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    Talking [FM11] The Damned Biggleswade Town

    Chapter 1 - Probably The Best Stadium in the World... Definitely the Worst Team...

    Chapter 2 - The Damned Biggleswade Town


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    Finally time to start my FM2011 career save after spending nearly 5 months hiding in the FM Editor creating my England Levels 7 and 8 edit.

    I don't know why...I've moved away from my usual comfort zone of Wiltshire and the South West to Bedfordshire...I've been announced as manager at probably the best stadium in the world... The Carlsberg Stadium in Biggleswade....unfortunately this is home of Biggleswade Town FC in the Zamaretto (Southern) League Division One Central.... there's a long journey to the top of the game, let's see how far I can take Biggleswade Town....

    Well... I took Biggleswade to the Ryman League Division One South Championship and into the Ryman Premier Divison, yet after 2 games in the 2012/2013 season I was sacked

    So I'm now at Hastings United and intent on inflicting revenge on Biggleswade Town :mad:

    The story continues....

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    Biggleswade Town

    Code:
      Season  | Div | Pos  |  FA Cup  | FA Trophy  | Beds Cup | Ave Attendance |  Wage     | 
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    2010/2011 | Z1C | 3rd  | Prelim   | 1st Qual   | Semi     | 108            |  £120 p/w
    2011/2012 | R1S | 1st  | 2nd Qual | 2nd Qual   | Quar     | 97             |  £120 p/w
    2012/2013 | RPD | Sacked 29th August 2012
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     Season   |  Pld  |  Won  | Drn  | Lst |  For  | Agg  | GD  | Win Ratio |
    2010/2011 |   52  |  26   |  10  |  16 |  64   |  56  |  8  |  50%      |  
    2011/2012 |   52  |  30   |  9   |  13 |  99   |  54  |  45 |  57%      | 
    2012/2013 |   2   |  1    |  0   |  1  |  4    |  2   |  2  |  50%      |
    Hastings United

    Code:
      Season  | Div | Pos  |  FA Cup  | FA Trophy  | Sussex Cup | Ave Attendance |  Wage     | 
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    2012/2013 | R1S | 19th | n/a      | n/a        | 2nd Round  | 291            |  £180 p/w
    Code:
     Season   |  Pld  |  Won  | Drn  | Lst |  For  | Agg  | GD  | Win Ratio |
    2012/2013 |   32  |  11   |  6   |  15 |  40   |  41  |  -1 |  34%      |
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    Good luck with this, that's probably the best vid Ive seen too!

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    Club History

    Founded in 1874, Biggleswade Town are a semi-professional English club currently playing in the Zameretto League Division One Central. They play their games at the Carlsberg Stadium and possess basic training facilities and a very basic youth setup. The club is affectionally known as The Waders and retains a fierce rivalry with Biggleswade United and Bedford Town.

    As a club which enjoyed its best spell of success during the 1960s and their last competition win coming as recently as 2009. The Waders are a club with a growing history. Biggleswade Town won the English 9th tier for the only time in 2009, and won the Beds Senior Challenge Cup on eight occasions and finished runners-up on two occasions.

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    Just setup myself on Youtube so you can follow the videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/uncleronFM when they're uploaded

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Good luck with this, that's probably the best vid Ive seen too!
    Cheers AK22 the vid is a very long introduction to the ground, its a nice modern non-league ground. You can see the dugout where I stand on a matchday towards the end...

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    2010/2011 Preview - Biggleswade Town - Zamaretto League Division One Central

    I've been given a deal until June 2012 worth £140 per week. I've got an AssMan, Physio and Scout at the club so I'll be visiting the job centre soon enough...

    Expectations: Respectable top half finish
    Transfer budget: £0
    Wage budget: £550 p/w (currently spending £645 p/w)
    Chairman status: Will listen to offers
    Estimated value: £120K
    Season ticket holders: 35
    Average ticket price: £7
    Average season ticket price: £90

    AssMan recommended best player: Ashley Fuller

    Recommended youth: None!

    I'll be posting updated in a similar style to 433Tom with monthly updates of fixtures and goings on at The Carlsberg Stadium.

