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    Default All aboard the 'SS If This Save Fails I'm Going Back To FM07'

    After the sad demise of my previous two career saves, due to technical difficulties, this is my final attempt. If I suffer any issues with this, FM07 (my favourite version) is all set for an install, but hopefully this one can last the distance. I'll be running a rolling auto save and also backing up my save onto usb at the end of every season, so as to avoid any issues with hard drive failure and save game failure.

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    I'm still on Uncle Ron's update, but at the level below Conference North/South.

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    Swindon Supermarine FC


    The club was established in 1992 as a merger between two local clubs, Supermarine F.C. and Swindon Athletic F.C., both of which were struggling financially, taking the latter club's place in the Hellenic League Premier Division. In 1997–98 the new club won the Hellenic League championship but were not promoted due to ground requirements. The championship was won for the second time in 2000–01 and this time they were accepted into the Southern League. After four years of struggle at the foot of the table, not helped by a rapid succession of managerial changes, they qualified for the play-offs in 2005–06 but lost to Hemel Hempstead Town in the semi-finals. In 2006–07 they again reached the promotion play-offs, where this time they were successful after beating Burnham in the semi-final and Taunton Town in the final. This earned them a place in the Southern League Premier Division.



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    Goals

    As usual I'm not going to set any goals in terms of winning trophies or reaching certain leagues, as that will come as it does. But I do have several other aims for this save:

    1) Create a rivalry with Swindon Town. We're not listed as rivals but I want to create one. This will include but not be limited to; bashing their manager in the press (after Di Canio retires as I like him), beating them on the pitch, getting to a higher division than them, and of course...



    2) I want to manage Australia at some point, with the aim of winning the Asian Cup and making the knock-out stages of the World Cup.

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    Good luck with this. Don't think it's possible to create rivalry, unfortunately. Hopefully something for future games.

    (The link to the update is botched btw).

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    Good luck mate .

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    Thanks - link should be working now.

    As for a rivalry, I know you can't actually create one that is recognised by the game, but it's more for my own interests in-game.

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    Super, super, Supermarine! Good luck!

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    Hope this game doesn't sink

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    Soon you'll be the top side in Swindon.

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    Good luck with the submariners

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Hope this game doesn't sink
    I've been somewhat overcautious with this one - nearly through the first season and I already have three back ups, and will soon be putting it onto an external usb too. New laptop is running a treat though.

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    March 17, 2012





    A touch eerie. They have all but secured promotion from L2 so it may take a little longer to overhaul them, however I am happy to see them do well early on as it will be much more fun to play against them in the higher leagues (if we ever get there).

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    I like how you're tryin to develop a rivalry with Swindon and they dont even know it .... yet ...

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    Oxford City got a new chairman and the first thing he did was terminate the link with Oxford Utd, so maybe I'm starting a trend.

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    Congrats on the play off spot, good luck!

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    They still have two games left too.

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    Good luck! Supermarine have always done well on the games i've started.

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    Good luck! Might I possibly suggest that perhaps you try not using the English add-on if it goes wrong again?

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    2011/12 - Swindon Supermarine FC - Evo-Stik Southern Premier



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    Season Review

    Inheriting a squad of seven players, finding scouts was a priority and fortunately they both came with quite extensive reports, while my backroom staff constantly recommended new players all through the pre-season. The result was a strong squad with several stand-outs, and this reflected through our first 10 league fixtures, as we won nine and scored 31 goals, setting the tone for a season in which we averaged more than two goals a game.

    We also made excellent progress in the FA Cup and the FA Trophy, which resulted in a lot of postponed fixtures but also a steady income stream. In the FA Cup we look League One side Hartlepool to a replay before shocking them 1-0 in front of their own fans, but fellow League One outfit Leyton Orient brought us down to earth with a 0-2 win in the second round proper. We also had a nice run in the Trophy, knocking out three BSN/S sides before Oxford City knocked us out in the third round, a result I put down to squad fatigue more than anything else.

    We continued to look by far the best side in the league, as potential challengers seemed to alternate on a weekly basis, and at once stage we were top and had five games in hand on second place. However February was brutal with eight league fixtures and also an FA Trophy tie destroying the squad physically. We only won three of them to make it a much closer league than it probably should have, but recovered in March to more or less wrap things up. The fatigue situation probably could have been improved had I realised triallists can play in league fixtures at this level too.

