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    Welcome and good luck mate

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    Cheers Steboyuk!

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    Dosthill Colts, Southern League First Division 2016/17 Season Summary


    League: 2nd - promoted via playoffs
    FA Cup: Lost to Debenham in the 1st Preliminary Qual Round 1-0
    FA Trophy: Lost in the 1st Round 2-1 to Merthyr
    Southern League Cup: Lost in Quarter final 2-1 to Farnborough
    Birmingham Floodlit Cup: Lost to Nuneaton Griff on penalties after 0-0 draw in 1st round

    League Table, League Graph
    Squad

    A very poor start to the season with only 1 win in the 1st 5 league game + losing in the FA Cup at the 1st hurdle. But things only got better from there with long unbeaten runs in the league combined with a long FA Trophy and Southern League Cup runs. But we fell short of automatic promotion and had to settle for the playoffs

    Playoff Semi Final: Dosthill 2-1 Pegasus Juniors
    We had to come from behind to win this one, Phil Benson getting both goals for us, in the end we were deserved winners

    Playoff Final: Windsor & Eton 0-1 Dosthill
    A very close match separated by a single goal by Adam Penney in 1st half injury time but it was enough to get us promoted.

    Player/s of the Season

    David Watson - Top scorer for the season with 19 goals in 49 appearances, still not great to be honest

    Jamie Wood - Consistently good for proof just look at his history

    Russ Stone - It seems like everyone has a good debut season here. Russ Stone played well generally but I am sure he is capable of better



    Finances: Huge profits made, surely the board will allow better youth training facilities now

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    2009/10         Midland Combinations Premier       2nd         Promoted via Playoffs
    2010/11         Midland Football Alliance          14th        Birmingham Floodlit Cup
    2011/12         Midland Football Alliance          12th        N/A
    2012/13         Midland Football Alliance          1st         Promotion
    2013/14         Southern First Division            10th        N/A
    2014/15         Southern First Division            8th         N/A
    2015/16         Southern First Division            11th        N/A
    2016/17         Southern First Division            2nd         Promoted via Playoffs

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    Awesome work, well done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hrbfcrule View Post
    Hahaha love it, your season ticket sales do seem a bit low even for level 10, mine were in the high 30's/low 40's
    Just lucky I guess ha.

    I was really getting into the save, shame the dragon age expansion comes out tomorrow, doubt I will have much time to play until I beat that...

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    Taken over as the nearest geographical side to where I grew up, which is Letcombe.

    The club secretary is my old maths teacher!

    Off to a good start: Manager of the month for August and top after 5 games, with a W4 D1 record. There are 4 16 year olds in the Starting XI and the left winger has real promise (I hope!)

    I'll update again after Christmas then do a proper end of season summary.

    Thanks everyone!

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    Carlisle City Season Report 09/10

    So here we go, still struggling to get to grips with FM10 so I wasnt expecting much, and not alot is what I got. We were predicted fourth but I felt that widely optimistic considering my struggles with FM10 and the fact that I didnt actually think much of my squad. An incosistant start saw us 12th after 8 games and it looked mid table was on the cards, but an amazing surge in form saw us fly to the dizzy heights of fourth after 17 games and 5 points off the initial runaway leaders Cramlington I thought we had a tiny chance of promotion, but when we lost at their place the dream was over. We finished the season once more inconsistantly but with the odd bit of promise thrown in aswell - we finished 8th, with 46 points from our 32 games. Not bad, but a full 14 points behind the champions, and with no playoff positions of note it could be a long hard slog for promotion.

    Onto the players and it was a struggle, I couldent decide on who to plump for in goal, but eventually used Liam Carter who did well in his 10 appearances. Defensively we did quite well, Ross Wright at rightback was our outstanding man whilst captain Bill Smith was missed hugely when not fit our suspended. Another centre back would be a blessing however. Midfield was a decent area aswell, Martin Oliver did very well and his versatlitiy will come in handy, whilst defensive midfielder Chris Keene from the u18's was a real find - his high work rate, determination and teamwork led to him being one of the tacklers in he division. Up front was where we struggled the most - James Lamb was our top scorer with 10; he has good physical ability but also has 1's for EVERYTHING technically. Alongside him was a real nightmare with nobody consistantly doing well. Carl Hawksworth was my favoured choice - decent all round ability and by far my best dead ball deliverer I dont understand why he has such a poor average rating, he always seems to be playing well when he gets on the ball in game. A striker is much needed in the youth intake.

    Predicted Finish: 4th
    Actual Finish: 8th - League Table
    Power Tools Cup: Quarter Final - Lost to Harraby Catholic
    23rd of June Balance: £6,717

    End of Season Stats

    Top Scorer: James Lamb (10)
    Top Assists': Ross Wright (6)
    Highest Av. Rating: Ross Wright (31 Apps, 7.15 Av.Rating)
    Most MOTM: Ross Wright (7)
    Yellow Cards: Bill Smith (8) - and one red.

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    2009/10 Northern Alliance 11 8th None

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    Seems Ive been shifted into the English Wearside League - strange as nearly all the teams I was with last season have been aswell. However, worringly so, so were Cramlington, champions of the Northern Alliance last time around - is the level 11 structure working ok?

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    Carlisle City First Quarter Report 10/11

    Apologies, I normally write up a pre-season section, but clean forgot this time around, so my youth intake write up will be in here instead. Only real pre season news was the release of no less than 17 players after an average first season.

    Firstly though, and what a start for us this time around, 11 games in 8 wins, 26 points and a gap of 7 points over second placed Newcastle Uni already, weve had a fine start. Rob Phillips in midfield has been outstanding, whilst Lamb has already plundered 7 goals. Probably our more important player has come from the youth intake though; have a deek through all ELEVEN of our first ever intake to find out who.

    The Intake

    Michael White - Average, decent work rate and running ability may see him being used as a late 'runner' in the midfield, but wont be bursting into the first team just yet.

    James Smith - Looks a good all round centre half, like his marking of 10 a lot. Will certainly get a chance, but hasnt broke straight into the first team as of yet.

    Dean Scott - Another decent centre back who has been on the fringes so far this season, making one encouraging substitute appearance so far. Good all round physically and useful elsewhere he could be one to watch.

    Matt Moore - Picked out by my assistant as the one to watch, and he looks good, although that jumping stat of just 1 is hard to get by. If he was a left back he would be a first teamer, but unfortunately for him current right back Ross Wright was player of the season last campaign and is undroppable.

    Carl Coulson - THIS is the man who has transformed our fortunes - a good partner for Lamb, hes quick, decent in the air and his finishing and composure arent bad either. Has scored 5 very good goals so far and looks a star.

    Jordan McKellar - not much going for the scottish frontman, would be a grafting and hassling type of centre forward, but dosent look like getting much of a chance im afraid.

    Jamie Massey - Looks a useful keeper and will definatly get a chance soon, considering I still dont know who my first choice is.

    Craig Hunter - Versatile and looks a good all round player. Useful physically and determination of 17 means he will certainly make appearances this season.

    Stuart Henry - Looks a pretty average player in all honesty, im not blessed on the right wing though so could get a chance.

    Kevin Canning - A useful striker who Ill keep an eye on, but wont break into the first team squad just yet.

    Jamie Atkinson - Another decent centre half and he is the one currently partnering captain Smith. Done a sturdy job so far but unspectacular.

    Phew, that took a while, but a good batch, delighted with Coulson of course and some useful defensive options too. Watch out lads, Carlisle City are on the way!

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    Christmas Update 2009/10

    A better start than expected with a highly inexperienced Letcombe side. Most weeks see six 16 year olds take to the field, hopefully the experience will do them good.

    After 18 games in Hellenic Division 1 (West), I'm 5th, 6 points off the playoffs. Highlights include 2 manager of the month awards and a nice cup run building. Into the Quarter Finals of the Hellenic Challenge Cup.

    Here's hoping for a good run in! Proper end of season update tonight I hope.

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    FM09 - Merthyr 2031/32 Season Update - Championship - Marky Mark!
    2009/10 - BSS, 2nd - Promotion through playoffs!
    2010/11 - BSP, 18th - Setanta Shield Qtr Final
    2011/12 - BSP, 6th - Setanta Shield Qtr Final
    2012/13 - BSP, 18th
    2013/14 - BSP, 14th - FA Trophy winners!
    2014/15 - BSP, 2nd - FA Trophy Semi-Final, FA Cup 3rd Round, Promotion through playoffs!
    2015/16 - League Two, 20th
    2016/17 - League Two, 13th, JPT S Quarter Final
    2017/18 - League Two, 9th
    2018/19 - League Two, 1st, FA Cup 3rd Round, League Two Champions!
    2019/20 - League One, 16th, FA Cup 3rd Round, Carling Cup 3rd Round, JPT S Semi Final
    2020/21 - League One, 21st, FA Cup 4th Round, Relegation

    2021/22 - League Two, 3rd, FA Cup 3rd Round, JPT Winners!, Automatic Promotion!
    2022/23 - League One, 3rd, FA Cup 3rd Round, Lost in playoff final
    2023/24 - League One, 2nd, FA Cup 4th Round, Automatic Promotion!
    2024/25 - Championship, 22nd, FA Cup 3rd Round, Relegation
    2025/26 - League One, 4th, Carling Cup 4th Round, Promotion through Playoffs!
    2026/27 - Championship, 21st
    2027/28 – Championship, 20th, FA Cup Sixth Round
    2028/29 - Championship, 19th, Carling Cup 3rd Round

    2029/30 - Championship, 13th, FA Cup Fourth Round
    2030/31 - Championship, 16th

    2031/32 - Championship, 5th, Lost in Playoff semi-final

    After a fairly unremarkable season last season, I was expecting much the same this season, as was my board (they were looking for consolidation), however, despite no new players really breaking into the starting XI, the extra year of experience in some of my youngsters really paid off, and with one game to go in the season my side was 7th, with only goal difference seperating them from 6th and a playoff spot - however my last game was against 2nd placed Barnsley. I needed to get at least a point from them and have other results go my way.

    The final match of the regular season for Merthyr was a very tight one, but a single goal in the 65th minute for Mertyhr saw them walk away with 3 points. Furthermore, both 5th and 6th placed teams lost their matches, resulting in Merthyr securing 5th place in the Championship, a record high finish for them.

    2032 League Table and Graph

    The 5th placed finish saw me line up against 4th placed Leicester, with the first leg at home. Despite conceading an early penalty after 14 minutes, Merthyr quickly equalised after 16 minutes. Unfortunatly, after 36 minutes midfielder Culshaw got a straight red card, which should have spelt disaster, but instead spured the team on, and Merthyr went on to score 2 more goals and take a 3-1 lead despite playing a man down for much of the match (Leicester also got a man sent off after 74 minutes.

    Playoff Semi-Final First Leg 3-1 v Leicester

    I was confident going into the away leg, more so after I scored an early goal against play to put me 4-1 up on aggregate after 15 minutes. A Leicester penalty on 27 minutes saw my buffer reduced to 2 goals, then in the 56th minute a long range goal saw my buffer reduced to one goal... finally, another penalty on 75 minutes saw the scores 4-4 on aggregate, and extra time needed.

    With Leicester dominating the game now, the didn't waste time in extra time, and scored in the 94th minute, so I threw everyone forward, and scored an equaliser on the 105th minute, 5-5 now! However I forgot to bring my players back, and Merthyr again conceaded in the 109th minute, resulting in a 5-6 aggregate loss to Leicester, who eventually went on to win the playoff final. So close to the unthinkable, reaching the EPL, yet so far... can I make a similar push for promotion next season?

    Playoff Semi-Final Second Leg 2-5(et) v Leicester (5-6 aggregate)

    Despite such a fantastic season, there were no real standout players, but the fans player of the season, for the 2nd season running, was 24 year old midfielder Danny Carroll, who managed 4 goals and 16 assists from 51 games at 7.17.

    Due to the great performance of the team none of the new youth products managed a senior apperance, so my youngster of the season would have to go to 2nd season defender / midfielder Kevin Townsend, who followed up his 41 apperances at 6.75 last season with 32 apperances at 6.71 this season - not a fatastic return, but his versatility proved very handy during the season.

    2032 Seasonal Best XI and 2032 Overall Best XI

    Due to an increase in attendances, and increased prize money for coming 5th, Merthyr managed to make a small profit of $100k for the season, seeing the bank balance remaining at $29.5M

    2032 Finances

    New Club Records
    Highest League Position: 5th in Championship
    Highest Gate Receipts: $600,000 v Everton FA Cup 3rd Round 3.1.2032
    Average Attendance: 9,215
    Most League Apperances: Chris Thompson - 757

    Other News
    Ex player Mark Quinn keeps on impressing, after making a move to Man U for $61M last season, he was now nominated for world player of the season this season, and ended the season with 24 goals from 41 games at 7.51 - not bad at all from a Merthyr youth product

    After spending last season in League One, Liverpool finally managed to put it all together and take out League One to rejoin the Championship, it will be interesting to see how they go next season!

