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  1. @Brentmeister @XaW @collindinho @darren1983 @thomas_e Thanks! I've never tried this in England myself before, it did feel like a bit of a slog towards the end. But also it's funny how once you get to the EPL you really don't need to worry about finances or selling players, just waiting for that bit of luck with the intake or the CL draw. Think I'll give this challenge a break for a while, basking in glory and all that. @thomas_e - I admire your perseverance! Looks like you started well in Argentina though. For now I'm just doing what I've been itching to do for the last 10 or so seasons of the save: But funnily enough, this made the team less gelled so our performances aren't noticeably different, and the game is getting rather slow in 2045. So maybe I'll be back on here sooner than I expected @darren1983 that is a rough turnaround :z No shame against Man Utd away, but still... Approaching laptop out of the window territory for sure.
  2. Scarborough Athletiic - Season 25 (2044/45) So, at the end of last season I cheekily said that now that Liverpool, who’d knocked us out 3 years in a row, did not qualify for the CL, we were in with a chance. This season, this happened: And, since I won the league a few years back, at long last CHALLENGE COMPLETED!! It was a bit of a bizzare end to it all, in earnest. In the league we were wildly inconsistent, struggling to find a tactic that works and finishing 3rd but with a measly 68 points. In the CL, we were pretty dominant, but again helped by a few slices of luck, the most important of those by far being that we didn’t face another English team at any point. I am pretty sure if we did they’d have knocked us out as per usual. We had a pretty tough group of Juve, Sevilla and Bayer Leverkusen, but given that none of these teams are English we cruised to a 1st place finish. An easy 1st KO round against Lyon was followed by a quarter final against the holders Atletico. A 3-0 at home sealed the tie, really. PSG awaited us in the final, and somehow we again conspired to record a massive 4-0 home win which more or less ended the tie. I was expecting to play Chelsea in the final but to my surprise they lost on away goals to Napoli, who never made the final before themselves. I beat Napoli on away goals 2 years ago and was expecting a tough final, but it was actually pretty relaxing – we scored halfway through the first half and never really looked like conceding, wrapping up an easy 2-0 win in the end. Here is the all-time best 11, and a round up of key players for the season and the save. Attack: Nick Harmon 13b (AML/ST), of course, is the pick of the bunch, as usual. All in all he has 301 goals in 487 apps for us, a pretty incredible effort. Aidan Allan 17c (MRLC/ST) is our only other potent attacker, coming up with the first goal in the CL final. Aand… the “surprise of the year” award goes to untagged midfielder Ted Elzinga (MC/AMC), who was the star of the CL final, producing a goal and a wonderful assist. Midfield: The ever-present duo of Harry Steele 17a (DMC/MC) and Michael Edwards 13a (DC/DMC/MC/AMC) have been, erm … ever-present and ever-so-consistent for us this season, as per usual. To think that I retrained Edwards as center back during the lean years, only to never use him there after he was actually retrained. Defense: Bartosz Wiacek 16a (DC/MC) has been our best defender in the save attribute-wise, and a first team regular since his teenage years, more or less. Christopher Uche 12a (DLC) has been his ever-present partner at the back, less talented but very consistent. Goal: no competition for the brave Scott Scott Jamieson 14a (GK), who has already clocked up 344 appearances for us Old-timers to remember: Russell Jebbison 02c (DRC/DM) is definitely the pick of the bunch, staying – and playing – all the way through Vanarama North to the Premiership with 707 (!) appearances across all competitions. Joe Reece 06c (DRL) also started off in the Vanarama, and was still playing last season, while the winger Lewis Southern 05d (MRC/AMR) was our best creator for a good part of 10 years. Best player of the save: Nick Harmon Most inspiring intake: got to be our first year as a Premiership club, 2032/33, which produced both Nick Harmon 13b and Michael Edwards 13a. Most surprising development: Bogdan Radulescu (DL/WBL) was ranked 8th-best in an intake where no other players made it into our first team. But he actually ended up as our starting leftback for most of our years in the premiership. Transfers: Just a snapshot of the quiet present before I go absolutely mental this summer and finally blow our £500m transfer budget. If I have the energy to carry on this far with this save… Season | League | Pos. | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Vanarama North | 7 | n/a | Lost in playoff semi final. FA cup first round 2021/22 | Vanarama North | 2 | n/a | Promotion through playoffs 2022/23 | Vanarama Nat. | 16 | n/a | 2023/24 | Vanarama Nat. | 8 | n/a | 2024/25 | Vanarama Nat. | 3 | n/a | Lost in playoff semi final 2025/26 | Vanarama Nat. | 6 | n/a | Lost in playof final. FA cup 4th round 2026/27 | Vanarama Nat. | 1 | n/a | Promotion 2027/28 | League 2 | 3 | n/a | Promotion 2028/29 | League 1 | 5 | n/a | Promotion through playoffs 2029/30 | Championship | 5 | n/a | Lost in playoff final, in extra time 2030/31 | Championship | 4 | n/a | Lost in playoff final 2031/32 | Championship | 1 | n/a | Promoted. League cup semi. 2032/33 | Premiership | 6 | n/a | Qualified for Europa League 2033/34 | Premiership | 8 | Europa Q/F | 2034/35 | Premiership | 6 | n/a | 2035/36 | Premiership | 7 | Europa Q/F | 2036/37 | Premiership | 7 | n/a | Qualified for Europa Conference 2037/38 | Premiership | 6 | Won Euro Conf | 2038/39 | Premiership | 4 | Europa 2nd KO | Qualified for Champions League 2039/40 | Premiership | 3 | ECL 1st KO | FA cup winners 2040/41 | Premiership | 3 | ECL QF | League cup runners up 2041/42 | Premiership | 1 | ECL QF | League winners! Also league cup runner-up and FA cup semi. 2042/43 | Premiership | 4 | ECL Semi | 2043/44 | Premiership | 3 | ECL QF | League cup and FA cup winners 2044/45 | Premiership | 3 | ECL WINNER | :) . Season | Coaching | Recruitment | Training Fac. | Youth Fac. | Stadium ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Adequate | Fairly Basic | Below average | Basic | 3208 2021/22 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Basic | 3208 2022/23 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2023/24 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2024/25 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2025/26 | Excellent | Good | Below average | Adequate | 4000 2026/27 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 4000 2027/28 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Below average | 5500 2028/29 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 5500 2029/30 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 5500 2030/31 | Exceptional | Excellent | Average | Average | 8250 2031/32 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Good | Good | 8250 2032/33 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Good | Good | leasing Hull's ground 2033/34 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Great | Great | 17323 2034/35 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Excellent | Excellent | leasing Boro's ground 2035/36 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Superb | Superb | 35099 2036/37 | Exceptional | Exceptional | State of Art | State of Art | 35099 .....
  3. Scarborough Athletic - Season 24 (2043/44) English Premier League League / Europe: Liverpool knocked us out of the Champions league for the third year in a row. This time it was in the quarter final, and this was also the first time I was actually expecting to beat them. After all, we were miles ahead of them in the league, having got 4 points from the head-to-heads, and also drew the away leg of the quarter final 2-2. But then, of course, we proceeded to lose the home leg 2-4 and were out for another year. We didn’t get FMed either, they totally deserved to beat us. Don’t know what it is about these European games against the other English teams, I just can’t seem to get past them. Ironically, Liverpool then proceeded to get thrashed 6-3 by Atletico in the semis, a team I soundly beat a couple of years ago. We had no problems beating the big teams in the domestic cups, winning both the FA and League cup, although we did FM Spurs in the FA cup final. I wish we saved this kind of luck for the Champions League. In the league, I was again focusing on top 4, but we actually with a shot of a title until the last game, and finished 3rd with a very respectable 81 points in the end. I get the feeling that all these extra cup games took a toll on the league and CL campaigns in the end, though. The best news of the domestic season was that Liverpool didn't qualify for the CL, so maybe we have a chance next year. Players: Still totally dependent on Nick Harmon 13b (AML/ST) who was injured from April onwards but still finished runner up in the league Golden Boot. Harry Steele 17a (DMC/MC) also had another great season, and I finally have a promising-looking youngster coming through in young forward Jack Watson 20a (MR/AMRC/ST), who hopefully can take over Harmon’s mantle once he gets older. But too many of my squad players are mediocre at best, so I could do with a bit of luck in the next few intakes. Youth intake: The last several intakes have been pretty rubbish, so I was hoping for a change of luck. This one has absolutely zero depth but two ok-looking prospects in strikers Danny Higgins 24a (AMRC/ST) and Dominic Jones 24b (AMRL/ST). Let’s see what, if anything, comes of them. Transfers: Some more trimming of squad players which is set to continue. Season | League | Pos. | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Vanarama North | 7 | n/a | Lost in playoff semi final. FA cup first round 2021/22 | Vanarama North | 2 | n/a | Promotion through playoffs 2022/23 | Vanarama Nat. | 16 | n/a | 2023/24 | Vanarama Nat. | 8 | n/a | 2024/25 | Vanarama Nat. | 3 | n/a | Lost in playoff semi final 2025/26 | Vanarama Nat. | 6 | n/a | Lost in playof final. FA cup 4th round 2026/27 | Vanarama Nat. | 1 | n/a | Promotion 2027/28 | League 2 | 3 | n/a | Promotion 2028/29 | League 1 | 5 | n/a | Promotion through playoffs 2029/30 | Championship | 5 | n/a | Lost in playoff final, in extra time 2030/31 | Championship | 4 | n/a | Lost in playoff final 2031/32 | Championship | 1 | n/a | Promoted. League cup semi. 2032/33 | Premiership | 6 | n/a | Qualified for Europa League 2033/34 | Premiership | 8 | Europa Q/F | 2034/35 | Premiership | 6 | n/a | 2035/36 | Premiership | 7 | Europa Q/F | 2036/37 | Premiership | 7 | n/a | Qualified for Europa Conference 2037/38 | Premiership | 6 | Won Euro Conf | 2038/39 | Premiership | 4 | Europa 2nd KO | Qualified for Champions League 2039/40 | Premiership | 3 | ECL 1st KO | FA cup winners 2040/41 | Premiership | 3 | ECL QF | League cup runners up 2041/42 | Premiership | 1 | ECL QF | League winners! Also league cup runner-up and FA cup semi. 2042/43 | Premiership | 4 | ECL Semi | 2043/44 | Premiership | 3 | ECL QF | League cup and FA cup winners . Season | Coaching | Recruitment | Training Fac. | Youth Fac. | Stadium ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Adequate | Fairly Basic | Below average | Basic | 3208 2021/22 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Basic | 3208 2022/23 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2023/24 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2024/25 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2025/26 | Excellent | Good | Below average | Adequate | 4000 2026/27 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 4000 2027/28 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Below average | 5500 2028/29 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 5500 2029/30 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 5500 2030/31 | Exceptional | Excellent | Average | Average | 8250 2031/32 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Good | Good | 8250 2032/33 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Good | Good | leasing Hull's ground 2033/34 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Great | Great | 17323 2034/35 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Excellent | Excellent | leasing Boro's ground 2035/36 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Superb | Superb | 35099 2036/37 | Exceptional | Exceptional | State of Art | State of Art | 35099 .....
