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  1. Great progress in different posts. Enjoyable to read. Keep it up. A clear indication, that our last two intakes have been of increased quality. Four U19-nationals for Ireland and our most promising striker from last year has already played for the N. Ireland U19's. Moreover, for the first time, we were this year predicted to finish 6th. In all previous season the prediction was bottom of the table regardless of the division. Promising... If I can keep hold of my players. Currently they are on youth contracts, but I have to rely on their loyality and happiness once they go to Non-Contracts. This has worked well so far, but my young players are better and more promising now, and generating more interest from bigger clubs, so a switch to Professional status and regular contracts would help us and allow us some more security and stability.
  2. Belfast Celtic FC (N. Ireland) Season 5 - 2024/25 Improvement. This year we took part in the promotion group in the league and finished in 5th place. We would have finished in 4th if we had not decided to go on collective holiday with three matches still to play. But I cannot complain. A better and more comfortable season. After my joy, in the previous post, regarding our two first league matches, and the amount of chances we created, we went through a bad period. It coincided with our best player, Aaron Hunter, leaving us for Larne. In this period, we missed penalties, got a red card, and furthermore, we actually received two red cards in a match twice in this period. I started to fear for relegation, but we steadied the ship and got through it. League (Results 1, Results 2, Cups, League Chart) - We stuttered in the beginning after losing Aaron Hunter after two matches. We received £13.7k in compensation, which resulted in him being our record sale. It is nice, but we lost a good player, and the transfer fee can only help to even out our losses. But we received an ok transfer fee, and he was too good to play in this league, so all in all it is ok. We recovered and improved, and in the end we had a strong season taking part in the promotion group and thereby finishing in our highest position ever, free of relegation. That was nice. In the Irish Cup, we went to the 6th round, where we lost to a very strong Larne side. A strong run in the cup that matters (I say when we flopped spectacularly in the other cup tournaments ). Team - Our golden generation from last year went straight into the first team this year. Because they are by far both the best and most promising players in our team. In midfield, Steve O'Sullivan had a very strong season as a ball winning midfielder, and beside him Adrian Byrne, more offensive, also improved the midfield with vision, pace, flair and technique. A massively improved midfield. And Paul McGovern increases the competion. On right wing, Alan McNeill had another strong season. But I strugled to find a replacement on left wing for Aaron Hunter. I am currently playing with one of my many attackers which is not ideal. In our attack, it was another matter. On paper Neil Willis looked very promising, but he ended up scoring only two goals. But he is young and can improve. My other main striker Glenn Teer from the first youth intake was our top scorer with only 8 goals. Our legendary striker Darren Stuart sadly did not have the required quality anymore and did not play. But we did miss his goals. Luckily, as we improved in the league many other players each chipped in with some goals. So the goals are distributed better this season. Facilities - I am still jumping up and down. After the season, I managed to pursuade the board to once again upgrade both Junior Coaching and Youth Recruitment. They are now both Exceptional, and have actually been upgraded each season. This is fantastic for future prospects of this challenge, and also why I am not completely gutted at losing Aaron Hunter. I am confident, that we will have some very exciting players come through our youth system in the coming years. This setup should, given time, be more than enough to get us promoted and also take us to the top of Northern Irish football. Hopefully, I can maintain the facilities. I read online, that the highest level of Youth Recruitment is Extensive. Has this been changed to Exceptional or am I still missing a level? Finances - With the record transfer fee received for Aron Hunter and regular cash injections, we have managed to avoid a big and growing loss this season. Finances are relatively ok. Youth Intake - What an intake! The intake facilities upgrades are really showing their worth now. This is what makes this challenge so exciting. Jimmy Keogh 1, Jimmy Keogh 2 was from day one our best striker and has scored 5 goals in 5 matches. Kieran Brown also looks like he could be better than our other strikers in a couple of seasons. We have received a lot of strikers in our intakes, so I have to go through them now and move some of the less promising on. Marty Finlay went straight into our defense and Elliot Magee should furthermore also provide increased quality in the defense in the coming years. I can't wait for march 2026 to arrive Edit: Almost forgot. No incoming transfers. Goal for next season: I cannot decide. A promotion would mean, that we might be able to hold on to more of our most promising players. On the other hand, our young squad would benefit from another comfortable season at this level. But I don't think a promotion is all that realistic. A comfortable mid-finish it is.
