Would really appreciate some feedback - my morale is very low at the moment with this challenge after such a huge backwards step.
Would really appreciate some feedback - my morale is very low at the moment with this challenge after such a huge backwards step.
I had a 6'8" striker come through the youth system, he was the highest rated prospect too.
...in slightly more important news: I'm through to the BSP playoff final.
Last edited by Gypsum; 30-10-2011 at 22:43.
Have a feeling i have found a bug. No-one will discuss terms with me. Well I say no-one - no-one who would get anywhere near my 2nd team. Surely that's not right is it? Literally every player I've seen this summer (2017) who would have improved my team has not even given me his demands......
Is there somewhere to upload the save to get it checked for bugs?
Have you got a pic of the contract negotiation screen?
One alone doesnt say much - you would expect decent players not always to be willing to discuss terms. But this is all of them. as in anyone who would get anywhere near my first team.
Really depends on your reputation I think --- how does your rep compare to the other teams in your division? If it's still low, the highter rep players you are targeting might not be interested.
I'm not that far along yet (nearing end of first season), so I cannot say if this is a common theme.
I can sign Andrew Biggs on your save
The players who are refusing to even discuss terms are nothing like as good as my first team players.
All I did was change whether it was Part Time or non contract, I put it as non contract, then I changed the squad status and it let me put a contract offer to him
Frank - how are the updates going to work?
Gypsum's Worksop town - Blue square Premier - 2014/15
League position: 3rd / Position chart / Playoff progress
General squad info
1- Liam Reffin - A solid defender and goal threat from set-pieces.
2- Derek Young - A talented Scottish regen who was our top scorer with 18 goals.
3- Jonathan Obika - The former Spurs youngster came into his own late into the season as one of our most consistent strikers.
Notable mentions: Cameron Howieson - A New Zealand international who only joined us in January, but was a creative force in midfield.
Just clinging to top spot as February nears a close, but injuries are starting to pile up. Always 3-4 month ones too.
AHHHH! Defending. Any advice on setting up a decent defence would be nice. The lowest I've conceded in my last 6 matches has been 2. Help...
Think my first season is going to fall short of the playoffs....5 points out of the race with only 4 matches to go...and just lost my best defender for three weeks. Had a decent run going, with 3 draws and two wins, before succumbing to a 3-2 loss to 3rd place Ebbsfleet...and in my next match against Dartford, conceded a 90th minute goal for a 1-1 draw....
edit: Despite a 1-0 away win at H&W, I'm still 5 points out with 3 to play. Only positives to take are they are bottom 5 teams, so I might be able to grab maximum points from them... I just need other results to go my way (for three teams...so I'm not holding my breath. Two of them play each other in the first of the 3 remaining matches....a draw by them and win by me puts me within 3 points <crosses fingers>).
Last edited by G_D_K; 31-10-2011 at 06:02.
Or failing that i could give you a team meeting, i fond they are great for morale
But keep going!!!
I ended up holidaying again and starting in the 12-13 season. If i lose my job again ill continue on this timeline, but fingers crossed that doesnt happen.
I don't think maths is my assistant's strong point. We're 12 points and +12 GD ahead of 6th, but he is telling me we need eight points to guarantee a playoff place.
Just beat Tamworth to win the FA Carlsberg Trophy for the second year in a row
what a boring game finishing 0-0 after 90 mins and extra time, so went to the drama of penalties
tamworth started the shootout but put it wide, we duly scored our 1st but that was it with both keepers saving the next 3 penalties from both teams meaning we led 1-0 with 1 penalty each left the Tamworth player came forward looking like a nervous wreck and duly started his run and slipped just as he kicked the ball blasting it miles wide
this meant we didnt have the ordeal of taken our last, therfore winning the game 1-0 on penalties in the most boring FA Carlsberg Trophy Final ever
Right. Well. I am utterly devastated by this season's end.
Oxford City Football Club Season 2013/14
We sat in the top two for 90% of the season, conceded the least amount of goals of any team, fell away in the last few games to finish 3rd and lost to Woking in the Playoff Semi-final... Just devastated.
As you can see, Forest Green walked it home, winning the league with 6 games to go. Bath came in second place which means that they made a massive improvement after this game that I played against them early in the season.