    There were a couple of half-decent prospects in the youth intake, however awful mental attributes means none are likely to make it.


    Goal of the Season



    Front men Poyser and Koroma combine beautifully, with the former's backheel allowing his strike partner to finish with aplomb via the underside of the crossbar.


    Key Men

    Omar Koroma - Far too good for this level and it showed. The Gambian international ran rings around the league, winning the league golden boot with 28 (36 in all comps), along with 11 MotM awards and an average rating of 7.53. He is tied up for next season however League One Oldham are sniffing around.

    Kofi Poyser - Played the support striker role to perfection with countless assists, while many of his 25 goals came in games where Koroma was injured or on international duty.

    Aaron Carter - The former Man City youth teamer was a rock at the back, and had the second highest average rating in the league. He came to me late on asking for a new contract, I advised one was forthcoming, and that same day he wasn't interested in renewing. Go figure.

    Curtis Wynter - Formerly of Coventry, he was outstanding at right back, averaging nearly 6.5 successful tackles per game in the league. Despite this, my esteemed assistant advised we should get him to work on his tackling almost every team meeting.


    Awards

    Evo-Stik Southern Premier Manager of the Season
    Evo-Stik Southern Premier Player of the Season - Omar Koroma
    Evo-Stik Southern Premier top scorer - Omar Koroma


    Next Season...

    I think we will certainly be able to challenge for a mid-table finish, and we were undefeated against BSN/S teams in the cups which can only bode well. Whether or not we can hold onto Koroma may be the difference between a play-off push and not, as he should still be fairly dominant.


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    2011/12 - Evo-Stik Southern Premier - 1st (promoted as champions)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deisler26 View Post
    Good luck! Might I possibly suggest that perhaps you try not using the English add-on if it goes wrong again?
    I love lower league games too much, so I'm prepared to risk it. Should be okay though, it's a fairly well-reputed database.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CityAndColour View Post
    I love lower league games too much, so I'm prepared to risk it. Should be okay though, it's a fairly well-reputed database.
    Try Serie C2 ;)

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    2011/12

    Charity Shield: Man City (Man Utd)

    Premiership: Man Utd (Newcastle, Blackburn, Swansea)
    Championship: West Ham; Bristol City, Blackpool (Brighton, Coventry, Crystal Palace)
    League One: Carlisle; Sheff Wed, Preston (Hartlepool, Yeovil, Bury, Stevenage)
    League Two: Swindon; Rotherham, Bristol Rovers, Shrewsbury (Cheltenham, Macclesfield)

    Conference Premier: Luton; Newport County (Barrow, Forest Green, Ebbsfleet, Southport)
    Conference North: Blyth Spartans; Harrogate (Workington, Gloucester, Worcester)
    Conference South: Basingstoke; Boreham Wood (Thurrock, Staines, Dorchester)

    Ryman Isthmian Premier: Kingstonian; Lowestoft (East Thurrock, Met Police, Leatherhead, Hastings Utd)
    Evo-Stik Northern Premier: Chester; Chorley (Ashton Utd, Stocksbridge, Marine, Rushall)
    Evo-Stik Southern Premier: Swindon Supermarine; Frome (Bedford, St Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Banbury)

    Ryman Isthmian Division One North: Maldon & Tiptree; Chatham (Tilbury, Ilford)
    Ryman Isthmian Division One South: Bognor Regis; Whitehawk (Croydon Ath, Whyteleafe)
    Evo-Stik Division One North: AFC Fylde; Warrington (Ossett Albion, Trafford)
    Evo-Stik Division One South: Sheffield; Belper Goole, Shepshed)
    Evo-Stik Division One Central: St Neots; Fleet (North Greenford, AFC Hayes)
    Evo-Stik Division One South/West: Tiverton; Halesowen (North Leigh)


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    FA Cup: Man Utd (Fulham)
    League Cup: Arsenal (Man City)
    Johnstone's Paint: Wycombe (Huddersfield)
    FA Trophy: Wrexham (Cambridge)


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    Champions League: Barcelona (Marseille)
    Europa League: Tottenham (Schalke)
    Super Cup: Barcelona (Porto)
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    St. Albans City relegated? Your save is broken!

