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    Chippenham 2009/10 Season Review

    We came into this preseason with the hope of achieving a safe mid-table position, and to do this we needed to sign some new players. During the transfer window we brought in 16 good players, most of which either went start into the first 11 or on the bench. Some of the other signings, either played for the u-18s or were loaned out to gain some experience. This is shown in the transfer screen.

    We started the season with 1 win, 3 draws and 2 losses in the first 6 games which made be slightly worried about what was to come leaving us 19th on the table. The win we had was spectacular, with Waide Fairhurst, scoring a double in stoppage time to see us beat York 4-3. The bad form continued with us going on a 9 game winless streak, before scrapping a 2-0 win over ST. Albans, but the team is starting to gel together.

    A good win against Exeter at the start of October, followed by a couple of important draws, along with good wins against some of the lower teams in the division allowing us to move up to mid table position. During December and January we won 6 league games and only lost 1 game, allowing us to move into 9th position.

    February was shaping up as an important month for us, playing both 1st and 2nd, while also playing our rivals for the final playoff position. We lost to Stockport (1st) and crucial draws against challengers for the final playoff spot, Forest Green and Cambridge, both 2-2. Also during February Waide Fairhurst became the clubs highest ever goal scorer passing David Gilroy, who held the record at 60 goals. In March, we continued our march towards a playoff spot defeating Exeter 3-0, and lowly Altrincham 4-3, with 3 draws in between. At the end of March we were 8th, 5 points outside the playoff spots.

    We had a great April, with wins against Southport and Oxford, putting us 1 point behind Forest Green in Fifth. We demolished Histon in the next game, 5-1, with Waide Fairhurst scoring 4 goals, but Forest Green was able to sneak past Hinckley 3-2, scoring in the 87th Minute to win. So it was down to the final game, us playing Northwich, who were looking to avoid relegation and Forest Green playing Stockport, looking to secure the title. At half time we were winning thanks to a Matty Ritchie strike, while Forest Green where also winning 1-0. We were able to finish off Northwich, thanks to a Jason Norville goal. We had to wait and pray to see the result of Forest Green’s match, and they lost 2-1, meaning we had sneaked into the playoffs.

    Our opponents in the playoff semi was Rushden. We had both won at the opposition’s home ground during the year, so this shaped us as a good game. In the first leg at home, we held on to tie 0-0. So it was all up to the second leg, away at Rushden. We had the perfect start, with Matty Ritchie scoring in the 4th, only for Rushden to equalise through Tom Shaw in the 18th minute. We took the lead on the stroke of half time, with Waide Fairhurst finding the net. Rushden equalized straight after the break thanks to Lee Tomlin. The game looked destined for extra time, when Waide Fairhurst popped up, to score in injury time, to send us to the playoff final! Exeter were the team that was waiting for us in the final, a team we had beaten on both occasions during the year. We took an early lead through Neil Connor and doubled our lead through a Waide Fairhurst strike in the 44th minute, to have a 2-0 lead at half time. Exeter struck back with a Andy Taylor goal, on the 55th minute, but we were able to hold them out winning 2-1, meaning we are promoted. This promotion was mainly achieved by going through the final 18 games of the season without losing.

    League
    Media Prediction: 24th Position
    Board Expectation: Avoid Relegation
    My Prediction: Mid table
    Actual Position: 5th Position (promoted through playoffs)
    League Table

    Cups
    Fa Cup: 2nd Round
    Setanta Shield: 4th Round
    Fa Trophy: 3rd Round

    Top Players
    Waide Fairhurst:
    Waide Fairhurst: Had another great season for us this season, even when I thought that he might become a backup this year. He had a great season for us scoring 38 goals in 55 games with 32 of those goals coming in the league. He scored crucial goals for us all year, especially in our end of season run to the playoffs and finally to promotion. This includes his 2 goals against Rushden and his goal against Exeter in the playoffs to win us both games. Player history

    Matty Ritchie:new addition to the squad this year and made his impact whenever he played, either in an attacking midfield role or on the left wing. He was also instrumental in our late season run, both through scoring and setting up goals. Player History

    Thomas Pinault: Had a good season, all in all for us, although this is not really showed in his stats. The oldest player in the first XI at 28, his leadership and composure on the ball was important all year which allowed Matty Ritchie to play on the left wing to great effect. Player History

    Kieran Fitzharris: Played well in the defensive midfield, with a high work rate, allowing the attacking players in the team to shine. His ability in this position also allowed Scott Morrison to play higher up the park. Player History

    Joseph Oastler: Another player picked up for free from Portsmouth, who played consistenly and effiently in central defence. Without him in the backline, we might have conceded more goals this year. Player History

    Honourable mentions must go to Steve Morrison, John Brayford and Chris Goodchild for their outstanding contributions during the year.

    Club Overview
    Squad List
    Wages was able to keep the wages down this season
    Finances Look at last season results, shows how much we made during this year
    Club Information
    Player Record
    Club Record
    Goals of the Season We had all 3 best goals of the year.
    Manager Profile
    Manager Information

    Predictions for next Season
    This will be a big step up for us this year, going into League 2. I am just hoping that we can avoid relegation and build on for the year after.

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    King's Lynn - Blue Square Premier Season 2010-11

    Transfers:
    Despite making a healthy profit last season, the board didn't deem it necessary to give me any transfer money, so we were looking for freebies again to try and survive the drop in the competitive football conference. With Jarvis and Martin unwilling to make their way to Norfolk, Norwich gave us two season long loans in the form of French winger Stefan Milojevic and former Manchester City striker Darren Huckerby. Throughout the year, we also landed Matthew Fry, Damon Lathrope and the very impressive Danny Sturgess from our parent club to bulk up the team for a tough season.

    The big coup in terms of permanent transfers was Oldham's out-of-favour striker Lewis Alessandra who scored thirty in 39 appearances on loan at Stalybridge in 2009-10. Alessandra looked like he would make the perfect pairing up front with Huckerby in a team with a shaky defence. Former Norwich Reserves winger Robert Eagle had appeared on a short-term loan in 2007-08 at the club, and inked a contract with the Linnets to play back up to Milojevic. Among other signings, defensive midfielder Alexis Nikolas and Welsh defender Johnny Hunt were also snapped up on free transfers. In an attempt to sure up a leaky defence, Ian Dunbavin and Matt Mann came in as back up goalkeepers (Dunbavin would leave after just three league appearances and a host of personal problems), whilst veteran defender Peter Hawkins arrived on a free from Ebbsfleet.

    Mustapha Hadji remained captain for the third season running but would eventually struggle to keep up - his season hampered by poor form and a debilitating hip injury which kept him out of action for two months.His vice-captain Matt Jackson would take the arm band for a lot of the season - sharing the duties with former VC Sam Tuttnott. (Transfers)

    The League:
    The season started off poorly with two 3-0 thumpings at the hands of Rochdale and Mansfield, before the Linnets picked up their first points in a 3-2 win over Halifax at The Walks. The season proved that the Linnets were largely out of the depth for the most part, but they managed to claim huge victories throughout the year over sixth placed Kidderminster and ninth placed Histon. Coming down the final straight, things looked worrying as we sat just one point out of the dropzone following a humiliating 6-1 thumping at the hands of Northwich with just five games to play - emphasising a dreadful run of nine games without victory. But the Linnets managed to turn things right around to take eleven points from their final five games - including an upset 1-0 victory away at third placed Rushden Diamonds. We end nine points clear of relegation in eighteenth spot - having survived a tough first year in the football conference!

