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  1. Chris White 29a scored 4 more goals this season for a total of 16 so far. He is becoming a very good player in general as well.
  2. XaW - Kettering Town - 2031/32 Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances So, the Premier League huh? With a full squad of former youth players this were a major challenge, no doubt. I managed to keep hold of all of the important players this season, and no one have thrown a fit about leaving. I did have to hand out quite a lot of new contracts though, but I expected as much. We are expanding the stadium to 10k, so most of the season we played at King Power Stadium in Leicester. The season started quite good though, as we won a bit and picked up more points than I expected we would. Of course we struggle quite a bit against the big teams, but we got some good results throughout the season. A win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, however undeserved, were a welcome encouragement for the team. So we kept our spot around mid table for the whole season, something I were more than happy with. In the end we actually finished in 8th place, only a few points behind a European spot. In the FA Cup we beat Bolton, Middlesbrough and Fulham before we lost away to Man City in the 6th round. In the League cup we beat Ipswich before losing to Reading in the 2nd round. We are building another new stadium! Only 4 years after we built the Brett Solkhon Stadium we are building a new one with an unknown name as of now. And it should be done within a year! We will continue to play at King Power until the completion. A pretty good youth intake this season. The best seems to be Jason Byles 32b. My son played a lot of games this season, but he didn't play very well. Of course he is far out of his depth at the moment, but I've always been a firm believer of trial by fire. He also played a couple of times for Norway U19s and got a single U21 cap and scored.
  3. XaW - Kettering Town - 2031/32 Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances So, the Premier League huh? With a full squad of former youth players this were a major challenge, no doubt. I managed to keep hold of all of the important players this season, and no one have thrown a fit about leaving. I did have to hand out quite a lot of new contracts though, but I expected as much. We are expanding the stadium to 10k, so most of the season we played at King Power Stadium in Leicester. The season started quite good though, as we won a bit and picked up more points than I expected we would. Of course we struggle quite a bit against the big teams, but we got some good results throughout the season. A win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, however undeserved, were a welcome encouragement for the team. So we kept our spot around mid table for the whole season, something I were more than happy with. In the end we actually finished in 8th place, only a few points behind a European spot. In the FA Cup we beat Bolton, Middlesbrough and Fulham before we lost away to Man City in the 6th round. In the League cup we beat Ipswich before losing to Reading in the 2nd round. We are building another new stadium! Only 4 years after we built the Brett Solkhon Stadium we are building a new one with an unknown name as of now. And it should be done within a year! We will continue to play at King Power until the completion. A pretty good youth intake this season. The best seems to be Jason Byles 32b. My son played a lot of games this season, but he didn't play very well. Of course he is far out of his depth at the moment, but I've always been a firm believer of trial by fire. He also played a couple of times for Norway U19s and got a single U21 cap and scored.
  4. Big Chris scored another 6 goals this season, doubling his total to 12 career goals.
  5. XaW - Kettering Town - 2030/31 Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances A great attempt gave us a playoff spot last year, and I were looking to build upon it this season. I also had some great youngsters who were just about ready to step up this season, so I were open to selling some of the established players this season. And before the start I did just that. We sold Robert O'Halloran 24a to MK Dons for £2.3M + some clauses and Martin Mahon 23c to Crystal Palace for £2.7M + clauses. Both were main stays in the squad, but players I felt could be replaced by younger and more talented ones. We started the season pretty good, but had a drop in late September when we lost 3 in a row. We improved in November and even went unbeaten through December. Going into the new year we were part of the battle for the top of the league along Blackburn, Burnley, QPR and Bristol City, though Brighton, Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich were not far off either. A great run in February and March gave us a small lead going into the final parts. We finished quite poorly with 3 losses in the last 7, but we held on and won the Championship with a draw away to Portsmouth in the final game. Premier League here we come! This also gave me the great achievement: Oh, and I almost forgot. In December we sold another couple of important players. Kingsley Williams 23d were sold to Bristol City for £7.5M + clauses, Robbie Healy 23e were sold to Leeds for £4.8M + clauses and Victor Akinyemi 24b were sold to Schalke for £4.5M + clauses. In the FA Cup we lost in the 3rd round to Brentford. In the League cup we lost away to Middlesbrough in the 1st round. We had a decent youth intake, but I did get a son. And a decent one at that in Marius 31a. I've already given him his debut and he will continue to feature in the main squad as often as possible. I hope to nurture him into a great midfielder. The fun part is that his positions are the ones I actually played when I were active in real life. Though I didn't father a son in 2014 as far as I know, FM have gotten this alternative reality quite on point here. Almost eerie.
