My first season in BSP has taken a massive down turn, after 18 games I was just 3 points offthe play offs in 8th place now i'm 17th and on a 10 game winless run and dont know how to stop it!
CHIPPENHAM TOWN FC
SEASON 2 - 2012/13
PREDICTION - RELEGATION
FINAL RESULT - 5TH PROMOTION VIA PLAYOFFS
The season started badly with me losing 7 friendlies in a row in pre-season all by large margins, including both a 5-0 and 6-0. This obviously didnt build confidence for the start of the season propper so a run of 8 losses and 1 win for the first 9 games was unsurprising.
But then we AFC Wimbledon came to town and a freak 7-0 win changed our fourtunes for the better. A run of 17 games unbeaten in all compitiions was to follow carried us from relagation battlers to the heady hights of a safe mid table 12th position. We had another woble in December due to lack of fitness and injuries seeing us only win one game out of 5 over the Xmas month. The new year though saw us go on another terrific run losing only 2 games between 1st January and the end of the season.
These where a tight affair with me only scrapping through to the final via 2 own goals from Grimbsy in the second leg of the tie. The Final was a tense affair. The first half both teams canceled each other out with no goals scored. We went a bit more attacking in the second half and where punished 7mins in, but managed to get one back 10 mins later and what we thought was the winner 15mins after that. But Sub Kenny Lunt pulled an equaliser out of the bag in the 91st minute. Extra time followed which was a drab affair due to the tired legs of both teams. The dreaded penelty shoot out followed and the preasure was all to much for Grimbsy who only slotted to of theirs home allowing Graham Burke to put Chippenham into League 2
League Table | Positions Chart
My goals this season where spread pretty thinly among all of my strikers and their was no clear favorite with all of them starting roughly 20 Games and having similar chances off the Bench. But young striker
Was definatly the cream of the crop scoring 19 times in total including 5 in the famous 7-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon
Bizzarly my second highest scorer was Cpt Chippenham
Top 5 Players
Cpt of the team and "Mr Chippenham" simply put if he performs the team performs, was a star player last year and continued this year. Not only a rock at the back but contributed 10 Goals to the good this season and was the 2nd top scorer! He is the Heart of the team, not sure he is going to cut it in L2 but have offered him a new contract anyway as i just cant let him go.
2. Scott Neilson
Joined the team mid season as a replacement for Sam Mir, struggled in his first few games and
didn'treally break into the team proper until after the Xmas break.
3. Graham Burke
Often used as an impact Sub Graham notched up 9 goals from the left wing and was lucky enough to score the penalty that put Chippenham into league 2.
4. Chrisiano Kisuka
All that needs to be said about this lad has been said already above.
5. Arnaud Mendy
If John is the heart of the team then Arnaud is definatly the brain, involved in breaking up every threatening move or starting every attack this guy didnt put a foot wrong for 99% of the season, a red card in the last game before the play offs meant he missed out on the semi finals and an unlucky injury saw him missa trip to Wemberly
Code:Season League End Position Achievements 2011-12 BSN 3rd Promotion via playoffs 2012-13 BSP 5th Promotion via Playoffs
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in the season review John Scarborough had highest Avrg rating in the BSP! nice
I really hate Ebbsfleet.
They've now knocked me out of both the FA Cup and the FA trophy in consecutive years, plus I've lost to them all 3 times I've played them in the league.
Anyone up for creating a list of everyones current standings? I'd do it myself if I had more time/wasn't so lazy...
Welcome to this years challenge then Spurs, and congratualtions to Jsar on the promotion.
Just beat Newcastle 1-0 in the FA Cup 5th Round. 3 in 2 for Uriarte.
And we get a home tie against Man City in the 6th Round. Lovely
Busy day at the office yesterday and I had almost no time to play FM when I got home. I'm way behind on this thread and if I missed your update I apologize.
Jaffa: I was just messing with you on the corner glitch thing, hence the J/K
Kazpeer: Good solid start you can build from. I totally understand the team not being good when you want them to concept....
sheeshy: unlucky mate
Welsh Wizard: Glad to see your team has found its form! 2.4m in the red???? o.O I hope you can avoid administration! Perhaps you'll get lucky and the debt will spark a takeover to clear it.
jsar: I absolutely hate that. It annoys the heck out of my when my defenders just sit there and wait for the opposition to go for the ball. It's even worse when my player is running for it at full speed, then for whatever reason decides to slow up until the defender catches up to him. Then he finally kicks it back into gear, but by that point hes beat anyways....
Gypsum: you have a youth academy?? Can I send my Chippenham players to it as well?
deadfncat: Congrats on promotion. Glad to see the 3rd season BSS trend still continues!
Yiddo!: oooh days off are good. We get Thursday and Friday off this week, so I'm hoping a can get a season, or possibly 2 done by the end of the weekend
ALL: Backups are good. I'd recommend everyone setting rolling auto saves to weekly.
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Ridleys: o.O I don't know how you could stand that. I would be flipping out with 4 goals conceded, whether we managed to score 5 or not (more than likely not lol). I'd expect that turned out very well for the fan day though. My board still haven't had a single fan day.... its probably one of the reasons our attendance sucks lol.
