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  1. Thanks for the positive response Just to add - the affiliate club rule also applies to parent clubs. When loaning players in they must only be from parent clubs and must have come through said clubs youth system. Hope you are enjoying it.
  2. The concept is making the team more local, not being your local team.
  3. You don't have to be your local club, you can choose any team you like!
  4. Hi all This challenge is designed to put an emphasis on local players and connections at the club of your choice. The aim is to take your selected club to as much success as possible using the following guidelines: Affiliated Clubs Links may only be formed with clubs that are situated within a 25 mile radius of your club. Any existing links with any clubs that do not fit this criteria must be cancelled as soon as allowed and no activity must take place between you and that club prior to cancellation. Transfers Players may only be brought in under the following circumstances: 1. The player was a youth product of your club (first club showing on history) who has since moved on 2. The player is currently with and must be a youth product of an affiliated club 3. The player was born within 25 miles of your club, providing your club is the closest league club to that players birth place These criteria are seperate so as long as a player falls into one of the above 3 guidelines you can sign him. As there will no doubt be few signable players who may add quality then the emphasis will really be on development of your academy players. When playing this challenge I aim to have a first team built up of as many youth products as possible. You are allowed to keep all players you start with for as long as you wish. I would suggest a team below the premier league to start your challenge although it is entirely up to you. I have chosen Ipswich Town as they are my local team. I have Woodbridge Town, AFC Sudbury, Bury Town and Chelmsford as feeder clubs. I have made one signing so far, bringing Scott Barron back from Millwall to fill the left back void. I am also tracking Peterborough keeper Joe Lewis who was born in Bury St Edmunds. Please post up who you are to start with and details of any transfers, feeder clubs and results.
  5. You are right, the FIFA rule would be players trained by the club for 3 years between 15-21 regardless of nationality. For the purpose of the challenge though I wanted to keep it to home nation players.
  6. As the title suggests, this challenge is based around the proposed 6+5 rule that has been bandied about the press recently. It is a fairly open challenge, you can play as any team you like and you must try and achieve as much success as possible whilst maintaining at least 6 home nationals in your starting line up in each and every game. Home nationals must be players available for the national team in the country you are playing in (e.g. Scottish/Irish/Welsh players will be counted as 'foreign' in the English leagues). I have been playing as West Ham, now coming upto January in season 1 and sitting 7th. My team: GK Robert Green DR Lucas Neill DL Liam Fontaine (1.5m) DC Anton Ferdinand DC Matthew Upson MR Giles Barnes (7m) ML Kyel Reid MC Mark Noble MC Scott Parker FC Carlton Cole FC Dean Ashton Chris Cohen (875k) Danny Haynes (1.9m) Phil Ifil (600k)(Jan) OUT Solano (1.8m) Really enjoying it, I hope anyone else playing with this method will post their progress in here.
  7. I thought I'd make it more of a challenge for myself and I've started as Peterborough. They are in League 1 as my database is fully updated. Here is my team: GK Joe Lewis - U21 keeper, great potential DR Michael Morrison - Bought from Cambridge for 100k, previously scouted by Chelsea DL Tom Williams DC Craig Morgan DC Chris Westwood MR Chris Whelpdale ML Jamie Day MC George Boyd MC Charlie Lee FC Aaron McLean FC Scott Rendell Will be slighter tougher for me to win the champions league than for you guys, may give me a longer, hopefully more enjoyable game though!
