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  1. Vikeologist's Viikingit Skol Skool 2019 Report Why does every Finnish team sound like a sexually transmitted disease? No screenshots, just the guff. I mean, if somebody specifically requests a screenshot of something…. If it’s not obvious, this youth challenge is just about the team name. I know that @The_Gato_In_Goal did Viikingit as well. I'll only be reading his reports in retrospect, but thanks, Gato, for tipping me off with your challenge that a Viking (almost) named team was in play for this challenge. Who knows. Maybe he only did one season. Update: Ah, I see Zymberi left the club in the first season. If that was Gato's choice, maybe it's cruel to have him tagged into the report. Interestingly the team has 2 sets of brothers. Not come across that before. It looked as though we were going to walk away with the league at the very first time of asking. We thrashed all our fellow divisioners in the league cup, and went all the way to the quarter final where we lost narrowly to HJK who ended up winning the Premier League. Unfortunately, KTP caught up with us in the league after it seemed as though it would be a cakewalk, closing at least a 6 point gap. We went into the last day in 2nd place, 2 points behind them. We needed to win, and for them not to. We did our bit, but they closed the deal. So to the playoffs. At least it should be a bit of extra money, and if we hadn't been promoted, not necessarily the end of the world. I must admit, I got rid of most of the promotion wage increases just in case. So to the playoff against KPV. We were the better team in both legs, but both ended 1-1, so to extra time where we got the winner, and for better or worse, we will be in the top division next season. Top Goalscorer - Behar Zymberi – 24 Supposedly my 3rd best striker when I took over, and played in an unsuitable role. Highest Average Rating - Jere Pulkkinen 7.68 A full back Man of the Match - Behar Zymberi – 5 MVP - Behar Zymberi Most Promising Player (MPP) - Simon Thurling My 24 year old midfield general, though he’s obviously fairly near his potential already. Basically, my future wonderkids are still in the post. Youth Intake Not sure there’s really all that much to say about the first intake. The top 5 guys were all strikers, or that’s how they’ll be used even where it’s not their best position, and may well be useful eventually. We were thin on the ground up front, so 2 of them were utilised as subs for the final matches of the season, though they got little actual time on the pitch. There’s 4 from the intake who are basically neck and neck so far behind my 3 starters. Of them Ari Ollikainen (YP1e) has got the most 1st team time (23 whole minutes), largely because he’s good at free kicks. In theory anyway. I also needed defenders, but I only got 1 guy who is a 4th choice emergency. I’m not exactly thrilled when the 3rd choice sees action, so fingers crossed for next year. Season Division Position Notes 2019 First Division 2nd Narrowly beaten to title. promoted through playoffs with extra time goal. Cup Q/F
  2. I think this cup would indeed count. It has all the top division sides in it, doesn't it? That's the rule, (apart from the nations that are an exception to this as detailed at the start of the thread).
