i'm in as manager of Oxford City!
Hitchin Season 2011/12
Interesting first season in fm2012. In a season where Stoke beat Arsenal 1-0 to secure the FA Cup and Hithin managed to not getting relegated!
Not alot to mention from this season however. Finished 12th - Better than expected.
Cup runs or lack of same. FA Cup 4th round qual. FAT 3rd round qual.
Profile - Squad - Transfers - Finances (those can only improve) !
2 players worth mentioning.
GK Loris Karius (Oliver Kahn wannabe) !
MR Louis Moss (Hitchin's own Cristiano Ronaldo) !
Code:Year League Achievement Special Events 2011/12 BSN 12th None
Here we go! Have taken charge of Chester. Screen shots etc. later on this evening.
We are tipped as promotion out siders..... we'll see about that.
It seems very hard to keep finances in control. My wages werre more than £500 under budget all season and we still lost £210k for the year!
If anyone has a North Ferriby Save that is what i am looking for!
FINALLLLYYYY!!! After reloading I dont know how many hundreds of times I got my team. I am now in charge of Matlock. This is the 4th year in a row I will try with Matlock. Have yet to beat the challenge. My best result was last year when I got the the Premiership and won it one year and got to the Champ League knockout round. This year I will finish it.
Taken the reigns of the club that is close to my hometown. Also Lowestoft our fierce rivals (With a better reputation) have been promoted with us to the BSN.
Bury Town Fc - Glenn Crane - 2012/2013
Our aim this year is to keep our position in this division and with the help of the legend that is James Scowcroft and a player that is BSP quality, Lee Smith, we hope that it is an achievable goal.
Say hello to Glenn Crane the new manager of Bury Town FC
Bored of trying to get Met Police after 3 days now. Going to keep reloading until the end of the Spurs game then pick from the saves I have.
Bit more reloading; about 100 odd times now. It seems, although inconclusive, that relegated teams probably do have some sort of an impact on those coming up. To further investigate this (and because I haven't really found a team I want yet) I'm going to do a third season of reloading, and see what that does for us.
Code:TEAM REP APPS 1 APPS 2 TOTAL Chester 1500 30 27 57 St Albans 1350 26 25 51 FC United 1450 19 30 49 Lowestoft 1350 18 26 44 Northwich 1400 22 20 41 Bury Town 1200 24 14 38 Lewes 1400 12 22 34 Carshalton 1350 22 11 33 Hendon 1300 16 14 30 Kingstonian 1250 13 14 27 Billericay 1200 16 10 26 Stafford 1250 20 6 26 Bedford 1050 12 3 15 Harrow 1150 6 5 11 Tooting & Mitch 1150 5 5 10 Redditch 1100 5 4 9 Cambridge City 1150 2 6 8 Hastings Utd 1000 4 2 6 Weymouth 1100 4 2 6 Hitchin 1050 1 3 4 Margate 1100 2 2 4 Wealdstone 1150 1 3 4 Worksop 1100 2 - 2 Hednesford 1150 - 2 2 Bradford PA 1150 1 1 2 Chippenham 950 1 - 1 Canvey Island 1100 1 - 1 Marine 1100 1 - 1
Well letting a bunch of my players leave in the off-season. was a big mistake. Its july 8th and I haven't signed any new players. And somehow I managed to forget to resign my coaching staff! Things not looking good for my second season!
Anyone know how to offer non contacted players a contract.....basically i have about 2 players in my squad that have started on non contracts. I want to put them both on aprt time terms, but when i offer a new contract and choose part time, it won;t let me give them a wage or increase their contract length....ANY IDEAS? Or is this a bug?
Just lost 5-4 to Welling, and they scored all five from corners. How did this manage to get even worse than 11.3?
Edit: Found this one, and left a post...
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In November, only scored 17 league goals
ok first season over, gutted lost in the play off final to a own goal in extra time
Oh well always next season, not bad finishing 3rd considering the target was mid-table
I didn't get a best eleven at the end of my first season. What's up with that?
Right, so, here we go!
I am returning to the scene of one of my favourite saves, Carshalton Athletic.
Premier League won by Manchester City on goal difference by a single goal. QPR, Newcastle and Swansea relegated, with West Ham, Reading and Portsmouth replacing them.
Wycombe are relegated from League One, finishing bottom.
