as the team stars go, they give the team a solid spine and with Harper upfront we can always nick a goal.
David - Is Maturing well and kept the experienced Defour out the team.
Angelo Morosi -Forms a solid partnership with David in the middle of the park
Romelu Lukaku -Still Terrorising Defences with his sheer physicality
Jason Harper - He is just getting better and better, a great goal return for a youngster
Stars of the Future
Siep Thies - A Promising Forward
Stuart Lunan - Winger
David Bissett - Winger
Gareth Price - Defensive Mid
Next SeasonCode:Career Overview Season League Position Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square North 1st Champions, Promotion 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 5th Play Off Winners, Promotion 2012/13 Coca-Cola League 2 18th 2013/14 Coca-Cola League 2 2nd Promotion 2014/15 Coca-Cola League 1 5th Play off Winners, Promotion 2015/16 Coca-Cola Championship 13th 2016/17 Coca-Cola Championship 6th Play Off Winners, Promotion 2017/18 Barclays Premier League 17th 2018/19 Barclays Premier League 10th 2019/20 Barclays Premier League 4th League Cup Winners
Plans for next season are to continue to build the squad and make the most of our unexpected venture into the Champions League as this could provide some much needed income.
I am not expecting another high finish as that was very much a fluke and i am more than happy to admit it, a 6th place finish and Europa League could be achievable but we really need to start playing some better football if we want to progress.
I am hoping that i can persude the board to upgrade the facilities as we are still at the basic level which i think is impeding the youngsters development, also i have been advised that The walks stadium can not be expanded any further and 12500 is the maximum, so thats that until a new stadium, looks like iam going to have to balance success and transfer policy with saving money to get the stadium we will need to maintain success
Last edited by PVentress; 18-02-2010 at 17:32.
And I have Durham. Starting season now, more details later.
Jesus, go for 12 hours and now trying to catch up
What a great start to the season. Four of their goals were shots from over 30 yards, doesn't bode well for my new £750K 'keeper
Ouch Terk. That's gotta hurt
Not nice Terk, you'll recover, you'll recover!! It's fustrating money wise. I try to build a team yet my wage budget is lower than last year for Godness sake, I've had let go my key players on free transfers and it's just fustrating, about to play first game of season!
My 15 year old striker just got signed by Arsenal I'd offered him a new deal but they stole him from under me. I got £1.1M compensation that may rise to £2.9M (15% of next sale, £350K if he makes his international debut and £35K per game for his first 40 league games for them) but I'm absolutely gutted to lose him. I'd played him in a couple of pre-season friendlies and he'd scored twice and looked very impressive. So far I'm hating this season
Managed to sign in my first ever money signing I think from Grimbsy called Phillip Skinner for 325k over 48 months, looks promising, only bad thing he is a defensive midfielder and he won't fit into my team atm, so if I don't use him, I will try to send him on loan hopefully.
Put your hand up if you have just wasted 10 Million Pounds!
"Puts Hand Up"
Just bought a new GK and was well chuffed, he had loads of 17,18 stats in all the right areas
But, after my euphoria of th esigning going through i realisaed there was one major stat i had not noticed..........
He has an Ariel Ability of 3, yes 3, thats T H R E E
How on earth did i miss that !!!!!!!
Whats the opinion guys, have i just wasted money i cant afford to waste?
Marco Di Mauro
Last edited by PVentress; 18-02-2010 at 19:18.
Terk - That sounds a big loss, bloody good young player though!! Another tough season looks ahead but keep fighting and sticking in their! Something good can happen!!
PVentrees - Does seem a little waste then again have you tried him yet? I reckon he could be good for you but you just need to force the other team to play inside and not get the ball in wide areas!
I got some better news, 4 wins out of the first 6 games, takeoever completed meaning I've gone from £320k in the red, to £70k in the green and hopefully a couple good cup runs can keep me financially okay! Wages are £1,000 less than last year so it looks a little promising and my 19 year old Welsh striker is scoring regularly!
PVentress, just pray that your full backs can cut out the crosses.
I have only played the first 3 games of the new season (plus Pre-Season),
In Pre season he didnt really have much to do so he looked pretty solid,
However, one name springs to mind since the season has started - Calamity James!!!!!
Looks like i am going to have to seriously work on the Full Back settings or bite the bullet and write him off as a dud
Can't believe how well this season is going.
Especially upfront, with Pugh going, I didn't know where the goals would come from but a guy who scored 5 in 29 last season has now got 10 in 8 so far this season!
On Adam Hunter, my ex-Rangers BSS-to-Championship Hastings legend centre back, he's now made his return to the SPL with Aberdeen for £1,000,000. I didn't think his attributes befitted his ability, and for that price I had to say yes.
Still, I'm pretty amazed with the progress of what was one of my first ever signings, and he must have cost us nothing in the long run as that fee more than wipes out all his wages for the past 7 years.
Aeropus, he's lost him to Arsenal now!! :/
How stupid am I. 4-0 in the Fa Cup against some poor team, half-time. I think "No, i'll keep my main striker on, let him get as many goals as possible" instead of going for the clever decision of taking him off. 4 minutes later and he's injured and out for 2 months. Nice one.
Last edited by The-Perfect-Fm'er!; 18-02-2010 at 20:28.
Well, first ever Champions League group match safely negotiated,
Not wanting to do things the easy way it was a 1 -1 v's Real Madrid in the Bernabeu
And the strangest part was that we actually really deserved it, an epic performance from the lads.
I have actually built a very very good team so far in pre-season, which could be good enough for another promotion or play-offs at least, even though I have around 7 loans, and this is why, the loans are very good.