  3. Vikeologist's 2045/6 Larne Report Back in Northern Ireland, I picked up my 3rd league title in a row. Even though Larne are arguably the biggest side in Northern Ireland, they hadn’t won the league for the last 4 seasons. The club was struggling a little bit financially, and I essentially had no transfer budget, and had to rebuild the side with free transfers. It wasn’t easy. 3 teams in the Premiership are a country mile better than the rest, and we lost a couple of matches early leaving us 6 points off top spot, but we pegged the top 2 back, and then established a lead at the top. In fact the only thing that went wrong for the rest of the season was in the final match, having already secured the title with 2 matches to spare, we had 2 players sent off. Why does this matter? Because our next match would be the Irish Cup Final, and including an extra suspension for yellow cards, we’d be short 3 players. However the 2 players sent off were both normally substitutes that I was giving a first team workout to, so it shouldn’t have been the end of the world. And it wasn’t. We won the final 2-0, in a closer match than I had anticipated. (Our opponents weren’t one of the ‘Big 3’). Larne’s first Irish Cup for 8 seasons. There was still one more piece of business to take care of though. Our Reserves were in the final of the Intermediate Cup. 4 years ago my PSNI side lost in extra time of the final. I’d managed the Reserve side at every stage of the competition, which is my prerequisite for counting competitions as wins for me. Some rounds I’d had to play the drags of my squad. For the final I made almost my entire First Team available. My challenge attempt, my rules. Hey, I played a youth goalie and full-back. I wasnlt going to take any chances of another final defeat and have to manage the Reserves in the competition again next season. As you may expect we won fairly comfortably 5-1. So, I won 3 competitions that I needed this season. I still need to win the Charity Shield, League Cup and one of the regional cups, the County Antrim Shield with Larne though. I’ll also need the other regional cup, the Mid Ulster Cup with another side, probably another Premiership side. So, it seems there’s 10 cups to win, not the 9 as suggested in the initial rules, so 3 steps forward, 1 step back. Hey, who knows. I might win the Europa League with Larne. That would be nice. In any case, I’ll have a bit more money to play with next season. Incidentally, despite my 31 Hall of Fame eligible trophies, I’m still just outside it. So many of my trophies have been piddly little ones, other managers keep ahead of me. Domestic Season Team Division Position Notes 18 Shelbourne Ire 1st 2nd Promoted through playoffs. 19 Shelbourne Ire Prem Left midway through season with club mid-table (5th). 19/20 Tranmere Van NL 1st Lost in FA Trophy S/F on penalties. 20/21 Tranmere L2 1st 21/22 Bradford L1 2nd Automatic promotion as best losers. Good for Bradford. Bad for my challenge. 22/23 Bradford Ch 2nd Runners up (and promoted) again 23/24 Derby L1 1st 24/25 Derby Ch 2nd 25/26 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League/Welsh Cup Double 26/7 Carmarthen Welsh PL 2nd Welsh Cup 27/8 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League /Irn Bru Cup 28/9 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st NMG Cup, league and reached group stage of Europa League. 29/30 Newcastle Ch 1st Cakewalk. 30/31 Bradford PA Van North 15th 31/32 Bradford PA Van North 7th Knocked out in 1st round of playoffs. 32/33 Bradford PA Van North Left at end of January with team in 5th place. 32/33 Hibernian Scottish PL 3rd Took team from 6th to 3rd. Europa League Q/F, Scottish Cup Losing Finalists 33/34 Hibernian SPL 2nd Finished 2nd on inferior goal difference. Qualified for CL. 34/35 Hibernian SPL 1st League, Betfred Cup, Scottish Cup 35/36 Man City EPL 4th FA Cup and Champions League 36/37 Man City EPL 1st League and Champions League 37/38 Man City EPL 1st Community Shield, European SuperCup, Club World Cup, Checkatrade Trophy, FA Cup 38/39 Man City EPL Left after matches 18 matches in 3rd place. 38/39 Watford EPL 7th Took over after 18 matches in 17th place. Failed to win either Carabao or Europa League. 39/40 Middlesbrough EPL 6th Carabao Cup, Europa League S/F 40/41 Middlesbrough EPL Lost in EL Q/F. Left in 5th place with 4 matches to go. 41/42 PSNI PIL 2nd Steel & Sons Cup, lost league on last day of season. Promoted through playoffs. Intermediate Cup losing finalists 42/43 PSNI Ch 3rd Lost PR/CH promotion playoff, Steel/Sons Cup losing finalists. 43/44 Cheltenham Van North 1st Took over after 20 matches in 1st place on goal difference. League / FA Trophy double. 44/45 Barnet Van South 1st Cakewalk 45/46 Larne NI Premiership 1st League, Irish Cup,Intermediate Cup International Year Team Achievements 23-24 Ireland 7 months, 2 matches, 2 defeats. 24-28 Scotland Promotion from Nations League C. 2026 World Cup 2nd round. Promotion from Nations League B 2028 Euros - 1 point from group stage and sacked. 28-35 Wales Failed to win promotion from Nations League B or qualify for the 2030 World Cup Promotion from Nations League B. Qualified for 2032 Euros and knocked out in group stage Relegated from Nations League A. Qualified for 2034 World Cup Challenge Progress 26/43 Club England 12/12 (VNN, VNS, VNL, L2, L1, Ch, EPL, FA Cup, CS, CT, Carabao, FAT) Scotland 4/7 (Irn Bru Cup, Betfred Cup, SPL, Scottish Cup) Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 4/10 (Steel&Sons Cup, Premiership, Irish Cup, Intermediate Cup Wales 3/3 (WPL, WC, NMGC) European & World 3/4 (CL, ESC, CWC) Promotion Count: 11
  4. Just did this, and the club took away most of my responsibilities, e.g. transfers, contracts. Wasn't a problem. Frustratingly, I delayed the move to win the league with my existing club, but we actually sealed the deal less than a week after I accepted the new job, so in retrospect I could have moved a lot sooner and got on with the next chapter in my imaginary life.
