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  1. One thing I really like about this playing style is that it forces me to be loyal to a core group of players (because there just aren't too many alternatives out there). For example, Steve Webster joined us 10 seasons ago in the Vanarama National as a 16-year-old, and has just now played his first matches in the Premier League.
  2. We have done it! The Steves are promoted to the Premier League! No playoffs needed as we finish 2nd after Leeds (who btw spent 170 million this season on transfers IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP). We had a horrible finish to the season with 5 straight defeats but thanks to our good form earlier in the season it didn't cost us the promotion.
  3. Most likely never, unfortunately. Unless you get very lucky. But like XaW said, make sure you get youth level 1, it helps but doesn't guarantee anything.
  4. These would be great if they actually had significance in the game. Currently they really don't, which is a big issue that I hope is addressed in future iterations. The wonderkid dominance needs to end! 😉
  5. Me too, but I never got my U23 team in the league. In FM19 or 18 I think I did get them in the league after a few seasons in the Prem, so I guess it's just down to luck whether it happens or not.
  6. Yes I think this works also in FM21 if you already have your U23s in a lower u23 league. The problem is that when your U23 team is not in any competitive league at the start of the game (or you don't have an U23 team to begin with), as is the case usually when starting in non-league, it is almost impossible to get your U23 in any of the leagues, regardless of how much your club has progressed. And this has been the case for many FMs now.
  7. It's really, really hard unfortunately. Teams just don't drop out of the U23 league very often. I have had two saves on FM21, both over 10 seasons, and haven't gotten my U23 team in the league in either of them. Iirc it was the same in FM20 and 19 too. Having perfect facilities, being the best team in the world, and winning the premier league 5 times in a row also doesn't help.
  8. It's another end-of-season heartbreak. We just can't win these play off finals. 3d final in the save, 3rd narrow defeat. Looks like we're just going to have to win the league.
  9. We were so close to being promoted to the Premier league, lost the playoff final 3-2 against West Brom. 😣 All in all a fine season for the Steves nonetheless. I believe we're a really solid central defender short of a promotion-winning side. Yari Stevens and Steven Page are not PL quality unfortunately, but there just aren't many options for us. .
  10. Do it if it works for you of course but I doubt it would increase the level of challenge for very long once you tune your tactic and bring in the army of cheap Colombian wonderkids. Diagnosis of in-match developments and tactical tinkering in response is also one of my favourite parts of the game, which is why I seldom play even on extended. Unfortunately there's nothing special about it, happens routinely on FM and countless people on these forums do it every year. No cheating or exploit-tactics are needed, it would be really silly to make the game even easier. Honestly, I handicap myself by only signing Steves in my team to make the game harder, why on Earth would I then cheat to make it easier? All you need to do is compose a decent tactic that suits your players, first in lower leagues concentrate on free transfers of players released especially from premier league clubs. Don't mind going slightly negative with the finances (I know some people would disagree about this) to constantly improve your team, it will balance itself out later when you're promoted or sell your signings on. As a non-professional team concentrate your scarce training sessions on team cohesion and match preparation. Perhaps in League one or so you will have some actual transfer budget to spend and can scout also abroad, send your scouts to places known to produce good talent on the cheap, such as many eastern European countries. There are often also some affordable gems in Ireland and Scotland. Always sign youth only, experience has zero value in the game, and you want to see your players develop to either stay in the team in higher divisions or to be sold for profit. As soon as you can scout South America, raid the Colombian wonderkid factory. Also places like Uruguay and Argentina and Brazil of course, although players tend to be a bit more expensive there.
  11. VNS/VNN to prem on FM takes most often 5 seasons (standard game without added restrictions). You sometimes have to spend 2 seasons in the Championship, so maybe 6. Never more than that. In order to have a more challenging game with just the right level of difficulty, may I recommend the "Many Steves Challenge", where you also start in the VNS/VNN but are only allowed to have peole named Steve at your club 😉
  12. Yeah the youth academy challenge is great too, but the problem there is that you have to give up a key element of the game entirely (transfers, whereas with this one you still get the thrill of new signings - I'd say even more so as good transfers are very hard to come by and doubly satisfying when they do. I wonder if anyone else is playing the challenge? Would be great to hear some stories!
  13. 😂 Thanks mate, I spent a long while making a proper logo (and kits too) only to discover I can't put it in my save anymore because you can't change logos/kits for teams created with the "create a club" feature. 🤦‍♂️ So we're stuck with the logo I made in 10 seconds when starting the save (then as a joke) and generic kits... I can honestly this has become the most enjoyable FM save I've ever had, restricting transfers this way provides exactly the right amount of challenge so that we progress over the years but it's far from being too easy like it is in a normal save.
  14. It is a sad day as club legend and fan favourite Tommy Stevens has left the club after 10 years of service. He wasn't getting game time anymore in the Championship, he's contract ran out and he wanted a new challenge. It was not before we got to honour him in a testimonial match which was also the first match played at our brand new stadium (which I'll rename the Tommy Stevens Stadium) with an almost full crowd of 14000 fans giving him a farewell and thanks for the impressive 386 league appearances and a club record of 268 league goals. What a man! Hope somebody still signs him for a couple of years...
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