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    Quote Originally Posted by darren1983 View Post
    For the first time ever (been playing this challenge for the last 4 or 5 years) I've done it!!! Gonna continue with the save as want this to be the only save I have on this years game
    Sweet! Are you going to stay at the K's, or move on?

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    I'm gonna stay as have a few youngsters that I want to see progress, plus want to make the K's the biggest club in the world!

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    Club: Wingate and Finchly.

    Just started a game with the Blue Square South minnows (was the lowest rep I found in 2 hours of reloading).

    Decided to begin this one after the 200 hours I invested in Gundo's Challenge with SJK after I finished that recently.

    This looks like it could be a much more difficult challenge as the English leagues are far more difficult than the Finnish one.

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    Decided to start as Hastings as they were the first 1000 rep club that came up.

    Here's the profile:
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    Been away for xmas and new year, get to switch on pc and the whole thing crashed, lost everything. WHAT A NIGHTMARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So have now fixed pc and reinstalled everything so am going to start again with a different club, as was having so much fun with Hitchin and don't want to start from stratch with them as probably wont get same players and will probably struggle with them as had managed to put together a very good team.

    will be back with new profile in a little while just waiting to finish holidaying

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    pc crashed again so will have to restart will update when have sorted pc problem out
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    Gonna try again, hopefully pc problems sorted

    have decided to go for the lowest team on first load as getting fed up with pc and will backup on spare drive so dont lose it again

    so will be the new manager of Tooting & Mitcham FC

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    FC United First Time Playing In Ages But It Will Be Fun
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    Canvey Island - 2022/23 End of Season Update - PL
    Edging closer...

    League (Positions) : An odd season this one, I was always in the lead or within a couple of it from October onwards but never felt secure in the lead at all, probably as a result of my late-season collapse last year. Only a late dip in form from the North-West trio created the gap of 8 points at the end of the season.

    Cups
    Community Shield : Is this a cup? Might as well put it in here. Poor performance this time around, only showing up for a late barrage in the last 10 minutes.

    FA Cup
    : No excuse for that early defeat. Board wasn't happy, and neither am I.

    League Cup
    : Our route to the Semis was probably one of the hardest runs I've had, and playing two rookie DCs together against City backfired in the away leg massively.

    Champions League : Was determined to get past the last 16 this season after 2 failed attempts last season. We started the group like we meant business, beating Inter Milan in the San Siro, and carried on from there to record 6 wins from 6 to top a surprisingly simple group.

    The last 16 this time saw us take a trip to France to play Olympique Lyonnais, who were destroyed 4-0 away from home. An easy 0-0 (with my depth players) draw at home ensured our progression where we faced another trip across the Channel, this time to play PSG. A nervy 2-1 home win was backed up by another great away performace, winning 4-1 in Paris to go through 6-2 on aggregate.

    Into the Semi Final and we finally played one of the BIG boys, Real Madrid. Playing away first we sadly couldn't repeat our previous away successes going down 3-0. Despite dominating the 2nd leg, we could only manage a 2-1 home victory, sending us out 4-2 overall.

    Squad (1)(2) and Transfers: Rotation not as good as last season, although that may be due to the limited amount of cup games in the 2nd half of the season. Still amazing that they are some cheap youngsters out there. All players that were signed were 18 and under, and no the Jezequels are not related

    Player of the Season : Séan Devaney - AMC

    Irish born, but represents England. This isn't cricket is it? A hard choice to make this season, probably because Costa was the most consistent player - and I like having a new person each season so that you see more of my ever-changing squad - and largely because there wasn't any real stand-out players from the 25.

    Finances
    : Another loss-making year, if transfer activity is withdrawn, although the salary contribution has reduced slightly. Shareholders took a nice chunk out of the kitty again, really wish there was a board interaction to stop them taking so much.

    Other Stuff :
    Paul York gained another World Golden Ball (not sure what award that actually is now), with Carlos Alberto Costa (AMR) and Luke Francomb (DL) joining him in the World Team of the Year.

    EDIT: Maybe I should have gone a bit further, Costa wound up winning the Best Player in Europe award for the season too.

    For the first time since entering the rich list, we stayed where we were in 8th.

    2023 CL final was a repeat of last years, but this time Real Madrid triumphed over Chelsea 2-0, landing their first CL trophy since 2002.

    History:
    2012-13: BSS - 1st
    2013-14: BSP - 1st, FA Trophy Winners
    2014-15: L2 - 1st, JPT Winners
    2015-16: L1 - 1st, JPT Winners
    2016-17: CH - 2nd
    2017-18: PL - 7th
    2018-19: PL - 7th
    2019-20: PL - 1st, LC Winners, EC Winners
    2020-21: PL - 1st, LC Winners, FA Cup Winners, ESC Winners
    2021-22: PL - 2nd, CS Winners, LC Winners, FA Cup Winners
    2022-23: PL - 1st
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    Lewes - 2020/21 Premier End of Season Update - 2nd

    Table | Positions | Transfers | Squad | Finances

    Tricky start to the season, with a number of players out injured and the registration limitations for Europe meaning we couldn't play the full squad there I practically had to have two teams, one for the mid week Euro matches and the other for the league matches. The league squad didn't gel quite so well and hit a rough patch at one point losing three in a row, plunging us to mid table. Both the media and my players started asking questions ... unfortunately I couldn't find the "It's early in the season and we're still only 4 points out of 2nd place you dolts" button so had to endure it.

    Of course then we went on a 16 game win streak across all competitions and that shut them up. However we'd given Man U far too big a head start and never seriously challenged for the title, although we did close to within 2 points. At the end of the day it never looked like we could realistically win, our players switched off to only get 4 points from the last 2 games while Man U won out, and the final table was probably a fair reflection on the gulf between the teams.

    Still a very comfortable 2nd place, scoring enough points to be a legitimate contender for the title in a lot of years, so can't be too disappointed, Man U were simply too dominant this year. Special credit should go to the backup GK who at just 17 to start the year surpassed all my expectations, keeping clean sheets in his first 8 games for the club and doing an admirable job while the first choice was away at the African nations cup. Really only signed him to put him in the odd easy match for the next 3 years while he gains home grown status, but he's making a serious case for taking over the first team job in the near future, and has already made me sell off the more experienced backup GKs on the roster as redundant.

    Also our new stadium finally completed half way through the season, boringly named Parris Park instead of after the really deserving club icon (ie me). We pretty quickly started selling out the 18k capacity every game but the board being penny pinching idiots who never give me what I want refuse to expand it because it would be too risky. They're happy to skim 10 million of the profit I generated though ... I guess I can't complain too much, a bit more "all I've done for the club" bullying has the training/junior facilities being upgraded again.

    League Cup - Winner.

    Because of the mid week scheduling the squad that played in Europe played the league cup games too and so for once we made a run, taking it the whole way pretty comfortably. Happy to win it if it comes but hopefully this doesn't mean the board decides they expect anything from it in the future.

    FA Cup - 4th Round.

    No way to explain this, we'd won 16 games in a row going into this match but some days you just don't have it and so we were out pretty early.

    Champions Cup - Semi Final (1) (2).

    Great run in our first continental campaign, won the group and smashed our way into the semis, but drew the only team in the competition I didn't back my boys to win against, Man U. A surprising 1-0 away win gave me hope but the Man U that demolished the league turned up for the second leg and we had no chance and were probably lucky to only lose 2-0 at home.

    Funnily enough Man U lost the final to West Ham who were only a middle of the table side in the league, go figure.

    Next Season

    Beat Man U! Somehow we have to do it, although I think it will rely on them faltering more than us, if they have another +73 goal difference season then I don't see us being able to compete. Their leading goal scorer scored 38 from 31 league games and their best GK was one clean sheet off the golden glove despite only playing 22 games.

    Some of our players wanted to leave for bigger clubs and in the most part I was happy to let them, other than our best centre back, who gave me no choice. I at least managed to get 20 million + future sale fees for him though. Most frustrating was the player who wanted to leave for a bigger club, I line up a transfer and he rejects it because he wants to stay under my management! Freaking idiot, had a good mind to take him out the back of the ground, beat him and just collect insurance on his contract, the second sale I was forced to accept was for several million less.

    Having already played through most of the off-season I managed to make some good signings up front and in the midfield, letting go the club's all time leading scorer in the process. Had to be done, he was still good at this level but given I could get in better players for half of what he'd fetch in transfer fees I couldn't justify sentimentality over practicality. Unfortunately I was beaten out on contracts to the three best defenders I was looking at. Damn low reputation foils my plans. Pretty sure we're slightly worse at the back than this time last year, which is a concern, but nothing to be done about it, nobody who is a big upgrade will sign for a reasonable fee so just making do with a combination of what I have plus some young potential.

    Considering retraining some quick midfielders to the left/right back position since I use them in wingback roles and don't expect them to be stellar defensively, but not sure it's more worthwhile waiting a year or two to get them to reasonable standard there vs hoping something shows up later in the year or next. Getting good wide players has been a huge problem in general for me, every single one of my AML/R players I have now is now a striker retrained for that position since the naturals just don't have the attributes I like to play an inside forward role ...

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    Season    Division      Pos     FA Cup      Other Cups               Achievements
    2012/13   BSS           1st     2nd Rnd     FAT RU                   Promoted, FA Trophy Runners Up
    2013/14   BSP           3rd     4th Rnd     FAT 4th Rnd              Promotion Finalists
    2014/15   BSP           1st     3rd Rnd     FAT Winners              Promoted, FA Trophy Winners
    2015/16   League 2      1st     3rd Rnd     JPT Winners, LC 3rd Rnd  Promoted, Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners
    2016/17   League 1      1st     3rd Rnd     JPT Winners, LC 3rd Rnd  Promoted, Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners
    2017/18   Championship  1st     SF          LC 3rd Rnd               Promoted, FA Cup Semi-Finalists
    2018/19   Premier       17th    3rd Rnd     LC 4th Rnd               -
    2019/20   Premier       3rd     SF          LC 3rd Rnd               Qualified for Champions Cup, FA Cup Semi-Finalists
    2020/21   Premier       2nd     4th Rnd     LC Winner, CC SF         League Cup Winners, Champions Cup Semi-Finalists
    Last edited by Shakes; 13-01-2012 at 11:01.

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    I havent played FM for some time (work commitments) but having found a few hours today, I've managed to finish my Blue Square Premier Season.
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    Hitchin End Of Season Review – 2015/16 – BSP

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    A tough season but much improved from last year with a similar team and few changes. I cant complain with the results and the promotion that was secured after a penalty shoot out final against Plymouth (4-1). Drawing was our downfall and we threw away points on numerous occasions and so is one thing I hope to sort out next season. Difficulties arose in terms of finances – signing players was difficult and renewing contracts often more so. I managed to renew many come the end of the season, with Bunn being the hardest to convince.

    Early on in the season he requested to leave and was duly placed on the transfer list when performances dropped and his morale too. I brought him back in after a month or two and he managed to put the performances we needed in. Still, he wouldn’t discuss a contract until we secured promotion at the end of the season. A years extension was finally accepted.

    On an added note, the club have decided to secure a £4m loan, in conjunction with a £3m grant, to build a new 7962 seater stadium due to be finished next season. Hopefully it will give us the ability to expand somewhat in the future too. I also hope it doesn’t hurt us on the field in terms of our new financial debt.

    We reached the FA Trophy final, only to loose to league winners Lincoln, who snatched the title in the last stretch from 2nd place Plymouth.

    Next season Im aiming for a bit more consolidation. I think we will struggle with the team here, but a few good signings across the field might help push for an unexpectedly good finish. All I care about is avoiding relegation at the moment and come January, I can contemplate achieving more depending on our position.

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    Worksop 2023/24 Premiership

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    FA Cup - Winners

    League Cup - 3rd Rd

    Euro Cup - Quarter-final

    First season in the top flight went well with a series of good winning runs followed by losing streaks, ending with 6 draws and a loss in the last 7 games. Dominated a lot of games with possesion and chances but didn't score enough although i did very well against the top sides. Defending the league cup i went out in the first match losing away 0-2 to West Brom. In the FA cup i just beat championship Bristol City before getting past prem sides Blackburn and Norwich and then championship Watford. To win the FA cup i faced both manchester clubs with worksops domination not reflected in the scores.
    In the euro cup i had some reasonably comfortable matches to get into the group stage. I beat Minsk easily and Panathinaikos less so but was outclassed by Sevilla to finish 2nd in the group. In the knockout out rounds i beat Dinamo Moscow and more surprisingly Schalke before once again easily losing out to Sevilla.
    The stadium was increased by 3750 seats to take it up to 12535 which is the max capacity. Training facilities improvements have been approved. The club made a profit of £38 million over the season which has made the financial situation secure.

    Transfers

    Squad

    Let go of a few youth players and brought some more in. Martirosyan was the only free first teamer who come in and did very well before falling away after xmas. I also spent the first major amount of money with Moyano having a few youth caps getting a wp on appeal and Shaaban having 4 full caps being refused. Long time players Seidel (146 apps) and Kucera (167 apps 14 goals) were let go as they were not good enough and Tamasi (70 apps 5 goals)moved to get first team football.
    Steifler took over from Bule in the cm spot and is a world class player in the making. Flemming ended as top scorer in spite of not doing well in many matches and inhibiting the way the team plays. He plays as a poacher when i prefer a complete foward.
    Lemoine was the stand out player for the team and it no wonder most top sides are intererested in him.


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    2012/13        BSN           13th         4th QRd           FA Trophy - 1st Rd           N/A                    None
    2013/14        BSN           3rd          1st Rd            FA Trophy - 1st Rd           N/A                    Promoted via playoffs
    2014/15        BSP           6th          1st Rd            FA Trophy - 1st Rd           N/A                    None
    2015/16        BSP           2nd          3rd Rd            FA Trophy - Winners          N/A                    Promoted via playoffs, FA Trophy winners
    2016/17        L2            14th         1st Rd            LC - 2nd Rd/JPT - Qtr-f      N/A                    None
    2017/18        L2            6th          3rd Rd            LC - 2nd Rd/JPT - 2nd Rd     N/A                    Lost in playoff Final
    2018/19        L2            3rd          3rd Rd            LC - 3rd Rd/JPT - N- Final   N/A                    Automatic promotion
    2019/20        L1            1st          5th Rd            LC - 1st Rd/JPT - Winners    N/A                    League Winners, JPT Winners
    2020/21        CMP           11th         3rd Rd            LC - 4th Rd                  N/A                    None
    2021/22        CMP           11th         3rd Rd            LC - 4th Rd                  N/A                    None    
    2022/23        CMP           3rd          6th Rd            LC - Winners                 N/A                    Promoted via playofffs, LC winners
    2023/24        Prem          8th          Winners           LC - 3rd Rd                  EC - QTR-final         FA Cup winners

    Edit: just noticed that Stiefler and Moyano are my first wonderkids
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    Started with North Ferriby Utd which was the team I was after so I wont be continuing my Wingate and Finchly save.

    If you could add me to the participants in the thread title I'd be grateful as I can see this being a long one.

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    Not started too well with Hastings so far.

    Didnt manage to bring in many players as there wasn't much interest so the squad isn't great. Started with a draw at home to Eastbourne thanks to a last minute own goal, lost the second after having 4 injured and 1 sent off, then gave up a two goal lead to lose 4-2 after ending up with ten due to another injury

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    Going to have a go at this challenge, have started before in previous years in network games, however often my netwrok players get bored quickly and want to move onto something different.

    Holidaying now, seeing as I dont think i've seen someone complete this challenge as my local club AFC Hornchurch yet, and a workmate Ronnie Fletcher (RB) plays for them.

    Hopefully wont have to load too many times and should be playing hopefully within half hour

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    Took longer than expected, however...

    Del Boy Trotter Overview

    Del Boy has taken over the urchins, will probs leave starting it all til tomorrow, updates to come

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    Mid-way through season and have the worst calendar of games.

    26/12 Stoke Away EPL (day)
    27/12 Liverpool Away EPL (night)
    28/12 Sunderland Away EPL (day)

    I shouldn't complain as it's not just me, the whole league has three games back to back to back (bar 4 teams who play last game on 29/12) but the games are so close together that I even if I put out two seperate 11's, for the first two, the first group won't have recovered in time for the last game. Being away games, I guess I can try and stick them all on 'defensive' mindset all match to conserve energy.

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    Offer came in for one of my players, I rejected it because I have no intention of selling player. Agent demands a new contract for player, which seems to be the norm when a club bids for a player in this game (at least for me), I try to negotiate with him but I have a wage cap I can't get past, contract falls through and next piece of news I get is that the player has sacked his agent. He was the agent's only good player too. Agent was a 15 for fee demands and 2 for patience and now is going to be looking for a new job!

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    Jack's - 2012/13 Season

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    verall - I think it was a rough season but I ended with some good potential so I just need to sign some people and hoping to get promoted next year!


    Season Division Pos FA Cup Other Cups Achievements2012/13 BSN 18th 1st Round FA Trophy 1st Round Didn't Get Relegated
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    Okay well that didnt last long haha, its now turned into a network game again haha, im AFC Hornchurch, and 2 mates are Lewes and FC United

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    Haven't posted my championship and league cup win update yet, but am too into the premiership to do it now, but it should be up soon

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    FC United of Manchester
    Season 1 (2012/2013) - Blue Square North
    Final position: 2nd
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    Well, it is my second start to this challenge after the first gone to ground with a hdd failure. I knew what to expect from my FC United team - and that was promotion. I feel we had the strongest team in the league, but something just didn't click too many times and we have lost in the league to Solihull Moors. Our good cup run meant we needed to rotate the squad, and the rotation options were much worse than first team players. In the end we didn't win the cup (FA Cup 3rd round loss to Bournemouth, FA Trophy Final loss to Cheltenham), lost the league and lost the play-off, which meant we nee to spend another year in BSN. I was a bit disappointed but the results against stronger teams were encouraging.
    Star players:
    -Hakon Kjaeve
    -Fredrik Zinck


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    | Season  | Division | Pos | FA Cup  | LC    | Other Cups | Achievements                                          |
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    | 2012/13 | BSN      | 2nd | 3rd R   | N/A   | FAT Final  | None                                                  |

    Targets for next season:
    League: Win
    FA Cup: No expectations, league is the priority
    FA Trophy: No expectations, league is the priority
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    This challenge looks really interesting so I'd like to join up!

    I've taken FC United:

    My Profile

    I never played '11 but ploughed over 600 hours into '10 getting Chelmsford into the Premier League. Contract negotiations and Tone of team talks will take a bit of getting used to but I'm hopeful I can avoid relegation.

    Will try to give updates in here and via twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Grant_Patience

    feel free to add me on Steam: JammyJoker, is there a group or anything that everone uses to chat etc?

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    Tooting & Mitcham United Football Club
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    After a slightly improved season last year where we maintained our 13th position, we took another step forward this season, improving our position, points scored, goal difference all whilst having a great domestic cup campaign. 6 wins from our starting 8 matches had us in 3rd and challenging for top spot early behind a rampaging Arsenal side who were continuing off from last season's success. From there we were up and down, sliding down to 8th by the midway point, although it was very close from 3rd to 13th.

    In the meantime, we started off with straight forward LC matches, beating L1 Gillingham and CH Newport Co in the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the LC, before drawing Man Utd at home who were just behind us in the EPL at the time. We took out a second rate team but they had a first rate game, winning 3-2 after leading 3-0 until the 70th minute. That saw us back against CH opposition in Leicester in the Qtr final who we destroyed 5-2, before a Semi-Final against Stoke, last year's FA Cup winner. Home leg first and after saving an early Stoke penalty, we brought the pain, humiliating them 6-0 to all but put us into the final. We used the return leg to play a second 11 team, who lost 3-0 but we were never troubled on aggregate. So then, our first major domestic final against the big spenders of Man City.

    City were missing their best striker, but Howarth was out injured for us and our other main striker Gizatullin was called away for international duty, severely depleting our strike force. Despite this, we had scoring power with our twin towers and an 11th minute corner proved it, giving us the early lead. From there, both teams played out something of a stalemate, with us keeping City at bay quite comfortably. Into injury time, City gambled to get a goal back and we hit them on the counter, forcing an own goal and celebrating our first major trophy (it's major for me) League Cup Final

    During the peak season, we were busy on three fronts, with a decent FA Cup run as well. A thumping 5-0 away to CH Middlesbrough in the 3rd Rd was followed by straight forward home wins to L1 Accrington and CH Norwich saw us through to the 6th Rd where we were at home to reigning champions Stoke. Leading 1-0 at half time and dominating, we looked set to go through but a 62nd min penalty to Stoke levelled the game and then a lucky goal saw Stoke steal the game from under us and put us out of the cup. Stoke would go on to claim back to back FA Cup titles.

    Coming into the LC final, we had been on an 8 match unbeaten run in the EPL but clearly the boys partied too hard, leading to us losing 5 of our next 7 and dropping down to 9th with four rounds remaining in what was a very tight upper-middle section of the table. A well timed team meeting and another visit from Stoke helped turn our form around and winning our last four games to finish a very strong 6th which probably would've been enough for European Qualification by itself.


    Players of note:

    Roberto Lazzaroni First choice central midfielder, he provided 7 goals and 12 assists this season at an average of 7.11. Also led the team in appearances with 45 he really was a rock in the centre of the team. 31 key passes has him 5th in the league, he also logged the 2nd highest distance covered over the season, highlighting his work rate, endurance and ability not to get injured.

    Angel Pinardo
    New young central midfielder to replace Jenkins who the board sold. Started the season fantastically before a sending off and broken arm slowed him down. Came back late in the season but didn't have the same influence. 9 assists is a great first season though.

    Artem Gizatullin A good season with 16 goals and 7 assists but I still can't really trust him to perform when I need him. Team seems to perform better with a poacher up front than a target man.

    Barry Howarth Here is the poacher. 17 goals, 7 assists and a 7.48 average. Tore his hammy on Boxing Day, which really hurt the team given he missed Jan-Mar.

