darren1983

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    CATQT - you'll never understand

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  1. Dulwich Hamlet - EFL1 - Season 2029/30 League - after just missing out on promotion last season, this year was a step back. The only consistent thing about us this year was our inconsistency. Found a bit of form in the middle and actual looked like we might push for a playoff place but 12 games without a win (as our main goal scorer was missing for 10 of these) put paid to that. Hoping for better next year. League Cup - Should have known from this game what sort of season it would be, with a loss to a league two team. Checktrade Trophy - made it out the group for the only the 2nd time ever. Arsenal's U23 side was too good for us. FA Cup - another first round exist to a league two side. Transfers - obviously none in but the big loss was losing Superman when my chairman accepted a 450k bid from QPR. It's good money but he was one of our brightest prospects. No sell on either - idiot chairman Squad - promoted a few players that did well on loan in the 1st half of the season. Our main issue is goals with only 1 player in double figures. Finances - until the prize money came through we were over £1m in the red. Need promotion and/or cup run I think as can't kick on with training upgrades till we get money. Key Players Andrew Acton (12A) - best prospect we've produced (premier league potential) 1st half of the season was out on loan but progressed enough to be our 1st choice. Currently wanted by 15 clubs in prem & championship but got him on a 3 year deal with a £1.9m buyout. Ben Nightingale (03A) - still a consistent presence at the back. Ertugrul Orhan (07A) - a constant battle in windows to keep him, currently the best player at the club but thankfully no one sniffing around for the first time in years. Nicky Wright (06B) - key midfielder, can play all 3 of the roles I use and chips in with a few goals Angel Weaver (09B) - 20 goals this season despite 5 separate injuries. When he's missing we struggle real bad. Youth Intake - not the best we've had with only 3 players tagged Matt Logan (13A) - left sided player, could be a good wing back in the set up I have Emmanuel Acquah (13B) - looking to mould him into our AP role Jason Barton (13C) - decent set piece taker, decent physicals, needs work though. 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 EFL2 13th
  2. Caught up with the thread, well done to all. Congrats on the completion @Muttley84 And well done @Sanno11 you've set the bar high in England and now I'm playing catch up with you.
  3. Ok so in the past few months I've had next to no time to play FM (cheers life) and when I have I've tried a couple different saves as this one takes a certain dedication and focus I couldn't really give it, however those saves all bored me really quickly and I missed my boys from Dulwich so with some stuff sorted out and my life starting to look normal (for me anyway) I'm returning here.
  4. Darren's 2017/18 Season Report - Royal Eagles After half a season last year this was my first full season in charge. Board wanted the title so with that in mind I went about wheeling and dealing my way to a squad better suited for my style. A high turnover of players ensued but they gelled quickly as we won our first 7 games and in fact were unbeaten in the first half of the season. In the second half of the season our form faltered a little which was a worry but 3 straight wins at the end meant we won the title by 7 points. We were top pretty much all season and even when our form faltered we were always at least 5 or more points clear. On loan Justin Jacobus was out top scorer from the wing handily supported on the other wing by Tau and up top the surprising form of young George who took his chance. The only real worry this season was our finances which are not great so puts me on the look out for any potential jobs this season. In the cup we were unlucky to get SuperSport United away from home, they were (and ended) 4th in the premier league so this was a real test. Having a man sent off on 90 minutes made extra time a struggle but the 0-0 draw before losing on pens was credible. Year Country Team League Position Achievements 2016/17 South Africa Royal Eagles NFD 4th 2017/18 South Africa Royal Eagles NFD 1st Promtion! 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
  5. @vikeologist yeah was frustrating to get so close but think it was for the best not to go up, gave me time to mould my own squad.
  6. Season 2016/17 Not too much to say, took over at the end of December 2016 with the team in 7th, we ended 4th just missing the promotion playoffs by 2 points. Of the 16 games I was in charge for me only had 2 clean sheets so it's safe to see where we need to improved for next season. 8 wins and only 2 losses was encouraging so hopefully with the right reinforcements we can look for promotion next season Year Country Team League Position Achievements 2016/17 South Africa Royal Eagles NFD 4th 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
  7. Having taken a couple months off from FM (loads of work on) I've found it difficult to return to my previous save (youth only with Dulwich) so have decided to give this a try (tried last year but never got close to completing) Took my first job at Royal Eagles in South Africa (had interviews for a couple of jobs in China but no luck) predicted 1st but were 7th when I took over.
