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    Real London? I know. I've been wondering it for a while. I don't think it does anything.

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    I think the stars are something to do with how much of a prospect they are. I read something about it in the Wallace V Roberts thread. It is used just to help new managers an doften remind current managers of who to look out for

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikaelS View Post
    I was just thinking the same this, especially Nep's fetish (hehe) with the *


    Quote Originally Posted by LiRiM-InSaNe View Post
    Real London? I know. I've been wondering it for a while. I don't think it does anything.
    LiRiM - I think he means the * beside my player names, and not to do with the club name change

    As for the stars, and the nicknames, and the other stuff I edit about the players names that you don't realize - its purely to help me know who is good, and why. For example, Bullseye is dubbed that because it seems every pass he makes hits the target. Dubbing him bullseyes lets me know I shouldn't play him on the wing, because his talents would be less effective there.

    Jimbokav is the man to speak to though. I got the idea from him, and he really does go all out with it on his players.

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    Ohk. I might try that out, got a new gem for my Marine side, posting it in your Youth project actually, great intelligence sdo I nicknamed him Einstein.

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    Season Review - 2010/11 - Billericay - BSP

    Well, have just gotten to the end of season 2010/11, my first in the BSP, and as you can see by the final table, I have a playoff semi against Rushden in 11 days. Injuries really hit me throughout February and March and this was when Cambridge made its run to deservedly take the title.

    My star player was obviously Wallace, who won the BSP golden boot by seven goals, despite playing less than 30 games. Unfortunately he missed all of February and half of March with fractured ribs and then a gashed leg, and is fighting a battle to be fit for the first leg after bruising ribs in the final game (after scoring twice early on, mind you). The only interest in him comes from L2 Chester, however I have managed to tie him up until the end of 2013 (after the screenshot was taken that is, which shows him expiring in 2012). He wouldn't sign for any longer but that's fine for now.

    I have also been offered a new two-year deal but have delayed it until once the playoffs are finished. Obviously I'll re-sign then.

    Other key players

    Bates - A very solid season between the posts for the young Aussie, earning a call-up to the u21s in the process. Unfortunately will miss the playoffs through injury.

    Bottinelli - Comfortably my best defender, was very solid at the back and even took the armband a few times.

    Parsons - My midfield maestro, and scored some cracking FKs too. Led the league in assists.

    Smith - Played his part (geddit...?) mainly as a super sub, coming up with some crucial goals and picking up a magnificent average rating given how often he only played the last 10-15 minutes. Will likely have to lead the line in the first leg with injuries to Wallace, Boateng and Price (causing his loan deal to be terminated).

    Will play the playoffs tomorrow, but think I need another season in this division to strengthen in depth. Still, I won't knock back promotion as you never know when it will come around again, plus the club remains nearly £400K in debt.
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    Been away for a few days so not been able to finish my season till today

    Hitchin Town Season 2011/2012 Review BSP

    Was an good season in the end, we started badly and were conceded goals at a shocking rate, but just before christmas I had a bit of a reshuffle of my back 4 and that tidyed it up a small amount. I continued to have GK problems with my keeper being MOM one week then not being able to catch a cold the next. Despite this we were never in any real danger og going down thanks mainly due to our impressive forward Zavon hines who continued his scoreing record and now has 117 goals in 185 games for me.

    League Table http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...erStages-3.png

    The cups were again were not great, other then the sentanta sheild where we done better then ever before by reaching the semi-finals where we lost to winners York. But it at least it raised some cash for the club.

    My aim for next season is to try and oush for a play-off place, and have found the person I belive that can solve my problem pos at GK.

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    Playoff Semi leg 1
    Playoff Semi leg 2
    Playoff Final

    The final was decided by a keeper clearance that beat my defence for a striker to tap home, which felt pretty cheap at the time, but in reality they were the better side and deserved the points. Rushden absolutely battered me in the second leg too but somehow I held on.

    Parsons and Wallace both made the BSP Team of the Season, with Wallace also finishing up with 37 league goals, six ahead of the next man.

    Unfortunately he's off to Exeter next season after the chairman accepted a bid of £90K up front, £12K after 20 league goals and a friendly. I offered him out to clubs at around the same price and with a 40% sell-on fee and got a few bids, and also offered him a new contract myself, but despite this message, he will be plying his trade in L2 with Exeter next season.

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    Unlucky sirdez24. A play off final is great work though, hopefully next season Automatic Promotion

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    Right, I've finally finished season 1 with my new club, Chelmsford.

    Season 1 review

    League position: 1st, 103pts.
    Top scorer: Big Show, 37

    The season went surprisingly smoothly, with not one team strong enough to challenge us for the title. As it turned out, we won the league by a huge margin with a record number of points. This was mainly due to my main man Fola 'Big Show' Onibuje, a talismanic 2.01m striker who led the line and dominated the goal charts, scoring nearly one goal per game despite injury woes.

    In the cups, we went on a pretty amazing run, despatching a series of non-league no-hopers before thumping League 2 Peterborough 3-0, beating Halifax at their ground, before travelling to Premiership Leeds, and springing perhaps the shock of the tournament by dumping them out 2-1. We were knocked out ourselves next round against fellow premiership boys Birmingham, but the gate receipts totalling £600k should keep us afloat for the next few years at least.

    The BSP will be a much harder challenge, but we're already a step closer to EPL glory...
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    I can't imagine why he's called "Big Show" - at 6'7" haha.

    Well done on your promotion. I remember FM07 - much easier through the smaller leagues, but by the time I hit League 1 and Champs, I was there for a decade only 1 loss is impressive too, lets hope you keep the form into the BSP

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    Going by the date, that's FM08 with a throwback skin.

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    Nevermind, it is 07 according to the youth project thread. Just had the date as 2009 on the player profile which would mean the end of a third season on 07.

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    Well so musch for finding a player that woukd solve my GK problem. In 23 games so far this season, I have conceded a shocking 69 goals the only reason i'm not in the relegation zone is thanks to the fact i've scored 45 goals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSmith1991 View Post
    Season 1 reviewTop scorer: Big Show, 37
    Is that Onibuje by any chance? That guy was an absolute machine for my Carshalton side.

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    Yup, that's the man. It's nice to have a target man with a bit of pace isn't it?

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    Five games into the new season and I've gone top with four wins and a disappointing home draw. Three of my first five games were away to teams predicted to finish 1st, 3rd and 4th and I won all three, so I'm pretty happy with the way things are going (I'm normally a slow starter).

    Told the board I'd challenge for the title to get some wiggling room in terms of wages, and despite losing my games record holder on a free (after he had personal problems and refused to re-sign) to Morecambe and obviously the goals of Wallace, I feel I'm a stronger team too.

    Summer signings

    Acton - Wallace's replacement. Not as lethal in key striking areas but a more balanced player overall and able to play midfield too. On a free from Port Vale.

    Farkas - Hungarian DC released by Liverpool. The best defender I have signed on this save and will play a key role.

    Magee - On a free from Sunderland. Physically he isn't great but on reasonably small wages his technical ability should be an asset.

    Lukic - On a free from Preston. Can't see him being a regular starter but will provide cover for the entire back four and also midfield at a stretch.

    Vidovic - Released by Leigh, should be fine for a season or two.

    Ferguson - 16-year-old unattached newgen striker, looks very promising.

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    Profile

    Well this is me starting again for only the 2nd time in 08. I gave up searching for a sub 1000 rep team and decided to take the team with the least players

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    This thread seems to have died of late...

