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    Great thread mate!

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    Originally posted by leftback in the changing room:
    Excellent stuff kipfizh. Your determination to see this through to the end is extremely impressive!

    As well as throwing up some very interesting questions, this test has also proved several of SI's statements about the qualities of players as they age.

    Firtsly lazy players will decline rapidly as they get older and retire earlier - Vis Idiots A & B (RIP Idiot B ) However it appears that high ambition doesn't necessarily equate to keeping yourself in good shape.

    Secondly Strikers and wide midfieldes decline earlier - and significantly more rapidly - than defenders and central midfielders. These attacking minded players have suddenly gone from around 190 CA to around 178 CA. The exception is Striker 3, who has played far fewer games than his colleagues.

    You've also provided ammunition for the argument that people get far too hung up on CA and PA. Look at striker 4. A CA of 178 and yet a Avg rating of 7.72.

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    really strikers IRL dont go so rapidly. It is usually wide midfielders then central midfielders.

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    Originally posted by DS:
    really strikers IRL dont go so rapidly. It is usually wide midfielders then central midfielders.
    Three words - Jimmy Flloyd Hasselbaink. From 20 goal a season man to has been in two seasons.

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    Originally posted by leftback in the changing room:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by DS:
    really strikers IRL dont go so rapidly. It is usually wide midfielders then central midfielders.
    Three words - Jimmy Flloyd Hasselbaink. From 20 goal a season man to has been in two seasons. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
    what about romario he is still going at 41 and sheringham is also still going and at a good level.

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    Originally posted by DS:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by leftback in the changing room:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by DS:
    really strikers IRL dont go so rapidly. It is usually wide midfielders then central midfielders.
    Three words - Jimmy Flloyd Hasselbaink. From 20 goal a season man to has been in two seasons. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
    what about romario he is still going at 41 and sheringham is also still going and at a good level. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    the careful observer will note that, statistically, romario and sheringham are outliers.

    all in all i think players fade at about the right time, but i wouldn't mind more variation in the outliers than i've seen.

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    this experiment has been brilliant. i read all twelve pages in one sitting, a near-miracle given that i was, tragically, born without an attention span.

    the ideal way to do the staff quality experiment would be to start out with identical bandits teams/games on separate machines, and run them concurrently, with the only initial difference being the staff. if it was 2 years ago, i'd have volunteered to help, as i used to run a computer lab but i no longer have access to anything like that.

    keep the updates comin'! looks like bandits will make the big time one day (slowly).

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    Greatest Thread Ever! Kudos for sticking with this and writing fantastic updates that have clearly sucked so many people in and illuminated a variety of aspects of the game engine to us

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    Quality work.

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    Originally posted by Walcott's Wonderkids:
    Great stuff again Kipfizh, you had me going there for a second when I saw the league position of the Bandits
    Sorry about that - it was late

    One question Kipfish, you probably have been mentionned earlier, but I can't find it in the last few pages... on the Bandits' playing page there is the affiliated clubs submenu, could you possible tell us /re-tell us, who their Parent or more likely Feeder Clubs are please?
    They do not have any parent clubs, but they have Boreham Wood (if I remember correctly, I'll confirm later) as a feeder club. No great shakes there.

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    So, with the ex-Bandits on the cusp of retirement, this seems like a good time to reflect upon what we have seen so far in this experiment. Back on page 1, I asked a lot of questions - time for the answers:

    The club

    Would the club, in financial security, keep hold of the players for at least a couple of seasons, having unparalleled success?
    Well, they didn't have a ridiculously good start - sure, they won the FA Trophy and the league, but with all those starlets they could've won a major cup too. The players left pretty quickly as the overtones of the giants proved strong.
    Verdict - that's fair enough. The manager wasn't great, so he brought the standard down, and with an unambitious chairman and manager they was no stopping the players leaving for the big time.

    Would these starlets give them a successful cup run or two?
    They won the FA Trophy, but even with all the starlets only managed round 2 of the FA Cup. Then they left.
    Verdict - I don't think the manager instilled the belief in them that they could go on a serious run.

    Would the players all demand to leave, leaving the club rich but playerless and in deep trouble?
    No-one ever demanded to leave, but the offers came flooding in and the lack of ambition shown by the small club meant the transfers were inevitable. As for being in trouble, they signed enough players to cover and never struggled in the Conference once the starlets had left.
    Verdict - I'm happy with this. They knew they couldn't keep them as their ability was far too good, so they signed a bunch of players and their youth academy saw to the rest. The players were too loyal to kick up a fuss while they were there.

    Would their money and profit coming from the ground be wisely invested in more players and a steady climb up the divisions?
    Now, this has been the cause of the most debate here. The short answer is - not really. The long answer has more to do with the ambition of the chairman and the series of managers he has employed. There is no doubt that the potential in the club has not been fulfilled, because there have been plenty of excellent players available, and ignored.
    Verdict - I'm going to sit on the fence on this one. On the negative side, the reputation of the club does not appear to have been raised enough by the financial situation there. On the flip side of that, the managers have not signed the players that would've happily joined. A future experiment (in design) will address this, by investigating further the effects of the attitude of the backroom and board staff. Watch this space.

    Would the money be worthless as no player of talent would join the club?
    Yes and no. Logic suggests that better players should've been available to sign, but countering that, there are always enough decent players willing to sign to enable the club to rise at a regular rate.
    Verdict - again, keep tuned for another experiment to examine this further, but this may be the main point to come out of this one. What would happen if the Bandits had a man in charge who would stop at nothing to see them succeed? We shall see.

    Would the chairman get power hungry and go through a series of managers?
    No. He sacked managers only when they failed to meet pre-season expectations, and never set those expectations particularly high.
    Verdict - he isn't ambitious, so this is fair.

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    The good players

    Would their loyalty see them stay with the Bandits for years, leading a rise through the divisions?
    No. Their reputation rose too fast as word of their ability raced round the football world. With the Bandits still in the non-league, and Champions League football on offer, the result was inevitable.
    Verdict - this is absolutely right. Loyalty only stretches so far, and in a short playing career they couldn't hang around. England caps soon after, with many medals to boot, proved them right. Besides, with 22 starlets, none could be outright stars of the club.

    Would they leave in the first summer or January transfer window for a big club?
    Not one of them left in January, but twenty left in the summer at the end of the first season.
    Verdict - with the Bandits yet to embark on cup runs, the players' reputations were still close to zero, as I'd set them to 1 across the board. By the summer, the scouts at the big boys had found them. This, again, is absolutely right.

    [B]When would they become household names?[B]
    During their second season, when they started playing for the top sides, and in a few cases, internationally.
    Verdict - absolutely right. Too good to hold down, seeing such talented teenagers would send the media into a fit.

    [B]Just how much would they command in transfer fees?[B]
    When leaving the Bandits, not a lot, although clauses raised that. For the few that moved clubs, enormous.
    Verdict - once finding a home, barely any ex-Bandit moved, since they were so loyal. When they did, it was for massive money. This is spot on.

    Who would they go to?
    All the big boys in the Premiership, and one daring centre back became a star in Milan.
    Verdict - again, this is excellent - the best clubs have the best scouts and the most appeal. Once there, the players became loyal and never left.

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    The bad players

    Would they overcome their fragile and arrogant mental states to become world beaters?
    They were excellent players, but never achieved as much domestically or internationally as they could've.
    Verdict - attitude holds people back folks. Here's the proof.

    Would anyone sign such a pair of troublemakers?
    Absolutely. They may need a slap, but they are still awesome players, when they can be bothered.
    Verdict - absolutely right. Look at Anelka.

    Just how many clubs would they get through in their careers?
    One every few seasons, forever hating the club they left behind.
    Verdict - absolutely right. Look at Anelka. I feel I'm repeating myself.

    How many players would end up hating them?
    As far as I can see, this didn't happen.
    Verdict - did they stay at a club long enough?

    Would they ever go to a big club, or would their hatred of all the clubs hold them back?
    Never. Too petty.
    I guess with such a hatred, it would never happen. Would Gary Neville ever join Liverpool? Thought not.

    How much trouble would they get with officials?
    Plenty. They seemed to think cards were collectables.
    Verdict - again, spot on. They were violent thugs on the field.

    Would they ever get international recognition for the right reasons?
    Both played many times for England, but as the ex-Bandits dominated, they were often left out. Their international careers also finished earlier.
    Verdict - they were too good not to be capped, but with the Bandits having a better attitude, they had to be first choice. And with the idiots' abilities fading faster, their careers ended early, correctly.

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    perfect timing for the summary.

    eagerly awaiting the twilight years of the starlets, and the next experiment on the boys in the backroom.

    i'm sure i said it before, but... brilliant thread!

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    England

    All these players are English. How long before they get call ups?
    Not long at all. Once they hit the big time, and were playing regularly (some sooner than others), in they went.
    Verdict - the media would drool over such talent. They'd be no keeping them out.

    Does the mental attitude affect the call-up - which players get in?
    The idiots had enough of an international career to suggest that the ability is more important, but as they faded, they were gone.
    Verdict - fair enough, some complete morons have had successful international careers, and managers good enough to be national coaches should be able to handle them.

    How well would England do with them?
    They haven't do much as drawn a qualifying match in over a decade, or conceded a goal, so they are clearly dominant over weaker teams. But now and then a top nation (and Mexico, these days) can trump them in a one-off game. Too often those games have come in tournaments, and while they've won some, they've lost more.
    Verdict - they've gone out a few times on penalities. Which is proof that no matter how good you are, if you're English, you can't get past that block. Almost makes me wonder if it's coded in

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    Post playing career

    Who would go on to be successful after their playing time was up?
    Watch this space.....

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    Ugh - too much bold. Sorry folks, that looks quite ugly in places.

    Anyway - this does not spell the end for this experiment, but with the players approaching retirement, it spells the end for one chapter of it.

    Chapter two follows them into the management game, while tracking the Bandits, and will start as soon as they take the plunge.

    My conclusion from the first chapter is simple - the AI of the game is utterly superb. It is often an unsung hero of the game, but if you think about what constitutes the draw of the game, the sheer realism factor, and the feel that those players and managers are real, must come into it. That can only happen with excellent AI.

    Of course, the odd daft thing happens, but how many times have you feel attached to a loyal player, or decided a player or manager is an idiot? They're a series of numbers, but they sure don't feel like it.

    The one thing to investigate is whether the Bandits' slow rise can be purely attributed to ambition. This will be looked into later.

    So - what are your conclusions?

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    Originally posted by zeusbheld:
    perfect timing for the summary.

    eagerly awaiting the twilight years of the starlets, and the next experiment on the boys in the backroom.

    i'm sure i said it before, but... brilliant thread!
    Thank you, and thanks to everyone who keeps supporting this thread

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    Who would they go to?
    All the big boys in the Premiership, and one daring centre back became a star in Milan.
    Verdict - again, this is excellent - the best clubs have the best scouts and the most appeal. Once there, the players became loyal and never left.
    Great stuff as always.

    Just wanted you to remind us which Playable leagues you had selected, as this may affect which clubs the players could go to. I have 20 playable countries selected in a current game, which I find to produce a far more rounded game in the long term. The 2010 WC final was contested between Spain and Slovenia!?

    Scott M

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    I only had England selected as a main league, and you're absolutely right, this will have affected destinations.

    The second running of this experiment will be more thorough.

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    The one thing to investigate is whether the Bandits' slow rise can be purely attributed to ambition. This will be looked into later.
    I think this would require a number of tests (not necessarily that you should do them Kip!), Ambition alone, would just make the chairman fire his managers when they failed to live up to his (unrealistic?) expectations. Lack of cash (not the case here, but) would prevent buying ambitious signings. Lack of interference would prevent the chairman buying big players (assuming he had ambition and cash).

    My predictions are that all 3 are necessary to drive a club upwards, but I have a suspicion that the AI is too rigid to allow for big players to 'see' the attraction of a wealthy but lowly club. I suspect too much rests on the reputation - whether SI can code it so that rep is increased for wealthy clubs, or whether a neater solution can be found.

    Given the AI from the first chapter was good, I may be doing a disservice here, but I don't think so.

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    Originally posted by kipfizh:
    I only had England selected as a main league, and you're absolutely right, this will have affected destinations.

    The second running of this experiment will be more thorough.
    No criticism intended, of course. It my pet hate on these forums that people perceive an "English" bias to the International/Domestic game, without realising that only having a limited amount of countries/leagues selected will handicap the game.

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    On a similar theme to what Scott M is talking about, one bizarre element of the game in the long term is that, at least when running only the English league, a lot of the top managers at the major clubs across Europe (and especially I've seen it in Spain) are English. kipfizh has mentioned that Dennis Wise is leading Real Madrid to European glory... in a career game I am running I'm in 2018 and Glenn Roeder is Real Madrid manager while Neil Banfield (currently IRL Arsenal youth coach) is at Barcelona and John Carver is Villareal manager. While I appreciate that the results are affected by only running the one league, the balance of english players moving abroad seems to be fine, yet for some reason the staff seem to be a lot more in demand on the continent than is the case in real life.

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    Originally posted by ScottM:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by kipfizh:
    I only had England selected as a main league, and you're absolutely right, this will have affected destinations.

    The second running of this experiment will be more thorough.
    No criticism intended, of course. It my pet hate on these forums that people perceive an "English" bias to the International/Domestic game, without realising that only having a limited amount of countries/leagues selected will handicap the game.

    Scott M </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    You're absolutely right - it is pointless, for example, me analysing the winners of European competitions without running more than one country's leagues.

    For this experiment, I actually wanted to keep as many of the star players in the same country as possible to see how they interacted, so I figured only running English leagues would be best for that. The downside is that we can't accurately follow those who do move overseas.

    Since the next experiment does not centre around the players, but the standing of the irrationally placed clubs with extreme staff, it is more relevant to run more leagues, so I will be

    That, and the fact that I've just got a new machine which'll run a lot more

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    Kip, do you think the attitude of the idiots could be bettered by the use of tutoring?

    Could there be much of an increase in their professionalism etc by learning from a good player. I suppose this would have a better chance if the good player was a few years older though!

    Once again great work!! (i've now developed a soft spot for the bandits, suppose their now my second team)

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    great thread, im really enjoying this

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    Originally posted by Skat:
    Kip, do you think the attitude of the idiots could be bettered by the use of tutoring?

    Could there be much of an increase in their professionalism etc by learning from a good player. I suppose this would have a better chance if the good player was a few years older though!
    it could work, possibly, depending on their adaptability. players who aren't very adaptable don't tend to accept tutors. also, given the idiots' nasty attitudes they might tend to end up having a falling out with their tutors.


    it isn't an experiment (merely 'anecdotal evidence') but i have some idiots in my current game that i'm trying to tutor, i've sold one so far, the rest are parked in my reserves and will stay there until either their attitude improves or they are old enough to make money by selling them.

    low return on investment so far tutoring young idiots, but a couple may come around. also, i'm only in league one at present, so they might respond better to the kind of players i can't afford.

    might be an interesting experiment for someone who isn't as lazy as me though.

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    kipfizh, please post a link in this thread when you start the other experiment, I'd be ****ed if I missed it

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    Originally posted by Meitheisman:
    kipfizh, please post a link in this thread when you start the other experiment, I'd be ****ed if I missed it
    yeah definitely post a link here.

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    Sorry for not reading all the 13 pages of the post, although an interesting test. My question is, how did the club reputation get affected by these youngsters? My understanding is that much of the club reputation is derived out of the players. This might be the reason that despite the tons of money the club has no one wants to play for them. This is one of the flaws as I see it in the contract/transfer part of the game. IRL there is many good players that is, for many good reasons probably, ready to make moves to any clubs if the money is right. There are probably world class players that will accept maybe a one year contract with an obscure club if they get 100 million for a season.

    I play the lower leagues a lot and it sometimes boring to see that transfers that DO happen in IRL is not possible in the game as the contract negotation is not working properly meaning that the players already have made up their minds before the offer is made due to the reputation of the club.

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    Originally posted by Mygel:
    Sorry for not reading all the 13 pages of the post, although an interesting test. My question is, how did the club reputation get affected by these youngsters? My understanding is that much of the club reputation is derived out of the players. This might be the reason that despite the tons of money the club has no one wants to play for them. This is one of the flaws as I see it in the contract/transfer part of the game. IRL there is many good players that is, for many good reasons probably, ready to make moves to any clubs if the money is right. There are probably world class players that will accept maybe a one year contract with an obscure club if they get 100 million for a season.

    I play the lower leagues a lot and it sometimes boring to see that transfers that DO happen in IRL is not possible in the game as the contract negotation is not working properly meaning that the players already have made up their minds before the offer is made due to the reputation of the club.
    the flip side of that, is that transfers are better than they were in 2k6, where i signed harry kewell on a free transfer... while in league one.

    you can get *some* players who would never sign for you, you just need a) a quality shortlist, coz you won't get many, and b) persistence to the point of obsessiveness.

    it might could improve but i think it's more, rather than less, realistic than previous versions.

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    Originally posted by Mighty Red:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">The one thing to investigate is whether the Bandits' slow rise can be purely attributed to ambition. This will be looked into later.
    I think this would require a number of tests (not necessarily that you should do them Kip!), Ambition alone, would just make the chairman fire his managers when they failed to live up to his (unrealistic?) expectations. Lack of cash (not the case here, but) would prevent buying ambitious signings. Lack of interference would prevent the chairman buying big players (assuming he had ambition and cash).
    </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I think interference has more of an impact when a chairman is firing managers then ambition.

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    There is an attribute called Buying players which I think might affect the chairman and not only the managers... could be that is low

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    Originally posted by timpino:
    There is an attribute called Buying players which I think might affect the chairman and not only the managers... could be that is low
    Is this a serious coment ?

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    Originally posted by Jimbokav1971:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by timpino:
    There is an attribute called Buying players which I think might affect the chairman and not only the managers... could be that is low
    Is this a serious coment ? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    i think he means the chairman has an attribute called "buying players". i think this is probably correct, as many people have reported having a chair who dumps (often unwanted) great (or grate) players on them.

    perhaps someone who is using an editor can clarify---is there a *separate* attribute for chairmen buying players or just ambition and interference?

    so far i've been lucky and have a chair who loves the club, doesn't buy or sell players, and dutifully expands the stadium, if only in 3,000 seat increments.

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    Yup, It was serious. any non player person has that attribute.

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    And by that I mean staff personell, as I haven't checked officials.

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    Originally posted by timpino:
    And by that I mean staff personell, as I haven't checked officials.
    i doubt officials can buy players, although officials can be bought (at least in italy, until fairly recently).

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    Cheers timpino & zeusbheld .

    I never use the editor so I didn't know that. It's amazing how much hidden depth there is in the game.

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    Originally posted by Jimbokav1971:
    Cheers timpino & zeusbheld .

    I never use the editor so I didn't know that. It's amazing how much hidden depth there is in the game.
    i've never used the editor either, only just now (from your post) figured out that the editor comes with the game (d'oh). i've just read in various fora about stuff like that.

    after kipfizh's experiment though i feel inclined to look under the hood and see what hidden attributes exist in general. not interested in knowing the 'secrets' of my players and staff though. prefer to let that unfold and torture me rather than have specific predictions.

    i think FM07 does a very good job modelling a complex world, and i find this stuff fascinating, but then i'm a dork.

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    still by far the best thread on the forum...look at the views.

    come on you bandits...

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    Sorry about the delay folks, this experiment is still going but I'm having one of those busy periods!

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    kipfizh,

    Is there any chance of me getting my hands on your database for this experiment, would like a go on it

    Cheers

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    He said he'll post it at the end of the experiment so that people don't start running their own and comparing with what he's getting. I think it makes perfect sense for him to keep the "licensing rights" to his wonderful idea!
    We'll just all have to be patient

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    Completely understand this, but I'm not interested in posting my results on the forums, don't have enough time to do it nowadays, just wanna play it for my own gain really.