Jsar: Congrats on back to back promotions! I'm glad to see you were able to turn that early season form around. It can be quite the challenge to get the guys re-motivated when moral is in the dumps.
dafuge: Apologies for not having made the time to read through your thread yet. I hope your doing well! Should have time in the next few days (Thanksgiving holiday in the US) and I hope to get caught up on your journey.
Finished 8th in the Championship, pretty happy with that! But it makes us sound closer to the playoffs than we actually were. The top 6 were almost in their own division! There were 10 points between 6th and 7th. Still, if we can get more wins, rather than draws next season we'll be right up there.
I have my rolling auto-save on fortnightly, every week is a tad excessive..you're talking 1 or 2 games max
oooer, consortium has just taken the club over and the new chairman sends me the following message;
"New chairman Jamie Thompson has thanked you for your patience during what has undoubtedly been a stressful time for those involved with the club. Thompson informs you that around 90K has been pumped into the club's coffers and a new transfer budget has been calculated. Thompson has added however that it was always the intention to appoint a new manager following the takeover and a decision on your future will be taken shortly."
Well that'd be a **** take to be honest, I'm sitting 10th in L1 after 3 promotions, if I get sacked I'll quit this game
UPDATE: They kept me on, something about high level of support within the club yadda yadda....silly that it would even be considered to be honest.
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Gypsum's Chippenham - End of season update - 2016/17
Media prediction: 24th
Final position: 8th / League table / Positions chart
We had a pretty solid season throughout, staying around mid-table for the most part. Usually, you would think we would have had a chance of nipping into the playoffs. But this year there was such a divide between the top 6 clubs and everyone else that there was no chance. By the end of the season the gap between 6th and 7th was 10 points, which is vast for what is typically a close division. Our biggest problem was getting so many draws, if we can convert a few of those to wins next season then I am confident we'll have a shot at the playoff places.
General squad overview
Finances - Definitely helped by the new stadium and extra Championship money, our finances are now consistently healthy. Despite a large loan
League average attendance: 10719
Cristian Fabbiani - ST - Signed as a free agent in the summer, Fabbiani has been a sensation since arriving at Chippenham stadium. His flair, trickery and penchent for spectacular goals made hima fan favourite within the first half of the season. And while his form dipped towards the end of the campaign, the 33 year-old striker still bagged a total of 24 goals with 12 assists. A magnificent signing for us.
Lee McEwan - AMR - After making the tricky transition from striker to winger last season, McEwan repaid my faith in him with interest in this campaign. The former Arsenal youngster was in stunning form throughout his second season at Chippenham with 18 goals and 11 assists. But most impressive is this lad's engine, he runs forever and rarely misses a game or needs to be rested. A 7.24 rating for a player just shy of 50 games in a season is a remarkable achievement by anyone's standard, and it was recognised by the league as he was named in the Championship best XI.
Lee Brooks - DC - A revelation last season, a sensation in this one. The Chelsea youth product was a pivotal part of our squad yet again with his consistency at centre-back defying his age. Such an important player for us with his Carragher-esque late tackles and threat from set-pieces, he was worth every bit of his 7.11 rating. At this rate, the 19 year-old has a very bright future.
Goals of the season;
1- McEwan v Norwich - A thunderbolt strike from 35 yards finds the top corner.
2- Fabbiani v Leicester - A trademark run at goal from Fabbiani as he takes on two defenders, sends them the wrong way before beautifully lobbing the ball over the keeper.
3- Fabbiani v Derby - Instead of beating the defenders this time, the Argentine curls a shot beautifully around the two centre-backs from 25 yards and finds the back of the net.
Code:Year League Position Achievements ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2011/12 BSS 2nd Playoff winners 2012/13 BSP 1st FA cup 4th round 2013/14 L2 2nd 2014/15 L1 6th FA cup 6th round 2015/16 L1 1st 2016/17 C 8th
Aims for next season;
With our solid financial footing and a decent squad, hopefull i'll be able to push on next season and turn a few of our 20 draws into wins. I don't think we are too far off the playoff places, especially as an attacking side, but we need solidity at the back. A more dynamic ball-winning midfielder would be a big improvement, as well as improved full-backs. These are positions where i've traditionally had problem finding good players in this challenge. I'm also hoping for some youth products to come through our new academy, but you never know...
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AFC HORNCHURCH SEASON REVIEW BSP 2014/15
Media Prediction: 22nd
Final Posistion: 19th http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...ion_Stages.png
Well that was close! We started the season very well and were in and around the play offs after about 15 games, we were playing well and scoring goals, then we hit a brick wall, a 10 game winless saw us slide from 8th down to 17th, the rest of the season was spent in a abttle to get clear of the relegation zone, somthing we never quite managed to do, but at leat we never went into it. The main reason we stayed up was due to the goals from Bagshaw and Poole again, with 17 from Bagshaw and 22 from Poole, we let in 85 goals in the league so it is clear where our problem was this season,and where we need to improve next year.
CUPS: Once again nothing to see here, in both cup comps we drew Bromley at home before drawing then being knocked out away from home - I hate cups!