You know you feel gutted when this happens...
Nice work TugSafc.
Season's just pretty much ended with 13 games to go unless I can pick up some amazing form and push for play off's. Was top after 11 games but only won 5 of our last 18 and just well not going great. So much promise too
Currently 30 games unbeaten and top of the league
Now bring on the forum curse.
So got to 32 games unbeaten and came up against premiership opposition and this was the result
Nice magman, very nice indeed!! (Apart from the Premiership result)
Dartford - Barclays Premier League - 2034/35
Another year..with Dartford scoring goals, winning games and stuff..
League Table Graph
Retained the Premiership by 17 points and that just adds further disgrace to runners up Man City who did the double over us this season.
Birmingham finished third and as you will see below, have become a good side.
Community Shield Only one goal in it.
Super Cup Another 1 goal match.
Carling Cup Put out by City.
FA Cup A good run in the FA Cup with wins over Man City but we got humbled in the final as Birmingham ran out deserved winners at Wembley.
Club World Championship Steady as she goes..
Champions League Easy enough route to the final, including a semi-final tie with Besiktas of all teams. I had a ton of injuries heading into the final against Bayern and two of my under 18's had to fill in the sub bench and both of them ended up making appearances during the match due to further injuries. We retained 'Big Ears' with the one goal from Dartford youth product Conor Buchanan.
Squad We have a few veterans but the youth in the team is more than evident. Future looks bright.
European Goalkeeper of the Year - Tischenko
European Defender of the Year - Henriques..again
PFA Player of the Year - Dida
Transfers Two big decisions made in terms of outgoings. 1) Igor Eizaguirre I let go to City for just under £30million and 2) Tiaguinho put in a transfer request - I loaned him to Milan instead (with an £8million loan fee), hoping he will reconsider when he returns. Incoming was mostly promising youngsters.
Finances Have been better. Have to stop buying for a few seasons.
Key Players This Season
Conor Buchanan Led the line well in Tiaguinho's absence and scored a good number of goals from individual play.
Grgic Given his high standards it wasn't his best season but he still played a key role this season.
Dida Outstanding goalscoring ability from long range that his attributes don't illustrate what-so-ever. Probably the most important player for Dartford now. In his prime and ready to do more damage next season.
Henriques Still going, now 32, again for the umpteenth time, the best left back I've ever had in any football manager game.
Karg Brought him in for £60million last season and this year he really showed he class.
Javier He may be 34 but he was my outstanding centre back this season.
Took over Spain last summer but nothing to shout about just yet as we're still in the middle of qualifiers.
Club Career Overview
International Career OverviewCode: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 2019/20 Coca Cola Championship 3rd Promoted Via Play-Offs 2020/21 Barclays Premier League 8th n/a 2021/22 Barclays Premier League 10th Qualified for Europa League via Fair Play League 2022/23 Barclays Premier League 16th n/a 2023/24 Barclays Premier League 15th n/a 2024/25 Barclays Premier League 5th Carling Cup Winners, FA Cup finalists, Qualified for Europa League 2025/26 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League Winners, Europa League Winners, Qualified for the Champions League 2026/27 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League Winners, FA Cup Winners, Champions League Winners, Super Cup Winners Challenge Complete 2027/28 Barclays Premier League 1st PL Winners, FA Cup Winners, CWC Winners, CL Winners 2028/29 Barclays Premier League 1st PL Winners, CWC Winners 2029/30 Barclays Premier League 1st PL Winners, FA Cup Winners 2030/31 Barclays Premier League 1st PL Winners, FA Cup finalists 2031/32 Barclays Premier League 1st PL Winners, FA Cup Winners, CL finalists 2032/33 Barclays Premier League 2nd PL runners up, Carling Cup Finalists, FA Cup Winners 2033/34 Barclays Premier League 1st PL Winners, Carling Cup Winners, CL Winners 2034/35 Barclays Premier League 1st PL Winners, FA Cup Finalists, CWC Winners, CL Winners
Code:Season Nation Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hired by Brazil 2027/28 Brazil N/A 2028/29 Brazil Qualified for the 2030 World Cup Sacked by Brazil Hired by Italy 2030/31 Italy N/A Resigned from Italy Hired by Holland 2032/33 Holland Semi-Finalists in Confederations Cup Resigned from Holland Hired by Spain 2034/35 N/A
Merthyr Tydfil - Blue Square South - Season 2011/2012.
Well an improved season and again a quick an easy season update!!
Well as you can see, goals really weren't a problem, however defensively we struggled! Home and away form were similar and we led the table early on but it was downhill after that!
Well we certainly didn't struggle with goals thanks to Steve Griffiths and also Casey Thomas. Goals came from all over as also Jay Smith chipped in with his fair share. Apart from that, there wasn't too many positives although Daniel Williams had a good breakthrough season.
The Cup's and Finances:
Failure in both cups as this Result ended our Fa Cup run. Early finish in the Fa Trophy too, again being beaten in the Qualifying stages.
Financially, not as bad as last year but still losing money regularly!
Boston united season 12 2021/22
A great season all in all. Considering that I thought we were going down after the first few games. We picked it up to finish 9th in the end
League Table, Position Graph
Fixtures pt 1, Fixtures pt 2, Fixtures Pt 3
Johnstone's Paint Trophy
To be honest I was glad we went out of all the cups when we did as we could then concentrate on staying up.
Nicolaj Kholert One half of my main central midfield partnership. Scored some cracking goals as well
Reggie Lambe Kholert's main partner. Scores a few as well
Aidan Campbell Another good season from Campbel with 25 goals in all competitions
Julien Raimbault Campbells partner. Shoved Sharif out of the side. Started slow but clicked and scored nearly 20 goals
Oliver Nicholas Bought from Middlesborough and has established himself as a defensive rock.
