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    Hastings United
    Division League One (2nd season)
    Season 2021/2022
    Expectations Consolidate (Media - 18th)
    Finish 1st.

    Season 10 complete.

    Amazing season with only a very slight downer in the cups.

    First off, we opened our new stadium and played a slew of pre-season matches there. This gave us enough cash to ensure we didn't go into the red during the season and keep my wage budget high enough to maintain the squad.

    We made some very good loan signings as our wage budget wouldn't stretch to improving in many areas. We brought back several players who came to us last year in the DL and ST positions and these signings were key to being competitive across the pitch.

    We started out reasonably well, we never fell below 8th, then began a steady climb up the table. One minor slump had us back down to 6th but we recovered and were fighting it out for the title by the turn of the year we were top. We never surrendered that position and won the title with 3 games to spare.

    JPT run was pretty poor, we beat Dartford 3-0 then lost on penalties to my arch nemesis Plymouth when we were 3-1 up with 4 and 5th left to shoot.

    FA Cup run ended in round 2, we beat Sutton then fell to Bury after taking a 1-0 lead.

    The League Cup on the other hand, we were true giant killers. We took out Bournemouth in the first round, then Championship team Swansea 2-1, beat EPL Leicester in Extra Time 2-1, Championship Birmingham 2-1 in the fourth round, EPL Blackburn 3-2, came back from a 2-4 home loss against Championship Hull to win 4-0 away and take the semi 6-4 on agg.

    Then came the final.

    Where we were destroyed in a record 6-0 loss by EPL Bristol City. All in all, beating three championship teams and two premiership teams is a pretty good run. Also made a bit of money too which was nice.

    Contract wise I re-signed about half the players who were up for renewal. I've poached two Spanish strikers from Barcelona on free transfers. They are both rated 5 star potential. Which in my current team means leading Championship or Good Premiership. So that sorted the forwards out.

    I'm short at the back, needing 2 DL's, 1 DR and a ball playing CB. I've signed a new 2nd choice box to box midfielder on a free but I'm not really sure he's going to be good enough. I also need 2 more keepers. If I can get that then I might look at getting better players in some other positions.

    All staff are re-signed, while I was looking for a new assistant the guy I did find wouldn't budge in reducing his wage demand by even the tiny fraction and as such I put my existing one on for another season.

    We can now scout the continent.

    I'm hoping the board will expand the stadium, the 'new stadium' option won't end for another month or so, if I'm lucky the board will expand the stadium for the Championship.

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    Season    League   Position    Europe     Cups                  Other
    2012/13   BSS      18th        N/A        N/A                   N/A
    2013/14   BSS      11th        N/A        N/A                   N/A
    2014/15   BSS      2nd         N/A        N/A                   Lost in play-off final.
    2015/16   BSS      7th         N/A        N/A                   N/A
    2016/17   BSS      4th         N/A        N/A                   Promoted via play-offs.
    2017/18   BSP      3rd         N/A        N/A                   Lost in play-off semi-final.
    2018/19   BSP      1st         N/A        N/A                   Won League Title
    2019/20   L2       1st         N/A        N/A                   Won League Title, FA Cup 4th Round
    2020/21   L1       11th        N/A        JPT Winner            NA
    2021/22   L1       1st         N/A        LC RU                 Won League Title

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    2020-21 Northwich Victoria L2 Play-offs lost

    2021-22 I have 3 full Internationals in my side now, my three young Hungarians are now getting capped by the senior side.
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    Thought I might have a decent run in the Europa League, but we've been dealt a group of death with Napoli, Valencia (who have the best regen in the game) and Standard Liege. Hmm...

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    Worksop Premier League 2028/29

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    After 2 barren years this season started off with quite a few new players and it took the squad a while to get going with 5 draws in the first 5 games. This meant i spent most of the season off the pace and the usual poor form over xmas and jan made sure i was out of the title race and struggling to qualify for europe.
    I ended the season on form again with 37 points from 42 to snatch 4th place on the last day of the season.
    My reserves won the league cup beating West Ham 4-1 in the final. In the FA cup i reached the semi-final and completely dominated Liverpool only to somehow draw 2-2 and then lose on penalties.
    In the CL i had an easy group and comfortably qualified. In the 1st KO rd i faced Barcelona and drew 1-1 away before winning 2-1 at home. In the QT-final i again drew 1-1 away to Porto and won 3-0 at home. The semi-final was against Real Madrid and the team won 3-0 at home. In the 2nd leg Madrid scored 2 after dominating the match before a goal by Santamaria made it safe, it finished 3-1.
    The final was against Inter and although the team went behind, they were always in command and won 2-1. Fixtures

    Transfers 1 2

    Squad


    After last season i decided to freshen up the squad and spent money for the first time in 4 years, after the young midfielders disappointed last season i went out and spent a club record £12.25 million on Mauricio. This money was recouped by selling the underperforming Sagna (24 apps, 1 goal) for a record fee of £13.75 million. Melka was also brought in after being offered by Chelsea. The long serving Klinger (391 apps, 148 goals) was sold on after wanting to leave for several seasons, along with Chevelier (117 apps, 11 goals) who wasn't quite good enough and Robin (43 apps, 4 goals) who was 4th choice by xmas but became my record transfer fee of £14.25 million.
    Mendoza was again the best player although Brandt did very well playing in an unfamiliar position of left midfield. 2 free transfers became wonderkids and forced there way into the team after xmas, Santamaria is rated the best potential player in the team possibly messi level since he is 4.5 stars and 3 stars is leading prem level. Manual also stepped up impressively.


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    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    
    2022/23        CMP           3rd          6th Rd            LC - Winners                 N/A                    Promoted via playofffs, LC winners
    2023/24        Prem          8th          Winners           LC - 3rd Rd                  EC - QTR-final         FA Cup winners
    2024/25        Prem          5th          5th Rd            LC - Winners                 EC - Winners           LC winners, Euro Cup Winners
    2025/26        Prem          4th          Winners           LC - 4th Rd                  EC - QTR-Final         FA Cup winners
    2026/27        Prem          2nd          6th Rd            LC - 3rd Rd                  CL - QTR-Final         None
    2027/28        Prem          3rd          Semi-final        LC - 3rd Rd                  CL - 1st KO Rd         None
    2028/29        Prem          4th          Semi-final        LC - Winners                 CL - Winners           LC winners, CL winners

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    2021-22 Northwich Victoria L2 Champions


    Just checked, to date I've spent £475 on players and £480,000 on agent fees.
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    FC United Football Club
    2018/19 Season (7th Season)

    Current Club: FC United.
    Division: Premier League
    Season: 2018/2019
    Board Expectation: Title Challenge.

    Finish:
    League = Winner
    FA Cup = Winner
    League Cup = Winner
    Champions League = Winner

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    My game isn't running right now, so I'll update tomorrow with more details!


    Season 7 Summary
    After last years shock treble, I fully expected to go on and win everything this year. We did! Although it was a little harder and the results and goal-difference were actually a little worse than last years storming performance.

    ??=wins
    ??=draw
    ??=loss
    ??=goal difference

    League Table:


    FA Cup:


    League Cup:


    Champions League:
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    Squad:



    I'd love to say that's the quickest it could possibly be done - but actually it could feasibly be done in one season less! If you were to win the FA cup as a championship team, you could then play in the champions league during your first top-flight season! Unlikely, but mathematically possible. Until then, I think I've topped the table though!



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    2012/13		Blue Square North   1st	   Champions
    2012/13		FA Cup              n/a	   6th Round
    2012/13		FA Trophy           1st	   Winner
    
    2013/14		Blue Square Prem    1st	   Champions
    2013/14		FA Cup              n/a	   5th Round Replay
    2013/14		FA Trophy           1st	   Winner (retained)
    
    2014/15		nPower League 2      1st	 Champions
    2014/15		FA Cup               n/a	 6th Round
    2014/15		League Cup           n/a	 1st Round
    2014/15		Paint Trophy         1st	 Winner
    
    2015/16		nPower League 1      1st	 Champions
    2015/16		FA Cup               n/a	 6th Round
    2015/16		League Cup           n/a	 3rd Round
    2015/16		Paint Trophy         1st	 Winner (retained)
    
    2016/17		nPower Championship    1st	 Champions
    2016/17		FA Cup               n/a	 Semi Final
    2016/17		League Cup           n/a	 4th Round Replay
    
    2017/18		Premier League         1st	     Champions
    2017/18		FA Cup               1st	 Winner
    2017/18		League Cup           1st	 Winner
    
    2018/19		Premier League         1st	     Champions
    2018/19		FA Cup               1st	 Winner
    2018/19		League Cup           1st	 Winner
    2018/19	     Champions	League            1st	 Winner
    Last edited by FuSS; 16-06-2012 at 22:51.

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    Division The Championship (1st season)
    Season 2022/2023
    Expectations Avoid Relegation (Media - 21st)
    Finish 17th

    Season 11 complete.

    This season can be summarised by saying it was three periods of relative comfort bracketed by two periods of sheer panic.

    This graph will explain further:
    http://i47.tinypic.com/25tan9e.jpg

    League Table:
    http://i45.tinypic.com/34dj78y.jpg

    Didn't make anywhere near as much money as I wanted in the pre-season. Lost almost every game as well.

    We started badly. We fell to dead last after the 4th game, but then began a quick rise to the heights of 8th. Which is when the first moment of panic set in. We slumped to a massive losing streak, and fell down to 20th. Thankfully that was as far as we dropped in that slump. We pulled ourselves back up to 13th after Christmas.

    Which is when the 2nd period of panic set in. We were freefalling, losing game after game to the point we hit 23rd. We were almost about to lose sight of safety when we pulled it out yet again. We climbed back to safety and with some key victories against relegation zone contenders we went back to lower mid-table, where we finished in 17th.

    League Cup was a good run, we beaten Torquay, Southampton and Newcastle before falling to Arsenal during one of our losing streaks.

    League 1 side Hereford ended our FA Cup run at the first hurdle, we were never in the first leg but managed to hold a 0-0 draw, and then we lost the replay 2-0. Dismal performances.

    As I said last entry we signed two Spanish strikers from Barca. Their first seasons couldn't have gone any differently.

    Pelach. Dominating force, scored 21 goals from the inside left forward position, only just being shaded by Alvarez our main striker who got 26.
    http://i47.tinypic.com/24b9aqg.jpg

    Alosno: Complete and utter failure for inexplicable reasons. Scored 4 goals, suffered two 10 hour goal droughts (and is still in the 2nd one as of the end of the season). Has developed as a player okay, but just cannot perform on the pitch. If he doesn't shape up by the Jan window next season he's gonna get listed.
    http://i48.tinypic.com/2wfqq0l.jpg

    Squad:
    http://i50.tinypic.com/bhi23d.jpg

    The rest of the new players fitted in quite well, Navarro the CB performed well, Mulholland slotted into midfield in a good way and the young players I bought played occasional games and did well and have developed in training.

    I've listed 6 players. Tobi Ajiboye, complete garbage these days. Boyle, not good enough in the midfield to make any impact. Lee Richards, guy has come to the end of his useful life, out of his depth in the Championship. Deegan, not home grown, reached the end of his development period and I don't see him as a great option and is leaving for Hibs. Shaun Waters, been with me since Blue Square South, Championship is a level too high for him. Porter, our Ball Playing CB has spent the last 4 seasons underperforming and I've got a 16 year old Turk coming in to replace him as 2nd choice.

    I'm going to need loan signings for next season. I want to fill the 6 spots (AMR, AML, AMC, DM, ST and a box to box MC) with them to reduce costs. Will always be looking for the 17 year olds though.

    We aren't going to have enough money to expand the stadium at my request. I have to hope the newly installed Fan's Trust will do it anyway. We're maxing the stadium out all the time.