AIMS FOR NEXT SEASON
Improve defence, maybe push up and aim for play offs
With regards to corner tactics - that's usually my strongest point. I play FML which is a very good environment for getting the details of your tactics spot on, but no corner tactics in this challenge get me a particularly high number of goals. I'm guess that it's because I'm still in League 2 - such "advanced" tactics don't usually become useful until at least the Championship. So it's probably a good time for you to start with them.
Pllayer roles (e.g. Poacher, Advanced Forward) are just slider presets, and usually they need tweaking.
Wouldn't take me long, but would there be interest in that?
The thread can indeed be a little clumsy to navigate at times.
Well, this should be a walk in the park then! =/
Glad to have made it as far as I have to be honest! Doncaster current sit 4th in League 1...
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Haven't had much playing time over the last few days and I've fallen behind with the thread, how are folks doing?
8th is a nice finish for your first season in the Championship, Gypsum
We're trying to find our feet in L2. 11 points from 11 games, sitting 20th in the table. There is promise there though as we beat Barnsley (2-0) and Norwich (3-1) in the League Cup and took Aston Villa into extra time in the 3rd round before they eventually sneaked past us. We just can't seem to put that same sort of performance into our league games. Going to be a long, hard season.
Just won a friendly 8-4. Including two goals from around 40 yards (which it's not letting me upload right now). Ridiculous!
Quavis - Your doing it realistically
When I went off It was March and my debt is showing again. 1mil or so in the red. Stadium size is not really helping us as we have had 16 out of 18 sell-outs so far. Main thing is where is the money going to come from to solve that problem?
Was 2nd 3 points off 1st with 10 games left.
Think I'll start it up now while I watch Cricket.
wriches - Sounds good. I would use it
Im on a thirty match unbeaten streak stretching back to last season. muhahahaha no idea whats going on!
Speaking of the cricket, Go Australia!
My last two games have been utterly ridiculous. At home against Wrexham, 3-0 down at half time, gave the players a kick up the arse and they responded brilliantly and we led 4-3 with ten minutes left. It looked like we were going to hold on for a massive win, but Wrexham scored a 94th minute equaliser. Then off to face Cheltenham. We were 3-0 down even quicker this time, inside 34 minutes. We grabbed one back just before half time and then scored another two in the second half, stealing a 3-3 draw.
Welsh Wizard: The scary part is even I'm not doing it realistically heheh. The players I have are FAR too good for where we are. I do plan on attempting a much more realistic go at this challenge after the last patch. Now that one could have me kicking and screaming until FM 12 comes out
Quavis I did the same. My team played rubbish for 3 seasons then had a massive streak and got promoted. In the offseason I signed no players, dumped my best striker and and a few backups. Now im in November in the BSP with 8-10-0 and running 3rd and into the second round of the FA cup.
Just need to turn that corner and get some form
he was and wasn't. was consistent but also loved to get injured and whinge
so goodbye. Got a cool guy from Belgium in now who seems even better so win/win
Welsh Wizard - Colwyn Bay - Npower League 1 - 2014/15 - Season 4
Missed out on a few players I wanted with them joining other league 1 sides. Also had to let a few players leave on frees who I did not want to but they wanted more than could offer
Finances are looking really bad and we already had a 2.4mil loan.
Aaron McLean - I did use him more of a impact player from the bench early on but proved too good and was in starting XI every time he could be. A great season scoring the most ever in a season for us and became the all time leading scorer
Wellington - Think he settled this season and showed his true talent. Most assists in a season for us. Did want to move to a biger club but seems to be happy now.
Oliver Norwood - Heartbeat of the team and also has a great FK on him
Previous Standings Graph
Another great season and 4 championships in a row. Was a slow start with only 3 wins out of our first 10 games It was looking like a season to battle to stay up but a quick turn around and we slowly moved up the table before move back and to from 2nd and 1st.
Final - Champions
Other Leagues and Competitons
Premiership:- 1st Arsenal 2nd Man United 3rd Blackburn 4th Liverpool
FA Cup:- Arsenal
League Cup:- Man City
Champions League:- Madrid
Aims for Next Season
- Stay Up
- Get rid of dead wood
- Improve Squad.
- Improve Staff.
- Sort Finances
Code:Season League League Finish Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2011/12 Blue Square North 1st Promoted - Champions. 2012/13 Blue Square Premier 1st Promoted - Champions|FA Trophy Winners 2013/14 Npower League 2 1st Promoted - Champions|Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners 2014/15 Npower League 1 1st Promoted - Champions|Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners
Think it's a good time to look at the managers in the Prem.
