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    jordanswinburn: Wow great signings. How many England starters you got now? Carroll, Henderson, Wilshere, Cahill... any more? :\

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    Just had my 100th game in management. A come from behind home draw with Staines. Not the greatest I know. But it did win us the Blue Square South with 3 games to go!! BSP here we come. Full update when I've finished the season. Probably tomorrow.

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    Quavis must have been sacked

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    I've decided to join you guys! I actually took part in last year's challenge with Merthyr Tydfil, although I stopped posting my progress out of laziness. Will try not to do so next time! Now off to find a club... who are the recommendations this year? FC United?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wriches View Post
    Quavis must have been sacked
    Close LOL! Why is it that nice long holiday weekends with days off never seem to go as planned??? I played a total of 5 games on my save all during my entire time off

    Currently reading through the 4 pages of stuff I've missed. Comments to come soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdSB View Post
    I've decided to join you guys! I actually took part in last year's challenge with Merthyr Tydfil, although I stopped posting my progress out of laziness. Will try not to do so next time! Now off to find a club... who are the recommendations this year? FC United?
    Welcome and good luck!

    Did you complete it last year?

    Just go with whichever team your heart belongs to.... ahh, how romantic :o

    Or if you fancy a challenge, one of the low rep teams such as Leamington or Croydon will make it more difficult for the first few seasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wriches View Post
    Welcome and good luck!

    Did you complete it last year?

    Just go with whichever team your heart belongs to.... ahh, how romantic :o

    Or if you fancy a challenge, one of the low rep teams such as Leamington or Croydon will make it more difficult for the first few seasons.
    Thanks! I'd love to say I managed it - I had a blast, but ran out of time. Got to League One after back-to-back BSP and L2 wins. Was particularly proud of winning BSP despite 15 point administration deduction

    Anyway, I'm sure you don't care about my mediocre achievements! I'm thinking Hednesford look quite good - it really depends who gets promoted, last year I didn't bother reloading and decided on Merthyr because I liked their name!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdSB View Post
    I'm thinking Hednesford look quite good - it really depends who gets promoted, last year I didn't bother reloading and decided on Merthyr because I liked their name!
    Haha - it does sound like a Lord of the Rings place or something. Just don't sign players for similar reasons

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    Quote Originally Posted by wriches View Post
    jordanswinburn: Wow great signings. How many England starters you got now? Carroll, Henderson, Wilshere, Cahill... any more? :\
    Funnily enough, Carroll plays for Scotland. The only one currently playing for England is Tom Huddlestone. Other Englishmen I have are Green, Richards, Cahill, Henderson, McEachran and Wilshere. I could have Lee Cattermole coming in too, who is currently in the England squad.

    On another note, this popped up in my inbox...



    They're taking the **** now, surely!

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    Currently in my 3rd season in the Blue Square Premier and it's getting to the point where I reckon I'm never going to get out of this league!

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    This scared me for a minute.



    *immediately asked my board for a new contract*

    Also, I'm still in the play-off places with 12 games to go! D:

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    Page 28 comments:

    Terk
    : Great first season in League 2! If only you could have kept that nice little run going for the last 10 games... Boo @ loan players! Liam Moore looks great, but needs some individual training to bring up his pace! No idea how you guys can stand slow players on the wings!

    Naylinsky: Don't worry about getting behind everyone. As long as you're enjoying the challenge that is all that really matters! It looks like you are off to a great start! Don't worry about the board/fans, they always find something to whine about. Thanks for the update!

    Gypsum: Rather have a team of late winners than late losers (my last years team! :P)

    writches: LOL @ the 25% wage increase thing. I don't mind the promotion wage increase one (partially because I've yet to trigger it :P), as its the only wage increases my players get! I always cut the yearly raises out of any contract they ask for! It does look like the 25% promotion increase is negotiable this year though (was board locked last year). I might have to try being even cheaper and cutting that down as well!

    deadfncat: Good solid season in League 2. I'm glad I'm not the only one to classify anyone who doesn't want to be at the club, wants a raise, ect, as "whiny players" Congrats on the JPT win!

    Ridleys: Congrats on promotion! I'm starting to hate all of you that have Borini! That playoff run gave you quite the financial boost! Congrats on turning Pro!

    PV: That's still a great solid season in L1 after 3 back to back promotions. Eventually the squad will hit a wall and need some time to rebuild

    deadfncat: Didn't I just see your last season post less than a page ago? I don't know how some of you fly through the seasons so fast :P Stop and watch some of your games for a change! Congrats on Promotion and winning the JPT trophy again! Also, 17 pre-season games o.O That is like half a season in and of itself. All in 90 minutes? Are you just siming the whole thing?

    Welsh Wizard: Congrats on promotion again as champions and the Carling Cup. Is this even a challenge for you? Congrats on the stadium expansion! Its good to see that they are taking competition stadium requirements into consideration now. No more 4000 seat stadiums in the EPL :P

    edgar555
    : 6th is a great result for season 1! Romone Rose was a star for me a couple years ago. Great to see his name come up again in this challenge. Congrats also on manager of the year!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitsuko View Post
    This scared me for a minute.



