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  1. Chapter 1 - 2019-22 Season 1 Being a Welshman - I thought i'd start the challenge nearer home and took the only available job in the Welsh Premier at Cefn Druids, the oldest club in Wales. My intention was to win the welsh premier and cup in my second season whilst picking up coaching badges to get a top job in China or South Africa.I have managed in FM20 before in Wales at Newtown so I was confident of being able to sign the right free transfers to make a mockery of the season preview odds of 1000-1 but still overcoming TNS who are by far the best team in Wales was a huge first season challenge. Managed to get a solid team on frees and loan transfers. Started the season well but got a bit of a hiding against TNS in our first game against them. but then managed to overcome them in the cup. The second half of the season was just non stop winning as the team really settled. We ended up winning the treble which was much better than expected. Juanito Lopez was sensational upfront. My best X1 from the season is below (backdated but still their best XI) I managed to get my coaching badges up to National A License and Reputation up to 1.25 stars whilst at the club. Given that I had completed a domestic league and cup win in wales. I felt I needed to resign after the season in may and try for a job in Asia or South Africa mid season. I managed to get offered jobs in August in the Chinese Super League. with some 2.5 star clubs which was a surprise. Chongqing, Henan, Everbright. offered me jobs but I held out for another Chinese Super League Club...... Season 2 Tianjin offered me the job in August with only 7 games remaining, languishing in 12th so no chance of Asian Champions League the next season however with a large transfer and wage budget of £45m and 275k wages which was a huge step up from Cefn Druids. I got off to to a great start winning first game 5-1 but we dropped off. The chinese national players we had werent up to it but we We had some quality foreign players in Sandro Wagner , Andres Cubas, Justen Glad, Acheampong but I felt I could upgrade them with the bigger transfer kitty. Season 3 The first full season with Tianjin, I overhauled the squad significantly. I made the decision to split the transfer fees and tax over the next two seasons to make sure I could get the best foreign player in season 1 that would improve the team straight away and then next season I would use my transfer budget on chinese national player upgrades. Whilst Wagner, Cubas etc were all good players... I decided to upgrade and an amazing player for the spine of the team. CB (Lyanco) CM (Gravenberch) AM/W (Magno) ST (Esposito) Sergio Gomez also joined for a pittance and rotated to suit injuries/resting. The signings were all top players within the league which meant our season preview was 4th but we surpassed it and ended up winning the domestic double. Esposito was a machine in front of goal and scored 43 goals in 30 games for Tianjin (average rating 7.96!). Gravenberch, Magno, Lyanco,Gomez were also fantastic. Key to our success though given how rare good chinese goalkeepers are was was a regen goalkeeper in the youth team. Lin Shuang who is now a good super league player aged 19.I was confident going into the next season that we would have a good chance to win the ASL given how well we had done if we could keep our best foreign players (all admiring glances from top european clubs and had release clauses of 40-55m) but we still needed to upgrade our domestic contingent if we could Season 4 I spent the transfer window adding the best available domestic players overspending on a couple of youngsters who i felt could fill out the squad. We had a phenomenal season and ended up winning the quadruple beating a host of Chinese Super league sides in all the competitions, largely on the back of the goals of Esposito who whilst only scoring 17 in the league managed to score 17 in 12 in the Asian Champions League. In the ASL final we were 3-1 up in the first leg to Paxtakor and then survived a 1-0 loss in the second leg to secure the first continental title of my career. I am now in December 2022 and have recently been appointed the Nigeria coach following the 2022 World Cup with the Africa Cup of Nations coming up next year which I am looking forward to as Nigeria have some great players in Chukwueze and Ndidi. I am going to look for Jobs in south africa next ideally but would take the right job in the Americas. Club Season Team Division Position Best Player Notes 19/20 Cefn Druids Welsh Premier 1st Juanito Lopez Manager of the Year, Won domestic Cup and League 20/21 Tianjin TEDA Chinese Super League 12th Andres Cubas finished off season, started in 12th with 7 games to go. 22/23 Tianjin TEDA Chinese Super League 1st Sebastian Esposito Manager of the Year, Won domestic Cup and League 22/23 Tianjin TEDA Chinese Super League 1st Sebastian Esposito Manager of the Year, Won quadruple including Asian Champions League International Year Team Achievements 22 - Nigeria just appointed Challenge Progress 5/32 Club 2/10 top domestic leagues Wales, China(2) 2/10 domestic cups Wales, China(2) 1/5 club continental championships 0/1 club world championship International 0/5 continental tournaments 0/2 world tournaments
  2. I've been reading this forum for a while and now going to take the plunge and start this challenge for the first time, and it may be my last ever fm game in conjunction with the Dafuge Challenge where I am currently in premier league with Gainsborough. my starting profile, 19yrs old welsh/english. started with UK nations, SA, China, Australia, South American nations loaded. Hope this is all fine @vikeologist? I wanted to start in my native wales and lucky enough Cefn Druids job available at the start of my game in may. 1000-1 prediction, so a lot to do in preseason if to topple the mighty TNS to start the challenge with a first domestic league and cup. I have been debating about doing a european journeyman first as dont like playing with regens too much but think I will try to build up in order, do Wales - South Africa - China/Aus - USA - Braz/Arg then the european top leagues. Will probably next update in 5 seasons time.