  8. Have had next to no time in the last 2 weeks to play my save and looks like I won't again till the new year - I miss my save Well done on everyone killing it in here though, keeping me inspired despite not being able to play.
  9. @Sanno11 bar my youth coaching the facilities are pretty poor. Yeah feels strange to finish a season in 3rd & just miss to on auto promotion and feel frustrated, strange season. Weaver scored 23 goals this year and I sung the song after each goal
  10. Dulwich Hamlet - EFL1 - Season 2028/29 League - seems strange to say when looking at the table after our 1st season at this level but I'm annoyed/frustrated with 3rd. I've not lost my marbles, let me explain. Opening day we won 5-1 and I was all optimistic, as is our style we then lost the next 4 to make me panic, we found our feet and to our shock we discovered the jump from league 2 to league 1 wasn't as big as thought. We started to pick up wins and before I knew it we were pushing for promotion. With 7 games to go we even hit top spot. This is where frustration sets in. We then lost our next 3 before picking up a win before then drawing the next 2. Last game of the season we're away to Millwall while Bristol Rovers are away to Shrewsbury. They're 1 point clear with a better GD so we needed to win & hope they dropped points. They did. A 1-1 draw while we proceeded to throw away a 3-1 lead to draw 3-3 and miss out on auto promotion. Playoffs it was for us, our opponents? Millwall of course! 2 days before the first leg we lost top scorer Angel Weaver (09B) to illness. The next day we lost his back up Courtney Hall (05C) to injury. In the away leg they had 2 shots on target - in the 3rd minute and a miss hit cross in the 92nd minute. We lost 2-0. Home leg we did get Weaver back but he wasn't really at the races and we struggled to a 1-1 draw to lose 3-1. The fat Millwall went up was no consolation. During the season I managed my 600th game though. League Cup - We gave Championship side Fulham a good game but they were too strong. EFL Cup - for the 5th or 6th straight year we won1 and lost 2 FA Cup - our best run ever. 4th round and away to Premiership West Ham but a near 50k attendance was what I wanted. We gave them a good game which was nice. Transfers - usual players out that won't make it along with some loans for players needing game time. Squad - no real change from last season Finances - healthy, cup run really helped. I also managed another increase in our junior coaching after the West Ham game to move us up to exceptional. Key Players Nicky Wright (06B) - player of the season, we really miss him when he's out suspended or injured. Ertugrul Orhurn (07A) - thought we would lose him this year as his contract was up at the end of the season and he wanted out, he removed his transfer request and I got him to sign a new deal Angel Weaver (09B) - top score. He's my angel Youth Intake - another solid one. Andrew Acton (12A) - Could be the keeper we've been looking for Jeremy Hallett (12B) - another CB. Good mental stats already Danny Lewington (12C) - CM with good mentals Emmanual Lawal (12D) - striker, not the best but solid starting stats 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
  11. Bloody chairman - not had this yet but feel like my new chairman (from takeover last year) will do this when given the chance with his "easily discouraged" personality. It's a battle each time I ask for something already
  12. @Muttley84 excellent, enjoy that money coming in man.
  13. Lots of progress here. @Braumiller congrats on another title - power in Wales shifting now? @Muttley84 Congrats on the title, what qualifying round for the Champions league do you start in? Assuming you don't go straight in to the group stage? @Bubbles_DK Congrats on the promotion and the title with it. @Pippadoc And to you! Congrats on promotion and the title. @Shankly84 Good season there, so close to those playoffs.
  14. @Sanno11 well done on bouncing back first time. Your team seems like it's gone in the same direction mine has with being tough to beat without ever meaning ti set up that way. Good luck in league 2, hopefully it'll go better this time.
  15. Might be my longest save in a while