    Cups:
    After a very impressive cup run last year, which saw us make the third round of the FA Cup, much was expected of the Linnets coming into this season. We made another return to the main draw of the FA Cup but fell this time in the first round to league two side Macclesfield 2-1. However, this season we managed one round further in the FA Trophy after upsetting Kidderminster in the first round away from home, before bowing out 2-0 in the second round to Histon. Again the Linnets made the fifth round of the Setanta Shield, before failing to make the quarter finals with a disappointing 2-1 loss to Forest Green after going up 1-0 and conceding an own goal.

    Season Results:
    League - 18th (12-13-21) - League Table - Media Prediction: 23rd, Bookies Odds: 34-1
    FA Cup - 1st Round (1-2 vs. Macclesfield)
    FA Trophy - 1st Round (0-2 vs. Histon)
    Setanta Shield - 5th Round (1-2 vs. Forest Green)

    Players:
    Arguably the top player of the season was loan signing Danny Sturgess who was very impressive as he switched between the right wing and partnering either Huckerby or Alessandra up front. At just eighteen, his pace was too much for many defences as he scored seven goals and had a hand in three in a season that showcased his real potential. Other loan signing Darren Huckerby overcame a sluggish start to the season to score sixteen in 46 appearances in the twilight of his career. Fellow striker Lewis Alessandra fell away near the end of the season to only finish with eighteen goals all up despite topping the scoring charts at one stage of the year - however he managed to overcome a period of thirteen hours without scoring to be the most reliable striker at the club. Young midfielder Sam Tuttnott continued his rise as a player with an impressive season in the middle - appearing 47 times for the club and scoring four.

    Manager Overview
    Finances
    Confidence
    Club Information
    Stats
    Records
    Best XI | Overall XI

    English Premier League - Arsenal
    FA Cup - Liverpool 1 - 0 Manchester Utd
    Carling Cup - Everton 2 - 2 Fulham (Everton won 4-3 on penalties)
    Community Shield - Arsenal 1 - 1 Liverpool (Arsenal won on penalties)
    Johnstone's Paint Trophy - Sheffield Wednesday 1 - 1 Swindon (Sheffield Wednesday won 2-1 on penalties)
    FA Trophy - Exeter 1 - 0 Crawley
    Setanta Shield - Rushden 3 - 0 Halifax
    UEFA Champions League - Real Madrid 2 - 0 Valencia
    UEFA Cup - Feyenoord 3 - 2 Inter

    Conclusion/Looking Ahead
    It was always going to be a tough season without a transfer kitty, and things won't get easier with a very small profit being made after some average cup performances. The season will be considered a success - we were picked to go down and just managed to stay up which is a real bonus in our charge towards league football. We will really need to solidify our defence in the transfer window to make any improvements, which again Norwich's generosity will be the key for our survival. Unfortunately, our captain Mustapha Hadji and vice-captain Matt Jackson have turned down pleas from me to stay on and will retire - we wish both well in their future. Expect Tuttnott to get the call up as club captain.

  3. #10003
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    Decided to give this a go as probably the final game of my FM08 career. In the process of holidaying now so will let you know who i get

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    Real London Update - Season 20 (2027/2028)


    Premiership Prediction - 19th
    Premiership Position - 6th
    F.A Cup - 3rd Round
    League Cup - 2nd Round

    Premiership - Graph | Table

    A really good season here. 6th place and the Euro Vase. Not too far off a Champions League place either. Arguelles was a legend for me this season, breaking the all time Premiership record for goals in a season.

    Best Elevens - Season | Overall

    Club Ranking - 133rd (New Entry)

    Other Info

    Finances
    Team Selection
    Team Info

    Manager Info
    Manager Overview
    Manager Profile

    Player Records
    Team Records

    Real London's Player of the Year - Raul Arguelles

    Awards

    European Golden Boot Winner - Raul Arguelles
    English Premier Division, Top Scorer - Raul Arguelles (41 Goals)
    English Premier Division, Team of the Year - 2 Players
    English Footballer of the Year - Raul Arguelles

    Players of the Season


    Raul Arguelles - As you can see from the above awards, Arguelles was quite outstanding this season. A new prem record for goals, a magnificent return, and hopefully he'll sign a new deal during the next season, as he'll be vital for us in Europe.

    Omar Cisneros - Yet another magnificent season from the young winger. His assists record is brilliant, 24 assists this season, and he played like a demon on the wing.

    Season Summary
    Delighted with my season. The only down point, once again, is the fact that I cant seem to progress anywhere in the cups. 6th in the league, and could have been better. Need some squad strengthening for next season.

    Manager history

    Season 1 - Blue Square South - 6th place
    Season 2 - Blue Square South - 3rd place
    Season 3 - Blue Square South - 2nd place, Promoted
    Season 4 - Blue Square Premier - 12th place
    Season 5 - Blue Square Premier - 18th place, F.A Trophy Winners
    Season 6 - Blue Square Premier - 7th place, Setanta Shield Runner-Up
    Season 7 - Blue Square Premier - 4th place
    Season 8 - Blue Square Premier - 5th place, Promoted
    Season 9 - Coca-Cola League 2 - 16th place
    Season 10 - Coca-Cola League 2 - 3rd place, Promoted
    Season 11 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 4th place
    Season 12 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 17th place
    Season 13 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 3rd place
    Season 14 - Coca-Cola League 1 - 4th place, Promoted
    Season 15 - Championship - 14th place
    Season 16 - Championship - 10th place
    Season 17 - Championship - 3rd place, Lost in Play-Off Final (v Crystal Palace)
    Season 18 - Championship - 2nd place, Promoted
    Season 19 - Premiership - 13th place
    Season 20 - Premiership - 6th place

    *Real London were formally AFC Wimbledon

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    i have chosen to manage billericay town in the BSS. The chairman status is willing to listen to offers so it could be a difficult start

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    got offered dag and red, charlton and totenham as parent clubs chose charlton as they paid the most and were in the premiership

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    a fans group are interested in taking over

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    I didn't do a season 1 update with AFC Wimbledon, but I got promoted the first season.

    AFC Wimbledon (Blue Square Premier) - 2009-2010 Season

    Media Prediction: 24th
    Final Finishing Position: 12th
    FA Cup: 2nd Round (defeated Hampton & Richmond, and Forest Green. Lost to Leyton Orient)
    Setanta Shield: Quarter Final (defeated Stafford, and Grays. Lost to Rushden)
    FA Trophy: 1st Round (lost to Rushden)

    Transfers:

    There was no transfer money given by the board, but they gave a large wage budget so I could some of that money for transfers. I didn't use any of it though, as everyone I got this year was on a free transfer.

