darren1983

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    CATQT - you'll never understand

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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. @vikeologist well done on making the Champions League, hope you get a decent draw and can get a group stage spot and all the money that comes with it As for me, not maxed out my facilities yet as my board seem to only allow me 1 upgrade a season (tight gits) so have room to go still.
  5. Dulwich Hamlet - Season 2040/41 - Championship League - yet another frustrating season, for 2 thirds of the season we were a pretty decent mid table side, drawing a few too many and not scoring enough but then we, as we often do at some stage of a season, fell apart. Only 2 wins in our final 13 games (9 losses) saw us in free fall ending in our now customary lower half position. Main issue was scoring again, last season Byrne got 22 goals (16 the year before) but only 9 this year. Need to try and sort that with another tactical shuffle this summer League Cup - Newport fell to our backups before we were outclassed by Premiership side Watford FA Cup - woeful as we lost to a poor Wigan side Transfers - Only big sale was Richards to Liverpool that I mentioned earlier Squad - Same as usual really, Potts (19C) in goal, Kyriacou (19A) and Alexander (22C) are the only championship quality players and all want to leave for a bigger club Finances - Still really healthy, which makes the enforced sales even more frustrating Youth Intake - Our first as a level 1 academy was a little disappointing tbh. Some OK players tagged but not sure any will make it Grant Shipperley (24A) - CM or DM, could have a chance if I revert back to the 433 I used to play Mike Ridley (24B) - winger able to play either side, could become handy Danny Campos (24C) - another LB, really only tagged him for his 2nd nationality being Peru Luke Egan (24D) - another keeper, could be solid with some work 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
  6. Just adds to my frustration. It's an annoying cycle - can't progress because our brightest prospects get sold before we get much out of them, but they get sold because we aren't progressing.
  7. Hate my chairman so much, Jan transfer window, on deadline day he sells our most promising player for £3m despite having over £30m in the bank.
  8. @XaW yeah Collis is great, shame we got 1 season out of him when he was 17. Though his sale has funded our off field development, I got junior coaching up to exceptional as quickly as I could but since the Collis sale I've got our youth facilities up to excellent, got a level 1 academy and training facilities to average so fingers crossed we should be producing some more players like him soon.
  9. Inspired by @XaW look at his traitors thought I'd look back at my own big sales Andrew Acton (12A) - History - we got 1 season out of him before Sunderland grabbed him for £1.9m. He's hardly played in 11 seasons but would still be our best keeper Ramer Gibson (20A) - History - came through with the tag of "best of his generation" we got 1 league cup game from him before the board accepted a £2.5m deal, not yet really broke through but still only 19. Played against us last season while on loan at Bournemouth. Peter Evans (18C) - History - got a couple seasons from him, hasn't really done much for Leicester but would still walk into our team. Rory Collis (17A) - History - our big sale. He met all the clauses so we ended up getting the full £31m for him, he's now a full international and doing well, looked to be getting interest from a couple of the bigger clubs last season so hoping he gets sold as we have a 40% sell on clause. Would love to still have him.
  10. @vikeologist have had a couple of successful retraining's, namely c couple AMCs trained to IF's but other than that my better ones have come from training players to become natural at roles rather than positions. @XaW Happy to survive last season, really thought I was done for. This season is going ok, currently not involved in a relegation battle but table is so close that it could go either way.
  11. Dulwich Hamlet - Season 2019/40 - Championship League - this was maybe my toughest season yet. Runs of poor form and injuries left us desperate, a change in formation was required and we found some form. We went from 1 win in 16 to 4 in 16 so that was progress! A game unbeaten run saw us briefly get out of the relegation zone, we then went 6 without a win (5 losses) saw us slip back in. At this point I pretty much gave up hope, suddenly we found form, lead by Richard Byrne (18A) we won our last 5 games and somehow ended 18th. Really not sure how this happened but pleased to stay up. In the cups we didn't do too much, 4th round of FA Cup and quarter finals of league cup. Transfers - no big losses, most players left and ended up at conference level which is about it. Squad - they try their best but they're not good enough for this level, most are league two at best. Finances - still really healthy Youth Intake - on paper it's a good one, 6 players with 5* potential Duncan Carr 23A - another CB but now that we've switched to 3 at the back we can give opportunities to more CBs Leigh Chapman 23B - a solid striker, being retrained as we've gone strikerless this season Ryan Richards 23C - promising CM, is needed as our better ones are old Dan Darville 23D - can play full back either side Michael Clough 23E - can play CM or AMC which suits the new tactic Mohammed Musah 23F - winger but as we don't use them is being retrained 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
  12. My return to the save hasn't gone well, feels like the end is coming
  13. Sadly I've messed up my knee yesterday and can hardly walk today so not sure standing for 90 minutes is a smart move - I'm still really tempted though! Might just have to hope they win tonight so I can go to their playoff final like a really glory hunter
  14. Have finally finished my dissertation (well I hand it in tomorrow but it's all done and can't do anything more with it!) so am coming back to my save, oh how I've missed those infuriating boys On a side note, Dulwich have a playoff of game in real life tomorrow night and it's the first time in a while they have a home game when I'm not going to a Brentford game so am tempted to go along as I kinda want a Dulwich shirt after this save
  15. Good to see this thread still so active though - lots of good work done in here, well done all!