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    Season    League   Position    Europe     Cups                  Other
    2012/13   BSS      18th        N/A        N/A                   N/A
    2013/14   BSS      11th        N/A        N/A                   N/A
    2014/15   BSS      2nd         N/A        N/A                   Lost in play-off final.
    2015/16   BSS      7th         N/A        N/A                   N/A
    2016/17   BSS      4th         N/A        N/A                   Promoted via play-offs.
    2017/18   BSP      3rd         N/A        N/A                   Lost in play-off semi-final.
    2018/19   BSP      1st         N/A        N/A                   Won League Title
    2019/20   L2       1st         N/A        N/A                   Won League Title, FA Cup 4th Round
    2020/21   L1       11th        N/A        JPT Winner            NA
    2021/22   L1       1st         N/A        LC RU                 Won League Title
    2022/23   CHP      17th        N/A        N/A                   N/A

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    Quote Originally Posted by FuSS View Post



    I'd love to say that's the quickest it could possibly be done - but actually it could feasibly be done in one season less! If you were to win the FA cup as a championship team, you could then play in the champions league during your first top-flight season! Unlikely, but mathematically possible. Until then, I think I've topped the table though!


    Thats a new one on me, I thought the FA Cup winners were just entered into the Europa league?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbowmanuk View Post
    Thats a new one on me, I thought the FA Cup winners were just entered into the Europa league?
    I think you're right actually - in which case I completed the challenge in the quickest time humanly possible

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    re trying this today will post later on how i get on

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    Swindon Supermarine.
    Season 2012/13.
    Blue Square Bet South.



    Will keep you updated on this.
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    Swindon Supermarine.
    Season 2012/13.
    Blue Square Bet South.


    Transfers.


    Transfers In: Mukhtar Mohammed (Thurrock, free transfer), Craig Mahon (Vauxhall Motors, free transfer), Matt Ferdinando (Woking, free transfer)

    Transfers Out: Nick Jupp (Released), James Rae (Released), Luke Garton (Released), Danny Allen (Aston Villa, £1,000,000)

    Loanees In:

    Loanees Out:




    Friendlies:

    Staines 2 - 0 Supermarine.


    On a better note, drew with the club's biggest rivals, Swindon Town, 1-1.
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    £1 million!

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    Division The Championship (2nd season)
    Season 2023/2024
    Expectations Safe Mid-Table(Media - 18th)
    Finish 2nd - Automatic Promotion via League Position

    Season 12 complete.

    Wow. This was incredibly unexpected. In pre-season and after the first few games I was thinking I'd be lucky to achieve my board prediction and thought at best I might be able to snatch one of the last promotion spots.

    Instead we made an incredible run from the bottom of the table in the 4th week to be in the playoff positions by December, then battled our way into 2nd and pulled away to take promotion with our vastly superior GD with 3 games to go and confirmed the promotion with 1 game to go. We never had a chance of catching David Moyes' Charlton, and I repeatedly lost the manager of the month title to him. He started beef with me so we've been going back and forth in the media slating each other since Christmas.

    Position Graph:
    http://i46.tinypic.com/33xitja.jpg

    League Table:
    http://i45.tinypic.com/9bm2vl.jpg

    Financially we are in a reasonbly good position even with our £122,000 stadium expansion loan. We had an extensive pre-season campaign that netted a considerable sum of money. The stadium increase also helped improve our financial ability. What mattered the most was our activity in the transfer market. We sold 5 players for just under £5 million pounds most of which was in direct payments. With promotion comes an vertiable bounty worth 10's of millions to the club.

    The 2nd half the season held two very long unbeaten runs. The first was a 13 game streak that was broken with a 1-2 loss against Champions Charlton. The 2nd was 9 games after the Charlton loss. A 4 game winning streak at the end of the season secured the promotion.

    League Cup was good run. We beat Gillingham, Peterborough (who went into administration during the year and lost 10 points but will remain in the league) and Watford before falling 3-1 to EPL Blackburn.

    Blackburn were our nemesis in the FA Cup as well, taking us down 5-3. We'd pulled back from 3-1 down to 3-3 with 10 minutes to go. They scored 2 in injury time to knock us out. I hadn't realised it was a cup match, I'd have taken the 3-3 back to our stadium instead of pushing for a winner against what I stupidly thought was a promotion rival. Oh well.

    Pelach again dominated the left wing, scoring 23 goals with 14 assists before a knee strain knocked him out of the laters of the campaign.

    Alvarez dismantled defence after defence, scoring 33 before he had his leg broken by Brighton with a dozen games to play. He won't be back until the very start of next season.

    Alonso was one of the players sold. I got £2 million for him from Serie B Padova, who have got much better use out of him than I ever did. Swansea offered £1.5m for Laslo the keeper, and I took it knowing that keepers aren't that hard to find and I had a very capable player in that position to take over.

    The youth revolution continued, as we introduced 16, 17 and 18 year old players into the lineup. They performed admirably. The wing-back positions being of particular note, we've got 3 execellent prospects there. Our central defence lineup is looking good as well.

    Last but not least is John Hattrell. The Canadian AMRL/ST who I got on a free transfer for a team record £475,000 a year. He has repaid that in spades. He is now worth £5.5 million. Despite only coming in December, he's got 14 assists and 20 goals, an AvR of 7.80 and scored around 13 goals when he was pushed up front when Alvarez broke his leg.
    http://i49.tinypic.com/i56ka8.jpg

    As of now we have 4 players coming in next season already. A Spanish MC named Jesus who will be our 1st or 2nd choice box to box midfielder, a 17 year old French/Algerian AMR/ST who is rated 4.5 stars who I hope will develop well, and a 5 star potential French/Mauritanian ST AMRL who I want to develop into our 2nd choice AMC. We also have a loan striker who looks like they will do a job for us off the bench.

    Scouting continues unabated. I want another DL, GK and maybe another ST. All under 18 of course.

    Squad:
    http://i48.tinypic.com/2821g1h.jpg

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    Season    League   Position    Europe     Cups                  Other
    2012/13   BSS      18th        N/A        N/A                   N/A
    2013/14   BSS      11th        N/A        N/A                   N/A
    2014/15   BSS      2nd         N/A        N/A                   Lost in play-off final.
    2015/16   BSS      7th         N/A        N/A                   N/A
    2016/17   BSS      4th         N/A        N/A                   Promoted via play-offs.
    2017/18   BSP      3rd         N/A        N/A                   Lost in play-off semi-final.
    2018/19   BSP      1st         N/A        N/A                   Won League Title
    2019/20   L2       1st         N/A        N/A                   Won League Title, FA Cup 4th Round
    2020/21   L1       11th        N/A        JPT Winner            NA
    2021/22   L1       1st         N/A        LC RU                 Won League Title 
    2022/23   CHP      17th        N/A        N/A                   N/A
    2023/24   CHP      2nd         N/A        N/A                   Promoted via League Position

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    Awesome work bowie - good to see you finally getting there after those endless seasons in BSS

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    Yeah, I never start well. Maybe next season I'll try to do it quicker.

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    won't post it now so as not to spoil my end of season update (for anyone that actually cares), but I've just had the single most heroic performance from my team on any incarnation of CM/FM. Unbelievable Jeff!

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    Canvey Island FC - Season 2018/19 - Barclays Premiership

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    Made yet more additions to the squad, notably a very good keeper, a centre-mid and a couple of young centre-backs. Consequently we started slowly, with the Europa League as well causing havoc given that there are barely any players who have come through the youth team. We picked up our form in November and gradually began to claw back the gap between us and the top 6. By this point Man Utd (who would go on to lose just 2 matches - 1 to us) were running away with the league, already 10 points clear of Arsenal. After Christmas we went on a great run that saw us overhaul Liverpool, then Chelsea to go 4th. Going into the final two games of the season, we needed just one point to secure a Champions League place - the only issue was that we were away to Chelsea then home to champions United. Somehow, a smash and grab performance saw us come from 3-0 down to draw at Chelsea, before our reserves beat United 3-1.

    Final position: 4th - Qualified for Champions League (Winners = Man Utd)
    League Table

    Domestic Cups

    Some kind draws (include an 8-1 demolition of Wolves) saw us reach the semis of the FA Cup with relative ease, only to lose to Man United as a result of an unfortunate own goal. In the Carling Cup, we had an equally nice run to the semis, before putting out Fulham and comfortably beating Sunderland in the Final

    FA Cup: lost in the Semi-Final to Man United (0-1)
    League Cup: Winners beating Sunderland - (4-1)

    Europe

    Whilst our draws at home were nothing short of wonderful, FM fate evened it up, putting little Canvey Island in the group of death with Valencia, Napoli and Standard Liege (Valencia have one of the best attacks in the game at the moment). Our first two games, away to Napoli then Valencia, saw us somehow come away with narrow wins having taken our chances and held out well. We continued to win every other game in the group other than an inexplicable 0-0 draw with Standard Liege. Then things really got interesting...

    In the first knockout round we were paired with Young Boys who were nothing compared even to Liege, and went down as easily as expected. Dinamo Moscow followed, but two early away goals meant that we could pick them off on the counter with minimal fuss. Saint Etienne pushed us closer in the Quarter Final, but we came away with yet another deserved victory, meaning that we were to face Roma in the semis. At this point, our Europa League squad consisted of just 16 players (having had to name 8 youth players). In the game against Saint Etienne, centre back Lamine Koné got injured for 3 months. In the week before the Roma game, our playmaker Carlos Miguel joined him (4 months), as did our centre back Keita (3 months) and right back Hoey (5 weeks).

    First leg: We went 1-0 up thanks to a nice strike from Pelaez before their right winger twice cut through our youth team left back to put them 2-1 up. In the last 5 minutes I sent on a second striker who set one up before scoring with the last kick of the game to give us a priceless 3-2 advantage.

    Second leg: The most unbelievable game I have ever played on FM. Another man went down to injury before the game, leaving us fielding just 10 first team players (2 of which were horribly out of position), and a youth team player. 3 minutes in and Della Marca had to be subbed off. We somehow took the lead from a header off a free-kick from captain N'Diaye... 4 minutes before the interval, our left winger then hobbled back to the changing rooms, before N'Diaye also took an injury in the second half, leaving us with just ten on the field, three of whom were utterly hopeless. And then we scored a second through an excellent counter. They pulled one back, but we progressed to the final with the most injury-hit of injury-hit squads.

    Roma 1-2 Canvey Island

    Final: Schalke were our opponents, surely it would be an easier ride? The team was a wreck, the only surviving starters being our keeper Porchia, striker Pelaez, midfielder Reis and wingers Quevedo and Martinez. We went ahead after 10 minutes through a header from centre back Dario Piras, only to be pegged back by an unfortunate own goal from Porchia. A minute after the interval, Pelaez was sent off for an elbow, but try though they might, Schalke simply couldn't score and the game went to penalties. Piras had a chance to clinch it with the fifth penalty, but did a John Terry and bottled it. Finally, holding mid Maxymov slotted his penalty home to complete an incredible tournament win for Canvey.

    Schalke 1-1p Canvey Island

    Players of the Season

    Squad

    A few standout players this year. Massimiliano Porchia played superbly in goal, living up to his £11m transfer fee, whilst Quevedo produced assist after assist from the right wing. Carlos Miguel had an excellent season up until his injury, whilst Orlando Pelaez was clinical up front.


    Top goalscorer: Orlando Pelaez, 44 (27 in League)
    Most assists: Jonathan Quevedo, 44 (24 in League)

    2018/19 Season Thoughts:

    The core of the team is quite good now so there probably won't be wholesale changes. We could use a really good DM - I have my eyes on someone but they'll be expensive, and City are also sniffing around Pelaez. Could still use two top full backs as well, but otherwise the squad is looking good.