    *immediately asked my board for a new contract*

    Also, I'm still in the play-off places with 12 games to go! D:
    Are you using Brian from the Breakfast Club as your manager profile picture?!

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    Yes I am! I didn't want to use my own picture. I've been told I look like him (I had it as my facebook profile once and people actually thought it was me! )

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    Starting my game at my hometown Hastings United
    After taking the job, I instantly ask to pimp the club out to some massive club somewhere up north, Dave Walters slaps me on the wrist and tells me to get out of his office. So much for that, time to clear out the dead weight in the dressing room and get some decent players in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quavis View Post

    Welsh Wizard: Congrats on promotion again as champions and the Carling Cup. Is this even a challenge for you? Congrats on the stadium expansion! Its good to see that they are taking competition stadium requirements into consideration now. No more 4000 seat stadiums in the EPL :P
    Hopefully the challenge begins now in Euro tbh. Got to get in Champions league first Very unlucky to miss out on making the Champions league last season (Which you will see) thanks to Arsenal winning it.

    Nice to see the stadium requirements but goes back on it self when you use the same Stadium with even less seats. Just over 200 is just crazy in the Prem.

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    Looking forward to this great challenge, as a Man Utd fan myself there was only one option really...

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    What did you do to make all those players unhappy?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quavis View Post
    edgar555[/B]: 6th is a great result for season 1! Romone Rose was a star for me a couple years ago. Great to see his name come up again in this challenge. Congrats also on manager of the year!
    Thanks. As you may have now seen season 2 went even better. Rose again played a key role, I'm glad someone else has had the pleasure of managing him

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdSB View Post
    What did you do to make all those players unhappy?!

    Told em to jog on, in the nicest possible sense of course

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    Welsh Wizard: 21m in the red???? o.O At what point does administration kick in? I would have through you would be well past that point atm. Hopefully those extra 10k seats will help you balance the books.

    Terk: You are nuts! Attacking football is great, but I can't get promoted without parking the bus :P I cant wait to see how this move worked out for you (assuming your probably at least a season further at this point)

    wriches: I actually like the 3d tv view in this version. It feels more realistic that ever before for me. I've actually slowed my games down from Key highlights only to extended just to see more of the game (which is probably why I'm way behind :P .)

    CityandColour: You know you spelled your name incorrectly right? It is definitely supposed to be Color :P Good solid start in your first season. Good luck for next season!

    deadfncat: Congrats on doing so well in your first season in League 1. Play-offs are an evil thing to be avoided at all costs!

    vikeologist: Congrats on the league/cup double. You put way too much stock in the manager of the year award :P

    The_shocker7
    : so close I'm surprised Bagshaw is still so good for you in league 1. I just cant handle his 9 pace.

    heat02: Solid Season. Your in/outs looks just like mine this year! John Coar looks like he could be an interesting player. The 18 pace is quite appealing too me, although with only 6 natural fitness it might all be wasted Always nice to see players turning down higher level clubs to sign for you though!

    jaffa: Ouch 5th to 12th in 4 games Your team is like mine, they don't seem to think the final games of the season are important.... Still a good solid season in League 1 to build on.

    Gypsum: Premier League? pffft *ignored!* j/k. Congrats! I'm sure your end of season update is in there somewhere, I just haven't gotten to it yet :P

    darren1983: You were quite close! That second half turnaround was phenomenal anyways! If you can just start the season well next year you should be set!

    Gypsum: pfft and you finished Top of the table to boot! Nice 11k average stadium! Hows it working out for you monetarily? I like the 1m out in transfers too.

    deadfncat: Nice transfers out! That should help your finances at least.

    _Shift and Fitzay: Welcome to the challenge!

    CityandColour: Wow, what a season. 97 points! Congrats on promotion!

    MikaelS: Good to see you pop in! I'm glad you are doing better with Chippenham than I am!

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    Kingstonian - Blue Square Premier - 2012/2013


    Transfers

    Players coming in were mostly to improve the squad, I have yet to pay a transfer fee for any player. Most of the youth squad released


    Position Graph

    All in all, a good season. We were in and around the playoff zone all season but Champions Grimsby condemned us to 6th place on the final day of the League season and to rub salt into the wound, beat us in the FA Trophy final. Something to build on for next season


    League One side Brighton proved too strong in the replay

    FA Trophy

    So near, yet so far. A great day out at Wembley though

    Squad

    MacLean - We managed to score a lot more this season and MacLean was a constant threat
    Norwood - By far our best player but was out injured for four months and struggled for fitness

    Finances - Quite healthy

    Best XI - MacLean misses out
    Overall XI - Can't say I agree with that at all. Strange choices

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    2011/12 Blue Square South 2nd Promoted via Playoffs 2012/13 Blue Square Premier 6th FA Trophy Finalists
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quavis View Post
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    deadfncat: Didn't I just see your last season post less than a page ago? I don't know how some of you fly through the seasons so fast :P Stop and watch some of your games for a change! Congrats on Promotion and winning the JPT trophy again! Also, 17 pre-season games o.O That is like half a season in and of itself. All in 90 minutes? Are you just siming the whole thing?