    Anyway, Season review - 2011/12 - Billericay Town - BSP

    After the playoff final defeat last season, we started out on fire and didn't lose top spot from the third game onwards, wrapping up the title with five games to go - final table. So it's league football next season for the Ricay. Conceding a very late goal on the final day cost us the 100 points milestone however.

    In the cups, we had a real money-spinner in the FA Cup, beating L1 Crystal Palace over two legs in the first round and L2 Cambridge over two legs in the second round, before drawing Championship Norwich in the third round and going down 0-2 at home. I'm still over £300K in the red but TV money hasn't come through yet for the new season.

    Key players

    Farkas - Unreal season. If he wasn't blasting in FKs he was winning literally everything aerially at either end of the ground. Playing as a barrowed DMC but with creative freedom, he was everywhere and in reality, far too good for the Conference. Is off to L1 Peterborough for £150K and 30% after he became unhappy I rejected approaches from L1 Barnsley and SPL side Falkirk, unfortunately.

    Acton - Was very good early but tapered off towards the end of the campaign. Still a very good season given his age and he is an excellent prospect.

    Boateng - Started slowly but caught fire in the last two months. Between he and Acton they covered Wallace's goals, who Exeter have insisted on playing as a right winger.

    Robertson - Signed when the Islanders were generated, he's probably never going to be better than L1 standard but fits my system and did well in his first season.

    Francis - A January purchase from EPL side Leicester for £18K, his overlapping runs down the right became my main attacking threat.

    Just about to hit June 20th, and have delayed Farkas' transfer by a week so any transfer funds I get to retain go towards the new season.

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    Excellent stuff minisav. Thought I mentioned it before, but I hadn't, so heres a welcoming to the challenge from me - All the best.

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    Cheers. That was only my 2nd win in the league after 7 games. Tomkins, my CB, is on loan from West Ham, my parent club, and is my joint top scorer with 3. Hopefully my strikers will stop getting injured and start scoring some more

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    AFC Wimbledon

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    2010-2011: My first season at AFC Wimbledon, in the Blue Square South.

    Prediction: Fifth

    Position: First

    FA Cup: Second round. Got defeated by Notts Co. The score was 4-0.

    FA Trophy: 4th round. Got defeated by Cambrigde. They won with 3-1.

    Setanta Shield: 5th round. Aldershot was too strong, they won with 3-1.

    Key players:

    Excuse me, the screens are in Dutch, because I'm from Belgium

    Nicolas Baudart, Right winger

    Ian Armstrong, striker

    Marcel Huisman, right back




    2011-2012: My second season, in the Blue Square Premier:

    Prediction: 22

    Position:First

    FA Cup: 4th round. Charlton was too strong. The score was 2-1.

    FA Trophy: Winner, I've won against Burton with 3-0 in the final.

    Setanta Shield: Runnerup. Stevenage was too strong, they won with 2-0.

    Key Players:

    I don't have screens from that season, but the key players were: Daniel Wasson (left back), Nicolas Baudart (midfield right), James Beattie (striker), Wesley Schouten (midfielder left) and Jeroen de Kort (midfielder central).

    Here is a screen of the whole team.




    2012-2013: League 2.

    Prediction: 24

    Position: First

    Carling Cup: 2nd round. Lost against Bolton with 4-1.

    FA Cup: 3th round. Birmingham was too strong. They won with 2-1.

    Johnstone's Paint Trophy: Winner. We've won against Lincoln in the final with 2-0.

    Key Players:

    The whole team, but the most important were:

    Hervé Oussaleh, striker

    Russell Duncan, defensive midfielder

    Gary Howell, centre back

    Otman Djellilahine, attacking midfielder central




    2013-2014

    Prediction: 24

    Position: First

    Carling cup: First Round, The Wolves were too strong. The defeated me with 4-1.

    FA Cup: 5th round. Fulham was too strong, they won with 3-1.

    Johnstone's Paint Trophy: Smi Final South. Colchester won with 1-0.

    Key players:

    Julien Wallenus (my son), striker

    Mehdi Mostefa, attacking midfielder central

    Radoslav Vasilev, striker

    Loïc Damour, defensive midfielder

    Julien Féret, attacking midfielder central





    2014-2015

    Prediction: 24

    Position: Fifth, promoted with playoffs. Coventry was defeated with 2-1, in the final I was stronger than Bolton. The score was 2-1.

    Carling Cup: 2nd round, lost agains Aston Villa with 0-3.

    FA Cup: 5th round. Newcastle was too strong. They won with 2-0.

    Key players:

    Ben Turner, centre back

    Michiel van Dam, defender centre

    Andrea Giorgetti, striker





    2015-2016

    Prediction: 20

    Position: 11th, but the season isn't over yet.

    Carling cup: I'm in the fouth round at the moment, I've defeated Cardiff and Bolton. I meet Everton in the fourth round.

    FA Cup: Not scheduled yet.

    Key players:

    Niklas Christiansson, left back

    Lee Cattermole, midfielder centre

    Yohann Pelé, goalkeeper

    Ricardo Gualter, right back

    Miroslav Slavov, striker

    Gerardo Di Dio, centre back

    A very nice result: I've won 6-0 against Chelsea.

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    Aren't you meant to be able to scout or trial any player you sign in this challenge, and also only load English leagues? A lot of obscure foreign sounding names there. Fair play to you if you've done consecutive promotions to the EPL abiding by the challenge rules though, as it's some effort.

    I've managed to sign Dean Price permanently from Arsenal, who I had on loan for two seasons and who scored 57 (all comps) for me in the BSS in my first season. At one point he was on more than £30K per week, but he was transfer-listed and when I looked at him, he was interested in joining and was only on £1,300 a week, which is a fair pay cut. He just got his first goals of the season too, bagging four against Kettering.
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    Blue Square North 2008/2009 Stamford



    I have started this challenge for the final time before the new game comes out and i intend to complete this one!

    Updates to follow!

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    Blup008. How come your son is Welsh when you are a Belgian managing an English club?

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    Also, why does he crop out just the league and players, and leave out the dates on every screen shot

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    Brian Bates, my Australian keeper, is attracting interest from a whole host of Championship and SPL clubs. I've received around ten offers for him and rejected them all. The best thing? His personality is listed as 'unambitious'.

    His low jumping, reflexes and aerial ability stats will probably mean he gets exposed in the Championship and above, but right now he's a class act where I'm playing.
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    Blup008's success is a bit suspicious. How did he get all these foreigners?

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    For me the challenge is over, I was really enjoying my Tiverton game, but there's been a save file error and I don't know what to do, it won't load.

    GRRRRRR. Anyone have any ideas?

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    My curiosity has been piqued Blup008 explanation?

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    Yeah I know. I didn't know about this challenge, but I accidentely came on this site. I was looking for a picture of Miroslav Slavov. And then I started reading in this topic. I didn't play with these rules, because I didn't know they existed. I just wanted to show what I was doing with AFC Wimbledon. I've sleected around 55 playable leagues in whole Europe. I'm very sorry because I didn't care with the rules.

    About my son: I've played my first three seasons at Llangefni in Wales. My nationality was Belgian. After the first season I got my son, he's neationalities were Welsh, because I was a manager in Wales, and his second nationality was Belgian. The boy was talented, he's worth €4.2 million at the moment, but he didn't get any chances for playing for Belgium. So he started playing for Wales because he didn't get any chance to play for Belgium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NepentheZ View Post
    Also, why does he crop out just the league and players, and leave out the dates on every screen shot
    That is because I am writing a story about my carreer on www.fmbel.be. Thats a Belgian FM site. I just took te screenshots that I use on that site. If you are interested to take a look, here is the link. The whole story is written in Dutch.

