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  1. Always interested in Scottish saves, regardless of the team. Will be following to see how you do! P.S I won't be as civil come the 31st!!!
  2. Thanks for all the feedback lads and appreciate you following! Managed to get it fixed! However as of yet I've no managed to start a new save and get my teeth right back in to it! Still a little irritated at losing everything! However I'm off this weekend and with nothing planned (no money until payday more like) it gives me the perfect opportunity to start again!
  3. Hey Neil, thanks for getting back to me. Last night before I went to sleep, I tried it one last time however I changed the skin! I was using the custom Vitrex skin when these problems were arriving. I switched back to the original Football Manager skin and it loaded up first time so hopefully that was the issue! I've not had the chance to check it again, so I'm going to do that now and I'll let you know if there is anymore problems.
  4. Unable to start a new save game. The game loads up fine, when I click on career mode and try and load up a new save, during the set up it constantly crashed and pops up with the message "Football Manager 2017 has stopped working" and then closes. It's done it every time since I have tried loading it up this evening. I've tried clearing the games cache, it's up to date as far as I'm aware and still nothing works. Any ideas?
  5. Now at the stage where I can NOT even load up a new game. While setting up the game, it constantly comes up that Football Manager is not responding and closes!
  6. Thanks very much for all the support on this save! Unfortunately and very irritatingly the file has got corrupted and will not ******* open!! To say I'm annoyed is an under statement. All the effo-...meh! Whats the point? Anyways, thanks for reading the Career update. Hope I made it as interesting as possible. After I've got "over it" and return to FM then I may do another one.
  7. Well, for a while it looked my decision had backfired as nobody seemed to be interested! However, good news! I've managed to find myself a new club and now look forward to the next journey in this career. I knew jobs would start popping up soon rather than later and around mid season as teams who are under performing start to panic and bring in someone new to try and change the clubs fortunes and that's exactly the story here. Yorkshire side Doncaster Rovers found themselves in the relegation zone and sacked their manager David Dodds after only a 25% win percentage. I wasn't too sure whether this was a realistic job for me, however it certainly appealed and obviously I applied. The interview went well and then it was the waiting game. A few weeks later, I was offered a 2 year deal and grabbed it with both hands! Funnily enough, the caretaker manager or assistant or whoever was running the side in the meantime will have been disappointed not to have been considered for the job as since sacking Dodds and hiring me, the club has went on 5 game winning streak, which 4 of them was away from home! Impressive stuff and it now means that Doncaster Rovers are sitting a lot higher than anticipated when I took over. We now have a cushion 7 point gap from the relegation zone which is excellent. The boards expectations was to avoid relegation this season based on the initial interview when they was in the relegation zone. However we're only 3 points away from playoffs so it's not entirely impossible to turn this season completely around and potentially challenge for promotion! We takeover in December which means we can add some players next month in the January transfer window to help our cause. Doncaster Rovers Information Nickname - The Rovers Year Founded - 1879 Stadium - Keepmoat Stadium (15,231 capacity) Fierce Rivals - Rotherham, Scunthorpe, Barnsley Other Rivals - Leeds United, Hull City, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United So my first game is in the FA CUP 2nd round away to fellow League 1 side Notts County. Be nice to continue this good run of form the club is under currently and perhaps get a nice little cup run going too or draw one of the big boys in the next round simply for the money! Either way, both would be good but let's not look past Notts County just yet. If you're curious of how Stirling Albion are doing since I've left? Have a look below. Warning, it's not a pretty sight.
  8. Update The board takeover is completed and at long last. The club has had a transfer embargo for almost the full summer and I've been unable to strengthen the squad for the Championship!! At least now, I'll hopefully be able to get a little more, oh wait? No more? That's fine, I will just work with what I had, wait that's gone too?! The new board have gave me a reduced transfer budget and wage budget!! I understand that the clubs financial position obviously comes first but that is a huge blow! Also I'm informed that I will not be replaced however I better not rest on past glories as the board will ONLY judge me on my achievements since they've taken over. So essentially, starting fresh. Don't know if I like the sound of that, my achievements over the last 2 seasons had certainly gave me some breathing room for failure with the last board, however that's gone now. As I try to find new players and cheap wages, it's becoming increasingly clear that the club was not ready for the back to back promotions and is vastly under prepared for life in the Championship. Now this is where I may come across a little selfish but I didn't want my CV to be hindered due to this and well I decided that I wanted out. I wanted to get out on a high and take advantage of the fact that I've just had back to back promotions, so I resign as the manager of Stirling Albion. Overall I would say a flattering response from the majority of the Stirling Albion fans, it seems the most of them will miss me and leaves me feeling a little guilty that I've jumped before the ship sinks. Don't get me wrong, they may get someone in and pull off a miracle however I my luck was sure to run out sometime. I wish Stirling Albion all the best and will keep an eye on them throughout the rest of this save. SO! The big question is, WHAT THE HELL HAVE I DONE?! OK, I may have had 2 successful seasons, however both in very low reputation leagues and my reputation has only gradually increased. I'm willing to work anywhere, however I don't want to go to a club which I would feel would be a step down. So, essentially I refuse to go back go League 1 or 2 in Scotland. If I was to take any job in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland, it would need to be a top division side. Any other country, I'm happy to work anywhere essentially as the majority of the leagues (even the lower ones) are still a step up in terms of reputation.
