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    Quote Originally Posted by ejthegreat View Post
    Does anyone know how to stop conceding a goal from a header won in the middle of the pitch? The sequence is, my keeper takes goal kick, opposition player wins header around centre circle, the header goes over the top of my centre backs to a perfectly timed run from the opposition striker who reaches the ball just outside the edge of the box and scores the goal.
    How have you got your keeper's distribution set? I used to have the same problem so I switched to playing the ball out to the full backs. It's a much better way to keep possession (assuming you don't have a towering CM).

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    I think we need to test this guy for something. He's been improving a ridiculous amount in the last year.

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    Darren1983 Kingstonian Premier League Seaon 2023/24 Review

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    This was a really dull season, we started off badly and it took us 4 games to get a win. A few 4-5 games unbeaten through out the season ensured we pulled away from any sort of relegation battle but we never broke into the top 10 all season, and ended the seaon 11th (one place below last season) The cups were identical to last season as well, got to the 4th round of the FA Cup before losing to Man City and were beaten on Pens by Everton in the quater finals. Happy to have the season done with and on to the next season, looking at a spending spree to push us up the table and try to get into Europe

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    Harrow Borough | Season 2035/36 | Barclays Premier League



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    For the second season running, I lost a star striker in the summer. This time, Bertolotti went to Spurs for a cool £13m. So I ended up buying three strikers, for a combined fee of nearly £30m.

    And they were a success. £15m Ondjola was perhaps the least successful, but Messias can justly claim, at least within Harrow Stadium, to have replaced an "s" with an "h" - he is our Messiah. Responsible for one of the greatest nights in Harrow's history (see Cup Runs), his goals return was outstanding, and with 9 goals he was the Champions' League's top scorer despite a fairly early exit.

    On that note...Cup Runs this year did of course take in the Champions' League for the first time.A 1-0 win in the San Siro created the first great European night for us, I think, although a few months later a 2-0 defeat to Inter there more or less ended our chances of going any further. For Messias to be the Champions' League Golden Boot winner having been knocked out at the first knockout stage is bizarre, but 9 goals in just seven games (plus one from the bench) tells its own story.

    Both domestic cups saw us crash out in Round Four to clubs from Manchester - the red half in the league cup, and the blue in the FA Cup, the latter coming after a 1-0 win against United and a 2-0 defeat by City who thus beat us twice in just over a week.

    In the league, unlike last season when getting into the Champions' League was a massive surprise, this year we hovered around third place all season. When, in late April, we beat Chelsea, not only did we secure a top-4 finish, but we put ourselves two points off the Blues at the top of the table. Could it be our year, perhaps?

    Perhaps it should have been, but after dropping just four points in thirteen games up to the start of May, the last three games started with a disappointing performance against Spurs. The 4-0 win against Forest a week later was fine, but all in vain - Chelsea wrapped up the title by winning that day against Birmingham, who were already relegated. The disappointment must've affected them as we lost the last game to Birmingham, which cost us 2nd place, too. Wins against Spurs and Birmingham would have given us the title. I never expected to win it this year, but to get so close towards the end was disappointing.

    Still, I bought really well this year, as evidenced by the signings of the season line.

    Key Players

    Messias - got injured just before the Spurs game. I think, had he been fit, we would be Champions.
    Ondrej Jicha* - very impressive as ever - his goals tally belies his minutes to goals ratio as he was taken off a lot, so actually he scored in far more than one in two games.
    Paul Clarke-Harris - will go to the European Championships even though England play without full-backs. This will limit his caps, but he is automatic choice at left-back if they ever change system. He is brilliant.
    Jacky Jouan - this formation really does share goals around - three strikers getting 15 goals is impressive, right? 20 assists, too?? Jouan is awesome!
    Jose Felix Cabello - every year I consider selling, but no....still awesome! Despite his advancing years, he covered more ground, both absolutely and per game, than anyone else.
    Sergey Markevich - played more than anyone else this year - vital cog in the machine.

    (*= fans' player of the year)

    The team of the year
    The historical best XI - Markevich and Mikiela finally inducted.

    Key Records Broken
    Highest Transfer Fee Paid: £15m for Odilon Ondjola from Lens on 29th June
    Highest Transfer Spend: £31m, although transfers puts it at £34m.
    Highest Transfer Income: £20.5m, although transfers puts it at £25m.
    Highest Gate Receipts: £475k v Atletico Madrid, CL Playoff, 21st August.
    Highest League Finish: 3rd in Premiership


    Valete (Or, key departures and their career stats)

    JOEL MIKIELA
    His second spell came to an end in January, moving to Ipswich for £2.5m as Aaron Platnauer had taken his place and Konig is improving fast. This means I've made a total of £5.5m from transfers involving Mikiela having signed him on a free TWICE!
    APPS: 158, CONC: 175, CLN: 63, MoM: 6, AvR: 6.84

    Next season, we need to start building towards getting into Europe regularly. This season was a step backwards really. Some of the dead wood needs to be shipped out whilst I must hold on to my star players, and get youngsters to start to groom into eventual replacements for them.

    Targets for 2035/36
    Europa League qualification again at the least. SUCCESS - and in fact we went one better by qualifying automatically for the CL. However, my nagging duct says we probably should have won the league this year.
    Replace some of my ageing stars - particularly Cabello who has been amazing but is old now. FAILURE - I got in some good players but none for older ones. But Cabello continues to thrive, and looks like turning into a Paul Scholes-type evergreen.
    Get into the Europa League by finishing 3rd in my CL group at least. SUCCESS - we got past the group stage!

    Targets for 2036/37
    Get to the Champions' League Quarter-Final at least.
    Qualify for the 2037/8 Champions' League.
    Win a domestic cup.


    In other news, Real Madrid beat Arsenal in the Champions' League final, who were unable to add to their solitary Champions' League win seven years ago. It was their fifth final, too. That's not a good record in finals!

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    2012/13     Blue Square South         17th      45       Stayed clear of relegation.
    2013/14     Blue Square South          3rd      80       Playoff runners-up.
    2014/15     Blue Square South          2nd      91       Promoted via playoffs.
    2015/16     Blue Square Premier       13th      64       Mid-table finish.
    2016/17     Blue Square Premier       10th      63       Move to Harrow Stadium completed.
    2017/18     Blue Square Premier       17th      57       None.
    2018/19     Blue Square Premier       15th      56       Drew with Forest in FA Cup!
    2019/20     Blue Square Premier        7th      73       FA Trophy Winners.
    2020/21     Blue Square Premier        4th      77       Playoff semi-finalists; FA Trophy Winners.
    2021/22     Blue Square Premier        1st      90       Promoted as Champions; FA Trophy Winners.
    2022/23     Coca-Cola League Two       1st      92       Promoted automatically, and at the first attempt!
    2023/24     Coca-Cola League One       3rd      87       Playoff Final runners up; FA Cup 4th round.
    2024/25     Coca-Cola League One       7th      77       JPT Runner-up.
    2025/26     Coca-Cola League One       1st      97       Promoted as Champions.
    2026/27     Coca-Cola Championship    10th      68       Stadium Expansion to just over 7,000 all-seater planned.
    2027/28     Coca-Cola Championship    16th      53       Expansion to 7,582 all-seater completed, further expansion of 1,580 seats planned.
    2028/29     Coca-Cola Championship    10th      66       Expansion completed to 9,162 capacity.
    2029/30     Coca-Cola Championship     2nd      89       Promotion; Carling Cup Q-Final; FA Cup R5, incl. victory v. Tottenham; Stadium expansion announced (3,500 seats).
    2030/31     Barclays Premier League   20th      18       Expansion to 12,662 capacity stadium completed; FA Cup Runner-up & Europa League Qualification.
    2031/32     Coca-Cola Championship     2nd      96       Europa League 2nd K/O Round, Promotion.
    2032/33     Barclays Premier League   12th      49       Carling Cup S-Final.
    2033/34     Barclays Premier League   12th      46       None.
    2034/35     Barclays Premier League    4th      72       Qualified for the Champions League.
    2035/36     Barclays Premier League    3rd      80       Qualified for the CL group stage automatically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejthegreat View Post
    I can understand the board doing it. The money means a huge amount to the club and you're winning leagues by 25pts so it doesn't appear to be affecting your onfield performance either. Obviously, this only assumes that the money the board makes for selling the players goes back into the club by way of ground, training, etc improvements and transfer budget.
    I don't mind the board doing it either, just that when I set an asking price with 'reject all offers' on its a bit of a pain. Most of the sales has been put into the compulsory stadium expansions, means I'm not in any debt which is good news I suppose. A small portion I reinvest, but then that gets turned into larger sales so its a nice cycle to have

    Gypsum, that's unbelievable growth. Usually you might see that progression in one or two categories, not everything

    Solid season there darren, I think if you can get amongst the European places, CL isn't out of reach looking at how tightly bunched the table is

    GOM, great season there, and last 16 isn't a bad first attempt at the CL either. Surely you'll avoid being in a tough group after one or two more seasons too. Do you think you can crack the title next season?

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    Apologies for the double post, but just easier this way. Again, I'm almost finished the next season so I hopefully won't be too long in between updates this time

    Canvey Island - 2016/17 End of Season Update - CH
    Ready for the big time? Let's find out

    League: (Positions) After back-to-back-to-back... (you get the idea) promotions, I thought this was the season to have a nice stable season, establish ourselves nicely for a promotion push next season with some experience. But apparently, our players are rather impatient and decided they wanted to join the big boys asap; well who am I to stop them?

    With the usual early season scramble of everyone beating each other, we took some time to establish ourselves in the promotion race (I say promotion and not championship as Blackpool decided to go 10 points clear in the first 11 games...). From then on in it was almost a straight fight between us and Swansea for the 2nd spot, and we were almost home and dry before a run of 1 win in 6 in March almost scuppered our chances. However, they only managed 1 point in their last 3 games; enabling us to sneak back in the 2nd automatic spot.

    Now, the big boys await.

    Cups
    FA Cup : Second successive cup exit to Norwich. Shame this was in the 3rd round though.

    League Cup
    : Performance against Brentford - very good. Performance against Leyton Orient - worst of the season.

    Squad (1)(2) and Transfers: Got to hand it to my scouts to find CH quality players in the lower-lower leagues. Emphasis on the Championship (and not PL).

    Player of the Season : Delvin O'Brien - DC

    How this guy only cost me £35K I don't know, but without scoring buckets of goals for a change we needed a strong defence. Hopefully he'll relish the challenge of the PL too.

    Finances
    : Another compulsory stadium expansion, I think I need to stop doing so well for a while

    Other Stuff : Got another couple of PL job offers, at Newcastle and Blackburn.

    History:
    2012-13: BSS - 1st
    2013-14: BSP - 1st, FA Trophy Winners
    2014-15: L2 - 1st, JPT Winners
    2015-16: L1 - 1st, JPT Winners
    2016-17: CH - 2nd

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    Gypsum's Worksop town - Premier league - 2024/25


    League position: 1st / Position graph
    Media prediction: 4th

    Champions league: Semi-finalists / Lost 4-3 to Liverpool on aggregate

    Transfers

    Finances

    General squad info


    Star players;

    Denis - His best season yet with a 41 goal haul, now has a total of 123 league goals in his five seasons with Worksop.
    Philipp Eberlein - Raised his game to keep his first team place ahead of some tough competition.
    Peter Birbeck - Absolute class in midfield.
    Viera - The 19 year-old came on in leaps and bounds this season to earn a regular first team place.
    Tete - The powerhouse defender continues his consistent form.
    Marcelo Bogni - A quality goalkeeper who looks a bargain at £10m.


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    2012/13              Blue Square North                    1st
    2013/14              Blue square Premier                  12th                       FA Cup third round
    2014/15              Blue square Premier                  3rd                        Moved into new stadium / Playoff winners 
    2015/16              League 2                             3rd                        Automatic promotion / FA cup 5th round
    2016/17              League 1                             1st                        FA Cup 4th round
    2017/18              Championship                         5th                        Championship playoff semi-finalists
    2018/19              Championship                         1st                        
    2019/20              Premier league                       7th
    2020/21              Premier league                       2nd                        Champions league qualification
    2021/22              Premier league                       2nd                        Champions league winners
    2022/23              Premier league                       1st                        League cup winners 
    2023/24              Premier league                       2nd                        Champions league runners-up
    2024/25              Premier league                       1st                        Champions league semi-finalists

    Home-nations challenge update: My drive to make an all Home-nations squad stumbled at the first hurdle, when goalkeeper Bogni, who I have been trying to sign for years, suddenly became available for a bargain £10m. But I managed to snap up a few promising British youngsters as well. Most notably, the towering striker Mark Gregory for £7.5m. But some decent young players in Welsh striker, Damien Griffiths. Playmaker Darren Williams. And pacy striker Tony Johnson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by midgetram View Post
    GOM, great season there, and last 16 isn't a bad first attempt at the CL either. Surely you'll avoid being in a tough group after one or two more seasons too. Do you think you can crack the title next season?
    Hope so. Aiming for a CL QF at least too...

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    Tooting & Mitcham United Football Club
    2018/19 Season Review
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    UP UP, We're going UP!!!


    Incredible season at Tooting & Mitcham. Bit the bullet at the end of last season, letting a large number of former first team players go, as well as losing Luongo after he wanted more money than I could afford. With some room opened up, I needed to bring in young talent but with a poor reputation and low wage cap, I had to get them from the Continent. First stop was defence, bringing in a new first choice centre back from France. Had two trialling and liked both but once suited my team better, so Rault was signed to partner Halilovic, creating a very strong central pillar with my team's best player, keeper Andrews who not only still wants to move to a bigger club (4 years running) but has now taken over the #1 role for Ireland, taking them to the Qtr Final of the 2018 World Cup (which I wasn't allowed to scout, despite it being in Russia, which I can scout).

    Joining them down back was young promising cover in Tournier, who was joined in January by a very promising full back Falkenmayer. Due to HG rules, however, they both had to be used sparingly when the right combination of players allowed.

    With Luongo leaving, two young replacements were found in Nistor and Petersen. Again, both had to take it in turns to start with the HG rules, with Jenkins the main stay in central midfield.

    Up front, with Jung getting injured, we once again relied on Ansah who led the goal scoring, ahead of our towering centre-back Halilovic and the another young winger/striker in Wamba who improved on last year's poor showing somewhat.

    The season itself was very straightforward after a draw and loss to start the season. Ourselves and Southampton dominated the league, pulling a long way clear by the half way stage of the season and when Sunderland drew we had secured promotion with 5 games remaining. Pushing the team on one more time, we won our final five league games to take the title ahead of Southampton who chased all the way with 13pts from their final 5 games. Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, Bolton went into administration and the 10pt deduction meant they were relegated by a point, going to join Everton in League One next season.
    Off-field, we also had a good season, with our training facilities undergoing improvement and our youth facilities earmarked for upgrade at the end of the season. We sold out our 8,000 seat stadium on a number of occasions this season, ending up with an ave attendance of 7,313. This allowed us to improve our financial position by around £1mill, despite the cost of the training upgrade and as you can see below, I've now made it to the Icon list at the club. Reputation wise, the club is now a 2 star regional, even managing to go ahead of 7 other Championship sides by the end of the season, despite not getting on TV once this season.

    This should allow me to keep hold of Andrews again this year, hopefully we get to National next season like all the current EPL teams are (at least).

    Board Room
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    Facilities

    Goals for 2018/19:

    • Promotion Success
    • Try to recruit 5 star potential players in every position, HG where possible Failed
    • Save money to improve training and youth facilities Success
    Goals for 2019/20
    • Stay up
    • Improve squad with HG players to avoid having to play a weaker team
    • Make enough to upgrade stadium or pay off debt if board take out loan to upgrade stadium
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    Season    Division   Position    Achievements
    2012/13     BSS        7th        FA Trophy-3rd Rd
    2013/14     BSS        3rd        Promoted via Playoffs, FA Cup-4th Rd
    2014/15     BSP        4th        Promoted via Playoffs, FA Cup-3rd Rd, FA Trophy Winners
    2015/16     L2         3rd        Automatic Promotion, JPT South Winner, JPT Finalist
    2016/17     L1         2nd        Automatic Promotion, League Cup-Qtr Final, FA Cup-3rd Rd
    2017/18     CH         8th        None
    2018/19     CH         1st        npower Championship Winners, FA Cup-4th Rd, League Cup-3rd Rd
    *Note, thanks Gypsum for the advice about keeper distribution, haven't conceded a goal to a midfield assist header since.



    EDIT: I really should play forward another couple of weeks before doing season review. Board is spending £1.2m on youth facilities but the big news, out of nowhere, is that we're going to have an entirely new stadium, costing £14.25m with undersoil heating and a capacity of 13,276, which will be completed by the end of next season. Loan is for 15 years at £84/k month.

    Youth Upgrade
    New Stadium


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    #81 - Kingstonian. Season '22-'23. Championship.


    League position: 2nd League table PROMOTED!
    FA Cup: Quarter-final
    League Cup: 3R



    Summary: Seasons progress Squad A deserved promotion. We were in the automatic promotion spots for most of the season, and looked serious title contenders until we faltered in the spring while Norwich just kept on winning. A couple of good cup runs helped fill the bank, and the board announced the building of 18,000 capacity Kingstonian Stadium; grants and a loan with reasonable repayments provide the funding, so we are still healthy financially. Transfers in were mostly young prospects who have played bit parts in the season, except for Kevin Berger who weighed in with a few handy goals and assists, and Philipp Rogalski who was a snip at 150k for a top-flight ready 'keeper. Chelsea won the domestic treble with Chris Casper in charge.

    Transfers: Transfers Mostly youngsters in, and lower-division standard players out, usually on frees. One notable departure was Karl-Heinz Kratz, strong attacking left-back sold to Gladbach for just £850k. The board accepted the offer as too good to refuse, although we are well in the black and that amount was derisory considered the potential he has. Very annoying. If I wasn't determined to complete the challenge I probably would have taken one of the many Championship job offers I've had, or gone to Spurs or West Ham at the end of the season - both top half Premier League sides who made offers to me. Damn loyalty!

    Future prospects: Should survive next season, then see the benefits of the new stadium. The squad is mostly young and mostly talented, and aren't costing too much (yet!). A bit of strengthening down the left flank wouldn't go amiss.
    Lars Schober - took over full-time from Bakary, looking good for the future and has a hell of a shot.
    Karim Slama and Benik Afobe - my strike-force. They run hot and cold, if they are on form consistently next year then we should score enough to stay up.

