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About Stuniverse


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    FM enthusiast and Rams fan, I am the FM Researcher for Derby County. I provide updates on my save(s) regularly in the Career Updates section on here - my FM20 save is called Stuniverse’s FM20 Adventure. My FM19 save was a Derby County - Director of Football Challenge, with Rams legend Igor Stimac in the starring role as DoF. Derby County season ticket holder and member of the Derby Telegraph's Rams Fans Panel.

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    Live in Derbyshire.

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    Derby County

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    Falkirk (See Career Updates)

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  1. Game date: 28 November 2021 RAITH AT HOME BairnsNews: Falkirk have been draw at home to League One Raith Rovers in the Fourth Round of the Scottish Cup.
  2. Game date: Saturday 27th November 2021 Pre-match v Celtic (a) - Ladbrokes Premiership (14) Match Preview BairnsNews: Celtic have won their last 15 Premiership matches, stretching back to last season. How do you go about trying to get something out of your visit to Celtic Park? Stuniverse: Well clearly it's going to be very difficult for us. We prepare as we always prepare, and hope we can go out on the pitch, play to something close to our best, and you just never know... [laughs] maybe Lennon and the Celtic players will underestimate us like he thinks the rest of the Premiership has. Team Selection Unavailable: Steven Boyd (broken foot) Michael Doyle (hernia) Josh Mullin (dislocated shoulder) Doubtful: Calum Macdonald (ankle-90) Alan Forrest (knee-90) BairnsNews: Four changes today. Stuniverse: Yes, TJ Eyoma, Craig Sibbald, Lewis Smith and Jahmal Hector-Ingram for Josh Dacres-Cogley, Ethan Hamilton, Louis Longridge and Georgie Kelly. Post-match: Celtic (0) 1-0 (0) Falkirk BairnsNews: A valiant effort but another defeat at the hands of Celtic. Stuniverse: Yes. It was always going to be an uphill task and, for the most part, we defended very well, but a lapse of concentration, a careless challenge from Calum Macdonald, and Celtic have a penalty from which they scored. After that it was always going to be incredibly difficult. I'm pleased we created a handful of chances of our own but we saw the gulf in quality between Celtic and ourselves today. BairnsNews: It must be disappointing to lose, but can you take confidence from having gone 10 matches unbeaten before this? Stuniverse: Yes. Celtic have been the best team in Scottish football for a good number of seasons now. Losing away to them by a solitary goal is nothing to get alarmed about, in fact we can take a lot of confidence from it. We went on a good run of form before that and we need to try and find a way to maintain that momentum. Please LIKE if you enjoyed this update and FOLLOW the thread so you don't miss future updates.
  3. Game date: 26 November 2021 LENNON-STUNIVERSE WAR OF WORDS BairnsNews: Celtic manager Neil Lennon and Falkirk manager Stuniverse have entered into a war of words ahead of their Premiership clash at Celtic Park.
  4. Game date: 23 November 2021 LITMANEN SIGNS NEW DEAL BairnsNews: Falkirk's 50 year-old assistant manager Jari Litmanen has joined manager Stuniverse in signing a new contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2024.
  5. Game date: Saturday 20th November 2021 Pre-match v Ross County (a) - Ladbrokes Premiership (13) BairnsNews: Congratulations on your new contract. Stuniverse: Thank you. I'm thoroughly enjoying my time here. Ye Bairns fans have made me very welcome and we've had an incredibly successful first two seasons here. I have a fantastic squad of hard working, quality players; we've made an unbelievable start to this season, exceeding our own expectations, and every day working with these players is an enjoyable experience. BairnsNews: Does this man you've settled your differences with the chairman? Stuniverse: To be fair, we don't have differences, we have