  5. Vikeologist's 2044/5 Barnet Report After last(half) season’s tension in the North, this season in the South was less exciting. We won the league very easily. There’s not even tension about what my next job will be. The week before we won the division with 8 matches to go, I accepted a job to takeover at Larne in the Northern Ireland Premiership. They’re the biggest club in Northern Ireland. But my work in England is done. I will need to keep the Premier League active in case I ever need to have another stab at the Europa League, but it’s very unlikely that I would ever be able to get a job at that level again. Domestic Season Team Division Position Notes 18 Shelbourne Ire 1st 2nd Promoted through playoffs. 19 Shelbourne Ire Prem Left midway through season with club mid-table (5th). 19/20 Tranmere Van NL 1st Lost in FA Trophy S/F on penalties. 20/21 Tranmere L2 1st 21/22 Bradford L1 2nd Automatic promotion as best losers. Good for Bradford. Bad for my challenge. 22/23 Bradford Ch 2nd Runners up (and promoted) again 23/24 Derby L1 1st 24/25 Derby Ch 2nd 25/26 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League/Welsh Cup Double 26/7 Carmarthen Welsh PL 2nd Welsh Cup 27/8 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League /Irn Bru Cup 28/9 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st NMG Cup, league and reached group stage of Europa League. 29/30 Newcastle Ch 1st Cakewalk. 30/31 Bradford PA Van North 15th 31/32 Bradford PA Van North 7th Knocked out in 1st round of playoffs. 32/33 Bradford PA Van North Left at end of January with team in 5th place. 32/33 Hibernian Scottish PL 3rd Took team from 6th to 3rd. Europa League Q/F, Scottish Cup Losing Finalists 33/34 Hibernian SPL 2nd Finished 2nd on inferior goal difference. Qualified for CL. 34/35 Hibernian SPL 1st League, Betfred Cup, Scottish Cup 35/36 Man City EPL 4th FA Cup and Champions League 36/37 Man City EPL 1st League and Champions League 37/38 Man City EPL 1st Community Shield, European SuperCup, Club World Cup, Checkatrade Trophy, FA Cup 38/39 Man City EPL Left after matches 18 matches in 3rd place. 38/39 Watford EPL 7th Took over after 18 matches in 17th place. Failed to win either Carabao or Europa League. 39/40 Middlesbrough EPL 6th Carabao Cup, Europa League S/F 40/41 Middlesbrough EPL Lost in EL Q/F. Left in 5th place with 4 matches to go. 41/42 PSNI PIL 2nd Steel & Sons Cup, lost league on last day of season. Promoted through playoffs. Intermediate Cup losing finalists 42/43 PSNI Ch 3rd Lost PR/CH promotion playoff, Steel/Sons Cup losing finalists. 43/44 Cheltenham Van North 1st Took over after 20 matches in 1st place on goal difference. League / FA Trophy double. 44/45 Barnet Van South 1st Cakewalk 45/46 Larne NI Premiership International Year Team Achievements 23-24 Ireland 7 months, 2 matches, 2 defeats. 24-28 Scotland Promotion from Nations League C. 2026 World Cup 2nd round. Promotion from Nations League B 2028 Euros - 1 point from group stage and sacked. 28-35 Wales Failed to win promotion from Nations League B or qualify for the 2030 World Cup Promotion from Nations League B. Qualified for 2032 Euros and knocked out in group stage Relegated from Nations League A. Qualified for 2034 World Cup Challenge Progress 23/42 Club England 12/12 (VNN, VNS, VNL, L2, L1, Ch, EPL, FA Cup, CS, CT, Carabao, FAT) Scotland 4/7 (Irn Bru Cup, Betfred Cup, SPL, Scottish Cup) Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 1/9 (Steel&Sons Cup) Wales 3/3 (WPL, WC, NMGC) European & World 3/4 (CL, ESC, CWC) Promotion Count: 11