    Code:
    Season    League   Position  Europe             Cups                          Other
    2012/13   BSS      1st       N/A                FAC 1st, FAT 4th              BSS Manager of the Season, Player of the Season (Marcus Bent)
    2013/14   BSP      2nd       N/A                FAC 3rd, FAT 1st              Promoted via playoffs, Player of the Season (Marcus Bent) 
    2014/15   L2       1st       N/A                FAC 3rd, JPT 2nd, LC 1st      Winner, L2 Manager, Player of the Season (Bill Paul)
    2015/16   L1       1st       N/A                FAC 3rd, JPT 3rd, LC 1st      Winner, L2 Manager, Player of the Season (Bill Paul)
    2016/17   CH       1st       N/A                FAC 4th, LC 3rd               Winner, CH Manager of the Season
    2017/18   PL       5th       N/A                FAC Final, LC QF              PL Manager of the Season
    2018/19   PL       4th      Europa Winners      FAC Semi, LC Winner           PL Manager of the Season

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    that was an awesome read, second leg was epic. Congrats on the win.
    I've just came within 2 points of winning the premiership (O_o) came down to the last game of the season but United won their match... (the ****ers)

    I'll update here tomorrow as I'm a season behind here (~_~#)


    EDIT:

    quick catchup post:
    Redditch United
    Season 10 - 2021/2022 - Barclays Premiership (2nd season)



    Board expectations
    : avoid relegation. (media prediction was 17th)
    My expectations: Possible top half finish
    Final Position: 7th (euro cup qual)

    FA Cup: Champions (Redditch 1-0 Man City)

    League Cup: Semi final (Man City 3-1 Redditch)

    Things started out really promising with a great preseason showing including a 6-0 victory over Fiorentina. 8 goals scored and none conceded after 3 premiership games I was hopeful of a good campaign. We started to really come into our own after Christmas with 8 games undefeated runs happening twice and storming runs through both cups. Sean Irwin started to settle in, Jessen started to perform better and it was a big money season for us :

    Cvijanovic left for Swansea for a tasty 10.5 million after joining us in League 2. Odd-Geir Birknes also left for 4.8m finding a new home at Norwich. Robin Andersson joined for 5.3m and Carl Gardner moved from West Ham for a tiny 2.9m to strut his stuff, by the end of the season Gardner would have 'wonderkid' status and prove to be one of the greatest bargains I have ever signed in a FM game


    Highlight of the season
    Finishing Higher than I expected and grabbing a Euro Cup place. Winning Premiership Manager of the season for the first time and signing Gardner. Seeing Jessen win young player of the month 5 times in one season O_o

    Oh and beating Man City for the FA Cup

    Lowpoint of the season

    I dont think there was one. It was a great one all round. if I had to pick one it would be Aidan O'Neill turing out to be a bit of a flop. His pottential nose dived and he left soon after the season ended.





    Code:
    June 24th Screen shot 
    Season     Division                    Position          Achievments
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    2012/13 Blue Square North         12th               Mid table                           best eleven.  transfers1  2
    
    2013/14 Blue Square North         1st               Champions                           best eleven.  transfers
    
    2014/15 Blue Square Premier       4th               Top half finish                      best eleven.  transfers
    
    2015/16 Blue Square Premier       1st               Champions                           best eleven.  transfers
     
    2016/17 nPower League 2           5th              Playoffs-Promotion                best eleven.  transfers
     
    2017/18 nPower League 1           1st              Shock Champions                 best eleven.  transfers
    
    2018/19 nPower Championship      10th           Surprise mid finish                 best eleven.  transfers
    
    2019/20 nPower Championship      1st             Surprise Domination              best eleven   transfers
    
    2020/21 Barclays Premiership       14th          Unconvincing mid table           best eleven   transfers
    
    2021/22 Barclays Premiership       7th         convincing mid table         best eleven   transfers
    Last edited by Spacenugget; 03-07-2012 at 03:03.

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    Nantwich town FC

    Introduction




    After hours of searching for a club with less than 1000 reputation I finally have my team...

    Joe Bloggs is unveiled as Nantwich manager!

    http://img804.imageshack.us/img804/1...viewinform.png

    I will be uploading a season 1 update as soon as I can which will have a lot more detail on transfers and finances etc.

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    Division English Premier Division (1st season)
    Season 2024/2025
    Expectations Avoid Relegation (Media - 20th)
    Finish 9th

    Season 13 complete.

    An extremely good debut season in the Premier League.

    The first half of the season was exceptional, after our good start we loitered around positions 4-7 and were challenging for a European spot. Of course, our tactics got cracked in January so we suddenly couldn't buy a point. But by that time we had secured our position in the top flight for next season so it wasn't a massive issue. We dropped from 6th with 10 games to go down to 9th by the end but we still put in good performances and did win our 3rd last game 7-1 against Villa.

    The beef with Moyes continued even as he left relegated Charlton to join 13th placed Everton. Although I accidentally said once that we get on well, so now he thinks the two of us could become friends. Which is a bit odd considering we've been giving each other **** for years now.

    Position Graph:
    http://i50.tinypic.com/29wobro.jpg

    League Table:
    http://i48.tinypic.com/21cvwk9.jpg

    League Cup we were out in 1, as we lost 3-2 away to Sheffield United. Came back from 2-0 down to be 2-1 late on, they scored an 88th minute winner and we got a consolation during injury time. Pretty **** match. I think I played younger players in this one.

    FA Cup we were out in the 3rd round after a replay against Norwich. For some reason they were all over us (we played them 3 times in 4 games) and we were constantly on the backfoot. We scraped a 2-2 draw in the first leg at home, then lost the replay 4-3 away. We then played them in the Premier League and got another ****** 2-2 draw.

    I asked for and was given facility improvements. The board decided on a 5,325 seat expansion that will take the stadium to 16,035 (costing £6.5m) from it's existing 10,690, and the training/youth facilities will cost £4.7m. We have £11.5 million in the bank now.

    The usual suspects popped up again as our best players. Pelach getting 18 goals from AML, Hattrell getting 13 and 21 assists from AMR. Hatttrell has to be one of the best players in the game, 5 star rating, has City and United both sniffing around. He's only got a £10m release clause but I'm hoping keeping his asking price at £100m will keep them away long enough for me to sign him to a new contract. The board are being idiots and despite us being about 5m under the budget they won't let me pay him the 3 mil a season he wants.

    Alvarez hit 12 in a season curtailed by injury, he only played 20 games. I'm at a cross roads with him, his contract runs out in a few months and I've got some transfers coming in. He's a club icon, and I know the board and fans will give me **** if I release him. I might just sign him for another 5 years just to keep him around, I don't think he wants a lot of money.

    I also bought an AMC from River, well, I got him on loan, and have arranged a transfer to us at the end of the season. He scored 17 goals and 8 assists playing mostly at AMC (occasionally stepped in up front due to injuries)
    http://i47.tinypic.com/14w99o9.jpg

    We didn't sell anyone this season. I sent my 2nd choice keeper on loan (which I hope doesn't **** up his club ownership status) and an un-needed older CB who will be leaving after the season ends.

    I have several players coming to the club, a few strikers and a DM.

    The biggest name coming in is Graham Howson, a 20 year old wonderkid striker from Manchester United who was transfer listed by request. Got him for £4.5m over 4 years. He's the reason I'm erring on re-signing Alvarez. He's not super quick but he'll do well up front. If I can squeeze out another couple of pace points he'll do an extremely good job I hope.
    http://i48.tinypic.com/2i7r2aw.jpg

    I'm now scouting more than just the continent. I am looking in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico with the new scouts I was able to sign. I have 23 now.

    I want a good young DR, but I will need to look at finding another AMC to replace my 2nd choice AMC Bordaberry, and probably a long-term replacement for my box to box midfielder.

    I won Manager of the Year

    Squad:
    http://i47.tinypic.com/2arqds.jpg

    Code:
    Season    League   Position    Europe     Cups                  Other
    2012/13   BSS      18th        N/A        N/A                   N/A
    2013/14   BSS      11th        N/A        N/A                   N/A
    2014/15   BSS      2nd         N/A        N/A                   Lost in play-off final.
    2015/16   BSS      7th         N/A        N/A                   N/A
    2016/17   BSS      4th         N/A        N/A                   Promoted via play-offs.
    2017/18   BSP      3rd         N/A        N/A                   Lost in play-off semi-final.
    2018/19   BSP      1st         N/A        N/A                   Won League Title
    2019/20   L2       1st         N/A        N/A                   Won League Title, FA Cup 4th Round
    2020/21   L1       11th        N/A        JPT Winner            NA
    2021/22   L1       1st         N/A        LC RU                 Won League Title 
    2022/23   CHP      17th        N/A        N/A                   N/A
    2023/24   CHP      2nd         N/A        N/A                   Promoted via League Position
    2024/25   EPL       9th         N/A        N/A                   N/A
    Last edited by davidbowie; 10-07-2012 at 14:31.

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    Worksop 2029/30


    Table

    Positions

    League Cup - Winners

    FA Cup - Winners

    CL - Winners

    The season started slowly with the team taking time to get going but by 2/3rds of the season they hit top spot where they remained to clinch the title and complete the challenge. The reserves won the league cup along with the euro super cup and world club cup. The FA cup was won again.
    In the CL the team cruised through the group and faced Sevilla in the 1st KO, after a surprise 2-0 loss the team came back to win 3-0 at home. Juventus were beaten in the quarters and Man city lost 5-0 in the home leg of the semi's. The final was equally one-sided.
    The finances are ok with 50 million in the bank although the shareholders keep taking out large sums each year, i keep hoping for a new stadium as the current one of 12535 is laughable for a team with a worldwide rep.

    Squad

    Transfers 1 2

    There were only free transfers in although Zubov is a wonderkid. Leaving were Ghoul (21 apps) who while a good player was incredibly injury prone else he would have played twice as many games for worksop. Berger (4 apps in 5 years) was 3rd or 4th choice keeper and i was surprised to get so much when i offered him around for 5 million. Taleb (25 apps, 2 goals) was another good player but not up to the level to make it as a first teamer.
    The goalies and defenders did ok with standing out. In midfield most of the midfielders were generally effective without really impressing, Shabaan was one of the exceptions and Brandt had his best ever season, the most assists and highest rating since he joined in L2 12 seasons ago.
    Up front only 3 strikers really played very much with all doing well in patches although Santamaria scored a lot in the cup competitions against poor opposition.


    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    
    2022/23        CMP           3rd          6th Rd            LC - Winners                 N/A                    Promoted via playofffs, LC winners
    2023/24        Prem          8th          Winners           LC - 3rd Rd                  EC - QTR-final         FA Cup winners
    2024/25        Prem          5th          5th Rd            LC - Winners                 EC - Winners           LC winners, Euro Cup Winners
    2025/26        Prem          4th          Winners           LC - 4th Rd                  EC - QTR-Final         FA Cup winners
    2026/27        Prem          2nd          6th Rd            LC - 3rd Rd                  CL - QTR-Final         None
    2027/28        Prem          3rd          Semi-final        LC - 3rd Rd                  CL - 1st KO Rd         None
    2028/29        Prem          4th          Semi-final        LC - Winners                 CL - Winners           LC winners, CL winners
    2029/30        Prem          1st          Winners           LC - Winners                 CL - Winners           Clean Sweep

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    Long time no post in this thread. I'm in my first season of league one, coming to a close with almost my entire squads contracts running out and no way to offer them decent new ones as I have managed to go about £5k over budget p/w. It's crippling us financially and its the first time I've not been properly in control of the finances after not really caring about transfers in the past season properly. Could mean a full squad rebuild, something I'm looking forward to as it should give my game a new lease of life and the players are pretty poor anyway. We should finish just above the drop zone, and after a squad rebuild, we should be battling the top half a lot more next year.

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    Have you tried offering the players key squad status? There's a lot of 'wiggle room' over the budget if you use that. Eventually you will hit a point where you can't offer anything, but it can be useful if your board is being tight and don't give you any cash for wages.

