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    GreyedOutMan - I'm not posting updates. But i participated a couple of years ago and have done it since.

    Brizza - He is really good. Just hope i can keep him!

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    Gilbster - North Ferriby - 2025/26 Championship End of Season Update

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    Preetty decent first Championship season, ticked most of the boxes the msot important was survival. Nothing really interesting of note about the season. Do need to make some more improvements before I will even think about pushing for promotion.

    Finally allowed to scout whole of Europe so have scouts out everywhere looking for new talent. Hope to improve my defence as the main place I need some desperate improving.

    Aims
    Get a defence
    Mid Table
    Improve finances
    Perhaps ask for stadium expansion

    Career So Far


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    Season    Division    Pos     FA Cup      Other Cups             Achievements
    2012/13   BSN         5th     1st R       FAT 1st R              Promoted via Playoffs
    2013/14   BSP         16th    4th QR      FAT 3rd R
    2014/15   BSP         12th    2nd R       FAT QF Replay
    2015/16   BSP         15th    1st R       FAT 1st R
    2016/17   BSP         1st     4th QR      FAT 3rd R              Champions and Promoted!
    2017/18   L2          22nd    1st R       JPT1R, LC 1R           Survived on goal difference
    2018/19   L2          3rd     1st R       JPTFN, LC 1R           Promoted
    2019/20   L1          24th    1st R       JPT1R, LC 1R           Relegated
    2020/21   L2          21st    1st R       JPT1R, LC 2R
    2021/22   L2          7th     3rd Rep     JPT2R, LC 1R           Lost in Playoff Finals
    2022/23   L2          1st     1st R       JPTWin, LC 1R          Champions and Promoted! JPT Winners!
    2023/24   L1          8th     5th R       JPT2R, LC 1R  
    2024/25   L1          1st     4th R       JPTWin, LC 1R          Champions and Promoted! JPT Winners!
    2025/26   CH          15th    4th R       LC 2R

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    Good luck fella!

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    I think my new right winger has settled in well

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    Harrow Borough | Season 2021/22 | Blue Square Premier



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    The season started with my first major sale, Kalema Lukaku left for Southampton for a fee of £110k rising to £160k if he plays internationally, and with a 50% sell-on fee. Not a bad deal for a goalkeeper who wasn't exactly setting the world alight.

    After a bad start, form picked up dramatically, and we rose up the table like a rat up a drainpipe.

    In early March, top of the league by two points, injury crisis struck. My squad, whilst deeper, didnt really have the strength in depth to cope, and at one point, Williams, Adams, Shyllon, Karatoprak and Haynes were all injured simultaneously - with the exception of Shyllon, I'd say that was our four best players, by a distance, out at once. Several of the remaining players were very tired, too, and so the injuries just kept coming - 3 in 55 minutes against FC United on March 26th, for example! Turned out to be a combined total of 15 months out between the three - and again, it was two key players in Adams and Avgousti, with backup striker Melling the third. Up till that day, we were coping fine with the injuries. That game started the decline. With so many players out, we lost that game and then got hammered 4-0 away to Hayes & Yeading. It was Karatoprak's injury that really did it, and we found difficulty scoring goals, with just two in four games. He came back and BAM, 1-0 win against Rochdale. But it felt like it was too late already - three games remained, and we were four points off Southend at the top of the table. We had secured a playoff place but after the season I had up to the injury crisis, I was hoping for more.

    The penultimate game was a routine 3-1 win over already-relegated Darlington, and left the league ridiculously well-poised. We won 3-0 away at bottom-placed Tooting and Mitcham, and in the clash of the titans, it went our way as Southend snatched victory at Colwyn Bay. The other way round would have meant the playoffs for me unless I had won about 7 or 8-0. Four straight wins at the end of the season after four games without a win was an impressive turnaround. It should have been much easier than it was and I got lucky in the end, but we limped over the line.

    Cup runs this year were a bit of same-old, same-old. Really poor performance at Ebbsfleet in the FA Cup qualifier, but all the way to Wembley for our third FA Trophy Final in a row. The third consecutive Wembley win felt like a bit of an anticlimax after the amazing league finish, but still very satisfying, as we bow out of the FA Trophy effectively unbeaten in 3 years. And WE DID THE DOUBLE!

    What a season!

    On the downside, the need to make the stadium all-seater in order to move up to League Two cost the club £120k which hasn't helped the finances move up to the next level with me. So I don't know whether to laugh or cry that a bid of £450k for Harry Haynes was accepted from over my head by the board and Haynes is now a Burnley player. I would have sacrificed a bit of that cash for a future fee - he might well go for millions next time. Oh well. There was of course also a TV windfall from the Football League for the first time: £280k to be precise, very nice. We've also turned professional.

    Key Players

    The strikers deserve their own special section. They really hit their straps this year. I don't think they're the reason for the promotion, see below, but to score 74 goals between them is impressive. Only Manuel Ferreira had a higher Average Rating than Karatoprak or Haynes this season. As Colwyn Bay lost to Southend once again in the Playoff Final, I might look into signing him for next year. But all three of main strikers deserve huge credit:

    Gokhan Karatoprak* | Harry Haynes | Andy Fairhurst

    I really will miss Harry Haynes - but hopefully I can keep hold of Karatoprak who should be good enough for League Two.

    Joe McConville and Matt Tonkin - finally plugged the holes at full back on both sides. I believe this was the key, in the end. It's the first time I've had two decent full backs for a sustained period.
    Volkan Kaya - key player in the anchoring role.
    Wilfred Adams - the rock of the defence.
    Josh Williams - found some form again in partnership with Adams
    Giasoumis Avgousti - declined in form a bit this year but still a good player.

    (*= fans' player of the year)

    The team of the year
    The historical best XI - Kaya inducted, and Golobart re-inducted.

    Unsurprisingly, I was named Manager of the Year.

    Key Records Broken
    Biggest transfer fee received: £110k for Kalema Lukaku to Southampton (plus 50% sell-on fee and 50k after international appearances).
    Most Assists: Gokhan Karatoprak - 26.
    Highest Average Rating: Gokhan Karatoprak - 7.55
    Fastest goal: 17 seconds - Gokhan Karatoprak v Torquay (A).
    Highest League Finish.

    Valete (Or, key departures and their career stats)

    KALEMA LUKAKU
    Becoming our record transfer sale by almost 100k, and I'm not quite sure how as he hadn't exactly been that good!
    APPS: 175, CONC: 197, CLN: 61, MoM: 6, AvR: 6.82
    ABIAN SERRANO
    After his attributes hit a dramatic decline after a long injury, Abian Serrano left in January for £10k to Exeter. Before his injury, Serrano enjoyed two very prolific seasons, scoring 52 goals in 110 games.
    APPS: 272, GOALS: 96, ASSTS: 47, MoM: 17, AvR: 6.97
    ROBERT PARATORE
    Hadn't been doing that well for me and I wanted to cash in, especially because he was on a pretty high wage for the BSP.
    APPS: 123, GOALS: 8, ASSTS: 26, MoM: 7, AvR: 6.98

    Next season, survival is key, but with quite a lot of really good players, if we can keep the squad together, then you never know it might be a better season than that. I would also hope that various club improvements might be possible - a stadium expansion maybe, or at least a scouting range expansion.

    Targets for 2021/22
    Promotion. SUCCESS
    More quality in the squad. SUCCESS - Karatoprak came from within, but Fairhurst was a new signing as were McConville and Tonkin.
    Improve depth so that injury crises dont hit too hard. SUCCESS - we had a terrible injury crisis which almost cost us promotion but we had just about enough. Next season the squad will have to be massively improved in both strength and depth.

    Targets for 2022/23
    Survival.
    Cup run to maintain the finances - hope for a Premiership tie.
    Sign at least three players with Championship or Premiership potential.


    In other news, Arsenal won the Premiership by a point from Chelsea, who took the FA Cup as consolation, beating Newcastle on penalties in the final, whilst Atletico Madrid beat Juventus to claim the Champions' League in Paris.

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    Season      Division	          Position     Points    Achievements
    
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    2012/13	    Blue Square South         17th      45       Stayed clear of relegation.
    2013/14	    Blue Square South          3rd      80       Playoff runners-up.
    2014/15	    Blue Square South          2nd      91       Promoted via playoffs.
    2015/16	    Blue Square Premier       13th      64       Mid-table finish.
    2016/17     Blue Square Premier       10th      63       None.
    2017/18     Blue Square Premier       17th      57       None.
    2018/19     Blue Square Premier       15th      56       Drew with Forest in FA Cup!
    2019/20     Blue Square Premier        7th      73       FA Trophy Winners.
    2020/21     Blue Square Premier        4th      77       Playoff semi-finalists, FA Trophy Winners.
    2021/22     Blue Square Premier        1st      90       Promoted as Champions; FA Trophy Winners.
    PS - the table on the first page is, as you have all noticed, not in operation currently. We're looking into easier ways of doing it, because with so many entrants, it was just becoming a crazy amount of work and was unsustainable. Will let you know when I know more.

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    Any tips on what to do for League Two? What should I be scouting? Still released players on July 1st?

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    Congrats mate!

    In terms of who to look for, keep looking at who comes free on July 1st, also dont feel the need to sign your current players on pro deals until you are sure you cant get better on cheaper wages

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    #9 Darren Parker - Hastings United Season 14/15


    Season Summary: A better season than the previous one, finishing mid table in 10th. We were never in any danger of relegation, and up until the last couple of months we had a shout at a play off spot. Went out at the first hurdle in the FA Cup to lowly Aveley, but managed to get to the 3rd round in the Trophy. Wage budget for next season has now been reduced again to £1900 p/w as we are in major financial difficulties. As such I will be letting the player of the year leave to free up some much needed wage allowance, and hope to get by with some lower wage replacements.

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    If my keeper did this, he'd be shot!


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    #6 Hitchin Season Update 12 Season 2023/24



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    A good season which started with board paying of a remaining loan debt. We finished in 8th position, though I believe we would have deserved a better end position. Chose a new formation this season 3-1-2-2-2, due to having some really good AM L/R, who really couldn't play in my previous 4-3-1-2, and the fact we have better DC than DR/L made me try with 3 defenders instead. It worked out better than expected. Still conceding some goals, but as players get better, or better gets signed, I am confident, this will be our best option formation wise. Chairman decided to sell 1 of our players Mrmic, who had been with us for 6 seasons. It was both good and bad, as it gave some other midfielders a chance, but still would have liked to use him.

    We won the League Cup (press) and made it the semi finals in the FA Cup, where Man Utd was just a tad better and we lost 2-1.

    Notable players over the season:

    GK:
    - Alen Murtic: Starting to become a good keeper, as long as we dont concede any penalties!

    DEF:
    - Carl Flynn: Still our most solid defender. Didn't score as many goals this season, but is good and reliable.
    - Cristiano: New signing from Jaguares. Cost 7mill but has been worth every penny so far.
    - Abubakar Tagoe: Really strong season and he has improved amazing in stats this season.

    MID:
    - Marcos Costa: A good season, but has played both MC and AMR this season and not really hit the form, still 12 assists.
    - Pirulito: So far not been worth the 9mill he cost last season, but he is getting there.
    - Duarte Pacheco: His 3rd season here, and his first season he got to play. Did an pk job and have high hopes for him.
    - Wayne Hall: New signing from Crewe and our first wonderkid. Has been training to become a striker. Amazing stats. Funny stats, but still amazing.

    ATT:
    - Giuseppe Cutolo: New signing. Bought from Man C reserves for 13.5 mill. Good player and can't wait to see how he will mature.

    Board has agreed on the second facility improvement in 2 years (finally they have) and hope they will do it again Now they just need to build a new stadium!!

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    Season	League	FA Cup		Other Cups	Europe  	Final Pos.	Achievements
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    2012/13 BSN	4th qual	FAT 3rd qual	N/A		12th		None
    2013/14	BSS	1st rnd		FAT 1st rnd	N/A		 4th		Lost in playoffs
    2014/15	BSS	2nd rnd		FAT Final	N/A		 1st		Promoted, FAT runner up
    2015/16	BSP	2nd rnd		FAT 1st rnd	N/A		 5th		None
    2016/17	BSP	1st rnd		FAT Winner	N/A		 1st		Promoted, FAT Winner, New stadium
    2017/18	L2	3rd rnd		LC 2nd rnd	JPT 2nd rnd/N	 5th		None
    2018/19	L2	1st rnd		LC 1st rnd	JPT Semi S	 1st		Promoted
    2019/20 L1	3rd rnd		LC 1st rnd	JPT Q/F S	 6th		None
    2020/21	L1	1st rnd		LC Q/F		JPT Q/F S	 1st		Promoted, +4014 seats
    2021/22	CH	Semi Final	LC 2nd rnd	N/A		 2nd		Auto Promoted, +7148 seats (12.500 total)
    2022/23	PRM	5th rnd		LC S/F		N/A		13th		None
    2023/24	PRM	S/F		LC Final	N/A		 8th		EC Qualifier, LC Winner

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    Pretty happy with this comeback

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    This year is going as I had hoped and kind of predicted. The strikers are kicking in form and the late signings of last year (March) and the couple from this year are really working out. A slight change in formation from 4-1-3-2 to a 4-3-1-2 has increased our scoring. With our defensive record last year and poor goalscoring record, I don't know why I didnt implement it more. Possibly because of the lack of a quality AMC. The season started anxiously and we couldnt turn chances into goals in our first two matches and we ended up grabing just 1 point from a possible, and achievable 6. I anticipated a re-run of last year but we kicked into form with a 3v0 win and we havent lost since, scoring in every game bar one. We sit at the top of the league for the first time after 16 games - 10W-5D-1L with 29GF and just 8A. A good start with plenty more to come I hope - including a cup run.

