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    I'd go and watch Clyde play. Really, I would. But I've just put my ticket money in the fire.

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  1. [FM16] Memoirs of a Sheepskin Coat

    2015/16 - Ups & Downs Scotland Ladbrokes Premiership Winners: Celtic. Relegated: Hamilton. Ladbrokes Championship Winners: Rangers. Relegated: Alloa. Ladbrokes League 1 Winners: Dunfermline. Relegated: Albion Rovers, Peterhead. Ladbrokes League 2 Winners: Arbroath. Promoted: Elgin City. Relegated: n/a. Scottish Cup: Ross County. Scottish League Cup: Aberdeen. Scottish League Challenge Cup: Rangers. EEC Qualifiers: Celtic. EURO Cup Qualifiers: Ross County (Scottish Cup winners); Inverness CT (2nd in Prm); Hearts (3rd in Prm). England Premier Division Winners: Chelsea Relegated: Leicester, Stoke, Sunderland. ECC Qualifiers: Chelsea (1st); Man Utd (2nd); Man City (3rd), Arsenal (4th). EURO Cup Qualifiers: Tottenham (5th), Swansea (6th), Liverpool (7th). Sky Bet Championship Winners: Hull. Promoted: Reading, Middlesbrough. Relegated: Bristol City, Rotherham, Birmingham. Sky Bet League 1 Winners: Wigan. Promoted: Sheffield Utd, Southend Utd. Relegated: Swindon, Crewe, Blackpool, Fleetwood. Sky Bet League 2 Winners: Plymouth Argyle. Promoted: Notts County, Portsmouth, Northampton Town. Relegated: Bristol Rovers, Newport County. Vanarama National Winners: Eastleigh. Promoted: Torquay United. Relegated: Aldershot, FC Halifax, Chester, Guiseley. Vanarama North Winners: Nuneaton. Promoted: Stockport County. Relegated: Stalybridge Celtic, Curzon Ashton, FC United of Manchester. Vanarama South Winners: Oxford City. Promoted: Maidenhead United. Relegated: Weston-super-Mare, Concord Rangers, Wealdstone. Promoted from Regional Prems: Dorchester, Hampton & Richmond, Leamington, Salford, Dulwich Hamlet, Grantham. FA Cup: Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea. Capital One Cup: Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea. JPT: Southend 1-2e Sheffield Utd. FA Trophy: Tranmere 1-1p Grimsby. Champions League FC Barcelona 0-1 Chelsea. Europa League West Ham 0-1 Lazio. EURO 2016 - Belgium beat Wales on penalties in the Final, after a 2-2. - England had a Second Round exit, losing 2-0 to Germany. - Ireland went out in the Group Stage. - Hosts France lost 2-3 to Holland in the Quarter Finals.
  2. [FM16] Memoirs of a Sheepskin Coat

    2015-2016 - Berwick Rangers - Ladbrokes Scottish League 2 So I took the helm at Shielfield Park not long after the start of the season. Kind of wished I'd joined a fortnight earlier, as we were in action in the Scottish League Cup and the Challenge (Petrofac Training) Cup. Sadly we went out of both. League The League was my main concern, with the media predicting a top half of the table finish for us, and the board wanting a play-off spot. We started the season brightly, had a dip in form in September which saw us drop to 8th in the table, but a good spell from October to January pushed us up into the play-off race. A mixed bag of results during the final third of the season had supporters thinking we were destined for 5th, but we held our ground to bag 4th place with one match to go. Play-Offs Into the play-offs. We were drawn against League 1 side Albion Rovers. We went into both legs with a "never say die" attitude - despite 