  4. @thomas_e congrats - a great achievement! Pretty fast progress considering you had to climb up from VNN, too Look forward to the next instalment - though if I were you I'd be tempted to give this challenge a bit of a break first
  5. Thanks - and congrats you the PL! Your young winger/striker is looking superb, hopefully he can resolve your problems upfront for a while. I feel like these big knockout CL games are a bit of a coin toss at the moment, so it's about trying enough times before your good players age or better ones arrive.
  6. Scarborough Athletic - Season 23 (2042/43) English Premier League League / Europe: After winning the Premiership last season we put all our eggs in one basket and tried to go all out for the CL. It almost worked out as we topped our group and eliminated Bayern and Barca in the knockout stages – but once again, Liverpool knocked us out, this time in the semis. It was a very close couple of games – we battered them at home but only won 3-2, and they sneaked past us on away goals after a 2-1 home win. Unlucky, but makes me feel optimistic for the next few years. In the league, we almost blew a CL place as I prioritized European fixtures, but we just about managed to finish 4th in the end. Nothing remarkable in the domestic cups as our reserves bowed out of both early. Players: Nick Harmon 13b (AML/ST) is still in his prime, as long as he’s with us and fit we have a chance of the CL. Aidan Allan 17c (MRL/ST) and Harry Steele 17a (DMC/MC) have also become standout players for us. Youth intake: Almost no depth and only one 4* prospect, but I really like the look of Isaiah Rabatts 23a (DR/MR), hope that he develops well. Transfers: sales of squad players who didn’t make it somehow brought in a hefty £22m, not that we need it with around 1 billion in the bank as it stands. Season | League | Pos. | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Vanarama North | 7 | n/a | Lost in playoff semi final. FA cup first round 2021/22 | Vanarama North | 2 | n/a | Promotion through playoffs 2022/23 | Vanarama Nat. | 16 | n/a | 2023/24 | Vanarama Nat. | 8 | n/a | 2024/25 | Vanarama Nat. | 3 | n/a | Lost in playoff semi final 2025/26 | Vanarama Nat. | 6 | n/a | Lost in playof final. FA cup 4th round 2026/27 | Vanarama Nat. | 1 | n/a | Promotion 2027/28 | League 2 | 3 | n/a | Promotion 2028/29 | League 1 | 5 | n/a | Promotion through playoffs 2029/30 | Championship | 5 | n/a | Lost in playoff final, in extra time 2030/31 | Championship | 4 | n/a | Lost in playoff final 2031/32 | Championship | 1 | n/a | Promoted. League cup semi. 2032/33 | Premiership | 6 | n/a | Qualified for Europa League 2033/34 | Premiership | 8 | Europa Q/F | 2034/35 | Premiership | 6 | n/a | 2035/36 | Premiership | 7 | Europa Q/F | 2036/37 | Premiership | 7 | n/a | Qualified for Europa Conference 2037/38 | Premiership | 6 | Won Euro Conf | 2038/39 | Premiership | 4 | Europa 2nd KO | Qualified for Champions League 2039/40 | Premiership | 3 | ECL 1st KO | FA cup winners 2040/41 | Premiership | 3 | ECL QF | League cup runners up 2041/42 | Premiership | 1 | ECL QF | League winners! Also league cup runner-up and FA cup semi. 2042/43 | Premiership | 4 | ECL Semi | . Season | Coaching | Recruitment | Training Fac. | Youth Fac. | Stadium ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Adequate | Fairly Basic | Below average | Basic | 3208 2021/22 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Basic | 3208 2022/23 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2023/24 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2024/25 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2025/26 | Excellent | Good | Below average | Adequate | 4000 2026/27 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 4000 2027/28 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Below average | 5500 2028/29 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 5500 2029/30 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 5500 2030/31 | Exceptional | Excellent | Average | Average | 8250 2031/32 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Good | Good | 8250 2032/33 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Good | Good | leasing Hull's ground 2033/34 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Great | Great | 17323 2034/35 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Excellent | Excellent | leasing Boro's ground 2035/36 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Superb | Superb | 35099 2036/37 | Exceptional | Exceptional | State of Art | State of Art | 35099 .....