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    FM09 GYAC - Merthyr 1,000 Apperances Challenge - 2031/32 Update
    (Record - Rob Simpson: 856 apps in 21 seasons / Chris Thompson: 856 apperances in 17 seasons)

    Chris Thompson, GK, 33: 856 apps in 17 seasons
    For the first time in many seasons Chris Thompson actually suffered an injury - thankfully it was only a strained wrist which saw him out for 11 days and only miss 2 matches. He still managed 49 games this season, to bring his total to 586 apperances, equalling Rob Simpsons record, but in 4 less seasons (he also set a new club record of 757 league apperances, breaking Rob Simpsons' record 730 league apperances)

    With his career average games per season at 50.35, and sees him still on target to reach 1,000 apperances by his 36th birthday (assuming he is still playing, which he should be). Whilst he is still the first choice keeper, his stats are starting to decline (especially physical stats), and the young keepers are now starting to challange for his spot in the starting XI (although given how close he is to achieving the impossible, I've decided I'll keep on playing him no matter how bad his stats get!)

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    Letcombe FC End of Season Update: 2009/10

    An electric start from the Bassett Road youngsters which saw them drop away a little towards the end of the season. Certainly some fresh faces in there who are all set to take on the Hellenic Division 1 West next season.

    Hellenic Division One West: 7th with a record of 12-10-8
    Hellenic Challenge Cup: Semi Finals
    FA Vase: 1st Round Proper
    23rd June Balance: (£15,000)

    Top Scorer: William Howell (11)

    Manager Awards: Manager of the Month Twice
    Player Awards: William Howell - Golden Boot

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    I have gone on a massive slump starting in November, we did not score for 6 games...Lucky for us we only lost a couple.

    My star ML is coming along very well, when hes not injured, getting tons of clubs who seem to think I should give away my best player for free.

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    Phoenix 10/11

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    Season Review: Very strange season, at times we played amazing, even finishing the season on a 12 game unbeaten run, at other times we went without scoring for over a month...

    In the end we hit our stride just as everyone else fell apart and got lucky with our schedule to some how wind up winning the league.

    Consistency was a massive problem, and with no real way to fix it not sure what will happen next season.

    Cups:

    FA Vase

    Cup Report: Nothing really interesting here, lost an away game during our mid season slump.

    Transfers

    Squad

    Finances

    Players:

    Futcher - ML: My star youth last season lived up to the hype, miss a couple games but he was a star when on the field and was player of the season for the league.

    Morales - MR: Really strong season again, feeling good with the pairing of Futcher and Morales for sure.

    Nolan - ST: Lead goal scorer, should of had more but missed some games.

    Rainford - ST: My other striker who was fairly solid, kinda want a good youth to come up and take this spot though.




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    2009/10       MFC D1               1st                        Promoted
    2010/11       MCC                  1st                        Promoted
    Next Season: Fingers crossed for some more talent...

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    Wow, outstanding work there Cerneo

    Fulcher certainly looks a star, how far do you think he can go?

    My second season update at Carlisle City is coming - dosent look like promotion again, despite a great start, we blew it and a 3 month injury to our star striker James Lamb didnt help..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steboyuk View Post
    Wow, outstanding work there Cerneo

    Fulcher certainly looks a star, how far do you think he can go?

    My second season update at Carlisle City is coming - dosent look like promotion again, despite a great start, we blew it and a 3 month injury to our star striker James Lamb didnt help..
    Well its hard to tell since my assman is so horrible, and the coach even worse, hes had 5 stars in everything since he appeared.

    He was not a one man show or anything, but I did notice when he was out hurt, his pace alone is crazy at this level.

    A couple of me new regens look good, one very promising DL, one ok CB and a decent back up striker all showed up, the rest were garbage.

    The CB and DL should get time right away.

    Media/Board think I should challenge for promotion but not sure if thats really possible if we play like we did during that slump, as you could see from the graph is was a very rocky season, we just got a lucky run of games at the end really.
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    Good stuff, that does sound ambitious, but its hard to tell exactly how much difference in quality there are on the tiers this low down.

    Also any chance of a screen shot of that promising left back?

    Just to say to all people really - as this is such a difficult challenge, its obvious only a core of us are likely to be giving it a serious go.. due to that it would be nice for people try to post mini updates or post more updates than they would if they were doing dafuges challenge for example - just keeps the thread ticking along nicely, and Id also say screenshots of new youth intakes are really good to see - they are the main focus of this challenge after all.

    KUTGW everybody.

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    Yeah I will try and update more, I edited in screens of all the decent players.

    Anyone know what level your U18/Reserves start playing games? Kinda bad to just have them all rotting.

    Also if anyone wants kits(3d ones also)/badges I would be happy to make them for you, sometimes its hard to find them however and for kits I prefer the fantasy route, but I can try to recreate them also.

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    Carlisle City Season Report 10/11

    So after a mediocre mid-table first season, but a good youth intake, we were looking to improve - and instantly that is exactly what we did, 15 games into the season and we had been top of the table for its entirety. Promotion looked a certainty, but then I did the cardinal FM sin of saving and quitting. When I came back we were a different side, and a much worse one. Striker Lamb who had 9 goals in his first 14 games was ruled out by a 3 month injury and that plus a combination of a tough run of fixtures saw us plummet to the depths of 7th. We steadily improved again and ended the season with a flourish, unbeaten in 9 and rising the league, eventually finishing a very respectable 4th.

    Onto the players and now the real key worry was the goalkeeping position. FOUR keepers were tried in all, and none stood out, although fourth choice Johnny Rowntree did well in the last 2 games of the season. Defensively we were OK, again right back Ross Wright our player of the season, the midfield was very similar, except the central pairing of Phillips and Buckley improved immensely, especially Phillips - 12 assists with a few goals were very handy. Upfront was a real point of promise for us, Lamb had a great season despite injury, and top scorer Carl Coulson had a dream debut season, knocking in 14 league goals making him the 3rd top scorer in the division.

    Hopefully next season if we get a goalkeeper we can once again challenge for promotion and a chance at the heady heights of level 10!


    Predicted Finish: 9th
    Actual Finish: 4th - League Table
    Shipowners Cup: 1st Round - Lost to Harraby Catholic
    23rd of June Balance: £12,601 - + £5,504 - surprised me!
    End of Season Stats
    Top Scorer: Carl Coulson (14)
    Top Assists': Robert Phillips (11)
    Highest Av. Rating: Ross Wright (35 Apps, 7.04 Av.Rating)
    Most MOTM: Carl Coulson (5)
    Yellow Cards: Bill Smith (11)

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    2009/10 Northern Alliance 11 8th None
    2010/11 Wearside Football League 11 4th None
    Last edited by Steboyuk; 19-03-2010 at 06:20.

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    Solid season, fingers crossed for a GK for sure, I never have to worry because my CBs were so bad it was pure luck I did not give up a goal anyway, anytime my GK had to do anything it was to late or it hit the post ha.

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    Hello all. My Coulsdon United save corrupted so I have decided to start this again at level 11 and with the Wife's hometown club.

    Meet the new manager of Watchet Town in deepest Somerset.

    The squad looks interesting and I have been predicted 17th.

    According to my (absolutely rubbish) Assistant this gentleman is my best player: Lewington; while young Lee Morgan is my best youth prospect.

    Gonna have a career thread as well for this stupidly difficult challenge but will keep the updates here as well. And if fact here it is

    Off for lunch now but come this evening I'm back. Wish me luck...
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    Mid season update: Sitting in 1st after the first game in the new year. Really not sure how when we have had quite a few draws, but we had a nice little run in December and are clear by 6 points.

    Cups are another story, outside of the FA Vase we were knocked out in the first game...

    Going to try and finish this season by the end of the weekend, would be amazed if I could go 3 for 3 on promotions.

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    Good luck to everyone who has just started this challenge

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    Hey all, thought I'd post an update on my game in this thread seeing as I'm playing this challenge and not yet posted about it. :P

    To start with, I decided to become the new manager of Milton & Fulston Utd, who ply their trade in the Kent County League Premier Division. My main reason behind this side was that they are a new club (only founded in 2008), but also have an 8000 capacity stadium - so up to League standard already (should I be fortunate enough to get that far up the pyramid system).

    I'm currently at the end of the 3rd season - here's a brief description of each season to date:

    2009/10
    The season started well, going the first 9 games unbeaten, and even at the halfway point, I had an 8 point lead over the rest of the table. However the 2nd half of the season was a disaster, with it being a struggle to score, let alone win games. Eventually I was caught and overhauled as I finished 3rd in my first season - 3 points off top spot - consigning me to another season in Level 10. The cups were all a washout, with no real progress of note in any of the competitions.

    2009/10 League table


    2010/11
    This season followed pretty much the same pattern as the first season (the only difference being that I was now concentrating more on the mentality side of the game, believing that if I took care of this, then the results would follow). Again, the team walked over all and sundry in the first half of the campaign. With 10 games to go, I was top, with an 8 point cushion. But yet again, my team seemed to self-destruct on the run-in, managing only 2 wins, which left me finishing 5th - 6 points off the top auto promotion spot (and 4 points off the play-off spot). - and contemplating a 3rd season in Level 10 and wondering if I'd ever get out of this league. The cups were again pointless, with no real progress of note in any of the competitions.

    2010/11 League Table


    2011/12
    The 3rd season began in exactly the same fashion as the previous 2, with all comers being beaten with ease in the early art of the season - the first 9 games were all victories, but I was still wary as we'd started like this every season. My fears were the realised as we then only took 1 win in the next 9, We were still leading the league, but only on GD, with my defense keeping me in there in many of those games. However in this season, we then rallied for the final 10 games, winning a number of games 1-0, which ended with me finally getting the promotion I'd craved fro 3 seasons, mainly thanks to defense, who only conceded 8 goals in the league. One cup competition also came within the grasp of the team this season, with us losing the final of the Kent Senior trophy on penalties.

    2011/12 League Table


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    2009/10         Kent County League Premier        3rd      	N/A
    2010/11		Kent County League Premier	  5th		N/A
    2011/12		Kent County League Premier	  1st		Promoted

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    Congratz Scarletrion on getting promoted out of lvl 10

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    Phoenix 11/12

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    Season Review: What a change from last season, we could do no wrong this time and racked up a lot of wins. The youth guys that came through seem decent, not sure how they will compare at the next level, floor has to fall out from under us soon anyway.

    Cups:

    FA Vase

    FA Cup

    Midlands Alliance Cup

    Cup Report: Nothing other than the decent run in the Vase, everything else was one and done.

    Transfers

    Squad

    Finances

    Players:

    Futcher - ML: Another good season, really picked it up late in the year after having a couple injuries to start the season.

    Morales - MR: Player of the season by far, was really strong on the right and got alot of assist.

    Nolan - ST: About the same as last season, nothing special.

    Rainford - ST: Had some injuries and was also forced to play in the midfield when we got short handed due to fatigue/injuries. But improved on his goal tally from last year can't ask for more.

    Bailey - DL: Best prospect going into the season and he was a really good anchor on the left, a couple more like him in the back 4 would be nice.

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    2009/10       MFC D1               1st                        Promoted
    2010/11       MCC                  1st                        Promoted 
    2011/12       MFA                  1st                        Promoted
    Next Season: Need a good striker and midfielder.
    Last edited by Cerneo; 21-03-2010 at 10:35.

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    I've been playing this challenge but not posting, just wonder if anyone else has been linked with ridiculous jobs? I'm up to 14/15 season, 1 promotion and at the top of NW Counties Permier league, and have just been linked with the Portsmouth job!

    Thought it was daft being linked with league 2 sides but Portsmouth in the Championship...

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    My youth intake:

    Baker

    Lay

    And my favorite Scott Scott (He gets to play for the name alone)

    And over all overview.


    Not really what I was after but it will have to do,

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheshirelad View Post
    I've been playing this challenge but not posting, just wonder if anyone else has been linked with ridiculous jobs? I'm up to 14/15 season, 1 promotion and at the top of NW Counties Permier league, and have just been linked with the Portsmouth job!

    Thought it was daft being linked with league 2 sides but Portsmouth in the Championship...
    I have played 9 seasons now and have been linked with a few league 2 jobs eg Brentford or Bradford but no one in league 1 or higher.