    Our parent club is Tottenham. They loaned us a few youngsters, including Dag Olsen, Takura Mtandari, and Jamie Davis. I also extended loans this season to Lee Butcher, Cian Hughton, and Jacques Maghoma. Without them, I wouldn't have achieved a mid-table finish.

    I also acquired a few players on a permanent contract who helped us with our push. I signed John Challinor on a free from Rushden and contributed with 9 goals and 10 assists in 51 league and cup appearances.

    Also signed after successful trials were defenders Tyrone Cameron (former youth player at Fulham) and Dale Bennett (former Watford youngster), goalkeepers James Dalton (from parent club Tottenham) and Shayne Barlow (from Irish side Slingo Rovers), and striker Lewis Young (another former Watford player).

    Cameron was a starter from game 1, appearing 52 times for AFC Wimbledon. Bennett contributed mostly off the bench in his 29 apperances.

    James Dalton didn't play a game this season, but he will get his chance next season. Barlow was a late addition. He was found by my scout and assistant manager Stuart Cash stated that he would a good signing for most Coca-Cola League 2 sides, so he might stay with us for a while. He did well in his 6 first-team appearances.

    Going out the door this season of note were midfielder Gavin Strachan for US$1k to Hampton & Richmond, and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy to Thurrock for US$20k.

    Transfers

    The League:

    Final BSP Standings

    The Squad

    It was a tale of two seasons, or more specifically, our home and away form. Our home record was much better than our away record.

    We bent but did not break. It was a good season overall, and I hope to push for promotion next year.

    Key Players this season:

    Dag Olsen

    A great player throughout the season. The striker just outpaced everyone and banged in goals left, right, and centre. He scored 5 hat-tricks.

    Jon Challinor

    He stepped it up with some vital goals with Olsen was off his game. He bounced back from a terrible season at Rushden where he averaged a rating of 5.84.

    Stacy Long

    Led the club with 12 assists this season. He was a bit overworked and started to fatigue at the latter part of the season, but managed to appear in 54 games (49 starts) and succeed on the pitch.

    Tyrone Cameron

    He was our best defender and also one of the best in the league. He finished 4th in tackles per game, and 24th in average rating.

    Parent/feeder club(s):

    Parent club Tottenham finished in 2nd place in the EPL behind Manchester United. Sunderland, Everton (hehe roberto), and QPR are relegated to the Championship. Spurs lost to HSV in the Euro Cup Semi-Final.

    Feeder club Blyth finished a very respectible 12th place in the Blue Square North.

    Favourite moments:
    • Dag Olsen's four-goal game in his 2nd game with the club 4-goal game
    • my first BSP road win yay
    • the bank balance Cha-ching
    • selling my backup goalkeeper for profit (first with James Dormand to Hayes & Yeading for US$30k and then McCarthy)
    Moments I'll like to forget...

    Looking to the future:

    A couple players are already signed on transfer for next season. Defender Peter Cavanagh will join us from Coca-Cola League 2 side Oxford for US$3k. Young attacking midfielder Glenn Hughes will also join us from Grays on a free transfer, along with Jason Morrison. My goal next year is to compete for the playoff promotion spot.

    Career with AFC Wimbledon thus far:
    Season 1:BSS. Finished in 2nd. Promoted.
    Season 2: BSP. Finished in 12th.
    Last edited by rancer890; 24-08-2008 at 02:39.

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    I'm gonna have to post a big update soon, I'm in December 2012 with AFC Wimbledon in League One. I'll use your format again if that's alright rancer

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    Quote Originally Posted by roberto922 View Post
    I'm gonna have to post a big update soon, I'm in December 2012 with AFC Wimbledon in League One. I'll use your format again if that's alright rancer
    Ya, you can use my format

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    I didn't do a season 1,2,3 or 4 update with AFC Wimbledon so I'd better start now I'll just post quick summaries for 2008/09 to 2011/12 and then I'll post a mid season update on my 2012/2013 season.

    AFC Wimbledon (Blue Square South) - 2008-2009 Season

    Media Prediction: 24th (I'm not 100% sure though)
    Final Finishing Position: 1st
    FA Cup: Third Round
    Setanta Shield: Fifth Round
    FA Trophy: Fourth Round

    Transfers:

    I signed alot of players for free in 207/08 that really weren't good enough to be honest, the only freebie of note was Frank Sinclair who was a regular throughout the season. probably the most disappointing transfer was Waide Fairhurst, after all the hype over him I thought he'd be banging them in but he ended up third choice.

    It was lucky then that I was given Arsenal as a parent club, the players loaned from Arsenal are the main reason behind my promotion in the first season I'll admit. This was also the beginning of a long, long stay at Kingsmeadow for Pedro but I'll get into that in later updates. I won't go into detail over the loanees here as most of them will be covered in Key Players this season.

    Transfers

    The League:

    League


    Not much I can say really, we had an easy season and I was pretty damn happy.

    Key Players this season:

    Vito Mannone - Goalkeeper - Played: 36 - conceded: 24 - Avg. rating: 7.11. Without him I think my defense would have melted judging by the back-up I had.

    Rhys Murphy - Striker - Appearances 36 - Goals - 41 - Simply amazing, between him and Fonte we had by far the best attack in the league.

    Rui Fonte - Striker - Appearances 51 - Goals - 46 - Said it all in Murphys bit really.



    Career with AFC Wimbledon thus far:
    Season 1:BSS. Finished in 1st. Promoted.

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    God this is hard work

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    Aw. You walked through that league, unlike me...

    Dag Olsen is back at AFC Wimbledon for another year

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    Beat my record I've still got Pedro

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    The media never learn. I WON'T be 16th this year

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    I've been predicted 24th every season!

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    AFC Wimbledon (Blue Square Premier) - 2009-2010 Season

    Media Prediction: 24th (I've been predicted 24th every season )
    Final Finishing Position: 3rd (Promoted)
    FA Cup: Fourth Round Qualifying
    Setanta Shield: Fifth Round
    FA Trophy: Winners

    Transfers:

    This was a fantastic season for me because of one deal, I actually signed 3 players in 2009/10 that are still with me in League One but there's only really one that sticks out. Robert Smith signed as a fresh faced 18 year old that I didn't even rate that highly, I brought him in as back up. He only played 16 games that season, getting an average of 7.05 but it was the following seasons that would make him into an England international whilst in League One with AFC Wimbledon!

    Other than that I brought in a few Arsenal players and one in particular had an amazing season. Rui Fonte, who scored 46 last season, went on to score 72 goals in all competitions this season as he adapted well to his new striking partner Luke Freeman (another loanee from Arsenal) who proceeded to hit 49 in 58. For some reason it doesn't show Pedro or Rui Fonte in as loanees in the transfer bit so I'll post their histories.

    Transfers Rui Pedro

    The League:

    League

    This was actually kinda disappointing, we had led the table for a couple of months so to finish 3rd was good but could have been better

    Key Players this season:

    Rui Fonte - Appearances 58 - Goals - 72 - Assists 18 - Avg. Rating 7.90. I was simply speechless after this season, he was absolutely astounded at how well he performed, sadly though he got a bit bigheaded and refused our third loan offer.

