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  1. @2481 I think it will be hard for me to complete the challenge, so I'm more interested in enjoying it, even if I stay a while with the same club. At first I bounced from club to club, but the thing is that I can pretty much win the league every single season if I cherry pick clubs, (though not as you will note from my progress so much with cups), which quickly started to become boring, so I'm now about to start my 4th season with the same club. Mind you, once I get that pesky remaining cup, I will leave.
  2. Vikeologist's 2027/28 Carmarthen (and Scotland) End of Season Report     So, on to my third season with Carmarthen, still needing just that one (Nathaniel MG) cup, and for the third time of asking we fell short, or to be exact, shorter going out in the QF. Our failure to win the league the previous season meant that we had to take the tough road of Europa League qualifying, and we were unlucky to get Maribor in the first round and go straight out, ending our chances of making any money from the season. We did however regain our league title though, and we did it by a country mile. The best part of the season though was that we somehow managed to win the Irn Bru Cup, meaning that the season wasn’t a dead loss challenge wise. Not sure where it should go, but I think it really qualifies as a Scottish competition. I’m obviously going to give it one more part-season at least in Wales to try to get the NMG Cup. Not sure yet whether I’ll stay beyond that, but I’d also like to get to at least the group stage of the Europa League, or who knows, maybe even the Champions League. As regards the Scottish national side, we didn’t have it all our own way in Euros Qualifying only getting a draw and defeat against Russia, but we still qualified reasonably easily via the second placed team table. We now have a tough group draw against Belgium, Spain and Switzerland. 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 International Year Team Achievements 23-24 Ireland 7 months, 2 defeats. 24- Scotland Promotion from Nations League C. 2026 World Cup 2nd round. Promotion from Nations League B Challenge Progress 6/38 Club England 3/12 (VNL, L2, L1) Scotland 1/7 (Irn Bru Cup) Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 0/9 Wales 2/3 (WPL, WC) Promotion Count: 7
  3. Vikeologist's 2025/26 Carmarthen (and Scotland) End of Season Report   My run of straight promotions came to a halt; because I took over at Welsh top flight club, Carmarthen. My approach to this challenge has changed, and from now on I’m going to take over clubs that I want to manage, even if they’re not the lowest hanging fruit. Carmarthen are nowhere near the biggest club, so I didn’t expect to be able to win all 3 Welsh trophies in my first season, but I almost did. I won the league and Welsh Cup, but was sent out on penalties in the semi-finals of the Nathaniel MG Cup. I don’t mind staying a bit longer, taking them into Europe, albeit probably briefly, and seeing how far I can develop the club. Hopefully I can win that final trophy next season and move on, but if it takes longer, I will stay as long as I'm enjoying it. To be honest, I may stay even longer. There was a fantastic career thread I enjoyed reading that stopped just as they'd got Carmarthen into the Champions League group stage, were having a new stadium built, and things were about to get really interesting. Things continue to go well with Scotland. We won every match in our World Cup Qualifying, including beating Belgium twice, and are now 24th in the world. I’m about to have my first new-style World Cup Finals, and we have an easy group stage with hosts, USA, and South Africa. It’s a young and promising squad. I’d be surprised if we actually won anything, but I’m not targeting that side of the challenge anyway. 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 International Year Team Achievements 23-24 Ireland 7 months, 2 defeats. 24- Scotland Promotion from Nations League C. Qualified for 2026 World Cup. Challenge Progress 5/38 Club England 3/12 (VNL, L2, L1) Scotland 0/7 Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 0/9 Wales 2/3 (WPL, WC) Promotion Count: 7
  4. Vikeologist's 2024/25 Derby End of Season Report  For almost the first half of the season I thought we were favourites for the title, but Newcastle had a fantastic second half of the campaign, winning the league by 24 points, while our record in the back half was only 7th best. We stayed in 2nd place throughout, but automatic promotion was only secured in the last match. My 7th straight promotion, 8th straight if you include the one season I completed on FM1 before starting this challenge. That’s a bit misleading though, because it doesn’t include the final half season with Shelbourne, though as we were in the top division, it’s not as though promotion was actually a possibility there. I’m a little bit annoyed at not securing the Championship landmark. I still don’t think I’ll complete the whole challenge, so it doesn’t matter. I’m definitely going to leave Derby now. I’ll quit once I’ve done a bit more scouting. I’ll have to quit as I’ll probably be going to a much smaller club who won’t want to pay any compensation. It might be a good idea to apply for the job at Halifax who’ve just been relegated from the VNL. I’m just not feeling it at the moment. Plus their finances are insecure. A year ago I was managing Ireland, but I left them after 2 defeats when the Scotland job became available. I am Scottish, so I hope to be there for a long time. I have a lot of good young players. My one wonderkid, an attacking right winger, doesn’t play any of the positions in my formation, but I’m squeezing him in as a striker for the moment. Despite one defeat, embarrassingly to my ex, Ireland, we have won promotion in the Nations League from C to B. I expected there to be a playoff for the group winners, but apparently not. 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 Promotion International Year Team Achievements 23-24 Ireland 7 months, 2 defeats. 24- Scotland Promotion from Nations League C. Challenge Progress 3/38 Club England 3/12 (VNL, L2, L1) Scotland 0/7 Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 0/9 Wales 0/3 Promotion Count: 7
  5. @Crispypaul Are you going to do the international side of things / get an international job at some point?