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    Redditch United
    Season 11 - 2022/2023 - Barclays Premiership (3rd season)


    Board expectations: Mid Table (media prediction was 11th)
    My expectations: Top half finish
    Final Position: 2nd (Champions league qual)
    FA Cup: Champions (Redditch 3 -2 Brighton)
    Community Shield: Lost (Man City p0-0 Redditch)

    What a season, a shaky start but by 12 games we found ourselves in 4th and the only was was up (past positions). Man U seemed unbeatable and comfortably sat in 1st for almost the entire season but a string of sloppy games around near February saw them lose some steam. Eventually it came down to the last day (one fixture remaining). We needed Swansea to beat United and to grab a win at home against Chelsea, a no hoper really, but after a Swansea pulled ahead around 15 minutes in I'd be lying if I said I didn't get a little hopeful. ok... very hopeful. As the matches came to an end though (88 minutes goal report) it was obvious two goals from Swansea was too big of a task. We had done our best though and2nd was an amazing finish for us.


    Cups: The Community Shield we lost on penaltys to ManCity. The Fa Cup we stormed and for the second year running brought it home. Lost in the semifinals to Spurs in both the Euro Cup and the League cup meaning I played them a LOT this season.
    Awards: I won the Premiership Manager of the season for the second year running which rose my reputation to worldwide woohoo.
    Sean Irwin came 3rd in players player of the year, 2nd in Premiership top scorer, first Redditch player to make the Prem Team of the year (sub) and busted Redditch records all over the place with 48 goals in 58 appearances. He also cemented himself as an England 1st team player.



    Highlight of the season

    3 players descriptions changed to wonderkid meaning I now have 4 wonderkids at the club, I have never been so lucky with signings in any FM game before. Delighted. The 4 players currently showing as wonderkids are:
    Gardner
    arrived last season for a bargain 2.9 mil
    Mendonca arrived at the start of the season for a risky3.7mil (the fans and board actually complained about the signing)
    Coric Championship signing 3 or so seasons ago arrived for 575k as a hot prospect
    Paleso Spotted almost 3 seasons ago I snapped him up for 900k but had to wait until he turned 18 so he could join us. now here and showing as wonderkid #4



    Lowpoint of the season

    Honestly this season was a blast from start to finish, I guess if I had to pick a low point it would be Man Uniteds dominance stopping us winning he league, they were unstoppable.


    Transfers


    25 million was spent on players.... never thought I'd get to say that back a few seasons ago
    I guess I'll just mention the ones I think could be big un's:

    Jarbas after a fruitless search I was panicking for a rightback, 13+ million was chucked at Rubin kazan and Jarbas joined us. Smashed the record transfer fee :o
    Alexander Luz 2.9 million for the 17 year old German keeper. I will eat my hat if he doesn't turn out to be awesome.
    Damien Joly Lyon didnt want to sell as they considered him a strong prospect but I was determined to grab this dude. 3 million finally sealed the deal.
    Ronni Jorgensen grabbed him on a free, only appeared in under18 games yet major interest from Arsenal and Chelsea. Denmark has been very kind to me.

    Outward transfers were quiet, Guo ge (was first choice DC) left for 5 million to Wolves so that Steffensen cold get more game time.

    Full transfers screen



    Starting 11






    Next season's aims
    Hopefully anything near the same performance would be nice.
    Try hold on to the talent at the club as another few seasons to mature and we will be a serious force.
    I'm maybe a little to hopeful after this season, hopefully we dont fall apart.

    Code:
    June 24th Screen shot 
    Season     Division                    Position          Achievments
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    2012/13 Blue Square North         12th               Mid table                           best eleven.  transfers1  2
    
    2013/14 Blue Square North         1st               Champions                           best eleven.  transfers
    
    2014/15 Blue Square Premier       4th               Top half finish                      best eleven.  transfers
    
    2015/16 Blue Square Premier       1st               Champions                           best eleven.  transfers
     
    2016/17 nPower League 2           5th              Playoffs-Promotion                best eleven.  transfers
     
    2017/18 nPower League 1           1st              Shock Champions                 best eleven.  transfers
    
    2018/19 nPower Championship      10th           Surprise mid finish                 best eleven.  transfers
    
    2019/20 nPower Championship      1st             Surprise Domination              best eleven   transfers
    
    2020/21 Barclays Premiership       14th          Unconvincing mid table           best eleven   transfers
    
    2021/22 Barclays Premiership       7th         convincing mid table                best eleven   transfers
    
    2022/23 Barclays Premiership       2nd                       runner up                best eleven   transfers
    Last edited by Spacenugget; 10-07-2012 at 02:57.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbowie View Post
    Have you tried offering the players key squad status? There's a lot of 'wiggle room' over the budget if you use that. Eventually you will hit a point where you can't offer anything, but it can be useful if your board is being tight and don't give you any cash for wages.
    Yeh, way past that point - at a stage where I could only offer players £95p/w (budget was £19k, I had them on £24.5k ish), so the board were having none of it. It's a good thing, cleared out a tonne of rubbish and brought in some better players demanding lesser wages. Managed to get a couple of my best current players on lesser contracts too, so all is a bit more stable now that we are matching our £17k budget.

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    Bought an incredible CB from inter for a silly high amount (approx 24million) so he could tutor the youths and hopefully give us the boost in defence to challenge for the title.... first match scored an own goal, second match red card = 3 match ban and I'm still getting news items over it with the fans calling me out on it and the board cracking up. Not so fun.


    Then to cheer me up Villaescusa (old screen) just changed to wonderkid in his description thats 5 at the club now, delighted.
    The future is looking good for Redditch


    Edit: make that 6 Alexander Luz has changed to wonderkid too. Is the wonderkid description more common in 12, the last FM I played properly was FML and the 'wonderkid' description was rare as hell. FM09 and 10 were the same, most I ever had at a club was 2 (maybe 3 but I cant remember). 6 potential world class players this cheap and for Redditch just seems too good to be true
    Last edited by Spacenugget; 10-07-2012 at 14:42.

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    Just signed up specifically so i could take part in this thread. I was doing a similar challenge on another site but wasn't allowed to sign players things.. didn't go great. Promoted season 1, relegated then had a squad of useless players with no hope lol (No-one would renew contracts and youth was pathetic). Anyway currently waiting for the year to simulate then will be doing the 1day holiday hoping to get Frome will settle for Totton though if need be.

    Will post up later today with the screenshot of profile and hopefully end of first season (wife & kids away for the night xD) Not sure how many saves it will have though as for some reason my pc keeps crashing when I play FM12 will try to restrict it to once every other month though. Wish me luck

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    I've missed this game. Though the thread seems to be dead, I'm going to continue my game. The reason I stopped was because I lost the newest version of my game which knocked me back about two years, and they were two good years. So I will now attempt to pick up a game which is a couple of years back from where I left it, with players who I will not remember very well! This WILL be a challenge. Will shortly post a "state of play" post and would appreciate any advice!

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    http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/57...C9C6A5ADE4C6D/

    My squad as it is now. I have signed Messias and Ondjola - two of the vital players in the next couple of years the first time around.

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    I know its abit late to be starting this but here i am: http://s1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii581/Sopranoobject/?action=view&current=MattLeppingtonOverview_Inform ation-2.png
    as manager of Oxford City after hours of reloads.

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    Thousands of reloads (well about 14hr straight on day1, 8hrs day2 and an hour a day since) Still havent got one of the two teams I wanted. Going to try again tomorrow and will have to accept anything below 1k since it doesn't look like i'll get my wish of one of the two worst teams If anyone has got them on a save regardless of the year pls upload a save file.

    I was tempted to modify there rep holiday 1 day and reduce there rep again but figured that would mess something up so going to take the honest path

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    Good luck guys - I've taken a bit of a break from mine but still plan to finish it before FM13

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    Oxford City (Rep:1000)
    League:
    Blue Square North (Season 2012/2013)
    Board expectations:
    Avoid relegation (Media predicted 22nd)
    Final position: 6th (Graph)
    F.A Cup: First Round (Oxford City 1-4 MK Dons)
    Fixture list 1 Fixture List 2

    This was my first season in charge of Oxford junior and I decided to restructure the whole squad. By the time the official transfer window had closed i had signed a complete new squad of players: Transfers
    After an exciting first game of the season (Oxford City v.s FC Halifax) I was left feeling as though this could be an interesting year, which was later proved to be right.
    With a poor start to the season leaving us 20th after 8 games, A team meeting was called which shaped the next 4 months of our campaign. The inspiring meeting hurled us towards the top half of the division and after twice the games, we were in the play offs! We looked unstoppable in the league and broke the club record for most games unbeaten in a row and after a run that stretched from late September to early January I truly believed we were destined for promotion. The players had other ideas...
    In the next 16 games we managed to pick up a measly 14 points! Somehow managing to keep us in the top half but left us 4 points out of the play offs with only 5 games to go; including games against 2nd and 3rd placed teams Barrow and Stalybridge.
    After loosing to Stalybridge, a change of tactics helped us win the other 3 games and we were left to play Barrow on the final day of the season. A quick look at the league table revealed that we had to win and 2 of the 3 teams on joint points above us had to lose or draw.

    Things wern't looking that well when Barrow took the lead in 7 minutes. But a first half hattrick from midfielder Liam Davison made it 3-1 at the half time whistle. As it stood, we could still finish 5th providing the scorelines didn't change. We marched out onto the field second half, full of confidence, putting another 3 past 2nd placed Barrow! Including a record breaking 4th from Davison. However, in the dying minutes of the game Chester managed to take the lead pushing us out of the play offs by one point. It was a valiant effort but our stumble mid season had proven costly. Our final position was 5th place. Barrow v.s Oxford City

    Overall, considering our expectations and predictions I think its fair to say that we had a good first season and with the new 4-2-3-1 tactic employed we should have a more consistent season next year.



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    Just about to start the challenge. Do it most years, normally to try and re-kindle my interest in FM until the new one comes out. Game is holidaying as I type, will probably go with FC United but may change m mind as I read through some post on here while it loads.

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    Think I'm about to complete the challenge, finished 2nd in the Prem last season and won the Champions League

    Blasted straight into this season spending big on defence. Now in January and on a six match win streak and a 6 point lead over 2nd place. Morale is super high and even though there has constantly been 4-5 long term injurys and terrible fixture congestion the team is rotating really well. Delighted.

    Hope I didn't just jinx myself :/
    Never did an update for last season so I'll just roll them into one or something.


    EDIT: MISSION COMPLETE

    Redditch celebrate famous quadruple



    Dominated the Premiership but winning the CL again this season was a damn pleasant surprise.
    Chelsea are unreal in my game, actually Manchester United, Spurs and Arsenal are also unbelievable, Spurs scored 100 goals this season in the premiership and finished 5th O_o. So I guess the European clubs were a walk in the park compared to the competition in the Premiership. Still surprised we did it after losing 4-0 to Chelsea about 3 weeks before the final.
    But to put it simply this Redditch game was the greatest game of FM I have ever played by far, what a ride.... I finally have my life back woohoo.
    I'll try get screens or something up in a while but honestly I need a long break from anything FM related lol
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    FuSS - Amazing that you managed it so fast. Did you get a tycoon takeover?

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    I've restarted my Bradford Park Avenue game that I last played in December, as I have had a pretty decent journeyman career since.

    After playing a couple of games we're fifth in League One in the 2015/16 season, with a good chance of getting through to the 3rd round of the FA Cup as we face non-league Colwyn Bay at home in the 2nd round. I'm giving a debut to a 16 year old striker who is marked with 5* for potential.

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    Just about to start the challenge. The game is on holliday as I'm typing.
    Can someone tell me what links I have to post for the first time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by budy View Post
    Just about to start the challenge. The game is on holliday as I'm typing.
    Can someone tell me what links I have to post for the first time?
    Just to your profile I believe.