(Teams in here) = Past Prem Teams
1 Arsenal - Quique Flores
2. Man United - Mike Phelan
3. Blackburn - Alan Shearer
4. Liverpool - Nils Johan Semb(Wigan then West Ham)
5. Chelsea - Carlo Ancelotti
6. Tottenham - Mick McCarthy
7. Man City - Javier Agurrie (Liverpool)
8. Birminham City - Keith Millen
9. Sunderland - Mark Hughes
10. Bolton - Owen Coyle
11. Wigan - Alex Mcleish
12. Everton - Bob Bradley (Bristol City)
13. Fulham - Mark Bowen
14. Bristol City - Michael Owen
15. Aston Villa - Dave Jones
16. Stoke - Jorgen Lennartsson
17. Middlesrough - Dennis Wise
18. Reading - Alan Curbishley(Newcastle)
19 West Brom - Ricardo Gardner
20. West Ham - Zeljko Petrovic
Only 2 are still at where they started. 3 promoted from within. A few were Prem managers and signed from Prem Clubs. 2 ex-Current players. Rest from different leagues or countries.
Nice work Welsh. I like Colwyn Bay's logo because it looks like something an 11 year old whipped up in MS paint
Is it just me or do Portsmouth get smashed in everyone game? they are in the Npower league 2 in mine. worth $2.1m loan debt $16.25m
Every season I think "got to strengthen my defence!". And every season I blow my wage budget on attacking players! Oh well, defending is for cowards anyway!
Nantwich - Blue Square North 2012/2013
Media Prediction - Not sure, but it was somewhere between 18th and 22nd I'm certain.
Actual Position - 9th
I'm too lazy for screenshots.
Very good 2nd season, after a large increase in squad quality, we made a nice push up the table, and cemeted a solid upper mid-table position. Only rarely did we threaten for a play-off spot, but neither did we ever fall lower than about 11th.
FA Cup we made the 3rd qualifying round, before losing BSP Lowestoft, FA Trophy made the 3rd round before losing to Fleetwood.
Quite a lot of players have left the club, in an effort to free up wage space and to get some better quality players in.
Also lost a few staff members, and am hoping to replace them as well. On the plus side, we now have a much much better Assistant manager, and far better scouts.
[/QUOTE]Code:Season League League Finish Other Notes ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2011/2012 Blue Square South 18th 2012/2013 Blue Square South 9th
Basically there is a main group table which will show the latest season for each person (whichever season you choose as "Current"), and you can click on the person's name and see a bit more detail and their previous seasons.
Anyone can view the group table or the individual tables, but you have to be logged in as that user to edit/add seasons.
It's pretty basic at the moment so please let me know if something is wrong with it and I'll try to fix it. And please let me know any features that would be easier/cooler/whatever.
I'll probably open it up to public registration when it's a) working better and b) not so ugly, but for now just let me know if you want to use it and I'll PM you a pass.
That looks good, wriches I'd certainly be interested in using it.
We seem to have picked up some better form (touch wood) of late. We've won two and drawn one of our last three league games and we beat League 1 side Southend at Roots Hall in the FA Cup 1st round. Playing Walsall away right now in the 2nd round.
wriches - looks awesome mate. I'd be happy to load my data in if you give me a logon
nice work wriches. pm sent!
Sent, sent and sent. Cheers guys.
Wriches - that looks sweet mate, throw some logins out I'll get signed up - maybe Daf could link it on the opening post of the thread (if it takes off)?
Croydon Athletic - Blue Square Bet South - 2014/15
With odds of 33-1, we were suprisingly expected to be in the race to the top.
Blitzing start to the season led us to a 38 game unbeaten streak leading back to the last season. Stuck behind R&D all season as they blitzed everyone except us with a 1-1 twice.
The faltered towards and the end and I caught up but it wasn't enough. Both on 90 points, they got through on PD.
we drew 0-0 in the away leg against Mansfield and our home crowd packed out KT Stadium to help us bring it home.
2 injuries in the first 10 minutes crippled me but an early goal set the tone. An equaliser from Mansfield from a penalty. Ekangamene took us to 2-1 with a cracker then Mansfield equalised again.
14 minutes into extra time Fleet snuck one in and we went into shutdown mode. FINAL BABY!
Darlington v Croydon Athletic - Final
They were favoured going into the game but I thought I had the edge. It had been 1 a piece during the season so it was going to be good! They had also lost the FA Trophy Final a few weeks before.
The boys were nervous in front of a crowd of 38,816, easily 10x the largest crowd we had played to before. Of defence was carved open a few times but some cracking keeping kept them out.
36 minutes and off a corner Danny Duncan nailed in a header to take it to 1-0. We decided to play it safe and play shutdown football. It got hairy at times but we stuck in for the full 90 and walked away winners!
League Positions Graph I kept Rushden there to show how dominant they were.
FA Cup - Did really well to get to the 3rd round but drew Fulham :\ drew a capacity crowd to Keith Tuckey Stadium to watch us gallently try but fall to the Premier League giants
FA Trophy - played some young guns as I didnt care about the result. Lost in first round
Squad - Need to cull it a bit and make a few season loans next season
Transfers - Nothing spectacular. Picked up some young guns to develop and sell
Key Player Profiles
Simon Locke - Sold Gilpin and Locke stepped up big time. had a run of 11 games all clean sheets then another run going into the playoffs.