    Congratz Cerneo on 3 succesive titles, very impressive keep it up

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    FM09 - Merthyr 2032/33 Season Update - Championship - Marky Mark!
    2009/10 - BSS, 2nd - Promotion through playoffs!
    2010/11 - BSP, 18th - Setanta Shield Qtr Final
    2011/12 - BSP, 6th - Setanta Shield Qtr Final
    2012/13 - BSP, 18th
    2013/14 - BSP, 14th - FA Trophy winners!
    2014/15 - BSP, 2nd - FA Trophy Semi-Final, FA Cup 3rd Round, Promotion through playoffs!
    2015/16 - League Two, 20th
    2016/17 - League Two, 13th, JPT S Quarter Final
    2017/18 - League Two, 9th
    2018/19 - League Two, 1st, FA Cup 3rd Round, League Two Champions!
    2019/20 - League One, 16th, FA Cup 3rd Round, Carling Cup 3rd Round, JPT S Semi Final
    2020/21 - League One, 21st, FA Cup 4th Round, Relegation

    2021/22 - League Two, 3rd, FA Cup 3rd Round, JPT Winners!, Automatic Promotion!
    2022/23 - League One, 3rd, FA Cup 3rd Round, Lost in playoff final
    2023/24 - League One, 2nd, FA Cup 4th Round, Automatic Promotion!
    2024/25 - Championship, 22nd, FA Cup 3rd Round, Relegation
    2025/26 - League One, 4th, Carling Cup 4th Round, Promotion through Playoffs!
    2026/27 - Championship, 21st
    2027/28 – Championship, 20th, FA Cup Sixth Round
    2028/29 - Championship, 19th, Carling Cup 3rd Round

    2029/30 - Championship, 13th, FA Cup Fourth Round
    2030/31 - Championship, 16th
    2031/32 - Championship, 5th, Lost in Playoff semi-final

    2032/33 - Championship, 6th, Lost in Playoff semi-final

    After a breakthrough season last season where I made the promotion playoffs, I was hoping to achieve the same this season, but knew it was going to be tough!

    However, coming into the last third of the season, Merthyr were again hovering in the playoff spot, and with 1 game to go, Merthyr were sitting 5th, however 6th place Preston were 1 point behind, with 6th place Crystal Palace 2 points behind. As it did last season, it came down to the last game of the season to see if I would make the playoffs. A win would guarentee 5th, a draw would see me 5th or 6th, a loss and I would need to rely on other results to go my way. With injuries piling up (6 first teamers), this was going to be close!

    Unfortunatly, the game didn't go my way - after an early Merthyr red card, Merthyr slumped to a 0-6 defeat, the equal biggest defeat in Merthyr's history. Thankfully, both Preston and Crystal Palace drew their games, meaning Merthyr snuck into 6th place, one lower than last season, but again qualifiying for the playoffs to the Premier League!

    2033 League Table and Graph

    The playoff semi-final home leg saw me matched up against 3rd place Bolton, and despite yet another early injury, bit player David Powell, playing his first game in the past 3 years (21st game in 10 years) scored in the 30th minute to put Merthyr in front against the flow of play. Bolton equalised late in 1st half injury time, and that was how the game stayed, 1-1.

    Playoff Semi-Final Home Leg 1-1 v Bolton

    Heading into the away leg of the semi-final, I had 9 senior players out injured (4 Defenders, 4 Midfielders, and main striker), which forced me to play players out of possition, as well as giving a 17 year old midfielder his league debut - not an ideal situation, but I was left with no other option

    That said, the game started fantastically, with Merthyr midfielder Paul Culshaw scoring in the 3rd minute. Bolton equalised in the 16th minute, but then Merthyr again hit the lead in the 24th minute through a penalty - again, a quick equaliser by Bolton in the 27th minute, 4 early goals to start the game. However, then disaster struck, as Merthyr winger John Lynch was sent off with a straigt red on 29th minute. This was followed by another quick goal by Bolton in the 31st minute, and after a much quieter 2nd half this is how the score stayed, 2-3, or 3-4 on aggregate. Another season, another heartbreaking playoff loss - so close, yet so far!

    Playoff Semi-Final Away Leg 2-3 v Bolton

    Again, another great season with good contributions from many members of the side (6 players averaging 7 or over), however the Fans Player of the Year is 25 year old striker Craig Murphy, who was Merthyr top scorer with 17 goals (3 goals shy of Championship top scorer) and 6 assists at 7.07.

    With the team doing so well, my youth players didn't get much of a look in, but if I had to pick on youth player of the year I guess it would be 17 year old midfielder Simon Newman. He only played 15 minutes this season (he was the only U18 player to get a look in), but that was in the Playoff Semi-Final 2nd leg, due to a horror run of injuries. My coaches think he is a decent League Two players, so he probably wasn't ready for the callup just yet, but hopefully he has plenty of room for improvement.

    2033 Seasonal Best XI and Overall Best XI

    Finances wise, the bank stayed at around $29M, where it has been the last few seasons... not that I can spend any of that money of course! Even with average attendances now 9,342 (out of a capaicty of 10,000), the board refuse to expand the stadium, and the youth and training facilities are already world class.

    2033 Finances

    New Club Records
    Highest Gate Receipts: $625,000 v West Ham FA Cup 3rd Round 1.1.2033
    Average Attendance: 9,342
    Most League Apps for Club: Chris Thompson - 805

    Other News
    Ex Merthyr youth product Mark Quinn continues to impress with Manchester United, taking out Manchester United's Fans player of the year for the 2nd season, EPL Team of the Year, EPL 3rd highest scorer, Engligh Player's Player of the Year, World Player of the Year runner up, European Footballer of the Year, European Striker of the Year, as well as winning the FA Cup and League Cup - not a bad player I'd say!

    After 2 hearbreaking playoff semi-final losses in row, I know I am very close to achieving the unthinkable, promotion to the EPL, but I don't know how to get that little bit extra out of the squad. I'm hoping that next season, being my 25th season in charge of the club, I can find that little bit extra and make the step up into the Premier League! Here's hoping!

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    FM09 GYAC - Merthyr 1,000 Apperances Challenge - 2032/33 Update
    (Record - Chris Thompson: 909 apperances in 18 seasons)

    Chris Thompson, GK, 34: 909 apps in 18 seasons
    Another injury free season saw Thompson clock up another 53 apperances, bringing his career total over the 900 mark to 909. Whilst he isn't the player he used to be, he still is the best goalkeeper Merthyr has (although is now facing serious competition), and actually got called up to the Welsh squad this season (but has not yet been capped).

    With his career average games per season at 50.35, he is now only 2 injury free seasons away from reaching the 1,000 mark. With fellow Championship side Reading's main goalkeeper 38 years of age and going strong, I think only a retirement inducing long term injury can stop him from reaching the 1,000 mark now!
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    Very nice keep it up mark, hope you go up next season.

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    Nice work Mark! I think you can achieve promotion this season.

    Should have an end of Season 2 Update tonight from Letcombe (been busy recently and this game takes forever to process with all 10 Levels running!) Hopefully some good news.....

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    Unlucky in the play-offs again Mark! Fingers crossed for two injury free campaigns for Thompson though - 1000 appearances is some accomplishment!

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    Phoenix 12/13

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    Season Review: Really fun season, as you can see from the table my main issue was all the draws. Most of them were scoreless games, I just don't have the center mids to move the ball around, really need a new player there.

    So as I pushed deeper into the season I slowly arrived at a path that would take me to the play offs as long as we did not lose points, couple wins later and we were in the mix, came down to the few games but we locked in with two games to go.

    Play Offs Round 1:

    I decided to go with a fairly defensive/narrow tactic for the first leg since it had worked well for us most of the season. Tomlinson my go to sub got us started in the 37th min, I then went to a more controlling tactic and that worked like a charm...until this.

    So onto extra time we go. Carey got the ball deep in the box and fired off a shot that was barley blocked, but he took the rebound and pounded it in to make it 2-1 early in extra time.

    Carey then got the ball on a quick counter and finished them off with a very nice strike (Sadly he was injured on the play and missed the final) to make it 3-1. Onto the Final we go!

    Play Off Final:

    Leamington had been our equal all season, two games with two draws. The weather was very poor so I used a more direct defensive tactic to see if we could get a lucky goal or two. The first half was snore fest it was all very sloppy and no real attacks formed.

    The second half was looking to go the same way until Nolan picked up one of the craziest goals of the season, enjoy in 6 parts. 1 2 3 4 5 6

    They moved immediately to an attacking formation/tactic so I switched to a direct/counter expecting to get a goal like I do most of the time I make the switch. Well a goal did come but it went through the wrong post. Time for some more Extra Time.

    Scott Scott (Still love the name) started us off very well with this, I thought it was in.

    Things then all went wrong due to a deflected cross that ending up at Adam Fry's feet, he sadly did not waste the chance.

    I went all out attack after that and we had some good chances but it was all for not and the season was over.

    Cups:

    FA Trophy

    FA Cup

    Southern League Cup

    Joe McGorrian Cup

    Cup Report: Got things started off winning a cup I did not know existed, and that was about it no real cup runs.

    Transfers

    Squad

    Finances

    Players:

    Futcher - ML: Decent season, however he was definitely over shined by Morales.

    Morales - MR: Amazing season, Tied for second most goals and assist, and every time we really needed a goal it seemed like it was him putting it in.

    Nolan
    - ST: Leader for scoring again although due to injuries alot of the youths got a shot and I doubt Nolan/Rainford keep a lock on starting next season.

    Carey - ST: Will be starting next season for sure, really started to go on a roll at the end of the season.

    Bailey - DL: True anchor for defense, one game he cleared it off the line three times. Best part is assman does not think hes done growing yet.

    Hooper - GK: Replaced Williams as the started this season, mostly because I was lazy and did not feel like switching them every time I wanted the assman to set the back 4.

    Code:
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    2009/10       MFC D1               1st                        Promoted
    2010/11       MCC                  1st                        Promoted 
    2011/12       MFA                  1st                        Promoted
    2012/13       SLFDM                4th                   Lost Playoff Final
    Next Season: Phew that was a long update....fingers crossed for a CM.

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    Youth Intake:

    Martin

    Rhodes

    Lancaster

    White

    Rest of them

    Overall not to bad, Martin looks like I might be able to play him on the wing and move Morales to the center, I might even do it out of the gate just to get him some games.

    Assman is a big fan of Lancaster but I am not seeing it, I might retrain him to CM also just to see how it goes. White has some decent pace and thats half the battle at this level, but with so many other strikers I doubt he amounts to much. Rhodes looks half decent also, been forced to play a CB at RB for a awhile now so maybe he can claim that spot one day.

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    Going to try and schedule as many friendlies as possible to see if I can sneak in a grounds improvement.

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    Ugh.
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    Letcombe FC End of Season Update: 2010/11

    Glory Glory Letcombe Regis. An incredible run of form from November onwards gave Letcombe a historic promotion. A superb FA Cup run almost culminated in a surprise entry to the draw for the 1st Round Proper until BSS side Weymouth stole a late victory at Basset Road.

    Hellenic Division One West: 1st with a record of 17-8-5
    FA Cup: 4th Qualifying Round - lost 1-0 to Weymouth
    FA Vase: 1st Round Proper
    Hellenic Challenge Cup: 1st Round Proper - Out on pens
    23rd June Balance: £16,000

    Top Scorer: Jonathan Daley (9)

    Manager Awards: Manager of the Season, Manager of the Month Four times
    Player Awards: Ben O'Connel - Hellenic Division One West Player of the Season

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    2009/10       Hel D1 W        7th                Hellenic Challenge Cup Semi Finalists
    2010/11       Hel D1 W        1st                Promoted to Hellenic Premier Division
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    sorry If Ive missed the info or link but what do I need to download/do in order to takeover teams this far down?

    I would like to have a go at this

    thx

    edit: oops saw the link on the OP sry for spam
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    My original AFC Liverpool game died a death due to laptop problems, so I decided to start again.

    Manager Profile

    Starting Squad

    I've just completed my first season and it was a success. We started very well, but began to struggle in October/November/December with so many games coming at once. Our dodgy form continued into the new year and cost us the title, but a late revival got us into 2nd place and the playoffs. We faced Dartmouth from the South West Peninsula League there, and after going a goal down, a hattrick from star striker Luke Powell and a goal from his partner up front John Kennedy meant that we cruised to a 4-1 victory.

    Table

    Playoff Final

    In the cups we did well, which meant quite a lot of fixtures in not much time. In the FA Cup we got to the First Round (really the Third Qualifying Round) before losing to Newport. Bootle knocked us out of both the FA Vase and the North West Counties Challenge Cup, which was revenge for our victory over them in the Liverpool Senior Cup. We reached the quarter finals of that competition, losing to Burscough. The only disappointment was losing in the North West Counties Division One Cup.

    Financially we have done well, the cup runs plus some pre-season friendlies gave us a comfortable profit and a very healthy bank balance.

    Finances

    The star players have been strikers Luke Powell, formerly of Everton and John Kennedy, who came through the ranks at Blackburn. Both were at the club before I took over, and I'm hoping to hang on to them until I can turn semi-pro. I'm amazed nobody has come in for them yet.