different plans. I want to build on our success so far, season by season, to make this great club the best we can make it. Lex Miller wants to sell the cub, although he hasn't yet despite having a queue of investors wanting to buy. It's hard to work to a long-term plan for success when the owner doesn't want to be here. Match Preview BairnsNews: You have an impressive record against Ross County. Can you keep it going today? Stuniverse: Well we won 2-0 at our place earlier in the season but today we're away at the Global Energy Stadium. Ross County need the points and I'm sure they'll be doing everything they can to deny us. We've trained well, prepared thoroughly, and if we can match them for commitment and work rate, we're confident of getting a positive result. Team Selection Unavailable: Steven Boyd (broken foot) Michael Doyle (hernia) Josh Mullin (dislocated shoulder) Doubtful: Tom Grivosti (food poisoning-75) TJ Eyoma (food poisoning-75) Aidan Connolly (abdominal strain-90) Lewis Smith (thigh-90) Alan Forrest (knee-90) Jahmal Hector-Ingram (ankle-90) BairnsNews: Only one change today. Stuniverse: Yes. Alan Forrest has a minor knee issue so Anthony McDonald comes in for him. Post-match: Ross County (0) 0-1 (0) Falkirk BairnsNews: A narrow win, but a win nevertheless. Stuniverse: Yes, a very good three points for us. I thought we controlled the game from start to finish, but we had to be patient as they defended manfully and robustly at times. Even when they went down to 10-men, they still made it very difficult for us to break them down. We had to wait beyond 70 minutes but, in the end, Adam Idah gave us the lead after a great run by Aidan Connolly. Earlier we thought we'd taken the lead just before the break when Adam Idah scored after being put clean through by Jason Holt, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside. Please LIKE if you enjoyed this update and FOLLOW the thread so you don't miss future updates.
  6. Game date: 18 November 2021 STUNIVERSE SIGNS NEW BAIRNS CONTRACT BairnsNews: Falkirk's manager Stuniverse has signed a new contract keeping him at the club until the summer of 2024. Stuniverse is believed to have been unsettled in pre-season because of the ongoing ownership situation at the club and attended interviews at Charlton Athletic and Sunderland and it's been reported he was offered the Charlton manager's job but turned it down. By signing this new contract, Stuniverse appears to have put his differences with Bairns chairman Lex Miller behind him.
  7. Game date: 17 November 2021 DOYLE SUFFERS HERNIA BairnsNews: Falkirk's 30 year-old right-back Michael Doyle could be out for five weeks with a hernia.
  8. Game date: 12 November 2021 BELL SETS RETIREMENT DATE BairnsNews: Falkirk's 35 year-old goalkeeper Cammy Bell has decided to retire at the end of the season.
  9. Game date: Saturday 6th November 2021 Pre-match v Livingston (H) - Ladbrokes Premiership (12) Match Preview BairnsNews: You drew 0-0 at the Tony Macaroni Arena on opening day. Can you improve on that result against Livingston at the Falkirk Stadium? Stuniverse: We've been playing well of late and, with Ye Bairns fans behind us, I don't see why not. That's our aim, any way. Team Selection Unavailable: Steven Boyd (broken foot) Josh Mullin (dislocated shoulder) TJ Eyoma (food poisoning) Doubtful: Aidan Connolly (abdominal strain-75) Lewis Smith (thigh-90) Alan Forrest (thigh-90) Jahmal Hector-Ingram (ankle-90) BairnsNews: Six changes. Stuniverse: Yes. TJ Eyoma has food poisoning so Josh Dacres-Cogley starts at right-back. Calum Macdonald, Ethan Hamilton, Jason Holt, Louis Longridge and Adm Idah come in for Jordan Marshall, Michael Tidser, Craig Sibbald, Anthony McDonald and Chris Kane. Post-match: Falkirk (0) 2-0 (0) Livingston BairnsNews: You had to be patient, but you finally found a way to score against Livingston. Stuniverse: Yes. We couldn't break them down at the Tony Macaroni Arena and it took us over an hour today. Adam Idah got on the end of a superb Louis Longridge cross to give us the lead. The two of them later combined again for an almost identical goal. Overall, we were very good value for the victory. BairnsNews: That's nine Premiership matches unbeaten and you're third in the Premiership. Can you keep this amazing run going? Stuniverse: I know you won't like me saying this but we're just going to take things one game at a time. Please LIKE if you enjoyed this update and FOLLOW the thread so you don't miss future updates.