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    Best of luck to you with Biggleswade. They were high on my list as a potential team in my current save as they are probably the closest team in Tier 8 to where I live, before I opted for Corinthian Casuals.

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    Awesome start.

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    Good luck with Biggleswade but come on Leighton who play at the top of my road at Bell Close

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    Ha, nice one!

    When I was a kid, I used to live not too far from Biggleswade. Well, in a village halfway between Biggleswade and Hitchin roughly. Obviously, that's not a very interesting fact, but I felt compelled to share it with you. In terms of the football, I was, and still am, more Hitchin Town than Biggleswade Town.

    Good luck. I'll be following with interest.

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    Cheesy video btw.

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    Some very nice local 'derbies' in your league as well. Arlesey Town and Hitchin Town in particular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crouchaldinho View Post
    Ha, nice one!

    When I was a kid, I used to live not too far from Biggleswade. Well, in a village halfway between Biggleswade and Hitchin roughly. Obviously, that's not a very interesting fact, but I felt compelled to share it with you. In terms of the football, I was, and still am, more Hitchin Town than Biggleswade Town.

    Good luck. I'll be following with interest.
    I'd be interested to know where? I recently went to Stotfold to have a look at a site for work, nice village green...

    Where do you recommend me a place to buy a house on my massive £140 per week wage at Biggleswade Town?

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    Cheesy video btw.
    Just a tad and very long... can't believe I wasted several minutes of my life familiarising myself with my new surroundings.

    Quote Originally Posted by crouchaldinho View Post
    Some very nice local 'derbies' in your league as well. Arlesey Town and Hitchin Town in particular.
    Hitchin in the league is going to be massive, just hope I can win...

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    Loved the video tour of the Stadium. Very nice. Best of luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 433tom View Post
    Loved the video tour of the Stadium. Very nice. Best of luck.
    Cheers 443Tom! can't wait to finally start playing this game!

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncle ron View Post
    I'd be interested to know where? I recently went to Stotfold to have a look at a site for work, nice village green...
    Here - http://www.bing.com/maps/?FORM=MMRED...IxNzI4NTE1NjI1

    Where do you recommend me a place to buy a house on my massive £140 per week wage at Biggleswade Town?
    No idea!


    Just a tad and very long... can't believe I wasted several minutes of my life familiarising myself with my new surroundings.
    We all do it. It's not sad, honest. It's all part of the FM experience. ;)


    Hitchin in the league is going to be massive, just hope I can win...
    It's going to be a tough one. The league in real life is a two horse race between Hitchin and Arlesey at the moment. The Canaries went to Arlesey last night and came away with a 2-1 win.

    I think the Waders are actually doing pretty well too, aren't they? I think they might be in or around the play-offs.

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    Good luck Ron.

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    Big signing preseason is 29 year old SC David Warner who joined on a free transfer.

    David, who started his career at Watford, has been out of the game since leaving Uxbridge in 2009.

    I just couldn't resist signing him, excellent attributes for a forward at this level, although he's a bit short of pace.

    Unfortunately, he's rather susceptible to injuries. Let's just see if those days are behind him.

    Hopefully he won't get injured for too long, as I can't be wasting the £85 per week on his 2 year contract...
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    He has attributes in double figures. No wonder you signed him up.

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    Looks like just the right combination of attributes to be a serious goal scorer at Level 7 and 8

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    Liked the vid tbh, also thanks for the Lower leagues + gl!

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    Warner looks impressive.

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    Good luck Uncle Ron and may I also add to the "used to live round there for a bit" chorus. ARLESEY TOWN 4 LYFE! or something.

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    An Arlesey boy then Deisler?

    I was a couple of miles down the road. Used to do the long walk back from Arlesey train station to Henlow village after getting the train back from a night out in London.

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    Right then...I had only got up to playing the first league game of the season, however I've released a new version of my England Levels 7 and 8 file (Version 4.0.4) today, so I'm starting over again with this new update.

    So Warner is history....

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    2010/2011 Preview - Biggleswade Town - Zamaretto League Division One Central (2)

    I've been given a deal until June 2012 worth £120 per week, not sure why I get £20 less than my first attempt at this save?