    Squad Stats

    Kennedy

    Powell

    The most promising youngster at the club is young winger Michael Jones, who broke into the side over the second half of the season, though several of the other youngsters also look useful.

    Jones

    I think I'll be turning semi-pro at the end of the season, so I can get my players on to proper contracts now. I lost two first-teamers to other clubs over the course of the season, so it'll be a relief to get to the end of the season without losing anyone else.

    So to summarise:
    AFC Liverpool Season One
    NWC League D1 - 2nd (promoted through playoffs)
    Liverpool Senior Cup - Quarter Finals
    FA Cup - First Round
    FA Vase - Second Round
    NWC Challenge Cup - Third Round
    NWC D1 Trophy - Second Round

    Top Scorer: Luke Powell (32)
    Highest Average Rating: Luke Powell (7.28)

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    Well after completely contradicting myself by telling people to update more, Ive yet again forgot to update pre-season, first quarter or show you my batch of youngsters, and im now 20 games into the season. Will get my season done (Im now 3rd) and then will promise to update as per!

    Also, seems to have been a bit of a rise in interest recently and some good early success, well done everybody it looks like we are really getting rolling now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bantamtim View Post
    My original AFC Liverpool game died a death due to laptop problems, so I decided to start again.
    .....
    Top Scorer: Luke Powell (32)
    Highest Average Rating: Luke Powell (7.28)
    Good to see another AFC Liverpool Manager (I'm doing the extended dafuge challenge with them). You should be set for strikers with Powell and Kennedy most of the way to the BSP. Kennedy is probably in his last season with us but Powell is still lethal even at BSP level.

    Coyne was also excellent in defence up to Level 7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daemonic View Post
    Good to see another AFC Liverpool Manager (I'm doing the extended dafuge challenge with them). You should be set for strikers with Powell and Kennedy most of the way to the BSP. Kennedy is probably in his last season with us but Powell is still lethal even at BSP level.

    Coyne was also excellent in defence up to Level 7.
    Coyne has impressed me, so has Darren Torpey in defence. I've managed to get those two plus Powell and Kennedy on full time deals now. I was gutted to lose Willis though, it means I don't have a good keeper in the squad now. Hopefully one will come through the ranks next season.

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    Few players to note.

    Seems a okish defender for this level going to make him captain.
    Joe Hinton

    Seems a decent youngster hopefully he'l turn out pretty good.
    Neal Smart
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    Unlucky Cerneo, 4 promotions in a row would have been quite an achievement! Still, a great result.

    Board takeover could be interesting, when that happened to my Merthyr side the new board decided to make the youth and training facilities world class (they were both almost there by that stage), which made a massive difference, as well as injecting a few million! Let's hope you get something similar

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    I am still doing this challenge, just haven't been updating.

    In my 7th season still only up to level 9, keep fading at the end of the season into midtable obscurity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marky Mark! View Post
    Unlucky Cerneo, 4 promotions in a row would have been quite an achievement! Still, a great result.

    Board takeover could be interesting, when that happened to my Merthyr side the new board decided to make the youth and training facilities world class (they were both almost there by that stage), which made a massive difference, as well as injecting a few million! Let's hope you get something similar
    Its been dragging on well into the season and not a single update about it...I did get transfer blocked...not that it matters.

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    FM09 - Merthyr 2033/34 Season Update - Championship - Marky Mark!
    2009/10 - BSS, 2nd - Promotion through playoffs!
    2010/11 - BSP, 18th - Setanta Shield Qtr Final
    2011/12 - BSP, 6th - Setanta Shield Qtr Final
    2012/13 - BSP, 18th
    2013/14 - BSP, 14th - FA Trophy winners!
    2014/15 - BSP, 2nd - FA Trophy Semi-Final, FA Cup 3rd Round, Promotion through playoffs!
    2015/16 - League Two, 20th
    2016/17 - League Two, 13th, JPT S Quarter Final
    2017/18 - League Two, 9th
    2018/19 - League Two, 1st, FA Cup 3rd Round, League Two Champions!
    2019/20 - League One, 16th, FA Cup 3rd Round, Carling Cup 3rd Round, JPT S Semi Final
    2020/21 - League One, 21st, FA Cup 4th Round, Relegation
    2021/22 - League Two, 3rd, FA Cup 3rd Round, JPT Winners!, Automatic Promotion!
    2022/23 - League One, 3rd, FA Cup 3rd Round, Lost in playoff final
    2023/24 - League One, 2nd, FA Cup 4th Round, Automatic Promotion!
    2024/25 - Championship, 22nd, FA Cup 3rd Round, Relegation
    2025/26 - League One, 4th, Carling Cup 4th Round, Promotion through Playoffs!
    2026/27 - Championship, 21st
    2027/28 – Championship, 20th, FA Cup Sixth Round
    2028/29 - Championship, 19th, Carling Cup 3rd Round
    2029/30 - Championship, 13th, FA Cup Fourth Round
    2030/31 - Championship, 16th
    2031/32 - Championship, 5th, Lost in Playoff semi-final
    2032/33 - Championship, 6th, Carling Cup 4th Round Lost in Playoff semi-final

    2033/34 - Championship, 15th

    After making the playoffs in the last 2 seasons, I was expecting something similar (or better) in this, my 25th season in charge of Marthyr, but for some reason this season just didn't click. I was hovering in the top half of the season for most of it, but the team really struggled towards the end of the season, which saw me finish 15th, and for possibly the first time in my career, failing to meet my board's expectations of a top half finish (they were a little disapointed, but changed their expectations for next season to mid table, so all good).

    2034 League Table and Graph

    In a disapointing season, winger Danny Carroll still managed to shine, and for the 4th time in the past 5 seasons he took out the fans Player of the Seasons, and had the highest average rating (7.10).

    The most promosing young player (again the only U18 to break into the senior team) was 17 year old John Anderson, who in his first season managed 4 apperances. In his first season at the club, he already as many attributes in double figures (including most of his physical attributes) - the only downside is that as a right back, he will struggle for a game, we already have a couple of quality right backs.

    2034 Seasonal Best XI and Overall Best XI

    We again lost $2M - $3M, leaving our finances around $26M - still comfortable, but with our average attendance at around 90% of stadium capaicty (10,000), and salary around $50k per week under wage budget, I have no idea why I am still losing money!

    2034 Finances

    New Club Records
    Most League Apperances for Club: Chris Thompson - 850

    I'm not sure why this season was so much worse than the previous two seasons - possibly because my core group of players is getting older, with the youngsters still a way off Championship football (and also me not giving them as many chances in the senior team may be hindering their growth?), but we'll see what we can do next season, which if all goes to plan with Chris Thompson, should be a very important season!
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    FM09 GYAC - Merthyr 1,000 Apperances Challenge - 2033/34 Update
    (Record - Chris Thompson: 957 apperances in 19 seasons)

    Chris Thompson, GK, 35: 957 apps in 19 seasons
    In his 19th season Chris Thompson actually had a minor injury (bruised rib) late in the season, but after taking pain killing injections to get through some games, he ended up missing 2 games, meaning he managed 48 games for the season, bringing his career total to 957, only 43 games away from the milestone (not that in his 19 season career he has never managed less than 43 games in a season).

    Whilst the up and coming goalkeepers could now argue they deserve to be 1st choice keeper, I'm not about to put him on the bench now after 19 loyal years of service (mind you there were some patches where he refused to sign a contract, but he always came around), so hopefully next season will be the one he crashes through the 1,000 mark!

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    Unlucky on the disappointing season Marky Mark!

    Good Luck on getting Chris Thompson to 1000 appearances, 1 more season should do it

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    Dosthill Colts, Southern League Premier Division 2018/19 Season Summary


    League: 14th
    FA Cup: Lost to Eastwood in 1st Qual Round 1-0
    FA Trophy: Lost in the 4th Qual Round 3-2 to Bromsgrove
    Southern League Cup: Lost in 2nd Round to Rugby on penalties after 1-1
    Birmingham Floodlit Cup: Lost in 1st round 3-1 to Tividale


    League Table, League Graph
    Squad

    A really disappointing season and by far the worst that I've had in charge. We were poor in every department. In other seasons we at least created chances in matches we lost. But in large parts of this season we failed to create chances in matches. It was only a 12 match unbeaten run in the 2nd half of the season which saved us from relegation.

    Player/s of the Season

    Russ Stone - The only player to get above a 7 average rating over the whole season, just shows how badly the squad played

    Iain Burgin - Didn't play too badly for the most part of the season. But a poor patch around September/October


    Finances - A slight increase but I doubt it will be enough to make the board upgrade the youth facilities which I desperately need


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    2009/10         Midland Combinations Premier       2nd         Promoted via Playoffs
    2010/11         Midland Football Alliance          14th        Birmingham Floodlit Cup
    2011/12         Midland Football Alliance          12th        N/A
    2012/13         Midland Football Alliance          1st         Promotion
    2013/14         Southern First Division            10th        N/A
    2014/15         Southern First Division            8th         N/A
    2015/16         Southern First Division            11th        N/A
    2016/17         Southern First Division            2nd         Promoted via Playoffs
    2017/18         Southern Premier                   6th         N/A
    2018/19         Southern Premier                   14th        N/A

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    Going to start this challenge again.

    Heres my profile

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    Keep it up Marky Mark,

    and also come on Chris Thompson you can do it

    I know these 2 questions are probably inappropriate but:

    a) How are my team Rushden and Diamonds doing?
    b) Other that your team, who would you say are the biggest suprise teams

    Thanks

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    Hmmm interesting how Carlisle City moved across to the Wearside League and AFC Emley to the Kent County League. Think SB needs to check the Emley one.

    Nice to see quite a bit of success for a change. SB's excuse of having flu is delaying my level 11 start. No doubt it would just be another case of gratuatous success anyway. Really must stop using exploits and bugs.

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    Another update coming up soon, but to answer your perfectly appropriate questions Sheriff:

    a) Rushden and Diamonds have shared their time between the BSP and League Two, but their last season was in League Two, where they lost the promotion playoff final. They have a couple of trophies to their name, the Setanta Shield in 2025 and the FA Trohpy in 2035.

    Rushden League History

    b) The biggest climber in the leagues would have to be ex-BSP team Cambridge United, who have spent the last 9 seasons in the Championship.

    The biggest fall I think is from ex-Premiership team Wigan, who for the pat 12 seasons have been stuck down in League Two.

    As mentioned in my updates, ex-top 4 side Liverpool were also a big mover. After having money problems, they were relegated from the EPL in 2027 to the Championship, where they lasted 3 seasons before being relegated to League One in in 2032 (and going into administration in the process). They lasted 2 seasons in League One before returning to the Premiership, and have now lost in the Championship promotion playoffs for the last 3 seasons.

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    Marky Mark!, when you succed in improve your youth facilities? I have nearly 300k€ in my second season but the board keep turning my suggestions off.

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    Cool, Thanks Marky Mark

    Keep going. I am looking forward to your update

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    Cheadle Town - Season 1- 09/10 - NW Counties Division 1

    League

    Table- It was that easy, the only time I struggled throughout the season was in November and December, other then that, the defence was good, the midfield was good and up front was average.

    Cups

    FA Cup - 1st qualifying round
    FA Vase - 2nd Qualifying Round
    NWC Challenge Cup - 2nd Round
    Cheshire Senior Cup - 1st Round
    NWC D1 Trophy - Winners - Took my chances and defended well

    Players/Achievements

    Top Goalscorer - Graham McDonagh was the leagues top scorer with 14 in 30 and overall 16 in 38 for the season, this coming off a guy with 1 for finishing and 3 for composure

    Cheadle Town's player of the year - Jamie Roberts was sensational, the 16 year old was top of the assists chart with 14 and had a season average of 7.12 from 38 games, he should do the lowerer tiers for years to come.

    I claimed manager of the year which I am happy with in my first season.

    Cheadle Town have now turned semi-pro

    Ones to Watch

    There are two in particular which will be kept eye on in the next season.

    The ass man's choice is Andros Andreou - I have to say, if the reports are correct then he will be a leading star for the club. With dual nationality, there may be potential for youth caps for Cyprus.

    Another noticable candidate is Lewis Tandy - I must say WOW, i need to keep hold of him as he can become a leading star at level 9 and is already rated at 3 stars with a potential of 5. He will be getting a lot of games this season as he is the 2nd best striker after McDonagh.