    I hope you guys understand me, and I'm very sorry about what happened here.

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    55 playable leagues until 2016. I thought my computer was top of the line...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blup008 View Post
    Yeah I know. I didn't know about this challenge, but I accidentely came on this site. I was looking for a picture of Miroslav Slavov. And then I started reading in this topic. I didn't play with these rules, because I didn't know they existed. I just wanted to show what I was doing with AFC Wimbledon. I've sleected around 55 playable leagues in whole Europe. I'm very sorry because I didn't care with the rules.

    About my son: I've played my first three seasons at Llangefni in Wales. My nationality was Belgian. After the first season I got my son, he's neationalities were Welsh, because I was a manager in Wales, and his second nationality was Belgian. The boy was talented, he's worth €4.2 million at the moment, but he didn't get any chances for playing for Belgium. So he started playing for Wales because he didn't get any chance to play for Belgium.
    Quote Originally Posted by Blup008 View Post
    That is because I am writing a story about my carreer on www.fmbel.be. Thats a Belgian FM site. I just took te screenshots that I use on that site. If you are interested to take a look, here is the link. The whole story is written in Dutch.

    I hope you guys understand me, and I'm very sorry about what happened here.


    Thats fair enough, mate. Except, if it doesn't conform to the rules of the challenge - you're not really welcome to post your updates here, but could use the CAREER THREAD.

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    Ok guys hope you are all doing good. I am going to start a new game as soon as my holiday has finished and I will post a screenshot soon after.

    The big problem is how to sign players. I just want to get a decent set of 18 players or so but I don't know how to do it! When I put out a job offer for a scout and ask them to scout UK and Ireland they take too long and then 31st August comes around and i'm just screwed after that! Or what will happen is that they will find a 7 star prospect but he will play for like a really good team's reserves and he will have no interest in joining. Is the best thing to do is offer every single player without a club a trial like nep said. If so, do I offer everyone a week's trial? 2 weeks? How do I pick out the best ones. Or is there a better way to sign players for a rubbish club?

    Thanks everyone.

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

    Most seven star players a scout brings back are available for loan.

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    Odds on getting a son in the game. 10,000-1 (guess).

    Odds on getting a son in the game at the end of the 1st season 100,000-1 (another guess).

    That's some good luck.

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    Jimbo, are you on your Mosside save at the moment or something?

    Am interested to see how Doch is getting on of late.

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    New game as Hendon. Could somebody reply to my last post please about getting players?

    Much appreciated.

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    Well for starters if it doesn't bother you filter everybody who is without a contract and get reports for them. If you don't have scouts at all then you're going to have to guess or hope a scout comes quickly. The 31st doesn't matter for non-league clubs so don't be worried by then. A parent club can help.

    Also if you're looking for good strikers. Filter out everybody with pace less than 15. Get some good ones. I've got 2 from doing that and they both have 6 goals each after like 10 games

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    I'm going to go through 201 players who are unattached contracts and offer them a weeks trial. It will take a long time but don't know any other way.

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    You're better off filtering attributes - say all players with at least 12 for pace, or 10 for finishing, or 12 for tackling/heading, and going from there. You can usually find some decent dead-ball specialists this way too, which are invaluable at a level where most keepers are crap.

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    Season 2 report

    Season 1 08/09 BSS: 1st
    Season 2 09/10 BSP: 2nd, lost in playoff final

    Argh, so close yet so far. I really thought I was in with a chance of promotion after starting the season strongly, but we tailed off in the middle of the season and Dagenham ran away with it. However, to our credit we came back strongly and had we not made some criminal mistakes in the last few games, we may have overhauled them. As it was, they beat us fair and square, and Chester were too strong in the Playoff final, winning 2-0.

    League table: 2nd
    Star player: Zac

    Thanks to my newfound scouting knowledge of Bulgaria (my feeder club had a Bulgarian coach, so I gained all their scouting knowledge), I managed to bring in some absolute gems for tiny sums. Just look at Marion, Peter and my personal favourite Vlad. None of these beasts cost me more than £5k. Sadly, they seem to have attracted a lot of unwanted attention, and Marion is soon to join Charlton for £250k, and Vlad is on his way too.

    Still, hopefully next year will be our year.

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    Season review - 2012/13 - Billericay Town - League 2

    Well, as you can see from the final table, it's back-to-back promotions for my Billericay Town side, although in fairness I have usually found the step up from the BSP quite easy on this version. It's L1 where I always get stuck, however.

    Dean Price - This man is fast becoming a legend of the club. After having him on loan for my first season and a half at the club, he became available permanently and I snapped him up. As you can see, he didn't disappoint, and is now Billericay's all-time leading scorer in the league. Currently wanted by Colchester and Inverness.

    Salvatore Zaugg - Swiss youth international released by Villa, I made up for his poor physical stats by surrounding him with stronger midfielders so that I could utilise his creativity and passing. Had a key hand in so many more goals than his assists tally would suggest.

    David McKay - My classy vice-captain made the step up to league football with easy, playing mainly on the left and cutting inside.

    Finances are finally in the black but not enough to get me a transfer budget I wouldn't think. I always knew I had a chance of promotion straight from L2 but from past experience, I'll be happy with mere survival next campaign.
    Last edited by sirdez24; 07-10-2008 at 11:53.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChelseaDaft View Post
    Chelseadaft
    **New Game**

    Blue Square North 2008/2009 Stamford



    I have started this challenge for the final time before the new game comes out and i intend to complete this one!

    Updates to follow!


    Well the challenge is over before it has begun... finished bottom of the league so am starting again, I dont know about anybody else but i find it veryt difficult with tactics etc. I know in the lower leagues about K.I.S.S and have read numerous threads about tactics etc.. but to me i want to do it all my own way without using other peoples tactics etc and training.

    As the new game is out in about a month or so i am gonna have another crack at this but not change a single thing on training (leave it on general) and also the standard tactic that comes with the team ( so no changing team or individual instructions) and see how long it takes me to get promoted.

    Just adds another dimension i guess to keep my occupied for a month. I will start this today and tonight (once back from work) then am off on holiday for a week so gives me more than enough time to give it a whirl.

    I am holidaying now as we speak so i will update with my team once sorted!

    P.s Well done everyone for sticking with it for whatever successes you have had so far.. especially those using their own tactics and training, you alone would of had more reward from this challenge than anyone!

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    Well I'm doing pretty well with Margate. Got manager of the month and I'm on a 7 game unbeaten run I believe. I don't care about it being jynxed as it would happen anyway. Just firing it up.

    In the cup against Eastleigh they had injured goalies and they played a striker in goal! I only beat them 3-1 but my striker got a hat-trick

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    I've just began the 2012-13 season with Tonbridge Angels. I managed to get them promoted in my first season as champions.

    Every season so far has been an improvement - finishing 18th, 12th, 10th respectively. I really thought this was the season to make a challenge - I've managed to bring in some quality free signings. But after the first few games my form has been erratic and although I'm scoring goals, I'm shipping them at the back.

    I think it could be another inconsistent season for the Angels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChelseaDaft View Post
    Well the challenge is over before it has begun... finished bottom of the league so am starting again, I dont know about anybody else but i find it veryt difficult with tactics etc. I know in the lower leagues about K.I.S.S and have read numerous threads about tactics etc.. but to me i want to do it all my own way without using other peoples tactics etc and training.

    As the new game is out in about a month or so i am gonna have another crack at this but not change a single thing on training (leave it on general) and also the standard tactic that comes with the team ( so no changing team or individual instructions) and see how long it takes me to get promoted.