  7. Scarborough Athletic - Season 22 (2041/42) English Premier League League / Europe: We continued where we left of last season, winning 8 and drawing 1 of our first league games, and dismantling Barcelona 3-0 in the first CL game of the season. The good form continued and at some point I actually thought that we could do the EPL-CL double this year and complete the challenge, but of course reality turned out to be somewhat more complicated. Our form tailed off a bit in early spring after we were FMed by a Championship side (Bristol City) in the League cup final. Liverpool took over the first spot, but we were only 2 points behind with a game in hand. Our CL quarter final was also against Liverpool, and they edged us out 2-1 over the two games. But this allowed us to concentrate on the league and despite a difficult run in we pulled off victories against 3rd placed Spurs and 5th placed Arsenal, and managed to win the title with one game to spare! So one half of the challenge done, though I expect the CL could take some time because we still tend to struggle in games against the big premiership teams. Players: Nick Harmon 13b (AML/ST) is still the standout performer with 37 goals in 43(3) apps. Aidan Allan 17c (MRL/ST) has developed nicely but tends to blow a bit hot and cold, and Bartosz Wiacek 16a (DC/MC) had a great year in defense. Overall it feels like this group of players have more or less peaked and there isn’t that much coming from the youth ranks, but there’s plenty of quality and depth in the squad so I’m looking forward to giving the CL a go with these players over the next few years. Youth intake: Rubbish again, though I guess the wonderfully named Woody Webb 22a (MC/ST) and Musa Oladapo (AMRL) could become useful squad players. Might try to change my HOYD, even though I doubt it'll make much of a difference. Transfers: quite a few sales of ageing players, with the most notable being club favourite Neil Smith 06a (GK), who was our starting keeper from the Vanarama National all the way into the first several Premiership years. Season | League | Pos. | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Vanarama North | 7 | n/a | Lost in playoff semi final. FA cup first round 2021/22 | Vanarama North | 2 | n/a | Promotion through playoffs 2022/23 | Vanarama Nat. | 16 | n/a | 2023/24 | Vanarama Nat. | 8 | n/a | 2024/25 | Vanarama Nat. | 3 | n/a | Lost in playoff semi final 2025/26 | Vanarama Nat. | 6 | n/a | Lost in playof final. FA cup 4th round 2026/27 | Vanarama Nat. | 1 | n/a | Promotion 2027/28 | League 2 | 3 | n/a | Promotion 2028/29 | League 1 | 5 | n/a | Promotion through playoffs 2029/30 | Championship | 5 | n/a | Lost in playoff final, in extra time 2030/31 | Championship | 4 | n/a | Lost in playoff final 2031/32 | Championship | 1 | n/a | Promoted. League cup semi. 2032/33 | Premiership | 6 | n/a | Qualified for Europa League 2033/34 | Premiership | 8 | Europa Q/F | 2034/35 | Premiership | 6 | n/a | 2035/36 | Premiership | 7 | Europa Q/F | 2036/37 | Premiership | 7 | n/a | Qualified for Europa Conference 2037/38 | Premiership | 6 | Won Euro Conf | 2038/39 | Premiership | 4 | Europa 2nd KO | Qualified for Champions League 2039/40 | Premiership | 3 | ECL 1st KO | FA cup winners 2040/41 | Premiership | 3 | ECL QF | League cup runners up 2041/42 | Premiership | 1 | ECL QF | League winners! Also league cup runner-up and FA cup semi. . Season | Coaching | Recruitment | Training Fac. | Youth Fac. | Stadium ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Adequate | Fairly Basic | Below average | Basic | 3208 2021/22 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Basic | 3208 2022/23 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2023/24 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2024/25 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2025/26 | Excellent | Good | Below average | Adequate | 4000 2026/27 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 4000 2027/28 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Below average | 5500 2028/29 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 5500 2029/30 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 5500 2030/31 | Exceptional | Excellent | Average | Average | 8250 2031/32 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Good | Good | 8250 2032/33 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Good | Good | leasing Hull's ground 2033/34 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Great | Great | 17323 2034/35 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Excellent | Excellent | leasing Boro's ground 2035/36 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Superb | Superb | 35099 2036/37 | Exceptional | Exceptional | State of Art | State of Art | 35099 .....