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    DARREN1983 SEASON REVIEW KINGSTONIAN SEASON 13/14 BSP


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    A nealy season in the end. After promotionlast year I was hoping for lower mid-table, which we more then managed. We started the season solid but around November time we hit the wall and a change in formation resulted in change in fortune and a march up the table, we were around the play offs but never able to really close in on them untill the last 6 weeks or so of the season where we went on a great 12 game unbeaten run the not only saw us break into the playoffs but ending the season in a quite frankly shocking 2nd place! In the playoffs we drew Kiddiminster (who we did the double over in league games) and a very comfortable away leg saw us cruise to a 2-0 win, going into the 2nd leg my team thought this would be the perfect time to produce our worst performace of the season as we went down 4-1 to lose 4-3 on agg, was truely gutted

    Got all the way to the final of the FA Trophy. The final was 3 days after the 2nd leg of the play offs and despite our best effots is what not meant to be

    On to next season where my only plan is to win the league!!!!!!!!!!




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    what a game and are best result so far through to the 4th Round and a meeting with Liverpool at Anfield, now that will be are biggest game ever
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    Quote Originally Posted by reddevil4ever View Post
    what a game and are best result so far through to the 4th Round and a meeting with Liverpool at Anfield, now that will be are biggest game ever
    Nice win - and interesting screen shot, especially the real time scout running at same time

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    Just had this interesting little highlight... It appears the Woking keeper decided to confuse my free kick taker by hiding behind the wall instead of staying in goals. Should I be worried that it actually worked on a guy who is my best player?!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by reddevil4ever View Post
    what a game and are best result so far through to the 4th Round and a meeting with Liverpool at Anfield, now that will be are biggest game ever
    Nicely edited ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swinburn View Post
    Nicely edited ;)
    Lol, I think the moral to this story is if you are going to cheat make sure you get rid of the evidence first!
    Last edited by Dan BHTFC; 22-11-2011 at 20:06.

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    Still struggling to get into FM12, have done this in the past though and hope it kindles my enjoyment of this series.

    Here we go then!

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    END OF SEASON



    HENDON F.C - Season 2029/30
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    Another good season for the fans of Hendon Football Club to enjoy, we made a dodgy start to the season but we managed to pick up the wins atound Christmas and went on an 18 match unbeaten run which was a new club record. We finished 3rd in our Champions League group so we made it into the Europa Cup where we met Rapid Bucharest who we dispatched 6-0 on aggregate, then we met Liverpool who we beat 3-1 on aggregate. In the Quater Finals we faced a tough tie against Zenit St. Petersburg who we easily beat 5-1, Hendon were in the Semi-Finals of an European Cup match. AC Milan were next in the Semi-Finals, after a testing 2-2 draw away a full house at Hendon Stadium saw us draw 0-0 so we went through on away goals, next was a Final against Catania at FC Porto. We started slowly but we went into a 2 goal lead at half time, a goal midway through the second half gave us a Cup Double for the first time.
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    2012/13     Blue Square South           6th             F.A Cup 3rd Qual Rnd, F.A Trophy 2nd Rnd
    2013/14     Blue Square South           5th             F.A Cup 2nd Qual Rnd, F.A Trophy 1st Rnd
    2014/15     Blue Square South          12th             F.A Cup 3rd Qual Rnd, F.A Trophy 2nd Rnd
    2015/16     Blue Square South           9th             F.A Cup 2nd Qual Rnd, F.A Trophy 1st Rnd
    2016/17     Blue Square South           1st             F.A Cup 2nd Rnd, F.A Trophy 4th Rnd
    2017/18     Blue Square Premier        10th             F.A Cup 4th Qual Rnd, F.A Trophy 4th Rnd
    2018/19     Blue Square Premier         1st             F.A Cup 5th Rnd, F.A Trophy Winners
    2019/20     npower League 2             9th             F.A Cup 3rd Rnd, Carling Cup 1st Rnd, JPT 1st Rnd
    2020/21     npower League 2             1st             F.A Cup 2nd Rnd, Carling Cup 1st Rnd, JPT Semi-Finals
    2021/22     npower League 1            15th             F.A Cup 3rd Rnd, Carling Cup 1st Rnd, JPT 2nd Rnd
    2022/23     npower League 1            14th             F.A Cup Semi Finals, Carling Cup 1st Rnd, JPT 2nd Rnd
    2023/24     npower League 1             1st             F.A Cup 4th Rnd, Carling Cup 1st Rnd, JPT 1st Rnd
    2024/25     npower Championship         1st             F.A Cup 5th Rnd, Carling Cup 3rd Rnd
    2025/26     Barclays Premier League    10th             F.A Cup 5th Rnd, Carling Cup Quarter Finals
    2026/27     Barclays Premier League     8th             F.A Cup 3rd Rnd, Carling Cup Winners
    2027/28     Barclays Premier League     9th             Europa League Quarter Finals, F.A Cup 3rd Rnd, Carling Cup 3rd Rnd
    2028/29     Barclays Premier League     3rd             F.A Cup Final, Carling Cup 4th Rnd
    2029/30     Barclays Premier League     4th             Europa League Winners, F.A Cup Winners, Carling Cup 4th Rnd
    Next Season Targets

    *Top 2 finish
    *Do well in Champions League
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    A good season, Dan. Good luck with the new season!

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    Just hammered League 1 side Doncaster in the FA Cup 2nd Round 4v0. Completely unexpected. I was hoping we would put up a good fight, but things turned out better. We were under pressure a lot but our early goal gave us the win in reality as Doncaster pursued a much more aggressive and attacking game. With players behind the ball and playing counter attacking football, we were able to break through on a number of occassions and with some solid finishing, come away with an expected victory and an extra £27.54k.

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    Gilbster - North Ferriby 2026/27 - Championship - End of Season Update

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    A much improved season, but annoyingly was in a promotion place for most of the season, and just couldnt hold that form. It was like the squad gave up or knew they werent ready for premiership so saved some future embarassment. We ended up losing 5-4 to Newcastle in the Playoff Semi Finals.

    We also made it to the FA Cup semis, but lost to Man City 2-1. We did beat Everton in the quarters, so have to be happy about that.

    My finances are all over the place, but I am attempting to get a grip on them. We have got just over 2000 new seats going into the stadium, so hopefully will get more attendance money from mid season next season.

    Aims

    Push for promotion a bit more convincingly
    Get a new DL, AMR, DMC and poss GK
    Get rid of players that I really shouldnt still have at club
    Perhaps start investing in a couple of promising youngsters

    Career So Far


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    Season    Division    Pos     FA Cup      Other Cups             Achievements
    2012/13   BSN         5th     1st R       FAT 1st R              Promoted via Playoffs
    2013/14   BSP         16th    4th QR      FAT 3rd R
    2014/15   BSP         12th    2nd R       FAT QF Replay
    2015/16   BSP         15th    1st R       FAT 1st R
    2016/17   BSP         1st     4th QR      FAT 3rd R              Champions and Promoted!
    2017/18   L2          22nd    1st R       JPT1R, LC 1R           Survived on goal difference
    2018/19   L2          3rd     1st R       JPTFN, LC 1R           Promoted
    2019/20   L1          24th    1st R       JPT1R, LC 1R           Relegated
    2020/21   L2          21st    1st R       JPT1R, LC 2R
    2021/22   L2          7th     3rd Rep     JPT2R, LC 1R           Lost in Playoff Finals
    2022/23   L2          1st     1st R       JPTWin, LC 1R          Champions and Promoted! JPT Winners!
    2023/24   L1          8th     5th R       JPT2R, LC 1R  
    2024/25   L1          1st     4th R       JPTWin, LC 1R          Champions and Promoted! JPT Winners!
    2025/26   CH          15th    4th R       LC 2R 
    2026/27   CH          5th     SF          LC 2R                  Play off Semi Final Loss, FA Cup Semi finalists

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    Anyway Season 14/15

    Another season another League Title!



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    No luck in the cups crashing out in the prelim round of the Carling Cup, Second Round of the FA Cup and Q/F of the Johnstone's paints

    We were acknowledged by our peers as I picked up the Manager of the Year, Jamil Adam picked up top goalscorer, Yala Bolaisegot goal of the season and four of my players made the team of the year.

    Start Performers were:

    The Jamil Adam Trophy (Top Scorer) was won by Jamil Adam with 40 goals from 46(1) apperances
    The Pass Master Trophy (Most Assists) for Michael Ratcliffe 28 from 31(6) Apperances
    The Tuff Tackler Trophy for Bob Harris 6.95 per game
    The Wizard of the Dribble Trophy for Yala Bolaise 2.38 a game

    Match of the year - was our 2nd ever league game it certainly gave them belief.....



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    League One here we come!

    Unfortunately Jamil Adam has requested a transfer and may have to go and my best centre back Jack Bennet left but for £575k (the club was only valued at £700k at the time)

    The Trophy Cabinet

    Blue Square North Champions 12/13
    Blue Square Premier Champions 13/14
    FA Trophy Winners 13/14
    League Two Champions 14/15
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    Hendon F.C. - Season 2012/13



    Media prediction: 22nd
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    Best Eleven
    Transfers


    PROFILE

    I’ve started again as Hendon because I had completely ruined Marine financially. I now have a better understanding of finances in the Blue Square leagues so hopefully this will go much better.


    AIMS

    · Survive comfortably whilst building a good squad for next season.
    · Reach the FA Cup 1st round.
    · Keep financial losses to a minimum.


    LEAGUE (POSITIONS GRAPH)

    An average start was followed up with a run of 7 games in which we only picked up 2 points and dropped towards the relegation zone. In the middle of December we hit form and started to look like we might just make the playoffs and with 4 games left we were the in-form team in the division only one place outside the playoffs. We ended with only 1 win and 1 draw from those 4 games which meant we had missed out on the playoffs by 4 points. Despite overachieving in the league this season I still felt like we had missed an opportunity.


    FA CUP

    We reached the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup having gone through on replays in each of the previous 2 rounds. In the 4th qualifying round we lost 3-1 at home to a Gateshead side who were near the top of the Blue Square Premier. We went out a round earlier than I had hoped but I was pleased with our performance in this cup anyway.


    FA TROPHY

    We lost 1-0 at home to non-league Banbury during our run of bad form. We should really beat teams of this level but at the time I was just glad to be able to concentrate on getting our league form back on track.


    PLAYERS

    Josh Wilson finished the season as Hendon Supporters’ Player of the Year and Top Goalscorer as well as the Blue Square South Player of the Season and Top Goalscorer.

    Jake Nicholson made one of the central midfield positions his own halfway through the season and I fully expect him to still be there for a long time.

    Jeremy Helan was a late signing and only played 10 games at left back for us but he has significantly improved a weak area in our side and he will be a key part of our defence next season.


    FINANCES

    Due to our run in the FA Cup we were able to minimise losses and we are only £44,000 in the red which is partly due losses incurred building a new stadium. A loan costing £11.75k per month has been taken on to build the stadium, I think this will be difficult to cope with unfortunately.


    FACILITIES

    Our Junior Coaching has been improved to Adequate level.
    A 4,883 capacity stadium is being built and should be ready by 22/6/2014.
    Our average attendance for the season was 313.


    AIMS FOR SEASON 2

    · Promotion
    · Reach the FA Cup 1st round.
    · Keep financial losses to a minimum.


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      Season      Division                    Position          Points         Noteworthy Achievements
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      2012/13     Blue Square South           11th              63             None
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    FC United of Manchester
    Season 7 - 2018/19 – nPower League Two
    Pre-season - Media Prediction: 23th

    A Step Closer to Glory

    League Table| Progress | Squad | Transfers

    Went into the new season in a new stadium expecting to struggle due to the media prediction of 23rd. However, a great start to the season gave the team confidence and momentum which never waivered until mid April which was a bit squeeky bum time. Luckily, the team dragged themselves over the finish line and clinched promotion with a game to go. Finished the season with a great 5-0 loss against Notts County!


    Onwards and upwards as Charles Bronson would say!

    Targets for the 2018/19 season

    1. Survive in League Two ACHIEVED
    2. Reach FA Cup 3rd round ACHIEVED
    3. Expand the scouting range FAILED

    Career Overview
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    2012/13         Blue Square North          4th           Reached play-offs 
    2013/14         Blue Square North          9th           Reached FA Cup 1st round
    2014/15         Blue Square North          3th           Highest finish to date        
    2015/16         Blue Square North          1st           Promoted                           
    2016/17         Blue Square Premier        1st           Promoted                               
    2017/18         League Two                 17th          None                                       
    2018/19         League Two                 3rd           Promoted
    Targets for new season:

    1. Survive in League One
    2. Reach FA Cup 3rd round
    3. Expand the scouting range (again!)

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    Starting the challenge now Just retired my Holiday Man and taken charge of FC United. Hopefully we can make us bigger than the original counterpart in some years.
    Initial screenshot: http://i40.tinypic.com/5lb4fr.png

    And I hope my time will let me follow with (un)successful updates.
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    Bedford Town - Season 2018/2019 - nPower Championship

    Squad - Table - Transfers - Finances

    Final position: 15th

    FA Cup: 5th Rnd loss to Everton(0-2 away)
    Carling Cup: 2nd Rnd loss to Leicester(2-3 away)

    Best result: 4-0 win away against Nottingham Forrest
    Worst result: 1-6 loss away to Swansea
    Top goalscorer: Christian Christensen, 17(15 in CH)
    Most assists: Sergey Melnik 9(8 in CH)
    Highest Average rating: Sergey Melnik, 7.06 (7.06 in CH)

    2018-97 Season Review:

    An okay season from our perspective.. A strong start among the playoff teams crumbled and we soon found ourselves midtable and down to earth through multiple 4+ goal losses. We finally got a upgrade of our training facilities through, and a new stadium to boot.

    Player of the season:

    Sergey Melnik - M/AM/S L/C - Plays well. But I'm not sure he's the solution in the long run.

    Other Key Players

    Nicola Baio - D R - Strong wingback. Will need to up his game in the new season

    Maurinho - AM R/S C - Played well, but a replacement is already signed.