    Just adds another dimension i guess to keep my occupied for a month. I will start this today and tonight (once back from work) then am off on holiday for a week so gives me more than enough time to give it a whirl.

    I am holidaying now as we speak so i will update with my team once sorted!

    P.s Well done everyone for sticking with it for whatever successes you have had so far.. especially those using their own tactics and training, you alone would of had more reward from this challenge than anyone!

    So here goes:

    Chelseadaft 2008/2008 Blue Square North ****Ilkeston Town****

    Here is my profile, updates to follow:


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    Well i have been given a two year plan to establish myself in the league and avoid relegation! Game on!

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    ChelseaDaft. Hi mate. Good to see you back in here.

    I got sacked too in my first season with Hitchin. Since then I've progressed pretty well and in November 2013, my Borehamwood team are now top of Conference National.

    I have been helped by inheriting a youth player who has scored 143 goals in 81(129) appearances.

    Despite him now being 20 years old, he still seems to perform better when introduced from the bench.

    Something that I find a little strange is the way that some of my fringe players are valued. Obviously as both wages and transfer fees are still more than a bit of an issue at this early stage I only sign players in frees and concentrate on young players, (usually teenagers), who will sign for lower wages. In addition to that, I only sign players who my scouts have found or whjo have been commented on in the media and who I then send my scouts to look at.

    Despite that, I currently have players valued in the following amounts.

    £140K 21 year old AM RL. (Squad player signed on a free after released by Boro. Only made 4 league appearances).
    £80k 22 year old Irish MC. (Squad player signed on a free after released by Leigh).
    £80k 20 year old MC. (Reserve player signed on a free after released by Barnsley. Not made a single start for me yet).
    £70k 20 year old HG free-scoring SC. Now this valuation seems realistic and if anything a little low.

    Looking at these players, (and the cout reports), I would expect them to be valued somewhere in the region of £10k-£20k. Anything more seems silly.

    Then it also seems strange that Doch (the 20 year old SC) is only valued at £70k despite already having scored 143 goals and being chased by clubs such as Charlton, Hull, Leicester, Sheff Utd, & Wigan. Really just doesn't seem to add up for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbokav1971 View Post
    ChelseaDaft. Hi mate. Good to see you back in here.

    I got sacked too in my first season with Hitchin. Since then I've progressed pretty well and in November 2013, my Borehamwood team are now top of Conference National.

    I have been helped by inheriting a youth player who has scored 143 goals in 81(129) appearances.

    Despite him now being 20 years old, he still seems to perform better when introduced from the bench.

    Something that I find a little strange is the way that some of my fringe players are valued. Obviously as both wages and transfer fees are still more than a bit of an issue at this early stage I only sign players in frees and concentrate on young players, (usually teenagers), who will sign for lower wages. In addition to that, I only sign players who my scouts have found or whjo have been commented on in the media and who I then send my scouts to look at.

    Despite that, I currently have players valued in the following amounts.

    £140K 21 year old AM RL. (Squad player signed on a free after released by Boro. Only made 4 league appearances).
    £80k 22 year old Irish MC. (Squad player signed on a free after released by Leigh).
    £80k 20 year old MC. (Reserve player signed on a free after released by Barnsley. Not made a single start for me yet).
    £70k 20 year old HG free-scoring SC. Now this valuation seems realistic and if anything a little low.

    Looking at these players, (and the cout reports), I would expect them to be valued somewhere in the region of £10k-£20k. Anything more seems silly.

    Then it also seems strange that Doch (the 20 year old SC) is only valued at £70k despite already having scored 143 goals and being chased by clubs such as Charlton, Hull, Leicester, Sheff Utd, & Wigan. Really just doesn't seem to add up for me.
    Hello Jimbo! Its been a while!

    I know what you mean, i have only been able to sign free transfers, for a start the Ilkeston squad is made up of 5 or 6 under 16 players to fill the gaps and the rest of the squad is greyed out.

    So i use the recommended filter settings for each position and see who (half decent) i can get hold of on a free and then if not anyone that has a minimum of 6 for each attribute and go from there. I then send the scouts out and look to sign anyone they have recommended on a trial first and then sign them.. or if someone comes up described by my ass man as a "decent" player i look to sign asap.

    In this new game we are affiliated with Derby so have managed to get hold of a GK, AML and a FC that are quite good and that has improved the quality of the side. Apart from that its just see what you can do with what you have and go from there! I think its gonna be a few seasons of "target 40 points" to avoid relegation before i can get in some good players for each position to make a challenge...

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    Well its the 2020-21 season of my Bedford Town experience.

    After 5 long seasons in the Championship with the chairman consistantly selling players over the top of my head i have made it to the promised land finishing 2nd behind Newcastle. I've consistantly struggled in midtable during the last 4 seasons but after a flying start, and a somewhat open and weaker league than it had been in previous seasons i was able to hang on to it for a change. The previous season had seen both 1st and 2nd places clocking up well over 100 points, it only took a modest 87 for me to guarantee promotion.

    http://img76.imageshack.us/my.php?image=historytw8.jpg

    http://img65.imageshack.us/my.php?im...ionshipgc0.jpg

    My average squad age is just under 22 so im hopeful they can keep improving and lead me to safety in the prem. Fortunately i have £30 mil in the bank thanks to having to replace my star players over the last few years and hopefully i'll be able to pick up a couple of class players.

    Chelsea have won the Prem for the last 7 seasons and are top with a game to go so i think its going to take a while to dislodge them.

    Interestingly, Liverpool who are 2nd the league have 2 wingers that use to play for me now playing regularly in their side, if only my chairman respected my judgement!

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    Hi nepenthez, just out of curiosity how did the name of your club change to Real London??

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

    It's edited.

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    Sorry to ask - but what is the quickest way to save and upload images for this forum - I want to do so for my Tonbridge Angels game - is it easy to use imageshack - or is there a lot of messing around? And how much do people look at all the links of different stuff (I do!) - I've not done this before but since starting this challenge I'm hooked and I want to add like everybody else. (Sorry for asking nooby questions!)

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    You press the Prt Scn button, save it on paint and upload to photobucket (my preference) or imageshack. then you post the direct link. All pretty easy tbh.

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    New signings for Billericay Town's first campaign in League One...

    Bird - A quality left-back, a position of weakness for me. Amazingly, Sheffield United decided not to renew his contract and kept him on month-to-month, and I was happy to snap him up for no compensation on July 3rd.

    Murat - Once signed he came up with the "make me the focal point of your team while I use you as a stepping stone kthxbai" crap which annoyed the fans, but I am not overly concerned as half my squad is happy with the signing and he finally gives me a genuinely classy option to play at AML/R, rather than using strikers there as I have been doing.

    Kerr - Nothing more than a squad signing, but for no cost (only 30% sell-on) and reasonable wages he's pretty good value from Fulham. No better or worse than what I have at that position but I needed depth there.

    Parrott - Ricay's new record signing at £220K from BSP side Rochdale. Probably a bit too much but it was the lowest I could get them down to, and he's far better than any other centre-half I could get. At 22 he has plenty of years ahead of him too.

    Deakin - An unattached regen, this guy looks like he's going to be something very special.

    I've set the expectation to avoiding relegation and I think this is possible. Would probably like to bring in another keeper as I only have too but that will likely just be a loan signing. Up front I only play one striker, and am happy with my options there. Price is attracting to interest from Championship clubs Preston and Colchester and still Scottish first division club Inverness CT, but unless they stump up my asking price of £250K + 50%, or have the chairman accept something lower, he is going nowhere. I also have teenager Andrew Ferguson who I plan to slowly introduce to the first team this season.