  3. @pug 407: Thanks for the advice! A small update at the beginning of our 5th season. Firstly, we managed (I was forced) to sell our first player - by far our most promising talent and already our best player, the left winger Aaron Hunter. He was on a Youth Contract until the end of the season, so we could actually command a transfer fee for him. I started out by protesting against a £40.000 (1 DKK ~= £10) offer from Larne, because I wanted a percentage of next sale clause: But had I known that other clubs can just offer a contract to my youth players, I would have accepted the first offer! Now I am only due approx. £ 36.300, if he plays 40 matches for Larne and gets his international debut. Based on our first two matches of the season, something has happened to our team. We are creating loads of chances with the same tactic used in previous years (thanks to @Rashidi for the tactic, as I am a tactical amoeba). This is a big change, which I am really pleased about and contributing to the fact that our players are all a year older, but mainly to our excellent youth intakes of the last couple of years which have really increased the quality of our players. I am hoping, that we can cope without Aaron Hunter. In the first league match of the season, we created an unprecedented 29 Shots with 15 on target: And in the second match we were robbed, creating 22 chances with 11 on target: This is on a completely other level than previous seasons, and I am hoping that we can keep this up, even without our best player Aaron Hunter. I am positive regarding the future because of our Junior Coaching and Youth Recruitment both being at an Excellent level. So we should get plenty of promising talents in the coming years. Best of luck to all of you! It is a joy to read about your progress!
  4. Small addendum to my previous post. In the summer break, I asked for upgrades to the Youth Recruitment again and the board granted the request. Although our finances haven't improved much. Good times. Junior Coaching and Youth Recruitment are now both Excellent.
  5. Belfast Celtic FC (N. Ireland) Season 4 - 2023/24 As hoped, a relatively comfortable season. We started the season better than expected and were undefeated in eleven games leaving us in a play-off spot, but a slump at the wrong time meant, that we finished in the wrong part/subset of the table when the split was made after 22 games. We were never though in any danger of being relegated, and we picked up really good form again, once in the relegation group. So the past years intakes and their increased quality has payed off, and we are now quality-wise better than the worst teams in the division, but still lacking compared to the best teams. Regarding transfers, I posted earlier that I had figured out why my Head of Youth Development kept making offers for Reserve team players. I was wrong. As you can see from my transfers he is still doing business. I really don't know how to stop him. From the released players you can see, that I released the players on the same day they were signed. I hope this is ok. League (Results 1, Results 2, League Chart, Cups) - Much better and more comfortable season in the Bluefin Sport Championship. We started magnificently given our young and still limited player material, but lost our way at the wrong time and ended up in the relegation group. In this group our improved quality, especially coming from last years intake, did show, and we were never in danger of being relegated and collected more points than last year although finishing in the same position (8th). In the cup tournaments, we reached the 6th round of the Irish Cup which is a welcome improvement, where we lost to Ballinamallard United and in the Country Antrim Shield, we once again reached the semi finals going out to rich and professional Larne. Team - The quality is rising, and our youth players are getting older. Our best and most promising player is by far our left-winger Aaron Hunter. He is terrifying defenders in the division. He is on a youth contract one season more. I doubt I can keep hold of him once he signs a non-contract, if he even wants to. In defense, Derek Carey has been very impressive while Sean Worsfold on left back has been consistent if not impressive. After being loaned out last season, Glenn Teer has had a breakthough season scoring 9 goals. This is good, and very welcome, as I doubt my main striker Darren Stuart, at 32, can keep up his impressive performances. On right wing Alan McNeill made the position his own. In general my intake players on youth contracts are now sufficiently qualified to attract interest from other clubs, and I have started to receive loan offers for some youngsters. This is very pleasing and good for their development. I am expecting much from Tim West in midfield and Shane McCann who have both been on loan this year. Facilities - During my late season upturn in form, I managed to pursuade the board to upgrade Junior Coaching. It is now Excellent. I am fairly certain, that I would have succeeded in upgrading Youth Recruitment as well had it not been for our poor finances. But it is still at a Good level which is sufficient for now. Finances - The increased intake facility levels are starting to show in our finances, and they are getting worse now. Youth Intake - Another brilliant intake. I have very high hopes for Steve O'Sullivan due to his playing position in central defense and midfield where we are a bit thin on potential, his attributes and his Model Citizen personality. Adrian Byrne and Jason Adams also looks very promising. Goal for next season: Another comfortable season. We are still not nearly strong enough for a promotion to the Danske Bank Premiership. Hopefully a cup run to improve our finances a bit.
