GreyedOutMan

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    I love FM! Check out my 'Moronic' career: http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/363673-FM14-Morons-You-Bet!

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  1. Anyone know which teams are being replaced with which other teams for this challenge this year based on RL promotions and relegations? I want to do it with a new team next year but none catch my eye currently.
  2. Had hugely lost interest in FM for a while but I'm back to continue with this a bit...and although he isn't Guatemalan, the peformances of Marco Varillas are exciting me again.
  3. What an utter berk. If, when FM had come out, my game had spewed up Leicester as title winning in the first season, I would have called it a rip off. Similarly, if they had written this as a film before it became "based on a true story" (hitting all major cinemas 2018, folks), it would have been a totally unrealistic film. To suggest that FM should have had Leicester as being potential champions is simply absurd. Mahrez is very good in the game. Vardy is decent. Kante probably underrated slightly but then he was in real life too! No-one else in that team is anywhere near title winning quality themselves - and that is kinda the point of this whole story. It's about a team coming together thanks to great team spirit, a fantastic manager who had a lot to prove, and fair winds carrying them to the most ridiculous title win in history - given the changes in finances, Forest/Blackburn etc don't even come close. This team SHOULD have been bottom half at best: even the top pundits mostly had them as third or fourth favourites to get relegated (I think I heard that 70% of sports writers thought they'd be bottom 3 after Ranieri was appointed, he was definitely massive favourite to be the first sacking). They had a stellar - no, totally unbelievable - season that is never to be repeated in my lifetime. If FM17 has West Brom or Swansea coded in as title contenders in the first season, I shall return my copy to the shop. And that won't change if it happens (it won't, even with the £100m-odd that those teams will have to spend) - because that's football. If it happens in one save in every 5,000 that's fine - because that's about how likely it was that Leicester would do what they have done. In 5,000 games of FM17, I would expect (and quibble about precise numbers - that would be something for the researchers and developers to tweak--- but as a guide) the first league title to go to: Man City 1,600 times Chelsea 1,200 times Arsenal 600 times (more if Wenger leaves before the game is released) Man Utd 600 times (more if LvG leaves before the game is released) Tottenham 500 times Liverpool 400 times ...and the rest about 100 times between them. And by the way, whilst the money next year will keep things interesting, and there will probably be one team that "does a Leicester" to some extent (i.e. gatecrashes the top 4, not title winners), I fully expect Leicester to be mid-table next year. Probably higher mid-table, but I would be very surprised if they were even in contention for the top 4. And Ranieri knows that it is unrealistic to expect it. There's bound to be some joker who comes onto a football phone-in early next season though with Leicester in average form, mid-table, calling for Ranieri's head. Put it this way, if there's ever going to be a team to do what Chelsea threatened to do briefly this year and get relegated a year after winning the title, it will happen in 2017. It won't happen, but if it is ever going to, this is the time for it. Finally, Leicester are currently significantly shorter odds for relegation in 2017 than to retain their title. And this is quite right. I'd be astounded if either happened but they are far FAR more likely to go down than to win the title again....
  4. It really should be the majority of this squad. You really think any of these players will ever be forgotten????
  5. Want to have a go at draft mode - but can't work it out. Anyone able to point me in the direction of a draft game I could join??