    Code:
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    2009/10  NWCD1    (L10) 1st   1st Ql.  N/A        Promotion, NWCD1 Trophy winners

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    FM09 - Merthyr 2034/35 Season Update - Championship - Marky Mark!
    2009/10 - BSS, 2nd - Promotion through playoffs!
    2010/11 - BSP, 18th - Setanta Shield Qtr Final
    2011/12 - BSP, 6th - Setanta Shield Qtr Final
    2012/13 - BSP, 18th
    2013/14 - BSP, 14th - FA Trophy winners!
    2014/15 - BSP, 2nd - FA Trophy Semi-Final, FA Cup 3rd Round, Promotion through playoffs!
    2015/16 - League Two, 20th
    2016/17 - League Two, 13th, JPT S Quarter Final
    2017/18 - League Two, 9th
    2018/19 - League Two, 1st, FA Cup 3rd Round, League Two Champions!
    2019/20 - League One, 16th, FA Cup 3rd Round, Carling Cup 3rd Round, JPT S Semi Final
    2020/21 - League One, 21st, FA Cup 4th Round, Relegation
    2021/22 - League Two, 3rd, FA Cup 3rd Round, JPT Winners!, Automatic Promotion!
    2022/23 - League One, 3rd, FA Cup 3rd Round, Lost in playoff final
    2023/24 - League One, 2nd, FA Cup 4th Round, Automatic Promotion!
    2024/25 - Championship, 22nd, FA Cup 3rd Round, Relegation
    2025/26 - League One, 4th, Carling Cup 4th Round, Promotion through Playoffs!
    2026/27 - Championship, 21st
    2027/28 – Championship, 20th, FA Cup Sixth Round
    2028/29 - Championship, 19th, Carling Cup 3rd Round
    2029/30 - Championship, 13th, FA Cup Fourth Round
    2030/31 - Championship, 16th
    2031/32 - Championship, 5th, Lost in Playoff semi-final
    2032/33 - Championship, 6th, Carling Cup 4th Round Lost in Playoff semi-final
    2033/34 - Championship, 15th

    2034/35 - Championship, 11th

    After a fairly average season last season, I was hoping for an improvement, and that's what I got... but only just, moving up from 15th last season to 11th this season, but still never really challenging for a playoff spot. Not much more to be said really.

    2035 League Table and Graph

    Player of the season this year was again winger Danny Carroll, his 4th title in 5 years, with 43 games at 7.19 this season, plus 8 international apperances, bringing his number of Welsh caps to 24.

    The young player of the season is, for the 2nd season in a row, U18 right back John Anderson. After managing 4 games at 6.63 last season, he managed 18 games at 6.56 this season - still not impressive reading, but he was handy to have as cover when my usual full backs were unavailable.

    2035 Seasonal Best XI and Overall Best XI

    Something interesting also happened with back room staff, with my 60-something year old assistant manager, who has faithfully assisted me the past 26 seasons, deciding to retire at the end of the season. Having to pick on of my existing coaches to replace him, I decided to go with 40 year old ex-player (and club favoured personnel) Jason Puncheon. Surprisingly, his tactical knowledge of 7 was the highest amongst the potential assistant managers, and with a JPA and JPP of 20 and 17, he was the obvious choice (not that I really listen to my assistant, but still).

    Interestingly, the first thing Puncheon did when appointed at the end of the season was to say this - I've never seen this before in my years of playing FM, quite a nice touch!

    The rest of my back room staff - Note that 3 of my 15 coaches were original Merthyr players, as was 1 of my 2 physios. The other 17 staff are all ex-players (with more likely to join).

    Finances wise, another slight dip this season, but finances still a healthy $23M.

    2035 Finances

    New Club Records
    Most League Apps for Club: Chris Thompson - 896
    Oldest Player: Chris Thompson - 36 years 195 days v Notts Co (A) Championship 6.5.2035

    So, all in all, this has been a very uneventful season, except for one milestone that occured during the season...
    Last edited by Marky Mark!; 01-04-2010 at 12:59.

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    FM09 GYAC - Merthyr 1,000 Apperances Challenge - 2034/35 Update - CHALLENGE COMPLETED!
    (Record - Chris Thompson: 1005 apperances in 20 seasons)

    Chris Thompson, GK, 36: 1005 apps in 20 seasons
    As he has done so many times in his career, despite his age and declining stats, Thompson again managed to stay injury free and play every game for Merthyr this season, bringing up 48 games for the season, and... 1005 games for Merthyr over 20 seasons - CONGRATS CHRIS THOMPSON

    Whilst every game in Chris Thompson's first 19 season was earnt on merrit, I have to admit that this latest season wasn't, as his stats are now clearly declining, and comparing him to reserve keeper Les Champion (who I have had several offers for), it's obvious who should be the first choice keeper. Still, Champion will get his chance soon enough.

    Whilst Thompson has made no indication he plans to retire any time soon, I think now that he has reached this milestone, he might see his first team chances limited from now on, but if Champion gets injured he might just get another chance!

    I'll do a more thorough update on his career once he retires, but even if he has played his last game, 1,005 is a fantastic effort, I'm sure something few thought would ever happen. His 20 seasons have seen him spend 5 seasons in League Two, 5 in League One, and 10 in the Championship. He was part of the 2019 League Two Players Select, 2023 League One Players Select, and was also part of the side that were League Two champions in 2019 and Johnstone's Paint Trophy winners in 2022.

    Congratulations again Chris Thompson!!

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    Congratz on getting Chris Thompson to 1000 appearances Marky Mark!

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    Brilliant achievement!

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    Ok,Thought I would start a game and see if I can get into it. Starting as Manager of Bartley Green in the Midland Combination Premier League. I will post a screenshot tomorrow as got to find my password to post.

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    Well Done Chris Thompson and Marky Mark

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    Congrats on the achievment

    Have you got any other players getting close to the same landmark??

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    Cheadle Town - Season 2- 10/11 - NW Counties Premier Division

    League

    Table - It was comfortable in the end but as you can see scoring was a serious problem throughout the league but I had a solid defence which helped me as well to finsh as well as I did.

    Cup

    FA Cup-3rd Ql. Rnd - Well deserved defeat in one sided game
    FA Vase-2nd Ql. Rnd - Close, even game but was rather unlucky
    NWC Challenge Cup - 3rd Round - Again it was close fought but they were more clinical.
    Cheshire Cup- Quarter Final- Knocked out Northwich of the BSP in the 1st game in a upset but deserved to lose in the Q.F as we didn't turn up.

    Awards

    I won Manager of the Year which was justified as I was a newly promoted team who won the league.

    Nicky Pointon was awarded Cheadle Town Player of the Year as he had a solid season with a rating of 7.14 over 47 games, well deserved award which there was no competition.

    Youth Players

    Andros Andreou - averaged 6.50 over 23 games scoring once which was in the game that decided the title. What a time to score your first goal for the club.

    Lewis Tandy - Scored 2 in 34 appearances and averaged 6.39 over the season. He had a rather unlucky season due to being caught offside constantly which cost him 11 potential goals.

    Introducing Glen Bryan Report - If he is the best striker in my squad, this could be a long season but I will have faith and tweak the tactics so he can utilise his pace and acceleration and just pray he buries the chances.

    Only objectives are safety in league and good cup runs.

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    2009/10  NWCD1    (L10) 1st   1st Ql.  N/A        Promotion, NWCD1 Trophy winners
    2010/11  NWCPD    (L9 ) 1st   3rd Ql.  N/A        Promotion

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    I'm going to take this challenge, and with the intention to take it as far as it's possible. Seasons will go really fast anyway, no time spending on scouting and transfers, not looking for staff... Nice sidegame next to my Full Europe game.

    I downloaded the level10-version of Super Bladesman's project, not the level-11 one, just to make the game a bit faster.
    I took Great Yarmouth Town, in the Eastern Counties League Division One (level 10).

    My profile and Team info screens.

    Got 2 funny names in my team already : James Dean and David Lynch James Dean is actually one of my best players, I'm afraid I won't keep him too long. David Lynch seems useless.

    I'll post following updates in decent format
    Last edited by Leto2626; 04-04-2010 at 11:18.

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    Good Luck to everyone who has just started


    Dosthill Colts, Southern League Premier Division 2019/20 Season Summary


    League: 10th
    FA Cup: Lost to Gainsborough in 1st Qual Round 1-0
    FA Trophy: Lost in the 2nd Qual Round 1-0 to Folkestone
    Southern League Cup: Lost in 1st Round to Malvern 3-2
    Birmingham Floodlit Cup: Won the final 3-2 against Darlaston


    League Table, League Graph
    Squad

    We made a very slow start but due to our early exits in most of the cups we progressed well in the league. For a while we had a good chance at the playoffs but as we neared the end of the season we could tell that would be a step too far. I will take the mid table position especially as we were expected to "attempt to avoid relegation"

    Don't normally write about the cups because usually there is nothing to write about but this year we actually won one. Although it was the Birmingham Floodlit Cup where all the other teams entered are at least 2 leagues below us. We managed to beat Darlaston in the final 3-2 despite a late scare.

    Player/s of the Season

    Jamie Wood - The only player to get an average rating of over 7. He played well for most of the season but will need to be backed up by the rest of the defence next season

    Phil Benson - Top scorer this season and a vast improvement from last season where he managed 5 in 42. This season he managed 16 in the same number of games.


    Finances: improved a lot again mainly due to the Floodlit Cup, the final had a crowd of 2087 . But still can't upgrade youth facilities due to "lack of funds." Absolute bull****

    I was also offered a new 3 year contract on 300 a week. That will last till June 2023.

    Code:
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    2009/10         Midland Combinations Premier       2nd         Promoted via Playoffs
    2010/11         Midland Football Alliance          14th        Birmingham Floodlit Cup
    2011/12         Midland Football Alliance          12th        N/A
    2012/13         Midland Football Alliance          1st         Promotion
    2013/14         Southern First Division            10th        N/A
    2014/15         Southern First Division            8th         N/A
    2015/16         Southern First Division            11th        N/A
    2016/17         Southern First Division            2nd         Promoted via Playoffs
    2017/18         Southern Premier                   6th         N/A
    2018/19         Southern Premier                   14th        N/A
    2019/20         Southern Premier                   10th        Birmingham Floodlit Cup
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    Leto2626 @ Great Yarmouth Town – Season 1 (2009-2010)
    Current Division : Eastern Counties League Division One (Level 10)

    Tactic :
    For now I'm using a Rigid attacking 4-4-2. I wanted to play more pressing with 3 strikers, gave it some matches, but I just don't have the material for it so I switched back.

    Cups :
    Our best run was actually the FA Cup, we managed to get in the 4th Qualifying Round, were we met Eastleigh, and lost with 2-1 (we scored one goal out of 2 chances, we didn't stand a chance). We needed a rematch along the way as well after a late equalizer, frustrating when you're already struggling with condition.
    In other cups we never did better than 2 rounds.

    League :
    We had a pretty steady season, not doing a lot better in the 2nd half despite the lack of cupmatches, some luck here and there made us win the league with nice comfort.
    League table
    We scored most goals, so that's good
    League player statistics chart
    We got the topscorer, and our second in the list is our left midfielder, half of them are penalties.

    Players :
    End of season statistics (ranked by minutes played)
    Our best player turned out to be a centre back with Guyanan second nationality, Baguley, he has a 1 for tackling and 4 for marking, but he's pretty fast and has a high determination, that must be it I assume.
    I misjudged my strikers at the start of the season as I only started using Cresswell after I brought him in somewhere and scored 2 goals. He barely scored in the last 12 matches though. In general I'm not happy about my strikeforce.
    James Dean always plays as the rock on the midfield.
    The other 2 next to Baguley and Dean I always put on the field are Phelan (the left winger, can play centre) and the young goalkeeper Ray Foster, I chose him above the older ones and he didn't disappoint really, hopefully he has some growing potential. Released a moaning keeper who annoyed me.

    Transfers (anti cheat check !)

    Conclusion :
    Managing at the lowest level has a complete different feel, not many goals are scored (my best was an exceptional 4-0, but most games were won with 1 goal difference, and a lot of 0-0 and 1-1 draws).
    My goal was promotion to get semi-professional (I assumed this reading these posts here), and I'm happy it happened without problems.
    I'm hoping on soms strikers next youth spawn. And more left and right midfielders for subs (or replacement) would be nice, unless I get my strikers and can star playing pressure centre football
    Won 3 manager of the month awards, not too bad I guess. I'm not expecting consequent promotions, I think i'll need a bit better squad and maybe tactic for that.
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    Excellent start Leto

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    BWG - The player who started my thoughts of a 1,000 apperance challenge was defender Rob Simpson, who managed 856 apperances in 21 seasons (only 3 games in his last 2 seasons), so not a bad effort, but a few injuries here and there meant he was never going to get there.

    Of the current players, 27 year old defender Craig Bennett has the appearances of current players (excluding Chris Thompson, who is still going) at 481. Whilst he might have maybe 6 seasons left, he's not in danger of breaking the 800 mark, let alone the 1,000 mark.

    Another Merthyr update coming up soon!

