Yeah I imagine you must have a half decent squad for that wage. I have a few decent players but my back-ups are really woeful.
Yeah I imagine you must have a half decent squad for that wage. I have a few decent players but my back-ups are really woeful.
Having had a look at my squad and seen who I'd like to keep, I reckon I can cut about £1k off of it at the moment. I'm going to arrange some friendlies to boost my current finances of £77k. I won't be posting my starting thing this time, can't be bothered.
I have managed to get the board to look at giving me a parent club. Mon them finding me someone who's willing to pay £100k a season. Also arranged loads of friendlies, so hopefully, if all goes to plan I could have about £250k by the end of pre-season.
Just a little update on things from me
Youth Recruitment has been upgraded!!! This will be usefull for when March comes round (currently 29th December).
FA Cup, i was kicked out at the first hurdle...
FA Trophy, i'm into the second round, but i've been paired with the best team in the competition, 1st place in the Blue Square Premier (Wrexham)...
League, i'm currently 4 points clear in 1st place...
I could have left everyone behind, but my form has taken a nose dive in recent weeks In the last 9 matches, i've won 4 (2 were FA Trophy), drawn 2 (1 was FA Trophy) and lost 3 (All in League). I've lost my last two matches in the league which, if i'd won could have put me 10 points clear!
Overall in the league, 14 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses...
Good to see people doing well
I'm three games in. After that first victory we've played extraordinarily but only one point to show for it.
We went 2-0 up against Welling only for them to equalise in injury time. Then we played Kingstonian at home and absolutely battered them but conceded on the counter and lost 1-0.
Nevertheless, morale is still good and performances are promising!
Another bad result, 0 - 0 against AFC Telford, but i'm so lucky because teams below me are messing up too!
I'm a little bit worried, and already I'm hoping to have 1 game a month postponed ....
The reason? My midfielders are knackered after only 7 games. At least my preseason went well financially. The Micky Mouse Cup (awesome name, I know :P) with Brighton, Birmingham and Bournemouth taking part, plus further home friendlies with Blackburn, Bolton, Barnsley and Brentford saw my bank balance soar to £200k. Now I've got to try and convince the board to increase my junior coaching....
I've figured out what having a large squad is for . Arranging friendlies every day for players who will be leaving at the end of the month, or when I sell them .
Kind of wish I went for money making friendlies
I'm only doing it because I have a big squad and may as well get the use out of it. The players who are staying will play the important friendlies. So ideally everyone's morale will be good for start of the season and I can charge out of the blocks.
I always have my friendlies as games that I can easily win to get my confidence through the roof.
Can't help but feel I should've been more financially aware though.
Finished Season 1. Will post an update tomorrow. Season on a whole was fine didn't leave the middle third of the table at all but the youth intake I'm very happy with. There's one player who I'm delighted with considering i thought i was going to get a load of rubbish but that's all I'm saying for now.
parent clubs are allowed but for 10k a year i dont personally see the point
Yeah it is a small amount, but I'm £30k in the red so it could be handy
End of Season Report:
Pre-season went alright with the highlight being a 2-1 victory over League 1 side Walsall. We picked up a few injuries in that period and the squad was looking very weak but I couldn't do anything about it so just lowered the training workload and kept going.
League Table: Although the table makes it look like we struggled we didn't really. Never had a threat of relegation and at one point (early in the season after a very good run) we skirted with the play-off places.
Squad: Not a great squad. Lacked depth and quality. The best player by far was Garry Grace who was the playmaker of the team setting up most of our goals. And then just behind him was Wallace who was our only decent CB. Here's the Ass Man's report at the end of the season.
Some of you may have spotted the name Anthony Freeman YP02. This is the guy who stood out in the intake.
Youth Intake: Of course Anthony Freeman was by far the best player on show there. But the ones to look out for in the future are Simon Kidd and Gerald Bassett who both are predicted to be much better than the best player playing their position.
Anthony Freeman: OK so here you might be thinking that he's pretty average with a couple of good physical stats but that's it. Well this is the report that my assistant gave him. Now considering that I was expecting a load of rubbish to get a player that could possibly be a good League 1 player is huge. And as you can see from the Squad list he didn't disappoint getting 6 in 9 games.
One weird thing I spotted. Didn't expect to see him play there.
And finally to prove I didn't cheat: Transfers.
Good start there TWFL. Did well to survive comfortably, now hopefully the push will start next year!
Freeman looks very impressive. The assistant's report is great news as he could end up playing for you as you rise through the leagues (hopefully!). Can I ask what Judging Player Ability/Potential your assistant has?
Yeah hopefully I can push on and see where I can come next season.