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    Forgot to add, I had my first job offer immediately after the L2 season had finished (after being linked to another dozen or so) from Carlisle, which I found surprising as they ran away with the L2 title.

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

    Hi guys !

    I'm starting this challenge with Gloucester City ! Manager Profile

    I would like to have some advice before I start the season. I have no staff and a lot of the player are gray. So I'll need to sign some players to my team. To stick to the rules, and to make it more real, I presume I need to hire scouts and send them out to get me some good players. Is that the right thing to do or are they other ways ? Will it not be too late before my scouts have a list of players ?

    Advices are welcome, I don't want to make a bad start.

    Thanks

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    one simple tip is to scour the free transfer list, also spend a bit of time sorting out your training and tactics.

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

    hi im going try this challenge with hitchin town of blue square north

    Last edited by Ceus; 11-10-2008 at 05:50.

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

    i am going to try this now with Weston Super Mare.
    wish me luck.

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

    is any one still starting the challenge with the release of fm09 soon.

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    Quite a few of us have started it quite recently.

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    I'm back, attempting this challenge, last try before 09...For those of you who remember me, I'm sorry about the Wallace v Roberts and just not turning up.

    Hendon have a new icon:

    http://img147.imageshack.us/my.php?i...profileol8.png

    I would've made that into a url and headed it Profile but unfortunately I don't know how to, on this new format.

    I'll post an update before the 1st game of the season.

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    Just so i get this correct. do i have to choose a team from any of the north/south conference league after promotion from the 2 new teams

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    Sam Fuller - Hendon. Season 1

    Media Prediction: 21st

    After looking at all the 'real' players, the only survivor was Bontcho Guentchev, partially because of who he is! Tell a lie, my 15-year-old keeper, Peter Walsh, looks promising!

    It's fair to say I had to sign some players, convincing 19 to join, so far, giving me a grand total of 21...cosy!

    If pre-season is anything to go by then I might aswell restart now.

    Results were 0-2, 0-3, 1-4, 1-1, 0-1. (Funnily enough the only half decent result was the 1-1 against Crawley)

    I was quite optimistic considering the gems that I found that should've been signed "at any cost" . . Most of my squad were scouted like this, I'm not that optimistic and I think I'm gonna have to have words with my Ass Man!

    I'll do a mid-season (probably January) update.

    Thanks for reading.

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    Sam Fuller - Hendon. Season 1

    Interim Update!

    My first competitive match as gaffer saw Havant & Waterlooville heading north to Claremont Road. The ever reliable media have slapped a generous 9th placed prediction on the southerners, meaning they were favourites.

    We won the match 2-1, we scored first early on, through a Greg Palmer penalty, only for Greg's namesake Marcus to gatecrash the party two minutes later.

    Straight after kick-off, we pressured and it paid off after 40 seconds when Marek Szmid buried a difficult chance. The rest is history!

    I've just linked up with QPR as our parent club and I'm very excited that they've sent us Liam Barratt (young forward) and Pat Kanyuka (centre half) both tower above 6 feet and I couldn't be happier with these two! Of course I will push my luck and try to lure some more talent to Claremont Road!

    Thanks for reading.

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    Real London Update - Season 5 (2012/2013)

    To Begin :
    With getting promoted to Div 2, the board have decided to turn Real London Professional.! - This will mean massive things for the club, especially getting staff on full time contracts.
    Blue Square Premier Prediction - 22nd
    Blue Square Premier Position - 2nd
    F.A Cup - 3rd Round
    Setanta Shield - 4th Round
    F.A. Trophy - 3rd Round

    Blue Square South - Graph | Table


    Blue Square Premier: 2nd place was absolutely brilliant. PROMOTED via the Play Offs too, and deservedly. I expected a relegation dog fight with the other candidates, but I was fighting it out tooth and nail with the leaders, and held top spot for much of the season, only to get pipped with a tough run in towards the end of the season.

    F.A Cup : My best effort yet, and an away draw to Liverpewl in the 3rd round sorted my finances out in a heart beat. A great run, and I have high hopes that I can carry on this great form.

    Setanta Shield : 4th round, and this was a better season for me in the cups. Would like to win one of these lower league cups before I move up in the divisions.

    F.A Trophy : Managed to push through to the 3rd round here too, and should've gone further.

    Best Elevens - Season | Overall

    Other Info

    Finances
    Team Selection
    Team Info

    Manager Info
    Manager Overview
    Manager Profile

    Player Records

    Team Records

    Transfers
    Affiliated Clubs
    Real London Staff



    Awards

    Real London Fans Player of the Year - Paul Hardy
    BSP Manager of the Year, Runner-Up - NepentheZ
    BSP Team of the Year - 2 Players

    New Real London Records*

    Record Attendance - 3,022
    Record Gates - £26,000
    Record Average Attendance - 1,850
    Record League High - 2nd in Blue Square Premier
    Record League Apps - Bullseye, 145 apps.
    *Records are only displayed when broken, and may not represent the final tally of the broken record

    Players of the Season

    Paul Hardy - Another great season. Top scorer yet again. Seems like the top 2 players every season have been the same two every year..!! A fantastic player for Real London, but can he step it up in Div. 2?

    Bullseye - Yet again brilliant with 24 assists and a barrel full of goals. This guy is getting better and better, and I just hope I can keep hold of him.


    Season Summary
    A great season. My best so far. I really expected to be in the BSP for about 4 years, as thats normally how long it takes me to move up the division, but 2 successive promotions on the trot now, and consolidating my position in Div. 2 is vital. Some new players will have to be bought in, Defenders and a Goal Keeper essentially, but I also need a Div. 1 / Champ class striker for at least 1 season to help keep me up.

    Manager history

    Season 1 - Blue Square South - 8th place
    Season 2 - Blue Square South - 12th place
    Season 3 - Blue Square South - 2nd place
    Season 4 - Blue Square South - 1st place | Promoted to Blue Square Premier
    Season 5 - Blue Square Premier - 2nd place | Promoted to Division 2, via play-offs.

    *Real London were formerly Hendon

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    Congratulations Nep, hopefully you can get somewhere close to where you were before.

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    I see this as a monster task, i lost both my freindlys 4-1 and 4-2, lost my 1st league game 4-1 but got a 1-1 draw at home. there are no decent players around to pick up on a free.. iv tried loaning a host of players i remember from my Ipswich Town days and they not having any of it lol..

    whats the average league finish in 1st season?

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    Some people get promoted first season. I usually take 3-4 seasons. I like to build a strong foundation, get the right staff, scouts, training and potential youth signings before getting promoted. Obviously, getting promoted first season would be nice, but I wouldn't be too worried if it takes you up to 5 seasons.

    In the lower leagues, theres some vital info that I go by. Midfielders and Attackers need to be physically good. This will enhance your squad no end, and if you can try to find players with 1 specific quality, it will help wonders. For example, if you've got a plyer with 17+ in Free Kicks, but isn't too great anywhere else, Still sign him, because his free kicks could be the difference in a game. The same with Pens, Corners, Influecnce, etc etc. With defenders, I find mental attributes are key to keeping clean sheets. Positioning, Work Rate, Influence, Vision, all massive in the lower leagues.

    Just build a team, and don't be scared to sign 50-80 players in a season to find the right line up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NepentheZ View Post
    don't be scared to sign 50-80 players in a season to find the right line up.