Nothing of note in the cups - lost in the Fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup to Hayes and Yeading and in the third qual round of the FA trophy to Basingstoke.
As far as transfers go we had a tiny bit more wage budget to work with and I brought in 11 new players and offloaded a bunch of rubbish and greedy ******* players.
Players of Note
3. Darlington Iroha - Another good season by Darlington but he hit a few injury patches again. Was severly outshined by my star striker (see below) and didn't feature quite as regularly as I had expected him to at the start of the season. 15 goals, 7 assists and 4 MoMs in 28(4) is very respectable though.
2. Roger Sharrock - Fantastic RL midfielder who played mostly on the right but came in very handy when my left side players were getting tired or injured. Had a knack for getting into good places for a good cross and popped up with some sneaky goals as well.
1. Nathaniel Pinney - Oh. My. Goodness. What to say about this striker. Firstly: How is he this good?! His stats certainly didn't wow me when the scouts recommended him but he went ballistic! 22 goals, 7 Assists and 9 MoMs in 33(4) appearances - missed a few through injury. He was One goal short of the golden boot and finished as the BSS Player of the Season. I hope he's just as good next year because I know exactly what kind of striker he needs to sit next to and if I can get what I need he could just go mental.
Special mention: Alan Hawthorne - Played at right back almost the entire season and was very solid and dependable.
Goals for next season
I expect to WALK IT HOME next season. As I said, I know exactly what kind of striker I need to complement both Pinney and Iroha and if I can get it then the goals will be raining down on the other teams. Need to solidfy one or two other spots and have good backups in place.
Always good when you start playing like relegation candidates at the tail end of the season.
#50 Indsæt Navn – Chippenham Town 2012/13 Season Update
After a decent start which placed us right below the play-off spots for a number of matches, the team had a couple of serious meltdowns, and eventually, I had to settle with a mid-table finish. At no point in time were we anywhere near relegation, which of course is comfortable, but I’d like to have put some pressure on the top teams. Instead, it’s now time to shift my focus onto the upcoming season, where chances of promotion might be decent, after a promising couple of games towards the end of the 2012/13-season, where Boreham Wood (who grabbed a play-off spot) were beaten 4-0 away, and Basingstoke were slapped 6-1 on the final day of the season.
In the FA Cup, we managed to reach the first round, where Bishop’s Stortford beat us 2-0. We suffered a similar fate in the FA Trophy, in which Salisbury of the Blue Square Premier went through at the cost of my Chippenham-team.
During the season, I signed a couple of Danish youngsters after having them on trial, so I guess a couple of screenshots are required to prove the legitimacy: Alexander Rossander & Alexander Johannsen.
Last edited by Indsæt Navn; 31-10-2011 at 15:47.
Damn, part-time and full-time contracts are much harder work in FM12! Just turned pro after promotion to League 2, and my part-timers want huge wages for a full-time contract! One guy asked for £2k a week! Hopefully new signings will have more realistic demands.
#18 reddevil4ever - Blue Square Bet Premier Winners - 2015-16 Season
A brilliant season with us securing automactic promotion on the last day. Graph
This was bought about by my tinkering with the teams tactics to tighten up the defence, which worked well with us only conceding 30 goals in the league and 35 overall in three competitions. The reason for this improvment was our goalkeeper Mirko Ranieri that we picked up free last season after he was released by Spurs finally living upto his potential. He played all 56 games this season keeping 30 clean sheets in the process. The squad for the season looked like this after all the transfers in & out.
We also retained the FA Carlsberg Trophy winning 1-0 on penalties
The other good thing was that we have just been granted planning permission to built the brand new Hastings Utd Stadium, this means the club now has a bank loan, so the club finances look like this.
Plans for next season:
1) Avoid relegation.
2) Get in a couple of good players to cover positions where we're short of decent cover.
3) Have a good Johnston's Paint Trophy, Carling Cup or FA Cup run to help cover the loan repayments and improve finances in general.
Table updated once again folks, usual plea!
Sooooo frustrated with Worksop. Might be restarting next season with a new team, but will keep the same game.