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    A 4th successive promotion is not on the cards for Bradford Park Avenue - we lost in the play-off final to Coventry as one of my midfielders thought the 110th minute was an excellent time to give away a penalty.

    Full update to follow this evening.

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    Crispypaul (no.52)
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    2015/16
    nPower League One

    League: 5th
    Enough for a play off spot but we lost to Coventry in the final. I released the player who gave away the penalty!

    FA Cup: 5th round
    Another good run, this time losing out to eventual winners Chelsea.

    League Cup: 1st round
    Hull beat us easily at the first stage again.

    Johnstone's Paint Trophy: 1st round
    Hull also took care of us in the JPT.

    Key Players:

    Zah Ansah - continued his rich vein of form and was voted the Fan's player of the season, however asking for a 500% increase in salary was too much so I let him go at the end of the season.

    Thomas Cruise - started off performing Knight and Day but in the the end it proved Mission Impossible as he lost his place in the team

    Cheick Dia - Arsenal loanee who pushed Cruise out of a starting spot

    Alex Nilsson - Did well in a 4-4-2 with Ansah, or on his own in a 4-5-1

    Sead Hajrovic - the Swiss centreback continued to marshal the defence.

    Simon Johansen - versatile Danish defender/midfielder provided solidity

    Aims for season

    - Get promoted automatically
    - Do a bit better in the JPT and League Cup for once
    - Convince my board to let me scout outside the UK and Ireland once the takeover has been completed.


    Code:
    Season        Division            Position                 Achievements
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    2012/13       BSN                 1st                        Champions, Promoted
    2013/14       BSP                 1st                        Champions, Promoted, FA Trophy Winners
    2014/15       L2                   2nd                       Runners Up, Promoted
    2015/16       L1                   5th                       Play off runners up



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    This will be interesting - I've noticed Norwich have been relegated to League One.

    My wage budget is a maximum of £38.5k a week if I move the slider fully to the left and use up the transfer budget. We're currently spending £28k a week on wages.

    Norwich, on the other hand, have one player on £29k a week, one on £38k a week, and another on an eye-watering £46.5k a week! Not sure how I'm going to cope with that one.

    Oh and my new chairman still won't let me scout outside the UK and Ireland....

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    Right, big news.

    I have got a new job which has required a relocation. My relocation, as it turns out, is to a house within 5 minutes walking distance from Tooting and Mitcham's stadium. Obviously I would therefore like to play with T&M in FM13, but I have a horrible feeling they might have been relegated - can anyone confirm this? I will also be buying a season ticket to go and watch T&M - so anyone (including dafuge) who has managed them - do let me know who I should be looking out for IRL!

    Can anyone confirm whether T&M are likely to be a playable team in this iteration and indeed what my chances might be of picking them up without 1000 years' reloadin?

    Thanks

    PS Anyone who has been missing my Harrow game - I lost about 5 years of it, and when your game rewinds five years, it's hard to get back into! I will be posting my T&M save (if I can have one) in FM13's thread, albeit with less regularity than last time due to work commitments.

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    Quote from Wikipedia:

    "Following a dismal start to the 2011–12 season Beard was relieved of his position in December 2011 and Kenny Brown was appointed the new manager. However the results got worse and Tooting were relegated at the end of the 2011–12 season."

    Oh b******s. I was getting so excited about that. Would anyone massively object if I started just one tier below, assuming they quickly get promoted back to the Isthmian Premier League after holidaying? My laptop can easily handle one extra tier. Given that it's a special club to this thread, could an exception be made? Pleeeeeease? They will be literally on my doorstep in real life, and I plan to go to every game this season that doesn't clash with an Arsenal home game.....

    Please, please, please, please?!?!?! (Final say goes to Dafuge on this matter, of course!)

    PS Reason for absurdly timed post? Unable to sleep with the excitement of living on the doorstep of such a famous (well....on the forums) side! Sad, I know!
    Last edited by GreyedOutMan; 09-08-2012 at 03:37.

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    I reckon go for it - it's not like it's giving you an advantage. Means you'd be able to get a T&M shirt with your best player's name on it in time for the new season as well

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    I dont know about a shirt - Arsenal are still my main love and I dont often buy shirts from them even! But I will go to quite a few T&M games...

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    Division English Premier Division (3rd season)
    Season 2026/2027
    Expectations Safe Mid-Table (Media - 11th)
    Finish 7th

    Season 15 complete.

    An exceptional season eventually reduced to mediocre due to a horror injury run which depleted the squad, cost us matches and caused the team's form and morale to get destroyed in the last quarter of the season.

    We spent the majority of the year in the Champions League positions, only to drop out with 3 games to play. Our last 10 league games went WLWLLWLDDL, seeing us pick up only 11 points out of 30 and drop from 2nd to 7th, completely out of European qualification.

    Can't be bothered doing anything else. We've hit our stadium expansion capacity at 17,000, which is always great for a 6 year old stadium.

    Code:
    Season   League Position  
    2012/13   BSS     18th    
    2013/14   BSS     11th  
    2014/15   BSS     2nd      Lost in play-off final.
    2015/16   BSS     7th    
    2016/17   BSS     4th      Promoted via play-offs.
    2017/18   BSP     3rd      Lost in play-off semi-final.
    2018/19   BSP     1st      Won League Title
    2019/20   L2      1st       Won League Title, FA Cup 4th Round
    2020/21   L1      11th     JPT Winner  
    2021/22   L1      1st       League Cup Runner Up, Won League Title
    2022/23   CHP     17th    
    2023/24   CHP     2nd       Promoted via League Position
    2024/25   EPL     9th        
    2025/26   EPL     8th        FA Cup Runner Up
    2026/27   EPL     7th

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    Right, not played FM for 4 months but with the new season starting I'm getting the FM bug again. Have loaded up my Kingstonian save where I'm in Jan 2031, having just won my 3rd straight world club cup, I'm 6th in the league (having won twice in a row) 13 points off the top but with 4 games in hand. Am in the semi-final of the league cup, 3rd round of FA Cup about to start and have Real Madrid in the champions league (have won it 3 years in a row)

    It's good to be back with these players of mine will re-start posting updates at end of the season

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    Crispypaul (no.52)
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    2016/17
    nPower League One

    League: 1st
    Much better this time as we won promotion with a game to spare, then wrapped up the title on the final day.

    FA Cup: 4th round
    Another good run, including an excellent defeat of Liverpool in the 3rd round, before getting knocked out by eventual winners Birmingham (who beat League One Stockport in the final!)

    League Cup: 2nd Round
    A bit better this time but went out away to Watford in the 2nd round.

    Johnstone's Paint Trophy: 1st round
    An appalling loss away at League Two Tranmere meant no JPT for us.

    Key Players:

    Juan Compper - a loan signing from Man City, weighed in with a tremendous amount of goals and assists which pretty much won us the title.

    Darren Ford - a £325 signing from BSS side Worcester started off brightly but waned later on in the season

    Ian Jackson - dynamic left winger weighed in from the left flank until a serious injury meant he was kept out of the team by.....

    Jordan Thompson - a free transfer from Bangor City, the former Cardiff trainee kept Jackson out of the team by the end of the season.

    Sead Hajrovic - continued to be a rock in defence

    Andrew Crofts - veteran central midfielder bossed the middle of the park

    The stadium is to be expanded to meet ground requirements, and I can finally scout Europe.

    Aims for season

    - Stay up


    Code:
    Season        Division            Position                 Achievements
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    2012/13       BSN                 1st                        Champions, Promoted
    2013/14       BSP                 1st                        Champions, Promoted, FA Trophy Winners
    2014/15       L2                   2nd                       Runners Up, Promoted
    2015/16       L1                   5th                       Play off runners up
    2016/17       L1                   1st                        Champions, Promoted


    Last edited by Crispypaul; 20-08-2012 at 23:01.

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    Just started a save with Cambridge City 1st season.

    Will update after first season, on a funny note my 2 midfielders are called Marshall and Law, made me chuckle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreyedOutMan View Post
    Quote from Wikipedia:

    "Following a dismal start to the 2011–12 season Beard was relieved of his position in December 2011 and Kenny Brown was appointed the new manager. However the results got worse and Tooting were relegated at the end of the 2011–12 season."

    Oh b******s. I was getting so excited about that. Would anyone massively object if I started just one tier below, assuming they quickly get promoted back to the Isthmian Premier League after holidaying? My laptop can easily handle one extra tier. Given that it's a special club to this thread, could an exception be made? Pleeeeeease? They will be literally on my doorstep in real life, and I plan to go to every game this season that doesn't clash with an Arsenal home game.....

    Please, please, please, please?!?!?! (Final say goes to Dafuge on this matter, of course!)

    PS Reason for absurdly timed post? Unable to sleep with the excitement of living on the doorstep of such a famous (well....on the forums) side! Sad, I know!
    Unfortunately it does go against the 'no edits' rule which has been in place since the very beggining six years ago. If the challenge were to return for FM13 then it wouldn't meet the requirements of the rules.

    Why not just go ahead and manage them anyway and post about it in the careers forum, or as part of a different challenge?

    p.s. your inbox is full.

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    but i love this challenge so much!!!!! It wouldnt be a proper edit, just adding a new tier....

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    We've always said no to even the tiniest of edits (eg. raising a rep to help get a club promoted), to suddenly allow third party databases would be a huge leap from the rules.

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    It's not a 3rd party - you can do this very simply through the editor - just add one tier below....

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    1st party then. It's still an edited database.

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    Hmmm OK

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    The rules for this should never change it's the rules which make this challenge so special.

    I do this or Gundo's as my main save for every FM, I did Gundo's this year and I started Dafuges with Cambridge City yesterday.

    Got an awesome 16 year old called Jae Cole and he's scored 4 goals in 4 games so far.

    Shame I've won 1 lost 3 of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dafuge View Post
    Unfortunately it does go against the 'no edits' rule which has been in place since the very beggining six years ago. If the challenge were to return for FM13 then it wouldn't meet the requirements of the rules.

    Why not just go ahead and manage them anyway and post about it in the careers forum, or as part of a different challenge?
    If I'm not mistaken, there's usually a challenge using the edited DB. Forget the name though.

    By the way, I've made the Steam group a little more generic. Unfortunately, I can't change the name from Dafuge Challenge 12, but the URL and abbreviations are sorted. Here it is. Any chance of it being in the main post from now on?
    Last edited by Swinburn; 01-09-2012 at 19:01.

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    Crispypaul (no.52)
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    2017/18
    nPower Championship

    League: 8th
    Didn't quite make it to the play-offs but a good season nonetheless

    FA Cup: 5th round
    A good defeat of Premier League Cardiff in the 3rd round after a replay, was followed by a win at home to Hull then an expected loss at Old Trafford. Made some money though.

    League Cup: 3rd round
    An excellent win away at Premier League Southampton in the 2nd round was followed by a poor defeat at home to Charlton.

    Key Players:

    Jordan Thompson - continued to make the left wing position his own

    Sead Hajrovic - solid in defence

    Andrew Crofts - excellent again

    Rory Mullan - young NI centre back fitted in well alongside Hajrovic

    Sergio Suarez - classy Spanish right winger did well

    Nigel Reo-Coker - veteran midfielder gave solidity in the centre

    The board are adding a massive 1576 seats to the stadium....oh well

    Aims for season

    - Aim for promotion this time

    Code:
    Season        Division            Position                 Achievements
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    2012/13       BSN                 1st                        Champions, Promoted
    2013/14       BSP                 1st                        Champions, Promoted, FA Trophy Winners
    2014/15       L2                   2nd                       Runners Up, Promoted
    2015/16       L1                   5th                       Play off runners up
    2016/17       L1                   1st                        Champions, Promoted
    2017/18       Ch                   8th


    Last edited by Crispypaul; 02-09-2012 at 16:57.