    I've got an AssMan, Physio and Scout at the club so I'll be visiting the job centre soon enough...

    Expectations: Respectable top half finish
    Transfer budget: £0
    Wage budget: £550 p/w (currently spending £645 p/w)
    Chairman status: Happy to stay at club
    Estimated value: £120K
    Season ticket holders: 35
    Average ticket price: £7
    Average season ticket price: £90

    AssMan recommended best player: Ashley Fuller

    Recommended youth: None!

    I'll be posting updated in a similar style to 433Tom with monthly updates of fixtures and goings on at The Carlsberg Stadium.

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    3 big pre-season signings this time around:

    Ben Zevenbergen - Scout has found a gen with 28 year old MRC. Ben hailos from the Netherlands and last played in England some 10 years ago at Woking. The midfield is looking strong...

    Aran Moxam - 17 year old recently released by Doncaster who was more than willing to travel down the A1 to Biggleswade.

    Michael Jatto - 33 year old Nigeria previously played at Croydon and Harrow. Brings much needed experience to a young defence. Likely to be named captain for the season.


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    2010/2011 August - Biggleswade Town - Zamaretto League Division One Central

    An indifferent start to the season with 2 league defeats, a narrow win against 9 man Bedfont Town, followed by a tight draw against CRC in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup.

    Scoring goals is the problem. All our goals have come from the central defence....

    New captain Michael Jatto is the start so far with a goal and relatively solid performances, shame all the new guys couldn't have started like this...





    Goal of the month:




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    2010/2011 September - Biggleswade Town - Zamaretto League Division One Central

    The poor form continued into September.

    After being dumped out of the cup at home to CRC in the replay, our lack of goals continued in the next two winless league games.

    A solid victory over bottom of the table Bedworth was no real surprise, however the 4-0 reverse at rivals Arlesey certainly was...

    Strikers are always injured and only 5 goals so far is pathetic!





    None of our goals were any good, so here is one by our opposition:




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    2010/2011 October - Biggleswade Town - Zamaretto League Division One Central

    Goals are still like gold dust.

    Our top scorer is Michael Jatto with 5 in all comps, 4 in the league, he is of course our central defender.

    At this rate we're going to be safe from the drop, but spending your hard earned cash to turn up at Carlsberg Stadium to watch us is pretty boring...at least if your a home fan.





    Goal of the month:

    What a screamer this is, James Freshwater scores our 3rd in the 3-1 victory over Shepshed in the FA Trophy.

    If this isn't goal of the season then I'm in for something special later in the season...




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    Lovely goal.

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    Nice goal. How's your 17 year old striker doing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 433tom View Post
    Nice goal. How's your 17 year old striker doing?
    No goals in 9 games

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncle ron View Post
    No goals in 9 games
    I bet he comes good. Good pace, first touch, and off the ball atts for his age. You have him on Finishing training?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 433tom View Post
    I bet he comes good. Good pace, first touch, and off the ball atts for his age. You have him on Finishing training?
    Yea finishing training.

    Already November is a much better month for him, much better...

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    2010/2011 November - Biggleswade Town - Zamaretto League Division One Central

    A complete turnaround in fortunes in November came as a welcome relief to all.

    17 year old summer signing Aran Moxam started scoring and a more settled team was able to get some wins.

    The change in form was help no end by DC David Williams, who joined at the start of the month. Williams immediately formed a great partnership at the back with captain Jatto.

    5 wins out of 6 and only 2 conceded.

    Things are certainly looking up at Biggleswade





    Goal of the month:

    Not the best goal...but Moxam's first goal in a Biggleswade shirt certainly raised a smile...




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    A very good month

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    Good to see a change in your fortunes. It always takes a couple of months for the team to settle and gel, so I'm expecting big things from Biggleswade now!

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    2010/2011 December - Biggleswade Town - Zamaretto League Division One Central

    A month we were ravaged by injuries, yet we only managed to suffer 1 defeat and moved up in the league, closing the gap to the play-offs.

    The big injury and probably the reason why we didn't win more was a shoulder injury to Michael Jatto.

    Moxam continues to score, now 8 in the league.