    Assane Toure New keeper signed on a free. Started the season as second fiddle but took over by the later half of the season. Having had a year to settle in, he'll take over as first choice full time next season.

    Bojan Halilovic Another solid year for the big man. Can play any role in the centre of defence, so he works well in any combination.

    Tobias Horn Here is his main combination, the other big man at the back. Led the league for key headers (Halilovic was 2nd), he also went forward to score 7 goals and a team equalling 6 MOM awards with a 7.43 average for the season.

    Tafael On the right side was the outstanding Tafael. The only player to make the Team of the Year he scored 12 goals, had 11 assists, 6 MOM at an average of 7.36. On the downside, he's also transfer listed by request as I was unable to afford the new contract he wanted but his happiness suggests he's not pushing to leave so I'm confident I can keep him but it will cost a lot. The other down side is 2 years and not yet basic English, although clearly it's not affecting his performance, indeed the only thing doing that is injuries, Tafael suffering a broken shoulder in late Sept which kept him out of the side for around 6 weeks.

    Panagiotis Troullis The left to Tafael's right, Troullis had an outstanding season with 13 goals, 13 assists, 3 MOM at 7.30. Both set up goals for each other on numerous occasions and although Troullis' attributes are no where near elite for this level, his output is and that's all that matters.

    Off-Field

    After two training facility updates in the past 2 seasons, we clearly must have brought second hand equipment as technological advances have seen our facilities downgraded to medium (5 grey stars) Facility Downgrade It's really disappointing that it would drop off so quickly and the board doesn't want to spend more on it at the moment.

    For the first time in the EPL I was named Manager of the Year which just goes to show how little was expected of the team itself given we only finished 6th.

    Boardroom Overview


    Goals for 2022/23
    • Knockout stages of EC
    • Qualify for CL
    • Find the balance between wanting to keep wages low and keeping players happy





    Goals for 2021/22
    • European Qualification Success
    • Semi-Final of Domestic Cup Competition Success
    • Stadium Expansion Success


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    Season    Division   Position    Achievements
    2012/13     BSS        7th        FA Trophy-3rd Rd
    2013/14     BSS        3rd        Promoted via Playoffs, FA Cup-4th Rd
    2014/15     BSP        4th        Promoted via Playoffs, FA Cup-3rd Rd, FA Trophy Winners
    2015/16     L2         3rd        Automatic Promotion, JPT South Winner, JPT Finalist
    2016/17     L1         2nd        Automatic Promotion, League Cup-Qtr Final, FA Cup-3rd Rd
    2017/18     CH         8th        None
    2018/19     CH         1st        npower Championship Winners, FA Cup-4th Rd, League Cup-3rd Rd
    2019/20     EPL        13th       None
    2020/21     EPL        13th       FA Cup 6th Rd
    2021/22     EPL        6th        LC Champions, FA Cup 6th Rd, EC Qualification

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    Harrow Borough | Season 2037/38 | Barclays Premier League



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    There was significant transfer activity over the summer. Barcelona even came calling for January 2037 signing, Pablo Martinez. I managed to hold them off, and ended up wishing I hadn't when February came round and he was still in single-figures. Still, we went on a record-breaking unbeaten run from the 17th October until the 20th February, and this was in the cup, so the league run went on until March 6th, a run of 19 games without defeat - and we only drew 4 of them. However, it was those defeats that were so disappointing - we lost to Wolves at the start of the run, and Nottingham Forest at the end of it. Still, it meant that with 10 games to go after the Forest defeat, we were 3 points clear at the top, albeit having played a game more than Chelsea who, along with Burnley, had contributed to a poor start, with two defeats and just five points from the opening five games. How costly would that start be? Luckily, 3rd placed Liverpool beat Chelsea the next day and that meant that the 3 point lead was sustained over both of them, after 28 games apiece. It was a slender lead, but it was a lead nonetheless. But Watford, Wigan and Middlesbrough were to be followed by Liverpool and Man City in the fixtures. Winning all three of those "easy" games was essential, but we also had a Champions' League game to worry about.

    We beat Watford, but that result was tinged with sadness as Cabello's illustrious career looked to have been ended. He was 33, and had lost his place in the starting XI anyway, but it's always sad when you lose a club legend, and he was still performing whenever he was required. "For Jose Felix", we beat Wigan in the next game just as Newport County, our fellow yuppies, beat Chelsea to move into a Europa League spot. Then the next day, Arsenal beat Liverpool to open up a genuine six-point gap between us and our two nearest challengers - the Reds of Merseyside and the Blues of West London. It was starting to look like our first title was to be handed to us on a silver platter.

    We tried our best to send it back to the kitchen. A late goal against Middlesbrough secured just a single point, but Arsenal beat Liverpool to hand me back the initiative, at least against the Reds. Chelsea were another matter, and they did win to keep the pressure on, just four points behind us. With Liverpool and Man City up next, back-to-back, I knew that two wins would go a long way towards securing the title. At Dalglish Park, Jicha's equaliser 15 minutes from time seemed to spur us on, but the inevitable stoppage-time winner went the wrong way, leaving us vulnerable again at the top, just a point ahead of Chelsea. We had a major injury crisis, too.

    At home against City, we took the lead early, and doubled our lead before the half-hour. Things looked good. Early in the second half we made it three, and though City got one back within a few minutes, but Ondjola secured the points with 12 minutes to go, and a quality win by 4 goals to 1 was in the bag. With Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, my only serious rivals for the title, all playing in the next two days, I sat back and hoped for at least one positive result. Wolves obliged, with a draw against Liverpool at Moulineux, and Newport made it two out of three with a draw at Henry Stadium. Suddenly it looked like a 2-horse race, with the title almost certain to head to West London. Back to the excitement of the title run-in later.

    Cup Runs started well with another trophy added to the cabinet in the form of the Community Shield, with a convincing win over Arsenal. We qualified for the Champions' League with an impressive and emphatic win over Valencia, and we were 3rd seeds this time! That translated to a group involving Lyon, Bayern Munich and Dinamo Bucharest. Whilst a win away in Lyon was impressive, we followed that up a week later with a shocking performance at Brighton to go out of the League Cup. But no matter what happened domestically, we steamrollered through the group stages of the Champions' League, winning each of the first four games including two against Bayern to qualify with two games to spare. Despite weakened teams for the remaining two games, we won all six games in the group in the end, and faced Porto in the next round. The FA Cup wasn't so good. After wins against Everton and Championship side Hemel Hempstead, we went out in the 5th round to Liverpool, and 86th minute winner ending our long unbeaten run in all competitions.

    In the second half of the continental season, a 2-0 win at the Dragao was a fabulous filip, and meant that I could afford to rest a couple of players who needed to be for the return leg at Harrow Stadium. Which was lucky because in the end it turned out we didn't have enough "real" players to fill a squad, and every single fit player played a part in the game. We still won 3-0 (5-0 on aggregate), testament to the quality of the fringe players in my small squad.

    The Old Lady were next up, a team who, despite two Champions' League wins in the game, still weren't really back to the height of their powers in the footballing world. A 2-0 first-leg victory was achieved with ten men and without really breaking a sweat. I was starting to wonder if it was possible that I might actually complete the challenge this year, out of the blue. At the Delle Alpi, my team surprised me further, when despite continuing injury and suspension problems, I secured a 4-2 aggregate victory, despite two late Juve goals, and Barcelona lay in wait in the Semi-Final.

    Back to the title run-in briefly. I beat the pretenders from Wales, putting them back in their place firmly, but Chelsea beat Leicester to keep up the pressure. With Chelsea playing Burnley, West Ham, Cardiff and Everton, it was starting to look like we would have to win every game to secure the title.

    But firstly, it was time to face Barcelona for the first time in Harrow's history. Though Barca took the lead, the second half was all Harrow, and though Ondjola's goal in the Nou Camp would be a famous goal in our history, we didn't get the win we deserved, although a 1-1 draw was a good result to take back to London with us.

    A 4-0 win against Birmingham kept our chances of the title and a possible challenge completion looking good. A shock point for Burnley at Lampard Arena meant that we were realistically just two wins from the crown. The second half of the Dafuge Double was the pressing issue now, though. And my injury crisis had worsened to such an extend that I had a real greyedoutman playing in central midfield! Against Barcelona, in the biggest game in the club's history. Suffice to say I wasn't feeling particularly confident. It did occur to me that I don't believe that anyone who has never won a league title in their own country had ever won the European Cup (correct me if I'm wrong, but I can't think of anyone), and so it would be no disgrace to lose in the Semi-Finals, but the idea of being the first one was pretty attractive. A 13th minute Barcelona goal put the dampeners on the high spirits at Harrow Stadium, and an injury soon afterwards to Neumeier seemed to put the tie to bed. But I must learn never to write off my team. Ondrej Jicha levelled the tie within six minutes of the first goal, and before the 25th minute, Harrow were leading Barcelona. Churin, who had come on for Neumeier, scored a headed goal from a free-kick. At the break, we were 2-1 up on the night. With 15 minutes to go, I was guaranteed a nervy finish when Santiago Cascon was sent off.

    Still, it was cruel when the 90th minute brought the killer blow. Three goalscoring opportunities went begging in injury time, but this is not the year I completed the challenge for the first time. It was disappointing, particularly as Platnauer, who had been so consistent all season, got just 3.8 and was clearly at fault for both goals. With Lyon surprising Man Utd in the other semi, it was particularly galling because we would have beaten Lyon, I'm sure.

    Still, no time for crying over spilt milk, I had to make sure I secured the title at least. Two wins out of three needed to guarantee the title, but that did mean that if results went our way, we could effectively win the title within hours of the Ipswich game if we won. That half of the bargain was a foregone conclusion, we put six past the Tractor Boys without reply, including a hat-trick from Ondrej Jicha. Chelsea beat West Ham later, but with 3 points and 19 goals separating us, we were now just three points from the title. To those of you who know me it will come as no surprise that I was pretty determined to win the 37th game to effectively seal it a game early, though: against Spurs! By half-time, I was celebrating. 2-0 up, cruising to the title. The final score? See for yourself. The title was all-but ours. Chelsea's draw with Cardiff made it official. We scored 15 goals in three games in May, incidentally!

    On 9th October, my training facilities were upgraded and are now "average". What tangible difference does that actually make, does anyone know? The effect of the new stadium, now just one year away, is much clearer to me. Come on, get on with it, I want the increased gate receipts!!!

    Key Players

    Odilon Ondjola* - 41 goals! He's kept up his goalscoring form and is now one of the best in the world.
    Ondrej Jicha - closing in on Serrano's club goalscoring record - but will Ondjola beat him to it?.
    Ibrahim Orvambo - superb signing. Seriously important player for us this year.
    Enrico Baggio - his equally influential midfield pal.
    Alexandr Zubarev - an emerging star at left-back, has started to oust Markevich, to allow Jaguare to play on the right with AZ on the left.
    Jaguare - improving year on year, and should be either at right or left-back for years to come.
    Samba Sagna - made it 83 goals between the main three strikers. That's awesome. Add reserves Martinez and Altobelli, and my strikers managed 91 goals this season!

    (*= fans' player of the year)

    The team of the year
    The historical best XI - no new inductees.
    Ondjola and Orvambo came 1st and 2nd in the Players' Player of the Year.
    Ondjola and Jicha came 1st and 3rd respectively in the Golden Boot, and once against Ondjola did it by a mile.
    I won the Manager of the Year award, of course.
    Platnauer came 2nd in the Golden Glove.
    Jaguare, Baggio, Ondjola and Jicha were all in the first XI of the Premiership Select, with Orvambo on the bench.
    Platnauer, Coronel, Orvambo and Ondjola were all in the Champions' League Dream Team.

    Key Records Broken

    Record Transfer Fee Spent: £16.5m for Samba Sagna from USBCO on 9th June.
    Highest Gate Receipts: £525k v Valencia, Champions' League Playoff
    Most Goals in a Season: 41 - Odilon Ondjola.
    Highest League Position: 1st in Premiership
    Most Games Without Losing: 24, 20th October to 13th February.
    Oldest Goalscorer: 33y0d, Jose Felix Cabello, v Wigan (H), Premiership, 7th November.

    Valete (Or, key departures and their career stats)
    None.

    Next season, one target and one target only! Question is how to do it?

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

    Targets for 2038/39
    Win the Champions' League.
    Increase the depth of the squad so that injury crises aren't so crucial.
    Keep the top players at the club.


    In other news, Burnley beat Arsenal in the Cup Final, and predictably Barcelona did go on to win old big ears, with a 2-0 win against Lyon in the Stade de France.

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    2012/13     Blue Square South         17th      45       Stayed clear of relegation.
    2013/14     Blue Square South          3rd      80       Playoff runners-up.
    2014/15     Blue Square South          2nd      91       Promoted via playoffs.
    2015/16     Blue Square Premier       13th      64       Mid-table finish.
    2016/17     Blue Square Premier       10th      63       Move to Harrow Stadium completed.
    2017/18     Blue Square Premier       17th      57       None.
    2018/19     Blue Square Premier       15th      56       Drew with Forest in FA Cup!
    2019/20     Blue Square Premier        7th      73       FA Trophy Winners.
    2020/21     Blue Square Premier        4th      77       Playoff semi-finalists; FA Trophy Winners.
    2021/22     Blue Square Premier        1st      90       Promoted as Champions; FA Trophy Winners.
    2022/23     Coca-Cola League Two       1st      92       Promoted automatically, and at the first attempt!
    2023/24     Coca-Cola League One       3rd      87       Playoff Final runners up; FA Cup 4th round.
    2024/25     Coca-Cola League One       7th      77       JPT Runner-up.
    2025/26     Coca-Cola League One       1st      97       Promoted as Champions.
    2026/27     Coca-Cola Championship    10th      68       Stadium Expansion to just over 7,000 all-seater planned.
    2027/28     Coca-Cola Championship    16th      53       Expansion to 7,582 all-seater completed, further expansion of 1,580 seats planned.
    2028/29     Coca-Cola Championship    10th      66       Expansion completed to 9,162 capacity.
    2029/30     Coca-Cola Championship     2nd      89       Promotion; Carling Cup Q-Final; FA Cup R5, incl. victory v. Tottenham; Stadium expansion announced (3,500 seats).
    2030/31     Barclays Premier League   20th      18       Expansion to 12,662 capacity stadium completed; FA Cup Runner-up & Europa League Qualification.
    2031/32     Coca-Cola Championship     2nd      96       Europa League 2nd K/O Round, Promotion.
    2032/33     Barclays Premier League   12th      49       Carling Cup S-Final.
    2033/34     Barclays Premier League   12th      46       None.
    2034/35     Barclays Premier League    4th      72       Qualified for the Champions League.
    2035/36     Barclays Premier League    3rd      80       Qualified for the CL group stage automatically.
    2036/37     Barclays Premier League    4th      73       FA Cup Winners.
    2037/38     Barclays Premier League    1st      85       Community Shield Winners, Premiership Champions, Stage 1 of Challenge Complete.
    TROPHY CABINET - MAJOR TROPHIES
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    FA Cup: 2037
    Community Shield: 2037

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    Bedford Town - Season 2020/21 - nPower Championship

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    Final position: 2nd

    FA Cup: Semifinal loss to Stoke(0-1 at Wembley)
    Carling Cup: 3rd Rnd loss to Chelsea from the Premiership(0-3 away)

    Best result: 5-1 win away against Nottingham Forest
    Worst result: 0-2 loss away to Wycombe
    Top goalscorer: Christian Christensen, 16(16 in CH)
    Most assists: Marco Oliveira & Carlos Santurino 11(11 in CH)
    Highest Average rating: Colin Innes, 7.25 (7.17 in CH)

    2020-21 Season Review:

    A great season. Despite a lacking squad depth at attacking positions. Forgot to make screenshots before season end. We had a decent run in the FA cup too, however we played our 4th striker in the match, due to injuries.

    Player of the season:

    Marco Oliveira - D/DM/M C - Incredible player. A brilliant set piece taker. Well boss the midfield for years.

    Other Key Players

    Loris Karius - GK - Strong season. 25 clean sheets!

    Lucas Marti - D L - Starting to show his potential.

    Colin Innes - M/AM C - Best average of the bunch. Dictates the way we play.

    Christian Christensen - AM R/S C - Not as dominant as earlier seasons, but still a great player.


    2021/22 Season Preview:

    We have just moved into our new stadium, but the fans will have to face a hard season. We will do our best to avoid relegation, however it will be a long and hard season.

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    Quick PS to my post - Hemel Hempstead got promoted. That means we now have Harrow, Newport County and Hemel Hempstead in the Premiership. Crazy world.

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    Lewes - 2021/22 Premier End of Season Update - 2nd

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    I thought defense might be a problem but it was offense that failed to start the year. Failed to trouble the scorers in the first two games which resulted in 2 losses and it was always going to be an uphill battle from there. Our form improved from there but Man U were on fire and when they came to our house and beat us soundly we always looked like we were playing for second place. Their victory over us in the return leg later in the season was the straw that broke the camel's back, twice we went a goal up and still we managed to throw away all the points.

    Ultimately they tied up the title while we still had 5 games to play (we were a bit behind the league due to rescheduling), we'd tied up ECC qualification, so the last few were exercises in futility, and if there had been some sort of race on we could have hit more than 81 points. Didn't stop Man U from rubbing it in and streaking away to a 100 point season though. 6 titles in a row for them.

    League Cup - Winner.

    Thanks to West Ham beating Man U for us in the other semi I felt good going into this, less good when the ref saw red, even if we held a 1-0 lead at the time. Not even going down to 10 men and an inspired performance from our all time leading scorer looking to prove a point about being sold could stop us from retaining the league cup.

    FA Cup - Winner.

    The FA Cup gave us a chance to try to get some sort of a win over Man U since it clearly wasn't happening in the league. A tense game that lacked the free flowing football of our previous encounters with Man U, and one I can't quite work out how Man U got on the scoreboard, with our own goal caused by a defender apparently dive tackling into a ghost to rifle the ball past the keeper.

    The shoot out belonged to the keepers with each blocked 2 shots each, but Man U slamming the first one into the bar proved to be the difference.

    Champions Cup - Winner.

    It's pretty clear the inactive leagues over in Europe can't compete with England so it was no surprise that we ended up facing Man U in the final. After the FA Cup final I was expecting a close affair but we'd already had 6 shots to 0 on goal by the time Man U got a player sent off then we just run over them, if not for their work in goal we could have scored 5 or 6.

    In any case I'll take it ... it means the challenge is half complete!

    Next Season

    Try again to win the EPL, though I have no idea how. Even after the wins I've had my reputation still isn't high enough to tempt players at the very top clubs to consider switching. Investing in youth doesn't even seem viable, the regens this year sucked, and the few that look like they might turn into better players than what I have want to stay where they are ... and the best 2 landed at Man U to start with! Talk about stacking the deck against me.

    I think all I can do is sell off a few excess players, try to trim the squad a bit, push hard for the couple of guys out there who would be upgrades and hope the fact that we're not bringing in a ton of new faces that need to blend in means a faster start to the year than we've had previously.

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    2012/13   BSS           1st     2nd Rnd     FAT RU                   Promoted, FA Trophy Runners Up
    2013/14   BSP           3rd     4th Rnd     FAT 4th Rnd              Promotion Finalists
    2014/15   BSP           1st     3rd Rnd     FAT Winners              Promoted, FA Trophy Winners
    2015/16   League 2      1st     3rd Rnd     JPT Winners, LC 3rd Rnd  Promoted, Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners
    2016/17   League 1      1st     3rd Rnd     JPT Winners, LC 3rd Rnd  Promoted, Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners
    2017/18   Championship  1st     SF          LC 3rd Rnd               Promoted, FA Cup Semi-Finalists
    2018/19   Premier       17th    3rd Rnd     LC 4th Rnd               -
    2019/20   Premier       3rd     SF          LC 3rd Rnd               Qualified for Champions Cup, FA Cup Semi-Finalists
    2020/21   Premier       2nd     4th Rnd     LC Winner, CC SF         League Cup Winners, Champions Cup Semi-Finalists
    2021/22   Premier       2nd     Winner      LC Winner, CC Winner     League Cup, FA Cup, Champions Cup treble

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    Darren1983 Season 2028/29 Premier League Review


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    After completing the challenge by winning the champions league last season, I set about reclaiming the title from Man Utd, to do this I spent £12 million on Cesar Torres to boost my midfield, our usual slow start didnt happen this season as we started the season well with a 2-2 draw away to Aston Villa and followed that up with a 3-1 win at home to Arsenal before the European Super Cup and first international break.

    After the break we continued our good start and in fact we we're unbeaten going into the christmas period (we had gone top just a handful of games before christmas) and battled our way through to the new year still top and still unbeaten! The only downside at this time was the loss of Charles Hands to a ankle break but the form of youth team product Leigh Daly more then covered his loss. Our first defeat came on the 7th of Jan, a 2-1 loss away to Arsenal. We recovered to hammer Huddersfield 9-1 on their own patch to regain confidence and our march to the title, after 21 games we we're 15 points clear of Man City (though they did have 2 games in hand) at this point my players took their eye off the ball and we proceeded to not score a single win in those last 7 games (losing 3 and drawing ) but we did crawl over the finishing line to win the league by 3 points.

    Cups

    Community Sheild - we out played Chelsea but for the 3rd straight year we lost this

    League Cup - after 3 finals in 4 years (and 2 wins) I was a toch annoyed to go out in the 3rd round away to Hull

    European Super Cup - Our first time playing in this, and a routine win over Europa League winners Werder Bremen

    World Club Cup - A routine 4-0 win for the reserves against Okayama FC (from Japan) gave us a final against America (mex) and a not as comfortable as the scoreline looks 4-2 win saw us pick up another new trophy

    FA Cup - after 3 straight cup wins we crashed out in the 3rd round after a replay, annoyed at this even if we did get almost the toughest draw we could have

    Champions League - Our defence of this competition started with a group of Inter Milan, Bayer Leverkusen and FC Twente, 2 poor draws at home to Inter and Leverkusen and a 4-1 hammering in Milan saw us needing a win in our last game away to Leverkusen just to finish 2nd, we won 4-2.