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    2011/12



    A-League: Adelaide Utd
    Finals Series: Perth Glory (Sydney FC)
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    Quote Originally Posted by crouchaldinho View Post
    St. Albans City relegated? Your save is broken!
    I was hoping you wouldn't see that!

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    On a serious note, it's probably quite rare to see that happen, unless Uncle Ron's update includes updates to club reputation etc.? St. Albans City are overrated on FM12 as one of the favourites for the league title, whereas in reality they were always going to be play-off outsiders/upper mid-table during this season which is a rebuilding season for the club. I suspect the reputation will come down in the January data patch.

    Are you a Swindon Supermarine supporter IRL? We've got you next in the league at Clarence Park.

    Good start to your save btw!

    As for FM07, I have fond memories of that version. I came back to it after a small break from the series (I still played FM06 but it was a busy year and it didn't get much play time). Anyway, FM07 brought back the addiction and saw my first St. Albans City save! Happy memories! FM10, however, has since surpassed 07 as my favourite of the FM series.

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    Nah I'm actually a Melbourne Heart and Forest Green fan in real life, I just like SS's name and logo. I had a wonderful long save on FM11 with the Rovers in which we won the Prem three times, which also produced my favourite ever FM player in a French/Reunionese newgen called Jamal Lacoste. Hopefully this save can reach similar heights.

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    2012 European Championships: Italy (Romania)

    A surprisingly even game decided by Giuseppe Rossi in the 68th minute.
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    Well done on the promotion, an excellent season.

    Koroma could probably play BSP level, so I'm not surprised he terrorised defences all season. Hope you can keep him!

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    Very good season and the cup performances bodes well for another playoff push. Another promotion mayhaps?

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    Well done on promotion and hopefully you can push on for another this year !

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    2012/13 Season Preview - Swindon Supermarine - Blue Square South



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    Media Prediction: 21st
    Ttitle Odds: 40/1


    A fairly solid pre-season, in which we trialled a lot of players, won most of our friendlies and generally avoided injuries. Key players Aaron Carter and Sam Collins depart after refusing to renew their contracts, however I managed to sign an Australian scout which was brilliant, as he brought with him a scouting report packed with players toiling in the suburban and regional leagues around Oz. A few had European second nationalities, resulting in the double signing of Mattei and Piorkowski, both of which will slot straight into the starting XI.

    Hardy was the other capture of note, and he looks like he can develop into a solid Conference defender at the very least.



    No idea what this was, but it meant silverware and a perfect final hit-out before the real stuff starts.
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    A great first season there!

    I think you can actually make a rival in-game, I'm not sure but in my save we became rivals with Arsenal...

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    So, after a blistering start to the season in which he has been scoring for fun, Kofi Poyser departs to play on non-contract terms at Tiverton in the tier below.

    ....

    Why?

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    Just a little update on the recruitment front. I sent my Aussie scout to Scotland, he comes back with nothing. I send him to Northern Ireland, he comes back with nothing. He says both times that he didn't see the point of the trips, despite suggesting them both.

    Then he suggests sending him to Ireland. I cautiously allow this, safe in the knowledge his contract is up at the end of the season. He only comes back with two players....

    Nicolai Risvig - Brendan Griffin

    A couple of superb prospects, and both were willing to sign part-time deals through the next two and a half seasons. Signed from amateur side Fairview Rangers, holding midfielder Griffin will need to improve his physicals and positioning, however his tackling means he'll slot straight into the ball-winning role of my system. I'm not sure why Risvig came up in a search of Ireland, as his last club was Brĝndby, so I am guessing he was on trial somewhere in the country and my scout's timing was lucky. He looks a fine prospect.

    Nothing like a couple of hot prospects in the lower leagues.

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    Great spots from your scout. Sometimes it's worth listening to them ;)

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    Two good players found there, nice scouting.

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    Brilliant mate!

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    Hope you get through.

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    2012/13 - Swindon Supermarine FC - Blue Square South



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    Season Review

    As has been pretty much my entire experience on FM12, this was a traffic light season. We went on runs of wins and winless runs, alternative between the two. If we won a game I knew it would turn into three or four, and as soon as we lost or drew I resigned myself to the fact it would probably be a few games before we won again. However, our winning streaks far outweighed the winless streaks in terms of volume, and we were comfortably in an around the play-offs for most of the campaign. We also exited both cups fairly early on to ease any fixture congestion in December and January, while an offer from Adelaide United was swiftly turned down despite it being my birth town club.

