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  1. This is amazing. Absolutely top work. Not too disheartened by seeing Der Bandits relegated in our first season. Ours was always the long game, focusing on youth an facilities with a view to a successful future. Very encouraging that Martin Podrygala is with us, a 16 year old with 180 PA and a big big future. Let's hope he stays! Terrific work Dave.
  2. Thanks for all the compliments folks - the season update is not far from completion now.
  3. A sneak preview, as I'm having a busy week so being a bit slow with the season report..... February With the transfer window finally shut, the Bandits in particular could breathe a huge sigh of relief that they had enough starlets remaining. Whether many will last beyond the summer is another question, but they could be optimistic that this season, at least, should be a success. Before the league campaign got back underway, they had the small matter of a fourth round FA Cup tie at home to Championship side Derby. Having dispatched of previous cup opponents with disdain, they were confident of adding another scalp, and duly raced to a 3-0 lead inside half an hour in another stunning performance. Derby rallied after the break, piling pressure on the Bandits goal and pulling one back, but their first half horror show was too much to recover from and the Bandits marched on to the last sixteen, matching the Sheriffs run from the previous season. Wins continued to arrive in the league, although not by the same crunching scorelines as before – 2-0, 2-0 and 5-0 were still comfortable enough, while suggesting that the squad wasn’t quite as all conquering as before. However, it was still excellent form to take into the Red Insure Cup quarter finals, where they would once again face their fierce rivals. The Sheriffs were also maintaining good form, winning 4-0, 5-0 and 5-0 in the league to maintain their narrow lead over the Bandits, and the impressive record of having only dropped points to their rivals. But with seven defeats out of seven against them, the Red Insure Cup was yet another hurdle to overcome. Could they finally get one over the Bandits? Cup clash Both sides fielded strong teams – the Bandits lining up with eight starlets and the Sheriffs putting out four of their remaining idiots. Once again, the Bandits started the stronger, and it was no surprise to see Striker 4 put them ahead before the break. With anger in their ears at half time, the Sheriffs perked up, and when Rory Horlock equalised with 25 minutes to go they scented blood. They pressed and pressed but were then hit by a sucker punch – Right Back 2 firing the Bandits back into the lead with just eight minutes to go. It seemed that another defeat would be on the cards, but for once the Sheriffs did not lie down, and when Lazy Idiot Mid levelled the tie three minutes later, the Bandits realised that this was to be a bigger battle than usual. After seven defeats within ninety minutes, the Sheriffs had finally done what they had never managed before – hold their fierce rivals to a draw, but this one wasn’t over, and the game moved into extra time. The Bandits reasserted their authority in the added thirty minutes, but couldn’t make their dominance pay, and the cup tie drifted towards, and eventually into, a penalty shoot out in ront of 57526 manic fans. The Bandits went first, Williams scoring, before Lazy Idiot Mid cancelled him out. Right Back 2, who thought he had won the tie in normal time, then watched in horror as his effort flew wide, before Nelthorpe handed a 2-1 advantage to the Sheriffs. Attacking Mid 2 squared it up, before Lazy Idiot Def crashed his effort against the crossbar to bring the sides level again. The Bandits then took the lead with Farrell’s penalty, combined with Pickup’s penalty being saved, and they led 3-2 with one kick left to go. Defensive Mid 2 stepped up to win it……and saw his penalty saved by Lazy Idiot GK, giving Horlock the chance to send the shootout into sudden death. He sent Goalkeeper 1 the wrong way, but his kick slammed into the post and stayed out. The Bandits were through, and the Sheriffs were crushed once again. Never had the Sheriffs come so close – hitting the woodwork twice in the shootout was a cruel blow, but once again they had to deal with being beaten by their rivals. Would they ever defeat them? Ending the month The Sheriffs once again showed an impressive ability to bounce back from disappointment, beating Stourbridge 4-0 to end the month well, but not only did they have to deal with the pain of losing to the Bandits in the cup, they had to watch on as their rivals had another big tie, in the FA Cup fifth round, again at home to Championship opposition. Brighton were the visitors, and started brightly, before the non-league juggernaut flexed their muscles again, with two goals from Striker 4 putting them ahead before half time. Brighton knocked on the door many times in the second half, but only managed one shot on target, and the Bandits moved on into the quarter finals, and a massive home tie with holders Arsenal. They had been drawn at home in all six rounds of the competition proper, as well as two of the four qualifying rounds. A 5-0 win at Weymouth days later kept them in touch with the Sheriffs, as the season rolled into March.
  4. Not so far. The database updates are brilliant - great work by those involved.
  5. Wow - that is some commitment, reading through all of that! The FM087 one was a bit epic - and a tale of never quite making it.
  6. It does feel a little like the Bandits are hanging on - it might not seem like it but the drop in quality will soon be stark. So far, starlets have been replaced with starlets, and then a handful of other players. But now for every starlet that leaves, there is no-one to replace them. The next year might see some changes.