    Luke Freeman - Appearances 59 - Goals - 49 - Avg. Rating 7.70. He struck up a lethal partnership with Fonte and would go on to be a vital player for another two seasons after this one.


    Career with AFC Wimbledon thus far:
    Season 1:BSS. Finished in 1st. Promoted.
    Season 2: BSP. Finished 3rd. Promoted
    Last edited by roberto922; 24-08-2008 at 03:56.

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    AFC Wimbledon (League Two) - 2010-2011 Season

    Media Prediction:
    24th ofc
    Final Finishing Position: 17th
    FA Cup: Second Round
    League Cup: First Round
    JPT Trophy: Semi Final

    Transfers:

    I won't go in to any detail over these signings as none of them really shone this season but I did make quite a few signings that would go on to have a major impact on the club.

    Transfers

    The League:

    League

    Going by past experience I was expecting League Two to be a huge jump in quality and I was proven right as we went on to struggle in the bottom 3 for the majority of the season, we were saved only by a sudden run of form that saw us pick up 3 draws and 4 wins in the last 7 games.

    Key Players this season:

    No one really stood out this season.

    Players to watch:

    I signed a few players this season that have gone on to be star performers thanks to a couple of hours scouring the market. Here I'll list a few, I won't go in to any details but watch out for their names in my updates as they flourish.

    Ciprian Savin, Emre Sahin, Sergio Tejera, John Simpson



    Career with AFC Wimbledon thus far:
    Season 1:BSS. Finished in 1st. Promoted.
    Season 2: BSP. Finished 3rd. Promoted
    Season 3: L2. Finished 17th. Promoted

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    AFC Wimbledon (League Two) - 2011-2012 Season

    Media Prediction:
    24th
    Final Finishing Position: 2nd
    FA Cup: Fourth Round
    League Cup: First Round
    JPT Trophy: Final

    Transfers:

    I was pretty inactive this summer as far as transfers are concerned, the one player to impact the first team was David Mcnamee, my teen right back Craig Davis had been struggling so I bought Mcnamee for a bargain 95k in January, he stayed at right back for the rest of the season but so far in 12/13 Davis is once again the main man.

    For the first time I brought less than 4 players in with only Pedro, Freeman and Daryl Wales coming in from Arsenal.

    Transfers

    The League:

    League

    We played well all the way through but looked more likely to get a play off spot until around February when they started to really perform mainly due to Freeman and Sahin returning from injury and the arrival of McNamee.

    Key Players this season:

    Emre Sahin - CB - Appearances 54 - Goals - 11 - Avg. rating 7.09. Emre was like Lescott for me this season, he sparked a partnership with Ciprian Savin quickly and we soon had the strongest defense in the league.

    Sergio Tejera - AMC (mostly) - Appearances - 57 - Goals 19 - Assists 29 - Avg. Rating 7.37. The stats say it all, he was fantastic


    Players to watch:

    John Simpson - He finally got his break in the 2012/13 season


    Career with AFC Wimbledon thus far:
    Season 1:BSS. Finished in 1st. Promoted.
    Season 2: BSP. Finished 3rd. Promoted
    Season 3: L2. Finished 17th.
    Season 4: L2. Finished 2nd. Promoted

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    I hope you don't mind Nep but I'm gonna use your format for my mid season updates.

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    AFC Wimbledon Mid season update - Season 5 (2012/2013)


    League 1 Prediction - 24th
    League 1 Position - 8
    F.A Cup - 3rd Round - still in it
    League Cup - 1st Round - out

    League 1 - | Table

    Looking good for a play off place atm, a fantastic first season in League One.

    Transfers:

    Mostly just players for back up or the future, Pedersens an exception and has been doing very well so far.


    Other Info

    Finances
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    Team Info
    Manager
    Confidence

    Season Summary
    Delighted with my season so far, I'll do a more in depth summary at the end of the season.

    Target for the rest of the season:

    To stay in the fight for the play off places.

    Highlights so far:

    10-0 vs Hucknall
    5-4 vs Luton
    5-1 vs Aldershot


    The Squad

    Goalkeepers:

    WojnieichSczcesny

    Chris Oldfield

    Defenders:

    Craig Davis
    Walid Ben Abbes
    Ciprian Savin
    Emre Sahin

    David McNamee
    Kelvin Langmead
    Adrian Pettigrew
    Jamie Stevens

    Midfielders:

    Robert Smith
    Lars Pedersen
    Pedro
    Nabil El Zhar

    Sergio Tejera
    Christian Mouritsen
    Eirik Kjono

    Strikers:

    John Simpson
    Gilles Sunu

    Dorel Postolache

    Hot Prospects:

    Alex Davidson
    Craig Smith
    Kareem Phillips
    Daniel Serban
    Goran Radicevic
    Dale Noble.
    Last edited by roberto922; 24-08-2008 at 08:17.

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    roberto922: somethings wrong with the petersen link.

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    Fixed, do the rest all work?

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    What a week! I beat Everton in the FA Cup and then beat Luton in the JPT semis let's hope we go one better than last year.

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    The 2 GK, Craig Davis, Jamie Stevens, Pedro and Nabil doesn't work either.

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    Damnit, I'll sort them out now

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    Right then that's all of them sorted

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    Get in there! I beat QPR 5-3 to get to the FA Cup 6th round and I've just beaten Southend 4-1 in the away leg of the JPT Trophy South Final

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    AFC Wimbledon (League One) - 2012-2013 Season

    Media Prediction:
    24th
    Final Finishing Position: 9th
    FA Cup: Quarter Final
    League Cup: First Round
    JPT Trophy: Winners!

    January Transfers:

    I brought in just one player after November, in March I brought in left back Kelly Youga on a free transfer.

    The League:

    League

    We were almost dead certs until for a play off place, coming in to the last 5 games we were one point off 6th with 3 games in hand. We then proceeded to collapse and Lose 3 and draw 1 in the last 5 games of the season despite the fact that we had been demolishing teams since February/March.

    Key Players this season:

    Robert Smith - 34 assists says it all really, he's been amazing once again and he's destined for greatness, luckily he isn't ambitious so he should achieve that greatness with me

    John Simpson - Couldn't have asked for more in his first season as first choice, a brilliant goals return and he formed a top partnership with Sunu.

    Lars Pedersen - He was the defensive rock in our attacking behemoth/

    Nabil El Zhar - Stepped into the AMC role superbly, a real talent for the future, I can see him, Simpson and hopefully Sunu getting a helluva lot of goals next year

    Highlights:
    1. Our run in the FA Cup, we beat Hucknall 10-0, Aldershot 5-1 and then we took on the behemoths and came out top, we strolled past Everton, and stumbled clumsily past Spurs and QPR before meeting our downfall against Birmingham in the quarter finals.
    2. Our run of 8 wins ina row from 5th January 2013 to 2nd February.
    3. John Simpsons overdue rise into the limelight.
    4. The success of new signings Lars Pedersen and Nabil El Zahr
    5. Winning the Johnstones Paint Trophy
    Lowlights:
    1. The run of bad luck/form towards the end of the season that saw us chuck an easy playoff berth away.
    Looking to the future:

    I've still got a young side that's improving all the time, I'll definitely be looking at promotion this season, also with a balance of £3.5m I'm sure I'll get some money to sit in the bank looking good. Hopefully the board will improve the facilities and the stadium, a club trying for the Championship really needs a stadium that holds a bit more than 4700.