    Kenneth Christensen - AM R/S C - Still our top goalscorer although injuries ruined some of his season.

    2019/208 Season Preview:

    I've already signed a couple of decent looking young players. I will look to rebuild the squad for yet another season and getting some more pieces in order to compete for promotion, especially some centrebacks.


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    Well it's the play offs again for me

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    #42 - Bury Town Fc - Glenn Crane - 2016/2017 - End of Season Review - L1 - 11th -Disappointment
    Fixtures 1 - 2 - 3 Table


    The League

    Well this season started off as i expected, which was a struggle, the first half of the season we were battling hard, but kept on losing vital games by a goal, and times when we seemed to be playing well we would concede a stupid corner, or the opposing team would score their one shot on target.
    December and January proved an up turn in form for us, although we never seemed to be able to get a proper run together, and always seemed to be on the cusp of a good run only to lose an unexpected or dissapointing game.
    We continued in February and seemed to be moving up the table, well we were, we were doing so well that we managed to sneak into 6th, the last playoff spot. Now all i had to do was hold onto that position for the last 10 games of the season.
    CUE AWFUL RUN! As my player saw the possibilities of the Championship looming, they seemed to all go off to dream land. Our last 10 games of the season resulted in the following
    Pl 10 - W - 2 D - 2 L - 6 (Yes thats 2 wins, 2 draws, and 6 losses)

    The form was enough to send us plummeting down the table into a dissapointing 11th place.

    Cups
    An Acheivement for me here. I made a clean sweep of losses in the first round. Lost to Sunderland in the League Cup first round, Hartlepool in the Fa Cup first round reply and Millwall in the JPT first round.

    Summary

    Here is the final Table
    Position Graph
    Transfers In/Out Pt2
    Fixtures Pt1 Pt2 Pt3

    Key Players

    Zac Ansah - Once again he is the Key Player for the club. He scores whichever league he is in, and his potential can still rise. Seems to score for fun at times, and hope he can keep this up for the next few years, at least until the Premier League. I have already decided i am going to find a way to keep him at the club for life. I think his achievements for the club deserve recognition. He has also this season become the clubs all time leading goalscorer.

    Peter Larsen - Struck up a good partnership with Ansah. Is not always first choice but for the majority of the season (Apart from a few dips in form, and injuries) he was the ma to compliment Ansah. Came in with a decent return of 10 goals and 9 assists in 35 starts.

    Lee Carpenter - One again he improves year on year stats wise, and will be a another player i plan to take into the premier league and into the clubs history books. 7 goals and 12 assists may not be the best stats from a long season, but i can't see a better MR than him in the league.

    Joe Wright - Not the first time he has appeared in the key players list either. A massive contributer again with a haul of 17 assists in just 31 league starts. His stats still are not the greatest and he is not always first choice, but you can't argue with a player who is consistently setting up goals. Did pick up an injury after this screenshot that will see him out for the first month of the new season.

    Marco Appiani - Was close between him and Corbin Ong - But Appianis form was better and he seemed to be a more consistent player. Has alot of potential and scored 7 goals from CB which is impressive enough, and can also fill in at RB if needed. Him and Corbin Ong need to form a consistent partnership if we are going to win the league or get promoted this next season.

    Other News

    Nothing much other than Zac Ansah getting player of the year and breaking the all time goalscoring record for Bury Town.

    Next Seasons Aims

    1. Promotion - Simple really we need to get promoted.
    2. New key players - need a few more key players and a few more english as i was struggling to field 6 HG players in the squad last season.
    3. Do SOMETHING in one of the cups. Don't want another clean sweep of rubbish. Think i will choose one cup to play my first team in.




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    2012/13              Blue Square North                    2nd                        Playoff Winners
    2013/14              Blue Square Premier                  9th                       9th Place, FA Cup 1st round (Oldham)
    2014/15              Blue Square Premier                 2nd                        Playoff Winners, Fa Trophy Winners
    2015/16              League 2                            5th                        Playoff Winners
    2016/17              League 1                            11th                       Nothing :(
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    Drew. FC United. Premiership. 2018/2019

    Table - We went one better than last season, managing to finish 4th and secure a Champions League place for next season, awesome.

    Graph - We were in the top 10 for most of the season, and as the season went on, we grew and grew in confidence.

    Squad - Quite a few additions over the summer, my star men were Martin Hruska was the star at the back again, solid as usual; Diego Wagner wow, what a signing, a fantastic debut season for the young man, I was going to say that I'd like more of the same for next season, but he's getting sold of next season Andreas Ernst was superb on the right wing, cutting inside and giving opposing teams a lot of problems; Nicolas Gallardo need I say anything?

    Transfers

    Finances

    Europa League Final

    Me

    Aims for next season:

    Win the title, I believe that we are capable of doing this, all I need is a few additions and then it is actually possible, Man City will be my biggest rivals for next season.

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    Why can I not use an aggressive tone in a team meeting?

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    Darren1983 Kingstonian Season 2014/15 Season Review
    Media Prediction: 21st
    Final Position: 3rd
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    After last season's disapointment (FA Trophy runners up, play off losers) I set my team out for promotion, I only made 3 new signings over the summer as I felt we were close last season and needed evolution rather then a revolution, we started ok and spent most of the season in and around the play offs, but every time we got up to top spot we blew it and never really convinced, with 7 games to go we were 2nd 3 points off top with 2 games in hand, 7 wins would see us champions, we then won our next 3 games to give us a great chance, but then 4 straight drews left us in the play offs.


    We drew Crewe in the playoffs and it was them or Barrow that I wanted to play having never beat Ebbsfleet in 6 previous games, a good solid first hour of the away leg found us 3-0 up, however some sloppy play allowed them to grab 2 quick goals to end the 3-2 to us. In the 2nd leg we were fantastic! We played them off the park and won 4-0 and cruised into the final 7-2 to play Ebbsfleet!
    A very even first half saw us go in level 2-2, we then stepped up in the 2nd half and in the last 20 mins we grabbed a couple of goals and saw out the rest of the game to win 4-2 and seal promotion into the football league!!!


    Cups
    First round exits in both as I wanted to focus in promotion

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    Gilbster - 2027/28 End of Seaosn Update - North Ferriby


    Table | Positions

    We werent good enough to go up, and ultimately a 2-0 loss in Playoff Final proved that.

    Brief update, only because I need to get going on a major squad revamp, and I may mean it this time. Lots of players dont want to renew contract. Others want first team football. Others want bigger clubs. Need to just try and keep the happy players, find a couple of half decent british youngsters, and see if I can get some better players in generally.

    Career So Far


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    Season    Division    Pos     FA Cup      Other Cups             Achievements
    2012/13   BSN         5th     1st R       FAT 1st R              Promoted via Playoffs
    2013/14   BSP         16th    4th QR      FAT 3rd R
    2014/15   BSP         12th    2nd R       FAT QF Replay
    2015/16   BSP         15th    1st R       FAT 1st R
    2016/17   BSP         1st     4th QR      FAT 3rd R              Champions and Promoted!
    2017/18   L2          22nd    1st R       JPT1R, LC 1R           Survived on goal difference
    2018/19   L2          3rd     1st R       JPTFN, LC 1R           Promoted
    2019/20   L1          24th    1st R       JPT1R, LC 1R           Relegated
    2020/21   L2          21st    1st R       JPT1R, LC 2R
    2021/22   L2          7th     3rd Rep     JPT2R, LC 1R           Lost in Playoff Finals
    2022/23   L2          1st     1st R       JPTWin, LC 1R          Champions and Promoted! JPT Winners!
    2023/24   L1          8th     5th R       JPT2R, LC 1R  
    2024/25   L1          1st     4th R       JPTWin, LC 1R          Champions and Promoted! JPT Winners!
    2025/26   CH          15th    4th R       LC 2R 
    2026/27   CH          5th     SF          LC 2R                  Play off Semi Final Loss, FA Cup Semi finalists
    2027/28   CH          3rd     3rd R       LC 3R                  Play Off Final Loss

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    Quote Originally Posted by CityAndColour View Post
    Why can I not use an aggressive tone in a team meeting?
    Why are you asking this here? Try either the bugs section or pc/mac GD. I'm not trying to be a mod here, just saying you're more likely to find an answer there

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    My Lewes game is not going well, losing a lot so it seems the team is appropriately named

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    Quote Originally Posted by swirlypop69 View Post
    My Lewes game is not going well, losing a lot so it seems the team is appropriately named
    I actually chuckled at that for no real reason. Hopefully you'll be able to turn it around!

    ***

    Having managed to bag myself a 1v1 draw against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup 3rd Round, I get to take them to our ground where I'd like to think we could outplay them. Reality is we shouldnt have even had a draw, they bombarded us with pressure and we got lucky. But, the extra £140k from the tv is a helping hand in our poor financial times. I'm hoping we can force it to penalties or something! But I feel that may be dreaming a little bit.

    Hoping we can win the FA Trophy and the League this year for a bit more cash and finally the ability to play in League Two. Things are moving up for my Hitchin boys. Wish me luck against Middlesbrough! Ill need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swirlypop69 View Post

    My Lewes game is not going well, losing a lot so it seems the team is appropriately named
    You know it's pronounced 'Lewis'
    Last edited by Dan BHTFC; 23-11-2011 at 21:03.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan BHTFC View Post
    You know it's pronounced 'Lewis'
    No I did not! There goes that pun then TBH I don't know where it is in England other than "darn sarf" and only know of the team because I like the logo!

    As soon as I posted that though I won my first game of the season against Bishop's Stortford, whomping 3-0 victory to boot.

    I'm already tempted to try and start again but with Chester, forgot they were a sexy option.

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    My Wingate game has been abandoned. I've decided to do a fair test of a theory of Gilbster's. That BSS teams are harder than BSN teams.

    To test this, I'm using a higher rep BSS team with a half decent sized stadium to get as close to FC United as possible.

    So I'm now manager of Carshalton!

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    Quote Originally Posted by swirlypop69 View Post
    No I did not! There goes that pun then TBH I don't know where it is in England other than "darn sarf" and only know of the team because I like the logo!

    As soon as I posted that though I won my first game of the season against Bishop's Stortford, whomping 3-0 victory to boot.

    I'm already tempted to try and start again but with Chester, forgot they were a sexy option.
    It's near Brighton if that helps, I live nearby

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    Aspirations of a solid finish this year may be hindered after star striker Bunn declared himself unhappy and wanting to leave for a bigger side. I tried talking to him - it made it worse. He's our top goal scorer so hopefully he will still play and score, if not, our secondary strikers will get a proper chance - which they probably deserve to be fair.

    Edit: Who needs your most prolific goal scorer when you can just use your second striker alone? We just beat 7th place Championship side Middlesbrough to go through to the next round (Bolton). Im not entirely sure how realistic a win it is, but I suppose we've seen it happen IRL and its given me a hefty £68.85k to the balance plus TV money. My cup run has gone further than expected :O
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    #6 Hitchin Season Update 13 Premier Division 2025/25



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    Awards

    Manager of the Year Runner Up - PRM Top Scorer - PRM young player 3rd


    A good solid season, without any remarkable achievements. Finished 7th and got an automatic qual for next seasons EURO Cup as only highlight. Board finally agreed it was time to build a new Stadium, so 2 years from now, we are moving into a 22525 capacity stadium. Had the 3rd consecutive upgrade on training and youth facilities. Continued to play the 3-1-2-2-2 formation. We scored alot of goals this season, but also did concede quite some goals. Hopefully the conceding part can get better and we can push for a better league position. Our best game of the season was found in the PRM where now relegated Birmingham wondered what went wrong, as they lost 8-2 at home. (press)

    League Cup was abysmal and we had a 3-0 defeat away to Tottenham. FA Cup wasn't alot better and saw us exit in the 6th round to Man Utd. This game was particular depressing, as we were up 2-0, but lost 4-2.

    EURO Cup was a great run. We managed to get to the Q/F where League winners Arsenal waited. Loosing 3-1 at home in first leg and there really wasn't alot to play for away, but we managed to secure a 1-0 win.

    A number of players had a good impact on our season:

    GK:
    - Alan Murtic: Had a good season, but is lacking consistency.

    DEF:
    - Carl Flynn: Besides getting older now and stats wise not better than our other choices, he is still rock solid in defense.
    - Lars Andersen: Played alot more this season and did it really well.
    - Cristiano: Our best defender and a good player getting the ball into counter action.
    - Abubakar Tagoe: Very close to Cristiano's abilities and really strong.

    MID:
    - Marcos Costa: Had another great season. 9 goals 19 assists.
    - Carlos: Tireless DM. great player.
    - Ibrahim Turan: Controlled our midfield and played solid in defending phases.
    - Sven Haufe: Our "spare tire" played both CM and MC when needed.
    - Pirulito: Finally starting to repay the 13 mill he cost 2 seasons ago.
    - Florian Schwaab: Soo much potential, but haven't had a breakthrough yet.

    ATT:
    - Giuseppe Cutolo: 45 games and 17 goals. Had hoped for more goals, but he repaid those with 14 assists.
    - Wayne Hall: only 1 word for this player. Amazing! 56 games. 53 goals, 21 assists and 15 mom. Euro Cup topscorer with 19 goals.

    Signed a few good prospect youngsters, more in the case we loose some of our regular squad players.