    History:
    1718 - BSP 5th (Promoted through play-offs)
    1819 - L2 6th (Promoted through play-offs, JPT South area runners-up)
    1920 - L1 4th (Lost in play-off semis)
    2021 - L1 6th (Promoted through play-offs)
    2122 - Ch 12th
    2223 - Ch 2nd (Automatic promotion)

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    Hi all, just started the challenge and am now the new manager of Rushall Olympic! I have no idea how I got them, considering their rep is a measly 650. Can't wait to get started!
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    Canvey Island - 2017/18 End of Season Update - PL
    Almost upsetting the apple cart...

    League: (Positions) After back-to-back-to-back-to back... (you still get the idea) promotions, this pre-season was one of the toughest to plan. Do I risk the current squad to beat three others and keep the continuity going, or go all out and make a crack at a good league position. I decided on the first approach, and let's just say it worked pretty well.

    I never dropped lower than 15th all season [and that only after the 2nd game], and the team performed brilliantly through most of the season. We beat the teams we needed to, got a decent amount of points against the mid-table sides and even some results against the big boys (including getting 4 points against Man Utd). The campaign was going so well that 2 wins from the last 4 games would've secured us a EL spot. However, we only managed a single point from these last 4, making us finish just outside the top 6. Still a great start to our PL life though.

    Now to crack the top 6 properly.

    Cups
    FA Cup : Is this the first season that I've had some nice home ties in the FA Cup in the early rounds? Made us easily cruise into the QFs, where our first team dismantled a surprising side of City reserves (genuinely thought they'd play a full strength side too). The semi final was a bit of a heart-breakers though, conceding an equaliser in the 94th min, then the winner in 105+2th min.

    League Cup
    : Easily in the top 2 worst performances ever by this Canvey side, though I think this may have been a blessing in disguise without any major distractions.

    Squad (1)(2) and Transfers: I was so keen to sign O'Kane I had to do it twice (the board blocked it first time), but turned out to be a bit of a poor signing. I think I may continue with the French raid next season too after how well the first two were.

    Player of the Season : Shola Oliseh - MC

    It would've been Kinsella by a mile, but he's whining about wanting to move away so he sacrifices this award. One of the most consistent performers in the last two years for us as well. A big thumbs up to our GK and first choice CBs [Bradley and Stockwell] who were excellent through the majority of the season too.

    Finances
    : No stadium expansion, but my financial plan for the club is going to be hampered if this happens year on year

    Other Stuff : Not much in the way of jobs, only offered reigning champions Liverpool (who ended up below us) and favourites for basically every PL job throughout the season, including Man City [which was eventually filled by Steve McLaren].

    Since I'm now (in theory) 1 season away from the CL, lets see what the finals have been so far;
    2012 - Inter over Man Utd
    2013 - FC Porto over CSKA Moscow
    2014 - Man Utd over AC Milan
    2015 - Barcelona over Man Utd
    2016 - Arsenal over Barcelona
    2017 - FC Porto over Tottenham
    2018 - AC Milan over Real Madrid

    History:
    2012-13: BSS - 1st
    2013-14: BSP - 1st, FA Trophy Winners
    2014-15: L2 - 1st, JPT Winners
    2015-16: L1 - 1st, JPT Winners
    2016-17: CH - 2nd
    2017-18: PL - 7th

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    St. Albans – npower league one – 2021/22

    Aim for the season: Playoff


    League Table

    Past Positions

    Well, I reached the playoff as i wanted but lost the semifinals to Colchester.

    Squad

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    Key Player Profiles:

    Bernard Mensah

    Alan Moores


    Career Overview
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     2012/13   BSS                     9th         n/a
     2013/14   BSS                     1st         BSS
     2014/15   BSP                    10th         n/a
     2015/16   BSP                    12th         n/a
     2016/17   BSP                     4th         Promotion via Playoff
     2017/18   L2                      2nd         Automatic promotion
     2018/19   L1                     18th         n/a
     2019/20   L1                     11th         n/a
     2020/21   L1                      7th         n/a
     2021/22   L1                      4th         n/a
    Next Season

    Well, I don’t want to write anything here, as I’m already in February.

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    [QUOTE=midgetram;7436303]
    Solid season there darren, I think if you can get amongst the European places, CL isn't out of reach looking at how tightly bunched the table is QUOTE]

    Yeah, think you might be onto something there, we've started the new season pretty well, just hope we can continue

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    I am planning to start this tonight but looking at all your posts to get the team I want I am not getting to bed tonight and I have work in the morning.

    EDIT: I'm gonna take on Harrow as my GF grew up not far from there

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    Just set this up and waiting for the holiday to end, I've never taken up a challenge before so this will be interesting.


    Edit - Too late to keep loading the game so i just chose my closest place that came up in the Northern league and that was Chester.


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    Gricehead ** Tooting & Mitcham ** Blue Square Bet Premier ** 2014/15

    "The nearly men"

    Squad Improvements
    Five players came in before the end of August, whilst 14 left. This was a drastic trimming of the squad, getting rid of players who weren't worthy of a wage in the higher division, and also a few who weren't willing to negotiate new deals within my enforced wage structure. Notable departure was Jordan Agbaje, one of the key players in 2012/13.

    Of the players coming in, four out of five would go on to be first team choices making an average of more than 30 appearances each. The fifth - Gary Kelly - made less of an impact, due to me overlooking a "wage increase on appearance" clause which would have made him the highest earner after 30 league games.

    I limited myself to three signings during the season itself, as I tried to keep a lid on the clubs financial situation.

    Transfers

    Blue Square Bet Premier 2014/15 ** Board Expectation: Avoid Relegation ** My Expectation: Avoid Relegation

    Working with a wage budget that was unimproved from the BSS promotion season, and in reality was lower in order to try to stem the amount of money disappearing down the drain, this was always going to be a challenge.

    We had something of a slow start, taking just two points from first four games. Our first win should have come against Alfreton at home, the only team with a worse record than us, and we led for a large part of the game until they equalised in stoppage time. I thought we might be doomed at that point, but next game we went to unbeaten Burton and won 3-0. Funny game.

    Already we were being tipped as 10-1 outsiders for pretty much all away games, so we no doubt upset the bookies when we made it back to back away wins, beating Mansfield by a single goal, despite only having ten men for 70 minutes. Grimsby looked to be going the same way, as we led them 2-0 at half time. They replied by kicking us off the park in the second half, pulling back level and then scoring the winner in the 95th minute.

    Four points from the next nine available, including dropped points at home to Barrow, before our biggest win of the season; 5-0 against Lincoln, with four goals for Zak Ansah (ending a ten hour goal drought in the process). A similar 4-0 demolition of Kettering followed, and we moved up to a high point of 14th in the table. All was rosy at Imperial Fields, but not at Kettering as their manager got the sack.

    We made it three in a row against Salisbury, before Boreham Wood visited, and we all know what that means. Again our bogey team did us, this time just 1-0. Again we bounced back, with a good 2-1 win at home to Darlingont, but another 95th minute goal went against us at Kidderminster, another game we should really have taken something from. 0-0 against York was a good result, but by the time we lost by an odd gosl in three at Forest Green we were facing the Christmas period with three winless games behind us.

    The Christmas games would be vital, but our fourth winless game would come in a defeat at home to 23rd placed Southport on 27th December. We went 2-0 down, and a spirited fightback saw us recover to 2-2 in the second half. There should have been only one winner from there, until Grant Smith fumbled a relatively straightforward freekick straight onto the foot of their striker. Now 20th, we faced 19th placed Aldershot on New Years Eve. We lost the game in the first half hour, and despite them losing a man and us getting one back before half time, we couldn't find the equaliser. We went into the 2015 in 20th. Just.

    January turns out to be a shocking month. We score in all five games, but lose four of them, including relegation rivals Alfreton. We plummet into the relegation zone as a result, and with the club around £250k in debt, my chairman makes noises about stepping aside. Soon-to-be relegation rivals Fleetwood are dispatched 3-0 away from home, as we threaten a brief revival, but it's a false dawn, and we lose the next four, scoring just one goal this time.

    Entering March, we're nine points from safety, and I'm clueless as to how to change it round; practically resigned to relegation. I'm rescued from oblivion by a veiled suggestion from the supporters representative that they'd like to see a change of formation as they're rather bored with watching us lose with the old one. Step forward Serge Gnabry to drive us forward in a formation that concentrates more in putting our attacking play through the middle, rather than down the wings.

    From out of nowhere, this change produces a three game winning streak, dispatching Cambridge, Barrow and Lincoln. The wins came at a huge cost, with first choice strikers Ansah and Molloy picking up season ending injuries. Our run stutters as 23rd place Kettering peg us back twice to earn a 2-2 draw. It comes to an end when Salisbury beat us 2-1. Facing Boreham Wood is not what I wanted for a bounce back game, and unsurprisingly we lose that as well, by the traditional scoreline of 2-0. This puts us three points behind Mansfield with six games remaining.

    By now, the players are barely surviving from one game to the next. Bruton, O'Neil, Branco and Relish have all joined the injury list, and hardly anyone is doing any training between games. A thoroughly scratch side went to 6th placed Darlington, and thanks to a late Dave Buck goal we won 2-1. Mansfield got one of many draws, and we closed up to just one point behind.

    It was status quo as we took a point against all odds in a 3-3 draw with Rochdale, and Mansfield drew. When they drew again, and we lost at home to Kidderminster, we were two points adrift with three to play.

    Then came an amazing game against playoff-bound York. We were 2-1 down when the game turned on a penalty decision. Barroilhet went down in the box, and it looked soft. The York players went ballistic, and as they protested, the ref awarded not one but two second yellow cards. Down to nine men, York still manage to retake the lead in stoppage time, but we equalise soon after the break and then snatch it 4-3 in second half stoppage time! Mansfield lose, and we finally jump above them by a single point with two games left. Fleetwood are also now in the mix, only two points in front of us. Plus we have a better goal difference.

    The first of our two home games to end the season saw us convincingly beat Forest Green 3-0. It was enough, wasn't it? No, Mansfield won as well, and we went down to the last day. We had Aldershot at home, whilst Mansfield visited Lincoln. The complicated scenario would see either us, or one of the teams in the other fixture, relegated. Are you ready for this:

    If we won, nothing else mattered.
    If we drew 0-0, any result other than a 1-0 win for Mansfield would keep us up. Similarly if we drew 1-1, any result other than a 2-1 win for Mansfield would keep us up.
    If we lost, we needed Lincoln to either beat Mansfield or the game to be drawn.

    With one eye on the vidiprinter, our game kicked off in a downpour. Aldershot had all the play, but Mansfield unveiled the nightmare scenario by scoring at Lincoln, meaning we would tie with Lincoln on Goal Difference and Goals Scored, potentially being relegated on alphabetical ordering (unless there was some unwritten rule rolled out). Any hope of us improving things died a death when Branco brought down their striker in a goalscoring position. We held out for the draw, hoping for a goal in the other game, but nothing came and eventually Aldershot scored in the last minute.

    Going down by a single point hurt, and it hurt a handful of my better players as well, as they immediately handed in transfer requests.

    Table ** Positions ** Fixtures (1) ** Fixtures (2)

    FA Cup ** Board Expectation: 4th Qualifying Round ** Achievement: 1st Round
    FA Trophy ** Board Expectation: 1st Round ** Achievement: 1st Round

    We didn't trouble the draw-makers very much in either cup. Blyth were dispatched to get into the first round of the Cup, but League One Notts County were too strong for us, so we pocketed the cash and headed home.

    In the Trophy we were pegged as underdogs against Blue Square South Braintree, and duly lost. It was a measure of our declining reputation that no-one but me cared about this.

    Combined Cup Results

    Players
    Squad

    Key Players:
    Zak Ansah Top scorer, despite some lengthy barren spells, and an injury that cost him the last couple of months.
    Raphael Branco Still a solid defender, especially in the air, but did his red card ultimately cost us our BSP place?
    Kieran Relist By rating, my top defender. It says much about the season that two central defenders are in my key players list. Missed too much of the run in through injury, though.
    Gary O'Neil Good midfield prospect as a deep playmaker. Again, missed a month of the run-in.
    Serge Gnabry Six goals and five assists in 27 games doesn't tell the whole story. If I'd switched tactics earlier, he might have got more and we might have stayed up.
    and finally:
    Dave Buck Not an outstanding player, but notable for the fact he played the whole season for £5/week with no appearance bonuses, and scored two of what would have been the most critical goals. Had we stayed up. Can't afford to offer him a contract, so it's more of the same next season...

    Next Season
    The takeover eventually happened, and brought a £250k bank loan in it, so at the end of the season we're nominally in the black. That's where the good news ends, as £400 has been slashed from my wage budget, bringing it down to £3500, and even that will see the club making ~£20k per month losses. The core of the team should be enough to get back up, unless they continue to insist they are leaving. With four players shipping out anyway, I might have wriggle room to add one or two extras.

    Targets
    Gain promotion again, although probably via the playoffs.

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    2012/13   BSS         10th    4th QR      FAT: 2nd R             None
    2013/14   BSS          2nd    2nd R       FAT: 2nd R             Promoted via Playoffs
    2014/15   BSP         21st    1st R       FAT: 1st R             Relegated

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    St. Albans – npower league 1 – 2022/23

    Media prediction: 12th
    My prediction: Playoff
    Actual finish: 17th

    League Table

    Past positions

    I really don’t know what happened this season. Last season we were in the playoff and this season we avoided relegation with only 4 points.


    Squad

    Transfers

    The chairman sold Malyshev for nothing. I think i could have got at least £500k for him.
    Sold Peter Bacon as i got another good back-up in Claudiu Marcu.


    Key Player Profiles:

    Bernard Mensah – Topscorer once again. This season he made 24 goals.

    Jonathan Muntari – He was the best player this season together with Mensah.


    Career Overview
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     2012/13   BSS                     9th         n/a
     2013/14   BSS                     1st         BSS
     2014/15   BSP                    10th         n/a
     2015/16   BSP                    12th         n/a
     2016/17   BSP                     4th         Promotion via Playoff
     2017/18   L2                      2nd         Automatic promotion
     2018/19   L1                     18th         n/a
     2019/20   L1                     11th         n/a
     2020/21   L1                      7th         n/a
     2021/22   L1                      4th         n/a
     2022/23   L1                     17th         n/a
    Next Season

    I need to get in the playoff again.

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    Worksop Championship 2021/22


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    League Cup - 4th Rd

    FA Cup - 3rd Rd Replay


    Spent all season firmly midtable and ended with less points than last year, other than that it was a repetition of last year. Yet again individual errors from defenders were one of the main causes, the team dominated possession and had twice as many chances in most games but with few on target. In the league cup got past L2 Colwyn Bay, CH derby and L1 Morecombe before losing 2-0 to Man City in the 4th Rd. In the FA cup drew 2-2 at home to prem Newcastle before losing the replay 2-1. Finances increased a bit due to player sales. The board increased Junior coaching and Youth recruitment and approved an increase to training facilities which is holding my players back as they are fairly basic. Another 1600 seats put in to make it 7426.

    Squad

    Transfers

    Most of the transfers in were youth players, Ginter and Hoeness were the only first teamers to come in and both were disappointing.
    Gundersen (193 apps) was sold and Kakoullis (104 apps, 8 goals) let go as they were no longer good enough for the team. Yilmaz's (164 apps, 19 goals) inconsistant performances coupled with his contract running out meant i sold him on. In midfield Bule and Brandt are the outstanding players as usual, my strikers all doing well in patches. Flemming finished the season well with Klinger starting well. Bretthauer showed real improvement over last year.

    Code:
    Season        League       Position       FA Cup              Other Cups                Europe              Achievements
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    2012/13        BSN           13th         4th QRd           FA Trophy - 1st Rd           N/A                    None
    2013/14        BSN           3rd          1st Rd            FA Trophy - 1st Rd           N/A                    Promoted via playoffs
    2014/15        BSP           6th          1st Rd            FA Trophy - 1st Rd           N/A                    None
    2015/16        BSP           2nd          3rd Rd            FA Trophy - Winners          N/A                    Promoted via playoffs, FA Trophy winners
    2016/17        L2            14th         1st Rd            LC - 2nd Rd/JPT - Qtr-f      N/A                    None
    2017/18        L2            6th          3rd Rd            LC - 2nd Rd/JPT - 2nd Rd     N/A                    Lost in playoff Final
    2018/19        L2            3rd          3rd Rd            LC - 3rd Rd/JPT - N- Final   N/A                    Automatic promotion
    2019/20        L1            1st          5th Rd            LC - 1st Rd/JPT - Winners    N/A                    League Winners, JPT Winners
    2020/21        CMP           11th         3rd Rd            LC - 4th Rd                  N/A                    None
    2021/22        CMP           11th         3rd Rd            LC - 4th Rd                  N/A                    None
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    OK, here is my manager and a brief report on my progress at the helm of Kingstonian:



    Kingstonian - Season 1 - 12/13 - BSS


    Summary - Table - GraphFixtures (all)

    Media Prediction: 22nd
    Final Position: 1st

    Long story short, I replaced almost all players with new ones, which means I have an entire squad filled with "key players", as I cannot offer part time contracts with lesser roles. Luckily squad rotation is a must, because players, especially midfielders, get quickly very tired during matches - could be that I have a tactic that particularly requires good fitness. It took months and months for my squad to achieve full match preparation familiarity, but when they finally began to grasp my ideas, the team played really well and eventually finished the season as BSS champions.

    In addition to league success, Kingstonian also won the FA Trophy.



    Kingstonian Players - Squad - Transfers

    Gareth McKie
    Despite an excellent season, there really is only one player who truly is worth mentioning, even though he only had a minor role during the whole campaign. I signed this young midfielder on free transfer in March, and at 16 he already must be the most skillfull palyer at this level. Definately one to try to hold on to.





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    2012/13  | BSS      | 1st      | 3rd QR | Winners   | Promotion, FA Trophy winners

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    Just been given odds of 5000-1 to win the EPL in my first season. Funny thing is, I wouldn't waste my money on that. Biggest problem though is trying to find enough decent HG players that I can afford the wages of. My highest earners are around the £4k/week and total budget around £70k/week, but to find a HG player that will be in starting eleven will cost, I'd need to pay around £15k/week at minimum. Probably going to have to end up using the 5 HG slots as bench players and keeping the squad young so I don't have any problems with the maximum of 25 total players.