    Career with AFC Wimbledon thus far:
    Season 1:BSS. Finished in 1nd. Promoted.
    Season 2: BSP. Finished in 3rd. Promoted
    Season 3. League Two. Finished in 17th
    Season 4. League Two. Finished 2nd. Promoted.
    Season 5. League One. Finished 9th

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    I'm a mind reader , the board is improving the youth and training facs over 3 months and expanding the stadium by 1768 seats over 6 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by radicell View Post
    Oh, and question for you Dafuge: How the hell did you get Prescot Cables promoted? Sheer luck?
    On a similar topic, has anyone ever seen Kendal Town promoted? I guess it would be very unlikely as they were only promoted to the Unibond Premier in 2006, but i'd love to have a go at managing them before FM09 comes out.

    I took part in this challenge with Gateshead in '07, but I fancy managing a much smaller club this time. If not Kendal then probs Whitby or North Ferriby United.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yordan Letchkov View Post
    On a similar topic, has anyone ever seen Kendal Town promoted? I guess it would be very unlikely as they were only promoted to the Unibond Premier in 2006, but i'd love to have a go at managing them before FM09 comes out.

    I took part in this challenge with Gateshead in '07, but I fancy managing a much smaller club this time. If not Kendal then probs Whitby or North Ferriby United.
    Here's all the teams that people have managed so far.

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    Cheers dafuge, I know no-one has managed them before (thats part of the appeal!) but I was wondering if they have ever been seen to have been promoted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by roberto922 View Post
    I hope you don't mind Nep but I'm gonna use your format for my mid season updates.
    Feel Free

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    I'm having a cheeky go for Adriano He's on the freebie list and at 31 he's not exactly prem class anymore so why not?

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    EEK! I was only doing it for a laugh: He's signed! ,Adriano, I'm speechless for the first time in my life!

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    I'm sorry but Adriano wouldn't sign for a L1 club, no matter what age he is.

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    So you're calling me a liar now? He's been out of a contract since 2010, his reputations obviously gone down

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    Oh balls my bubbles burst now anyway He hasn't got a work permit ffs, I really should be more attentive ffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frazza Pee View Post
    I'm sorry but Adriano wouldn't sign for a L1 club, no matter what age he is.
    I've known high profile players sign for BSP clubs before once they're around 32

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    Thanks nep, I hate the way people get cynical when others get lucky, I could have got Carragher but he's not even League Two quality now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roberto922 View Post
    Oh balls my bubbles burst now anyway He hasn't got a work permit ffs, I really should be more attentive ffs.
    Have you got a work permit feeder club?

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    Yeah some obscure Belgian side, he's got a wp now anyway, I don't get why he didn't get one at first attempt though

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    Quote Originally Posted by NepentheZ View Post
    I've known high profile players sign for BSP clubs before once they're around 32
    I know that happens, but it is Adriano who could find a club without any bother no matter what age he is.

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    Obviously not, he hasn't had a club since 2010, can clubs sign players if they have a long term injury? He might have had a bad injury or summit like that so he couldn't pass any medicals??

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    Quote Originally Posted by roberto922 View Post
    Obviously not, he hasn't had a club since 2010, can clubs sign players if they have a long term injury? He might have had a bad injury or summit like that so he couldn't pass any medicals??
    If he didn't have a club since 2010 he probably would've retired. Plus he wouldn't accept a wage as low as you're paying him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roberto922 View Post
    Yeah some obscure Belgian side, he's got a wp now anyway, I don't get why he didn't get one at first attempt though
    If he's been without a club, the chances are he wouldn't be eligible for a work permit as he probably wouldn't be playing for Brazil. He could get one on appeal on the grounds of being a quality player though.

    His physical attributes still look pretty good for a 31 year old who hasn't played for 3 years, he should rip League 1 to bits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frazza Pee View Post
    If he didn't have a club since 2010 he probably would've retired. Plus he wouldn't accept a wage as low as you're paying him.
    At that age he's probably got so much money he just wants to concentrate on securing first team football.

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    Frazza:Why won't you just accept that I got lucky and I'm as shocked as you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roberto922 View Post
    Why the hell won't you accept that I got lucky and I'm as shocked as you are now give it a rest ffs.
    Someones in a bad mood.

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    I'm tired I've made it more appropriate now anyway.

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    After umpteen loads I failed to see Kendal promoted, so decided to take over Whitby instead. Should be an adventure! Just hope I get a decent shot at it before FM09 is out...

    Here's my Profile.

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    Good Luck Letchy.

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    Good luck

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    I've got Pedro back for a 6th season Hopefully next time his contracts up he'll sign for us lol, I'm fed up loaning him...

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    Cheers guys

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    Tch, all that excitement over Adriano and he didn't score on his debut (Yes I'm impatient )

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    roberto, you are getting all the lucky breaks it seems

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    Lucky breaks! I've got a striker on £5k a week that hasn't scored and I lost 4 of my last 5 games to miss out on the playoffs

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    I can't even buy a road win...

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    ok so basically i have attempted this challenge bout 3 times but my interest dies out cause of other things but, nothing to do now so this is going to take up my time will get profile shot up soon!

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    Marine - Premier League 2038/39

    So in my 30th year with Marine, I'd need a good season to save my job - the board are unhappy that I have failed to win the title in the last two seasons, conveintly forgetting the 5 in a row I won previous to that. (Two of them having been within this contract).

    So with most of my team sold within the last couple of seasons, there wasn't many players left to sell - Academy defender Slater was sold to Southend for £2m, as he was only Championship standard, Scottish DM Dean King joined Chelsea for £20m - it was arranged last season, but delayed until the end of the season, as £20m is a lot for a backup player. I let Italian Winger Radice return to Italy to Palermo for £12m, Swedish Attacker Zlatan Safari joined Brighton for £11m (twice his value) whilst youngsters Michael Taylor (£7.5m to Sheff Utd) and Francesco Di Somma (Grimsby ~£1m) were sold as they hadn't developed aswell as I'd hoped, other sales were just Academy players who were never going to make it in the Premiership.

    It was a busy season transfers inwise, as I went about rebuilding my youth squad, as my scouts spotted quite alot of talent in Scandinavia, France and South America, and with a few more South American's arriving once they turn 18 - including a 15yo Argentine centre-back who got a work permit!

    On the pitch the season didn't get off to the best of starts, in the Champions League Third Qual. Round we drew Czech side Slavia Prague and we struggled to a 1-0 win in Prague, however the second leg went horribly wrong as my young second string defence went walkabouts as Slavia Prague beat us 4-2 at home with only having four attempts at home, sending us crashing out of the Champions League before it had even started.

    We were also struggling in the league - whilst for the most part changing to 4-3-3 had shored up the defence we were struggling to mount any kind of attack.