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    Yeh too much time on my hands :P My manager takes over all of the friendlies too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quavis View Post
    CityandColour: You know you spelled your name incorrectly right? It is definitely supposed to be Color :P Good solid start in your first season. Good luck for next season!
    Wikipedia on spelling differences: Most words ending in an unstressed -our in British English

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    Quote Originally Posted by High Flying Dwarf View Post
    Wikipedia on spelling differences: Most words ending in an unstressed -our in British English
    And, it's how the artist he's named after (I assume) spells it

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    vikeologist: Congrats on promotion! I always also try to renew contracts right after the season ends but before jun 25th. They always demand more right after you get promoted The downside is that even players you just renewed 10 days ago will sometimes get greedy and want a new contract once your up. At least with the renewal signed, you aren't totally screwed when you can't/won't pay the increased fee!

    As far as your advice, I agree with the "high" bonuses. No downsides there and they give some players "PR" throughout most of the season! It was interesting that you meantion the Team of the season bonus. I hadn't realized this didn't actually exist in the lower leagues. I tend to cut this in half anyways, but I'm a penny pincher in FM :P I think scouts are usually pretty decent with JA/JP as long as you have good scouts. Most of the players that we sign wont reach that potential, but that is mostly because we have crappy training facilities and coaches.

    deadfncat: You're going to be in season 2075 by the time I make it out of the BSS lol. I feel for you on the lack of stadium expansion. The planning commissions are evil. You would think they would want to make loads of money selling you construction permits.

    Mitsuko: Congrats on reaching the JPT final at least!

    jaffa: If you haven't already got it sorted.... that skin looks more like the steam skin than the FM2011 dark skin. Make sure you unticked "Use Skin cache" and ticked "Reload skin on confirm" to force it to reload the skin. Then you can switch those two options back.

    Welsh Wizard: 4th in the Prem on the first shot and the FA cup to boot! 72m in transfers in o.O. That has got to hit the finances pretty good over the next 4 years lol. 20m in players out is quite nice though, and it looks like you have an extremely cozy balance to sit on.

    Gavrenwich: Welcome!

    SRE: Keep the faith! You can do it!

    Gypsum
    : Solid first season in the EPL! 20m in the red even with your shiny new stadium?

    deadfncat: It is not the end of the world. You are still miles ahead of some of us. you are also probably already re-promoted as you fly through the seasons so darn fast :P I'm slightly amused that you are ground sharing with yourself while the new stadium is built???

    Gypsum: That sounds like Man City's current strategy :P o.O THE Wayne Rooney? or a regen named Wayne Rooney??? need a SS of his current stats!

    <end page 30 comments> o.O I'm almost caught up!

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    FA Trophy, no JPT Still in BSS

    But for how much longer??

    I am getting nervous now.

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    Mitsuko You can do it! Just buy the players nice things and they will win for you


    I am 4 games into my season back in the L1. 4/4 all solid wins too. I had the worst goal scoring in the league while I was in the Championship, So I have picked up 2 new strikers and renewed the contract of 2 wingers. Dumped my Swedish hot prospect striker as he was going nowhere.
    R3 of the Carling Cup coming up against Tottenham :\

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    We only got 1 point from our last 2 games. But we made it in to the play-offs. I'll do the play-offs in the morning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by High Flying Dwarf View Post
    Wikipedia on spelling differences: Most words ending in an unstressed -our in British English
    I'm pretty sure he was joking. Americans can do jokes too, y'know

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    wrichesthe table doesnt do to well with sorting the years after 2020.Check it out

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    Quote Originally Posted by wriches View Post
    I'm pretty sure he was joking. Americans can do jokes too, y'know
    City and Color, AKA Dallas Green, is Canadian.
    Thats why he has the butchered version of the word :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadfncat View Post
    wrichesthe table doesnt do to well with sorting the years after 2020.Check it out
    Ah cheers, I'll take a look at that later, after I fail to win promotion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadfncat View Post
    City and Color, AKA Dallas Green, is Canadian.
    Thats why he has the butchered version of the word :P
    Don't let Midgetram see that! He'll go spare!

    And for the record, City and Colour are AWESOME! As are Alexisonfire, who I saw a few weeks back. Anyway...

    Back on topic.

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    Agreed, AOF were here a few months ago and released some cool australian tracks
    In my game I won my first 4 games easily. Then next two games I let 11 goals in :| I scored 9, but not enough for wins :\ Dunno whats going on with my fkn defence

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    Just had the most amazing 2-1 victory!!!

    We were playing at home to Crewe, both of us battling for promotion in League 2 with 12 games remaining.
    For some reason, we've been poor at home but amazing away from home this season. We go 1-0 down in the 13th minute, and we just can't get going for the rest of the match. Nothing is coming off, we're just taking pot shots all game.
    Then, in the 77th minute, out of sheer desperation, I switch to 3-2-5 and bring on an 18-year-old striker who looks promising, but has never been given a real chance, with no starts all season..
    The young striker then pops up with 2 late goals, in minutes 85 and 90+2.