  7. Well, they will have another chance in the Red Insure Cup quarter final, where they have been paired together.
  8. Not sure on the cost, but both clubs have massive expansion capacity. I'll look into costs at the end of the season, but I agree - their financial strength means it probably matters little.
  9. Season report – 2012/13 – January Open the floodgates The transfer window opened with a far increased interest in the starlets, with the Bandits facing a much tougher challenge to keep hold of them than normal. But before the carnage began, they were able to beat Hemel Hempstead 3-0 in the league to catch up one of their games in hand on the Sheriffs. Following that, the Bandits faced Colchester at home in the third round of the FA Cup, in a tie that was picked for television, perhaps unsurprisingly given how ruthlessly the Bandits had dispatched of their previous illustrious opponents. And this tie appeared to be no different when the Bandits came flying out of the blocks, testing the Colchester keeper time and time again. But all attempts were resisted, and the match went into the break locked at 0-0. The second half followed a similar pattern, before Wayne Mason finally broke the deadlock, putting the Bandits ahead with sixteen minutes left. A single goal lead might have been cause for nerves, but in truth Colchester never looked like levelling, and the Bandits ran out 1-0 winners, outshooting their opponents 24-1 in another one-sided display. But bad news was to follow – it was to be the final match for Centre Back 4, who joined Peterborough for £350k, and Defensive Mid 1, who moved to Serie A outfit Cagliari for £900k. Right Mid 1, who helped them to a 6-0 win over Bashley days later, then followed, joining Southampton for £875k. The Sheriffs were having a different form of trouble. Lazy Idiot Str and Lazy Idiot Def both picked up stupid red cards, the latter being fined for his trouble, as their squad threatened to implode. But on the field, performances were still excellent – 7-2, 3-1 and 6-0 victories keeping them on top of the league, and ensuring that the ever depleting Bandits had to keep winning to stay in touch. And that ability of the Bandits to win games was being stretched to the limit. Their very next game, away to Barwell, saw them come up against an excellent keeper, only for an own goal to hand them victory in the final minute. Following the game, the Bandits then suffered two more departures – Left Mid 1 moving to Denmark to join FC Copenhagen for £750k, and Centre Back 2 signing for Watford for £220k. Still a strong side, they beat Weston-super-Mare 4-0 in their next game, before the crunch match with the Sheriffs arrived. All had been quiet on the Sheriffs transfer front, and unlike their great rivals, they were growing in confidence, preparing for the big game with 6-0 and 8-0 victories in the league. A potential decider Going into the clash at the home of the Bandits, the Sheriffs remained eight points clear, having played three games more than their bitter rivals. The Bandits knew that they could still go top with victories in all three games in hand, so a draw would theoretically keep them in a good position, but dropping points was now so much more likely with the number of departures. Both sides knew that a victory could be a hammer blow for the other club. To add to that, the form book had been reversed – it was the Sheriffs coming into the game on form, with the Bandits struggling with injuries and sales. Despite this, the Bandits started the stronger, perhaps reminding their cocky opponents that they retained a 100% record in these meetings, and still had the players to make a difference – eight starlets still began the game, with only two idiots lining up for the Sheriffs. But it was Striker 4’s partner, Wayne Mason, who would break the deadlock, giving the Bandits a deserved lead at half time. The Sheriffs came out for the second period with intent, perhaps aware that a defeat could spell the end of their title challenge, and as a result of their resurgence, Scott Hamilton levelled the match after 55 minutes. Both sides traded blows, with the Bandits still edging it, before the deciding goal arrived, just six minutes from time. And once again, it was the Bandits that got it – Right Mid 2 slamming home and bringing him team within five points of the Sheriffs, still with three games in hand. It was cruel on the Sheriffs, who must now contemplate how they lost to their opponents for a seventh successive time. Ending the month The Bandits rallied after their victory over the Sheriffs, and won their final two games of the month, 8-0 at Frome in the Red Insure Cup and 5-0 at home to Brackley in the league. With just one draw all season, they end January with a 24-1-0 record, giving them 73 points from 25 games. The Sheriffs also showed the ability to bounce back, winning 3-0 at home to Chesham in the Red Insure Cup and 6-1 against Chippenham in the league, but it would take a brave bet on them to win the league now. Their record is 26-0-2, giving them 78 points from 28 games. The Bandits saw no further exits, and they are still left with ten starlets, although Striker 2 has been injured almost all season with a torn calf. They should have enough to win the league now. The Sheriffs, somewhat oddly, sold Scott Hamilton to Sheff Wed for just £20k, an odd move given his 109 CA and impressive performances – the attacking midfielder had twelve goals already this season. However, they compensated by signing Jimmy Ryan on a free transfer from Scunthorpe – the 24 year old central midfielder has 95 CA and 119 PA.