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    As far as I know the Buying Players attribute is how good the staff is at buying players and is not the likelihood of them buying players as was said above.

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    Interesting point DS but then what attribute would constitute the likelihood of the staff buying players?

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    The next time somebody goes into the editor, perhaps they could post the various attributes for Chairmen here.

    It would make some interesting reading.

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    Originally posted by Jimbokav1971:
    The next time somebody goes into the editor, perhaps they could post the various attributes for Chairmen here.

    It would make some interesting reading.
    will look it up a bit later.

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    it's now a bit later, and here are the non-player attributes. i'm going to list them all, even if they're not relevant to chairs.


    just... well... coz i can.


    NON-TACTICAL ATTRIBUTES:

    buying players

    hardness of training

    judging player ability

    judging player potential

    level of discipline

    man management

    mind games

    motivating

    squad rotation

    working with youngsters

    PHYSIO

    physiotherapy

    COACHING

    coaching attacking

    coaching defending

    coaching fitness

    coaching mental

    coaching tactical

    coaching technical

    and now for the money shot:

    CHARMAN:

    business

    interference

    patience

    resources.


    i was looking at two chairmen (for ajax and ajax capetown) and they ONLY had numbers in the 'chairman' categories--NOTHING in the buying players category.

    this leads me to believe that INTERFERENCE is the key attribute and "buying players" has more to do with how good (or bad) at it the non-player is.

    if anyone has had a chairman (has to be one who actually exits) buy a player, post his name and i'll look up and see if he has a 'buying players' attribute at the start of the game.

    i'm wondering though if "non-tactical attributes " might be ratings you earn AFTER you actually do someting? in other words, a chairman with an interference of 20 might have his 'buying players' attribute go up if he buys well?

    i don't have any capacity to look at the database of a game in progress, i only have the editor that came on the game disk, so i cannot investigate this aspect.

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    after i posted it occurred to me that "person data" might be relevant too so here it is:

    adaptability

    ambition

    controversy

    determination

    loyalty

    pressure

    professionalism

    sportsmanship

    temperament.

    these no doubt affect a chairman's performance also. imagine an interfering, ambitious chairman with low loyalty, low professionalism, and an unruly temperament--i'm not gonna be able to sleep tonight.

    all the players have these attributes too.

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    Have a look at a la Liga Chairman then.

    They buy all they players don't they?

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    best thread ever , also have the players became coachs managers yet >?

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    Originally posted by slimblues:
    best thread ever , also have the players became coachs managers yet >?
    is there anything that runs on a mac that can look at non-players in a running game? i can check on my former ass man neil redfearn, he started out a player and is now a manager.

    Jimbokav--will look at Real chair when i fire that memory hog up again.

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    Originally posted by Kees04:
    Completely understand this, but I'm not interested in posting my results on the forums, don't have enough time to do it nowadays, just wanna play it for my own gain really.
    I know it might seem like I'm being ridiculous, but the minute I upload the database, this experiment will be simmed out by someone for 100 years, posted, and the predictions people make for the future will be based upon that, not what they think should happen.

    That said, once these ex-Bandits get their overly-talented selves into management, the season updates shouldn't take half as long to write up, so that database upload might not be far away

    On the update note, there's one coming tonight. Sorry about the massive delay, this should be the longest gap we have.

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    I'm convinced it's Interference that determines just how much the chairman actually does, rather than how well he does it.

    I guess the nightmare chairman is a 20 Interference 1 Buying Players monster, who splashes out 30m on Ade Akinbiyi.

    Part 2 of this experiment will focus mainly on chairmen and managers, so hopefully more will become clear then It is in design.

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    Thanks for the chairmen's attribute zeusbheld. Could you please look up what Bandit's Chairman attributes were at the beginning of the game too please?

    KUTGW kipfizh, can't wait for the next update!

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    Originally posted by kipfizh:
    On the update note, there's one coming tonight. Sorry about the massive delay, this should be the longest gap we have.
    Cant wait KUTGW

    Part 2 of this experiment will focus mainly on chairmen and managers, so hopefully more will become clear then It is in design
    And I really cant wait for this!! Well done on all your work so far - I look everyday hoping for an update. Im sure this next experimant will be just as great when this one ends!

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    Originally posted by Meitheisman:
    Thanks for the chairmen's attribute zeusbheld. Could you please look up what Bandit's Chairman attributes were at the beginning of the game too please?

    KUTGW kipfizh, can't wait for the next update!
    bandits are a made-up team for kipfizh' experiment. only kipfizh can look that up.

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    Fisher Athletic, the worst ranked side in the Conference South, have been replaced by 'The Bandits'
    That's from the 1st post of this thread so I guess if you look up Fisher Athletic's Chairman it would be the same... or did you change the chairman's attributes as well Kipfizh?

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    Originally posted by kipfizh:
    So - what are your conclusions?
    If I've one thing to say, it's that even allowing for massive loyalty of the ex-bandits only a couple moved clubs once they'd hit the big-time.

    In "real life" there are only a handful of players who wont move if the money is right. But pretty much everyone else is for sale, if the money is good.

    So I'm fairly disappointed at the lack of transfer activity for players who are clearly the Zico of their generation.

    I can't wait to see what happens with Bandits v2. A very ambitious board and quality loyal manager could see the club rise much faster than they have this time.
    VB

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    Originally posted by Meitheisman:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Fisher Athletic, the worst ranked side in the Conference South, have been replaced by 'The Bandits'
    That's from the 1st post of this thread so I guess if you look up Fisher Athletic's Chairman it would be the same... or did you change the chairman's attributes as well Kipfizh? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    possibly but probably not given that most lower teams seem to have randomized attributes each time you start the database. when i played fisher the chairman 'loved the club' i read where for someone else, he sold it.

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    ok i did look and fisher doesn't list any staff so it is random.

    FYI the database editor comes on your game disk and was installed with FM.

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    Thanks zeusbheld!

    And no I don't have the editor since I play FM on xbox 360 and SI didn't create an editor for this version which is why I was asking you to check it out for me... I wasn't just being lazy

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    vonblade. Maybe you missed the bit in the opening post about the attributes being changed.

    20s in everything, except dirtiness (1) and injury proneness (1), and mentally ambition (1) and controversy (1).
    That makes them really loyal. The only way that they were going to leave is if they weren't wanted by their clubs. As it was generally "big boys" that signed them in the first place, there weren't many bigger clubs to mobe on to.

    Obviously there were some exceptions. One started at Spurs I think and soon moved on for big bucks, and another moved to Spain for silly money. I think there were 2 more between the English giants, but that's it. If you asked me before-hand what I would expect, I would have expected it to be even more like this ie. a player refusing to sign for a bigger club out of loyalty to the old club. I suppose it's swings and roundabouts because a lack of controversy would hinder this.

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    Primus Inter Pares KIPFIZH, you have done an excellent piece of 'investigative reporting'.This would definitely go down in the annals of FM.Your experiment has given all of us food for tought,including the SI team,as was noted in the post of Mr. Vaughn.I am sure,that after such work,we'll all play FM, with a greater level of 'awareness' and may reduce some of the complaints regarding the 'inteligence' of the AI.On a personal note,it was important for me to note ,that money isn't all,maybe the case of Chelsea underscores this point.I also wonder,if the Bandits would ever achieve EPL status and how long that would take them.You can and should be extremely proud of your work.Congratulations!!!

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    Season 2023-24

    Club report

    2006-07
    English Conference South: (Pos 1), P 42, W 30, D 6, L 6, F 82, A 29, GD +53, Pts 96
    (Media Prediction: 22nd)
    FA Cup: 2nd Round
    FA Trophy: Winners
    2007-08
    English National Conference: (Pos 7), P 46, W 22, D 8, L 16, F 68, A 55, GD +13, Pts 74
    (Media Prediction: 22nd)
    FA Cup: 1st Round
    FA Trophy: Finalist
    2008-09
    English National Conference: (Pos 7), P 46, W 19, D 12, L 15, F 73, A 65, GD +8, Pts 69
    (Media Prediction: 17th)
    FA Cup: 4th Qualifying Round
    FA Trophy: 1st Round
    2009-10
    English National Conference: (Pos 9), P 46, W 19, D 12, L 15, F 58, A 57, GD +1, Pts 69
    (Media Prediction: 10th)
    FA Cup: 4th Qualifying Round
    FA Trophy: 3rd Round
    2010-11
    English National Conference: (Pos 6), P 46, W 21, D 10, L 15, F 75, A 55, GD +20, Pts 73
    (Media Prediction: 12th)
    FA Cup: 1st Round
    FA Trophy: 4th Round
    2011-12
    English National Conference: (Pos 18), P 46, W 16, D 9, L 21, F 59, A 66, GD -7, Pts 57
    (Media Prediction: 8th)
    FA Cup: 2nd Round
    FA Trophy: 3rd Round
    2012-13
    English National Conference: (Pos 5), P 46, W 21, D 11, L 14, F 67, A 52, GD +15, Pts 74
    (Media Prediction: 16th)
    FA Cup: 2nd Round
    FA Trophy: 4th Round
    2013-14
    English National Conference: (Pos 1), P 46, W 20, D 18, L 8, F 68, A 46, GD +22, Pts 78
    (Media Prediction: 8th)
    FA Cup: 1st Round
    FA Trophy: 4th Round
    2014-15
    English League Two: (Pos 21), P 46, W 12, D 15, L 19, F 60, A 69, GD -9, Pts 51
    (Media Prediction: 22nd)
    FA Cup: 1st Round
    League Cup: 1st Round
    Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: South Quarter Final
    2015-16
    English League Two: (Pos 21), P 46, W 14, D 10, L 22, F 56, A 73, GD -17, Pts 52
    (Media Prediction: 23rd)
    FA Cup: 2nd Round
    League Cup: 1st Round
    Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: South 2nd Round
    2016-17
    English League Two: (Pos 6), P 46, W 17, D 16, L 13, F 64, A 51, GD 13, Pts 67
    (Media Prediction: 24th)
    FA Cup: 3rd Round
    League Cup: 1st Round
    Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: South 2nd Round
    2017-18
    English League Two: (Pos 15), P 46, W 16, D 14, L 16, F 63, A 65, GD -2, Pts 62
    (Media Prediction: 10th)
    FA Cup: 1st Round
    League Cup: 3rd Round
    Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: South 2nd Round
    2018-19
    English League Two: (Pos 7), P 46, W 19, D 12, L 15, F 64, A 62, GD 2, Pts 69
    (Media Prediction: 16th)
    FA Cup: 3rd Round
    League Cup: 1st Round
    Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: South 2nd Round
    2019-20
    English League Two: (Pos 6), P 46, W 18, D 13, L 15, F 69, A 66, GD 3, Pts 67
    (Media Prediction: 10th)
    FA Cup: 2nd Round
    League Cup: 1st Round
    Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: South Semi Final
    2020-21
    English League Two: (Pos 10), P 46, W 17, D 15, L 14, F 67, A 61, GD 6, Pts 66
    (Media Prediction: 8th)
    FA Cup: 1st Round
    League Cup: 1st Round
    Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: South 2nd Round
    2021-22
    English League Two: (Pos 1), P 46, W 25, D 9, L 12, F 74, A 54, GD 20, Pts 84
    (Media Prediction: 10th)
    FA Cup: 5th Round
    League Cup: 1st Round
    Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: Finalist
    2022-23
    English League One: (Pos 13), P 46, W 16, D 15, L 15, F 73, A 63, GD +10, Pts 63
    (Media Prediction: 23rd)
    FA Cup: 4th Round
    League Cup: 3rd Round
    Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: South Semi-Final
    2023-24
    English League One: (Pos 11), P 46, W 17, D 13, L 16, F 65, A 71, GD -6, Pts 64
    (Media Prediction: 19th)
    League
    FA Cup: 2nd Round
    League Cup: Finalist
    Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: South 2nd Round


    Never challenging for promotion, but never in danger of relegation, this wasn’t the most interesting season in the Bandits’ history, but given that it was only their second in League One, they’ll happily take that.

    Having brought a couple of players into the club in both transfer windows, they at least appear to recognize that the squad needs some improvement, and this bodes well for the future.

    For the third season running, the cups provided a highlight. With little progress in two of the competitions, it was the turn of the League Cup to take precedence. After a couple of simple rounds, West Brom (who finished third in the Championship) were dispatched in round three, before Premiership Watford found themselves victims of the Bandits for the second time in three years.

    A favourable draw saw a home tie against Championship strugglers Wrexham in the quarters, and they were dismissed with ease, before a tough tie against Premiership top half regulars Sunderland. Over two legs, this was always going to be tough, but after a home draw, they traveled north and won 2-1 at the Stadium of Light to set up a final showdown with Man Utd.

    A 1-1 draw in the final saw the tie go to extra time, but when United took the lead there was to be no recovery.

    So four more giant killings takes the total to ten in only three years, and proves that they can compete at higher levels. Now they need to get there.

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    Good player reports

    Goalkeeper 1
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 151: Apps 47, Conc 29, Cln 15, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.66
    2007-08, Bandits, CA 166: Apps 49, Conc 56, Cln 12, MoM 6, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.51
    2008-09, Bandits, CA 178: Apps 32, Conc 38, Cln 6, MoM 5, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.28
    Transfers to Blackburn for 650k
    2008-09, Blackburn, CA 178: Apps 14, Conc 16, Cln 4, MoM 2, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.21
    2009-10, Blackburn, CA 184: Apps 41 (1), Conc 45, Cln 13, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.38
    2010-11, Blackburn, CA 189: Apps 32, Conc 48, Cln 5, MoM 2, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.38
    2011-12, Blackburn, CA 192: Apps 43, Conc 62, Cln 7, MoM 3, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.53
    2012-13, Blackburn, CA 194: Apps 45, Conc 65, Cln 9, MoM 4, YC 9, RC 0, Avg 7.58
    Transfers to Arsenal for 27m
    2013-14, Arsenal, CA 196: Apps 56, Conc 70, Cln 18, MoM 7, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.46
    2014-15, Arsenal, CA 197: Apps 43, Conc 34, Cln 19, MoM 5, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.74
    2015-16, Arsenal, CA 198: Apps 33, Conc 30, Cln 13, MoM 4, YC 0, RC 1, Avg 7.61
    2016-17, Arsenal, CA 199: Apps 40, Conc 49, Cln 10, MoM 0, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.38
    2017-18, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 51, Conc 57, Cln 16, MoM 3, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.49
    2018-19, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 56 (1), Conc 67, Cln 14, MoM 4, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.49
    2019-20, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 38 (2), Conc 39, Cln 13, MoM 3, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.55
    2020-21, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 51, Conc 67, Cln 13, MoM 6, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.53
    2021-22, Arsenal, CA 191: Apps 41, Conc 41, Cln 14, MoM 4, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.54
    2022-23, Arsenal, CA 191: Apps 49, Conc 52, Cln 11, MoM 3, YC 3, RC 2, Avg 7.55
    2023-24, Arsenal, CA 189: Apps 36, Conc 40, Cln 12, MoM 7, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.61

    Notes: Has another excellent season as his consistent performances continue to impress. Will return to the Champions League next season after Arsenal recovered to fourth. Reaches 70 caps and is still holding his CA high.

    Goalkeeper 2
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 150: Apps 10 (4), Conc 6, Cln 8, MoM 1, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.93
    Transfers to Leeds for 675k
    2007-08, Leeds, CA 167: Apps 43, Conc 45, Cln 12, MoM 7, YC 2, RC 1, Avg 7.51
    2008-09, Leeds, CA 181: Apps 35, Conc 45, Cln 4, MoM 3, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.26
    2009-10, Leeds, CA 189: Apps 42, Conc 51, Cln 8, MoM 6, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.50
    2010-11, Leeds, CA 191: Apps 37, Conc 41, Cln 8, MoM 4, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.46
    2011-12, Leeds, CA 195: Apps 57, Conc 68, Cln 17, MoM 10, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.58
    2012-13, Leeds, CA 196: Apps 51, Conc 77, Cln 4, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.27
    2013-14, Leeds, CA 200: Apps 39, Conc 52, Cln 7, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.21
    2014-15, Leeds, CA 200: Apps 59, Conc 72, Cln 14, MoM 8, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.46
    2015-16, Leeds, CA 200: Apps 40, Conc 45, Cln 10, MoM 8, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.53
    2016-17, Leeds, CA 200: Apps 56 (2), Conc 64, Cln 17, MoM 10, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.60
    2017-18, Leeds, CA 200: Apps 41 (1), Conc 46, Cln 12, MoM 7, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.60
    2018-19, Leeds, CA 200: Apps 56, Conc 62, Cln 12, MoM 6, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.45
    2019-20, Leeds, CA 200: Apps 57, Conc 69, Cln 15, MoM 7, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.37
    2020-21, Leeds, CA 192: Apps 43, Conc 54, Cln 10, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.30
    2021-22, Leeds, CA 189: Apps 34 (2), Conc 37, Cln 12, MoM 5, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.64
    2022-23, Leeds, CA 188: Apps 47, Conc 53, Cln 15, MoM 9, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.53
    2023-24, Leeds, CA 185: Apps 31 (2), Conc 27, Cln 15, MoM 4, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.36

    Notes: Has a fantastic record of conceding less than a goal a game while keeping clean sheets in nearly half his matches, as he helps Leeds to finish second. Adds one more cap to reach 107, but his international career is slowing down.

    Left Back 1
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 150: Apps 9 (5), Gls 0, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.14
    Transfers to Tottenham on a free
    2007-08, Tottenham, CA 165: Apps 42, Gls 1, Asts 4, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.21
    2008-09, Tottenham, CA 175: Apps 40, Gls 0, Asts 1, MoM 3, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.30
    2009-10, Tottenham, CA 187: Apps 45, Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 2, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.11
    2010-11, Tottenham, CA 194: Apps 40, Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 3, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.35
    2011-12, Tottenham, CA 197: Apps 39, Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.31
    2012-13, Tottenham, CA 200: Apps 42, Gls 2, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.36
    2013-14, Tottenham, CA 200: Apps 35, Gls 0, Asts 1, MoM 2, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.31
    2014-15, Tottenham, CA 200: Apps 51, Gls 1, Asts 3, MoM 3, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.31
    2015-16, Tottenham, CA 200: Apps 43, Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 0, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.19
    2016-17, Tottenham, CA 200: Apps 43, Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.28
    2017-18, Tottenham, CA 200: Apps 45, Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 2, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.36
    2018-19, Tottenham, CA 193: Apps 39, Gls 3, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.36
    2019-20, Tottenham, CA 191: Apps 46, Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 7, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.24
    2020-21, Tottenham, CA 190: Apps 39, Gls 3, Asts 3, MoM 4, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.38
    2021-22, Tottenham, CA 186: Apps 19, Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.21
    2022-23, Tottenham, CA 182: Apps 46, Gls 0, Asts 5, MoM 2, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.43
    2023-24, Tottenham, CA 178: Apps 38, Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 5, YC 4, RC 2, Avg 7.47

    Notes: After last season’s best performance, he raises his game even more as he threatens to end his career on a high. Adds one more cap to reach 71 with two goals.