Code:Season League Final Position Achievments ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square North 7th none 2011/12 Blue Square North 2nd Promoted Via Playoffs 2012/13 Blue Square Premier 15th none 2013/14 Blue Square Premier 20th none 2014/15 Blue Square Premier 12th none 2015/16 Blue Square Premier 3rd Lost in Playoff Final 2016/17 Blue Square Premier 1st Automatic Promotion, FA Trophy 2017/18 Coca Cola League 2 2nd Automatic Promtion 2018/19 Coca Cola League 1 21st Relegated to League 2 2019/20 Coca Cola League 2 4th Lost in Playoff Final 2020/21 Coca Cola League 2 4th Promoted via Playoffs 2021/22 Coca Cola League 1 9th none
Premier League - Arsenal
FA Cup - Manchester United
Carling Cup - Bristol City
Champions League - Barcelona
UEFA Cup - Palermo
World Cup - Romania
Aims for next season
Strengthen the squad
Consolidate position and maybe push up
Only did ONE game last night. Decided to go out after work and get ****ed.
bit of advice: Dont play FM seriously when ****ed. didnt loose the game, but should of won it if I actually made some changes instead of watching something random on the telly. Gave up, saved and went to bed.
I want to get near the end of the season by the end of tonight. I finish at 5/6, home etc for 8 then its game time. No band rehursal for me on Saturday, so its just cracking on. Im really starting to get addicted (like on fm08) which means:
- Weight Gain
- Loss of social life.
Ahwell, atleast you still eat Yidd0! ;)
hell yeah :P lol.
Okay, not a bad start of the season so far, currently in mid-table after 8 games, and if we stay here all season, I will be happy, as its the future that I am concerned about, hence why I have brought in lots of loans this season.
Should get to christmas today
Now this is what ****es me off about this version of FM. League Cup against Newcastle and my keeper has an absolute stinker of a first half, at fault for both their goals, and gets a half time rating of 3.6, no problem he deserved it. I told him at half time that I had faith in him and he produced an absolutely blinding second half, making four top class saves, as we pulled it back to 2-2, and he was beaten only by one screamer from twenty yards which was described in the commentary as 'no keeper in the world would have saved that shot' in injury time. His full time rating? 3.2. The lad deserved some credit for the stunning saves he made in the second half, at least bump the rating up a couple of points rather than down.
I know that feeling Terk. If a player makes a mistake he can't get his rating up no matter what. Except scoring a goal. If a defender makes a mistake and plays 5.4 for instance, the only time I've ever seen him bump back up is if he scores on a set piece. It makes you think they play worse than they really do as well, very annoying.
The media are on an absolute witch hunt against my keeper, every other day there seems to be a story about him not performing. In 11 games he's rated 6.6 overall, and OK that's not great, but he's a 19 year old kid who has just moved to the country, give him a little time to settle in at least. Add to that the fact that my centre backs seem unable or unwilling to tackle, that attendances are significantly down from last year and that my £2M striker from Aston Villa is yet to score and I'm not enjoying this season yet Hopefully we'll stuff Notts County (relegated from the Premier League last season) in my next game to make up for it.
Oh dear. Media are noobs Terk. Leave em, let em be!
I'm sure things will improve. Where are you in the table?
I'm unbeaten at the start of the season, 4 wins and 4 draws so again another good start but I had a similar good start last year and it went downhill so hopefully can be different this year. My right back has one helluva throw! He's "delaping" it with bullet throws. It looks awesome anyway!
Nantwich Town – Championship 2020/21 – Season 11
Well this season took a while to do, my motivation was lost after our relegation from the Premiership last season and an awful start to this season didn't improve it, so I took a break to do some testing and to play Mass Effect (1 and 2).
So back to Nantwich Town and after finishing bottom of the Premiership last season my new chairman demanded I get us straight back there, though the bookies made us third favourites and media expected a fourth place finish.
Though my players decided differently with several of them wanting out - first I shipped out the likes of Zabeleta, Knightly, Toungara and Smith who all failed to impress last season, we were then hit by important players wanting out - my Keeper Patton jumped ship to Germany for £2.8m, Spanish Right Back Ardanaz went off to France for £6.5m, whilst Irish midfielder went off to Scotland on loan.
In January the exits continued my Wonderkid Centre Back Maidana fell to pieces after demanding a move so I took Man Utd's hand off when they offered £22m plus 50%, whilst Brazilian Centre Back Marquinhos also went as did Left Winger McNally.
So to get back and survive the Premiership new players would be needed a combination of promising youngsters and experienced players were brought in, where possible I tried to sign Domestic based players as 9 out of 10 foreign players just don't settle, however English players are neither cheap nor willing to really join me.
So having to bed in new players and deal with several unhappy players we didn't get off to the best of starts as we carried on last seasons poor form, we were still giving away goals and just couldn't get into games, this resulted in us being at the wrong end of the table which made my players even more unhappy and made us play even worse.
I was deseperatly switching players, tactics and formations in the hope that something would work - I did find a rather interesting 4-2-3-1 Asymmetric tactic that on paper looks very unbalanced however in the couple of games I used it for it was very well balanced due to the roles, I just didn't have the players for it to work effectively - you have a standard defence, DM, MCr, LM, AMR, AMCl and ST - if you have a Right Winger and an Attacking Midfielder who are good shots it could be deadly, unfortantley my midfielders are more asssisters than scorers.