    This gave us AC Milan in the 1st Knockout round, a nice 3-1 win at home was followed by a strong 1-1 draw in the San Siro saw us progress to play Bayern Munich, 2 routine wins (2-1 at home, and 2-0 away) gave us a semi final against Man Utd. In the away leg we raced into a 2-0 lead at Half Time, but 2 quick strikes from Utd brought them back to 2-2 only for 2 late goals from Bouilia and Hands gave us a 4-2 win, a 3-1 in the 2nd leg saw us go to our 2nd straight final this time against Real Madrid

    Final - A very scrappy game saw us win thanks to a headed goal from our American CB Jason Jordan

    Players Of The Season

    Charles Hands - Young forward in his 3rd season with us finally started as the main main, but a broken ankle cost him 3 months but he has come back strong and I hope for many goals from him next season and beyond.

    Leigh Daly - Youth team player that I've loaned out a few times (I only play with 1 ST so hard for players to get game time with us) and has always scored goals, used a few times last season as a sub, but this was his breakout season, stepped up while Hands was out and just never stopped scoring, excited about his progress over the next few seasons

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    Media Prediction 22nd
    Board Prediction 18th
    My Predicition 10th or higher


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    First season over and we have done better than what everyone thought by WINNING the league on the last day of the season. This was achieved by some shrewd free player transfers at start of season to bolster players already at club, which turned us into a team everybody was trying to beat.

    We also had a good FA Cup run getting to the 2nd Rd Proper where we met Barnet at Underhill losing 5-0, the Fa trophy was a lot worst with us losing in 2nd Qualifying Rd, I think this was due to the fact we only played a league game 7 days and Barnet 3 days before due to trophy game being postponed when it should have original been played and alot of the squad were tired and not completely match fit.

    On the squad front i did put together a good 1st team of 16 players with roughly the same number but with slightly less ability in the reserves that did okay when needed in the first team. Best player overall for the season at the club was Wade Small who we signed on a free transfer at start of the season who played 50 out of 51 games for the club scoring 19 times with a few assists with a rating of 7.33, which was the 4th highest rating in the league.

    Finances are in good shape with us getting a new sugar daddy chairman at the end of April who immediately put £5.7 million into the clubs coffers, ready for the next transfer window, which has already resulted in the club going fully professional in the Blue Square Premier next season, and has given us a wage and transfer budget most league 1 and 2 clubs would love to have.

    Plans for next season:

    Try for back to back promotion
    Improve squad where required to push as far as possible in all 3 competitions this time
    Improve training facilities if chairman will stump up funds to do so

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    Gricehead ** Tooting & Mitcham ** Blue Square Premier ** 2016/17

    "Doing it the hard way since 2012"

    Squad Improvements
    There's only one way to start the round up of new signings. A player I had been tracking since he showed up on loan at Basingstoke in my second season. I tracked him for a whole season after his release from his parent club, but finally Adam Le Fondre agreed to join the Tooting & Mitcham cause.

    Trouble was, with Molloy and Ansah getting promotion-tied wage increases, that meant I was paying a quarter of my wage bill for three strikers, one of which wanted to leave. And with only £4.3k to play with (a whole £600 more than last season) there was never going to be much more happening.

    Shipping Grant Smith out to Ebbsfleet for an actual cash fee (albeit actually compensation) seemed to be some sort of balancing feature. In reality he wouldn't accept a new contract within my wage budget, so off he went. A replacement came along courtesy of my scout's latest foray into the Welsh leagues, and if anything seemed a better prospect. With him came compatriot Dylan Fayers to strengthen our defensive line. Goodness knows why Tamworth released him, as he's quality for this level.

    Quite a quiet summer, really: Transfers

    Blue Square Bet Premier 2016/17 ** Board Expectation: Battle Bravely Against Relegation ** My Expectation: Battle Bravely Against Relegation
    Interesting news as the season kicked off was newly relegated Doncaster took a ten point penalty. Utterly bankrupt, they started shedding players from their top-of-the-table wage budget until at one point they had the lowest wage bill in the league. Strangely, midseason they found money, and started trying to buy up success again. But was it going to be enough for them, or could one of the relegation places effectively be pre-filled?

    We didn't exactly get the start I wanted to breed confidence into my squad. Holding on bravely to a 0-0 draw at heavily fancied Crewe, they suffered an injury having already used their three subs. We mentally breathed a sigh of relief, and then they hit us with the sucker punch goal. To say we bounced back would be an understatement. Alfie (Adam Le Fondre) scored seven in the next two games. Our 6-0 win at Hayes & Yeading was knocked off the Non-league front page by Doncaster capitulating 8-1 at home to Aldershot.

    We drew at Truro after leading by two, and then hit back again at Grimsby. Leading 3-1, our keeper is harshly sent off after carrying the ball out of the area with no opposition player in sight. We had, of course, used all three subs, but Ciarán Molloy saw out the last five minutes plus stoppages in goal.

    After nine goals in five, Alfie's prolific form dried up a bit. We still beat Dover 3-1, but tripped up at table-topping Lincoln 1-0. Three wins against Chester, Tamworth and Farnborough put us second, but when we lost 4-2 at Cambridge (in a game we were lucky to finish second in) Burton moved 6 points clear at the top. Still, we shouldn't really have complained at this stage.

    A draw against third placed Tranmere kept us second, just, and fate played into our hands when international callups (ours, ffs!) postponed the inevitable loss to arch enemies Boreham Wood. Before the rearranged fixture, we beat Salisbury 4-2 and Yeovil 3-2, coming back from 2-0 down in a magnificent game. Burton chose this day to finally lose, so we went to Boreham Wood a bit more confident than usual, knowing a win would put us just three points behind the leaders. It's never that simple, where Boreham Wood are concerned. The game looked nailed on 0-0, until Bernard Mensah on as a sub chased a hopeless ball and somehow grabbed a goal in the 89th minute. Of course, Boreham Wood went straight down the other end with an awesome counter attack to equalise, ******** that they are. Still, we were now just five points behind Burton, and a whole four points ahead of the 6th placed team.

    After a break for the FA Cup, we fail to get past Darlington at home, only getting a draw after they scored early. We had a perfectly good goal disallowed, hopefully not critical at the end of the season. Burton's form continued to stutter, as they matched us with a draw. With ideal timing, we played our way to two good wins against strong teams; Gateshead and Oxford, and Burton take just one point. Our better goal difference takes us top of the Conference for the first time on bonfire night.

    We draw at home to Colwyn Bay and beat Aldershot away in stoppage time, thanks to a Dom Iorfa header. Neither result looked particularly impressive on paper, but again it was better than Burton managed, and we opened up a single point lead as we faced up to the first of the two head to head fixtures. It wasn't a good time to be facing such a big game, as our fitness levels were really starting to drop. It played out as a very tense 0-0 draw, not helped by a pernickety referee. We didn't manage a shot on target ourselves, but our defence threw themselves at everything Burton tried, and kept them out. Got to be happy with that.

    December, usually a packed month, was very quiet - but that would mean trouble ahead. We started with a good win at Histon, coming back from 1-0 down and holding on for the last ten minutes with ten men through Kayl Brown's red card, and then having only nine men for stoppage time when Bruton was injured. Both Burton and Tamworth (third, and in the frame thanks to Burton's poor form) dropped points. The postponement of our Trophy match meant we played that whilst Burton lose at Colywn Bay and Tamworth draw again. Couldn't get any better, could it? In fact, it did. On the 21st we had no match for some inexplicable reason, and Burton and Tamworth both lose. So we enjoyed Christmas three points clear with two games in hand.

    On Boxing Day we finally get the upper hand over Crewe, who have plummetted down the table. Burton drop to third, replaced by Tamworth, and our lead increased to four. Burton dropped a further place on the 28th, when we should have been playing a game in hand against Hayes and Yeading, had it not been postponed. New Years Eve saw us beat Forest Green 2-1, to meet our points total for our previous attempt at the Blue Square Bet Premier. One win in the New Year and we should stay up... Burton and Tamworth both lost, allowing Tranmere to creep into third.

    A completely scratch team, including four youth players, were sent to Truro for the first game of 2017, and lost 2-0. It was the start of a very poor month which saw us draw with Hayes and Yeading, draw again at Dover and lose to relegation-threatened Grimsby at home. We bounced back to beat Lincoln 3-1 at home and then our twice-postponed fixture against Doncaster was won 2-1 in a most unconvincing fashion. Determined to push on in February, we went to Chester for our first televised league game. They had a man sent off after just nine minutes, but still managed to take the lead. A goal before half time and two in the second turned the result in our favour, and with no more games in hand we were now nine points clear.

    We looked to be cruising to another win at home to Farnborough, but two goals in the last three minutes consigned us to defeat, cutting our lead to six points, and costing us the services of right back Bartham and (more worryingly) Serge Gnabry for a month each. Burton were now back on form though, so a creditable draw at Tamworth cost us another two points. We beat Cambridge 4-2 at home, and then demolished Tranmere 6-1 at Prenton Park. That game saw Zak Ansah score a hattrick on his 100th league appearance for the club. Burton matched us all the way.

    Things looked very gloomy as we faced Boreham Wood after extra time in a Trophy Replay during the week. They looked worse when Molloy picked up a red card after twelve minutes, and worse still when we go 2-0 down. Then a miracle happened. We scored three goals before half time, and managed to shut up shop in the second half. Burton's first dropped points in ages meant the result was absolutely massive, and with ten games to play we led the table by six points.

    Six became nine as we beat Salisbury and Burton lost. But then the Trophy got in the way again. We take two points from nine with draws against Yeovil and Gateshead at home, and a 2-1 loss at Oxford. Colwyn Bay had also now dragged themselves into the frame, and we went to their ground knowing that a defeat would make it a real three horse race. It was a scrappy game, but we won it thanks to Dom Iorfa again, and knocked Colwyn Bay out of the promotion race. That made it five points and a game in hand on Burton with five games to go. Surely, job done?

    Our final game in hand of the season was at Darlington. They smashed us 3-0, and we whimpered away. Aldershot destroyed us 3-1 at home, and all of a sudden we only had a two point advantage, and we faced Burton next...

    I had no confidence of getting a result at Burton. Our form and fitness was atrocious. We took the lead through Fayers mid-way through the first half, but Burton pegged us back immediately. Zak Ansah again gave us the lead early in the second half, and as time ticked on I was starting to belive that we had it sewn up. but in the last five minutes they managed to find a way through our five man defence to equalise. Bugger.

    Our penultimate game against Histon also looked to be heading for a draw - which would have seen Burton go ahead - but Rob Thomas chose the 86th minute to cut in and score just his second goal of the season to give us the win. It was a win which Burton equalled, meaning we would need a point from the last game of the season, thanks to our superior goal difference. We would travel to Doncaster to face a completely different team than that we faced in the winter. Burton would meet Colwyn Bay.

    Doncaster scored in only the second minute. Not the start we had planned. Fayers got us one back, and then - fittingly - Alfie scored a second. Doncaster equalised before half time, by which time Burton had taken the lead against Colwyn. I decided to shut up shop for the second half, and we survived with relatively little pressure from the already relegated Rovers. Burton extended their lead, but couldn't get the extra six goals they needed to overturn our goal difference.

    We won the league by four goals.

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

    FA Cup ** Board Expectation: 4th Qualifying Round ** Achievement: 1st Round
    A comfortable Qualifying round rewarded us with another trip to Crewe. They utterly dominated us, dumping us out in a very disappointing manner, and making the subsequent league game a pleasant, avenging, surprise.

    Fixtures


    FA Trophy ** Board Expectation: First Round ** Achievement: Runners-up
    Highlight of the early rounds was finally getting one over on Dover in this competition. The fourth round replay and extra time against Darlington came at a very bad time for our league campaign. I was throwing men forward from as early as half time in the first match in the hope of getting a result either way, but both teams were determined to cancel each other out, until it came to penalties when we showed greater composure.

    When the semi-final draw paired us with the infamous Boreham Wood, I gave up. fortunately the lads didnt, and won both legs to set up a final against Forest Green, a full three weeks after the league season finished. Our Wembley experience wasn't the best, especially after celebrating the league success, and we missed out on the chance to take the trophy into the football league with us.

    Fixtures ** Final

    Players
    So here's the squad. Notice what a miserable bunch they are, after a decent wedge for winning the league and another decent wedge for getting to play at Wembley. This time only a couple of appearances slip off the end of the page.

    Squad

    Key Players
    Adam Le Fondre After a flying start, Alfie's goalscoring form seemed to quiet down, but you can't argue with 22 league goals. He caused the assistant referee more trouble than almost any other player in the division, being offside 74 times, but you don't score if you don't try those sort of runs. He's the only player over 26 in the squad, so we'll be relying on him next year for experience.

    Serge Gnabry Fans player of the year. Chipped in with ten goals - his best return so far - and another 12 assists. On his day he really bossed the midfield. Passed 100 league appearances for us right at the end of the season, and has signed on for another three years. Still has development potential according to my coaching staff.

    Dylan Fayers Very solid first season for the highly promising Welsh defender. When paired with Dom Iorfa they were an almost impenetrable defensive unit. Chipped in with his share of goals as well, including a couple of really importane ones at the tail end of the season.

    James Shaw Not often a youth player gets a mention here, but James was absolutely brilliant at right back whenever we needed him. One of my first pieces of business for the summer is to try and get him to sign up longer term. Bartham will inevitably have to make way.

    Stuart O'Keefe Passed the 150 league appearance mark for the club this term, and contributed 15 assists from his position on the right wing. Also made a number of appearances covering for Gnabry as an attacking midfielder. Probably peaked now, but still a key asset to head into next season with.

    Gary O'Neil Just like last season, O'Neil shared the deeper midfield role with Fitzgerald, but this time he took the lion's share. Hardly puts a foot wrong in the defensive side of his game, and reliably switches play to either of the wingers. Another one who is here for the long term.

    Dominic Iorfa The key defender in any back four I put out. Playing over fifty games left him jaded towards the last quarter of the season, and his match stats probably reflect that. His ability to get unstoppable headers on swinging free-kicks wasn't demonstrated as much this season. Still has more to come, and hopefully will still be here for a good while yet. Despite a hefty pay rise on signing his new contract, Dom still thinks he deserves more.

    Ciarán Molloy Possibly the best Irish import since Guinness. 163 league appearances and 63 goals, giving him a rate better than 1 goal in 3. Was hampered by injury again this season, and never really recovered the form with which he ended the previous campaign. Was still a key player, however, although his two red cards for violent conduct also caused concern.

    Zak Ansah Moody, with a tendency to snatch at his shot a lot of the time, but utterly, utterly brilliant on his day. The only one of my players who consistently wants to move to a bigger club. I've tried - nobody wants him.

    Finances
    For the first time, the club have been consistently in the black all season. Helped by much higher attendances (average of 1631 compared with 893 in the last BSP campaign), decent trophy prize money, two TV appearances (£12k) and the Wembley trip we were about £150k in the positive at the end of the season. Which, incidentally, is what it is going to cost to install the required number of seats in Imperial Fields for League football.

    Next Season
    Some of my squad will make the step up. I'm confident about the spine of the team, but less so about the flanks. Wage budget is forecast to be about £6.5k, which doesn't give me a lot of wriggle room, when I take into account the wage rises that promotion will bring, but hopefully the attendances will be boosted again. At the end of the day it's another season which will be about survival. Theoretically, two relegation places are easier to avoid than four, but a couple of ten point deductions such as happened to Bury in League Two this season would help.

    Oh, and apparently we're turning professional straight away, which is going to be a challenge on the financial side.

    Targets
    1) Stay up
    2) Get to the third round of the FA Cup

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    Season    Division    Pos     FA Cup      Other Cups             Achievements
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    2012/13   BSS         10th    4th QR      FAT: 2nd R             None
    2013/14   BSS          2nd    2nd R       FAT: 2nd R             Promoted via Playoffs
    2014/15   BSP         21st    1st R       FAT: 1st R             Relegated
    2015/16   BSS          2nd    1st R       FAT: 1st R             Promoted via Playoffs
    2016/17   BSP          1st    1st R       FAT: Runners-Up        Promoted as Champions
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    #81 - Kingstonian. Season '25-'26. Premier League.

    League position: 12th
    FA Cup: Semi-final
    League Cup: 4R


    Summary: League table Past positions Squad Crap start, pulled it together, got crap again (3 points in 9 games!) then sorted it out in time to head into mid-table obscurity again. Same points and better GD than last year, but one place worse off. Cup run was nice, then got tonked by Arsenal in the semis.

    Transfers: Transfers New centre-back and play-maker were decent. Lost our GK (board, grrrr....) on the eve of the season and barely had time to get in a replacement, but he did just fine.

    Future prospects: As last year - club is financially healthy, backroom is adequately staffed, youth prospects are starting to come through. Club has just been taken over again - on the 4th chairman of my reign now. I'm hoping we can progress to Europe in the next couple of years.

    History:
    1718 - BSP 5th (Promoted through play-offs)
    1819 - L2 6th (Promoted through play-offs, JPT South area runners-up)
    2021 - L1 6th (Promoted through play-offs)
    2223 - Ch 2nd (Automatic promotion)
    2324 - PL 14th
    2425 - PL 11th
    2526 - PL 12th, FAC semi-finalists

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    AFC Hornchurch 2012-2013 Review

    As I said in one of my first posts, I have been doing this as a network game, so all 3 of us have been competing for signings and league positions. We had all participated in this challenge before, but never really worked our way through it properly. It began with me as AFC Hornchurch, and the other 2 as Lewes and FC United, with us all expecting at least promotion in the first season.

    I began the run-up to the start of the season well with pretty much a complete overhaul of the team, bringing in no less than 17 players to the squad. I intentionally signed a pretty much base starting 11, so made sure their fitness was quite decent, and they held up pretty much throughout the season for me and luckily had pretty much no injuries, and if there were, they were only for a few days. I set start of season expectations as top half finish to keep the board off my back if I went into a slump during the season, but was always expecting at least a play off spot.

    Transfers

    Best transfer was undoubtedly Anthony Thomas, and he earned Player of the season

    Also another key signing was David Brown who was Top goalscorer

    Close Season

    I ended up nicking the league by 2 points on the final day of the season (Final standings), only previously being top briefly at the start of the season. Went on ahorrible slump mid-way through but then picked it up again and seemed unstoppable in the final 10 games of the season, conceding only 3 and scoring 30+. In other competitions i done fairly disappointing other than the FA Cup where I got lucky with non league draws throughout (Competitions)

    The club was in a poor financial position due to over the budget wages, however since the board has injected some 210k into the club in installments and they have announced they are going to build a new stadium.

    Next season:

    Hoping for back-to-back promotion, but know it will be very difficult, managed to bring in Luke Freeman and Ozyakup who were released from arsenal so far, and signing loads of leading starts in teams around the BSP. Hopefully I can get in some more experienced players and I should be able to mount a challenge.

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    2012/2013	BSS		1st	4th QR	n/a		n/a		FAT: 3rd QR		Promotion as champions

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    Lewes - 2022/23 Premier End of Season Update - 1st

    Table | Positions | Transfers | Squad | Finances

    This had to be the year ... all focus to the premiership.

    This year we tried a bit of a different tact, the only big change was supposed to be the 22 million I spent on a physical beast of a CD, the rest of the incoming players being prospects. However the triggering of the minimum fee release on my right full back threw a bit of a spanner in the works. Good piece of business, I'd picked him up mid year for 7.75 million and he sold for 18.5. However due to the ordering of deals we'd slipped into deficit after our purchases and the board had cut the percentage of transfer revenue, so I only saw 20% of his price. In the end I decided that I'd make do with what I had and the young prospect I'd already brought in rather than overpay for mediocre talent.

    The draw came out and was kind to us, a really soft start meant I was hoping for none of the early season hiccups of years past. The team certainly delivered: only 5 goals conceded through 10 games with 9 wins and a draw had us looking good. Man U had even looked a little off their best and going into our away game against them I was hopeful that maybe they'd decided to play fair and let someone else have a chance. Of course we lost 4-0, I guess Man U weren't done with yet!

    However fixture congestion started to take hold, our games were getting pushed back, at one point we had 5 games in hand on Man U, and when even with that buffer they weren't far ahead of us it became clear it was Arsenal, not Man U who were the team to beat. We maintained a slight edge on them for most of the season, out away 3-1 loss to them giving them a look in, but the home clash got pushed back half a dozen times as both of us got other games schedules in its place.

    This meant going into the last week of the season we were equal with them in points, 1 goal down but a game in hand. However we had 4 games in 8 days so making that game count may be tough. It was clear that the game against Arsenal was the key ... win it and the title should be ours. After toughing out a 0-0 away draw against Chelsea, we played Arsenal 2 days later and managed a dominant performance although the 1-0 result didn't reflect it. 4 points clear now with 2 games to play to their 1 ... one more win to take the title and we romped it in with easy 3-0 and 4-0 results.

    The important one was in the bag ... 97 points and yet it wasn't a comfortable win at all ... tough fight considering 70 points had me in the race on the last day only a few years back!

    Community Shield - Winner.

    Nice to get another one over Man U to make it 3 cups in a row against them.

    European Super Cup - Lost.

    Can't win them all I guess ... Casabianca got the first of his 3 red cards for the year (managed to get one later in the week to get banned from the league too ... think he felt like a vacation). Solid effort to pull back from a goal down twice but taking the lead was too much to ask with 10 men and the penalties didn't go our way. The only blemish on our year really.

    Club World Championship - Winner.

    Should be a free trophy really and not sure how we managed to let them get ahead twice and take it to extra time.

    League Cup - Winner.