    So another change in formation was needed, this time I tried moving the wingers upfront with side arrows, and dropping the striker to the AM position and giving him a free role - this worked for a couple of games, with Nelson and Rowlands excelling in the position, however the game didn't like this and they both suffered injuries that would keep them out for a month.

    So after that I went back to basics - read the TT&F08 thread from wwfan in the Tactics forum and created two 4-4-2 formations: a balanced version, and a counter one that I switched to to defend a lead - that seemed to work as we started to grind out 1-0 wins and after 28 games we were third only one point behind second placed Newcastle and 11 behind leaders Arsenal.

    However we then started to fall behind due to cup games - by the time it took us to play our 29th game, nearly everyone else had played 31 games, leaving us down in fifth.

    After suffering the embrassement of being knocked out of the Champions League early, we at least didn't repeat it in the UEFA Cup. The First Round saw us face Swedish side Elfsborg, a double from Norwegian Striker Kopperud was enough to win the first leg 2-0, and in the second leg Kopperud scored a double again, having my Centre-Back Sadler sent off after 30mins spurred my team on and we claimed a 5-1 agg win.

    The UEFA Cup group stage was a walk in the park, against teams I'd faced in the past - Litex (6-1), Benfica (2-0), D.kiev (2-0) and Zenit (1-1).

    Whilst at the same time we'd embark on another Carling Cup run - we needed a 90th minute goal to beat Huddersfield 2-1 in the Third Round, the 4th Round saw us beat Leeds 2-1, the Quarter Final saw us make the trip down to Plymouth who we beat 3-1 setting up a semi-final against Spurs.

    Yet again we struggled in the first leg of the semi-final only managing a 1-1 home draw, however in the second leg, we came out firing in the second half, after going a goal down and ended up winning 3-1, even being reduced to 10men didn't stop us - there's a slight irony in the fact that we can only beat Spurs with 10men, we'd smashed them 5-0 on New Year's Day in the League after having Midfielder Cioni sent off after 14mins. In the Carling Cup Final we'd face Wolves who'd managed to come back from a 2-0 first leg defeat to Man Utd, beating them 7-2 in the second leg! - first we had the small matter of the FA Cup and UEFA Cup:

    The Third Round of the FA Cup would see us face Bolton for the 6th time in the FA Cup - this year the game was a lot more even than the 8-1 thrashing they gave us a couple of season's ago - we claimed a 3-2 win after being 3-0 up within 50mins.

    The FA Cup 4th Round would see us make the trip to New Anfield a couple of days after booking our Carling Cup Final place, and we needed a 90th minute goal from Davide Gherardi to claim a 3-3 draw, though a replay was not what I wanted.

    This meant the month of February would be spent playing Cup games, first up was the replay against Liverpool, that saw us just about beat them 4-3. Next up was a trip to Romania to play Steaua in the UEFA Cup First Knockout Round, and our inability to break them down, saw Steaua claim a 1-1 draw with a 90th minute goal.

    Before the Second leg we'd take on Southend in the FA Cup 5th Round, and we were now struggling, my team seemed to lose all ability in front of goal - the buildup play was good, however the final shots were scuffed, or somehow fired wide or over when it was easy to score, and basicaly when we managed to score in the second half I was switching to my Counter Formation, and shutting up shop and trying to hold on for a 1-0 win - it worked for the most part, my defence went back to being rock solid as we beat Southend 1-0, we then beat Steaua 3-0 as I tried to rest players for the Carling Cup Final - Interestingly the Home game against Steaua attracted ~75,000 fans, but the FA Cup game against Liverpool only attracted ~56,000 (even a league game against Millwall attracted ~75,000).

    The Carling Cup Final against Wolves was a low key affair, Wolves never had a chance and it was a case of when we'd win it - we actually won it early for a change Nelson scoring the only goal of the game in the 86th minute - the first Carling Cup I've won without needing extra-time.

    So we claimed our Third Carling Cup in five years, not that it impressed the board.

    And having not played in the League for a month, we'd spend March and April playing twice a week to catch up.

    When the UEFA Cup 2nd Knockout Round Draw was made it was no surprise we got an English side - there were 7th of us in the draw, but none in the Champions League, after Arsenal fell in the First Knockout Round.

    We again struggled in the First Leg - ex-player Zlatan Safari scored for Brighton, before Nelson equalised leaving the game to end 1-1.

    Before the second leg we'd face Doncaster in the FA Cup 6th Round, whom my second string side smashed 4-1 setting up a semi-final against Arsenal.

    Back in 'Europe' Simon Barrow scored the only goal of the second leg from the spot in the 6th minute, setting up a Quarter Final against Newcastle.

    Back in the league we were still several games behind everyone else, and a 2-2 drew against third placed Bolton didn't help. A 5-0 win over Wolves thanks to a Rowlands hat-trick finally put us back into second place, however we were 10pts behind Arsenal with 8 games left, and 4 behind Newcastle but with a game in hand. However we lost what ground we'd made up losing 3-0 to Brighton.

    Then the fixture people decided to end what little hopes of sucess we had this season - on the Thursday Newcastle smashed us 4-2 in the UEFA Cup, thanks to an hat-trick from my ex-player Cristobal Michel (thanks a lot Chairman).

    Then on the Saturday we'd face Arsenal in the FA Cup Semi-Final, but despite being in control of the game we just couldn't score and Arsenal would claim a 1-0 victory.

    But things were to get worse, on Tuesday we'd face Chelsea in the League, before playing Newcastle again on the Thursday. Luckily my second string managed to beat Chelsea 1-0, I'd also at this stage been reduced to recalling several players from loan who I'd rather not be playing yet, due to most of my players being knackered.

    In the UEFA Cup we just needed a 2-0 win to go through on away goals - however it wasn't to be, we attacked Newcastle for the whole game as they just sat back and defended, but we couldn't add to the goal Nelson scored on the hour, sending us out of Europe

    In the End Newcastle with 8 men claimed the UEFA Cup on pens over Man City (who'd knocked out Slavia Prague in the Semi-final!)

    So we were now out of the FA Cup and Europe, leaving just the league, on the weekend we ground out a 1-0 win over Southend, but after 33 games we were still only fourth - two points behind 3rd placed Newcastle, 11 behind leaders Arsenal and three behind Bolton who'd played two more games than us - the teams around me just weren't losing.

    And our title hopes were ended after we could only draw 2-2 away to Plymouth, whilst we at least made Arsenal wait a week for the title after having held them to a 1-1 draw at the Emirates.

    One thing I would like to know is why earlier in April I was forced to play Thur-Sat-Tue-Thur-Sat, when there was a free Saturday between the Plymouth and Arsenal games - actually looking back there nearly always seems to be a free week in April, so why do I always have to play twice midweek earlier on in April?????? (I get the Sat-Mon easter fixtures, but since when was that week also FA Cup/European week?)

    After beating Sheff Utd 2-1 in game 36 we finally climbed above Bolton into third, however we were now 6pts behind second placed Newcastle with two games to go.