Lee Baker - Suprise package. I thought he was doing ok and kept him in rotation on the wing, then realised he was my top goalscorer and top rated player
Danny Duncan - Great defender and a cool name
Reece Fleet - Still killing it but getting a bit out of his depth now. Will be replaced soon
Season Team Country League League Finish Achievements
2011/12 Croydon Athletic England Blue Square Bet South 14th nil
2012/13 Croydon Athletic England Blue Square Bet South 13th FA Trophy Win
2013/14 Croydon Athletic England Blue Square Bet South 1st Promotion to BSP
2014/15 Croydon Athletic England Blue Square Bet Premier 2nd Promotion to League2
Woo! League football!
Need to get cashed UP and start earning some money now. Havent had any upgrades yet so some new traning facilities and a ground upgrade would do us heaps. Maybe tweak the squad a bit and get a new centre mid.
Just added a season to the table. I think I did it correctly but it didnt let me enter a wage budget, capacity or balance over 2 digits.
also wont show up on the main site bit, is it supposed to?
I'd like a login please!
Also, congrats on promotion dead!
/goes back to try and save my team from another relegation battle
On a ten match unbeaten run in League 2, but SEVEN of them have been draws! We would be doing seriously well in this division if we could hold onto a lead.
^ I had the same problem, I went 8 games unbeaten, 6 draws and the 2 wins were in the FA CUp and FA Trophy :P
Also, my new signing just scored after 19 seconds on his debut! woo
As a long time loiterer, it's great to read the exploits of you lot. Jordanswinburn in Europe was a treat! I'm going to start a game once I've led Lincoln to world domination. For now, back to the shadows *lurks*
After struggling through the first ten or so games, we've now gone twelve games unbeaten (seven draws, five wins) which means that not only are we sitting in the top half, but we're only three points outside the play-off places. I don't for the first minute think we'll finish in that top seven this season, but it's a clear illustration that we're going in the right direction. We've managed to shore up our defence somewhat after shipping goals for fun in the early stages of the season, and the cup runs we've had so far have put us nicely in the black with a visit to Elland Road in the third round of the FA Cup still to come.
Looking class wriches.
So all of my Goalkeepers were injured and it didn't give me any greyed out players...
ALL of my outfield players have a goalkeeper rating of 1, so I just picked someone who wasn't going to play.
There was lots of goals.
Looking for a bit of advice, i am in my first season with Matlock on FM11 and have Ross Hannah and Nathan Joyness up front but i am looking for another striker who will score goals and who has a lot of pace along with a central defender who has pace.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
Only the central defender suggested wants to come
Canvey Island End of Season Summary 2014/15 - Fourth Season
Media Prediction: 22nd
Actual Position: 8th
One word for this season 'average' we were always mid-table between 8th and 11th all season. This is not me complaining as I would have definitely have settled for 8th spot if it was offered to me at the beginning of the season. However with the strength of the squad and some of our performances this season we should have really been pushing for a play-off spot.
All the strikers were average with our top goalscorer being Daniel Nardiello with 15 goals which I am hoping he will improve on next season. The defence was impressive all season however we lacked backup players when injuries occurred which seemed to be constantly this season. There were a lot of positives to take from this season and I have a good feeling next season as I have signed some extremely promising youth players.
Aim for Next Season:
Promotion by any means possible
Add more depth to the squad
Attempt a decent cup run to take the finances out of the red and into the black
2011/12 6th BSS
2012/13 8th BSS
2013/14 1st BSS
2014/15 8th BSP
Well have been out of the loop for a few days due to work and family commitments,
But i'm back and ready to reignite Hastings in League one
About 15 games to go and we are 2 pts off the last play off place
Wahey I'm back! Been away for a few days.. only Nottingham but that's a holiday for me!! Before that I'd been playing online too. Looks like I've been left behind even more.. About to start my first season in the BSP!
I'd love a login for that site wriches please mate.
AFC Hornchruch: Season 2011/12
Blue Square Bet South: 19th (try to avoid relegation)
FA Cup: Third Qualifying Rd (4th QR)
FA Trophy: Second Qualifying Rd (Enjoy it)
It was manic, it was crazy. As we were playing Eastleigh I kept checking the scores and wouldn't you know it Staines were only bloody beating them 2-1. It got to 85 minutes and I decided to settle for the points and as I did Staines scored a 3rd. We were staying up. On GOAL DIFFERENCE! Amazing. I've never had a season like it and I'll be honest, I don't want one again for a long time.
Blue Square South:
Final Table and Position graph
As you can see we were hardly out of 19th spot all season and it is ultimately where we finished. A very difficult first season marred by inconsistency and some really rubbish players. I had to keep strengthening throughout the season (as you will see) which probably led to the inconsistent nature of the team. Still we survived and that was the big, big thing.
A win against Horton's Welling in QR2 was nice, especially after all the stick he'd been giving me, but Grays battered us in QR3 and we went no further.
A competition to forget as lower-league Billericay battered us 4-0 in our first match.
Lots of deadwood, lots of rubbish and half of it was brought in by me. At the beginning I couldn't sign anyone so just went for whoever. Luckily as we established ourselves in the division more players wanted to come to us and in the end I had a squad with just enough quality to stay up. As far as going forward is concerned the team has a solid backline, but my Keeper is awful. We need a new one of those, new wingers and a striker or two who can actually score.
Fans player of the year was Craig Arnott who top scored with 9 goals and was probably our best player.