    Yes please! I'll take that over an 8-0 all day. Promotion is back on!

    EDIT: Now that the FM high is going, I realise this probably doesn't look at all exciting to the rest of you.
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    wriches does to me. Only 1 league below me atm
    I think my stint in the Championship has done wonders to my rep though. Im favourites for every game and have had sellouts for every league home game this season

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quavis View Post
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    vikeologist: I think scouts are usually pretty decent with JA/JP as long as you have good scouts. Most of the players that we sign wont reach that potential, but that is mostly because we have crappy training facilities and coaches.
    The same scouts (with decent JA/JP) will dramatically revise their opinions of a players ability after just a few months. Maybe it is tied to your own club's reputation, strength in that position or whatever, but when a scout says that a player could become a Championship player, I think there are times when they are massively overestimating the player's potential. Rescout some players from your shortlist, with the same scouts, and you'll see what I mean. Or maybe my scouts are just indecisive old buggers.

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    [QUOTE=deadfncat;6213186

    I am 4 games into my season back in the L1. 4/4 all solid wins too. I had the worst goal scoring in the league while I was in the Championship, So I have picked up 2 new strikers and renewed the contract of 2 wingers. Dumped my Swedish hot prospect striker as he was going nowhere.
    R3 of the Carling Cup coming up against Tottenham :\[/QUOTE]

    So glad you didn't get sacked. I thought if getting relegated didn't do for you, being on holiday while it happened may have been viewed unfavourably, but I imagine it's a good job you've started strong.

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    Well, I'm getting in on the action this year!. I just holidayed, but for some reason it didn't stop on June 25th and just kept going. Time to try again...

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    Wow, I really hate my team.

    We just conceded a penalty. Our keeper tipped the penalty onto the crossbar, and when the ball fell back down inside the box a different player following up the rebound conceded another penalty. Ridiculous.

    Oh, and with those two quickest penalties ever, they've thrown away our promotion hopes. Kewl!

    EDIT: I was consigned to defeat too early.... our keeper saved the second penalty! Ridiculous indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArranoBeltza View Post
    Well, I'm getting in on the action this year!. I just holidayed, but for some reason it didn't stop on June 25th and just kept going. Time to try again...
    You don't need to go on holiday for the whole year again. The game will have autosaved some time in June, and you can then make siure it stops on June 25th by clicking 'browse'.. The game will next stop at about July 1st. I don't think it's against the challenge to start from July 1st when it stops, but you can make it stop the 26th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikeologist View Post
    You don't need to go on holiday for the whole year again. The game will have autosaved some time in June, and you can then make siure it stops on June 25th by clicking 'browse'.. The game will next stop at about July 1st. I don't think it's against the challenge to start from July 1st when it stops, but you can make it stop the 26th.
    It didn't save for some damn reason, so I just holidayed again.

    I would have gone with it, but I didn't notice it hadn't stopped till something like July 14- holiday is almost over now!!!


    By the way, I have a shortlist of clubs I wanted by going through all of the possible clubs on Wikipedia- I kept tabs open of the ones that I think had the best logos/kits, so hopefully I get one of my choices!!

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    Haha ArranoBeltza I did the same when choosing a club I love reading about them and learning about the team's history etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikeologist View Post
    So glad you didn't get sacked. I thought if getting relegated didn't do for you, being on holiday while it happened may have been viewed unfavourably, but I imagine it's a good job you've started strong.
    It actually wasnt too bad. My job was Insecure going into the holiday, but I asked for more time and said the after all i have done for the club etc. after that it went back up and some good pre season friendlies went my way. Check this one out, they played a full strength squad too :\

    I have been pretty bad in cups so far this season but fielded mainly U-18 players for the JPT and FA Cup. In the League im running first after 15 games at 10-3-2

    So hopefully if all goes well, Promotion to the Championship in time for my new stadium
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    Wow.....
    Ass Manager talked my team up before the game saying we were going to win the league.
    Then we lose
    5-0
    to bottom of the table Plymouth
    ..................

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadfncat View Post
    Wow.....
    Ass Manager talked my team up before the game saying we were going to win the league.
    Then we lose
    5-0
    to bottom of the table Plymouth
    ..................
    I suspect that certain people in your club are rather fond of spread betting. How do you think the new stadium is being paid for?

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    Well, I went with Weymouth, because I like their logo and think the kits are pretty unique. It was a tough choice between Weymouth and FC United, but what the hell, I've got nothing to lose.

    I have an early day tomorrow so I'm saving and going to bed.

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    pshht FC United, overdone :P Is that another american I see too? jeez :P
    good luck at Weymouth

    vikeologist I hired a PI to investigate all my players!