    And as is typical with nothing to play for my strikers turned up in the last two games - away to WBA after being 2-0 down with 8mins we responded drawing level by half-time and finishing up beating them 5-2, whilst on the last day a Nelson hat-trick helped us to a 5-1 victory over Liverpool - it's a shame my players didn't play like that earlier in the season when it would have made a difference.

    Final Table - Weird season this season, with everyone drawing many games, but again Arsenal were unstoppable, our main problem was we just couldn't get any sort of run together - 4 league wins in a row was our best. Relagated Grimsby put up more of a fight than expected considering the season before last they were in League One.

    Pos Graph - Shows we were never in a title race, spending the second half of the season 2-4 games behind didn't help. Though I was somehow runner-up in the Manager of the Year award.

    Squad - It was a mixed season, Keeper Alessi again wants out, Right-Back Gianluca Wilkinson also wanted out demanding first team football, apparently 17 games wasn't enough for him.

    My main defenders Smith-Ramos-Johnson-Romeo were in fine form for most of the season, whilst two English Youngsters providing cover - Ryan Sadler and Michael Angus impressed, the problem being I have to decide whether they are full-backs or centre-backs.

    In the centre of midfield Italians Vito Coini and Davide Gherardi continued their partnership. Providing cover Brazilian Jose Gomes had a good season, but started moaning about having achieved all he can at the club after being a squad player for two seasons and having won nothing, after Newcastle showed an interest, and my chairman sold him to Cagliari for ~£16m. Behind Gomes was promising Romanian Sergiu Barta, and new signing Joao Francisco Santos da Silva who joined from Cruzeiro at the start of the season, and found himself thrown in at the deepend when I had a few injuries and had an impressive season, and I had high hopes for him.

    It was a mixed season out on the wings - Portuguese Forward Nelson initialy started on the right, but didn't do well, and found himself in the hole and then upfront as I changed formations so a goal every two games from the youngster isn't bad. Promising Youngster Ray Spence was also given a chance on the right and upfront as I try to find his best position.
    Simon Barrow spent most of the season switching between the wings, as Matt Taylor is my only real left winger after Cameroon Winger Christian Onana proved more trouble than he was worth - he was signed from one of my feeders a few years ago, and spent the last few years out on loan getting a work permit, he comes in this season and demands first team football straight away, but he failed to impress when given a chance so I let Arsenal have him for £10m.

    Upfront was a problem this season as I rotated through my goalshy Strikers trying to find one that was in form. Luke Rowlands had a poor season by his standards, injures didn't help him either, Norwegian Per Kopperud had a fine start to the season but faded as the season went on, Oliveira either scored a couple or was awful when called upon. Whilst young Portuguese Striker Luis Cosme who was signed from Sporting for £6k at the age of 15, had the best shots to goals ratio of my team scoring goals for fun in the cups.

    Though there was some bad news as club legends Emmanuel Richard and Eduardo Lasarte both decided to retire this season, and despite saying they'd stay in the game for several years, both retired and disappeared

    Club Info - We hit the £2B mark, whilst we now have the biggest club stadium in England.

    Whilst it appears that the Carling Cup Victory may not be enough to save my job, with my assistant being linked with my job.

    It appears the broken Confidence Screen may be my downfall - I exceeded the Long Term goals, by claiming the title twice in the first two years of the two year plan. The Champions League I went out in the Third Qual. Round not the second, whilst I was knocked out of the FA Cup and UEFA Cup by the teams who won them, who are also the only two teams who have challenged me recently (also having to play 4 games, three of them these games in 7 days didn't help matters).

    And a week before my contract expired the board decided to fire me , (I like how the news of me being fired doesn't even warrant going to my inbox, I had to goto the Premier League news screen to find the message, also rather disappointed their is no mention of the fact that I have been their for 30years, and no complaints/comments from the players or fans, at least several of my staff members walked out with me, including ex-players Danny Naylor, Selva and Volkov )

    Final Overall Best XI.

    Whilst for some reason despite being the only World Class Manager in the game, I am not good enough for Conference sides Stevenage or Fleetwood?

    My time at Argentina didn't go to well, losing in the Copa America Semi-final due to having 7 of my 23 players out injured. And after being fired as the Marine manager I didn't feel the desire to continue.

    So I've now got to decide what to do next - taking over a new BSN/S side in this save isn't looking likely as the same teams just keep on coming up, 34 of the 66 feedrer teams have never played in the BSS/N (That doesn't even include the teams that been in a league IRL but not in game), even Crewe haven't been promoted yet after being relagated several years ago.

    So after 11,326 Days and 7 PremierLeague Titles, The League One Title, the Blue Square Premier and North Titles, One FA Cup, Three Carling Cups, 8 Community Shields, Two Champions Leagues, Two Super Cups and Two Club World Cups I get dumped for winning two titles in five seasons.

    And if anyone is interested the Tables in ~30 years time:

    Premier League
    Championship
    League One
    League Two
    BSP
    BSN
    BSS

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    Marine Under the computer

    So with me fired the board decided to appoint Steve Goodwin - a guy who could only manage a mid-table position with Man City and Liverpool, and who I beat 5-1 in my last game, and over the next three seasons he proceeds to sell off nearly all of the promising U18's I've signed for next to nothing, he then proceeds to flog most of the rest of the promising players I've amassed for next to nothing, about the only good bit of business he's done is get £10m for an Academy Striker. He even let first teamers like Nelson go for peanuts. He also seems unable to loan out Work Permit players to Belgium, either leaving them in the reserves selling them or loaning them to Denmark, that takes even longer than England to gain second nationality!

    And so far he has done no better than I was doing - he's had a second and third finish in the league, he's won the Carling Cup once, but hasn't made the UCL or FA Cup Finals, and even lost the Community Shield, yet his job appears safe?

    In his third season he somehow managed to win the league, but then in his fourth season he did his best to get Marine relagated, eventually finishing 14th, with his job apparently safe. It also appears the Marine chairman really really hates me - I declared an interest in the job, and he responds saying he'll never consider me for the job, which is a bit weird considering my reputation is still World Class (still the only one) which means it's still better than the clubs.

    Though one thing that was weird as I holidied through the game, was the expectations of some teams - Newcastle wanted me to win the Premier League in two years! (They haven't even come close in 15years), whilst Darlington wanted me to be a major player in the BSP in three years - they were currently in the BSN and had no money.

    Oh and I still cannot get the England job, it appears turning it down back in League Two? as an unknown manager has blacklisted me.

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    Final Manager Stats

    Manager Profile, Personal Page, Infomation Page and Achievements.
    And Marine: Honours page, Team Records, and Player Records.

    So I've now got to see if I can get into another game, or I may take a break until FM09 is out.

    Good Luck to anyone who is still going.

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    Words fail me.

    It's dafuge and Staines all over again.

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    Default Re: dafuge's FM08 small club to big club challenge

    im starting this up now, i have gotten to the premiership with afc wimbledon before, but i was sacked after a takeover

    im registered and going to do it properly, im on holiday now...

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    http://i462.photobucket.com/albums/q...illProfile.jpg

    Just realised how little players hendon have but should be a challenge

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    Good luck PSJ. This challenge is a great one to go with

    Also, very welcome to the forums. They're a great place to be right now.