    Edit: Just reached 30th Jun and sadly Zac Ansah has decided to leave, tried to re-sign him as I'd need him for HG reasons but he doesn't want to enter negoations. He was the only player who had played for me at every level, so would've loved to have given him some games in the EPL to complete it, even though I know he would struggle at this level. Still have a couple of players from the BSP level and hope to keep Andrews for many years to come if I can, although he wants to move still and his contract only has 12mths left.
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    Sorry for double post but decided to spend cash on a 17yo russian kid so that he would be HG in 3 years time but even though I'm in the transfer window, the confirmation screen has come up and it's saying the transfer won't go through until next window when he'll already be 18, which would make it pointless for HG.

    I know there is a rule regarding South American players where they have to be 18 to be signed in Europe, does this also apply to Russian and other non EU players? Had a search but nothing is coming up and living in Australia, I'm not familiar with the EU rules and all that stuff.

    Here's the kid in question Gizatullin who, apart from flair and creativity, looks very good for his age and I was able to get a work permit on appeal. Would cost me about a million pounds which I may spend anyway but the idea was to find a kid that would eventually be HG. Is this not possible with non-EU people?

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    Darren1983 Kingstonian 2024/25 Premier League Season Review


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    After last seasons nothing season I had a small clear out of under performing players, and splashed a bit of cash (£25million) in order to send us up the table and try and get us into Europe for the first time. We had a change in formation to a 4231 (wide) to suit the players that I had brought in.
    After a slow start (only 2 wins in our first 6 league games) we hit a bit of form, in fact we set a new club record of 12 straight wins in all comps (2 of these wins were in the league cup) before a 0-0 draw with Everton eneded that run then the next game were beaten 3-1 away to Man Utd to end the unbeaten run at 13. After that run we were in amongst the Champions League places going into the new year.
    After getting through the hetic christmas period I was on the look out for a new striker as, despite us beinh amongst the highest scores in the league none of my strikers had more then 5 goals to their name) Juan Luis was brought to my attention via his agent and after a quick look at his stats and a scout report he was signed for a club record £9million and I hoped we had found the man to shoot us into the top 4.
    Our form in the new year was good, often going on 6/7 game unbeaten runs and with 6 games to go we were 4th, 2 points clear of 5th placed Arsenal, we then chose this time to go on our worst run of the season, losing 3 on the spin before winning our last 3 games (including a 2-1 win at home to champions Man Utd) these wins weren't enough and we ended 5th 2 points behind Arsenal, and have to settle for the Eurpa League for our first try in Europe.


    Cups
    FA Cup -
    A tough draw in that we got Spurs who had been relegated the season before but held on to all their top players and would run away with the championship, due to fixture congestion I rested most of my first team for the replay.


    League Cup
    - This competition had bugged me since we lost to Chesterfeild in the 1/4 2 years ago, as I felt then we would have won it (championship side Leicester did) A comfortable first couple of rounds saw us get rid of Luton and Wycombe before a home draw against Liverpool, a 2-1 win saw us progress to 1/4 for the 3rd straight season, we played Chelsea and produced our best performance of the season saw our west London rivals sent back up the Kings Road after a 5-1 spanking!! In the semi's we had Championship Reading and after a routine 3-0 away win I rested my entire team for the home game and we won 2-1 (5-1 on agg) to make our first final where we would play Hull (another team making their first league cup final)
    The Final
    we won!!!!!! Our first cup win and a place in Europe secure


    Players Of The Season


    Christano Pedretti
    - Signed for £4.5million from Atalanta, he bossed our Midfield for most of the season, scoring an impressive 10 goals and creating 11 assists

    Juan Luis
    - The striker we needed, a return of 9 in 20 is ok for a player in his fist 4/5 months in a new league, with a full pre season behind him I expect big things from him next season

    Lucio Avonda
    - what a bargin he was, a £2.5million signing from Juventus where he was tranfer lsited, and my faith in building the formation around him was justifeid with a return of 18 goals and 16 assists from him. I was turning down bids of over £11 million for him in the Jan transfer window, easily my Player of the season

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    Just signed a 33 year old Jack Wilshere on a free

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gypsum View Post


    I think we need to test this guy for something. He's been improving a ridiculous amount in the last year.

    Continuing on my earlier theme of rapidly improving players... my coaches are playing a blinder!


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    wow - have to ask fella, what training schedule you using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by darren1983 View Post
    wow - have to ask fella, what training schedule you using?
    I made my own when I started the challenge.

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    Same here - but nit getting anywhere near your results

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    Just managed to secure the first bit of major silverware in the form of the league cup. Europe beckons next season for the first time.

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    every year i plan to post in this thread and get too wrapped up in the game so i'm in 2022 and haven't posted an update since the first week...

    i had to point this gem out though:


    what happened in the two days since darko asked to be taken off the transfer list? i have no idea...

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    Lewes - 2016/17 League 1 End of Season Update - 1st

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    A good start where we built a bit of a gap only to slump a little mid season and have Bristol City catch and pass us. The two teams were neck in neck most of the way with a huge gap to third. So promotion was wrapped up fairly early but the chase for the title went down to the last day. We were 2 points and +4 goal difference clear, so a draw should have been enough to do it, but I got a bit nervous when Bristol City went 3-0 up within 10 minutes making me think we'd need the win and not just the draw! Need not have worried in the end, we won our last match 5-0 to close out the season in style.

    What is it with strikers in this game? Sold my previous striker because he wanted too much money given he'd gone down for 3 month injuries the previous two seasons ... only to have my new striker fracture his skull and also go down for 3 months. He'd been brilliant up until that point and it really put us in a struggle for goals for a while (especially when his backup also went down for over a month). Only thing that frustrates me about a single striker system, you can only really afford (in terms of wages and time in the first team) to have one top guy on the roster, and they keep on getting hurt!

    Also had a takeover, but it was just a board member and was certainly a new boss just like the old boss deal. No new investment and the youth facilities (the only non compulsory upgrade I've gotten in my entire time there) got cancelled at the end of the year in order to pay for the required stadium upgrade.

    League Cup - 3rd Round.

    Managed to beat a premier division team in the 2nd round, a first, so happy with the run. Probably could have won this 3rd round match too, bad team management to have subbed some of my better penalty shooters when the game always looked headed for a 0-0 draw.

    FA Cup - 3rd Round.

    The usual third round outcome, although a home tie this time around put a dint in my profits for the year. Really no way we deserved to lose 3-0 in what should have been a winnable game at home, but we chased goals after going down early and paid for it.

    Johnstone's Paint Trophy - Winner.

    Back to back victories, always nice to defend the title, although the final really never should have gone to penalties, especially after they had a player sent off. Thankfully we managed to get a couple of stops and the shoot out was never in doubt.

    Next Season

    Not sure whether we have the quality or will get the budget to get a squad that can push for another promotion, but mid table and consolidate for a push the year after should be on the cards. The stadium is just too small to make a profit without an injection of cash from an away tie against a premier side in the cup, so probably need that to happen to keep the finances healthy.

    Transfer wise just need to keep plugging away and looking for home grown players, towards the end of last year I was often picking the last bench player for their HG status and not because they were the best choice. Would like to look at upgrading in goal, not sure Loris Karius is still going to be quality at this level, but having the GK be home grown is such a help in getting up to the quota I'm not sure I'll be able to make it happen. Also my captain/set piece taker/most consistent player Mads Brogaard wants to leave for a bigger club, thankfully he gave me warning so I've already got replacements and with one year on his deal he's out for as much as I can get for him. Will be sad to see him go, but can't really afford to let him walk for nothing.

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    2012/13   BSS         1st     2nd Rnd     FAT RU                   Promoted, FA Trophy Runners Up
    2013/14   BSP         3rd     4th Rnd     FAT 4th Rnd              Promotion Finalists
    2014/15   BSP         1st     3rd Rnd     FAT Winners              Promoted, FA Trophy Winners
    2015/16   League 2    1st     3rd Rnd     JPT Winners, LC 3rd Rnd  Promoted, Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners
    2016/17   League 1    1st     3rd Rnd     JPT Winners, LC 3rd Rnd  Promoted, Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners
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    Quote Originally Posted by ejthegreat View Post
    Sorry for double post but decided to spend cash on a 17yo russian kid so that he would be HG in 3 years time but even though I'm in the transfer window, the confirmation screen has come up and it's saying the transfer won't go through until next window when he'll already be 18, which would make it pointless for HG.

    I know there is a rule regarding South American players where they have to be 18 to be signed in Europe, does this also apply to Russian and other non EU players? Had a search but nothing is coming up and living in Australia, I'm not familiar with the EU rules and all that stuff.

    Here's the kid in question Gizatullin who, apart from flair and creativity, looks very good for his age and I was able to get a work permit on appeal. Would cost me about a million pounds which I may spend anyway but the idea was to find a kid that would eventually be HG. Is this not possible with non-EU people?
    Went and checked rules and sure enough Russian players can't sign overseas deals until 18yo. Decided to bite the bullet and sign him anyway. He has the potential to be a leading premier league player and fits in well with the squad, I'll just get my HG players from elsewhere, can't really afford to pass up that level of talent at that price.

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    Default #77 Eman - Hendon - Season 6

    Hendon – npower League 1 - 6th - 2017/18


    Table - Past Positions - Squad - Fixtures 1 2 3 - Transfers


    As it was our first season in League 1 the club was expected to fight against relegation, but the team performed far better than these expectations and spent most of the season floating around the play-offs and automatic promotion spot, but in the end had to settle for 6th place. In the semi-finals Burton were defeated 3-1 on aggregate, but we fell at the final hurdle in the play-off final, losing 3-1 to Middlesbrough after taking the lead.

    The inability to play well in the cups continued although losing to Liverpool in the fa cup third round was only to be expected.
    For the first time I actually spent money on a transfer, paying £100k for centre-back Ethan Ebanks-Landell, who had a great season and justified his fee. Collins had another fine season, and loan signings Pinkney and Barrett also played key roles.

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    2012/13     Blue Square South           6th             FA Cup 1st Rnd, FA Trophy 3rd Rnd
    2013/14     Blue Square South           1st             FA Cup 1st Rnd, FA Trophy 3rd Rnd
    2014/15     Blue Square Premier         12th            FA Cup 4th Qual Rnd, FA Trophy 2nd Rnd
    2015/16     Blue Square Premier         1st             FA Cup 1st Rnd, FA Trophy 4th Rnd
    2016/17     npower League 2             1st             FA Cup 3rd Rnd, League Cup 1st Rnd, Johnstone's Paint Trophy 1st Rnd
    2017/18     npower League 1             6th             FA Cup 3rd Rnd, League Cup 1st Rnd, Johnstone's Paint Trophy 1st Rnd

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejthegreat View Post
    Went and checked rules and sure enough Russian players can't sign overseas deals until 18yo. Decided to bite the bullet and sign him anyway. He has the potential to be a leading premier league player and fits in well with the squad, I'll just get my HG players from elsewhere, can't really afford to pass up that level of talent at that price.
    Should still end up as HG if he is at the club for 3 years before he's 21 - check the home-grown status page to see if he has a date.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thebaker View Post
    Should still end up as HG if he is at the club for 3 years before he's 21 - check the home-grown status page to see if he has a date.
    But if I can't sign him before he turns 18, then it's not possible for him to be at the club 3 years before turning 21 surely? Transfer date is still 6mths away so I won't be able to check that until then but it would be after his 21st b/day woudn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejthegreat View Post
    But if I can't sign him before he turns 18, then it's not possible for him to be at the club 3 years before turning 21 surely? Transfer date is still 6mths away so I won't be able to check that until then but it would be after his 21st b/day woudn't it?
    I think it is the season they are 21 in, so 3 seasons, i've had 18yo who have become HG.

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    Darren1983 Kingstonian Premier League Season 2025/26 Review


    Table Graph Squad Transfers

    Prediction: 8th
    Final Posistion: 3rd


    After last seasons League cup win, and 5th placed finish I was after more of the same, we went back into the transfer market with perhaps the most high profile signing being a 33 year old Jack Wilshire in on a free after his release from Arsenal.
    An opening day home defeat to Everton wasn't ideal, but we then went on a 6 game unbeaten run run in the league which was only halted by a narrow 2-1 defat away to Man City. A couple of games later we lost at home to Blackburn and we were mid table. but we then went on a 16 game unbeaten run in the league (24 unbeaten in all comps - new club record) to rocket us back into contention for Europa League places at the least. Due to fixture congestion with our cup runs (more on that soon) we had to rotate a lot and almost everyone played a good 15-20 games this season, we pushed our way into the top 4 but our impressive unbeaten run was again ended by Man City, this time a 3-5 reverse at home. This lead to a few up and down games that threatened our top 4 place (we even dropped out a couple of times) but a run in form at the back end secured us a top for finish and with Aresnal getting beat by Liverpool we finished 3rd on GD an were in the Champions League for the first time!!


    Cups


    League Cup -
    Our defence of this cup was over before it even started with a beating by Arsenal


    FA Cup -
    An comfortable run to the final where we met Chelsea, was a cracking final with us 2 down inside 15 mins, but inspired by our young Spanish Striker Pepe, who was only playing due to injurys to others, saw a great come back and an 85th min header sealed his hat trick, our come back and the cup!!


    Europa League -
    Our first taste of europe looked to be going badly in the 2nd leg of the play offs (after I had chosen to rest most of my first team) but we get through and then cruised our group winning all 6 games, we were drawn with Turkish side Trabzonspor and 2 cortable wins later saw us progress 8-3 on agg to play German giants Bayern Munich, a good 1-1 draw away gave us a great chance at home where we raced into a 2-0 half time lead, but I think the pressure got to us and they scored 2 2nd half goals to go through on away goals.


    Players Of The Season

    Fabien Andre - French Keeper brought on a free 6 years ago and has been our first choice ever since, contract up next season and as his agent dislikes me it's gonna cost a bomb to get him to re-sign


    Theirry Thomas - Like Andre, he was signed on a free 6 years ago and has performed well for us (he's a club Icon) he started as a striker but since the change in formation he's been played out on the left where he's been great, scoring goals and creating goals for


    Xavier Arribas - Young spanish winger that I hope to replace Thomas with, was signed on a free from Barcelona in the summer and has performed well when called upon


    Ali Boulia - My player of the season! What a star he's been this year, loads of big clubs chasing him but now that we're in champions league I hope we can hang on to him. Was signed from Clairefontaine (like Andre) 3 years ago and is now rated as a wonderkid (Our first!) He's like Beckham but with pace! Such a joy watching him skin a couple of players then whip in a cross for someone to nod in

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    #81 - Kingstonian. Season '23-'24. Premier League.


    League position: 14th
    FA Cup: 3R
    League Cup: 4R


    Summary: League table Past positions Squad Aim was to survive; we started off well enough, then slumped, then recovered, then finally struggled over the finish line in 14th. A bit flattering to us, the teams in 15th-18th all had awful run-ins. Nothing else of note, except Chelsea retained the title with a winning goal 4 minutes into injury time against runners-up Man Utd. Shades of Michael Thomas......

    Transfers: Transfers Board pee'd me off royally by selling club captain centre-back Jesper Hansen to Chelsea for a paltry £2.2m just 2 weeks before the season started. We were weak at centre-back all season, despite bringing in a couple of options (Guy, Chastang, Masson) and Hansen barely featured for Chelsea. Maia and Jovanovic strengthened our poor left side, Davis provided depth in the middle, Roscoe didn't score as many as he should have done and is now a back-up, the rest were prospects who most likely won't make the grade. Net spending was only £100k.

    Future prospects: New stadium next season, 18,000 seats. A settled team, only exits should be those who aren't good enough for this level. The club is being held back by poor youth recruitment and basic training facilities; even with an over-flowing bank account the board would rather butter up shareholders than improve facilities. I've spent so little on transfers and wages that the TV money from this season has practically covered the whole costs of the new ground! The squad is still quite young - and good enough to sweep the May Young Player of the Month award. I can't find many players to add to the squad, though, so we'll have to see how it goes.

    History:
    1718 - BSP 5th (Promoted through play-offs)
    1819 - L2 6th (Promoted through play-offs, JPT South area runners-up)
    1920 - L1 4th (Lost in play-off semis)
    2021 - L1 6th (Promoted through play-offs)
    2122 - Ch 12th
    2223 - Ch 2nd (Automatic promotion)
    2324 - PL 14th

    What's getting my goat -
    Tactical inconsistency: one tactic works fine for a few games, then suddenly is useless. A replacement works fine for the next few, then it's also useless. Back to the first tactic, all fine again until a few games on.....
    Offsides: since the last patch the number of offsides has gone through the roof. If only they'd added an "oi, get back onside" shout. It's from goal-scoring chances but also from playing ball back to taker on throw-ins, corners etc, and is happening too regularly for my liking.
    Match preparation: tactic familiarity is on full. Squad goes on holiday for a month. I don't sign anyone. Squad comes back. Tactic familiarity is back to half. Like the whole team will forget how to play how I want!
    Little, inconsequential things, but annoying all the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ejthegreat View Post
    But if I can't sign him before he turns 18, then it's not possible for him to be at the club 3 years before turning 21 surely? Transfer date is still 6mths away so I won't be able to check that until then but it would be after his 21st b/day woudn't it?
    No that will be fine ... it's OK if they turn 21 during the last year, because it's the age at the start of the season that matters. I've signed a few 18 year olds with the intention of making them home grown in my save (although only one so far has lasted the 3 years at my club to do it ...)

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    One thing that's been helpful about getting onto the club's icon list and the improvement in reputation that automatically comes with playing in the EPL. If ever my Chairman doesn't want to give me something, all I have to do is say 'after all I've done for the club, this is the least you could do' and he gives in and I get what I want

    So, because of that, we'll be upgrading our training facilities at the end of the season. Will cost £3.7m and probably get me from 3 up to 4 stars. TV revenue is greater than my total monthly expenses so we're making good money and by the end of the season, the cost won't be much of an issue if I can stay up.

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    Bedford Town - Season 2019/20 - nPower Championship

    Squad - Table - Transfers 1 - Transfers 2 - Finances

    Final position: 9th

    FA Cup: 4th Rnd loss to West Ham(0-2 away)
    Carling Cup: 1st Rnd loss to Swindon from League 2(1-3 away)

    Best result: 4-0 win home against Norwich
    Worst result: Abovementioned loss to Swindon
    Top goalscorer: Christian Christensen, 26(24 in CH)
    Most assists: Marco Oliveira 11(8 in CH)
    Highest Average rating: Christian Christensen, 7.32 (7.31 in CH)

    2019-20 Season Review:

    A good season from the guys. Finishing strong and being close to a playoff place. We sold Melnik and payed for it in the first half of the season, until we signed Innes. Struggling to find good english players for the cheap forced us to have fillers as substitutes most of the season.