  10. Hello again. Right, some answers. Firstly, there have been some transfers - I was somewhat fooled by the fact that the Bandits and Sheriffs are currently not bound by the transfer windows, which is why I missed a few transfers. Bandits We've already covered their sales up until the end of August, which included Centre Backs 1 and 3, Right Back 1, Left Back 1, Attacking Mid 1 and Strikers 1 and 3, but they have sold one more player since the transfer window closed. Remember Mike Anderson, one of their better centre halves who also popped up with quite a few goals from set pieces? Well, they sold him for £50k. Who do you think they sold him to? Go on, have a guess.... Sheriffs Having somehow convinced the Bandits to sell them the very decent Anderson, the Sheriffs went out and splashed £550k on Sunderland's James McClean, who at 23 becomes their highest non-idiot CA player, with 123 (Hamilton is next with 109), along with a PA of 140. Nice purchase. Regarding the stadium ownership - a great deduction by RCSA4Ever - Sheriffs own their ground, the Bandits don't.
  11. Indeed he is - not sure how I missed the transfer, I'll have a look at the save later but I suspect an out of transfer window free signing. He's very decent - 123 CA.
  12. Mid season statistics - Sheriffs Most appearances – 20+ starts Lazy Idiot GK – 30 + 1 Hamilton (AMC) – 28 + 1 Driven Idiot Str – 26 + 2 Pickup (DL) – 25 + 2 Lazy Idiot Mid – 25 McClean (ML) – 24 Tyler (DL) – 22 + 4 Lazy Idiot Def – 22 Martin (DM) – 20 + 3 Strange to see two left backs in there – at least one is being played out of position. Lazy Idiot Str only starts 18 games. Goals – 5+ Driven Idiot Str – 31 (26 + 2 games) Horlock (ST) – 24 (16 + 10 games) Lazy Idiot Str – 11 (18 games) Hamilton (AMC) – 8 (28 + 1 games) McClean (ML) – 8 (24 games) Lazy Idiot Mid – 6 (25 games) Laws (ML) – 5 (10 + 5 games) A great record from Driven Idiot Str, and a brilliant season so far from teenage striker Rory Horlock. Assists – 10+ Lazy Idiot Mid – 21 (25 games) Driven Idiot Str – 15 (26 + 2 games) McClean (ML) – 12 (24 games) Only three on the list this year, but all three can claim to be having excellent seasons. Top Ratings, Min 10 starts, 8.00 Rating None The only player whose average rating is eight or above is centre back Mike Anderson, whose 8.04 rating has come from nine games. The best regular is actually Rory Horlock, the 18 year old striker with an average rating of 7.97, likely to have been harmed by ten substitute appearances. Behind him come Driven Idiot Str and James McClean, both with 7.95
  13. Mid season statistics - Bandits Most appearances – 20+ starts Left Back 2 – 27 + 2 Goalkeeper 1 – 27 Striker 2 – 26 Striker 4 – 25 + 3 Left Mid 1 – 25 Right Back 2 – 25 Right Mid 1 – 24 + 3 Centre Back 4 – 23 + 3 Defensive Mid 1 – 22 Centre Back 2 – 21 + 4 No room for anyone outside the starlets this year – in fact no non-starlet has started even ten fames for the Bandits this season. Goals – 5+ Striker 2 – 59 (26 games) Striker 4 – 38 (25 + 3 games) Right Mid 1 – 23 (24 + 3 games) Left Mid 1 – 20 (25 games) Attacking Mid 2 – 10 (16 + 3 games) Defensive Mid 2 – 10 (19 + 1 games) Mason (ST) – 6 (9+ 7 games) Centre Back 4 – 5 (23 + 3 games) That isn’t a typo – Striker 2 really does have 59 goals, at more than a rate of two per game. Wow. Assists – 10+ Left Mid 1 – 27 (25 games) Striker 2 – 26 (26 games) Striker 4 – 23 (25 + 3 games) Right Mid 1 – 23 (24 + 3 games) Mason (ST) – 13 (9 + 7 games) Defensive Mid 1 – 12 (22 games) As if 59 goals wasn’t enough, Striker 2 also has 26 assists. Mason is chipping in nicely for an occasional player. Top Ratings, Min 10 starts, 8.00 Rating Striker 2 – 9.13 (26 games) Striker 4 – 8.88 (25 + 3 games) Left Mid 1 - 8.81 (25 games) Right Mid 1 – 8.60 (24 + 3 games) Defensive Mid 1 – 8.44 (22 games) Left Back 2 – 8.34 (27 + 2 games) Right Back 2 – 8.34 (25 games) Defensive Mid 2 – 8.32 (19 + 1 games) Centre Back 4 – 8.32 (23 + 3 games) Centre Back 2 – 8.24 (21 + 4) Attacking Mid 2 – 8.23 (16 + 3 games) Strikers and wingers, blowing the league apart.
  14. Sorry this has been a long way in the coming, by the way. I'm changing jobs at the moment but actually overlapping them so very very busy until the middle of next week. Then it all calms down and I do one hell of a lot less commuting. Happy days.
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