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    awesome. -5 degrees, heavy snow, strong winds on 2-1-2023
    Not the best time to go to a football match right? especailly when its against bottom of the table Aldershot
    capacity crowd. Gotta love the CA faithful

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadfncat View Post
    pshht FC United, overdone :P Is that another american I see too? jeez :P
    good luck at Weymouth
    Yeah, FC Utd being overdone was another reason I chose to go with Weymouth, but overall it was the more unique badge and colors.

    And yes, I am "another" American, but it's not like I chose to be born in this godforsaken country

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    just got promoted to league 1 and chelsea are now my new parent club as my current parent club (Brentford) are also in league 2 - sweet!

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    The_Shocker7 Thats a sweet deal if you get some good loan players


    On a side note, I'm going to start a side game using the lvl 8 edit. Just to play when I have some free time as I seem to be slaying everyone in terms of seasons played so far.
    Being unemployed means I get to play the game a ******** :\
    http://community.sigames.com/showthr...s-a-Dunstable?

    If anyone wants to follow it now and again :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadfncat View Post
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    On a side note, I'm going to start a side game using the lvl 8 edit. If anyone wants to follow it now and again :P
    I think you have a problem. For most of us the prospect of 5 promotions are enough. You seemingly have felt the need to go 1 better, and quickly dip back into L1 to get a 6th. I can understand that.

    But the level 8 edit!. Dude, next thing you know you'll be finding a way to manage the Dog and Duck on Staines High Street, (currently in the 24th tier of English football).

    It's time for an intervention. You're addicted to the sweet, but dangerously addictive high of promotion.

    Just say no, Mr Cat.
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    Lost the first play-off leg 1-2 at home.

    This is going to be tough!

    I've also got the FA Trophy Final in between, I can't tell if that will help or hinder my team.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikeologist View Post
    I think you have a problem. For most of us the prospect of 5 promotions are enough. You seemingly have felt the need to go 1 better, and quickly dip back into L1 to get a 6th. I can understand that.

    But the level 8 edit!. Dude, next thing you know you'll be fiunding a way to manage the Dog and Duck on Staines High Street, (currently in the 24th tier of English football).

    It's time for an intervention. You're addicted to the sweet, but dangerously addictive high of promotion.

    Just say no, Mr Cat.
    WHERE CAN I GET THE EDIT!?!!?! I WANT TO PLAY AS DOG AND DUCK! I NEED A FIX MANNNN


    Nah its just fun. Trying to get a mate into the game too with this one

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    Quote Originally Posted by wriches View Post
    I'm pretty sure he was joking. Americans can do jokes too, y'know
    Either versions are right imo, i'm not making a big deal out of it mate

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    Tonbridge Angels- Blue Square South- Season 2014/15

    My team has finally realised out to play football! Great season this was.

    I decided that I needed some new blood, so I offloaded a lot of players as their contracts were running out, then spent a long time scouting youth players released from the higher division teams. These were my transfers.

    League: The season started well and we found ourselves in and around the play-offs quite early on with some very good performances to match. A mid season blip happened when both my keepers got injured, but we still managed to get some results during this time. We never looked like dropping form and we were always contenders for the play-offs, with a good match of defence and attack, as my strikers were finally finding the net this year. Automatic promotion was never really on the cards...although with 3 games to go we were just 3 points away from 1st, but this didn't happen and we got into the play-offs comfortably.

    A vastly improved season and despite a few injury scares I was enjoying the season and able to get through it quicker (wins are easier to take :P), it was like it was a completely different team than previous seasons and promotion actually seemed likely. But it wasn't to be as we lost both play-off legs to a far superior farnborough team, who somehow managed to blow a 10 point lead at the top to finish inside the play-offs instead of winning it.

    FA Cup: Due to my cup success last year I decided to rest players in this tournament, to give some other players a go and focus more on the league. But the game didn't want this to happen and kept giving us easy ties until the 1st Round. I decided to play my strongest team in this round as we were playing Bury away, though I still didn't expect much...We drew away and then won the replay! Then faced a Blue Square Premier team in the 2nd Round so I could actually dream of a 3rd round game. So again I put my strongest team out and again we won with a strong performance. Then I await the FA Cup draw...we get...Man City! (at home). First ever sell out and not a complete humiliation either! It was going much better before my player got sent off.

    FA Trophy Like the FA Cup I decided to play inexperienced players, but like the FA Cup the draw was nice, I didn't play a team above me until the semi-final, which we won 4-1! In the final we'd play our rivals Dover and it was probably our best performance of the season.

    So we didn't get promoted, but I'm ecstatic with our season and I honestly think we can win this convincingly next season!

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    I wasn't in the top 3 for Manager of the Season, which was a bit of a kick in teeth.

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    2011/12    Blue Square South        19th            None
    2012/13    Blue Square South        19th            None
    2013/14    Blue Square South        16th            FA Trophy Finalists
    2014/15    Blue Square South        5th              FA Trophy winners
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    I expect us to push for promotion and dream of a dominant season. There are a few areas which need strengthening, but overall we're looking good and I'm optimistic! Bring it on.

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    It's 4 am and it must be dafuge time.