  6. Vikeologist's 2042/3 PSNI Report I stayed at PSNI, because no more attractive job became available; at least not one I could get. I applied for jobs at Bradford and Arsenal, but wasn’t offered an interview. I hoped that having won promotion, I’d at least be able to improve the team, but absolutely no one better than who I already had wanted to join. Nonetheless, we made a good push for promotion, and winning the league seemed feasible until the last couple of matches. We went into the final match of the season needing to win to make sure of getting into the playoffs. We came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 to finish third. We then beat the team who’d finished 2nd in the first round of playoffs to earn a tie against a Premier League club, but were absolutely hammered. Vikeologist's 2043/4 Cheltenham Report I left PSNI because I couldn’t seemyself taking them forward. There was a big gap before I got another job, both in real life where I played a few seasons of the Youth Challenge, and in the game where I wasn’t even offered an interview for the few jobs I was interested in. Just before Christmas though, things came together and I was offered the job at Cheltenham whose manager had left for another job despite them being top of the table. When I took over, after 20 matches, they were still top of the table, albeit only on goal difference. That was the good news. The bad was that the club was horribly in debt, and I had to try to stay on top with a threadbare squad. There followed an almighty tussle between 3 sides for the title and only automatic promotion place. For the second half of the season I don’t think there was ever more than 2 points between the top and third placed club, and much of the time, all 3 of us were level on points. We played very well, but so did the other 2 sides. Blackpool are managed by a guy who as a youth player with Derby spent 2 seasons with me as a manager without getting a sniff of a game. I don’t remember him, but obviously he remembers me, and perhaps not affectionately. Right at the end of the season, we finally eked out a bit of a lead, and it came down to the penultimate match of the season at home to 2nd placed Blackpool. We were 3 points ahead with a +5 goal difference. We won 1-0 and the title was ours. Cruelly, both Blackpool and Alfreton, who had pushed me so hard, lost on penalties in the playoffs I had another piece of unfinished business. Although I won the Conference National title with Tranmere a mere 24 years ago, we were knocked out of the FA Trophy on penalties in the semi-final. Although I’ve long resigned myself to the fact that I may need to manage a VNL National side to win this trophy, it would be sweet if I could do it en route to winning the North or South Division. We made it to the final where we the Conference North Champions faced off against the Conference National Champions. Frankly I wasn’t optimistic, and expected to be hammered, but at least take away some money to clear our debt. Unbelievably however we won 3-1. And the club is back in the black. This was huge. Honestly I wasn’t going to stay on another year just to try to win the FA Trophy. But now I don’t have to. Definitely one of the greatest seasons I’ve had in this challenge. My next stop will be Barnet in the Conference South. That is the only English trophy I have left to win, although were I committed to completing the challenge, England would be the natural nation from which to mount more bids for the Europa League. Domestic Season Team Division Position Notes 18 Shelbourne Ire 1st 2nd Promoted through playoffs. 19 Shelbourne Ire Prem Left midway through season with club mid-table (5th). 19/20 Tranmere Van NL 1st Lost in FA Trophy S/F on penalties. 20/21 Tranmere L2 1st 21/22 Bradford L1 2nd Automatic promotion as best losers. Good for Bradford. Bad for my challenge. 