  8. My Ipswich Town team, I have just begun the 09/10 Season. I have tried not to sign any players wherever possible, preferring to give an opportunity to academy players to prove themselves before I splash any cash on players that might not work out. Here is my squad: Dean Gerken Signed from local rivals Colchester for £160,000 as backup to the on loan Stephen Bywater whilst Supple was on loan at Falkirk. Got his chance early in the first season when Bywater suffered an injury and has had the number 1 spot ever since. Excellent goalkeeper. Shane Supple Spent first season on loan at Falkirk but did not seem to gain much from the experience. Has been understudy to Gerken since but is more than good enough when called upon. David Wright Solid full back and vice captain. Has played consistently well and has been first choice right back throughout. Joe Clemo In the academy at the start of the game, still only 17 years old. Eventual successor to David Wright although a more attacking type of full back. Delighted with his progress. Stuart Ainsley A former Ipswich trainee bought back to the club this summer after spells with Chelmsford and Southport. His arrival is to fight it out for the left back spot with Robinson Kurt Robinson Another promising young player promoted from the youth system, Robinson is a solid full back who has been gradually improving over the years and is now very much in contention for a starting spot. Alex Bruce Captain fantastic, an amazing centre back who plays with so much passion every game. Drives the team forward and weighs in with an excellent return of goals for a centre back. Simon King Bought in from Gillingham for £500,000 as first choice centre back to replace De Vos in season 1. Has performed well but is going to struggle to hold on to his place due to the emergence of Smith. may switch t left back. Tommy Smith New Zealand international born in Macclesfield, has been with Town since he was 16 and is now putting in excellent performances for the first team after being on the fringes last season. Tom Taiwo Summer signing from Chelsea on a free, still only 19 but has the potential to fill the troublesome DM position Bags of promise, I hope he delivers. Owen Garvan Ipswich through and through, his sixth season at Portman Road despite being just 21. Fantastic all round player who always gives his all. Ed Upson Not progressing as fast as I hoped after seeing him first in the youth team as a 17 year old but this is mainly due to injuries. First season in the first team for him, a chance to shine. David Norris A signing made just before I took over, 100% committed on the pitch although this does result in a fair few bookings. Also weighs in with alot of assists. Alan Quinn Another inherited player albeit a very good one. Has been a key part of my first to seasons in charge but his place is now under threat with Reason perfoming well. Jai Reason Has been knocking at the door of the first team since day one, still only 19 but is proving to be a vital asset to the club. A future star, recently played for England in the U20 Championship. Lee Barnard Signed from Southend at the end of 07/08 after a successful season which helped them achieve promotion. At £2m he had alot to live up to and took a while to settle in but is now performing well. Dean Bowditch A player that has shown alot of potential for years but never delivered until I came along. I was ready to sell him but as he started scoring for fun in the reserves he got his chances and has done enough to become a main striker for me. Danny Haynes Super fast, great finisher. Player of the year two years running with 55 goals in his first two full seasons playing first team football. Number 1 striker at the club. Jordan Rhodes Spent first season on loan at Oxford and second at Exeter, now my fourth striker. Could be a future star this one so I am bleeding him gently into the first team. TACTICS --------GERKEN--------- WRIGHT BRUCE SMITH WRIGHT ---------TROTTER---------- -NORRIS REASON GARVAN-- ----RHODES HAYNES----- TRANSFERS IN 17/7/08 - Dean Gerken - Colchester - £ 170,000 08/1/08 - Steve Morison - Stevenage - £ 250,000 10/1/08 - James Wesolowski - Leicester - £1,900,000 17/1/08 - Simon King - Gillingham - £ 500,000 01/7/08 - Michael Morrison - Cambridge - £ 35,000 01/7/08 - Lee Barnard - Southend - £2,000,000 01/7/09 - Stuart Ainsley - Southport - £ 170,000 01/7/09 - Tom Taiwo - Chelsea - £ 0 OUT 12/7/07 - Sylvain Legwinski - Hull - £ 0 13/7/07 - Gavin Williams - Cardiff - £ 600,000 02/1/08 - Alan Lee - Dundee Utd - £ 45,000 15/1/08 - Sito - Southend - £ 100,000 01/7/08 - Gary Roberts - Millwall - £ 400,000 14/1/09 - James Wesolowski - Betis - £2,000,000 28/1/09 - Matt Richards - Palace - £ 300,000 01/7/09 - Jonathan Walters - Palace - £ 300,000 01/7/09 - Billy Clarke - Southend - £ 0 01/7/09 - Dan Harding - Cardiff - £ 0 01/7/09 - Pablo Counago - Rotherham - £ 0 As you can see, not a great deal of transfer activity. I try and do this to keep the realism really, Ipswich Town are my local club and I know they do not buy random foreigners to fill up their team, they rely on youth coming through to make up the numbers and hopefully unearth some gems along the way. I have made only select, choice signings who I think will fit into the team and improve it where improvement is needed not just because there is a good player available. I now have £28m in the bank and get a budget each season of £11m which I hardly touch. I asked the board instead to invest in the already excellent youth facilities which they have done. First season I finished 7th, missing out on a playoff spot by 1 point. Second season I managed 5th place easily but miles behind the top four in terms of points and quality. Got knocked out of the playoff semi final by Birmingham. I'm not too bothered about not going up, I don't think my tsquad is ready for the premiership yet. I would get completely mullered for a whole season and go back down. I want to be in a position where I go up strongly, not just scrape in so I am in good shape to have a bash at staying up. I would be happy to hear your comments on any of the above, if you wish to see screenshots it can be arranged. Martin
  9. Just finished my first season in the prem, after a rather poor run-in we finished 11th which I'm not displeased with. Not too many changes pre-season, Norris and Simon King released as their contracts expired and a few players prmoted from reserves to make the step up. Anthony Black and Reggie Lambe in particular plus Mark Wright, despite not being quite 17 yet he is dubbed the next Ashley Cole and I'm hoping he can become first choice left back. I'm planning on revamping my tactics before the start of the season in order to improve on 11th place. Current Team: GK Dean Gerken DR Joe Clemo DL Kurt Robinson DC Alex Bruce DC Tommy Smith DM Simon Walton MC Liam Trotter MC Jai Reason MC Owen Garvan FC Jordan Rhodes FC Danny Haynes Martin
  10. I always had high hopes for Rhodes, I sent him out on loan for a couple of seasons to aide his development, he bagged 14 goals in 2 seasons with Exeter and Oxford. He they then played 35 times last season, mostly as a sub scoring just 3 times. This season he has been handed an extended run in the first team in the hope he will prove himself and he has scored 4 in 12. Still only 20 though so has got time on his side. Trotter did not develop in the way I had hoped initially but now at 22 his stats are still not great but he is tall and strong and has been solid in midfield since I dropped Ambrose. I will post some screenshots of the youngsters I have developed soon.