    Once, twice, three times league cup winners as Arsenal got hammered. Given the closeness of the league title race I expected it to be a tough battle but they put up basically zero resistance.

    FA Cup - Winner.

    Got a pretty favourable draw most of the way and although we never really played a full strength side (how could we, we had 2 games a week the whole bloody year) it was enough to get it done. West Ham have made some good cup runs only to run into us the last couple of years.

    Champions Cup - Winner.

    The only real challenge was Man U in the semis ... the European teams are really suffering from being in inactive leagues, I doubt any of them could finish above mid table in the premiership.

    Next Season

    There is no next year, challenge complete!

    Realistically if there was a next year I don't see why it wouldn't go down much the same ... we have a young squad, some good prospects in the under 18s, some prospects already scheduled to transfer in, we've signed possibly the best GK in the world to a pre-contract on a free mid year, have no real need to bring anyone expensive in to fill gaps (in fact I'd look to sell a couple of the AM/ST types we already have), we're well under wage budget, no reason not to think I could just keep on pressing continue and collecting trophies for a while.

    Given we already won everything bar the Euro Super Cup and won all but one of our home games across all competitions I don't really see what going around again would prove other than I can play past the point of needing to achieve anything ... much respect to those who manage to stave off boredom in their career threads where they just dominate for decades!

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    2012/13   BSS           1st     2nd Rnd     FAT RU                   Promoted, FA Trophy Runners Up
    2013/14   BSP           3rd     4th Rnd     FAT 4th Rnd              Promotion Finalists
    2014/15   BSP           1st     3rd Rnd     FAT Winners              Promoted, FA Trophy Winners
    2015/16   League 2      1st     3rd Rnd     JPT Winners, LC 3rd Rnd  Promoted, Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners
    2016/17   League 1      1st     3rd Rnd     JPT Winners, LC 3rd Rnd  Promoted, Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners
    2017/18   Championship  1st     SF          LC 3rd Rnd               Promoted, FA Cup Semi-Finalists
    2018/19   Premier       17th    3rd Rnd     LC 4th Rnd               -
    2019/20   Premier       3rd     SF          LC 3rd Rnd               Qualified for Champions Cup, FA Cup Semi-Finalists
    2020/21   Premier       2nd     4th Rnd     LC Winner, CC SF         League Cup Winners, Champions Cup Semi-Finalists
    2021/22   Premier       2nd     Winner      LC Winner, CC Winner     League Cup, FA Cup, Champions Cup treble
    2022/23   Premier       1st     Winner      CS, LC, CC, CWC Winner   Community Shield, Club World Cup, League Cup, FA Cup, Champions Cup, EPL Title

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    St. Albans – Championsship – 2025/26


    League Table

    Past Positions

    Wow! What a season. I didn’t expect to get promoted, so to win the league was an even bigger surprise.


    Squad

    Transfers



    Key Player Profiles:

    Bernard Mensah – Topscorer once again. This season he made 40 goals! A really great season from the old man!

    Luke Robbins – Decent season for the youth player.

    Jonathan Muntari – Best player together with the two above.




    Career Overview
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     2012/13   BSS                     9th         n/a
     2013/14   BSS                     1st         BSS
     2014/15   BSP                    10th         n/a
     2015/16   BSP                    12th         n/a
     2016/17   BSP                     4th         Promotion via Playoff
     2017/18   L2                      2nd         Automatic promotion
     2018/19   L1                     18th         n/a
     2019/20   L1                     11th         n/a
     2020/21   L1                      7th         n/a
     2021/22   L1                      4th         n/a
     2022/23   L1                     17th         n/a
     2023/24   L1                      1st         Automatic promotion
     2024/25   CH                     10th         n/a
     2025/26   CH                      1st         n/a
    Next Season

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    SURVIVE!
    SURVIVE!

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    Kingstonian. Season '26-'27. Premier League Champions!

    League position: 1st
    FA Cup: Quarter-final
    League Cup: Quarter-final


    Summary: League table Past positions Squad
    Well, this was unexpected! Unbeaten for first 13 games (10 wins, 3 draws) put us top as the usual contenders took points off each other. Despite a stumble through December we stayed top, and no other team could put together a consistent set of results. But then the run-in came, and we slipped; injuries and suspensions to key players, and poor form, meant we took 4 points from 5 games, just as Spurs hit their stride and came to within 3 points of us. The last game of the season was away at Perryman Park, we needed to draw, and only had 4 fit defenders available. Spurs scored first against, but gave away a soft penalty...... that was our only shot on target, but we held on and the title was ours.
    Cups were moderately successful, disappointed to lose on penalties to Ch Wolves in the LC and in a replay at Charlton in the FAC, but the runs gave some fringe players a bit of experience they needed - we didn't draw any team below Ch in either cup.
    Manager of the year award

    Transfers: Transfers A net spend of just £8.5m after I cleared out some fringe players and added Anderson (a left-back) and Roland Ababio, a creative midfielder who came 3rd in 2026 WC Golden Ball just after I'd signed him. He spent a lot of the season injured, and the real benefit came from the signings from the season before, who'd had time to mature and gel together.

    Future prospects: A young squad (avg age 22) with only a few fringe players moving on and with budget to spend means the future is bright. I don't think we'll crack Europe in the first season; we went to pieces in the run-in and ended up relying on our early season form to have built up a big enough cushion, so I think we'll struggle int he knock-out stages of the CL, if we get that far. Board is expanding the stadium to 27000 (9000 more seats) without any prompting. We started selling out after a few weeks on top of the PL.

    Key players:
    Matias Ciglic GK, signed in a hurry last season to replace the guy my board sold over my heard. Has turned into an commanding presence between the sticks.
    Alex Schneider Full-back, signed on a free in the Ch at 18.
    Anderson Brazilian left-back who loves to get forward.
    Frank van der Roer Giant Dutch centre-back, cost £7m but has helped stabilise a previously shaky back line.
    Lars Schober German holding midfielder
    Cedric Chambon, Everton, and Miguel Angel Uranga are the creative forces. Left-winger Everton won the PL Young Player of the Year award
    Milan Hlavacek striker who I nearly shipped out at the start of last year. Got his chance when the promising youngster I was building up got injured in pre-season, and took it with both hands. He has hit his peak and does little but score goals, but scores lots of them.
    Lee Griffiths club captain midfielder, has been with the club since the BSP. I keep thinking he's on the way out, but keeps on doing a job.

    History:
    1718 - BSP 5th (Promoted through play-offs)
    1819 - L2 6th (Promoted through play-offs, JPT South area runners-up)
    2021 - L1 6th (Promoted through play-offs)
    2223 - Ch 2nd (Automatic promotion)
    2324 - PL 14th
    2425 - PL 11th
    2526 - PL 12th, FAC semi-finalists
    2627 - PL Champions

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    Has anyone ever seen Frome promoted?

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    Chester FC ~ 2014-15 Season Update

    Table - Positions - Transfers


    Overview:

    Bad news in pre-season as striker Phillip Prosenik broke his leg, leaving the manager scrambling for a loan signing to cover for the absence. Fortunately, parent club Walsall were there to provide Kristjan Emilsson in a 6 month loan. After an up and down beginning to the season, we hit a bit of form (as did Emilsson) and we found ourselves sitting in second place. Not long after though we suffered a slump, which really cost us in the long term as we just missed out on consecutive league titles - falling behind to fierce rivals Wrexham. Going into the play-offs we were not very confident of gaining promotion, which was shown in our first leg tie away at Newport Count who thrashed us 4-0. A record sell out crowd packed into the Deva stadium for the return leg, hoping to see a monumental come back. Things started well, but the final score was only 2-1, the Newport goal really sank any hopes amongst Chester fans/players/staff around the ground and the game dribbled out. We have our chance to exact revenge on Newport next season, as they were beaten on penalties by Ebbsfleet in the play off final. Overall though the management has to be happy in reaching the BSP play offs in their first season in the division, matching their season expectations.

    As for the cups, things faired little better. The club did reach the first round proper of the FA Cup, but this achievement was overshadowed by the loss to Evo-Stik Southern Premier side Chippenham Town in the fixture. Surprisingly, we were not their biggest scalp, as they went on to defeat both League 2 opposition and Championship opponents before being found out against Premiership side West Ham in the fourth round. The FA Trophy saw us fail to progress as far as last season, a hard fought loss against eventual winners Wrexham left the fans disappointed as we exited the competition in the fourth round.

    Arguably, the biggest news of the season was centred around transfers. Early on in the season there was a surprise departure in David Goldsmith, with a £10k offer being accepted by the club and the management wondering how they managed to get that much for the player! As the season progressed though, stories about star player Sean Thornton repeatedly refusing to open negotiations on a new deal appeared in many of the local papers. With the threat of the club losing him on a free at the end of the season, it was decided to cash in. Many teams throughout the English divisions bid for the player, but the player decided to travel north of the border and join up with surprise bidders Hearts! As soon as the deal was confirmed, the management wasted no time in signing a replacement. Sebastian Lletget was available on a free after being released by West Ham, failing to do enough to earn a contract there or at any of the clubs he was loaned out too during his time on their books. Their loss is my gain!

    Also, it has recently been announced that Bakula scored the goal of the season (youtube link). It was our first goal of the season, in the first league fixture of the season! All been downhill from there in terms of quality, obviously

    Targets:

    Automatic Promotion
    FAT Final
    FA Cup first round.

    History:

    Season Division Position Cups/Achievements
    2012-13 Blue Square North 3rd Play-off finals
    2013-14 Blue Square North 1st FAT runners up, Manager of the Season
    2014-15 Blue Square Premier 2nd Play-off semi finals, Goal of the Season





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    Canvey Island - 2023/24 End of Season Update - PL
    Another chance passing us by...

    League (Positions) : We had a indifferent start, losing 2 of the first 3. But once we reached the summit, we never let up. Secured the title with 5 games to go, then only gained 1 win from those last 5

    Cups
    Community Shield : Is this a cup? Might as well put it in here. A win this season, though I would've liked to win by more considering how in top we were.

    League Cup : Cruised to the semis, fell in the semis.

    FA Cup
    (Final) : Cruised to the semis, in which we needed a bit of luck. Luck then deserted us in the final.

    Champions League : Groups are getting easier each season. The only blemish was losing a 4-0 home lead at home to CSKA Moscow.

    Last 16 saw us travel to Munich, and after a 0-0 draw in Germany we eased through the home tie 4-1.

    Juventus were our quarter-final opponents, however our dominance was never established in either leg - losing both legs in a tight affair.

    Squad (1)(2) and Transfers: Taking the rotation policy to the extreme, C.Jezequel had the highest number of starts, but only had 38 from 60. A nice spread of goals around the attacking positions too which is nice I suppose. Sold 6 club-grown players to rivals this season, hopefully that won't come back to haunt us in the coming seasons.

    Player of the Season : Enzo Capobianco - AML

    Interesting decision to pick one this season, as again no-one really stood out ahead of the rest. Signed from Inter for £2m last season, not a bad investment you think?

    Finances
    : Another loss-making year, if transfer activity is withdrawn, with salaries increasing too. And Costa's contract is up in 12 months too, not sure I can really afford his £200k p/w demands.

    Other Stuff :
    Carlos Alberto Costa won a 2nd consecutive World Golden Ball, alongside winning the World Player of the Year and a place in the World Team of the Year.

    Up to 5th in the rich list at the start of this season, still a bit away from Madrid though.

    2024 CL final was an El Classico , Barcelona winning 2-1 after extra time. That was the first same-nation CL final since 2008, but more surprisingly at least one Spanish team has made the CL final in 9 out of the last 10 years

    History:
    2012-13: BSS - 1st
    2013-14: BSP - 1st, FA Trophy Winners
    2014-15: L2 - 1st, JPT Winners
    2015-16: L1 - 1st, JPT Winners
    2016-17: CH - 2nd
    2017-18: PL - 7th
    2018-19: PL - 7th
    2019-20: PL - 1st, LC Winners, EC Winners
    2020-21: PL - 1st, LC Winners, FA Cup Winners, ESC Winners
    2021-22: PL - 2nd, CS Winners, LC Winners, FA Cup Winners
    2022-23: PL - 1st
    2023-24: PL - 1st, CS Winners

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    Has anyone ever seen Frome promoted?
    I'm now in 2030 and still no sign of them

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    Harrow Borough | Season 2038/39 | Barclays Premier League



    Table | Positions Graph | Squad | Finances | Transfers

    Most of the activity in the summer was concerned with re-signing old players rather than signing new players ahead of the last season in the "old" Harrow Stadium. Although I'm always keen to add extra quality if it's around, I felt that my first XI was up there with the best in Europe, so I was keen to maintain the squad and perhaps then add a little more depth. We were stretched last season especially in midfield, and with Cabello's career all but over because of a cruciate injury, we needed more there. I got cover for the whole spine of the team, and in Jesse Gordien I signed a top class youngster who was already of Champions' League quality at just 18.

    We won another trophy at Wembley against Burnley, though we required penalties to win the Community Shield.

    The main Cup Runs were equally successful, at first. The Carling Cup saw our first final in the competition, and a chance to win the last domestic major trophy that had eluded us. Liverpool were the opponents on February 27th, and we didn't have a good start. 2-0 down with minutes to go before half-time, Ondjola and Martinez grabbed goals either side of the break to leave us at 2-2 with the momentum on our side. We looked a little silverware-shy for a while after that, dominating the game but refusing to get a goal, but with 8 minutes left, Ondjola popped up to give us a priceless win with what was already his 30th goal of the season. One trophy was in the bag, but I had my eye on all four. By this stage we had lost just two games all season - one in the group phase of the Champions' League, and just one in the league - on the opening day. We hadn't lost, in fact, since 29th September.

    So we went into the FA Cup replay with Man Utd, determined to keep up the dream of the clean-sweep. My injury crisis, which was already depriving me of three strikers that day alongside another cup-tied striker, struck again with Martinez going off injured just 76 seconds into the game. It necessitated a change of formation, but the resulting free-kick was put away by Baggio to give us an early lead. We took a battering, then, for 86 minutes, before the equaliser came just two and a half-minutes from time. But NO! It was chalked off! We lived to fight another day, it seemed. But inevitably, with the two minutes of injury-time entering its fourth minute, Xarophinho popped up to take the game to extra-time. To be fair, United had deserved it, but to lose the lead so late was gut-wrenching. It didn't feel like our day. A string of brilliant saves by Platnauer in extra-time were vital, but we never looked a threat, and it was a relief to get to penalties. Now, we had been battered for almost two hours in the game, but surely with Platnauer on such great form, we were favourites?

    He got close to two of the first four United penalties, but couldn't keep them out. Luckily, my players matched them stride-for-stride, and at 4-4, we entered sudden-death penalties early, and it was cruel for Jesse Gordien, when he hit the bar. The previous United penalty had been almost exactly the same but the first one struck the underside of the bar and went in, whereas Gordien's went back out again. Football, bloody hell! We went out 5-4 on penalties to United, and the quadruple dream was over. Still, the defeat only on penalties meant that we had set a new record of 36 games unbeaten in all competitions, and we were still going....

    But this quasi-defeat seemed to be about to prove catastrophic when we found ourselves 3-0 down at Spurs in the next league game just 18 minutes in. Our 27-game unbeaten run in the league during this time had left us 7 points clear at the top, but with the Champions' League distraction coming into play, I wanted to secure the title as soon as possible. However, before the hour mark, Spurs made it 4-0, and with two more strikers getting injured, leaving me with a patched-up, makeshift team, this game was clearly over, our unbeaten run was over, and I feared our title charge might also be over.

    Having qualified with ease from a tough group involving Lyon and Milan, we were 2-1 up after the home leg of the knockout round clash with Sevilla. Now this second leg became an even bigger game for us. We needed to halt the slide after a tough ten days or so. Ondjola provided the perfect start, scoring the away-goal after just 20 seconds. Platnauer scored an own-goal just before half-time, but we still had a goal lead and the comfort of knowing that away goals could only win the game for us, now. The players seemed calm, and that shone through - the last few minutes should have been nervy after what had happened against United - a goal for Seville would have taken it to extra-time again - but we saw out the game without alarm and were through to the Quarter-Finals, with the draw paring us with Inter. Barcelona were almost certain to be our Semi-Final opponents for the 2nd season running if we beat the Nerazzurri.

    Now we really had to knuckle down and secure the title again. Before a trip to OT, we had an "easy" run with trips to Ipswich and Swansea either side of a visit from Newcastle. We needed three wins from those games without a shadow of a doubt. But we had a horrific injury crisis by this point - eight players were injured, and a further two away on international duty for the Ipswich game, which meant a grey player at left-back, and Cabello, zimmerframe et al., in an unfamiliar poacher's role. Still, we managed to come away from Portman Road with a hard-fought, come-from-behind 2-1 victory. It was much easier against Newcastle at home, where the 5-1 win could easily have been 10-1. Liverpool's defeat in the Merseyside derby restored our 7-point lead at the top, too.

    Inter's visit to Harrow Stadium was dogged unavailable strikers once more. Martinez and Gil were still injured, and Ondjola was now suspended after his 3rd yellow card against Sevilla, so Derbali filled in up front. In the circumstances, a 1-0 defeat wasn't a bad result, but it did mean we needed to score at least twice in the San Siro. A disappointing 1-1 draw with Swansea that weekend wasn't the best preparation, but Ondjola was back for the 2nd leg, and levelled the tie just before half-time. Unfortunately, just 80 seconds before the interval, Inter equalised on the night, and suddenly a 2nd away goal wasn't just desirable but essential. But Samba popped up just after the hour mark with a fantastically poached goal, and suddenly it looked like we were going through. It went into the final minute still at 2-2 on aggregate, and after last season's last minute despair against Barcelona, I made a substitution or two to run down the clock. But with 92 minutes on the clock, and two substitutes waiting on the sidelines ready to come on, after Osuna had come on for Markevich two minutes before, the killer blow came yet again. Is it just fate that I will never win this competition??? The goal was also fairly clearly offside.

    After the disappointment of having to wait at least another season to complete the challenge, we badly needed to pick ourselves up to secure a second successive title. A visit to Old Trafford was the ideal chance to do exactly that at the start of the run-in. A goal conceded on the stroke of half-time was not ideal, however. We chased a goal through the whole of the second half and it was inevitable that United would get a second at some point if we didn't. Eventually the lead was doubled in injury-time. It had been a valiant effort in a losing cause - but it left us just two points clear of United with five games to go. Having lost the first game before going on such a long unbeaten run, we had now got just seven points from the last five games. With Liverpool and Arsenal still to come to the old Harrow Stadium for one last visit, it was looking like a disappointing season. A win against Newport a few days later was essential. Two goals in the first fifteen minutes was much more like it, and we went on to score four more, although three of them were disallowed! But we had the vital win that put us back in the driving seat for the title. The visit of Liverpool was now completely central to our title ambitions, and taking a 1-0 lead soon after the hour thanks to Jicha made me feel good about things. It continued to look good until just five minutes before the end of the game, when a stonking free-kick levelled the scores. Our form being what it was, I thought we'd go on to lose the game, so it actually felt like a bit of a relief when the final whistle went at 1-1. But given that Liverpool's form had been even worse, it was a major chance missed, and now the title was out of our hands - United's superior goal-difference meaning that the three points that separated us with United having played a game less were almost irrelevant. The next day, United trounced Newcastle at St James' Park, and we were knocked down into 2nd for the first time in months, facing the prospect of the most spectacular collapse in Premiership history.

    We were handed a reprieve, however, before the next game, as Swansea nicked a point at Old Trafford. But you just knew that the visit to the DW Stadium would be fatal, given the season we were having. One of the worst performances in my 27 years at Harrow led to a 2-0 defeat and seemingly curtains for our title challenge. United completed the first half of a potential double by beating Chelsea in the Cup Final, and with Newport away and Ipswich at home for their last two matches, it looked out of the question that they would slip up, whereas the visit of Arsenal to Harrow Stadium for the last ever match there looked like an away banker. Ondjola gave us the lead, however, and hope was restored. Sagna doubled the lead soon after half-time, and I was cursing my luck that this sort of performance had deserted us so many times in the final month or two of the season. It was an impressive 2-0 win, but it wasn't going to be good enough. United and Chelsea both won, and I needed to win my last game against Burnley whilst hoping Ipswich and Everton did me a favour against United and Chelsea respectively. However, United had the Europa League Final before the final league match, and Chelsea had the Champions' League Final just after it, so there was always a chance they would both be distracted enough to take their eye off the ball. United won another penalty-shootout against Milan to secure a cup double. Meanwhile, Harrow Stadium saw another takeover, which cleared our debts. With the move to the New Harrow Stadium just weeks away, this was helpful in giving us a baseline from which to build with the extra income coming in as of next year.

    So next year and looking forward, the future looks bright. More titles will come, I'm sure, and the Champions' League is sure to arrive eventually. But for this season, it was clearly not meant to be. We scraped past Burnley, with a late goal restoring our lead after a careless equaliser from the home team after an hour. But Chelsea and United scored 8 goals between them and we finished third by a hair's breadth. United won another treble, albeit with the Europa League rather than the Champions' League, and a horrible end to the season really cost us.

    Key Players

    Ibrahim Orvambo - the engine-room. His influence is now completely essential, and we don't win if he's not playing.
    Odilon Ondjola* - not as many goals as last year, but 37 isn't bad!
    Samba Sagna - leads the assist charts and not a bad goalscoring contribution, either.
    Regis Mpinda - evergreen defensive midfielder, outshone the expensive Cascon.
    Jaguare - the highest win percentage of anyone who played more than a single game demonstrates Jaguare's importance to this side.


    Slight disappointments this year: Jicha, whose goals dried up a bit despite becoming the club's record league goalscorer this season, and Platnauer, whose reliability has dipped, rather. I think he was responsible for quite a few goals during the implosion at the end of the season.

    (*= fans' player of the year)

    The team of the year
    The historical best XI - Platnauer, Coronel and Ondjola all rightly inducted. Finally, I have a couple of players in there with more than 100 goals to their names!

