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  1. Season Review 2017/18 So after winning promotion in my first half a season the challenge was to make the step up, in order to do so I hit the transfer market looking for higher quality than I had, with the pick of the bunch being top scorer Victor Salazar, we started the season pretty well as we went unbeaten in our first 9 games, we only won 4 as we struggled to break teams down and then struggled to hold on to leads (we conceded in the 88th minute or later to draw games with Kaizer Chiefs, Sundowns and Orlando Pirates) we then lost 3 in row before finding our feet again, at winter break we were 6th, this break would prove to be key for us as during it a Dylan Stoffels came to me complaining about not getting any game time, he was probably the best player in the squad but was a AMC and I didn't use one, so not wanting to lose him I changed formation from a modern 433 to a 4312 as we didn't really have enough quality out wide anyway. The change in formation worked perfectly as our form in the 2nd half of the season was P15 W9 D4 L2. With 2 games to go we were 4th and only 4 points separated the top 5, we suffered only our 2nd defeat in this half to lose 2-0 away to rivals Maritzburg United (11th at the time) before drawing our final game 2-2 with Golden Arrows to finish 5th. If we'd won those 2 games we've have won the league, feels odd to be disappointed with 5th in our fist season. In the cup we did well, a comfortable run to the final (bar extra time against those gits from Maritzburg again) and a good final saw us beat SuperSport United and land my my first proper piece of silverware. Means we're also in the CAF Confederation Cup, and while this won't count for this challenge I'll be trying to win it in order to boost my reputation. Season Team League Position Achievements 2016/17 Amazulu (SA) ND1 1st Promotion 2017/18 AmaZulu (SA) Prem 5th Cup Win Challenge Progress Club 0/10 top domestic leagues 1/10 domestic cups (SA Cup, 2018) 0/5 continental cups 0/1 world club cup International 0/5 continental tournaments 0/2 world tournaments
  2. I did give this challenge a go quite late on last year (around September time) but wasn't really enough time to get into it (probably left it a bit late this year too if I want to complete it before 18 comes out) In this challenge it feels like I've gone from one extreme to another which is quite fun, not had time to play all week which has been annoying but got the weekend to myself so gonna crack on.
  3. I recently reached a plateau with my Youth only save (27 seasons and stuck in the championship after 11 seasons has drained me) and have struggled to find a new save so thought I'd give this one a go as never really done a journeyman type save. Anyway, after going on Holiday it took me 6/7 months to get a job in South Africa where I became manager of; Was a good job to get with a media prediction of 2nd, I took over with them in 6th, with 13 games to play (nearly half a season) I was confident we got grab a playoff place, team took my tactics really well and we won 2 and drew one of my first 3 games in charge, without conceding a goal, we of course then conceded 2 in our next game to hand a first defeat. After that we had to wait 3 1/2 weeks till our next match by which time we were 7th, after the enforced break we started to grind out results, with 5 to go we beat the then leaders Milano United to move into the playoffs, with 3 to go a win over mid table Tuks saw us hit top spot, 2 wins from our final 3 saw us clinch the title by a point. Promotion in 1st season was great, one less season spent in Africa the better. Season Club League Position Achievements 2016/17 AmaZulu NDF 1st Title and promotion Challenge Progress Club 0/10 top domestic leagues 0/10 domestic cups 0/5 club continental championships 0/1 club world championship International 0/5 continental tournaments 0/2 world tournaments
  4. From memory it was luck and goals. Luck in that the AI had signed some good players during the holiday season and goals in that I had a striker in Daniel Carr that had the right attributes (Strong, quick, decent off the ball and composure) to rip it up at that level, also pretty sure I had a wide player play out of his skin and get 20+ goals in my first season too.
  5. I've really enjoyed the youth only save but England can be a real slog at times, I'll probably attempt it again on FM18 but probably somewhere other than England.
  6. I've still got it but feel like I've gone as far as I can, been lower half championship for 11 seasons now and with no even half decent prospects coming through the best I can hope for is more of the same. Decided to give this a go instead. May return back to youth only in time but we'll see.
