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  1. Good post @Coganp and nice to see something different. Huddersfield are one of the teams on my maybe list, so enjoyed this and looking forward to see how the season finishes for you.
  2. So as I was scrolling through the forums looking for any hints whilst getting going in my Huddersfield save, I came across @Dong21's fantastic career update with Oldham and it's suckered me in to start a similar save. I'm doing something I didn't do last FM, a long-term save starting in League 2. I don't want a team who's instant expectations are promotion as I like to take my time to grow and build a plan whilst not under too much pressure in the first season. With that in mind, it's locked between Morecambe and Cheltenham. What do you guys think?
  3. I've only just caught up on this thread @Dong21 and I'm really enjoying it!
  4. After buying the game on it's release, I've finally found a bit of free time to get a save going properly. Having read @warlock's excellent league previews, I've decided to take on the challenge at Huddersfield. Having not dealt with relegation from the Premiership very well last season and spending just £750k of the £23.5m made from sales, the club are looking to avoid a relegation battle, avoid slipping in to too much debt and make sure they consolidate their position in the division before mounting another challenge at promotion. With that in mind, and transfers turned off, I feel I'l
  5. Yes I've brought Kevin Phillips in as my assistant manager to try and get some fans on board straight away! I feel I need the extra help as I've started with transfers off and with a low reputation.
  6. @Curkix Spennymoor Town would be my suggestion in Vanarama North. Only founded 15 years ago, they've never been higher than their current position, so there's a chance to be the first person to take them in to the leagues. Being situated in Durham, they have some big clubs within a 1 hour radius (Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough) to form either helpful alliances or fierce rivalries.
  7. Now that there's an influx of new threads concerning the soon to be released FM21, i thought this would be the perfect time to say thank you to @warlockfor this excellent thread. Every year, this is the thread I visit and take inspiration for new saves from the most. There's always insightful opinions from regulars and newcomers and I love reading the endeavours of everyone else. Also, a big thank you to previous thread host @Jogo Bonito who continues to help this thread thrive. To my fellow EFL conquerors (Ok, I never actually conquered anything in FM20 ) the likes of @Dong21, @Rona
  8. REVIVING THE CHALLENGE So with ideas running out on who to go on FM20, I turned to the unpredictable 'start unemployed' option. After months of simulation, I was offered the chance to help Crystal Palace escape relegation with just 10 games to go. Sitting in 16th spot when I took over, I managed to keep the Eagles up, but it was more down to there being 3 teams below us that were just truly awful. We finished on a mere 33 points, 1 point above Sheff Utd and Watford in 18th and 19th spot respectively. However, I felt this would be the perfect time to restart this thread. Yes it's a
  9. STOKE CITY 2021 - END OF SEASON UPDATE A solid end to the season saw us pick up 3 wins and 2 draws from the final 6 games, which was enough for us to finish in 5th place. This meant that a play-off semi final against 4th placed Hull awaited us. Two excellent defensive performances, accompanied by a Nick Powell penalty sent us through to Wembley, where we would meet recently relegated Crystal Palace.... I really am lost for words. I've finally achieved success in FM20. I feared the worst when Milivojevic gave them an early lead, but we held firm and were by far the bett
  10. As predicted, the 2 home wins were a big boost for us against struggling Ipswich and Rotherham as we failed to really hurt our play-off rivals away from home. If you had offered me a 0-0 at Deepdale at the start of the month I would have taken it, but after our 4-1 defeat at Elland Road, I would have been in a much more comfortable position had we taken all 3 points at Preston. The game at Elland Road wasn't as bad as it looks. They scored to make it 2-1 late on and then added their 3rd and 4th in injury time after I went all out for an equaliser. All this means this is how the table looks wit
  11. Stoke City - 2021 Update So we went in to January sitting in a play-off spot, giving us the confidence to think that we could still be up there come the end of the season Here's how the following 2 months panned out: An almost flawless January was destroyed by a horrendous February. We really lacked quality up top and out wide for quite a few games, but we finished the month strongly, with draws against 1st and 3rd place. In fact, we battered Palace and I could only see us going on and getting a late winner, until Van Den Boomen got himself sent off. No signings were ma
  12. Great start to Premier League life there for you @Hootieleece! And hard lines on the play-offs defeat @Ronaldo Beckhama valiant effort nonetheless. Stoke City - January 2021 Update So after a good start, the aim was to get through to January still sitting in the play-off spots if I was going to be near them come the end of the season. Here's how the table looks: I'm extremely happy to be where we are going in to 2021. We didn't lose until our 19th game where we lost 1-0 away to Crystal Palace. Unfortunately since that game, our form has been great, with 4 wins and
  13. Congratulations on promotion @Hootieleece and good luck in the PL. Great update as well @warlock. Some good signings there. Bielik was always a man-mountain in CDM for me, so hopefully he proves to be a good acquisition. Garner is someone I've never tried, but I know is a personal favourite of yours and Shackleton adds to the quality youth you have in that midfield. Best of luck for the rest of the season.
  14. STOKE CITY - 2020 UPDATE So as we're about 1/4 of the way through my first full season in charge of Stoke City and with us entering an international break, I thought it would be a good time to do an early season update. Here's our opening results: As you can see we've had some great results, with us sitting on 7 wins and 4 draws from our first 11 games. Our defence has been great again so far, with only 3rd placed Brentford conceding less than us. Nick Powell, Martins-Indi, Tymon and Van Den Boomen top the average rating list, with 11 others all averaging over 7.00! I reall
  15. Looking forward to see who you bring in to shape that midfield in a 4-3-3 going forward @warlock
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