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  1. Fadedaf

    dafuge's FM18 challenge

    Merthyr Town Season 2024/25 Report So i've flown through another season with Merthyr, after last season's disappointment hopefully we could go one better and get promoted to League 1. League- We started a little slow and had a few bad results here and there, especially due to fixture congestion but in the end we were able to win the league and get promoted easily. We secured the win with about 5 games left and ended up top by 17 points. Most of our new signings played well and most importantly the increased depth and quality of backups allowed us to rotate more and perform better for the whole season. Cups- Overall another pretty good year in the cups although in a different fashion. We beat Championship sides Milwall and Portsmouth in the Carabao cup before going out to Chelsea who smashed us 5-1. We lost in the first round of the FA Cup disappointingly, with a pretty poor performance against Eastleigh. They FMed us a bit, scoring off their only 2 shots on target but we did play pretty badly. I didn't really care about the Checkatrade at all this season and rotated heavily for it, however somehow my backups kept winning and we ended up in the final against Man City under 23s featuring the likes of Raheem Sterling, Alex Sandro and Gabriel Jesus. We went ahead but they pegged us back late on and it stayed level through extra time and we were somehow able to win in penalties, with keeper O'hara heroically saving 3 pens. Finances- Still solid, we've been completing some upgrades to our facilities which explains the lack of increase in funds. Transfers- 17 in and 5 out as we oversaw a huge improvement to the squad. Our improved finances even allowed us to smash our transfer record and sign young CM Stuart West for 160K, who has played very well despite managing to rack up 4 red cards for the club already. We also broke our record sale as our best fullback Cole Dasilva was poached by Blackburn for 49.5K. Youth Intake- Still awful. We have been consistently making improvements to the youth setup but it just can't keep up with our progress up the leagues. Best Players- Top Goalscorer: Sean Edwards (32) As we were able to sign a few new strikers last summer, the top scorer of the last few seasons Graham Nicholson was relegated to an impact sub role and only managed 6 goals in limited appearances. Sean "The Welsh Messi" Edwards is an absolute legend and despite a few injuries tops the goalscoring charts while also managing 14 assists. We had 7 players register 10 goals or more this season due to our improved depth and as a result the overall total for the top goalscorer is lower. Most assists: Charlie Martin (23) The young loanee from Newcastle usurped club legend Chekaine Steele in the starting lineup due to long term injury as well as continued good form. Steele only managed to play in 9 games this season (3 assists) due to his injury problems so was unable to break his own record for a fifth year running. Highest avg rating: Charlie Martin (7.76) Most POM: Charlie Martin (8) Next Year- The team and board are aiming for a comfortable mid table finish in League 1 next year and I would be happy with that, but you never know we could end up going even better. Season League Position FA Cup FA Trophy/Carabao Top Scorer Most Assists Highest Avg Rating ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018/19 Vanarama South 11th 3rd qual round 3rd qual round Fleetwood(28) Morton(10) Patten(7.25) 2019/20 Vanarama South 14th 2nd qual round 2nd round Walker(11) Morton(7) Wiltshire(7.27) 2020/21 Vanarama South 4th 2nd qual round 1st round Nicholson(32) Steele(15) Steele(7.64) 2021/22 Vanarama South 1st 3rd round 1st round Edwards(31) Steele(17) Steele(7.73) 2022/23 Vanarama Nat. 1st 3rd round 1st round Nicholson(47) Steele(19) Steele(7.76) 2023/24 League 2 4th 5th round 1st round Nicholson(43) Steele/Edwards(23) Steele(7.62) 2024/25 League 2 1st 1st round 3rd round Edwards(32) Martin(23) Martin(7.76)
  2. Fadedaf