However by the turn of the year with the arrival of some new signings I found an effective tactic - A Balanced Counter-Attacking 4-1-3-2 - 2 Centre-Defenders on defend, two Full-Backs on support, Defensive Midfielder on defend, in the midfield three narrow midfielders with the middle one deployed as an Attacking Advanced Playmaker and the two side ones deployed as Support Centre Midfielders, upfront I paired a Poacher with a Support Striker.
So with a formation found we quickly started to climb the table scoring for fun and keeping clean sheets - we were deadly against sides that came and attacked us, thanks largely to my young French Striker Schmidt who's deadly pace, dribbling and finishing was lethal when he was given space to run, though we did struggle a bit against teams that sat back and defended and we had to fight for those victories, however when we got within shot of the playoffs we bottled it and had to settle for a ninth place finish.
Table - Ninth place was an impressive finish considering our early season form, though if we'd found our form a couple of games earlier we could have claimed a playoff spot.
Squad - quite a few players used this season as I tried to find a system that worked.
With first choice Keeper James Patton disappearing off to Germany, former Arsenal youngster Michael Palmer was signed on a free and whilst he is highly rated by my staff he struggled to show what they saw in him and he lost his place to Irish youngster Alan Dolan who stepped up and had a solid season and left Palmer in the cold.
In Defence Stephen Darby was signed to add some experience at Right Back however he didn't impress and lost his place to the impressive Pedro Leite who whilst not being my best right back on paper was solid and hardly put a foot wrong. Whilst on the left new signing Airam Barba had an imense debut season and was one of the few foreign players to settle in without a problem whilst the highly rated Hicham Hadji again provided cover.
In the centre of Defence with Wonderkid Maidana's head all over the place he was dropped before being sold and this gave Carlos Perez a chance to move inside and he took it being in fine form until December when his form dropped and he lost his place in the side to Ryan Shawcross who was brought in to add some experience and stability to my defence, partnering them was the ever reliable Erwin Bauwens who not once let the near constent media attention get to him.
In midfield experienced midfielder Tom Soares was brought in to add a bit more bit to my midfield and covered my Captain Matthew Whyte in the DM spot.
In the centre of midfield Magnus Eikrem again excelled as my playmaker and whilst he still cannot shoot his ability to place a pass is second to none as for the 7th year running he was my top assister. Partnering him was new signing Jose Bogado who was an excellent player when he turned up however he seemed to get upset at every little thing and when he was upset his performances dropped, deployed down the right was the experienced Mathieu Flamini to make us more solid defensively. Providing cover was another Argentine Mauro Esteve though he won't be around for much longer after he randomly demanded a transfer, whilst I tried to fit in highly rated Brazilian Winger Dario after he turned down a couple of £10m moves to Austria - if he doesn't go in the summer he'll hopefully adapt to a central role.
Upfront saw a couple of changes Scottish Attacker John Fleck arrived in January to add a bit more creativity to my attack and was deployed as a Deep Lying Support Striker but the success story was young German born French Striker Frank Schmidt he cost a hefty £4.5m but it turned out to be a bargain as when given a bit of space to run at the defence he was deadly and was scoring goals for fun and finished as the Leagues Second Top Scorer and set a new Average Rating record, with youngster Schmidt on fire I had to find a new role for young Dutch Striker Ernst van Beek if I can get his passing up then he can be an effective Support Striker, whilst a change of tactics also meant Bulgarian Striker Vladislav Dimitrov lost his place as a Target Man role isn't that effective with my current tactics.
Overview - the cups didn't go that well, though drawing Chelsea in the FA Cup 3rd round didn't help.
Confidence - the board aren't too pleased that we didn't go straight backup nor are they pleased that several players are unhappy, though it doesn't look like my job is in danger yet and with my contract running until 2024 I should have till then to get us promoted.
Though I have just been offered the Liverpool job after they have just won the Premiership whilst I was linked with the Chelsea job all season.
Finances are looking fine largely due to player sales, whilst we are the highest valued Championship side though we have less Season Ticket holders than several BSP teams.
Best XI - Only surprise being the inclusion of Alexander who was mainly used as a sub.
Overall XI seems to have wiped out the Premiership players and gone back to using long-term players so just Dimitrov, Acapandie Vandenabeele and Eikrem are still at the club.
Whilst the season update brought a couple of surprises with it the board appointed Liverpool as our Parent off their own back (annoyed that we get a decent parent club when we don't need them) and I finally got a decent youth prospect Striker Geoff Grant who has the Potential to be a Good Premiership Striker.
So the plan for next season is to try and keep hold of my players, whilst I may need to sign a couple of midfielders to replace the older players I signed this season, and we will hopefully make an attempt at getting promoted back to the Premiership this season as money might start becoming a problem in the next couple of seasons - nearly all of my transfers over the last two seasons have been spread over 48mths, the wage bill has shot up and my ground was half empty last season
Code:Season League League Finish Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2010/11 Blue Square North 1st Promoted - Champions 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 3rd Promoted - Play-offs 2012/13 League Two 8th 2013/14 League Two 11th 2014/15 League Two 15th 2015/16 League Two 3rd Promoted 2016/17 League One 1st Promoted - Champions 2017/18 Championship 15th 2018/19 Championship 3rd Promoted - Play-offs 2019/20 Premier League 20th Relegated 2020/21 Championship 9th
Hard to bare Murray, I'm sure you will gain promotion next season!
Anyway we got ourselves into the play-offs after good form earlier, but our last three games, we have been shocking, including going out of the FA Cup in the 1st round.
Maybe our luck in the past month or 2 has ended.
For once I'm glad I had an injury crisis.