3 of our key players being out through injury. The first leg we drew 2-2 at home, leaving us with a steep hill to climb. In the second leg, we forced the tie to extra time after a 1-1 draw (away goals don't count it seems). We scored in the first period of extra time, and looked like hanging on for the win - but Albion scored on 120+2 minutes. A few penalties later, and we were out Elgin City did us a favour by beating Albion in the Play-off final, sending them down. So we have plenty of opportunity for revenge next season. Cups Scottish Cup 2nd Rnd: Berwick 2-0 Selkirk. 3rd Rnd: Alloa 3-1 Berwick. Scottish League Cup 1st Rnd: Falkirk 5-0 Berwick. Challenge Cup 1st Rnd: Berwick 1-2 Annan Athletic. Squad Kept the squad I had inherited, and brought in some loan signings from Celtic, Stenhousemuir and Ayr United. Tactically, they got to grips with my formation well, and there was good team cohesion. Didn't spend any of the transfer budget, which kept the board happy. Had a fair amount of talent in my squad, but one guy stood out (as you will see). I'm sure he would have scored more goals, but an nasty injury ruled him out for 4 months. But by that time he'd done enough to secure himself a place in the League 2 Team of The Year. Key Players Top Scorer: Darren Lavery - 30. Highest Avg: Darren Lavery - 7.33. Most MoM: Darren Lavery - 4. Most Goals in a Match: Darren Lavery - 4. Fans PotY: Darren Lavery. Season's Transfer Activity Personal - Won 2 Manager of the Month awards. - Was headhunted by Peterhead (SL1). Very nearly took the job, but when I found out they were being relegated I opted to stay at Berwick. - Signed a new £350 p/w contract until June 2017. End of Season Confidence Review Berwick Rangers Season Summary - 2015/16
  3. [FM16] Memoirs of a Sheepskin Coat

    2015 - 2016 Berwick Rangers Ladbrokes Scottish League 2 A Club History Club Details Founded: 1881. Status: Semi-Professional. Facilities Stadium: Good (4500 capacity (1260 seated)). Corporate: Adequate. Training: Adequate. Youth: Below Average.
  4. [FM16] Memoirs of a Sheepskin Coat

    Beginning unemployed, I looked at the 9 managerial jobs available, and only 2 seemed suitable for someone of my calibre: Loughgall (N Ireland Championship 1), and Berwick Rangers (Scottish Div 2). Applied for both jobs, was interviewed for both, and received contract offers from both clubs. I'd always had the urge to manage Berwick (even though they beat the team I follow (Queens Park) IRL on Boxing Day), and so I was off the Shieldfield Park to begin my adventure.
  5. So, after not really getting into FM2014 or 2015 (only logged 12 hours game time), I took a punt on 2016. Game Setup Loaded every league in Europe, down to the lowest level in the vanilla game (so no heroics with AVRO JFC, like a few years ago), and set up a large database. Added players from Europe only (whether this will come back to bite me later, I shall see). Leagues in England, Scotland, N Ireland, Ireland, and Wales are playable from the start, with others being view-only. From my second season onwards, I will unlock view-only leagues/divisions with a lower Competition Reputation than the division I'm managing in. Manager Setup I decided to begin as a rank amateur, and unemployed. Sheepskin coat out of the polythene, a dab of cologne, tidy up of the comb-over, and away we go!
