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  1. Mooping's Infesta 2017/18 End of Season Update Upon promotion to the top flight I made a raft of new signings and was able to build, what I thought, was a solid squad made up entirely of permanent signings. I kept the board expectation low, but secret I was hoping for a safe mid table finish. It turns out the Premier League is much tougher than the lower leagues (who'd have thought it!). We struggled all year and finished third from bottom (though 6 points ahead of the relegation stragglers). I was a little disappointed as I thought our squad was a bit stronger than this, but nonetheless, merely avoiding relegation should be considered a success and hopefully we can build from here. Key players: Nobody stood out in a relegation scrap. League Table Competitions Squad Transfers Finances Aims for next season: Continue to build a competitive team and move towards the middle of the pack. Career Overview Season League Position Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2015/16 Portuguese National Championship N/A [b]Promoted via Promotion Playoff[/b] 2016/17 Portuguese Second League 4th [b]Promoted[/b] 2017/18 Portuguese Premier League 16th None
  2. Mooping's Infesta 2016/17 End of Season Update I struggled mightily in the off-season to sign any players of the quality required to beak into my first team. The wage budget was only around £4k and I was starting to worry with only around half of a squad assembled. At this point I decided I had no choice but to bring in some loan signings. I don't usually like loans as I feel it is cheating a bit, but I felt it was necessary in this instance. By the end of the transfer window I was relatively pleased with my starting 11, and had set my sights on comfortably avoiding relegation. We came out of the gates firing and won each of our first 4 games. Then things got a little tougher as we failed to win any of the next 8 (6 losses, 2 draws). We recovered nicely from this blip and lost just once in the next 14 games (8 W, 5 D) placing us in 4th position. We held on to 4th spot for the rest of the season, and despite spluttering over the line with 2 losses and a draw in our final 3 games, we managed to pip Portimonense by virtual of a better head to head record (at least I presume that is the reason as we finished level on points with them and had a worse GD). SLB B and Sporting B finished 2nd and 3rd, meaning our rather modest tally of 77 points was enough to secure back-to-back promotions. I'm genuinely a little shocked my this success as I didn't think we had anywhere near enough talent in the squad to challenge for promotion. I guess the Portuguese lower leagues are just a lot weaker than I had anticipated. Financially things were a little better this season as the typical monthly losses were only around £2k-£3k despite the additional loan repayments that we had this year of ~£16k per month. The stadium is undergoing expansion again, with an additional 2,500 taking the capacity up to 5,000. Key players: Vinnie Audin - Our top scorer and an excellent freebie Luis Machado - Left winger did the business when he was fit Nuno Santos - Lightning fast right winger was a big hit on loan from Vit. Guimaraes League Table Competitions Squad Transfers Finances Aims for next season: Permanent signings. I don't want to be relying on loans again. Survival Career Overview Season League Position Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2015/16 Portuguese National Championship N/A [b]Promoted via Promotion Playoff[/b] 2016/17 Portuguese Second League 4th [b]Promoted[/b]
  3. Wow rough season there IOA, hopefully you can bounce straight back up.
  4. Mooping's Infesta 2015/16 End of Season Update I picked Infesta as I was looking for a challenge. The 500 seater stadium would ensure that finances would always be tight, and that certainly proved to be correct during our first season as we experienced monthly losses of around £12k. By the end of the season the board needed to take out a loan of around £120k in order to keep the club afloat. Fortunately the financial difficulties did not affect our performances on the pitch. We managed to win the First Phase Group B with a total of 39 points, which was the 3rd highest points tally. This allowed us to progress to the Promotion Stage. We raced out of the blocks in this promotion phase and topped our group (Group A) for a number of games before our form started to tail off. We were sitting in 3rd place, outside the possible promotion places entering the final game of this phase. We needed to get something out of our final game and have other results go our way in order to secure second place ahead of Tirsense and progress to the Promotion Playoff. Luckily, Tirsense's final game was against run away champions Tondela, and Tondela were able to do us a great favour and smash Tirsense 3-0. We ended up drawing 2-2 with Lus. Vildemoinhos which was enough to clinch second place in the group. In the promotion playoff we faced Vit. Guimaraes B, and in the first leg (at home) we were held to a frustrating and disappointing 0-0 draw (our first and only 0-0 game of the season, and only the third game in which we failed to score all year). Expecting further disappointment in the second leg, we actually controled the game from the start and ran out comfortable 2-0 winners, securing promotion to the Portuguese Second League!!! Since then, the board have announced plans to expand the stadium to a more respectable 2500 seats, and there are also plans to turn professional at the end of July. Key players: Portuguese National Championship's top scorer Nélson Cunha Our captain and the rock of our defense, in his final season before retirement, Fernando (he was also our joint 2nd highest scorer with and incredible 16 goals - including two hat-tricks!) Right winger Bruninho Loanee Alan Junior League Table - First Phase League Table - Promotion Stage Competitions Squad Transfers Finances Career Overview Season League Position Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2015/16 Portuguese National Championship N/A [b]Promoted via Promotion Playoff[/b]