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Drew. Lowestoft Town. Blue Square North. 2012/2013
Finised in mid-table, squad was pretty crap, so tried to clear a lot of crap, but was unable to.
Finances were ok, managed to rake in £100k+ from cup runs.
Aims for Next Season:
Improve the squad.
Try and progress further in the Cups.
Only one more new team, bit disappointing really, only 29/63 teams to have appeared so far, which is well under half. Not sure whether to keep going or just settle down with one of the teams below. From the thread, I've counted four others which have appeared for people other than myself.
Code:TEAM REP APPS 1 APPS 2 APPS 3 TOTAL Chester 1500 30 27 28 85 St Albans 1350 26 25 30 81 FC United 1450 19 30 25 74 Lowestoft 1350 18 26 23 67 Northwich 1400 22 20 20 61 Lewes 1400 12 22 20 54 Bury Town 1200 24 14 12 50 Hendon 1300 16 14 17 47 Carshalton 1350 22 11 14 47 Kingstonian 1250 13 14 12 39 Billericay 1200 16 10 9 35 Stafford 1250 20 6 4 30 Bedford 1050 12 3 3 18 Cambridge City 1150 2 6 9 17 Tooting & Mitch 1150 5 5 4 14 Harrow 1150 6 5 2 13 Redditch 1100 5 4 3 12 Margate 1100 2 2 6 10 Weymouth 1100 4 2 3 9 Hastings Utd 1000 4 2 1 7 Hednesford 1150 - 2 4 6 Bradford PA 1150 1 1 4 6 Hitchin 1050 1 3 1 5 Wealdstone 1150 1 3 - 4 Worksop 1100 2 - 1 3 Canvey Island 1100 1 - 1 2 Chippenham 950 1 - - 1 Oxford City 1000 - - 1 1 Marine 1100 1 - - 1
Dave, going by your table, I feel privileged to have been served up with Hastings United, on only my second reload. Joint 2nd bottom Rep not too shabby at all.
Just been struck by a case of Sod's Law; first reload since I posted that table, and I get the 900-rep Banbury United, who I of course promptly took charge of.
Right, now I've finally got round the stupid Steam thing and can actually play the game I'm up for this challenge, I'm playing as Kingstonian.
Small whinge. I've just finished updating the CHALLENGE TABLE, but got very confused because people are putting the wrong years on their posts. Please remember that we holiday the 2011-12 season so your first season report will be for 2012-13! Very confusing when trying to update the table, guys!!
Howdy. I've finally finished holidaying for the 3rd time. Firstly, I holidayed too far, saved at 19:00 on 23rd June and it seems that by that time, the teams coming up are predetermined. The second time, instead of adding the Evo-Stik/Ryman Premiership players, I added the First Division ones. Cue a third bout of holidaying.
Last year I took part in the Challenge without posting anything. I completed the challenge with Truro and got to 2030 - the furthest I've ever got in a single game.
So with pride, I present to you the new manager of Redditch United - a club close to me geographically, and very close to my heart.
Last edited by Blackmama; 25-10-2011 at 06:10. Reason: figured out the link thingy
Bollocks, that's the end of Banbury then... :P
Edit: Phew, 'talks went badly' so Kevin France remains chairman, for now..
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Dafuge: Is there a ddt file required this year? I didn't see one in the opening post and don't want to go through the reloading process without it if there is.
MikaelS: Glad to see you got Chippenham much faster this year I hope to be joining you shortly.
Good luck to everyone taking part in this challenge! I look forward to reading all of your stories.
Quavis - no DDT file this year as you can load all players from certain divisions
Coming into February, I have no idea how many players I've bought and released! Doing OK in the League though
Thanks Guys! Cool new feature on the adding divisions even below BSS/BSN. Will be starting to holiday soon.
Im still trying to finalize my plans this year. I really want to try the geographical restrictions this year (never really got that game started last year) , but not sure I have the time to set it all up.
Just had my first team meeting at my ass mans suggestion as morale was low, was hoping to kick on for the last 12 games to make the playoffs. Managed instead to really demotivate all the players, i think midtable beckons.
Just took over Tooting & Mitcham United, more info on its way
Any recommendations for a decent midfielder?
Can someone give this a quick once over and make sure I did this right. I'm showing 30k players where some of the rest of you are showing 17k.