    Left Back 2
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 153: Apps 51 (1), Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.46
    Transfers to Liverpool for 40k
    2007-08, Liverpool, CA 165: Apps 40 (1), Gls 1, Asts 4, MoM 0, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 6.73
    2008-09, Liverpool, CA 179: Apps 50, Gls 0, Asts 6, MoM 3, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.30
    2009-10, Liverpool, CA 183: Apps 47, Gls 3, Asts 7, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.38
    2010-11, Liverpool, CA 192: Apps 53, Gls 3, Asts 4, MoM 7, YC 2, RC 1, Avg 7.47
    2011-12, Liverpool, CA 198: Apps 53, Gls 0, Asts 7, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.23
    2012-13, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 55, Gls 3, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 8, RC 2, Avg 7.29
    2013-14, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 49, Gls 3, Asts 4, MoM 8, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.84
    2014-15, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 54, Gls 2, Asts 5, MoM 3, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.46
    2015-16, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 56, Gls 2, Asts 5, MoM 4, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.41
    2016-17, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 45, Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.29
    2017-18, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 39, Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.26
    2018-19, Liverpool, CA 195: Apps 39, Gls 1, Asts 3, MoM 2, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.31
    2019-20, Liverpool, CA 192: Apps 36, Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.25
    2020-21, Liverpool, CA 191: Apps 54, Gls 0, Asts 6, MoM 6, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.54
    2021-22, Liverpool, CA 190: Apps 45 (1), Gls 1, Asts 5, MoM 4, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.50
    2022-23, Liverpool, CA 186: Apps 38, Gls 0, Asts 5, MoM 3, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.50
    2023-24, Liverpool, CA 182: Apps 37 (1), Gls 2, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.39

    Notes: Continues to play very well as his CA remains at a very high level even as he approaches 35. Reaches 86 caps with one goal as Liverpool have a good season, finishing sixth. Comes third in European Defender of the Year.

    Right Back 1
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 154: Apps 4, Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 8.00
    Transfers to Newcastle for 400k
    2007-08, Newcastle, CA 165: Apps 39, Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.18
    2008-09, Newcastle, CA 181: Apps 46, Gls 1, Asts 5, MoM 2, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.28
    2009-10, Newcastle, CA 187: Apps 3, Gls 0, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.00
    Transfers to Chelsea for 27.5m
    2009-10, Chelsea, CA 187: Apps 48, Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.27
    2010-11, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 53, Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 2, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.39
    2011-12, Chelsea, CA 197: Apps 60, Gls 1, Asts 9, MoM 2, YC 8, RC 1, Avg 7.55
    2012-13, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 54, Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.20
    2013-14, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 51, Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.12
    2014-15, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 53, Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 3, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.58
    2015-16, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 54, Gls 0, Asts 5, MoM 3, YC 8, RC 2, Avg 7.26
    2016-17, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 54, Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 6, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.56
    2017-18, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 51, Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 7, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.51
    2018-19, Chelsea, CA 191: Apps 56, Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.25
    2019-20, Chelsea, CA 189: Apps 48 (1), Gls 0, Asts 8, MoM 3, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.27
    2020-21, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 54, Gls 0, Asts 5, MoM 3, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.43
    2021-22, Chelsea, CA 194: Apps 56, Gls 1, Asts 5, MoM 3, YC 6, RC 2, Avg 7.34
    2022-23, Chelsea, CA 183: Apps 50, Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 8, RC 2, Avg 7.06
    2023-24, Chelsea, CA 180: Apps 40 (1), Gls 0, Asts 0, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.05

    Notes: Doesn’t have a great season performance-wise, but continues to take medals home – Chelsea comfortably win the Premiership for the fourth season in succession, and take the FA Cup too, completing the double. Reaches 92 caps with two goals but his star is fading.

    Right Back 2
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 155: Apps 50, Gls 1, Asts 7, MoM 5, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.70
    Transfers to Liverpool for 24k
    2007-08, Liverpool, CA 166: Apps 29 (8), Gls 1, Asts 6, MoM 4, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.03
    2008-09, Liverpool, CA 178: Apps 51 (1), Gls 2, Asts 2, MoM 0, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.15
    2009-10, Liverpool, CA 188: Apps 49 (1), Gls 4, Asts 2, MoM 3, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.34
    2010-11, Liverpool, CA 195: Apps 54 (1), Gls 1, Asts 6, MoM 4, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.51
    2011-12, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 52 (1), Gls 2, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 3, RC 2, Avg 7.38
    2012-13, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 54, Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 6, YC 7, RC 1, Avg 7.54
    2013-14, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 49, Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.47
    2014-15, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 57, Gls 3, Asts 6, MoM 7, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.49
    2015-16, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 51 (1), Gls 1, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.56
    2016-17, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 42, Gls 0, Asts 6, MoM 4, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.33
    2017-18, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 31, Gls 2, Asts 3, MoM 2, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.29
    2018-19, Liverpool, CA 193: Apps 46, Gls 0, Asts 7, MoM 2, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.52
    2019-20, Liverpool, CA 190: Apps 41, Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 0, YC 5, RC 2, Avg 7.20
    2020-21, Liverpool, CA 189: Apps 50 (1), Gls 0, Asts 6, MoM 1, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.41
    2021-22, Liverpool, CA 191: Apps 50 (2), Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.25
    2022-23, Liverpool, CA 187: Apps 38, Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.13
    2023-24, Liverpool, CA 182: Apps 38 (1), Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.33

    Notes: International career continues with 73 caps and three goals, and domestically he raises his performances again as Liverpool finish sixth.

    Centre Back 1
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 152: Apps 17 (6), Gls 1, Asts 7, MoM 3, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.57
    Transfers to Tottenham on a free
    2007-08, Tottenham, CA 166: Apps 40, Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.00
    2008-09, Tottenham, CA 181: Apps 41, Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 3, YC 2, RC 1, Avg 7.22
    Transfers to Milan on a free
    2009-10, Milan, CA 187: Apps 31, Gls 4, Asts 5, MoM 6, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.32
    2010-11, Milan, CA 192: Apps 52, Gls 3, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.25
    2011-12, Milan, CA 196: Apps 46, Gls 2, Asts 1, MoM 6, YC 5, RC 4, Avg 7.48
    2012-13, Milan, CA 200: Apps 35, Gls 10, Asts 5, MoM 2, YC 9, RC 2, Avg 7.46
    2013-14, Milan, CA 200: Apps 41, Gls 2, Asts 3, MoM 5, YC 9, RC 0, Avg 7.44
    2014-15, Milan, CA 200: Apps 38, Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.18
    2015-16, Milan, CA 200: Apps 40, Gls 9, Asts 4, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.43
    2016-17, Milan, CA 200: Apps 44, Gls 2, Asts 3, MoM 6, YC 12, RC 0, Avg 7.70
    2017-18, Milan, CA 200: Apps 45, Gls 2, Asts 10, MoM 10, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.67
    2018-19, Milan, CA 192: Apps 45, Gls 4, Asts 3, MoM 5, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.42
    2019-20, Milan, CA 189: Apps 37, Gls 5, Asts 4, MoM 10, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.78
    2020-21, Milan, CA 194: Apps 40, Gls 4, Asts 3, MoM 8, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.63
    2021-22, Milan, CA 189: Apps 49, Gls 4, Asts 8, MoM 4, YC 10, RC 0, Avg 7.45
    2022-23, Milan, CA 190: Apps 44, Gls 2, Asts 7, MoM 6, YC 9, RC 2, Avg 7.43
    2023-24, Milan, CA 183: Apps 41, Gls 7, Asts 11, MoM 7, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.63

    Notes: Never slows down. Remains at the very highest level, and offers more from an attacking point of view, contributing plenty of goals and assists for his teammates. Reaches an enormous 138 caps with two goals, and unless he retires could well reach an amazing 150. Will he? European Defender of the Year.

    Centre Back 2
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 151: Apps 3 (5), Gls 0, Asts 0, MoM 1, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.25
    Transfers to Arsenal on a free
    2007-08, Arsenal, CA 166: Apps 49, Gls 1, Asts 4, MoM 3, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.02
    2008-09, Arsenal, CA 177: Apps 52, Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 3, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.19
    2009-10, Arsenal, CA 184: Apps 51, Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 0, YC 2, RC 1, Avg 6.98
    2010-11, Arsenal, CA 190: Apps 49, Gls 0, Asts 5, MoM 4, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.02
    2011-12, Arsenal, CA 194: Apps 53, Gls 3, Asts 5, MoM 7, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.34
    2012-13, Arsenal, CA 199: Apps 49, Gls 0, Asts 0, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 2, Avg 7.33
    2013-14, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 47, Gls 3, Asts 1, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.36
    2014-15, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 48, Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 11, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.71
    2015-16, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 48, Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 5, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.52
    2016-17, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 52, Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 8, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.46
    2017-18, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 53, Gls 2, Asts 3, MoM 7, YC 5, RC 2, Avg 7.47
    2018-19, Arsenal, CA 191: Apps 55, Gls 2, Asts 5, MoM 2, YC 8, RC 1, Avg 7.40
    2019-20, Arsenal, CA 188: Apps 43, Gls 1, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.38
    2020-21, Arsenal, CA 191: Apps 44, Gls 0, Asts 1, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 2, Avg 7.36
    2021-22, Arsenal, CA 191: Apps 44, Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.39
    2022-23, Arsenal, CA 182: Apps 54, Gls 2, Asts 3, MoM 7, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.46
    2023-24, Arsenal, CA 182: Apps 44, Gls 1, Asts 0, MoM 4, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.34

    Notes: Mr consistent. Never lets his club down, and continues to play the occasional game for England, reaching 65 caps and two goals.

    Centre Back 3
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 150: Apps 49 (3), Gls 0, Asts 5, MoM 5, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.77
    Transfers to Chelsea for 55k
    2007-08, Chelsea, CA 166: Apps 23 (12), Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 6.89
    2008-09, Chelsea, CA 180: Apps 20 (6), Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 3, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 6.96
    2009-10, Chelsea, CA 189: Apps 22 (9), Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.19
    2010-11, Chelsea, CA 191: Apps 39 (3), Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.40
    2011-12, Chelsea, CA 197: Apps 41 (3), Gls 2, Asts 4, MoM 4, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.61
    2012-13, Chelsea, CA 199: Apps 51 (2), Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.47
    2013-14, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 42 (6), Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.17
    2014-15, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 47 (3), Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 2, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.54
    2015-16, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 36 (2), Gls 0, Asts 1, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.16
    2016-17, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 48, Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 3, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.44
    2017-18, Chelsea, CA 196: Apps 43 (2), Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 1, RC 1, Avg 7.40
    2018-19, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 51 (1), Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 6, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.37
    2019-20, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 46, Gls 0, Asts 1, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.35
    2020-21, Chelsea, CA 188: Apps 30 (1), Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 0, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.42
    2021-22, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 47 (2), Gls 0, Asts 6, MoM 3, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.29
    2022-23, Chelsea, CA 185: Apps 35 (7), Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 6.76
    2023-24, Chelsea, CA 182: Apps 38 (4), Gls 2, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 6.95

    Notes: It is incredible to think that he hasn’t been playing well for a while now, yet has still just picked up his fourth Premiership medal in a row, adding the FA Cup for good measure. Can’t seem to reproduce the form from earlier in his career, but reaches 60 caps with four goals for England.

    Centre Back 4
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 152: Apps 45 (1), Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.80
    Transfers to Chelsea for 28k
    2007-08, Chelsea, CA 165: Apps 32 (4), Gls 2, Asts 2, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.14
    2008-09, Chelsea, CA 179: Apps 28 (4), Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 6.84
    2009-10, Chelsea, CA 189: Apps 32 (4), Gls 2, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.50
    2010-11, Chelsea, CA 199: Apps 23 (11), Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.29
    2011-12, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 53 (1), Gls 2, Asts 4, MoM 4, YC 10, RC 0, Avg 7.67
    2012-13, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 55, Gls 2, Asts 7, MoM 8, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.62
    2013-14, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 46 (1), Gls 0, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.36
    2014-15, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 46 (2), Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 6, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.67
    2015-16, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 50 (2), Gls 0, Asts 1, MoM 4, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.46
    2016-17, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 52, Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 6, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.50
    2017-18, Chelsea, CA 195: Apps 42 (2), Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 4, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.50
    2018-19, Chelsea, CA 189: Apps 54 (2), Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.30
    2019-20, Chelsea, CA 191: Apps 42, Gls 3, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.50
    2020-21, Chelsea, CA 194: Apps 53, Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 7, RC 1, Avg 7.21
    2021-22, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 50, Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 2, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.36
    2022-23, Chelsea, CA 187: Apps 49, Gls 1, Asts 4, MoM 4, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.29
    2023-24, Chelsea, CA 184: Apps 44 (2), Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 3, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.28

    Notes: Continues to play solidly as he claims another Premiership medal, and an FA Cup as well. Manages 71 caps with two goals. Has been demanding a new contract.

    Left Mid 1
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 151: Apps 13, Gls 3, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.15
    Transfers to Man Utd for 170k
    2007-08, Man Utd, CA 165: Apps 39 (3), Gls 9, Asts 9, MoM 4, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.19
    Transfers to Chelsea for 10.5m
    2008-09, Chelsea, CA 180: Apps 48, Gls 7, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 2, Avg 6.73
    2009-10, Chelsea, CA 188: Apps 48, Gls 4, Asts 6, MoM 3, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.08
    2010-11, Chelsea, CA 192: Apps 45, Gls 4, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.16
    2011-12, Chelsea, CA 198: Apps 53 (2), Gls 9, Asts 2, MoM 3, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.45
    2012-13, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 56, Gls 8, Asts 4, MoM 4, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.48
    2013-14, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 53 (1), Gls 12, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.57
    2014-15, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 46 (3), Gls 9, Asts 5, MoM 6, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.49
    2015-16, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 54, Gls 8, Asts 8, MoM 8, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.74
    2016-17, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 57, Gls 5, Asts 5, MoM 5, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.46
    2017-18, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 51, Gls 10, Asts 8, MoM 6, YC 2, RC 3, Avg 7.71
    2018-19, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 53, Gls 14, Asts 5, MoM 8, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.57
    2019-20, Chelsea, CA 191: Apps 50, Gls 11, Asts 6, MoM 5, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.52
    2020-21, Chelsea, CA 188: Apps 57, Gls 9, Asts 3, MoM 5, YC 3, RC 2, Avg 7.42
    2021-22, Chelsea, CA 188: Apps 55, Gls 8, Asts 7, MoM 4, YC 2, RC 1, Avg 7.51
    2022-23, Chelsea, CA 180: Apps 52, Gls 13, Asts 6, MoM 2, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.08
    2023-24, Chelsea, CA 176: Apps 50, Gls 14, Asts 6, MoM 4, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.26

    Notes: After a dip in performances last season, his rises from the ashes again to help Chelsea win another Premiership, and the FA Cup. He had a prolific season in front of goal too, helping push his rating up. Reaches an enormous 136 caps with an impressive 23 goals and his career continues to shine.

    Left Mid 2
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 150: Apps 44, Gls 11, Asts 9, MoM 3, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.61
    Transfers to Portsmouth for 300k
    2007-08, Portsmouth, CA 165: Apps 40, Gls 7, Asts 3, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.28
    2008-09, Portsmouth, CA 180: Apps 48, Gls 6, Asts 9, MoM 8, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.52
    Transfers to Man Utd for 11.5m
    2009-10, Man Utd, CA 185: Apps 57, Gls 15, Asts 4, MoM 7, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.42
    2010-11, Man Utd, CA 190: Apps 51, Gls 10, Asts 7, MoM 6, YC 1, RC 1, Avg 7.51
    2011-12, Man Utd, CA 196: Apps 50, Gls 7, Asts 7, MoM 5, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.50
    2012-13, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 50, Gls 8, Asts 12, MoM 6, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.72
    2013-14, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 37, Gls 11, Asts 3, MoM 2, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.68
    2014-15, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 48, Gls 8, Asts 7, MoM 5, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.58
    2015-16, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 43, Gls 10, Asts 6, MoM 5, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.60
    2016-17, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 40, Gls 5, Asts 8, MoM 6, YC 1, RC 1, Avg 7.88
    2017-18, Man Utd, CA 194: Apps 40, Gls 1, Asts 7, MoM 2, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.25
    2018-19, Man Utd, CA 189: Apps 39, Gls 5, Asts 3, MoM 3, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.54
    2019-20, Man Utd, CA 189: Apps 36, Gls 8, Asts 3, MoM 0, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.25
    2020-21, Man Utd, CA 194: Apps 39, Gls 5, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.36
    2021-22, Man Utd, CA 190: Apps 37, Gls 10, Asts 5, MoM 5, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.41
    2022-23, Man Utd, CA 187: Apps 45, Gls 8, Asts 5, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.33
    2023-24, Man Utd, CA 180: Apps 45, Gls 7, Asts 3, MoM 7, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.58

    Notes: Raises his game to help Man Utd avoid relegation and beat the Bandits in the final of the League Cup. Pushes his way back into the England side, reaching 62 caps with 14 goals. Without him, Man Utd may struggle again.

    Right Mid 1
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 152: Apps 17 (19), Gls 6, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.00
    Transfers to Chelsea on a free
    2007-08, Chelsea, CA 165: Apps 12 (17), Gls 4, Asts 2, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 6.66
    2008-09, Chelsea, CA 178: Apps 11 (11), Gls 2, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 6.45
    2009-10, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 15 (18), Gls 5, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.18
    2010-11, Chelsea, CA 194: Apps 21 (19), Gls 5, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.18
    2011-12, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 43 (8), Gls 12, Asts 5, MoM 5, YC 2, RC 2, Avg 7.47
    2012-13, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 54 (1), Gls 8, Asts 7, MoM 7, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.58
    2013-14, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 60 (1), Gls 8, Asts 12, MoM 6, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.75
    2014-15, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 51, Gls 11, Asts 11, MoM 3, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.67
    2015-16, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 49, Gls 9, Asts 4, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.53
    2016-17, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 56, Gls 11, Asts 8, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.57
    2017-18, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 48, Gls 0, Asts 10, MoM 6, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.94
    2018-19, Chelsea, CA 196: Apps 53 (1), Gls 9, Asts 5, MoM 6, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.54
    2019-20, Chelsea, CA 189: Apps 48 (1), Gls 13, Asts 4, MoM 7, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.67
    2020-21, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 51 (2), Gls 14, Asts 6, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.62
    2021-22, Chelsea, CA 191: Apps 55, Gls 14, Asts 5, MoM 4, YC 10, RC 0, Avg 7.65
    2022-23, Chelsea, CA 180: Apps 47 (1), Gls 9, Asts 8, MoM 3, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.17
    2023-24, Chelsea, CA 174: Apps 12 (9), Gls 0, Asts 1, MoM 2, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 6.67

    Notes: The consistent levels of a couple of years ago have now completely disappeared. John Terry does not appear to rate him as a player, and he barely gets a game, contributing little when he does. To add to the bad news, he CA has dropped 17 points in two seasons, but his international record, standing at 115 caps and 25 goals, remains excellent.

    Right Mid 2
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 150: Apps 40 (1), Gls 9, Asts 8, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.49
    Transfers to Chelsea for 20k
    Loaned to Rangers
    2007-08, Rangers, CA 166: Apps 49 (1), Gls 17, Asts 12, MoM 11, YC 16, RC 0, Avg 7.72
    2008-09, Chelsea, CA 179: Apps 8 (13), Gls 4, Asts 2, MoM 0, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 6.67
    2009-10, Chelsea, CA 182: Apps 12 (4), Gls 2, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 6.75
    2010-11, Chelsea, CA 188: Apps 12 (5), Gls 5, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.18
    2011-12, Chelsea, CA 196: Apps 20 (16), Gls 7, Asts 0, MoM 2, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.19
    2012-13, Chelsea, CA 198: Apps 0 (1), Gls 0, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.00
    Transfers to Arsenal in a part-exchange, him and 29m for Fabregas
    2012-13, Arsenal, CA 198: Apps 49, Gls 14, Asts 10, MoM 10, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.76
    2013-14, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 55, Gls 9, Asts 9, MoM 4, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.40
    2014-15, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 55, Gls 17, Asts 2, MoM 7, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.53
    2015-16, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 54, Gls 14, Asts 7, MoM 5, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.59
    2016-17, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 51, Gls 13, Asts 4, MoM 4, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.49
    2017-18, Arsenal, CA 196: Apps 53, Gls 16, Asts 6, MoM 5, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.55
    2018-19, Arsenal, CA 191: Apps 58, Gls 18, Asts 6, MoM 6, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.76
    2019-20, Arsenal, CA 191: Apps 46, Gls 11, Asts 8, MoM 7, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.67
    2020-21, Arsenal, CA 187: Apps 43, Gls 10, Asts 6, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.40
    2021-22, Arsenal, CA 187: Apps 44, Gls 11, Asts 6, MoM 6, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.52
    2022-23, Arsenal, CA 178: Apps 50 (1), Gls 10, Asts 3, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.41
    2023-24, Arsenal, CA 179: Apps 42 (1), Gls 11, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.51

    Notes: For the tenth season in a row, he reaches double figures on the scoring charts, a fantastic achievement for a midfielder, and he remains the rock in Arsenal’s team as they finish in their customary fourth place. Reaches 55 caps with 15 goals.