    Player of the season:

    Christian Christensen - AM R/S C - Great season from the dane. 24 goals in the league. unfortunately also a lot of disciplinary point. But he scoreswhen he's not suspended ;-)

    Other Key Players

    Lucas Marti - D L - Strong wingback. I hope we can keep him around for a lot of seasons.

    Marco Oliveira - D/DM/M C - Incredible player. Just signed an extension. Crucial in the battle for promotion.

    Colin Innes - M/AM C - Took over in the january window. Exciting player, with skills that fit the position

    2020/21 Season Preview:

    With a new stadium around the corner, and the boards willingness to expand both training and youth facilities the future is looking good. We are focusing a lot on youth and if all goes well in the transfer window, we will battle for promotion as early as this year.


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    St. Albans – npower league 1 – 2023/24

    Media prediction: 23rd
    My prediction: Top 6
    Actual finish: 1st

    League Table

    Past positions

    What a season! Changed tactic from last season and it worked out quite good.

    Squad

    Transfers

    Decided not to buy anyone. I trusted my youth players to be good enough. In January, Aston Villa chose to loan out Baptiste Besse. He got 14 matches without success.


    Key Player Profiles:

    Bernard Mensah – Topscorer once again. This season he made 25 goals.

    Luke Robbins - Luke Robbins – Broke the assist record. He made 28 assists.

    Marco Schäfer – Best player together with Robbins and Mensah.



    Career Overview
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     2012/13   BSS                     9th         n/a
     2013/14   BSS                     1st         BSS
     2014/15   BSP                    10th         n/a
     2015/16   BSP                    12th         n/a
     2016/17   BSP                     4th         Promotion via Playoff
     2017/18   L2                      2nd         Automatic promotion
     2018/19   L1                     18th         n/a
     2019/20   L1                     11th         n/a
     2020/21   L1                      7th         n/a
     2021/22   L1                      4th         n/a
     2022/23   L1                     17th         n/a
     2023/24   L1                      1st         Automatic promotion
    Next Season

    Only aim for next season is to survive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by monkface View Post
    every year i plan to post in this thread and get too wrapped up in the game so i'm in 2022 and haven't posted an update since the first week...

    i had to point this gem out though:


    what happened in the two days since darko asked to be taken off the transfer list? i have no idea...
    Yeah, hats off to all those who find the time to post the wonderful season updates, I thoroughly enjoy reading them on the way to work.
    Personally I'm in season 16, League 1 with Canvey Island, with all good initial intentions to post updates, but a) I got too involved in the game to post b) disqualified myself by using FMRTE, but it was only to provide reputation information to SI for a reputation bug thread I posted.

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    2012-2013 Season Review-Chester-Blue Square North


    League Prediction: 13th
    League Finish: 13th



    League Table

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    Started off very poorly but once the team gelled we moved up the league and finished closer to the playoffs than the relegation zone.


    Squad

    Transfers

    Finances


    Key Players

    Sam Abbott-At 17 he could be with me for at least 5 years. Looking forward to watching his progress.

    Chris Simm-Great strike partner to Abbott.

    Ray Putterill-Very good at Left Wing



    Next Season Targets:

    Playoffs
    Find a striker to replace Simm if possible





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    My centre-back scoring from inside his own half!


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    Outstanding goal that Gypsum.

    Have a contractual problem with my GK. He's only got 6mths left and I'm trying desperately to keep him. His agent is demanding a £1.1m min release clause in the contract, when he's already worth that (would be more if my reputation was better) and there would be half a dozen EPL teams that would pay that much at the drop of a hat. My wage ceiling is 8,750/week and he already wants that, if I lock the min release at 5mill, he then wants double the wages, which just isn't possible. Also wants a % of selling fee and to match highest earner.

    Aside from letting him have the 1.1m release clause and watching him go at the end of the season, is there anything else I can do to keep him? It would cost me probably 3 times that amount to get a reasonably equivalent replacement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejthegreat View Post

    Have a contractual problem with my GK. He's only got 6mths left and I'm trying desperately to keep him. His agent is demanding a £1.1m min release clause in the contract, when he's already worth that (would be more if my reputation was better) and there would be half a dozen EPL teams that would pay that much at the drop of a hat. My wage ceiling is 8,750/week and he already wants that, if I lock the min release at 5mill, he then wants double the wages, which just isn't possible. Also wants a % of selling fee and to match highest earner.

    Aside from letting him have the 1.1m release clause and watching him go at the end of the season, is there anything else I can do to keep him? It would cost me probably 3 times that amount to get a reasonably equivalent replacement.
    I know it may sound risky, but have you thought trying to cash in on him for around £5m or so? If clubs offer anywhere near that then you could get the money to get his replacement straight away. Otherwise there isn't much you can really do I'm afraid apart from just letting him see out his contract .

    The only other option I can think of is to use the budget allocation to gain more wage budget and offer as close to what he wants, but by the sounds of it that might not even be enough either.

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    Canvey Island - 2018/19 End of Season Update - PL
    Slowly edging closer...

    League: (Positions) After missing out narrrowly on Europa League qualification last season, the aim for this season was quite simple. Gain a spot in Europe for the following season by any means.

    However, things have a way of not always going to plan, and despite always knocking on the top 6 door throughout the season, we were never really favourites to finish there. In fact, were it not for a 5 match unbeaten run at the end of the season, I'm not sure that we would've replicated our 7th placed finish from last season. But this was good enough to gain a EL spot, due to the fantastic performances of Wolves in both cups handing the Europe spots down to 7th this season.

    Europe now awaits.

    Cups
    FA Cup : I can't complain about the draw this season, although would it kill for a home tie once in a while; just got completely and utterly outplayed by Stoke on the day, I even think 5-1 was a fair result too.

    League Cup
    : Can we just get a home tie for once please?? Ran into the juggernaut which were Wolves before January, they finished the calendar year only 1 point off the leaders such was their form, so again no real complaints.

    Squad (1)(2) and Transfers: A quiet front on transfers, as I decided to try a lot of the youngsters who have been doing well through the academy and youth teams. Losing Kinsella was a bit of a blow though, I did miss his goals some of the few times when Parkes and Austin weren't on form.

    Player of the Season : Terry McGarry - MC

    A tough choice this season for a change, as no-one really stood out from the crowd, with Kinsella and Austin coming off the boil near the end of the season and Parkes also being too hit and miss, McGarry was probably one of the more consistent performers, and even played every PL game which is unheard off in my rotation policy

    Finances
    : Greedy shareholders strike again!! Also got a VERY small stadium expansion, this now taking up to maximum capacity. Anyone want to bet on when I get a new stadium?

    Other Stuff : Just the one job offer this season, at reigning champions Arsenal (eventually filled by Martin Jol) who in fact offered me a smaller transfer budget than I get at Canvey .

    At the start of the season [that must be stressed], we made our first appearance onto the rich list, slotting in between the finance powerhouses of Napoli and West Ham.

    2019 CL final (for those who care): Inter 1-0 Valencia

    History:
    2012-13: BSS - 1st
    2013-14: BSP - 1st, FA Trophy Winners
    2014-15: L2 - 1st, JPT Winners
    2015-16: L1 - 1st, JPT Winners
    2016-17: CH - 2nd
    2017-18: PL - 7th
    2018-19: PL - 7th

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    Gypsum's Worksop town - Premier league - 2025/26


    League position: 1st / Position graph
    Media prediction: 3rd


    Champions league: Semi-finalists / Lost 4-3 on aggregate to Roma

    League cup:
    Finalists / Lost 1-0 to Leeds

    Transfers - Managed to sign a bunch of young British players to keep with my all-home nation transfer policy, even if it cost me a fortune.

    Finances

    General squad info


    Star players;

    Julian Moreno - Another excellent season, despite injury problems late on.
    Peter Birbeck - Won the English players' player of the year award for the third straight season.
    Tete - Another consistent run earned him a place in the Premiership team of the year.
    Viera - More great improvements and impressive form, despite injury problems.
    Mark Gregory - A towering English striker who bagged an impressive 22 goals at the tender age of 20.
    Marcelo Bogni - A golden glove winning season for the second straight year.


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    2012/13              Blue Square North                    1st
    2013/14              Blue square Premier                  12th                       FA Cup third round
    2014/15              Blue square Premier                  3rd                        Moved into new stadium / Playoff winners 
    2015/16              League 2                             3rd                        Automatic promotion / FA cup 5th round
    2016/17              League 1                             1st                        FA Cup 4th round
    2017/18              Championship                         5th                        Championship playoff semi-finalists
    2018/19              Championship                         1st                        
    2019/20              Premier league                       7th
    2020/21              Premier league                       2nd                        Champions league qualification
    2021/22              Premier league                       2nd                        Champions league winners
    2022/23              Premier league                       1st                        League cup winners 
    2023/24              Premier league                       2nd                        Champions league runners-up
    2024/25              Premier league                       1st                        Champions league semi-finalists
    2025/26              Premier league                       1st                        Champions league semi-finalists / League cup finalists

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    Harrow Borough | Season 2036/37 | Barclays Premier League



    Table | Positions Graph | Squad | Finances | Transfers


    The major transfer business of the summer was re-signing current players and staff. A large number of important players were nearing the ends of their contracts, and I had to sacrifice a significant amount of transfer budget to put towards increased wages to keep some of my best players. Paul Clarke-Harris, in particular, proved very stubborn. Having had a year to run on his £1.6m per year contract with a tiny minimum fee release clause of just £10m, he eventually signed a deal for

    During pre-season I approached the board asking them to build a new stadium and it was instantly granted. So Harrow will be moving from Harrow Stadium to.....

    Harrow Stadium. An odd one. Hopefully this will have significant expansion potential, unlike the first Harrow Stadium. Of course the sponsors will re-name the stadium as far as the reports go but you'll have to wait for that revelation until the stadium is built. But also this season, I bullied my board into upgrading the training facilities. This is much needed.

    The league started well and until early January we were top of the league. Three games in a row against Man Utd, Man City and Arsenal yielded just two points, and suddenly we were off the pace a bit. However, we did have a much easier run after that starting at Wigan, and Odilon Ondjola was bang on form. He broke the club goalscoring record for a season on 1st March! Back to the league shortly.

    Cup Runs saw another first - Champions' League without the need for qualification. I was still seeded 4th though, which meant a tough group comprising Sevilla, Juventus and Schalke. A narrow defeat at Juventus Stadium in the opening game meant qualification would be tough - Sevilla were the highest ranked team in the group. When we lost at home to Juve, too, qualification was out of our hands, although victory or a draw in the final game against Sevilla would secure at least a Europa League spot. We got the draw, and a win wouldn't have been enough to stay in the Champions' League because Schalke had got the draw they needed to seal qualification. Still, I felt the Europa League presented a decent opportunity for our first major trophy, so I wasn't too downhearted. Red Star were to be my first Europa League opponents since I was last in the Championship. Shakhtar or Marseille were the carrot in the 2nd knockoud round. Red Star were dispatched easily, but Shakhtar proved to be a major banana skin! That was disappointing, I would have liked to have made that my first major trophy.

    In the league cup, a harsh red-card for Markevich plus two injuries resulted in the team having to play the whole of extra-time against Tottenham away with just nine men. Jacky Jouan had the ball in the net for what would have been his hat-trick only to have it chalked off by the linesman's flag. Predictably, it was old-boy Diego Bertolotti who scored the crucial goal with 8 minutes to go. Spurs got another just before full time while our players were bombing forward looking for an equaliser, but Bertolotti's brace to equalise on 83 minutes and then win the game after 113 was the killer for us.

    The FA Cup saw a good run to the Semi-Finals where we were unlucky to draw Man City in the Semi-Final, with Swansea meeting Ipswich in the other one. It definitely felt more like a final. Remember I am still to win a major trophy!

    It started well, Jicha giving us the lead in just the 4th minute. Within ten, Ondjola had doubled the lead but within 16, City had pulled one back. It felt like one of those games. I was convinced City would equalise. With just twenty seconds to go, a fourth goal arrived. A legend scored it. Our 2nd Cup Final awaited, and this time we would be hot favourites! Swansea beat Ipswich in the other semi to provide Welsh opposition in the Final.

    In the league, things went well briefly after that really tough run in January. With 8 games to go we were in the driving seat with the easiest run-in: Leicester, Newport, West Ham, Ipswich, Burnley, Watford, Cardiff, Liverpool. If we won all of those from there, only Arsenal could finish above us, and they had games aagainst Man City, Spurs, Villa and Chelsea all to come. Of course it wasn't to be that simple, and drawing at home to Newport was certainly not in the script. It suddenly became very close, with just two points separating the top 4 in mid-April, at the time when Ondjola broke the league goalscoring record to add to his overall record. However, we then went and lost at home to West Ham, too! Suddenly the title looked a long, long way off. Arsenal stretched their lead to five points the day we reached the Cup Final to dampen any hopes of an historic double. However, they did have to play Tottenham and Chelsea. Though their other games (Swansea, Newport, West Ham and Watford) looked very winnable, "you never know in football". Liverpool were the other team ahead of us but we played them on the last day of the season - so if Liverpool were to be the main rivals, it would all come down to May 24th at Dalglish Park.

    Then, the next week, Arsenal lost at Spurs, and Man Utd were turned over by relegation dog-fighters Swansea. So what happened at Portman Road when Harrow visited Ipswich? You guessed it, we lost 1-0! From being potentially locked in a top 4 separated by just two points, suddenly we were looking over our shoulder, our Champions' League place far from secure. But of course there was another twist just around the corner. Chelsea drew 0-0 with United, both easing concerns for the CL place and dragging United back within striking distance. And on their visit to Villa Park, Arsenal's goalless draw all-but condemned the Carling Cup winners to relegation, but didn't do much for the Gunners either. Liverpool were now in the driving seat of the roller-coaster, but we were on their tails. Back-to-back league defeats against West Ham and Ipswich suddenly looked as if they might really cost us, unless we could get very lucky.

    The first leg of that luck arrived. Liverpool could only draw with Newport while we were beating Burnley away. Three games to go:

    Arsenal 72
    Liverpool 72
    Man Utd 71
    Harrow 69

    The second leg didnt arrive on the next opportunity, although Arsenal's 6-1 thrashing of Chelsea did give me some breathing space in my Champions' League spot. But later that day, we couldn't break down a stubborn Watford side, and the title was all but gone, despite United's 1-1 draw at home to Newport. Liverpool's defeat at West Ham was a mocking side-show. The title, surely was Arsenal's. Two games to go:

    Arsenal 75
    Man Utd 72
    Liverpool 72
    Harrow 70

    The small matter of the FA Cup Final, and a shot at our first major trophy, interrupted Arsenal's procession. But this Cup Final was to be no Harrow procession, either. It was 0-0 at half time and though we were on top, the Welsh side had seen more than one or two sights of goal. However, Jicha got the opening goal shortly after the restart, and when, with about 20 minutes to go, Jacky Jouan made it two, I started to celebrate the first major trophy at Harrow Stadium.

    Back to what was seeming a lost cause in the league, it was Welsh opponents again with the visit to the Cardiff City Stadium on May 16th. The boys were in the mood, and we were 4-0 up after barely an hour before getting sloppy and winning the game only 4-2. It secured the Champions' League again, and remarkably, Arsenal lost, and United drew, to Newport and West Ham respectively. Suddenly we had a last-day scrap on our hands. With Harrow away at Liverpool, United at home to Watford and Arsenal at home to West Ham, the table going into the last day was:

    Arsenal 75 (+44)
    Liverpool 75 (+34)
    Man Utd 73 (+33)
    Harrow 73 (+33).

    Arsenal, my own team, were clearly massively in the driving seat, but if nothing else, I wanted to help them out by thwarting Liverpool - and although Arsenal losing at home to West Ham seemed inconceivable, if we could beat Liverpool by more than United beat Watford, then it would make the unthinkable....thinkable.

    Liverpool lost to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final just four days before the last match, which surely gave us the edge psychologically. As if to balance it out, my goalkeeper, Aaron Platnauer, got injured the day before the game and was only fit enough for the bench. But going into the game, my front three had 65 goals between them. I knew it was possible that they could have one of those golden days, which would leave me looking only for one result elsewhere.

    Sloppy defending from a corner which led to a Liverpool opener in the 11th minute wasn't the best start, but within two minutes Jacky Jouan popped up to do his old club a favour if nothing else by scoring the instant reply, combining with another Arsenal old-boy, Santiago Cascon. Shortly before half-time, though, the assistant referee missed a clear offside call and Liverpool were 2-1 up. I tried to give the team a boost at half-time but despite a valiant effort, the Kop goal was breached in the 72nd minute and the title dream was over for another year. There was some satisfaction to come because it wasn't enough for Liverpool, who lost the title on goal difference to Arsenal for the second time, almost 50 years after the first (Yes, I know it was Goal Average in 1989, but it sounds better like that!).

    I was gutted. Although we were closer to the title this year, it was really a step backwards. We lost fewer games, but 13 draws is not acceptable. Had we turned just three of those draws into wins, the title would have been ours. We were there or thereabouts for about 3/4 of the season.

    Still, another training facilities upgrade should help things in the next few years. And the new stadium is just two years away! As for the finances dip, do not be alarmed, I signed a few big players early in the transfer window and plan to recoup some of that by selling some players later on!

    Key Players

    Odilon Ondjola* - the boy came good! Broke records, won awards, and so nearly won us the league with his goals!
    Jacky Jouan - Ondjola's most effective foil. 18 assists to add to his modest 12 goals. I made a mistake in February, selling him to Wolves. There are replacements coming, but he was better than I realised.
    Jaguare - in the light of Clarke-Harris' January move, Jaguare really stepped up to the plate and has now become a vital player.
    Jose Felix Cabello - the Paul Scholes of Harrow Borough is still turning in top-class performances...

    Special Mentions to:
    Sergey Markevich
    Ondrej Jicha
    Tobias Neumeier
    Regis Mpinda
    Aaron Platnauer
    Enrico Baggio

    (*= fans' player of the year)

    The team of the year
    The historical best XI - Baggio, Clarke-Harris and Jicha all inducted this year. Bizarrely, Kalema Lukaku is still at Portsmouth. He's 39!
    Ondjola was unsurprisingly featured in the Footballer of the Year award, having won the golden boot by a country mile.
    Aaron Platnauer lost out to Liverpool's Egan in the Golden Glove award only because he had played more games.
    For the first time, I won the Premiership manager of the year award.
    As well as Ondjola, who was in the first XI, Jouan and Platnauer were on the bench for the Premiership Select XI.