I lost my starting wingers and all of my strikers in November, but it turns out that the two wingers I brought in on free transfers halfway through last season to put us into a 4-4-2 formation are actually a lethal striker partnership in the 4-1-2-1-2 I ditched.
So much so, that I've been able to sell one of my other strikers who wasn't performing for a handsome £2 million, and I've gotten a tempting offer of £3 million for Manuel Diaz.
If you are looking for a forward then Robert McCormick from FC Belize was a Monster (44 Goals in 46 Starts in BSN), was another £0 plus 40% next sale
As for strikers, in my first BSS season I dragged in a striker who was brilliant physically but nothing special technically. The Assistant only rated him one star too! Even so, he still got a fair share of goals and outperformed a four star player easily. So if you can find someone who has good physical stats and reasonable finishing/mental stats, and as a bonus someone with above average determination, then ignore the assman rating and go for him.
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Battling around the play-off's with 10 games to go so hopefully I can sneak in.
Oh maaaaan. Just played Maidenhead who were a point infront of me and 5th, (me 6th)....2 games to go. I lost 3-2 despite dominating most of the game which means I miss out on a play-off spot. Getting hard now
Things starting to click for my Canvey side now. Had a potentially nasty run of games, facing five teams who have all player Premier League football in the past five seasons and who have all spent in excess of £7M this summer. Got two draws (Pompey at home, Burnley away), one defeat (Wolves at home) and two wins (Birmingham at home, Wigan away). That's lifted us from 18th to 14th after 16 games. The striker I shattered my transfer record for is starting to play like he actually knows the game and the young Brazilian winger I took on loan from Chelsea could become a legend in the space of one season.
Sounds like we're having parallel seasons Terk heh.
I had keeper issues too with my England U19 rep getting slammed by the media, and we're a match against ex-Premier League clubs like Notts County (whom we stuffed 4-0).
The Championship is just so competitive though. We were in 20th on 34 points after 29 games (a goal difference of +2 too grr) and the board were unhappy we weren't being competitive (highest team in the relegation zone is at 20 points), but one 1-0 win pushes us up to 15th and they're delighted.
Even so we're much better than we were last year and now we're gelling we might make a run at the top half by season's end, it's just 14 points separating 20th to the playoffs.
Boreham Wood - 2010/11 - BSS
One of the most frustrating seasons I've had on the game. Just a mutiny of defensive errors and disjointed play, as I struggled to find a tactic that would work for more than 1-2 games at a time. Put together a bit of a mini run at the end of the season to finish four points outside the playoffs, but only 47 goals scored all season tells a tale.
Probably didn't bring in enough players, as evidenced by the fact I still have a transfer budget of 14K and 1.3K in unused wages, and the two loanees from Chelsea helped (they're not a parent club though). Mitrovic ended up my top scorer, but his season is a bit misleading as he scored seven in the last six when we were pretty much out of playoff contention.
Other signings who performed reasonably well were midfielders Mark Millar and Guy Lopez, fullback Ryan Andrews and youth team left back Charlie King, whose technical stats are atrocious but physical stats are pretty good.
Playoffs are obviously the goal for next season, but I also need to find some better defenders, a decent striker and some squad depth.
2010/11 - Blue Square South - 8th
Actually make that 1.9K of unused wage budget, and finances are still insecure.
Just signed this fella after he was released from Bristol Rovers, who looks quite promising.
And to top things off, pretty sure I've just gotten a potential wonderkid through my youth system (Boreham's facilities are rated as adequate, which is obviously very good for this level).
Presenting Brett O'Kane
His reputation is already national so I doubt I'll be able to hold onto him for long.
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Leading star for most L1 sides, yeah.
He'll sign a three year FT deal in December and I'm going to try and get on his favoured personnel list asap. Teams currently interested are Cambridge, Peterborough, Rochdale, Accrington and Hereford. I'm just afraid someone will bit 50K and it will be accepted over my head.
I'm just a really bad manager aren't I
Decided to resign from Merthyr in November of 4th season in 9th position because things just didn't seem to be going anywhere and then they go and get promoted first season I leave. To be fair the team is really good but I just for some reason couldn't get them playing. About to try my luck with someone else now.
Going into christmas and we sit 6th in the table in the play-off spot, and I think we will be lingering around their for the whole season.
Managed to get John Fleck on a free who will be joining in January.
Yes, you are a bit ****, TPF
Well this is more like it Played 7 Won 6 Drawn 1 Scored 13 Conceeded 3 - a 2-2 draw to Preston is our only blemish so far and we needed a 91st minute goal to make it 2-2 the bad news is I've lost Striker Schmidt for 3 months the good news is we haven't even got going yet
Going to start this AGAIN.
I do not know what failure is.
Nice Michaeltmurray, you'll be back in the Prem in no-time!
Anyway, I'm actually surprised how bad I have been coping with my finances this season, I think I need to reduce the wage bill by around £5,000 at least, I can do this, but it means I will lack in quality, although I don't mind this for this season as I want mid-table stability and would not prefer promotion.
I want to start including my summer signing Phillip Skinner more who looks a great prospect for the midfield and this is why I'm not to concerned about selling 1 of my 2 centre-mids Tiago Ronaldo or Jurgen Samuel, even though they have both been excellent so far, they are both on high wages and I could make 250k-500k from selling one of them.