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    Season	League	FA Cup		Other Cups	Europe  	Final Pos.	Achievements
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    2012/13 BSN	4th qual	FAT 3rd qual	N/A		12th		None
    2013/14	BSS	1st rnd		FAT 1st rnd	N/A		 4th		Lost in playoffs
    2014/15	BSS	2nd rnd		FAT Final	N/A		 1st		Promoted, FAT runner up
    2015/16	BSP	2nd rnd		FAT 1st rnd	N/A		 5th		None
    2016/17	BSP	1st rnd		FAT Winner	N/A		 1st		Promoted, FAT Winner, New stadium
    2017/18	L2	3rd rnd		LC 2nd rnd	JPT 2nd rnd/N	 5th		None
    2018/19	L2	1st rnd		LC 1st rnd	JPT Semi S	 1st		Promoted
    2019/20 L1	3rd rnd		LC 1st rnd	JPT Q/F S	 6th		None
    2020/21	L1	1st rnd		LC Q/F		JPT Q/F S	 1st		Promoted, +4014 seats
    2021/22	CH	Semi Final	LC 2nd rnd	N/A		 2nd		Auto Promoted, +7148 seats (12.500 total)
    2022/23	PRM	5th rnd		LC S/F		N/A		13th		None
    2023/24	PRM	S/F		LC Final	N/A		 8th		EC Qualifier, LC Winner
    2024/25	PRM	6th rnd		4th rnd		EC Q/F		 7th		EC Qualifier, New stadium (22525 in 2027)

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    Quote Originally Posted by swirlypop69 View Post
    Why are you asking this here? Try either the bugs section or pc/mac GD. I'm not trying to be a mod here, just saying you're more likely to find an answer there
    Because it's relevant to my dafuge save and also because there's been quite a bit of discussion regarding team meetings in this thread.

    Besides, I'm not saying it's a bug, more I wonder if it's something you can't do given team meetings are meant to improve morale, or if my form needs to be worse etc,

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    HASTINGS UNITED (#68) Season 3 2014/2015

    Table -- Squad -- Position -- Transfers -- Reputation -- Confidence (Competitions - Transfers)

    The Season
    Our first season in the Blue Square Premiership was a tale of two halves. My first priority was dumping some of the players with expired contracts I felt couldn’t help out at the new level. I then brought in a few players (7, from Jun to August) that I hoped would help us through the first season. Only one of those, Ben Bailey, played a huge role, accumulating 42 appearances at the right back position with a 6.95 overall rating. Two others played rotation roles, accumulating about 20 appearances each. A couple others were brought in for future potential and put into the youth team to grow.

    During the first half season, avoiding relegation seemed to be a real battle. We managed 25 points (7 wins and 4 draws) in our first 23 league matches, and hovered just above the relegation spots for most of that first half. I knew that if I could match that point total in the second half, we would likely survive (45 points being the historic threshold for survival)…but we had to actually achieve that doubling of points total in the second half. With only 23 goals scored, vs 42 allowed, things didn’t look great. My outstanding defence of the first two seasons just wasn’t working.

    Late in October, I brought in Kossi Hodouto to play alongside Tunnecliffe (my star from the previous two seasons). The Togo defender had been with Tottenham for three years (only making two appearances in cup matches during that three year period), and was pointed out to me by, I believe, my AssMan. According to all of my coaching staff, he is universally regarded as having great League One potential, and he immediately made a difference in my back line. He ended up making 28 appearances, with an AvR of 7.00, adding one goal and three assists. Strangely, he had no MoM awards.

    Two other players rounded out my transfer acquisitions. Right Winger/defender Matt Parry came in to play a rotation role (and to cover for international absences). He made 16 appearances, grabbing one goal and two assists, with an AvR of 6.93. Not outstanding, but he definitely came in handy when he was needed.

    Finally, when Polish goalkeeper Mateusz Taudul was recommended to me (as having potential to be much better than my current GK, and of similar current ability), I decided to pick him up with the idea of making him my future keeper. However, the future came quicker than expected, as my starter ended up missing most of the last nine weeks with training injuries (hamstring, hernia) --- the first missed games by Ollie in two years. But, boy, was I glad to have picked up Mateusz. 15 appearances, 6 clean sheets, averaged 1.13 goals/90 minutes, claimed 7 wins and 3 draws, including consecutive shutouts against Alfreton, Forest Green, and playoff-hunting Cambridge (in matchday 44, away at the Abbey). Instrumental in my final push to the top half of the table. Made team best XI despite playing only 15 matches. (Ollie might've been given a bad break here....he played as well as Mateusz in the 2nd half...but the whole teams' abysmal fist half of season might've hurt his chances to remain in the top XI for a 3rd year).

    My stats for the second half were much better than the first half. 12 wins + 4 draws for 40 points put me well outside of the relegation battle. 38 goals scored vs 22 against, reversed the tally of the first half. 8 of my 12 clean sheets came in the second half of the season.

    A really (really, really) good January saw me pull 12 points from 5 matches, starting out with a 6-0 drubbing of Darlington (I play well against them…as seen by this 6-4 season finale against them!) Where I couldn’t put more than two non-losing matches together in the first half of the season, I managed two 5-game non-losing streaks in the second half.

    As I said..the season was a tale of two halves!

    CUPS: My cup matches were a huge disappointment this season. As with my first season, I had some terrible draws, with both of my initial FAT and FAC matches being drawn against higher rep teams. I took both to a replay, but ended up losing both of my initial matches. At least it allowed me to concentrate on the league…which might have been a blessing.




    Players of Note

    My choice for player of the season has to be Shay McCartan. He put in 44(3) appearances, starting out in the right midfield position, but moving up front in the latter half of the season. Moving him up front paid dividends---he averaged a 6.89 AvR at the M( r ) position in 15 appearances, and a 6.65 in the M(C ) position in 8 appearances (during my 5-3-2 formation). However, in 22 appearances up front, he had a 7.26 AvR. 6 of his 14 goals came in the final five matches (all from the striker position), and all but 1 of his goals came from up front. He did add 7 assists and a team-high 5 MoM awards, with an overall rating of 7.05.

    Ethan Mannion fell off a bit this season, but was still productive with 9 goals and 10 assists. His AvR was a respectable 6.99 --- not earthshattering, but given the way the first half of the season played out, I’m luck to have anyone above 7.0 for the season J A bit of a worry however, was his 8 yellows and 2 red cards picked up. At £575/week, I’m not sure he’ll be back for the new season. Will have to see what his demands are---he’s already the highest paid on the team (by quite a bit—next highest is £450). With finances being what they are…he’s likely to be looking for a job elsewhere. Unfortunate---he sees me as one of his favored personnel…and I’m sure he’s one of the fan favorites….but I just can’t see too much of a payraise in the future.

    Striker Sean Cassidy also had another decent year, with 9 goals and 10 assists—an overall 6.93 AvR. Played a bit both on the left wing and up front, contributed 4 goals in the final 6 matches from the left wing (actually had a higher AvR from the ML position at 7.31 than the striker position. If Mannion is out next season, will partner McCartan up front.

    Midfielder Padraig Byrne had an outstanding year from the midfield position. Definitely need to keep him around, he scored a team high 15 goals, added 6 assists, and had a team high 7.03 AvR. 8 of his 15 goals were from the penalty spot, from which he was perfect. (the only statistical category, by the way, in which any Hastings United player led the league…the next best spot-kick taker was Tom Shaw from Cambridge, with 4 successful PK attempts). 4 of his 7 non PK goals were in that final push to end the season, with a superb hattrick against Darlington to end the season (and stay one ahead of Shay, who tried his best to equal or exceed Byrne’s total tally in that wild final game!)

    Finally, this my “Young player of the Year” Dalvinder Malessa. While not new this season, he was still the youngest regular in the squad. As with his first year, he fit in well with the backline (at least as well as anyone, given that horrid first half!) Playing a mix of 5-3-2 and 4-4-2, he played solidly in the left-back position, garnering 40 appearances, with three assists, three MoM, and an AvR of 6.95. 2nd on team with 4.38 tackles/game – a solid keeper for the future. He’s already looking for a new contract, and as he’s only on £50/week, I’m sure I can see my way to increasing his wages J. Chosen as fans Player of the Year

    Other Notes of Interest

    By end of season, team was 17th in goals scored, but the second half defense put us up to joint 7th in goals allowed. Solid foundation for next season I think. We were worst in set-piece scoring, managing only 5 goals from corners (last), 4 from indirect freekicks (23rd), and 1 from direct free kicks. Need to improve in this category next season!

    Reputation wise, we’re still slowly inching up. Still the lowest BSP team. Still have several BSN/BSS teams above me, but did climb above a couple through the season. Given my 12th place finish (24th predicted) I’m hoping that when the season update arrives, this will show some more progress!

    Discipline is still a problem..65 yellow (joint 3rd highest) and 4 red cards. Definitely need to stop that trend L

    Manager of Season (shortlist) voting --- I placed a respectable 3rd --- losing out to Champions Crewe and Playoff promoted Cheltneham
    Gaining recognition…new sponsors nearly tripled my sponsorship income J
    For 3rd season running (1st in BSP) --- league overachievers!
    Worst signing of season (runner up) Hastings Utd Tyler Harvey (16 appearances, 1 goal, AvR 6.67 --- one of the "role - players" I signed just for cover, came in for free. (How can a free player be a worst signing????)

    Team best XI
    Overall best XI --- 4 new players inducted

    Finances -- about £150k in the red. Poor cup runs did not help at all, though the board came through with more than £400k in cash injections throughout the season.

    Budget wise, with the promotion, I’ve been given £4.8k (up from 3.6k) I managed to stay about £800-£1K below throughout the season…which, given the financial situation, probably kept us from going too badly in the wrong direction.
    Salary of £216k/yr is 23rd among BSP teams---about as expected. Hopefully can move upwards a bit with the successful campaign this year.

    Season 4 manager profile

    New Team Records
    Highest League Position: 12th in BSP
    Average Attendance: 929 2014/15
    Biggest Defeat: 0-5 v Stockport (Away)
    Highest Scoring Game/League Game: 6-4 v Darlington (Away)
    Most games without scoring: 3 27.9.2014 to 11.10.2014

    New Individual Records
    Most League Appearances for club: Josh Jirbandey --- 167
    Most League goals for club: Ethan Mannion --- 38

    Blue Square Premier Record
    Highest Scoring Game 6-4 (Hastings Utd v Darlington--match day 46)
    Most Team Goals Allowed 119 - Darlington (Hastings scored 12 of those, 6-0 and 6-4)
    Top Goalscorer 40 Darryl Duffy (Cheltenham)
    Most Goals in a Match: 4 - Robbie Simpson (Crewe Alexandria v Darlington, 2.9.2014)

    Strange Stat of the Season
    We scored 61 goals in league play this season:
    a) More than 25% (16) were scored in the final 5 matches of the season
    b) 20% of my league goals (12) were scored against Darlington

    Other competition winners

    EPL: Man City(Relegated—Stoke, Leicester, Portsmouth)
    Championship: West Ham (Promoted – Blackpool, Southampton) (Relegated – Hartlepool, Preston, Carlisle)
    League 1: Notts Co (Promoted –Crystal Palace, Bradford) (Relegated – Leyton Orient, AFC Wimbledon, Shrewsbury, Brentford)
    League 2: Bristol Rovers (Promoted – Gillingham, Newport Co, Oxford) (Relegated –Plymouth, Southend
    Blue Square Premier: Crewe (Promoted – Cheltenham) (Relegated – Blyth, Bath, Darlington, Forest Green)
    Blue Square North: Tamworth (Promoted – Braintree) (Relegated – Worcester, Boston Utd, Worksop)
    Blue Square South: Dartford (Promoted – Lewes) (Relegated – Tonbridge, AFC Hornchurch, Tooting & Mitcham)
    Regional Premier Div promotions: Wealdstone, Lowestoft, Eastwood, Chesham, Kingstonian, Guiseley (at 900, Chesham is the lowest rep I’ve seen so far)

    Cups:
    FA Cub – Man City
    Carling Cup – Liverpool
    Community Shield –Everton
    Johnstone’s Trophy – Bristol Rovers
    FA Trophy Hereford

    UEFA Champ league group stage qualification: Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal
    UEFA Champ League Best placed playoff: Man Utd
    UEFA 4th Qual Rd: Newcastle (FA Cup Runners up), Tottenham (5th in EPL)
    UEFA Europa League 3rd Qual Rd: Liverpool (Carling Cup Winners)

    Code:
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    2012/13             Blue Square South             10th                 FA Cup 3rd Qual rd, FAT 2nd Qual rd
    2013/14             Blue Square South             5th                   Promoted via Playoffs, FA Cup 4Q rd, FAT 3rd Round, Manager of Year runner up
    2014/15             Blue Squuare Premier        12th                 FA Cup 4th Qual Rd, FAT 1st round, 3rd place Manager of the Year
    Goals for 2015/2016
    Given that I finished top half this season, I’m going to let the board know I’m aiming for top half this season. However, I’m going to push as hard as I can to get to the playoff spots.
    Cup runs---more than two teams faced total in the FAT and FAC!!!!!
    Get rid of some fringe players. I’ve got a good, solid base now…I’ll bring in some young backup/role-players to supplement, but don’t see need to make major changes. This will allow me to…
    …Manage budget---shrink deficit!
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    Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Things really didn't improve at Lewes despite that win over Bishop's Stortford. I've jumped from that sinking ship before the I got thrown over the side.

    Time to start over, though I'm heading north of Watford to see if I fare better in the BSN.

    Chester is my new home.

    No pre-emptive leaps into the abyss this time, I'm sticking with them whether it means they'll have to form a new club at the end of it or not

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    Obviously I will be rejecting, but I have just been offered the job of Nigeria's manager. Think it may be the first time ever, a random nation has offered me the international job!

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    Hi guys joining the challenge as the manager of the newly promoted Hitchin Town FC

    To do this season:

    1) avoid relegation
    2) sign a couple of players to strengthen the squad
    3) invest in youth players as only have 1 player in youth team, that will be good enough to make 1st team in the coming seasons.

    @4ndyMUFC for twitter updates
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    This challenge is really doing my head in!!

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    Gilbster - 2028/29 North Ferriby - Championship - End of Season update


    Table | Positions

    From what you can see on the positions graph, the final position of 4th, was the highest we had got to all season, and to be honest in early season I was worried we may get pulled into a relegation battle. Struggling due to lack of home grown, lack of leading quality players, and lack of money. I need promotion, but lost in playoff semi finals. At least I have hit the playoffs for past 3 seasons, so we are there or there abouts.