I'm thinking of resigning as Worksop manager and taking on a slightly less challenging team. What are the criteria if I want to do this in the same game? Given that it's 2018, reputations are likely to be completely different, so can I just take any team who gets promoted into the BSN/BSS that year? Would make sense, rather than just a team from the original list, because with such a different set of reps, even a big team from 2011 might be as much of a challenge in 2018 as someone like Worksop would be in 2011?
Gonna see if I can post my progress later on today. Was promoted first season with FC United and is currently leading the BSP after 11 games. Star players are Norwegian so I think my nationality was a good choice (I am really from Norway).
HASTINGS UNITED (#68) Season 1 2012/2013The Season
Table -- Position -- Transfers -- Reputation -- Confidence (Competitions - Transfers)
Mixed feelings about the season. First, we were never really in danger of dropping, despite the dire media prediction of finishing 22nd. We had some very bad cup draws, both cups drawing away matches against superior teams in the qualifying stages. Needless to say, we didn’t make it very far, as evidenced here.
The league run itself wasn’t too bad. Was comfortably midtable or better most of the season, but in reality, we were closer to the playoff spots than it appears, never being more than 4-5 points (and sometimes closer) out of the playoff spots after the turn of the year. Some unfortunate injuries, and a 5-game winless streak in the spring, cost us a higher finish…and losing 2 of 3 final games didn’t help our cause, although by that point we had very little chance at the playoffs anyways. The final position of 10th didn't really do us justice.
Players of Note
I’ve singled out three players to make mention of. Though no one individual was a real superstar, these three worked well with every other play on the team to achieve what we did. Together, the team managed to finish 7th in goals scored, while conceding the 6th fewest in the league. Normally a recipe I would take to mean a higher than 10th place finish, but, there we are.
First, my young striker Chris Molyneaux. At only 16, he’s shown poise in front of goal, netting 14 times, adding 6 assists. Was joint leader for MoM with 4 awards. However, injuries are a concern with him, picking up 3 multi-week injuries (totaling 10 weeks) early in the year, before suffering a torn groin muscle in the late spring, causing him to miss the final two months as well.
Next, a familiar name to some here in the form of Ethan Mannion. I brought this striker in the side in mid September, and he quietly did his job throughout the year. He netted 15 times (4 in the awful cup runs) in 36 appearances, and added 6 assists. Managed to pick up a team high 10 yellow cards, however, giving him an overall AvRat of less than 7. With a little work, and some better supply, I expect a better season out of him. Now my highest paid player at £300/wk – signed for one more year.
Finally, the rock of my defense, brought to the team in November and rapidly become my best overall player. Jordan Tunnicliffe became a solid anchor at a time I needed it, having suffered a very poor run in the fall (2W, 7L, 2D starting at the beginning of September). Rapidly closed the gaps in my defense, propelling my back toward the top of the table. My highest AvRat player on the year (at 7.29), with 4 MoM over 27 appearances. Chipped in with two goals as well. Named fans player of the year.
Other Notes of Interest
As seen above, Hastings is no longer the lowest rep team of the BSS/BSN divisions, having leapfrogged Bury Town and Thurrock – although there are still plenty of lower division teams above me on the rep list. Hopefully, a good cup run in the coming year, and a (hopeful) playoff run or better in the league will improve this further. I suspect that being labeled the division’s overachiever played a role here.
Team bext XI
Finances -- about £100k in the red. No cup runs to generate any cash...the only reason I'm not double that was I kept my wage bill to about 1/2 my allotment through December. It wasn't until March or April that I came close to my budget, as I tied up a couple players and staff for another year or two at a small increase. Once my summer clearout is complete, I'll be back to about 1/3-1/2 of my budget alottment again.
Season 2 manager profile
Other competition winners
EPL: Manchester United (Relegated—Blackburn, Fulham, Blackpool)
Championship: Leicester (Promoted – Birmingham, Portsmouth) (Relegated – Charlton, Coventry, Sheffield Wednesday)
League 1: Hull (Promoted –Swindon, Sheffield United) (Relegated – Walsall, Wycombe, Oldham, Yeovil)
League 2: Burton (Promoted – Notts County, Plymouth, Port vale) (Relegated – Hereford, Dag&Red)
Blue Square Premier: Newport Co (Promoted – Wrexham) (Relegated – Alfreton, Hampton & Richmond, Hayes & Yeading, Braintree)
Blue Square North: Blyth (Promoted -- Tamworth) (Relegated – Corby, Hyde, Bury Town)
Blue Square South: Eastleigh (Promoted – Welling) (Relegated – Thurrock, Basingstoke, Carshalton)
Regional Premier Div promotions: St. Albans, Lowestoft, Kingstonian, Maidenhead, Worksop, AFC Hornchurch (Still no low-rep clubs!)