  8. Scarborough Athletic - Season 21 (2040/41) English Premier League League / Europe: A season of two halves, but the opposite of usual: instead of our typical first-half surge and second-half slump, we were terrible in the first couple months of the season but then picked up great form in winter to surge up the table into Champions League places. We never really had a shot at the title but top 4 was secured with several games to go, and we managed to get into 3rd place on the final day which secured CL football regardless of the outcome of the CL final (since 6th placed Chelsea were one of the finalists). In Europe, we finished a comfortable 2nd in the group behind Bayern and got a decent draw of Ateltico Madrid in the 1st KO. We thrashed them 4-0 at home but almost blew it in the away leg, scraping by 5-4 on aggregate. Chelsea, who are a bit of a bogey team for us, beat us in the quarters after a couple of close games. They also beat us in the League cup final, and the FA cup saw a quarter final exit to Liverpool. Players: Nick Harmon 13b (AML/ST) is by far our most important player – whenever he’s injured our form tends to dip quite a bit; and despite a few injuries this season he still managed to hit 30 goals. No other standouts this season but Anthony Harris (DRC) had a great year, claiming a starting place at center back despite his modest attributes, and Harry Steele 17a (DM/MC) was very solid in defensive midfield. Youth intake: Even worse than last year, a talented goalkeeper Walid Nefzi 21a who we don’t really need, and literally nothing else. I look forward to some better intakes over the next few years, it can’t get that much worse (though watch this space). Transfers: nothing of note Season | League | Pos. | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Vanarama North | 7 | n/a | Lost in playoff semi final. FA cup first round 2021/22 | Vanarama North | 2 | n/a | Promotion through playoffs 2022/23 | Vanarama Nat. | 16 | n/a | 2023/24 | Vanarama Nat. | 8 | n/a | 2024/25 | Vanarama Nat. | 3 | n/a | Lost in playoff semi final 2025/26 | Vanarama Nat. | 6 | n/a | Lost in playof final. FA cup 4th round 2026/27 | Vanarama Nat. | 1 | n/a | Promotion 2027/28 | League 2 | 3 | n/a | Promotion 2028/29 | League 1 | 5 | n/a | Promotion through playoffs 2029/30 | Championship | 5 | n/a | Lost in playoff final, in extra time 2030/31 | Championship | 4 | n/a | Lost in playoff final 2031/32 | Championship | 1 | n/a | Promoted. League cup semi. 2032/33 | Premiership | 6 | n/a | Qualified for Europa League 2033/34 | Premiership | 8 | Europa Q/F | 2034/35 | Premiership | 6 | n/a | 2035/36 | Premiership | 7 | Europa Q/F | 2036/37 | Premiership | 7 | n/a | Qualified for Europa Conference 2037/38 | Premiership | 6 | Won Euro Conf | 2038/39 | Premiership | 4 | Europa 2nd KO | Qualified for Champions League 2039/40 | Premiership | 3 | ECL 1st KO | FA cup winners 2040/41 | Premiership | 3 | ECL QF | League cup runners up . Season | Coaching | Recruitment | Training Fac. | Youth Fac. | Stadium ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Adequate | Fairly Basic | Below average | Basic | 3208 2021/22 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Basic | 3208 2022/23 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2023/24 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2024/25 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2025/26 | Excellent | Good | Below average | Adequate | 4000 2026/27 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 4000 2027/28 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Below average | 5500 2028/29 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 5500 2029/30 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 5500 2030/31 | Exceptional | Excellent | Average | Average | 8250 2031/32 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Good | Good | 8250 2032/33 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Good | Good | leasing Hull's ground 2033/34 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Great | Great | 17323 2034/35 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Excellent | Excellent | leasing Boro's ground 2035/36 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Superb | Superb | 35099 2036/37 | Exceptional | Exceptional | State of Art | State of Art | 35099 ..... @thomas_e Congrats on making the CL! Will be interesting to see if English teams are as dominant in your save as they are in mine, makes the whole thing a bit less exciting: I loaded up the Spanish league to try even things out but it doesn't seem to have changed things much so far.
  9. @vikeologist congrats!! The best way to win is to fluke it through at least once, and looks like you did it twice there, FM-ing the AI in style along the way Remembering some of your previous attempts in this challenge though, I dare say that you have deserved this little (or big) bit of luck @thomas_e 9 finishing, ouch! Though they can still do pretty decently if they have good physicals etc in my experience. But maybe time for the new Michael Owen to emulate the real Owen by breaking into the England team at a tender age...
  10. Too right, I think somehow in defense you can compensate a bit by good organisation, but upfront you can't do too much if you don't have the talent. Although until the last few years I had a pretty terrible defense which was not much fun, losing big-4 away games by 5+ goals... I'm hoping for a bit more depth up front in the next few intakes too, at the moment whenever Harmon gets injured there's nobody close to his level to fill the void (and as I type this he is out for 6 weeks with a fractured arm).