    Ebbsfleet won the title fairly easily (though we were one of only two teams to hand them a home loss) and we took second spot in a very tight playoff race. Unfortunately this meant we were pitted against pre-season favourites Forest Green...

    Within ten minutes of the first leg, we were a goal and a man down. Somehow we battled to a 2-3 loss, at least giving us a platform for the home leg. At half-time there it was 0-0, and we only needed a goal to force extra-time. Unfortunately I made the error of asking the squad to "give the fans something to cheer about!", and comprehended this error by doing it in a 'passionate' tone. By the hour mark we were 0-3 down to three John Cofie headers - predictably, he hadn't scored in his previous 15 hours - and despite scoring twice ourselves and being branded unlucky by the media, my awful record in playoffs continues.

    They went onto beat Woking in the final to bounce back at the first attempt, so at least we lost to the eventual winners (and gave them a game).

    Goal of the Season



    A fairly simple set up for Risvig's first goal for the club, but his finish was very sweetly struck.


    Key Men

    Omar Koroma - An even better campaign, as he dominated the division to win the golden boot by 12 goals. I also noticed that throughout the entire season the only response I ever got from a team or individual talk was "seemed to lose focus". His reputation is national and mine is regional, so he doesn't have any respect for me. Then again if he keeps scoring 30 a season I'm not going to be too worried.

    Nicolai Risvig - A pretty handy debut season for the teenager, notching up a 'double double' of goals and assists, and generally looking a class above the division. Doubt I'll hold onto him for too long but getting a full season out of him will be exciting.

    Daniel Piorkowski - Our most consistent defender all season and chipped in with a few goals. He also tutored Hardy for a period, but unfortunately his wage demands mean it's unlikely he'll be here for another campaign.

    Brendan Griffin - I installed a custom newgen hair pack and he immediately assumed the Cristiano Ronaldo look, getting a couple of diamond studs and a trendy haircut. On the pitch he was excellent, combining the brawn of his tackling with the subtlety of his passing.

    Special mention to Curtis Wynter, who was outstanding when he played, but injuries reduced him to only 19 league appearances.


    Awards

    Blue Square South Player of the Season - Omar Koroma
    Blue Square South top scorer - Omar Koroma


    Next Season...

    We have the squad for promotion, especially with Koroma and Risvig up front. There always seems to be a dominant team at these levels, so hopefully that can be us. While we were comfortably the division's top scorers, we also conceded 55, which I'd want to get down to around the 40 mark.


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    2011/12 - Evo-Stik Southern Premier - 1st (promoted as champions)
    2012/12 - Blue Square South - 2nd (lost in play-off semis)


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    2012/13

    Charity Shield: Man United (Liverpool)

    Premiership: Man Utd (QPR, Bristol City, Blackpool)
    Championship: Birmingham; Leeds, Newcastle (Carlisle, Doncaster, Nottm Forest)
    League One: Charlton; Crystal Palace, Rotherham (Notts County, Tranmere, Walsall, Shrewsbury)
    League Two: Torquay; Dag & Red, Northampton, AFC Wimbledon (Accrington, Luton)

    Conference Premier: York; Mansfield (Alfreton, Bath City, Basingstoke, Kettering)
    Conference North: Nuneaton; Histon (Vauxhall, Altrincham, Lowestoft)
    Conference South: Ebbsfleet; Forest Green (Eastleigh, Truro, Weston-super-Mare)

    Ryman Isthmian Premier: Canvey Island; Harrow (Tooting & Mitcham, Aveley, Cambridge City, Chatham)
    Evo-Stik Northern Premier: FC United; Worksop (Chasetown, Wingate & Finchley, Burscough, Whitby)
    Evo-Stik Southern Premier: Redditch; Dorchester (Evesham, Stourbridge, Cirencester, Bashley)