  6. OK. This might be common knowledge to most of you. But I finally found the reason why my Head of Youth Development kept trying to sign players for my Reserves team. It turns out, that it is these three settings in the Staff > Responsibilities > Transfers and Contracts section. As a default they have the very descriptive value of 'Set All'. Changing these responsibilities to the manager solved the issue.
  7. Befast Celtic FC (N. Ireland) Season 3 - 2022/23 Tough first season at the next level in the Bluefin Sport Championship. The final position of 8th hides the fact, that we went on a very poor streak of ten games without wining after an ok start. At one point in November, after I messed up a team meeting, we were in serious peril with morale very low, and it took all my patience and tolerance to slowly heal and raise the morale and by that also steady the ship slowly. I made a tweak to our tactic, and in the final run in of the season we were luckily out of the relegation battle. Regarding transfers, my Head of Youth Development keeps signing players to our Reserves team. I cancel most offers, but three went through. But from the outgoing transfers, you can see, that the three players left the club on the same date, that they signed. Otherwise, some regens were loaned out, others left and some of the senior players from the first season left, since they were not good enough anymore. League (Results 1, Results 2, Cups) - Quiet year in the cups. In the league, our low morale and ten games without a win threatened our existence in the league, but luckily, we managed to turn it around towards the end of the season. But the final position is somewhat flattering of our performance this year. We were very poor, and during our loosing streak, we had a consistent habit of giving away a penalty within the first five minutes of the game. Morever, my left back Lee Robinson, lunged into the one two-footed tackle after the other, leaving me with no choice but to not play him for the remainder of the season. Here is the league chart. But in the end, we survived, which is what matters in the long run. Team - Our goalkeeper, Martin Harrison is developing nicely, and already looking very good. He has not missed a single game since intake day. Darren Stuart was again our top scorer, but this will not last. Darren Lavery, Derek Carey and David Harris were some of our other main stays in the team. The overall quality has improved and will continue to improve, which is promising for the future. Facilities - I managed to get through two upgrades for Junior Coaching and Youth Recruitment each. They are now both Good. This is fantastic, and should enable us in the coming seasons to slowly aim for promotion to the Danske Bank Premiership. Finances - The finances are deteriorating, but not too bad. Youth Intake - The upgrades to intake facilities from last year did show in this years intake. Another Golden Generation. Tim West and Aaron Hunter are already starters in our team, and have a quality not seen before in our squad. I am currently using Tim West as an attacking central midfielder, but is contemplating using a Shadow Striker. Alan McNeill is also promising, and I really like the attributes of Shane McCann. He looks like a proper striker, and can hopefully take up the goal scoring from Darren Stuart in a couple of seasons. Lots of quality in the intake, and with the further upgrades, this will continue in the coming seasons. Nice. Goal for next season: Survive again. Hopefully an uneventful midtable position.
  8. Thanks! And the same to you. I also enjoy it very much even though the finances are very limited.
  9. Belfast Celtic FC (N. Ireland) Season 2 - 2021/22 I keep posting in the wrong, general Youth Challenge thread. I really think I need to reset my browser favorites... Fantastic season all in all. We won the league (and gained promotion), and our first year intake was nicely integrated into the first team. On the transfer front, Curtis Hassan left us. He did not accept my contract offer, but at 30 with half a star in potential ability and very few, short substitutions, it will not be a loss. League (Results 1, Results 2, Cups) - For the second year in a row, not much to tell about the cups. We started the league reasonably well, and at least much better than last year. During mid season, we slowly improved and reached the top of the league. From december and onwards we did not lose, drawing 5 and winning 6 matches. Moyola Park did put pressure on us in the run in, but a relatively secure 2-0 victory in the head to head tie helped us secure the league title and automatic promotion. Fantastic. I stood by my simple 4-4-2 and it served us well. Team - Our only goalkeeper, Martin Harrison from the first year intake did a really good job, and is already at 18 one of the best players in the club and developing really well. In midfield Darren Lavery was a first choice option, and Darren Stuart was once again our top goalscorer with 17 league goals in 22 matches. Impressive. Facilities - I took advantage of our strong league campaign and pressured the board to accept further Junior Coaching and Youth Recruitment upgrades even though our finances are decreasing. They are now both Adequate. This is very acceptable for our current level and gives us a good, solid base of decently gifted players to build upon in the coming years. Moreover, our squad is now numerically bolstered. Finances - The finances did not deteriorate as quickly as I expected. They are still in the black, but getting closer to 0. With this years intake upgrades this is not as big a worry as it might would have been. Youth Intake - Another 'Golden Generation'. We received two goalkeepers this year, but they are not as good as Harrison. At least we now have decent backup on this position. I am hoping that Paul Mulgrew can improve and claim a spot in our midfield. I also have high hopes for our new striker Alan O'Hanlon and full back David Harris. Ethan Logue looks like a better central defender than last years candidates and Graeme Macauley will hopefully do well at right wing. Goal for next season: Avoid relegation. Keep hold of our promising young players.