  11. Thanks! Also enjoy reading yours, and looks like you're getting closer, too I had a weak moment and tried to get Jebbison to reconsider retirement even though he's nowhere near good enough even to be a backup. Thankfully he refused and spared me any selection dilemmas for next season
  12. Scarborough Athletic - Season 20 (2039/40) English Premier League League / Cups/ Europe: A good season, but it could have been even better. Around January time I felt like we had an actual chance of a league – CL double, as we topped our CL group containing Juve and Villareal, and were fighting it out near the top of the EPL with Liverpool and Spurs. But a dramatic slump of form around March-time ensured we got knocked out of the Champions League in the first KO round by Milan, and only just about scraped into the next season’s Champions league. Still, 3rd marks our best ever league finish. We had a great run in the FA cup, beating Man City along the way to set up a final showdown with Newcastle, who also happened to be hot on our tails in the league. Predictably, it was a tense affair. Our ever-reliable Alan Malone 14b curled in a wonderful free kick, but Newcastle equalized with their own wondergoal. A slight change of tactic seemed to give us the edge, and supersub Spencer Bowler 17d (jumping 5, heading 9) popped up with a dramatic headed winner in the 118th minute. Delighted to win our first meaningful domestic trophy to add to the Euro Conference league a couple of years ago. Players: After signing a new deal in the summer, Nick Harmon 13b (AML/ST) had an amazing season with 37 goals in 48 games, and his first England caps to boot. Alan Malone 14b (AMRLC/ST) has also been key despite his low star rating, with 18 goals and 11 assists in 40-odd apps. Bartosz Wiacek 16a (DC/MC) has become a very solid presence in defense, but most of the other players are stagnating. Youth intake: Another uninspiring year, but we do seem to have a talented striker in Jack Watson 20a (AMRC/ST), if his PA star rating is to be believed. Transfers: got rid of a few back-up players, but the most sentimental departure is the club captain and legend Russell Jebbison 02c (DRC/DM), who is retiring in the summer. With us since the days of National League North, he was our standout player all the way from National League to the Championship, and managed to accumulate 609 league appearances over the 18 seasons he’s been with us. Here’s a shot of him at the beginning, peak and at the end of career. Season | League | Pos. | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Vanarama North | 7 | n/a | Lost in playoff semi final. FA cup first round 2021/22 | Vanarama North | 2 | n/a | Promotion through playoffs 2022/23 | Vanarama Nat. | 16 | n/a | 2023/24 | Vanarama Nat. | 8 | n/a | 2024/25 | Vanarama Nat. | 3 | n/a | Lost in playoff semi final 2025/26 | Vanarama Nat. | 6 | n/a | Lost in playof final. FA cup 4th round 2026/27 | Vanarama Nat. | 1 | n/a | Promotion 2027/28 | League 2 | 3 | n/a | Promotion 2028/29 | League 1 | 5 | n/a | Promotion through playoffs 2029/30 | Championship | 5 | n/a | Lost in playoff final, in extra time 2030/31 | Championship | 4 | n/a | Lost in playoff final 2031/32 | Championship | 1 | n/a | Promoted. League cup semi. 2032/33 | Premiership | 6 | n/a | Qualified for Europa League 2033/34 | Premiership | 8 | Europa Q/F | 2034/35 | Premiership | 6 | n/a | 2035/36 | Premiership | 7 | Europa Q/F | 2036/37 | Premiership | 7 | n/a | Qualified for Europa Conference 2037/38 | Premiership | 6 | Won Euro Conf | 2038/39 | Premiership | 4 | Europa 2nd KO | Qualified for Champions League 2039/40 | Premiership | 3 | CL 1st KO | FA cup winners . Season | Coaching | Recruitment | Training Fac. | Youth Fac. | Stadium ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Adequate | Fairly Basic | Below average | Basic | 3208 2021/22 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Basic | 3208 2022/23 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2023/24 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2024/25 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2025/26 | Excellent | Good | Below average | Adequate | 4000 2026/27 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 4000 2027/28 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Below average | 5500 2028/29 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 5500 2029/30 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 5500 2030/31 | Exceptional | Excellent | Average | Average | 8250 2031/32 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Good | Good | 8250 2032/33 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Good | Good | leasing Hull's ground 2033/34 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Great | Great | 17323 2034/35 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Excellent | Excellent | leasing Boro's ground 2035/36 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Superb | Superb | 35099 2036/37 | Exceptional | Exceptional | State of Art | State of Art | 35099 .....