    Centre Mid 1
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 150: Apps 18, Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.17
    Transfers to Man Utd for 675k
    2007-08, Man Utd, CA 159: Apps 33 (5), Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 2, Avg 6.55
    2008-09, Man Utd, CA 173: Apps 10 (9), Gls 3, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 6.53
    2009-10, Man Utd, CA 181: Apps 27 (13), Gls 6, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.18
    2010-11, Man Utd, CA 191: Apps 18 (12), Gls 6, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.20
    2011-12, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 8 (23), Gls 5, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.06
    2012-13, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 20 (16), Gls 2, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 1, RC 1, Avg 7.14
    2013-14, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 9 (16), Gls 3, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 0, RC 1, Avg 7.08
    2014-15, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 7 (15), Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.05
    Transfers to Arsenal for 27m
    2015-16, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 51, Gls 3, Asts 10, MoM 5, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.43
    2016-17, Arsenal, CA 196: Apps 49, Gls 7, Asts 6, MoM 5, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.69
    2017-18, Arsenal, CA 197: Apps 55, Gls 10, Asts 10, MoM 3, YC 13, RC 0, Avg 7.58
    2018-19, Arsenal, CA 190: Apps 48, Gls 3, Asts 5, MoM 4, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.56
    2019-20, Arsenal, CA 189: Apps 42 (1), Gls 6, Asts 4, MoM 3, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.49
    2020-21, Arsenal, CA 189: Apps 47, Gls 5, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.28
    2021-22, Arsenal, CA 189: Apps 40, Gls 6, Asts 5, MoM 3, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.45
    2022-23, Arsenal, CA 185: Apps 54, Gls 7, Asts 7, MoM 3, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.50
    2023-24, Arsenal, CA 173: Apps 31 (1), Gls 4, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.34

    Notes: Is currently considering his options at Arsenal as he approaches 35, but from a playing point of view he can still compete at the top level. Reaches 71 caps with seven goals, but his CA is now beginning to drop quickly. He has been quite unsettled this season, at first requesting a new contract, then falling out with teammate Shaun Barnes, and finally missing two months with a hip injury.

    Centre Mid 2
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 150: Apps 2, Gls 0, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.00
    Transfers to Portsmouth on a free
    2007-08, Portsmouth, CA 165: Apps 47, Gls 3, Asts 1, MoM 5, YC 7, RC 1, Avg 7.21
    Transfers to Man Utd for 11.25m[/B}
    2008-09, Man Utd, CA 180: Apps 33 (5), Gls 5, Asts 5, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 6.82
    2009-10, Man Utd, CA 184: Apps 50 (2), Gls 11, Asts 6, MoM 3, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.58
    2010-11, Man Utd, CA 189: Apps 45 (5), Gls 12, Asts 7, MoM 4, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.52
    2011-12, Man Utd, CA 193: Apps 47 (1), Gls 5, Asts 4, MoM 4, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.46
    2012-13, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 43 (4), Gls 14, Asts 5, MoM 5, YC 1, RC 1, Avg 7.51
    2013-14, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 46 (1), Gls 16, Asts 5, MoM 9, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.68
    2014-15, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 46 (1), Gls 5, Asts 5, MoM 4, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.49
    Transfers to Chelsea for 47.5m
    2015-16, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 34 (16), Gls 4, Asts 6, MoM 0, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.26
    2016-17, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 54, Gls 3, Asts 7, MoM 6, YC 6, RC 2, Avg 7.46
    2017-18, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 48 (2), Gls 6, Asts 3, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.32
    2018-19, Chelsea, CA 191: Apps 44 (2), Gls 5, Asts 5, MoM 0, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.24
    2019-20, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 39 (1), Gls 3, Asts 3, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.35
    2020-21, Chelsea, CA 189: Apps 43 (5), Gls 5, Asts 4, MoM 2, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.15
    2021-22, Chelsea, CA 189: Apps 35 (4), Gls 2, Asts 5, MoM 2, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.23
    2022-23, Chelsea, CA 187: Apps 42 (4), Gls 3, Asts 3, MoM 3, YC 1, RC 1, Avg 7.22
    2023-24, Chelsea, CA 183: Apps 32 (5), Gls 3, Asts 4, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 6.84

    Notes: His CA remains impressive but his performances do not. A complete disappointment for Chelsea this season, he still somehow manages to play regularly, winning another Premiership medal and the FA Cup. Also still a regular for England, with 97 caps and five goals. Will look to reach his century next season, but may have to raise his game.

    Centre Mid 3
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 150: Apps 40 (1), Gls 2, Asts 6, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.41
    2007-08, Bandits, CA 165: Apps 53, Gls 9, Asts 9, MoM 8, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.45
    Transfers to Man Utd for 975k[/B]
    2008-09, Man Utd, CA 180: Apps 41 (2), Gls 8, Asts 6, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.00
    2009-10, Man Utd, CA 186: Apps 36, Gls 6, Asts 5, MoM 9, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.75
    2010-11, Man Utd, CA 194: Apps 43 (7), Gls 10, Asts 3, MoM 6, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.52
    2011-12, Man Utd CA 200: Apps 47 (1), Gls 12, Asts 4, MoM 4, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.50
    2012-13, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 45 (3), Gls 10, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.31
    2013-14, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 45 (2), Gls 6, Asts 6, MoM 5, YC 3, RC 2, Avg 7.36
    2014-15, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 44, Gls 3, Asts 4, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.43
    2015-16, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 50, Gls 2, Asts 7, MoM 9, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.54
    2016-17, Man Utd, CA 196: Apps 36, Gls 0, Asts 6, MoM 0, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.31
    2017-18, Man Utd, CA 190: Apps 39, Gls 4, Asts 2, MoM 0, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.46
    2018-19, Man Utd, CA 188: Apps 32, Gls 3, Asts 6, MoM 3, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.59
    2019-20, Man Utd, CA 193: Apps 39, Gls 4, Asts 4, MoM 7, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.44
    2020-21, Man Utd, CA 194: Apps 36, Gls 1, Asts 4, MoM 0, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.22
    2021-22, Man Utd, CA 189: Apps 34, Gls 3, Asts 4, MoM 3, YC 8, RC 1, Avg 7.38
    2022-23, Man Utd, CA 184: Apps 45, Gls 5, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.40
    2023-24, Man Utd, CA 182: Apps 44, Gls 6, Asts 2, MoM 3, YC 6, RC 2, Avg 7.23

    Notes: Performances drop a little but still plays very solidly, winning a League Cup medal with the win over the Bandits in the final. Approaches a century of caps, with 99 and five goals.

    Centre Mid 4
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 152: Apps 54 (1), Gls 4, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.53
    Transfers to Chelsea for 1.4m
    2007-08, Chelsea, CA 165: Apps 42 (2), Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 6.77
    2008-09, Chelsea, CA 176: Apps 20 (10), Gls 3, Asts 7, MoM 0, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 6.73
    2009-10, Chelsea, CA 187: Apps 35 (5), Gls 2, Asts 3, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.14
    2010-11, Chelsea, CA 194: Apps 50 (1), Gls 2, Asts 5, MoM 1, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.24
    2011-12, Chelsea, CA 197: Apps 57, Gls 3, Asts 11, MoM 3, YC 9, RC 1, Avg 7.54
    2012-13, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 57, Gls 3, Asts 8, MoM 4, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.30
    2013-14, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 44, Gls 7, Asts 5, MoM 1, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.34
    2014-15, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 51, Gls 3, Asts 6, MoM 6, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.47
    2015-16, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 51 (3), Gls 1, Asts 3, MoM 2, YC 8, RC 1, Avg 7.43
    2016-17, Chelsea, CA 191: Apps 37 (6), Gls 2, Asts 7, MoM 4, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.26
    2017-18, Chelsea, CA 187: Apps 33 (6), Gls 4, Asts 5, MoM 0, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 6.97
    2018-19, Chelsea, CA 187: Apps 31 (5), Gls 2, Asts 7, MoM 1, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 6.89
    2019-20, Chelsea, CA 189: Apps 30, Gls 2, Asts 4, MoM 2, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.57
    2020-21, Chelsea, CA 189: Apps 39 (4), Gls 3, Asts 7, MoM 4, YC 7, RC 1, Avg 7.40
    2021-22, Chelsea, CA 185: Apps 24 (10), Gls 3, Asts 2, MoM 0, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 6.94
    2022-23, Chelsea, CA 178: Apps 10 (12), Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 6.36
    2023-24, Chelsea, CA 174: Apps 19 (13), Gls 5, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 6.66

    Notes: Well, he plays better than last season, but that’s really not saying very much. Another poor season sees him lose his international place and remain on 71 caps and six goals, but he does win another Premiership medal and also wins the FA Cup, albeit playing poorly in the final. Fading badly.

    Striker 1
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 150: Apps 3 (32), Gls 7, Asts 0, MoM 2, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 6.91
    Transfers to Chelsea on a free
    2007-08, Chelsea, CA 165: Apps 36 (4), Gls 21, Asts 1, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.28
    2008-09, Chelsea, CA 179: Apps 23 (9), Gls 18, Asts 2, MoM 4, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.31
    2009-10, Chelsea, CA 189: Apps 11 (13), Gls 8, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.21
    2010-11, Chelsea, CA 193: Apps 32 (4), Gls 21, Asts 1, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.56
    2011-12, Chelsea, CA 199: Apps 39 (7), Gls 21, Asts 4, MoM 2, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.61
    2012-13, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 43 (5), Gls 27, Asts 0, MoM 2, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.52
    2013-14, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 44 (6), Gls 26, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.62
    2014-15, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 33 (7), Gls 21, Asts 1, MoM 6, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.63
    2015-16, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 41 (6), Gls 25, Asts 3, MoM 4, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.55
    2016-17, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 34 (6), Gls 25, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.55
    2017-18, Chelsea, CA 196: Apps 28 (5), Gls 16, Asts 0, MoM 3, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.48
    2018-19, Chelsea, CA 194: Apps 18 (11), Gls 13, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.48
    2019-20, Chelsea, CA 188: Apps 13 (10), Gls 11, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.39
    2020-21, Chelsea, CA 188: Apps 16 (12), Gls 10, Asts 1, MoM 3, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.54
    2021-22, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 29 (10), Gls 21, Asts 4, MoM 7, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.59
    2022-23, Chelsea, CA 179: Apps 26 (3), Gls 18, Asts 2, MoM 5, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.38
    2023-24, Chelsea, CA 168: Apps 46 (3), Gls 29, Asts 6, MoM 6, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.61

    Notes: He finally becomes a regular choice at Chelsea again after many seasons playing the squad rotation game, and the club are rewarded with a set of impressive performances, and the most prolific season of the veteran’s career. Plays just twice more for England, scoring once, to reach 118 caps with 97 goals, tantalizingly short of the century scoring feat. CA is falling fast now though.

    Striker 2
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 151: Apps 55, Gls 37, Asts 3, MoM 6, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 8.11
    Transfers to Chelsea for 100k
    2007-08, Chelsea, CA 165: Apps 26 (7), Gls 20, Asts 0, MoM 3, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.15
    2008-09, Chelsea, CA 179: Apps 22, Gls 13, Asts 2, MoM 3, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.55
    2009-10, Chelsea, CA 184: Apps 52 (1), Gls 31, Asts 3, MoM 9, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.89
    2010-11, Chelsea, CA 188: Apps 52 (1), Gls 31, Asts 4, MoM 6, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.83
    2011-12, Chelsea, CA 196: Apps 54, Gls 34, Asts 5, MoM 10, YC 9, RC 0, Avg 7.98
    2012-13, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 55, Gls 31, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.76
    2013-14, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 60, Gls 35, Asts 5, MoM 9, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.88
    2014-15, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 50, Gls 28, Asts 0, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.92
    2015-16, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 53 (1), Gls 31, Asts 3, MoM 8, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.98
    2016-17, Chelsea, CA 195: Apps 36 (1), Gls 17, Asts 3, MoM 5, YC 9, RC 0, Avg 7.84
    2017-18, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 46 (1), Gls 26, Asts 2, MoM 5, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.77
    2018-19, Chelsea, CA 189: Apps 54, Gls 27, Asts 3, MoM 6, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.63
    2019-20, Chelsea, CA 188: Apps 48, Gls 27, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.92
    2020-21, Chelsea, CA 191: Apps 49, Gls 29, Asts 2, MoM 6, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.88
    2021-22, Chelsea, CA 194: Apps 44 (1), Gls 24, Asts 1, MoM 5, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.93
    2022-23, Chelsea, CA 178: Apps 44 (3), Gls 26, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.36
    2023-24, Chelsea, CA 171: Apps 26 (9), Gls 21, Asts 2, MoM 3, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.63

    Notes: Despite not playing as much as he has in the past, he still has a remarkable season for such a veteran, scoring freely and playing fantastically. He wins another Premiership medal and the FA Cup, but his most impressive achievements are still at international level, where he continues to play and score regularly, now with an amazing 123 goals in 146 internationals. Has been demanding a new contract.

    Striker 3
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 150: Apps 1 (25), Gls 2, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 6.58
    Transfers to Chelsea on a free
    Loaned to Sheff Utd
    2007-08, Sheff Utd, CA 165: Apps 30, Gls 20, Asts 3, MoM 8, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.77
    2007-08, Chelsea, CA 165: Apps 3, Gls 3, Asts 2, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.67
    2008-09, Chelsea, CA 181: Apps 26 (5), Gls 17, Asts 2, MoM 3, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.29
    2009-10, Chelsea, CA 185: Apps 28 (8), Gls 17, Asts 2, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.61
    2010-11, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 6 (12), Gls 5, Asts 0, MoM 1, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.00
    2011-12, Chelsea, CA 196: Apps 30 (9), Gls 22, Asts 1, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.44
    2012-13, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 21 (15), Gls 17, Asts 0, MoM 2, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.22
    2013-14, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 14 (5), Gls 13, Asts 1, MoM 2, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.79
    2014-15, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 22 (7), Gls 16, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.48
    2015-16, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 22 (13), Gls 14, Asts 0, MoM 1, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.23
    2016-17, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 35 (9), Gls 22, Asts 3, MoM 4, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.55
    2017-18, Chelsea, CA 192: Apps 21 (17), Gls 15, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.29
    2018-19, Chelsea, CA 188: Apps 11 (5), Gls 5, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.00
    2019-20, Chelsea, CA 186: Apps 16 (9), Gls 12, Asts 0, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.40
    2020-21, Chelsea, CA 187: Apps 17 (5), Gls 10, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.27
    2021-22, Chelsea, CA 186: Apps 13 (2), Gls 8, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.73
    2022-23, Chelsea, CA 182: Apps 34 (4), Gls 23, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.29
    2023-24, Chelsea, CA 167: Apps 17 (14), Gls 15, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.10

    Notes: Last season’s more regular place was lost again this time around, and although he continues to score at an impressive rate, is clearly beginning to show his age. CA is dropping incredibly quickly, and while he still wins another Premiership medal, he isn’t picked for the FA Cup final and misses out there. Plays just one more international to reach 54 caps and 18 goals.

    Striker 4
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 150: Apps 55 (2), Gls 31, Asts 2, MoM 5, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.91
    2007-08, Bandits, CA 166: Apps 2, Gls 4, Asts 0, MoM 2, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 9.00
    Transfers to Liverpool on a free
    2007-08, Liverpool, CA 166: Apps 46 (1), Gls 23, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.34
    2008-09, Liverpool, CA 180: Apps 52, Gls 26, Asts 0, MoM 6, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.52
    2009-10, Liverpool, CA 190: Apps 45, Gls 25, Asts 1, MoM 11, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.87
    2010-11, Liverpool, CA 194: Apps 53, Gls 31, Asts 2, MoM 9, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.83
    2011-12, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 58, Gls 42, Asts 5, MoM 14, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 8.07
    2012-13, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 55, Gls 33, Asts 4, MoM 11, YC 7, RC 1, Avg 7.85
    2013-14, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 49, Gls 37, Asts 1, MoM 14, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 8.22
    2014-15, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 51, Gls 33, Asts 3, MoM 11, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.88
    2015-16, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 48, Gls 33, Asts 1, MoM 5, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.96
    2016-17, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 46, Gls 27, Asts 0, MoM 9, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.76
    2017-18, Liverpool, CA 186: Apps 36, Gls 27, Asts 1, MoM 11, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.97
    2018-19, Liverpool, CA 189: Apps 48, Gls 32, Asts 3, MoM 11, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.90
    2019-20, Liverpool, CA 190: Apps 41, Gls 25, Asts 1, MoM 8, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.85
    2020-21, Liverpool, CA 188: Apps 53, Gls 28, Asts 3, MoM 10, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.74
    2021-22, Liverpool, CA 186: Apps 38, Gls 20, Asts 2, MoM 4, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.87
    2022-23, Liverpool, CA 178: Apps 39, Gls 20, Asts 2, MoM 7, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.72
    2023-24, Liverpool, CA 179: Apps 40, Gls 25, Asts 0, MoM 7, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.82

    Notes: Strangely, while the rest of the strikers lose their CA at a rapid rate, his actually increases this season, and that matches his performance levels, as he continues to score hatfuls for his club, also adding four more in three games for England to reach 61 goals in 97 caps.

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    2006-07, Tottenham, CA 150: Apps 47, Gls 8, Asts 8, MoM 7, YC 4, RC 2, Avg 7.34
    2007-08, Tottenham, CA 165: Apps 39, Gls 3, Asts 6, MoM 2, YC 9, RC 1, Avg 7.21
    2008-09, Tottenham, CA 177: Apps 1, Gls 0, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.00
    Transfers to Fiorentina for 13.25m
    2008-09, Fiorentina, CA 177: Apps 34, Gls 5, Asts 5, MoM 3, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.56
    2009-10, Fiorentina, CA 184: Apps 37, Gls 6, Asts 6, MoM 2, YC 5, RC 4, Avg 7.41
    2010-11, Fiorentina, CA 190: Apps 39, Gls 10, Asts 4, MoM 8, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.72
    2011-12, Fiorentina, CA 197: Apps 7, Gls 3, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 8.14
    2012-13, Fiorentina, CA 200: Apps 20, Gls 4, Asts 2, MoM 0, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.35
    2013-14, Fiorentina, CA 200: Apps 16, Gls 3, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.56
    Leaves Fiorentina on a free, joins Tottenham
    2014-15, Tottenham, CA 200: Apps 48, Gls 8, Asts 5, MoM 2, YC 7, RC 1, Avg 7.35
    2015-16, Tottenham, CA 200: Apps 40, Gls 2, Asts 3, MoM 3, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.30
    2016-17, Tottenham, CA 200: Apps 40 (3), Gls 6, Asts 3, MoM 3, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.30
    2017-18, Tottenham, CA 196: Apps 39 (1), Gls 4, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 2, RC 2, Avg 7.07
    2018-19, Tottenham, CA 181: Apps 0 (3), Gls 1, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 6.67
    Transfers to Leeds on a free transfer
    2019-20, Leeds, CA 172: Apps 49 (1), Gls 1, Asts 5, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 2, Avg 7.22
    2020-21, Leeds, CA 161: Apps 24 (4), Gls 4, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.14
    Transfers to Leeds for 5m
    2021-22, Palermo, CA 144: Apps 25, Gls 4, Asts 4, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 6, Avg 7.36
    2022-23, Palermo, CA 135: Apps 38 (2), Gls 6, Asts 19, MoM 0, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.50
    Transfers to Everton for 2.4m
    2023-24, Everton, CA 112: Apps 22 (5), Gls 5, Asts 0, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 6.59

    Notes: While Idiot B has now retired from the game, this idiot continues, but he may be wise in following his colleague out of the game after a poor season back in the Premiership with Everton, who narrowly avoided relegation by one point.