    Goal of the month:

    It has to be another Moxam goal, this one is a shows great composure with a clinical finish after being put through on goal.




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    Moxam...Moxam...Moxam!

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    Steady progress up the table.

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    2010/2011 January - Biggleswade Town - Zamaretto League Division One Central

    Now we're cooking with gas...

    After the early season inconsistent form we're motoring ahead with 5 wins from 6 games, including a 1-0 win over Barton Rovers to progress in the Bedfordshire Senior Cup.

    Although like December's loss against Woodford, when we're poor, we are very poor in the defeat at Slough.

    Still...1 point off the play-offs and a nice shiny manager of the month award on a shelf in my office, I couldn't be happier





    Goal of the month:

    Young winger Jack nicely rounded the keeper and placed a composed shot...



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    If only it wasn't for the bad start to the season

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    January was a great month, just need to continue to improve the goal difference and you'll be laughing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luton Town View Post
    If only it wasn't for the bad start to the season
    Yea if only some of those early defeats were draws we'd be right in contention of top place...

    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    January was a great month, just need to continue to improve the goal difference and you'll be laughing!
    We're still too reliant on Moxam, yet he rarely scores more than 1 per game. 32 goals in 29 games needs improving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncle ron View Post

    We're still too reliant on Moxam, yet he rarely scores more than 1 per game. 32 goals in 29 games needs improving.
    Wow! Are any bigger clubs showing interest in him yet?

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    Turned things around well haven't ya :P
    Hope it continues (y)

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncle ron View Post
    We're still too reliant on Moxam, yet he rarely scores more than 1 per game. 32 goals in 29 games needs improving.
    That's about how many my team score in total in 29 games

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    I think I've confused some with the quote

    Quote Originally Posted by uncle ron View Post
    32 goals in 29 games needs improving.
    That wasn't what Moxam has scored this season...the whole team has scored only 32 goals in 29 games so far, so I was making a more general point, we're too reliant on Moxam.

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    2010/2011 February - Biggleswade Town - Zamaretto League Division One Central

    February was a bit of a set back.

    Two wins followed by 2 defeats.

    Perhaps we're going back to our early season inconsistent form. Was reaching 5th a fleeting flirt with the play-offs?





    Goal of the month:

    Again it's Moxam, perhaps the goal of the season with this George Weah effort after picking up the ball in his own half...just wish the clip showed a bit more.





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    Quote Originally Posted by uncle ron View Post
    I think I've confused some with the quote



    That wasn't what Moxam has scored this season...the whole team has scored only 32 goals in 29 games so far, so I was making a more general point, we're too reliant on Moxam.
    I bit......

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    2010/2011 March - Biggleswade Town - Zamaretto League Division One Central

    An unbeaten month in the league which sees Biggleswade climb to 4th place and with just 5 games to go, I'll be very surprised if we don't make the play-offs.

    Daventry are runaway leaders and will soon be confirmed as Champions.

    Moxam takes the Central League Player of the Month Award for his 4 goals in 4 games.

    Only blip was the Bedfordshire Senior Cup defeat, however that's my fault as I fielded a weakened team...don't tell the Bedfordshire FA...

    So the league run in is as follows:

    AFC Hayes - away
    Northwood - home
    Soham - away
    Woodford - away
    Rugby - home

    Apart from the Woodford game we should be able to get the wins...might even secure 2nd place...





    Goal of the Month

    Yet another classy finish from man of the moment Moxam






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    2010/2011 April / May - Biggleswade Town - Zamaretto League Division One Central

    It just wasn't to be...

    The 3rd place finish was very impressive given our early form. Only 10 points off champions Daventry and well clear in the play-off reckoning.

    The play-off semi against Uxbridge was nearly so different.

    We took the lead towards the end of the first half and held out until the 81st min.

    Players were already knackered at this point and we couldn't press-on during extra time.

    Penalties is such a crap way to go out, but in truth...we didn't deserve to go up this season, there's still so much more to do.

    Player of the Year - Michael Jatto commanded the defence all season, a great captain.
    Young Player of the Year - Aran Moxam finished 3rd in the league goalscoring charts, let's hope he can improve next season...





