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  1. I had some various issues with ALT+TAB out of FM sometimes. But now I run it in borderless windowed mode. It feels like fullscreen, but allows for changing between programs and stuff without issue for me.
  2. Season Summary - XaW - Merthyr Town - 2026/27 Table | Past Positions | Squad | Transfers | Finances Before the season we once again got rid of some dead weights during the summer, we even got a bit of cash for a few of them. I also brought in some much needed quality in Dolberg and Carrassco. The real exciting transfer were the young French striker Ismael Celerier, but I failed to notice his work permit was denied before I accepted the transfer so I had to loan him out while applying for a permit. He did get one in January so I brought him back then, but his season was kinda done for. On the pitch, we played well and were for, for the most part, much better defensively than last year after a small tactic adjustment. We still sometimes suffer heavy defeats like 0-5 to Manchester City, 0-4 to Arsenal and 1-5 to Manchester United, but for the most part we didn't concede as much as last year. Going into the latter part of the season Manchester City had run away with the league with Liverpool and Manchester United trailing behind. After those three teams Arsenal, Everton, West Ham and ourselves fought for the 4th and final Champions League spot. With only a few games left Everton and Arsenal had fell behind and the fight was between West Ham and us. Before the final game away against Watford we had only a single point to go on. We took an early lead and won comfortably 3-1 to keep out 4th place and Champions League qualifying spot. We are heading into Europe next season! I've arranged for a truckload of youngsters to come into the team in the summer, though very few have gotten a work permit. I think I'll be able to load out most of them and get a permit after some time. If not the fees are so small that I should be able to make some money anyway. We are once again improving our facilities and expanding our stadium. At the moment our capacity is about 23k and after the expansion we should have about 27k. In the FA Cup we beat West Brom, Sunderland, Wolves and Liverpool before losing to Manchester City in the semi final. In the EFL Cup we beat Bristol Rovers and Coventry before losing to Manchester United in the 4th round. The best players in the squad this season have been Aleksandar Mitrovic, a player I though would be backup but managed to fight his way into the team, Kasper Dolberg, our top scorer and our captain and right back Trent Alexander-Arnold who bombed up and down the right side delivering crosses to our strikers. Youth-wise Martin Wesson is becoming an amazing midfielder for us and an important player for Wales. Kevin Stonehouse are rotated in and out of the team. Rhys Collins got some matches due to injuries and played so well he made the spot his own, he could be an important defender for us in the coming years. In goal John Michael are progressing great and his aerial ability are improving as well. He is now considered a wonderkid as well! I've added some new players and the first one is Drazen Juric-Bare. He is our own youth product, but came through our youth deal with NK Zagreb. This March we got three new talents in John Smith, Jack Edwards and Chinese Peng Dan who came through our youth deal with Shandong Luneng Taishan. Season | League | Position | Europe | Top scorer | Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017/18 | Vanarama South | 5th | N/A | Marcus Forss (17) | Lost in the playoffs 2018/19 | Vanarama South | 2nd | N/A | Ashley Pope (31) | Won in the playoffs 2019/20 | Vanarama National | 7th | N/A | Rob Green (28) | Upper mid table 2020/21 | Vanarama National | 1st | N/A | Rob Green (23) | Promoted as champions 2021/22 | League Two | 1st | N/A | Matthew Gillam (30) | Promoted as champions 2022/23 | League One | 1st | N/A | Jamie Coulson (40) | Promoted as champions, won Checkatrade Paint Trophy 2023/24 | Championship | 1st | N/A | Matthew Gillam (19) | Promoted as champions 2024/25 | Premier League | 14th | N/A | Grant McIntyre (19) | Survived 2025/26 | Premier League | 9th | N/A | Petrit Neziri (28) | Mid table 2026/27 | Premier League | 4th | N/A | Kasper Dolberg (22) | Qualified for CL