  5. I have been struggling to enjoy any of my FM15 saves so far. Hopefully this challenge is the cure. I haven't managed in Portugal for a long time, so that seems a good landing spot. Introducing the new manager of Infesta Profile Info Club history
  6. Mooping's Dulwich Hamlet 2022/23 Season in review: The board expected a comfortable mid table finish which made me a little nervous as I would have been happy to just survive. We didn't make too many summer additions, but yet we were able to thrive in League 1. We ended up comfortably winning the title by 5 points, and had a double digit points lead at one time, before allowing our form to slip a little towards the end of the season. Key players were the ever present Curtis Woods and Rob Walsh. Ryan Morgan is our star striker. Unfortunately he's quite injury prone, but he does the business whenever he's able to take the field. Squad League Table Competitions Transfers Finances Career Overview Season League Position Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2015/16 Vanarama Conference South 1st [b]Promoted as Champions[/b] 2016/17 Vanarama Conference 16th 2017/18 Vanarama Conference 3rd Lost in Play-Off Final 2018/19 Vanarama Conference 5th Lost in Play-Off Final 2019/20 Vanarama Conference 5th [b]Promoted via Play-Off[/b] 2020/21 Sky Bet League 2 5th Lost in Play-Off Final 2021/22 Sky Bet League 2 1st [b]Promoted as Champions, Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners[/b] 2022/23 Sky Bet League 1 1st [b]Promoted as Champions[/b] Next Season: I would say I am just hopeful of surviving our first season in the Championship, but given how easily we breezed through L1, actually I think we can do a little better than that.
  7. Mooping's Dulwich Hamlet 2021/22 Season in review: After reaching the play-off final last year, we entered this season with the board demanding promotion. Things started a little shakily, and we were sitting 9th after the first 10 games or so. At this point the players started to revolt, and overall team morale was very low. The board demanded that I attend an emergency meeting about this problem (if I refused to attend I would have been sacked), and I told them that I would handle the situation. I held some team meetings to address the problems, but I'm not sure how much it really helped. Fortunately we went on a nice winning streak that moved us into automatic promotion places and this caused the players to drop their concerns about the club's underachieving and my supposed lack of managerial ability. Our good form continued from there, taking us to the top spot in League 2, a position that we did not relinquish for the remained of the season as we finished as comfortable champions. In the cups we won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, beating Lincoln 2-1 in the final. We also reached the FA Cup 5th round before going out away to then Championship leaders Stoke. Key players were the ever present Curtis Woods and Rob Walsh. Also right winger Marc Crimmen. Squad League Table - 11 points clear at the top Competitions Transfers Finances Career Overview Season League Position Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2015/16 Vanarama Conference South 1st [b]Promoted as Champions[/b] 2016/17 Vanarama Conference 16th 2017/18 Vanarama Conference 3rd Lost in Play-Off Final 2018/19 Vanarama Conference 5th Lost in Play-Off Final 2019/20 Vanarama Conference 5th [b]Promoted via Play-Off[/b] 2020/21 Sky Bet League 2 5th Lost in Play-Off Final 2021/22 Sky Bet League 2 1st [b]Promoted as Champions, Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners[/b] Next Season: My ambitious and demanding board want a mid table finish. Hopefully we don't disappoint or I may be out of a job.
  8. My AM rates Woods as a "Leading League 1 player" and Walsh as a "good Championship player". I've been finding a lot of very good Irish players who are willing to join, many of whom are available for free, such as this guy who is next on my target list (scout rates him as "leading Championship player"). He did agree a deal with us in June, but later rejected it and now says we don't have the financial resources to meet his demands. I did have a board takeover. The new board didn't bring much new investment though. Most of my financial flexibility has come from the four straight play-off final appearances. Also Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's career must have really gone downhill as he has just joined as my assistant manager.
  9. Mooping's Dulwich Hamlet 2020/21 Season in review: I had no idea what to expect entering league football, but it turned out to be very comfortable. We started the season in fine form and finished in the same fashion. The parts in between were a little patchy but we remained in the top 10 all year, and the end of season push allowed us to squeak into the play-offs. In the play-off semi final, we lost the first leg 1-0, before roaring back in the second leg, winning 4-1 on aggregate. In the final, Rochdale were too strong for us and we fell to a 2-1 defeat. Always disappointing to lose in a final, but we can be proud of our effort and we will be back stronger next season. Key players were January signing Curtis Woods for free from Dundalk. He provided electric pace and some real quality to our squad. Rob Walsh took over from Callum Connolly as our rock solid CB. Squad League Table Competitions Transfers Finances Career Overview Season League Position Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2015/16 Vanarama Conference South 1st [b]Champions[/b] 2016/17 Vanarama Conference 16th 2017/18 Vanarama Conference 3rd Lost in Play-Off Final 2018/19 Vanarama Conference 5th Lost in Play-Off Final 2019/20 Vanarama Conference 5th [b]Promoted via Play-Off[/b] 2020/21 Sky Bet League 2 5th Lost in Play-Off Final Next Season: Promotion is demanded by the board.