    Aims:

    Get better homegrown youngsters to use on subs bench
    Improve squad
    Get rid of players as and when they are unhappy, sick of the complaints

    Career So Far


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    Season    Division    Pos     FA Cup      Other Cups             Achievements
    2012/13   BSN         5th     1st R       FAT 1st R              Promoted via Playoffs
    2013/14   BSP         16th    4th QR      FAT 3rd R
    2014/15   BSP         12th    2nd R       FAT QF Replay
    2015/16   BSP         15th    1st R       FAT 1st R
    2016/17   BSP         1st     4th QR      FAT 3rd R              Champions and Promoted!
    2017/18   L2          22nd    1st R       JPT1R, LC 1R           Survived on goal difference
    2018/19   L2          3rd     1st R       JPTFN, LC 1R           Promoted
    2019/20   L1          24th    1st R       JPT1R, LC 1R           Relegated
    2020/21   L2          21st    1st R       JPT1R, LC 2R
    2021/22   L2          7th     3rd Rep     JPT2R, LC 1R           Lost in Playoff Finals
    2022/23   L2          1st     1st R       JPTWin, LC 1R          Champions and Promoted! JPT Winners!
    2023/24   L1          8th     5th R       JPT2R, LC 1R  
    2024/25   L1          1st     4th R       JPTWin, LC 1R          Champions and Promoted! JPT Winners!
    2025/26   CH          15th    4th R       LC 2R 
    2026/27   CH          5th     SF          LC 2R                  Play off Semi Final, FA Cup Semi finalists
    2027/28   CH          3rd     3rd R       LC 3R                  Lost in Playoff Finals
    2028/29   CH          4th     3rd R       LC 2R                  Play off Semi Final

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    knocked out the Champions League at the Group Stage again!!

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    Gypsum's Worksop town - Premier league - 2020/21


    League position: 2nd / Position chart
    Media prediction: 15th

    Transfers

    Finances

    General squad info


    Star players:
    1- Philipp Eberlein - A £6m signing at the beginning of the season and proved good value, bagging 24 goals with a 7.75 rating and was named English players' young player of the year.
    2- Denis - A record £10m signing, who despite some late season injuries enjoyed sensational form, scoring 28 goals in 28 games.
    3- Darnel Situ - A signing from our Championship campaign who continues to prove himself at the top level.


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

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    Quote Originally Posted by midgetram View Post
    Not even casually late!

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    Hendon F.C. - Season 2013/14



    Media prediction: 20th
    Board Confidence
    Season Summary
    Best Eleven
    Transfers


    AIMS

    · Promotion.
    · Reach the FA Cup 1st round.
    · Keep financial losses to a minimum.


    LEAGUE (POSITIONS GRAPH)

    We were consistently brilliant throughout the season and deserved to finish top with a points total of 85. However, Bath also had a brilliant season and managed to finish 3 points ahead of us which left us in the playoffs when ordinarily our points total would have left us well clear at the top.


    PLAYOFFS (FINAL)

    In the playoffs we were drawn against a Dover side who we always struggle against. The 1st leg in Dover finished 3-3 and in the 2nd leg at home we won 1-0 after extra time to set up a final against Truro City. We dominated the final but with 86mins gone it was still 0-0 when home grown youngster Gary Ward picked up a second yellow and left us a man down. Poor defending from a 90th minute corner cost us and we lost 1-0. It was a bitterly disappointing end to what looked like a very promising season. The final was our last game at Vale Farm before moving into our new ground.


    FA CUP

    We reached the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup for the second year running, this time we lost 2-0 away to non-league Banbury. We missed a big opportunity to reach the 1st round here.


    FA TROPHY

    We reached the 3rd round of the FA Trophy where we lost 3-0 away to a Hampton & Richmond side I really expected us to beat.


    PLAYERS

    Anthony Horley is a home-grown youngster who came through the youth system at the end of last season to become the youngest person to play for Hendon and also Hendon’s youngest goalscorer. He finished his first full season as our top goalscorer with 20 league goals and 23 goals overall.

    Jake Nicholson had another good season in the centre of our midfield. He finished with 5 goals and 11 assists in 38 league games as well as scoring the goal that put us in the playoff final.

    Jakub Sokolik joined midway through the season as a replacement for the outgoing Elliot Brathwaite who we could not stop leaving due to wage restrictions. Sokolik made 17 league appearances and finished with an average rating of 7.39, as our best defender he will be very important next season.


    FINANCES

    Our losses for the season totalled approximately £154,000 which leaves us with a total debt of £220,000.


    FACILITIES

    We moved into our new 4,883 capacity stadium on 22/6/2014.
    Our average attendance for the season improved from 313 to 461 partly due to large attendances in the playoffs.


    AIMS FOR SEASON 3

    · Win the league.
    · Reach the FA Cup 1st round.
    · Keep financial losses to a minimum.


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      Season      Division                    Position          Points         Noteworthy Achievements
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      2012/13     Blue Square South           11th              63             None
      2013/14     Blue Square South           2nd               85             None
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    Going to attempt this for the first time in a few years. Picking the closest team to me, Bradford PA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilbster View Post
    Struggling due to lack of home grown
    I've had several issues with this as well, purely because it's so easy on this version to grab foreign youngsters on frees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thornton90 View Post
    Going to attempt this for the first time in a few years. Picking the closest team to me, Bradford PA
    Welcome to the challenge!

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    FC United of Manchester
    Season 8 - 2019/20 – nPower League One
    Pre-season - Media Prediction: 23th

    An up and down season

    League Table| Progress | Squad | Transfers

    The pre-season aim was to have a mid-table finish which seamed more than possible after the first ten or so games. However, things soon took a turn for the worst and the relegation zone was occupied by myself for a number of weeks due to a terrible run of 10 league games without a win. An 8-0 away win over Blackpool in the FA Cup got the belief back in the side and the league climb started to ensure League One football was secured for another season...phew!

    Targets for the 2019/20 season

    1. Survive in League Two ACHIEVED
    2. Reach FA Cup 3rd round ACHIEVED
    3. Expand the scouting range FAILED

    Career Overview
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    2012/13         Blue Square North          4th           Reached play-offs 
    2013/14         Blue Square North          9th           Reached FA Cup 1st round
    2014/15         Blue Square North          3th           Highest finish to date        
    2015/16         Blue Square North          1st           Promoted                           
    2016/17         Blue Square Premier        1st           Promoted                               
    2017/18         League Two                 17th          None                                       
    2018/19         League Two                 3rd           Promoted                            
    2019/20         League One                 15th          None
    Targets for new season:

    1. Gain promotion
    2. Reach FA Cup 3rd round
    3. Expand the scouting range (again!)

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    Not the best draw to get. Although it will probably get our record attendance.

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    It took me nigh on a week of reloading but I've finally got 'em. Introducing:



    Wavelberry's Hornchurch Adventure.


    The closest playable club to my Birth Town of Romford I finally nabbed 'em and have been appointed manager with immediate effect.

    Manager Profile

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    Club Info

    Reformed after 2005 having gone bust becoming the 'Chelsea' of the Non-league AFC Hornchurch are a club looking rebuild honestly after chasing the dream the wrong way. This time they're doing it the right way with me in charge and we're starting at the very bottom.

    Expectations
    Board Expectations in Brackets

    League: Lower mid-table with some signings. 17th (Stay Clear of Relegation. Predicted 22nd)
    FA Cup: 4th QF Round (3rd QF Round)
    FA Trophy: Not bothered (Learn From Experience)

    Squad is not good enough to survive I don't think and will spend the afternoon doing major surgery. After that? Well it's game on at Bridge Avenue. Maybe I'll see you there:


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    Thats the end of our cup run. Broke our attendance record by a 1000 though and got £22k in gate receipts.

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    Good luck Wavelberry. I had no idea about Hornchurch. Garry Hill was one of my old nemesi from an older FM game when he was at Weymouth.

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    Oxford City
    Season 2 - 2013/14 – Blue Square Premier
    Pre-season - Media Prediction: 24th

    Into the football league!

    Table | Transfers


    Our aim in pre-season was to achieve upper mid-table and perhaps have a shot at the playoffs. Performance in the cups was quite important considering the financial state of the club with a new stadium in the pipeline.

    Season started slowly with a couple of defeats and things weren't looking well. However after a few new additions to strengthen, the team started their climb up the table. The cups went well for the most part, getting to the 5th round of the FA where we lost to Coventry (making a good bit of money along the way). We reached theh final of the FA trophy but unfortunately lost out to Grimsby. Disappointment didn't last long though because we won the playoff final a week later to achieve back-to-back promotion.


    Targets for season:
    1. Challenge for playoffs ACHIEVED
    2. Get finances under control ACHIEVED


    Career Overview
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    2012/13         Blue Square South          1st           Promoted! 
    2013/14         Blue Square Premier        3rd           Promoted!

    Targets for new season:
    1. Survive in League 2
    2. Reach FA Cup 3rd round
    3. Develop youth and training systems[/QUOTE]

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    END OF SEASON



    HENDON F.C - Season 2030/31
    League Table | Squad | Transfer In / Out


    Another good season in the league but we were disappointing in Europe. We finished 3rd in our Champions League group again but were put out of the Europa League in the 2nd Knockout stage by Atletico Madrid. In the cup front we should've done better but I think next season will be our time to shine!


    Code:
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    2012/13     Blue Square South           6th             F.A Cup 3rd Qual Rnd, F.A Trophy 2nd Rnd
    2013/14     Blue Square South           5th             F.A Cup 2nd Qual Rnd, F.A Trophy 1st Rnd
    2014/15     Blue Square South          12th             F.A Cup 3rd Qual Rnd, F.A Trophy 2nd Rnd
    2015/16     Blue Square South           9th             F.A Cup 2nd Qual Rnd, F.A Trophy 1st Rnd
    2016/17     Blue Square South           1st             F.A Cup 2nd Rnd, F.A Trophy 4th Rnd
    2017/18     Blue Square Premier        10th             F.A Cup 4th Qual Rnd, F.A Trophy 4th Rnd
    2018/19     Blue Square Premier         1st             F.A Cup 5th Rnd, F.A Trophy Winners
    2019/20     npower League 2             9th             F.A Cup 3rd Rnd, Carling Cup 1st Rnd, JPT 1st Rnd
    2020/21     npower League 2             1st             F.A Cup 2nd Rnd, Carling Cup 1st Rnd, JPT Semi-Finals
    2021/22     npower League 1            15th             F.A Cup 3rd Rnd, Carling Cup 1st Rnd, JPT 2nd Rnd
    2022/23     npower League 1            14th             F.A Cup Semi Finals, Carling Cup 1st Rnd, JPT 2nd Rnd
    2023/24     npower League 1             1st             F.A Cup 4th Rnd, Carling Cup 1st Rnd, JPT 1st Rnd
    2024/25     npower Championship         1st             F.A Cup 5th Rnd, Carling Cup 3rd Rnd
    2025/26     Barclays Premier League    10th             F.A Cup 5th Rnd, Carling Cup Quarter Finals
    2026/27     Barclays Premier League     8th             F.A Cup 3rd Rnd, Carling Cup Winners
    2027/28     Barclays Premier League     9th             Europa League Quarter Finals, F.A Cup 3rd Rnd, Carling Cup 3rd Rnd
    2028/29     Barclays Premier League     3rd             F.A Cup Final, Carling Cup 4th Rnd
    2029/30     Barclays Premier League     4th             Europa League Winners, F.A Cup Winners, Carling Cup 4th Rnd
    2030/31     Barclays Premier League     3rd             Europa League 2nd K.O, F.A Cup 4th Rnd, Carling Cup Semi Finals
    Next Season Targets

    *Top 2 finish
    *Do well in Champions League
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    Harrow Borough | Season 2022/23 | Coca-Cola League Two



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    My first season in the Football League, and as a professional team, was remarkable. Never lower than eighth, we went from fighting for a playoff spot in mid-season to table-toppers in early April, our playoff spot guaranteed. But that wasn't the end of our run - continuing to clinch automatic promotion, securing it on April 10th, before absolutely romping to the title with an incredible run from the turn of the year. We lost to Wolves on New Years' Eve, then won 19 of the remaining 24 games to shoot up to League One. Incredible, really. I wasn't expecting it at all! Apologies, I forgot to screenshoot the Positions Graph this year, but essentially, it was around 6th for half the year, then shot up to first and flatlined there.

    Towards the end of the season I signed a five-year contract. The board clearly like me. And whilst there was talk of a takeover, I'm quite happy with this board, as they give me extra investment when necessary, and the only bid I've had accepted over my head was for Harry Haynes, and that was an offer I would have been unable to refuse anyway (£450k). Also, they have more than doubled my wage budget for next season, so prepare to see some big signings!

    Cup runs this year were chalk and cheese. I lost to Orient at the first hurdle in my first shot at the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, but the FA Cup saw two lucrative ties with QPR and Wolves, who were our eventual conquerors. QPR were a League One side but it was still quite a lucrative trip, and an impressive scalp. They made the playoffs in League One, too.

    Finances are steadily improving, helped by ever-increasing TV revenue and prize money.

    Key Players

    Daniel Jones and Matt Jenkins - couple of key loan signings for the last quarter of the season really gave us the impetus to push on and win the league.
    Andy Fairhurst - top scorer.
    Josh Rose - top AvR of any non-loanee.
    Gokhan Karatoprak* - couldn't quite make it three strikers with 20+ goals but very close.
    Volkan Kaya - very impressive season from the Volk.

    (*= fans' player of the year)

    The team of the year
    The historical best XI - Gokhan Karatoprak and Fairhust the new inductees. Slightly suprised to see that it's still in a 4-4-2 formation as the change of formation was what really pushed us on as a club. The wingers should slip out soon....