  3. Since we are sharing I'd show of the two best youths I've had coming through my academy so far in my current game. He is my first choice goalkeeper already and are getting capped for Wales. I'm working on his jumping since his aerial ability is his drawback at the moment. The first real talent I got. Tutored to get a better personality and determination. Nice flair and passing, and still have room to grow. The best player in my world at the moment is probably this player who got bought for £110M by Man City:
  4. Season Summary - XaW - Merthyr Town - 2025/26 Table | Past Positions | Squad | Transfers | Finances Now that we had a boatload of cash before the season my board were generous enough to give me a very nice £50M transfer kitty before the season started. I brought in a broad range of players, both for the main squad and some talented youths. I also brought into a couple of Australians and some Norwegians who didn't get work permits, so they are loaned out while I keep on trying to get a permit for them. Most of them are getting matches for their national team, so hopefully they will be able to play for us within a short time. When the season started we once again have a pretty good start, but then faced Man Utd, Chelsea, Everton and West Ham closely after each other and struggled. As the season went along we settled in as mid table and stayed there for the rest of the season. Still, a great season for us, and any season where we finish above Liverpool and Tottenham should be counted as a success in my book. We are getting another expansion of our stadium, so we should be able to house about 23k when it's done. We are also improving our facilities at the moment, so they are also improving. In the FA Cup we beat Cardiff, Southampton and Reading before losing to Newcastle in the 6th round. In the EFL Cup we beat Millwall, Everton, Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday before losing to Man City in the semi final. The best players in the squad this season have been Petrit Neziri, a striker I bought of Arsenal for £11M, long servering central defender Jack Fitzwater and Aleksandar Mitrovic, the former Newcastle striker I got in on a free transfer. Youth-wise Martin Wesson is a key player for us now and starts every game he is fit for. The same goes for goalkeeper John Michael who played every minute of every game this season and are looking more and more like a rising star. Kevin Stonehouse are a backup player at the moment, but gets rotated in for some matches. Rhys Collins got his first taste of football for us this season, but mainly down to injuries. He isn't ready to be counted on yet, but he is coming along nicely. Season | League | Position | Europe | Top scorer | Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017/18 | Vanarama South | 5th | N/A | Marcus Forss (17) | Lost in the playoffs 2018/19 | Vanarama South | 2nd | N/A | Ashley Pope (31) | Won in the playoffs 2019/20 | Vanarama National | 7th | N/A | Rob Green (28) | Upper mid table 2020/21 | Vanarama National | 1st | N/A | Rob Green (23) | Promoted as champions 2021/22 | League Two | 1st | N/A | Matthew Gillam (30) | Promoted as champions 2022/23 | League One | 1st | N/A | Jamie Coulson (40) | Promoted as champions, won Checkatrade Paint Trophy 2023/24 | Championship | 1st | N/A | Matthew Gillam (19) | Promoted as champions 2024/25 | Premier League | 14th | N/A | Grant McIntyre (19) | Survived 2025/26 | Premier League | 9th | N/A | Petrit Neziri (28) | Mid table
  5. Season Summary - XaW - Merthyr Town - 2024/25 Table | Past Positions | Squad | Transfers | Finances Ahh, the Premier League, the pinnacle of Football! Now, how would my Welsh team do? Not that bad, actually. We started great as we won against Everton and Tottenham in the first two matches for some reason. Then we found out that we have some work to do as we played 5 games lost all and didn't score a single goal while conceding 14 goals. Welcome to the Premiership, eh? After the rough times we started to pick up some points here and there and we were never in any real danger of relegation, but we lost quite a lot of matches, and at times it effected moral. Some supportive talks helped out quite a bit, and in the end we finished in a very respectable 14th place. I think quite a revamp of the squad in necessary for us to progress since a lot of players have been with us up a couple of tiers now. I don't think that many players are good enough to help us climb further up the table, though we have some who