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    FM09 - Merthyr 2035/36 Season Update - Championship - Marky Mark!
    2009/10 - BSS, 2nd - Promotion through playoffs!
    2010/11 - BSP, 18th - Setanta Shield Qtr Final
    2011/12 - BSP, 6th - Setanta Shield Qtr Final
    2012/13 - BSP, 18th
    2013/14 - BSP, 14th - FA Trophy winners!
    2014/15 - BSP, 2nd - FA Trophy Semi-Final, FA Cup 3rd Round, Promotion through playoffs!
    2015/16 - League Two, 20th
    2016/17 - League Two, 13th, JPT S Quarter Final
    2017/18 - League Two, 9th
    2018/19 - League Two, 1st, FA Cup 3rd Round, League Two Champions!
    2019/20 - League One, 16th, FA Cup 3rd Round, Carling Cup 3rd Round, JPT S Semi Final
    2020/21 - League One, 21st, FA Cup 4th Round, Relegation
    2021/22 - League Two, 3rd, FA Cup 3rd Round, JPT Winners!, Automatic Promotion!
    2022/23 - League One, 3rd, FA Cup 3rd Round, Lost in playoff final
    2023/24 - League One, 2nd, FA Cup 4th Round, Automatic Promotion!
    2024/25 - Championship, 22nd, FA Cup 3rd Round, Relegation
    2025/26 - League One, 4th, Carling Cup 4th Round, Promotion through Playoffs!
    2026/27 - Championship, 21st
    2027/28 – Championship, 20th, FA Cup Sixth Round
    2028/29 - Championship, 19th, Carling Cup 3rd Round
    2029/30 - Championship, 13th, FA Cup Fourth Round
    2030/31 - Championship, 16th
    2031/32 - Championship, 5th, Lost in Playoff semi-final
    2032/33 - Championship, 6th, Carling Cup 4th Round Lost in Playoff semi-final
    2033/34 - Championship, 15th
    2034/35 - Championship, 11th

    2035/36 - Championship, 7th, FA Cup Sixth Round, Carling Cup Third Round

    After some nothing seasons the previous two seasons, I didn't know what to expect this season, however at the start of the season I made the tough decision not to start vetran (36 year old) keeper Chris Thompson, who's attributes were now looking quite terrible... although in a kind move, I decided to play him in our cup games (which we normally don't have too many of per season), although in a shock, we had our best cup run in recent times, reaching the 3rd round of the Carling Cup and the 6th Round / Quarter Finals of the FA Cup.

    In the league, things went much better than in recent seasons, and we were sitting in the top 6 for most of the season, however the form dropped of in the last 3rd of the season, and, as has happened a couple of times in recent seasons, Merthyr's playoff hopes again came down to the last game of the season. Liverpool and Sheff Wed were 5th and 6th with 77 points, and Merthyr were sitting in 7th place, outside of the playoff zone, on 74 points, still a chance of claiming 6th (or 5th) place. However, Merthyr's chances were slim, as their GD is 7 worse than Sheff Wed, and 18 worse than Liverpool. So to have any chance of promotion, Merthyr needed Sheff Wed not only to lose, but to lose heavily.

    Sheff Wed did lose, 0-2, and Merthyr did manage a 3-1 win, but it was to no avail, as they fell an agonizing +3 GD short of a 3rd playoff campaign.

    2036 League Table and Graph

    The Fan's Player of the Year this season was 23 year old central midfielder / defender Terry Eaton. I his 7th season, he managed 43 apperances at 7.12 (plus 2 international caps at 7), and amazingly, in his 7 seasons at the club, has never averaged less than 7.02 - now that is consistancy!

    None of the U18 guys managed to make a senior apperance, however one player was used as a substitute during an injury crisis, and stood out for another reason, and that is 2nd year player Vlatko Culjak. As you can tell, he doesn't have a very Welsh name, and that is because he is not Welsh, but has Croatian / British nationality, the first non-Welsh player to come through Merthyr (I previously had a Welsh / Somalian player come through for some strange reason). The young croat can play on either wing or in central midfield, so whilst his attributes aren't amazing at this stage, his versitility might come in handy (and the fact he can play on the left is very handy, as there are only 2 natuar left wingers at the club).

    2036 Seasonal Best XI and Overall Best XI

    Finance wise, the good cup runs saw the club more or less break even, and the closing bank balance was $25M, more or less what it has been for the last couple of seasons.

    2036 Finances

    New Club Records
    Highest Gate Receipts: $650,000 v Bristol City FA Cup 3rd Rnd 16.1.2036
    Average Attendance: 9,680
    Oldest Player: Chris Thompson - 37 years 137 days v Chelsea (A) FA Cup 6th Rnd 8.3.2036

    Other News
    In the 2036 European Championship, a Merthyr inspired Wales managed to stun the continant by getting through the Group Stages, beating Spain and Denmark in the Quarter and Semi Finals, before meeting England in the final, where they lost on penalties.

    That Welsh side had contained 4 current Merthy players, and anoter 3 ex-Merthyr players, including 32 year old superstar Mark Quinn, who broke the Welsh record for most international goals by scoring his 50th goal for Wales.


    So, all in all an improvement on recent seasons, but still a little way of my record finish of 5th four seasons ago. I'll keep on playing until vetran keeper Chris Thompson retires (no sign of that happening), but I'm not sure how much longer I'll go after that, as it looks like I could be in the Championship for ever!

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    FM09 GYAC - Merthyr 1,000 Apperances Challenge - 20345/36 Update - CHALLENGE COMPLETED!
    (Record - Chris Thompson: 1,012 apperances in 21 seasons)

    Chris Thompson, GK, 37: 1,012 apps in 21 seasons
    Despite not being good enough to get any senior league apperances this season, I took pity on him and decided to start him in all the cup games (except for a couple he missed due to injury), and surprisingly, Merthyr had one of their best cup runs ever, resulting in Thompson making 7 cup apperances, 12 conceeded (5 against Chelsea), 2 clean sheets, and 1 MOM.

    Whilst his 7 apperances this season is well short of the 50 games per season he was previously averaging, it still increases his career tally slightly, and with no hint of a retirement, he should have at least 2 more seasons left in him, although given how bad his attributes are now, I don't think I can justify playing him in cup matches next season, although I might try loaning him out to see if he can get some games in the lower leagues.

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    Anyone completed this yet, I'm going to give this a go and see how far I get.

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    No, no one has ever completed it, Marky Mark! is the closest, he's vying for promotion from the Championship.

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    Oh yeah, well done btw Marky Mark, I'm managing Ford Motors and my team sucks haha I'll never even get out of this division .
    I just drew 0-0 with the Glenn Hoddle Academy
    Last edited by Jenko_EFC; 06-04-2010 at 22:47.

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    Leto2626 @ Great Yarmouth Town – Season 2 (2010-2011)
    Starting Division : Eastern Counties League Division One (Level 10)
    Current Division : Eastern Counties League Premier Division (Level 9)


    Team info
    We became semi-pro, yay ! Youth is now earning 20 euro a month, average first team players 90 euro a onth. I got offered a 725 euro a month contract, so I cost the club almost 9k euro a year, not good !

    Pre-season friendlies are the key income I realized. Pretty unrealistic that traveling to Fiji, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands is the way to make money, plane travel is free these days? We could get up to 20.000 euro per game in those countries, next season I’ll take more than the 5 we did now. It won’t hurt the team morale too bad after all (took some lower level friendlies who didn’t get us any decent money, to make sure we got some wins this time) I made 2 player selections and went fine condition wise as well, I should even get more friendlies actually. The money is what we need.

    Youth :
    At first sight a nice keeper has come through. I already thought I had a decent one, this one looked even better. Glen Gilbert, with a second nationality South African. A left back and right back seemed better than the ones I had, guess I can’t complain for a 2nd season !

    Tactic :
    Can’t change to 3 strikers as I didn’t get any extra striker that can make a difference, so just staying with the rigid 4-4-2.

    Cups :
    We had again a nice FA Cup run, this time we defeated a team from 2 levels up, not too bad ! There seemed to be a bug though, I got this message when I lost in the 4th qualifying round :

    Challengers for the FA Cup, o really !
    In the FA Vase we also had a 4 round run, losing eventually to a lower team
    In the Norfolk Senior cup we managed to lose against a team of our former division in the 3rd round. Pretty funny I was the last ECL team in that cup, the rest was EC1 and lvl 11.
    Eastern Counties Cup was no success, only got to the 2nd round.

    League :
    We started decent, stayed around 6th place until half way season, then we had a string of great results, bring us to the top with at some point 9 points ahead. But around day 27 (40 to be played) we stopped scoring, we had a run of 8 games unable to win. 3 other teams besides me stayed close, it could go any way. We managed to win some again but we drew and lost more than the opposition. 3 days before the end we were in 4th place, with 3 teams above is within 4 points. The last day I had to win and Leiston had to draw or lose. I had to play the team at the bottom, Leiston the bottom last. We won 2-0, Leiston drew … we ended 2nd on goal difference with 2 other teams … never seen much closer stuff than this in FM. For some reason we were given a boost and we won the playoff game with ease. I never expected promotion before the season, but 13 days before the end I thought we would win it with ease … seemed not !
    League table

    Squad summary :
    End of season statistics (ranked by minutes played)
    We did not score too many goals, seems logical as the strikers are the worst part of the team. Defense wise I’m happy, a good keeper and a nice full defensive line. I seem to be a bit short on central midfielders, but the ones I have decent. The wingers are having bigger problems to reach the strikers, at least they did at the end of the season, not exactly sure what changed.
    For some reason all my rightbacks had above 7.00 rating. Baguley dropped since last season but Farman took his place. I guess my defenders are just better able to do their jobs than the rest of the team at low level.

    Conclusion :
    We definitely need better strikers to improve as a squad, so again I’m hoping on a better striker, a keeper would be a waste at this point, midfielders would be welcome too.
    The cups start to annoy me, ok it’s extra money, even from the replays (we had 3 of those this season), but they really waste a lot of time switching players.

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    I should have more time to play for a week, hoping to get through some seasons fast.

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    2009-2010	Eastern Counties League Division One (level 10)		1st		Promotion
    2010-2011	Eastern Counties League Premier Division (level 9)	2nd		Promotion (playoff)
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    Marky Mark!, if you get tired try to win the premier just with welsh players (start to sign of course).

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    Leto2626 @ Great Yarmouth Town – Season 3 (2011-2012)
    Starting Division : Eastern Counties League Division One (Level 10)
    Current Division : Isthmian League First Division North (Level 8)


    Forgot a to take the start of season ‘Team info’ screen.

    Played 13 friendlies in pre-season, made 3 selections of players and rotated, it brought my finances up to 300k Euro.

    I had a chairman takeover this season, took like 4 months, they promised 95k but eventually I got nothing, just a new chairman.

    Youth Intake :
    Can’t complain, I got 2 strikers who looked better than what I had, a nice centre back, 2 nice full backs (both DRL !), a decent midfielder, a left winger, the rest looked really bad. Well it’s a matter of watching them through the season and decide the next season to demote them to ‘out of the squad of 16’, that’s how I do it. Wished I could assign squad numbers !

    Tactic :
    Kept the 4-4-2, planned to use both new young strikers, I didn’t expect them to be scoring machines yet, but you have to start somewhere.

    Cups :
    Best Cup run was Norfolk Senior Cup where we got into the semi final, and lost to a lvl9 team.

    League :
    We started pretty terrible, too many cup matches, too much squad rotation … at some point we played 6 games less than most of the rest of the league, that took till past half the season to become less. We failed to score, big time, but hell many other teams had the same problem. The champion of last season was in last spot for a long time, to end in relegation platoff and lose, how sad ! We floated around 15-19th spot (with fewer games played) for like 25 games then we had a better period, suddenly bring us to 10th spot. Eventually we ended 13th, media prediction was 16th. Looks like I just have to be patient, I think it’s the younger players mostly that are the unstable factor. Looks like we could be here for a while.
    League table

    Squad summary :
    End of season statistics (ranked by minutes played)
    Topscorer made 9 goals, pretty awful for a season with 54 games… But I believe in my youth strikers, no use playing the old ones, they can’t improve anyway.
    The DR spot is again the one with the best rating, but Kennedy looks like my one of my best players stat wise, which is of course still not impressive. The new DC Vaughan is wanted by too many clubs to my liking so I guess he has a decent potential too.

    Conclusion :
    It’s obvious you can’t gain fast success with youth only, it feels like it has already stopped at lvl 8, a long way to go, I’m patient !

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    09-10	Eastern Counties League D1	1st	Promotion		Ray Foster	36
    10-11	Eastern Counties League PRM	2nd	Promotion (playoff)	Hayden Baguley 	70
    11-12	Isthmian League D1 North	13th	None			James Dean	105

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    I'm going to bite the bullet and give this a go and see how I feel about it. Have loads of spare time in the next few days to try and get into it.