My player of the year was Barry Quinn. The centre-back was no way first choice but established himself and ended up being the rock that helped keep our Goals Against column low and ultimately helped keep us up.
Oh and here is my profile too.
Moments of the Season:
Best Moment: The 3-0 home win against Maidenhead. A defender playing in goal and down to 10 men after 60 minutes. We were 2-0 up and I expected us to blow it. Instead Deeney scored an outrageous 3rd and we won it easily. And my defender kept a clean sheet.
Worst Moment: The 2-1 defeat to Dartford in November. We were all set for a well earned point when a Dartford striker properly pushed my CB over outside of the box. He was the last man so the striker then sloted home. Livid doesn't even cover it and the ref didn't see it. Pretty much summed up the early part of the season.
Improve the squad nearly everywhere except the back which is fairly strong.
Try and earn some money in order to boost finances (especially important as the board have slashed my wage bill by £1000)
Don't be anywhere near a relegation dog fight come the end of the season.
Code:Season League Position Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2011/12 Blue Square South 19th Avoided relegation
^ congrats wave
Tonbridge Angels- Blue Square South- Season 2012/13
With finances even tighter than last season I was unable to make many moves in the transfer market, so it was a rather quiet off season...I tried to get my chairman to get a parent club, which he did but then he "couldn't find any appropriate clubs".... The start of the season started almost as bad as last season and we again struggled to get points against any teams, although we were performing well. Fitness was a key aspect a well a not having a good goalscorer.
I found a few players to tighten my defence but couldn't really find any decent attackers, or none that weren't as good as my current players. So again we just struggled to get anywhere in the season, although I never thought we would get relegated, unlike last season. A good FA Cup run helped finances for a short while but we never played a high profile team. The team was severely lacking in confidence and this was majorly affecting our performances, throwing away 2-0 leads on numerous occasions and missing chance upon chance... It wasn't great to watch.
In February I finally found a striker. Phillip Rogers. He had been released from Arsenal the previous year, was a under 21 republic of ireland player and requested just £80 a week. His stats were obviously not great, but he had high numbers in the physical attributes and good stats for dribbling and finishing. He scored within 20 seconds of his debut and then scored 7 goals in his first 8 games. Our form increased in this time and we moved clear of the relegation zone, for a moment I actually thought we might move further up the table.
But then he suffered from lack of confidence and this also meant we suffered poor form again. A really poor end o the season meant we finished no higher than last season...
Final League Standings
Performance of the Season
F.A Cup - Lost in First Round
F.A Trophy - Lost in Third Qualifying round.
I did manage to appear on the nominees for Manager of the Season though somehow.
Goals/Expectations for next SeasonCode:Season League League position Other acheivments ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2011/12 Blue Square South 19th None 2012/13 Blue Square South 19th None
Any improvement from last season would be good. I'm going to spend a lot of time searching through the free transfer market this time and am determined to get a good amount of signings. I'm happy with a lot of my team, but still have many improvements, mainly in midfield.
Will try to get a parent club again.
Last edited by Anti Spiral; 25-11-2010 at 21:15.
Is it possible to be so ****ed off that I actually felt like releasing two players, yet completely delighted at the same time?
Because I just felt something similar...
2-0 down to Stoke in the FA Cup 6th Round after 65 minutes. Steven Reid and Titus Bramble BOTH scoring Own Goals!!!!
67 minutes, Alex Henshall scores to make it 2-1.
In the 3rd minute of injury time, Francisco Javier Lopez Sanchez pops up once again to equalise!
Sheer anger/absolute delight in one game. NOT happy with Steven Reid and Titus Bramble.
MUSTWINREPLAY! If I win, I get Man Utd away! KER-CHING!
Last edited by jordanswinburn; 25-11-2010 at 21:40.
Welsh Wizard: WTF mate, a 4th straight season as champions, and 3 cup trophies to boot! :P You're making all the rest of us look terrible! I do love all the ex-united players in the squad though!
wriches: site looks great! Perhaps add one more column to the main page with achievements for the last season, so that is visible without having to open each person individually. Everything else looks great. Shoot me over a login when you get time
deafncat: Looks like once you made it out of the BSS you're on a roll
Terk: GL! Glad to see the season is turning around
Ridleys: ROFL! when did I become the Crystal Palace manger? :P
heat02: Good solid start for your first BSP season
Wavelberry: Congrats on staying up! That last day of the season must have been quite the nail biter.
Mitsuko: Unlucky Those ruts where confidence is low are really hard to break out of. Good luck for next season!
Finally got some FM myself today (day off!). On my final pre-season game atm so I should have an update up soonish.
good showing from the lads. I think 30/1 was a bit of a steep price for our performance!
Good work wriches, will certainly make it easier to track our progress! Will definitely use it, pass me up baby!
Quavis BSP was easy. I think I had the team setup for awhile just needed to kick it into gear and get the squad gelling together. Now In L2 i picked up 2 great foreign players but they cant speak english. So that went down the toilet
Chippenham Town Pre-Season Review - Blue Square Bet South - 2013/14
Last season ended with a play-off semi-final loss. Its well documented I was unhappy with my current team, and that I went way overboard in offseason transfers. The goal for this season is simple: Gain promotion as Champions.