    Ondjola came 2nd in the Players' Player of the Year, aswell as 3rd in the golden boot race.
    Orvambo scored the Goal of the Season.
    Platnauer won the Golden Glove once again.
    All three of the above were in the Premiership Select XI, with Sagna on the bench.


    Key Records Broken
    Highest Gate Receipts: £575k v AC Milan, Champions' League Group Phase, 14th September.
    Most League Appearances: 403 - Tobias Neumeier, overtaking Giasoumis Avgousti (388).
    Most League Goals: 85 - Ondrej Jicha, overtaking Abian Serrano (83).
    Most Games Without Losing: 36, 2nd October to 2nd March.
    Most Games Without Conceding: 7, 23rd October to 20th November.

    Valete (Or, key departures and their career stats)

    REGIS MPINDA
    His last season was his best by a distance - the only season that came close was the one he spent in the Championship. But at 31, I felt the time was right to cash in, with Cascon waiting in the wings along with very bright youngsters Duez and Paul (watch those spaces). He moved to Ipswich for £5m. A loyal servant.
    APPS: 361, GOALS: 5, ASSISTS: 50, MoM: 12, AvR: 7.08

    JOSE FELIX CABELLO
    Retired after many years of wonderful service to the club. A bit of a legend in my eyes. All for £10k! Only dropped below a season's average rating of 7 twice, once in a relegation year, and in his final season which was blighted by a long-term injury. £10k for the following career stats? Ta very much!
    APPS: 405, GOALS: 45, ASSISTS: 91, MoM: 27, AvR: 7.15

    PABLO MARTINEZ
    Haven't had many flops, but this guy was definitely one of them. Sold to Porto for a loss of nearly £7m after two and a half years saw the Uruguayan score just twelve goals.
    APPS: 70, GOALS: 12, ASSISTS: 19, MoM: 5, AvR: 7.10

    Next season, we need to restore our status as the top team in England. If we can sneak the Champions' League, too, then great, but that's not really our priority right now. The new board, which took over in May, have cleared our debts and upgraded our facilities, and of course our new stadium will be opened in August, capacity 22,349. All of this should help raise the club's stature.

    Targets for 2038/39
    Win the Champions' League. FAILURE, the injury crisis during the second half of the CL campaign was costly, we should have scored a few more goals against Inter.
    Increase the depth of the squad so that injury crises aren't so crucial. FAILURE. See above.
    Keep the top players at the club. SUCCESS - no big players left this year, but I need a few supplementary ones.

    Targets for 2039/40
    Increase the depth of the squad so that injury crises arent' so crucial.
    Get to the Semi-Finals of the CL at least.
    Win the Premiership again.


    In other news, Barcelona, who would undoubtedly have beaten us even if we had beaten Inter in the Champions' League, beat Chelsea to win their third consecutive title. Man Utd won everything else, apart from the League Cup (see above!).

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    2012/13     Blue Square South         17th      45       Stayed clear of relegation.
    2013/14     Blue Square South          3rd      80       Playoff runners-up.
    2014/15     Blue Square South          2nd      91       Promoted via playoffs.
    2015/16     Blue Square Premier       13th      64       Mid-table finish.
    2016/17     Blue Square Premier       10th      63       Move to Harrow Stadium completed.
    2017/18     Blue Square Premier       17th      57       None.
    2018/19     Blue Square Premier       15th      56       Drew with Forest in FA Cup!
    2019/20     Blue Square Premier        7th      73       FA Trophy Winners.
    2020/21     Blue Square Premier        4th      77       Playoff semi-finalists; FA Trophy Winners.
    2021/22     Blue Square Premier        1st      90       Promoted as Champions; FA Trophy Winners.
    2022/23     Coca-Cola League Two       1st      92       Promoted automatically, and at the first attempt!
    2023/24     Coca-Cola League One       3rd      87       Playoff Final runners up; FA Cup 4th round.
    2024/25     Coca-Cola League One       7th      77       JPT Runner-up.
    2025/26     Coca-Cola League One       1st      97       Promoted as Champions.
    2026/27     Coca-Cola Championship    10th      68       Stadium Expansion to just over 7,000 all-seater planned.
    2027/28     Coca-Cola Championship    16th      53       Expansion to 7,582 all-seater completed, further expansion of 1,580 seats planned.
    2028/29     Coca-Cola Championship    10th      66       Expansion completed to 9,162 capacity.
    2029/30     Coca-Cola Championship     2nd      89       Promotion; Carling Cup Q-Final; FA Cup R5, incl. victory v. Tottenham; Stadium expansion announced (3,500 seats).
    2030/31     Barclays Premier League   20th      18       Expansion to 12,662 capacity stadium completed; FA Cup Runner-up & Europa League Qualification.
    2031/32     Coca-Cola Championship     2nd      96       Europa League 2nd K/O Round, Promotion.
    2032/33     Barclays Premier League   12th      49       Carling Cup S-Final.
    2033/34     Barclays Premier League   12th      46       None.
    2034/35     Barclays Premier League    4th      72       Qualified for the Champions League.
    2035/36     Barclays Premier League    3rd      80       Qualified for the CL group stage automatically.
    2036/37     Barclays Premier League    4th      73       FA Cup Winners.
    2037/38     Barclays Premier League    1st      85       Community Shield Winners, Premiership Champions, Stage 1 of Challenge Complete.
    2038/39     Barclays Premier League    3rd      78       Community Shield Winners, Carling Cup Winners.
    TROPHY CABINET - MAJOR TROPHIES
    Code:
    Premiership: 2038
    FA Cup: 2037
    Carling Cup: 2039
    Community Shield: 2037, 2038
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    THE PARTICIPANTS

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    Manager                Team Managed           Season         Division          Season Updates   Last Post
    
    
    1.  columbouk          Hastings United*       2014-15        Blue Square South       2          Lost in BSS play-offs in 2014
    
    2.  Thebaker           Worksop                2015-16        Blue Square Premier     3          Just missed p/offs in 2015
    
    3.  JB                 FC United              2012-13        Blue Square North       0          Start
    
    4.  Gympsum            Worksop                2016-17        Coca-Cola League One    4          Promoted in 2016
    
    5.  Cerneo             Worksop                2015-16        Coca-Cola League Two    3          Promoted in 2015
    
    6.  Dons               Hitchin                2021-22        Coca-Cola Championship  9          Promoted in 2021
    
    7.  Hypanimz           Banbury Utd            2014-15        Coca-Cola League Two    2          Promoted in 2014
    
    8.  Xaw                Chesham                2018-19        Coca-Cola League One    6          Promoted in 2018
    
    9.  DarrenP            Hastings Utd           2013-14        Blue Square South       1          Mid-table in 2013
    
    10. GreyedOutMan       Harrow Borough         2013-14        Blue Square South       8##        Avoided relegation in 2013
    
    11. CSF                Chesham                2013-14        Blue Square Premier     1          Promoted via playoffs in 2013
    
    12. omgwtfbbq          FC United              2013-14        Blue Square Premier     1          Promotion via playoffs in 2013
    
    13. CityAndColour      Canvey Island          2016-17        Blue Square Premier     4          Promoted in 2016
    
    14. Lanthal            Oxford City            2014-15        Blue Square South       2          Lost in playoffs in 2014
    
    15. deadfncat          Chesham                2021-22        Coca-Cola League One    9          Promotion via playoffs in 2021
    
    16. ArcaderKP          Hednesford Town        2012-13        Blue Square North       0          Start
    
    17. spankie            St Albans              2013-14        Blue Square South       1          Lost in playoff final in 2013
    
    18. reddevil4ever      Bedford Town           2012-13        Blue Square North       6 $        Restarted
    
    19. froggy88           FC United              2012-13        Blue Square North       0          Start
    
    20. Mr Beefy           Chippenham             2015-16        Blue Square South       3          Just missed playoffs in 2015
    
    21. HypnoticNLP        Carshalton             2012-13        Blue Square South       0          Start
    
    22. Swinburn           FC United              2015-16        Coca-Cola League Two    3          Promoted via playoffs in 2015
    
    23. Welsh Wizard       Tooting & Mitcham      2017-18        Barclay's Premiership   5          CCC Champions in 2017
    
    24. DizzyIzzyB13       Chippenham             2013-14        Blue Square Premier     1          Promoted via playoffs in 2013
    
    25. global1            AFC Hornchurch**       2012-13        Blue Square South       1          Mid-table finish in 2013, FA Cup 3rd round.
    
    26. jsar               Chippenham             2013-14        Blue Square Premier     1          Promoted via playoffs in 2014; FA Trophy winners.
    
    27. Nottingham Forest  Bury Town              2012-13        Blue Square North       0          Start
    
    28. BigVanVader        Margate                2015-16        Blue Square Premier     3          Promoted via playoffs in 2015
    
    29. DarrenP            Hastings United        2012-13        Blue Square South       0          Start
    
    30. MikaelS            Chippenham             2012-13        Blue Square South       0          Start
    
    31. Muggert            Bedford                2015-16        Coca-Cola League Two    3          Promoted via playoffs in 2015
    
    32. littleblue50       Stocksbridge Park      2012-13        Blue Square North       0          Start
    
    33. Wayne814           Chester                2014-15        Blue Square North       2          Lost in BSN P/off Semi-Final in 2014
    
    34. DanBHTFC           Hendon                 2022-23        Coca-Cola League One    11         Survived in 2022
    
    35. jnrsnes            Hendon                 2013-14        Blue Square Premier     1          New stadium and promotion in 2013
    
    36. Archie Blagger     Cambridge City         2012-13        Blue Square South       0          Start
    
    37. MattSpurs94        Northwich Victoria     2015-16        Blue Square Premier     3          Avoided relegation in 2015
    
    38. steveoc999         Bury Town              2015-16        Blue Square Premier     3          Promotion in 2015
    
    39. The_shocker7       Oxford City            2012-13        Blue Square South       0          Start
    
    40. Blackmama          Chester                2012-13        Blue Square North       0          Start
    
    41. GoalieManPat121    Matlock                2014-15        Coca-Cola League Two    2          Promoted via playoffs in 2014
    
    42. glennuk            Bury Town              2014-15        Blue Square Premier     2          Mid-table finish in 2014
    
    43. Sheppardinio       Wingate & Finchley     2012-13        Blue Square South       0          Start
    
    44. Brizza             Carshalton             2016-17        Coca-Cola League One    4          Promoted in 2016
    
    45. Drew the C.E.      FC United              2012-13        Blue Square North       6^         Restarted
    
    46. Dave.              Banbury United         2016-17        Blue Square Premier     4          Avoided relegation in 2016
    
    47. bigturnip          Kingstonian            2012-13        Blue Square North       0          Start
    
    48. Impale             Redditch               2014-15        Blue Square Premier     2          Lost in playoffs in 2014
    
    49. Babaginoosh        Tooting & Mitcham      2014-15        Blue Square Premier     2          Promoted in 2014
    
    50. Indsæt Navn        Chippenham             2014-15        Blue Square Premier     2          Promoted in 2014
    
    51. DeadPanda          Hitchin                2012-13        Blue Square North       0          Start
    
    52. Crispypaul         Bradford Park Avenue   2014-15        Coca-Cola League Two    2          Promoted as champions in 2014
    
    53. Cardiovascular     Chesham                2013-14        Blue Square South       1          Mid-table finish in 2013
    
    54. Scottehhhh         Stafford Rangers       2014-15        Blue Square North       2          Mid-table finish in 2014
    
    55. dr p wigwam        Bedford                2013-14        Blue Square North       1          Mid-table finish in 2013
    
    56. Scab               East Thurrock          2014-15        Blue Square Premier     2          Promoted via playoffs in 2014
    
    57. 19091909           Margate                2012-13        Blue Square South       0          Start
    
    58. CasFan             Bradford Park Avenue   2013-14        Blue Square North       1          Avoided relegation in 2013
    
    59. tapwater           Wingate & Finchley     2012-13        Blue Square South       2***       Restarted
    
    60. shaggy61           Bedford                2012-13        Blue Square North       0          Start
    
    61. benrollo           Oxford City            2012-13        Blue Square South       0          Start
    
    62. brettles1108       Margate                2012-13        Blue Square South       0          Start
    
    63. jskovc             Bedford                2013-14        Blue Square North       1          Avoided relegation in 2013
    
    64. ism-scfc           Northwich Victoria     2012-13        Blue Square North       0          Start
    
    65. timers             Weymouth               2012-13        Blue Square South       0          Start
    
    66. Quavis             Chippenham             2012-13        Blue Square South       0          Start
    
    67. NZAaza             Lewes                  2013-14        Blue Square Premier     1          Promoted via playoffs in 2013
    
    68. G_D_K              Hastings United        2013-14        Blue Square South       1          Mid-table in 2013
    
    69. foost              Redditch United        2012-13        Blue Square North       0          Start
    
    70. kccircle           Buxton                 2012-13        Blue Square North       0          Start
    
    71. mattboy_slim       Hitchin                2012-13        Blue Square North       0          Start
    
    72. Gman               Chippenham Town        2015-16        Coca-Cola League Two    3          Promoted in 2015
    
    73. Sam97              FC United              2015-16        Coca-Cola League Two    3          Promoted via playoffs in 2015
    
    74. Monkface           Hitchin                2013-14        Blue Square Premier     1          Promoted in 2013, manager of the year
    
    75. Braumiller         Hastings United        2012-13        Blue Square South       0          Start
    
    76. MattJD             Kingstonian            2012-13        Blue Square South       0          Start
    
    77. Eman               Hendon                 2012-13        Blue Square South       0          Start
    
    78. ThreeSixty         Kingstonian            2012-13        Blue Square South       0          Start
    
    79. Leroy1500          Hastings United        2014-15        Blue Square Premier     2          Avoided relegation in 2014
    
    80. ColinGreener       Hendon                 2013-14        Blue Square Premier     1          Promoted via play-offs in 2013
    
    81. S/S Robbie Earle   Kingstonian            2014-15        Blue Square South       2          Mid-table finish in 2014
    
    82. Utdchamp           FC United              2013-14        Blue Square Premier     1          Promoted in 2013
    
    83. craigjuk           Oxford City            2012-13        Blue Square South       0          Start
    
    84. Andrew Haines      Hastings United        2015-16        Coca-Cola League Two    3          Promoted in 2015
    
    85. Wellyboo           Bedford Town           2012-13        Blue Square North       0          Start
    
    86. Gilbster           AFC Hornchurch#        2016-17        Blue Square South       4          Relegated in 2016
    
    87. Hedger14           FC United              2013-14        Blue Square Premier     1          Promoted in 2013
    
    88. heat02             Bury Town              2012-13        Blue Square North       0          Start
    
    89. mikeytk            Canvey Island          2013-14        Blue Square South       1          Lost in playoffs in 2013
    
    90. dinthead           FC United              2012-13        Blue Square North       0          Start
    
    91. HF Dwarf           Lewes                  2013-14        Blue Square South       1          Just missed playoffs in 2013
    
    92. Shrewsbury_howie $ Bury Town              2013-14        Blue Square North       1          Mid-table finish in 2013
    
    93. PullThePlug        Billericay             2012-13        Blue Square South       0          Start
    
    94. Delnaja            Canvey Island          2013-14        Blue Square South       1          Promoted in 2013
    
    95. Darren 1983        Kingstonian            2012-13        Blue Square North       0          Start
    
    96. grff               FC United              2014-15        Blue Square North       2          Mid-table finish in 2014
    
    97. Nickolaidis        Weymouth               2013-14        Blue Square South       1          Mid-table finish in 2013
    
    98. TUQ                Hastings United        2012-13        Blue Square South       0          Start
    
    99. menace-            Hitchin                2012-13        Blue Square North       0          Start
    
    100.James Homer        Harrow Borough         2012-13        Blue Square South       0          Start
    
    101.ScottishSteven     Canvey Island          2012-13        Blue Square South       0          Start
    
    102.Anti Spiral        Harrow Borough         2012-13        Blue Square South       1          Mid-table finish in 2013
    
    103.Junior89           Marine                 2012-13        Blue Square North       0          Start
    
    104.bennyd81           Marine                 2012-13        Blue Square North       0          Start
    
    *Note: Started with Billericay originally

    **Note: Started with Chesham originally
    ***Note: Restarted after two posts as Marine
    #Note: Started with Harrow originally
    $Note: No initial screenshot.
    ^Note: 6 posts as Lowestoft.
    ##Note: 7 posts as Worksop.
    $Note: 6 posts as Hastings Utd.



    Current Teams:
    FC United 10.
    Hastings Utd 8.
    Chippenham 7.
    Bedford Town 6.
    Bury Town, Kingstonian, Hitchin 5. [15]
    Canvey Island, Chesham, Hendon, Oxford City 4. [16]
    Harrow Borough, Worksop, Margate 3. [9]
    Lewes, Chester, Carshalton, Banbury Utd, Marine, Tooting & Mitcham, Bradford PA, Northwich Victoria, Wingate & Finchley, Redditch, Weymouth, AFC Hornchurch 2. [24]
    St Albans, Hednesford Town, Stocksbridge Park, Cambridge City, Matlock, East Thurrock, Stafford Rangers, Buxton, Billericay 1. [9]

    Leagues:
    BSN: 29
    BSS: 37
    BSP: 22
    L2: 9
    L1: 5
    CH: 1 (Dons' Hitchin)
    PREM: 1 (Welsh Wizard's Tooting & Mitcham)

    Thread HoF
    11 end of season posts: DanBHTFC.
    9 end of season posts: deadfncat, Dons.
    8 end of season posts: GreyedOutMan
    6 end of season posts: XaW, reddevil4ever, Drew the CE


    Total End of Season Posts: 169
    100th post: CityAndColour's Canvey Island

    Up to date up to post #: 2152


    I will try to keep this updated as often as time permits, but my big plea to anyone who is reading this is PLEASE check it from time to time for me or I have to spend hours doing it!
    Thanks for this it must have taken lots of work.

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    yeah - it did - which is why I havent been doing it for about 2 months now! I never realised how much work it would be and frankly, it's not something I can maintain, even when I don't have a job, which I didn't then but do now! Sorry!

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    Bedford Town - Season 2021/22 - Barclays Premiership

    Squad - Table - Transfers - Finances

    Final position: 12nd

    FA Cup: 4th Rnd loss to Manchester United(0-1 away)
    Carling Cup: Semifinal loss to Liverpool(1-5 on aggregate)

    Best result: 3-1 win home against League-winners Tottenham
    Worst result: 1-4 loss away to Arsenal
    Top goalscorer: Ryan Dunlop, 15(13 in PL)
    Most assists: Marco Oliveira, 8(6 in PL)
    Highest Average rating: Ryan Dunlop, 7.10 (7.10 in PL)

    2021-22 Season Review:

    Wow... Playing above all expectations all season... Stayed close to a spot in the euro-league most of the season. Stumbling in the final ten games to a 12th spot. We moved into our new stadium.

    Player of the season:

    Ryan Dunlop - S C - Newly signed.. Took about 5-6 appearances, but then he got rolling. 15 goals in 31 games

    Other Key Players

    Ümit Seker - DM/M C - I would have liked to replace him, but he played a lot better tha nexpected!

    Marco Oliveira - D/DM/MC C - Still number one on the team-sheet. Will have a place on this team for years to come

    Colin Innes - M/AM C - Yet another decent season. Will he be back next year?

    2022/23 Season Preview:

    The board are planning an expansion to our stadium, bringing the capacity crowd up till 22.000, besides this we're using the money from the PL to build a solid foundation. Hence an upgrade to both youth and training facilities are planned as well. i will be happy to survive in the Premiership one more year. Survival is the only objective for the new season. But acquiring a couple of decent young players would be nice too

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    Canvey Island - 2024/25 End of Season Update - PL
    A job well done...

    League (Positions) : Ay Caramba! Where did that Chelsea performance come from? Absolutely unstoppable they were for the first half of the season, at which point we were already 20 points off the pace. Somehow kept up their amazing pace in the 2nd half to secure a CL spot for next season, whilst they managed to get a league-record 99 points.

    Cups
    Community Shield : Is this a cup? Might as well put it in here. Not good, not good at all. The least said about this the better.

    League Cup (Final) : Cruised to the semis, where we tried our best to lose to Villa. Somehow managed to beat the Chelsea juggernaut in the final though.

    FA Cup
    : Truthfully we didn't deserve to beat Brighton, who are a L1 side. Kept it tight against the runaway leaders, but ultimately they were too good then.

    Champions League : Erm, I think 29 goals in the Group Stage alone is some sort of record. Just a hunch any ways.

    We somehow managed to get the reigning runners-up in the last 16 after they finished behind Villa in their group. Amazing I know, but not as amazing as winning both in Madrid and at Canvey.

    Quarter-Finals saw us go against Milan, so in typical Italian fashion the first leg was a goal bonanza ending 5-3. A tighter second leg in Milan [1-1] made sure of our progress to the Semis.

    In the semi-finals this year were ourselves, Man City, Inter Milan and Aston Villa. Fair to say we dodged a bullet by picking out Villa as our opponents, even if they had beaten Madrid in the groups. A tighter than that first leg [0-0] made the return tie anyone's guess, but out defence held firm for 2 games in a row (a shock in itself this season ) to take us to the final.

    The final saw us against Inter Milan, who incidentally are one of the few European sides not to have poached Canvey Island players. Despite battering them throughout the 90 mins, as well as their star CB getting red carded, we were unable to put the game to bed. Well we did, but conceded a 90th minute equaliser against 10 men. Never fear though, as we dominated the proceedings in the extra 30 mins; cumulating in a superb striker by Capobianco (last season's player of the year) with just 3 minutes to go. This time we could see out the game, finally giving us our first Champions League.

    Squad (1)(2) and Transfers: Risky business this season, trying to cope almost entirely on club-grown players. Realising this wasn't working in some areas, a couple of young reinforcements were brought in in January. Costa after his constant whining got his move away (and the £205k p/w wages he wanted) and some under performing players got the boot too.

