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Mar 2024

At the start of the month we were 4 points behind Walthamstow & have managed to end the month 4 points ahead of them with two games left to play after they lost yet again! The title really is ours to lose. One more win will do it!

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I've been continuing to improve the squad where I can in anticipation of next season.

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& we have also had our youth intake, but more on that once I can concentrate on anything but the league!

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50 minutes ago, Motlhen said:

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Mar 2024

At the start of the month we were 4 points behind Walthamstow & have managed to end the month 4 points ahead of them with two games left to play after they lost yet again! The title really is ours to lose. One more win will do it!

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I've been continuing to improve the squad where I can in anticipation of next season.

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& we have also had our youth intake, but more on that once I can concentrate on anything but the league!

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I had charlee hughes in a previous save and did good for me.

 

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Apr 2024

Walthamstow got back to winning ways in their penultimate game the day before we played.
A win would mean we were crowned champions, but we played out an epic 3-3 draw. We'd had a penalty saved & they'd fired a penalty wide before Seidi showed both teams how to put it away from 12 yards to complete his hattrick in the 90th minute and earn us a point. 

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We're ahead of Walthamstow by 2 points & 10 goals better off on goal difference, so a draw should be enough in our final game.

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21 minutes ago, Motlhen said:

Apr 2024

Walthamstow got back to winning ways in their penultimate game the day before we played.
A win would mean we were crowned champions, but we played out an epic 3-3 draw. We'd had a penalty saved & they'd fired a penalty wide before Seidi showed both teams how to put it away from 12 yards to complete his hattrick in the 90th minute and earn us a point. 

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We're ahead of Walthamstow by 2 points & 10 goals better off on goal difference, so a draw should be enough in our final game.

Come on get promotion.

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Apr 2024 continued...

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We go up as champions! In no small part to resurgence of our key man Seidi.
At the start of the season, he was in my plans, but then more established strikers came and took his place. But none of them could replicate his scoring stats and after a run in the team mid-season, Seidi got us back to winning ways and with two hattricks in the last two games, he deserves all the plaudits!

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Seidi's record of 124 goals in 109 games for the club is outstanding.

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Walthamstow will feel hard done by as they gave us a tough run in until the end of the campaign.

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But ultimately, we improved on coming close last season to making it count this season.
& the stats from our two seasons in the division reflect that.

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Financially it's been a tough year.
I'm hopeful we can chalk this down to a one-off 'Other' payment of £20k and that those sort of losses won't become an annual or regular occurrence.

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I don't think I've ever had a squad this big.
There will be a lot of culling over the summer as I want to have more structure to our approach next season.

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Good work on another promotion. My own attempts at this sort of save suggest that I'd be moving my way up in a series of short steps rather than going far with one team.

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Have you started the season yet at Level 8?

Im into my 2nd season and still cant attract good players.

I lost in the extra preliminary round and im losing alot of money, currently 10k in debt.

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On 23/04/2021 at 18:47, lionel messi said:

Have you started the season yet at Level 8?

Im into my 2nd season and still cant attract good players.

I lost in the extra preliminary round and im losing alot of money, currently 10k in debt.

Not yet, I've had a weekend off FM.
We're at the start of pre-season & still under a transfer embargo due to the potential takeover.. hopefully it won't go on much longer!

Have you had any good players come through your youth ranks?

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Just now, Motlhen said:

Not yet, I've had a weekend off FM.
We're at the start of pre-season & still under a transfer embargo due to the potential takeover.. hopefully it won't go on much longer!

Have you had any good players come through your youth ranks?

Ive had a couple of decent ones but none that really stand out.

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12 minutes ago, lionel messi said:

I dont know how we have managed to do it but we have just got promoted via the playoffs in our 3rd season at this level.

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Awesome, nice one! That should help improve your rep to attract better players

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1 minute ago, Motlhen said:

Awesome, nice one! That should help improve your rep to attract better players

Yes but the reputation of being at a higher league there will be even higher reputation clubs lol.

Im hoping i might be able to attract players from regional 1st division teams now lol.

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Jul 2024

Our takeover has finally been completed.

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But it's taken a while...
We're about to start the new season & haven't been able to make any improvements to the squad due to the transfer embargo. That's now been lifted & players are asking for a lot of money, so I think I will see how the current squad fairs in this new division for now.

