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  1. Thanks, I've never been to a game at Folkestone but I have seen the ground and it is reasonably close to where I live 😃 But I really don't understand how it's happened... The main thing I've done differently this time around is target hard working and high determination players rather than looking at other attributes and then really pushing a high intensity, high press counter based tactic. It's not pretty and we miss a bucketful of chances every game but enough seemed to have gone in to make the difference. Most games I'm having 20-30 shots on goal... I've got a horrible feeling that the wheels are going to come off soon though... All my 30k pw players are now demanding 100k plus! And for a team who've just done the incredible double everyone seems super grumpy in pre-season. I think I'm now going to set myself the challenge of using only UK players and seeing if I can build a fully functional youth set-up. Whilst targeting at least 1 trophy a season. 😁 I'd be keen to see if I can do this with corrinthian-casuals if anyone has found them in their reloads yet?
  2. Folkestone Invicta 2025-26 Season Overview Prem- Champions Carabao Cup - Quarter-final - knocked out by Man U FA Cup - 4th round - knocked out by Man U (again!) Champions League - Winners - Beat Real Madrid 3-2 in the final (late goal in extra time!) I've been doing this challenge for quite a few years now and never really got close to completing it. So I'm not sure quite how I've managed to do it in only my second season in the Prem. We started really strong and basically went all out attack all season. Lots of teams underestimated us i guess and we were able to shock a lot of people, particularly in Europe, we had an insane route in the Champions League but i refused to go defensive and somehow managed to outgun everyone on the way to clinching the title. We also somehow managed to hold on to claim the prem in a season where none of the other teams seemed to be able to be consistent enough to mount a challenge, it went right down to the wire but we just needed to equal or better Liverpools result on the last day and we held our nerve whilst they got beaten by Man City. I also survived a board takeover and managed to hold on to most of my best players. Finances look solid going into the new season and I'm going to strengthen and see if i can retain the titles i won this season. Last season we went old-school high press counter-attacking 442, i don't really understand why it worked so well and tbh it felt at times like there was something broken in the ME to allow me to go toe to toe with the big guns of Europe. This coming season I'm going to rebuild and try to move to a back 3 system and see if i can get that to work. Here are some screenies:
  3. Last year I loved the 343, been trying to get one to work more consistent than 442/424 but really struggling. Will definitely give this a try
  4. Great work! well written, really informative and brilliantly laid out. Thanks mate 👍
  5. Love the graphic and diagram layout. Really helpful information too. I'd be very interested to read/see that in a dedicated thread. Excellent work
  6. Folkestone Invicta 2024-25 Premier League - 4th FA cup - 6th round Carabao cup - semi final Insane season, really strong towards the end despite an injury crisis, qualified for the champions league next year, finished 4th! Really need to buy some players and have a bigger squad though. and a couple of bonus awards:
  7. I don't suppose anyone has turned up corrinthian-casuals yet?
  8. Absolutely agree, I don't think it helps that I seem to have picked up a lot of determined players with 15+ aggression, although they are definitely winning the ball back in dangerous areas. Last season I did have 3 of my midfielders banned at the same time. 1 for a red, 1 for getting 15 yellows and the third for getting 10. I also broke the championship record for bookings by about 20 cards. I did also break the record for clean sheets, goals and scored 104pts so I guess swings and roundabouts 😁
  9. I'm getting this a lot too... I find it really frustrating that I seem to pick up loads of early cards for seemingly innocuous challenges but the opposition don't. But super hard pressing is working well 😁
  10. Just been promoted and the club have changed it's structure and i have full access to hiring staff for both u23 and u18 now, clearly the reshuffle has gotten rid of the original bug
  11. Folkestone Invicta 2023-4 Season Overview Pretty awesome season, this time we actually paid for a couple of players and i was more reliant on loan signings than i have been in the past, mostly due to some serious long-term injuries. I really thought that the championship was where it was going to bite, but despite still having plenty of league 1 level players we were able to achieve promotion as champions. This was particularly impressive given we had something like a 60k wage budget which was half of the next ranked team and a fraction of what most of the teams in the league had, many of whom had players who earned in a week nearly as much as my whole team. We had a couple of good cup runs as well which i was cursing by christmas when my players started dropping like flies but finances are looking good. Anyway, we did respectably well and despite a springtime wobble we held on to win the league and smash a load of records. Best thing, we held on until we were in the prem before planning our new stadium. Just need to stay up next season!