    Well i have signed alot of players. some im now giving free transfers which is costing me like 10k in some cases. i have found 5 or 6 players who have like 5,6,7 stars. and boy dont i know it if they either have a bad game or get injured. i tried to loan players from as high as championship and as low as league 2. none would come. yet other teams manage to get players from championship that i previously wanted. not sure why cos it was the players who rejected and not the clubs..

    any how im doing ok. find my selve in 5th place after 15 od games.

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

    Jimbo told me to scout the reserves. you'll get better chances of being able to loan them players.

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    You're generally signing players to single year deals in the lower leagues, so I would concur that signing as many players as possible is often the way to go, knowing they're not going to burden your books if you don't need them.

    I have also found getting from the BSP to L2 the hardest step, so to do that at the first attempt is a fine effort.

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    Wayne. Don't pay too much attention to stars.

    If the current ability/potential of your best player in a certain position is "pish", anyone will look like a world beater.

    What I do instead is try and get my scouts to find players who can play, (or more likely have the potential to play at), 2 levels up from where I currently am. The only problem with this is that you need to have a scout with JPP of at least 18i t do this. It's uinlikely that a scout with JPP that you can sign will have a decent JPA so you might need to only use him for looking at a players potential rather that hi current ability.

    Also, running a sizeable squad as I do can be expensive, (although I tend to only sign teenagers so wages are kept pretty minimal). Also, rather than signing players on 1 year contracts, I actually sign then on 1 year part time deals to start off with and then immediately get them to sign full-time long-term deals to keep them as long as possible. This means that I will keep them long enough to benefit from their increased ability as they develop.

    By signing them onto only 1 year contracts you have to worry about signing them again each year and will probably have to increase their wages each year too. By signing them on a longer term deal at the outset you avoid this, (I also don't like to offer a % increase to teenagers).

    I play by pretty strict LLM rules so I only sign players that my scouts find, however as time progresses and the number of players that my scouts have found increases also.

    As players on my shortlist develop and get too good for the level of our league, or get too old to be considered an investment, or simply don't develop as well as I might hope, then I remove them from my shortlist. I also then use this "shortlist" to search for players listed for loan. I try not to sign young superstars that are waaaaay to good for our level, but as my best player is currently being scouted by Premiership managers and is better than any of my loan signins then I don't see it as an issue currently.

    I struggled in the early seasons and had to overperform to avoid relegation. Now though I should be challenging for the league title and am actually underperforming due to a shortage of GK's and my poor ability as a manager.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sirdez24 View Post
    You're generally signing players to single year deals in the lower leagues, so I would concur that signing as many players as possible is often the way to go, knowing they're not going to burden your books if you don't need them.

    I have also found getting from the BSP to L2 the hardest step, so to do that at the first attempt is a fine effort.
    Although I don't agree about signing players on 1 year deals, (reasons explained above), I completely agree that getting from Cnference National to League 2 is hard work. There is only 1 automatic promotion spot and usuallly some clubs in there with some future Premiership stars who hammer everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbokav1971 View Post
    Although I don't agree about signing players on 1 year deals, (reasons explained above), I completely agree that getting from Cnference National to League 2 is hard work. There is only 1 automatic promotion spot and usuallly some clubs in there with some future Premiership stars who hammer everyone.
    I only mean signing players on single year deals when you're looking to build your squad depth and find the right combinations. I always make sure players I know are going to be valuable for me get signed up longer, but at the same time if I sign someone who doesn't perform or I find doesn't get into my rotation, then I don't have to worry about keeping him around past the end of the season.

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    Anyway, time for a January Update - it's January 2014 and I'm currently in my first season in League One, after consecutive promotions from BSP to L2 and then again to L1.

    As you can see from the current league table, another promotion is well on the cards. I have no idea what is happening as I haven't really changed my tactics at all and haven't really added a huge amount to my squad from L2, but for some reason we hit the ground running and haven't looked back. I'm shocked as usually I find L1 is quite a tough league to consolidate in and my aim was merely to avoid relegation, but right now anything other than promotion would be disastrous.

    The talismanic Dean Price has once again been the star, playing his way onto the club's favoured personnel list with 143 goals in 176 appearances. He's been attracting interest from a few Championship clubs, but as of yet no one has been prepared to meet my asking price of £350K + 50%, which he is well worth on performance.

    If he does go I've been looking at potential replacements, and managed to sign Georgi Boychev after he came up on my player search screen for some reason, and with "back-up" squad status and an expiring contract, I was able to get him on trial and sign him for just £7K.

    As far as sales go, I'm now light at the back after the sale of Danny Kinch for £200K + 50% to Wycombe. He has some outstanding defensive stats, but given his low jumping and lack of work ethic meant he never really got high ratings for me and low fitness/stamina meant he was prone to mistakes in the last 10 minutes when the opposition is really pressing, not to mention at a price that was nearly four times his value, I was prepared to sell. I now have two days to find a replacement, as right now if either of my remaining two centre-halves get injured then I only have an 18-year-old in the reserves as cover.

    Finally, my star Australian GK, Brian Bates, has been unsettled by Premiership trio Stoke, Charlton and Wolves and is unhappy I turned down inquiries, but given he is contracted until 2016, hismorale is still 'superb' and his performances haven't dropped, I am prepared to reject all approaches for the time being. My line of thinking is if I get promotion to the Championship it may be easier to hold onto him, and he is the one player in my first XI who I can't replace adequately, hence there's no way he's going anywhere until at least the summer when I have time to find a replacement.
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    Quick update with 16 games gone, have qualified for the FA Cup 1st round proper, have an away game to Bath in my league who i beat 4-2 at home recently. iv only won 1 game so far away this season in the league so its gonna be an uphill battle, i wanna make 3rd rnd and get a huge team for the gate recipts..


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    Just starting this challenge now... currently in the Holiday Man stage

    I assume the rules are still as stated in the first post? i.e. no retaining of english players?




    on another note, i normaly start games with multiple countrys running, just because in earlier versions of CM & FM i found it gave the game a better balance in the far future. i found that with just english leagues running, english teams tended to become dominant... has anyone found this to be the case in FM08??

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    After hours of reloading i finally got the team i wanted...

    Mangotsfield United

    (yes i know there is a save on the website, but i wasnt sure if it was for v8.0.2)

    Heres my profile...

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    Borehamwood. Conference National. End of season summary 2013/14.

    I think that we have been guilty of underperforming this season. Part of this is down to us losing our only senior GK for 21 games, (I couldn't find another decent GK to bring in), and part down to us being unable to kee clean sheets even when Avery was available. I lost 11 games worth of play due to a crash mid-season and when I replayed these 11 games, performed significantly more poorly than when they were originally played.

    Here are some of the players who made key contributions this season. I think after seeing some of the quality on show you will also agree that we have underperformed.

    GK. Avery. (apologies it's the pic at the start of the next season). First choice GK. I loaned him in from Luton for 2 full seasons before signing him on a free. He hasn't developed as I would like though and I am looking to ecruit another young GK.

    GK. Wilson***2013. The *** indicates that he was deemed to be the best player promoted from the acadamy that year and the 2013 indicates that he was promoted in 2013. He has a decent FK rating and bagged himslef a couple of goals in his first 11 games for the vclub and was playing pretty well, but after a crash and the games were replayed he performed at nowhere near the same level.

    DL. Nobody worth mentioning. I have been unable to sign anyone to fill the boots of Chef, (who will be hanging up his boots at the end of the season but whom has been offered the Ass Mans role despite his apparrant lack of ability in that area).