    Key Records Broken

    Highest Transfer Fee Paid: £16m for Pablo Martinez from Neuchatel Xamax on 1st January
    Top Goalscorer (overall season): 38 - Odilon Ondjola
    Top Goalscorer (league season): 29 - Odilon Ondjola
    Oldest Goalscorer: Jose Felix Cabello, 32y 162d v Man City, FA Cup Semi Final, 18th April
    Highest Average Attendance: 12,662, which is actually the exact capacity of the stadium, which means we sold every single seat this year!


    Valete (Or, key departures and their career stats)

    ERMAN OZKAN
    Had lost his place in the team, and so £2.5m of pure profit was too good to turn down.
    APPS: 75, GLS: 4, ASSTS: 0, MoM: 2, AvR: 7.01

    EFE GARBA
    After rotting in the reserves for several years, the forgotten man finally left. Never made much of an impression but played just about enough to merit inclusion here.
    APPS: 30, GLS: 5, ASSTS: 6, MoM: 0, AvR: 7.01

    MASSIMILIANO ANDREOLI
    The perennial subsistute, if you counted the times he was named on the bench he would be up there amongst the top 20 or so appearance holders at Harrow, but was never good enough for a sustained run in the side.
    APPS: 41, GLS: 2, ASSTS: 5, MoM: 2, AvR: 6.91

    PAUL CLARKE-HARRIS
    I didn't want to sell him but his refusal to sign a contract meant his £10m switch to Man City was necessary.
    APPS: 194, GLS: 1, ASSTS: 14, MoM: 14, AvR: 7.19

    MESSIAS
    After losing his form in front of goal, and as he was getting on in years, he was shipped off to Milan for £8.5m in January.
    APPS: 67, GLS: 28, ASSTS: 18, MoM: 5, AvR: 7.28

    JACKY JOUAN
    In January I felt he wasn't as good as other options. I think I was wrong!
    APPS: 91, GLS: 27, ASSTS: 38, MoM: 7, AvR: 7.34

    Next season, we need to win the league at least. It's time.

    Targets for 2036/37
    Get to the Champions' League Quarter-Final at least. FAILURE - and having gone out of the Champions' League, we should have made a better fist of the Europa League.
    Qualify for the 2037/8 Champions' League. SUCCESS, although we will have to qualify.
    Win a domestic cup. SUCCESS - our first taste of genuine silverware.

    Targets for 2037/38
    Win the League.
    Get to the Champions' League Quarter-Final at least.
    Keep hold of Ondjola, Jicha, Platnauer, Coronel and Churin. There are others but these players will be the core of my team for years to come.


    In other news, England lost to Holland 2-0 at the start of the season in the Quarter Final of the European Championships, and Barcelona beat Roma in the Champions' League Final.

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    2012/13     Blue Square South         17th      45       Stayed clear of relegation.
    2013/14     Blue Square South          3rd      80       Playoff runners-up.
    2014/15     Blue Square South          2nd      91       Promoted via playoffs.
    2015/16     Blue Square Premier       13th      64       Mid-table finish.
    2016/17     Blue Square Premier       10th      63       Move to Harrow Stadium completed.
    2017/18     Blue Square Premier       17th      57       None.
    2018/19     Blue Square Premier       15th      56       Drew with Forest in FA Cup!
    2019/20     Blue Square Premier        7th      73       FA Trophy Winners.
    2020/21     Blue Square Premier        4th      77       Playoff semi-finalists; FA Trophy Winners.
    2021/22     Blue Square Premier        1st      90       Promoted as Champions; FA Trophy Winners.
    2022/23     Coca-Cola League Two       1st      92       Promoted automatically, and at the first attempt!
    2023/24     Coca-Cola League One       3rd      87       Playoff Final runners up; FA Cup 4th round.
    2024/25     Coca-Cola League One       7th      77       JPT Runner-up.
    2025/26     Coca-Cola League One       1st      97       Promoted as Champions.
    2026/27     Coca-Cola Championship    10th      68       Stadium Expansion to just over 7,000 all-seater planned.
    2027/28     Coca-Cola Championship    16th      53       Expansion to 7,582 all-seater completed, further expansion of 1,580 seats planned.
    2028/29     Coca-Cola Championship    10th      66       Expansion completed to 9,162 capacity.
    2029/30     Coca-Cola Championship     2nd      89       Promotion; Carling Cup Q-Final; FA Cup R5, incl. victory v. Tottenham; Stadium expansion announced (3,500 seats).
    2030/31     Barclays Premier League   20th      18       Expansion to 12,662 capacity stadium completed; FA Cup Runner-up & Europa League Qualification.
    2031/32     Coca-Cola Championship     2nd      96       Europa League 2nd K/O Round, Promotion.
    2032/33     Barclays Premier League   12th      49       Carling Cup S-Final.
    2033/34     Barclays Premier League   12th      46       None.
    2034/35     Barclays Premier League    4th      72       Qualified for the Champions League.
    2035/36     Barclays Premier League    3rd      80       Qualified for the CL group stage automatically.
    2036/37     Barclays Premier League    4th      73       FA Cup Winners.
    TROPHY CABINET - MAJOR TROPHIES
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    Quote Originally Posted by ejthegreat View Post
    Outstanding goal that Gypsum.

    Have a contractual problem with my GK. He's only got 6mths left and I'm trying desperately to keep him. His agent is demanding a £1.1m min release clause in the contract, when he's already worth that (would be more if my reputation was better) and there would be half a dozen EPL teams that would pay that much at the drop of a hat. My wage ceiling is 8,750/week and he already wants that, if I lock the min release at 5mill, he then wants double the wages, which just isn't possible. Also wants a % of selling fee and to match highest earner.

    Aside from letting him have the 1.1m release clause and watching him go at the end of the season, is there anything else I can do to keep him? It would cost me probably 3 times that amount to get a reasonably equivalent replacement.
    If they're being unreasonable then you just have to sell them for all you can get ASAP. Sounds Machiavellian but why have any loyalty to your players when they'll all just whine they want to go to the bigger clubs anyway? So sell that guy for as much money as he'll fetch and buy yourself the best replacement you can find ... you'll be surprised what will come up. After all you have to believe you can make better use of your funds than the CPU managers to try this challenge to start with, so just back yourself and sell him.

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    Tooting & Mitcham United Football Club
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    First season in the EPL really turned out to be two seasons in one.

    After a productive off-season, except for the loss of club icon Zac Ansah (who refused to negotiate a new deal and later retired....idiot), we started the season off with the newly promoted momentum we could muster. 5 wins and a draw from our opening 8 matches saw us up into 5th and dreaming of Europe. A somewhat mixed bag followed, but we kept winning vital games and at the halfway point of the season we were sitting comfortably in 6th place and with a decent gap to 8th.

    From there though, everything went wrong, our season coming to a grinding halt and those early points were needed as we started sliding down the table. Thankfully, there were many horrible teams this season, so our 45pts was enough for 13th and indeed 31pts would've been enough to survive.

    To give an idea how bad our second half was, here is the breakdown

    1st half: P19, W9, D6, L4. For 28, Ag 19, GD +9 for 33pts and 5 TV appearances
    2nd half: p19, W2, D6, L11. For 16, Ag 38, GD -22 for 12pts and 1 TV appearance

    This included finishing the season with 6 losses in a row in which we conceded 21 goals. Really concerned as I could not find anyway to halt the slide and I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to improve next year.


    Some of the new arrivals:

    Artem Gizatullin First costly player, came in at the start of January, didn't exactly set the world on fire and is having some trouble adjusting, hoping he settles next season.

    Barry Howard Brought in as a long term prospect for free after Bolton let him go. Had an awful season, with his only goal coming in the second last game of the season. Chelsea and Man Utd are circling, which at least indicates he must have a lot of potential.

    Tobias Horn How could I not get someone called Tobias. He may not be blue but he has enough stats that are, I can see him forming a monster CB partnership with Hallovic in coming years.

    Gustav Orheim Young Gus impressed on trial and hopefully with a little fitness work, will be the long term DM I'm looking for.

    Panagiotis Troullis Given the boot from Frankfurt, he comes highly rated. Am concerned about his Determination but my wings are my weak area so will give him a chance. Man City are asking about him as well now.

    Samuel Otoo Had him in on trial at the same time as Horn. Was only going to sign Horn but then Hallovic and Gault got injured and decided I wanted extra cover with a lot of potential and he only wanted 900/week. For some reason he had delusions of playing first team football and went crazy, demanding to be transfer listed after about 3mths and then offering to terminate contract for 35k. I decided to try and sell him instead and Chelsea obviously saw the potential too, so he'll be leaving for 1.4mil at the end of the season.

    Best player this season (avg):

    Antonio Amato In his third season with us and with the match day HG rule relaxed, he took over the starting left back role from Martin. Did very little going forward with 0 goals, 1 assist but was my strongest defender when not injured and the only player (back up keeper aside) to average over 7 for the season.


    Off-Field we improved the Youth Facilities, will shortly be improving Training Facilities and moving into a new stadium. With the low wage bill, we were able to make around £30m profit this season. With the money I want to bring in better coaches, spend transfer money on slightly older players who can have an impact straight away and be able to pay more for better and more ready talent.


    Board Overview


    Goals for 2019/20

    • Stay up Success
    • Improve squad with HG players to avoid having to play a weaker team Failed but wasn't an issue as in EPL HG rule is only for squad not match day
    • Make enough to upgrade stadium or pay off debt if board take out loan to upgrade stadium Success, new stadium announced last year, will be open soon.



    Goals for 2020/21
    • Top half finish
    • Domestic Cup run
    • Improve current ability of squad with more ready made players.



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    Season    Division   Position    Achievements
    2012/13     BSS        7th        FA Trophy-3rd Rd
    2013/14     BSS        3rd        Promoted via Playoffs, FA Cup-4th Rd
    2014/15     BSP        4th        Promoted via Playoffs, FA Cup-3rd Rd, FA Trophy Winners
    2015/16     L2         3rd        Automatic Promotion, JPT South Winner, JPT Finalist
    2016/17     L1         2nd        Automatic Promotion, League Cup-Qtr Final, FA Cup-3rd Rd
    2017/18     CH         8th        None
    2018/19     CH         1st        npower Championship Winners, FA Cup-4th Rd, League Cup-3rd Rd
    2019/20     EPL        13th       None


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    Darren1983 Kingstonian Season Review
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    After last seasons 3rd place finish, I stayed out of the transfer market as I felt we had a very good young squad that just needed time to grow together, saw the summer only saw 1 transfer which was the £2.5million signing of Vigneau from Benfica. We started the seaon with a 2-1 defeat in the Community Sheild to Man Utd.

    Once again we started the league season slowly, with a 0-0 draw at home to Everton and 3-0 defeat away to Man Utd. We improved to beat Wolves 3-0 and our season was under way, we went on a couple good long (10-12 games at a time) unbeaten runs and we put ourselves amongst the leaders, over the busy christmas period we beat Utd 6-1 at home, then Chelsea 2-0 away in the space of 3 or 4 days to hit top spot, a 2-2 draw away to Everton saw drop back to 2nd and we kept going top then straight away draw and drop down again. We hit top spot again after a good 4-0 win away to spurs and that was that, we never dropped off top again and ended up cruising to the title mainly due to our Man Utd like skill in getting late goals, best shown when away to Cardiff where we had 2 men sent off but grabbed a 94th min goal to win, then 3 days later we were 1 down in the 85th min but manged 2 late goals to steal a 2-1 win.

    With 4 games to we beat Swansea and that was enough to seal our first title!!!


    Cups

    Champions League -

    our first venture into this competition saw us go striaght into the group stages where we were drawn with Lyon, Athletico Madrid and Werder Bremen, 4 wins and 2 draws saw us through as group winners and a first round knockout game against Marseille, a comfortable 4-0 away win meant that putting out my back up/cup team was the plan for the 2nd leg, and the 3-3 draw meant nothing and we were through to play the holders AC Milan. A fantastic 3-1 win at home gave us a great chance to go through, I think playing at the San Siro got to us, as we produced our worst performace of the season to go down 4-1 on the night and 5-4 on agg to end our adventure

    League Cup -

    Pretty comfortable run to the final where we were to strong for Championship side Bolton and won our 2nd league cup in 3 years




    FA Cup -


    Another comfortable run to the final where we beat Spurs after extra time for back to back FA Cup wins and complete a domestic treble


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    Am I too late to start this? I'm not even fashionably late, first time doing this (and posting on the forum, hah) but quite keen to .


    Just holidaying now... hopefully get someone quite interesting with some reloading tonight...

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    Nah mate - can join in anytime! Welcome, say goodbye to the rest of your life

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    Ok, I've decided to go as Wealdstone! Not great with the whole links and screenshots things, but I'll work it out eventually haha. For now, I will start to take Wealdstone to the very top (or maybe not!)

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    Lewes - 2017/18 Championship End of Season Update - 1st

    Table | Positions | Transfers | Squad | Finances

    Said I needed a new goal keeper, and the very first thing that happens is the leading youth player cut is a 3.5 star/5 star GK Ross Cuggy ... thank you very much, signed him up quick smart. Think poor Loris Karius saw the writing on the wall as he immediately moaned he wanted to go to a bigger club so I shipped him off. When Alex Nicholson also cracked the sads after I rejected a transfer bid for him it was goodbye to all my players from BSS days.

    Unfortunately Cuggy went down for 5 weeks with a hernia right before the first game, which meant a shopping trip for an experienced backup. Shwan Jalal was brought in and performed brillaintly really, 12 clean sheets in 16 appearances ... which meant any thoughts of just a comfortable mid table appearance went out the window as we won the first 5 league games and bolted out to an early lead. Shame Jalal had to make way really, the way he was playing I'd have liked to keep him in there, but Cuggy started complaining he wanted to play once he got healthy and there was no way I was risking losing my 17 year old for the 34 year old!

    By about the 30 game mark we were 12 points out in the lead for the league and looking like we'd coast it in, but a late season goal drought from both the strikers and Cardiff going on a 20 game unbeaten run tightened things up considerably. Going into our away match with Cardiff they actually had a chance to pass us ... but we found form at just the right time, thumped them 4-0, then won out the remaining 5 games for an 11 point margin of victory in the end.

    Really amazing season ... especially from my star signing Jay Emmanuel-Thomas ... how on earth he sat out the entire previous year I don't know, crazy AI logic in this game. I managed to snap him up once he got desperate in the off season for 1.1k a week ... and he goes on to win the Championship player of the year! Also has by far the best haircut in the game, pity the 3D match engine isn't advanced enough to show it.

    The promotion coincides with hitting Legend status with the club too.

    League Cup - 3rd Round.

    3 league cups 3 3rd rounds ... don't really care and neither do the board, we have an understanding the chairman and I.

    FA Cup - Semi Final.

    Great run in the FA Cup to make it to the semis, really showed we could mix it with the premier division sides. Pity the semi final performance wasn't up to scratch ... the final score line flattered us after we went 3 goals down, pulled two back to give us a glimmer of hope in the final minutes but we deserved to lose. Still a brilliant run and a much needed financial boost.

    Next Season

    Getting a new stadium built ... 17.5k seats. Will be a nice boost after this year with our current one seating 6k (and our temporary home for much of the year while that was being expanded only seating around 2.5k). If we can stay up this year then the cash should really start to roll in. Staying up seems quite achievable too, we didn't look completely outmatched during our cup matches.

    Otherwise I do need to do some squad pruning ... brought in a bunch of cheap high potential Euro youngsters in the hope of making them home grown over the long haul, without really getting rid of some of the older faces. The squad currently sits at 37 players and really that proved to be too many to get everyone the time they needed to develop. I really need to start being a bit more disciplined about my buying cheap high potential players willy nilly! With only one expiring contract at the end of the year some transfers will have to be made.

    Otherwise I just need to find a way to strong arm the board into upgrading the training facilities ... down to only 3 blue stars now, maybe lower once the promotion officially goes through I think. Despite having 4 star coaching in everything some of my better players are actually declining and I think it's due to the abysmal facilities. Certainly my picking up of high potential young players is for nought if they're not getting the right training.

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    2012/13   BSS           1st     2nd Rnd     FAT RU                   Promoted, FA Trophy Runners Up
    2013/14   BSP           3rd     4th Rnd     FAT 4th Rnd              Promotion Finalists
    2014/15   BSP           1st     3rd Rnd     FAT Winners              Promoted, FA Trophy Winners
    2015/16   League 2      1st     3rd Rnd     JPT Winners, LC 3rd Rnd  Promoted, Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners
    2016/17   League 1      1st     3rd Rnd     JPT Winners, LC 3rd Rnd  Promoted, Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners
    2016/17   Championship  1st     SF          LC 3rd Rnd               Promoted, FA Cup Semi-Finalists

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    With the EPL season just finished, I decided to take a really good look at my squad and work out where my weaknesses were and the main area that could be identified was in the central midfield spots, where I only have one player on 3.5stars and the next are on 2.5 stars, although with potential. Went through all my scouting reports which I'd not really bothered to look at since end of Jan window and one stood out with no obvious weaknesses.

    Ruiz Would cost me pretty much my entire transfer budget and essentially it would be putting the club's short term future in the hands on one player. I have one player and one coach who speak Spanish and English so I think he would settle okay and it's not listed as a weakness, although also not a strength.

    Am I overreacting to our second half of the season that only saw us win 12pts or do I need to improve the team enough now to give the team time and money to reach their potential? I would estimate about a 40-50% chance of being sacked if we were relegated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejthegreat View Post
    With the EPL season just finished, I decided to take a really good look at my squad and work out where my weaknesses were and the main area that could be identified was in the central midfield spots, where I only have one player on 3.5stars and the next are on 2.5 stars, although with potential. Went through all my scouting reports which I'd not really bothered to look at since end of Jan window and one stood out with no obvious weaknesses.

    Ruiz Would cost me pretty much my entire transfer budget and essentially it would be putting the club's short term future in the hands on one player. I have one player and one coach who speak Spanish and English so I think he would settle okay and it's not listed as a weakness, although also not a strength.

    Am I overreacting to our second half of the season that only saw us win 12pts or do I need to improve the team enough now to give the team time and money to reach their potential? I would estimate about a 40-50% chance of being sacked if we were relegated.
    Looks like I won't be able to afford his terms anyway. Wants a min release clause that's the same as what I'm buying him for, wants an insane amount per game and all sorts of extras, probably due to my 12k max wage cap. Going to have to rely on improvement from within again next year, it's nearly impossible to afford to purchase a player that will improve the current standard of the team, best off sticking to high potential players and hoping they come on with game time and don't get me relegated in the mean time.