FA Cub – Tottenham
Carling Cup – Aresenal
Community Shield – Manchester United
Johnstone’s Trophy – Southend
FA Trophy – Newport Co
UEFA Champ league group stage qualification: Man Utd, Man City, Arsenal
UEFA Champ League Best placed playoff: Tottenham
UEFA 4th Qual Rd: Blackburn, Chelsea
UEFA Europa League 3rd Qual Rd: Liverpool
Goals for 2013/2014Code:
Strengthen squad, while maintaining wage control. Need a quality GK and a playmaker (probably ML)
Cup runs---1st round proper of FA Cup, Deep FAT
League -- playoffs, at least
Last edited by G_D_K; 31-10-2011 at 11:51. Reason: added links ...after forum crashed on me 3x about halfway through typing!
One good thing about the game being Steam-based this year as I would likely have snapped the disc by now. Set piece goals are just ridiculous.
EDIT: Yea, it needs to be a team that satisfies the original criteria i.e. doesnt start 11-12 season in BSR. " you can either take over a newly promoted club that satisfies the original criteria (check the club's league history), or just start again."
Last edited by Shrewsbury_howie; 31-10-2011 at 11:44.
CityAndColour - Canvey Island - 2013/14 - BSS
Final Table (2nd, lost in playoff semis)
Annoying. Started okay, stayed around the top all season, but while I had some patchy form over the final month, Welling won 10 of their last 11 to comfortably take the title. Injuries again crucified me in the last two months, so will have to start reducing training to light over the business end of the season I think.
Took an early 2-1 lead in the first semi against Farnborough, but ended up losing 5-3 on aggregate. Four headers from corners and a penalty (after a corner). Really bugging me too. I have my players set up to man mark at corners, which I figured was probably the best way to go at this level, but they just stand around and watch. The amount of chances created from set pieces was almost a game-breaker from me in FM11, and it doesn't look like it's any better, so if anyone has some effective tips let me know.
In fairness it is a young squad and my points total of 86 would have won the league the last two seasons (and most to be honest), so just need to bounce back and have another crack.
FA Cup - Lost at home to MK Dons in the first round. Well, was thrashed 1-6.
FA Trophy - Lost at Lewes in the 3rd Qualifying Round
Jonson Clarke-Harris - Hit a hat-trick in the first game and then didn't score for another four, which summed up his season. Scored in bunches and had a few droughts, but 27 goals all up for a 19-year-old is pleasing. 3rd top scorer in the league.
Jack Blake - Played just behind the striker to great effect, although injury slowed him down after January.
Aaron Carter - Mr Bipolar. When he was good he was excellent, and a huge threat from set pieces, but was also responsible for the only two sub-5 rating performances of the season, which cost him three weeks of wages all up.
Jack Boyle - Tore the league apart down either flank with direct running and accurate crossing. Won the league player of the season award, and thanked me for it.
Promotion. Could do with an extra ball-winner in midfield but otherwise I think I have the squad already
2012/13 - 9th Blue Square South
2013/14 - 2nd Blue Square South (lost in playoff semis)
Just beaten Port Vale in the F.A Cup 3rd Round
Blue Square Premier, they were 4th in League 2
I have an away tie vs. Southampton in the 4th Round, my draw came inbetween Chelsea and Man Utd, I would've loved an away tie at Old Trafford!
#41 - Bury Town Fc - Glenn Crane - 2013/2014 - End of Season Review - BSP - 9th
Fixtures 1 - 2 -3 Table
This season my main aim was to secure a mid table spot and maybe push for the play offs. I wanted to be ambitious in my thinking, and prehaps was more likely to find myself near the bottom of the table which is exactly the same way i felt last season.