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    Surely Merthyr are not a Level 10 team?

    Andover New Street are the team I have picked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GashGuff17 View Post
    Surely Merthyr are not a Level 10 team?

    Andover New Street are the team I have picked.
    Marky Mark! started in FM09 and continues that game, he could not pick lower back then I wouldn't start over if I made it that far as well tbh, sick achievements !

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    Oh I see. Fair play. So apart from him who else has got the furthest from Level 10?

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    Some guy on the last page got to BSP, but I'm pretty sure he cheated. No one really got very far this year, but hfbfcrule is doing fairly well.

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    Proving impossible to score. My strikers are shocking.

    Seriously considering sticking a centre back up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GashGuff17 View Post
    Proving impossible to score. My strikers are shocking.

    Seriously considering sticking a centre back up there.
    Yeah looks like it doesn't really matter what you put in front atm

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    Leto2626 @ Great Yarmouth Town – Season 4 (2012-2013)
    Starting Division : Eastern Counties League Division One (Level 10)
    Current Division : Isthmian League First Division North (Level 8)


    Team info

    Arranged 20 friendlies this time, starting on 2 juli Made 3 selections again and rotated. Only the first games give some condition issues but that’s gone very fast actually so I’ll do this every season, need the money, the board doesn’t want to hear about upgrading anything yet

    Youth Intake :
    Looked decent, especially a left winger I could use immediately. Also 3 strikers, now I finally got some players in front to choose from, not that I expect any scoring machines for the next 10 seasons really, but at least I have some different that can evolve.

    Tactic :
    Normally when I play with 2 in front I use a target man and an advanced forward. Not that these players would understand these roles but I stick to them anyway, and I’m glad there was a tall strong guy among the new strikers as well, potential target man, I got 2 of these now, Cash was the next one from last season. Now I can at least choose between target men and the striker next to him instead of just place the strikers I had up front, hopefully it will make a difference.
    If the 4-4-2 doesn’t work out this season I might try a 4-3-3 next, but with that winger talent I have that would be a shame actually, and I love wingers.
    I changed the 4-4-2 to more pressing and a but quicker, I got nothing to lose anyway, much worse than last season was not possible with so few goals scores. Then I rather concede a little more but score a lot more, was worth the try.

    Cups :
    Pretty good runs in the FA Cup (1st round, best we did so far), FA Trophy (4 rounds).
    We won the Norfolk Senior Cup, which we should have won last year as well as we are like the only level 8 team in it.
    Other cups were average, the board was delighted with every one of them so that’s good !

    League :

    I continued using the rotation selections I made for pre-season, as it would save me time, I didn’t want to pick out individuals every single game to replace. With all the cups we play games every 3-4 days for like 4-5 months straight, so decided to rotate and try to pick the ‘A’ squad for the bigger games. That seemed to work fine, that together with the pressing. Took some time until I decided who were my ‘A’ and ‘B’ strikers but we scored more often than last season that was obvious. The results kept coming, with stealing points here and there, we were around 3rd position halfway season with less matches played. We steadily progressed to 2nd and eventually when all matches were evened out we were in 1st place. Only Northwood could ruin our title but it didn’t happen. W ended with double the amount of goals scored from last season, and less conceded, we only lost 8 games so I guess we’re the deserved champions !
    League table

    Squad summary :
    End of season statistics (ranked by minutes played)
    As I used even my ‘C’ selection twice during the season a lot of players spent official game time, which is actually nice.
    My keeper takes the penalties, halfway the season he was the topscorer of the team But Cash and O’Reilly became my main strikers (same as last year actually) and did good. Cash is supposed to be the target man and O’Reilly the advanced forward but if you look at the stats you might think otherwise, but no one cares about that, the goals is what matters at the moment.
    I had tons of injuries, mostly strikers but in the meanwhile I have enough of them. I prefer the younger ones, those you can improve and teach stuff and that will hopefully pay off in the future.
    Taylor was the only one I set up in my ‘A’ team of the new players. Mark Wright fell out of that squad somewhere, although he started more promising.
    I have a problem with captaincy though, I pick James Dean because he’s the oldest regular but not that much influence. I made Bulley vice captain but he felt pressure, but I had to pick someone, at least one that plays enough games and has good influence.
    Based on these stats I will pick the selections of next season, I really need a process like this if I don’t want to drown in the amount of players.
    I ditch unhappy people at the end of the season, they won’t be playing more than they do now anyway. I should not be dragged into emotional relations with my players too much, I tend to do that in all my games, ah well I’ll try

    Conclusion :
    Great season, sorted out a way of playing this challenge, I really like it !
    I checked my job status and it’s ‘Untouchable’ at the moment ! Great !

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    Season	Division			Pos	Achievements			Most League Apps	
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    09-10	Eastern Counties League D1	1st	Promotion			Ray Foster	36
    10-11	Eastern Counties League PRM	2nd	Promotion (playoff)		Hayden Baguley 	70
    11-12	Isthmian League D1 North	13th	None				James Dean	105
    12-13	Isthmian League D1 North	1st	Promotion, Norfolk Senior Cup	James Dean	139

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    Littlehampton Town - English Sussex County League Division Two - 2009/2010 Season


    I actually completed this season several months ago, but have only just rediscovered the save, and I thought I'd give an update on my progress.

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    Progress

    We were far from convincing throughout the year, but came good at the right time, with a 12 game unbeaten run at the end of the season which sealed the title.

    Squad


    I prefer to play without wingers, but the squad has no DM and no AM, so I'm forced to. At the back we were solid, but I was chopping and changing all season as my Assman struggled to make up his mind as to who was actually good enough for the team. In midfield, the standout performer was
    Crawford, who was our top assister, and my only representitive in the player of the year competition. On the right, I have two quality players, Marsden and Montague, but the former was the better player this year. We wouldn't have got promoted, or done half as well in cup competitions, has it not been for the goals of Tom Harding, who almost managed 20 this year. Top effort.

    Cup Competitions - We won the Sussex County League Division Two Challeneg Cup but that was as good as it got in the cups. We were knocked out early in everything else.

    Finance

    Probably the most important part of the early part of this challenge, as I need to bulk up my finances in order to improve facilities. I didn't do too well this time around, but with the FA Cup next year, hopefully we can pump some funds into the club and get the ball rolling.


    Hopefully this years youth intake will provide a new centre back, and some versatile midfielders. I won't hold my breath.

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    Leto, I've just noticed; how the hell did your goalie score 8 goals in a season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willy Wonka View Post
    Leto, I've just noticed; how the hell did your goalie score 8 goals in a season?
    He was my best penalty taker He missed 2 as well !

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    FM09 - Merthyr 2036/37 Season Update - Championship - Marky Mark!
    2009/10 - BSS, 2nd - Promotion through playoffs!
    2010/11 - BSP, 18th - Setanta Shield Qtr Final
    2011/12 - BSP, 6th - Setanta Shield Qtr Final
    2012/13 - BSP, 18th
    2013/14 - BSP, 14th - FA Trophy winners!
    2014/15 - BSP, 2nd - FA Trophy Semi-Final, FA Cup 3rd Round, Promotion through playoffs!
    2015/16 - League Two, 20th
    2016/17 - League Two, 13th, JPT S Quarter Final
    2017/18 - League Two, 9th
    2018/19 - League Two, 1st, FA Cup 3rd Round, League Two Champions!
    2019/20 - League One, 16th, FA Cup 3rd Round, Carling Cup 3rd Round, JPT S Semi Final
    2020/21 - League One, 21st, FA Cup 4th Round, Relegation
    2021/22 - League Two, 3rd, FA Cup 3rd Round, JPT Winners!, Automatic Promotion!
    2022/23 - League One, 3rd, FA Cup 3rd Round, Lost in playoff final
    2023/24 - League One, 2nd, FA Cup 4th Round, Automatic Promotion!
    2024/25 - Championship, 22nd, FA Cup 3rd Round, Relegation
    2025/26 - League One, 4th, Carling Cup 4th Round, Promotion through Playoffs!
    2026/27 - Championship, 21st
    2027/28 – Championship, 20th, FA Cup Sixth Round
    2028/29 - Championship, 19th, Carling Cup 3rd Round
    2029/30 - Championship, 13th, FA Cup Fourth Round
    2030/31 - Championship, 16th
    2031/32 - Championship, 5th, Lost in Playoff semi-final
    2032/33 - Championship, 6th, Carling Cup 4th Round Lost in Playoff semi-final
    2033/34 - Championship, 15th
    2034/35 - Championship, 11th
    2035/36 - Championship, 7th, FA Cup Sixth Round, Carling Cup Third Round

    2036/37 - Championship, 2nd, FA Cup Fourth Round, Carling Cup Fourth Round, Automatic Promotion!

    After 2 unsucessful Championship playoff campaigns previously, and just missing out on the playoffs (by GD) last season, I was desperate for that little bit extra, whatever that was, to get me into the elusive EPL.

    And whilst I still don't really know what that little bit extra was, the team seemed to have found it. For most of the 1st half of the season I was sitting 3rd, never to far from Portsmouth and Liverpool, but never quite able to reel them in.

    However, whilst Merthyr maintained their form well into the 2nd half of the season, Portsmouth and Liverpool both dropped off, meaning that the door was open for me to not only be promoted, but take out the Championship after 12 attempts! However, a couple of untimley draws and losses (only 3 losses for the season!) saw Sunderland come up from nowhere, and whilst I was confident of securing automatic promotion (which was secured with 1 game to spare), I had a real battle with Sunderland for the Championship title.

    Coming into the last game of the season Sunderland and Merthyr were equal on points, with Sunderland having a +8 GD advantage - I needed them to slip up (as well as to win my game) to win the 3rd trophy of my Merthyr career. Merthyr secured a solid 2-0 win, however Sunderland also managed a 2-1 win, meaning that for the 2nd season in a row I was punished for my GD, however this season I couldn't care, as I had done what many said was impossible, secured promotion to the Premier League, after only 28 seasons!

    2037 League Table and Graph

    29 year old striker Craig Murphy was voted the Merthyr Fans player of the season for the 2nd time in his career, however given it was such a breakthrough season I'll go into a bit more detail into my best starting XI:

    GK: Les Champion - The 25 year old keeper had been in Thompson's shadow in much of his career, however broke into the starting XI last season, and mangaged 52 apps at 6.90. Has managed 12 U21 caps in his career, and has also been called up to the senior squad on several occasions, but yet to get his first cap. Has attracted a lot of interest this season, and appears to have half the EPL interested in him (but of course I'll never sell).

    DL: Craig Bennett - At 26 years, this defender has made the 2nd most career apperances of the current batch of players (behind Thompson with 1,000+) at 481. Whilst he has never been a star at Merthyr in his 1 seasons here, he has always been a consistant performer, and this season was no different, 45 apps at 7.04, his best ever average rating

    DC: Terry Eaton - This 24 year old player has the made an impact ever since breaking into the side as a teenager, and, amazingly, has averaged over 7.0 per season in his 274 game, 8 season career. Whilst he came through as a DM / M and played his first few seasons there, due to a lack of quality defenders, he was actually retrained to be a DC (due to good jumping, tackling, positioning), and has been the 1st choice central defender in the last couple of seasons. Has also picked up 8 Welsh caps so far, with more to come I'm sure

    DC: Kevin Townsend - At 23, he is another player who made his mark on the team early in his career, and like Eaton, can (and has) played as a central defender or midfielder. He actually doesn't have great attributes for a DC, but a lack of other options has meant he has played a lot of his career there. He managed 43 games this season (as well as hist first Welsh cap), but his average of 6.79 was not fantastic... I really need to find another central defender

    DR: Anton Adams - This 24 year old right back / winger is one of the stars of the team, and had a great season this year, managing 46 games at 7.18 (including 9 assists), as well as 8 international apperances at 7.2 (bring his international total to 17 so far). Great attirbutes in all the key areas, hopefully he can be a Mertyr star for many years to come!

    ML: Ashley Preddie - This 25 year old winger is probably one of the weaker links in the side, but due to him being one of the few left sided midfielders in the squad, he's made the starting lineup, and managed 50 apperances at 6.91.

    MC: Paul Culshaw - At 28, he is actually one of the older members of the starting lineup, but showed the younger players how it should be done, managing 42 apps at 7.21, as well as 4 international caps, bring his total for Wales at 9. He also scored 13 goals this season, which made him equal highest goalscorer for the season

    MC: Simon Newman - At only 21, the central midfielder is already a crutial piece of my starting XI, and, I would say, one of the best player to ever have come through the youth acadamy - hopefully he can continue to improve. Managed 44 games at 7.21 (and one international), as well as 10 goals, despite playing more of a defendive midfield role. Between him and Culshaw managed 23 goals, great effort for the central midfield pair.