I'm guessing this is the extra players from top clubs on all continents (which is legal), but can someone please confirm. I do find the extra players keeps the top continental clubs more effect and makes it tougher down the road if I ever get to Europe (lol...). It wont help me early either with my geographic restrictions.
Thanks. Giving him a trial.
Nearly the end of the season, we are sittingjust outside the Play-Offs, just had a good win away at Farnborough, I think we might just sneak in
Hey all. Back from Emirates, table updated, time to start playing my game! Must avoid relegation!!!
Well 1st July and i beat the reserves 2-0. Just sorted out the contracts. Im going with 4-4-2 FIRE BOOMERANG AND SHIELD which are my own formations, which i built myself.
Signed a few players already.
Looking forward to the new season. will keep posted and updated each month.
A quick update from my Worksop game... i'm top of the league after 31 games in my first season, but FC United are hot on my heels. I was 10 points clear at one stage, but a poor run of form has allowed them to catch up. Hopefully I can hold out for promotion!
How do you do that? Im battling against relegation with the same team!!
I notice there still seems to be nobody promoted to the BSP yet - does anyone on here think its a bit harder than in previous years.
I always found the first season could be easily done by giving out FT contracts to players.
Edit: looking at Gypsum maybe its just me! 7 losses and 2 wins in the last 9 has wrecked any playoff hopes i had by the same stage.
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Last edited by HypnoticNLP; 23-10-2011 at 20:36.
Certainly seems Gypsum is doing the best so far. But I got the impression this challenge was too easy before, at least in the early stages....
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Here I go - numerous reloads await
Hoping for someone a little different - its looking like a Southern team i guess
Been reloading for hours now and no team below 1000 has appeared! Lowest has been Canvey Island which might have to be my destination if there are no teams appearing
Created a Steam group for us Dafuge players. Any chance of getting this put in the original post?
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Well we missed out on the Play-Offs on goal difference, bit of a downer but after our start I am more than happy with the progress made, with a few additions I can see this team compete better next season. We got knocked out the F.A Cup early so no money there but we won in a few rounds of the F.A Trophy.
Signings of the season are Goalkeeper Loris Karius, Defender Semi Ajayi and Striker Mehdi Lazaar.
Next season I'm hoping to make the Play-Offs and a good Cup run would be nice!Code:Season Division Position Cups ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2012/13 Blue Square South 6th F.A Cup 3rd Qual Rnd, F.A Trophy 2nd Rnd
Away to Maidenhead, know its my first friendly, but happy with the score at half time!
Full Time Score.
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I have signed for Hitchin due to team colours and the nickname Hopefully the season will be a good one with many more to come. Full update come the end of the season. Me. I also figured re-making their logo into the one above a good idea since their actual one is poor quality plus, I prefer the yellow and green badge to the actual badge colours.
I just survived a takeover of my bury town side. I would have been so demotivated with this challenge if I had to start again after all the hours I've already put in.
And it wasnt worth the stress either. The new chairman isnt planning any investment so our bank balance is still in the red to the tune of a few £100k.
Ive had the followig teams so far
Tooting and Mitcham
None of which interest me so far
Dan BHTC: 6th is a great start for season 1 Loris Karius is is awesome. I can see you being able to ride him until at least league 2/1. Always nice having a great keeper to bail out some of the horrible decisions lower league defenders make!
Also congrats on the stadium... but I have a feeling that might be a curse this far down. Those loan repayments are gonna be a strain on the finances (which are usually already in the red).
hmm 6th after 8 games not a bad start
I must say im enjoying how much more challenging playing in conf north/south is. When I first started trying LLM on FM it was easy to sign really good youngsters on loans and then when I last competed in this challenge I was able to get instantly promoted by signing all my players as full time. Whilst it is frustrating I'm enjoying having to worry more about my tactics in the lower leagues than simply signing good players and watching them dominate.
Not a bad pre-season, 4 wins and a draw against our rivals sutton.
Looking forward to updating you all next month as to how the season has started for Carshalton.
48 reloads later - skipping another season to see who I get
After a brilliant crash dump error that corrupted my save game and meant that I lost progress from 7 games I've had to restart (again) with my Hastings save. Ten games in, stuck at the bottom of the table but I've just gone for 3 up front against the 2nd from bottom team and doubled my goal tally for the season by scoring 4 :-)
Joined the group
Had a break from my save for a bit but got an urge to play a few now. Think I've completed my signings after scouting/trialing loads and was short for 1st few games but ready to go now.