  10. Belfast Celtic FC (N. Ireland) Season 2 - 2021/22 Fantastic season all in all. We won the league (and gained promotion), and our first year intake was nicely integrated into the first team. On the transfer front, Curtis Hassan left us. He did not accept my contract offer, but at 30 with half a star in potential ability and very few, short substitutions, it will not be a loss. League (Results 1, Results 2, Cups) - For the second year in a row, not much to tell about the cups. We started the league reasonably well, and at least much better than last year. During mid season, we slowly improved and reached the top of the league. From december and onwards we did not loose drawing 5 and winning 6 matches. Moyola Park did put pressure on os in the run in, but a relatively secure 2-0 victory in the head to head tie helped us secure the league title and automatic promotion. Fantastic. I stood by my simple 4-4-2 and it served us well. Team - Our only goalkeeper, Martin Harrison from first years intake did a really good job, and is already at 18 one of the best players in the club and developing really well. In midfield Darren Lavery was a first choice option, and Darren Stuart was once again our top goalscorer with 17 league goals in 22 matches. Impressive. Facilities - I took advantage of our strong league campaign and pressured the board to accept further Junior Coaching and Youth Recruitment upgrades even though our finances are decreasing. They are now both Adequate. This is very acceptable for our current level and gives us a good, solid base of decently gifted players to build upon in the coming years. Moreover, our squad is now numerically bolstered. Finances - The finances did not deteriorate as quickly as I expected. They are still in the black, but getting closer to 0. With this years intake upgrades this is not as big a worry as it might would have been. Youth Intake - Another 'Golden Generation'. We received two goalkeepers this year, but they are not as good as Harrison. At least we now have decent backup on this position. I am hoping that Paul Mulgrew can improve and claim a spot in our midfield. I also have high hopes for our new striker Alan O'Hanlon and full back David Harris. Ethan Logue looks like a better central defender than last years candidates and Graeme Macauley will hopefully do well at right wing. Goal for next season: Avoid relegation. Keep hold of our promising young players.
  11. Belfast Celtic FC (N. Ireland) Season 1 - 2020/21 Posted in the wrong thread... We survived in the Northern Irish third tier and finished 9th. Given that we had no goalkeeper and no right-back in our squad, this is a success. For some reason, my Head of Youth Development kept making offers for players to my first team. I haven't found the correct setting to change yet. I managed to cancel most offers, but one went through as you can see in my incoming transfers. As you can see from the outgoing transfers, I released him on the same date. I hope this is ok and not a dealbreaking violation of the challenge rules. League (Results 1, Results 2, Cups) - Not much to tell about the cups. In the league, we started ok with a draw, a loss and a win. But for the next ten games, we did not win and managed only 5 draws. After a particularly poor 2-5 loss against Banbridge, I rejected my tactic and switched to a simple long-ball 4-4-2. Luckily, this improved the results somewhat, and we won 4 of our next 7 matches, effectively avoiding relegation in the process. The last two games of the season were both won and were our first back to back wins of the season. Whether this was due to us finally having an actual goalkeeper and right back, I don't know, but we played quite well, so hopefully we can keep improving in the new season. Team - Our strongest area is the attack where our striker Darren Stuart scored 11 goals in 20 league matches. In addition to the positions where we have no players, we are very thin in central midfield as well as central defense. There is not much quality. Our youth intake prospects are very welcome additions to the team. Facilities - I managed to force through upgrades to the Junior Coaching and Youth Recruitment, so they are now both Average. This is very pleasing. Finances - We still have black numbers on our bank account, but we are loosing money every month, so it will be a matter of a few months before our finances are negative. This means, that our average intake facility levels will have to do for the foreseeable future. This is ok, as I am confident, that the player quality will be enough for this level. Youth Intake - Very good intake. The goalkeeper Mark Harrison and the right back Mark Murphy went straight into the first team. I am also hoping that Glenn Teer can turn into a decent striker, and Darren Lavery looks very promising in central midfield. So all in all a very promising youth intake. Goal for next season: Avoid relegation. Improve on this seasons position of 9th.