    Goal of the Month:

    Jack finished an excellent counter attack with a sublime finish




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    2010/2011 Season Review

    Premier League: Chelsea
    Championship: Nottm Forest
    L1: Peterborough
    L2: Rotherham
    BSP: Kettering
    BSN: AFC Telford
    BSS: Chelmsford
    NPL: Northwitch
    ZPL: Salisbury
    RPL: Tonbridge
    N1N: Chorley
    N1S: Brigg
    Z1C: Daventry
    Z1S: Gosport
    R1N: Grays
    R1S: Bognor Regis

    FA Cup: Bolton
    League Cup: Aston Villa
    FA Trophy: Luton

    Champions League: Real Madrid
    Europa League: Stuttgart





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    Bad luck missing out on promotion. The playoffs can be horrid, and going out on penalties is even worse. Better luck for next season, and at least you started to score a few more goals towards the end of season too

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Bad luck missing out on promotion. The playoffs can be horrid, and going out on penalties is even worse. Better luck for next season, and at least you started to score a few more goals towards the end of season too
    Yes a few tactical changes have had the desired effect with more goals, although now gone are the clean sheets...

    Next season looks promising, hopefully some good players will be available on a free.

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    Unlucky on missing out on promotion this season good luck for next season though.

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    2011/2012 Preview - Biggleswade Town - Ryman League Division One South

    Despite the settings implemented in my England Levels 7 and 8 file, Biggleswade Town have been moved to the Ryman League for 2011/2012 and rather bizarrely into the Southern Division One.

    So no local derbies this season

    Expectations: Consolidation
    Odds: 10-1
    Media Prediction: 17th
    Transfer budget: £0
    Wage budget: £500 p/w (currently spending £450 p/w)
    Chairman status: Happy to stay at club
    Estimated value: £130K
    Season ticket holders: 35
    Average ticket price: £7
    Average season ticket price: £90
    Last edited by uncle ron; 27-03-2011 at 18:56.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncle ron View Post
    [FONT="Georgia"]2011/2012 Preview - Biggleswade Town - Ryman League Division One South

    Despite the settings implemented in my England Levels 7 and 8 file, Biggleswade Town have been moved to the Ryman League for 2011/2012 and rather bizarrely into the Southern Division One.

    So no local derbies this season
    You better have a talk with Uncle Ron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 433tom View Post
    You better have a talk with Uncle Ron.
    I can't tell if that was meant to be a joke, or if you just didn't realise that this is uncle ron's thread...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biscotti View Post
    I can't tell if that was meant to be a joke, or if you just didn't realise that this is uncle ron's thread...
    .....Uncle Ron knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncle ron View Post
    I've been given a deal until June 2012 worth £120 per week, not sure why I get £20 less than my first attempt at this save?
    You quit and then came begging for your job back. What did you expect, a pay rise?

    Good luck next season, that's a great start.

    Maybe too early to tell if you haven't played more than this, but how is the difficulty on FM10 v FM11? And what do you think of 11 in general?

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    Unlucky Ron. Maybe this season...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pangaea View Post
    Maybe too early to tell if you haven't played more than this, but how is the difficulty on FM10 v FM11? And what do you think of 11 in general?
    After just a season I'm definitely a fan of FM2011, a vast improvement on 2010. Only game issues I've experienced in game so far has been during some matches when the graphics freeze for about 10 seconds and then recommence, a bit annoying. I might update my graphics drivers...

    As for difficulty...seems similar to before and of course you can make this game as difficult as you want to play it.

    I'd definitely recommend FM2011 and also my edit this year is so much more realistic than FM2010.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Unlucky Ron. Maybe this season...
    Early signs are looking promising, however Ryman Division One South seems much tougher than the Zamaretto Central.

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    Just Thought I would say thank you for letting me tour your ground was a great experience


    Very nice video!

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncle ron View Post
    I'd definitely recommend FM2011 and also my edit this year is so much more realistic than FM2010.
    In what way?

    Just a small thing, but I prefer the less PR-based names in FM2010. I'd have to change nPower and all that crap if I were to play FM2011. It would annoy me way too much.
    Admittedly I haven't play a lot of FM11, but for some reason I just couldn't get into it like with 10. Match engine and graphics look nice tho.

