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As a reductio ad absurdum of a way to make FM more challenging, I joked about limiting transfers to players named Steve. Started thinking that could actually be fun. So here we go, I created the club Steve F.C., based in Stevenage, England (of course), playing the Vanarama National South (re placing Tonbridge Angels.  Only rule of the save is that we are only allowed to sign Steves as players and staff. All original players and staff are removed at the start of the save. I'm also allowing Stevens, Stephens and players with the family names Stevens, Stephens, Stevenson, and Stephenson, in order to have slightly more possibilities. We are also not allowed to sign anybody from future youth intakes unless they are Steves. Should be fun! So make your own club, you can pick any name you want as your limitation. James FC and John FC should be quite doable too!

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1 hour ago, ANGL said:

Are you accepting english names only? You would get a lot of more options with all the spanish-speakers named Esteban

Anyway, good luck!

Go with any name in any language mate!  Esteban FC would certainly be nice to see. =)

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34 minutes ago, laurentius82 said:

Go with any name in any language mate!  Esteban FC would certainly be nice to see. =)

I think you misunderstood the question. Esteban is the Spanish equivalent of Steve, and ANGL was asking if you're only signing English Steves, or if you'll consider any regional equivalent for your team.

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7 minutes ago, Biscotti said:

I think you misunderstood the question. Esteban is the Spanish equivalent of Steve, and ANGL was asking if you're only signing English Steves, or if you'll consider any regional equivalent for your team.

Oh yes of course, sorry about that!  For myself I'm not planning to (at least for now) to accept equivalent names in other languages. So no Estebans, Stefans, or Stepjans.  

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The team is starting to shape up. Managed to sign plenty of Steves to fill our squad, and we're covering most of the positions quite ok now. One problem area is central defense, where we are really struggling to find available Steves with any quality. Played some friendlies already as well, and it's looking quite good, even managed to beat League One Wimbledon! In the first friendly loss we didn't really have any players yet and played mostly with Grey Ones.

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Finished 1st season with the Steves. Difficult year with some rough spells. Early on it seemed we might challenge for the playoffs but a decline in form saw us finish in a comfortable mid-table position.  I'm quite satisfied though, since we were predicted to be bottom and have the worst squad in the league by almost any attribute. Next year we'll try to improve the squad especially at CD and CM position, we desperately need defenders who can head and tackle and midfielders who can pick a pass every now and then. Youth intake was no help, not a single Steve in there so had to release the whole lot. 

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Some of our current key players. 

First up, Steven Hood, a 17-year-old goalkeeper who was solid all-year round, most likely our number 1 next season too. Personality is bad but I'm trying to improve it by mentoring.

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Next, Stephen Akbas, a 22-year-old RB released from Hull . One our most important Steves, solid both defensively and a key threat going forward with his 12 assists. 

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Steven James is a centreback we managed to steal from division rival Eastbourne Borough for a hefty £675 in January in an attempt to improve our horribly inadequate defence. He's not great but he's the best we've got.

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Steven Nolan is a left winger who had decent season with 13 goals and 6 assists.

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Jack Stevens is a young striker/AMC who arrived after Christmas having being released by Oxford United. One of our best players perhaps attribute wise, scored 7 with 5 assists in 20 matches. 

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And finally, Tommy Stevens, another young striker, released by Reading. He was our top scorer with 20 goals in 40 league matches.

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2nd season over. Nice improvement, finished 4th, annoyingly lost to York City in playoff semi-finals. We managed to improve in the key areas of weakness (CD, CM) and did a lot better. Tommy Stevens couldn't stop scoring and ended up the division's top scorer with 39(!) in the league. 

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Most important additions to the team were Connor Stevens, a solid CD who came on a free from Wealdstone:

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Ben Stevens finally provided some creativity at CM, on a free from Luton:

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I was happy with our goalkeeper last season but when we had a chance to sign Jack Stevens from Oxford Utd on a free I couldn't pass it up, and he was really solid.

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With some further improvements, perhaps we can really challenge for promotion next season...

 

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On 18/01/2021 at 12:51, Dave. said:

Interesting idea.  Shame former manager Steve McKimm had to go... he must have been fuming!

Good news! Steve McKimm finally overcame his anger and has now returned to the club as Under23s manager!

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The Steves are promoted! In our third season we have won the Vanarama North after a tight race with Boston Utd for the title, and next season we'll be trying to survive in the Vanarama National.  For a side with an expectation to avoid relegation, it was quite decent. Also, I didn't think it'd be possible, but Tommy Stevens was in even crazier goal-scoring form than last season, and bagged an incredible Messi-esque 47(!) goals in the league. 

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We had a good first season in the Vanarama National, even managed to sneak into the playoffs (massive overachievement) where we unfortunately lost in the first round to professional moneybags Southend Utd. Tommy Stevens proved that he can keep scoring even at a higher level, and was once again the top scorer in the league with 40.  Hopefully our young players keep improving and we can make a couple of signings in the summer to make another promotion push next season!

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Curtains close on the second season in the Vanarama National with another defeat in the first round of the playoffs. Leyton Orient. 3-2 After extra time having taken the lead twice. Gutted. Tommy Stevens had an off-year, only 30 goals.

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The Steves are promoted to the Football League! We finish our 3rd season in the Vanarama National as champions after amazing final day drama against Barrow, who had been leading all season but dropped to 2nd after losing to the Steves 2-1 on matchday 46. Tommy Stevens was doing what he does again, top scorer with 41 goals. We have now turned professional and are also expanding our stadium, Stevenson Road to a whopping capacity of 5000. Exciting times!  To be honest, I would much rather have used the money to improve our training facilities th, which remain at a very poor standard, but the board had other priorities. It will surely be a tough season ahead in League 2, as most of our squad is evaluated as Vanarama North/South level. Improvements are needed, but our options are limited of course...

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Some of the key Steves of our title-winning side: John Stevenson, a young centreback, released by Huddersfield at the end of last season

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Another young Scottish defender Stephen Davidson came on a free from Ross County a couple of seasons ago, most often plays as an inverted wingback on the left side of our system.

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Steven Gethins is a promising Northern Irish central midfielder. We actually paid Ballymena United 10k a couple of years back to get him.

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The Steves are almost promoted back-to-back, but an extra time penalty to Burton Albion in the playoff final sees us facing another season in League 2 instead. To make matters worse, the penalty was scored by Stephen Humphrys. He should have been be our man. A very good season for a Steve side that was predicted to finish rock bottom in any case. Tommy Stevens was struggling with the level at times but still finished with a respectable 24 league goals. =)

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