Well its May 2021 and Premier League Club Kings Lynn have just been taken over by a London based businessman,
He has invested 25 Million into the club and set about upgrading all the facilities
However, he wants to bring in Santi Cazorla as Manager as he has had Business dealings with him in the past in Spain, he will inform me of his decision in the next few weeks
Is all my hard work about to go out the window!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wish I got a board takeover
Anyway, like how I said before I wanted to reduce the wage bill and sell a few players, we done that straight away and made about £1.6m, which I was very happy with, £1m of that was Jurgen Samuel moving to Leeds, good player lost, but it means that Skinner will now have a chance in midfield.
I've been scouting Northern Ireland and looking through some South-American teams and I have found a few players who I am looking to bring in who look great youngsters
Apparently he has been impressed by the support for my management from within the club
Now to the important business, 2 games of the season remain and i am sat in 5th, one point behind 4th and two behind 3rd with a game in hand
Tooting & Mitcham United FC - Barclays Premier League - 2039/40
The squad is getting closer and closer to becoming all-T&M and it seems to be affecting our performances, particularly in the cups.
League Positions Graph
It was a lot easier than the table suggested as we lost 5 of our last 7 games due to fielding the kids.
Community Shield - a great performance with a relatively weak team.
Carling Cup - this was a bit embarrassing, especially as the team we put out was quite strong.
FA Cup - it was a clear run of home games to the final and at 2-0 we thought we had won it. Two late goals, one from an ex player and it went into extra time. I had already planned for penalties with my subs when a defensive mixup handed Arsenal a winner. Gutted.
UEFA Champions League - the two defeats to Sevilla in the group stage meant we finished second, where we got a tough draw against Real Madrid. 1-0 up from the home leg, we took an early 1-0 lead in the Bernabéu and even when they quickly equalised we were feeling confident. We held them off for ages, then this happened.
Transfers - another one of the big stars was sold to promote the youth strikers, it seemed like a great move for Everton as he helped them qualify for the CL.
Squad - we are really being carried by the previously signed players. Although the defence is all-T&M, they are still young and have a lot to learn.
Key Player Profiles:
Jon Punal - a superb season as he scored more than last season.
Tom McGoldrick - one of his best seasons ever, he's a legend.
Richard Jones - he's had another good season but I think the time to cash in is nearing.
Greg Scales - the 4th of my old signings, and another one of my key players. My backup right winger is no where near as good as him.
George Fry - the one shining light from the youth system.
Career OverviewNext SeasonCode:Season League Position Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square South 5th Promoted via playoffs 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 8th 2012/13 Blue Square Premier 2nd Promoted via playoffs, FA Trophy finalists 2013/14 Coca-Cola League 2 6th Lost in playoff final 2014/15 Coca-Cola League 2 1st Promoted as champions 2015/16 Coca-Cola League 1 4th Promoted via playoffs, JPT finalists 2016/17 Coca-Cola Championship 9th 2017/18 Coca-Cola Championship 6th Lost in playoff semi 2018/19 Coca-Cola Championship 4th Promoted via playoffs 2019/20 Barclays Premier League 16th 2020/21 Barclays Premier League 11th 2021/22 Barclays Premier League 3rd FA Cup finalists 2022/23 Barclays Premier League 7th Carling Cup finalists, FA Cup winners 2023/24 Barclays Premier League 3rd 2024/25 Barclays Premier League 5th Champions League finalists 2025/26 Barclays Premier League 3rd Carling Cup finalists 2026/27 Barclays Premier League 2nd 2027/28 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League and Champions League winners 2028/29 Barclays Premier League 1st PL, CL and CWC winners, Carling Cup finalists 2029/30 Barclays Premier League 1st PL, CL, CWC, FA Cup and Carling Cup winners 2030/31 Barclays Premier League 1st PL, CL, CWC, and Carling Cup winners 2031/32 Barclays Premier League 3rd Club World Cup winners 2032/33 Barclays Premier League 2nd FA and Carling Cup winners 2033/34 Barclays Premier League 1st PL, CL and Carling Cup winners 2034/35 Barclays Premier League 1st PL, CWC FA and Carling Cup winners 2035/36 Barclays Premier League 1st PL, CL, FA Cup and Carling Cup winners 2036/37 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League and Club World Cup winners 2037/38 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League and Champions League winners 2038/39 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League and Club World Cup winners 2039/40 Barclays Premier League 1st Premier League winners and FA Cup finalists
Our young squad seems to be prone to bottling it, as we have done on two very high profile occaisions this season. Hopefully as they get older this will improve and we can become a force in the cups once again.
Has anyone got any tips about setting up a back four in the BSS?
It seems every game I am getting undone by defending that defies belief. They all just seem to stand still when the ball comes forward, and it's resulting in just about every pass putting attackers through. The amount of goals I'm conceding from 6-10 yards out is just ridiculous, and it's all because I can't get my back four to react to anything.
I've never used a downloaded tactic and I don't want to start now, but I'm just seeing the same mistakes and lack of movement/reaction over and over.
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Just had to reject a 25 Million bid for my 20yr old wonderkid striker from Liverpool, Hope the new Chairman doesnt accept over my head if they come back with a bigger offer !!!!
just a quick little question...
whereabouts do you save club badges for teams that have been promoted?
not sure which directory to put them or what to name to get them to show?
hmm cant seem to get it working
I dont actually have the real badges as such, just got one that im going to use for my Bedford team. Not there real badges, one ive pilfered from a german side purely cos it has a B in it and is blue ha
We are in poor form atm and have dropped to 9th in the league, maybe the players I sold have limited our quality a little, although I have brought in 2 youngsters, a Brazilian and a Northern Irishman who both look good for the future.
I want to try and get the season finished by the end of tonight, I will probably be on now until 2-3am, then I can also play most of tomorrow while doing college work.
My plan for next season is to remove a few of the high-waged players and replace them with youngsters, we need to build our finances up and have our facilities upgraded and such.