    Player of the Season : Christoph Bonimeier - ST

    Interesting that with my focus on youth and academy players that I chose a 31 year old German, but there was something about him this season that ensured he got every crucial goal late on in the season. Also, is it just me that thinks that international record (93 goals in 69 caps) is just insane?

    Finances
    : I seem incapable of a) decreasing the overall salary, and b) making a profit without transfer revenue. At least I'm nowhere near spending my transfer budgets...

    Other Stuff :
    No player awards this season, didn't even have anyone in the long-short list this season.

    Up to 5th in the rich list at the start of this season, still less than half the value of Madrid .

    History:
    2012-13: BSS - 1st
    2013-14: BSP - 1st, FA Trophy Winners
    2014-15: L2 - 1st, JPT Winners
    2015-16: L1 - 1st, JPT Winners
    2016-17: CH - 2nd
    2017-18: PL - 7th
    2018-19: PL - 7th
    2019-20: PL - 1st, LC Winners, EC Winners
    2020-21: PL - 1st, LC Winners, FA Cup Winners, ESC Winners
    2021-22: PL - 2nd, CS Winners, LC Winners, FA Cup Winners
    2022-23: PL - 1st
    2023-24: PL - 1st, CS Winners
    2024-25: PL - 3rd, LC Winners, CL Winners

    CHALLENGE COMPLETE!

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    My attempt with Hastings went badly so starting again with the mighty Canvey Island:

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/688/47383393.png/

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    Just noticed that Newport and Hemel Hempstead both went down last season in my game. There will only be one silly Premiership team in my game in the 2040/41 season!
    Last edited by GreyedOutMan; 04-02-2012 at 19:10.

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    Kingstonian. Season '27-'28. Champions League Winners! - challenge completed

    League position: 2nd
    FA Cup: Winner
    League Cup: Runner-up


    Summary: League table Past positions Squad
    First year in Europe, and ECL winners. Tough path to the final, Bayern and Lyon in the group, then Real Madrid and both Milans before Juventus were beaten 1-0 in the final. Goal-scorer was star centre-back Frank van der Roer, who top-scored with 18 in all competitions, the attacking 4 all weighing in with 10+ but not matching his heading prowess from set-pieces.
    Premier League title wasn't retained, we lost momentum mid-season but still had the chance to win it but bottled it with losses at Arsenal and Man City (4-0!) on the last two match-days. Gutting.
    Lost to Arsenal in the League Cup final, but our other Wembley visit was happier as we beat Championship team Norwich to lift the FA Cup.

    Transfers: Transfers A couple of "now" signings, Junior was a real presence at the back this season, and Isaac Duru was a quality play-maker in midfield until PSG activated his release-clause in January. I wasn't prepared to break the wage structure to keep him, so raked in a £13m profit in half a season to nearly break-even for the year.

    The club is loaded - £88m plus in the bank, and a 27k capacity stadium with only £13.5m owed on it.

    History:
    1718 - BSP 5th (Promoted through play-offs)
    1819 - L2 6th (Promoted through play-offs, JPT South area runners-up)
    2021 - L1 6th (Promoted through play-offs)
    2223 - Ch 2nd (Automatic promotion)
    2324 - PL 14th
    2425 - PL 11th
    2526 - PL 12th, FAC semi-finalists
    2627 - PL Champions
    2728 - ECL & FAC winners, PL and LC runners-up

    First-time I've stuck it out at one club long enough to complete this challenge. It's been emotional, but the last season seemed a bit of a drag so I think I'll be resigning, enjoying the new feature to add in some new leagues and trying to resurrect a big name fallen on hard times or trying to win the CL of other continents.

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    Hi - I'm doing the FM10 version of this - would it be ok if I posted here as obviously the '10 thread is dead.

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    I have gone for Lowestoft!


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    Ages since the last update for me...

    Gricehead ** Tooting & Mitcham ** nPower League 2 ** 2017/18

    "Cheap at twice the price"

    Squad Improvements

    With a wage budget of £6.5k giving an annual salary bill of £320k which was over £150k less than anyone else in the division, there was never going to be a big marquee signing this summer. And then, of course, my ever helpful board decided that they wanted to go professional. Immediately. Now I couldn't renew any of my players' contracts for less than double what they were currently on...

    So, good performers of the past - Kayleden Brown, Cestor, Bartham - were let go for budgetary reasons, whilst I was finally shut of the mistake that was Gary Kelly. This allowed my one permanent signing of the close season window, Craig Evans, to arrive. Pity he spent four months of the season injured.

    This season I was able to play the loan market, though, but I had little luck there either. Wingers Slater and Richardson had pedigree, but the former missed three weeks in August and the latter four. Robinson was a bit of a panic to give me left sided cover.

    The winter window saw me shell out my first fee - even though I had no transfer budget. We were over £200k in the black by this point, so the board turned a blind eye at Reis Harris' £425 compensation fee. Another left sided signing to shore up the massive injury list in both midfield and defence on that side of the pitch.

    My other six loans of the season were split evenly into success and failure categories. Parkinson and Maitland were star performers during their spells; Assombalonga performed well. O'Leary took a long while to settle and get going for a striker, but chipped in with 6 goals in the end.

    Transfers

    nPower League 2 2017/18 ** Board Expectation: Stay Clear of Relegation ** My Expectation: Stay Clear of Relegation

    In my eyes, staying up was never really the challenge. The bookies disagreed, giving us odds of 33/1 for the league. Making some money was my main challenge, so that the team could rebuild for a bigger challenge in 2018/19. With that in mind I wanted to isolate the poorer sides in the division to get the necessary points, and look to make life as difficuly as possible for everyone else.

    First up was a trip to Macclesfield, where we went a goal down early. That's that, I thought, but no. Ansah equalised after half time, and Macclesfield got a man dismissed. If they hadn't already made things easy enough, they donated us a penalty with ten minutes to go. Fortunes now completely turned around, I sat back and smiled, but we leared the hard way that life in this division is not that easy, as the ten men came back and equalise. Hard to judge whether it was a point gained or two dropped at that stage, though.

    The old enemy Crewe were our first home opponents, and in a game which owed more to defensive frailty than attacking prowess it was 2-2 by half time. In front of over 3000 fans, Molloy won it in the second half. That set the theme for the next five games, as we romped to six wins on the bounce and the top of the table - even having a match postponed due to international call-ups on the way. We met our nemesis at Northampton, and slipped to a narrow defeat after coming from behind to equalise. Chasing the game might not have been such a good idea.

    Our rearranged game - against Gillingham, the team who replaced us at the top - was crazy. Twice we came from behind, but again we lost out trying to chase the win. Again, we let ten men score against us, and again there were scrappy defensive goals involved. If that was crazy, then the next match at Stevenage was completely insane. 3-0 down after half an hour, we witnessed a spectacular home collapse as they let us back to 3-3. This time I didn't chase a result, and we took the point.

    One big difference between this season and previous is that I was really struggling to get my strikers scoring goals. Two good 1-0 wins followed, beating 2nd placed Cheltenham through a Dan Ustad wondergoal and then Bury thanks to Dom Iorfa (although we could actually have had four or five in that game). Having beaten two top half teams we draw aginst two bottom half teams, coming from two down at Luton and then drawing a complete blank with Torquay.

    We went to Bradford to start November, and for the first time we were completely outclassed. They were third at the time and looked destined for greater things. We're not too down-hearted though, and hit Stockport 3-0 in the next game, whilst the game of the season to date takes place at Kit Kat Crescent, where Fleetwood hump York 8-3. From there in we don't really end the year well, with LDLLLW form including a 4-1 thumping by 17th placed Barnet at home and the loss of Gary O'Neil for two months. The win came agains York, by 4-1, with Gnabry completely running the show. No time to rest our laurels, with 2018 kicking off just 48 hours later...

    New Year's day saw us at Crewe, with eight changes from the York game and two debutants in Flynn and Harris literally meeting us at the ground. We went behind early, and I feared a pummelling, but rare goals from Slater and Bruton got us a massive three points. Again, it came at a cost, as the promising Craig Evans saw his season pretty much end through injury. It was a much needed boost, and we took seven points from the next nine available before we faced top of the table Gillingham for the third time. This time we had a much better game plan, which they helped with when they missed an early penalty, and again when they scored an own goal just before the break. It only took 45 seconds for them to get level in the second half though. They then went on to batter us completely for 44 minutes, but Dom Iorfa popped up to head a stoppage time freekick home for another three points.

    The next four games saw us rise to within a point of the automatic places. I don't know how, as most of our performances were shocking, but the win against 6th placed Newport County meant we went into a match against 3rd placed Stevenage able to overtake them and put our destiny into our own hands. We failed, losing 2-0. Two further 2-0 defeats followed, and I was forced to change formation to get a scrappy 1-0 win against Luton. Four points from six sets us back on the road and ready for another promotion six-pointer against Bradford. Once more we miss out, losing 2-1, but that doesn't tell the whole story as we almost grabbed a point at the death.

    A goal for Ciarán Molloy on his 200th appearance for the club fittingly sealed the points against Shrewsbury and kept us just three points behind the automatics; a situation improved to two when we beat Stockport two days later with just ten men. Other results meant that a win against Crawley would put us into third, so it wasn't really a surprise when we lost 3-1. On paper our last tricky fixture was against Kidderminster, who were just hanging on to a playoff place. We beat them 3-1 with rare goals for Rob Thomas and Le Fondre. It guarantees us a playoff place, but we make no ground on the three above us.

    Things were really looking good when 21st place Barnet had a man sent off half an hour in with the score 1-1 in the 44th game of the season. It was our chance to push on. They had different ideas, somehow managing to nullify any attacking threat we came up with, and then adding insult to injury with a 30 yard screamer late on to take all the points. Other results mean a minor miracle was required for automatic promotion now. We kept up the pressure with a comfortable 3-0 win against Fleetwood, but to no avail as Stevenage secured 3rd. So the trip to York was just about 4th or 5th, needing a better result than Newport to ensure the easier tie on paper. We drew (or rescued a point in the last five minutes to be precise), they lost, so we completed that job at least.

    Other surprising last day results meant we faced Cheltenham in the playoff final rather than the potentially easier Kidderminster. We faced them without O'Leary or the influential Parkinson, as both loans had expired. Cheltenham took the lead in the first leg, and although we had plenty of first half chances we can't put one away until just before the break, when Ansah pounces on a perfect pass by Gnabry for an easy finish. The second half was a similar story until the referee gave a harsh penalty for Iorfa tussling with Duffy. Thomson stepped up and hit it against the crossbar, but as O'Keefe challenged for the rebound, unbelievably the official blew up for a second spot kick. This time Thomson registered, and we were behind again. With ten minutes to go, an impressive Gnabry got us back level, but there was another twist to come, when the grievously unlucky Iorfa again tangled in the box with Duffy, this time resulting in the most unfortunate own goal, condemning us to a 3-2 first leg defecit.

    Cheltenham 3-2 Tooting & Mitcham

    That defecit was overturned in just three minutes of the second leg, when Ansah used his pace to pounce on a through ball and fire us ahead on the night. We were back in the game; in theory ahead, but any thoughts of victory hadn't taken into account the silky skills of Lewis Mackey. A player who takes home the equivalent of 33% of my wage bill, and who ran riot with a hattrick to put us to the sword.

    Tooting & Mitcham 1-3 Cheltenham

    Still, can't complain.

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

    FA Cup ** Board Expectation: 1st Round ** Achievement: 2nd Round
    We got the ideal first round draw against a team two divisions below us. Job done with minimum of fuss. The second round draw was less ideal. We learned a lot from our visit to Valley Parade, but didn't get the path to the third round we desired.

    League Cup ** Board Expectation: "Enjoy the experience" ** Achievement: "Didn't enjoy the experience"
    It was fun for about 30 minutes, but we weren't ready to take on a Championship side yet.

    Johnstone's Paint Trophy ** Board Expectation: Uncaring ** Achievement: Ditto
    Ran into Gillingham at a bad time (there weren't many good times in the first half of the season.) Better next year, hopefully.

    Cup Fixtures

    Players
    A significantly bigger squad than last season, with a number of loan players who contributed along the way. The lack of goals show, with our top scorer only getting into double figures during the playoffs.

    Squad (1) *** Squad (2)

    Key Players:
    Stuart O'Keefe Tried valiantly to step up to the required level, and more often than not fitted the part, but he's on the decline and his contract is up at the end of the season.

    Serge Gnabry The Ivorian is still improving, although we didn't see the best of him this season until the second half. Has the ability to completely master a midfield single-handedly.

    Rob Thomas Busy midfielder, who regularly topped the chart for distance covered in a game. Rarely on the scoresheet, but popped up at incredibly important times to win games.

    Joe Maitland A lot rested on his shoulders when he came into the side, and he performed well. At only 18, he's destined for much higher than League 2. His Wycombe contract is up at the end of the season, but I can't even begin to dream that they'll let him go.

    Dylan Fayers Once again the Welsh defender made himself practically the first name on the teamsheet. Unusually for a central defender, the fans rated him, and he got the Fans Player of the Year award this term. Chipped in again with four goals. Signed a full time contract which keeps him here for the next two seasons.

    Dan Ustad Understudy to Gnabry, he showed some amazing form on occasions when brought into the side. Some of his long range efforts were our best goals of the season.

    Finances
    By the end of the season we had reached £350k in the black, proving both that the board were somewhat unambitious in setting the budget for the year. Some money will be spent during the close season relaying the pitch.

    Next Season
    Initially, it looks as thogh we may have almost double the wage budget (and for the first time an actual transfer kitty) for next year. Time to mount another playoff campaign in theory, except I still have the problem of part time players wanting four figure wages to sign on full time.

    Code:
    Season    Division    Pos     FA Cup      Other Cups             Achievements
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    2012/13   BSS         10th    4th QR      FAT: 2nd R             None
    2013/14   BSS          2nd    2nd R       FAT: 2nd R             Promoted via Playoffs
    2014/15   BSP         21st    1st R       FAT: 1st R             Relegated
    2015/16   BSS          2nd    1st R       FAT: 1st R             Promoted via Playoffs
    2016/17   BSP          1st    1st R       FAT: Runners-Up        Promoted as Champions
    2017/18   L2           4th    2nd R       LC: 1st R; JPT: 1st R  Lost in Playoff semi

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    Bedford Town - Season 2022/23 - Barclays Premiership

    Squad* - Table - Transfers - Finances

    Final position: 3rd

    FA Cup: 4th Rnd loss to Leeds(0-3 away)
    Carling Cup: 3rd round loss to W.B.A.0-1 away))

    Best result: 5-0 win home against Ipswich
    Worst result: 0-4 loss away to Arsenal
    Top goalscorer: Ryan Dunlop, 19(19 in PL)
    Most assists: Marco Oliveira, 14(14 in PL)
    Highest Average rating: Ryan Dunlop, 7.36 (7.36 in PL)

    2022-23 Season Review:

    Once again playing above expectations and ending in europe. We have a slump midseason when Oliveira was injured over a month that might have cost us the championship. But injuries are a part of football. All in all a good season. Training and Youth facilities have been upgraded and the stadium now holds 22000 seatings.
    Player of the season:

    Marco Oliveira* - D/DM/MC C - Might be THE best defensive player I've had in any game of Football Manager

    Other Key Players

    Ümit Seker* - DM/M C -Still plays above expectations. A nice combo with Oliveira in the middle of the pitch

    Diego Lopez* - AM R / ST - The most expensive signing to this date. When we needed a goal the most, enter Lopez :-)

    Ryan Dunlop* - S C - Still a good player for us. 19 goals in 34 matches are good when the team only scores 1,5 a game.


    2023/24 Season Preview:

    Once again we're expanding the youth and training facilities of the club. We have signed a couple of talented players from august and on. We would like another Striker as Christensen moved on, and a better AMC than Innes. All in all our goal is to enter the european competitions next season as well. The finances are looking great, and with the addition of the TV revenue from the Champions League, we'll have some money to splash around.

    EDIT: * = Screenshot is new(and halfway into the new season) as the old ones had errors.
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    late to the party.
    Picked up 2012 today and I'm holidaying now... I'll edit the post once I decide on a team

    Got sick of reloading and went with Redditch, hopefully I dont fall flat on my face

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    I've been reloading for 3 days making saves to possibly start a second go of Dafuge. I was trying to do Gundos again but I lost interest in Ukraine. I've been determined to get Met Police, and I will get them, however long it takes. I've managed to get the likes of Concord Rangers, Chorley and Wingate & Finchley, but still no Met Police.

    EDIT: Something I've noticed whilst doing the reloading is that you will always get 2 clubs from the Northern Premier League. But the other two leagues seem to overlap eachother. I've had 3 come out from the Ryman League and only one from Evo-Stik South. I'm not sure if this is normal or if it's a bug?
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    Coming back to my Kingstonian save after not being able to play FM for the last 4-5 weeks due to work mainly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swinburn View Post
    I've been reloading for 3 days making saves to possibly start a second go of Dafuge. I was trying to do Gundos again but I lost interest in Ukraine. I've been determined to get Met Police, and I will get them, however long it takes. I've managed to get the likes of Concord Rangers, Chorley and Wingate & Finchley, but still no Met Police.

    EDIT: Something I've noticed whilst doing the reloading is that you will always get 2 clubs from the Northern Premier League. But the other two leagues seem to overlap eachother. I've had 3 come out from the Ryman League and only one from Evo-Stik South. I'm not sure if this is normal or if it's a bug?
    I don't think its a bug - more to do with the reputations, southern league teams are mostly very low, northern have some very high rep teams. Met police should be possible i think. Reps sometimes change with the next patch
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    It is with great pleasure that I can announce that I, Jordan Swinburn, return to Dafuge as the new manager of Metropolitan Police. 3 days and what seemed like a thousand reloads and they finally came out at 4:07am this morning. I then conked out.

    I think I may have just a little bit of work to do on the squad. It's very very thin. In other news, in the event of somehow not having the interest I imagined for this, I do have Concord Rangers and Kendal as backups. But I don't think that'll be

    Woop, woop, that's the sound of da police.

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    In Met Police news, we were the subject of a potential takeover by real life Middlesbrough owner Steve Gibson. A day later, he pulled out, but didn't rule out future investment.

    In other news from last season, United won the league, Bolton won the FA Cup and Blackburn won the League Cup. Bolton also finished 5th, whilst Wigan and Wolves finished 7th and 8th. The biggest shock was Chelsea finishing 12th! FC Porto beat Manchester City in the Champions League final on penalties, contrary to recent real life results. Barcelona went out in the first knockout round to Arsenal. The Europa League winner was Marseille, beating Dynamo Kiev 1-0. Bit of a whitewash in the Euro 2012 final as France destroyed Italy 5-0. Denmark made it to the semi finals whilst Portugal, Holland and England all went out in the group stages.

    If the rest of the game keeps up to that level of randomness, we'll have a damn good time.

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    FC United Football Club
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    My first season in charge. Although I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, I knew that if I could sign some decent players that I could be floating around the top of the league giving me something to build on for next season or better yet, win promotion.

    A slow start while the team (and I) got used to the new match preparation, familiarity and team talks. We started off with 2 wings, 2 losses and a draw in the first 5 matches. Results started to pick up with losses being grinded out to draws as I tightened the back line.

    After Christmas we went on an 11 match unbeaten run catapulting us to the summit of the table, until finally losing to mid table Colwyn Bay away from home 1-0. The loss spurred the team on to push harder until the finish line in pole position with that in a 6 match unbeaten run conceding no goals, a team andLeague Record. The season culminated in our biggest win, beating Barrow 6 goals to nil.

    In addition, we managed a great FA Cup run (imo…) reaching the FA Cup Round 2 proper, before finally succumbing to Notts County 1-0 away from home. Beating Vauxhall, Southport, Altrincham in the qualifying rounds and defeating Wealdstone 2-0 away from home in the 1st Round.
    FA Trophy was a bit of a let down after a defeat to Hinckley in Qualifying Round 3.

    Players of note:

    Jack Lyons First choice striker playing as a Target Man Attack or an Advanced Forward. Joining the squad late on in August, finishing the season as club top scorer and 3rd in the league after scoring 25 goals, 7 assists, 6 MoM awards with an average rating of 7.22

    Jack Francis New young central signed prior to season kick off on a free. Held the defence together at the start of the season until re-enforcements arrived at the tale end of the season. Average rating of 7.21 and scored 6 goals, most if not all from corners, providing a danger frlom set pieces.

    Connor Morris(*) At the club already when I joined. Provided a fantastic threat from his surging runs from full back. Providing 9 assists and 3 goals in 38 starts. Season hampered by a 3 week injury over New Year but still averaged 7.16 rating.

    Loris Karius Included for being a complete enigma, formerly of Man City and Stuttgart. Thought I’d stumbled upon a gem of a young keeper, capable of playing above the Blue Square Bet North. An average rating of 6.6, despite having 21 clean sheets in 41 games. Perhaps his light hearted nature masks an underlying lack of professionalism/ambition. I hope in seasons to come he may improve if I can get someone to tutor him.

    (*) Denotes Fans Player of the Year

    Off-Field

    Team of the Year

    Finances

    Key Records Broken

    • Highest Gate Receipt - £60,000 v Altrincham FA Cup 4th Qual. Round 27.10.2012
    • Average Attendance 2044
    • Highest Scoring Game 3 – 3 Hyde (A) Blue Square North 8.9.2012
    • Most Games without conceding - 6
    • Most Games without scoring – 2
    • Most League Goals – Jack Lyons - 25
    • Most Games Unbeaten - 10


    Targets for Next Season
    • Consolidate in Blue Square Premier, push for play off spot.
    • Reduce wage budget, retain top talent, trim the fat.
    • Sign some experience to help improve the youngsters.


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    2012/13     Blue Square North         1st      86       Won promotion, 10 game unbeaten run, 6 game clean sheet run
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    Another takeover attempt, this time by a fan's trust. Once again, a day later, I get a personal message from Russell Jones to say it's fallen through. Two takeover attempts, two failures.