    dafuge's FM18 challenge

    Merthyr Town Season 2023/24 Report I've recently picked my Merthyr town save back up in which we had just been promoted into the football league with the aim of a solid finish in our first season in League 2. League- The board expected us to avoid relegation but I suspected we could do much better than that, and we did as we started incredibly well, topping the table for the first half of the season before slowly dropping to second and then third. We were in with a chance of automatic promotion right up until the last game, only needing a win against 17th placed Lincoln but we absolutely bottled it, as we had in several key games previously and managed to lose, meaning we finished 4th. We scraped past MK dons in the playoff semi final 3-2 on aggregate before the final against Port Vale. We scored first and totally dominated, hitting the woodwork multiple times and having a header cleared off the line before they scored off their only chance in the match. They went on to win on penalties as my players absolutely suck at them; the guy that missed the crucial pen had a penalty taking stat of 6! One of the most frustrating and rage inducing games I have played. Overall it was a pretty good performance by a newly promoted team but we really should have gotten promoted. Cups- A very good year for us in the cups again. We lost in the first round of the Carabao cup to Bristol city but managed to win our group in the Checkatrade trophy then get past league 1 Cheltenham before being demolished 8-2 by Bristol rovers. We had our best season to date in the FA Cup as we beat League 1 Bradford city, Tamworth, Championship side Shrewsbury and managed an incredible 2-1 win over Premier league side Middlesbrough before being stopped in the 5th round as we lost 2-0 to Watford. This did wonders for our finances and we broke our record attendance and gate receipts records yet again. Finances- Huge improvements, mostly aided by our big FA cup run and we are now in the positives by far. We have had a number of improvements to the club such as training facilities and youth level accepted so hopefully they will slowly come into effect. Transfers- 13 in and 5 out this season which is actually pretty tame for us. We signed one of our star strikers Graham Nicholson to a permanent deal and paid out 35K in transfer fees. Huge overhauls of most of the squad, especially the defence will likely be the target for this summer. Youth intake- Terrible again, I've asked for more upgrades to the youth system but it is struggling to keep up with our progress as a club. Best players- Top goalscorer: Graham Nicholson- 43 The lethal finisher has done it again, his partnership up front with Sean Edwards is by far the best part of the team. Most assists: Chekaine Steele/Sean Edwards- 23 Chekaine breaks his own record for the 4th year in a row but Edwards managed to match him as they both recorded ridiculous totals for assists. Edwards managed 38 goals as well. Highest avg rating: Chekaine Steele 7.62 Another year another award, 4 times running now. Most POM: Graham Nicholson- 10 Next year: I am determined to get promoted after narrowly missing out this year. I will do a lot of work in the transfer market to improve our squad, as depth and overall quality were big problems this year. Season League Position FA Cup FA Trophy/Carabao Top Scorer Most Assists Highest Avg Rating ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018/19 Vanarama South 11th 3rd qual round 3rd qual round Fleetwood(28) Morton(10) Patten(7.25) 2019/20 Vanarama South 14th 2nd qual round 2nd round Walker(11) Morton(7) Wiltshire(7.27) 2020/21 Vanarama South 4th 2nd qual round 1st round Nicholson(32) Steele(15) Steele(7.64) 2021/22 Vanarama South 1st 3rd round 1st round Edwards(31) Steele(17) Steele(7.73) 2022/23 Vanarama Nat. 1st 3rd round 1st round Nicholson(47) Steele(19) Steele(7.76) 2023/24 League 2 4th 5th round 1st round Nicholson(43) Steele/Edwards(23) Steele(7.62)
  3. Fadedaf

    FM18 - Tour de Challenges

    I have also finished the first season and won the league very comfortably. Seems like plenty more vikings available now so sometime next season I may be able to field a full viking XI if i can grab a few more.
  4. Fadedaf

    FM18 - Tour de Challenges

    @Watson156 yeah i've been losing money pretty steadily, even with board injections and cup runs. I'm way under wage budget and we still just haemorrhage money.
  5. Fadedaf

    FM18 - Tour de Challenges

    anyone been able to sign any Faroe islanders yet? I've managed to sign at least one player from the other 4 viking countries but no one from the Faroe islands.
  6. Fadedaf

    FM18 - Tour de Challenges

    Stage 3 looks like fun, I'll be starting up today! I'm doing a dafuge challenge (very slowly) at the same time as this so I have some experience in these lower leagues on FM18 so I may be able to do slightly better this time. Also quick question: the vikings conquered and settled quite a few areas of Scotland such as Shetland, orkney etc., so are any Scottish players allowed to be vikings?
  7. Fadedaf

    dafuge's FM18 challenge

    Just getting back into my Merthyr town save and i've just had this absolute classic match at the start of our League 2 campaign!
  8. Fadedaf