22/23 Bradford Ch 2nd Runners up (and promoted) again 23/24 Derby L1 1st 24/25 Derby Ch 2nd 25/26 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League/Welsh Cup Double 26/7 Carmarthen Welsh PL 2nd Welsh Cup 27/8 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League /Irn Bru Cup 28/9 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st NMG Cup, league and reached group stage of Europa League. 29/30 Newcastle Ch 1st Cakewalk. 30/31 Bradford PA Van North 15th 31/32 Bradford PA Van North 7th Knocked out in 1st round of playoffs. 32/33 Bradford PA Van North Left at end of January with team in 5th place. 32/33 Hibernian Scottish PL 3rd Took team from 6th to 3rd. Europa League Q/F, Scottish Cup Losing Finalists 33/34 Hibernian SPL 2nd Finished 2nd on inferior goal difference. Qualified for CL. 34/35 Hibernian SPL 1st League, Betfred Cup, Scottish Cup 35/36 Man City EPL 4th FA Cup and Champions League 36/37 Man City EPL 1st League and Champions League 37/38 Man City EPL 1st Community Shield, European SuperCup, Club World Cup, Checkatrade Trophy, FA Cup 38/39 Man City EPL Left after matches 18 matches in 3rd place. 38/39 Watford EPL 7th Took over after 18 matches in 17th place. Failed to win either Carabao or Europa League. 39/40 Middlesbrough EPL 6th Carabao Cup, Europa League S/F 40/41 Middlesbrough EPL Lost in EL Q/F. Left in 5th place with 4 matches to go. 41/42 PSNI PIL 2nd Steel & Sons Cup, lost league on last day of season. Promoted through playoffs. Intermediate Cup losing finalists 42/43 PSNI Ch 3rd Lost PR/CH promotion playoff, Steel/Sons Cup losing finalists. 43/44 Cheltenham Van North 1st Took over after 20 matches in 1st place on goal difference. League / FA Trophy double. 44/45 Barnet Van South International Year Team Achievements 23-24 Ireland 7 months, 2 matches, 2 defeats. 24-28 Scotland Promotion from Nations League C. 2026 World Cup 2nd round. Promotion from Nations League B 2028 Euros - 1 point from group stage and sacked. 28-35 Wales Failed to win promotion from Nations League B or qualify for the 2030 World Cup Promotion from Nations League B. Qualified for 2032 Euros and knocked out in group stage Relegated from Nations League A. Qualified for 2034 World Cup Challenge Progress 22/42 Club England 11/12 (VNN, VNL, L2, L1, Ch, EPL, FA Cup, CS, CT, Carabao, FAT) Scotland 4/7 (Irn Bru Cup, Betfred Cup, SPL, Scottish Cup) Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 1/9 (Steel&Sons Cup) Wales 3/3 (WPL, WC, NMGC) European & World 3/4 (CL, ESC, CWC) Promotion Count: 10
  7. Vikeologist's 2023/24 Brora Report League The season started with, Cammy Cunningham YP4a, our best player from last year’s intake, managing to force his way out of the club, to play Reserve football for a top league side. The board accepted a bid of 26k plus extras, and I didn’t have the option of objecting. If he makes it big, and there’s every chance he will, we might make some money from a sell on clause of 40% profit, but so far he hasn’t made a single first team appearance for Ross County. He’s more likely to go the way of Dean Hackshaw, who left on a free transfer at the end of my first season, signed for a club in the same division, and 2 seasons after that had been released and had retired from football. I thought that we would probably be able to comfortably stay up, but I was quickly proved wrong. Almost immediately we were at the foot of the table. Our only hope was that only the bottom team goes down automatically. The second to bottom team goes into the promotion/relegation playoff, and luckily there was another really terrible team. Near the end of the season we improved, but so did the other bad team. It did mean though that we cut the gap to absolute safety from 13 points to 2. However, we kept turning leads into defeats, and ended up having to win our penultimate match to stand any