  10. Mooping's Dulwich Hamlet 2019/20 Season in review: We turned professional in the summer and the scouting range was upgraded to UK&I, which opened up the player pool significantly. With the finances in good shape I was able to bring in several players that improved the quality of my squad quite significantly. With these moves made, my expectations went from hoping for promotion to demanding it. We were very consistent throughout the season, but unfortunately we were not quite as strong as Wrexham, who ran away with the Vanarama Conference title and had to settle for the play-offs again. With the latest patch, goal scoring was tuned down through the league season, but the play-offs were a different affair as we beat Stockport 7-5 on aggregate in the semi-final. We drew AFC Wimbledon in the final and were trailing 4-2 entering the 83rd minute. We pulled one goal back before dramatically equalising in the 93rd minute and then went on to take the lead in extra time, winning 5-4!! On the third try of asking we finally won the play-off final. Key players were CB Callum Connolly who was a rock in the heart of our defense and is probably our best player, and striker Cillian Connor. Squad League Table Competitions Finances - Finances again boosted massively by the play-off final appearance. Career Overview Season League Position Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2015/16 Vanarama Conference South 1st [b]Champions[/b] 2016/17 Vanarama Conference 16th 2017/18 Vanarama Conference 3rd Lost in Play-Off Final 2018/19 Vanarama Conference 5th Lost in Play-Off Final 2019/20 Vanarama Conference 5th [b]Promoted via Play-Off[/b] Next Season: Survival.
  11. Just had my star striker Jaanai Gordon poached by Brighton. It was a nice fee but it will be very difficult to replace his 30+ goals this year.
  12. Mooping's Dulwich Hamlet 2018/19 Season in review: It was more of the same for us this year unfortunately as we made another trip to the play-off final and lost again. This one wasn't in such heartbreaking fashion but still disappointing nonetheless. I thought our overall league performance took a step back from last year which was a concern, but our form down the stretch run was much better and pulled us into the play-off positions after sitting around 7th-8th for most of the year. Key players were star striker Jaanai Gordon, who top scored with 24 league goals and 33 in all competitions and Josimar Quntero, right winger who grabbed 20 goals and 12 assists. Squad League Table Competitions Transfers Finances - Finances again boosted massively by the play-off final appearance. Career Overview Season League Position Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2015/16 Vanarama Conference South 1st [b]Champions[/b] 2016/17 Vanarama Conference 16th 2017/18 Vanarama Conference 3rd Lost in Play-Off Final 2018/19 Vanarama Conference 5th Lost in Play-Off Final Next Season: Promotion is the target again.
  13. Mooping's Dulwich Hamlet 2017/18 So near yet so far... Season in review: What a disappointment that was. We had a great 3/4's of a season and were leading the league with 10 games to go. Having lost only 5 of our first 36 league games we went on an unbelievably bad run, losing 7 of our last 10 (winning 2 and 1 draw) to finish in 3rd place, some 14 points off the champions Oxford City. But never mind, at least we had the play-offs to tackle. After winning the semi-final 3-2 on aggregate over Torquay, we came up against Accrington in the final, and this happened... a gut wrenching 5-4 loss in extra time after we had a 4-2 lead going into the 85th minute. We even missed a penalty too. A horrible end to what had been a hugely promising season. Squad League Table Competitions Transfers - More frees and some loans Finances - Reaching the play-off final pumped almost £500k into the club so the finances are looking a lot better now. Hopefully there will be a bit of money to spend this summer. Career Overview Season League Position Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2015/16 Vanarama Conference South 1st [b]Champions[/b] 2016/17 Vanarama Conference 16th 2017/18 Vanarama Conference 3rd Lost in Play-Off Final Next Season: Promotion has to be the target next season.
  14. Congrats on the promotion dafuge 
  15. Mooping's Dulwich Hamlet 2016/17 Season in review: Finished in a comfortable 16th place never threatening the relegation spots. During the season I felt a bit disappointed as I was expected a top half finish, especially after picking up 13 points from the first 6 games, but our playoff push quickly unraveled after that. I think the early form gave me some false hope which is why I ended up feeling disappointed, but looking back 16th was a good effort for the squad I had. Loanee Zane Banton finished as top scorer with 27 in all competitions and also had highest average rating. Free singing Affy Obafemi was also a key contributor with 25 goals and 12 assists. Squad League Table - Bitten by the goals bug as we set Vanarama Conference records for both goals scored and conceded at 117 and 135 respectively. Transfers - Lots of freebies again as still no money to spend Finances - Still in the red but at least we made profit on the season Career Overview Season League Position Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2015/16 Vanarama Conference South 1st [b]Champions[/b] 2016/17 Vanarama Conference 16th Next Season: A top half finish would be nice and if all goes well perhaps a playoff push. Targeting upgrades at almost all positions except MC and GK. A cup run would to boost the finances would be great too.