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    Bit OT but the reputation system really needs some work - I just lost out on a player to League One Rochdale despite offering a status of "first team player" and a wage double what Rochdale offered, purely because their rep is still higher than ours.

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    I wonder what an FM13 Dafuge Network game would be like. Obviously, only six people could take part, but imagine six people in one game all trying to get to the top. Would be pretty interesting if you could work it right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swinburn View Post
    I wonder what an FM13 Dafuge Network game would be like. Obviously, only six people could take part, but imagine six people in one game all trying to get to the top. Would be pretty interesting if you could work it right.
    Thats sounds awesome! I always try and get at least one or two people that I know to play using exactly the same "Holiday Manager" save so that we work from exactly the same Database and the chance at getting the same players. adds something I find in the later parts of the challange when you are working with just regens.

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    Hello guys, this is my first post. I'm hoping to try this out with whatever clubs available. However i'm new to the forums, and i was wondering if you have any tips on writing the columns for the posts?

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    Crispypaul (no.52)
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    2018/19
    nPower Championship

    League: 5th (Promoted)
    Better although drawing too much cost us automatic promotion. However we overcame Sheffield United in the play-off final.

    FA Cup: Semi-finals
    We had a bit of luck in the draw, not playing a Premier League side until the semis when we were comfortably beaten by Liverpool.

    League Cup: 3rd round
    A couple of decent wins before a loss away at Wigan.

    Key Players:

    Jordan Thompson - did well again and also got his full Wales caps during the season

    Sead Hajrovic - solid again, and picked up a cap for Bosnia.

    Andrew Crofts - good once more

    Sergio Suarez - top notch

    Paolo Nebbia - top scorer

    We're getting a new stadium! The 14,000 capacity "Bradford PA Stadium" (original)

    I was also offered the Stoke and Villa jobs at the end of the season.
    Code:
    Season        Division            Position                 Achievements
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    2012/13       BSN                 1st                        Champions, Promoted
    2013/14       BSP                 1st                        Champions, Promoted, FA Trophy Winners
    2014/15       L2                   2nd                       Runners Up, Promoted
    2015/16       L1                   5th                       Play off runners up
    2016/17       L1                   1st                        Champions, Promoted
    2017/18       Ch                   8th
    2018/19       Ch                   5th                          Promoted through play-offs



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    Division English Premier Division (4th season)
    Season 2027/2028
    Expectations Respectable League Position (Media - 9th)
    Finish 4th

    Season 16 complete.

    Champions League play-off qualification

    We managed to run down Bristol City despite some ludicrous results going their way (5-0 win vs Champions City).

    Got £20 million in the bank, will look to improve the team. I've had two players on my radar for years now, one from Everton and another from Barcelona. I hope I can get one of them. Might need to look at the defence as well.

    Code:
    Season   League Position  
    2012/13   BSS     18th    
    2013/14   BSS     11th  
    2014/15   BSS     2nd      Lost in play-off final.
    2015/16   BSS     7th    
    2016/17   BSS     4th      Promoted via play-offs.
    2017/18   BSP     3rd      Lost in play-off semi-final.
    2018/19   BSP     1st      Won League Title
    2019/20   L2      1st       Won League Title, FA Cup 4th Round
    2020/21   L1      11th     JPT Winner  
    2021/22   L1      1st       League Cup Runner Up, Won League Title
    2022/23   CHP     17th    
    2023/24   CHP     2nd       Promoted via League Position
    2024/25   EPL     9th        
    2025/26   EPL     8th        FA Cup Runner Up
    2026/27   EPL     7th
    2027/28   EPL     4th

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    Ive decided to start up a new challenge to keep me going to FM13 after growing bored of winning everything with FC United. Just on holiday now and I'm thinking of managing St Albans. Will post as soon as set it up.

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    I'm giving this a proper go before FM13 comes out. Say hello to the new manager of Bury Town.

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    Premier League is going to be tough - I've completely overhauled the squad including a completely new back four, but we have just the one point from the first two matches - an away draw at Fulham and a home loss to Man Utd. The money is great though (half a million quid just in TV money for the Utd game!).

    I've maxed out our wage budget, which is the lowest in the division and a quarter of the team in 19th

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hypanimz View Post
    Fc United and Chester are almost always there in the BSN. Carshalton and Cambridge City appear in the BSS alot also.
    Crazy(!), I want FC United and I can't get them. I've tried at least 10+ times.

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    Bury Town - Blue Square Bet North - 2012/13


    Blue Square Bet North: 3rd (lost in play-off semi-final to Stalybridge Celtic: 4-4 AET 5-4 on penalties)
    FA Cup: Second Qualifying Round (lost to Cambridge City 2-1 away)
    FA Trophy: Third Round (lost to Cambridge United 3-2 away)

    The preparations

    The media predicted a 21st place finish in my first season but I told the board I was confident of getting mid-table. There were already a couple of familiar faces in the squad I inherited: ex-Ipswich Town first teamers Wayne Brown and James Scowcroft. I was expecting both to be key men.

    I was given a wage budget of 3.2k a week, of which I kept no higher than the £2k mark throughout the season. Some of that was used up when I drafted in a new assistant manager in former Carlisle midfielder Chris Billy and a couple of scouts. Already in the backroom staff was Scowcroft and youth coach Darren Oxbrow.

    On the eve of the new season we were dealt with a massive blow as Sam Reed, who I was anticipating would be our best striker, turned down a new contract and left the club. But I managed to hold onto the rest of the squad which gained promotion in the previous season, with Lee Smith, Billy Clark and Kieran Leabon looking like the best players.

    It was a threadbare squad though so I set about recruiting new faces. Ex-Wolves and Bath City midfielder Andre Carvalho-Landell was the first man to sign. Former QPR defender Marien Ifura and veteran stopper Willy Gueret followed, as did striker Scott Ginty and the pacey Jonny Godsmark from Ashington. One-time Reading youth teamer Alex Stockinger was a real coup for the club, as was pacey winger Malvin Kamara. The securing of Irish left-sided player Shane Farrell was then followed up with experienced centre half Christian Hanson, who was the club's last summer signing.

    Also brought in were goalkeeper Matt Radcliffe, right back Ashley Parsons-Smith and centre back Shane Hilton, all of whom were teenagers and signed as faces for the future.

    The campaign

    The season started fantastically and we won every one of our first eight league fixtures, scoring 20 goals in the process. However that honeymoon period soon ended and we won just one of the next 12 so I decided to bring in midfielder Jordan Fowler and experienced forward Spencer Weir-Daley to spruce us up. Despite our shocking form though, we were yet to drop out of the top five and form picked up again in December as we picked up 14 points from our five matches, spurred on by the signing of ex-Manchester City youngster Omar Elabdellaoui.

    The second half of the season was filled with highs and lows but the outcome was that we secured a play-off spot, having finished in third place behind Nuneaton and champions Histon.

    The crunch

    Stalybridge Celtic were our opponents and I was confident of victory. We hammered them in the first leg at their place but could only come away with a 3-1 lead. Kieran Leabon scored twice and Omar Elabdellaoui added a third and we were coasting through. But we slacked off in the second half and Lloyd Ellams gave them a bit of hope. We were still in a great position though.

    Back at Ram Meadow we managed to bottle it in fine fashion, losing 2-0 in normal time to take the tie into extra time. Leabon looked to have sent us into the final with his 21st goal of the season but Marien Ifura tripped their tricky left winger Will Hayhurst in the box to give them a penalty which they scored. So it went to penalties.

    Both sides scored their first three and Omar Elabdellaoui found the net to put us 4-3 up. Willy Gueret saved Stalybridge's next effort, meaning if we scored our fifth, we would go through. It was the big French goalkeeper himself who stepped up confidently but he missed . They scored their fifth, taking us to sudden death. Our defensive midfielder Craig Nurse was next and he smashed the ball against the crossbar. Carl Martin stroked away the winning penalty for Stalybridge who went into the final at our expense.

    Players of the season

    Kieran Leabon (Avg Rat 7.13): Scored 21 times in 37 appearances in all competitions and kept James Scowcroft, Spencer Weir-Daley and Scott Ginty frustrated at their lack of opportunities. Still only 24, he should still be a key figure next season should we be able to agree a new deal for him.

    Ashley Parsons-Smith (Avg Rat 7.04): A pleasant surprise was the contribution of the 17-year-old as he made 37 appearances and established himself as the preferred right back in front of the more established Sam Nunn. He could develop into a good Football League player eventually.

    Malvin Kamara (Avg Rat 7.00): Kamara didn't disappoint and his form around the turn of the year was particularly pleasing. He scored seven times but, more impressively, got 18 assists which was massive for us.

    Marien Ifura (Avg Rat 7.13): Was solid for the majority of the season but a lapse in concentration in the second leg of the semi-final probably cost us. Was also a threat at set pieces, scoring eight times.

    Omar Elabdellaoui (Avg Rat 7.00): He was only signed in December and made just 16 appearances but his class was there for all to see. Will be one of the first names on the teamsheet next year.

    Flop of the season

    Wayne Brown (Avg Rat 6.44): Got injured early in the season and found it hard to break back into the team when he returned as the Ifura-Hanson partnership was blossoming. Threw his teddies out of the pram in March when he wasn't playing enough. Will leave this summer.

    Next season

    Strengthen the squad and go for the BSBN play-offs again.

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    Division English Premier Division (5th season)
    Season 2028/2029
    Expectations Respectable League Position (Media - 7th)
    Finish 3rd

    Season 17 complete.

    A horrible start. A good middle. An outstanding ending. Kinda.
    League Table:
    http://i49.tinypic.com/1t5tdy.jpg

    Graph:
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    As you see the league start was horrific. Our defence was shoddy, we were shipping goals and not doing enough up front to counter-act them.

    We even lost our 3rd Round League Cup match against Tottenham although I was playing a youth-oriented team. Thankfully our form picked up just before the start of the Champions League group stage. From late September to early December we only lost to eventual champions Manchester City.

    We kept that form and leapt up the table after Christmas although the defence was still crap. We played three 4-2 wins in a row and a number of 5-3 wins throughout the season.

    In the Champions League we were given a relatively easy group of Benfica, Rangers and Atletico. We picked up 4 wins and a draw to qualify first. We had a solid 4-1 agg win over Roma in the first KO round, came back from a first round 2-3 loss against Barcelona in the Quarter final to win 7-4.

    Disappointingly we followed up that great win by losing 3-1 to Blackburn in the FA Cup semi-final (after beating Wycombe, Sunderland, Leicster, City 5-1 in a replay after a 1-1 draw).

    That match was then followed up with a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham. Luckily this was the lowest ebb in the last season. We picked ourselves up and hit Bristol for 3, kept Milan to 0-0 in the Semi-Final home leg, beat Southampton 5-3 (that number again) and then had a nervy 2-1 win in the away leg at the San Siro to progress to the final.

    After comfortably winning the 4th, 3rd and 2nd last games of the League season we needed to beat relegated Sunderland, draw and hope Arsenal lost or drew, or lose and hope Arsenal lost as well. We pulled a horrific 0-0 performance but thankful that was enough. We ended 3rd via Goal Difference.

    We did all this missing our starting striker Howson, our starting CM Savedra and our starting AML Pelach through injury. Our 17 year old striker Marco Fernandez entered the breach and performed brilliantly scoring a goal a game in our run in.

    Then was the big one. The CL Final. After parking the bus (necessary against their ridiculous narrow, attacking 4-2-3-1) we hit them on the counter to score in the 40th minute. Their best player then dribbled through our entire defence to score immediately. After a scrappy poor clearance from a free kick he was put through and scored his second, and in the dying minutes sealed his hat-trick to complete a CL triumph for City.

    Mancini finally retired and I hope to god the new manager changes to a 4-4-******-2 because that 4-2-3-1 is almost cheating it's that good. Of course I got offered the job but told them to **** off and signed a new contract with Hastings.