    JammyJoker, it's a shame see Karius hasn't been good for you. He appears to be really erratic for anyone who signs him. He's often kept me in games.
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    He only lasted a season for me - far to erratic, had all the stats to be a very good player though

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    He's under contract for another year so going to stick with himk. Hopefully he can be more consistent next season...

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    I've always given him a few seasons, he has the potential to be great, just needs some good tutoring and training I think.

    I somehow drew at home against QPR in the FA Cup and knocked them out on pens in the away replay. A 4th round tie against BSP York City awaits me.

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    METROPOLITAN POLICE
    2013-14 - BLUE SQUARE SOUTH

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    Club Overview | League Table | Position Graph | Transfers (1) (2) | Squad | Finances | Confidence

    The first season in the Blue Square South for The Blues. If you look at the overview, you can see my personally made Met Police kits, sponsored by ADT. With a media prediction of 22nd and my expectation as avoid relegation, all we could hope for was staying up. As per usual, transfers throughout the season were ripe, both in and out. The league was a mix of big ups and big downs. We had great unbeaten runs which eventually kept us up. At one point, it looked like we were going to really struggle, then I took a huge gamble and risked a small squad full of great youngsters. The risk paid off and it not only kept us up but charged us up to a 12th place finish. The real success story of this year was our FA Cup run, but that's for later.

    The Takeover Saga to End Takeover Sagas

    Steve Gibson's Attempt | Fan's Trust Attempt | Dave Steadman's Attempt | Takeover Completion | Facilities Upgrade Announcement

    The never-ending takeover saga. It started off early with a surprise attempt from Steve Gibson, real life Middlesbrough man. A day later, it fell through. A day! After that, it was a fan's trust attempt led by Dave Steadman, and that fell through after a day. Then, finally, a consortium came in on attempt three. I guess, as they say, third time's a charm. The takeover attempt was spearheaded by the same man who led the fan's trust attempt. The man is a legend. Straight after the takeover, he pumped £250k into the club and announced a facilities upgrade. And he kept me on! Good start for our relationship. He also gave us a transfer budget for next season of £157k, which is getting turned into wage budget. All in all, a nice end to something that just dragged on.

    The Astounding FA Cup Run and The Less Astounding FA Trophy Run

    FA Cup Fixtures | FA Cup Exit | FA Trophy Fixtures | FA Trophy Exit

    The FA Cup is the real success story, so I'll start with the FA Trophy. This was really disappointing, with a bad loss to Staines. I got revenge though, demolishing them exactly 10 games later. Now, the good part. It all started at Weymouth where, I'll be honest, I lucked through it. The next two games were a lot better, with two very nice wins. Kidderminster proved a bit of a challenge, but we got through the replay. Carshalton were a bit easier. 3rd round time, and Championship QPR. Two of the luckiest games I've ever had. Two draws, eventually getting through on penalties. Was lucky, but it got me a fair bit of money and a relatively easier tie in the 4th round against York. Yet again, another replay. But we got through with a 2-1 win in the replay. But the 5th round is where it almost happened, with a narrow loss to Liverpool. We almost snatched a draw in the final minutes of play, but it wasn't to be. We dropped out of the FA Cup in the 5th round, an astonishing achievement for BSS side.

    Key Players

    Raphael Duyile | Frederic Veseli | Kieran Kennedy

    Two signs from the key players of this season. One, my defence kept me in games. Two, the fact Duyile only played a small amount of games shows both his effectiveness and the amount of transfers. Veseli and Kennedy made up my central defence and together, they were rocks. Once they were in the side, alongside Emmanuel Mendy and Samir Bihmoutine (who won't sign a contract), the defence was brilliant. In fact, later in the season, the reason Karius wasn't getting good ratings was because the defence were giving him little to do. These three have the potential to be with me for a while, so I'm looking forward to the future.

    Aims For Next Season

    All in all, a half decent season. Next season, the realistic aim is ust to improve on this season. Playoffs are the optimistic aim, hopefully promotion. If we can somehow replicate our FA Cup run, I'll be delighted. I'm certainly after an FA Trophy win though, if anything, to make up for this season's awful attempt.

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    2012/13         Blue Square South     12th              Survived, FA Cup 5th Round
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    Haven't been on in a very long time - recently picked my game back up but I'd guess that updates will be sporadic still as I have a large workload.




    Oxford City Football Club Season 2015/16
    Finally. We finally made it out of the bloody Blue Square South and into the Blue Square Premier league...

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    We looked strong for most of the season with a few hiccups on the way. It came down to the last game of the season and we needed a draw to secure top spot. I was very hopeful. I was not expecting the 7-0 monstering that we gave to poor Havant and Waterlooville though. I picked up Manager of the Season for my efforts, which was nice.

    As usual, cup runs were over very quickly - lost in the Fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup to Forest Green and in the third qual round of the FA trophy to Banbury.

    As far as transfers go I offloaded a few that were of no use to me anymore and strengthened a few positions. Right towards the end of the season I picked up Nene who I'm hoping will help us out next season in the BSP.

    At the end of the season a new stadium was announced which is kind of cool, i suppose, but I'm worried about the financial situation that will probably come with it.

    Players of Note

    Top 3

    3. Ryan Edwards: A fantastic right midfielder who I've no doubt will be spending a lot of time away from my club playing international football for Singapore. This kid popped up with some spectacular goals and was a solid and dependable player to have on the field.

    2. Darlington Iroha: Once again has made it into my top 3. Didn't have the goals really this season but he had a hell of a lot of assists - particularly towards the back end of the season when it started to really count. His stats are good enough for him to play a part in my team next season in the BSP but I just wish his composure was higher.

    1. Adil Nabi: Every season I seem to find a striker that fits exactly what I need and Nabi was that man for me this season. He finished on 27 goals for the season in the league and claimed both the golden boot and the player of the season for the BSS. Scored himself a few hattricks in that run and finished the season with a 5 goal haul in the aforementioned thumping of Havant & Waterlooville. Provided that we can keep the supply up to him next season I'm hoping he'll continue that run of form for us in the BSP.


    Goals for next season

    I'm not sure what to expect from the BSP yet. I'll be happy with a mid-table finish. If we can get higher than that I would be very pleased but Mid-table is my aim. Going to need to shore up a few spots though to be a competitive side.

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    2013/14	|  BSS		|	3rd		| Playoff Semi-final Loss		|
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    2014/15 |  BSS		|	3rd		| Playoff Semi-final Loss	 	|
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    2015/16 |  BSS		|	1st		| Champions, manager of the season	|
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    Swinburn: Exciting to see someone that finally got the Met Police up! Good luck with it!

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    Bedford Town - Season 20232/24 - Barclays Premiership

    Squad - Table - Transfers - Transfers 2 - Transfers 3 - Finances

    Final position: 3rd

    FA Cup: 5th Rnd loss to W.B.A. (0-1 away)
    Carling Cup: 4th round loss to Blackburn (Penalties after 0-0 away)
    Champions League: Quarterfinal loss to Juventus (8-3 on aggregate)

    Best result: 2-0 win away against Juventus (ChL Group Stage)
    Worst result: 1-4 loss at home to Juventus (ChL Quarterfinal)
    Top goalscorer: Diego López, 23 (20 in PL)
    Most assists: Marco Oliveira, 16 (16 in PL)
    Highest Average rating: Diego López, 7.45 (7.49 in PL)

    2023-24 Season Review:

    In the first half of the season we looked fatigued by playing so many games. However as we were knocked out of the tournaments we once again had a strong finish in the Premier League. Securing the champions league place with three games to go. In our first european adventure, we won our group that contained Juventus, Bayern Munich and Valencia. A real scoop for the team, including two victories against Juventus that ended up knocking us out of the same tournament.


    Player of the season:

    Diego Lopez - AM R / ST - Ended as runner-up in FWA's footballer of the year. Had a strong season. Once again a clutch player.

    Other Key Players

    Pablo - D L - Makes a big contribution both offensive and defensively.

    Marco Oliveira - D/DM/MC C - Will have more freedom, as he the addition of another defensive minded midfielder, will give him some time to start attacks as well.

    Thomas Taormina - AM RC / S - New signing. Hampered by injuries his first season, but when he played, he played BIG!

    Lukas Bader - AM RL / ST - Bought for £750K. Scoring 19 goals in his debut season. He is however still just a substitute.

    2023/24 Season Preview:

    As a yearly returning event we are expanding youth and training facilities. This year we'll also expand the stadium by 7000 seats. A couple of new signings have already been arranged, including a new goalkeeper in which I have high hopes. Our goals for the next season is to qualify for europe once again. However if we have a good run, we'll do anything in our power to ensure the Premiership winners deserve it ;-)

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    Decided to revisit this save with the new patch out.

    Worksop Premiership 2024/25



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    Fa Cup - 5th Rd

    League Cup -Winners

    Euro Cup

    This season was very disappointing, the team did very well and was fighting for the title up to jan when a poor month meant the team dropped from contention. 8 wins and a draw after and the team was firmly in 4th, but 3 draws and 2 losses in the last 5 led to Brighton overtaking the team.
    In the FA cup the team went out in the 5th Rd 2-0 to Arsenal. The league cup was won after beating Man city 2-0 in the final. In the euro cup the team only lost 1 game when i sent out the reserve side in the semi 2nd leg and hammered PSG in the final.

    Squad

    Transfers

    2 longtime players in Bacic (346 apps, 15 goals) and Hammar (320 apps, 43 goals) left as they were no longer good enough for the squad, both signed in the BSP!
    In came Mendoza who unfortunately spent 4 months injured during the season which was possibly the reason why the team didn't finish 4th.
    I also signed Kilic after losing out to chelsea 4 years ago, a bargain 2 million.
    Most of the players did well in patches although Lemoine did well and Steifler showed he is world class.
    Also got though the first really good regen - labelled the next Jermaine Jenas but hopefully he does better then that.


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    2012/13        BSN           13th         4th QRd           FA Trophy - 1st Rd           N/A                    None
    2013/14        BSN           3rd          1st Rd            FA Trophy - 1st Rd           N/A                    Promoted via playoffs
    2014/15        BSP           6th          1st Rd            FA Trophy - 1st Rd           N/A                    None
    2015/16        BSP           2nd          3rd Rd            FA Trophy - Winners          N/A                    Promoted via playoffs, FA Trophy winners
    2016/17        L2            14th         1st Rd            LC - 2nd Rd/JPT - Qtr-f      N/A                    None
    2017/18        L2            6th          3rd Rd            LC - 2nd Rd/JPT - 2nd Rd     N/A                    Lost in playoff Final
    2018/19        L2            3rd          3rd Rd            LC - 3rd Rd/JPT - N- Final   N/A                    Automatic promotion
    2019/20        L1            1st          5th Rd            LC - 1st Rd/JPT - Winners    N/A                    League Winners, JPT Winners
    2020/21        CMP           11th         3rd Rd            LC - 4th Rd                  N/A                    None
    2021/22        CMP           11th         3rd Rd            LC - 4th Rd                  N/A                    None    
    2022/23        CMP           3rd          6th Rd            LC - Winners                 N/A                    Promoted via playofffs, LC winners
    2023/24        Prem          8th          Winners           LC - 3rd Rd                  EC - QTR-final         FA Cup winners
    2024/25        Prem          5th          5th Rd            LC - Winners                 EC - Winners           LC winners, Euro Cup Winners
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    Bedford Town - Season 2024/25 - Barclays Premiership

    Squad - Table - Transfers - Transfers 2 - Finances

    Final position: Winners!

    FA Cup: Winners! 5-1 final win against Sunderland
    Carling Cup: Winners! 2-1 final win against Manchester City
    Champions League: Quarterfinal loss to Milan (5-1 on aggregate)

    Best result: 8-0 home against Norwich
    Worst result: 1-4 loss away to Bolton
    Top goalscorer: Juan Figueroa, 26 (20 in PL)
    Most assists: Magid Mohammed Al-Kaabi, 14 (8 in PL)
    Highest Average rating: Lukas Bader, 7.48 (7.38 in PL)

    2024-25 Season Review:

    A great season from the guys. Three trophies in one year. I was worried our participation deep into all four tournaments would have cost us. However After being knocked out of the champions league we took off in the league. All in all a great season.

    Player of the season:

    Marco Oliveria - D/DM/M C - Marco is excelling as a deep-lying playmaker.

    Other Key Players

    Juan Bautista Carballo - D RL - Have overtaken Pablo as the teams premier back. Good both offensively and defensively.

    Thomas Taormina - AM RC / S - Another injury-ridden season from Taormina. But he's a star when healthy.

    Juan Figueroa - S C - Splits time at the front with Pasini. Both have contributed greatly to this great season

    Daniel Pasini - S C - Newly signed player that scord a lot of goals, and was playing sparingly at AMC due to injuries.

    2023/24 Season Preview:

    Our goal the following season is to defend our league title obviously. Besides that we want to go further in the champions league than the quarterfinal, in which our campaign have ended the last two seasons. An upgrade to our Training and youth facilities will be completed in january which will give us the second-best facilities in the country. second only to Manchester United. I will need a couple of players to be succesful. I would like a new AMC as Taormina is injured a lot. Besides that just some consistent players to boost the width of the squad.

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    Hey all,

    Bit late to the party, but only really starting to get time to play FM again now.

    Got FC United to Championship on FM11, so happy to give this a go once again!

    Going to start later tonight, will post details etc from there. Hope some of you are still on this.

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    Oxford City Football Club Season 2016/17

    Well I am very happy with how we did in our first season in the Blue Square Premier League:

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    As you can see from the graph we stayed very solidly in mid-table and finishing 8th with a very small squad. We were having financial issues all season thanks to the new stadium being built but by the end of the season we were well into the black. Due to the financial constraints I was forced to make some unfortunate decisions with my team:

    Transfers

    The one that hurt the most was Dean Bouzanis who has been an outstanding keeper for us. Sadly his wage was just too high to maintain under my current wage budget. I had a muppet moment with his transfer though and only got 14,000 pounds for him. Gez Mulholland and Cameron Edwards were also two players that had to go due to wage constraints but they would have probably been on the way out before too much longer.

    Cup runs, as always were just completely un-noteworthy. We did make the second round and lost to Rochdale 4-3 but were 4-0 down at half time so I enjoyed the comeback. We finally managed to get over our shocking run of form against Forest Green who always seem to make us their bunnies in the cup runs... then we lost to them in the bloody FA Trophy 2-1 in the First round.


    Players of Note

    Top 3

    3. Ryan Edwards: Second season in a row with Mr. Edwards in at number three of my top 3. This guy is just such a useful player who pops up with some great goals and assists. His international duty with Singapore is a bit of a pain in the backside - particularly as he comes back with a poor report from every bloody game - just quit mate!

    2. Darlington Iroha: Darlington had, yet again, another great season proving that he's more than capable of playing at this level. He was injured for about 4 months and I can only wonder what his stats would have looked like if he'd been fit. I really want a bloke just like this guy who has the physical stats to stop getting injured so damn much.

    1. Adil Nabi: Well, my top 3 is identical to last season which is fantastic. Nabi was once again lethal in front of goal for me this season and wasn't afraid to share the ball either picking up 12 assists with his 19 goals. A bloody champion player who I want to hang on to until I get into League 2.

    Special Mention: Chris Kane was a very late pick up in the season but already showing very promising signs that he could be a key man in our next season.


    Goals for next season
    I had an easy mid-table finish this season and picked up some great talent that should help me push for a playoff spot, if not the championship. The financials are still an issue but hopefully we'll travel solidly on.

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    2012/13	|  BSS		|	9th		| 					|
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    2013/14	|  BSS		|	3rd		| Playoff Semi-final Loss		|
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    2014/15 |  BSS		|	3rd		| Playoff Semi-final Loss	 	|
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    2015/16 |  BSS		|	1st		| Champions, manager of the season	|
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    2016/17 |  BSP		|	8th		| Solid mid-table finish		|
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    I fancy a break from my now slow running career game so here is attempt 2 at this with Tooting & Mitcham.

    Here is my profile.
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    Does anyone have a Kendal save?

    I'd really like to play as them but I can't seem to get them after hours of trying!

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    Hi am i a bit late to sign up for the challenge? Because i want to try and get FC united to be a worldwide club.

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    you arent late, but the thread isnt as active as it was........

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    Worksop Premiership 2025/26


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    FA Cup - Winners

    League Cup - 4th Rd

    Euro Cup - Qtr-final


    The main concentration was on the league with mostly reserve players being used in the other competions. To this end the season was successful although the team needed to win away to man city to ensure 4th place and CL football for the first time. A 4-3 win was managed with 2 goals in the last 7 mins.
    In the league cup the reserves had been beaten 2-1 away to Norwich. In the FA cup, the team had mostly lower league opposition until the semi where they faced Arsenal. A 0-0 draw was followed by a win on penalties, the final was against Man city and finished 2-1.
    In the Euro cup the reserves got through the group stage in 2nd before easily winning against CSKA Moskow and OM. The Qtr-final against Ajax was won 3-0 in the home leg, however the team lost 6-1 away with 2 goals in the last 2 mins.
    The training facilities were improved again although the finances remain level at about £30 million due to the small stadium (12535) and the shareholders having given themselves a huge amount - about £13 million. This year did bring the best youth intake i've ever seen in a game, the 3 stars are 'promising' players and good prem potential. Signing up 5 players from the youths is exceptional.


    Squad

    Transfers

    I am still trying to move on players who got the team to the prem but are now short of quality and managed to move on Kaczmarek (390 apps, 38 goals) the record apps holder and Sahin (96 apps, 6 goals), the team is still stuck with a few others.
    The squad is very strong with good cover although the defensive CM is a worry with neither Samardzic or Thompson doing well enough. Mendoza was also disappointing, luckily Klinger stepped up and had his best season for 3 years.
    Steifler was again excellent but the best player was Lemoine, the defence looked so much better when he played.


    Code:
    Season        League       Position       FA Cup              Other Cups                Europe              Achievements
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    2012/13        BSN           13th         4th QRd           FA Trophy - 1st Rd           N/A                    None
    2013/14        BSN           3rd          1st Rd            FA Trophy - 1st Rd           N/A                    Promoted via playoffs
    2014/15        BSP           6th          1st Rd            FA Trophy - 1st Rd           N/A                    None
    2015/16        BSP           2nd          3rd Rd            FA Trophy - Winners          N/A                    Promoted via playoffs, FA Trophy winners
    2016/17        L2            14th         1st Rd            LC - 2nd Rd/JPT - Qtr-f      N/A                    None
    2017/18        L2            6th          3rd Rd            LC - 2nd Rd/JPT - 2nd Rd     N/A                    Lost in playoff Final
    2018/19        L2            3rd          3rd Rd            LC - 3rd Rd/JPT - N- Final   N/A                    Automatic promotion
    2019/20        L1            1st          5th Rd            LC - 1st Rd/JPT - Winners    N/A                    League Winners, JPT Winners
    2020/21        CMP           11th         3rd Rd            LC - 4th Rd                  N/A                    None
    2021/22        CMP           11th         3rd Rd            LC - 4th Rd                  N/A                    None    
    2022/23        CMP           3rd          6th Rd            LC - Winners                 N/A                    Promoted via playofffs, LC winners
    2023/24        Prem          8th          Winners           LC - 3rd Rd                  EC - QTR-final         FA Cup winners
    2024/25        Prem          5th          5th Rd            LC - Winners                 EC - Winners           LC winners, Euro Cup Winners
    2025/26        Prem          4th          Winners           LC - 4th Rd                  EC - QTR-Final         FA winners

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    Bedford Town - Season 2025/26 - Barclays Premiership

    Squad - Table - Transfers - Transfers 2 - Finances

    Final position: Winners!


    FA Cup: Winners! 2-0 final win against Arsenal
    Carling Cup: Winners! 2-0 final win against Sunderland
    Champions League: 3rd place in the group stage behind Juventus and Lyon
    Europa League: Semifinal loss to Atletico Madrid (3-1 on aggregate)
    Community Shield: Winners! 2-0 final win against Manchester City

    Best result: 5-1 home against Porto(EL, First game ended 2-0 in Portugal)
    Worst result: 1-3 loss home to Lyon(ChL Group Stage)
    Top goalscorer: Daniel Pasini, 48 (33 in PL)
    Most assists: Daniel Pasini, Marco Oliveira & Troy Gough, all 17 (10, 9 and 9 in PL)
    Highest Average rating: Daniel Pasini, 7.73 (7.87 in PL)

    2025-26 Season Review:

    Won the first 19(!!!) games in the Premier League. Starting my stars in the PL and expecting my depth to get me trough the group stages of the Champions league. Big mistake. Got knocked out, but that was all in all the only negative thing about this season. Won every trophy domesticly and reached the Europa league semifinal, going out to the eventual winners Atletico Madrid. Had the opportunity to play a lot of young guys in the Premier League and got a couple of young talents on the way

    Player of the season:

    Daniel Pasini - S C - Oh my god. 48 goals. I never imagened this when I bought him at a Ligue 2 club for 4 million pounds :-)

    Other Key Players

    David Dearden - GK - We let in 4 goals the first 19 matches in the premier league.

    Hernan Prieto - D C - The heart of the defense.

    Marco Oliveira - D/DM/M C - Will always have a place at the club. 237 games at the age of 24. Nice.

    Lukas Bader - AM RL / S C - Bought at a paltry 750K. Delivers big time when it matters.

    2026/27 Season Preview:

    So it's time to go after the big one. We want to push for the Champions League title. Of course defending our premiership title in the process. The smaller cups may get sacrified. however with a lot of young big talents in the youth team, I expect us to do okay in the domestic cups.

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    Figured I'd finally try and stick this one out this year and drew Canvey Island as well. Here's the manager profile. Somehow managed to grab Marcus Bent on a freebie straight-away... who wants to bet he gets crocked first game in?