  3. End of Season Review Season 2024/25 Season 4 Summary - 2nd Championship The title run is over but another promotion amazing.... Newcastle were too strong but we pipped West Ham to second and got automatic promotion to the big time! we started the season in patchy form due to the late loan additions and then recovered being led by the goals of Liam Delap and assists of Gomez and Maldini.....did well in FA cup run boosted the budget, losing away at Man Utd. Transfers, Best 11 Sold some stalwarts in Aarons, Bowden, Ntenda 1.1m....to give myself more wage budget room. picked up some great free transfers - Daniel Maldini from Milan, Diallo from everton, a superstar regen england U21 Chris gomez (from spurs) Genty from FCP. did well with loans picking up some leading championship players in Delap, Florent Da Silva from City, Brunel and Corcoran (regen cb's from chelsea) to add to the spine from League one. C Key Players Liam Delap,( who looks like a young Harry Kane)on loan from City was great for us nearly winning golden boot., I'm hoping they transfer list him in the summer. Ibrahima Diallo joined on a free who was immense in midfield. Chris Gomez a wonderkid regen joined on a free from spurs which was scarcely believable as it looks like he could be leading star in premier league in a few years. Aims for next season Wow, this save game has been great. I'm building a new small stadium (12k) and have £24m and 300k wage budget remaining on June 1st. Will try to use the loan market again to get 5 players in to bolster the side much prefer real players to regens but will now try and scout around for some bargains in south america and hope to get mid table.... as said in my original post. I always get bored a few years into the premier league with a conference team but hopefully will be able to complete the challenge this time! Season Division Position Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 Vanarama National League North 1st Promoted as champions 2021/22 Vanarama National League 1st Promoted as champions, FA Trophy Winners 2022/23 Sky Bet League Two 1st Promoted as champions, Leasing Trophy Winners 2023/24 Sky Bet League One 1st Promoted as champions, Leasing Trophy Winners 2024/25 Championship 2nd Promoted
  4. End of Season Review Season 2023/24 Season 4 Summary - 1st League One, Leasing.com Trophy Winners this is developing into my best ever LLM game.....after 3 straight titles comes a fourth but was a lot more difficult with the step up and having the lowest budget. we led until christmas but then the fixtures mounted up with our small squad we had a horrible run of games in january where we just could not score and thought may have to settle for playoffs. things came together after some loan signings to bolster the squad. and managed to pip Milwall to the title but drew 12 and lost 6. Another great FA cup run boosted the budget... beating Newcastle at St James Park on route to the quarter finals, # Transfers, Best 11 Had some league one standard players in Ogbeta, Sterling, Darcy, Greenwood and Lgharbi to build on. sold Riley and Lakin for 515k to give myself more wage budget room. Picked up Bejger man utd transfer list who is good championship for 215k. Corcoran a regen from chelsea at prem standard, joined which meant CB was my new area of strength. Luke Thomas on a free and Hudell returned on loan from Arsenal. Callum Wright and Tom Kraub were great signings in CM. John-Jules came in on loan to compete with Sterling the top goalscorer in the league from the previous season and quickly got the starting gig after a long goal drought by Sterling. other loanees joined in january to fill out the squad and luckily needed no loan fee as i was 5k over. C Key Players Sam Greenwood went on a sensational run for the first two months scoring 11 in 7 en route to becoming League one top goalscorer and turned down a bid of 2.5m in jan which would have been great for squad building but wanted to complete the season with him. Bejger was a rock in defence and a big reason for Promotion. Luke Thomas my surname namesake was a brilliant signing and really suits my formation with attacking full backs. Aims for next season use the £3m new budget wisely on some long term prospects to build for promotion. I think i will revert back to 433 next season as the formation is likely too attacking for the championship and some bigger teams. my club captain Ronan Darcy who I changed the formation for AM has not kicked on and is only decent league one. will see if I can get a good AM or DM and then see. the squad I have now is hopefully good enough to compete but i cant see how i can go up again without some super regen signings and some loan signings so will look after finances and finally upgrade training facilities. Season Division Position Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 Vanarama National League North 1st Promoted as champions 2021/22 Vanarama National League 1st Promoted as champions, FA Trophy Winners 2022/23 Sky Bet League Two 1st Promoted as champions, Leasing Trophy Winners 2023/24 Sky Bet League One 1st Promoted as champions, Leasing Trophy Winners
  5. End of Season Review Season 2022/23 Season 3 Summary - 1st League Two, Leasing.com Trophy Winners Another great season, developed a really great squad building on from last year. Kaziah Sterling really pushed on up front winning League Two top goalscorer. played some great football en route to a (game record total in league two) Managed another good FA cup run beating Burnley at home and won the Leasing Cup beating several league one teams along the way. Transfers, Best 11 Bolstered the squad with some great youth players on frees - Greenwood and Lgharbi were great signings for the wing positions. Ntenda and Hudell joined as attacking full backs. Harvey White was a great pick up in midfield and hopefully can stay with us as we move up the leagues. Daniel Adshead joined on loan in CM/DM from norwich and would have loved to have signed him in the summer but hes gone to the MLS. struggled to get a good CB partner for Ogbeta so brought in a couple loans. Bazunu the irish wonderkid joined on loan in goal.. Finally Marcelo joined in January for the last 6 months of his career which was funny. I changed tactics a few months into my season to maximise Ronan Darcy my captain and standout player from last season in his best position AM. Key Players Daniel Adshead beat out Harvey White as my best signing. Kaziah Sterling did the business up front and Sam Greenwood was sensational. Aims for next season to continue building the squad and hopefully continue the promotion run. need a good GK,CB, CM and RB to replace loans...mwould like to update facilities.