In: Most of my transfers in were documented in my last post. However, I did end up making two additional signings that may end up being notable (yes I know, I need to stop signing people )
Matt Darko: The ex-Manchester United prospect was released when his contract expired on june 30th. My scouts rated him leading championship potential, so I had to go after him. I don't expect him to start much this season, but he will feature on the subs bench and see some playing time.
Oliver Bell: Another Ex-united prospect who was released on june 30th. I had scouted Oliver way back in March and my best scout said he was good PREM potential. I was surprised to see him get released and immediately requested an updated report. My scout still believes he is good PREM potential, so signing him wasn't even a question. His stats aren't that great, but he will be starting at DR from the start in hopes I can somehow develop that potential. The only downside to this signing is it means my project will no longer be starting, but considering I was unable to find him a tutor, that might be a good thing.
Out: 4 more players have left the club since the last update. ALL of them were unhappy and I just wanted them gone, regardless of what I got in return. I did put 50% sell on clauses on all of them, so I do hope they do well at their next clubs. Of the players leaving, only Garston featured at all last season and I have cover for the position.
With the player sales over the off-season bringing our finances almost back to the black, I wasn't looking for big money paydays from friendlies. I wanted moral to be very high by the end so that we can start the league calendar off on a good start. Aberdeen was adamant about playing us for some reason though, so I scheduled it early so as not to affect moral.
Game 1 - Chippenham vs Aberdeen - 0 - 2 loss : As mentioned I wanted this game as early as possible so as not to affect moral. However, I couldn't remember when the players got back from holiday. This match ended up being played only the day after they returned, and everyone's fitness was a disaster (60s to start lol). Despite having no fitness at all, we kept the game close. My probable first team played just the first half and we went in level. Even the subs who played second half (I changed out all but the keeper), did very well until late on. It was a good start.
Game 2 - Chippenham vs Southend - 2 -2 Draw: League 1 southend was the other big club to want to play us this year. Again I underestimated fitness levels for this match (I forgot to rest players in between this and Aberdeen). The first team had no legs even from the start and we conceded twice early (should have been 3). From there we managed to hold on to half-time and I could bring on some slightly fresher legs. I again subbed out the entire side at the half. The second team again played very well. Fitness levels evened out near the end of the match and we were able to get back in the game. In stoppage time Gibson let me know he wants his first team spot back and leveled the game. A great result on shaky legs against a good opposition.
Game 3 - Chippenham vs Calne - 2 - 0 Win: With the two big games out of the way it was time to try and rebuild moral. To keep it realistic, I play local club teams during this phase of friendlies. Fitness levels were still poor, but we dominated the match. A couple new signings found the net, and the result was never in doubt.
Game 4 - Chippenham vs Corsham - 5 - 0 Win: Another moral builder, we walked all over Corsham.
Game 5 - Chippenham vs Devizes - 5 - 0 Win: Another big win + clean sheet = happy manager. Steven Hooper proved in this match that he can play the full 90 minutes and knocked Marko Mitrovic to the subs bench.
Game 6 - Chippenham vs Swindon - 1 - 1 Draw: The final big test of the pre-season. Chippenham's parent club is league 1 Swindon. The team played very well, and was further helped when Swindon had a man sent off for a last man foul. With the man advantage I decided to see whether we could play attacking football. We did, and played very well, but an absolutely brilliant game by Swindon's keeper stopped us from taking the win we deserved. If he hadn't been on his game, it could easily have been 3 or 4-1. The draw didn't hurt moral, and that was the most important thing
Game 7 - Chippenham vs Melksham - 4 - 0 Win: The final game to prep for the season and it went well. Steven Hooper earned his second hat trick of the pre-season. If he can keep this up against slightly better opposition, he is going to be a fantastic player for Chippenham long term (champ potential).
Overall, it was a fantastic pre-season. There are only 3 starters from last year still in the first 11, but the new boys seem to be gelling quickly, which is fantastic. Moral going into the opening matches is great, and I'm hoping we can start strong and put together a good run. The squad is deep enough to withstand ANY injury crises (I have WAY too many players lol). I'm going to try and loan out a few people to get them more playing time, but I doubt I will get mamy takers. Either way, I'm hoping with a big squad we can be competitive on multiple fronts. That being said, if fixture congestion becomes a problem, the cups will be sacrificed. Automatic promotion is the goal for the season, and nothing else will get in the way!
Quavis 3 starters left wow. Sounds like my local team I support.
They are running first and touted as the best team ever in the league, So I hope you have the same luck
West Ham are my biggest affiliated club and somehow they are coming 5th in the Premier League! Woo!
I just changed my formation from a 4-1-4-1 to 4-4-2 with 2 attacking wingers. Killing it with the extra firepower!
Last edited by deadfncat; 26-11-2010 at 00:25.
Haha maybe not, just lost 5-2 to Scunthorpe
Going out to buy a 60gb SSD drive now. Once I have windows on, first thing to install and see how it runs is FM11 hopefully there is a decent speed increase!