But to sum up the season in one word would be INCONSITENCY.
My players at times looked like world beaters, and at other times looked like they belonged back in the BSN.
Some later signings in the season galvanized our squad and gave us a late unlikely push for the playoff spots, but once again a bit of inconsistentcy and a bit of hard luck saw us finish 6 points from the playoffs.
The team coped well with change again. With a whole host of changes during the season.
I do however feel that the squad i have assembled is good enough for promotion next season. Lets just see if they feel the same.
Here is the final Table
Transfers In/Out Pt2
Fixtures Pt1 Pt2 Pt3
Zak Ansah - I can see the headlines now. Ansah is the Answer for Bury Town. He quite literally was. Consistent since he joined the club in Jan, he literally took center stage in everything he did. 17 goals in 21 apperances shows that this guy has all of the class and consistency to be a major player for the club. lets just hope he can perform this well for the whole of next season.
Cedric Baseya - Touted as my Marquee signing, albeit on a free transfer this guy has bags of talent, and even more potential. He may not have scored quite as many as i wanted, but he was more often than not the link man to many good attacking moves, and the one to play balls through to ansah who provided the finishing touch. Still 13 goals in a season is not bad by any standards.
Christian Baz - Started out as the man up top with baseya, until Ansah came in. Was my top scorer and was hard to move him to his (newly Trained) ML position. However once i did i didn't look back. His crossing into the box set up many a Ansah/Baseya goal, and he scored a fair few from his left wing position. Scoring 5 goals since i moved him to the left wing gave me an indication that this set up was the right one for the team. With baz, baseya, Ansah and Carpenter i have HUGE attacking threat and future potential.
Lee Carpenter - Another Jan transfer and another one who proved to be a huge player for the club. He didn't always have his name on the scoresheet or claim that many assists, but hsi contribution was vital. A good pass rate and a consistent average rating made this guy a key player for the club. He has bags of potential and i am dying to see what he can do given a full season at the club.
George Moncur - Last but not least in my list of key players is another Jan transfer signing. 6 assists in 16 games and a 78% passing rate were impressive enough, but his potential to become a leading League 1 Player has got me salivating at this young prospect. With these guys in my team i have a good feeling about next season.
Other News & Awards
Not much really - apart from my stadium move getting delayed to November.
Also the club put in 3 cash injections, and agreed to up my wage budget.
Next Seasons Aims
1. Promotion - I aim to finish in at least the playoffs but i really think that my squad is good enough to win this league.
2. Defence - You may notice no defenders were in the list. Corbin ong was unlucky not to make it, but he still has not been the most consistent player (6.99 AVG) but has been my best defender. Signed some better full backs and cover, but still have one of the worst rated defences in the league.
3. Finance - Keep myself in the black. Only reason i am at the moment is with the board providing 3 cash injections during the season.
4. Get Further in the FA Cup.
PS: Sorry this one is shorter than last, have less time and less to write about with my nearly Season.
Code:Year Division Position Other achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2012/13 Blue Square North 2nd Playoff Winners 2013/14 Blue Square Premier 9th 9th Place, FA Cup 1st round (Oldham)
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Really bad luck with Doyle, surprised you couldn't find a decent keeper its the one position i have least problem with, in fact i've signed 3 or 4 quality ones and need to get rid of 1 or 2 to free up some wages.
Its only one win, the squad is woefully thin and my defence is leaky. We cant score 6 every game!
How have you got your backline structured? And whats your philosophy?
#9 Darren Parker - Hastings United Season 12/13Season Summary: A fairly decent start, with a number of new signings brought into the club. The lack of scouted talent meant some of those coming in were not of the highest quality, but I was still hopeful they might do a job for me. We were expected to finish 22nd, so I was more than happy with our 13th place finish. We didnt do too well in the cups, going out after one victory in each competition.
The highlight of the season for me, being crowned as Manager of The Year.
Code:Season Team Country League League Finish Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2012/13 Hastings United England Blue Square South 13th Manager of The Year
personally i never set FB to attacking or use WB at lower levels as they just aren't good enough to do it, i use 2 FB's on auto or support, a CD as a stopper pushing up the pitch and a CD as cover dropping back.