    He joined Everton for 2.4m at the start of the season, and was met with the familiar unhappy reaction from the fans, who he criticized for judging him so soon. His impact has not been positive, however, and while he has continued to remain quiet throughout the rest of the season he doesn’t have the ability to play well at this level anymore.

    Will surely never add to his 49 caps and three goals, but hasn’t mentioned retirement so may go on for another year yet.

    Idiot B – Retired 22/06/2023

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    England surprised nobody by topping their qualifying group with eight wins from eight, scoring 27 and conceding none. It has been around fifteen years since they last conceded a goal in a qualifying game. Their group for the European Championships isn’t easy, placed with Serbia, Sweden and Holland. Can they win the trophy back?

    Chelsea won the Premiership for the fourth season in a row, and won it comfortably this time around, with Leeds recovering to second. Of the other traditionally big clubs, Arsenal and Liverpool both remained near the top, but Man Utd slipped towards another relegation battle.

    Premiership

    Chelsea beat Leeds to two trophies this season, pipping them in the League and also on penalties in the FA Cup, while Man Utd defeated a valiant Bandits side, in extra time, in the League Cup.

    In Europe, Real Madrid continued their amazing run, reaching their seventh successive Champions League final, and taking their fifth win in that time, hammering Deportivo. In the UEFA Cup, Juventus edged out Benfica on penalties.

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    Summary

    The Bandits didn’t have a very interesting league season, but reached their first major cup final, pushing Man Utd all the way before being defeated in extra time. The cup runs from the last few years could mean one of two things – either the club is really progressing now and has the capability to succeed at a higher level, or the manager is superb at motivating his side for one off matches. It remains to be seen which.

    Such a shame they didn’t win it – a European adventure would’ve done wonders for the reputation, but the cup run should help that on its own.

    Some of the ex-Bandits are now finding it tough. Although a few are still performing as before, most are beginning to show signs of fading ability, and in the case of a few players at Chelsea, their performances have completely collapsed.

    I’ve always found in FM games that the 35 year mark is one a player never recovers from. It seems as soon as an outfield player hits that age, all semblance of playing ability disappears. All 22 ex-Bandits (and one remaining idiot) will hit 35 this summer, during the European Championships (where England will surely field the oldest side in international history). Does this mean that next season will see their absolute demise?

    Idiot A is still hanging onto his career, although his efforts at Everton didn’t really help them very much. It is somewhat surprising that he’s still going, given that his ability level are so much worse than Idiot B’s were when he retired last summer. Surely this coming season will be his last?

    England probably have one more shot at a major honour this summer before the stars retire from international football. Keepers aside, I can’t see the ex-Bandits playing in the World Cup at 37. Can they go out in style? Or will they go out on penalities?

    Bandit’s former manager watch

    Justin Edinburgh, the Bandits’ first manager, is now a Premiership manager. Sheff Wed have gone from strength to strength and won the Championship this season, by four points. He will be seeing some familiar faces in the top flight next season.

    Steve Brackstone, however, doesn’t seem to last at any club he manages. Yeovil sacked him this season while struggling in the lower half of the league, but didn’t improve after hiring Frank Lampard to replace him, finishing 16th.

    Meanwhile Brackstone was hired by Wrexham, who were bottom of the Championship and in need of a miracle. They didn’t get one, finishing 13 points adrift of the second bottom side, and they will return to League One, where they will meet the Bandits.

    Contrasting fortunes of the two managers, Edinburgh is doing a superb job but Brackstone can’t hold a job down.

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    (Bandits squad should be on the way, apparently the post is being held back because a word matched a filter somewhere....)

    Best and Worst

    New records:

    Highest League Position – 11th in League One (previous: 13th)
    Highest Transfer Fee Paid – 275k, for Simon McKee
    Most League Appearances - Mensah-Omari Kinch – 614 (previous: 585)
    Most League Goals – Mensah-Omari Kinch – 293 (previous: 282)

    This season:

    Best player – Kinch, 7.32
    Top scorer – Bryant, 26
    Worst player – Bowles, 6.47

    Kinch and Bryant remain the main two, with Wells relegated to the reserves, but now Jenkins may replace the legendary Kinch up front.

    My shortlist of 23 (no Idiot B anymore!) players now looks like this:

    Shortlist

    The Bandits fall one place to seventh in the rich club list:

    Rich Clubs

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    Loving this thread kipfish.Very good thread to read.Keep it up

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    Originally posted by Meitheisman:
    Thanks zeusbheld!

    And no I don't have the editor since I play FM on xbox 360 and SI didn't create an editor for this version which is why I was asking you to check it out for me... I wasn't just being lazy
    no worries, i just put that up there in case anyone didn't know.

    next season ought to be really interesting, with all the little bandits on the decline. retirement parties soon, no doubt.

    i find it interesting that there were no 'late bloomers'--they all reached their peak by about 24.

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    Okay, last night I tried to post the Bandits' squad details but the post got held back. It still isn't there, so I'm going to try and post it again - let's see!

    (Part 1)

    Bandits squad

    General
    Stats

    Finance Overview
    Interested Players

    Cup finals really do the trick! The number of players interested in joining the Bandits has leapt again, this time going from 5927 to a new high of 6322.

    Top 20 in Squad (sorted by CA)

    Name, Pos, Age, CA-PA

    Bowles, AML, 30, 126-134 – new signing
    McKee, AM RL, 29, 120-132 (0)
    Jenkins, ST, 26, 119-119 – new signing
    Law, GK, 28, 115-115 (0)
    Ashton, DRL, 28, 115-115 (0)
    Atkinson, GK, 33, 113-116 (-2)
    Townsend, DC, 24, 113-116 (+1)
    Bryant, ST, 28, 113-113 (+1)
    Watson, MC, 32, 111-135 (-4)
    Harvey, MC, 27, 111-111 (0)
    Davies, D/WB L, 26, 109-109 (0)
    Pearson, AM LC, 27, 107-111 – new signing
    Ashley, DC, 21, 106-110 (+4)
    Joynes, DM, AM RC, 31, 105-111 (-4)
    Askey, DC, 35, 101-118 (-9)
    Slade, ST, 20, 100-100 (+9)
    Butler, DC, 21, 98-101 (+5)
    Clifford, ST, 21, 95-95 – new signing
    Lilley, GK, 93-119 – new entry in top 20, youth player
    Hart, DR, 20, 92-109 – new entry in top 20, youth player

    Players in last season’s top 20 who have left the club:
    Gallagher, DM, 18, 92-128
    Cooper, AMR, 29, 88-91

    Players in last season’s top 20 who have dropped out of the top 20:
    Kinch, ST, 34, 88-119 (-8)
    Wood, AMC, 21, 88-98 (+3)
    Wells, ST, 33, 86-97 (-6)
    MacDonald, MRLC, 35, 67-117 (-17)

    It is a landmark season in the history of the Bandits. The two main goal threats, the two main stars of the team, Kinch and Wells, have both fallen out of the top 20, and are on their way out. It has been coming for a while, so how has Gary Perry managed in replacing them?

    In the summer he signed Bowles and Pearson, two attacking midfielders, probably in an attempt to lighten the load on the strikers. Bowles is excellent but 30, and Pearson is solid enough. However, both seem to be struggling, with average ratings not far above 6.00.

    He followed up in January by signing Jenkins, who has peaked with a CA of 119 but is now 31 ahead of Kinch and at 26 he won’t be deteriorating for a while. He also signed Clifford, but with a low PA I can’t see him shining. Jenkins scored eight goals in his 21 appearances and looks very bright, while Clifford is yet to play.

    As for the rest, there are still a lot of old players in there, and they will need replacing. The strikers were always going to be the tricky ones though.

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    Great stuff as always Kipfizh

    Doesn't look like any of the ex-Bandits are going to end their playing days at their former club, which is a bit of a shame but I suppose understandable due to the large gap in standards between the 2 levels of football they are playing at the moment.

    Will be interesting to see if any of the ex-bandits end up managing the Bandits one day though

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    Thanks SI for clearing the squad post - can anyone read it and tell me why it was flagged (The squad post two posts up from this one)?

    I'm sure there's a keyword in there somewhere that caused it to be flagged, but for the life of me I can't figure out which one it was

    Anyway, part two of the squad post:

    CA of X or above:

    190 : 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
    180 : 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
    170 : 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
    160 : 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
    150 : 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
    140 : 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
    130 : 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
    120 : 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1, 2
    110 : 0, 2, 2, 3, 2, 6, 7, 6, 6, 7, 8, 7, 7, 9, 10
    100 : 2, 4, 7, 7, 6, 13, 13, 12, 13, 13, 16, 12, 12, 12, 16
    90 : 7, 11, 10, 9, 10, 16, 17, 15, 15, 20, 22, 16, 15, 17, 20
    80 : 13, 14, 13, 13, 16, 21, 21, 18, 16, 21, 26, 20, 22, 21, 26
    70 : 19, 22, 21, 20, 22, 27, 25, 19, 23, 25, 30, 23, 25, 27, 28
    60 : 26, 26, 25, 23, 24, 32, 30, 24, 26, 30, 32, 26, 28, 28, 38
    50 : 30, 31, 31, 26, 26, 35, 33, 28, 32, 34, 35, 30, 32, 34, 42

    Now that is an improvement. Record numbers of 110+ and 100+ at the top level shows that the cream of the crop are getting better, very solid numbers underneath show that there’s more strength in depth, and even the record 60+ and 50+ numbers show that the squad is the biggest and best they’ve ever had.

    Promising signs – will they continue?

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    A great season to read about there, it'll be interesting to see if any ex-bandits decide to retire during the next season. Surely they'll start dropping like flies over the next 2/3 seasons.

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    Hey,

    Does anyone else notice that the Bandits never keep their best young players?

    they always seem to leave after being promoted from youth.

    Why is that? Kipz, could you look into that?
    (are they just being prized away by bigger clubs? or the club fails to see their potential and just let them go on free?)

    Thanks!

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    Kip - is there a common attribute decrease in the ex-bandits who are no longer playing well? I.e. - have those that are playing badly all lost significant pace/stamina etc compared to those that are still playing well?

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    Kip - Excellent update as always but has anyone else noticed that the Bandits have a ridiculous number of players. They have around 180 players, most of which must be youngsters, and maybe this what is stopping them signing first team players.How much of their wage budget do they ahve remaining?

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    Originally posted by LichR:
    Hey,

    Does anyone else notice that the Bandits never keep their best young players?

    they always seem to leave after being promoted from youth.

    Why is that? Kipz, could you look into that?
    (are they just being prized away by bigger clubs? or the club fails to see their potential and just let them go on free?)

    Thanks!
    They're not letting them go for free, but clubs in higher divisions (sometimes only the Championship) spot that the player could be good for them, and puts in a bid.

    One thing I'm finding is that they really don't fight hard to keep those players. Whether that's a lack of ambition of a lack of ability to spot potential, I'm not sure.

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    Originally posted by Mighty Red:
    Kip - is there a common attribute decrease in the ex-bandits who are no longer playing well? I.e. - have those that are playing badly all lost significant pace/stamina etc compared to those that are still playing well?
    Stamina's still pretty good, but their pace has gone completely - most stats are still around 13-15 but pace and acceleration are generally down at about 6.

    Most of the bandits have similar stats, so those that aren't playing so well probably just aren't being as well utilised.

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    Originally posted by steve_888:
    Kip - Excellent update as always but has anyone else noticed that the Bandits have a ridiculous number of players. They have around 180 players, most of which must be youngsters, and maybe this what is stopping them signing first team players.How much of their wage budget do they ahve remaining?
    No they don't have that many players.

    If the table reads:

    110+ : 1
    100+ : 5
    90+ : 6

    That doesn't indicate 12 players, it indicates six. Since a player with 107CA is both 100+ and 90+, he is counted in both.

    This was done so you could see an accurate assessment of one band of ability. Otherwise you'd get the daft scenario where the 80+ bracket goes down, but that's actually a good thing because all those players are now 90+.

    That's also why the number always rises as you look down the table.

    They actually currently have a squad of 47.

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    KUTGW Kipfizh

    Could you please post Bandit's Chairman attributes as it may help answer the question you asked?
    One thing I'm finding is that they really don't fight hard to keep those players. Whether that's a lack of ambition of a lack of ability to spot potential, I'm not sure.
    Thanks.

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    Originally posted by kipfizh:
    That doesn't indicate 12 players, it indicates six. Since a player with 107CA is both 100+ and 90+, he is counted in both.
    Ah. Although, personally speaking, who cares if they are in the 90s too? Having a player only appear in whichever section matches their highest ability would be easier for long-term comparisons. But this is such genius why worry

    For the next one, I'd be interested (apart from a super-ambitious chairman) to have the players on longer-term deals so they don't all leave on frees. They might all leave after one season anyway, but it would be insightful to see if any take their loyalty up the divisions with the club, rather than bolting for the cash.

    VB

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    great thread

    i'm more excited than ever to see what happens next season and if any of the good players signs again for the bandits

    please hurry

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    Originally posted by VonBlade:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by kipfizh:
    That doesn't indicate 12 players, it indicates six. Since a player with 107CA is both 100+ and 90+, he is counted in both.
    Ah. Although, personally speaking, who cares if they are in the 90s too? Having a player only appear in whichever section matches their highest ability would be easier for long-term comparisons. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Actually, I find it harder - if you see a line like this:

    90+: 1, 2, 3, 6, 10, 7, 5, 4

    You might think that the number of players they have with 90+ AI has started to drop. But it hasn't, it's only because they're being counted in a higher bracket.

    I can always post the grid in both forms if different people prefer different ways, so one table showing:

    100+
    90+
    80+

    etc

    and the other showing

    100-109
    90-99
    80-89

    For the next one, I'd be interested (apart from a super-ambitious chairman) to have the players on longer-term deals so they don't all leave on frees. They might all leave after one season anyway, but it would be insightful to see if any take their loyalty up the divisions with the club, rather than bolting for the cash.

    VB
    Yeah, it'll be interesting to see if anything can stop their rise to the Premier League. If the combination of an ambitious chairman, ambitious manager, loyal player and long contract can't, then nothing can.

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    Originally posted by Meitheisman:
    KUTGW Kipfizh

    Could you please post Bandit's Chairman attributes as it may help answer the question you asked?

    Thanks.
    Sure, here you go:

    Robbie Rooney, Age 59
    CA 150, PA 158

    Chairman Stats:

    Business 17
    Interference 19
    Patience 10
    Resources 13

    General Stats (do these matter?):

    Adaptability 10
    Ambition 9
    Controversy 10
    Loyalty 11
    Pressure 9
    Professionalism 8
    Sportsmanship 13
    Temperament 17

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    Thanks kipfizh.

    I'm not really sure what chairman attributes really change but do you think that his high Interference grade might have something to do with all of the original Bandits moving to bigger clubs really fast and his high Business grade might have something to do with him not spending a lot on new players and selling the good youth when he gets one.

    Anyone?

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    Meitheisman actually raises a good point, what constitutes a good or a great chairman?

    If a chairman who is very business minded, he may see it that selling players early rather than waiting would be a better investment as the money can be returned back into the club earlier than say a larger amount at a later date.. while one who is less business minded may see that you've got a good player and encourage that he is held on to..

    This could be done for each attribute and in some cases actually having a chairman with low numbers across the board (or at least in the majority of stats) could bode well for a club. For example one with low interference, low professionalism, low patience, but with high resources and high ambition, could give the manager a lot of money and just tell him to do the job or get sacked..

    Think that raises an interesting point for the different chairmen that are possible..

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    Keeping it on page one!!

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    Keeping it on page one!!
    I'll second that motion

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    Originally posted by He Who Knows All:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by mark johnson:
    Keeping it on page one!!
    I'll second that motion </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I'll second that emotion

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    Hmm, Meitheisman, your points on the chairman are interesting. Unlike the players, it is harder to define a 'good' or 'bad' chairman. It'll be interesting to see which combinations of attributes brings most success.

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    Season 2024-25

    Club report

    2006-07
    English Conference South: (Pos 1), P 42, W 30, D 6, L 6, F 82, A 29, GD +53, Pts 96
    (Media Prediction: 22nd)
    FA Cup: 2nd Round
    FA Trophy: Winners
    2007-08
    English National Conference: (Pos 7), P 46, W 22, D 8, L 16, F 68, A 55, GD +13, Pts 74
    (Media Prediction: 22nd)
    FA Cup: 1st Round
    FA Trophy: Finalist
    2008-09
    English National Conference: (Pos 7), P 46, W 19, D 12, L 15, F 73, A 65, GD +8, Pts 69
    (Media Prediction: 17th)
    FA Cup: 4th Qualifying Round
    FA Trophy: 1st Round
    2009-10
    English National Conference: (Pos 9), P 46, W 19, D 12, L 15, F 58, A 57, GD +1, Pts 69
    (Media Prediction: 10th)
    FA Cup: 4th Qualifying Round
    FA Trophy: 3rd Round
    2010-11
    English National Conference: (Pos 6), P 46, W 21, D 10, L 15, F 75, A 55, GD +20, Pts 73
    (Media Prediction: 12th)
    FA Cup: 1st Round
    FA Trophy: 4th Round
    2011-12
    English National Conference: (Pos 18), P 46, W 16, D 9, L 21, F 59, A 66, GD -7, Pts 57
    (Media Prediction: 8th)
    FA Cup: 2nd Round
    FA Trophy: 3rd Round
    2012-13
    English National Conference: (Pos 5), P 46, W 21, D 11, L 14, F 67, A 52, GD +15, Pts 74
    (Media Prediction: 16th)
    FA Cup: 2nd Round
    FA Trophy: 4th Round
    2013-14
    English National Conference: (Pos 1), P 46, W 20, D 18, L 8, F 68, A 46, GD +22, Pts 78
    (Media Prediction: 8th)
    FA Cup: 1st Round
    FA Trophy: 4th Round
    2014-15
    English League Two: (Pos 21), P 46, W 12, D 15, L 19, F 60, A 69, GD -9, Pts 51
    (Media Prediction: 22nd)
    FA Cup: 1st Round
    League Cup: 1st Round
    Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: South Quarter Final
    2015-16
    English League Two: (Pos 21), P 46, W 14, D 10, L 22, F 56, A 73, GD -17, Pts 52
    (Media Prediction: 23rd)
    FA Cup: 2nd Round
    League Cup: 1st Round
    Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: South 2nd Round
    2016-17
    English League Two: (Pos 6), P 46, W 17, D 16, L 13, F 64, A 51, GD 13, Pts 67
    (Media Prediction: 24th)
    FA Cup: 3rd Round
    League Cup: 1st Round
    Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: South 2nd Round
    2017-18
    English League Two: (Pos 15), P 46, W 16, D 14, L 16, F 63, A 65, GD -2, Pts 62
    (Media Prediction: 10th)
    FA Cup: 1st Round
    League Cup: 3rd Round
    Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: South 2nd Round
    2018-19
    English League Two: (Pos 7), P 46, W 19, D 12, L 15, F 64, A 62, GD 2, Pts 69
    (Media Prediction: 16th)
    FA Cup: 3rd Round
    League Cup: 1st Round
    Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: South 2nd Round
    2019-20
    English League Two: (Pos 6), P 46, W 18, D 13, L 15, F 69, A 66, GD 3, Pts 67
    (Media Prediction: 10th)
    FA Cup: 2nd Round
    League Cup: 1st Round
    Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: South Semi Final
    2020-21
    English League Two: (Pos 10), P 46, W 17, D 15, L 14, F 67, A 61, GD 6, Pts 66
    (Media Prediction: 8th)
    FA Cup: 1st Round
    League Cup: 1st Round
    Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: South 2nd Round
    2021-22
    English League Two: (Pos 1), P 46, W 25, D 9, L 12, F 74, A 54, GD 20, Pts 84
    (Media Prediction: 10th)
    FA Cup: 5th Round
    League Cup: 1st Round
    Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: Finalist
    2022-23
    English League One: (Pos 13), P 46, W 16, D 15, L 15, F 73, A 63, GD +10, Pts 63
    (Media Prediction: 23rd)
    FA Cup: 4th Round
    League Cup: 3rd Round
    Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: South Semi-Final
    2023-24
    English League One: (Pos 11), P 46, W 17, D 13, L 16, F 65, A 71, GD -6, Pts 64
    (Media Prediction: 19th)
    FA Cup: 2nd Round
    League Cup: Finalist
    Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: South 2nd Round
    2024-25
    English League One: (Pos 11), P 46, W 19, D 8, L 19, F 64, A 64, GD 0, Pts 65
    (Media Prediction: 11th)
    League
    FA Cup: 1st Round
    League Cup: Semi-Final
    Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: South Quarter Final


    After a poor start to the season, the Bandits found themselves in the relegation zone after ten games, but the middle part of the season saw a stunning run of form and a rise all the way up into the playoffs. Coming into the later stages, they were third and looking good, but all of a sudden their form went out of the window, failing to win any of their last ten games and falling all the way to eleventh.