    I'll ask here too as you probably don't check the edit thread that often. Players should only be given 1-year contracts in the lowest levels. But what about staff? I've actually been handing them one-year contracts too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pangaea View Post
    In what way?
    Where do I start...

    Implemented ground grading requirements
    Added all cups
    Added County FA Cups
    Added real loan rules
    Added transfer window restrictions
    Realistic play-off scheduling and seeding
    Rebuilt the FA Cup and FA Trophy to include all qualifying rounds....

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    That's a very nice list. Personally all cups would be a counter-point for me, but as you also have a no cups version that would be the one I'd use.

    About ground grading, exactly what does this mean in game terms? Can you be denied promotion if the ground does not qualify for the above league for example?
    I fondly remember this was in CM01/02 or some such version. But if I remember the brief reading of the rules correct clubs have a few years to upgrade their stadium if they get promoted.

    I haven't even bought FM11 this time around so am sticking with 10. But I trust your great leagues will be back for FM12 too? ;) I've kinda lost hope SI will implement them Which is somewhat understandable tbh, cause the difference between level 7 and 8 isn't much to talk about in the game. That's my experience anyway. Guess 1-20 simply isn't enough to properly separate so many levels. So I'd be very wary of using any setup with even more levels as the team that can win at level 11 can probably do pretty darn well on level 7 too.

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    For the ground grading,it's mainly to help club financially in the long term.You have an expansion each season so you won't end up with a tiny ground in the premiership like you do on other similar downloads.

    I'm using his download and I won Evo-Stik first division north, the board decided to expand even though it put me in debt so I don't think you can be denied promotion in the game.

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    That's quite nice actually. How does ground expansion work in 11 btw?

    I remember it was a big plague in 10 when the authorities denied you expansion. Which meant in my case that I had to keep using my newly built 9000-ish stadium for 20 years, many of these while winning the EPL for years on end. Rather unrealistic. But since you have to wait 20 years between stadiums, that's what I had to endure. In the end I couldn't be bothered (for various reasons). So if that problem is lessened with this file that is great. It's usually not a big issue in the beginning as the stadium is almost empty anyway, but once/if you start to move up it can really hold you back financially. Just checked my old pictures, and without player sales we were losing 50-60 million a year.

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    It basically works the same and the authorities are still a pain at times, especially with clubs with smaller grounds but this file seems to counteract those problems with seasonal expansion which will help with finances at a higher level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pangaea View Post
    That's quite nice actually. How does ground expansion work in 11 btw?

    I remember it was a big plague in 10 when the authorities denied you expansion. Which meant in my case that I had to keep using my newly built 9000-ish stadium for 20 years, many of these while winning the EPL for years on end. Rather unrealistic. But since you have to wait 20 years between stadiums, that's what I had to endure. In the end I couldn't be bothered (for various reasons). So if that problem is lessened with this file that is great. It's usually not a big issue in the beginning as the stadium is almost empty anyway, but once/if you start to move up it can really hold you back financially. Just checked my old pictures, and without player sales we were losing 50-60 million a year.
    The ground grading has been implemented from the Regional First Divisions (Level 8) through to League Two (Level 4) so if your team gets to the Football League your capacity will be no less than 5000 including 1000 seats.

    Also... your team is never denied promotion because of insufficient capacity to meet ground requirements in game. In the season following promotion your ground will get expanded, or if it can't be expanded then you'll get a new stadium.

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    Thanks. That's a great feature to implement in the file. Didn't know that was possible. Don't dare to think how many hours you must have put into that work by now Fantastic effort!

    SI should just use your work and then have level 7 and 8 in FM2012 tbh. And pay you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pangaea View Post
    Thanks. That's a great feature to implement in the file. Didn't know that was possible. Don't dare to think how many hours you must have put into that work by now Fantastic effort!

    SI should just use your work and then have level 7 and 8 in FM2012 tbh. And pay you
    It's one thing to get someone to set up the leagues correctly, it's another altogether to employ enough scouts to ensure all the personnel and teams are 100% accurate at those levels...