    Only 4 more hours til 2018/2022 WC hosts are announced yeeeeeeah. Gotta not sleep to miss that. Time to kill so must be reading time. Man I am soooo tired. If you saw me now im totally singing what I type yeah.

    mhm. yeah. Thank goodness for espn3.

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    Mitsuko Nice work, its a good feeling when you know your team is improving by what you are doing Both keeper injuries though? Im in season 22/23 and havent had a keeper injury yet :\

    pickemgenius oh god dont remind me dude. Did you see the Australian bid video with the kangaroo? We've lost for sure now



    In other news, Im coming into March in 22/23 in 3rd spot. Really pushing hard for promotion for my new stadium I sold my best striker in January for a crazy fee and I chucked on a 35% sell on fee. muahhaha
    Bit tougher to score goals now, but I picked up a great Qatari (SP?) player, Saad Nasser, who is also the Captain of the Qatar team
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    I really need to stop making 3 subs at around 65 minutes every game. Keep getting injuries and going down to 10 men. Just played a game where we were fine made 3 subs at 66. two injuries and a red card in quick sucession. 8 men :\

    Probably the game of the season for me though. Away to Bristol City, Down 0-1 at the half and the team was playing terribly. I gave them a lovely speech at half time and we won 3-1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quavis View Post

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    : Solid first season in the EPL! 20m in the red even with your shiny new stadium?
    Gypsum: That sounds like Man City's current strategy :P o.O THE Wayne Rooney? or a regen named Wayne Rooney??? need a SS of his current stats!
    It was mostly because I spent around that amount in transfers. We got a big loan to ease the debt and ended up in a decent way financially.

    Yes, THE Wayne Rooney! He's lost his pace as you'd expect, but he's still a decent player.

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    Probably the best goal I've seen so far. The goalie is so fkn clueless


    Rooney is a youth coach for Chelsea in my game It is 2023 though

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    Just beat Man City 3-2 in our third game of the season after beating Everton 6-2 and Sunderland 4-0, incredible start. My new signings have been brilliant.

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    6-2 Everton? thats a nice result. Youre killing it now :P


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    Note to self: Onyekachi Apam is utter CRAP! Sell immediately!

    He was doing so **** against Middlesbrough that I took him off 30 minutes into the game.

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    2 Games left in the season, But deadfncat has lead Croydon Athletic to Promotion to the Championship. Croydon Athletic previously visited the Championship in 2021/2022 but were largely disapointing due to financing issues and transfer restrictions

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    I think it's safe to say that I'm happy with how we started the season.

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    Just beat West Ham 5-0! Rooney and my Dutch wonderkid Drost are machines up front. We are playing unbelievable football at times.

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    At 8-1 to win the title, the bookies thought we had a shot to go back up.

    Ok so last season I wasnt a very happy chappy and had a terrible season. I think my character got involved with a tough crowd and got into drugs etc. but coming into this season I was clean and ready for some football.
    Only player I brought into the team with my money made from the Championship stint was Saad Nassar fron Qatar. Strong Striker with lots of potential. Started the season strong and never really quit. I played mainly backups for the cups as I didnt really care if I won and just wanted to keep momentum in the league. had a slight drop in ranking around Christmas(too much eating/drinking by the team) but we had a huge run to the end. 21 game unbeaten streak at the end there Ended up winning promotion with 2 games to go and sent the old Stadium out with a bang at the end of the season.


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    League Positions


    FA Cup - Terrible. The one cup I wanted to do well in and beaten by Bath in the first round. Oh well

    League Cup - Great start with a win over Portsmouth then a super close match with Hudderfield which went to penalties and we scraped by. Then as our luck goes, we drew Spurs away. They got 2 up on us early and I thought we were boned, but in the second half we pulled back to be even at 90. After a close ET with lots of chances going astray, it went to penalties. 5-5 and Danny Duncan stepped up and shot it so far wide it went backwards! They then netted one and walked away winners :| I was gutted but in the end didnt mind as it was a good match that came out of nothing

    Johnstone's Paint Tropy - I played these games 100% with under 18's so I thought I did well to get to round 2


    Squad - I need a good Goalkeeper project and some defence and attacking mid backups.

    Transfers - Picking up Nasser was a great move and dumping Steele gave us a healthy cash injection. We had backups so it didnt hurt us too much and we get 35% of his next sale Had 3 players retire at the end of this season, but I they were rubbish 1-2 stars anyway

    Key Player Profiles

    Jamel Bahri - Has learned English and is developing into a fantastic keeper. Will be interesting to see how he does in the Championship.

    Mattia Bertelli - He rode the bench most of last season and wasnt happy about it. Came on for the last 5 games and score 8 goals. I'm guessing he will be playing next season.

    Danny Duncan (C) - Scored some crackers again and leads my defence well

    Mircea Bacila (VC)- Nothing much to say. Better every season.