    FM18 - Tour de Challenges

    Okay all finished up with stage 2 and it was not a success. We were incredibly inconsistent for the duration of the season, we could beat anyone on our day but also lose to anyone. We often went from an excellent dominant win to a miserable loss in consecutive games. We suffered badly from injuries throughout the whole season, especially to key players. I had multiple meetings with the squad and at least three with the board however I did survive the sack! At one point I was given the target of 13 points from 5 games to save my job and we actually managed to do it, scraping four 1 goal wins and a draw. We finished up in 5th in the league, significantly behind the top four and getting knocked out in the first KO round of the champions league. We made it all the way to the final in the Cup and won the first leg 2-1, however 3 of my first choice back 4 were suspended for the second leg and we lost 3-1 unfortunately. Can't say I hugely enjoyed managing in China with the weird transfer/registration rules and never being able to field my strongest team but i'm looking forward to the next stage! Setup screen before starting Manager profile at start of season Manager profile at end of season League table at end of season Fixture list 1 2 Transfers Goalscorers Assists Points: Yellow Jersey- 3pts for CL Last 16, DNQ for CWC, 16pts for 16 goals from Gao Lin, -39pts for 13 losses. Overall= -20pts (0pts) Green Jersey- 0pts for not winning the CSL, 10pts for 60 goals scored in the league, 5pts for 23 goals scored in CL, 0pts for CWC. Overall= 15pts Polkadot Jersey- 0pts for not winning the cup, 9pts for 19 goals scored in the cup. Overall= 9pts Stage win- 264pts for 66 Chinese goals, 124pts for 62 Chinese assists, -66pts for 33 foreign goals, -25pts for 25 foreign assists. Overall= 297pts
  9. Fadedaf

    FM18 - Tour de Challenges

    Halfway through Stage 2 and things are not going well at all... we're out of the Champions League and 9 points off the top in the league. I should be able to finish this one at least (if i'm not sacked) but it will not be a great score.
  10. Fadedaf

    FM18 - Tour de Challenges

    Congrats to those who completed stage 1, I started and got about halfway through but then couldn't get it finished in time. I wasn't going particularly well as we were knocked out early in two cups and were sitting in 5th in the league so probably wouldn't have been a very high score anyways. Should be able to get stage 2 finished in time!
  11. Fadedaf

    dafuge's FM18 challenge

    Merthyr Town Season 2022/23 Report League- I aimed for a comfortable mid-table finish in our first season up in the Vanarama National however we have been able to replicate the achievements of many others in this thread as we won the title on the first try! Back to back promotions and Merthyr are into the Football League! We started extremely well with 8 wins in our first 9 matches and we were able to stay near the top for the rest of the season. We dropped down to second for a little while in the middle of the season when we were afflicted with tons of injuries to key players but we got back in front and secured the title with a 5-1 thrashing of Accrington in our second last game. We actually broke the record for goals scored in a season with 123. Cups- Another good cup run this year, as in the FA Cup we saw off Guiseley before beating two League One teams in Exeter and Blackburn. We then took Championship side Preston North End to a replay in the 3rd round but were outclassed away from home. The FA Trophy saw us exit in the first game to Dartford with one of our worst performances of the season. Finances- Much better, as our cup runs and larger crowds are really helping our finances stay solidly in the black. The board allowed me to complete my first coaching course this year and a youth facilities upgrade has just begun. Transfers- 17 in and 7 out as we had another big turnover. Many of the transfers in were just talented youngsters I brought in on no wages for the youth teams but a few new signings, notably the loanees such as Graham Nicholson and Ryan Reynolds made a huge impact. We also paid actual money for a player near the end of the season, picking up midfielder Christian Herc for 2K, so that's a big milestone ticked off. Youth Intake- Pretty awful this year. We definitely do need that upgrade to our youth setup. Best Players- Most goals: Graham Nicholson- 47 We had this guy on loan 2 seasons back and he was willing to come to us again from parent club Peterborough and he has only gotten better. An absolute monster at this level as he led the line consistently all season, especially as our young academy graduate star Sean Edwards spent a decent amount of time out injured. He smashes the previous record for goals in a season for the club and is now the club's all-time leading goalscorer despite only spending two seasons here so far. Most assists: Chekaine Steele- 19 He breaks his own record for the third season in a row, the club legend keeps on improving. Highest avg rating: Chekaine Steele- 7.76 He breaks this record as well for the third season running. Most POM: Nicholson- 12 Next year: The club really feels like it's moving forward now, and in League Two my preliminary aims will be for a comfortable mid table spot but with some good singings who knows what could happen. Hopefully I will be able to attract better players to the club and find some quality loanees. Season League Position FA Cup FA Trophy Top Scorer Most Assists Highest Avg Rating ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018/19 Vanarama South 11th 3rd qual round 3rd qual round Fleetwood(28) Morton(10) Patten(7.25) 2019/20 Vanarama South 14th 2nd qual round 2nd round Walker(11) Morton(7) Wiltshire(7.27) 2020/21 Vanarama South 4th 2nd qual round 1st round Nicholson(32) Steele(15) Steele(7.64) 2021/22 Vanarama South 1st 3rd round 1st round Edwards(31) Steele(17) Steele(7.73) 2022/23 Vanarama Nat. 1st 3rd round 1st round Nicholson(47) Steele(19) Steele(7.76)
  12. Fadedaf