  6. I'm managing an international side. On player search the players in the senior squad don't show. (they do appear on the scouted players screen). Is this a known issue?
  7. Vikeologist's 2023/4 Derby End of Season Report  We ran away with the league title, but flopped out of the Checkatrade Trophy at the group stage. Obviously I’ll be able to win it with a Premier League (U23) side, even if I need to use my senior team, I’m not sure that would really be in the spirit of the challenge, but I won’t be coming back to League 1, (or 2). The major new development is that I’ve dipped my toe into international management, taking the Irish Republic job. I was also offered the N Ireland job at the same time. My only match so far has been a one leg playoff against Turkey in the Euros Playoffs semi-final, which we lost 3-1. Turkey have much better players, but that seems to be lost on the FA who were cheesed off. I’ve no interest in trying to achieve the international side of this challenge, but it will be interesting to see how much I can develop the 5 nations. Ireland are currently 60th ranked, 9 places below Northern Ireland, but I think they are potentially better than their northern neighbours. Well, my second match is going to be a friendly between them, so we’ll sort of find out. Logically I should stay with Derby and try to win the Championship with them next season. However, I would be interested in going back to manage in Ireland in tandem with my national job. Not that it would be the same players. Nobody from my national squad plays in Ireland. Anyway, irish clubs wouldn’t be able to afford the compensation so I’d have to quit rather than transfer jobs. There are plenty of other jobs that might catch my eye. Bradford finished rock bottom of the Premier League, so if the manager is sacked, I might go back there, but Derby are probably a better bet for winning the Championship. 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 International Year Team Achievements Challenge Progress 2/38 Club England 3/12 (VNL, L2, L1) Scotland 0/7 Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 0/9 Wales 0/3 Promotion Count: 6
  8. @BitesizeFM Welcome to the challenge. Nice to have company. Vikeologist's 2022/3 Bradford End of Season Report  Runners up again, and beaten sickeningly by local rivals, Leeds for the Championship. It wasn’t particularly close on either side. Throughout the second half of the season, we always looked destined for 2nd place. One element of this challenge that’s come to the fore this season is that once you get to Championship level, the requirement to only sign UK / Irish players starts to become limiting for the first time. I don’t know exactly how limiting it was this season, because I only scout eligible players, and not many foreigners appear in my searches, but this was the first time I found it difficult to find good players. I’ll be leaving Bradford now I’ve got them to the top division. I think they’re unlikely to survive without me, but then again, maybe that will grant me the opportunity to take over again at some point. I’m not sure who I’m going to go to next. There’s no obvious candidates; for instance a big club who’s been unexpectedly relegated. Update: I took the job at Derby; newly relegated from the Championship to League 1. I still need both the division title and the Checkatrade trophy, though of course I could win the latter with a Premier League U23 side. I was offered the job at Alloa who will be in the bottom Scottish division next season. If I win the lowest playable leagues, I can start removing divisions and make the game go faster. However, I think the best plan is to take jobs not much higher or lower than one’s present one, because then you can use your recent scouting and shortlisting. 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 International Year Team Achievements Challenge Progress 2/38 Club England 2/12 (VNL, L2) Scotland 0/7 Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 0/9 Wales 0/3 Promotion Count: 5
  9. Vikeologist's 2021/2 Bradford End of Season Report  We finished 2nd, and were automatically promoted, which was good for Bradford, but bad for my challenge. However, it’s fine. This challenge is pleasurably free of stress. Every failure is a consolation prize. It’s nice to get my favourite club promoted. If it was another club, I might leave now and try with another Division 1 club, but I’m probably going to stay another season here, and see if I can get them promoted to the Premier League. I have improved the club quite a lot, including the backroom staff. We had chances to finish top. With 6 matches to go we played 1st place Luton who we were just one point behind, but they scored a goal and successfully parked the bus to defeat us. I’d have to come back to League 1 anyway because I didn’t win the Checktrade, going out in our fifth penalty shootout in all cups this season. 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. International Year Team Achievements Challenge Progress 2/38 Club England 2/12 (VNL, L2) Scotland 0/7 Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 0/9 Wales 0/3 Promotion Count: 4