  13. Scarborough Athletic - Season 19 (2038/39) English Premier League League: We scraped into the Champions league for the first time. The first two-thirds of the season went great and we were close to the top of the table (although never likely to catch Spurs), but then our form took a nosedive after our European exit and we needed a late equaliser against 13th- placed West Ham to claim 4th spot ahead of Chelsea on goal difference. Bearing in mind that a few games before then we also scored a 95th minute equaliser against Chelsea, it was definitely a close call. Nothing spectacular at all in the domestic cups. Europe: Our 2nd string cruised through the group stage, then I decided to play the first team in the 2nd KO round, and they were duly dispatched by plucky Villareal. Players: Scott Jamieson 14a (GK) is our best player and still developing, not likely to sign a new contract though. A few of the youngsters are coming along nicely, with Bartosz Wiacek 16a (DC/MC) becoming our best defender and Spencer Bowler 17d (ML/AMLC/ST) pushing for a starting spot on the left wing. Youth intake: A disappointing year with Scott Lund 19a (MR/AMRC) and Martin Perkins 19b (AML/ST) the best out of a relatively poor bunch. Transfers: the usual getting rid of deadwood and lots of loans. We also had a board takeover accompanied by a somewhat underwhelming public listing Season | League | Pos. | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Vanarama North | 7 | n/a | Lost in playoff semi final. FA cup first round 2021/22 | Vanarama North | 2 | n/a | Promotion through playoffs 2022/23 | Vanarama Nat. | 16 | n/a | 2023/24 | Vanarama Nat. | 8 | n/a | 2024/25 | Vanarama Nat. | 3 | n/a | Lost in playoff semi final 2025/26 | Vanarama Nat. | 6 | n/a | Lost in playof final. FA cup 4th round 2026/27 | Vanarama Nat. | 1 | n/a | Promotion 2027/28 | League 2 | 3 | n/a | Promotion 2028/29 | League 1 | 5 | n/a | Promotion through playoffs 2029/30 | Championship | 5 | n/a | Lost in playoff final, in extra time 2030/31 | Championship | 4 | n/a | Lost in playoff final 2031/32 | Championship | 1 | n/a | Promoted. League cup semi. 2032/33 | Premiership | 6 | n/a | Qualified for Europa League 2033/34 | Premiership | 8 | Europa Q/F | 2034/35 | Premiership | 6 | n/a | 2035/36 | Premiership | 7 | Europa Q/F | 2036/37 | Premiership | 7 | n/a | Qualified for Europa Conference 2037/38 | Premiership | 6 | Won Euro Conf | 2038/39 | Premiership | 4 | Europa 2nd KO | Qualified for Champions League . Season | Coaching | Recruitment | Training Fac. | Youth Fac. | Stadium ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Adequate | Fairly Basic | Below average | Basic | 3208 2021/22 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Basic | 3208 2022/23 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2023/24 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2024/25 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2025/26 | Excellent | Good | Below average | Adequate | 4000 2026/27 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 4000 2027/28 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Below average | 5500 2028/29 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 5500 2029/30 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 5500 2030/31 | Exceptional | Excellent | Average | Average | 8250 2031/32 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Good | Good | 8250 2032/33 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Good | Good | leasing Hull's ground 2033/34 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Great | Great | 17323 2034/35 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Excellent | Excellent | leasing Boro's ground 2035/36 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Superb | Superb | 35099 2036/37 | Exceptional | Exceptional | State of Art | State of Art | 35099 ....
  14. Scarborough Athletic – Season 18 (2037/38) English Premier League League: On the surface not much change, but we played much much better this season. We finished 6th but with a very solid 69 points, only a few points off the CL places. The team was much more consistent and recorded a few victories against the top sides, including a double over Man Utd. The players are developing nicely and I’m hoping we can push on towards the top 4 next season. A good run to the league cup semi was ended by Man City, who also knocked us out of the FA cup. Europe: The Europa Conference league was very enjoyable – I played my reserves but this was enough to get us through to the final without too many problems, without any teams from other top leagues encountered along the way. The final was a very nervy affair – we completely dominated Schalke but my star striker Nick Harmon couldn’t hit a barn door so it looked like we were heading for penalties until they conceded a spot kick in the last minute of extra time, and with a 122nd minute goal we sealed our first “proper” trophy! Players: Almost all the oldies have been phased out, and we have a very solid core of promising youngsters with Scott Jamieson 14a (GK) and Michael Edwards 13a (DC/DM/MC/AMC) the stars, and Bartosz Wiacek 16a (DC/MC) the top prospect. In attack, we seem to really depend on Alan Malone 14b (AMRLC/ST), who is the only winger that can reliably score goals for us, and he gets injured a lot – so I’m hoping for a bit more depth on the wings in the coming years. Youth intake: Again I’m happy, with Richard Robertson 18a (DRLC) adding to our suddenly swelling ranks of talented defenders, and Paul Bouhet (AMLC/ST) and Aaron Moore 18c (AMLC/ST) potentially providing some much needed depth up front. Transfers: another couple of legends bite the dust, with Lewis Southern 05d (MRC/AMR) who’s been ever present for us on the right wing departing for Championship side Barnsley. Season | League | Pos. | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Vanarama North | 7 | n/a | Lost in playoff semi final. FA cup first round 2021/22 | Vanarama North | 2 | n/a | Promotion through playoffs 2022/23 | Vanarama Nat. | 16 | n/a | 2023/24 | Vanarama Nat. | 8 | n/a | 2024/25 | Vanarama Nat. | 3 | n/a | Lost in playoff semi final 2025/26 | Vanarama Nat. | 6 | n/a | Lost in playof