I also play with rigid mentality
Last edited by Thebaker; 31-10-2011 at 13:14.
fluid/balanced/rigid/very rigid? I was having defensive issues as well until i realised that the passing was terrible in the league so if i had two CB's with good positioning and concentration (and obviously not terrible in other key areas) then i could just stay back playing a rigid formation and power through on the counter. It worked wonders.
#23 - Tooting & Mitcham - League 2 - 2014/15
League Table/Graph/League Stats
A great season in the league finishing as champions. 1st half of season we went undefeated and was 23 points ahead at one point. Only 3 losses but quite a few more draws in the 2nd half likely teams knowing how we play.
Finances looking very healthy which is all down to the cup runs.
Key Player Profiles
Andy Weimann - Filled the big boots of Adam very well and score some key goals.
Joe McKee - L2 player of the year. Constant threat on edge of box and can score winning goals from fks from 30+ yards.
Nicola Varischetti - Out-shone Brady on the wing which is not a easy task.
A great run played L2 sides up until Semi final. Tight final but managed to edge it.
Run cut short in 2nd round vs West Ham but happy with getting the Win over Brighton.
Great run and included wins over Championship sides Bolton and Cardiff. Prem side Sunderland were just too good.
Code:Career Overview | Season Team | League | League Finish | Achievements | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | 2012/13 Tooting & Mitcham | BSS | 1st | BSS Champions/FA Trophy Winners/3rd Round of FA Cup | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | 2013/14 Tooting & Mitcham | BSP | 1st | BSP Champions/FA Trophy Winners/3rd Round of FA Cup | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | 2014/15 Tooting & Mitcham | L2 | 1st | L2 Champions/JPT Winners/6th Round of FA Cup |
My Next Season Aims
Keep building on the squad/get rid of dead wood.
Decent cup run to keep the money coming in.
Last edited by Welsh Wizard; 02-11-2011 at 01:25.
I just have the WB on auto and the CB's on defend. I find having the stopper/cover pair leads to holes in the back line.
Edit: Could i also be added to the List please. Profile
Last edited by Shrewsbury_howie; 31-10-2011 at 13:35.
Has anyone come across Chorley?
WW can you check your post - its confusing....
next round, away against Stoke, I think that might be a step to far for us!
Well finally after BF3 Midnight launch and a busy week at work i have a day off and have completed my 1st season, update incoming!
Club: Banbury United
League: English Blue Square Bet North
Transfer Budget: £0k
Wage Budget: £4.0k
Opening Balance: -£9.5k
Closing Balance: -£219.4k
Board Expectations: Mid-table
Media Expectation: 20th
My Expectations: Pushing for playoffs
League Record: Pos 7th, W 19, D 11, L 12, F 60, A 45, Pts 68
FA Cup: 2nd Round Qual, 0-4 vs Mickleover Sports
FA Trophy: 2nd Round, 1-2 vs Bury Town
First XI: (4-5-1) Howard; Lyskov, Morrison, Sokolik, Andrews; Clamp, Calvert, Benjamin, Oblak, Mannion; Wake.
Top Scorer: Brian Wake 16
Top Assister: Boris Oblak/Aristote Amisi Kamaneno 10
Best Rating: Jakob Sokolik 7.14
Average Attendance: 338 (+150)
Fans Player Of The Year: Brian Wake
My Player Of The Year: Allan Morrison
Notable Results: 4-1 vs Derby, 2-0 vs Hibernian (friendlies), 0-4 vs Mickleover, 5-2 vs Southport
Transfers In: 10 players were brought in this season, all on frees again, and most played large parts in the season. A new goalie, George Howard, was brought in, along with a new back line. Jakob Sokilik, from Liverpool, and Allan Morrison, from Rangers, both at centre back, were fantastic. Morrison scored 8 goals over the season as well as being almost impenetrable, and Sokolik finished the season with the highest average rating. Slovenian under-21 vice captain Boris Oblak was brought in thanks to the England Trialists match, and Amisi Kamaneno, brought in just as cover for the wings, played a huge and important role.
Best Buy: Allan Morrison; had a great season and is apparently potentially League One quality.
