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  1. Truro City - Season 2021/22 - National League South - 2nd Season Review - I went into this season off the back of making the play offs last year, only to crash out at the first hurdle. I was happy enough with the core of the squad and knew with a few signings we could make the play offs again and hopefully go one step further. League - (Fixtures 1) (Fixtures 2) (Fixtures 3) (Positions) We sat top of the pile for a brief moment early on in the season but after that we maintained a play off spot. We made 2nd place ours and with that we move onto the play offs. Could we make up for last season's disappointment? Play offs - Yes we could! Both matches went to extra time but I have finally achieved a promotion! I cannot tell you how tense I was in the final and the relief after the final whistle was unreal. What a time to finally beat Havant & Waterlooville who were becoming something of a bogey team for us. Cups - (FA Cup) (FA Trophy) Embarrassment in the FA Cup in what was probably one of my worst matches ever, also featuring a red card for youth player Corby Henshall on his second start. The FA Trophy loss was a little more understandable against our league rivals. A poor season all round and could really have done with the money from a cup run... Transfers - A more reasonable amount this season and some key ones during the season made the difference. Finances - It just gets worse and worse... The board seem reluctant to provide a cash injection which usually sustained things in previous versions. Did they change this at some point or is my chairman being stingy? Youth Intake - Still nothing to get too excited over but you can but hope. I really would like a Cornish heart to the squad eventually so I will always try to pick out those born in the area. Christopher Watkins - He can finish but will he be able to do much else? Luke Davidson - Could turn into an adequate enough backup down the line. Melvin Junior Baptiste - I've got a feeling that he will be one of the players being bumped up to the first team in a few seasons time. At least if I'm still knocking around the National League. Key Players - Tyler Harvey - Fans player of the year again. He plays well but I want a lot more out of him. Charlie Clancy - He had a quiet start to the season but ended up clear top goalscorer. Ryan Bevan - Top assist man yet again despite a bit of an injury hit season. Any other business - Treyew Road is getting a capacity upgrade to meet league requirements. Could really have done without that extra expense. Looking Forward - It's all new ground for me as I deal with the step up to the National League for the first time. I've managed to renew the contracts of a core of players I think are good enough but with finances the way they are I'm not sure how much strengthening I can realistically do. Onwards and upwards!
  2. Truro City - Season 2020/21 - National League South - 6th Season Review - I feel the season was really a story of FM20. It was played through 3 different patches and things went differently with each one. Had I managed to finish the season during the public beta things may have ended a lot differently but then maybe the patch would have hit even harder if it had? Anyway, after a small hiatus I can at least say the first season is done and things can hopefully settle down now. League - (Fixtures 1) (Fixtures 2) (Fixtures 3) (Positions) Can you tell when my game updated from the public beta? From being in touching distance of the top, we eventually struggled to nab a playoff spot. Could we do it? Playoff - Could we heck! Captain Dickinson decided getting a straight red for a two footed lunge would make the game more interesting. We managed to take the lead through Rooney but sadly couldn't hold out. Alas, my play off misfortunes continue and we crashed out at the first hurdle. Cups - (FA Cup) (FA Trophy) Coming up against a National League side in the FA Cup was always going to be a tough ask and I thought we put up a good performance without getting the result. The FA Trophy came at a time when things were beginning to go wrong. Transfers - A lot in as always. Finances - Not a pretty sight. Youth Intake - Alan Dempsey - I can see him coming good or at the very least decent enough. Going to train him as an AMR. Corby Henshall - Supposedly has potential and would fit nicely into the midfield if he manages to improve. Key Players - Tyler Harvey - The fans love him and he is really my best player. Unfortunately that comes with a massive wage. He was set to go but I've talked his wage down (dsepite it still being too high for my liking) and I've got him for another season. A good player that I would be weaker without. Charlie Clancy - Eventually ended up top goal scorer and I'll be looking forward to seeing what he can manage next year. Ryan Bevan - Top assist man playing at right back. Can see him being a pain to keep hold of eventually but I'll enjoy it while he is at the club. Any other business - Brexit happened but nothing changes. Looking Forward - I've got a few potential signings lined up which should hopefully boost the team, along with keeping the likes of star man Tyler Harvey at the club on reduced wages. The players may not agree with the ambition but the play offs are really the only way forward now and I would see anything less next season to be a step backwards. With young players throughout the squad, things can only get better. The future is bright down in Cornwall. I don't know if anyone else feels like this but my willingness to put up with FM20 is tenuous. I don't mind struggling if it is because my tactic is off or my players aren't good enough. But when things work in one session and the only difference when things stop working the next one is that the ME has been updated, it just ruins it. What am I supposed to make of it? I hope this is the last time I have to mention the patches and I apologise for the rant. There's a lot of pent up frustration with this game that all I honestly want to do is just enjoy. I do feel that the next season may be the breaking point with this game depending how it goes. Hopefully it won't come to that...