Likewise with this season, I will bring in a lot of season loans, we have had 7 long-term loans this season, and 3 or 4 of these we don't contribute to any of their wages, the others are from Italian sides where we pay 50% of the wages.
Hastings United - 2018/2019 - Coca-Cola Championship
This was a real wheeler dealer season for us. Our short term goal was a genuine Championship quality squad, and our medium term goal was to make a run at the top half of the table.
It was actually one of the more satisfying seasons I've had in this challenge despite the lack of anything really to show for it.
Season Summary - 9th
This was a great season in terms of building a Championship squad. The old saying that you let the players who got you up, keep you up, then you move on was definately in force this year.
We had a massive turnover of players as a lot of the League 1/2 players who got us up started demanding Championship wages, and so we started off with effectively a brand new squad. Given our shoestring budget, this was always going to happen, but it was ok though, as we had no real goals for this season except to build.
Basically all season we were never really dominated but we struggled to get results our play deserved, which is to be expected of a new squad still gelling I guess. In the second half of the season we started to get those results, and in the end we were only 9 points off the playoffs.
Our defence was brilliant and one of the best in the league, while our attack got better as the season went on.
League Positions - Graph - It might look like we struggled all season, but thats more due to the fact that the top twenty ran away from the bottom four and we were on an upward trend all year.
League Cup - 2nd Round
Trounced League 2 Brentford 5-0 away, before succumbing 3-0 to Bolton away in a scoreline that flattered the home side.
FA Cup - 5th Round
Same as last season, we reached the fifth round, overcoming BSS Hendon and L1 Northampton before falling at home to Leeds 2-0 after we went down to 10 men.
Squad - I'm really excited about the core of this squad. A few additions and we should be a real force next year.
Finances - Massive profit this year, probably due to the £4.5 million net profit in transfers. We actually sold more than that, but they're on installment based deals which I don't mind since it gives us a guaranteed income which our stadium can't provide.
Transfers - I'll start posting this now because it's starting to get interesting, here you can see the £4.5 million transfer profit made this year.
I don't regret a single transfer, none were really forced on me, but the values were too good to ignore.
John Hessel - Our Adam Hunter replacement. Brilliant defensive stats and on a free too.
Rik Adema - Another freebie, our midfield playmaker was outstanding for us and another bargain pickup.
Bruno Sanz - If the Scots are the country to pinch players from in the BSS, then Spain is definately the place in the Championship. My scouts were raving about this guy in terms of potential so hopefully him and Manuel Diaz form a great partnership to come in future years.
Around the Leagues
Tranmere (whom you might remember set a record for total uselessness in my League 2 promotion season are now in the BSN, but lost in the playoff semi-final to Telford. Bit of a fall from grace. They've been joined this season in the BSN by Rochdale, who obviously wanted to give them some company.
Crewe, whom I fought for automatic promotion on the last day of League 1 two seasons ago, are now my feeder team in League 2. They lost in the League 2 playoff finals, incidentally beating St. Albans of all teams who have made a big rise up the leagues.
Chelsea won the Premiership for the 5th time in six years, and Man Utd haven't played Champions league football for three years now, missing out again by finishing 5th.
Career OverviewNext SeasonCode:Season League Position Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square South 3rd Promotion (Playoffs) 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 8th None 2012/13 Blue Square Premier 8th None 2013/14 Blue Square Premier 4th Promotion (Playoffs), FA Trophy Winners 2014/15 Coca-Cola League 2 6th Playoffs (Semi-final defeat) 2015/16 Coca-Cola League 2 2nd Promotion (Automatic) 2016/17 Coca-Cola League 1 2nd Promotion (Automatic) 2017/18 Coca-Cola Championship 18th None 2018/19 Coca-Cola Championship 9th None
Given how this season went pretty much perfectly to plan, I'm really optimistic about next season. Hopefully another solid summer transfer season can fill in the gaps in our squad to support our solid core and we can make a promotion run.
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Looking good there aeropaus, I'm sure you will improve again next year and challenge for promotion, keep it up.
8 games left in the season and we are 9th in the league, ideal spot that I wanted this season because I didn't want promotion although my new signing in January Sandro, is unsettled and even failed to turn up to training because of being in a nightclub the night before, so if he keeps this up, even though he has good potential, he will be gone in the summer.
I'm looking forward to pre-season again, next season I will be expecting to challenge for a play-off spot, and this might be hard because I don't want to higher the wage bill much because it really effects our finances because of the lack of stadium capacity.
Good news as well is that it looks like our facilities will be getting the first upgrade in pre-season, which is very important for our future, but this may leave is with an un-tidy balance.
And another thing, one thing I always forget, relaying the pitch, this will be the first time our pitch will be re-layed at the end of the season
Takeover talks begin...
EDIT: Why can't they schedule these outside the transfer window?
2 weeks left until 1st September, still under an embargo, massive transfer budget (£5 million+ due to some more sales), and the board think that a £2 million offer for my best centre-back is too good to refuse. Oh, and my other centre-back is injured.
So, I have no healthy centre-backs and 2 weeks left in the transfer window to find anyone to play the position.
I'm going to end up like Crystal Palace and turn up to games with only two subs at this rate hehe.
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Oh well. Takeover talks started on the 6th July... now the transfer window is over and they're still going!
I have a transfer budget of £5,000,000 and a squad of 18, which is currently 14 due to injuries and I still can't bring anyone in!
On the bright side I'm top of the Championship after 5 games... somehow.