Worst Buy: Sam Reed never really got a look in up front, with Wake, Oblak and Ethan Mannion dominating the position.
Transfers Out: 15 players moved on were realeased, many of them being first teamers from the previous season
Best Sale: Can't really answer this
Round-Up: We were poor in the cups, but far far better in the league. We were in the playoff spots for quite a while, but a slow end to the season (2 points from our last 12) cost us a possible promotion. I think we're in a great position to push on and look for an even better campaign next time out.
Aims For Next Season: Be in and around the title fight, actually win an FA Cup game, get better midfielders.Code:SEASON DIVISION POSITION FA Cup Other Cups Europe NOTES 2010/11 Blue Square Bet North 13th 2nd Qual Rnd FA Trophy Quarter Final - 2011/12 Blue Square Bet North 7th 2nd Qual Rnd FA Trophy Second Round -
#26 - JSAR - End of Season Report 2012/2013 Season
All in all a good season got off to a poor start in my friendlies with some massive losses to Local boys Reading, reserve and under 18 squads 4-0 and 6-0 respectivly but some easier sides after that helped to build some confidence in the side.
We then a shakey start to the season but gradually rose up the table and spent a majority of the second half in the play off places, had a couple of chances to go top but each time choked it.
The last 6 games of the season were very hairy with us not recording a single win which almost saw us lose our play off place but a 1-1 draw at Sutton was just enough for us to secure 5th on the last day of the season.
Despite this run the players then picked them selves back up when it mattered and saw us go onto to win the Play Off final and the FA Trophy.
Promoted Via Play offs
FA Cup 2nd round knocked out 4-0 by Colchester
FA Trophy - Winners on penalties against Gateshead
I went a bit crazy on youth at the start and signed a massive 50 players on Frees, mostly on £5 contracts, have let alot of them go at the end of the season but a number of them did end up making it into the 1st team for a majority of the season, due to the massive squad that i had it is really tough to pick a "best buy" but i imagine it would be one of these 3.
Goals for this Season
Aiming for a Mid table finish i dont think any higher is going to be realisitic with only a 5.25k Wage budget and the need to restructure a majority of the team as most of them are not going to good enough to step up.
I love the end of May when English clubs release their under 18s. Most of them won't even talk to me or want too much money and end up at league clubs, but I've managed to sign three gems:
Simon Parmenter - the only thing that will stop me making him captain straight away is his age.
Dylan McNeil - I play a system where someone can sit in the hole and pull the strings, so his woeful lack of pace shouldn't be too apparent.
Robert Harris - Nice and versatile, should help solidify the middle of the park Needs some angry pills though.
It's left me a little over wage budget though, and all three are set for slight pay rises after between 10-20 league games, however they have made a couple of players redundant who are on reasonable wages so will try and sell without upsetting the squad.
That was promising. My first ever youth intake was beaten 3-2 by my current youth squad of greys.
HT against Stoke, score is 1-1, closer first half than I thought
lost 2-1, at least we made a bit of money out of this run!
Just started my season in the BSP, first home game against Kidderminster i had 684, next game against Stockport there were 1524. I can only assume stockport must have a big away support, it wasn't my fans since my average attendance last year was 413
god i hate Work Permits, my new scout recomneds an awesome Ivorian who is happy to come on trail and then happy to except my offer and now have to apply for a work permit, which i tend to find 9/10 fail
getting me so annoyed this game at times the amount of goal i concede in the last 10 minutes of games is ridiculous !
Manager #83 - Oxford City - BSS - 2012/13
Made a solid enough start, won 4 out of my first 7 games but everythings fell apart since then. I've just won a match after going on a seven match winless run, winning only 3 games in the last 16, in all competitions. My problem seems to be conceeding goals, i score plenty but cant stop leaking them in at the back. In 21 league games i've scored 33 goals, which is a good record, but conceeded 35, which aint too great.
Currently 16th, my next few games will probably shape the rest of the season. Although im not aiming for the play offs, i am only 7 points off a play off spot so a good run now could see me climb a few places. Having said that, if things go the other way, im only 6 points above the relegation places and while i dont fear relegation just yet a bad run somewhere and i could get dragged into the fight.