final. FA cup 4th round 2026/27 | Vanarama Nat. | 1 | n/a | Promotion 2027/28 | League 2 | 3 | n/a | Promotion 2028/29 | League 1 | 5 | n/a | Promotion through playoffs 2029/30 | Championship | 5 | n/a | Lost in playoff final, in extra time 2030/31 | Championship | 4 | n/a | Lost in playoff final 2031/32 | Championship | 1 | n/a | Promoted. League cup semi. 2032/33 | Premiership | 6 | n/a | Qualified for Europa League 2033/34 | Premiership | 8 | Europa Q/F | 2034/35 | Premiership | 6 | n/a | 2035/36 | Premiership | 7 | Europa Q/F | 2036/37 | Premiership | 7 | n/a | Qualified for Europa Conference 2037/38 | Premiership | 6 | Won Euro Conf | . Season | Coaching | Recruitment | Training Fac. | Youth Fac. | Stadium ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Adequate | Fairly Basic | Below average | Basic | 3208 2021/22 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Basic | 3208 2022/23 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2023/24 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2024/25 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2025/26 | Excellent | Good | Below average | Adequate | 4000 2026/27 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 4000 2027/28 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Below average | 5500 2028/29 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 5500 2029/30 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 5500 2030/31 | Exceptional | Excellent | Average | Average | 8250 2031/32 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Good | Good | 8250 2032/33 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Good | Good | leasing Hull's ground 2033/34 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Great | Great | 17323 2034/35 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Excellent | Excellent | leasing Boro's ground 2035/36 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Superb | Superb | 35099 2036/37 | Exceptional | Exceptional | State of Art | State of Art | 35099
  15. Scarborough Athletic – Season 17 (2036/37) English Premier League League: More of the same, really. We’re stagnating but at least we’re not regressing. A good run in the autumn saw us rise up into the Champions League places, but our form gradually deteriorated until a 4-0 home defeat to champions Man City on the final day consigned us, once again, to a 7th placed finish. This year, however, this qualified us for the Euro Conference, to which I’m looking forward to. The less said about the cups the better. Players: Much of the old guard that’s been with us since Vanarama National is on the way out. We have some promising youngsters in Nick Harmon 13b (ST/AML) – the pick of the bunch, finishing EPL top scorer with 23 league goals – Michael Edwards 13a (DC/DM/MC/AMC) – back to a center mid spot now that I have a few center backs coming through – and the aptly named Scotcsman Scott Jamieson 14a (GK), who is edging out experienced Neil Smith 06a in goal. There’s not much depth beyond these youngsters though, so the squad is getting quite thin. Guess I’ll just try to maintain stability over the next couple of seasons while more players develop. Youth intake: Decent again, with Harry Steele 17a (DM/MC), Terry Stancliffe 17b (DRLC) and Aidan Allan 17c (M/AMR/ST) all looking like they could do a job for us a few years down the line. Bit more depth than last year which is what I was looking for. Some good personalities too - following @XaW's lead I tried to get as many Model Citizen coaches as I could and maybe it's paying off. Facilities: Training & youth facilities and coaching now maxed out Transfers: not much but another player who’s been with us since Vanarama National – Albert Piernas 04e (DRLC) is on the way out after 391 league appearances in 12 years. Season | League | Pos. | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Vanarama North | 7 | n/a | Lost in playoff semi final. FA cup first round 2021/22 | Vanarama North | 2 | n/a | Promotion through playoffs 2022/23 | Vanarama Nat. | 16 | n/a | 2023/24 | Vanarama Nat. | 8 | n/a | 2024/25 | Vanarama Nat. | 3 | n/a | Lost in playoff semi final 2025/26 | Vanarama Nat. | 6 | n/a | Lost in playof final. FA cup 4th round 2026/27 | Vanarama Nat. | 1 | n/a | Promotion 2027/28 | League 2 | 3 | n/a | Promotion 2028/29 | League 1 | 5 | n/a | Promotion through playoffs 2029/30 | Championship | 5 | n/a | Lost in playoff final, in extra time 2030/31 | Championship | 4 | n/a | Lost in playoff final 2031/32 | Championship | 1 | n/a | Promoted. League cup semi. 2032/33 | Premiership | 6 | n/a | Qualified for Europa League 2033/34 | Premiership | 8 | Europa Q/F | 2034/35 | Premiership | 6 | n/a | 2035/36 | Premiership | 7 | Europa Q/F | 2036/37 | Premiership | 7 | n/a | Qualified for Europa Conference . Season | Coaching | Recruitment | Training Fac. | Youth Fac. | Stadium ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 | Adequate | Fairly Basic | Below average | Basic | 3208 2021/22 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Basic | 3208 2022/23 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2023/24 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2024/25 | Excellent | Average | Below average | Below average | 4000 2025/26 | Excellent | Good | Below average | Adequate | 4000 2026/27 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 4000 2027/28 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Below average | 5500 2028/29 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 5500 2029/30 | Exceptional | Good | Adequate | Adequate | 5500 2030/31 | Exceptional | Excellent | Average | Average | 8250 2031/32 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Good | Good | 8250 2032/33 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Good | Good | leasing Hull's ground 2033/34 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Great | Great | 17323 2034/35 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Excellent | Excellent | leasing Boro's ground 2035/36 | Exceptional | Exceptional | Superb | Superb | 35099 2036/37 | Exceptional | Exceptional | State of Art | State of Art | 35099 @Padders Hope you hang in there!!
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