Ah he has 14 JPA and 13 JPP I picked him for because of those.
That Freeman guy looks mint. If he's finishing improves a little, definitely a poacher or good poacher in the making. I probably won't have much time to play today as I have to go into work for a few hours soon.
In the FA cup second qualifying round against Met Police I decided I'd put out my second string to try keep my first team fresh. Bad idea...
Carshalton vs Met Police
I'm a little embarrassed! Oh well, we can at least focus our attention elsewhere now. It's a shame really as a few games against bigger oppositions would have been excellent financially.
Edit: Things are going well in other areas, with us on a 10 game unbeaten streak in the league!
Last edited by JoeBainborough; 15-03-2012 at 13:53.
TWFL- great season comfortably surviving relegation and i must say you have been very lucky in your youth intake. to have 5stars CA already must mean freeman is one of your best players. dont get sucked in to making him an alround striker, train those physicals until he is at least 18/19 and then concentrate on finishing. I wasnt as lucky in my youth intake unfortunately.
ri916 - when I recieve my youth intake, is it okay if post a screenshot there and then rather than waiting till the end of the season?
Joe- if you want mate
Good. I'm only in December at the minute after playing all day (finished uni for easter) but I'm just excited for my youth intake!
More to pad out the squad rather than anything else.
3 games left and we sit in the relegation places, 3 points behind 19th, looks like I'll have to start again for next season...
You can still do it Ant! Have you tried a team meeting?
I also find player interactions to be a useful way of maintaining/increasing morale - telling them whether they have been playing good or poor.
Yep, 1 player reacted well....14 reacted badly, woops!
I'm back for some more FM Should be on for a while, but i've got training later at 10.
I've been on a very poor run of form lately...
FA Trophy - Kidsgrove (Drew 0-0)
FA Trophy - Kidsgrove (Won 1-0 AET)
League - Stalybridge (Lost 3 - 2)
League - Lowestoft (Lost 1 - 0)
League - AFC Telford (Drew 0 - 0)
Struggling to score really and it has pegged me back in the league, i'm now 2nd, joint with Alfreton at the top on points, but my goal difference is lower I was 5 points clear not long ago in 1st place!
Get a team meeting and some interactions going Think I might post up a short update at Christmas, just of my current league standings and top couple of players. If that's okay of course.
It would be interesting to hear how people are approaching this challenge tactically.
Here is my tactics overview
I've chosen to opt for a solid side who are very hard to beat and try keep it tight at the back whilst exploiting our pace on the counter. This has definitely gone well so far with us having the tightest defence in the league.
FC United of Manchester- 2012-2013 End of Season Report
A good season on the whole. We struggled to score goals but still managed to avoid relegation comfortably with a 15th place finish. I hope to improve slightly next season and I'm pondering on changing my tactic to a more attacking one. The team also got to th first round of the Fa cup and the 2nd round of the FA trophy which I am pleased with.
The stand out in terms of stats is Wolfenden, with 17 goals and 11 assists. Our Goalkeeper james spencer is probably the highest quality player the team has so he will be in the line up for years to come. Overall, the squad is lacking depth and a goalscorer and my youth intake has done nothing to ease my concerns over this.
Transfers - I'm clear!
Facilities - An improvement in junior coaching and some training facility improvements coming soon. hope to nag the board a bit more next season
A couple of bright prospects but none to set the world on fire. Joseph White is my best prospect and has been honoured with the (YP) tag, he has decent physicals and should be a first choice left back in the future.
Round up; a decent season overall and i'm glad to have not fallen at the first hurdle. The main disappointment is the lack of a goalscorer in the youth intake.
Next season: hoping to break the top half with a finish of 11th or better, but not expecting much. We will be getting better training facilities in november if we dont lose to much money and I will try and improve the junior coaching budget.
I basically try to beat teams on the counter attack, with 3 strikers up front, but I also have a steady defence aswell. 4-1-2-3
I'm really struggling a lot now, I think it's down to fitness, so i'm sending players on holiday for a short while, 4 players at a time and hopefully we can get them back and be back to winning ways soon.
joe- I'm Playing like that but the problem is there isnt any pace to expose in my team! My formation is more narrow however, as i dont have any decent wide players. instead i'm playing with 3 CM's and a DM. This is under review though and i may change it up.
2012/13 - Hendon - Blue Square South
A mixed Pre-season, getting a few wins over lesser clubs but getting thrashed 4-0, 6-1 & 7-0 by Ipswich, Charlton & Crystal Palace respectively.
Blue Square South: 20th - Relegated
Well the first season in the division and it's a very brief stay as Hendon are going straight back down as caused by a massive run of barely any wins.