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    Michaeltmurryuk - your last post was amazing - it was one of your earlier posts that led me to do this challenge - I've just started with Chippenham - and it is uite a challenge for me as I never usually have the attribute masking on (I know, copout!) - but I'm sticking to all the rules for this - the dedication you have showed to this challenge is unbelievable and I only hope to stick with it like you have - a couple of uestions tho - how long has it taken you to get to that last season (what was it, 2038 or summit?) and were there any points where you thought of giving up and starting over? Also, what good advice would you give to everyone trying the challenge? P.S. good luck to everyone else on the challenge!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NepentheZ View Post
    Good luck PSJ. This challenge is a great one to go with

    Also, very welcome to the forums. They're a great place to be right now.
    Thanks i've signed near 13 players and surprisingly i'm top of the league

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    brighton as parent club, it was them or gillingham, but brighton were paying, easy choice, just waiting for an assistant before the player-buying commences!

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    Razer82 – Guiseley – Blue Square North


    I’ve decided to finally have a stab at this challenge as I’m finding it hard to settle back into my Gundo game since going away.

    So here I am, the new manager of Guiseley. My squad is rather bear to being with which means a large amount of searching for players before the season begins.

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    despite being promoted to the BSS bilicarys season tickets have droped from 150 to 127

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    3rd game into the season and my backup keeper is still playing at centre back. Its not looking good in terms of bringing the players in

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeytwigge View Post
    3rd game into the season and my backup keeper is still playing at centre back. Its not looking good in terms of bringing the players in
    And I thought that I was having problems! My scouts have been working for over 2 months and not come up with a single player, but at least I'm able to put out a side with all players in their correct positions. Hopefully you'll be able to find some players worth signing soon.


    Quote Originally Posted by Ieuano View Post
    brighton as parent club, it was them or gillingham, but brighton were paying, easy choice, just waiting for an assistant before the player-buying commences!
    Managed to get myself Leeds as a parent club, even though the fee from Burnley was more. I think in future Leeds will be more beneficial to us, that's if they manage to go up in the second season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razer82 View Post
    And I thought that I was having problems! My scouts have been working for over 2 months and not come up with a single player, but at least I'm able to put out a side with all players in their correct positions. Hopefully you'll be able to find some players worth signing soon.
    <y back 5 consists of 2 lbs 1 gk 1 cb and 1 AMR but i have two more players about to sign however they are midfielders. Despite this i now have 2 points from 4 games

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    That is very makeshift then. I was only able to make sure I had a full sqaud by going through all the unattached players and brining them in on trial. Even then some of my signings were just to have someone to act as a back up in case of injuries.

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    i now have enough players to put people in there right positions. still leaves me with only 4 subs if everyone is fit though

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    lost my best striker for a month

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    Default Re: dafuge's FM08 small club to big club challenge

    So far, with AFC Wimbledon, this year looks like last year (mid-table, very good home record, very terrible away record)

    We even sold fewer season tickets than last year

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    Default Re: dafuge's FM08 small club to big club challenge

    Started this challenge yesterday after thinking about it for a while. Gone with Gateshead, currently 13th in BSN after 24 games. Assembled a reasonable starting 11 but stuffed once injuries or suspensions come around. Best signing got be 19 year old goalkeeper, who is keeping me in most games. Scoring seems to be the big issue despite signing a couple of aging former professional strikers. Top scorer plays on right wing! Ticking over nicely for now though, good string of results could yet see a late playoff push

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    Now this is a first

    Blue Square Premier Team of the Week

    Too bad a bit short of the record

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razer82 View Post
    Managed to get myself Leeds as a parent club, even though the fee from Burnley was more. I think in future Leeds will be more beneficial to us, that's if they manage to go up in the second season.
    was quite shocked with Hendon, when i asked for one and the board came back with Arsenal didn't even check the fee i was more interested in their loan players at the time

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    Quote Originally Posted by PSJMcNeill3 View Post
    was quite shocked with Hendon, when i asked for one and the board came back with Arsenal didn't even check the fee i was more interested in their loan players at the time
    You got lucky there! Who have they sent you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razer82 View Post
    You got lucky there! Who have they sent you?
    Mark Randall and James Dunne, both fairly decent players

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    Funny thing with parent clubs. I never managed to get one with Chippenham and now when Im in PL, the board things its not relevant

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    Default Re: dafuge's FM08 small club to big club challenge

    my folkestone invitca game is ruined! im glad i only just started it, because now the save wont re-load

    back on holiday

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    no the directors have placed a transfer embargo on me when i only have 14 players with 2 of them injured 9 games into the season. Was hoping to make a few more loan signings and free transfers
    Last edited by mikeytwigge; 25-08-2008 at 13:13.

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    ''Mark Randall and James Dunne, both fairly decent players''


    GET PEDRO, MANNONE, RUI FONTE AND RHYS MURPHY!

    I was sent Mannone and Hoyte automatically but Pedro, Fonte and Murphy were amazimg, Fonte got 87 goals Sorry for the caps lock...

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    Default Re: dafuge's FM08 small club to big club challenge

    Leek Town have the privilage of having me as manager

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    no fit strikers for a month and the takeover still hasnt gone through. still managed to get me 5th draw in a row now played 11 won 0 drawn 7 lost 4
    Last edited by mikeytwigge; 25-08-2008 at 14:21.

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    Default Re: dafuge's FM08 small club to big club challenge

    All my old saves have become corrupt so am reloading fm as I write. Think I might come back to this or maybe Gundo's to play till FM09 comes out

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    takeovers finally gone through

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeytwigge View Post
    no the directors have placed a transfer embargo on me when i only have 14 players with 2 of them injured 9 games into the season. Was hoping to make a few more loan signings and free transfers
    Same thing has happened to me at Whitby only 3 games into the season (2 wins, 1 loss so far). Irritatingly this meant that when I wanted to play one of my greyed out youth players I couldn't even offer him a contract or select him for the senior side.

    Thankfully before the proposed takeover the board offered me Hartlepool or Middlesbrough as parent clubs. I went with Boro and got striker Tom Craddock and defender Rhys Williams on loan - both great squad additions.

    Worryingly I also recieved this message prior to the transfer embargo. Should I be worried?? I checked out Leon Hay's profile... he looks like a right tw*t to me!

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    Uhoh Too right you should be worried, you're gonna have to hope it doesn't go through.

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    Bad doo, the talks are apparently "going well" and an announcement is expected soon...

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    Shocking news there Michael, it really does appear that you are a victim of your own success. It just goes to show what I thought a long time ago, it is a lot more difficult to dominate the English game with a small club with this version.

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    Default Re: dafuge's FM08 small club to big club challenge

    Going to start another save of this to run along with my new Gundos save. Will just download a save off of your website if you don't mind Dafuge.

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    I downloaded the Banbury United save and here is my profile.

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    Good luck with Banbury Frazza

    Currently with AFC Wimbledon, I'm in 12th, 5 points behind 6th place Chester.

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    I'm in mid-December and I still can't win on the road

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