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    2013-2014 Season Review-Chester-Blue Square North


    League Prediction: 15th
    League Finish: 2nd



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    Another poor start to the season but once we found our feet we were superb. Unlucky to lose in the playoffs. We lost 5-3 on aggregate to Southport

    Squad

    Transfers

    Finances


    Key Players

    Daniel Devine-Rock at the back this season. Superb.

    Sebastian Carole-Good service to the strikers from the french winger

    Ellis Martin-Centre mid contributed with 11 assists.


    Targets from Last Season



    Playoffs
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    Next Season Targets:

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    2012/13         Blue Square North          13th           None
    2013/14         Blue Square North          2nd            Lost in Playoff Semi Final

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    Worksop Championship 2022/23

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    League Cup - Winners

    FA Cup - 6th Rd


    This season was ultimately a very successful one as i led the league for much of the season. However cup success meant fixture congestion and along with loss of form from players and trouble with the HG rules the team suffered a dip in april where only 2 points came from 5 games. The meant worksop finished in 3rd when the best ever points total previously for 2nd had been 91 points. In the playoffs i won 3-0 away to leicester before drawing 0-0 at home. In the playoff final i won 2-1 against Brighton. In the league Cup i beat 2 L2 sides in Stockport and Walsall before playing Prem Fulham. a 2-1 home win was followed by a 2-0 home win against champ Blackpool. Man city were the next opponents and the prem league champs lost 2-1 at their own ground. In the semi-final prem West Ham were beaten 3-1 away in the first leg which allowed for a comfortable 2nd leg finishing 1-1. In the final i faced Liverpool in a very one-sided final, Liverpool had the consolation of finishing 3rd in the prem. In the FA cup i beat L1 Millwall and then prem Blacburn 3-1 before winning away at champ Bristol City 3-0. In the 6th Rd i faced prem Arsenal at home but easily lost 2-1.
    The training facilities were upgraded to adequate which i felt made a difference to the players improvement. A 1750 extra seats were added in the season and an additional 3750 announced at the end of the year which cost 4.5 million and put me firmly in the red.
    The performances against the premier sides mean the outlook for next season is good along with the bonus of euro competition.


    Transfers

    Squad


    Transfers in were a combination of some youth players and some backup players. Money was spent for the first time on a player. Pavic came in and took over the number 1 goalie position. Lemoine was a rock at the back and cured the defensive problems, Steifler and Lepper also did well and could be the world class players to take the team foward. Leaving were several backup players including Diakite (59 apps 3 goals) who did well when needed but never showed enough improvement. The standout performer was again Brandt followed by Lemoine and the 2 FB's Bacic and Hajgato.



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    2012/13        BSN           13th         4th QRd           FA Trophy - 1st Rd           N/A                    None
    2013/14        BSN           3rd          1st Rd            FA Trophy - 1st Rd           N/A                    Promoted via playoffs
    2014/15        BSP           6th          1st Rd            FA Trophy - 1st Rd           N/A                    None
    2015/16        BSP           2nd          3rd Rd            FA Trophy - Winners          N/A                    Promoted via playoffs, FA Trophy winners
    2016/17        L2            14th         1st Rd            LC - 2nd Rd/JPT - Qtr-f      N/A                    None
    2017/18        L2            6th          3rd Rd            LC - 2nd Rd/JPT - 2nd Rd     N/A                    Lost in playoff Final
    2018/19        L2            3rd          3rd Rd            LC - 3rd Rd/JPT - N- Final   N/A                    Automatic promotion
    2019/20        L1            1st          5th Rd            LC - 1st Rd/JPT - Winners    N/A                    League Winners, JPT Winners
    2020/21        CMP           11th         3rd Rd            LC - 4th Rd                  N/A                    None
    2021/22        CMP           11th         3rd Rd            LC - 4th Rd                  N/A                    None    
    2022/23        CMP           3rd          6th Rd            LC - Winners                 N/A                    Promoted via playofffs, LC winners




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    Quote Originally Posted by ejthegreat View Post
    Looks like I won't be able to afford his terms anyway. Wants a min release clause that's the same as what I'm buying him for, wants an insane amount per game and all sorts of extras, probably due to my 12k max wage cap. Going to have to rely on improvement from within again next year, it's nearly impossible to afford to purchase a player that will improve the current standard of the team, best off sticking to high potential players and hoping they come on with game time and don't get me relegated in the mean time.
    Know the feeling ... I finally managed to negotiate a structured deal worth 12 million for an Argentine striker after several rounds of back and forth then I get to the contract stage and his agent wants over twice the fee the board will let me offer. Was a real facepalm moment because the transfer window had only a few days left to go after all the time spent trying to get to that point.

    I'd think even if worst comes to worst and you get relegated the club stature improvements from all the promotions to get to the premier league should keep you safe. I'm starting seasons on very secure at this point, and if you're only promising avoid relegation rather than saying you'll win the title or something I doubt the board are going to move on you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shakes View Post
    Know the feeling ... I finally managed to negotiate a structured deal worth 12 million for an Argentine striker after several rounds of back and forth then I get to the contract stage and his agent wants over twice the fee the board will let me offer. Was a real facepalm moment because the transfer window had only a few days left to go after all the time spent trying to get to that point.

    I'd think even if worst comes to worst and you get relegated the club stature improvements from all the promotions to get to the premier league should keep you safe. I'm starting seasons on very secure at this point, and if you're only promising avoid relegation rather than saying you'll win the title or something I doubt the board are going to move on you.
    Down to secure at the moment, we're just starting preseason games. Andrews has left, club matched the release clause and he jumped, now board, fans and players are unhappy with me for letting him go so cheaply. It's my own fault for waiting until the final season to re-sign him, should've done it at least a year before. Now all my players want min release clauses in their contracts and anyone coming up in 12mths time I need to re-sign now because otherwise their value goes down and the min release clause they want in contract is always their current value. Can't find a replacement keeper as I had my eye on one for 6mths and they wanted 1.5m but now they're rejecting offers up to 2.5m. Also, just before Andrews left I got to National reputation and now that he's gone, I'm back down to Regional, which makes it even harder to keep/sign players.

    Also have four players with one agent who hates me. He's wanting a lot more than I can afford to offer (the agent) and if I lock it at even the highest amount, he ends discussions, so I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to re-sign those players. Again, I might have to sell them all off and drop back down into the Championship and try again in a couple of seasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejthegreat View Post
    With the EPL season just finished, I decided to take a really good look at my squad and work out where my weaknesses were and the main area that could be identified was in the central midfield spots, where I only have one player on 3.5stars and the next are on 2.5 stars, although with potential. Went through all my scouting reports which I'd not really bothered to look at since end of Jan window and one stood out with no obvious weaknesses.

    Ruiz Would cost me pretty much my entire transfer budget and essentially it would be putting the club's short term future in the hands on one player. I have one player and one coach who speak Spanish and English so I think he would settle okay and it's not listed as a weakness, although also not a strength.

    Am I overreacting to our second half of the season that only saw us win 12pts or do I need to improve the team enough now to give the team time and money to reach their potential? I would estimate about a 40-50% chance of being sacked if we were relegated.
    Ended up giving up on Ruiz and went for a younger option in Lazzaroni. Argentinian by birth, as you might have guessed from his name, he also has Italian nationality, so there was no Work Permit issue. Cost me 5.5m for the transfer and again his agent was a nutjob but after the agent walked away the first time because my maximum wasn't enough (for him, player was satisfied), I came back and locked in his fee at the start, then made a couple of adjustments to please the player so now he's mine.

    Scout report says he's a model professional, fits in well with my ambitious squad and has no real weaknesses. Physio says he will 'rarely succumb to injury'. Determination is high enough, although 15+ would be nice but I might be able to tutor that into him. If he adapts well, I think he'll be my best midfielder by the end of the season, if not just about straight away.

    Elsewhere, with Andrews gone, I bit the bullet and brought in a short term old replacement in Frank Fielding on a free, which means I now have one non-newgen in my squad. Has already formed good relationships with 20 players in my first team squad, although that might be because we so desperately needed someone. Either way, now I'm strongly considering making him captain, or at least vice-captain after the incumbent.

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    2013-2014 Season Review-Chester-Blue Square North


    League Prediction: 10th
    League Finish: 3rd



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    A good season where I had a shaky spell in the middle but I rallied at the end to comfortably make the playoffs. Once in the playoffs I beat Droylsden on penalties before beating Southport 2-0 in the final. Revenge for last year

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    Key Players

    Daniel Devine-Rock at the back again this season. Not forgetting his brace in the playoff final.

    Sam Abbott-Didn't have a great season last season but was back to his best this season and finished as the league's top goalscorer

    Nick Wright-Pacey striker who managed to score goals just when I needed them.


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    2012/13         Blue Square North          13th           None
    2013/14         Blue Square North          2nd            Lost in Playoff Semi Final
    2014/15         Blue Square North          3rd            Promoted via Playoffs

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    Canvey Island - 2018/19 End of Season Update - PL
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    After the disappointment of not getting any closer to the top 6 last season, I went through with a radical plan in order to push ourselves forward. I decided that anyone I thought that wasn't up to CL standards would leave to the highest bidder, regardless of their previous past performances. This also meant that whilst I did have to spend a lot in the summer for a change, along with bringing in a number of now great academy prospects, I was feeling rather confident for a successful season.

    And suffice to say, I was not disappointed. With my European exploits keeping me on average 1 game behind the rest for most of the season, more on that later, the fact that I was always within 3 points of the leaders from November onwards increased my hope of sneaking the title, and as both Manchester clubs faded around Easter we used those extra games in hand to create a small gap over them, resulting in a small but significant gap that we managed to hang on to for the remainder of the season. So a completely unexpected title, especially with us scoring 24 goals less than 2nd placed City. Who says defences don't win championships anymore?

    Cups
    FA Cup : Shock alert! We finally got a home FA Cup tie . Just a shame we failed to turn up against L1 Forest in the following round, no excuse for that at all.

    League Cup
    : (Final) So close to not conceding throughout the whole competition. But in all seriousness, this was just a fantastic cup run, especially when all of the games [apart from the City result] were played with my subs and depth players.

    Euro Cup : (Final) Well well well. Now this was a European adventure and a half. After strolling through the qualifying rounds, I thought the group that was handed to us (Fiorentina, FC Twente and Kayserispor) was going to be a bit more difficult. However, it didn't turn out like that and we basically walked the group as well.

    Into the knock-out rounds and we had to rely on our defence to get through the next few rounds (2-0 and 4-1 wins on agg vs Schalke and Valencia) before our travels took us to Braga where we had the 2 wildest games of the season. A 6-1 win away before a 5-4 win at home (in which we through away a 4-0 first half lead) were the only times our strikers needed to show up on this run so far.

    After squeaking through a domestic-based semi with Man Utd (courtesy of a 94th min goal at Old Trafford), here we were in our first European final in our first foreign campaign. Feyenoord were probably the weakest of any of the quarter-finalists left so were amazed that they had gotten through this far, and after the red card in the 26th minute, they never stood a chance.

    Squad (1)(2) and Transfers (1)(2): As said earlier, I decided to radically overhaul my squad in one window and it worked; for the most part. McEachran and Musacchio were bought for 'fresh' legs in January to help sustain both League and European runs, especially as my summer club record signing Davies went for a club record fee in that window too.

    Player of the Season : Paul York - AML

    The easiest player of the season choice so far? You cannot ignore a winger who scores 20 goals a season and sets up twice as many. Best part is that my asking price is too much for anyone to pay so far.

    Finances
    : The shareholders took basically all of the club record fee for Davies, which seems ridiculous on two fronts. No new stadium yet, not like I'm expecting one soon.

    Other Stuff :At the start of the season [that must be stressed], We climbed up to the first page of the rich list, into 22nd position. I think this may have risen a lot over the season too.

    2020 CL final (for those who care): Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal

    History:
    2012-13: BSS - 1st
    2013-14: BSP - 1st, FA Trophy Winners
    2014-15: L2 - 1st, JPT Winners
    2015-16: L1 - 1st, JPT Winners
    2016-17: CH - 2nd
    2017-18: PL - 7th
    2018-19: PL - 7th
    2019-20: PL - 1st, LC Winners, EC Winners

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    been on holiday for last hour i got St Albans


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    Default peterdunnebrfc - Chester FC

    Little bit late to the party I think! Only just got FM though, and this looked like the most interesting challenge for getting into a game. Went on holiday for a year and got who I wanted first time round, sad story and a massive area to develop..



    Never managed this low down in England before, so will be even more of a challenge I think! Meet Chester's new manager, Peter Dunne.

    Figured with the large area to draw support from, the decent stadium to begin with and the well known background I should be able to build on their recent promotion. First season expectations are for mid-table consolidation, first job will be to hire some staff, seeing as I have none at all..

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    Sometimes the game is a little stupid. Got a promise reminder from a player who is expecting to be loaned out and if I don't stand by my word then he'll have to take things further. One problem, he's already out on loan

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    Lewes - 2018/19 Premier End of Season Update - 17th

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    Holy crap what a stressful season!

    I had said I thought we'd stay up fairly easily ... I knew the top teams would be tough but at home against mid table and weak teams at home we really should be winning those matches ... snatch a few on the road and 10 wins and 10 draws for 40 points seemed realistic. 2 wins from the first 3 seemed to confirm that thought.

    Then we went on the most horrendous run of bad form and luck you could ever want to see, not winning for the rest of the calendar year, and picking up only 6 points in 17 matches, slumping all the way to 3 points clear in last place. Nothing seemed to go right, had goals disallowed for offside when my player was onside by 2 or 3 meters, got called for ridiculous penalties, couldn't buy a penalty myself (OK, we got one, but of course we missed ...) and even when the luck wasn't against us we'd blow simple shots or score an own goal or find some way not to win.

    Come the opening of the transfer window I had a decision to make: did I go all out and try to change up the squad, or did I think they could recover? I chose the latter and decided to leave things as they were and concentrate my efforts on bringing over a couple of players on free transfers at the end of the year.

    The new year brought in a change, and we beat then league leaders Arsenal 4-0. In fact we turned our home ground into a blood bath for a short period, following that up with another 4-0 and a 6-1 result, showing that the team could play and really shouldn't be in the position they were in. Still we struggled to get any sort of a result on the road, and with the start we'd given other teams and a tough run of games toward the end of the season we went into the last day of the season only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

    With us at home to mid-table Newcastle while Norwich had to travel to Tottenham we should have had the advantage ... but we managed to score an own goal within the first few minutes, dipping us into the relegation zone. Thankfully we banged in the equalizer quickly, and then another ... and when Norwich went down a goal shortly after half time it should have been smooth sailing. Of course nothing was ever easy this year and we gave up a couple of goals to go down 2-3, but frantic checking of the Norwich scored showed them down 3-0 so we survived by the two sweetest words in the English language: DE FAULT!

    League Cup - 4th Round.

    Made it one round further than usual this year ... but with the battle for survival we had on our hands and the huge profits we had from the TV money the Cups were never a priority.

    FA Cup - 3rd Round.

    A very short FA Cup adventure this year ... really should have won against a championship side but that sums up the story of the year really. Personally I was glad to be rid of the distraction even if the board were a little less than happy.

    Next Season

    With over 20 million now in the bank, the new stadium due to be finished in another year, training and youth facility upgrades in progress and most of my squad still young with a lot of room to grow the long term outlook certainly looks very good.

    The -10 goal difference for the year shows we're better than the 33 points we earned, so the big challenge for next year is to get the results to match the play. I have two Argentine players already arranged to come in on free transfers, a striker and a centre back, as well as a Moroccan keeper who had a low foreign release clause. By scout reports these three will immediately be the best 3 players in the squad, so hopefully I can find a few more bargains to strengthen the squad further. I certainly don't want a repeat of this year, 17 games without a win and sweating results on the last day was only fun because we didn't end up going down in the end!

    I'd say a mid table finish should be the goal next year, with a push for a Euro place the year after.

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    2012/13   BSS           1st     2nd Rnd     FAT RU                   Promoted, FA Trophy Runners Up
    2013/14   BSP           3rd     4th Rnd     FAT 4th Rnd              Promotion Finalists
    2014/15   BSP           1st     3rd Rnd     FAT Winners              Promoted, FA Trophy Winners
    2015/16   League 2      1st     3rd Rnd     JPT Winners, LC 3rd Rnd  Promoted, Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners
    2016/17   League 1      1st     3rd Rnd     JPT Winners, LC 3rd Rnd  Promoted, Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners
    2017/18   Championship  1st     SF          LC 3rd Rnd               Promoted, FA Cup Semi-Finalists
    2018/19   Premier       17th    3rd Rnd     LC 4th Rnd               -

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    Hey guys not posted for a While but still playing, might do a mega update in a bit, but anyways quick question.....

    Those of you in League 1 or who have already passed that what kind of Wage budget do you/did you have?

    I currently have a total of a 21k wage budget not to mention only being able to scout in the UK and Ireland which just seems odd at this level, especially when looking at the clubs around me they have individual players who are on 1/4 of my entire wage budget!

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    Gricehead ** Tooting & Mitcham ** Blue Square South ** 2015/16

    "When 92 points wasn't enough. Again."

    Squad Improvements
    With an empty piggy bank, and a skimpy wage budget (£3700p/w), only one signing came through the door in pre-season. Two left, however. Ryan Astles I was happy to see go (he joined Boreham Wood, the scamp, but spent the season on loan with Hampton & Richmond in our division). Raphael Branco I was livid with. As were the board. I wanted to offer him a new contract, but they wouldn't pay anything like his demands. And then they had the cheek to say they were "disappointed with his departure." Despite offering the olive branch several times, he refused to talk and retired at the end of the season. Aged 24. Ridiculous.

    Roll forward to February, and I had to almost break the bank to sign Molloy and Ansah onto new contracts. Fortunately, Bernard Mensah and Chris Blade were cheaper (and better?) than Kudus Oyenuga and Richie Barroilhet, so they were moved on meaning we almost broke even overall.