FA Cup: 4th Qualifying Round
We only managed to beat Cray in 1 leg, needing a Replay against Gresley and losing the replay against Blue Square Premier side Mansfield who then got knocked out in the next round to non-league side Bashley, Bashley ended up losing to Sunderland 2-0 in the 3rd Round.
FA Trophy: 1st Round
Did well to beat Gloucester 2-0 who got relegated from Blue Square North this season, before a high-scoring game saw us lose 6-3 to Bromley in the 1st Round.
Under 18 Team
The Welsh lad Lee Collins stands out of that, and he slotted straight into the first team but alas, it was too little too late.
Ant I would kill for a player like Lee Collins to come through my ranks!
Unlucky on the relegation, I'm sure you'll do better next time around.
Hendon 2012/13 - Blue Square South
End of Season Update
League Table : Overall pleased with survival, it was so very close all seaon.
Fa Cup : Not a bad run
Fa Trophy : Mickey mouse man, Mickey mouse
Squad : Pleased enough with the current squad. Best player is an Irish guy off course wouldnt have it any other way. Need a RB and cover for the MC as i feel my 38yr old MC cover is on his last legs.
Youth Squad : Line em up and shoot em all me thinks
Youth Intake : as 13th of march rolled on i was so excited and then this
Russel Andrews YP01 : The only player from the youth intake going straight into the squad, proved good backup despite not scoring in the 9 games he played, defo potential there.
Steven Last : without him many more goals would of gone past, a rock.
Elliott Godfrey : clinical upfront thank god with 22goals in 46 games
And of course TRANSFERS
after 3 failed attempts at getting my junior coaching up i need at least 1 or 2 ups before march rolls around again. im hoping that survival will be easier this time round with the players use to the tactics and their improvement overall. From now on i will post my youth intake as i get to them save leaving it till the end off the season.
If anyone want any other info on this team or how anyother team is getting on just ask.
Last edited by the_greyham; 15-03-2012 at 18:10.
I just cannot see a striker with 2 for finishing do to well. Godfrey had a good season though.
Ant- Unlucky with Hendon mate, I hope you have another go with a different team
greyman- Well done on avoiding relegation and dont be to sad about the intake. Andrews will be a beast with his pace even if my nan is better at finishing than him , would swap your intake for mine any day.
I'm not encouraged too much by people's intake . I think I'll have to drop my expectations slightly.
Should get round to that part of the game either tonight or tomorrow... excited!
joe- why are you not encouraged! people are getting 16yr olds ready for the first team!
I'm struggling for words here, I was one of the best teams, 5 points clear at the top and won plenty of games...
In the last 16 games, i've won just 2 games outright, and won 1 game on penalties against BSP Wrexham, drawn 9 and lost 4... I'm 5th in the league now! Looks like promotion is out of the question unless we start winning.
Right, new season and a new team...this time it's Harrow, and from what I can tell, the first team is alot worse than Hendon!
just a quick update before i dash off to the pub, on my facilites screen now i have a new stadium being built which wont be finished till june 2016, and it says i have no youth facilities so does that mean i wont get an intake till march 2017????
I was just building up my hopes a bit too much I feel but I suppose I'll just have to take what I can get.
What does YP1 mean and why are a lot of you guys using it ?
We are using it so we can track our youth players. YP=youth player and the number is the season we had them come through. every season you pick your best player from your intake and give them this tag.
Okay, so I'm going to do a bit of a mid-season update as I really am loving this save. A lot of my games have been cancelled over Christmas because of snow which hopefully will get rid of the congested fixtures.
Well we've got off to an absolute flyer, our last defeat was back on the 1st September and we've put together a run of 15 games without defeat, drawing just 3 in the process. Also within this run we have only conceded 5 goals.
Our defence has been key in our success, with 11 clean sheets, once we score I seem to get a good feeling.
Here I'm just going to list a few of our better performers:
Dean McDonald - he hit a cracking run of form which kick-started our unbeaten run. He's our top scorer but is starting to taper off.
David Ray - our rock at the back! Cannot fault some of his performances, very impressive.
Paul Vines - Started off the season as our main source of goals only to lose his spot to McDonald. He's come in to a bit of form currently though playing as a Deep Lying Forward. A very player.
Carshalton, the season so far .... (June 24th - Dec 31st)
In the league, after 22 games, we sit 11th in the BSS, with 31 points. However, we're only 5 points away from the playoff places, and importantly, have a better goal difference over most of the teams above us. Some good runs in the league have been followed by bad runs, but overall, not too bad so far.