    Ryman Isthmian Division One North: King's Lynn, Grays (Romford, Wivenhoe)
    Ryman Isthmian Division One South: Walton Casuals; Folkestone (Faversham, Eastbourne Town)
    Evo-Stik Division One North: Marine; Woodley Sports (Bishop Auckland, Stocksbridge)
    Evo-Stik Division One South: Ilkeston; Curzon Ashton (Kidsgrove, Coalville)
    Evo-Stik Division One Central: St Albans; Bedford (Romulus, Biggleswade Town)
    Evo-Stik Division One South/West: Didcot; Bideford (Abingdon Utd, Flackwell Heath)


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    FA Cup: Arsenal (Norwich)
    League Cup: Arsenal (Norwich)
    Johnstone's Paint: Colchester (Huddersfield)
    FA Trophy: Mansfield (Chester)


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    Champions League: Barcelona (Liverpool)
    Europa League: Tottenham (Internazionale)
    Super Cup: Barcelona (Tottenham)
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    2012/13



    A-League: Melbourne Heart
    Finals Series: Melbourne Victory (Melbourne Heart) :mad:
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    2013/14 Season Preview - Swindon Supermarine - Blue Square South



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    Media Prediction: 18th
    Ttitle Odds: 80/1


    Despite finishing 2nd last season, our title odds have now doubled, proving once again that FM reputation is screwed. We lost a few excellent squad players and have struggled to find replacements, meaning our transfer activity will certainly stretch beyond August. The main thing is our first XI has stayed mostly intact, apart from the departure of Piorkowski, which means young Hardy immediately assumes a starting spot.

    Pre-season results were excellent, with six wins in six and an aggregate of 28-1. The highlight being a 10-0 smashing of Corsham.

    With both captain and vice-captain leaving the club, Anthony Ashman assumes the captaincy, with Koroma his deputy.

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    Hopefully you can replace the players that have left before the window slams shut. Good luck with the forthcoming season.

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    Looks like you were unlucky in the playoff, but hopefully you can take one step further next season and avoid them altogether.

    Great cup year for Norwich, but must be gutting to lose two finals to Arsenal. So close, yet so far away :/

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    Pity Ebbsfleet were just too good.

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    Any Sheffield United fans around?

    I've just signed Chris Salt on a free after his release from the youth set-up. He is a touch on the short side but he looks absolutely beastly for this level.

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    ....bugger.

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    7 months!!!!

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    Great start City

    Shame to hear about Koroma.

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    We haven't missed him too much so far, thanks to the performances of Risvig and Bola, however I'm still keeping my eye out for another striker to add for depth.

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    Anyway, looks like it's going to be one of those seasons where you can win a million games, but a team still sticks on your tail*



    *I'm fully aware that I've guaranteed a winless streak by posting this...

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    Football managers don't get guarantees ;)

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    94th minute equaliser after being 2-0 up at half time next match. Like clockwork.

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    And 11th placed Sutton Utd score 40 seconds into the next league game, despite me having the kick-off. Tremendous.

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    Have you played Havant yet?

    I guess those games will be big.

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    Well we've just lost 1-4 at home to a Canvey Island that had four shots (all from corners) the whole game. The coded slump has begun.

    Four points behind Havant, yet to play them.

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    Use a team meeting very wisely and at the right time, it could turn it around.

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    Our form since posting that stupid picture...



    I'm really at a loss as to why this happens to me pretty much every season. I try to use logical team talks, I sympathise when we're unlucky, tell the players when they've been poor (win or loss), try to avoid complacency when we win a few, get positive responses from team meetings et al. Yet there it is, that 180 degree turnaround where we can't string two passes together or defend the simplest of balls. The most annoying part is, if my tactics are so off, how do we win 11 of our first 13, conceding only three in the process. How can form and performance turn around that much?

    Anyway, end rant. Maybe 2014 will bring something better!
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    Ah, not a good turn of events.

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    Decent season, it's a bugger losing in the playoffs.

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    Runs like that must be hardcoded into the game to happen at random times.

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    Morale Manager strikes with a vengeance again?

    Hope you can get back on track. Aquaplaning is never fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Decent season, it's a bugger losing in the playoffs.
    I am hopeless in the playoffs, always have been on any version. Funny thing is I have a very good record in playoff finals, but more often than not I get done in the semis.