  6. XaW - Kettering Town - 2030/31 Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances A great attempt gave us a playoff spot last year, and I were looking to build upon it this season. I also had some great youngsters who were just about ready to step up this season, so I were open to selling some of the established players this season. And before the start I did just that. We sold Robert O'Halloran 24a to MK Dons for £2.3M + some clauses and Martin Mahon 23c to Crystal Palace for £2.7M + clauses. Both were main stays in the squad, but players I felt could be replaced by younger and more talented ones. We started the season pretty good, but had a drop in late September when we lost 3 in a row. We improved in November and even went unbeaten through December. Going into the new year we were part of the battle for the top of the league along Blackburn, Burnley, QPR and Bristol City, though Brighton, Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich were not far off either. A great run in February and March gave us a small lead going into the final parts. We finished quite poorly with 3 losses in the last 7, but we held on and won the Championship with a draw away to Portsmouth in the final game. Premier League here we come! This also gave me the great achievement: Oh, and I almost forgot. In December we sold another couple of important players. Kingsley Williams 23d were sold to Bristol City for £7.5M + clauses, Robbie Healy 23e were sold to Leeds for £4.8M + clauses and Victor Akinyemi 24b were sold to Schalke for £4.5M + clauses. In the FA Cup we lost in the 3rd round to Brentford. In the League cup we lost away to Middlesbrough in the 1st round. We had a decent youth intake, but I did get a son. And a decent one at that in Marius 31a. I've already given him his debut and he will continue to feature in the main squad as often as possible. I hope to nurture him into a great midfielder. The fun part is that his positions are the ones I actually played when I were active in real life. Though I didn't father a son in 2014 as far as I know, FM have gotten this alternative reality quite on point here. Almost eerie.
  7. Youth intake 2031 A decent youth intake with a couple of good players. The most talented one, is also a very exciting one because he is my son! Yes, for the first time and thousands of hours playing this game, I have a son! And a talented one as well! Now, I wouldn't name my son Marius, but I guess my fictional wife have had the naming rights there. Anyway, here is the proof. He is going to be a main stay in the team from day one!
  8. This the main challenge here. Keeping good youth players when they are destined for better clubs. I've had a couple of them leave myself and it's a pain when it happens, but life goes on. This challenge is not a short one either, so finishing this within 20 seasons is pretty much impossible. A couple of years ago, I played in Iceland and had won the domestic league several times and upgraded a lot of things. My reputation were about double the other teams in the league due to our decent runs in Europe, but still my youth players would not sign long contracts and rather went to other slightly better leagues for free. Annoying, but it happens. The only thing you can do is sign players on long term contracts as early as possible if they have good potential. The clause "contract extention by club" or whatever it's called is great to add on up to 3 more years. I've signed brilliant talents on 8 year deals. Of course they are pissed if you won't let them go, but at least you get money for them, and sell-on clauses of course.
  9. No worries, I think I stole it from someone else years ago, but can't remember whom.
  10. Chris White 29a scored a total of 5 goals this season to make his total 6.
  11. XaW - Kettering Town - 2029/30 Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances So, the Championship, huh? After 3 straight promotions, the board at least didn't expect us to go up again. They only wanted mid-table. A bit ambitious, but at least I knew my goals. We managed to keep all the players during the summer window, and not much complaining either. The season itself started very good. We only lost 2 of our first 10 matches and won 6 of them. I think this lead us to be over-confident and perhaps a bit complacent. At any rate, we hit into a very poor run of form in November and December were we only won 1 out of 10 matches. We slid down the table then, but we managed to stabilize just past the new year and find our feet again. When we had reached April we had a good chance at getting a playoff spot, though the fight was hard. Watford, Preston, Blackburn and Swansea were the main competitors for the 3 last playoff spots behind Leicester and Aston Villa, who had ran away, and Burnley, who while a bit of the top two, still had a good lead of the rest of the pack. With one game remaining we were guaranteed a playoff spot. In the semi final we got draw against Watford. In the league play we had beaten them both at home and away, but only with one goal each time. The first leg was at our place. We really put them to the sword and won it 4-2 and it could (and should) have been a bigger margin. In the away leg we fell behind after 17 minutes and then made it harder for ourselves when we got a red card after an hour. In the second half they steamrolled over us and it ended 3-0 to them, and the aggregate 5-4 to them. We were close, but no cigar. Still, a very good season by us, and much more than I hoped for. In the FA Cup we started in the 3rd round, but got an away draw to Liverpool. We fought hard, but lost 3-2 to a semi b-side. In the League cup we beat Forest Green and Nottingham Forest, but got thumped away to Everton in the 3rd round. We had a rather poor youth intake, and the only worth mentioning is Christoforos Vlavianos 30a. Presentation of the main players: GK: Chris White 29a - Only 17, but our first choice already. DR: Robbie Healy 23e - A veteran for us with over 200 league matches for us. Also capped 4 times for Ireland. DC: Abubakar Ekwueme 26f - Very talented youngster, keeps getting capped for England U20. DC: Terry Perry 26a - A stalwart in defense and works well with Ekwueme. Capped twice for England U21s. DL: Victor Akinyemi 24b - A very good fullback, he has been capped by England U23s and Nigeria U20s. MR: Akil Bullivant 27a - Made the spot his this year with some great matches, still a bit inconsistent though. MC: Romaine Scott 24d - Our most capped player with 36 caps and 5 goals for Jamaica. And a great player. MC: Reuben Fox 26e - Plays at the deep lying playmaker and pivot in our team. Controls our play greatly. ML: Neil Mitchell 24c - Been out most of the season with a major injury, but still our best left midfielder. SC: Joe McPhillamy 28c - Great physicals and mentals and if he keeps improving his technicals he is destined for greatness. SC: Kingsley Williams 23d - Been our top scorer the last few season, but he struggled quite a bit this season. Capped 4 times for Nigeria Notable subs: Robert O'Halloran 24a - Another great defender. Capped 5 times for Ireland. Oliver Broughton 29b - Had to step in on left back due to an injury crisis and played great. Shawn Lawrence 28a - In a tough battle on the central midfield, but is a very talented player.