In the FA Cup, Staines (BSS) were beaten 3-2 in Q2, with Kings Lynn losing 2-0 in Q3. In Q4 however, we were drawn against Chelmsford (BSP). 2-2 was the final score before the replay saw us suffer a 2-1 loss in Essex.
Some say we may have been fortunate to beat Welling in Q3 of the FA Trophy, as we needed an 85th minute equaliser to force a replay, before winning 3-2 at Welling, but the truth was in the first match, we went ahead after only 3 minutes, then hit the woodwork 4 times before half time. When they went 2-1 up I thought that's it. Try again next season. In the first round proper, it's another trip to Essex, as we're drawn away to Chelmsford..... We forced a replay by drawing 1-1, despite playing most of the match with only 10 men, and in my view rather luckily win the replay 3-2 despite having another man sent off and a player carried off after I used my 3rd sub. Tonbridge are next up for me in the cup.
In terms of junior coaching, I managed to persuade the board to increase it after we beat Kings Lynn. Hopefully, I can have a bit of a run in the FAT and persuade the board to increase it again at the beginning of March.
Sounds like your going well Avramski! Very solid!
Just had an awful start to my second season but a detailed change to my tactics has resulted in three wins on the trot with Freeman (yp02) scoring freely after being on a goal drought of over 9 hours.
EDIT: Save game crashed. Managed to find another one from July but means I to restart this season...
Last edited by TWFL; 15-03-2012 at 20:27.
Well at least it's looking good now!
My unbeaten run has come to an end First defeat in 17 games.
Just got my youth players through, although there is quite a bit of potential, I'm not quite sure what to think. I'll let you lot judge tomorrow when I post my season review.
just realised I cant stop people reloading their youth intake to get better players. I'm sure your all trustworthy, but just remember, if you do this even once you probably wont feel the same way about completing this.
Starting to get hit by injuries
Down to 14 fit players now, including 2 'keepers.
Edit: Also I'm not able to play over the weekend so this will be it until Monday for me.
Last edited by JoeBainborough; 16-03-2012 at 09:24.
glad were all on the same page
Just got my youth intake last night, couldn't be bothered posting after i'd been training, was too tired lol. As far as I can remember, I have one good prospect and could be my YP01 (i think thats what you said to name it), but the others are a little disappointing!
I'm wondering if, with the extra players coming in, I could push for top spot again, i'm currently 5th after a horror show in recent months.
Chester - March Update - Season 1
It's been a long season, but we've finally got our first crop of youth players in! It has come up with some interesting players, but there isn't anybody outstanding as such...
We've worked very hard this season and started on sensationally, soon rising above the likes of Darlington and Alfreton into top spot. We heald top spot for a while and even went 5 points clear at one point, but all of a sudden we hit a brick wall! We are now doing the opposite and being the team 5 points behind 1st place! We are currently in the play-off positions, but it's Squeeky Bum Time! We are a healthy 5 points clear of Nuneaton, but as we have already experienced, that can quickly change and i'm hoping the new crop of youth can shoot us back up the table.
We haven't particularly had any amazing players, just a team with togetherness, but as already stated, it's all falling apart...
Chester Squad & Stats
Season Verdict So Far... It's been a more than successfull season compared to what I expected, but I wont complain and we are just hoping to get promotion and maybe attract bigger crowds and hopefully improve the facilities.
Decided to do the March update instead of Mid-Season
My First YP!
Gary Beckford YP01, the home town hero of the future! Born in Chester on 24.10.1996, level headed, described as a young striker and is already blowing the Chester fans minds!
Gary Beckford YP01
He looks to have very good Physical stats except strength and his composure is fantastic, really exciting stats if you ask me. I've set up a training schedule as promised for all my YP's and i've set individual training to Quickness to try get pace and acceleration up.
The only problem with Beckford is he has very low Determination levels, so i've decided to get Matty McNeil to tutor him who has 12 Determination. I'm hoping that Beckford's will go up through being tutored and give him a better chance of reaching his potential. I was a bit scepticle at first as my Assistant Manager isn't the best when it comes to looking at CA and PA, but I had nothing to lose in giving him games as my strikers haven't been able to score to save their life in the last few months and he's come into the side and blown peoples minds away!
1st Game: 1 Assist, best player in my team...
2nd Game: 2 Goals, best player in my team...
I can't wait for the next match now!
I'm a bit disappointed with the rest of the youth in-take, but i've signed up several just so that I have a bit of strength in depth for next season.
End of season report.
Following my mid-season report above, where things were not going too badly, things basically fell to bits.....