    I took Manager of the Year, Avgousti and Rose were selected in the Team of the Year

    Key Records Broken
    Biggest Transfer Fee Received: £450k for Harry Haynes to Burnley.
    Biggest Transfer Fee Paid: £26k for Lee Perry from Cardiff.
    Highest Transfer Spend: £95k
    Highest League Position: 1st in League Two
    Highest Gate Receipts: £80k v QPR (FA Cup 1st Round)
    Highest Attendance: 5,503 v Morecambe (Last League Match, Trophy celebrations?!!!)
    Highest Average Attendance: 3,610
    Most League Apps for the Club (extended): Josh Williams - 326


    Valete (Or, key departures and their career stats)

    HARRY HAYNES
    Had a bid accepted above my head just before my last report, but I thought I'd include him here. Shame, because I think he'd have thrived in League Two, but the money was good.
    APPS: 175, GOALS: 67, ASSTS: 38, MoM: 23, AvR: 7.10

    Next season, I doubt it will be so easy. League Two has an extra automatic promotion spot so there was a bit less pressure. Also, I think most of the players I had in the BSP were League Two quality, but whether they can make the step up into League One is far more doubtful. I will have to assess the squad in the summer and release quite a few, and use my improved wage budget to bring in some star quality.

    Targets for 2022/23
    Survival. SUCCESS - well....
    Cup run to maintain the finances - hope for a Premiership tie. SUCCESS - Wolves aren't quite Man Utd but it was helpful nonetheless.
    Sign at least three players with Championship or Premiership potential. FAILURE - Not including loanees, only Lee Perry and Mike Faulds have Championship potential, but several existing ones seem to have stepped up better than expected, as the consecutive promotions demonstrate.

    Targets for 2023/24
    Survival.
    Cup run including a victory over a Premiership side.
    Sign at least one player with Premiership potential.


    In other news, Chelsea won the League, Newcastle grabbed the cup, Swansea became the first non-English team to win anything for god-knows-how-long, whilst in Athens, Inter beat their noisy Milan neighbours to clinch the Champions' League. My team of choice for this challenge, Wingate & Finchley, came up - and if I ever complete with Harrow, I might jump ship and try to lead them to glory, too!

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    2012/13	    Blue Square South         17th      45       Stayed clear of relegation.
    2013/14	    Blue Square South          3rd      80       Playoff runners-up.
    2014/15	    Blue Square South          2nd      91       Promoted via playoffs.
    2015/16	    Blue Square Premier       13th      64       Mid-table finish.
    2016/17     Blue Square Premier       10th      63       None.
    2017/18     Blue Square Premier       17th      57       None.
    2018/19     Blue Square Premier       15th      56       Drew with Forest in FA Cup!
    2019/20     Blue Square Premier        7th      73       FA Trophy Winners.
    2020/21     Blue Square Premier        4th      77       Playoff semi-finalists, FA Trophy Winners.
    2021/22     Blue Square Premier        1st      90       Promoted as Champions; FA Trophy Winners.
    2022/23     Coca-Cola League Two       1st      92       Promoted automatically, and at the first attempt!
    PS - the table on the first page is, as you have all noticed, not in operation currently. We're looking into easier ways of doing it, because with so many entrants, it was just becoming a crazy amount of work and was unsustainable. Will let you know when I know more.

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    Season 2016-2017 Review


    The Rooks applaud their fans after their title winning match at Barrow.

    Media Prediction: 19th
    My Prediction: Playoffs
    Final Position: 1st (Champions!)


    We've only gone and done it! An incredible season took us from 20th after our first couple of games to the Blue Square Premier title! Anton Forrester, Alex Jones and Jack O'Connor put in over 50 goals between them to secure the clubs place for the first time in the league. It's going to be tough, but we'll fight as hard as we can!

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    FA Cup: Last seasons great run was sadly missed as we went out 1-0 to Grimsby in the First Round.
    FA Trophy: Gateshead hit us with a 1-2 punch to knock us out in the Third Round.

    Managers Player of the Season

    Anton Forrester: This lad is dynamite, he chalked up 23 goals in 50 games and secured a average rating of 7.28 in the league (7.22 overall), my ass man reckons he could be Championship calibre, I wouldn't argue with that.

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    2012/13  Blue Square South     8th       67       FA Trophy Semi Finalists
    2013/14  Blue Square South     3rd       72       Promoted via playoffs, BSS Manager of the Year
    2014/15  Blue Square Premier   12th      63
    2015/16  Blue Square Premier   10th      69       FA Cup Third Round
    2016/17  Blue Square Premier   1st       87       Blue Square Premier Champions, BSP Manager of the Year

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    Second game of the season and I think I'm just going to have heart attacks if this keeps up. Lost the first game 3-0 away at Basingstoke and was hammered and then this happened:


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    Shaggy61 Bedford Town Number 60 Seasons 3 and 4 update. BSN

    Apologies for the double season post the wife has been away and i've had some game time!!

    Season 3 proved to be a successful if disappointing one. A tally of 70 points is normally good enough for the play offs but it was only good enough for 9th. To be fair there were times when we were good and times when we were poor but after a good start to miss out on the playoffs was disappointing. We signed only 2 players one on loan and a backup centre half but with early cup exits we got into financial trouble.

    Season 4 carried on from where we finished season 3 on a roll, in fact a combined 22 match unbeaten run left us top of the table and into the FA Cup second round. This provided us with a welcome financial benefit, but when we lost we went on a 6 game winless run which switftly pulled us back into the playoffs. The season largely relied upon a good defence and "super" keeper and an Auzzie striker and a youth team prospect who stepped upto the plate when we went 4-3-3 rather than 4-4-2 at christmas. The change in formation and success it provided was extremely surprising as we lost one of my NC strikers and played my attacking winger from the bench for the last 20games or so.

    Victory in our penultimate game secured a play off spot and victory in the final game ensured 4th spot and a two legged tie against Coywyn Bay. First leg at home dull finished 0-0 end of. Second leg saw us miss a 6th minute penalty before going 2-0 down after half and hour. We bossed the midfield from then on in and fought back to 2-2 and into extra time where 2 more goals gave us a 4-2 lead only to be pegged back to 4-3 and cling onto victory. Into the final we went with renewed confidence we had not lost to Kettering in 6 previous meetings and so it proved again as we scored early and clung on for 1-0 victory and PROMOTION to the BSP.

    As a result we've got some ground improvements at a cost of £180k but a new £750k 20year loan has wiped out debt and although our wage budget remains at 2.5k we have a 7.5k transfer budget........hmmmm who to buy??

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    Gilbster - North Ferriby - Championship - 2029/30 End of Season Update

    Table | Positions Graph | Playoffs Final | Finances | Transfers | Squad

    Started the season by requesting a trial day. This gave me some youngsters to sign that are better quality than my own youth products, still not great, but at least may be able to not be embarassingly bad if needed to fill in home grown player rules. Didnt get any stand out players, but you never know if a lower league club wants to buy them for a profit.

    I am also running a more strict system, if a player moans about bigger clubs and wont take my word that I will try and get the club to improve, I will offer them ot on transfer. Same with any players complaining about lack of first team, reserve quality players can be picked up cheap, so if I can turn any profits I will. I also sold a couple of my highest wage earners partly cos they wouldnt sign new contracts.

    The season started well, until I had to go to bed last night. Since starting to play today, the form has been all over the place. It took til the last day of the season where we needed a win to even secure a playoff spot. Luckily it was 4th time lucky for North Ferriby in the Playoffs, and we beat Peterboroguh and QPR to get PROMOTED!!!!!

    In the FA Cup we got to the 4th round after a 4-1 win over Spurs, befoe losing 2-1 to Arsenal. In the League cup, we beat Chelsea in round 3, to set up a tie against Ipswhich we lost. But encouraging that we did beat 2 Prem clubs this season. Just need to do that in the league next season.

    Unfortunately our finances are currently awful, but I havent got to the bit where the first Premiership money comes in. The only thing I will be desperately asking my board for when we are next in the black, is a relaid pitch as ours is in awful condition, and we have awful home form compared with away form.

    Aims
    Survival, Survival and Survival
    Strengthen all areas of squad
    Pray I get a wage budget that takes into account the promotion wage rises, and give me some room to play with
    Hope I can stay up
    Decent cup run would be great

    Career So Far


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    2012/13   BSN         5th     1st R       FAT 1st R              Promoted via Playoffs
    2013/14   BSP         16th    4th QR      FAT 3rd R
    2014/15   BSP         12th    2nd R       FAT QF Replay
    2015/16   BSP         15th    1st R       FAT 1st R
    2016/17   BSP         1st     4th QR      FAT 3rd R              Champions and Promoted!
    2017/18   L2          22nd    1st R       JPT1R, LC 1R           Survived on goal difference
    2018/19   L2          3rd     1st R       JPTFN, LC 1R           Promoted
    2019/20   L1          24th    1st R       JPT1R, LC 1R           Relegated
    2020/21   L2          21st    1st R       JPT1R, LC 2R
    2021/22   L2          7th     3rd Rep     JPT2R, LC 1R           Lost in Playoff Finals
    2022/23   L2          1st     1st R       JPTWin, LC 1R          Champions and Promoted! JPT Winners!
    2023/24   L1          8th     5th R       JPT2R, LC 1R  
    2024/25   L1          1st     4th R       JPTWin, LC 1R          Champions and Promoted! JPT Winners!
    2025/26   CH          15th    4th R       LC 2R 
    2026/27   CH          5th     SF          LC 2R                  Play off Semi Final, FA Cup Semi finalists
    2027/28   CH          3rd     3rd R       LC 3R                  Lost in Playoff Finals
    2028/29   CH          4th     3rd R       LC 2R                  Play off Semi Final
    2029/30   CH          5th     4th R       LC 4R                  Promoted

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    Congrats on that promotion Gilbster. About bloody time you got promoted. Like how you couldn't be bothered with any of that automatic rubbish. Truly you were the Ipswich Town of the 2020s.

    Fancy your chances of survival?

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    Default #77 Eman - Hendon - Season 4

    Hendon - Blue Square Bet Premier - 1st - 2015/16

    When we lost the first game of the season 4-1 to Newport County I thought that it was going not going to be our season, but I could hardly have been more wrong, as we tore up the rest of the league to take the title with a total of 107 points, 17 points clear of the very team which handed us that opening day thrashing. The team scored plenty of goals, 128 in all competitions, with a number of players getting among the goals, 7 players all scoring at least 9 times. Cup form was only a tiny improvement on last season's, as we crashed out in the first round of the FA cup, and the FA Trophy 4th round after extra time.

    Joe Wright once again was outstanding, and won the BSP Player of the Season. Collins was the top scorer in the team, bagging 27 goals and fellow new signing Armelin also had very good season, as did centre halves Nicholas and Turley.

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

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    2012/13     Blue Square South           6th             F.A Cup 1st Rnd, F.A Trophy 3rd Rnd
    2013/14     Blue Square South           1st             F.A Cup 1st Rnd, F.A Trophy 3rd Rnd
    2014/15     Blue Square Premier         12th            F.A Cup 4th Qual Rnd, F.A Trophy 2nd Rnd
    2015/16     Blue Square Premier         1st             F.A Cup 1st Rnd, F.A Trophy 4th Rnd

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    Gricehead ** Tooting & Mitcham ** Blue Square Bet South ** 2012/13

    "Consistently inconsistent"

    Table ** Positions ** Squad 1 ** Squad 2 ** Transfers ** Staff

    Media Expectation: 21st
    Board Expectation: Comfortable Mid-table
    Achieved: 10th

    Coming into a team with no backroom staff whatsoever made it difficult to judge the existing squad. Not that it really mattered, as most of the upped and left within a week anyway. Throughout the season I went slightly mad signing youngsters, firstly on my own judgement and then later on with the assistance of my one scout and assistant manager.

    An amazing win in the first game, 4-2 over Sutton Utd, was followed by the same scoreline in reverse against Boreham Wood. More about them later. After that we went on a reasonable run, recording five out of six wins. We never won more than two in a row for the rest of the season, but did finish with four unbeaten towards the end of the season.

    Being about as midtable as you can get for most of the season, we never troubled the playoff planners or the lower league fixture compilers.

    FA Cup - Board Expectation: Third Qualifying Round Achieved: Fourth Qualifying Round
    A 6-2 victory at Croydon Atheltic (including a hattrick for one of my Central Defenders) was followed by a solid 3-1 win at fellow mid table side Havant & Waterlooville. My heart sank when we drew Boreham Wood in the 4th qualifying round, and sure enough they did us 2-0 at home

    FA Trophy - Board Expectation: First Round Achieved: Second Round
    More cup goals, as we beat Weston-super-Mare 6-1 on their own patch, before beating high-flying Dorchester 3-0. Blue Square Bet Premier side Dover ended our procession towards Wembley with a 2-0 home defeat.

    Key Players
    With 39 players used across the season, picking key players is not easy.

    Mike Cestor Very solid defender
    Jordan Agbaje Joint top scorer
    Callum Davies Another solid defender, who currently refuses to sign up for next season

    Next season
    Although I stayed within my wage budget at all times, appearance bonuses ate into the club's overdraft, and I fully expect to struggle to be able to offer the deals my players want for their second season at the club. Until I can end some contracts, I can't really offer any more. Therefore, July will be a critical month and it will depend on how patient the players I want to keep are prepared to be. This could be a long building project.

    Targets:
    Try to reach the playoffs.
    Try to keep my wage bill about £1000/week lower (I may not get much choice in this!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wavelberry View Post
    Congrats on that promotion Gilbster. About bloody time you got promoted. Like how you couldn't be bothered with any of that automatic rubbish. Truly you were the Ipswich Town of the 2020s.

    Fancy your chances of survival?
    Thanks, problem is I genuinely fear within a season we could be back in the Championship. We have been given decent budgets to play with, but also a 3000 seat stadium expansion which will involve another large bankloan. If I can get the right players in, or these turn out to be better than I think, we may survive in 17th. 40 points is the traditional target isnt it?