definitely are. I hope to bring in some talents this summer to give us a bit more quality. We moved into our new stadium this summer, but are filling it out from day one. I've gotten an expansion approved, so hopefully it will be big enough to satisfy demand. I've also started to improve our facilities now that we have a lot of money, so improvements should be done a bit into the next season. In the FA Cup we beat Birmingham before losing to Stoke in the 4th round. In the EFL Cup we beat Bradford City, Northampton and Wolves before losing to Man Utd in the quarter final. Some of the standout players we have at the moment are attacking midfielder James Johnson, defender Jake Cooper and striker Grant McIntyre. For the youth watch, Martin Wesson are now a first team regular who plays very well. Kevin Stonehouse are slowly worked into the squad and are looking like he is improving a bit. We have a couple of others of notice as well in Rhys Collins, a very talented central defender. The most exciting though are one we just got in, John Michael, a very promising goalkeeper who rivaled our second choice from his appearance. When Kjetil Haug got injured I though why not give him a match or two towards the end of the season and he did fairly well for a 16 year old goalkeeper in the Premier League. I think he might fight for the main spot already next season, but he still have some things to work on. I'm mainly focusing on his aerial ability, so he is on a trampoline jumping all day to improve. Hopefully he will get a bit taller as he grows older as well. Season | League | Position | Europe | Top scorer | Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017/18 | Vanarama South | 5th | N/A | Marcus Forss (17) | Lost in the playoffs 2018/19 | Vanarama South | 2nd | N/A | Ashley Pope (31) | Won in the playoffs 2019/20 | Vanarama National | 7th | N/A | Rob Green (28) | Upper mid table 2020/21 | Vanarama National | 1st | N/A | Rob Green (23) | Promoted as champions 2021/22 | League Two | 1st | N/A | Matthew Gillam (30) | Promoted as champions 2022/23 | League One | 1st | N/A | Jamie Coulson (40) | Promoted as champions, won Checkatrade Paint Trophy 2023/24 | Championship | 1st | N/A | Matthew Gillam (19) | Promoted as champions 2024/25 | Premier League | 14th | N/A | Grant McIntyre (19) | Survived
  6. BOOM! Thanks for the offer, but not yet.
  7. Season Summary - XaW - Merthyr Town - 2023/24 Table | Past Positions | Squad | Transfers | Finances Once again, a new tier and I didn't know how we would take the improved challenge. Turns out, don't worry the players will fix it. Last season we did great in the cups, but this year we went out early, so all focus was on the league for us from just about day one. We also went out swinging losing only 3 matches until December and were comfortably at the top, though Leicester, Aston Villa and Swansea were never far behind us. Going into January we had a very bad streak, but the other teams also struggled a bit so we didn't lose much from it. In February we played much better, but then we hit an injury crisis. We don't have many strikers, so when our 3 best ones got injured for most of March then we lost 3 games in row without scoring any. April saw us hit back a bit, but going into the final match of the season anything could happen. Our final match against Reading didn't go well when they got a pen after just 6 minutes and scored. We did hit back only a few minutes later, but the rest of the match we knocked on the door, but couldn't get past their goalkeeper so it ended 1-1. Looking at the other results I saw that Aston Villa and Swansea had drawn against each other, and Leicester hadn't managed to score at home to already relegated Brentford! This meant we are the champions! Premier League here we come! We are also moving into our 10k stadium this summer, if everything goes well, so this will be a very exciting season for us. In the FA Cup we got a rough draw and lost to Man Utd in the 3rd round. In the EFL Cup we lost to Burton Albion in the 1st round. Some of the standout players we have at the moment are striker Matthew Gillam, though he was injured for the last part of the season, central defender Jack Fitzwater and midfielder Benjamin Garré. For the youth watch, Martin Wesson got a couple of matches this season to keep his progression going. We also got in a new exiting midfielder in Kevin Stonehouse. Both are being tutored to improve