  12. XaW - Kettering Town - 2029/30 Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances So, the Championship, huh? After 3 straight promotions, the board at least didn't expect us to go up again. They only wanted mid-table. A bit ambitious, but at least I knew my goals. We managed to keep all the players during the summer window, and not much complaining either. The season itself started very good. We only lost 2 of our first 10 matches and won 6 of them. I think this lead us to be over-confident and perhaps a bit complacent. At any rate, we hit into a very poor run of form in November and December were we only won 1 out of 10 matches. We slid down the table then, but we managed to stabilize just past the new year and find our feet again. When we had reached April we had a good chance at getting a playoff spot, though the fight was hard. Watford, Preston, Blackburn and Swansea were the main competitors for the 3 last playoff spots behind Leicester and Aston Villa, who had ran away, and Burnley, who while a bit of the top two, still had a good lead of the rest of the pack. With one game remaining we were guaranteed a playoff spot. In the semi final we got draw against Watford. In the league play we had beaten them both at home and away, but only with one goal each time. The first leg was at our place. We really put them to the sword and won it 4-2 and it could (and should) have been a bigger margin. In the away leg we fell behind after 17 minutes and then made it harder for ourselves when we got a red card after an hour. In the second half they steamrolled over us and it ended 3-0 to them, and the aggregate 5-4 to them. We were close, but no cigar. Still, a very good season by us, and much more than I hoped for. In the FA Cup we started in the 3rd round, but got an away draw to Liverpool. We fought hard, but lost 3-2 to a semi b-side. In the League cup we beat Forest Green and Nottingham Forest, but got thumped away to Everton in the 3rd round. We had a rather poor youth intake, and the only worth mentioning is Christoforos Vlavianos 30a. Presentation of the main players: GK: Chris White 29a - Only 17, but our first choice already. DR: Robbie Healy 23e - A veteran for us with over 200 league matches for us. Also capped 4 times for Ireland. DC: Abubakar Ekwueme 26f - Very talented youngster, keeps getting capped for England U20. DC: Terry Perry 26a - A stalwart in defense and works well with Ekwueme. Capped twice for England U21s. DL: Victor Akinyemi 24b - A very good fullback, he has been capped by England U23s and Nigeria U20s. MR: Akil Bullivant 27a - Made the spot his this year with some great matches, still a bit inconsistent though. MC: Romaine Scott 24d - Our most capped player with 36 caps and 5 goals for Jamaica. And a great player. MC: Reuben Fox 26e - Plays at the deep lying playmaker and pivot in our team. Controls our play greatly. ML: Neil Mitchell 24c - Been out most of the season with a major injury, but still our best left midfielder. SC: Joe McPhillamy 28c - Great physicals and mentals and if he keeps improving his technicals he is destined for greatness. SC: Kingsley Williams 23d - Been our top scorer the last few season, but he struggled quite a bit this season. Capped 4 times for Nigeria Notable subs: Robert O'Halloran 24a - Another great defender. Capped 5 times for Ireland. Oliver Broughton 29b - Had to step in on left back due to an injury crisis and played great. Shawn Lawrence 28a - In a tough battle on the central midfield, but is a very talented player.
  13. This is what I use as a base. Then change up depending on the players I have available. I usually swap around the striker roles, but I always keep one AF. I do small changes each game though, so no plug-and-play here. I had a great start in the Championship, but lately we have been struggling.
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