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We're slightly worse off than last season due to a half a dozen retirements & some key players choosing to move on.

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The new board have set some pretty high expectations, so I'll have to make sure we come close to the playoffs.
We're predicted to finish 6th, so we'll have to beat our media prediction to appease the board as 1st gets automatic promotion & 2nd-5th go into the playoffs.

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I don't feel very prepared, but the new season is now upon us!

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55 minutes ago, Motlhen said:

Jul 2024

Our takeover has finally been completed.

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But it's taken a while...
We're about to start the new season & haven't been able to make any improvements to the squad due to the transfer embargo. That's now been lifted & players are asking for a lot of money, so I think I will see how the current squad fairs in this new division for now.

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We're slightly worse off than last season due to a half a dozen retirements & some key players choosing to move on.

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The new board have set some pretty high expectations, so I'll have to make sure we come close to the playoffs.
We're predicted to finish 6th, so we'll have to beat our media prediction to appease the board as 1st gets automatic promotion & 2nd-5th go into the playoffs.

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I don't feel very prepared, but the new season is now upon us!

Your prospects look alot better than mine.

Im 450-1

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5 minutes ago, lionel messi said:

Your prospects look alot better than mine.

Im 450-1

I got very lucky with some really good personalities within the golden generation!

I think you're one tier above me now. I reckon I'll struggle this season to get promotion & attract many better players without paying a part-time wage.

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1 minute ago, Motlhen said:

I got very lucky with some really good personalities within the golden generation!

I think you're one tier above me now. I reckon I'll struggle this season to get promotion & attract many better players without paying a part-time wage.

How you doing with players, are you able to attract them?

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22 minutes ago, lionel messi said:

How you doing with players, are you able to attract them?

Last season I signed 31 players, this season so far I haven't signed one yet! (Transfer embargo + being early in the season)

I have not been spending any money on scouting. The only way I have signed any player so far is after a trial period from them offering their services or (very rarely) from a staff recommendation. The quality of player that appear in the Scouting Centre seems to have remained consistent, but we've been more successful in signing the better players as we've moved up the leagues. I think now I am starting to see the ceiling of scouting this way as you have mentioned there are not too many players offering their services that would immediately challenge for a first team place now & an only a small percentage of those players want to join for a reasonable wage! 

How are you trying to find/scout players? 

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14 minutes ago, Motlhen said:

I have not been spending any money on scouting. The only way I have signed any player so far is after a trial period from them offering their services or (very rarely) from a staff recommendation. The quality of player that appear in the Scouting Centre seems to have remained consistent, but we've been more successful in signing the better players as we've moved up the leagues. I think now I am starting to see the ceiling of scouting this way as you have mentioned there are not too many players offering their services that would immediately challenge for a first team place now & an only a small percentage of those players want to join for a reasonable wage! 

How are you trying to find/scout players? 

I am scouting next opposition.

I have the other scout scouting regional 1st divisions.

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Our first game of the new season ended with 2 familiar stories: Seidi standing out & one of our old players getting injured.

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We also saw Tipper become our youngest ever player, breaking the record set by Jaswal in our first season.

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Despite the importance of a good FA Cup run, I decided to give starting debut's to all of the stand-out players from last season's youth intake. We are up against Roman Glass St. George who are in the County Leagues (which we have just been promoted from). I am hoping that the players can live up to the occasion.

Our lineup:

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The youngsters:

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On 30/04/2021 at 20:36, lionel messi said:

Look how much worse off we are to other teams lol

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Damn, that looks tough! How many seasons have you been in that division now?

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Aug 2024

Seidi continues to shine in a higher tier with 7 goals in the opening 2 league games.
& he helped the youngsters past Roman Glass St. George in the FA Cup.

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Barnet have replaced Ebbsfleet as our senior affiliate.

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FA Cup money!

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Sep 2024

We were on our best run of the save until meeting Hayes in the FA Cup.
Seidi already has 22 goals this season!!!

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In the league we have started well, but Harlow Town have been perfect so we are some way off top spot already.
I would be very happy with finishing in 5th at the end of the season.

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We've had two replays & we're about to play another as our cup draws have been adding to an already congested fixture list. Injuries are starting to become more common & we are only 2 months into the season.

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Another month of benefitting from the finances from the cups as we hit new heights for our bank balance!

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