chance of even making it to the playoffs. We went a goal down, but then our opponents had 2 players issued straight reds. We went all out attack, took the lead in extra time, and then conceded due to a fluky deflection with allocated extra time having already elapsed. So, we were relegated after a match which was a microcosm of our entirely awful season. To be honest, I’d hope that we should come straight back up. Our players might bitch and groan, but none of their contracts are actually up; at least not for anybody I want to keep. On the positive side, we did make some money from our holiday in the Championship. Our Youth Facilities completed their upgrade during the season, and hopefully the board will still go ahead with improving the training facilities next season. Youth Intake Danny McLaughlin YP5a - A striker. We’ve had a few promising strikers in recent intakes, but I really need someone who’s going to actually produce the goods. Hopefully it’s Danny. John Hartley YP5b – A central defender. There’s actually a few players ahead of him in the pecking order, so we’ll see how he develops. YP1 Heroes and Villains 4 seasons plus on from the intake, let’s see who made it, and who didn’t, from our first intake. Heroes 4 players from that first intake have established themselves as starters, though definitely not the ones that were predicted to. David Greig YP1c. He came in as an attacking midfielder, and I said 4 seasons ago that I was going to retrain him as a striker, but I must have changed my mind and changed him into a central midfielder instead. Has been a starter for the last 3 seasons, but not our best player from that intake. Barry Macrae YP1i – Unbelievably turned out to be the cream of that first crop. A striker. Didn’t look anything special. Had low determination. Benefitted from my lack of strikers early on, which meant that he got a chance and kept improving. My AM thought he had 3.5 star potential when he came I, but he’s now at 4 stars actual in an obviously much better squad. Goes to show, you can’t go by initial reports. Kyle Davidson YP1k – A central defender. The battle for this position is a hot mess, but Davidson is probably pretty much our best right now, and has started most matches this season. Gordon Ross YP1g – Like Greig, got an early chance because our midfield was so poor, and has developed accordingly. Has been a starter for 3 seasons, but still doesn’t really have a potential equal to Greig. Villains Mark Hunter YP1a – An exciting goalie, whose fortunes have been messed up by a much better goalie who came along 2 seasons later. Still just about our second best goalie, he’s currently out on loan, and struggling to keep his place as our backup, even though he still has 5 star potential. Mind you, that doesn’t necessarily mean much. James Nairn YP1b – Left back. Honestly, I didn’t recognise the name, and had to check if he was even still with us. He is, but he doesn’t even get matches with the Reserves. Still has potential, but hasn’t actually made any progress towards realising it. Must try to find a loan for him, but like I say, I’d forgotten he existed. My 8th best left back, and I think you can probably guess how many left backs are with the club. Michael Thomson YP1d – Central defender. The same story as Mark Hunter. Was superseded by subsequent intakes, and is currently out on loan getting first team football trying to rejuvenate his career. Season Division Position Notes 19/20 League 2 1st Promoted as champions. Won league comfortably. 20/21 League 1 5th Missed out on playoffs with loss in final match of the season. 21/22 League 1 3rd Knocked out in first round of playoffs. 22/23 League 1 2nd Promoted via playoffs 23/24 Championship 10th Relegated and bottom of the table.