    Anyway morale hasn't been an issue, as most of the players are retaining good morale (which increased to very good and superb after a recent team meeting), it's just form has disintegrated. We beat Dorchester 2-1 on New Year's Day with a good display and are still second, so hopefully we can get on a winning streak again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotChocolate View Post
    Runs like that must be hardcoded into the game to happen at random times.
    Haha, it does feel like that sometimes. More likely is I just don't pick up the impending signs, however cryptic they may be!

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    Ah, Barry. I don't want to tell you how to do your job, but I have an inkling the reason for his slight decline and severe lack of match practice is probably something to do with, you know, HIM BREAKING HIS LEG.

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    2013/14 - Swindon Supermarine FC - Blue Square South



    League Table - Finances - Graph - Transfers


    Season Review

    We start well. Better than well really, and after 17 games we haven't lost and are playing beautiful football. Then we collapse, and spend a month and a half barely touching the ball. The new year comes, and we go unbeaten in 12, to open up an eight point advantage at the top with eight to play. Then we don't win in four and the gap is one. We scramble together a couple of wins and go into the final day two points ahead of Salisbury, but with an inferior goal difference. So we have to win. We don't, putting in an awful display at Welling and lose the title by a point.

    Within five minutes of the start of the playoff semi against Chelmsford we're down to ten men after an off the ball, last man foul, and Koroma has broken his foot. I'm so close to chucking the game in the bin out of frustration at this point. We concede a header from a corner in the 66th and no more. I tell the players they are unlucky - what else can I do?

    We then concede after 30 seconds in the second leg, then Wynter limps off injured. By this point I'm so sick of everything I leave the half time address to my assistant, which seems to work as we score straight away. That's the way it stays, we are out in the semis again and I want to cry.

    Goal of the Season



    A stunning run and finish from Risvig.


    Key Men

    Nicolai Risvig - 20 goals and 19 assists represents a promising return, however he was anonymous when we really needed him in the final game and the playoffs.

    Chris Salt - Our best defender and only 19. Shapes as a key figure going forward.

    Curtis Wynter - Shook off his injury woes from last campaign to get back to his ball-winning best.

    Sebastian Lletget - Our most damaging midfielder and produced some sensational attacking displays.


    Next Season...

    I can pretty much just copy and paste "promotion, but will need to work out how to prevent the random form slumps". Have a quite a few key players coming out of contract and wanting big money too so will see where the squad is at in about a month.


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    2012/12 - Blue Square South - 2nd (lost in play-off semis)
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    I feel you dude. Happened with me a few times (about 7..). It will come good!

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    2013/14

    Charity Shield: Arsenal (Man Utd)

    Premiership: Chelsea (Wigan, Bolton, Leeds)
    Championship: Bristol City; Middlesbrough, QPR (Crystal Palace, Preston, Rotherham)
    League One: Huddersfield; Rochdale, Doncaster (Brentford, Northampton, Oldham, Dag & Red)
    League Two: Yeovil; Southend, Morecambe, Burton (Stevenage, Plymouth)

    Conference Premier: Wrexham; Stockport (Harrogate, Nuneaton, AFC Telford, Braintree)
    Conference North: Southport; Solihull Moors (Gainsborough, Eastwood, Colwyn Bay)
    Conference South: Salisbury; Havant & Waterlooville (Tonbridge, Basingstoke, Dorchester)

    Ryman Isthmian Premier: Grays; Hitchin (St Neots, Arseley, Folkestone, Horsham)
    Evo-Stik Northern Premier: Altrincham; Kendal (Frickley, Mickleover, Vauxhall, North Ferriby)
    Evo-Stik Southern Premier: Bognor Regis; Worcester (Fleet, Chesham, Tiverton, Walton Casuals)

    Ryman Isthmian Division One North: Waltham Abbey; Aveley (Great Wakering, Potters Bar)
    Ryman Isthmian Division One South: Tooting & Mitcham; Hastings Utd (Croydon Ath, Crawley Down)
    Evo-Stik Division One North: Witton; Farsley (Salford, Prescot)
    Evo-Stik Division One South: Carlton; North Greenford (Market Drayford, Lincoln Utd)
    Evo-Stik Division One Central: Aylesbury Utd; Evesham (Burnham, Daventry)
    Evo-Stik Division One South/West: Mangotsfield; Ware (Wimborne, AFC Hayes)