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    Running FM10 - in my first season with Merthyr, seeing how long I can go without signing anyone - I'm at Jan 2011 so far,

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    Canvey Island FC - Season 2012/13 - Blue Square South

    League

    The squad needed almost a complete overhaul to survive at this level, and sadly only about 5 of my usual starting line-up began the season at the club. Consequently, no fewer than 10 players arrived over the course of the Summer, with a further 5 also joining in January as the lack of squad depth began to show. The major coup was the signing of a certain Marcus Bent on a free transfer, which proved to be crucial to our performances throughout the season.

    Naturally, I set the side up to get the ball to him as much as possible, and we rocketed to the top of the table after one game, to stay there for the rest of the season. Our early-season form was almost flawless (I think it was 10 games before we so much as dropped a point), which proved crucial when performances dipped as the players became tired in the Spring. All in all, generally a comfortable season, securing the title with 4 left to play.

    Final position: 1st
    League Table
    Past Positions

    Cups

    In the FA Cup, we had a good run, knocking out two teams from the leagues below us, as well as Welling from the Blue Square Prem, before succumbing 2-1 to Barnet as part of a run of 5 fixtures in 2 weeks.

    The FA Trophy was a similar story really - we knocked out 3 teams from our league or the league above, before losing to the eventual winners Accrington Stanley.

    FA Cup: 1st Rnd loss to Barnet (0-1 away)
    FA Trophy: QF loss to Accrington - eventual winners (1-2 away)

    Players of the Season

    Bent was the hero with an astonishing 83 goals in all competitions, but a close second went to Kostakis Artymatas (another freebie) - a centre mid who pulled all the strings for us, contributing a massive 58 assists... most to Bent. Worryingly, if these two struggled, the team struggled.

    Top goalscorer: Marcus Bent, 83 (72 in League)
    Most assists: Kostakis Artymatas, 58 (48 in League)
    Highest Average rating: Marcus Bent, 8.32 (8.38 in League)

    2013/14 Season Thoughts:

    Basically waiting to see what the wage budget brings. It will be vital to re-sign Bent and Artymatas, whilst getting rid of some of the less useful players I brought in. At the same time, the defence could use some strengthening, whilst another 'good' striker would always help. Hoping to get mid-table in BSP next season, but we've shown we can beat those sides in the cups... if Bent can keep up his silly scoring ratio, who knows?

    Code:
    Season    League   Position  Europe   Cups                  Other
    2012/13   BSS      1st       N/A      FAT 4th, FAC 1st      BSS Manager of the Season, Player of the Season (Bent)
    Last edited by b101; 02-04-2012 at 21:06.

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    Been meaning to give this a crack for a while and i've finally got round to it. Having tried for quite some time to either get Hemel Hempstead or a side with a fairly similar rep i gave up and went with my next local team St.Albans although didn't see them as much as some have when reloading.

    Board expects us to avoid relegation from the BSS whilst the media predict a bottom 3 finish, will be happy with the latter as the squad is small and requires alot of work before the season starts. A transfer budget of £0 and a wage budget of 4.1K means there's a bit of money to work with in terms of offering wages to potential signings.

    http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j2...os/Profile.jpg - Manager profile.

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    I'll be giving this a go and am looking forward to it.



    http://www.mediafire.com/?4418e3j4bj0jwci

    Compressed save game, on the 23rd of June 2012, with no manager.
    Set-up as specified in the OP + top plays from each continent loaded as allowed in the OP.

    Should save everyone some time.
    Last edited by FuSS; 06-04-2012 at 09:18.

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    FuSS - no prizes for guessing the tactic you'll be going for

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    ugh, cup replays and injuries are killing my team at the moment - could really use a frozen pitch

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    Quote Originally Posted by saab600 View Post
    FuSS - no prizes for guessing the tactic you'll be going for




    FC United Football Club
    2012/13 Season Introduction

    Current Club: FC United.
    Division: Blue Square Bet North
    Season: 2012/2013
    Expectations: Avoid relegation.
    Finish: Just started

    Season 1 Intro:

    Tactics: I'll be altering my own FuSStidious V2 tactic to suit them and the level of play. Tactically at this level it's all about having a big squad and pushing them extremely hard in matches. You'll get a lot of injuries (hence the big squad), but players of this level are easily interchangeable and the opposition will often lack endurance and fitness due to the part-time nature of most of the players. So I intend to push push push.

    Players: I'll largely be looking to recruit young regens that can hopefully come up the leagues with me. I'll do this by looking for newly formed players in the right age range without clubs or at low level clubs and then getting a basic scouting report on them. This will give me a much smaller field of possible players which I can identify manually, before dispatching the scouts, thus a much more efficient system of finding new talent.

    I'll also have a massive advantage over a lot of you, in that I have quite a large fan-base from my tactics. Many of whom have already been sending me pm's recommending lowerleague players. Some of you may to call it cheating, but once you've read a pm it's very hard to purposely forget a name!

    Target: Given the level of players in this league I see no reason why we shouldn't gun for first season promotion. My main aim will be to find a fast striker, his other stats aren't so important, sheer speed will win the day at this level, I'll be buying anyone with pace/acceleration in the 12-14 region.
    Last edited by FuSS; 07-04-2012 at 11:04.

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    1st season completed as Merthyr Tydfil in the BSS.

    BSS 12th FA Cup 3rd Qual Round FA Trophy 1st Round

    All this was achieved without signing any new players or loan signings.

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    Hi guys, I'm hoping someone can help me.

    I'm trying to start this challenge but none of the teams that are getting promoted are vacant, they all have managers already employed. I must've made a new game about 5 times (and holiday'd it too, takes ages) and even downloaded some of the save games people have uploaded onto here, but still no teams are vacant. Please help, I've been tearing my hair out for hours now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bean824 View Post
    Hi guys, I'm hoping someone can help me.

    I'm trying to start this challenge but none of the teams that are getting promoted are vacant, they all have managers already employed. I must've made a new game about 5 times (and holiday'd it too, takes ages) and even downloaded some of the save games people have uploaded onto here, but still no teams are vacant. Please help, I've been tearing my hair out for hours now!
    The teams don't have to be vacant. simply create a new manager and manage the team you want, replacing the existing manager.

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    2nd season completed as Merthyr Tydfil in the BSS.

    BSS 13th FA Cup 3rd Qual Round FA Trophy 2nd Round

    All this was achieved without signing any new players or loan signings.

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    Quick question - does full detail as a preference make any difference ?

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    Worksop 2026/27 Premiership


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    Positions

    FA Cup - 6th Rd

    League Cup - 3rd Rd

    CL - Qtr-finals

    This was the first season where the team geniunely competed for the title as worksop trailled Man City by a small amount for much of the season, with 3 games to go i led the table by 3 points. A 0-0 away draw to Man U extended the lead to 4 points before another 0-0 home draw to Blackburn reduced it to 2. The last game was away to Newcastle where the team lost 2-0 missing 2 penalties to complete a terrible match and lose out on the title and complete a first season in 5 trophyless.
    My reserves went out 0-3 to West Ham at the first hurdle in the league cup and more surprisingly my first team was beaten by West Ham 2-1 in the FA cup. In my first CL campaign i went past Rangers 7-0 on agg to make the group stage. I topped a group with Dinamo Zagreb, Benfica and Barcelona. In the 1st KO i went Rapid Vienna before meeting Arsenal in the qtrs. A 0-0 at home set up the away leg, unfortunately the team lost 2-1 to go out.
    The small stadium capacity is limiting my growth with any excess profits being lost to dividends. The board did upgrade the training facilities to top and the YR to above average. They also built youth facilities which are now minimal rather than at good when rented.

    Transfers

    Squad

    I was unable to sell Bule (384 apps, 36 goals) who wanted first team football so i paid him off, he joined the club in the BSP. Flemming my record goal scorer (302 apps, 165 goals) left at the start of the season along with Horstkotter (195 apps). I signed Latif on a free and was surprised when he arrived and was described as a wonderkid!
    Most of the squad did well but the front pairing of Kilic and Mendoza did particually well. The defensive CM spot which had been a problem was filled with Shaaban who had spent 2 years on loan in Montenegro but couldn't speak serbian and as a consequence could not get nationality so i recalled him. His absence in jan and feb in the african nations cost me the title as the team produced some poor results.


    Code:
    Season        League       Position       FA Cup              Other Cups                Europe              Achievements
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    2012/13        BSN           13th         4th QRd           FA Trophy - 1st Rd           N/A                    None
    2013/14        BSN           3rd          1st Rd            FA Trophy - 1st Rd           N/A                    Promoted via playoffs
    2014/15        BSP           6th          1st Rd            FA Trophy - 1st Rd           N/A                    None
    2015/16        BSP           2nd          3rd Rd            FA Trophy - Winners          N/A                    Promoted via playoffs, FA Trophy winners
    2016/17        L2            14th         1st Rd            LC - 2nd Rd/JPT - Qtr-f      N/A                    None
    2017/18        L2            6th          3rd Rd            LC - 2nd Rd/JPT - 2nd Rd     N/A                    Lost in playoff Final
    2018/19        L2            3rd          3rd Rd            LC - 3rd Rd/JPT - N- Final   N/A                    Automatic promotion
    2019/20        L1            1st          5th Rd            LC - 1st Rd/JPT - Winners    N/A                    League Winners, JPT Winners
    2020/21        CMP           11th         3rd Rd            LC - 4th Rd                  N/A                    None
    2021/22        CMP           11th         3rd Rd            LC - 4th Rd                  N/A                    None    
    2022/23        CMP           3rd          6th Rd            LC - Winners                 N/A                    Promoted via playofffs, LC winners
    2023/24        Prem          8th          Winners           LC - 3rd Rd                  EC - QTR-final         FA Cup winners
    2024/25        Prem          5th          5th Rd            LC - Winners                 EC - Winners           LC winners, Euro Cup Winners
    2025/26        Prem          4th          Winners           LC - 4th Rd                  EC - QTR-Final         FA Cup winners
    2025/26        Prem          2nd          6th Rd            LC - 3rd Rd                  CL - QTR-Final         None

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    Canvey Island FC - Season 2013/14 - Blue Square Premiership

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    We started this season with all guns blazing, much as we finished the last. I decided to keep faith with the all-out attack tactic that had served so well in the last season, and Bent continued to score for fun. 8 wins out of the first 10 games, with a draw and a loss, saw us top the table for much of the early part of the season. There were some concerns however, with 5-4 and 6-4 wins over Barrow and Forest Green scarcely masking an appalling defensive record... one that would prove a nightmare for the remainder of the season. Much like the previous season however, our shaky defence was covered by the fact that our three strikers, particularly Bent and Mailey, were scoring for fun. Nonetheless, I drafted in Man Utd reject Sean McGinty and Nigel Seidu to provide a new centre-back partnership. Seidu was little short of a revelation, whereas McGinty didn't impress hugely. With hindsight, I can't actually believe we won anything in the first 10 games - our defenders would have struggled at BSS level.

    The turn of the year came, and the goals began to dry up. In addition, Bent got injured for 5 weeks, and McGinty was struggling to settle in. Although we were neck and neck with Ebbsfleet with about 10 games to go, the last ten games produced 5 losses, 4 draws and a win - my worst ever run on any FM. We didn't necessarily always play terribly, but had no luck whatsoever, gave away stupid penalties, and generally contrived to shoot ourselves in the foot time and again. So, we stumbled rather than raced into second, and with it the playoffs. In the semi-final, we played Newport, drawing 2-2 in the away fixture, before seeing them off 3-2 at home, for a 5-4 aggregate win. Note the spectacular defending...

    In the final, we were to play Accrington, a team we'd beaten and drawn to in the league (2-0 home and 2-2 away). I decided to temper our all-out attacking strategy for this one, given how poor we had been in the run-up to the game, and Kurtis March put us ahead with a lovely slotted finish after a great team move after 5 minutes. 1-0 Canvey! Then, everything went mental. First of all, Straker gave away a needless (and dubious) penalty in the 20th minute... (honestly, he was going absolutely nowhere), which they duly converted. 1-1. 5 minutes later, our 16 year old right back, only playing because of an injury in the semi-final to our other two right-backs, gets caught on the wrong side of their striker, and even though he's miles from goal, the ref produced the red card. Paddy Byrne, one of our three strikers, made way for another youngster to fill the gap at right back. Still, we made it through to half-time at one apiece, and continued to play well through the second half, even creating one or two chances. In what seemed to encapsulate our recent form, Accrington broke and crossed it along the six-yard box for their striker to convert with 16 minutes left. 1-2 Accrington. I decided to go down fighting, substituting Artymatas, our defensive mid, to bring on Devyne, another striker - whose pace seems to be his only asset. With just 5 minutes to go, Straker crosses into the area and Bent makes enough of a nuisance of himself to cause an own-goal from their centre-back. 2-2. Straight from the restart, their striker was put through, only to slip his shot past the post. The ball was cleared quickly up to Bent, who passed it out wide to Devyne. With the seconds ticking down, he looked to go for the corner, before cutting back inside his man to blast a shot high into the top corner. 3-2 Canvey!!!!.

    One of those games that makes you remember why you play this game.

    Highlights here, if anyone wants to see them

    Final position: 2nd - Promoted via Playoffs
    League Table
    Playoff Final vs. Accrington

    Cups

    Managed to avoid anyone of note en route to the 3rd Round of the FA Cup, where we got a nice away day at Sunderland. Deserved to lose, and heavily, but it brought in an extra £300k. Didn't care about the FA Trophy at all - with the small squad we had, it would have been suicidal.

    FA Cup: 3rd Rnd loss to Sunderland (1-8 away... erm, at least we scored?)
    FA Trophy: 1st Rnd loss to Dag and Red - (0-2 away)

    Players of the Season

    Squad

    Bent again was well worth his weight in gold, providing a massive 72 goals (64 in the league), before he succumbed to injury in the run-in. Even though his stats are dropping pretty quickly now, we'll keep him for another season, but it is really worrying how dependent on him we are. A possible successor is Darren Mailey, who performed pretty well in his debut season at the club, although he does suffer from goal droughts. Seidu and McGinty should be a decent pairing in League 2, but the full-backs will need to be shipped out, as most of our goals conceded were down to them.

    Top goalscorer: Marcus Bent, 72 (64 in League)
    Most assists: Kostakis Artymatas, 32 (29 in League)

    2014/15 Season Thoughts:

    League 2 is going to be very, very tough. Our 'goals conceded' shows we need a new tactic, and there is a lot of deadwood to be shifted. I'd be happy with a season of consolidation in League 2 whilst the new squad gel, before pushing for promotion in 2015/16. Positions needed? GK, DR, DL, MC x2, ST... hmm

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    2012/13   BSS      1st       N/A      FAT 4th, FAC 1st      BSS Manager of the Season, Player of the Season (Bent)
    2012/13   BSP      2nd       N/A      FAT 1st, FAC 3rd      Promoted via playoffs, Player of the Season (Bent)

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    2012/13 BSS Merthyr Tydfil 3 seasons in and no players signed.

    BSS 4th FA Cup 2nd Qual FA Trophy 3rd Round Replay

    A much improved season, raising from 13th last season, unfortunately I had 6 starters injured in the two matches before the play-offs. I won the home leg 3-1 picking up another injury, the second leg proved a bridge to far losing 0-3.

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    FC United Football Club
    2012/13 Season (1st Season)

    Current Club: FC United.
    Division: Blue Square Bet North
    Season: 2012/2013
    Board Expectation: Avoid relegation.

    Finish:
    League = Winner
    FA Trophy = Winner
    FA Cup = 6th Round

    Season 1 Summary:
    A massive success, we romped home to win the league with 38wins, 3 draws, 1 loss. Scoring twice as many goals as the next team in the table (148 for).
    League Table http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y7/...iew_Stages.png

    Had a great FA Cup run, beating Wigan in the 3rd round after a replay, before finally losing out to Southampton in the 6th Round. http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y7/...n_Overview.png

    We also won the FA trophy, with a comfortable 5-0 victory in the final. http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y7/...n_Overview.png


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    2012/13		Blue Square North   1st	   Champions
    2012/13		FA Cup              n/a	   6th Round
    2012/13		FA Trophy           1st	   Champions
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    Bedford Town - Season 2026/27 - Barclays Premiership

    Squad - Table - Transfers - Transfers 2 - Finances

    Final position: Winners!


    FA Cup: Semifinal loss to Sunderland after 1-1 and penalties
    Carling Cup: Winners! 4-0 final win against QPR(League One)
    Champions League: Quarterfinal loss to Juventus (3-3 aggregate)
    Community Shield: Winners! Penalty win after 0-0 against Tottenham

    Best result: 5-0 home wins against Manchester City and Tottenham
    Worst result: Penalty loss to Sunderland(FA Cup semifinal)
    Top goalscorer: Daniel Pasini, 43 (38 in PL)
    Most assists: Lukas Bader, 18 (13 in PL)
    Highest Average rating: Daniel Pasini, 7.61 (7.77 in PL)

    2025-26 Season Review:

    After stumbling into the season with a penalty win in the community shield. We then started strong in all tournaments, running out of momentum and loosing both the Champions League and FA Cup in 4 days. A couple of key players were injured and that have been a big part of the failure in those tournaments. The premier league title was won once again in safe fashion.

    Player of the season:

    Daniel Pasini - S C - Scored 38 goals in the premier league. Incredible despite of his attributes

    Other Key Players

    David Dearden - GK - 21 goals conceded in the premier league. Enough said.

    Marco Oliveira - D/DM/M C - Injury-riddled season. Important when healthy.

    Jérémy Dumont - M/AM C / AMR - Starting to pay off.

    Lukas Bader - AM RL / S C - Once again a huge part of the offense.

    2027/28 Season Preview:

    Once again we failed winning the champions league. The new season will be a rebuilding one. After being secure defensively, we will look to play more offensively in the new season. It might cost a season of mediocrity, but the goals is winning both the Premier League and Champions League in three years. Lets get it on.

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    2013/14 BSS Merthyr Tydfil 4 seasons in and STILL no players signed.

    BSS 8th FA Cup 2nd Qual FA Trophy 3rd Qual Round

    An ultimately disappointing season, spent a large chunk in the top 4 untill form collapased in the last six games, ah well onwards and upwards.

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    I may have to review my nonsigning policy due to my keeper being very poor.

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    Starting this, haven't done it since 2009 when my Tiverton save crashed, got St Albans this time round - here we go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbowie View Post
    Current Club Hastings United. Dafuge Challenge.
    Division Blue Square South
    Season 2016/2017
    Expectations Safe mid-table.
    Finish 4th. Promoted via play-offs.

    Season 6 complete.

    Finished 4th on 81 points. We had a tilt at the title after a very impressive 2nd half of the season but ran out of steam. The better 2nd half was off the back of a new 442 tactic and more willingness to press the opposing teams. It lead to some dire condition problems when we had some fixture pileup. Luckily we managed to put together 2 wins on the trot in the final games of the league season, letting our morale improve for the play-offs.

    The first leg of the play-offs saw us come up against Dover, who beat us both times this season. Their morale had been destroyed by a 3-0 hammering in the 2nd last game of the season, despite a 1-0 win the final game, and we took them apart. The 4-0 home result was barely enough to get us through when the typical 2nd leg curse struck, they tore us apart but only put 3 past us so we went through 4-3 on agg.

    The final was a massacre in our favour. We opened the scoring after 40 seconds, and it just went on and on. Their defense was shambolic and by the end of the game we had put 5 past them.

    The board are livid at my complete lack of wage control (I'm spending £270,000 a year on the budget of £121,000) but our pre-season friendlies have meant we still have £850,000 in the bank right now. They haven't budged an inch on the coaching structure, but I now have 5 physios and 10 scouts.

    I am not going to request any youth or training facility upgrades, they are too expensive right now. I want that money in the wage budget next year.

    Almost the entire team is still signed up until next year, plus all the staff. I am going to need two new right wingers, 2 new defensive midfielders, a left winger, a new central defender and a 4th choice striker as I would like to keep the 442 formation next season.

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    Season    League   Position    Europe     Cups                  Other
    2012/13   BSS      18th        N/A        N/A                   N/A
    2013/14   BSS      11th        N/A        N/A                   N/A
    2014/15   BSS      2nd         N/A        N/A                   Lost in play-off final.
    2015/16   BSS      7th         N/A        N/A                   N/A
    2016/17   BSS      4rh         N/A        N/A                   Promoted via play-offs.

    Hi could you please stop posting full screen shots.

    The rules clearly say to just use links instead - if everyone posted lots of screen shots then the thread would be clogged and slow.

    Just remove the [img] tags and you'll be fine.

    Thanks

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    FC United Football Club
    2013/14 Season (2nd Season)

    Current Club: FC United.
    Division: Blue Square Premier
    Season: 2013/2014
    Board Expectation: Avoid relegation.

    Finish:
    League = Winner
    FA Trophy = Winner
    FA Cup = 5th Round Replay

    Season 2 Summary:
    Another phenomenal success, we romped home to win the league with 37wins, 9 draws, 0 loss. With a goal difference of +117.
    League Table: http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y7/...iew_Stages.png

    Had another decent FA Cup run. We drew with Everton in the 5th round, before being knocked out in the 5th round replay.
    Match: http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y7/...n_Overview.png

    We also retained the FA trophy, with a 6-0 victory in the final.
    Match: http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y7/...n_Overview.png

    We transferred quite a few very good players in and kept the squad large and working hard.
    Transfers: http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y7/...rs_History.png

    Code:
    Season		Division	     Position	 Achievments
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    2012/13		Blue Square North   1st	   Champions
    2012/13		FA Cup              n/a	   6th Round
    2012/13		FA Trophy           1st	   Champions
    
    2013/14		Blue Square Prem    1st	   Champions
    2013/14		FA Cup              n/a	   5th Round Replay
    2013/14		FA Trophy           1st	   Champions
    Last edited by FuSS; 20-04-2012 at 20:37.

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