Last edited by Welsh Wizard; 24-10-2011 at 00:41.
The league campaign started off brightly, faded away completely, and then was reborn from the ashes in order to save the club from relegation. It was far from a vintage season, but the team battled hard for survival and got there, in the end, fairly comfortably - in fact, after the 12th game, we were never in the relegation zone. Always looked like we'd do enough to stay up, but every time I thought we might be able to push on and get into mid-table, we faltered and lost a few on the spin. Oh well...
Probably needed to do more of a clear-out of the dead wood although one of my key players of the season was one who was already at the club. Luckily, I only gave one-year contracts to all my signings so though there were a lot of expensive newbies, most of them will be released this summer for nothing, allowing for me to continue to re-invigorate the team and try to push up the league. After a really good start, we faded, and were fighting for our lives right up to mid-April. No cup runs to speak of, as I lost to lower-league Bridlington in a shocking display in the FA Cup, and though I had impressive, victories against Eastwood and Lowestoft in the FA Trophy, Lincoln were always going to be a step too far in the 2nd round proper.
Financially we are on a steep downward curve, with the wage bill far too high. We lost £250k this season and are £160k in the red. Gonna try to get some big friendlies this summer to gain at least some cash, but a good cup run would be helpful - think of the cash that would be generated by a third round plum tie against a big-4 side! So next season, I want to improve on my position in the league by at least 3 places, and have at least two more cup matches in total. Here's hopin'
Stefan Oakes - unspectacular AvR, but did a really good job, chipping in with 12 more key passes than the next best in the squad, and the most assists.
Jamie Tank* - he really is a Tank, though I cant take any credit for finding him. He was a colossus and if he hadnt got injured we might have been closer to mid-table.
Carl Cort - the only other player to get an AvR of over 7. Not going to last much longer and my staff dont think he can do it at this level any more, but 7 goals in 20 starts in a team finishing 17th of 22 isnt half bad, and a few of those were in crucial games at the end of the season.
Aaron Phillips - solid season from Aaron, ran further than anyone else other than Oakes, and is a serious prospect. Put in a lot of key tackles, too. Spent more minutes on the pitch than anyone else.
Luke Beckett - top goalscorer by a country mile, and with 20 goals, the only player to reach double figures. Declined towards the end of the season and is 36 so probably wont get many more (if any).
Sam Duncum - doesnt look like much and probably isnt but he came up with some crucial performances in big games. Was the best player at the club when I arrived. A serious injury kept him out of the team until well into the new year, and he's probably not good enough to push on, but I think he deserves recognition.
(*= fans' player of the year)
Most of the rest will probably be released over the summer in a major clearout to make space for a raid on released EPL players.
Code:Season Division Position Points Achievments --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2012/13 Blue Square North 17th 45 Avoided relegation
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Finally off and running. Won my first friendly 2-0 away at Cray Wanderers. However, one of my first choice strikers twisted his ankle, and is now out for two months. Now I'm left with 3 strikers to choose from.
I have a feeling this might be the sign of things to come!
We started the season on a great run, possibly helped by a pre-season friendly victory over local rivals Swindon, that saw us go top for a few weeks after the first 10 games of the season. Sadly the bad run that so many others have suffered from saw us slide down to midtable where we remained for the rest of the season with relegation never really a threat. We did nothing in the cups, suffering a surprise loss to Swindon Supermarine in the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round and a narrow defeat to Hampton & Richmond in the FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round.
HIGH - Coming 3rd in the 'Manager of the Season' vote. Oh and beating eventual playoff winners Woking.
LOW - Losing 7-1 to Dorchester
STAR - Adam Francis. Signed him after the season started but he was clearly a good player, even when he wasn't scoring he was still a consistent performer. I've already got him signed up for next season!
FINAL POSITION - 15TH
Last edited by Mr Beefy; 24-10-2011 at 01:33. Reason: Updating season high
Nice to see a variety of players people sigining. Don't think I've seen any of my players in anyone's team. Oh I have Day like GreyedOutMan.
Last edited by Welsh Wizard; 24-10-2011 at 01:27.
Just found this guy, really excited to see what he can do.
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All those promises of released Premiership players being interested - none of them are even prepared to talk money with me!