both stats and personality. Season | League | Position | Europe | Top scorer | Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017/18 | Vanarama South | 5th | N/A | Marcus Forss (17) | Lost in the playoffs 2018/19 | Vanarama South | 2nd | N/A | Ashley Pope (31) | Won in the playoffs 2019/20 | Vanarama National | 7th | N/A | Rob Green (28) | Upper mid table 2020/21 | Vanarama National | 1st | N/A | Rob Green (23) | Promoted as champions 2021/22 | League Two | 1st | N/A | Matthew Gillam (30) | Promoted as champions 2022/23 | League One | 1st | N/A | Jamie Coulson (40) | Promoted as champions, won Checkatrade Paint Trophy 2023/24 | Championship | 1st | N/A | Matthew Gillam (19) | Promoted as champions
  8. Season Summary - XaW - Merthyr Town - 2022/23 Table | Past Positions | Squad | Transfers | Finances The summer started with the usual clearance of players who no longer have the skill needed to play for us as we have rocketed up the divisions. We did bring in a lot of talented players to replace the ones we had let go though. I also managed to get a bit of cash for a couple of players as well. When the season started it went much better than I had feared as we ran away along with Bolton early on. I guess the difference between League One and League Two aren't that big. As we went towards the winter we had solidified our spot at the top though Bolton were never far behind and Birmingham had also gotten involved in the title race. The fight continued all the way until around late February, early March when we started to pull away from them. And with 5 games remaining the title was ours. The Championship are our playground next season and I hope we can keep improving to survive. With some of our cup results this season I have hopes we can stay away from the relegation battle, but I'm not taking anything for granted since we have gone up the ranks so fast. A lot of our players have been with us for several tiers, and I'm not sure how many will continue to play well enough at the higher level. We are finally getting a new stadium after playing all this season in our 3.5k stadium. We are building a new one who will be ready after next season with a capacity of more than 10k. In the FA Cup we beat MK Dons, Scunthorpe and Rotherham before losing to Newcastle after a rematch in the 4th round. In the EFL Cup we had an amazing run where we beat Wycombe, Crystal Palace, Barrow, Aston Villa and Brentford before losing to Man City in the semi finals. In the Checkatrade Paint Trophy we got a group with Shrewsbury, Chelsea U23s and Forest Green Rovers, almost the same group as last year. We won all the group stage matches to progress. We beat Wycome, Crawley, Exeter and Southend to get to the final. Here we thumped Chesterfield 4-0 to give us our first cup trophy! Some of the standout players we have at the moment are our two strikers Jamie Coulson and Matthew Gillam who scored a total of 78 goals for us this season! Other notable players are right back Charlie Scott, a player who somehow just plays well even though I can't figure out why, box-to-box midfielder Andy Irving, who both scored and assisted far more than expected, and stalwart central defender Jack Fitzwater who just keeps getting better and better as we face tougher opponents. We have also just produced the first youth player I think might have a great future in Martin Wesson. I'm not quite sure how I'm going to play him yet, as I think he will be a great deep lying playmaker, but that's a role I don't use in my current tactic. I might let him grow a bit in general before I try to steer him in a direction. Any suggestions are welcome here. Season | League | Position | Europe | Top scorer | Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017/18 | Vanarama South | 5th | N/A | Marcus Forss (17) | Lost in the playoffs 2018/19 | Vanarama South | 2nd | N/A | Ashley Pope (31) | Won in the playoffs 2019/20 | Vanarama National | 7th | N/A | Rob Green (28) | Upper mid table 2020/21 | Vanarama National | 1st | N/A | Rob Green (23) | Promoted as champions 2021/22 | League Two | 1st | N/A | Matthew Gillam (30) | Promoted as champions 2022/23 | League One | 1st | N/A | Jamie Coulson (40) | Promoted as champions