  6. Stalybridge Celtic English Premier Division 2028-2029 SEASON SUMMARY League Well, a bit of a different season this year, although we still did well. Our back line had been weakened by a couple of departures during the summer, and it really showed when teams like Blackburn and Liverpool ran riot against us. No matter how we tried, we just couldn't build enough momentum to get into a Champions League or Europa League qualification spot. The Board were expecting European qualification, and when we finished 11th, I was expecting the sack. However, the FA Cup saved the day. Next season, we need to improve again in order to avoid becoming Premier Division "also rans" or worse - being relegated. Next season, we'll be back at Stalybridge Stadium for all our home ties. I just wonder if playing at the DW Stadium for most of this season had a negative effect... Cups FA Cup 3rd Rnd: S.C. 4-0 Hull. 4th Rnd: Peterborough 1-2 S.C. 5th Rnd: Middlesbrough 1-1 S.C. 5th Rnd Rep: S.C. 4-1 Middlesbrough. 6th Rnd: S.C. 5-0 Birmingham. Semi Final: S.C. 2-0 Newcastle United. FINAL: Chelsea 4-1 S.C. A fine run in the FA Cup this year - sadly Chelsea were just far too strong for us. However, as runners up, we qualified for the Playoff round of the Europa League Capital One Cup 3rd Rnd: Reading 1-4 S.C. 4th Rnd: Everton e2-0 S.C. Europa League We went straight into the Europa League group stage, and made our European debut in Group F. We were drawn against Spartak Moscow, FC Kobenhavn, and Dinamo Tblisi. Not a group of death, but it turned out to be a challenge. Results were: Spartak Moscow 4-1 S.C. S.C. 1-1 FC Kobenhavn. S.C. 4-0 Dinamo Tblisi. Dinamo Tblisi 1-3 S.C. Spartak Moscow 0-0 S.C. FC Kobenhavn 2-6 S.C. So we finished in 2nd place in the group, although after the opening match many thought we'd finish bottom. However, it wasn't to be and we went on to the Knockout stages. First up were Schalke, with the first leg at home. Don't know what happened to them, but a 4-0 victory helped us greatly, and a 1-1 draw in the second leg saw us through to face A.C. Milan. We put up a good fight against A.C. Milan, losing the first leg at home 3-2. The return leg at the San Siro was more impressive, and we came away with a 1-1 draw. We were out, but the fans were more than satisfied with what we'd achieved. SQUAD NEWS Well, our star defender Amrani jumped ship during the summer when Paris Saint-Germain activated his minimum release fee clause and signed him for £8M. A great loss, and I struggled to find a replacement of similar calibre. Signings this season were: Ezequiel Moyano - £5.5M from Boca Juniors. Helmut Meier - £3.2M from Lech Poznan. Adán Mejía - £10M from Spurs. Daniele Masiello - £4.9M from Roma. Moyano and Meier were brought in to give me more options up front. Meier made an instant impact, scoring twice on his debut. Moyano took a bit longer to get going, but he's still at a very young age and will hopefully improve as the years roll on. I'd wanted to sign Adán Mejía last season, but Spurs beat us to his signature. Fortunately for us, he'd found it difficult to break into the Spurs first team, and didn't drag his heels when deciding to sign for us. He's a quality defender, and he and Masiello shored up the back line somewhat. Key Players Top Scorer: 27 - Baggio. Highest Avg Rating: 7.45 (48 apps) - Martin Hanzel. Most Assists: 29 - Martin Hanzel. Stalybridge Transfer Activity 2028-2029. BOARD ROOM - In what seems to be an annual event now, the Board announced upgarades to training and youth facilities. - Stadium expansion work is completed. Stalybridge Stadium is now a 25279 all-seater stadium. - Towards the end of the season, Chairman Phil Sonsara states his intention to step down from his role. Takeover talks with a local businessman began in April, and rumbled on into the summer break. This doesn't please departing chairman, or me, as I see some of my transfer targets snapped up by other clubs during our transfer embargo. - We move up 100 places in the European club rankings to 58th. - Initial budgets for next season are set at £550K p/w for wages, and I get a £21.94M transfer budget. - Dividends of £3.6M are paid to our shareholders. The club had a turn over of approximately £121M this season. - A new 5 year kit sponsorship deal is announced, worth £230K per annum.
  7. EURO 2028 Hosts: Sweden Group Stage Group A Q: Romania, Slovenia, France. Out: Russia. Group B Q: Spain, Czech Republic, Serbia. Out: Hungary. Group C Q: England, Greece, Germany. Out: Austria. Group D Q: Italy, Scotland. Out: Sweden, Bosnia & Herz. Group E Q: Ireland, Croatia, Portugal. Out: Denmark. Group F Q: Belgium, Ukraine. Out: Holland, Belarus. Second Round Romania 0-0p Czech Republic. Ireland 0-2 Ukraine. Spain 2-0 Germany. France p1-1 Belgium. Croatia 4-1 Slovenia. Serbia 0-3 England. Portugal 0-4 Italy. Greece 1-3 Scotland. Quarter Final Czech Republic 0-0p Ukraine. France 3-2 Spain. England 3-0 Croatia. Italy 5-1 Scotland. Semi Final Ukraine 0-1 Italy. France 3-2 England. FINAL Italy 5-1 France. - Italy's first European Championship win since 1968.