    DR. JJ. Hasn't developed as I would hope and while certainly not a liability, is certainly someone will have to improve if he is not t be replaced.

    DC. Hardy. Club skipper and one of our best players, (in fact probably one of the best DC's in the league).

    DC. Ken Flynn. Started off as a sub and I tended to play him in away games and a loanee was played at home, (Flynn was slower but better in the air).

    MC. Chris. I like the look of him. I played him of the left of an inverted midfield triangle.

    DM. Tom. I played him in the DM role in a midfield triangle, despite his best position being at DC. I think this will change next season as I look to shore things up at the back.

    MC. David Simmons. The Bermudan International was signed after being spotted playing in Conference North. Frustratingly he misses regular games through International duty but it's still nice to have a regular International in the squad if I'm honest.

    MC. Carl. I'm not really a fan if I'm honest, but every time I drop/rotate him out of the squad, he always seems to force his way back into the reckoning.

    ML. Robbie Charlton. He looks good and started as my first choice on the left but never really produced the goods. Really disappointing season. Was so poor that he was dropped from the Cayaman Islands team after my scouts spotted him playing in Conference North.

    ML. Ferdinand. Became 1st choice on the left as Charlton spurned chance after chance and with a little more improvement might have a big impact next season.

    MR. Walsh. Started as 1st choice on the right but didn't produce the goods and was eventually dropped from the sqad in frustration.

    MR. Bailey. Was brought in as my frustration with Walsh grew and he soon cemented his postion as 1st choice on the right flank.

    SC. Doch. 39 goals in 12(35) appearances brings his total for the club 161 in 89(146) appearances. Premiership sides Charlton and Norwich are both sniffing around.

    SC. Billy. Signed on loan from Watford. Was a regular starter, (with Doch coming on in the 2nd half), so a decent season when you consider that he was usually replaced at half-time. His Watford contract expires shortly so I will be looking to make him a permanent addition.

    SC. Bird. Signed on loan from West Ham. Looked better than Billy but didn't prove as effective. I think he might prove better with 2 up front, (which I intent experimenting with next season), so I will be looking to sign him again next season if I can.

    We seem to be weakest in goal and on the flanks, (both full back and the wing), so this is where I will be looking to sign players, but it is obviously down to players on my shortlist being released or my scouts finding new players. I don't intend paying money for players at this stage so we will just have to keep our fingers crossed.

    League Table.

    League Graph. I think it's pretty easy to see where Avery goy injured for the first time.

    Squad Stats.

    The board have offered me a new 2 year contract, (which I have accepted).

    Confidence.

    Finances. £898,000 in credit. Not bad. Certainly helped by the ridiculous prices that some of my carppy players have been going for. I could really do with a few decent 50% fees coming through though.

    Information.

    Hardy was named in Conference National Team of the Year. I was initially surprised that Doch wasn't included, but both the SC's selected scored more league goals than him.

    The youngsters promoted from the acadamy.

    Doch. Was promoted in Hune 2010, (1 week before I became manager).

    Laws***2011.

    Joe***2012.

    Wilson***2013.

    Ian***2014. It's more than a little sad when the best prospect promoted from your youth acadamy is a SC with finishing of 1.

    With a squad like this I should at least have made the playoffs. Cetainly losing the only senior GK didn't help, but I suppose I need to take the blame for only having 1 in the squad in the first place.

    Next season, (assuming I manage to sign/loan a couple of decent SC's), I will try experiment again with playing 2 SC's at home in the hope that we can take advantage of our dominance aghanst the weaker teams.

    Seasonal Best XI.

    Overall Best XI.

    Transfers 2014.

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    Season Review - Billericay Town - League One - 2013/14

    Amazing season. Despite some patchy form throughout March and April, we still managed to produce enough results to wrap up promotion with three games to play, and the title with one - final table. We also lost the Johnstones Paint final to Burnley, 1-3 in an even game.

    Price was the star with 38 goals, despite missing the last ten games with broken ribs, but new signing Boychev was a more than adequate replacement, coming up with some crucial goals in the home stretch, and may even turn out to be the better player. Ferguson also bagged his first professional goals for the club.

    Stoica was another who impressed after being signed on a free following a successful trial at the start of Feburary.

    Despite his attitude angering supporters when I signed him, Murat was pure class down the right all season.

    So now the Championship. I am worried as the club's reputation is still low, our stadium is still tiny and our training and youth facilities are still very poor, although two of these problems were at least recognised by the board with a small stadium upgrade being planned, along with an upgrade to training facilities.

    In terms of playing staff, only Murat and Bates are I feel capable of excelling in the Championship straight away. Price has the pedigree and seems to perform above his stats while Boychev has real promise, so we'll see how I go. Bates is also listed after requesting a transfer, but is not going anywhere until a team gives me a worthwhile bid.

    I got no transfer funds but a big wage budget for saying I'd avoid relegation, and despite using the adjustment to give myself half a million quid in funds, the only money signings I made were Postulka as one for the future, and compensation for several coaches, including Anderson from Middlesbrough, who looks class. Quite simply, no one wants to join still. Hopefully that will change if I can consolidate.

    Otherwise I just looked at which veterans Premiership clubs had released, and picked up three bargains on very reasonable wages, ironically from the three teams promoted.

    Brown - released by QPR.

    Varyvonda - released by Norwich.

    Fournier - released by Wigan, and will play down the left while Murat plays down the right, either side of the lone striker. Technically he is magnificent and I should get at least a good season out of him.

    Mokoena - my prize signing, on a free from Aberdeen. The holding midfield role is very important to my tactic and this bloke looks absolute class. He should really shore up my midfield and defence.

    Thomson - an unattached newgen, only his low jumping stat looks like it will prevent him from becoming a very good GK.

    As far as sales go, the only player to go for cash was Thomas, who I sold to fellow promotee Crystal Palace for £75K + 30%. Handy but not a big loss.
    Last edited by sirdez24; 14-10-2008 at 15:16.

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    Well done sirdez

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    NEW GAME

    My 2nd attempt (and the last before FM2009). I did start a game as Ilkeston but that came to an abrupt end when my laptop was stolen... I am going for another local team WORKSOP - I'm hoping to get my team (forest) as a parent club. With laptop bolted to the table I am now raring to go....

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    Looking forward to joinging in again come the FM09 release (been there since the 1st challenge on 06). Only got as far as League 1 this year which was dissappointing. But this challenge will once again hopefully for most of the FM09 year

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    Just catching up on some of the recent updates in here.

    Nep. Congratulations on getting to L2. I should have done it this year too but underperformed badly.

    Turning pro will have an enormous impact.

    What do the keys on your nicknames indicate? You have *, **, _name_ and !name!, (can't replicate the vetical line) lol, and of course I know all about the Youth Prospects, (but haven't posted in there yet).

    You seem to be struggling with finances. Compare yours to mine. A little strange.
    Bellseys looks quality!

    Where did you get the like of de Vet & Filipov from? Can't believe that de Vet scored 57 goals and wasn't voted player of the season and wasn't selected in Confeence National team of the season.

    WayneO. I ignorethe results of frendlies and really just use them for fitness. I would advise you to do the same. If you get hammered, (which is a distinct possibility early on), then get your squad morale and form back up before your first leage game by playing a couple of games against your Reserves/U18's, (and ignore the fact that you don't have any players in these squads). As for what you should be aiming for in your first season. Anything except relagation and the sack should be considered a success. The 2nd year you should aim at a mid table finish. The 3rd year the playoffs and promotion by the 4th season. Earlier than that is a bonus.