    Only a couple of new players were brought in, and many were allowed to leave, including the legendary Lee Wells, who did not find another club and retired.

    Once again, the League Cup provided the highlight of the season though. After early exits in the FA Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, they continued their giant killings in their favourite competition. After dispatching Premiership QPR (who have come second in the Premiership for the past couple of years) in the second round, they beat West Ham (who came second in the Premiership this year) in the third round on penalties.

    But it was round four that would provide the most stunning result in Bandits history. Liverpool came to the huge ground, and were duly taken apart, losing 3-0 to the rampant League One side.

    Man City, another strong Premiership side (they came fifth this year), were nervous in the quarter-finals, and it showed, as the Bandits ran out 2-1 winners to advance to the semi-finals for the second season running, where they faced Arsenal. That was where the run would end, losing both legs in a 4-0 aggregate defeat. Arsenal went on to win the final.

    So four more Premiership scalps brings the number of giant killings to fourteen in four years. They are building something of a reputation in the cups, especially at home, and they fear absolutely no-one. If they could regain some consistency, these wins may be in the league in the future.

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    Goalkeeper 1
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 151: Apps 47, Conc 29, Cln 15, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.66
    2007-08, Bandits, CA 166: Apps 49, Conc 56, Cln 12, MoM 6, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.51
    2008-09, Bandits, CA 178: Apps 32, Conc 38, Cln 6, MoM 5, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.28
    Transfers to Blackburn for 650k
    2008-09, Blackburn, CA 178: Apps 14, Conc 16, Cln 4, MoM 2, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.21
    2009-10, Blackburn, CA 184: Apps 41 (1), Conc 45, Cln 13, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.38
    2010-11, Blackburn, CA 189: Apps 32, Conc 48, Cln 5, MoM 2, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.38
    2011-12, Blackburn, CA 192: Apps 43, Conc 62, Cln 7, MoM 3, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.53
    2012-13, Blackburn, CA 194: Apps 45, Conc 65, Cln 9, MoM 4, YC 9, RC 0, Avg 7.58
    Transfers to Arsenal for 27m
    2013-14, Arsenal, CA 196: Apps 56, Conc 70, Cln 18, MoM 7, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.46
    2014-15, Arsenal, CA 197: Apps 43, Conc 34, Cln 19, MoM 5, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.74
    2015-16, Arsenal, CA 198: Apps 33, Conc 30, Cln 13, MoM 4, YC 0, RC 1, Avg 7.61
    2016-17, Arsenal, CA 199: Apps 40, Conc 49, Cln 10, MoM 0, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.38
    2017-18, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 51, Conc 57, Cln 16, MoM 3, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.49
    2018-19, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 56 (1), Conc 67, Cln 14, MoM 4, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.49
    2019-20, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 38 (2), Conc 39, Cln 13, MoM 3, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.55
    2020-21, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 51, Conc 67, Cln 13, MoM 6, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.53
    2021-22, Arsenal, CA 191: Apps 41, Conc 41, Cln 14, MoM 4, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.54
    2022-23, Arsenal, CA 191: Apps 49, Conc 52, Cln 11, MoM 3, YC 3, RC 2, Avg 7.55
    2023-24, Arsenal, CA 189: Apps 36, Conc 40, Cln 12, MoM 7, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.61
    2024-25, Arsenal, CA 185: Apps 52 (1), Conc 58, Cln 17, MoM 4, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.51

    Notes: Continues to play superbly in helping Arsenal finish where they always do – fourth. Wins the League Cup, keeping two clean sheets against the Bandits on the way. International career is still going strong, with 78 caps to his name.

    Goalkeeper 2
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 150: Apps 10 (4), Conc 6, Cln 8, MoM 1, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.93
    Transfers to Leeds for 675k
    2007-08, Leeds, CA 167: Apps 43, Conc 45, Cln 12, MoM 7, YC 2, RC 1, Avg 7.51
    2008-09, Leeds, CA 181: Apps 35, Conc 45, Cln 4, MoM 3, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.26
    2009-10, Leeds, CA 189: Apps 42, Conc 51, Cln 8, MoM 6, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.50
    2010-11, Leeds, CA 191: Apps 37, Conc 41, Cln 8, MoM 4, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.46
    2011-12, Leeds, CA 195: Apps 57, Conc 68, Cln 17, MoM 10, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.58
    2012-13, Leeds, CA 196: Apps 51, Conc 77, Cln 4, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.27
    2013-14, Leeds, CA 200: Apps 39, Conc 52, Cln 7, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.21
    2014-15, Leeds, CA 200: Apps 59, Conc 72, Cln 14, MoM 8, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.46
    2015-16, Leeds, CA 200: Apps 40, Conc 45, Cln 10, MoM 8, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.53
    2016-17, Leeds, CA 200: Apps 56 (2), Conc 64, Cln 17, MoM 10, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.60
    2017-18, Leeds, CA 200: Apps 41 (1), Conc 46, Cln 12, MoM 7, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.60
    2018-19, Leeds, CA 200: Apps 56, Conc 62, Cln 12, MoM 6, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.45
    2019-20, Leeds, CA 200: Apps 57, Conc 69, Cln 15, MoM 7, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.37
    2020-21, Leeds, CA 192: Apps 43, Conc 54, Cln 10, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.30
    2021-22, Leeds, CA 189: Apps 34 (2), Conc 37, Cln 12, MoM 5, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.64
    2022-23, Leeds, CA 188: Apps 47, Conc 53, Cln 15, MoM 9, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.53
    2023-24, Leeds, CA 185: Apps 31 (2), Conc 27, Cln 15, MoM 4, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.36
    2024-25, Leeds, CA 185: Apps 37, Conc 48, Cln 11, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.41

    Notes: Performances are still strong, and his CA remains as high as it was last season, as he helps Leeds to finish an impressive third. Reaches a massive 110 caps as he continues to fight at international level.

    Left Back 1
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 150: Apps 9 (5), Gls 0, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.14
    Transfers to Tottenham on a free
    2007-08, Tottenham, CA 165: Apps 42, Gls 1, Asts 4, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.21
    2008-09, Tottenham, CA 175: Apps 40, Gls 0, Asts 1, MoM 3, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.30
    2009-10, Tottenham, CA 187: Apps 45, Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 2, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.11
    2010-11, Tottenham, CA 194: Apps 40, Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 3, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.35
    2011-12, Tottenham, CA 197: Apps 39, Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.31
    2012-13, Tottenham, CA 200: Apps 42, Gls 2, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.36
    2013-14, Tottenham, CA 200: Apps 35, Gls 0, Asts 1, MoM 2, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.31
    2014-15, Tottenham, CA 200: Apps 51, Gls 1, Asts 3, MoM 3, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.31
    2015-16, Tottenham, CA 200: Apps 43, Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 0, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.19
    2016-17, Tottenham, CA 200: Apps 43, Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.28
    2017-18, Tottenham, CA 200: Apps 45, Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 2, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.36
    2018-19, Tottenham, CA 193: Apps 39, Gls 3, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.36
    2019-20, Tottenham, CA 191: Apps 46, Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 7, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.24
    2020-21, Tottenham, CA 190: Apps 39, Gls 3, Asts 3, MoM 4, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.38
    2021-22, Tottenham, CA 186: Apps 19, Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.21
    2022-23, Tottenham, CA 182: Apps 46, Gls 0, Asts 5, MoM 2, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.43
    2023-24, Tottenham, CA 178: Apps 38, Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 5, YC 4, RC 2, Avg 7.47
    2024-25, Tottenham, CA 174: Apps 38, Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 7, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.58

    Notes: For the third season running, he has the best season of his career, and is completing his playing career in style. Reaches 74 caps with two goals, and at 35 is a superb left back.

    Left Back 2
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 153: Apps 51 (1), Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.46
    Transfers to Liverpool for 40k
    2007-08, Liverpool, CA 165: Apps 40 (1), Gls 1, Asts 4, MoM 0, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 6.73
    2008-09, Liverpool, CA 179: Apps 50, Gls 0, Asts 6, MoM 3, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.30
    2009-10, Liverpool, CA 183: Apps 47, Gls 3, Asts 7, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.38
    2010-11, Liverpool, CA 192: Apps 53, Gls 3, Asts 4, MoM 7, YC 2, RC 1, Avg 7.47
    2011-12, Liverpool, CA 198: Apps 53, Gls 0, Asts 7, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.23
    2012-13, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 55, Gls 3, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 8, RC 2, Avg 7.29
    2013-14, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 49, Gls 3, Asts 4, MoM 8, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.84
    2014-15, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 54, Gls 2, Asts 5, MoM 3, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.46
    2015-16, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 56, Gls 2, Asts 5, MoM 4, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.41
    2016-17, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 45, Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.29
    2017-18, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 39, Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.26
    2018-19, Liverpool, CA 195: Apps 39, Gls 1, Asts 3, MoM 2, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.31
    2019-20, Liverpool, CA 192: Apps 36, Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.25
    2020-21, Liverpool, CA 191: Apps 54, Gls 0, Asts 6, MoM 6, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.54
    2021-22, Liverpool, CA 190: Apps 45 (1), Gls 1, Asts 5, MoM 4, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.50
    2022-23, Liverpool, CA 186: Apps 38, Gls 0, Asts 5, MoM 3, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.50
    2023-24, Liverpool, CA 182: Apps 37 (1), Gls 2, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.39
    2024-25, Liverpool, CA 176: Apps 41 (2), Gls 1, Asts 9, MoM 2, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.26

    Notes: Remains solid, as Liverpool hold firm in sixth place. Reaches 96 caps with one goal and is still England’s first choice left back.

    Right Back 1
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 154: Apps 4, Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 8.00
    Transfers to Newcastle for 400k
    2007-08, Newcastle, CA 165: Apps 39, Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.18
    2008-09, Newcastle, CA 181: Apps 46, Gls 1, Asts 5, MoM 2, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.28
    2009-10, Newcastle, CA 187: Apps 3, Gls 0, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.00
    Transfers to Chelsea for 27.5m
    2009-10, Chelsea, CA 187: Apps 48, Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.27
    2010-11, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 53, Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 2, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.39
    2011-12, Chelsea, CA 197: Apps 60, Gls 1, Asts 9, MoM 2, YC 8, RC 1, Avg 7.55
    2012-13, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 54, Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.20
    2013-14, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 51, Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.12
    2014-15, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 53, Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 3, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.58
    2015-16, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 54, Gls 0, Asts 5, MoM 3, YC 8, RC 2, Avg 7.26
    2016-17, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 54, Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 6, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.56
    2017-18, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 51, Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 7, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.51
    2018-19, Chelsea, CA 191: Apps 56, Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.25
    2019-20, Chelsea, CA 189: Apps 48 (1), Gls 0, Asts 8, MoM 3, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.27
    2020-21, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 54, Gls 0, Asts 5, MoM 3, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.43
    2021-22, Chelsea, CA 194: Apps 56, Gls 1, Asts 5, MoM 3, YC 6, RC 2, Avg 7.34
    2022-23, Chelsea, CA 183: Apps 50, Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 8, RC 2, Avg 7.06
    2023-24, Chelsea, CA 180: Apps 40 (1), Gls 0, Asts 0, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.05
    2024-25, Chelsea, CA 169: Apps 38 (3), Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 6.88

    Notes: Ability and performance begins to fade, but wins the Premiership for the fifth season running with Chelsea. Reaches 98 caps with two goals but may not last much longer at this level.

    Right Back 2
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 155: Apps 50, Gls 1, Asts 7, MoM 5, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.70
    Transfers to Liverpool for 24k
    2007-08, Liverpool, CA 166: Apps 29 (8), Gls 1, Asts 6, MoM 4, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.03
    2008-09, Liverpool, CA 178: Apps 51 (1), Gls 2, Asts 2, MoM 0, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.15
    2009-10, Liverpool, CA 188: Apps 49 (1), Gls 4, Asts 2, MoM 3, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.34
    2010-11, Liverpool, CA 195: Apps 54 (1), Gls 1, Asts 6, MoM 4, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.51
    2011-12, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 52 (1), Gls 2, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 3, RC 2, Avg 7.38
    2012-13, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 54, Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 6, YC 7, RC 1, Avg 7.54
    2013-14, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 49, Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.47
    2014-15, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 57, Gls 3, Asts 6, MoM 7, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.49
    2015-16, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 51 (1), Gls 1, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.56
    2016-17, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 42, Gls 0, Asts 6, MoM 4, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.33
    2017-18, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 31, Gls 2, Asts 3, MoM 2, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.29
    2018-19, Liverpool, CA 193: Apps 46, Gls 0, Asts 7, MoM 2, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.52
    2019-20, Liverpool, CA 190: Apps 41, Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 0, YC 5, RC 2, Avg 7.20
    2020-21, Liverpool, CA 189: Apps 50 (1), Gls 0, Asts 6, MoM 1, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.41
    2021-22, Liverpool, CA 191: Apps 50 (2), Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.25
    2022-23, Liverpool, CA 187: Apps 38, Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.13
    2023-24, Liverpool, CA 182: Apps 38 (1), Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.33
    2024-25, Liverpool, CA 175: Apps 43 (2), Gls 0, Asts 1, MoM 3, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.00

    Notes: Performance begins to slip but still continues his international career with 78 caps and one goal.

    Centre Back 1
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 152: Apps 17 (6), Gls 1, Asts 7, MoM 3, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.57
    Transfers to Tottenham on a free
    2007-08, Tottenham, CA 166: Apps 40, Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.00
    2008-09, Tottenham, CA 181: Apps 41, Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 3, YC 2, RC 1, Avg 7.22
    Transfers to Milan on a free
    2009-10, Milan, CA 187: Apps 31, Gls 4, Asts 5, MoM 6, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.32
    2010-11, Milan, CA 192: Apps 52, Gls 3, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.25
    2011-12, Milan, CA 196: Apps 46, Gls 2, Asts 1, MoM 6, YC 5, RC 4, Avg 7.48
    2012-13, Milan, CA 200: Apps 35, Gls 10, Asts 5, MoM 2, YC 9, RC 2, Avg 7.46
    2013-14, Milan, CA 200: Apps 41, Gls 2, Asts 3, MoM 5, YC 9, RC 0, Avg 7.44
    2014-15, Milan, CA 200: Apps 38, Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.18
    2015-16, Milan, CA 200: Apps 40, Gls 9, Asts 4, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.43
    2016-17, Milan, CA 200: Apps 44, Gls 2, Asts 3, MoM 6, YC 12, RC 0, Avg 7.70
    2017-18, Milan, CA 200: Apps 45, Gls 2, Asts 10, MoM 10, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.67
    2018-19, Milan, CA 192: Apps 45, Gls 4, Asts 3, MoM 5, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.42
    2019-20, Milan, CA 189: Apps 37, Gls 5, Asts 4, MoM 10, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.78
    2020-21, Milan, CA 194: Apps 40, Gls 4, Asts 3, MoM 8, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.63
    2021-22, Milan, CA 189: Apps 49, Gls 4, Asts 8, MoM 4, YC 10, RC 0, Avg 7.45
    2022-23, Milan, CA 190: Apps 44, Gls 2, Asts 7, MoM 6, YC 9, RC 2, Avg 7.43
    2023-24, Milan, CA 183: Apps 41, Gls 7, Asts 11, MoM 7, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.63
    2024-25, Milan, CA 180: Apps 33, Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 6, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.58

    Notes: Despite approaching 36, his ability holds firm and his performances remain stunning. Offers less going forward this season but is a rock at the back for club and country. Reaches a massive 144 caps with two goals – can he reach 150?

    Centre Back 2
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 151: Apps 3 (5), Gls 0, Asts 0, MoM 1, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.25
    Transfers to Arsenal on a free
    2007-08, Arsenal, CA 166: Apps 49, Gls 1, Asts 4, MoM 3, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.02
    2008-09, Arsenal, CA 177: Apps 52, Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 3, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.19
    2009-10, Arsenal, CA 184: Apps 51, Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 0, YC 2, RC 1, Avg 6.98
    2010-11, Arsenal, CA 190: Apps 49, Gls 0, Asts 5, MoM 4, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.02
    2011-12, Arsenal, CA 194: Apps 53, Gls 3, Asts 5, MoM 7, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.34
    2012-13, Arsenal, CA 199: Apps 49, Gls 0, Asts 0, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 2, Avg 7.33
    2013-14, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 47, Gls 3, Asts 1, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.36
    2014-15, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 48, Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 11, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.71
    2015-16, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 48, Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 5, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.52
    2016-17, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 52, Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 8, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.46
    2017-18, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 53, Gls 2, Asts 3, MoM 7, YC 5, RC 2, Avg 7.47
    2018-19, Arsenal, CA 191: Apps 55, Gls 2, Asts 5, MoM 2, YC 8, RC 1, Avg 7.40
    2019-20, Arsenal, CA 188: Apps 43, Gls 1, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.38
    2020-21, Arsenal, CA 191: Apps 44, Gls 0, Asts 1, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 2, Avg 7.36
    2021-22, Arsenal, CA 191: Apps 44, Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.39
    2022-23, Arsenal, CA 182: Apps 54, Gls 2, Asts 3, MoM 7, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.46
    2023-24, Arsenal, CA 182: Apps 44, Gls 1, Asts 0, MoM 4, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.34
    2024-25, Arsenal, CA 172: Apps 38 (2), Gls 1, Asts 0, MoM 3, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.35

    Notes: Remains consistent at the back despite his age increasing and his pace going the other way. Reaches 68 caps with two goals and shows no sign of retirement. Wins the League Cup.

    Centre Back 3
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 150: Apps 49 (3), Gls 0, Asts 5, MoM 5, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.77
    Transfers to Chelsea for 55k
    2007-08, Chelsea, CA 166: Apps 23 (12), Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 6.89
    2008-09, Chelsea, CA 180: Apps 20 (6), Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 3, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 6.96
    2009-10, Chelsea, CA 189: Apps 22 (9), Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.19
    2010-11, Chelsea, CA 191: Apps 39 (3), Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.40
    2011-12, Chelsea, CA 197: Apps 41 (3), Gls 2, Asts 4, MoM 4, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.61
    2012-13, Chelsea, CA 199: Apps 51 (2), Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.47
    2013-14, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 42 (6), Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.17
    2014-15, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 47 (3), Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 2, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.54
    2015-16, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 36 (2), Gls 0, Asts 1, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.16
    2016-17, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 48, Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 3, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.44
    2017-18, Chelsea, CA 196: Apps 43 (2), Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 1, RC 1, Avg 7.40
    2018-19, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 51 (1), Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 6, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.37
    2019-20, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 46, Gls 0, Asts 1, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.35
    2020-21, Chelsea, CA 188: Apps 30 (1), Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 0, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.42
    2021-22, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 47 (2), Gls 0, Asts 6, MoM 3, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.29
    2022-23, Chelsea, CA 185: Apps 35 (7), Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 6.76
    2023-24, Chelsea, CA 182: Apps 38 (4), Gls 2, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 6.95
    2024-25, Chelsea, CA 179: Apps 45 (3), Gls 0, Asts 3, MoM 3, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.13

    Notes: Performances take a step us this season as he probably realized he needed them to. Reaches 65 caps with four goals and still plays a major part in winning his fifth consecutive Premiership medal.