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    FA Cup: Chelsea (Fulham)
    League Cup: Man City (Liverpool)
    Johnstone's Paint: Huddersfield (Wycombe)
    FA Trophy: Wrexham (Stockport)


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    Champions League: FC Porto (Man Utd)
    Europa League: Lyon (Atletico Madrid)
    Super Cup: Tottenham (Barcelona)
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    2013/14



    A-League: Brisbane Roar
    Finals Series: Melbourne Victory (Brisbane Roar)
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    2014 World Cup: England (Portugal)

    A Theo Walcott brace turns my save into a farce.
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    2014/15 Season Preview - Swindon Supermarine - Blue Square South



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    Media Prediction: 17th
    Ttitle Odds: 80/1
    (the reputation model really needs a drastic overhaul)


    This HAS to be the season. Pre-season has gone well results-wise, however it has also been littered with injuries, and we will be without Griffin, skipper Ashman, winger Jahidi and new signing Luke Conlan for the season opener, in addition to Koroma's broken foot. From a squad point of view, we've managed to retain most first teamers, although Lletget's departure due to wage demands will leave a creative hole in the middle of the park. We face newly promoted teams in the first two fixtures so a chance to get off to a good start.

    One to watch is left-back Gareth Wilkinson. A product of the club's youth system, he impressed in the first team towards the end of last season and will be given every chance to make the position his own.

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    Far out - I need to get a dairy farmer onto the staff payroll. He joins Griffin (fractured ribs) and Koroma (broken foot) on the current injury list.

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    Stephen Patchett - Came through the youth intake just gone, not really very good, gets a game due to injuries...



    Not a bad finish on debut. He also set up our first and won a penalty for a pretty handy afternoon's work. Everyone loves a youth player scoring!

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    Terribly bad luck at the end of the season and especially in the playoff. Hope you can pull it off this season.

    Are you auto-resizing screenshots to 800 pixels or something? I need binoculars to see anything in the linked screenies

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    I've noticed that too - I save them full size in paint and then upload them with photobucket. I don't think they've ever been that small before?

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    Ah, I see they are uploading at 799x449 which is the problem.

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    Probably something you can change in settings. I don't have any limitations and it works fine to upload them in their original size, as long as the file is less than 1 MB if I remember correct.

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    Not been lucky with injuries.

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    I am not even halfway through December, and after every game the team plays (even those with a week in between), at least 6-7 members of the squad are jaded. They have more rest days than training days at the moment.

    Why oh why does Steam not give you the option of rolling back patches? 12.1.1 may be more "realistic" but it is far less enjoyable for me.

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    A bit of deja vu eh.

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    It probably doesn't help you are a low down team.

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    We've dropped from second to tenth with yet another appalling and out of the blue run of form, and Risvig has requested a transfer due to a fine over a 5.0 rating.

    Anyone got any tips (that don't involve a team meeting) before I seriously consider resigning from my post?

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    I fined you a week's wages for an utterly abject display, you big effing sook.

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    Ha, Do a Tevez to him. In the reserves!

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    After a very up and down season (well, two games to go)...



    We're probably under a little bit less pressure this time around, as we are miles off the top two and as such, aren't going into the play-offs as the 'best of the rest', so to speak. We also have the FA Trophy final against BSP side Ebbsfleet, which if I remember correctly falls right between the two play-off semi legs. Obviously I'll play a weak team in the final league game, but the result of the first semi leg may dictate how seriously I can take our first trip to Wembley.

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    Good luck in the play-offs m8!

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    Well done making it.

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    Our fifth player to suffer this injury in a match this season. Is this football or rugby?!

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    How are you doing in the Play-offs!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by abulezz View Post
    How are you doing in the Play-offs!?
    I'm surprised anyone is still following this thread given I keep using it as a platform to whinge about the game! (strangely therapeutic, mind you)

    Will it be a breakthrough play-off triumph or yet another heartbreak? All will be revealed in about 12 hours.

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    Knowing FM, It will be another heartbreak but I hope not!

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    2014/15 - Swindon Supermarine FC - Blue Square South



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    Season Review

    We win our first five, then go winless in the next five. Form picks up again, and after 15 games we sit atop, and I'm confident. This is the best squad we've had and we're thoroughly outplaying our opponents. Then we are atrocious for much of the next 15 games, and we're out of the playoff spots. We claw our way back and finish the season in 4th.

