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[FM21] These are St Day's of Our Lives


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Hello, and welcome to another Northernpilgrim career thread.

The Challenge

This is going to be a one club save, as I attempt to drag a sleepy Cornish village team from the depths of Tier 11 and the St Piran League West Division, to the Premier League. There will be no restrictions on signings or player sales, so this is a straight attempt to get the club to the top of English and European Football

The Club


The Squad

I joined without having selected 'add players to playable clubs', so I literally had to build a squad during what was thankfully, due to the pandemic scheduling, a three month plus preseason. This is the squad I assembled


This is the season preview, ahead of our opening league match. The bookies obviously think I've built a good squad, as we're red hot favourites for promotion, which we were nowhere near when I took over


and these are the results we managed in preseason



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January saw the end of our unbeaten start


but we still managed to extend our lead to a surely uncatchable 16 points


No transfer window at this level, so changes can happen at any time. This is the business done so far, with the highlighted ones taking place since August


Murphy Nsingi is a young midfielder with a bright future


Billy Mitchell is a right winger


and Faux comes in at left back


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Unbeaten, but not perfect in February


although the disappointment of 2 dropped points at St Ives was assuaged by the fact that the draw secured the title and promotion


which led to this announcement from the board


We're now 21 points clear, with 5 games to play


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Time for the season review


Liam Head was an easy choice for signing of the season


Failing to win 3 of our last 13 is hardly disastrous, but does take the shine off a fantastic season


There were lots of goals and big wins


but very little in the way of money, which could be a problem after we turn semi-pro


This was our team of the season


and the records from the season


and that's it. On to Tier 10 and the South West Peninsula League Premier Division West


I got offered and accepted a contract

Contract 2021.PNG

and it's confirmed we're turning semi-pro

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There were 8 additions and 8 departures from the squad


Right back Bobby Hopkinson


Midfielder Matty Bye


another midfielder in Alex Sawyer


Full back / centre back Jack Driver


Centre back Elliot King


Left back Kian Kang


Centre back Cian McCormack


and centre back Jordan Trott


Which left the squad looking like this


and the bookies have us as favourites again. No pressure then!




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We finish the season with four straight wins, and four clean sheets


lifting the title on the final day


Only goal difference separated us and Khalsa, who will stay in the South West Peninsula League, whilst we are promoted to Tier 9


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Season review time


I think Josh Addison would have been signing of the season if he'd arrived sooner


A really good end to the season


and goals aplenty once more


Finances are still a mess


This is our Team of the Season. Not sure why Rob Holmes is showing as playing 3 games, as he's the keeper who was first choice but walked out


Liam Head again dominates the club stats and awards


and that's it, season two done. We need a big summer of recruitment to prepare us for Tier 9


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2 minutes ago, Rikulec said:

Good start, keep it up. :thup:

Thanks Rikulec. I have no idea how big the step up is to Tier 9 and the Western League Premier Division, but I will be looking to offload quite a few players, and replace them with players who have played at that level or above. It's going to be a long summer

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2 minutes ago, Muttley84 said:

Damn, you played 2 seasons in around 3-4 hours... I am seriously jealous on that performance.

No, I played over 2 weeks, I just didn't want to start writing it up until I knew I was going to make it into a one club career save.

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There has been a substantial amount of transfer activity since January


and the squad for the new season looks like this. Expect there to be more activity before January, as we still don't have transfer windows at this level


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We made an unbeaten start to life in the Western League, and won our first ever FA Cup match


but draws at home to Wellington and Bodmin leave us 5 points behind the leaders, although we have a game in hand, as do Bodmin. Only the Champions go up, so getting promoted from this league is going to be tricky.


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Unbeaten, but not perfect, in October


as we blew a 3-0 lead at Roman Glass


and were the better side against Bitton, but only secured a draw with an 89th minute equaliser


We do end October unbeaten, and 2 points clear at the top of the table


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One match from perfect in November, and no complaints about a draw in a very even game at Brislington


which leaves us 6 points clear at the top at the halfway stage of the season. I wouldn't say it's ours to throw away yet, but we're definitely in a good position that we need to make count over the next 20 games.


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