    Of the (remaining) signings - all youngsters on £5p/w - James Shaw is probably the most promising,

    Transfers

    Blue Square Bet South 2015/16 ** Board Expectation: Win Promotion ** My Expectation: Win Promotion

    We started the season with a 0-0 draw against Woking. Hard to tell what that meant. Going through August unbeaten, including a win at perenially fancied Eastleigh, suggested we were doing OK. Another win came at the start of September, but we were already four points behind a Truro side who held a 100% record. They lost that when we visited, but a draw was no good to us. Two more victories followed, but more points were dropped when Dartford twice pegged us back.

    Lewes (remember that name) were the first team to beat us, in early November, and it took a late Theo Brown goal to rescue a point against Dorchester in the next game. It would be one of only two times we would fail to win in two games all season. We bounced back with a win against Basingstoke, but were pulled back from 2-0 at Havant & Waterlooville to drop two more points. Then Eastbourne shut us out, scoring a single goal, and all but killing our hopes of automatic promotion.

    Now twelve points behind Truro, we managed to win nine out of the next eleven, losing shockingly to struggling Staines, and then 3-0 to Eastleigh who looked destined to rise into the playoffs and end our dream there as well. We played some of our best football in this period, hammering Braintree 7-1 at their place. Just as Truro started to look fallable, we stumbled to a draw against Dartford and then a home defeat to Weymouth. True revenge for our 5-1 hammering of them earlier on.

    Truro was our next game, and I could hear them laughing even before they got to the ground. On what for us was a huge slump, we couldn't hope to get a result, could we? In fact we could. 3-1, and straightforward at that. It was the kick we needed to start fighting, and we dropped only five points in the remaining twelve games. In the process, we scored three or more another seven times, amassing 103 goals for the season, but still finishing a vital three points short of Truro. Into the playoffs then...

    Eastbourne were to be our opponents, and wary of our last encounter, we started a little more defensively than usual. You couldn't tell. Although Eastbourne scored first, we utterly obliterated them. 6-1 was kind, and rendered the second leg irrelevant. We rested players, and were punished for it of course, throwing FM into confusion as it tried to work out whether to give me a pasting or praise in the press conference.

    Lewes surprisingly beat Eastleigh in the other semi, and set us up a final that looked extremely tight on paper. It wasn't to be the goalfest of the Semi, and the south coast side were on top for the first twenty minutes. Then they imploded, getting a man sent off. We scored the only goal of the game soon afterwards, and as the result slipped away Lewes completely lost their discipline. Excellent.

    Table ** Positions ** Fixtures (1) ** Fixtures (2)

    Playoff 1st Leg ** Playoff 2nd Leg ** Playoff Final

    Once again, the attendance for the playoff final was almost 50% down on our home leg of the semi-final. What's that all about?

    FA Cup ** Board Expectation: 3rd Qualifying Round ** Achievement: 1st Round
    The story of this run was not three comfortable qualifying round wins (where we never looked in trouble in the slightest), nor the thrashing we took at Chesterfield. It was the decision to televise the 1st round tie, netting around £120k including gate money, which saved our season financially and allowed us to end the year in the black.
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    FA Trophy ** Board Expectation: First Round ** Achievement: 1st Round
    Another non-event in this competition, although we can take some solace in the fact that Dover went on to win it...
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    Squad
    Nothing to note here, except that my entire used squad still fits on a single page.

    Key Players:
    For once all my key players are under contract.
    Ciarán Molloy Blue Square Bet South Player of the year, and developed into an absolute beast this year. Has an agent who was willing to negotiate down on wages in exchange for a bit of a bung, thankfully, so is now here for at least the next two seasons.
    Sam Fitzgerald Best midfielder at the club, but only managed about half the games due to the form of Gary O'Neil. Also signed a reasonable three year contract this term.
    Gary O'Neil No surprise really that Gary was a rock in the playmaking midfield role
    Jack Bartham Fans player of the year. Stepped up above his ability and adapted well to our tactics. Challenged by Shaw as the youngster developed, but rose to that challenge well.
    Kayleden Brown Kayl's ability to shadow in at the back post and get on the end of a Stuart O'Keefe or Jack Bartham cross gained us at least nine points.
    Dominic Iorfa The latest rock at the heart of our defence, and soon softened the blow of losing Branco in the summer. Canny knack of getting on the end of set pieces helps.
    Zak Ansah He's still here, although it took quite a while to win him round after last season. Suffered a couple of injuries, and a three match suspension after a sending off that eventually cost us the game against Basingstoke. Still excellent, though, and the perfect foil for Molloy

    Next Season
    We simply have to at least stay up next season. We're starting with a settled squad this time, and who knows there might even be a bit of money to flesh out the squad and make sure we don't suffer the exhaustion of last season.

    Targets
    Stay up, break even. That means another cup run, I guess.

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    2012/13   BSS         10th    4th QR      FAT: 2nd R             None
    2013/14   BSS          2nd    2nd R       FAT: 2nd R             Promoted via Playoffs
    2014/15   BSP         21st    1st R       FAT: 1st R             Relegated
    2015/16   BSS          2nd    1st R       FAT: 1st R             Promoted via Playoffs

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsar View Post
    Those of you in League 1 or who have already passed that what kind of Wage budget do you/did you have?

    I currently have a total of a 21k wage budget not to mention only being able to scout in the UK and Ireland which just seems odd at this level, especially when looking at the clubs around me they have individual players who are on 1/4 of my entire wage budget!
    That budget sounds about right. I probably sacrificed some of my transfer budget to go a bit over that in mid-season. I think I could scout Europe in the Championship, and then the world when in the PL, but just UK and Ireland before that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsar View Post
    Hey guys not posted for a While but still playing, might do a mega update in a bit, but anyways quick question.....

    Those of you in League 1 or who have already passed that what kind of Wage budget do you/did you have?

    I currently have a total of a 21k wage budget not to mention only being able to scout in the UK and Ireland which just seems odd at this level, especially when looking at the clubs around me they have individual players who are on 1/4 of my entire wage budget!
    Didn't get scouting of Europe until championship, and world until premiership. I think if you're lucky enough to get an ambitious board they might give in to your requests before then, but I had no such luck.

    Wage budgets have gone something like 5k in BSS, 7-8k in BSP, 10k in L2, 20k in L1, 50k in championship and 150k in the premier. I managed to up mine a fair bit from league 1 onwards by selling players then moving the wage slider all the way to the left to gobble up the percentage of transfer revenue the board were giving me (since you rarely actually want to buy players until premier anyway).

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    Hey Kingstonian managers who have have made good progress up the divisions. Has Kingstonian built a new stadium on your save? What sort of capacity does it have? I have not reported on my progress as The K's manager since my 1st season (I'll try to squeeze one bigger one at some point), but I've had some success and now the board is planning, though not building, a new stadium.

    Also what do you think would be a good name for a new Kingstonian stadium? I thought up some, but as I'm not local (and I certainly have deficiency in my skills what it comes to using article "the" in the potential name ) I have no idea what would be a good one. Kingstonian Stadium sounds a bit bland to me.

    The K's Stadium
    Kingston upon Thames Stadium
    Thames Stadium
    The King's Castle Stadium
    The New Kingsmeadow Stadium
    Royal Borough Stadium
    The Coronation Stone Stadium
    Ground Field Park Stadium
    The Hogsmill Stadium
    The Stadium

    Or something totally different?

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    18,000 capacity Kingstonian Stadium. Started planning after 1st season in Championship, we won promotion in the 2nd season and the stadium was built during the 1st season in the PL. I don't know about the local area, but anything would be preferable to the current name!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shakes View Post
    Didn't get scouting of Europe until championship, and world until premiership. I think if you're lucky enough to get an ambitious board they might give in to your requests before then, but I had no such luck.

    Wage budgets have gone something like 5k in BSS, 7-8k in BSP, 10k in L2, 20k in L1, 50k in championship and 150k in the premier. I managed to up mine a fair bit from league 1 onwards by selling players then moving the wage slider all the way to the left to gobble up the percentage of transfer revenue the board were giving me (since you rarely actually want to buy players until premier anyway).
    Ok cheers,

    Just wasnt sure if it was normal as it just felt so low in comparison to the other teams in the league

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    Tooting & Mitcham United Football Club
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    On the face of it, there would seem to have been no progress made this season. We finished 13th again after spending the first half of the season comfortably in the top ten and challenging for Europe before falling away towards the end of the season. Whilst this is true and we only won one of our final 12 matches this season, we did finish with 6 more points than last season and with a +16 better goal difference. At the bottom end, 29pts would've been enough to ensure survival over Watford, Huddersfield and Forrest, whilst at the top end of town, Tottenham's run of three consecutive EPL titles came to an end with local rivals Arsenal claiming the title ahead of Man City who are still yet to win the title since the new owners arrived (although they did win the 2018/19 CL) but have finished second in three of the past four seasons.

    On the league front we had a good FA Cup run, making it to the 6th Rd for the first time in our history. Wins over lower division sides Doncaster, MK Dons and Sheff Utd got us there but Chelsea eeked out a 2-1 win over us in a very even match. Stoke would go on to win the cup, having a great season by finishing 5th in the EPL as well.


    New signings of note this season:

    Roberto Lazzaroni My first costly signing, this teenage sensation settled in very well with 10 assists and a 7.19 average over the season

    Tafael Also improving my first team was a much cheaper signing on the right wing. 5 goals and 5 assists was a decent first season, he hasn't learnt any English yet but I'm hoping he'll start to shine next season after taking time to settle.

    Adding to these two were a trio of young Germans who seem to be readily available in this game.

    Christian Piotrowski Young talented left back. Was second choice for most of the season but he's close to challenging for the number one role. Tottenham sniffing around

    Mario Hahn Hadn't intended to buy another right back but with first choice Falkenmayer injured, Hunt not really up to standard and Tournier on loan, it was a freebie that landed in my lap. Should be better next year

    Anes Hadzibulic Technically BIH but like my other (Halilovic), he's also German. Spent most of the season as a sub striker getting starts when injury/form allowed. Man City are asking about him already.

    Other notable players this season:

    Andrew Jenkins Top creator with 13 assists, I've been unable to get him a new contract due to agent wanting too low a min release clause. He's transfer listed by request but still has two seasons on his current contract to go. Birmingham and Cardiff want him, I'm hoping to keep him one more year, to allow younger players to catch up to his ability, then I'll sell him off.

    Artem Gizatullin Teenage Russian striker was equal top scorer with 12 goals. Hasn't improved as much as I'd hoped given I got him just after 18th b/day. Has settled in alright now though and can speak basic English, so I'm hoping there's improvement left in him like all my coaches tell me there is.

    Nils Jung Equal top scorer is my "veteran" striker at 22. Going to a two pronged attack this season, he led the line with Gizatullin. Will probably start to get overtaken by Hadzibulic or the other young striker...

    Barry Howarth Topping the ave rating with 7.22 and with 10 goals and 7 assists, Howarth is showing good promise and will continue to get more games. He combines well with the other strikers, being a point of difference with his extra speed and selfishness.

    At the other end of the park are the twin towers.

    Bojan Halilovic and Tobias Horn Halilovic is my best defender and is not only dominant in the air but generally fast enough to deal with most strikers. Horn started the season as back up to Rault but with Rault's injury issues, he ended up playing more matches than expect and acquitted himself well. He's a touch slow for what I'd like and both need to improve their technical aspects of defending but they work well together


    Off-field:

    The big news was the move into our new stadium, named after the club itself. Only a 13,276 capacity, we averaged about 97% capacity across all matches and the extra gate income improved our financial position again this season, such that we now have over £40mil in the bank (although shareholders will no doubt take some as they took £8m at the start of the year). Elsewhere, we improved our training facilities to "average" and have another improvement planned for this coming off season which will cost about £3mill.

    Board Overview



    Goals for 2020/21
    • Top half finish Failed
    • Domestic Cup run Success-ish
    • Improve current ability of squad with more ready made players Current Ability improved by transfers in 2 spots. Pass?


    Goals for 2021/22

    • European Qualification
    • Semi-Final of Domestic Cup Competition
    • Stadium Expansion Edit: Already done


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    2012/13     BSS        7th        FA Trophy-3rd Rd
    2013/14     BSS        3rd        Promoted via Playoffs, FA Cup-4th Rd
    2014/15     BSP        4th        Promoted via Playoffs, FA Cup-3rd Rd, FA Trophy Winners
    2015/16     L2         3rd        Automatic Promotion, JPT South Winner, JPT Finalist
    2016/17     L1         2nd        Automatic Promotion, League Cup-Qtr Final, FA Cup-3rd Rd
    2017/18     CH         8th        None
    2018/19     CH         1st        npower Championship Winners, FA Cup-4th Rd, League Cup-3rd Rd
    2019/20     EPL        13th       None
    2020/21     EPL        13th       FA Cup 6th Rd
    Edit: Once again, I really should keep going for a week before doing write-up as board, without any pushing from me, having decided to expand stadium by 6,638 seats at a cost of £8m and taking 6mths. Currently reduced to 12,347 capacity, it will end up at 19.914 around mid December.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsar View Post
    Ok cheers,

    Just wasnt sure if it was normal as it just felt so low in comparison to the other teams in the league
    The problem is when you go up rapidly your infrastructure doesn't keep up ... when you're playing teams with stadiums that hold 5 times as many people as yours does it makes sense that they should have bigger wage budgets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideshow Robbie Earle View Post
    18,000 capacity Kingstonian Stadium. Started planning after 1st season in Championship, we won promotion in the 2nd season and the stadium was built during the 1st season in the PL. I don't know about the local area, but anything would be preferable to the current name!
    That capacity is definately an improvement on Kingsmeadow's 6,200, and you can probably expand it to twice the original 18,000. I still think, based on prior experience, that it would be better to get the new stadium (beginning of building it) after at least 1 season on the highest level - bigger capacity from the get go and better corporate facilities. On my save Blackpool are a well estblished Premier Division side, and they are about to move to Blackpool Stadium with room for 27,000 spectators. Looks like my Kingstonian most likely will not be competing on the highest level before the stadium works begin, so I will have to do with initially a bit more modest stadium.

    Usually when the building of a new stadium is announced, the stadium name is taken from the club's short name (Kingstonian, Blackpool etc. Stadium). It means that by using .lnc file to temporarily change the clubs short name before the board makes a decicion to build the stadium, one can effectively choose whatever name sounds good. The word Stadium will be automatically included. It seems words Arena or Park are used when stadiums are named after favourite personnel.

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    Canvey Island - 2020/21 End of Season Update - PL
    Foiled by the French...

    League: (Positions) After winning the title last season, it was vital that we kept up the progress and at least challenged for the title again. With new challengers this season, Liverpool being the closest challengers for the first since I came up, we even improved on last season. We even had a quick-ish start for a change; with wins over Arsenal, Man City and Spurs in the first 5 games. Although we had a couple of poor results around November time, including a 3-1 defeat at Bristol City, after Christmas we managed to step-up our game to secure a 2nd consecutive title quite convincingly in the end. Despite the 100 goals scored, we only conceded twice more than last season too.

    Cups
    FA Cup : (Final) Now this is much more like it. After last season's shock exit, decided to play a stronger side throughout the run. We were a bit unlucky not to win the final in 90 mins, but it didn't cost us anything in the end.

    League Cup
    : (Final) Slightly harder draw than last season, but with City playing a reserve side (again) against us, most games were quite straight forward. The final in a couple of words was no contest.

    Community Shield : Is this a cup? Might as well put it in here though. That missed penalty didn't help matters but when you play against an inspired goalkeeper there isn't much you can do.

    Euro Super Cup : Is this a cup? Traditional curtain raiser for Europe, and it was a cracking game. A pretty much full strength Barca side this was too, but we need to win games in which we control like this in 90 minutes if we want to be successful in Europe.

    Champions League : Our first foray into the competition and to be honest, I'm a little disappointed. Entered the group stage as the 3rd seeds, the bottom of the 3rd seeds though, we drew a manageable group of FC Porto, AS Roma and Bursaspor. Group was so manageable in fact that we qualified after only 4 games, although the group was only won with a 1-1 draw in Italy in the final game. In the last 16, we drew Olympique de Marseille who finished AC Milan in their group. A nightmare first leg meant that we had to win well at home, and we did. But our openness meant that we went out on away goals from a tie we really should have progressed from.

    Squad (1)(2) and Transfers: Again following last season's thought pattern of getting rid of players who aren't good enough for the CL. Also, later transfers were of those who were refusing to sign contracts past this season, so deciding to cash in on them beforehand and letting others to stake their claim in the squad.

    Player of the Season : Lewis Hopkinson - ST

    When the goals are flowing, you have to pick the top scorer. Also managed to sneak 2nd place in the Golden Boot, despite only starting 60% of the league games.

    Finances
    : Not as bad as recent seasons on the dividends front, but still a hefty amount. We need to either cut down on the salary or increase our stadium capacity (HINT HINT board)

    Other Stuff :
    Last year's player of the season, Paul York, managed to sneak himself into the World Team of the Year with an average calendar year rating of 7.93

    A couple of job offers this season. Started the season with an offer for the Swiss national side, which if I weren't in a challenge would be actually appealing. At the end of the season, Man Utd offered me the chance to succeed Steve Bruce, gladly rejected though.

    At the start of the season [that must be stressed], We climbed up into the top 10 of the rich list.

    2021 CL final (for those who care): AC Milan 0-1 Barcelona, becoming the first team to retain the CL since it was renamed.

    History:
    2012-13: BSS - 1st
    2013-14: BSP - 1st, FA Trophy Winners
    2014-15: L2 - 1st, JPT Winners
    2015-16: L1 - 1st, JPT Winners
    2016-17: CH - 2nd
    2017-18: PL - 7th
    2018-19: PL - 7th
    2019-20: PL - 1st, LC Winners, EC Winners
    2020-21: PL - 1st, LC Winners, FA Cup Winners, ESC Winners

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    Quote Originally Posted by duccio View Post
    That capacity is definately an improvement on Kingsmeadow's 6,200, and you can probably expand it to twice the original 18,000. I still think, based on prior experience, that it would be better to get the new stadium (beginning of building it) after at least 1 season on the highest level - bigger capacity from the get go and better corporate facilities. On my save Blackpool are a well estblished Premier Division side, and they are about to move to Blackpool Stadium with room for 27,000 spectators. Looks like my Kingstonian most likely will not be competing on the highest level before the stadium works begin, so I will have to do with initially a bit more modest stadium.
    Mid-table PL and I'm not filling 18,000. I don't think that I've had a capacity crowd, even Chelsea, ManU etc brought in only around 17,000. Those who started with Kingstonian are in a decent position, I didn't start getting anywhere near filling Kingsmeadow until we were in the Championship. That meant we didn't have to go into debt in the lower leagues for a stadium that we'd need to keep expanding. The issue with the K's is getting the youth facilities improved, as they're rented and there doesn't seem to be an option to request building some of our own. Also, the youth recruitment is still on fairly basic, and I can only ask the board to cut back on that rather than extend it.