Tonbridge Angels - League 1 - 2013/2014
This season was all about stability by aiming for a mid-table finish and after a good start to the season I started to expect maybe a little more than that, which was a mistake as we had a poor second half of the season, which wasn't really surprising after I decided to cut the wage bill a little in January by selling a few quality players. But, we were on target of our aim of mid-table security:
League Table Positions
In the first ten games or so we were up and down from mid-table to just outside the play-offs and we managed to find some form and get ourselves into the play-off places and we stayed in there until just after christmas when we started to be very in-consistent especially away from home where we were surprisingly better than home in the first half of the season. This was a similar occurance last season as well, excellent away, but could have been better at home.
When we started to be in-consistent, we dropped out of the play-offs and never got back in there after that, we just couldn't put a string of results together and we were even struggling against lower table sides at home, which was a concern.
We shipped out a lot of players this season and brought in a fair-amount to make up for this, with seven signings being season-long loans. As you can see from our transfers out, in January, we sold quite a few quality players, and this was probably the reason why we struggled in the second half of the season because the signings we made in January did not make up for our losses.
We signed Sandro, a Brazilian striker for 100k up-front and then 800k over 48 months, and he just wouldn't settle in and even had an occurrence once of not turning up to training because he was spotted at a nightclub the night before. We also signed John Fleck on a free and even though I never really gave him a chance because he didn't fit into my tactic, he was also quite poor.
Our squad wasn't the biggest but it had enough back-up to cover a few injuries here and there. We were maybe lacking a little quality in defense though but apart from that, our squad done generally well.
We were about to go into the red around christmas time and this was something I did not want, so this was the main reason I decided to reduce the wage bill and cash in on some players. We're now at around £1m balance just after the last game of the season and we are also selling Francesco Lippy for £1.4m, who is probably one of our most gifted players, but likewise with Fleck, he doesn't fit into my tactic and when I tried a tactic to fit these in, they didn't perform.
This was one of the biggest disappointments of the season. A very very poor result away to Bradford who were lingering at the bottom of the table in the same league as us. It was also quite a strong team, and I was left scratching my head at what went wrong, as this was in a time where we were actually in good form.
Tommy Hoiland - Following on last seasons performances with another good season even though he wasn't first team for the first quarter of the season, he earned that back with some great performances
Phillip Prosenik - I was very happy with the contribution Prosenik made, especially in the first half of the season where he bagged in a lot of goals for us, albeit, the goals dried up a little in the second half of the season.
Phillip Skinner - Our best prospect, signed from Grimsby for 325k and I gave him a decent amount of first-team chances throughout the season and he done okay. I wasn't expecting a lot and I think he will be an improved player next season.
Jeremy Huyghebaert - Hard to pronounce name but for a LB he contributed with quite a few goals, and in one game, he even got a hat-trick. May be hard to resist to sell him in the summer though as we could get anywhere between £1-2.5m for him
Elia Galliani - Loaned from Inter for the season and looks like a good little prospect, and was the rock of our defense, will be interesting to see how he develops in the future
Code:Season League Position Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square South 1st Champions 2011/12 Blue Square Premier 5th Promoted via playoffs 2012/13 League 2 1st Champions 2013/14 League 1 9th N/A
Our aim next season will be to try and bring in a team that will be good enough to aim for a play-off spot. I also requested our facilities to be upgraded which the board finally agreed on and this is the first step to a successful future for the club. I will also be looking to bring in some more hot prospects and try and build a younger team, if I achieved a team that was full of great prospects, I wouldn't mind if we had another mid-table finish next season.
Our defense will be very weak when the loans go back to their parent clubs so we will need to bring in a lot of defenders, and we are also losing a few midfielders that we will need to replace, so its going to be full of activity in the summer.
NJ achieving your goal Tug, good to get a bit of a breather year in after three straight promotions. Hopefully you can push on next year.
Takeover finally finished and the chairman was kind enough to let me keep my job and pump another £2,000,000 into the treasury. Just in time to get some freebies and loans in before that deadline expires...
Amazingly we're still top of the table, go figure.
Just at the season summary in my game now, always exciting when the season changes and you get the youngsters, fixtures through etc.
Joining League 1 from being relegated from the Championship will be: Charlton, Leyton Orient and Millwall
Joining League 1 from being Promoted from League 2 will be: Bournemouth, Colchester, Wrexham, MK Dons
Congratulations on a good season Tug! 4 Consecutive promotions probably asking a little too much
Hope you get promoted next season!
Aeropus, your doing a brilliant job there, I might have missed a link but what is your actual finance?
Aye but would like to get a couple more defenders in ;) We have the second best defence in the league too despite only having one genuine centre back. I'm a bit surprised and cautious about this yearOriginally Posted by TugSafc
here's the one from the end of last season.
At the moment post takover I'm actually at £8.63 million after selling another £5 million worth of players and the £2 million board injection.
Apparantly the board say that £1.5 million is going to upgrade the training/youth facilities, which I suppose is fair enough since they haven't been touched since I took over.
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Farnborough FC 2011/2012 - BSP
After a great first season, we looked to do have a season of full consolidation to mount a push for promotion from BSP in the 2012/2013 season. This was a difficult season, due to so many changes throughout the squad. There was a need to shake up the coaching staff, so these were removed and improved.
* I've gone a little further and therefore cant really look back at the table at the end of the season: Well we finished 7th, 8 points behind overall promotion playoff winners Cambridge. Robert McCormick had another great season: getting another 20 goals. I'm too knackered to post screenshots, so I will do 2moro.
Target for next season: Promotion. COME ON THE BORO!
Any Hendond Saves flying around?? cant seem to find any (they wont bloody promote after around 200 reload0s)