    FM18 - Tour de Challenges

    Alright i've finally finished the prologue just in time. I didn't do particularly well but it was fun anyways. Conceded a 94th minute goal in the last game which was really annoying and definitely cost me some points, but we ended up slightly better than when I took over. Final league table manager profile at the end of the season Full fixture list Yellow Jersey: 5 Wins = 5 points | 21 Goals = 2 points | 13th Place finish = 2 points | Grand Total = 9 points Green Jersey: 1 Win = 3 points | 1 Goals = 1 points | Grand Total = 4 points Stage Win: +3 Places
  13. Fadedaf

    FM18 - Tour de Challenges

    Alright i'm in for the prologue: game setup manager profile league table (16th July) I'm taking over bottom of the league Hammarby and I have a game against AIK on my first day on the job!
  14. Fadedaf

    dafuge's FM18 challenge

    Merthyr Town Season 2021/22 Report League- Our aims for this season were to get promoted one way or the other, and we managed to go all the way and win the title! We were top of the table from week 4 onwards, constantly just a couple of points above the various teams challenging us. Our form was pretty inconsistent and we had some pretty embarrassing losses (especially away from home), but we definitely scored plenty of goals. We finished 1st for goals scored with 102, 11 more than second place but conceded only the 6th least amount of goals with 53. My strikers and wide players were excellent this season but the less said about some of my defenders the better. We wrapped the league up with a game to go as we smashed playoff contenders Hereford 4-0 at home then finished off with a nice 4-1 win over another playoff contender in Hemel Hempstead in the last match. Cups- We finally had a good cup run! We beat Kings Langley, Grays, Barrow, Hereford and League 2 Hartlepool before being outclassed 2-0 by Championship side Fulham in the 3rd round. This helped our finances massively as just the Fulham match tripled our previous record attendance and gate receipts as well as bringing in plenty of TV money. The FA trophy saw us knocked out pretty early by Aldershot in a close game. Finances- Much better due to our cup successes but still in the red. Transfers- Our extreme lack of funds was evident this year so I pursued loans pretty intently and brought in some useful players. I also had every youth international from nearby countries that was without a club on trial and managed to find a few decent prospects that way. The best of them was probably Eddie Ellis, who I found in the depths of Northern Ireland under-20s and was my first choice right back this season. 13 in and 3 out overall. Youth Intake- Our best one for a few years with two promising looking players. Best Players- Most goals: Sean "The Welsh Maradona" Edwards- 31 This guy is incredible. Came through our youth intake in the first season and he just keeps getting better every season. Already the clubs record goalscorer and will be our first choice up front for some time to come. It's worth noting that I had 4 other players with 15+ goals this season. Most assists: Chekaine Steele- 17 He breaks his own record again as our wide man continues improving. Highest avg rating: Steele- 7.73 He breaks another of his own records. Most POM: Steele- Steele- 10 And he grabs a trilogy of broken records for the second year in a row. Next year- After 4 seasons we have finally been promoted which should send me up the leaderboard a bit @HighFlyingDwarf. Hopefully the next one doesn't take as long. Next year the first aim is survival but a comfortable mid table finish would be ideal. We really need to sign some better defenders in the off-season though, so i'll have my work cut out scouting over the summer again. Season League Position FA Cup FA Trophy Top Scorer Most Assists Highest Avg Rating ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018/19 Vanarama South 11th 3rd qual round 3rd qual round Fleetwood(28) Morton(10) Patten(7.25) 2019/20 Vanarama South 14th 2nd qual round 2nd round Walker(11) Morton(7) Wiltshire(7.27) 2020/21 Vanarama South 4th 2nd qual round 1st round Nicholson(32) Steele(15) Steele(7.64) 2021/22 Vanarama South 1st 3rd round 1st round Edwards(31) Steele(17) Steele(7.73)
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