I signed Beadle in my game and he's already on his way out this summer
He never really performed in the games I used him in, picked up 3 yellow cards in the 9 games he played and I'm sure I had a stand off with him when he moaned about a lack of first team opportunities. Hope he does a bit better for you.
Argh! I've let too many players go and cant find any decent players to replace them! Help! Where are all these Premiership rejects people keep discussing?! Going to bed now - still got time in the transfer window but where are all these players I've been assured I can get - thats why I let a fair few go, my squad is now soooooo thin!!!!
EDT: Just had a "one more day" "one more day" "one more day" hour! Just played the first league game of the season, a really disappointing 2-0 defeat at Nuneaton. Tomorrow we need to get this sorted!!!
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What I did this summer was to scout everyone under 21 who was released from all Premiership clubs during the summer(a painstalking job, and it took about half an hour) and tried to offer a contract to all of them(but no one would even talk to me). If they signed for another club I removed them from my shortlist. At October there where quite a number of players left on my list and some of them would now talk contracts with me. Got a couple of good ones, but the real gems were allready poached by bigger clubs.
God damn, I'm only 4 days late and already we're at almost 500 posts here!
Anyway, holidaying now.
Tempted to just take FC United, just to take the chance to humiliate Man Utd when I surpass them, but maybe should set myself a harder challenge.
Going to be seeing a few changes next season at this rate because I refuse to pay the ridiculous wages that players are suggesting. Should have paid more attention and locked them in for 2 years in the first place...
After a dozen or so reloads I've decided I'll take the first sub 1000 rep team I get, however long that might take...
Finally on a roll at Hastings Utd, got 1st choice right back and def mid back that were injured in pre-season only trouble is it's now mid march and playing for nothing but pride due to major problems of not finding any suitable for a month or so
currently on a run of 14 played, 5 wins 7 draws 2 loses so hopefully we can keep the run going to finish as high as possible
Its not happening
I have a couple of 1100 rep saves and I'm dying to get playing. One more reload..
1. Create a fake manager.
2. Holiday to the 23rd of June 2012.
3. Holiday 1 day.
4. Look which teams pop up as new ones in BSN/BSS.
5. Repeat 3+4 until you find the one you like.
6. Retire the fake manager.
7. Create yourself as manager.
8. Select the team you want.
9. Play until you drop
Well, that was an amazing first season really. I did far better than I had ever expected to and finished 9th overall hovering mid-table for most of the season. We went on a Fourteen match unbeaten run and I managed a Manager of the Month Award. It was actually a disappointing result in the end because we had a real shot at the playoffs with 9 games to go but our form went a bit wonky when the unbeaten run ended. Our 14th game was against Farnborough in 1st and it came to an end against Bromley who were in 11th!
Oxford City Football Club Season 2012/13
Final Table and Graph
As far as cup runs go - lost in the first game of the FA Cup and lost in the first round of the FA trophy - all to clubs in lower divisions.
As far as transfers go I brought in 17 players and let 15 go. Only 3 players at the club when I arrived saw any kind of significant game time.
Players of Note
3. Liam Blakeman - My midfield maestro with 10 assists. Liam controlled my midfield like a master and kicked off countless attacking moves by playing others into the front third.
2. Darlington Iroha - I signed this guy in December and in February he was chasing the tails of the golden boot leaders grabbing the player of the month for Feb. He went on a rampage as soon as I signed him, never content to score only 1 goal a game. If he hadn't been injured for 6 weeks towards the end of the season we probably would have been pushing that playoff spot and he'd be in line for the Golden Boot. He finished with 14 goals, 3 assists and 4 MoM performances in 19 appearances. The best part is I've signed him until 2016 on 85 pound a week!
1. Lewis Powell - My surprise package. I signed him with a view to him being a backup striker because while he has pace and finishing I was expecting that his composure of 5 would have him spraying balls all over the shop. He was spraying balls all over the shop but still knocked in 15 goals and also provided 9 assists. He definitely was a major contributor to how we finished. Shame he won't be staying but his wage demands are just stupid.
Special mention: Daniel Wilkinson - One of the players already at the club when I arrived who turned out to be a very tidy defender chipping in with 3 goals and 5 assists
Goals for next season
There is no reason that we can't be pushing for promotion. I need to do another clearout and bring in a few better players to work with the couple of stars that I've managed to hang onto.
Wouldn't mind a few good cup wins to boost the finances either.