  11. Quick update, now in December of first prem season. Sitting in 7th with 7 wins from 14. After a couple of disappointing defeats to Villa and Liverpool (expected but well beaten) we are now stringing together good performances. Darren Ambrose has now lost his place to Liam Trotter so the first 11 has just 3 players who did not start their career at Ipswich (Gerken, Alex Bruce and Simon Walton). I'm absolutely loving bringing through youth players, its so much more satisfying than buying in. January window coming up and I won't be buying anyone despite having 20m to spend. Current Team: GK Dean Gerken DR Joe Clemo DL Kurt Robinson DC Alex Bruce DC Tommy Smith DM Simon Walton MC Liam Trotter MC Jai Reason MC Owen Garvan FC Jordan Rhodes FC Danny Haynes Hows everyone else doing? Are there any players you have bought through that are performing at the top level? Martin Martin
  12. <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by CalumAlex: keep up the good work NiResearch! hows it going? and MadLad i couldn't find your version... :s great idea NiResearch!! CAN'T WAIT to play it </div></BLOCKQUOTE> Here is the link: http://community.sigames.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/5402079...232078073#5232078073
  13. Haynes has scored 2 in 2 so far, he is definately worth a shot at making the step up. I bought Ambrose because I wanted to add a bit more quality and depth, Charlton went down as I went up and yes, partly because he is a former Ipswich player.
  14. Jon Walters was given numerous chances to prove himself but never did make a good enough impression to stay. Was forced out by Bowditch and Rhodes coming through. I have now been promoted to the Premiership via the playoffs so I've just started the 10/11 season in the top flight. I bought in just one player - Darren Ambrose for £4m. Started his career at Town so an academy prospect but one with premiership ability. I also failed in an attempt to secure a return to Portman Road for Darren Bent. The following players left in the summer: Michael Morrison Crewe Free Jaime Peters Rotherham Free Steve Morison Leeds 190k Jack Ainsley Huddersfield 240k Although Ainsley was very promising and an England U19 player he was unfortunate that I did not use wingers, otherwise I believe he would of made it at Ipswich. In the end I had to let him go to develop his career. My coaching staff also boasts Jason De Vos, Fabian Wilnis and Matt Holland. A promising start to the season saw a 2-2 home draw with Man Utd. Haynes scored the opening goal and, after going 2-1 down, Garvan scored an 88th minute freekick to grab a deserved draw. Second game was Middlesbrough, again at home. I was 1-0 up at half time thanks again to Haynes but conceded immediately after half time. 3 late goals from Bruce, Bowditch and Barnard sealed me a 4-1 win which was quite unexpected. That is the stage I am at now, just before the transfer window closes but there will not be any more arrivals. Two very promising youngsters, Anthony Black and Reggie Lambe, have just been sent to Lewes on a season long loan to aide their development. I will try and keep up regular updates. Martin
  15. My Ipswich Town team, I have just begun the 09/10 Season. I have tried not to sign any players wherever possible, preferring to give an opportunity to academy players to prove themselves before I splash any cash on players that might not work out. Here is my squad: Dean Gerken Signed from local rivals Colchester for £160,000 as backup to the on loan Stephen Bywater whilst Supple was on loan at Falkirk. Got his chance early in the first season when Bywater suffered an injury and has had the number 1 spot ever since. Excellent goalkeeper. Shane Supple Spent first season on loan at Falkirk but did not seem to gain much from the experience. Has been understudy to Gerken since but is more than good enough when called upon. David Wright Solid full back and vice captain. Has played consistently well and has been first choice right back throughout. Joe Clemo In the academy at the start of the game, still only 17 years old. Eventual successor to David Wright although a more attacking type of full back. Delighted with his progress. Stuart Ainsley A former Ipswich trainee bought back to the club this summer after spells with Chelmsford and Southport. His arrival is to fight it out for the left back spot with Robinson Kurt Robinson Another promising young player promoted from the youth system, Robinson is a solid full back who has been gradually improving over the years and is now very much in contention for a starting spot. Alex Bruce Captain fantastic, an amazing centre back who plays with so much passion