    Looks like you are way ahead of schedule at this stage.

    Seanefc. Yes, running only the English leagues WILL skew future results in favour of ENglish clubs, but it is the only way to have us all playing the same game. As soon as you start adding other leagues/Nations then the players that are available change and this changes the challenge. This way it is standard for all participants.

    SirDez. Making good progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo
    Nep. Congratulations on getting to L2. I should have done it this year too but underperformed badly.

    Turning pro will have an enormous impact.

    What do the keys on your nicknames indicate? You have *, **, _name_ and !name!, (can't replicate the vetical line) lol, and of course I know all about the Youth Prospects, (but haven't posted in there yet).

    You seem to be struggling with finances. Compare yours to mine. A little strange.
    Bellseys looks quality!

    Where did you get the like of de Vet & Filipov from? Can't believe that de Vet scored 57 goals and wasn't voted player of the season and wasn't selected in Confeence National team of the season.


    * = Needs first team football, is of a young age and a potential legend.
    ** = Needs first team football, is of any age and is a potential legend.
    _NAME_ = Flat runner. Aka, fast striker.
    |NAME| = Big man, aka Tall striker.

    I had to put the _ _'s and | |'s in to distinguish my strike force from one another, because I was testing a fair few forwards, and needed to make sure I either had a big man / big man or big man / little man partnership, and that was easier than checking profiles each time.

    Yea financially its been hard. I've never had any upgrades of any kind, and now I'm in League 2 that could be costly. The reason the finances were so poor is 2fold. 1st, my cup runs were pathetic, and I usually count on them being a large source of income, but secondly, my attendances were awful. Constantly in the bottom 2 for average attendance in BSS (4 years) and BSP (1 year) and am rock bottom in League 2 for Ave Att's too. I was getting around 300 per game with Hendon, where as with AFC Wimbledon, it was in the thousands and made a massive impact.

    De Vet came from Fulham reserves on loan. They were my feeder club (at the time) - and he was farmed out to me. He didn't win player of the season, I can only assume because his loan deal ended before the FPotY was decided. This happened for most of my loanee's. fwiw, he's now regarded as one of the best players on the game, is worth nearly £20,000,000 and is a regular international player.

    I genuinely don'r remember Filipov, and have no reccolection of him in my game


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    Quote Originally Posted by NepentheZ View Post

    Just build a team, and don't be scared to sign 50-80 players in a season to find the right line up.

    I watch this thread a lot while playing my save in the JoseRR's Challenge, I have played a large number of lower league games throughout Europe and have used many techniques, but I think the most amusing one was when I had 30 days from the players returning until my first real game, and By this stage I had already got 30 players on trial in that first season, so I kept trialling anyone who looked good and had a friendly set for every single day, by the time my first game came around I had managed to tie down the 22 players I wanted to start the season with, of course I also had a reserve squad FULL of players I had trialled, but I have found this method worked well that time, but not really since.

    In the first season I usually set up a filter on the List something like "contract Status" is "Expired" or "Expiring" or "Unattached", Position is "???", Attributes are more than "10" or at most "1" (This accounts for those with blank in there from the fog of war) with about 3-4 key attributes for the position as I see it. I also like to search young as these players are generally cheaper, yeah they sometimes make some big errors, but if you sign them and train them up you may end up with either a superstar or a player you can sell off for a pretty penny. If I cannot find two players of quality in a position under 25 then I look at 30+ as these guys are also pretty cheap. I admit this technique means it can take me a few seasons to build promotion, but after that first season I have my scouts out just searching everywhere they can, and if they find someone better than my current starter or I see that one could be better with coaching I will bring them in.

    On the scouting front, I run a three scout system, two with High JA and one with high JP, if I can get them with both this is better, but the JP one is looking at players Under 21 and the other two at players over 21. Then once I get a good report I get it checked by one of the other scouts then trial or if he looks good I sign.

    Hope this advice is helpful to someone

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    I had dreams of my Aussie keeper playing for another decade and becoming a club legend (he was well on the way, especially with the shelf life of keepers compared to outfield players), but that is not to be as I've had to sell him after his unhappiness really affected his performances over pre-season and the first three games of the season proper (LXW). I ended up getting £210K + 10% for him, which isn't great but paid for his replacement, who is not as good but at least wants to be at the club. Will post screenshots tomorrow when I load up.

    Dean Price is also refusing to sign a new deal and has "holding out in hope of a big move at the end of his contract" on his personal screen, so if this doesn't change by January I may offer him to clubs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lower Leagues Rule View Post
    I kept trialling anyone who looked good and had a friendly set for every single day
    I holiday friendlies with "use current match tactics" ticked, but for someone who likes to play the pre-season themselves, this is actually very clever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sirdez24 View Post
    I holiday friendlies with "use current match tactics" ticked, but for someone who likes to play the pre-season themselves, this is actually very clever.
    Even if you are holidaying them it will give you a small idea of how a trial player will do
    I have since changed my first season method though

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    Right then I've finally got to January on my mums sluggish laptop and the update will either be tonight or tomorrow evening.

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    AFC Wimbledon Update - Season 9 (2016/2017)

    To Begin....

    My expectations this season have only really been to equal or slightly exceed last season and thankfully we have so far done just that, if we keep this up I've got a feeling we can get 5th place.

    Premiership Prediction - 14th
    Premiership Position - 8th
    F.A Cup - 3rd Round vs West Brom
    League Cup - Quarter final (out)

    Premiership - Graph | Table

    Premiership : A solid season so far, we're where I want us to be with a good chance at getting a place in the UEFA Cup through the league this time rather than Intertoto.

    F.A Cup : Nothing to report on as of yet.

    League Cup : I really thought we were going to win the tournament this season but we ended up going out to Tottenham.


    Club Ranking - 108th

    Other Info

    Finances
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    Transfers


    Season Summary
    Aside from the League Cup, this was a fantastic season. European football, a great squad assembled and progress with our previously weak defense. My target this season is to finish 5th - 6th.

    Season 1 - Blue Square South - 1st place. Promoted
    Season 2 - Blue Square Premier - 3rd place. Promoted
    Season 3 - League Two - 17th place
    Season 4 - League Two - 2nd place. Promoted
    Season 5 - League One - 9th place
    Season 6 - League One - 1st place. Promoted
    Season 7 - Championship - 5thplace. Promoted
    Season 8 - Premiership - 8th place.
    Season 9 - Premiership - 8th place so far

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lower Leagues Rule View Post
    Even if you are holidaying them it will give you a small idea of how a trial player will do
    I have since changed my first season method though
    I was thinking more about if you holiday friendlies you have no control over who plays and thus you'll get players playing consecutive days in that scenario. However I guess you could tick the 'assistant manager takes friendlies' option and 'keep current line-up where possible'.
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    Bates is gone, unfortunately, and while his replacement Lloyd isn't as good, he was the best I could get at short notice and within my budgets, and he should tide me over until I can spend a proper time frame scouting a long-term prospect.

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    nice work roberto. You're flying through the season to top class footy (I wish I could do it that quick).

    Unlucky with Bates, sirdez24, he looked a corker, its a shame you couldn't keep hold of him. - Les hope Lloyd is just a short term fix, and you get a decent GK in the next window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sirdez24 View Post
    I was thinking more about if you holiday friendlies you have no control over who plays and thus you'll get players playing consecutive days in that scenario. However I guess you could tick the 'assistant manager takes friendlies' option and 'keep current line-up where possible'.
    Easy solution there Make it your reserves playing not your first team and put only 22 players into the reserves each day Worked that little trick out as well haha

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