    Having said that, ron does a fantastic job

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    Quote Originally Posted by crouchaldinho View Post
    An Arlesey boy then Deisler?

    I was a couple of miles down the road. Used to do the long walk back from Arlesey train station to Henlow village after getting the train back from a night out in London.
    Henlow Village too actually ;)

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    2011/2012 - August / Sept & October - Biggleswade Town - Ryman League Division One South

    A more condensed update of the first 3 months of 2011/2012 in Ryman Division One South.

    Big mistake in pre-season. Don't release your assistant manager, physio and scout thinking you'll sign a better one in no time...

    4-5 months on, at the end of October I've still not got a scout, so after finally signing a new assistant in late August I'm having to rely on his (crap) reports and suggestions only.

    Wages is the issue, I can only offer £30 per week, yet no-one will take less than £50 per week.

    We started well in this strong division and progressed in the cups, then I started to dick about with formations to accommodate a new central midfielder who is more suited to playing behind the forward(s)...so we started losing, lost 3 games on the trot including exiting the FA Cup at Quorn.

    On finally reverting back to my relatively successful modified 4-4-2 we hammer Maldon & Tiptree 4-1 (see M&T goal below!), however a few days later we crash out of the FA Trophy at Garforth.

    What about Moxam? I can hear you say...

    He started the season on fire with 10 in 12 apps, including scoring 4 goals against Eastbourne Town in a league record 6-0 win. Then he didn't score in 4 and got injured so he should be back in November.





    Goal of the month:

    Just had to share my defence and keeper making a right mess of clearing the ball, leaving the M&T forward with an open goal to aim at



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    Scouts are overrated anyway! ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Scouts are overrated anyway! ;)
    Overrated yes, yet essential to how I try to play the game...

    So frustrated with this issue, looks like I'm not going to be able to sign a scout until I'm promoted

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    I rely heavily on my scouts too. 100% of the players I buy/sign have been scouted and recommended by the scouts.

    Even though the majority of their reports are garbage, it's still better than nothing! I'm not sure how I'd cope in your situation, you have my sympathy

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    I rely heavily on my scouts too. 100% of the players I buy/sign have been scouted and recommended by the scouts.

    Even though the majority of their reports are garbage, it's still better than nothing! I'm not sure how I'd cope in your situation, you have my sympathy
    At least ass man or coaches can now scout players so that's helped signing new players.

    Still no luck with any job centre interest for a scout another month on...

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    That's one thing that annoys me with job centre applications and various recommendations. Why are these way out of budget? I've had players recommended who would cost me 20-50K and demand 300-400 a week. The transfer is simply impossible, and they'd take half the wage budget.

    They do pick some fine ones too though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pangaea View Post
    That's one thing that annoys me with job centre applications and various recommendations. Why are these way out of budget? I've had players recommended who would cost me 20-50K and demand 300-400 a week. The transfer is simply impossible, and they'd take half the wage budget.

    They do pick some fine ones too though.
    Yea true, the suggestions rarely take into account your financial situation.

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    2011/2012 - November - Biggleswade Town - Ryman League Division One South

    November was the busiest month of the season so far with 9 games, meaning little or no rest for the squad and plenty of rotation.

    The more settled formation worked well, as sandwiched between the 2 defeats at the start and end of the month, we performed really well and entertained with plenty of goals.

    We're moving in the right direction in the league and closing on leaders Chatham.

    The win against Arlesey in the Beds Challenge Cup was excellent, 2 nil down at half time, we managed 4 goals in 20 minutes to win 4-2 and set up a quarter final with rivals Biggleswade United!





    Goal of the month:

    Midfielder Sutherland, the guy who I was messing about with the tactics previously to better accommodate, shows his quality with his first goal for the club,




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    Very nice progress there and a fine-fine goal

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    2011/2012 - December - Biggleswade Town - Ryman League Division One South

    The month that I've been waiting for...

    5 wins from 5 in the league, including a 3-1 win over previous table toppers Chatham so we've moved top of the league! Nuff said!

    End of the month sees a potential board takeover by Dagenham based businessman Barry Hearn

    I checked Leyton Orient and Barry's left in October 2011 so it must be him!