    Centre Back 4
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 152: Apps 45 (1), Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.80
    Transfers to Chelsea for 28k
    2007-08, Chelsea, CA 165: Apps 32 (4), Gls 2, Asts 2, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.14
    2008-09, Chelsea, CA 179: Apps 28 (4), Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 6.84
    2009-10, Chelsea, CA 189: Apps 32 (4), Gls 2, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.50
    2010-11, Chelsea, CA 199: Apps 23 (11), Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.29
    2011-12, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 53 (1), Gls 2, Asts 4, MoM 4, YC 10, RC 0, Avg 7.67
    2012-13, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 55, Gls 2, Asts 7, MoM 8, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.62
    2013-14, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 46 (1), Gls 0, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.36
    2014-15, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 46 (2), Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 6, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.67
    2015-16, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 50 (2), Gls 0, Asts 1, MoM 4, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.46
    2016-17, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 52, Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 6, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.50
    2017-18, Chelsea, CA 195: Apps 42 (2), Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 4, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.50
    2018-19, Chelsea, CA 189: Apps 54 (2), Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.30
    2019-20, Chelsea, CA 191: Apps 42, Gls 3, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.50
    2020-21, Chelsea, CA 194: Apps 53, Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 7, RC 1, Avg 7.21
    2021-22, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 50, Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 2, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.36
    2022-23, Chelsea, CA 187: Apps 49, Gls 1, Asts 4, MoM 4, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.29
    2023-24, Chelsea, CA 184: Apps 44 (2), Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 3, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.28
    2024-25, Chelsea, CA 167: Apps 18 (8), Gls 0, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.08

    Notes: Ability level takes a huge hit, and because of that he finds himself out of favour at the heart of Chelsea’s defence. Still plays enough to take home another Premiership medal, and play more times for England, reaching 78 caps with two goals, but career is definitely on the wane now. Two months missed with a hip injury didn’t help.

    Left Mid 1
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 151: Apps 13, Gls 3, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.15
    Transfers to Man Utd for 170k
    2007-08, Man Utd, CA 165: Apps 39 (3), Gls 9, Asts 9, MoM 4, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.19
    Transfers to Chelsea for 10.5m
    2008-09, Chelsea, CA 180: Apps 48, Gls 7, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 2, Avg 6.73
    2009-10, Chelsea, CA 188: Apps 48, Gls 4, Asts 6, MoM 3, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.08
    2010-11, Chelsea, CA 192: Apps 45, Gls 4, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.16
    2011-12, Chelsea, CA 198: Apps 53 (2), Gls 9, Asts 2, MoM 3, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.45
    2012-13, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 56, Gls 8, Asts 4, MoM 4, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.48
    2013-14, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 53 (1), Gls 12, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.57
    2014-15, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 46 (3), Gls 9, Asts 5, MoM 6, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.49
    2015-16, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 54, Gls 8, Asts 8, MoM 8, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.74
    2016-17, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 57, Gls 5, Asts 5, MoM 5, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.46
    2017-18, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 51, Gls 10, Asts 8, MoM 6, YC 2, RC 3, Avg 7.71
    2018-19, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 53, Gls 14, Asts 5, MoM 8, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.57
    2019-20, Chelsea, CA 191: Apps 50, Gls 11, Asts 6, MoM 5, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.52
    2020-21, Chelsea, CA 188: Apps 57, Gls 9, Asts 3, MoM 5, YC 3, RC 2, Avg 7.42
    2021-22, Chelsea, CA 188: Apps 55, Gls 8, Asts 7, MoM 4, YC 2, RC 1, Avg 7.51
    2022-23, Chelsea, CA 180: Apps 52, Gls 13, Asts 6, MoM 2, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.08
    2023-24, Chelsea, CA 176: Apps 50, Gls 14, Asts 6, MoM 4, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.26
    2024-25, Chelsea, CA 155: Apps 40 (1), Gls 6, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.29

    Notes: CA plummets to a new low of 155, no longer a world beating level, but his legendary status at Stamford Bridge allows him to continue playing, and he rewards the faith by having another superb season. Is closing in on 150 caps, with 146, and has 27 international goals. Wins another Premiership medal.

    Left Mid 2
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 150: Apps 44, Gls 11, Asts 9, MoM 3, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.61
    Transfers to Portsmouth for 300k
    2007-08, Portsmouth, CA 165: Apps 40, Gls 7, Asts 3, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.28
    2008-09, Portsmouth, CA 180: Apps 48, Gls 6, Asts 9, MoM 8, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.52
    Transfers to Man Utd for 11.5m
    2009-10, Man Utd, CA 185: Apps 57, Gls 15, Asts 4, MoM 7, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.42
    2010-11, Man Utd, CA 190: Apps 51, Gls 10, Asts 7, MoM 6, YC 1, RC 1, Avg 7.51
    2011-12, Man Utd, CA 196: Apps 50, Gls 7, Asts 7, MoM 5, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.50
    2012-13, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 50, Gls 8, Asts 12, MoM 6, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.72
    2013-14, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 37, Gls 11, Asts 3, MoM 2, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.68
    2014-15, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 48, Gls 8, Asts 7, MoM 5, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.58
    2015-16, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 43, Gls 10, Asts 6, MoM 5, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.60
    2016-17, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 40, Gls 5, Asts 8, MoM 6, YC 1, RC 1, Avg 7.88
    2017-18, Man Utd, CA 194: Apps 40, Gls 1, Asts 7, MoM 2, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.25
    2018-19, Man Utd, CA 189: Apps 39, Gls 5, Asts 3, MoM 3, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.54
    2019-20, Man Utd, CA 189: Apps 36, Gls 8, Asts 3, MoM 0, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.25
    2020-21, Man Utd, CA 194: Apps 39, Gls 5, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.36
    2021-22, Man Utd, CA 190: Apps 37, Gls 10, Asts 5, MoM 5, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.41
    2022-23, Man Utd, CA 187: Apps 45, Gls 8, Asts 5, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.33
    2023-24, Man Utd, CA 180: Apps 45, Gls 7, Asts 3, MoM 7, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.58
    2024-25, Man Utd, CA 161: Apps 53, Gls 4, Asts 6, MoM 5, YC 2, RC 1, Avg 7.42

    Notes: Once again plays superbly, playing a large part in helping Man Utd avoid relegation in 16th place. Keeps his international career going with 66 caps and 14 goals. Man Utd will miss him greatly when he retires.

    Right Mid 1
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 152: Apps 17 (19), Gls 6, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.00
    Transfers to Chelsea on a free
    2007-08, Chelsea, CA 165: Apps 12 (17), Gls 4, Asts 2, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 6.66
    2008-09, Chelsea, CA 178: Apps 11 (11), Gls 2, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 6.45
    2009-10, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 15 (18), Gls 5, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.18
    2010-11, Chelsea, CA 194: Apps 21 (19), Gls 5, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.18
    2011-12, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 43 (8), Gls 12, Asts 5, MoM 5, YC 2, RC 2, Avg 7.47
    2012-13, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 54 (1), Gls 8, Asts 7, MoM 7, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.58
    2013-14, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 60 (1), Gls 8, Asts 12, MoM 6, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.75
    2014-15, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 51, Gls 11, Asts 11, MoM 3, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.67
    2015-16, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 49, Gls 9, Asts 4, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.53
    2016-17, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 56, Gls 11, Asts 8, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.57
    2017-18, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 48, Gls 0, Asts 10, MoM 6, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.94
    2018-19, Chelsea, CA 196: Apps 53 (1), Gls 9, Asts 5, MoM 6, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.54
    2019-20, Chelsea, CA 189: Apps 48 (1), Gls 13, Asts 4, MoM 7, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.67
    2020-21, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 51 (2), Gls 14, Asts 6, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.62
    2021-22, Chelsea, CA 191: Apps 55, Gls 14, Asts 5, MoM 4, YC 10, RC 0, Avg 7.65
    2022-23, Chelsea, CA 180: Apps 47 (1), Gls 9, Asts 8, MoM 3, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.17
    2023-24, Chelsea, CA 174: Apps 12 (9), Gls 0, Asts 1, MoM 2, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 6.67
    2024-25, Chelsea, CA 144: Apps 2 (1), Gls 3, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.33

    Notes: Completely out of favour at Stamford Bridge. His CA drops a massive 30 points, he barely plays, and he is transfer listed by Chelsea. They only want a paltry 10k for him. He has also decided that he will retire next summer, so it will be interesting to see if he spends his final season in the Chelsea wilderness, or if he takes a step down to get some first team football. His international career has also stalled, with 25 caps in 115 games, but most interestingly he is the first ex-Bandit to gain a staff profile. More on that in the summary.

    Right Mid 2
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 150: Apps 40 (1), Gls 9, Asts 8, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.49
    Transfers to Chelsea for 20k
    Loaned to Rangers
    2007-08, Rangers, CA 166: Apps 49 (1), Gls 17, Asts 12, MoM 11, YC 16, RC 0, Avg 7.72
    2008-09, Chelsea, CA 179: Apps 8 (13), Gls 4, Asts 2, MoM 0, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 6.67
    2009-10, Chelsea, CA 182: Apps 12 (4), Gls 2, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 6.75
    2010-11, Chelsea, CA 188: Apps 12 (5), Gls 5, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.18
    2011-12, Chelsea, CA 196: Apps 20 (16), Gls 7, Asts 0, MoM 2, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.19
    2012-13, Chelsea, CA 198: Apps 0 (1), Gls 0, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.00
    Transfers to Arsenal in a part-exchange, him and 29m for Fabregas
    2012-13, Arsenal, CA 198: Apps 49, Gls 14, Asts 10, MoM 10, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.76
    2013-14, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 55, Gls 9, Asts 9, MoM 4, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.40
    2014-15, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 55, Gls 17, Asts 2, MoM 7, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.53
    2015-16, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 54, Gls 14, Asts 7, MoM 5, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.59
    2016-17, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 51, Gls 13, Asts 4, MoM 4, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.49
    2017-18, Arsenal, CA 196: Apps 53, Gls 16, Asts 6, MoM 5, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.55
    2018-19, Arsenal, CA 191: Apps 58, Gls 18, Asts 6, MoM 6, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.76
    2019-20, Arsenal, CA 191: Apps 46, Gls 11, Asts 8, MoM 7, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.67
    2020-21, Arsenal, CA 187: Apps 43, Gls 10, Asts 6, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.40
    2021-22, Arsenal, CA 187: Apps 44, Gls 11, Asts 6, MoM 6, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.52
    2022-23, Arsenal, CA 178: Apps 50 (1), Gls 10, Asts 3, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.41
    2023-24, Arsenal, CA 179: Apps 42 (1), Gls 11, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.51
    2024-25, Arsenal, CA 152: Apps 25 (14), Gls 3, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 7, RC 1, Avg 6.69

    Notes: Plays a lot less, scores a lot less, and sees his overall performance plummet. Reaches 60 caps with 15 goals but is being phased out. Still picked up a League Cup medal.

    Centre Mid 1
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 150: Apps 18, Gls 0, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.17
    Transfers to Man Utd for 675k
    2007-08, Man Utd, CA 159: Apps 33 (5), Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 2, Avg 6.55
    2008-09, Man Utd, CA 173: Apps 10 (9), Gls 3, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 6.53
    2009-10, Man Utd, CA 181: Apps 27 (13), Gls 6, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.18
    2010-11, Man Utd, CA 191: Apps 18 (12), Gls 6, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.20
    2011-12, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 8 (23), Gls 5, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.06
    2012-13, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 20 (16), Gls 2, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 1, RC 1, Avg 7.14
    2013-14, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 9 (16), Gls 3, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 0, RC 1, Avg 7.08
    2014-15, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 7 (15), Gls 1, Asts 2, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.05
    Transfers to Arsenal for 27m
    2015-16, Arsenal, CA 200: Apps 51, Gls 3, Asts 10, MoM 5, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.43
    2016-17, Arsenal, CA 196: Apps 49, Gls 7, Asts 6, MoM 5, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.69
    2017-18, Arsenal, CA 197: Apps 55, Gls 10, Asts 10, MoM 3, YC 13, RC 0, Avg 7.58
    2018-19, Arsenal, CA 190: Apps 48, Gls 3, Asts 5, MoM 4, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.56
    2019-20, Arsenal, CA 189: Apps 42 (1), Gls 6, Asts 4, MoM 3, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.49
    2020-21, Arsenal, CA 189: Apps 47, Gls 5, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.28
    2021-22, Arsenal, CA 189: Apps 40, Gls 6, Asts 5, MoM 3, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.45
    2022-23, Arsenal, CA 185: Apps 54, Gls 7, Asts 7, MoM 3, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.50
    2023-24, Arsenal, CA 173: Apps 31 (1), Gls 4, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.34
    2024-25, Arsenal, CA 165: Apps 47 (1), Gls 5, Asts 6, MoM 2, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.21

    Notes: After last season’s unhappiness, he is again settled, playing a lot more but not at such a high level. Wins the League Cup and reaches 72 caps with seven goals.

    Centre Mid 2
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 150: Apps 2, Gls 0, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.00
    Transfers to Portsmouth on a free
    2007-08, Portsmouth, CA 165: Apps 47, Gls 3, Asts 1, MoM 5, YC 7, RC 1, Avg 7.21
    Transfers to Man Utd for 11.25m[/B}
    2008-09, Man Utd, CA 180: Apps 33 (5), Gls 5, Asts 5, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 6.82
    2009-10, Man Utd, CA 184: Apps 50 (2), Gls 11, Asts 6, MoM 3, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.58
    2010-11, Man Utd, CA 189: Apps 45 (5), Gls 12, Asts 7, MoM 4, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.52
    2011-12, Man Utd, CA 193: Apps 47 (1), Gls 5, Asts 4, MoM 4, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.46
    2012-13, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 43 (4), Gls 14, Asts 5, MoM 5, YC 1, RC 1, Avg 7.51
    2013-14, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 46 (1), Gls 16, Asts 5, MoM 9, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.68
    2014-15, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 46 (1), Gls 5, Asts 5, MoM 4, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.49
    Transfers to Chelsea for 47.5m
    2015-16, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 34 (16), Gls 4, Asts 6, MoM 0, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.26
    2016-17, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 54, Gls 3, Asts 7, MoM 6, YC 6, RC 2, Avg 7.46
    2017-18, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 48 (2), Gls 6, Asts 3, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.32
    2018-19, Chelsea, CA 191: Apps 44 (2), Gls 5, Asts 5, MoM 0, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.24
    2019-20, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 39 (1), Gls 3, Asts 3, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.35
    2020-21, Chelsea, CA 189: Apps 43 (5), Gls 5, Asts 4, MoM 2, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.15
    2021-22, Chelsea, CA 189: Apps 35 (4), Gls 2, Asts 5, MoM 2, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.23
    2022-23, Chelsea, CA 187: Apps 42 (4), Gls 3, Asts 3, MoM 3, YC 1, RC 1, Avg 7.22
    2023-24, Chelsea, CA 183: Apps 32 (5), Gls 3, Asts 4, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 6.84
    2024-25, Chelsea, CA 171: Apps 33 (3), Gls 2, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 6.89

    Notes: Performances flatter to deceive, but he still claims another Premiership medal, and reaches a century of caps, with 106, scoring six times along the way.

    Centre Mid 3
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 150: Apps 40 (1), Gls 2, Asts 6, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.41
    2007-08, Bandits, CA 165: Apps 53, Gls 9, Asts 9, MoM 8, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.45
    Transfers to Man Utd for 975k[/B]
    2008-09, Man Utd, CA 180: Apps 41 (2), Gls 8, Asts 6, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.00
    2009-10, Man Utd, CA 186: Apps 36, Gls 6, Asts 5, MoM 9, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.75
    2010-11, Man Utd, CA 194: Apps 43 (7), Gls 10, Asts 3, MoM 6, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.52
    2011-12, Man Utd CA 200: Apps 47 (1), Gls 12, Asts 4, MoM 4, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.50
    2012-13, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 45 (3), Gls 10, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.31
    2013-14, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 45 (2), Gls 6, Asts 6, MoM 5, YC 3, RC 2, Avg 7.36
    2014-15, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 44, Gls 3, Asts 4, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.43
    2015-16, Man Utd, CA 200: Apps 50, Gls 2, Asts 7, MoM 9, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.54
    2016-17, Man Utd, CA 196: Apps 36, Gls 0, Asts 6, MoM 0, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.31
    2017-18, Man Utd, CA 190: Apps 39, Gls 4, Asts 2, MoM 0, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.46
    2018-19, Man Utd, CA 188: Apps 32, Gls 3, Asts 6, MoM 3, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.59
    2019-20, Man Utd, CA 193: Apps 39, Gls 4, Asts 4, MoM 7, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.44
    2020-21, Man Utd, CA 194: Apps 36, Gls 1, Asts 4, MoM 0, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.22
    2021-22, Man Utd, CA 189: Apps 34, Gls 3, Asts 4, MoM 3, YC 8, RC 1, Avg 7.38
    2022-23, Man Utd, CA 184: Apps 45, Gls 5, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.40
    2023-24, Man Utd, CA 182: Apps 44, Gls 6, Asts 2, MoM 3, YC 6, RC 2, Avg 7.23
    2024-25, Man Utd, CA 169: Apps 52 (1), Gls 4, Asts 4, MoM 2, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.40

    Notes: Despite his CA taking a hit, his performances remain excellent, and he gets the one cap he needs to reach the 100 mark, with five goals. Man Utd narrowly avoid relegation but can they without him?

    Centre Mid 4
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 152: Apps 54 (1), Gls 4, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.53
    Transfers to Chelsea for 1.4m
    2007-08, Chelsea, CA 165: Apps 42 (2), Gls 0, Asts 4, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 6.77
    2008-09, Chelsea, CA 176: Apps 20 (10), Gls 3, Asts 7, MoM 0, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 6.73
    2009-10, Chelsea, CA 187: Apps 35 (5), Gls 2, Asts 3, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.14
    2010-11, Chelsea, CA 194: Apps 50 (1), Gls 2, Asts 5, MoM 1, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.24
    2011-12, Chelsea, CA 197: Apps 57, Gls 3, Asts 11, MoM 3, YC 9, RC 1, Avg 7.54
    2012-13, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 57, Gls 3, Asts 8, MoM 4, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.30
    2013-14, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 44, Gls 7, Asts 5, MoM 1, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 7.34
    2014-15, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 51, Gls 3, Asts 6, MoM 6, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.47
    2015-16, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 51 (3), Gls 1, Asts 3, MoM 2, YC 8, RC 1, Avg 7.43
    2016-17, Chelsea, CA 191: Apps 37 (6), Gls 2, Asts 7, MoM 4, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.26
    2017-18, Chelsea, CA 187: Apps 33 (6), Gls 4, Asts 5, MoM 0, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 6.97
    2018-19, Chelsea, CA 187: Apps 31 (5), Gls 2, Asts 7, MoM 1, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 6.89
    2019-20, Chelsea, CA 189: Apps 30, Gls 2, Asts 4, MoM 2, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.57
    2020-21, Chelsea, CA 189: Apps 39 (4), Gls 3, Asts 7, MoM 4, YC 7, RC 1, Avg 7.40
    2021-22, Chelsea, CA 185: Apps 24 (10), Gls 3, Asts 2, MoM 0, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 6.94
    2022-23, Chelsea, CA 178: Apps 10 (12), Gls 1, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 6.36
    2023-24, Chelsea, CA 174: Apps 19 (13), Gls 5, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 6.66
    2024-25, Chelsea, CA 156: Apps 9 (1), Gls 2, Asts 3, MoM 1, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 6.80

    Notes: With his CA dropping and him being almost frozen out, it would be a surprise to see his career last much longer. May leave Chelsea although he has shown no signs of discontent and they haven’t listed him. Does not play enough for a Premiership medal, and his international career is stuck at 71 caps with six goals.