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    I also have the Kingstonian Stadium (and as someone who lives half hour away from the current stadium, it's prob the only name they could use) but after winning the Premier League it now holds 26000, had a few sellouts, mainky against title rivals and in the Champions League

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    Going to give this a go as FC United

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejthegreat View Post


    Andrew Jenkins Top creator with 13 assists, I've been unable to get him a new contract due to agent wanting too low a min release clause. He's transfer listed by request but still has two seasons on his current contract to go. Birmingham and Cardiff want him, I'm hoping to keep him one more year, to allow younger players to catch up to his ability, then I'll sell him off.



    Had hoped to keep him for at least one more season but the board have decided to go over the top of me and accept an offer for Jenkins. The offer is 1.9m + 5.75m over 24mths. The amount in total is about as much as I could have asked for but would've preferred more of it upfront. Wasn't planning on buying in the centre of midfield this offseason but might have to now.


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    Lewes - 2019/20 Premier End of Season Update - 3rd

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    Hard to complain about a 38 point improvement!

    Spent a lot of money bringing in better players (got to love monthly instalments), but honestly they didn't really star other than the GK who was far more reliable than the man he replaced. However what they did do was give us depth where we could play our second team and not get blown away, and also they rarely had the terrible matches that some of the previous lot had. Also some of the recruits from last year picked up ... a settling in period plus their own natural improvement helped.

    Went most of the year hovering around the 5th-6th place mark but the signings from the second transfer window gave us a nice little boost and we really pushed on. The title never really looked in reach, but after we won our 36th and 37th fixtures and those in front slipped we found ourselves 1 point behind West Ham and equal with Man U. With our inferior goal difference it was always going to be a big ask anyway, and we could only manage a draw in our last game, and Man U won theirs, leaving us to take third.

    League Cup - 3rd Round.

    Still not taking this one seriously, rested a lot of players but put up a pretty credible performance away to Man U to take them to extra time in a game we probably had the slight edge in.

    FA Cup - Semi Final.

    This one hurt, I really thought it was our year for the FA Cup with the other finalists being cellar dwellers Aston Villa. Couldn't get past Chelsea in the semi final though, we'd beaten them on their home turf 2-0 just 2 weeks ago but couldn't repeat it and they edged us in a very even game.

    Next Season

    Now we've gotten this close the obvious goal is to win it. I think the players I got in this year will be better after a year of blending into the side, and there's still improvement left in pretty much every rotation player. How the side will do in European competition I'm less sure ... the squad might be a bit thin with the home grown rules the way they are.

    Speaking of the to sell list, I also have to sell all the players I loaned out for the season for cash ... should be a busy transfer window. On the incoming side I don't really have any targets since I'm pretty happy with my squad, I'll just see what bargains come available and look to pounce.

    Still waiting on the new ground ... was supposed to be ready for the start of next season but got pushed back and now wont be completed until the end. While saying you have a full house to every game sounds nice, it's not so profitable when it means only 6k people came.

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    2012/13   BSS           1st     2nd Rnd     FAT RU                   Promoted, FA Trophy Runners Up
    2013/14   BSP           3rd     4th Rnd     FAT 4th Rnd              Promotion Finalists
    2014/15   BSP           1st     3rd Rnd     FAT Winners              Promoted, FA Trophy Winners
    2015/16   League 2      1st     3rd Rnd     JPT Winners, LC 3rd Rnd  Promoted, Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners
    2016/17   League 1      1st     3rd Rnd     JPT Winners, LC 3rd Rnd  Promoted, Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners
    2017/18   Championship  1st     SF          LC 3rd Rnd               Promoted, FA Cup Semi-Finalists
    2018/19   Premier       17th    3rd Rnd     LC 4th Rnd               -
    2019/20   Premier       3rd     SF          LC 3rd Rnd               Qualified for Champions Cup, FA Cup Semi-Finalists

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    Haven't played in a few weeks due to christmas and travelling, and then i got on today and played for about 3 hours.

    This happened.....MY BEST RESULT EVER SOOOO HAPPY


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    Wow and what i didnt know is that i qualify for the Euro Cup

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideshow Robbie Earle View Post
    Mid-table PL and I'm not filling 18,000. I don't think that I've had a capacity crowd, even Chelsea, ManU etc brought in only around 17,000. Those who started with Kingstonian are in a decent position, I didn't start getting anywhere near filling Kingsmeadow until we were in the Championship. That meant we didn't have to go into debt in the lower leagues for a stadium that we'd need to keep expanding. The issue with the K's is getting the youth facilities improved, as they're rented and there doesn't seem to be an option to request building some of our own. Also, the youth recruitment is still on fairly basic, and I can only ask the board to cut back on that rather than extend it.
    Form what you and darren1983 are saying, it looks like attendances do not soar quite like I thought they would. In the Italian league attendances seem to practically explode after you reach Serie A (and win/compete for top spots), which is rather unrealistic. On the other hand, I noticed you were many times promoted through play offs rather than winning the divisions - I do think winning boosts attendances quite a bit (or maybe its just somehow more emphatic in Italy where I have mostly managed in recent FMs). One thing I can say, is that the promotions I have gotten on my Kingstonian save were by winning the divisions, and during my 1st season in Championship I had 100% attendance record at Kingsmeadow.

    I have not once asked for youth facilities to be improved (the option is available), and the board have not done so. Yet, according to the info Kingstonian have "average youth facilities (rented)" which is alot better than when I took over. Could the board have rented better youth facilities without telling about it?



    Quote Originally Posted by darren1983 View Post
    I also have the Kingstonian Stadium (and as someone who lives half hour away from the current stadium, it's prob the only name they could use) but after winning the Premier League it now holds 26000, had a few sellouts, mainky against title rivals and in the Champions League
    Why do you think Kingstonian Stadium is prolly the only name could use? Obiously its very descriptive, but from what I have gathered, quite often stadiums in england are named after the place they are situated in.

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    Best day of Football Manager in a long time.

    Just got promoted with my Bury Town side Via Playoffs


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    Quote Originally Posted by duccio View Post
    Form what you and darren1983 are saying, it looks like attendances do not soar quite like I thought they would. In the Italian league attendances seem to practically explode after you reach Serie A (and win/compete for top spots), which is rather unrealistic. On the other hand, I noticed you were many times promoted through play offs rather than winning the divisions - I do think winning boosts attendances quite a bit (or maybe its just somehow more emphatic in Italy where I have mostly managed in recent FMs). One thing I can say, is that the promotions I have gotten on my Kingstonian save were by winning the divisions, and during my 1st season in Championship I had 100% attendance record at Kingsmeadow.

    I have not once asked for youth facilities to be improved (the option is available), and the board have not done so. Yet, according to the info Kingstonian have "average youth facilities (rented)" which is alot better than when I took over. Could the board have rented better youth facilities without telling about it?





    Why do you think Kingstonian Stadium is prolly the only name could use? Obiously its very descriptive, but from what I have gathered, quite often stadiums in england are named after the place they are situated in.
    I had the same, and at the moment am getting nearly 25,000 every home game in the Premier League.


    On your question I just think Kingstonian Stadium is the only name to use, due to where the cllub is, not really anything else around the area of Kingston, they are in a place called Kings Meadow ( what the current stadium IRL is called) but other then that nowhere else really about that I think they could use as stadium names

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    Quote Originally Posted by darren1983 View Post
    On your question I just think Kingstonian Stadium is the only name to use, due to where the cllub is, not really anything else around the area of Kingston, they are in a place called Kings Meadow ( what the current stadium IRL is called) but other then that nowhere else really about that I think they could use as stadium names
    Isn't Kingstonian a demonyn for residents of Kingston (upon Thames) though? Shouldn't the stadium be called Kingston Stadium if it was named after the place? According to Wikipedia the club's previous home before Kingsmeadow was Richmond Road ground (I'm guessing it is/was located somewhere near a road of same name), which at some point was called The King's Castle. I'm thinking about recycling that name for the new stadium my board is contemplating to build. Do you know if the name The King's Castle is a reference to Kingston upon Thames' name/past, or to a sponsor or something like it?

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    League: (Positions) Two back-to-back titles done, I expected another one this season, or at the very least a strong challenge. With most of the top teams changing their manager, it was left to a 2 horse from a very early stage of the season between ourselves and the Craig Levein-lead Chelsea. In fact, by Chirstmas we were both 10 points ahead of the chasing pack it was that clear. Despite being in the lead for most of the season, the gap was never any more than 7 points at any one given time; meaning that any dip in form would lead to a very tight finale. Two defeats in 5 games brought that gap down to 2 point with just 3 games remaining when we then had an almost unexplainable 2-0 home defeat to Cardiff (the first of which was a very debatable penalty). This led to the lead changing hands, with Chelsea one point clear with just 2 games remaining. We then went on to draw a game away to Arsenal, allowing the Blues to gain their first title since 2015.

    Very gutted on how it end, but 88 points would've normally won the league in many other seasons and 6 defeats is really too many to win a league title safely.

    Cups
    Community Shield : Is this a cup? Might as well put it in here though. Great performance this year compared to last, hoped this was a sign of things to come.

    FA Cup
    (Final) : A bit more troublesome than last season, especially as I only rescued a draw in the 4th round in the 91st minute. The final itself though was remarkably simple.

    League Cup
    (Final) : Shock horror, is that 3 home draws I see . All PL sides faced though, which is why the scores are closer than in previous years. Took control of the final early on which was key in a surprisingly even game after the first 15 mins.

    Champions League : Second season in the CL, and once again disappointed on how we were eliminated. The group looked tricky at the start, containing Inter Milan, Sporting Lisbon and Shamrock Rovers. Once again though, we qualified quite easily, and won the group in style at home on the final matchday. In the last 16 we faced Valencia, who we had beaten on our way to the EL a few seasons ago. This time was more difficult though, especially losing a tight first leg in Spain 1-0. In the 2nd leg, we dominated from start to finish but inexplicably only scored the 1 goal in 120 minutes to take it to a penalty shootout, where thanks to Parkes and Devaney we lost the shootout 4-3. I feel that winning the CL may be down to luck more than anything else, or maybe not running into goalkeepers on fantastic form.

    Squad (1)(2) and Transfers: Amazing how I managed to rotate everyone to an extent that my most played player started only just over 50% of the games this season. More youngsters from the academy coming through to replace those who moved on, although looking at my youth squad now it is very bare of any 1st team talent.

    Player of the Season : Carlos Alberto Costa - AMR

    Bought last January for £9m, this was his first full season and boy did he show up. Injured for 2 months in the new year paid any chance of him getting near the end of seasons awards, put whenever he did play he was fantastic. Once again my top scorer was a winger, says a lot about my team I think.

    Finances
    : Actually made a loss on the year, when dividends are included, all because of the wage bill increasing to now the 8th highest in the league. Need a stadium bigger than 12,581 I feel.

    Other Stuff :
    I feel I need to create a sub-section called 'Paul York Awards'. This season saw him not only included in the World Team of the Year once again, but also picking up both the Ballon d'Or and the World Player of the Year (yes they are different apparently)

    Making slow progress up that rich list, 8th spot was ours at the start of the season.

    2022 CL final (for those who care): Real Madrid 0-1 Chelsea, finally Abramovich has his CL trophy.

    History:
    2012-13: BSS - 1st
    2013-14: BSP - 1st, FA Trophy Winners
    2014-15: L2 - 1st, JPT Winners
    2015-16: L1 - 1st, JPT Winners
    2016-17: CH - 2nd
    2017-18: PL - 7th
    2018-19: PL - 7th
    2019-20: PL - 1st, LC Winners, EC Winners
    2020-21: PL - 1st, LC Winners, FA Cup Winners, ESC Winners
    2021-22: PL - 2nd, CS Winners, LC Winners, FA Cup Winners

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    Quote Originally Posted by duccio View Post
    Isn't Kingstonian a demonyn for residents of Kingston (upon Thames) though? Shouldn't the stadium be called Kingston Stadium if it was named after the place? According to Wikipedia the club's previous home before Kingsmeadow was Richmond Road ground (I'm guessing it is/was located somewhere near a road of same name), which at some point was called The King's Castle. I'm thinking about recycling that name for the new stadium my board is contemplating to build. Do you know if the name The King's Castle is a reference to Kingston upon Thames' name/past, or to a sponsor or something like it?
    No idea about Kings Castle, but that would be a great name for a stadium Richmond Road ground is one I've not heard of before, so not to sure where that stadium was, but the Richmond road is a road that runs from Kingston to Richmond (shockingly ) but the current stadium is a good 10-15 min walk from being anywhere near to that road.

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    League position: 11th
    FA Cup: 3R
    League Cup: 3R


    Summary: League table Past positions Squad Aim was to survive and improve; we did, and finished 11th - mid-table obscurity all season! The new stadium 18,000 capacity stadium opened, but we aren't filling it. I looked back through my history, and I haven't won a trophy since 2015 (BSS!), and haven't gone far in the cups in years, so I think our reputation is poorer than it could be.

    Transfers: Transfers I had a decent budget for the first time, and spent it sparingly, mostly on youngsters. Some are good enough for the 1st team now, others will need to mature. A few who didn't make the grade are proving difficult to shift, even on frees.

    Future prospects: Club is financially healthy, backroom is adequately staffed, youth team has a few prospects, though I've had to buy rather than recruit locally. Having spent just over £4m of out transfer budget (net), I could afford to splash out over the summer. A new centre-back and play-maker, to go straight into the first-team. Hopefully I'll be writing about them next year.....

    History:
    1718 - BSP 5th (Promoted through play-offs)
    1819 - L2 6th (Promoted through play-offs, JPT South area runners-up)
    1920 - L1 4th (Lost in play-off semis)
    2021 - L1 6th (Promoted through play-offs)
    2122 - Ch 12th
    2223 - Ch 2nd (Automatic promotion)
    2324 - PL 14th
    2425 - PL 11th

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    Didnt play well and deserved to go down to Chelsea


    After the domastic treble last season, and the young average of my players (just 22) the only move in the transfer market I made was to bring in young English Striker Charles Hands from Southampton for £8.25 million, I also allowed Pepe to leave as £10 million was to much for me to turn down for a back up player when I had a young English prospect needing game time to progress. Our usual slow start meant we threw away a 2 goal lead at home to Everton to lose 3-2 and a 3 goal lead away to Fulham and draw 3-3 and once again ( for the 3rd straight season) we had to wait for the 3rd game of the season to win, this time a 2-0 win at home to Spurs.


    As uaual this kick started a unbeaten run that went on until early December, over christmas we (and everyone in the league) and to play 3 games in 3 days on the 26th, 27th and 28th of December, 2 wins and a draw (3-3 at home to Man Utd with them getting a 95th min offside goal ) put us top, we only lasted ther for a couple of weeks as poor form started to creep into our play, in fact with 10 games to go we were 10 points behind Man Utd so I gave up on the league for other comps (more on that soon!!) but we then hit some form by beating Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal in the space of 5 games, but then lost at away to Stoke and somehow at home to relegated West Brom where we hit the woodwork 3 times and they scored from there only shot Going into the final game we were 3rd 1 point behind Chelsea and 1 ahead of Man Utd who we played, we went down 3-0 and our Title defense failed as we finished 3rd


    Cups


    League Cup -


    With games against Man City and Liverpool our run to the final had been hard, so that made losing to Newcastle even harder to take


    FA Cup


    - A comfortable run to the final and a routine win over Sheff Wed gave us our 3rd straight FA Cup


    Champions League


    - A group that gave us Austria Wein, Schalke and Valencia saw us win 5 and lose 1 and top the group where we drew Shakhtar, a scrappy 2-1 away win and a routine 3-1 home win saw us through. In the 1/4 we were handed a tough trip to the San Siro to play Inter, in the first half we froze again (last season after being 3-1 against AC Milan we lost 4-1 at San Siro to go out) and were 3-1 down at half time, but a half time rollicking at a woeful 2nd half from Inter RB Marin (who scored an OG and gave away a pen) we snuck out of Italy with a 3-3 draw. At home we tore into them and we were 3-0 up by half time, we saw out the 2nd half to win 4-1 on the night and 7-4 on agg.


    In the Semi Final we had Barcelona, the first leg was at home and after a slow start we found confidence and hammered them 4-1, we managed to see out an early Barca onslaught in the 2nd leg to earn a 1-1 and a 5-1 agg win and a place in our first ever Champions League Final!!


    In the final we played the team that knocked us out last season - AC Milan. And early goal form Felipe gave them a 1-0 lead, then just before half time a mistake by world class CB Carazinho put us level at 1-1 going into the break. 2nd half continued in the same vein of them keeping us in our half and us making quick breaks, on one of these breaks in the 77th min saw our Spanish WonderKid Xavier Arribas ponce on a mistake and burried the shot to give us a 2-1 lead, Milan came flying at us and some world class Goalkeeping form Fabein Andre kept them out and we sneaked a 2-1 win and get our first ever Champiosn League title!!!!


    For the first time ever (been playing this challenge for the last 4 or 5 years) I've done it!!! Gonna continue with the save as want this to be the only save I have on this years game


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    St. Albans – Championsship – 2024/25

    Media prediction: 24th
    My prediction: Top15
    Actual finish: 10th

    League Table

    Past Positions

    Great season. I just conceded way too many goals.


    Squad

    Transfers



    Key Player Profiles:

    Bernard Mensah – Topscorer once again. This season he made 18 goals.

    Marco Schäfer – Had a pretty good season.

    Alan Moores – Same thing as Marco. Pretty good season.



    Career Overview
    Code:
    Season    League                   Position    Achievements
     -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
     2012/13   BSS                     9th         n/a
     2013/14   BSS                     1st         BSS
     2014/15   BSP                    10th         n/a
     2015/16   BSP                    12th         n/a
     2016/17   BSP                     4th         Promotion via Playoff
     2017/18   L2                      2nd         Automatic promotion
     2018/19   L1                     18th         n/a
     2019/20   L1                     11th         n/a
     2020/21   L1                      7th         n/a
     2021/22   L1                      4th         n/a
     2022/23   L1                     17th         n/a
     2023/24   L1                      1st         Automatic promotion
     2024/25   CH                     10th         n/a
    Next Season

    Improve position in the league.
    Last edited by Kazpeer; 19-01-2012 at 16:45.

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