    MR: Danny Carroll - At 29 he is now one of the older players in the squad, but he is arguably the most important / best player, and, with Newmand and Culshaw, for a formidable midfield. Now past his peak, but he still has great stats in all the key areas, and has been dominating the right wing for 13 seasons and over 400 games. Only managed 29 games at 7.19 (plus 4 international) this season due to injuries, but is still a key member of the squad. Has managed 28 Welsh caps in total, making him the most capped of all current players. Will be hard to find a replacement for him when his stats start deteriorating

    ST: Craig Murphy - At 29 another 'vetran' of the side, Murphy is not the best player in the squad, but, being the only half decent striker we have, managed 50 games at 7.19, 13 goals, 10 assits, and also took home his 2nd Fans Player of the Season - a pretty good return from a good, but unremarkable player

    ST: Ian Philliskirk - At 22 he is not really ready for Championship (and next season EPL) standard football yet, but is the next best striker in the squad after Murphy, and hopefully will continue to improve as he gets older. Managed 45 games this season at 6.98, 11 goals and 9 assists - a good result for an up and coming striker, but I'm not sure how he'll do in the premier league next season.

    All in all, a solid team effort, with the midfield trio of Newman, Culshaw and Carroll (and Preddie on the left) being the strongest players in the squad. They did very well in the Championship, but it will be interesting to see how they go next season! One promissing fact is that of my starting XI, 6 have now earnt Welsh caps, and the rest (as well as my first choice subs) have earnt U21 caps - whilst earning a Welsh cap might not be a true mesure of skill, it's still a good sign

    2037 Seasonal Best XI and Overall Best XI

    None of the Merthyr U18's got a look in this season, but looking through them 1st year midfielder Mark Fish looks a promising player who should be able to strengthen an already strong midfield in the seasons to come. Interestingly, at 17 he has already earnt his first U21 cap, that has to be a good sign!

    Finances wise, it was not a good season - despite again being well under wage budget, and obviously spending nothing on transfers, I lost over $10M, reducing my bank balance to $16M, but I'm sure I'll make up for that next season!

    2037 Finances

    New Club Records
    Highest League Position: 2nd in Championship

    Well, that is it, I've done it! (not completed the challenge of winning the EPL / CL, but at least gaining promotion to the EPL, something many thought would be impossible), now I just have to figure out how to stay there next season - although with a fairly young squad, I might just be able to do it

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    Oh my god, congratulations Mark! Incredible that you've reached the Prem, really and outstanding acheivment.

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    FM09 GYAC - Merthyr 1,000 Apperances Challenge - 2036/37 Update - CHALLENGE COMPLETED!
    (Record - Chris Thompson: 1,013 apperances in 22 seasons)

    Chris Thompson, GK, 38: 1,013 apps in 22 seasons; 1 app this season (on loan with Forrest Green)
    Given Thompson's attributes had decreased to the point where he was now Merthyr's last choice GK, I couldn't justify giving him any more games, so offered him out on loan. I received no offers for him so asked my feeder clubs (first time I had ever used them), and he agreed to joind BSP league Forreest Green. Despite them being a non-league team, he was their 3rd choice keeper, however he did manage 1 apperance for them when the 2 other keepers were injured, bringing his career total to 1,013 (1,012 for Merthyr).

    I think that was a wake up call for him, and towards the end of the season he announced he would be retiring at the end of next season. He also gained a staff profile, where his preferences are Manager / Assistant Manager, however it appears he is holding out for a Manager role, as he refuses to sign an assistant manager contract with Merthyr - I'd be devistated to see him leave Merthyr (although given his staff stats are pretty average, it might not be a bad thing)

    Lets see if he can manage any more games on loan next season to bump up his career tally (I'm going to have to find a lower standard feeder club!)
    Last edited by Marky Mark!; 17-04-2010 at 13:22.

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    Congratulations Marky Mark! Truly sensational achievement.

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    Littlehampton Town - English Sussex County League Division One- 2010/11 Season 2


    This was a challenging season for me, and I very nearly lost the will to continue the save. I stuck with it though, and just about managed promotion.

    Table
    Progress


    It was very much a season of three parts. The first third was dominated by our cup exploits, making the 3rd Round of the FA Cup was a higlight, but we had replays in most matches, which meant at one point we had 6 games in hand. The second part of the season saw us hit great form and charge up the table, gaining an 11 point lead and a seemingly impregnable hold on the title. The final third of the season saw us bomb, losing a huge amount of games, and drawing the others. Our confidence was shot, and I held little hope of winning the playoff, but we managed it thanks to a 116th minutes winner.
    Form

    Cup Competitions


    The cup competitions were a mixed bag, again we underperformed in the FA Vase, a trophy I'd love to win, but the FA Cup run was great. I made £50k in gate receits from the home tie against L1 Blackpool.

    Squad


    The real area for concern now is central defence. Up front no one at this level is any good, so that's gravy, and especially with the new youth players in midfield, that's the area we're strongest in. The player of the season was
    Bennett, who played across the back four and whose average rating was remarkable. Mercer, in defensive midfield, was picked as the player most likely to suceed this year, but he hasn't made good on his potential.

    Finance


    The Blackpool game really boosted me, but there's still a long was to go until we have enough to improve facilities.

    Youth Intake


    Jewell YP1
    Sharp YP2

    These two were picked as the stars from this years modest youth intake, and Jewell especially is a welcome addition to the squad, and allows me to revert to a narrow diamond formation which has served me so well in the lower leagues in the past.

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    Season              League                          Position      Achievements
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    2009/10         Sussex County League Division 2       1st         Promoted, Sussex CLD2 Challenge Cup
    2010/11         Sussex County League Division 1       2nd         Promoted through playoffs, FA Cup 3rd Round

    Last edited by Willy Wonka; 18-04-2010 at 17:47.

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    Well done Marky Mark I hope you do well in the prem

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    Thanks for all the congratulations guys, I thought it would never happen, and I when I started this challenge I certainly didn't think I'd be going 28 seasons on, but here I am (actually into season 30, have to post some more updates), and I've finally made it to the Premier League. I'm tempted to quit now, as I'm pretty sure it will be literally impossible to win the title / CL to complete the challenge, but I may as well have a go and see what my boys can do!

    More updates coming up soon!

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    FM09 - Merthyr 2037/38 Season Update - Premiership - Marky Mark!
    2009/10 - BSS, 2nd - Promotion through playoffs!
    2010/11 - BSP, 18th - Setanta Shield Qtr Final
    2011/12 - BSP, 6th - Setanta Shield Qtr Final
    2012/13 - BSP, 18th
    2013/14 - BSP, 14th - FA Trophy winners!
    2014/15 - BSP, 2nd - FA Trophy Semi-Final, FA Cup 3rd Round, Promotion through playoffs!
    2015/16 - League Two, 20th
    2016/17 - League Two, 13th, JPT S Quarter Final
    2017/18 - League Two, 9th
    2018/19 - League Two, 1st, FA Cup 3rd Round, League Two Champions!
    2019/20 - League One, 16th, FA Cup 3rd Round, Carling Cup 3rd Round, JPT S Semi Final
    2020/21 - League One, 21st, FA Cup 4th Round, Relegation
    2021/22 - League Two, 3rd, FA Cup 3rd Round, JPT Winners!, Automatic Promotion!
    2022/23 - League One, 3rd, FA Cup 3rd Round, Lost in playoff final
    2023/24 - League One, 2nd, FA Cup 4th Round, Automatic Promotion!
    2024/25 - Championship, 22nd, FA Cup 3rd Round, Relegation
    2025/26 - League One, 4th, Carling Cup 4th Round, Promotion through Playoffs!
    2026/27 - Championship, 21st
    2027/28 – Championship, 20th, FA Cup Sixth Round
    2028/29 - Championship, 19th, Carling Cup 3rd Round
    2029/30 - Championship, 13th, FA Cup Fourth Round
    2030/31 - Championship, 16th
    2031/32 - Championship, 5th, Lost in Playoff semi-final
    2032/33 - Championship, 6th, Carling Cup 4th Round, Lost in Playoff semi-final
    2033/34 - Championship, 15th
    2034/35 - Championship, 11th
    2035/36 - Championship, 7th, FA Cup Sixth Round, Carling Cup Third Round
    2036/37 - Championship, 2nd, FA Cup Fourth Round, Carling Cup Fourth Round, Automatic Promotion!

    2037/38 - Premiership, 18th, Caring Cup Fourth Round, Relegation

    Well, after a breakthrough season last season, I was just hoping for the best this season, but, defying the odds, got off to a great start, beating Chelsea twice in the space of two weeks (league and Carling Cup), and after 9 games I was sitting in 2nd place, this was incredible! However, I knew it couldn't last, and it didn't.

    A couple of injuries to key players exposed my complete lack of depth, and I soon found wins very hard to come by, although it wasn't until 24 games had passed that I entered the relegation zone. That seemed to spur my players on, and the team's form improved slightly, and I briefly escpaed the relegation zone, but it didn't last long, and on the 2nd last game of the season my fate was confirmed, relgation back to the Championship. I ended up with 39 points (9-12-17), 4 points from 17th placed Tottenham and saftey. Oh well, if I earn't promotion to the Premiership once, surely I can do it again right?

    2038 League Table and Graph

    There were no standout players for the Fan's Player of the Season, with no players averaging over 7 for the season, however vetran 30 year old winger Danny Carroll took out the award, for the 5th time in his career. Injuries meant he could only manage 29 appearances (plus 5 international), but he managed those at 7.0, which, for a team that struggled was a fair achievement.

    None of the U18s were good enough to break into the senior side, but one that caught my attention was 2nd year midfielder Mark Fish. At 18, he certainly appears to have talent (averaging 7.26 in the reserves), but unfortunatly the midfield is the strongest part of the Merthyr squad, so it might be a year or two before he can break into it.

    2038 Seasonal Best XI (forgot to grab the overall Best XI)

    One positive from the season was the finances, where I made a whopping $35M profit, to bring the balance to $52M, and catapulting the club into the top 50 Richest Clubs in the world.

    2038 Finances

    Interestingly, after gaining promotion last season, I received a message from the board saying the stadium was going to be expanded from 10,000 to 15,000 (despite previously saying it was impossible to get council permission, etc). So, for 6 months, the capacity was reduced to 8,000 during contruction, then... back to 10,000! After the end of this season I have again been told it would be expanded to 15,000, and the capacity has again been reduced to 8,000 during construction, so we'll see what happens.

    New Club Records
    Highest League Position: 18th in Premiership 2037/38
    Most Games without Scoring: 6 - 9.1.2038 to 3.2.2038

    Oh well, I guess relegation at the first attempt was always the most likely outcome, but hopefully, as was the case in my first season in the Championship, I can bouce straight back!
    Last edited by Marky Mark!; 28-04-2010 at 08:54.

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    Very unlucky Mark, but as you say, if the core of your squad remains together I'm sure you can bounce straight back up.


    And please don't quit.

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    FM09 GYAC - Merthyr 1,000 Apperances Challenge - 2037/38 Update - CHALLENGE COMPLETED!
    (Record - Chris Thompson: 1,013 apperances in 23 seasons)

    Chris Thompson, GK, 39: 1,013 apps (at approx 6.80) in 23 seasons; 0 apps this season (on loan with Forrest Green)
    Chris Thompson staff profile

    Chris Thompson at his prime - 29 years of age

    Well, this season was nothing to be proud of, despite Merthyr being in the Premiership, Thompson was stuck in League Two with Forrest Great as the Forrest Green Reserves backup keeper. I actually planned to bring him back for the last game of the season (after relegation had been confirmed) to give him one game at the top level, but he got injured, so missed out. Still, 1,013 games in a career is not a bad achievement!

    He has decided to stay in the game, unfortunatly he has his heart set on managing a club, and will refuse to accept any other contract at Merthyr other than my role (which I'm clearly not ready to give up just yet), so whilst he'll stay on in the game, it won't be at Merthyr.

    So, that is it for Thompson, after 23 seasons and an amazing 1,013 games, he has left the club at the young age of 39.

    Through his career he managed the following achievements:

    3 x Team Two Team of the Week (over 5 seasons)
    5 x League One Team of the Week (over 5 seasons)
    10 x Championship Team of the Week (over 11 seasons)
    1 x BSP Team of the Week (over 1 seasons on loan)
    1 x League Two Players Select
    1 x League One Players Select

    He was also part of the Merthyr sides that were League Two champions in 2019 and won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in 2022.

    Ok, not a stella career but he was a crutial part of the side for most of his 23 season career, and also managed 2 goals from corners when thrown forward in desperation - not bad!

    And that is it, my last 1,000 Apperance Challenge update (unless another player looks to come close to the mark, which is very unlikely!)

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