    I like snooker and darts so we've a lot in common, so hopefully if he takes over the club he'll keep me on.

    Talks between Hearn and current chairman Will Shaw have 'not gone well', but hopefully it can be resurrected as you never know....I might get some extra wages money for a scout.





    Goal of the month:

    Goal of out nowhere from DL Brackstone against Chatham. Was it a cross or did he mean to shoot? I'll never know...




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    Great month there. I'm sure it was a missed cross :P Some of the things I've seen....

    This video upload feature is one of the great things about FM11 actually. Wish it was on 10. Some goals and events I'd love to upload. More events than goals really.

    I have a question to you 11ers. Are captaincy and vice captaincy still recorded under club landmarks? Annoys me that so-called landmarks are filled with that junk.

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    Good luck with the takeover he might provide a bit of money

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pangaea View Post
    I have a question to you 11ers. Are captaincy and vice captaincy still recorded under club landmarks? Annoys me that so-called landmarks are filled with that junk.
    Yea they are still recorded, it would be good to filter them out. Just have to change your captains less often ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luton Town View Post
    Good luck with the takeover he might provide a bit of money
    Unfortunately it has gone a bit quiet since the end of December. Was really looking forward to a 'big name' businessman potentially becoming chairman of this little club.

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    Most impressive 1st half of the season. Is Moxam back and tearing it up? Any other key players?

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    Blatantly a cross!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Blatantly a cross!
    Definitely

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    2011/2012 - January - Biggleswade Town - Ryman League Division One South

    The run continued for another game then 3 defeats in a row.

    I can handle losing to Faversham and Eastbourne Town, but to go out to rivals Biggleswade United in the Quarter Final of the Beds Challenge Cup AET is unacceptable...I nearly resigned in protest...but instead fined a few players for their display.

    Still...2 wins at the end of the month took us back to the summit, onwards and upwards?

    Also still no news on the takeover despite chairman status 'willing to listen to offers'.

    Some key players:

    Aran Moxam - Still a good prospect. Moxam has recovered from injury and back in the team.
    Craig Read - Loan signing from Bishop's Stortford returned after 15 game loan last season. Rock at the back and certainly someone I may put on offer in for in the summer.
    Frankie Sutherland - Young AMC signed in the summer after being released from QPR. Good stats for an 18yo but has found it hard to settle into the team. Needs more experience.





    Goal of the month:

    Moxam justifies his poacher target man (run onto ball) perfectly with this effort against Ashford.




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    2011/2012 - February - Biggleswade Town - Ryman League Division One South

    I'm trying not to get carried away...

    4 more wins, 15 goals and only 2 in at the back, despite having our first choice keeper out injured for the month and a 19yo between the posts.

    Manager of the Month award for my troubles, or lack of them....





    Goal of the month:

    Freshwater strikes from long range, hits the cross bar, only to them rebound off the keeper into the net






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    Great defending. Good goal though.

    It was to the January one.

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    I like Sutherland. Good techique and first touch. Best combination of technical attributes that provide a solid base for development of a young miefielder..... at least IRL... Hopefully the same in FM 2011.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 433tom View Post
    I like Sutherland. Good techique and first touch. Best combination of technical attributes that provide a solid base for development of a young miefielder..... at least IRL... Hopefully the same in FM 2011.
    Sutherland does have the basis to be a good player, I'm surprised he wasn't snapped up by a higher level team.

    My problem this season has been how to accommodate him in the team.

    My tactical tweaking early this season to play him in his preferred AMC role either behind 1 or 2 upfront failed with poor results, so for now he's going to have to get better as a MC.

    Alternatively I might retrain him as a forward to play him in a supporting role for the attacking poacher.

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    2011/2012 - March - Biggleswade Town - Ryman League Division One South

    Another month unbeaten, however a nervy month with 4 draws and a single win. For some reason we can't score more than a goal per game...

    Moxam missed the middle 3 matches this month, he scored a goal in both of the other two. He's becoming a bit indispensable.

    We're still top of the league and secured a play-off spot, so five games left to go including games against fellow top five Leatherhead and Fleet..this is going to go down to the wire.





    Goal of the month:

    Moxam scores a great header against Croydon




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