every game. Drives the team forward and weighs in with an excellent return of goals for a centre back. Simon King Bought in from Gillingham for £500,000 as first choice centre back to replace De Vos in season 1. Has performed well but is going to struggle to hold on to his place due to the emergence of Smith. may switch t left back. Tommy Smith New Zealand international born in Macclesfield, has been with Town since he was 16 and is now putting in excellent performances for the first team after being on the fringes last season. Tom Taiwo Summer signing from Chelsea on a free, still only 19 but has the potential to fill the troublesome DM position Bags of promise, I hope he delivers. Owen Garvan Ipswich through and through, his sixth season at Portman Road despite being just 21. Fantastic all round player who always gives his all. Ed Upson Not progressing as fast as I hoped after seeing him first in the youth team as a 17 year old but this is mainly due to injuries. First season in the first team for him, a chance to shine. David Norris A signing made just before I took over, 100% committed on the pitch although this does result in a fair few bookings. Also weighs in with alot of assists. Alan Quinn Another inherited player albeit a very good one. Has been a key part of my first to seasons in charge but his place is now under threat with Reason perfoming well. Jai Reason Has been knocking at the door of the first team since day one, still only 19 but is proving to be a vital asset to the club. A future star, recently played for England in the U20 Championship. Lee Barnard Signed from Southend at the end of 07/08 after a successful season which helped them achieve promotion. At £2m he had alot to live up to and took a while to settle in but is now performing well. Dean Bowditch A player that has shown alot of potential for years but never delivered until I came along. I was ready to sell him but as he started scoring for fun in the reserves he got his chances and has done enough to become a main striker for me. Danny Haynes Super fast, great finisher. Player of the year two years running with 55 goals in his first two full seasons playing first team football. Number 1 striker at the club. Jordan Rhodes Spent first season on loan at Oxford and second at Exeter, now my fourth striker. Could be a future star this one so I am bleeding him gently into the first team. TACTICS ---------GERKEN-------- WRIGHT BRUCE SMITH KING ---------TAIWO--------- --NORRIS REASON GARVAN- ----BARNARD HAYNES----- TRANSFERS IN 17/7/08 - Dean Gerken - Colchester - £ 170,000 08/1/08 - Steve Morison - Stevenage - £ 250,000 10/1/08 - James Wesolowski - Leicester - £1,900,000 17/1/08 - Simon King - Gillingham - £ 500,000 01/7/08 - Michael Morrison - Cambridge - £ 35,000 01/7/08 - Lee Barnard - Southend - £2,000,000 01/7/09 - Stuart Ainsley - Southport - £ 170,000 01/7/09 - Tom Taiwo - Chelsea - £ 0 OUT 12/7/07 - Sylvain Legwinski - Hull - £ 0 13/7/07 - Gavin Williams - Cardiff - £ 600,000 02/1/08 - Alan Lee - Dundee Utd - £ 45,000 15/1/08 - Sito - Southend - £ 100,000 01/7/08 - Gary Roberts - Millwall - £ 400,000 14/1/09 - James Wesolowski - Betis - £2,000,000 28/1/09 - Matt Richards - Palace - £ 300,000 01/7/09 - Jonathan Walters - Palace - £ 300,000 01/7/09 - Billy Clarke - Southend - £ 0 01/7/09 - Dan Harding - Cardiff - £ 0 01/7/09 - Pablo Counago - Rotherham - £ 0 As you can see, not a great deal of transfer activity. I try and do this to keep the realism really, Ipswich Town are my local club and I know they do not buy random foreigners to fill up their team, they rely on youth coming through to make up the numbers and hopefully unearth some gems along the way. I have made only select, choice signings who I think will fit into the team and improve it where improvement is needed not just because there is a good player available. I now have £28m in the bank and get a budget each season of £11m which I hardly touch. I asked the board instead to invest in the already excellent youth facilities which they have done. First season I finished 7th, missing out on a playoff spot by 1 point. Second season I managed 5th place easily but miles behind the top four in terms of points and quality. Got knocked out of the playoff semi final by Birmingham. I'm not too bothered about not going up, I don't think my tsquad is ready for the premiership yet. I would get completely mullered for a whole season and go back down. I want to be in a position where I go up strongly, not just scrape in so I am in good shape to have a bash at staying up. I would be happy to hear your comments on any of the above, if you wish to see screenshots it can be arranged. Martin