  7. Dulwich Hamlet - Season 2018/19 - National League First season at this level and my target was survival, while the board wanted mid table (bookies had us 18th) League - slightly better than planned, defensively we were solid again (took us 5 games to even concede) but with added goal threats we broke into the top 5 after 15 games and never dropped out. Towards end of the season we looked well out the title race but a win away to leaders Hartlepool left us 8 points off with 3 to go, Hartlepool lost and drew while we won to leave us 3 off going into the final day. Wasn't to be as even though we won so did Hartlepool to secure them the title. In the playoffs we had Eastleigh (who did the double over us in the league) a good away performance saw us draw 2-2 before we raced into an early 2-0 lead in the home leg, despite a couple of scares we won 3-2 to progress 5-4 on aggregate. In the final we played Wrexham (draw and win in our favour in the league) a scrappy game was settled just before half time when Jordan Bowery pounced on a mistake. 1-0 and we were up! FA Cup - made the 1st round buy league one Wigan were too good. We gave them a real game though FA Trophy - a good run as we made our first ever final, took the lead twice but a red card for Kamara (his 3rd of the season) saw them come back and beat us 3-2. Frustrating Transfers - my policy of not bringing in players durning the summer meant we were able to add quality through the season. Squad - heroes the lot of them, need to upgrade a few roles for next season though Finances - looking good after 2 trips to Wembley Key Players Jared Thompson - keeper signed on a free after Chelsea released him. 21 clean sheets in 33 games was great. 21 conceded in the others not so much Sindri Scheving - Icelandic U21 LB signed from Reading on a free. Chris Smith - our rock at the back. On loan for the season from Ipswich and hardly missed a game Savas Mourgos - our main playmaker, released from Arsenal but was a standout for us Jordan Bowery - singed to provide some experience for the young forwards I had brought in and ended up with 20 goals and 7 assists Career Overview Season League Position Achievements 2017/18 VNS 1st Champions 2018/19 VNL 2nd Promotion via playoffs, FA Trophy runner up
  8. That's a really hard Brexit @XaW ouch. I had a similar one in my youth only save where everyone outside of England needed a work permit but as I wasn't buying players it didn't bother me
  9. Dulwich Hamlet - Season 2017/18 - National League South First season was all about doing best I could, though media and bookies tipped us for top 2 placing League - strange season, we dominated the league but I never felt comfortable. Our defence won us the league with 23 clean sheets. FA Cup - won one lost one, not the best start in this but then I never do well in cups FA Trophy - made it to the 2nd round where we dominated Tamworth - 73% possession, 30 shots to 3 so yeah we lost 1-0. Squad - need to fix the attacking side but rest is working really well Transfers - the usually high turnover at this stage Finances - not great Key Players Josh Ruffles - on loan from a Championship side, too good for national south Krisopher Da Graca - CB released from Arsenal. Rock at the back Cole Dasilva - released from Chelsea and able to cover both FB positions, did so well he got a Wales U21 cap Sofiane El Bekri - our French playmaker, was already at the club and made the role his, 5 goals and 10 assists from him this year Jamal Lowe - brought in on loan around the New Year and top scored with 15 goals Career Overview Season League Position Achievements 2017/18 VNS 1st Champions
  10. Media prediction has us first and bookies have us 2nd favs to go up
  11. Feels like I've hit the ceiling on my youth only save and can't progress much further (12 straight seasons as a mid table championship side) but it feels odd playing as anyone but Dulwich in FM17 so I'm gonna give this a go. Profile
  12. Dulwich Hamlet - Season 2043/44 - Championship League - Well what can I say? This is a save I just can't stop coming back too, so here we go, after our standard slow start (no wins in our first 10) we finally found form and had some nice little runs (going 7/8 unbeaten 3 separate times) saw us well clear of any relegation trouble (which was a nice change) and even got as close to 6 points from the playoffs but too many draws meant we never seriously challenged. If we can avoid our customary slow start next season I really think we've got a shot at the playoffs. League Cup - Our kids lost fairly comfortably to Charlton FA Cup - Premier League Hull were too good for us Transfers - Lost England U21 international Andy Alexander (22C) for just 700k (with 40% of next transfer) mainly as he was out of contract 6 weeks later so I took whatever I could get for him, rest were loans and deadwood. Squad - Lots of rotation this season as I cycled through formations depending on who was fit and when. Youth Intake - Pretty good one here with 4 players tagged Jerry Hill (27A) - striker and able to play both wide roles Curtis Cooney (27B) - defender that can play across my back line but see him more as a full back George Boateng (27C) - another promising GK to add Manoba Mokhele (27D) - wide player able to play both sides Career Overview Season League Position Achievements 2017/18 VNS 1st Champions 2018/19 VNL 7th 2019/20 VNL 14th 2020/21 VNL 15th 2021/22 VNL 4th Promotion via playoffs 2022/23 EFL2 22nd 2023/24 EFL2 4th Lost Playoff Semi Final 2024/25 EFL2 22nd 2025/26 EFL2 19th 2026/27 EFL2 9th 2027/28 EFL2 3rd Promotion! 2028/29 EFL1 3rd Lost in Playoff Semi Final 2029/30 EFL1 13th 2030/31 EFL1 8th EFL trophy runner up 2031/32 EFL1 2nd Promotion 2032/33 Champ 10th 2033/34 Champ 16th 2034/35 Champ 13th 2035/36 Champ 11th 2036/37 Champ 16th 2037/38 Champ 11th 2038/39 Champ 15th 2039/40 Champ 18th 2040/41 Champ 19th 2041/42 Champ 16th 2042/43 Champ 16th 2043/44 Champ 11th We got a stadium expansion which will take us up to just over 20,000
  13. Yeah I think that's why my last couple of season's have taken me so long to get through, at times it feels like I've reached a plateau, however how typical that I finally end a season and feel optimistic and I've not been able to play all weekend and crib won't play again till Tues/Weds now.