  9. Thanks mate! I've noticed that too, but never seen them win anything this early! Exactly what I was thinking, right enough...even SCOTLAND qualified for the World Cup which is just as big as England winning it!
  10. I found this amusing. Celtic sell Moussa Dembele back to Fulham for a potential fee of £7.25million after picking him only 2 season before for nothing. Celtic fans don't seem to be happy though! Can't blame them! Brendan Rodgers job is insecure I noticed too! A little too early for me though!
  11. 2017/2018 Season Review CHAMPIONS & RELEGATIONS Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership It's only taken 2 seasons back in the Scottish Premiership for Rangers to break Celtics dominance and claim their 55th domestic league title (or 1st, depending who you are!). Kilmarnock have been relegated to the Ladbrokes Championship and St Johnstone have also joined them after losing in the playoffs. Ladbrokes Scottish Championship Hibernian finally ended a 4 year spell in the Championship as they will be back in the Ladbrokes Premiership next season as they ran out comfortable champions. They will be joined alongside Motherwell who have went straight back up via the playoffs after being relegated last season. At the opposite end of the table Morton have been relegated to League 1 along with Dunfermline who lost in the playoffs. Ladbrokes Scottish League 1 Livingston are promoted to the Championship is champions of League 1 as the almost completed an unbeaten season and will be joined by Stirling Albion who go up via the playoffs. Albion Rovers are relegated along with Peterhead who also failed to survive via the playoffs. Ladbrokes Scottish League 2 Montrose are promoted as champions along Cowdenbeath who also join them via the playoffs. Berwick Rangers are relegated as highland league side Cove Rangers will now join the the big leagues for the first time in their history. Also a shout out to Edinburgh City who seem to be finally finding their feet. DOMESTIC CUPS Scottish Cup Falkirk won the Scottish cup with a fantastic 3-0 result over Aberdeen. Falkirk who got promoted last season to the Ladbrokes Premiership via the playoffs surprised everyone as they ran out comfortable winners. Betfred Cup Looks like a double bottle job from Aberdeen this season as they lost in another final, this time to recently promoted Hibernian. A domestic double for the Edinburgh side after winning the Championship. Challenge Cup Livingston also complete a domestic double of their own by beating promoted Motherwell to claim the Challenge Cup along with the League 1 title. STIRLING ALBION AWARDS No surprise to see Blair Henderson voted as the fans player of the year and young player of the year as he scored 28 goals this season for us, 8 more than last year. With him only being 23 years old he could have a lot more to offer us! Iraqi born Aldin El Zubaidi picks up signing of the season from the fans. The big man has been a rock at the back for us, averaging a rating of 7.11 throughout the season. Overall Season Review Overall I think ESPN's comments sum it up nicely! We certainly surprised everyone in achieving promotion and I think we did very well in other competitions too! The cup run in the Challenge Cup to the quarter finals was particular good and ofcourse finishing 2nd in our Betfred Group only behind eventual winners Hibernian. The board are over the moon as you would expected and we look forward now to another exciting season!
  12. The final run in We headed in to March looking all but certain for a strong 2nd place finish, we was only a couple of points away from being guaranteed to have qualified for the playoffs. It started well as we picked up an away win against Dumbarton with Mark Lamont being the only goalscorer 15 minutes from time. Tight game which could of went either way, fortunately for us it went ours. This was then followed up with a comfortable home win over Brechin City. It doesn't seem so comfortable when it finished 1-0 however it could have been so much more and the only goal of the game came from Sean Dickson 3 minutes in. Credit to Brechin Citys goalkeeper who kept the score respectable. With these victories we managed to guarantee ourselves playoffs which is a HUGE achievement considering we only just came back up. However the month ended on a sour note as we lost back to back for the first time this season, first to East Fife in a tight 1-0 game. Similar to the Dumbarton game, where it could of went either way however this time it went their way. Clyde reminded us how they can be a thorn in our side by demolishing us 3-0 which was one of our worst performances to date. The drop of form continued in to April as we drew at home to our rivals Alloa Athletic. Blair Henderson got both of our goals in this one however we really were on the back foot for the most of it. Based on our performance, I was happy to take a draw. Then Livingston made it 4 wins out of 4 against us with another comfortable victory. That man again Henderson got our only goal which proved to be just a consolation however despite Livingston being the best team in this league by far, I must admit that our form was starting to worry me. Especially with the playoffs just around the corner. Not to sure what to make of the next result, 2-2 draw at home to Stranraer. This is were I was hoping we could return to winning ways however we got off to a shocking start and found ourselves 2-0 down! However the team rallied back and 2 goals from Blair Henderson got us back level at half time and I felt we could go on and win the game until Jamie Mills decides to go and get sent off one minute in to the second half. The game then fizzled out as a draw. However we finally ended the winless drought by beating Peterhead in the final league game of the season before