  10. I'm not sure which post established that either was fine. According to Wikipedia, the league cup was discontinued in 2017. Is it still in the game? Are you doing this on FM19? The Singapore Cup is obviously fine, but it would have to be won by a Singapore side. We have a similar thing where MLS sides can or could win the Canadian Cup. The Canadian Cup doesn't count towards the challenge. It would be the same with foreign sides winning the Singapore Cup. If the League Cup is as you describe, maybe it shouldn't count towards the challenge, because not all the top division sides enter. We do have the cups in Mexico which don't have all the top division sides, but we said that was eligible, because they're the only domestic cups, and as a rule I think each nation should have at least one eligible cup. On the other hand, it depends whether the Young Lions is actually a club, or just a national team squad. If the 'Young Lions' are not manageable in the game, then I'd say they're not a 'club', and therefore the League Cup is open to all top division clubs and therefore eligible.
  11. That's what makes this challenge such a bugger to complete. There's a really good chance that I'll get promoted this season without winning the league. But as I've mentioned before, it did make the playoffs in the Irish league a lot less stressful. Incidentally, I will try, sort of, to win all the trophies contained in the first post, including the World Cup, and have included the international side in my challenge progress log. It's just that in my mind the version of the challenge that I will fail to complete is a smaller version, if any challenge with 38 trophies can really be considered small.
  12. Vikeologist's 2020/21 Tranmere End of Season Report  I achieved back to back division wins with Tranmere. It did look a bit dicey for the first half of the season. Doncaster and ourselves leapt out ahead, but because we lost our first meeting, we were 6 points behind about half way through the season. In the second half of the season though we gradually overtook them securing promotion, all but mathematically, with 3 matches to go, eventually winning the division by 13 points. 3 years, 3 promotions. We went out of the 3 cups relatively early, but we wouldn’t have been expected to win even the Checkatrade Cup. So now the question was; should I stay or should I go? I wasn’t sure I could do the threepeat with Tranmere. The job at my favourite club, Bradford, became available; the 4th sacking in 3 years; 5 if you include the real life sacking of Michael Collins which isn’t included in the game. What’s the point of doing this challenge if you don’t manage your favourite British teams, although I’m not sure I’m going to be masochistic enough to try to complete any of the challenge with my boyhood club, Hibs. So, I’m still going to be in League 1 next season, but with a bigger club. Ideally I’ll take them back to The Premiership. 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 ? International Year Team Achievements Challenge Progress 2/38 Club England 2/12 (VNL, L2) Scotland 0/7 Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 0/9 Wales 0/3 Promotion Count: 3
  13. Has this no reputation thing changed for FM19Touch. I haven't bothered to download it, but on FM18 Touch, you can change the past playing experience of the coach to sunday league.
  14. Can I suggest something; don't worry about completing the challenge. In fact when it started this challenge had the tagline of being 'impossible', although of course that turned out to be wildly incorrect. I'm doing a challenge now (Steel) that's even more difficult than this one and just not worrying about the fact that I won't finish it. Last year I came very close to completing 2 challenges (this one and the Youth) that were really enjoyable until the end. I think a lot of people who've completed this challenge (including me the one time I managed it) did not enjoy the latter part of the challenge, but most of us enjoy the beginning. For me this thread was most fun in the early years when nobody, and then only a few, had completed it. There was actually a point where this challenge changed for the worst; when somebody achieved the challenge in about 4 weeks (in real life) winning every single competition (apart from 1) he needed to win first time despite an overall winning percentage of about 45%. (The preceding sentence has not been verified for accuracy). Focus on the journey, not the destination, or failing that just concentrate on getting on to the leader board, an achievement that posters have described as and
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