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    Good work Gilbster - did you end up selling that Cameroon striker who scored bucketloads or something? Or did you just nickname him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CityAndColour View Post
    Good work Gilbster - did you end up selling that Cameroon striker who scored bucketloads or something? Or did you just nickname him?
    Sorry havent been giving much details in some of my updates. I sold him about 2 or 3 seasons back, as he wanted ridiculous amounts for his new contract. Werder Bremen bought him for £2.9 mill - pure profit, got him originally on a free. My current strikers are just as classy.

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    CityAndColour - Canvey Island - 2019/20 - League One


    Final Table (13th)

    A solid first season in League One all up, especially given star striker Joakim Skaane left for the Swiss league in a £500K deal in pre-season and was never really replaced. Started okay, suffered a big dip in form to hit the relegation spots at Christmas, mixed results had us just outside the drop zone at the start of February, before a good run at the end saw us finish comfortably in mid-table. We missed an absolute bucketload of chances all year and conceded a lot of soft goals, which was frustrating, but also gave me hope when we were in a relegation battle as we were rarely outplayed in general terms, and always created chances.

    One thing that did annoy me however was how many clubs seemed to be able to get top players on loan from Premiership clubs. As an example, this guy turned out for Leyton Orient for half a season. Yeah, they may have a link with Tottenham, but are you honestly telling me no lower Prem or Championship clubs were a better option?

    Cups

    FA Cup - Lost 0-1 at L2 side Walsall in the 2nd Round.
    League Cup - Lost 0-1 at L1 side Brighton in the 1st Round (getting sick of playing them in every cup).
    Johnstone's Paint Trophy - Lost 1-3 to L1 side Bournemouth in the Semi Final.

    Notable Players

    Mark Barker - He had to make the step up early due to an injury to Baxter, and he kept his spot for most of the season even when both keepers were fit. Very solid, despite his age and a defence prone to losing concentration. I have high hopes for him.

    Lukas Charvat - Our most consistent defender. Signed a new contract despite higher level interest too.

    Carl Barrett - Our trusty vice-captain was again the first picked all season, and had no troubles with the step up.

    Roger Chapman - Signed for £60K from fellow L1 strugglers Bournemouth in January, he made an immediate impact in a play-making role, including a midfield hat-trick against his old side. Then tore his calf.

    Édson - Amazing signing. Brazilian with a German second nationality, one of my scouts found him while on trial with Championship club Cardiff. They didn't have a manager at the time, so I snapped him up on a free.

    Karim Annan - The standard now from my Ghanaian winger. Was dynamic for two thirds of the season, and missed the other third through various injuries.

    Gelu Plesca - My player of the season. Top scorer with 13 goals, all from a right wing, and he chipped in with a number of assists as well.

    Next season...

    Finish top half, and increase my home grown quota.

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    2012/13 - 9th Blue Square South
    2013/14 - 2nd Blue Square South (lost in playoff semis)
    2014/15 - 3rd Blue Square South (lost in playoff semis)
    2015/16 - 1st Blue Square South (promoted as champions)
    2016/17 - 8th Blue Square Premier
    2017/18 - 1st Blue Square Premier (promoted as champions)
    2018/19 - 3rd League Two (automatic promotion)
    2019/20 - 13th League One
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    #6 Hitchin Season Update 14 Premier League 2025/26



    Squad - Table - Graph - Profile - Finances - Transfers

    Awards

    Manager of the Year - Golden Boot Winner - PRM Goalscorer Runner Up - PRM Young player 3rd


    Overall a great season. Good EURO run, poor domestic cup runs and a season finish as 2nd. For a long time, I believed we could actually finish as champions, but it is extremely hard to compete vs a superb playing Man Utd, who only conceded 24 goals in 38 league games and further more won the double.

    Season started with us being ranked 44th in the world. A huge increase due to last seasons good run in the EURO Cup.

    For an unknown reason, chairman decided to put some money in the bank, despite our finances being ok. Those finances were quickly put to use to increase our training facilities. Found a feeder club in China to increase our merchandise, but board won't let us go to china and show our colors, and neither does our affiliate desire to come to England

    Didn't buy any expensive players this season, but did buy some good looking youngsters, and especially keepers to help us in a needed area in the future, as we cannot afford any of the current "star" keepers.

    Domestic Cups were a joke. 4th round exit in the League Cup to Cardiff 3-2 loss (Cardiff lost in the finals) In the FA Cup we struggled to a 0-0 home to Blackburn, who in return killed us 3-1 away.

    Euro Cup was alot more fun thu. Advanced from grp stages with 18 pts and Lazio being our hardest challenge with a 2-0 win both home and away. 1st round saw us against Fernebache. 2-0 away and 3-0 home. 2nd round vs Wolves another 2-0 home/away. In the Q/F we were the only English team left and drew Valencia. I was sure this was it for us but a 2-1 away and 3-2 home win advanced us to Semi Finals, where Sevilla waited. Having just beat Valencia morale was high, but despite that we were punished 3-0 away and only managed to play 1-1 at home.

    Best game of the season was a 6-0 humiliation to Man City at home (press)

    Players of the season:

    GK:
    - Phillip Salibur: New signing from Lens. Probably our best keeper according to staff. Only position we are really hurt in.

    DEF:
    - Carl Flynn: 31 year old Flynn who has been with us for 11 seasons is unfortunately not in the top 3 defenders anymore. He is still a good player who is now devoting his time tutoring youngsters.
    - Lars Andersen: Is getting better and better. Key in defense with Cristiano.
    - Cristiano: Same story as Lars.
    - Abubakar Tagoe: Played mostly defense, but also midfield this season (to give Flynn some games) Really strong overall player.

    MID:
    - Chris Hayter: Bargain signing for 2.4mill from Man Utd. Amazing tireless DM
    - Pirulito: Had another great season with 7 goals and 10 assists.
    - Schwaab: Having trouble deciding now whether to play Pirulito or him on left winger.
    - Busão: Played both MC and AMR. Versatile and really strong.
    - Marcos Costa: Looking at his stats, I am amazed at his nose for assists. 41 games 29 assists.
    - Carlos: As with Hayter, completely controlling defending areas on the midfield.

    ATT:
    - Giuseppe Cutolo: Had a good season, but nothing remarkable.
    - Wayne Hall: Didn't score as many goals as last season, but I can live with his contribution of 39 goals and 15 assists.

    With the new upgrades to facilities, 24 coaches and 1 year from moving into a new stadium. The future is looking bright at Hitchin.

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    2012/13 BSN	4th qual	FAT 3rd qual	N/A		12th		None
    2013/14	BSS	1st rnd		FAT 1st rnd	N/A		 4th		Lost in playoffs
    2014/15	BSS	2nd rnd		FAT Final	N/A		 1st		Promoted, FAT runner up
    2015/16	BSP	2nd rnd		FAT 1st rnd	N/A		 5th		None
    2016/17	BSP	1st rnd		FAT Winner	N/A		 1st		Promoted, FAT Winner, New stadium
    2017/18	L2	3rd rnd		LC 2nd rnd	JPT 2nd rnd/N	 5th		None
    2018/19	L2	1st rnd		LC 1st rnd	JPT Semi S	 1st		Promoted
    2019/20 L1	3rd rnd		LC 1st rnd	JPT Q/F S	 6th		None
    2020/21	L1	1st rnd		LC Q/F		JPT Q/F S	 1st		Promoted, +4014 seats
    2021/22	CH	Semi Final	LC 2nd rnd	N/A		 2nd		Auto Promoted, +7148 seats (12.500 total)
    2022/23	PRM	5th rnd		LC S/F		N/A		13th		None
    2023/24	PRM	S/F		LC Final	N/A		 8th		EC Qualifier, LC Winner
    2024/25	PRM	6th rnd		4th rnd		EC Q/F		 7th		EC Qualifier, New stadium (22525 in 2027)
    2025/26	PRM	5th rnd		4th rnd		EC S/F		 2nd		ECC Qualifier

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    Forgot to add Concord Rangers were promoted to playable in my last season, which is the first time I've seen that. I think they registered about four wins before being relegated pretty tamely though. Still, could always get them in the FA Cup as a rivals match.

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    Holidaying now. Didn't really get very far with this on FM11, but hoping to have something close to my success with Canvey Island back on FM10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dons View Post
    with the new upgrades to facilities, 24 coaches and 1 year from moving into a new stadium. The future is looking bright at hitchin.
    24 coaches?!?!

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    That seems like almost one coach per senior squad player!

    Just been ticking along nicely in my Chester game, obviously I'm more suited to managing in the north. Boston United just delivered some serious pain to fellow promoted team St Albans though, thrashing them 9-2! With 6 goals from their awesome regen! Never seen a team this low down get a regen like that from their own youth system! (Don't know why I can't even make an offer for him though?)

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    Red face Dust Shadow - Northwich Victoria 2012/13 Season Update


    dustShadow - Northwich Victoria 2012/13 - Blue Square Bet North - End of Season Update

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    It's a surprising promotion to be honest. I signed a number of players to broaden the squad, especially in midfield but a lot of the team was already in place. The squad was thus pretty good already. I'm very happy I won the plays-offs, I finished second 10 points clear of the 3rd placed Barrow so we deserved it. But while league winners FC Halifax weren't untouchable they were to consistent for my tired team in the end. Given that the team has now promoted to seasons in a row, I'll be very satisfied with a mid-table finish next season.

    FM12 Remarks
    - Teams in unplayable leagues are often pretty strong
    - I hate the endless stream of press conferences
    - Morale is even more important than before, a team on a run is unstoppable. But I like the fact that you can slam your team during half-time and they will actually turn around the game in the 2nd half sometimes
    - Some news items are ridiculous, more in particular during the play-offs you get comments that are pointless
    (example: I win the first legs of the semi's 1-0 against Gloucester, the return ends on 2-2 and the news item is: "Northwich fans will be frustrated by their side's 2-2 draw". The fans should be dancing on the table for qualifying for the final.)
    - I'm also getting fed up with the "Team X is afraid they will lose Manager Y"-news items
    - The confidence report is still stupid: I release a redundant striker on a free in august and until March I have to hear that they are slightly disappointed with his departure. This while I'm fighting for promotion and the guy hasn't even found a new club yet
    - I win promotion with a team that was destined for mid-table AND I DON'T GET NOMINATED FOR MANAGER OF THE YEAR. Idiots.

    Players
    Best average rating: Danny Hall (7,24; 7,22 in the league) > rock in the defence, always present and never injured, 55 appearances this season
    Top Goalscorer: Jason Oswell (18; 18 in the league) > only signed him on a free end of september, so pretty impressive
    Surprise package: Jordan Lodge > right winger of 23 with abysmal stats but scored 12 goals nonetheless and provided 14 assists

    Aims
    Avoid relegation
    Focus on the FA Trophy
    Reinforce certain positions (already signed a new left back and a new goalkeeper)
    Clean up the squad and get rid of the dead wood
    Improve the backroom staff

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    2012/13   BSN         2th     1st R       FAT 4th R              Promoted via Playoffs
    Last edited by dustShadowX; 26-11-2011 at 17:48.

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    Season 2016/17 Review - East Thurrock United in the npower League 2

    League Table | Positions | Cups

    Not too shabby for our first season in League 2! Got off to a bit of a shaky start, but that was expected. We're hard to break down though, and in the long run the more adventurous teams lost points and went on bad runs while we kept a steady pace. My counter tactic isn't much of a crowd-pleaser but if it's good for something, it's consistently getting something out of most games. Come mid-season we were surprisingly among the front-runners and thanks to avoiding any serious injury problems this time around, managed to hang on all the way!

    Squad | Transfers

    Most of the offensive players are struggling with the step-up, especially Wright who's a mere shadow of last season's good form. My tendency to poach foreigners has also put us in a bit of a tight spot in terms of matching HG requirements. All things considered, my focus in the coming pre-season will have to be securing good English attackers. Possibly get a new GK as Bouzanis isn't looking so impressive anymore.

    Finances

    Unremarkable. The Paint Trophy final at Wembley probably helped a bit, but we're by and large in the same financial position as last year.

    Aim for next season: Stay up. We got the promotion playing off scrappy counters and most players are still on old P/T contracts. I'm not holding my breath for another upset.

    Code:
    Season    League   Finish   FA Cup          Other Cups                Achievements
    2016/17   L2       2nd      1st Rnd         Paint Trophy Final        Promotion
    2015/16   BSP      2nd      4th Rnd         FA Trophy Final           Playoff winners, FA Trophy winners
    2014/15   BSP      2nd      1st Rnd         FA Trophy Final           Playoff finalists
    2013/14   BSS      4th      4th Qual. Rnd   FA Trophy 1st Rnd         Promotion via Playoff
    2012/13   BSS      9th      4th Qual. Rnd   FA Trophy 3rd Qual. Rnd   -

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    June - August 11 Round up

    24/06/11. The day Bradford Park Avenue made the best decision in their history and shockingly replaced the man who brought them up with former sunday league flop John Thornton.

    Looking at the squad, the media had quite understandably tipped PA for a short stay in the league, expecting a 22nd place finish.

    There was one gem in the squad, Medi Abalimba proving to be an inspired signing from the previous regime.

    Thornton's scouts pointed him in the direction of what appeared to be a great brazillian defender, but one who had no chance of obtaining a work permit. This angered him, and the scout was told he needed to find someone special to keep his job, much to Thornton's chagrin he pulled it out of the bag, 17 year old Kristian James looking like a star already, with L1 potential, and star Man City defender ('s brother) Francois Kompany. Other signings have included, among others, the unfortunately named young scottish centre back Gordon Dick, and yet another Man City defender's brother Aaron Lescott.

