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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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    Glasgow, United Kingdom
  1. 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. 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. 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. 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!