    Hattrell:
    http://i46.tinypic.com/11ce54w.jpg

    Squad:
    http://i45.tinypic.com/u7omv.jpg

    Direct CL qualification secures a large fortune again for next season.

    I am going to take a very thorough look at the squad in the off-season. I'm set to offload one of the young strikers who probably isn't going to make it the way I want him to.

    I definitely need a new centre back. Maybe even two. The defence was just so poor last season. I have a couple targets in mind, it's just a case of if I can sign them. Our reputation is still poor compared to the big big clubs and that stops a lot of good players joining us.

    The attack is definitely superb. I will need to examine the 5 or 6 guys I've got there as I might need to bring in one more player, but that isn't secondary to the defence.

    Midfield is pretty good, we have good stocks in central midfield, a good DM playmaker and a good destroyer. A 20 year old Spanish AM/MC I picked up from Barca for 2.5 million came on exceptionally this year and has slotted into the box to box role quite well. Not 100% sure if I'll keep him there or leave him on the bench for Hattrell substitutions because his tackling isn't brilliant.

    Financially we have £38,326,000 in the bank after all our income for the year. We are upgrading our training and youth facilities once again.

    Code:
    Season   League Position  
    2012/13   BSS     18th    
    2013/14   BSS     11th  
    2014/15   BSS     2nd      Lost in play-off final.
    2015/16   BSS     7th    
    2016/17   BSS     4th      Promoted via play-offs.
    2017/18   BSP     3rd      Lost in play-off semi-final.
    2018/19   BSP     1st      Won League Title
    2019/20   L2      1st       Won League Title, FA Cup 4th Round
    2020/21   L1      11th     JPT Winner  
    2021/22   L1      1st       League Cup Runner Up, Won League Title
    2022/23   CHP     17th    
    2023/24   CHP     2nd       Promoted via League Position
    2024/25   EPL     9th        
    2025/26   EPL     8th        FA Cup Runner Up
    2026/27   EPL     7th
    2027/28   EPL     4th
    2028/29   EPL     3rd      Champions League Runner Up. FA Cup Semi-Final.

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    Hi all again for another year. Just purchased FM13 so going to give the challenge a go whilst I wait for release

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    I'm bored with all the saves I'm currently playing, so I'm going to give this challenge a go for the first time in FM12. I did it in FM11 with FC United, and did pretty well before giving up in the Championship. This time round, I'm not going to reload until FC United pop up. The first time I get to promotion and relegation day, I'll choose from the four teams which come up. No reloading, so I don't know who I'll be playing as until I see them in BSN or BSS.

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    I'm now Weymouth manager, lucky me

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    Crispypaul (no.52)
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    2019/20
    Barclays Premier League

    League: 12th
    A good showing for our first season in the Premier League.

    FA Cup: Final
    We couldn't follow up an excellent win over Man City in the semis, and had a narrow loss against Birmingham in the final.

    League Cup: Winners
    An amazing win on penalties in the final against Tottenham brings European football to the club next season.

    Key Players:

    Jordan Thompson - another good season for the Wales regular.

    Miljenko Jakolis - a free transfer signing from Wigan, the Croatia Under-21 player was a rock at the back.

    Giulio Vergognini - partnered Jakolis well at the back.

    Marcao - January signing, the Brazilian winger gave Thompson a run for his money later in the season.

    Catalin Constantin - still to get his first cap for Romania, the keeper one many games for the team, including an outstanding performance in the League Cup final.

    Papis Cisse - veteran striker was our top scorer.

    After a £4m dividend payout, we have £21 million in the bank; increased sponsorship deals amount to £1.85 million compared to £384,000 and new youth facilities are being built.

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    2012/13       BSN                 1st                        Champions, Promoted
    2013/14       BSP                 1st                        Champions, Promoted, FA Trophy Winners
    2014/15       L2                   2nd                       Runners Up, Promoted
    2015/16       L1                   5th                       Play off runners up
    2016/17       L1                   1st                        Champions, Promoted
    2017/18       Ch                   8th
    2018/19       Ch                   5th                          Promoted through play-offs
    2019/20       Prem                12th                      League Cup winners, FA Cup runners-up



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    http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/a...9-29_00001.jpg Well, there I am. It turns out I have no scouts, coaches, or assistant manager. I've already got an ass man lined up, so he'll be joining the club in the next few days. I've told the board I'll achieve a mid-table finish. They've given me 2.2k a week on wages and absolutely nothing for transfers. Looks like I'll be delving into the free transfers for any players I need. I've got a poor squad, so I'll be releasing a fair few players and wheeler dealing for some new ones.

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    Division English Premier Division (6th season)
    Season 2029/2030
    Expectations Respectable League Position (Media - 6th)
    Finish 4th

    Season 18 complete.

    A generally alright campaign, no success and a sting in the tail that has put a dampener on the season as a whole.

    United won the league. On goal difference. Over City. 88 points each. City were beaten by Chelsea in their final game. All they needed was a draw. United beat West Brom needing a win. This was after beating City in the penultimate game 4-2 to keep the title challenge on.

    We started well, dropped down to 8th as our worst position, then went head to head with Chelsea and Arsenal for 3rd, 4th and 4th position.

    Unfortunately our final day loss to Liverpool sent us into 4th. So we will need to qualify for the Champions League group stage.

    League cup run was poor. 2-0 extra time win vs Leeds in the 3rd round, then a 3-0 hammering by Sunderland sent us crashing out.

    FA Cup saw us play Halifax and soundly beat them 3-0, then took revenge on Sunderland beating them 3-1, then a dismal loss to mid-table Championship side Sheffield United was a major disappointment.

    CL Group stage was a titanic battle between ourselves, Bayern and Juventus. We destroyed Fenerbache 8-3 in the first match, lost 2-0 in Germany, then 1-3 in Italy. But we beat Juve 1-0 in a tense contest in the 4th match, a comfortable 4-0 victory against Fenerbache setup a 3 way do or die matchup. Juventus comfortably beat Fenerbache 3-1, which meant we had to draw to qualify 2nd (because losing would put us level with Juve on 9 points, and see us go out on Head To Head). Instead we came from 1-0 behind, after missing a penalty, to win 4-1, which actually saw us qualify in 1st place with the aggregate score against Bayern being 4-3 in our favour.

    The first KO stage had us up against Benfica. Away match was a typical 1-0 on the counter smash and grab job. Home leg was a typical "we are already in front, hit them on the counter when they attack" 6-1 win.

    We came against Valencia next. We threw away a 2-0 lead to have Valencia score in the 55th and then the 92nd minute after I was sure we'd done enough to win. The 2nd leg was a disaster. They scored inside a minute, then in the 20th minute, putting us 4-2 behind on aggregate. The team rallied and put two past them for a 4-4 aggregate score, but fell apart after half-time. A goal in the 68th minute set us needing 2 to advance, and before I could even make my changes we'd conceded a 4th on the night through an own goal. 2-4 on the night, 4-6 on aggregate and we crashed out way too early. Valencia eventually lost the final against Barcelona.

    Diego, our CB purchased for £10 million from Barcelona did a great job. He really shored up in defence and contributed with goals from the set piece. I brought in a couple of key loan signings. John Gionmarelli from AC Milan who is a great box to box midfielder ended the season on 5 goals, 7 assists and an 7.24AvR. I purchased his services for £10m over 4 years and he will join the club at the start of the new season transfer window.

    Adrian Metola from Barcelona filled the spot at AMR due to an injury to the first choice and did exceptionally. My only disappointment is that with his contract at Barca expiring, he rejected a contract offer when his agent gave me that annoying "blank cheque" setting, then immediately terminated discussions when I apparently didn't give him enough of a bonus. He then signed a new contract a week later with Barcelona.

    I have invested in on our youth development again. I have bought:
    * Varisco - 16 year old CB from Barca £1.8m. Will need to work on his jumping but has good potential and ratings for a young kid.
    * Andre Keil - 18 year old German from Stuttgart for £2.7m, towering young kid. Another high potential player. Played quite a few games due to an injury to my starting right cb, has already come on well and has filled 1.5 stars of his ability already.
    * Juan Fillert - 18 year old DR from Barca (they are like my feeder team tbh), £1.9m. If he fills out well he could be a good acquisition.
    * Angelo Ruggiero - 16 year old MC from AC Milan. Good box to box potential. £2.4m
    * Tesfaye - 18 year old DM/MC from Lyon. £2.6m. Ball winning midfielder with superb defensive stats. Will only get better.

    I sold some deadwood. My 2nd choice keeper to Burnley for 2m, 4th choice ST for 1m to Southampton, 4th choice CB to Hull for 1m and 3rd choice CB to Cardiff for 3m.

    I'll need some loan signings again. 1 or 2 GK loans, there are just no talented young keepers. Probably an AMR. Maybe a midfielder.

    Financially we have £23,000,000 in the bank after all our income for the year. We are upgrading our training and youth facilities once again for a combined cost of about £7.5 million. I'm fairly sure we're hitting the end of the upgrade path on our facilities so that should free up our cash stocks next season.

    Code:
    Season   League Position  
    2012/13   BSS     18th    
    2013/14   BSS     11th  
    2014/15   BSS     2nd      Lost in play-off final.
    2015/16   BSS     7th    
    2016/17   BSS     4th      Promoted via play-offs.
    2017/18   BSP     3rd      Lost in play-off semi-final.
    2018/19   BSP     1st      Won League Title
    2019/20   L2      1st       Won League Title, FA Cup 4th Round
    2020/21   L1      11th     JPT Winner  
    2021/22   L1      1st       League Cup Runner Up, Won League Title
    2022/23   CHP     17th    
    2023/24   CHP     2nd       Promoted via League Position
    2024/25   EPL     9th        
    2025/26   EPL     8th        FA Cup Runner Up
    2026/27   EPL     7th
    2027/28   EPL     4th
    2028/29   EPL     3rd      Champions League Runner Up. FA Cup Semi-Final.
    2029/30   EPL     4th

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    http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/a...reseason-1.png Here's my pre-season signings for Weymouth. I was surprised when Teixeira and Kamara were both given work permits, but I'm not going to complain Matthew Fletcher is hopefully going to score loads for the team, and Frank Sinclair is going to be my rock at the back. Marcus rose doesn't have great strength, but he's a speed demon.

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    Hmmm - England didn't get out of their group in Euro 2020 so Henning Berg was sacked. However his replacement was a regen with no previous managerial experience and an Obscure reputation. I wasn't even approached - I wouldn't take it but given I am English you'd think I'd be given a shot.

    Hopefully this is just because I started the game after just the released day patch, as I believe this was fixed a little later on - still annoying though.

    Back to the club - just about to play CSKA Sofia in the Europa League 3rd qualifying round, and have got an upgrade to the training facilities in progress too. Also junior coaching is at "Good" now so we might get some youth players who aren't terrible come March time.

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    Division English Premier Division (7th season)
    Season 2030/2031
    Expectations Respectable League Position (Media - 6th)
    Finish 6th

    Season 19 complete.

    We finally won something. Unfortunately they were both the items I don't need to win. The FA Cup and League Cup.

    We made the Champions League final. We then lost (for the 2nd time) on Penalties. To AC Milan. After dominating the entire game for 120 minutes but not being able to shoot straight.

    We nearly failed to finish 4th even. Only a literal last second penalty against City enabled us to beat them 2-1 in our final league game to leapfrog Chelsea who had leapfrogged us on the final day until that point.

    Arsenal won the league comfortably. They finished 9 points ahead of United. They are going to be incredibly hard to beat.

    We started badly. We hit as low as 12 in the early rounds but were able to recover pretty quickly. We then took a long and slow decline to the point we were regularly in 7th or even 8th spot around Christmas. A change in tactics, as well as bringing in a proper CB on loan (from AC Milan incidentally) let us push back up the table until the dramatic final day to put us back in the CL Qualification again.

