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About HotChocolate

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Biography

  • Biography
    Why do you want me to write a book? Oh wait, that's an autobiography.

About Me

  • About Me
    Traipsing round League 1 stadiums for the 4th year running

Interests

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    Sleeping

Favourite Team

  • Favourite Team
    Sheffield United
  1. [FM15] If there were handicaps in football, I'd be on 100

    Sheffield Wednesday Pre-Season 2025-2026 Friendlies - A solid pre-season where we again faced local teams of whom we smashed before coming up against Manchester United where we managed to grab a very respectable 3-3 draw after a late equalizer from them. Transfers - Although we have brought in a good number of players not many, if any, are for the first team as I look to build a bit of potential in my Under 21 team. Squad - Very similar to last season but this time we have slight more ability due to the improvements the players made over the course of last season. Realistically I don't think we require any more additions but I'll keep my options open. Finally, I'm delighted to not be relying on loanees any more, I did consider looking at bringing Victor Dreyer back on loan but opted to just sign players. Under 21's - There is so much potential in here I just hope they get the training and experience required to come to close to reaching their potential. Under 18's - Not too much to shout about here, hopefully the improvements will help. Finances - Solid amount of money that we should hopefully build on as we've not spent during the transfer window and have a lot of wage budget left over. ExpectationsSky Bet Championship - Be Competitive FA Cup - 3rd Round Capital One Cup - 2nd Round A Swift Summary We've had a very solid pre-season, the squad looks ready and raring to go to fight against relegation. The board don't expect too much from us at all and the media predict we'll be down there but survive which is all I'm looking for.
  2. [FM15] If there were handicaps in football, I'd be on 100

    Sheffield Wednesday End of Season Review 2024-2025 Sky Bet League 1 - A fantastic season saw us win the league by 4 points even though we struggled at the end. Sky Bet League 1 (Annual Wage) - Very happy with that, never a big spender on wages. FA Cup - Knocked out in the 4th Round by Premier League Norwich City in a thrilling game. Capital One Cup - Knocked out in the 2nd Round by Championship Southampton in extra time. Johnstone's Paint Trophy - Knocked out in area Quarter Final by Preston North End on penalties. Squad - A squad full of potential showed real ability as well. The youthfullness of the players meant we could quite easily play counter-attacking football with style and that is exactly what we achieved. Everyone chipped in and at one point I thought we'd have 4/5 players on 10 goals but injuries got the better of us at the end of the season. Transfers - We made wholesale changes and I was actually hoping to sell more deadwood that had been signed by previous manager John Sheridan however they were happy to sit in the reserves. Thackeray and Stanbrook actually had their loans terminated early on as they weren't getting enough football. Whereas the substantial fee paid for Kenniel Allen turned out to be a great buy. Finances - We're healthy and have been given a good budget for next season. Just hope that we get a bit more due to promotion which would be nice. Under 21's - Managed to claim the title with help from the first team and deadwood I've hoped to sell. Under 18's - Nothing to shout about really as they finished 5th in the league. Key Players Sean Brady - Brady turned out to be the 30 goal season striker I was hoping for! But with Joe Morrissey offering a strong challenge I think Brady will have work to do to keep the 1st team place. Cameron Blackmore - By far my best signing on a deal where we only paid £50k if we were promoted. His best position is supposedly a DM but he was very effective as my AMC and managed to bag 8 goals. A Swift Summary A fabulous season saw us build a great, young team that won us the league. Next year is simple, stay up - no miracles or play-off hunting just quite simply avoid relegation. Season Team League Pos FA Cup League Cup FA Trophy/JPT Notes ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2014/2015 Hednesford Town Conference North 8th 4th Qual Rnd - 1st Round Took over in October [i]2015/2016 Hednesford Town Conference North - - - - Sacked in August[/i] 2015/2016 Tamworth Conference North 21st - - 3rd Qual Rnd Took over November, Relegated 2016/2017 Boreham Wood Conference South 2nd 3rd Qual Rnd - 3rd Qual Rnd Lost in Play-Off Final 2017/2018 Boreham Wood Conference South 6th 2nd Qual Rnd - 2nd Round - 2018/2019 Boreham Wood Conference South 1st 3rd Qual Rnd - 2nd Round Promoted as Champions! 2019/2020 Boreham Wood Conference 5th 1st Round - 3rd Round Lost in Play-Off Semi Finals 2020/2021 Tranmere Rovers Sky Bet League 2 6th 3rd Round 1st Round 2nd Round Lost in Play-Off Final 2021/2022 Tranmere Rovers Sky Bet League 2 10th 3rd Round 2nd Round 2nd Round - 2022/2023 Tranmere Rovers Sky Bet League 2 1st 3rd Round 2nd Round 3rd Round Promoted as Champions! [i]2023/2024 Tranmere Rovers Sky Bet League 1 - 4th Round 1st Round 1st Round Left in January top of the league[/i] 2023/2024 Sheffield Wednesday Sky Bet League 1 13th - - - Joined in January 2024/2025 Sheffield Wednesday Sky Bet League 1 1st 4th Round 2nd Round 3rd Round Promoted as Champions!
  3. [FM15] If there were handicaps in football, I'd be on 100