  8. 2027-2028 Ups & Downs League PREMIER DIVISION Winners: Chelsea. Champs Lg Q: Chelsea, Blackburn (2nd), Everton (3rd), Manchester City (4th). Europa Lg Q: STALYBRIDGE CELTIC (5th), Huddersfield Town (FA Cup runners up), Liverpool (Capital 1 Cup winners). Relegated: Huddersfield, QPR, Exeter City. NPOWER CHAMPIONSHIP Winners: Middlesbrough. Promoted: Derby County, Stoke City. Relegated: Cambridge United, Watford, Rochdale. NPOWER LEAGUE 1 Winners: Eastleigh. Promoted: Aldershot, Bristol City. Relegated: Nottingham Forest, Stevenage, Hartlepool, Preston North End. NPOWER LEAGUE 2 Winners: Lincoln City. Promoted: Ebbsfleet United, Luton Town, Kettering Town. Relegated: Millwall, Tranmere. BSB PREMIER Winners: Port Vale. Promoted: Guiseley. Relegated: Cheltenham Town, Portsmouth , Forest Green Rovers, Wealdstone. BSB NORTH Winners: MK Dons. Promoted: Wrexham. Relegated: Worcester, Solihull Moors, Hednesford. BSB SOUTH Winners: AFC Wimbledon. Promoted: Barnet. Relegated: Harrow, Staines, Hastings Utd. Promoted From Regional: Crawley, Grantham Town, Droylsden, Hemel Hempstead, Lowestoft, Dover. Cups FA Cup: Chelsea 4-1 Huddersfield. Capital 1 Cup: Liverpool p2-2 Blackburn. JPT: Doncaster Rovers 1-0 Aldershot. FA Trophy: Eastbourne Boro 1-2e Woking. European Champions League Manchester City 0-2 Real Madrid. Europa League Everton 0-0p Leverkusen.
  9. Cheers folks. Soon be coming up for 20 years with Stalybridge, hope I don't get sacked before then. I'd expected to get the club up to League 1 and then struggle, but I found the right formula, and made the right signings to see us up to the top.
  10. Shame about the playoffs. I'm sure you'll reach the Championship one day.
  11. Cheers. Yup. It appears when you save a note about a team to your Manager Notebook. You can click on the little yellow square next to the team name, and it applies a filter on your Notebook which only shows notes related to that team.
  12. Stalybridge Celtic English Premier Division 2027-2028 SEASON SUMMARY League A great season. We took 4 or 5 games to get going, but once we did we held our own, and joined the breakaway pack of the top 6. At times, it looked as though 6th would be our finishing spot, but the team played some exceptional football, and beat some of the sides we had lost to in our last 2 seasons. We had a nervy run in to the end of season. and looked like snatching a Champions League spot with 3 matches to go, but sadly it wasn't to be. Fixtures against Liverpool and Spurs proved to be our undoing, and a 2-2 with Fulham on the final day was just enough to keep us ahead of Manchester United. 5th place, an extremely good season, and a place in the Europa League next season (with our 5th place sending us straight to the group stage). Cups FA Cup 3rd Rnd: Newcastle 1-1 S.C. 3rd Rnd Rep: S.C. 3-1 Newcastle. 4th Rnd: Wolves 1-1 S.C. 4th Rnd Rep: S.C. 1-2 Wolves. Capital One Cup 2nd Rnd: Bolton 1-0 S.C. SQUAD NEWS Concentrated on my back 4 again, and brought in 5 defenders and 1 striker. I think the signings made all the difference this season - with one in particular Walid Amrani really shoring up the back line. He signed from Atromitos for £4M, and was deemed runner up in the Premier Division Signing of the Season. The Signing of the Season was one of ours also - Baggio, a Brazilian striker who came to us from Bahia for £3.3M. Team morale was high throughout the season, and the