the playoffs. Peterhead got a man sent off early which allowed us to take control however it wasn't until the 75th minute when Eddie Fearns finally gave us the winning goal. So with the league campaign finished, let's have a look at the final league positions. Incredibly we finished with the same amount of points we did last year in Ladbrokes League 2 which won us the league! This year it got us 2nd as we finished 21 points behind Livingston who no doubt deserved to be champions this year with only losing one game. We managed to hold on to second spot despite our drop of form near the end and finished 2 points above our rivals Alloa Athletic who join us in the playoffs along with Clyde who also had a very good first season back in League 1. At the opposite side of the table, Albion Rovers are relegated and Peterhead will fight for survival in the relegation playoffs. In between all of this, the board has been under a potential takeover but we got some news just before the playoffs. It had fallen through, no agreement and no new funds!! Don't imagine a new owner would of made much different but you never know! The chairman is still looking to sell so something could happen in the next few months. Playoffs We got drawn with our "rivals" Alloa Athletic. Which I was happy about but at the same time didn't want us to be kept down by our supposed great rivals. The first leg was away and I was hoping for any reasonable result. A result which meant we would still be in it for the 2nd leg as I knew Alloa were the better side on paper. We've just hugely over achieved this season. It looked like we were going to hold on to a draw before Alloa score late on to win the 1st leg. Not a disaster but by no means ideal. We HAD to win at home and by at least 2 goals to stop it from going to extra time. The 2nd leg was well, lets say we FM'd Football Manager. Alloa Athletic were all over us and looked like they would extend their aggregate lead however against the run of play young Scottish Striker Connor Shields who is in for the injured Blair Henderson took it around the goalkeeper to put us 1-0 up! Again we we're then pressed back having to deal with attack after attack from Alloa Athletic and then right on the break of half time Sean Dickson hits one from about 25 yards which flies in to the top corner! 2-0!! I could only imagine how I would be feeling if this was the other way around, we were being dominated yet found ourselves up 2-0. Could we hold on though? The 2nd half was much the same as we continued to keep Alloa out, until 10 minutes from time when they scored from a corner! 2-1 and the game would now head for extra time. I was gutted as I felt the momentum would certainly be with Alloa however with minutes remaining on the clock, Connor Shields takes a magnificent run from just inside Alloas half and beats a couple of players before rifling the balls into the net! 3-1 and through to the playoff finals by beating our rivals! Dunfermline Athletic, the side fighting for the complete opposite reasons as we were. They're playing to remain in the Ladbrokes Championship and we play to try and replace them. Despite them being on horrendous form and finding themselves in the relegation playoffs, you've still got to consider them favorites as the higher division club, right? Well it certainly didn't seem that way as we punished them at their own ground to give us a commanding lead in the final. Sean Dickson got us off to a flier with a simple tap in before Eddie Fearns double things only minutes later. Dunfermline seem to be getting chances in the statistics however none in the highlights, it was all us! Half time and I thought, this has to change at one stage, surely Dunfermline can't be this bad and it looked like they we're going to stage a comeback and they brought the game back to 2-1 only 5 minutes in to the second half, However we responded brilliantly and went straight back up the park and double our lead again as Eddie Fearns grabbed his second. Scott Davidson then put is in a demanding position only minutes from time as we took a 4-1 lead in to the 2nd leg of the playoff final. The second leg was at home which I was happy about. Gives us the chance to celebrate promotion for the second time in 2 years in front of our home fans. I was expecting a different Dunfermline this time, they had nothing to lose and would surely be going all guns blazing in an attempt to keep themselves up. The game started brightly with chances for both sides and then Dunfermline capitalised on a mistake by our goalkeeper to give themselves an early 1-0 lead. I tried not to panic as we still were 2 goals infront on aggregate but an early goal was something I didn't want. However Blair Henderson who was back in the side after his injury (harsh on Connor Shields based on his semi final display) leveled the game with a rising header. The game was dirty, fouls and yellow cards galore and nothing much more of note happened until Eddie Fearns turned the game around and put us 2-1 up in the second half. The game fizzled out and it came clear to see why Dunfermline were in the position they were. Full time and we had done it! An astonishing 6-2 aggregate win to promote us to the Ladbrokes Championship. Unbelievable end to another unbelievable season! Our second promotion in 2 seasons and even though this time we're not going up as champions, I feel this may be more impressive than last season considering we had just came up and were the bookies 2nd favorites to be relegated at the beginning of the season. However the Championship is another HUGE step up with well established Premiership sides fallen down in to the league in the most recent years. Can't wait though!! I will come back with a season review in the next update as always!
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