  6. Hi @Brent Jolicoeur keep at it - i saw the comment above about the frustration with other people getting consecutive promotions and thought id share a few things i like to do. 1) i find the first transfer window to be the most important and after that you can add better players more easily...i.e. you get on a roll, as you get better players then other players are more like to join. the quality of squad is for me the number 1 in attracting new players. 2) after each season start straight away with signings and only bring in 4 star+ rated or rated in the league above, dont fill out squad for sake of it, aim for a great x1 for start of season as a minimum if you lose some early games but get a better team then so be it. try to keep 1-2k for september/october because there will be players who will become desperate who will join who will be too good for the league. 3) never change tactics to suit opposition or signings. get players to suit. 4) a good way to filter players is.... Player search, world rep - and then target players with the level above your current players -i.e. if in vanarama N/S target nominal, League 2 decent etc.
  7. End of Season Review Season 2021/22 Season 2 Summary - 1st Vanarama National, Won FA Trophy. A strong first season set me up well for the second season as some great players wanted to join straight after the season, led from the off and managed to juggle the league and a FA cup run to the 4th round being knocked out by Championship birmingham. FA trophy win was great as we beat Aldershot in the final on penalties. another season without a prolific goalscorer which I hope to fix for League two! Transfers, Best 11 Bolstered the squad with some great youth players on frees - Ogbeta, CJ Riley from Manc city improved my back four out of the gate in June, Ronan Darcy, Sotona and Bowden were great signings for midfield/attack. whilst Kaziah Sterling and Rolando Aarons joined in October after failing to pick up a club (v unrealistic) and together with Jordan Graham meant a Jamaican front three of pace and finesse. Lansbury was a great addition in october also. Key Players Ronan Darcy on loan to buy from Bolton who was my player of the season. it says he could be good championship so will hope to buy him with my new budget (of £18k per week up from 11k!) Ogbeta and Aarons were also class and should stay with me for the next couple seasons.
  8. End of Season Review Season 2020/21 Latest Profiles Gainsborough Manager Season 1 Summary - 1st Vanarama North Transfers 1 Transfers 2 made some crucial early signings after trialling out of contract youngsters from big clubs. Ethan Galbraith, Di'Shon Bernard, D'Mani Mellor (Man Utd) and Tolaji Bola (Chelsea) joined early and meant better players would join then. Got some good loans to bolster the team in midfield. Struggled to find the right striker and goalkeeper signings which is key for next season but goals were shared out. Competitions Amazing first season which took me by surprise, was aiming for playoffs and went ahead of schedule pipping York to the title who had me pegged back for most of the season. scrapped out lots of narrow wins along the way. Tactics I mostly always play 433 on fm as like to dominate midfield and then go more attacking from a strong defense if I need to. I'm playing a control possession variant but don't quite have the right players to pull it off yet - will move to a DM and attacking full backs asap. Finances - FA Cup (Second round) and FA Trophy (4th) gave me good income and meant my -1.5k wage deficit wasnt an issue. 200k balance sets me up well for next season. Key Players Jordan Graham - simply too good for Gainsborough and very luck to be able to snap him up in October. Will be my best player for some time. Di'Shon Bernard - Ex Man Utd Youth - played out of his skin and mainstay of my defence Ethan Walker - Loan signing, came up with the goods when it mattered most - scoring a hatrick against York Career Overview Season Champions League Europa League League Position F.A. Cup League Cup Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 N/a N/a Vanarama National League North 1st Second round N/a Champions, 4th Round F. A. Trophy.
  9. Hi, FM player of 8+ years but never posted on forums so thought i'd give it a go now. I've played numerous conference north/south to premier league games; have got Blyth x2, Hereford x1, Concord x1 into the prem/champions league whIch is good going but never been able to win prem / cl as prefer the early seasons and get bored of regens after a while... so I hope FM20 and updates to/support from this forum get's me over the hill! Decided to play as Gainsborough Trinity Gainsborough have some great history - they were one of the first clubs in the football league finishing 7th in the football league second division just behind Newcastle and Man City in 1896. They stayed in the league until 1912 but then failed to be elected instead Lincoln city were elected and then Gainsborough dropped down to the Midland League. Time for a resurgence, to outdo Lincoln City and to get back to where we belong!
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