    The league cup run was comfortable for most of the way. 1-0 against Derby, 4-2 vs Everton, 2-1 vs Southampton, 7-0 on Agg vs Leicsester saw us into the final. A see-sawing encounter had us 3-2 up in the dying moments, but United scored like they always do to send it into extra time. In the 123rd minute a match engine bug had our keep stand still instead of picking up the ball (it bounced off his knee and he didn't gather it), led to a penalty. Our keeper saved the penalty, taking the game to a shoot-out. 9 penalties a guy named Derouiche had to score, but he Baggio'd the kick and we won our first title in 10 years.

    FA Cup was even more straight forward. We didn't actually concede a single goal the entire campaign. 4-0 vs Crewe, 4-0 vs Birmingham, 2-0 vs Sheff Utd, 5-0 vs Covenry, 3-0 vs Bristol City and then 2-0 vs Manchester United in the final with two goals in the second half.

    A 8-2 agg win against Fenerbache put us into the group stage of the CL. We drew 2-2 with AC Milan, then won 3-0 against BATE, 1-0 and then 3-2 against FCP, followed by a 1-0 win to leave us qualifying with a game to spare. We drew the resulting dead rubber 0-0. Up stepped Galatasary, to see if they could succeed where their rivals could not. 3-3 in the first leg away turned into a 5-1 rout in the second leg for a 8-4 Agg win. We played Arsenal next, and held on for a very nervy 3-2 agg win in the Quarters. Atletico were our semi-final opposition and a 3-2 win turned into another nervy 1-1 draw to put us through 4-3 on agg.

    The final was just dreadful. We dominated the entire match, shot after shot, we had 22 shots to 8 by the 120th minute. The penalties rolled around, both teams scored 4 and missed one, sudden death their 6th taker scored, and Saavedra our 6th had his shot saved.

    In the transfer market I bought another half-dozen youth players. The major signing was a 16 year old English Striker from Everton who presented with a 4.5 star potential. He cost £17.25m but I can't pass up quality like that. Another 4 young guys were brought in for around 2 million each. Total cost £35.5m

    To help pay for all of it, I sold more deadwood players. Although the first one wasn't my choice. The board sold my £2nd choice in the wing-back positions for £7.5m to Liverpool. I also sold my 3rd choice CB, 3rd choice ST, 3rd choice LB and sent a 5th choice DM out on loan, all those for a combined total of £19.25m

    Financially we have £30,000,000 in the bank after all our income for the year. We are upgrading our training and youth facilities once again for a combined cost of about £7.5 million.

    Our reputation appears to have jumped up to Continental. After asking for several seasons to have more staff, the board went out on their own and let me have 3 more scouts and another physio as well as a raft of coaches if I want.

    Perhaps I can finally sign that 2nd key CB I need to really push for the win.

    One last note, our tactics switched from our counter-attacking 4-2-3-1 to our control possession based short passing 4-2-3-1 or 4-1-2-2-1. I will be completely rebuilding our tactics from scratch again to a new set of 3 control tactics.

    Code:
    Season   League Position  
    2012/13   BSS     18th    
    2013/14   BSS     11th  
    2014/15   BSS     2nd      Lost in play-off final.
    2015/16   BSS     7th    
    2016/17   BSS     4th      Promoted via play-offs.
    2017/18   BSP     3rd      Lost in play-off semi-final.
    2018/19   BSP     1st      Won League Title
    2019/20   L2      1st       Won League Title, FA Cup 4th Round
    2020/21   L1      11th     JPT Winner  
    2021/22   L1      1st       League Cup Runner Up, Won League Title
    2022/23   CHP     17th    
    2023/24   CHP     2nd       Promoted via League Position
    2024/25   EPL     9th        
    2025/26   EPL     8th        FA Cup Runner Up
    2026/27   EPL     7th
    2027/28   EPL     4th
    2028/29   EPL     3rd      Champions League Runner Up. FA Cup Semi-Final.
    2029/30   EPL     4th
    2030/31   EPL     4th      FA Cup Winner, League Cup Winner, CL Runner Up

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    Division English Premier Division (8th season)
    Season 2031/2032
    Finish 1st

    Season 20 complete.

    Half the challenge completed. Won the League. Won the League Cup. Lost FA Cup semi-final. Lost Champions League final for the 3rd time despite being the much better team. They had two shots on target. Scored three goals. That was the type of day we had.

    CBF writing any more.

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    Season   League Position  
    2012/13   BSS     18th    
    2013/14   BSS     11th  
    2014/15   BSS     2nd      Lost in play-off final.
    2015/16   BSS     7th    
    2016/17   BSS     4th      Promoted via play-offs.
    2017/18   BSP     3rd      Lost in play-off semi-final.
    2018/19   BSP     1st      Won League Title
    2019/20   L2      1st       Won League Title, FA Cup 4th Round
    2020/21   L1      11th     JPT Winner  
    2021/22   L1      1st       League Cup Runner Up, Won League Title
    2022/23   CHP     17th    
    2023/24   CHP     2nd       Promoted via League Position
    2024/25   EPL     9th        
    2025/26   EPL     8th        FA Cup Runner Up
    2026/27   EPL     7th
    2027/28   EPL     4th
    2028/29   EPL     3rd      Champions League Runner Up. FA Cup Semi-Final.
    2029/30   EPL     4th
    2030/31   EPL     4th      FA Cup Winner, League Cup Winner, CL Runner Up
    2031/32   EPL     1st      League Winner, League Cup Winner, CL Runner Up.

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    After two years playing different save games, I'm considering returning to this challenge for my FM13 save. I just hope there will be some interesting clubs to manage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dafuge View Post
    After two years playing different save games, I'm considering returning to this challenge for my FM13 save. I just hope there will be some interesting clubs to manage.
    I'll be joining you. I want a really low rep team, but a team with an interesting kit to make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dafuge View Post
    After two years playing different save games, I'm considering returning to this challenge for my FM13 save. I just hope there will be some interesting clubs to manage.
    I'm actually going the other way. I won't be doing the challenge in FM13. I'll be doing a career game instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dafuge View Post
    After two years playing different save games, I'm considering returning to this challenge for my FM13 save. I just hope there will be some interesting clubs to manage.
    You're from Portsmouth aren't you? Gosport Borough are in the Southern Premier for 2012/13.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crispypaul View Post
    You're from Portsmouth aren't you? Gosport Borough are in the Southern Premier for 2012/13.
    I'm actually from the Isle of Wight, so Gosport is very close to me. Not that I would ever go there

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    In FM13, I'll be playing as either Kingstonian or Whitehawk (Love that name). Whichever is the first to be promoted whist I'm reloading, is the one I'll be playing as.

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    How annoying can football be sometimes?

    Won 7-2 away at Stoke, but then got booted out of the FA Cup in the 3rd round away at Championship side Brighton 2-1

    Having a bit of mental fixture congestion as we're in the semis of the League Cup (Newcastle) and 1st Knockout round of the Europa League (PSG) - in December there was a total of 10 games

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    Completed this with FC United, did a similar thing with Kendal and I'm back for one last run before FM13 comes out (where I'll be either FC United or Blyth Spartans). This time around, I'm simming a year and taking one of the first six sides to be promoted. No reloading at all and I will use one that I've not used before. Should keep me going until FM13.

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    CHESTER F.C.
    New Manager Unveiled


    Chester Football Club are delighted to announce the unveiling of our new manager, Jordan Swinburn. Although a relatively young and unknown manager, Jordan has expressed his desire to take Chester to the top of English and world football and everyone here at the Deva Stadium shares and supports that desire.


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    With about a week to go, here's a little teaser for the FM13 challenge:

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    Ryman League Premier Division
    
    Bognor Regis      
    Bury Town        
    Canvey Island     
    Carshalton       
    Concord Rangers 
    Cray              
    East Thurrock    
    Enfield          
    Hampton & Richmond 
    Harrow             
    Hastings Utd      
    Hendon           
    Kingstonian      
    Leiston           
    Lewes           
    Lowestoft         
    Margate          
    Met Police       
    Thurrock           
    Wealdstone         
    Whitehawk         
    Wingate & Finchley 
    
    Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division
    
    Arlesey          
    Banbury         
    Barwell          
    Bashley         
    Bedford           
    Bedworth         
    Bideford         
    Cambridge City    
    Chesham           
    Chippenham       
    Frome            
    Gosport           
    Hemel Hempstead   
    Hitchin           
    Kettering         
    Leamington       
    Redditch           
    St Albans       
    St Neots          
    Stourbridge      
    Totton            
    Weymouth          
    
    Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division
    
    AFC Fylde          
    Ashton Utd       
    Blyth             
    Buxton            
    Chorley           
    Eastwood          
    FC United       
    Frickley         
    Grantham         
    Hednesford       
    Ilkeston          
    Kendal          
    Marine           
    Matlock          
    Nantwich           
    North Ferriby   
    Rushall           
    Stafford         
    Stocksbridge      
    Whitby            
    Witton            
    Worksop
    It sounds like the beta will not come with the editor, so we might not have the reputations until the proper release of the game.

    Any clubs catching people's eyes?

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    I really want to manage Met Police but if i cant get them i will manage Lewes because there stadium is called "The Dripping Pan"

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    Bideford or Weymouth for me. I love the sea air

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    Crispypaul (no.52)
    Bradford Park Avenue


    2020/21
    Barclays Premier League

    League: 1st
    Just....wow. I'd never expected this! However a switch of tactics to a 4-2-3-1 control I've used in another career brought major success in the league this time, coupled with some excellent player performances below. So half the challenge has been completed already.

    FA Cup: 3rd round
    An absolutely appalling loss away at Championship Brighton at the first hurdle. I did use "aggressive" in my post-match team talk, unsurprisingly.

    League Cup: Winners
    We retained the trophy with a win over Wolves in the final.

    Europa League: 1st Knockout Round
    The qualifiers were easy, and we came through our group 2nd after somehow doing the double over PSV. However PSG in the 1st Knockout Round were too strong for us.

    Key Players:

    Peter Hlinka - Slovakian playmaker won the PFA player of the year award

    Miljenko Jakolis - top notch again

    Giulio Vergognini - solid as ever

    Marcao - Kept Thompson out of the team and also won the Football Writers footballer of the year.

    Bryan Purdrue - wonderkid Scottish keeper kept Constantin on the bench for most games.

    Robert Alonso - the Uruguyan international was our top scorer

    We're about to move into our new stadium, and have further upgrades to the youth facilities coming up.

    Code:
    Season        Division            Position                  Achievements
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    2012/13       BSN                 1st                        Champions, Promoted
    2013/14       BSP                 1st                        Champions, Promoted, FA Trophy Winners
    2014/15       L2                   2nd                       Runners Up, Promoted
    2015/16       L1                   5th                       Play off runners up
    2016/17       L1                   1st                        Champions, Promoted
    2017/18       Ch                   8th
    2018/19       Ch                   5th                          Promoted through play-offs
    2019/20       Prem                12th                      League Cup winners, FA Cup runners-up
    2020/21       Prem                1st                        League winners, League Cup winners



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    Oh and I've just got a Chinese merchandising affiliate - must be moving up in the world!

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    I have a suggestion to include in the game setup instructions.

    An alternative way to see what teams have been promoted to the bottom playable league is to check the nation overview screen and check the promoted teams to the bottom division.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingjericho View Post
    I have a suggestion to include in the game setup instructions.

    An alternative way to see what teams have been promoted to the bottom playable league is to check the nation overview screen and check the promoted teams to the bottom division.
    I'll make sure that goes in the OP for the new thread

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    Next season I will be looking out for any of the newly available teams. Quite like the idea of Playing as Gosport or Witton
    Last edited by Hypanimz; 14-10-2012 at 15:02.

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