players all worked together well. Some of the performances on the pitch were magical, and although we had a number of injuries, we had the depth to see us through. My only worry for next season is when the boys are over 21 and have to be registered for the Premier League. Hopefully a couple of them will get Home Grown status before then. Key Players Top Goalscorer: 23 - Baggio. Highest Avg Rating: 7.79 (42 apps) - Walid Amrani. Most Assists: 17 - Martin Hanzel. Next year, I'll just continue to strengthen the squad. I may have to look at the back line again - Amrani's form this season had attracted the attention of a lot of Europes big guns, and I'm not sure I'll be able to persuade him to stay... Stalybridge Celtic Transfers 2027-28 BOARD ROOM - At the start of the season, the club arrived at it's new home - Stalybridge Stadium. After a few sellout games, I persuaded the board that we should expand the ground. They agreed and said that work would begin at the end of the season. The initial plan was to increase the capacity to 18438 from 17000. However, at the end of the season the board announced plans to enlarge the stadium by 8426 seats, at a cost of £10.25M. The work will take 10 months to complete, and in the meantime we have to groundshare the DW Stadium with Wigan (Premiership football at a Blue Sq Premier ground!). - Training facilities were upgraded twice during the season. - Shareholders were paid out £3.5M in dividends. The club turned over around £112M this season. - Two new sponsorship deals were announced: - A new 2 year deal worth £85K per annum. - A new sponsorship with a local company worth £35K over 2 years. - Initial budgets for the new season are set at £450K p/w for wages, and a transfer budget of £28.95M. - Chairman Phil Sonsara offered me a new 4 year contract on £32K p/w, which I signed.
  13. Yes, I was surprised by that too. They seemed to come out of nowhere.
  14. The Ultimate A-Z Challenge (FM13)

    I'll put £10 on no 'A' jobs turning up until 2015... Good luck anyway
  15. 2026-2027 Ups & Downs League PREMIER DIVISION Winners: Chelsea. Champs Lg Q: Chelsea, Blackburn Rovers (2nd), Tottenham Hotspur (3rd), Manchester City (4th). Europa Lg Q: Everton (5th), Manchester United (6th). Relegated: Sunderland, Charlton, Middlesbrough. NPOWER CHAMPIONSHIP Winners: Reading. Promoted: Exeter City, Aston Villa. Europa Lg Q: Crystal Palace (FA Cup runners up). Relegated: Peterborough Utd, Coventry City, Bristol Rovers. NPOWER LEAGUE 1 Winners: Cambridge United. Promoted: Shrewsbury Town, Hull City. Relegated: Kettering, Mansfield, Kidderminster H, Notts County. NPOWER LEAGUE 2 Winners: Colchester United. Promoted: Hartlepool, Chester, Doncaster Rovers. Relegated: Port Vale, York City. BSB PREMIER Winners: Tranmere Rovers. Promoted: Millwall. Relegated: MK Dons, Dartford, Matlock, Barnet. BSB NORTH Winners: Guiseley. Promoted: FC Halifax. Relegated: Droylsden, Colwyn Bay, Worksop. BSB SOUTH Winners: Hayes & Yeading United. Promoted: Welling United. Relegated: Canvey Island, Basingstoke, Braintree. Promoted from Regionals: Hednesford, Hastings Utd, Bashley, North Ferriby, Wingate & Finchley, Margate. Cups FA Cup: Crystal Palace 0-1 Blackburn Rovers. Capital One Cup: Everton 2-3 Chelsea. JPT: Burnley 0-2 Cambridge United. FA Trophy: Chelmsford 0-1e Millwall. European Champions League FC Porto 3-0 FC Bayern Munich Europa League AS Monaco 2-0 Chelsea