    In the meantime, we turn into cup specialists, knocking out an assortment of BSP sides and even Northampton of League Two, as we make the second round proper of the FA Cup and the final of the FA Trophy.

    We face Woking in the first leg, who had beaten us at home only two weeks prior. It ends 0-0, and we go into the FA Trophy final against BSP side Ebbsfleet. We lose 0-1 in a game where the difference in class was evident, as was their fitness levels as they finished 7th and had no other commitments. To the second leg away from home, and a goal in each half has us in the final in an unexpected result. Welling are our opponents, who finished a clear second.

    By this point we are playing our 60th game of the season, and half the squad is jaded. We go down a goal early and don't have the energy to fightback, and it ends up 0-3.


    Goal of the Season

    At the girlfriend's house and her internet connection is shocking, so will skip it this season.


    Key Men

    Nicolai Risvig - 28 goals and nine assists represents a pretty handy season. A bit of a hiccup mid-season as he cracked the sads over a fine for poor performance, but his last two months were huge. Also scooped the league Player of the Season award.

    Omar Koroma - Not as dominant which was to be expected after such serious leg and foot injuries, but still bagged 20 goals.

    Curtis Wynter - Our best defender and most consistent player, averaging nearly six and a half tackles per game in the league.



    Next Season...

    Meh, how about not inexplicably losing form?


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    2011/12 - Evo-Stik Southern Premier - 1st (promoted as champions)
    2012/12 - Blue Square South - 2nd (lost in play-off semis)
    2013/14 - Blue Square South - 2nd (lost in play-off semis)
    2014/15 - Blue Square South - 4th (play-off and FA Trophy finalists)

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    Unlucky in Play-Offs mate!

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    Losing in the playoffs three seasons on the bounce must hurt. Hope you can pull it off next season, preferably by being top dog and avoiding the playoff altogether. GL

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    2014/15

    Charity Shield: Man City (Chelsea)

    Premiership: Chelsea (Norwich, Bristol City, Sunderland)
    Championship: Bolton; Reading, Derby (Millwall, Rochdale, Charlton)
    League One: Sheff Utd; Crystal Palace, Colchester (Bristol Rovers, Southend, Morecambe, Yeovil)
    League Two: Stockport; Brentford, Dag & Red, Tranmere (Bury, Crewe)

    Conference Premier: Luton Town; Fleetwood (Solihull Moors, Darlington, Salisbury, Southport)
    Conference North: Chester; AFC Telford (Hyde, Hinkley, Altrincham)
    Conference South: Dover; Welling (Frome, Bishop's Stortford, Bognor Regis)

    Ryman Isthmian Premier: Wealdstone; St Albans (Loewstoft, Waltham Abbey, Tonbridge, Cray)
    Evo-Stik Northern Premier: Altrincham; Kendal (Hednesford, Belper Town, AFC Fylde, Buxton)
    Evo-Stik Southern Premier: Eastleigh; Basingstoke (King's Lynn, Barwell, Leamington, North Greenford)

    Ryman Isthmian Division One North: Heybridge; Ilford (AFC Sudbury, Faversham)
    Ryman Isthmian Division One South: Dulwich Hamlet; Maidstone (Whyteleafe, Eastbourne Town)
    Evo-Stik Division One North: Burscough; Skelmersdale (Durham, Goole)
    Evo-Stik Division One South: Vauxhall; Leek (Atherstone, Rainworth MW)
    Evo-Stik Division One Central: Dunstable; Cambridge City (Chalfont St Peter, Romulus)
    Evo-Stik Division One South/West: Cirencester; Bishop's Cleeve (Gosport, Poole Town)


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    FA Cup: Chelsea (Fulham)
    League Cup: Chelsea (Man City)
    Johnstone's Paint: Crystal Palace (Chesterfield)
    FA Trophy: Ebbsfleet (Swindon Supermarine)


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    Champions League: Man City (Bayern Munich)
    Europa League: Paris St-Germain (Bayer Leverkusen)
    Super Cup: Lyon (FC Porto)
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    2014/15



    A-League: Melbourne Victory
    Finals Series: Sydney FC (Melbourne Victory)
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    Such a close season, hopefully you can go one step further next year.

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