We managed to beat Tonbridge 2-1 in the FAT but just 3 wins in 17 games meant we was in freefall down the BSS table. This was compounded by the 5-1 demolition job we suffered at the hands of fierce rivals Sutton Utd in the 3rd round of the FAT. However, 3 wins in the last 5 games of the season meant we was safe from relegation (quite comfortably in the end), but it was doubtful for a while.
Final league table
I wasn't that impressed by my youth intake, as the only player suitable for a first team call up straight away was a goalie (report card), a position that I was lucky to have good cover for anyway, but a few decent prospects there. I just need to get the midfielders trained up ready for first team action though, as that is where I'm weakest currently.
In terms of transfers. I signed no one to stay within the rules, and the only player to leave was 1 of 4 leftbacks I had when I took over.
PS. Incase your wondering about the website, it's my own photography website. Feel free to have a browse if you want. I've set up a gallery where I can upload all my screenshots so you can see my progress through the challenge. As it's an unlisted gallery, the only place you'll find links for it, are in this thread.
Oh, while I remember, the board has spent £85k for me to add 50 seats to bring the ground up to league rules, so I expect no increase in junior coaching next season.
Last edited by Avramski; 16-03-2012 at 20:21. Reason: Typo demon strikes again!
TM- that young striker looks great! I wish people would stop being disappointed with their youth intake, anyone who has players through with gold stars already should feel lucky.
Avramski- well done on surviving ( as that is what the first season is about ) unfortunately your site seems to be to busy for me to view your screenies. Was disappointing as i wanted to see your goalkeeper .
Everyone- Stop moaning! your youth intakes are looking great and like they will develop into much better than your first team, so be happy!
This afternoon is the final showdown for the league, unfortunately on the last day of the season I could only take second place, which leaves the play-offs. We beat southport in the semi's in both legs, but now face the toughest challenge of our career so far, against darlington who I pipped to 2nd place! Can we do it?
TM- Post the highlights without the score!
How do I do that ri?
i just mean post the highlights without saying what the score is in the post, so people have to watch the video
Hendon 2013/14 - Blue Square South
End of Season Update
League Table : Strange a more comforatable survival with less points on the board
Fa Cup : KO on first game
Fa Trophy : Same as Fa Cup shocking
Squad : Lost our best RB,GK and second best DC due to wage budget being halved and they wouldn't renew. but apart from that all looks good. just hope next years intake has a RB and a MC as were very lacking there
Youth Intake : Same as the post above
Steven Last : yet again solid at the back.
Finances : This is really not looking good loosing huge amounts every month even tho the wages are at 2500 a week, not much at all. chairman will not throw any money in whatsoever. he is a bit of a dick
And of course TRANSFERS
Still no junior coaching upgrade hopefully the 2 new strikers can score in front off goal and we also have 2 new dc's come through. aim yet again is survival
Welcome to the showdown between Chester & Darlington! The Play-off Final!
The First game between Chester and Darlington was a pre-season friendly, but despite matching them in every area of the pitch, Levi Mackin scored an own goal which sealed out fate, losing 2 - 1.
The Second game was an away game for us and Darlington were expected to crush us. Darlington were crushing us come half-time, but we were still holding out at 0 - 0 and in the second half, Matthew Dolan got sent off to Darlington. This allowed us to keep control of the ball a bit better and we were unlucky not to snatch a victory. It ended 0 - 0...
The Final game we played against them was in the return fixture, with home advantage! Darlington proved however, that home advantage wouldn't give us an easy ride and despite Darlington picking up a red card late on, we were lucky to come out of this with a very respectable 1 - 1 result!
Darlington were probably the most feared opponent in the league, come the start of the season, or at least in my eyes they were! But some how in our last game of the season, we managed to snatch second place away from them and i'm sure they will be looking for revenge! They have performed extremely well this season with 77 goals and 41 conceded, giving them a goal difference of +36.
Shaun Curtis is seen as the main threat for Darlington and he's been one of the most consistent performers in the league this season. We will need to keep him quiet if we are to come out of this one with the victory!
Verdict: I believe we can pull this off, but I will be looking towards my YP01 to provide some memorable magic! We've managed 2 draws in the league, but that friendly defeat does hang over our heads and it's time to go out and prove we are good enough! We are playing at home which could be a major factor in this match and i'm very pleased by that!
Match Highlights! Watch For Match Result! View in 720p HD
Accidently posted the video with the winning information lol, removed now!
congrats on promotion!!!!!! woooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! well done looking forward to the end of season post.
Finally got a chance to sit down and just play and my career could not be going much better so far!
Tactic Master, congrats on promotion bud
stothy- glad to hear it!