  12. Belfast Celtic FC (N. Ireland) Season 1 - 2020/21 We survived in the Northern Irish third tier and finished 9th. Given that we had no goalkeeper and no right-back in our squad, this is a success. For some reason, my Head of Youth Development kept making offers for players to my first team. I haven't found the correct setting to change yet. I managed to cancel most offers, but one went through as you can see in my incoming transfers. As you can see from the outgoing transfers, I released him on the same date. I hope this is ok and not a dealbreaking violation of the challenge rules. League (Results 1, Results 2, Cups) - Not much to tell about the cups. In the league, we started ok with a draw, a loss and a win. But for the next ten games, we did not win and managed only 5 draws. After a particularly poor 2-5 loss against Banbridge, I rejected my tactic and switched to a simple long-ball 4-4-2. Luckily, this improved the results somewhat, and we won 4 of our next 7 matches, effectively avoiding relegation in the process. The last two games of the season were both won and were our first back to back wins of the season. Whether this was due to us finally having an actual goalkeeper and right back, I don't know, but we played quite well, so hopefully we can keep improving in the new season. Team - Our strongest area is the attack where our striker Darren Stuart scored 11 goals in 20 league matches. In addition to the positions where we have no players, we are very thin in central midfield as well as central defense. There is not much quality. Our youth intake prospects are very welcome additions to the team. Facilities - I managed to force through upgrades to the Junior Coaching and Youth Recruitment, so they are now both Average. This is very pleasing. Finances - We still have black numbers on our bank account, but we are loosing money every month, so it will be a matter of a few months before our finances are negative. This means, that our average intake facility levels will have to do for the foreseeable future. This is ok, as I am confident, that the player quality will be enough for this level. Youth Intake - Very good intake. The goalkeeper Mark Harrison and the right back Mark Murphy went straight into the first team. I am also hoping that Glenn Teer can turn into a decent striker, and Darren Lavery looks very promising in central midfield. So all in all a very promising youth intake. Goal for next season: Avoid relegation. Improve on this seasons position of 9th.
  13. Having started a new game in Northern Ireland in FM 20.2.0-1323779 (m.e v2026) with Belfast Celtic (Youth Challenge). It seems that at some timing points during the game, the player/formation sort order is changed. At some undeterminable point after having made substitutions, the sort order of my players in my formation is random or they are sorted by some criteria other than playing position: Later in the game, the sort order of my players is again as I would expect (from Goalkeeper to Striker (Order By Position)):
  14. Belfast Celtic FC (N. Ireland) Beginning of challenge - 2020/21 After taking a couple of beatings in the english lower leagues, I have returned to Northern Ireland, where I have had some enjoyable attempts at this challenge in previous editions of the game. I have taken over Belfast Celtic FC, reformed before the 19/20 season after Sport & Leisure Swifts FC changed their name. It is an old club though, formed in 1891 and withdrawing from the Irish League again in 1949 due to political reasons. We have very few players in the squad and no goalkeepers, so this might yet again be a short-lived attempt at this challenge. The facilities concerning training and intake are basic and fairly basic, respectively. This is the manager. I really need a succesful attempt now
  15. Cray Wanderers FC (England) End of challenge - Season 20/21 OK. I give up. After 14 games, we are adrift and far from safety. We have won and drawn only twice. And there are no signs, that we can turn it around. Moreover, my board are refusing intake upgrades which makes this attempt infeasible in the long run. I must accept, that I don't have the skills and ability (and tactic) to gain success in this challenge in England this year. I will return to Northern Ireland, and hopefully be able to survive there. Best of luck to the rest of you.
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