    Player of the Season Saad Nasser - I grabbed him as a third striker as I thought Bertelli wasn't right for my team. Once Steele was sold in Jan, he stepped up and played fantastic, scoring goals by the bucketload



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    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 League 2
    2015/16    Croydon Athletic          England    nPower League 2             9th               JP Trophy Winner
    2016/17    Croydon Athletic          England    nPower League 2             3rd               JP Trophy Winner/Promotion to League 1
    2017/18    Croydon Athletic          England    nPower League 1             6th                 Playoff Semi Final Loss
    2018/19    Croydon Athletic          England    nPower League 1             13th                  nil
    2019/20    Croydon Athletic          England    nPower League 1             10th                  nil
    2020/21    Croydon Athletic          England    nPower League 1             3rd                  Playoff Promotion
    2021/22    Croydon Athletic          England    nPower Championship       23rd                  Relagation
    2022/23    Croydon Athletic          England    nPower League 1              1st                  Champions/Promotion


    Finally got some Recognition for my hard work


    Also, New stadium!!! wooo!!!

    Next Season

    Goals : Stay Up. Mid table finish would be nice.
    Earn cash and get training facilities up again
    See if I can get stadium expansion already
    Do well in Cups

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    Haha just set up my friendlies for the new season with the new stadium. Allows me to play Man utd and newcastle twice. Why not? CASHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
    also, everton, man city, west ham and liverpool lol

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    My striker has just broken the club record for most goals in a season, and we're only in October!

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    What's the jury on my new goalkeeper/record signing, Paulo Roberto?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jordanswinburn View Post
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    Link's not working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gypsum View Post
    Link's not working.
    ****ing Photobucket. Anyone got a decent alternative?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jordanswinburn View Post
    ****ing Photobucket. Anyone got a decent alternative?
    Imageshack?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jordanswinburn View Post
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    Updated with Flickr, for now anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jordanswinburn View Post
    Updated with Flickr, for now anyway.
    He looks good. Mental stats aren't great, but not bad either, and he's still young. Good goalies seem hard to come by, so good job!

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    How the hell do you outplay Arsenal, yet lose 4-1?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jordanswinburn View Post
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    Glenn Fitzpatrick - Ashton United, Season 2. (2012/13)

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    Media Prediction: 22nd
    Finished: 1st


    A wonderful season all around. I made sure not to make sweeping changes to the side, the back four basically stayed the same with Lee McArdle leading a sturdy defence. In the middle, I made a couple of quality additions. In particular, Sam Sheridan on a freebie, he's an Irish youngster who didn't make it at Bolton. Up front I acquired Nadir Ciftci who chipped in with 14 league goals. The real gem for me though was Claude Gnapka who was available on a free transfer after leaving Luton Town. His sheer pace terrorized defences and he was immense for me.

    We had a great run in the FA Cup including a 4-1 victory over Burton Albion at home in a replay. We made it to the 4th round where West Ham beat us 4-0. Still though, the gate receipts from that game secured our finances and hopefully there's a nice wage budget for me to utilize in the Blue Square Premier.

    The league went down to the last day. Harrogate, Stafford and Tamworth all had a chance to steal it from us but we did a professional job and beat Hinckley 2-0 to claim our place among the elite in non-league football.

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    Quick update;

    I managed to get promoted to the Championship finsihing second place to Doncaster Rovers by 1 point. Pretty good after the disappoinment of missing out on the playoffs the season before. Apologies for the lack of a proper update, but I'm mid shift cycle and dont really have the time to play/post updates at the moment!! Don't ask I work ODD hours

    Aim for next season: Survival in the championship as I've only been able to sign a centre half and a striker to bolster my squad...finances are tight, 5046 capacity stadium in the CCC!! Board wont have any of it when it comes to expansion/new stadium even though I'm maxing out nearly every game

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    2011-12          BSN                 2nd              Promotion via playoffs
    2012-13          BSP                 7th
    2013-14          BSP                 1st              BSP Champions
    2014-15          L2                  2nd              Promoted
    2015-16          L1                  12th
    2016-17          L1                  2nd              Promoted
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    AFC HORNCHURCH SEASON REVIEW 2016/17 BSP

    Story of the season


    3 season rule works again! After my rise up the table in the 2nd half of last season I targetted the play offs for this one, I brought in some new faces and let others go, but not a large overhaul of the squad, once again we won our first 3 games before a slide down the table until the squad gelled. After the poor form we once again rose and found ourselves in the top 3 where we spent most of the season pushing for the tittle, one of our best performances came as we played host to Crewe (who were joint 2nd with us just 1 point behind Cambridge) just after Christmas and we crusehed them 4-0, we onlyhit top spot theonce during the season and quickly lost it the next game, seems we are better at chasing teams then leading them,
    Going into the last few games wewere 2nd still just a point behind Cambridge when we really hit form, we beat relegation candiates Bury and Alfreton 5-1 and 4-0 to go top as Cambridge drew, leaving us 2 points clear with 2 to play, and who should weplay next? Cambridge at home! My players seemed to reliah the challenge and went on to play our best game of the season and destroy Cambridge 7-0 to secure the tittle and League football!