  8. Vikeologist's 2022/23 Brora Report League The regular season was even less climactic than last. One side, Clyde, leapt out to an unassailable lead for the one automatic promotion, but we were comfortably in a playoff spot throughout. The excitement, such as it was, came in the draws for cups. We did fairly well in all the cups, particularly the League Cup where we finished 2nd in a group with 2 SPL sides, but never got the fixture against a big side we needed to boost our bank balance and be able to press on with improving our facilities. Finally the playoffs arrived, with us having finished 2nd with a new haul of points. Honestly I wasn’t expecting much from the post-season, but unbelievably we were promoted. It helped that our opponents in the final had a player sent off early. Maybe this is a good time for promotion to arrive. If we can go professional, it will help our players to develop, and we need a financial plan better than praying we draw a big name in the cups. Boy are we going to be dwarfed by the other clubs in the Championship though. Youth One good player, but that’s it. I offered youth contracts to a few others mostly for their personalities. Cammy Cunningham YP4a – The one good player though is very good, and goes straight into our first team as a central defender. Hopefully he’ll pick up our tactics by the playoffs. (Post-season note. He played, but he did not play well). Season Division Position Notes 19/20 League 2 1st Promoted as champions. Won league comfortably. 20/21 League 1 5th Missed out on playoffs with loss in final match of the season. 21/22 League 1 3rd Knocked out in first round of playoffs. 22/23 League 1 2nd Promoted via playoffs
  9. Vikeologist's 2021/22 Brora Report This season, for the first time, players from my first intakes made their way into the first team. Not really because they’re good; more that some of the previous first team are over the hill now. Lee Mitchell YP2c started in central defence, and David Greig YP1c and Gordon Ross YP1g in midfield. As you might tell from their YP letters, they’re not really my best young players. They’re just the ones who play where I have only bad options. Mark Hunter YP1a and Frank Hoban YP2a were stuck on the subs bench behind two of my best players. Their fortunes diverged during the season. Hoban took over at right back half way through. Hunter was superseded by a far better goalie in my third intake, and obscurity in the Reserves probably awaits him. Youth Intake Mark Hurst (YP3a) – The aforementioned better goalie. As my existing goalie had to be persuaded out of retiring in pre-season, I’d expect Hurst to take over next season. The two of them are equal ability, but I think youth players take time to settle into the tactics. However Hurst could very well take over before the end of the season. Scott Sutherland (YP3b) A striker which is the weak point of the team. At the moment he’s about 5th on the depth chart, but will at least be on the subs’ bench straight away. Interestingly, one of my senior players is also called Sutherland, but he wasn’t playing at Brora 16/17 years ago, so I don’t think I can build a paternity case against him, and there’s no relationship alluded to in their information. Jack Gibson (YP3c)- Another right back. My top 2 right backs are pretty much 2 of my best players, but the senior one is injured at the moment, so Gibson will go straight into the subs. Gavin Macrae (YP3d) Not good enough for the first team yet, but it won’t take much improvement to make it there. League After missing out on the playoffs in the last match of last season, we were never in danger of missing out on the necessary top 4 spot this time, with the top 4 teams putting a lot of distance between them and everyone else. We were near the top spot all season, but never quite made it all the way to the top. Like every season, we fell to pieces at the end of the campaign. This isn’t a fluke. Almost every senior player hates big matches. They always have. It’s not something I’ve mentored in. With no chance of winning the title, I was able to blood youth players for several matches. I probably should have kept them in the first team for the playoffs. We lost in the first round of playoffs 4-3 on aggregate. It was close. It’s not necessarily that I wanted promotion, but it would have been good to get to the final against Partick Thistle. The board had agreed to improve the youth facilities during the season, and that has now been cancelled. The money from a final might have made the difference. Or getting further in the cups, but we tend to have the same Spineless Seniors problem. However, the next generation of players is coming through now, and maybe next season the team can start going forwards. I mean we did sort of go forwards this season. We picked up 8 more points in the league. Season Division Position Notes 19/20 League 2 1st Promoted as champions. Won league comfortably. 20/21 League 1 5th Missed out on playoffs with loss in final match of the season. 21/22 League 1 3rd Knocked out in first round of playoffs.