  12. I am actually able to hire now, although it is still showing that i have a full coaching team for the u18s when i don't and it is also not showing on the board room page that we have any u18 staff
  13. Going into the new season in the championship... just beaten Derby 4-1 in the opening match... This puts it all into a bit more perspective: Quite some budget difference
  14. Folkestone Invicta Season 2022-23 Overview: League 1: Champions FA Cup: 3rd round, knocked out by Wolves Carabao Cup: 3rd round, knocked out by Manchester United Checkatrade: Knocked out in southern section second round by Leyton Orient Well, quite frankly ridiculous, some how we've only gone and done it... consecutive promotions all the way so far. Made a few quid selling a couple of players and replacing them with loanees at christmas. Once again managed to build the squad without paying a penny for a player and they seem to have pretty much worked out top drawer. Still having issues with our stadium though which seems to be taking forever and my biggest fear is that we won't get anything until we get to the premier league and then get lumbered with a tiny league 1 size stadium. Anyway, I've just got on and managed the team, they've done amazing! Tactically i just went all out attack, rotating between a really attacking 4222 and an even more attacking 343, had some really odd results but mostly we blew teams away by 3 or 4 goals but with lots of different players contributing rather than just a single striker. Hopefully we can stay up in the Championship next season, up with the big boys where i think just having good tactics won't cut it and I do worry that i won't be able to create a balanced or defensive system to cope. At least the board has continued to back me by paying for more training and now I'm on track for my continental A licence!
  15. I keep being prompted by my coaching team to hire more u18 staff but every time i attempt to do so it indicates that i already have a member of staff in that role even though i don't. My U18 manager has just been poached by another team and it is still saying that i already have one when i'm trying to sign a new one. There are no U18 coaching roles listed on the club page either in the staff allocation table.
  16. Folkestone Invicta 2021-2022 Competitions Overview: League 2: Promoted as champions FA Cup: Knocked out in the 4th Round by Arsenal Carabao Cup: Knocked out in 2nd Round by Fulham Checkatrade Trophy: Knocked out in Southern Section Pretty amazing season really, struggled to get anyone in in the break, ended up grabbing a few decent freebies in the run in to Christmas and just went for it in a full-on attacking, high pressing kamikaze sense with a 343 system or occasionally a 424. Spent the whole season playing at some strange ground in Sittingbourne while the club is searching for a site for our new ground. Finances have been pretty poor and despite a decent FA cup run and selling our best player mid-season i have constantly been battling with a tiny playing budget. It was weird that after we sold our best player i was told i would get 120k back in the transfer budget but no money ever materialised (maybe a bug?). Eitherway we managed to hold it together and finish champions with plenty to spare, it seemed that no other clubs below us could put together any sort of consistent run and so we found ourselves 19pts clear at the end of March and totally uncatchable. Lets see what we can do on a shoe-string and a prayer in League 1 next year!
  17. I'm not sure if opening matches in a new league get much better than this!
  18. Ah, now confirmed we have gone professional now, just also confirmed that we have moved to a stadium in sittingbourne for next season. Hopefully we will be building our own stadium soon!
  19. Benjamin Petit at Folkestone Invicta 2020-21 Season Vanarama National League - Champions FA Cup - knocked out in the 2nd round by Luton Town FA Trophy - winners - beat Chesterfield 2-1 in the final Not got a lot of time to go into loads of detail but it's been an amazing season. We took quite a few gambles on players who had been released by premier league teams... Malachi Walcott was a massive bonus for us and really became the rock in our central defensive area, Oliver Finney arrived in the middle of the season and mad a huge difference to our midfield as well becoming our free-kick and corner king. Picked up a lot of free-bees over the season as well to plug holes as injuries set in and ended the season with a lot of the early season squad languishing in the reserves as better players began to show an interest as our league position strengthened. Having been promoted i decided that the best form of defence was attack and we moved from our sturdy 4222 from the previous season to a more attacking 343. Clearly this took everyone by surprise and we absolutely stormed the league, we had a big mid-season wobble where we just seemed unable to hold on to a win and drew a lot of matches. Ultimately we managed to steady the ship in January and then went on to comfortably control the league and see out the win. Currently waiting to see if we are going to go professional and apparently we might be upgrading our stadium which would be great, hopefully i can persuade the board to send me on more training courses, managed to get up to National A licence this year. Clearly the big focus will be to solidify and secure our league status next year so hopefully i can recruit well in the summer.
  20. Ah, good to know... Just good old slump paranoia on my part then
  21. Anyone finding it a load more difficult since the last update, or is it just coincidence that I was top of the league and playing well prior to it and now apparently cannot win a game since?
  22. And we're up with 6 games to go! We pretty consistent this season, which i think was the big difference, all of the other teams were really streaky so it flattered us a lot. I grabbed quite a few bargain freebies to make a solid young squad, i also really stuck with one formation for the whole season and tailored my signings accordingly alongside that, taking over a club with hardly any players on contract was great and allowed me to mould my side. Not going very deep into many cups also helped with keeping my small squad fit although we did have a tonne of injuries around Christmas and i ended up bringing in some loan players to help out. Alongside that i managed to get myself on to 2 training courses to increase my own effectiveness, finances are okay-ish so hopefully we should be pretty stable going into to Vanarama Prem
  23. Ok, right... properly given up on getting a 'casuals' team now so am definitely (maybe) sticking with Folkstone Invicta. Just completed pre-season... think i've picked up a couple of bargains, lets see if i can keep this boat afloat
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