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Everything posted by laurentius82

  1. 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. .
  2. 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.
  3. 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 😉
  4. 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!
  5. 😂 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.
  6. 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...
  7. Second season in the Championship ends with a solid top-half finish at 10th. We could have potentially pushed for the playoffs but our problem was losing way too many points after conceding several goals at the late stages of matches. Need to try and bolster our defense for next season. Attacking-wise we were good and Stiven Sanchez was top-scorer with Tommy Stevens-esque 41 league goals. Steven Ardnt, a German winger who we've had on loan for the past 3 seasons from Mainz, was also excellent chipping in 14 goals and 17 assists.
  8. We'll finally get a new stadium too! Would have been nice to get a slightly bigger one as we can't build another one for 20 years but at least it's improvement over our current 5000-seater
  9. Our signing of the season has to be Stephen Bukari from Asante Kotoko in Ghana for 250K, really solid all-round midfielder.
  10. First season in the Championship ends with a solid mid-table finish. No danger of relegation but we didn't really have the firepower to challenge for the playoffs either. Top scorer Stiven Sanchez with 22 goals. Steven Arndt (winger on loan from Mainz) finished at the top the assists chart in the league with 16. Luckily he'll be back next season again! Hopefully we can improve the side for next season, but it's getting hard now as there really aren't that many options for us... But we relish the challenge! =)
  11. It's back-to-back promotion time baby! The Steves manage to do the "standard FM thing" of going from top of league 2 to top of league 1 as we just about sneak into winning the title on the last matchday again. For the first time, the top scorer was not Tommy Stevens, who finally found his match in League 1 and only managed 4 goals. His place was more than adequately taking by a new signing, colombian striker Stiven Sanchez (yes I know there is an "i" instead of "e" in his name by I say it's close enough and within the rules of the save) with 47 goals in the league and 51 in all competitions. Generally it feels it's much easier this year than before to get your strikers firing amazing numbers... This is Stiven Sanchez, who we signed on a free from Boyaca Chico in Coloimbia. I really struggle to see why he wasn't getting game time in Colombia, the man is a baller. He's almost 2 meters tall too!
  12. Tommy Stevens is a great example of why you shouldn't look at the star ratings too much.
  13. Our second season in the football league ends in triumphant success, as the Steves are promoted as Champions of League 2!
  14. Yes, and if you have very recently disciplined a player for poor performance, there's some delay before you can do it again with the same player. So can't take his wage after every game no matter how badly he plays. Generally speaking, disciplinary actions for poor performances are a very good idea though, because it most of the time yields a positive reaction and often a permanent +1 boost to determination and/or work rate attributes. But I think this only works if your relationship with the squad is good. If they don't trust you the reaction is more likely to be negative.
  15. Yes, it has been like that for a couple of years now. If you keep extending the loan before the end of the season, AI clubs often let you have very good players for years and years, often for free or little wage contribution.
  16. The Steves are almost promoted back-to-back, but an extra time penalty to Burton Albion in the playoff final sees us facing another season in League 2 instead. To make matters worse, the penalty was scored by Stephen Humphrys. He should have been be our man. A very good season for a Steve side that was predicted to finish rock bottom in any case. Tommy Stevens was struggling with the level at times but still finished with a respectable 24 league goals. =)
  17. Some of the key Steves of our title-winning side: John Stevenson, a young centreback, released by Huddersfield at the end of last season Another young Scottish defender Stephen Davidson came on a free from Ross County a couple of seasons ago, most often plays as an inverted wingback on the left side of our system. Steven Gethins is a promising Northern Irish central midfielder. We actually paid Ballymena United 10k a couple of years back to get him.
  18. The Steves are promoted to the Football League! We finish our 3rd season in the Vanarama National as champions after amazing final day drama against Barrow, who had been leading all season but dropped to 2nd after losing to the Steves 2-1 on matchday 46. Tommy Stevens was doing what he does again, top scorer with 41 goals. We have now turned professional and are also expanding our stadium, Stevenson Road to a whopping capacity of 5000. Exciting times! To be honest, I would much rather have used the money to improve our training facilities th, which remain at a very poor standard, but the board had other priorities. It will surely be a tough season ahead in League 2, as most of our squad is evaluated as Vanarama North/South level. Improvements are needed, but our options are limited of course...
  19. Don't look at the stars too much. I know it's a cliché but it's especially true in the non-league. A player may have low current ability (and thus few stars), but if he has decent attributes at right places for his role in your tactic, he will be great in the non-league. For example, I have a 2-star striker who has scored 39, 47, 40, and 30 goals in the last 4 seasons. He has very low CA but good / decent attributes for pace/acceleration, off the ball, composure, anticipation, and finishing, enabling him to do really well in a poacher-type role in the lower leagues. Currently I'm also struggling with jadedness towards the end of the season (can be a huge problem in non-league where there often may not much possibility to rotate your squad), and have bottled the playoffs 2-years running now. But I have made things a bit more difficult for myself by only signing players and staff named Steve.
  20. Curtains close on the second season in the Vanarama National with another defeat in the first round of the playoffs. Leyton Orient. 3-2 After extra time having taken the lead twice. Gutted. Tommy Stevens had an off-year, only 30 goals.
  21. Once you win the league, you will always win it after that unless you make some really stupid (I mean like AI-level stupid) decisions in terms of squad building or tactics. IMO there's little point in playing a save beyond that point as it becomes rather tedious.
  22. We had a good first season in the Vanarama National, even managed to sneak into the playoffs (massive overachievement) where we unfortunately lost in the first round to professional moneybags Southend Utd. Tommy Stevens proved that he can keep scoring even at a higher level, and was once again the top scorer in the league with 40. Hopefully our young players keep improving and we can make a couple of signings in the summer to make another promotion push next season!
  23. Within the game as it is, you're right that focusing on CA/PA/age makes total sense, but that is because experience has no value in FM and PA is set in stone and way too obvious (yes yes bad scouts sometimes it get it a tiny bit wrong but still).
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