    Sheffield Wednesday Title Chase 2024-2025 We were struggling hugely with injuries and I was worried after a great season we'd come up just short of the title. A draw away at Chester didn't help my nerves but a 2-0 win over Bradford did. A 3-1 away defeat at MK Dons again knocked my confidence and we were really were down to bare bones as you can see here. We scraped a point against Portsmouth and I was sure that Swindon would have taken advantage to go top, they hadn't! We went to Hartlepool with a depleated squad and ran out 3-0 winners, we could do it, we could hold onto the title. Or so I thought - after 2 successive draws we'd finally dropped to 2nd and at the worst possible time with 3 games left. To the Britannia we went, just what we wanted on Bank Holiday Monday and we got just what we needed as well a 2-1 victory after going into the break 1-0 down. Belief was back and we as Swindon had drawn, we'd taken top spot. A packed out Hillsborough awaited us for our final game of the season, we knew we could clinch the title with a win and favourable results. A good 1st half saw us go into the break level at 1-1 so I rallied the troops and sent them out fired up for the 2nd half but something must have been in their Lucozade as the fire in the belly was gone. Oldham took advantage and with it took all 3 points. The title would be out of our hands, surely? Nope - Swindon had drawn their 4th game in a row. Someone surely wanted to win the title? This time no favourable results were needed just a good, solid, old fashioned win would be enough. And a good, solid, old fashioned win was given to us on a plate courtesy of a Harry Davis OG. The title was ours. We were Champions! Sky Bet League 1We're Sheffield Wednesday, we're top of the league A Swift Summary A thoroughly fantastic season saw us crawl over the finishing line for a league title that was deserved, even though it didn't seem it with our end of season form. With promotion the board have upgraded the scouting range and the work has begun on our youth facilities. Joe Morrissey won his first cap for the Republic of Ireland and Michael Walsh scored his first international goal for Ireland. Sean Brady finished as Sky Bet League 1's top goal scorer with 32 goals whilst I picked up my first Manager of the Year award for this save. Christy McLoughlin, Cameron Blackmore, Sean Brady and Danny Jensen all secured a team of the year place. The board were delighted and called it an unexpected promotion! Tranmere Rovers battled bravely but lost out on the final game of the season, on goal difference as well. Zinedine Zidane took the vacant Newcastle United post (after previous spells at Bournemouth & Bristol City) whilst the only offer I got was from Northampton Town after David Moyes departed. Finally, QPR have been the first team to break into the top 4 and in the process won the FA Cup beating Liverpool 6-0 in the final.
  4. [FM15] If there were handicaps in football, I'd be on 100

    Best form so far!
  5. I was quite enjoying the Marbella team, I almost booked a holiday there because of them. Speaking to the Scousers who for some reason, I always end up near around the pool, "yeah chose to come here because I was reading about Raware managing Marbella"
  6. Always find it interesting when people give themselves rules and start off in far out countries from the norm. Good luck
  7. 140 Years Later

    One day someone will choose Sheffield FC to start with. Good luck
  8. It Is A Long Way To The Top

    You quite clearly don't want to rock and roll.
  9. [FM15] Adventures of a journeyman

    Very good move after a sensational season, always good to leave on a high.
  10. [FM14] It's The Climb...

    Love a bit of Hannah Montana I do.
  11. Fm15: Kicking off in kazakhstan a peculiar fm adventure.

    Interesting, good luck.
  12. [FM15] First Singaporean in the Premier League

    We have a problem. I don't like QPR.
  13. [FM15] Abbey days are here again.

    Blackburn actually doing well in a save, wow.
  14. FM15: Chorley FC - The Flight of The Magpies

    We understand, can't play FM whilst you're on stage.
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