I've been messing around with tactics the last few games on my winless streak and im trying to play the simplest game possible, it seems to be helping so far, ill see how it goes over the next few games, also i've got the match preperation on defensive positioning to try help my back 4.
Work Permits are ok when you are only buying the big talents, but it's annoying when you are in the lower leagues. Lost some good players when I started out my save (which my scouts had "pre-loaded") due to WP-issues.
#86 - Gilbster - AFC Hornchurch - BSS - 2012/13 End of Season Update
Table | Positions | Squad | Transfers
Well for a first season all I wanted was to stay up. Anything else would have been a miracle. When I took over the club, the first thing I spotted was a 16 year old striker with some potential who ended up scoring 7 goals this season. The squad I was given was the worst I have ever started with. I employed some scouts and waiting until the England trial day players, before starting to sign and made signings throughout the season as and when good players were interested in signing. Makes a change to my normal panic buying of players instantly.
The season started off well, and for the first third, I honestly thought mid-table or playoffs would be a possibilty. However I then went to bed and since I started playing today, our form has been all over the place, and although never in danger of relegation, we ended up a bit closer to the drop zone than I was finding comfortable. However not a bad first seaosn where we ended up in 18th place.
I did ask my board for a parent club, and chose Kettering from the choices, however none of their players wanted to come on loan this season, so will try again next season for some of them!
We beat Enfield Town to make it to 3rd qualifying round of FA Cup before losing to Dartford and in the FA Trophy we beat Bishops Stortford to set up a tie agianst Eastborne Boroin the FA Trophy 1st round. Always appreciative of any prize money from competitions.
Aims for next season:
Strengthen squad further, see if I can pick up some more Championship rejects
Clear out deadwood
Perhaps a bit more of a cup run
Career So Far
Code:Season Division Pos FA Cup Other Cups Achievements 2012/13 BSS 18th 3rd Qual FAT 1st Round
It seems that if you have players in on trial you can offer them higher wages than you would otherwise. A nice way to get yourself in debt!
#53 - Cardiovascular - 2012/13 - Chesham - Blue Square South
A ninth place finish was absolutely fantastic in my view, we were solid for most of the season and consistently in the top half from day one. The transfers gelled quickly and we took a few games but I found a working tactic and off we went for the season. Was very impressed with the team this season.
Cups were a bit hit and miss, we made it to the first round of the FA Cup before being punted out by Morecambe with a 4-2 loss. Disappointingly, we lost 2-1 to Bath in the FA Trophy second round.
Ben Wright - Ben added experience to the frontline right from the go and, despite a lull near the end, he finished our top scorer with 15 goals. A good season from the veteran.
Jamie Tank - The young centre back was one of my first buys and an absolutely fantastic signing. He was completely solid at the back and even chipped in with 13 goals from corners, an incredible season from him.
Alan Bull - A late, late addition to the squad. Took a while to find his feet but once he did he scored a fair few important goals. Had he been here from the start, he may have beaten Wright to the top goalscorer but alas, next season.
William Collins - Like Bull, he was a very late addition but he slotted in instantly and took the captaincy straight away despite being so young. I have high hopes for this youngster.
Just got started with Worksop !
Ooo drawn BSN Kettering in the 2nd round of the Cup - might be able to finally reach round 3!!!
Mathias - we need a manager profile screenshot before you can be put in the table. Them's the rules
damn i am finding it hard to get quality players for my first season in the BSP i think it is going to be a tough one
Just drew with Welling, looks like the Play-Offs for us now
wow, 1 game left and I'm 1 point clear at the top
Little tip for all of you.
Even if its in the 94th minute and only 3 minutes of stoppage time have been indicated, never ever replace your injured right back with a striker in the hope that you can push for a last minute goal and your other defenders will use their heads and cover for him defensively. I mean seriously - dont you think they would think "better cover that side a bit, in case they break"?!
Halfway through the 2nd season, after finishing 11th in season 1 (no wins in cups though), sitting in 3rd place, (4th Q in FA Cup but lost in Trophy) we are still 22nd in reputation, but there are now 64 'Other Clubs' above me, rep is deteriorating. I'm wondering if this is also happening to you.
Check the World - Domestic Clubs - England screen and filter on BSS, BSN and other and see how far you are down.