  10. Game date: 3 November 2021 BAIRNS TO OFFER STUNIVERSE NEW CONTRACT BairnsNews understand from an unnamed source at the club that Falkirk chairman Lex Miller has sounded out manager Stuniverse about renewing his contract with the Bairns and received a positive response. Formal contract talks are expected to commence in the next few days. Stuniverse's current deal expires at the end of the season.
  11. Game date: 1 November 2021 MONTHLY REPORTS Manager Performance: Finances: Dynamics:
  12. Game date: 29 October 2021 FALKIRK - NOVEMBER FIXTURES BairnsNews: Falkirk face three Premiership fixtures in November with the highlight being a trip to Celtic Park.
  13. Game date: Wednesday 27th October 2021 Pre-match v Kilmarnock (a) - Ladbrokes Premiership (11) Match Preview Team Selection Unavailable: Steven Boyd (broken foot) Josh Mullin (dislocated shoulder) Doubtful: Aidan Connolly (abdominal strain-60) TJ Eyoma (gashed leg-90) Jahmal Hector-Ingram (thigh-90) Josh Dacres-Cogley (fatigued-90) Calum Macdonald (fatigued-90) Ethan Hamilton (fatigued-90) Jason Holt (fatigued-90) Lewis Smith (fatigued-90) Adam Idah (fatigued-90) BairnsNews: Have you recovered from Wednesday night's match against Hearts? Stuniverse: No, not really. Josh Dacres-Cogley, Calum Macdonald, Ethan Hamilton, Jason Holt, Lewis Smith and Adam Idah were all looking tired in training so TJ Eyoma, Jordan Marshall, Michael Tidser, Craig Sibbald, Anthony McDonald and Chris Kane come in for them. Post-match: Kilmarnock (0) 0-1 (1) Falkirk BairnsNews: That was an impressive away win. Congratulations. Stuniverse: Thank you. Once again we defended very well and that got us through in the end. For the opening quarter of an hour, Kilmarnock had much the better of it, until we counter-attacked and Craig Sibbald ran onto Chris Kane's lay off and smashed the ball into the roof of the net. From then on we grew in confidence, they seemed to lose confidence, and we looked the more dangerous side for the rest of the game. BairnsNews: You've now played everybody once and you're fourth, with 18 points from 11 matches, and looking good value having lost only one match. Stuniverse: Yes. We've surprised ourselves at times, but we're not getting ahead of ourselves. In the last two seasons, 28 and 34 points were needed to finish third bottom. Our start has given us a lot of confidence, but we need to continue working hard in an attempt to maintain our early momentum. Please LIKE if you enjoyed this update and FOLLOW the thread so you don't miss future updates.
  14. Yes, @samboing, it’s getting a tad annoying now. I wish Lex Miller would sell the club to someone who wants to own it. I’m into season three now and he’s been in talks with six different consortiums, placed a transfer embargo on the club four times, and he’s pulled the plug on all of them. I just want to know where I stand and work for an owner who wants to own the club. Yes indeed. Thank you. 10 games in, only Kilmarnock we haven’t played yet, and only Celtic have beaten us. 15 points from 10 games is exceeding my expectations. Already we are 10 points clear of the bottom two. But I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I hope you’re right. We’ve certainly ridden our luck in some of those draws.
  15. Game date: 26 October 2021 MILLER STILL OWNS BAIRNS BairnsNews: Falkirk chairman Lex Miller has lifted the transfer embargo after announcing he has rejected the takeover bid from Daniel Hill. The previous talks with five different consortiums all broke down because the investors were unable to prove they had sufficient funds. This time Miller hasn't given a reason for the talks collapsing.
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