  10. Vikeologist's 2020/21 Brora Report Before the season started, my best player left the club on a free transfer. From the start he’d refused to renew saying that he wanted to play with higher calibre players. Fair enough, but he signed for one of our League 1 rivals for wages that we could have paid. As promotion contenders throughout the season, it’s safe to assume that he would have made the difference and all but guaranteed a second successive promotion. Our problems went beyond just him though. 2 or 3 of our first team players are on the decline and I had to drop them for players that hadn’t improved, but were not at least going down the swannie. As the club had no HOYD before I took over, I only inherited one youth player, so there’s going to be a few year’s gap before my first intakes realise their potential. Youth Intake It’s become clear that my first intake really wasn’t that good, especially with regard to their current ability. My youth intake in the second year all instantly were better than the intake who’d been in the squad for a year. There were 3 promising players in the intake, after which there was quite a stiff drop-off. Frank Hoban YP2a - By far the best player, I’ll have to retrain him as a right back, but that shouldn’t be a problem. He’ll be a substitute for the moment as my right back is one of my best players, but I did have just one right back, so Hoban was desperately needed. Steven Stirling YP2b – Another left back. I have loads of these, so much so that I was retraining my best one as a right back before the intake. Still, Stirling stands a good chance of being a first teamer at some point. Lee Mitchell YP2c – My fourth best central defender straight away, and 2 of those above him are better left backs. League For most of the season we were challenging to win the league for the second season in a row, but near the end we fell off badly, and even out of the playoff (top 4) spots. However a 5-0 victory against the league leaders in our penultimate match moved us up to 4th, and meant that we needed to win our last match to be sure of the playoffs. I wasn’t sure I’d wanted to be promoted again with my team going downhill fast, but I definitely wanted some playoff money. We were 3-0 down by halftime. We dominated the second half, pulled 2 goals back, but missed a penalty which would have earned us a draw and been enough to be in the playoffs. So a gutting end to the season, but hopefully we can at least avoid going backwards next season. At the end of the season the board finally agreed to some facilities upgrades in Junior Coaching (from Minimal to Fairly Basic) and Youth Recruitment (Limited to Basic). We have a long way to go, but it’s a start. Season Division Position Notes 18/19 League 2 1st Promoted as champions. Won league comfortably. 19/20 League 1 5th Missed out on playoffs with loss in final match of the season.
  11. As mentioned in my first update, my team has no under 19s. Apart from anything else, it means that my HOYD does literally nothing other than send me an email once a year about the youth intake. Also, despite getting a message once a year saying that my Reserves and U19 are going to take part in the league, no league fixtures are generated for my Reserves. I'm 3 seasons in. (Just haven't bothered to post the updates yet). Will the game ever generate an U19 team for me? Has anyone else come across this? I really think I've tied my wagon to an absolute no hoper of a club. Not that that's necessarily a problem. If my priority was to complete the challenge, I probably wouldn't have chosen to do it in Scotland.
  12. Vikeologist's 2019/20 Brora Report Manager Profile The team that came up in the first season in Scotland was Brora. I have concerns that the club’s, and village’s, geographical location, will be a problem. It has a total population of less than 2,000 people. It has no U18 team. This may not be viable. The key problem with the squad was lack of players. I started out with only 21, and by midway through the season 3 of them had left. I had 1 goalie, and lots of players needed had to play wildly out of position because I had no use for their natural ones. Also, only 12 or 13 of the players were really first team standard. Nonetheless, we soon shot away from the rest of the teams in the league. Injuries and suspensions caused a wobble in the second half of the season. Youth Intake It didn’t fill all the needs I had, but then with so many gaps, how could it? No 5 stars, and not a great first intake. Nobody even close to being good enough to challenge for a first team place, but at least I have more players now. I’m going to sign all 16 players, and have tagged players all the way down to 1k. However the top few are; Mark Hunter YP1a – A goalkeeper. It’s been kind of annoying having to add a greyed out goalie into every match, so good to have a backup, although for the moment, we’ll still be in a lot of trouble if my existing goalie gets injured or sent off. James Nairn YP1b – a left back, which is the one position that I already have lots of decent backups for. David Greig YP1c – An attacking midfielder, who I’ll retrain as a striker, because my intake had lots of midfielders. Michael Thomson YP1d – A central defender, who’ll go straight into my subs for first team action. So my top 3 players are unlikely to get much in the way of first team football, although any injury or suspension will change that. A good striker would have been nice. My 3 strikers so far have 17, 13 and 2 goals respectively, so there’s an obvious place up for grabs had I picked up even a half decent striker. But I didn’t. League We won the title with 3 matches to spare, after which I started a few of the young players, because why not? So, next season is a worry, because none of the youth intake are anywhere near first team standard, although we did win 2 of our last 3 matches with the intake making up nearly half the team. We had by far the smallest crowds in Division 2, and the size of the club really may be a problem. The board haven’t yet agreed to any improvement in facilities.
  13. Why have you not played any competitive matches? Is it a bug, or are you using some kind of custom league?
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