  9. Season Summary - XaW - Merthyr Town - 2021/22 Table | Past Positions | Squad | Transfers | Finances Another summer where I cleared out quite a bit of the squad, and brought in better players. The season started far better than expected and were in the top part of the table throughout the fall and in November I saw my old favourite Antonio Diaz were transfer listed by West Brom. I guess his adventure up the leagues didn't quite pan out with only a single sub appearance in the cup for them, so I thought I'd look at the possibilities to bring him back. The board sold him for £83k, and I managed to bring the sum down to £12k. So we brought him in in January! He scored in his comeback, but other than that his return have been less than expected. As the season went towards the latter part we were firmly in the fight for promotion, and we were close to the leaders Sheffield United. They had a horrible finish and only won 3 of their last 10 matches to allow us to overtake them to be crowned champions! A very surprising promotion, but I'll take it! It's going to be exiting to see how we are going to fare in League One next season. In the FA Cup we lost to Peterborough in the 1st round. In the EFL Cup we beat Gillingham on pens before narrowly losing at home to Premier League outfit Crystal Palace in the 2nd round. In the Checkatrade Paint Trophy we were in a group with Chelsea U23s, Forest Green Rovers and Oxford United. We won once and lost twice and didn't progress from the group stage. Some of the standout players we have at the moment are our two strikers Matthew Gillam and Rob Green, along with defender Jack Fitzwater and attacking midfielder Kyle Taylor. Season | League | Position | Europe | Top scorer | Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017/18 | Vanarama South | 5th | N/A | Marcus Forss (17) | Lost in the playoffs 2018/19 | Vanarama South | 2nd | N/A | Ashley Pope (31) | Won in the playoffs 2019/20 | Vanarama National | 7th | N/A | Rob Green (28) | Upper mid table 2020/21 | Vanarama National | 1st | N/A | Rob Green (23) | Promoted as champions 2021/22 | League Two | 1st | N/A | Matthew Gillam (30) | Promoted as champions
  10. Been reading through this the last few days, and I must applaud your patience! Really impressive work!
  11. You can download the demo from Steam for free to ensure it works. You need to link it up there anyway, so why not test it first?
  12. Season Summary - XaW - Merthyr Town - 2020/21 Table | Past Positions | Squad | Transfers | Finances We had the usual clearout of players who had been with us for a while, but no longer were in contention for the first team. I also managed to get in some greatly talented players to give us both better players as well as better depth in the squad. When the season started we struggled to win matches and drew 5 of the 7 first matches. Then everything clicked into place and of the 20 next league matches we amazingly won 16, drew 2 and lost 2. This of course put us on a solid top spot. After that we won a lot, but not to the extent we did earlier. Still, we drifted away from the rest of the teams and with 5 games to go the title was secured. League Two are up next season! Amazing work by the players! In the FA Cup we beat Gloucester City, Woking and Leyton Orient before losing to Watford in the 3rd round. In the FA Trophy we lost to Eastleigh in the 1st round. Since we got promoted we went professional, and we are getting an expanded stadium as well. Some of the standout players we have at the moment are central defender Jack Fitzwater, attacking midfielder Kyle Taylor and striker Rob Green. And an honorable mention to our half Brazilian attacker José Amilton who used his flair to win us matches singlehandedly when the opponent went into park-the-bus mode. Season | League | Position | Europe | Top scorer | Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017/18 | Vanarama South | 5th | N/A | Marcus Forss (17) | Lost in the playoffs 2018/19 | Vanarama South | 2nd | N/A | Ashley Pope (31) | Won in the playoffs 2019/20 | Vanarama National | 7th | N/A | Rob Green (28) | Upper mid table 2020/21 | Vanarama National | 1st | N/A | Rob Green (23) | Promoted as champions
  13. Yeah, it won't affect med for some years though as I have enough problems attracting decent English (and Welsh) players released from the top clubs, nevermind players from outside UK. Though it will be rather weird for Irish players to need work permits....
  14. My Brexit just happened. Don't quite know how I should feel about this.
  15. Good luck! Dulwich just got promoted to Vanarama National in my game, so you know, no pressure or anything!