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  1. dafuge's FM18 challenge

    @XaW - it could be worse, in my game they are near the bottom of L2 in their 2nd season in that division!
  2. dafuge's FM18 challenge

    I hope you do well after such persistence getting them to appear, i got fed up after 3hours trying for st neots
  3. dafuge's FM18 challenge

    I thought that after 1 season in the VNL my rep would improve to sign some decent players but it seems i still can't attract any player who is more than 3.5 stars in current ability. Last season my wage bill was 130k per season, the next team was double that, 12 teams were over a million and 20 over 500k. Unsurprisingly i was predicted to finish last and overachieved, this season the prediction is 23rd.
  4. dafuge's FM18 challenge

    Staines 2021/22 Table | Squad | Transfers Overall this was a good season as the team were always just the playoffs until a poor last 2 months dropped them down into midtable. The team lost at home at the first hurdle to rivals from the division below in both cups. Finances are ok with an increase in attendance resulting in only a loss of 100k over the season. I lost both of my goalies at the start and had to bring in another. My defense looked a lot shakier this season with Nuhu looking good before falling away. LB was terrible with bush and Ughelumba both poor. Ughelumba started to improve and then got injured for 5 months leading to bringing in a loan who was equally bad. The RB was only slightly better. In midfield Worall and Klass were again excellent although Worall suffered from the team getting less penalties. Hardcastle coming in made a big difference as my midfielders generally are not good enough defensively. Up front Pearce set a new league record for the club for goals even though he scored only 1 in the last 8 games. Plant has made up for Zanzala's loss by becoming my main striker. Ward also showed some promise. Season League Position FA Cup FA Trophy Achievements/Notes ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018/19 Vanarama South 19th 3rd Q Round 3rd Q Round Avoided relegation 2019/20 Vanarama South 13th 2nd Round 1st Round None 2020/21 Vanarama South 5th 2nd Round 1st Round Promoted 2021/22 Vanarama National 13th 4th Q Round 1st Round None @HighFlyingDwarf
  5. dafuge's FM18 challenge

    Because those are the rules for the non leagues - correct as far as i can see.
  6. dafuge's FM18 challenge

    In previous fm versions i have seen that option where there was no reserve side, it may depend on the level you are at rather than finances.
  7. dafuge's FM18 challenge

    @Scab That is a good season, the VNL doesn't seem to be very tough at all. Most people have done well in their first season.
  8. dafuge's FM18 challenge

    Staines 2020/21 Table | Squad | Transfers| Cups Started the season by winning all the pre-season games and the first 4 league games scoring 17 goals including a 7-0 against Whitehawk. Thereafter the team won a few and a lost a few but remained in the playoff spots all season. With 5 games to go the team lost 4 in a row including away to rivals Hampton and at home to Billericay. A 3-1 home win in the last game ensured the team made the playoffs. In the playoff the team beat Billericay 2-0 at home and Hampton 2-0 away to face Woking the in the final. This was predictably settled 1-0 by a Worrall penalty (1 of 13 he scored). In the cups it was so-so, in the FA cup the team comfortably saw off struggling L2 Lincoln but were outclasssed by L1 Bradford in the 2nd rd. In the FA trophy the team lost to Dulwich in the 1st Rd. The match against Bradford brought in a bit of money to help the finances and the board putting in 120K after the screenshot meant the team finished out of the red. The board increased the ground by 500 at the start of the season and again by 1250 at the end after promotion. I started the season with promising young goalie Ward in goal but he left after 5 games, Walton got injured for 5 months so my youth goalie England played. I strengthened the defence with 3 first teamer's coming in which really helped although they still had a lot of off games. In midfield the pairing of Worrall and Klass helped by Miller-Rodney were once again fantastic. Brown who played 35 games mostly as sub and Gardner who played 40 left before the last game of the season. Up front the 3 of Zanzala, Buchanan and Pearce started on fire, but Buchanan's form fell off badly after xmas and Pearce was injured for the last 4 months. This meant i played some of the youth strikers with Plant doing particularly well. Zanzala ended as top scored but will not sign a new contract. Season League Position FA Cup FA Trophy Achievements/Notes --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018/19 Vanarama South 19th 3rd Q Round 3rd Q Round Avoided relegation 2019/20 Vanarama South 13th 2nd Round 1st Round None 2020/21 Vanarama South 5th 2nd Round 1st Round Promoted @HighFlyingDwarf
  9. dafuge's FM18 challenge

    Even Marine has fair weather fans who only turn out for the big games
  10. dafuge's FM18 challenge

    That's an amazing result although i'm more surprised by the number of away fans, you must be doing well.
  11. dafuge's FM18 challenge

    I saw both Marine and Whitby come up so you should be able to get either of those quite easily. Marine came up a lot.
  12. dafuge's FM18 challenge

    Don't know since i concede a lot from those positions, set everyone to man mark maybe? Put them all on the halfway line to catch the other team offside
  13. dafuge's FM18 challenge

    Well done to @Hypanimz and @Fadedaf on the promotions.
  14. dafuge's FM18 challenge

    I used it quite successfully in the last few versions of FM as well. Last season i used an 4-3-3 assymetricAMR with a particular player. He has left so i have gone back to 4-3-3 with some success, it would be more if my strikers didn't miss so many CCC's.
  15. dafuge's FM18 challenge

    Staines 2019/20 Table | Squad | Transfers| Cups The season started off well and the team looked very sharp. By Dec they were comfortably in the playoffs. It started to unravel at the end of Jan about when i signed Meekens who was terrible. I lost 9 games in a row which finished any promotion hopes and ended towards the bottom of the table. In the FA cup the team beat Dulwich and Merthyr before facing L2 Blackpool away. A 2-1 win should have been more comfortable with 5 CCC's created. In the 2nd Rd L1 Burton were the opponents in a televised match. A 96th minute undeserved equaliser by Staines led to a replay were the team were easily beaten 3-0. In the FA trophy the team lost to VNL woking. Finances are ok thanks to the fa cup run. Most of my transfers in were 16yo's to boost my u18 team. The defence was catastrophic with only the bottom 2 teams worse, My strikers also stopped scoring when the team started losing in feb. Hamilton scored 10 in 17 league games but had lost form by the time his loan ended, Pearce was also very hot and cold. In midfield were my best players in Klass and Worrall, youth player Williams also did well. My biggest issue is getting the players roles right as i'm still not getting the best out of the likes of Zanzala and Klass. Season League Position FA Cup FA Trophy Achievements/Notes --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018/19 Vanarama South 19th 3rd Q Round 3rd Q Round Avoided relegation 2019/20 Vanarama South 13th 2nd Round 1st Round None