Last edited by deadfncat; 26-11-2010 at 01:00.
Player recommendation time.
Man City youngster who can play on both wings (with training). Brilliant as both a winger and inside forward. He's currently keeping Nery Castillo out of the team.
And with the end of the season approaching (I'm in March), Andy Carroll has 18 goals, Carlton Cole has 20. Anyone fancy pretend-y bets on who will get the most out of them?
Last edited by jordanswinburn; 26-11-2010 at 02:21.
8 minutes into the game against Leeds and there's already been a sending off and two goals.
Leeds' Charles Kazlauskas got sent off 1:25 into the game, followed by a Paul McGowan belter on 6 miinutes. A minute later, Andy Carroll equalised. All action at Gigg Lane today.
Carlton Cole - 21
Andy Carroll - 20
Just beat Wigan 3-0 to go up to 6th in the table. There are some absolute stars brewing in this team. Carroll, Ibrahim, Santiago, Henshall and Lopez Sanchez, to name a few. I HAVE to try and sign Lopez Sanchez at some point, I need him permanently.
this which will not only be a solid state drive but TWO in RAID configuration and should hopefully be blazing fast. Most of the people in the hardware threads here are trying to run 30/40 leagues at a time. Since I only play the dafuge challenge, I can't even imagine how quickly 5 leagues will run!
I paid for 2 day shipping on Thursday before learning that UPS take a long weekend at Thanksgiving time here in the states, so I won't be getting it tomorrow.
Haha windoze 7 installed, firefox installed, graphics/sounds/network installed, FM11 installed/patched, forums loaded
in that order :P
its running damn quick now! maybe its just in my mind but it seems to be heaps faster. Wish I had a bunch of them to run in RAID but im poor and they are exxy well worth it though so far!
just doing little things on the drives etc is super quick!@
I got 1x OCZ 60G Vertex Series SSD
Last edited by deadfncat; 26-11-2010 at 04:54.
WOW Just played Colchester (L1) in round 4 of the FA Cup at home to a packed house. We scored on 35 minutes and dominated the whole game. Then they slotted one in at 90+4 :|
THEN with 2 minutes left in ET, My new striker Rory Patterson gave a big slide tackle on their striker IN THE BOX AND GOT SENT OFF AND A PENALTY. 2-1 Im gutted right now
Ashton United 2015/16 Season Summary
Coming season ending in the year of our Lord 2016. Ashton United fans could look back on a season starting in frustration and ending in rejoice. First choice goalie was out with a long term injury, leaving it to the subs to perform, which they did not do to the best of their abilities. League and FA cup were both a failure before starting, with exits in their very first rounds. A new keeper was introduced to the squad, having served 11 seasons straight for Crystal Palace, 36 year old Speroni was no longer needed and was happy to come see his career out at Ashton. With and older experience in goal we started turning losses and draws to wins and went all the way to rise as champions of L2 and winners of JPT.
League: 1st round exit to Huddersfield 1-2 (CH team)
FA: 1st round exit to Ipswich 2-4 (L1 3rd place)
JPT: 1st round win vs Burton 2-1. 2nd round win vs Crewe 2-1. Qtr final win vs Preston 1-1p. Semi final win vs Bury 2-1. Final North leg1 vs Chesterfield 3-0 away leg2 0-1. Final in front of 27000 we killed Gillingham 5-0.
Alot of players loaned out this season and many sold for free with transfer clauses, only a few players that was signed to first team are worth mentioning for this season, as well as a few who really played good.
GK - Julian Speroni - Was a true star and hero in the back, always good for a beer in after training (he does have gambling issues thu)
DC - Jonathan Lunt - Has been in the squad for 3 seasons, and proved himself this season for starting 11. Doubt he will develop more, but should still be able to cope with L1
DC - Nikos Symeou - Young greek with bundles of potential, have high hopes for this one, his second season at Ashton.
MC - Tyler French - Was a vital part of the midfield this season and has been with Ashton since BSN
MC - Ollie! - Another great season for ollie, clearly a team, fan and coach favourite. Always there with a smile and a dirty joke when you are feeling low.
MR - Ehsan Zahmani - (new signing) Promising winger, previously 4 years at FC Groningen.
SC - Marko Mitrovic - Decent season for him, had hoped for more goals, but also noticed he came late for many trainings and didnt train well this year (personally i blame fifa 2011)
SC - Kyle Watkins - (new signing) Amazing youth, amazing talent, amazing prospect - and doubt i will have him next season, a few PRM clubs wants him
Hope to get an abroad feeder for work permits next season, soo many good prospects from Ukraine and Russia, and none of them are getting work permits atm..
Code:Season League League Finish Achievements 2011/12 BSS/N 2nd Promoted via playoffs 2012/13 BSP 2nd FAT runner up 2013/14 BSP 2nd Promoted via play offs 2014/15 L2 7th None 2015/16 L2 1st Winner, JPT Winner
Last edited by Dons; 26-11-2010 at 06:49.
I keep getting robbed of Manager of the Month Awards.
I win the same amount of games, with a team the game thinks is *****, and I lose to managers in 6th or 5th :S