  3. I can't say I've had the best of times with FM20. Probably the most enjoyable period I have had was with the public beta back in January. Sadly that came to an end and I had a bit of a break from the game yet again. However, the pull of the game was too much and I have just managed to finish my first season with Truro and have managed to make the play offs. In all my years doing this challenge I think this is only the second time I have made it to them. Fingers crossed for a happy ending!
  4. I've just observed some very odd behaviour from two of my players when defending a corner kick. All my defending corner instructions are the default. Dickinson (no. 3) is standing at the near post like he should. For some reason Jephcott (no. 17) comes walking towards the near post and it seems that the two are pushed into the net. At this point they appear to be completely inactive and stay there for the corner and the attack after. When I end up getting a corner they wake up. It looked like they had merged together when watching on 2D classic. Dickinson, my DL, was set to 'Mark near post' and Jephcott, my AML, was set to 'Go back' so I don't see why they would attempt to occupy the same space. The corner takes place at 82:00 when they become inactive. My corner happens at 83:00 when they become active again. Truro v Eastbourne Boro.pkm
  5. I've had a little time to settle down with the public beta and I'm enjoying it a lot more than the official patch. I debated doing other saves or choosing a different team but I feel like I've got unfinished business down South West. So I'm back with another shot with Truro and hopefully this time I will have a bit more joy with the ME...
  6. Thus ends my time as Truro manager. Not because of relegation. Not because of results (though I'm sure that was only a matter of time). But because I didn't drop our best left back despite promising the board I would do so. Obviously not playing him for a single match wasn't deemed as sufficient enough. Oh well... That has to have been one of the worst times I have had playing FM. I cannot work out if my tactic was to blame or my players. Things were going ok until December and then it was as if my strikers all just forgot how to score. I think it was 3 goals from them in total since then and I was sacked at the beginning of April with 4 to play. Chances were created but they went straight at the keeper, wide of the posts or occasionally hitting them. It wasn't helped by the types of goals the opposition were able to score against me. Time to consign this save to the recycle bin and think where to go next.
  7. What would people consider to be the easiest and hardest teams to manage for this challenge? I'm struggling through my second season as Truro, due to my ability to play the game more than likely, and I'm getting the impression that improving the squad is going to be very difficult given few players are willing to relocate to Cornwall. I would guess London based teams would be significantly easier.
  8. Truro City - Season 2020/21 - National League South - 11th Season Review - I was nervous at the start that the board expected too much of me. In the end we did what we needed to do where it mattered. Obviously I managed to impress people as I somehow ended up winning Manager of the Year. Now my fanboys and I can look ahead to a bright future of eventual Cornish dominance. League - (Fixtures 1) (Fixtures 2) (Fixtures 3) (Positions) The board wanted top half, the board got top half. Cups - (FA Cup) (FA Trophy) Perhaps I was too willing to rotate in some of these matches. We didn't do anything of note apart from lose. Transfers - I have no clue how people manage to do challenges that ban transfers completely... Finances - It goes down and then a bit further down. Youth Intake - They may have the stars but their attributes are all a bit meh. I wouldn't say any of these are particularly worth shouting about but good enough for back up. Key Players - Louis Rooney - Top scorer and probably the main reason we did so well. Hoping for more of the same next season. Ryan Bevan - Probably my best signing from the summer. My captain because I didn't have anyone better at the time. Any other business - Brexit happened. Seems I have one where work permits are based on value and wages or something. It's a new one for me at the very least. Looking Forward - I need to strengthen the squad and replace a few who are leaving. I'm feeling quietly confident but feel there are a lot of cracks that need to be fixed before the season starts. I still live in hope for my first ever promotion in this challenge...
  9. After missing FM19, I'm jumping back this year with Truro City. Slightly concerned that I won't be able to meet the expectation of a top half finish but I am comforted that at least one fan doesn't consider my reign as something to dread.
  10. It was enjoyable while it lasted. Don’t think we disgraced ourselves at all but if you can’t score goals from open play you are eventually going to be found out.
  11. How many of these corners have we been asleep for?
  12. I think I’m about ready to accept we aren’t about to mess this up now!
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