    Thornton believed his squad was complete, decided to get straight to the season, leaving the assistant to deal with the friendlies. Unfortunately there was one massive oversight, come match day Thornton realised he had no left backs at the club. He quickly panic bought two young left backs, including an Andy Carroll esque transfer fee for unproven Michele Picano.

    The season didnt start well, a makeshift 3-3-2-2 formation to offset the lack of a left back ended with a flattering 1-3 defeat to Halifax, then came the biggest game of the season the home derby v the much fancied Guiseley, before an ill tempered 2-3 defeat to Hinckley. Up came a home game against Lowestoft to end the month, the first game to showcase the new 4-1-3-2 PA are using now, and with 9 out of 11 first choice players available. A much needed performance to fill the players with optimism.

    Next on the agenda, is to sort out the away form and keep the discipline, as the 2 defeats have seen 5 yellows and 1 red in each game, the bank balance cant afford 23 fines either.


    Transfers

    A decent start to the season, no shame in consolidation this year, but still early days.

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    St. Albans - Blue Square Premier - 2015/2016

    I'm too tired to do a big update. So i will just post the most important screenshots.

    League Table
    Past positions

    My aim was top10, which i failed. Aim for next season will be playoff if I can sign the right players.


    Squad
    Transfers

    Need a new striker to play with Ahmed Abdulla. Scott Bennett is too young to play every time. Jack Lyons is not good enough. Besides that i'm almost satisfied with the first eleven.

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    Gilbster - 2030/31 North Ferriby - End of Season Update - PREMIERSHIP!!!

    Table | Positions | Finances | Transfers | Squad

    Amazing how much a single season in the Premiership can do for a clubs finances. We got a few extra random sponsorship deals, which at least means we arent laughable sponsorship wise anymore! Was given a large transfer budget and significant wage budget increase, which I still have plenty of left. I didnt end up buying in many more players, which makes our finish this season even more impressive.

    We managed a great run to the Semi Finals of the FA Cup, where we lost 3-0 to West Brom. If we hadnt had loads of key injuries throughout the seaosn, I reckon we could have finished 1 or 2 places hihger. Never felt like I was in a relegation battle so am delighted with the season.

    We just need to build on it for next season. Already have a couple of new players due in, but worried my goalies min release clause could be met and that I may need to hunt for another Prem quality keeper. Definitely need to continue to just make small additions to the squad, hopefully with more and more quality.

    Have already persuaded the board to improve my training facilities, and before this seaosn started we got an expansion to the stadium, so we are now 12,000 all seater capacity, which is starting to feel a bit like a stadium! Cant ask to improve youth as we are apparently renting youth facilities.

    Aims

    Mid Table would be great again
    Buy a few more good players
    Cup runs
    Training facility upgrade again

    Career So Far


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    Season    Division    Pos     FA Cup      Other Cups             Achievements
    2012/13   BSN         5th     1st R       FAT 1st R              Promoted via Playoffs
    2013/14   BSP         16th    4th QR      FAT 3rd R
    2014/15   BSP         12th    2nd R       FAT QF Replay
    2015/16   BSP         15th    1st R       FAT 1st R
    2016/17   BSP         1st     4th QR      FAT 3rd R              Champions and Promoted!
    2017/18   L2          22nd    1st R       JPT1R, LC 1R           Survived on goal difference
    2018/19   L2          3rd     1st R       JPTFN, LC 1R           Promoted
    2019/20   L1          24th    1st R       JPT1R, LC 1R           Relegated
    2020/21   L2          21st    1st R       JPT1R, LC 2R
    2021/22   L2          7th     3rd Rep     JPT2R, LC 1R           Lost in Playoff Finals
    2022/23   L2          1st     1st R       JPTWin, LC 1R          Champions and Promoted! JPT Winners!
    2023/24   L1          8th     5th R       JPT2R, LC 1R  
    2024/25   L1          1st     4th R       JPTWin, LC 1R          Champions and Promoted! JPT Winners!
    2025/26   CH          15th    4th R       LC 2R 
    2026/27   CH          5th     Semis       LC 2R                  Play off Semi Final, FA Cup Semi finalists
    2027/28   CH          3rd     3rd R       LC 3R                  Lost in Playoff Finals
    2028/29   CH          4th     3rd R       LC 2R                  Play off Semi Final
    2029/30   CH          5th     4th R       LC 4R                  Promoted
    2030/31   PRM         8th     Semis       Lc 3R

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    FC United of Manchester
    Season 9 - 2020/21 – nPower League One
    Pre-season - Media Prediction: 20th

    The dream continues

    League Table| Progress | Squad | Transfers

    The aim for the season was promotion having spent last season getting to know the division. Summer signings included a prolific striker and a few experienced defenders which gave me confidence that the team was complete and ready to take the division by storm. A slow start to the season was a bit of a worry but as soon as my strikers dusted off their scoring boots, there was no looking back. A twenty game unbeaten run helped the team open a big lead by February and the team cruised to the title to do the double.

    Targets for the 2020/21 season

    1. Gain promotion ACHIEVED
    2. Reach FA Cup 3rd round ACHIEVED
    3. Expand the scouting range FAILED

    Career Overview
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    2012/13         Blue Square North          4th           Reached play-offs 
    2013/14         Blue Square North          9th           Reached FA Cup 1st round
    2014/15         Blue Square North          3th           Highest finish to date        
    2015/16         Blue Square North          1st           Promoted                           
    2016/17         Blue Square Premier        1st           Promoted                               
    2017/18         League Two                 17th          None                                       
    2018/19         League Two                 3rd           Promoted                            
    2019/20         League One                 15th          None      
    2020/21         League One                 1st           JPT winner
    Targets for new season:

    1. Survive in Championship
    2. Reach FA Cup 5th round
    3. Expand the scouting range (again!)

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    Canvey Island - 2012/13 End of Season Update - BSS
    Timed to perfection...

    League: (Positions) Well to call this unexpected would be a bit of an understatement. Started horrendously with 5 defeats out of the first 7 games (including a 7-1 spanking at home to Tonbridge) but this unbeaten run put us firmly in the chase for the second half of the season.

    Even with 3 games to go the gap between us and long-time leaders Farnborough was 6 points (at one stage around January it had been around the 15 point mark), which was duly turned to 3 after beating them; then a mad penultimate round of games involving two different 5-0 scorelines which favoured us massively put us in the driving seat with one to play. Even though we tried our best to throw it away on the last day of the season, automatic promotion was secured.

    Have to say that whilst Farnborough did pretty much gift us the chance, we were playing pretty well at the end of the season ourselves.

    Cups
    FA Cup : Slightly disappointed, threw away the lead against Eastbourne.

    FA Trophy
    : A magnificent run to the quarters, including beating Grimsby in extra time, but the Darlington game was a step too far; even if we almost came from 4-0 down in the game

    Squad (1)(2) and Transfers : A large squad at this level for sure, but it was more players coming in quicker than leaving than anything else. Quite a fair few of the fringe/reserve players will be let go in the summer so size should become more manageable next season.

    Player of the Season : Robert Hall - AMC

    Almost gave it to Ladapo for his near 20 goals since joining in November, but Hall was instrumental in the final run of games that secured the title so it really had to go to him. Not a bad prospect for the near future at 22 too.

    Finances : The less said about this the better I think...

    History:
    2012-13: BSS - 1st
    Last edited by midgetram; 27-11-2011 at 02:49.

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    Currently sitting 2nd after 18 games in League One, but have decided to put the save on hold and have a crack with one of the lower league databases. Playing with Hall Road Rangers FC in the Northern Counties East League, so should be a bit of fun. Running an update thread in the Careers forum too.

    Will definitely continue to follow people's progress in here though.

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    FC United of Manchester
    Season 1 (2012/2013) - Blue Square North
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    I wanted to start slow, building a base for a club that can get promoted and stay up. I signed a lot of players because from experience in the lowe leagues it's better to have a bigger squad of weaker players with just a few 'stars' and rotate than lot of tired but better players. We started unexpectedly good and after a string of wins I started to think it's gonna be too easy. But then came the slump and we started to be hit and miss. We were never really threatened throughout the season to go below the playoff spot but at this time my appetite was higher and I wanted automatic promotion. Luckily for me our form went up in the final stages of the league and we managed to beat AFC Telford on away goals for automatic promotion. Tough luck for them, as they were a better team than us, and ultimately the have also lost the playoff. In FA cup it was a dramatic performance with us losing to Northwich and the FA Trophy was only little better because we survived till 3rd round. None of the players was worth mentioning, needless to say that my best player was already in the squad - Matty Wolfenden was my best striker and player throughout a season, unfortunately he decided to continue his career elsewhere and didn't sign new contract.
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    | 2012/13 | BSN      | 1st | 4thQ R  | FAT 3rd R  | Promotion    |

    Targets for next season:
    League: Stay up (Media prediction 24th)
    FA Cup: Win something
    FA Trophy: 4th round
    Last edited by deceit; 27-11-2011 at 12:08.

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    Bedford Town | Season 2012/13 | Blue Square North



    Table | Position Graph | Squad (1 - 2) | Finances | Transfers (1 - 2)


    League Summary (1 - 2 - 3):-

    A fantastic first season for Bedford, we finished 4th and took part in the play-offs. We managed to beat Tamworth 3-2 on aggregate which set up the final against Darlington. We hadn't beaten Darlo in either league game and unfortunately we didn't manage to this time. 3-1 was the final score and it didn't really flatter them, we didn't turn up for the first half and when we got the goal, Darlo just shut up shop.


    FA Cup Summary:-

    We had a pretty decent go at the FA Cup this year, reaching the first round proper in the process. Comfortable wins over Hucknall, Witham and Brackley saw us host Gillingham in front of a 1600 strong crowd at The New Eyrie, but the Gills overran us. They play two leagues above us and it certainly showed, 5-2 was the final score and despite our best efforts, they were just too strong for us.


    FA Trophy Summary:-

    The FA Trophy is a cup I want to win before I leave the non-league, I'm hoping that I will only have a few years left to win it as I want to get out of the non-league as soon as possible. This years adventure saw us drop out in the second round. In the third qualifying round we faced and beat Eastwood 4-1, then we played Truro in the first round and we managed 4 goals again this time with a clean sheet. The second round draw paired us with Ebbsfleet away and the BSP side ran out 2-0 winners.


    Team Summary:-

    I made alot of transfers throughout the season as I struggled to find a settled side despite managing a 4th place finish. One place I did manage to sort out was the strikers with my first choice pair netting 48 goals between them. The midfield and defence wasn't quite so settled although the goalkeeper shirt was kept by the same person all season.

    Goalkeeper:-
    - TIM SANDERCOMBE joined on loan from relegated Farnborough, he probably wasn't the best option I could have chosen but he did a decent job through out the season.

    Central Defenders:-
    - MARK POWER was the second player I signed as was first choice center back for the whole season. He was a rock at the back and we needed someone as good next too him.
    - JACK DEAMAN only joined us in December and injuries restriced him to just 14 starts and 2 substitute appearances.
    - JAMES BRADLEY was brought in just before Deaman and ended up as backup for when he was injured, but unfortunately Bradley had a few injuries himself and only managed 5 starts.
    - GAVIN HOYTE was already at the club and was also club captain before I took over. Although not as good as players I brought in, injuries meant he still played 37 times coming off the bench 11 times.

    Wide Defenders:-
    - TOM SMITH didn't join until late November but made the right back spot his own. He made 25 appearances and I'm trying to renew his contract.
    - AARON AKURUKA was the starting right back until Smith joined, then had to settle to playing second fiddle managing 17 appearances over the season.
    - SAMIR BIHMOUTINE joined in the late September and was the regular left back for the season, starting 30 times and coming off the bench just once.
    - NIALL COPERTHWAITE similarly to Akuruka, was the starting left back until Samir joined and took it from him. Made 18 appearances with 2 coming from the bench.

    Central Midfielders:-
    - ADAM FORSHAW joined in late December, he is the best midfielder we have at the club and I'm currently renewing his contract. He made 22 starts and came of the bench twice.
    - JAKE NICHOLSON was my final signing this season, coming in at the end of December he made 11 appearances after an injury in March kept him out for the rest of the season.
    - AGUSTÍN BATTIPIEDI was my very first signing of my career. He was the hardman in midfield, winning back possession and breaking down opposition attacks very well.

    Wide Midfielders:-
    - CHARLES BANYA was the first choice right winger since he joined in early December. Making 27 appearances and getting 11 assists.
    - JAMIE YATES joined in late July and was going to be first choice and started off well making 11 appearances, scoring 2 goals and getting 2 assists, but then suffered a bad injury which kept him out for 3 months.
    - LEON OSBORNE kept the left wing position ever since he joined in early December making 28 appearances, scoring 8 goals and getting 10 assists in the process.
    - JERNEADE MEADE was first choice until Osborne came, then he was used mostly as an substitute with 11 of his 23 appearances coming off the bench.

    Strikers:-
    - CHRISTIAN OKPALA was the first striker to join us and was first choice for most of the season, he managed 25 goals and 7 assists.
    - JACOB HAZEL joined us in mid-August, and along with Okpala kept his shirt for most of the season. He racked up 23 and 14 assists. Both strikers' contracts are up at the end of this season. I'm letting Opkala go but I'm tryin to renew Hazel's, although his agent is making it damn near impossible.


    Next Season Targets:-

    Reach the Play-Offs
    Sure up the finances
    Get rid of deadwood
    Reach the FA Cup 1st round
    Get as far as possible in the FA Trophy
    Get rid of more deadwood
    Not leave it so late for contract renewals



    Code:
    Season         Division                  FA Cup       Other Cups         Position      Points         Achievements
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    2012/13        Blue Square North         1st Round    FAT 2nd Round      4th           78             Reached the play-off final.
    Last edited by dinthead; 27-11-2011 at 15:24.

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    I'm having a couple of days away from this challenge, expect my next update on Wednesday/Thursday!

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    After 51 hours of gametime - Chester have played the last game of the first season. Interesting update to follow

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