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    Keymer & Hassocks, now @ Premier League

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  1. jwchriste

    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    First year in the PL and I was involved in the match to determine the league champion. Unfortunately, that just means that the last game of the season I got drubbed 6-2 by ManU so they could claim the crown. However, I did manage to stay up. And I did beat ManU in our first meeting. I managed to hit some sort of form in the second half where I didn't lose quite as much and made it as high as 16th with a 10-point cushion with 6 matches left. I then proceeded to lose 5 of 6. But, the clubs below me sucked just as bad and couldn't take advantage so I survived. Board is doubling the wage budget and 1.5x the transfer budget for next season. I'm going to need it because I haven't been getting any decent players through the youth intake.
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    You're a "glass half full" kind of guy, huh?
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    Yes, but it is quite a shock to the system after dominating so many seasons. I went on to set a new K&H record for winless streak at 10 (0-2-8) before I won my first match. Struggles aside, I'm actually enjoying the game much more now that I have to pay attention to opposition tactics. I suck at it, but I have little successes here and there.
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    Maybe I'll let you have it. I obviously don't know what do with it.
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    Wales just offered me the job as their international manager. Anybody have any experience with international management? I don't want to bite off more than I can chew. It is my first season in the PL after all. Should I do it? Edit: Never mind. I turned it down. International management isn't one of my goals for this save.
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    Are you doing the full custom database again, or just starting with @Dan BHTFC's stock database?
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    No posts for a week and half? This thread going stale? Everyone waiting for FM19 + L22 database? Meanwhile, I've made progress: Couldn't win the league. Actually, Brighton was well ahead of everyone and kind of collapsed after they locked up the trophy. K&H was in a battle for the second automatic promotion spot with Fulham. With 6 matches left, K&H were sitting third, 2 pts behind Fulham thanks to two straight losses. After some inspired motivational speeches - pre-game, half-time, team meetings - K&H were able to run the table the final six matches and Fulham was gracious enough to lose one of their matches. Narrowly avoided playoffs. Now that we're going to the Premier League, we need a new home. "The Pub" isn't up to snuff. Here's what we get: Named after your's truly. I actually don't like my name on the stadium. It's cumbersome. I liked "The Pub" better. An additional bonus: No debt needed to build it. Thank you, Sugar Daddy! For my first EPL season, I'll be sharing a stadium with my promotion counterparts Brighton & Hove Albion while the new digs are being built. New wage budget is 9x the old one. New transfer budget is 44x the old one. I'm still the smallest club in the league, but I don't even know what to do with all this money!
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    That's awful. I think I would have to go on sabbatical to the Himalayas and find a guru to study meditation under for a few years until I could come back and look at my PC without crying.
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    Took some time off to recharge, but back at it now. Second season of League1 results: Won the league. Whew! Had a great 1st half, but went through an extended downturn in the second half of the season and dropped as low as 3rd. Needed to micromanage everything to turn things around and climb back from 3rd to 1st. We got hot at the right time and managed to avoid any major injuries and had a run of wins at the end of the season to grab and maintain 1st position with 4 matches left. The board increased our wage budget by 50% but decreased our transfer budget by half. I also made a stupid promise when re-signing my GK (projected Premier League talent!) that I would make the Championship playoffs this coming season. At least I got promoted to Championship, so there's a chance I can keep that promise.
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    I've done a lot of monitoring my own team's rep over several saves and this is what I've noticed: When starting in L22 with rep 1, a promotion sets you at about 250 rep. This only happens the first promotion, you gain nothing for subsequent promotions until you reach much higher levels (maybe L8 or L9?). You will still gain small amounts of rep for winning matches, so over time you can increase rep slowly. If you start in a slightly higher level and get relegated, you'll end up with about 750 rep. I gained no more rep (from promotions or wins) until I hit the higher levels. If you look at some of the teams which advance levels rapidly, they usually had a relegation first. A season or two after that, they start shooting up the levels. If you look around at the tables for the various divisions, you can probably identify these teams as the ones with near perfect records and large goal differentials.
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    Seen more, accomplished more than most (fictional FM) managers.
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    Yep, straight up to League1. I'll try to storm through, but the boss cut our wage budget by 20%. Some sugar-daddy, huh? In past years I re-started so many times. I don't think I ever got higher than level 10 or 12. Not this time though. I'm on a mission. Not going to stop until I win the EPL + Champions League.
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    League 1: We were in 2nd place going into the last match of the season - and we drew. Slid to 3rd place and lost out on automatic promotion by a single point. Then, we won in the semi-finals, but lost the league final. Looks like League 1 all over again next season. Everything was going really well until the January transfer window - I received an offer I couldn't refuse for my club's best player. I took the deal and some of the lads weren't too impressed. We struggled the rest of the season.
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    Before I started this save, I set the build date for my stadium to 2017. I think this kept the game from building me another new stadium early on. I've had three upgrades and am at 5750 (2750 seats). This season my average attendance is around 3300. I shouldn't need a new/expanded stadium for the Championship, so I hope that when I get to the Premier League, the required expansion will coincide with the board's decision to build a new stadium. I wonder how much more that will cost me?
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    [FM18] E22 - England to Level 22

    Nice. Good luck staying up. In what was predicted to be a relegation struggle, we've managed to reach #2 in the League1 at the mid-point of the season. Only 7 points between the top spot and being out of the playoffs, so we've been up and down all season, but mostly bouncing around near the top end. I may have to finally dip into the loan market. I've got plenty of wage space and transfer money, but I can't seem to get any players better than what I have that will sign with me. I did get Arsenal as my senior affiliate this season, so I'll check out their youth/leftovers/cast-offs for anything worthy. Especially need help on defense. And my star goalkeeper just went down for 3-4 months with a separated shoulder. The club only has one keeper left. Second half should be fun.
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