    Striker 1
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 150: Apps 3 (32), Gls 7, Asts 0, MoM 2, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 6.91
    Transfers to Chelsea on a free
    2007-08, Chelsea, CA 165: Apps 36 (4), Gls 21, Asts 1, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.28
    2008-09, Chelsea, CA 179: Apps 23 (9), Gls 18, Asts 2, MoM 4, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.31
    2009-10, Chelsea, CA 189: Apps 11 (13), Gls 8, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.21
    2010-11, Chelsea, CA 193: Apps 32 (4), Gls 21, Asts 1, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.56
    2011-12, Chelsea, CA 199: Apps 39 (7), Gls 21, Asts 4, MoM 2, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.61
    2012-13, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 43 (5), Gls 27, Asts 0, MoM 2, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.52
    2013-14, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 44 (6), Gls 26, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.62
    2014-15, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 33 (7), Gls 21, Asts 1, MoM 6, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.63
    2015-16, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 41 (6), Gls 25, Asts 3, MoM 4, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.55
    2016-17, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 34 (6), Gls 25, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.55
    2017-18, Chelsea, CA 196: Apps 28 (5), Gls 16, Asts 0, MoM 3, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.48
    2018-19, Chelsea, CA 194: Apps 18 (11), Gls 13, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.48
    2019-20, Chelsea, CA 188: Apps 13 (10), Gls 11, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.39
    2020-21, Chelsea, CA 188: Apps 16 (12), Gls 10, Asts 1, MoM 3, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.54
    2021-22, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 29 (10), Gls 21, Asts 4, MoM 7, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.59
    2022-23, Chelsea, CA 179: Apps 26 (3), Gls 18, Asts 2, MoM 5, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.38
    2023-24, Chelsea, CA 168: Apps 46 (3), Gls 29, Asts 6, MoM 6, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.61
    2024-25, Chelsea, CA 145: Apps 34 (6), Gls 19, Asts 1, MoM 6, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.20

    Notes: CA has completely plummeted, and his main target now is 100 international goals. He scores one more to reach 98 in 121 caps. Plays solidly for Chelsea and is still fairly prolific, winning his fifth Premiership medal in a row.

    Striker 2
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 151: Apps 55, Gls 37, Asts 3, MoM 6, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 8.11
    Transfers to Chelsea for 100k
    2007-08, Chelsea, CA 165: Apps 26 (7), Gls 20, Asts 0, MoM 3, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.15
    2008-09, Chelsea, CA 179: Apps 22, Gls 13, Asts 2, MoM 3, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.55
    2009-10, Chelsea, CA 184: Apps 52 (1), Gls 31, Asts 3, MoM 9, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.89
    2010-11, Chelsea, CA 188: Apps 52 (1), Gls 31, Asts 4, MoM 6, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.83
    2011-12, Chelsea, CA 196: Apps 54, Gls 34, Asts 5, MoM 10, YC 9, RC 0, Avg 7.98
    2012-13, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 55, Gls 31, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.76
    2013-14, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 60, Gls 35, Asts 5, MoM 9, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.88
    2014-15, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 50, Gls 28, Asts 0, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.92
    2015-16, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 53 (1), Gls 31, Asts 3, MoM 8, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.98
    2016-17, Chelsea, CA 195: Apps 36 (1), Gls 17, Asts 3, MoM 5, YC 9, RC 0, Avg 7.84
    2017-18, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 46 (1), Gls 26, Asts 2, MoM 5, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.77
    2018-19, Chelsea, CA 189: Apps 54, Gls 27, Asts 3, MoM 6, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.63
    2019-20, Chelsea, CA 188: Apps 48, Gls 27, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.92
    2020-21, Chelsea, CA 191: Apps 49, Gls 29, Asts 2, MoM 6, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.88
    2021-22, Chelsea, CA 194: Apps 44 (1), Gls 24, Asts 1, MoM 5, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.93
    2022-23, Chelsea, CA 178: Apps 44 (3), Gls 26, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.36
    2023-24, Chelsea, CA 171: Apps 26 (9), Gls 21, Asts 2, MoM 3, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.63
    2024-25, Chelsea, CA 161: Apps 28 (6), Gls 26, Asts 0, MoM 4, YC 1, RC 2, Avg 7.38

    Notes: Has a remarkable goalscoring record despite not playing a full season for Chelsea – with that record he should surely feature more. Sails past the 150 mark in caps, with 153 and 124 goals. Claims his fifth consecutive Premiership medal.

    Striker 3
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 150: Apps 1 (25), Gls 2, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 6.58
    Transfers to Chelsea on a free
    Loaned to Sheff Utd
    2007-08, Sheff Utd, CA 165: Apps 30, Gls 20, Asts 3, MoM 8, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.77
    2007-08, Chelsea, CA 165: Apps 3, Gls 3, Asts 2, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.67
    2008-09, Chelsea, CA 181: Apps 26 (5), Gls 17, Asts 2, MoM 3, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.29
    2009-10, Chelsea, CA 185: Apps 28 (8), Gls 17, Asts 2, MoM 3, YC 5, RC 1, Avg 7.61
    2010-11, Chelsea, CA 190: Apps 6 (12), Gls 5, Asts 0, MoM 1, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.00
    2011-12, Chelsea, CA 196: Apps 30 (9), Gls 22, Asts 1, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.44
    2012-13, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 21 (15), Gls 17, Asts 0, MoM 2, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.22
    2013-14, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 14 (5), Gls 13, Asts 1, MoM 2, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.79
    2014-15, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 22 (7), Gls 16, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.48
    2015-16, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 22 (13), Gls 14, Asts 0, MoM 1, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.23
    2016-17, Chelsea, CA 200: Apps 35 (9), Gls 22, Asts 3, MoM 4, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.55
    2017-18, Chelsea, CA 192: Apps 21 (17), Gls 15, Asts 1, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.29
    2018-19, Chelsea, CA 188: Apps 11 (5), Gls 5, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.00
    2019-20, Chelsea, CA 186: Apps 16 (9), Gls 12, Asts 0, MoM 1, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.40
    2020-21, Chelsea, CA 187: Apps 17 (5), Gls 10, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.27
    2021-22, Chelsea, CA 186: Apps 13 (2), Gls 8, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.73
    2022-23, Chelsea, CA 182: Apps 34 (4), Gls 23, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.29
    2023-24, Chelsea, CA 167: Apps 17 (14), Gls 15, Asts 2, MoM 2, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.10
    2024-25, Chelsea, CA 155: Apps 1 (4), Gls 4, Asts 1, MoM 0, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.40

    Notes: Oh dear. Makes only one start all season but despite not playing, manages to score four times. Is completely out of favour now and needs to leave. International career may have ended, with 54 caps and 18 goals to his name.

    Striker 4
    2006-07, Bandits, CA 150: Apps 55 (2), Gls 31, Asts 2, MoM 5, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.91
    2007-08, Bandits, CA 166: Apps 2, Gls 4, Asts 0, MoM 2, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 9.00
    Transfers to Liverpool on a free
    2007-08, Liverpool, CA 166: Apps 46 (1), Gls 23, Asts 4, MoM 5, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.34
    2008-09, Liverpool, CA 180: Apps 52, Gls 26, Asts 0, MoM 6, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.52
    2009-10, Liverpool, CA 190: Apps 45, Gls 25, Asts 1, MoM 11, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.87
    2010-11, Liverpool, CA 194: Apps 53, Gls 31, Asts 2, MoM 9, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.83
    2011-12, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 58, Gls 42, Asts 5, MoM 14, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 8.07
    2012-13, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 55, Gls 33, Asts 4, MoM 11, YC 7, RC 1, Avg 7.85
    2013-14, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 49, Gls 37, Asts 1, MoM 14, YC 8, RC 0, Avg 8.22
    2014-15, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 51, Gls 33, Asts 3, MoM 11, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.88
    2015-16, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 48, Gls 33, Asts 1, MoM 5, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.96
    2016-17, Liverpool, CA 200: Apps 46, Gls 27, Asts 0, MoM 9, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.76
    2017-18, Liverpool, CA 186: Apps 36, Gls 27, Asts 1, MoM 11, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.97
    2018-19, Liverpool, CA 189: Apps 48, Gls 32, Asts 3, MoM 11, YC 7, RC 0, Avg 7.90
    2019-20, Liverpool, CA 190: Apps 41, Gls 25, Asts 1, MoM 8, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.85
    2020-21, Liverpool, CA 188: Apps 53, Gls 28, Asts 3, MoM 10, YC 4, RC 1, Avg 7.74
    2021-22, Liverpool, CA 186: Apps 38, Gls 20, Asts 2, MoM 4, YC 4, RC 0, Avg 7.87
    2022-23, Liverpool, CA 178: Apps 39, Gls 20, Asts 2, MoM 7, YC 5, RC 0, Avg 7.72
    2023-24, Liverpool, CA 179: Apps 40, Gls 25, Asts 0, MoM 7, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 7.82
    2024-25, Liverpool, CA 172: Apps 35, Gls 19, Asts 3, MoM 3, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.86

    Notes: Utterly incredible. His CA is miles higher than any of the three strikers at Chelsea, and he is still playing at a remarkable level. A true legend at Anfield, he reaches 71 goals in 108 internationals and at this rate would still be a talent at 40. Would’ve had a longer a more fruitful season if he hadn’t missed three months of it with a fractured skull.

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    Idiot A
    2006-07, Tottenham, CA 150: Apps 47, Gls 8, Asts 8, MoM 7, YC 4, RC 2, Avg 7.34
    2007-08, Tottenham, CA 165: Apps 39, Gls 3, Asts 6, MoM 2, YC 9, RC 1, Avg 7.21
    2008-09, Tottenham, CA 177: Apps 1, Gls 0, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.00
    Transfers to Fiorentina for 13.25m
    2008-09, Fiorentina, CA 177: Apps 34, Gls 5, Asts 5, MoM 3, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 7.56
    2009-10, Fiorentina, CA 184: Apps 37, Gls 6, Asts 6, MoM 2, YC 5, RC 4, Avg 7.41
    2010-11, Fiorentina, CA 190: Apps 39, Gls 10, Asts 4, MoM 8, YC 3, RC 1, Avg 7.72
    2011-12, Fiorentina, CA 197: Apps 7, Gls 3, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 8.14
    2012-13, Fiorentina, CA 200: Apps 20, Gls 4, Asts 2, MoM 0, YC 2, RC 0, Avg 7.35
    2013-14, Fiorentina, CA 200: Apps 16, Gls 3, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.56
    Leaves Fiorentina on a free, joins Tottenham
    2014-15, Tottenham, CA 200: Apps 48, Gls 8, Asts 5, MoM 2, YC 7, RC 1, Avg 7.35
    2015-16, Tottenham, CA 200: Apps 40, Gls 2, Asts 3, MoM 3, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.30
    2016-17, Tottenham, CA 200: Apps 40 (3), Gls 6, Asts 3, MoM 3, YC 6, RC 1, Avg 7.30
    2017-18, Tottenham, CA 196: Apps 39 (1), Gls 4, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 2, RC 2, Avg 7.07
    2018-19, Tottenham, CA 181: Apps 0 (3), Gls 1, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 6.67
    Transfers to Leeds on a free transfer
    2019-20, Leeds, CA 172: Apps 49 (1), Gls 1, Asts 5, MoM 2, YC 4, RC 2, Avg 7.22
    2020-21, Leeds, CA 161: Apps 24 (4), Gls 4, Asts 2, MoM 1, YC 1, RC 0, Avg 7.14
    Transfers to Leeds for 5m
    2021-22, Palermo, CA 144: Apps 25, Gls 4, Asts 4, MoM 2, YC 2, RC 6, Avg 7.36
    2022-23, Palermo, CA 135: Apps 38 (2), Gls 6, Asts 19, MoM 0, YC 6, RC 0, Avg 7.50
    Transfers to Everton for 2.4m
    2023-24, Everton, CA 112: Apps 22 (5), Gls 5, Asts 0, MoM 1, YC 3, RC 0, Avg 6.59
    Loaned to Blackburn
    2024-25, Blackburn, CA 97: Apps 5 (3), Gls 1, Asts 0, MoM 0, YC 0, RC 0, Avg 6.62
    Released on a free

    Notes: After an average season at Everton, he finds himself out of their plans and farmed out of loan to Blackburn. Despite them only missing dropping out of the Championship by one point, he can’t get a game for the struggling side, and after he returns to Everton he is released on a free.

    Has shown no signs of retirement so despite his lack of a club or any semblance of ability, he is determined to continue. His international career, standing at 49 caps and three goals, is definitely over.

    He complained of personal problems a couple of times during the season, but no-one seems to care anymore.

    Idiot B – Retired 22/06/2023

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    England lost in the group stage of the European Championships to their nemesis Holland, but after winning their other two games got through. In a familiar situation, their quarter final with Italy went to penalties, but for once they came out on top. Eventually, they met Holland again in the final, and once again the Dutch came out on top, winning 1-0.

    In the least surprising way possible, they won their first four qualifiers for the World Cup, conceding none.

    Chelsea won their fifth consecutive Premiership medal, while previously excellent Fulham slipped out of the league. Man Utd’s two ex-Bandits almost single-handedly saved Man Utd from relegation.

    Premiership

    West Ham ensured that Fulham’s season ended terribly – after seeing them relegation the Hammers beat them in the FA Cup final, while Arsenal beat Chelsea in the League Cup final having dispatched the Bandits a round earlier.

    After seven years of reaching the Champions League final, Real Madrid went out in the quarter finals, and that left Marseille to beat Milan in the final, while Fenerbahce claimed the UEFA Cup ahead of Porto.

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    The Bandits really should’ve reached the playoffs this season, having comfortably sat in the zone for so long, but without a win in their final ten games, they plummeted back to mid-table.

    However, the cups again provided some stunning victories, and with four more Premiership scalps taken, you have to imagine that they could survive in a higher league. Will they ever make it there? Can you imagine the Bandits in the Premiership in 10-15 years time?

    As for their former players, some (Striker 4, for example) are still playing at a remarkable level, while others, almost exclusively at Chelsea, are completely out of favour. They are asking for only 10k for Right Mid 1, who still has plenty to offer in the final year of his playing career. Will he do what we all want him to do and return to the Bandits?

    Right Mid 1 is also now available as a coach. His abilities state that he would be an excellent assistant manager or coach, so it’ll be interesting to see if he takes up such a role. His staff stats are:

    Attacking 16, Coaching Goalkeepers 3, Defending 3, Fitness 19, Man Management 9, Mental 16, Tactical 13, Technical 12, Working With Youngsters 8, Adaptability 20, Determination 6, Judging Playing Ability 5, Judging Playing Potential 5, Level Of Discipline 16, Motivating 6, Physiotherapy 2, Tactical Knowledge 7.

    It is no surprise to see him with attacking skills when it comes to coaching. His staff CA is 110, and his staff PA is 130, so he doesn’t have the same level of managerial talent as he did as a player. He is also listed as unproven.

    Incredibly, Idiot A hasn’t announced his retirement. He can’t get into a struggling Championship side, his CA is below 100, he doesn’t have a club and he is about to turn 36. Surely it’s time to call it a day?

    England failed once again at a major tournament, and it is looking less likely that they’ll have the players for the next World Cup, barring maybe a few stars hanging on to their careers. Have their glory days gone?

    Bandit’s former manager watch

    Justin Edinburgh had a tense end to his first season as a Premiership manager. Sheff Wed ended up staying up by just the one solitary goal, finishing on the same points as Fulham. Only a final day draw with Arsenal saved them.

    Steve Brackstone had a much better season at Wrexham, finishing second in League One to gain promotion back to the Championship, and away from the Bandits. They beat the Bandits at home but lost away.

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    Bandits squad

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    Another rise in interested players, this time to a new high of 6488, from last summer’s 6322.

    Top 20 in Squad (sorted by CA)

    Name, Pos, Age, CA-PA

    Tomlinson, MC, 27, 123-123 – new signing
    Hughes, DL, 29, 121-138 – new signing
    Bowles, AML, 31, 119-134 (-7)
    Jenkins, ST, 27, 117-119 (-2)
    Townsend, DC, 25, 116-116 (+3)
    Law, GK, 29, 115-115 (0)
    Ashton, DRL, 29, 115-115 (0)
    McKee, AM RL, 30, 114-132 (-6)
    Atkinson, GK, 33, 113-116 (0)
    Harvey, MC, 28, 110-111 (-1)
    Bryant, ST, 29, 109-113 (-4)
    Pearson, AM LC, 28, 108-111 (+1)
    Davies, D/WB L, 27, 107-109 (-2)
    Watson, MC, 33, 101-135 (-10)
    Lilley, GK, 19, 100-119 (+7)
    Slade, ST, 21, 100-100 (0)
    Hart, DR, 21, 99-109 (+7)
    Wood, AMC, 22, 96-98 (+8)
    Clifford, ST, 22, 95-95 (0)
    Pugh, MC, 19, 94-115 – new entry in top 20, youth player

    Players in last season’s top 20 who have left the club:
    Ashley, DC, 21, 106-110
    Joynes, DM, AM RC, 31, 105-111
    Butler, DC, 21, 98-101

    Players in last season’s top 20 who have dropped out of the top 20:
    Askey, DC, 36, 91-118 (-10)

    For once, no-one of note was sold, so that’s a good start, and on top of that, two players with CA above 120 were signed.

    But that’s where the good news ends. The age of the squad is now showing, with many of these players getting worse. Some of the best players are fading away now, while the partnership of Wells and Kinch has gone. Wells has left and retired, Kinch is 35 with a CA of 81. Even Bryant is fading, leaving Jenkins as the main striker.

    They are buying the odd player, but they’re no buying well – they buy quite old, so that each summer they make signings just so the squad doesn’t get far worse.

    They actually sold (mainly released) eleven players this year, but mostly at the bottom end of their squad.

    CA of X or above:

    190 : 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
    180 : 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
    170 : 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
    160 : 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
    150 : 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
    140 : 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
    130 : 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
    120 : 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1, 2, 2
    110 : 0, 2, 2, 3, 2, 6, 7, 6, 6, 7, 8, 7, 7, 9, 10, 10
    100 : 2, 4, 7, 7, 6, 13, 13, 12, 13, 13, 16, 12, 12, 12, 16, 16
    90 : 7, 11, 10, 9, 10, 16, 17, 15, 15, 20, 22, 16, 15, 17, 20, 22
    80 : 13, 14, 13, 13, 16, 21, 21, 18, 16, 21, 26, 20, 22, 21, 26, 26
    70 : 19, 22, 21, 20, 22, 27, 25, 19, 23, 25, 30, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30
    60 : 26, 26, 25, 23, 24, 32, 30, 24, 26, 30, 32, 26, 28, 28, 38, 33
    50 : 30, 31, 31, 26, 26, 35, 33, 28, 32, 34, 35, 30, 32, 34, 42, 37

    Very little has changed. No change at all at the top end, and below 70 CA the squad is thinner. But then that shouldn’t matter, as players at that level should no longer be featuring.

    Sign some players!

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