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    Lewis Shaw came in on a free from Burton and fired us to champions! http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...Attributes.png

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    At last something to talk about
    FA Trophy: Semi Final - a good run saw us beaten at the semi stage by Fleetwood 4-2 http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...xtures-2-1.png

    FA Cup: 3rd round - got Stoke (9th in Prem at the time) at home where we we very unlucky to lose 1-0 and maybe should have got a replay http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...Fixtures-3.png

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    Quote Originally Posted by jordanswinburn View Post
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    Jaffa Dont worry, theyll announce it eventually :\

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    Quote Originally Posted by wriches View Post
    Lacks flair
    Which is unusual for a Brazilian.

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    Just had our First game at the new stadium. 1-4 loss to Coventry

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    BAH! I am going to restart- I made some mistakes in the Weymouth save (namely not signing scouts before trial day) and then went to bed just after starting, so this morning I completely forgot what I was doing and kind of fudged my signings.

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    Ok- I have restarted as FC United. Overdone, I know, but they're one of the few teams I know of at that level, and I was able to find 3D kits for them which is a plus. Wanted to play Croyden, but never got them to load up. I figure with a team I know and more time tonight to get the game started before bed, I should be able to get into the save and stick with it!

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    Oh dear.

    2 games remaining in League 2 and I need 3 points from them to secure promotion. Both games are against good teams and so I'm very nervous.

    Then, guess what? 3 of my 4 best DCs get injured in training in ONE DAY! We've had it now

    I really, really wanted to avoid the play-offs but now it's looking unlikely.

    EDIT: I could give one of them injections, but this has never, ever paid off for me in previous FMs. It says "Will get through the next game against Oxford but could then be out for around 5 weeks". When they say "could", do they mean definitely?

    EDIT: I didn't use the injections, but used a youngster instead. We drew away to Oxford. We now need ONE POINT at home to Accrington in our final game. Sorry to come over like a 11-year old girl, but OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD!
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    wriches Like omg lets go read Twilight together!
    injections can sometimes work but can also be REALLY bad. I had a guy do his hammy in a playoff semi and wanted him for the final. He played ok but was out for 6 months afterwards!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadfncat View Post
    wriches Like omg lets go read Twilight together!
    injections can sometimes work but can also be REALLY bad. I had a guy do his hammy in a playoff semi and wanted him for the final. He played ok but was out for 6 months afterwards!!!
    Haha! I didn't go for the injection and the young lad that came in played very well, and we smashed Accrington 3-0 in the final game to clinch promotion! Delighted with that

    Quick tip for people: don't overuse the same team talks over and over again, as they stop working. If you use "For the fans!" over and over, your players will just get nervous every time you use it.

    I saved up "For the fans!" throughout the season, then used in the final game when we really needed it - 6 or 7 of the starting XI kicked the game off on either "Looking motivated" or "Looking fired up". If one of your players has a happiness of something like "Hopes he doesn't let his team down in the promotion race", then don't tell him "For the fans!", but tell him you have faith instead. Worked a treat for me, we played a great match.

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    Yeh you always have to check the pre game feedback and then their motivation at half time. I usually encourage when winning and ask for more when losing.

    Also, congrats on promotion Coming to the Championship now?

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    deadfncat: cheers

    I also keep the Player Motivation match info box open on the 3D view... really interesting to see. If someone has "Looking complacent" or "In danger of losing discipline" when on a yellow, I take them straight off.

    You got promoted again?! Oh yeah, man I missed your last season review, slow down already! Damn, you always seem to be a division ahead.

    I started before you as well... even pre-season friendlies I take aaaages over. It's either because I'm a tactical mastermind or just a bit dumb and slow

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    So.... I'm finally getting a chance to play again!

    Amusing news of the night: I just got a news item that England have sacked their manager for failing to even QUALIFY for World Cup 2014.... With Roy Hodgson in charge this shouldn't have been surprising. However upon further review, I was even more shocked to see that they failed to qualify out of what should have been an easy group.

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    From promotion elation to transfer devastation in a matter of minutes...

    Despite winning 3 consecutive promotions, Sanchez Watt wants to play at a bigger club. He ripped League 2 to shreds last season and would probably have done the same in League 1. Devastating.

    I didn't think to grab the screenshot of the conversation we had and for some reason it doesn't come up in the private chat history.... which is a shame as his replies were ridiculous. This shows how quickly he changed his tune though!

    Need some advice please. I accepted his transfer request, but how much should I try and get for him? For some reason his value is just 30k, which seems strangely low to me. What should I set his asking price to and should I keep his status as "Indispensable to the club"? I understand that "Not needed" will increase the interest in him, but will it also result in lower offers as they think I'm desperate?

    Cheers

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    Quavis: Heh, I blame the BBC.

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    Goalkeepers can be idiots

    wriches just sell that idiot. I hate when players get whiney like that. I always tell them we are going to be sucessful and I want them to be a part of it, but if they dont like it I show them the door. I didnt follow my advice with one of my current players mainly because he is awesome on the wing, but I might have to get rid of him. I think he is taking the other players down :|

    Quavis Did Australia qualify? There has been a few WCs since I started and we never get past the first round Just won the Asian cup though and ranked 21st. Things might be on the up and up!
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