  14. Dulwich Hamlet - Season 2042/42 - Championship League - as usual we struggled for any real consistency but for a change it was our home form that suffered, but we moved away from being in a relegation battle and managed to hit the 50 points target we turned into a Tony Pullis side and stopped playing, we managed to recover some form in the run in (1 defeat in our last 5) to end just 9 points off the playoffs, the issue is the -16 GD. We had a habit of really getting beat badly every now an again (6-0 against Bolton, 5-0 with Sheff Utd) spring to mind, turn a few of those losses into draws and we could have change next year. Will have to do it without Alexander though, as his contract is up and won't sign a new one. This season did see a couple of players have their breakthrough in Dyer and Stewart, hopefully they can continue to grow. We also had Boateng called up for the African cup of Nations which was a first for the club. Despite another lower half finish I find myself optimistic over the next couple of seasons, which probably means we'll start next season in awful form and I'll have to rip it up and start again. Again. League Cup - awful from us as we were still finding form FA Cup - Europa League winners and top 4 contenders Everton were too good for us, we gave them a scare though which I was happy with. Squad - Other than Alexander we shouldn't lose anyone I don't want to lose this summer which is good, if we can keep them together we should be able to kick on next season Transfers - Lost a player as the board accepted the deal otherwise everyone going was either released or sent on loan Finances - still healthy but some reason I can't upgrade a thing this summer (nothing is maxed out so this is starting to annoy me) Youth Intake - pretty good with 4 tagged players Danny Gordan (26A) - striker, needs tutoring to change that personality (we get a lot of unambitious/low determination players whoever our DoF is) but looks good Alec Black (26B) - another potentially solid keeper (also a very impressive beard for a 15 year old) Adam Osborne (26C) - much needed depth to our midfield options Lawrence Alhassan (26D) - another potential player for our midfield Career Overview Season League Position Achievements 2017/18 VNS 1st Champions 2018/19 VNL 7th 2019/20 VNL 14th 2020/21 VNL 15th 2021/22 VNL 4th Promotion via playoffs 2022/23 EFL2 22nd 2023/24 EFL2 4th Lost Playoff Semi Final 2024/25 EFL2 22nd 2025/26 EFL2 19th 2026/27 EFL2 9th 2027/28 EFL2 3rd Promotion! 2028/29 EFL1 3rd Lost in Playoff Semi Final 2029/30 EFL1 13th 2030/31 EFL1 8th EFL trophy runner up 2031/32 EFL1 2nd Promotion 2032/33 Champ 10th 2033/34 Champ 16th 2034/35 Champ 13th 2035/36 Champ 11th 2036/37 Champ 16th 2037/38 Champ 11th 2038/39 Champ 15th 2039/40 Champ 18th 2040/41 Champ 19th 2041/42 Champ 16th 2042/43 Champ 16th
  15. Dulwich Hamlet - Season 2041/42 - Championship Just a quick one here as not much to say about this season. Usual lower half finish, at no stage were we above 12th in the table. Was a season of annoyance with no reason for our runs of form, we'll win 3 or 4 in a row then not win for 6 or 7, beat sides at the top before losing to sides at the bottom, just a season that left me more annoyed than anything else. We went out at the first hurdle of both cups. The squad is looking OK, we finally have a few players capable of playing at this level, namely Boateng, Kyriacou and Alexander, however a decision has to be made on Alexander this summer, only a year left on his deal and he won't sign a new one. Finances are OK so may keep him and gamble on having a good season rather than sell. We made no money from transfers this season. To round off the poor season we had a pretty poor intake this year, think I'm gonna change my HoYD this summer. We only tagged 1 player Hunt (25A) but am not even sure if he'll make it Season League Position Achievements 2017/18 VNS 1st Champions 2018/19 VNL 7th 2019/20 VNL 14th 2020/21 VNL 15th 2021/22 VNL 4th Promotion via playoffs 2022/23 EFL2 22nd 2023/24 EFL2 4th Lost Playoff Semi Final 2024/25 EFL2 22nd 2025/26 EFL2 19th 2026/27 EFL2 9th 2027/28 EFL2 3rd Promotion! 2028/29 EFL1 3rd Lost in Playoff Semi Final 2029/30 EFL1 13th 2030/31 EFL1 8th EFL trophy runner up 2031/32 EFL1 2nd Promotion 2032/33 Champ 10th 2033/34 Champ 16th 2034/35 Champ 13th 2035/36 Champ 11th 2036/37 Champ 16th 2037/38 Champ 11th 2038/39 Champ 15th 2039/40 Champ 18th 2040/41 Champ 19th 2041/42 Champ 16th