  6. SEASON 2023-24 VANARAMA NATIONAL League - predicted finish: 1st Poor Autumnal form saw us never really in with a chance of the playoffs and indeed my job was probably one game away from being lost about four times. An unbeaten run from late March would not even have got us into the playoffs if the six draws out of nine had all become wins. This team needs some serious surgery if we're to go up. Performance of the season: a virtuoso display from Andre Brown. FIXTURES 1: you can really see the problem we had from late September through to December. FIXTURES 2: a lack of consistency at any time in the season meant we were never challengers. VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE and positions graph CUP RUNS: a real hammer-blow in the away game at Bury, with an injury time equaliser conceded when it looked like we were into round two and a decent tie against Walsall. Then, we came back from a 2-0 first leg home defeat to take the game with Darlington to penalties in the FA Trophy semi-final only to lose 13-12, having twice missed the chance to score a winning penalty. Squad and Club Info Squad | Transfers | Season Review | Awards | Stats | Historical XI | Fans Player | Top Goalscorer Records Broken Most Goals in a Match: Andre Brown - 5 v Kettering (A), League, 28th November Season Division Pos PPG FA Cup Other Comps Continental Comps Notes -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [url=http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/437642-dafuge-s-FM16-challenge?p=10747418&viewfull=1#post10747418]2016/17[/url] Vanarama National North 3rd 1.60 4th Qual Rd FAT: 3rd qual rd N/A Lost in playoff semi-final [url=http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/437642-dafuge-s-FM16-challenge?p=10749171&viewfull=1#post10749171]2017/18[/url] Vanarama National North 10th 1.52 4th Qual Rd FAT: 3rd qual rd N/A None​​ [url=http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/437642-dafuge-s-FM16-challenge?p=10754210&viewfull=1#post10754210]2018/19[/url] Vanarama National North 13th 1.26 2nd Qual Rd FAT: 3rd qual rd N/A None [url=http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/437642-dafuge-s-FM16-challenge?p=10758269&viewfull=1#post10758269]2019/20[/url] Vanarama National North 5th 1.57 3rd Qual Rd FAT: 1st qual rd N/A Lost in playoff semi-final [url=http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/437642-dafuge-s-FM16-challenge?p=10759027&viewfull=1#post10759027]2020/21[/url] Vanarama National North 4th 1.66 3rd Qual Rd FAT: 1st rd N/A [b]Promoted via playoffs![/b]​​ [url=http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/437642-dafuge-s-FM16-challenge?p=10767984&viewfull=1#post10767984]2021/22[/url] Vanarama National 14th 1.35 4th Qual Rd FAT: 1st rd N/A None [url=http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/437642-dafuge-s-FM16-challenge?p=10769395&viewfull=1#post10769395]2022/23[/url] Vanarama National 9th 1.52 1st Rd FAT: 1st rd N/A None 2023/24 Vanarama National 11th 1.39 1st Rd FAT: Semi-Final N/A None
  7. I've made some changes and it's inconsistency central. No idea what to do.
  8. OK - I've changed a few of those and will be generally using my target men going forward rather than Rhys Turner who isn't scoring that regularly anyway. I want to keep using one IF, but have moved my winger back to an MR.
  9. How do I upload matches?
  10. I'm playing as Salford this year, and finding it a real struggle to get any kind of consistency. I have no idea why, but whilst I can win games from time to time, even occasionally put short runs together, I have regularly gone 5/6 or even 10 games without a win. My players are decent for the level I'm at (Vanarama National, after a promotion 5 years into my game), so I think it must be tactics that are the issue. I'm currently playing a fairly simple 4-1-2-3 formation, although the role of the striker is set according to the player - the guy playing in there is best suited to a poacher role, but I have about five strikers who are capable of playing there, I think two are target men and two are advanced forwards. Every other position is consistent no matter who plays there so that our shape doesn't change too much. My board expect me to be pushing for promotion at the moment; in fact we were predicted to finish 6th in our first season at this level and 2nd every season since. I got very close to the sack last year (perhaps one game away), before finishing 9th. I've actually just started the season so will post some games up here when things start going badly this year.
  11. SEASON 2022-23 VANARAMA NATIONAL League - predicted finish: 4th After months of uncertainty and at least three transfer embargos, we were finally taken over. The new board invested a small amount and took out a loan to clear the immediate debts, which is probably the right approach although we are in desperate need of a cup run here to help out on the financial side. On the pitch, we were a bit up and down early on, and a dreadful run at the end of 2022 threatened to push us to the bottom half and possibly even a relegation battle. However, with a few shrewd signings in January, our form went from decent in the first half of the season up to December, to excellent from the end of December onwards after that blip, and we passed last season's points tally on 18th March with 7 games to go. We were 11 points behind runaway leaders Telford, but second playce was well within our sights and whilst it didn't really bother me who we played in the playoffs, the prestige of finishing 2nd rather than 4th or 5th was still quite a tantalising idea, and meant that if we were to lose in the playoffs, we would be better placed to add to the squad in the summer. But we promptly lost 3-1 to Ebbsfleet, a total capitulation having come back from 1-0 down, and then totally capitulated against 10-man Margate, losing 3-1 despite playing with the extra man for 81 minutes of the game! Suddenly, from having thought seriously about finishing 2nd, we were underdogs in the battle for a playoff place. But six points separated 2nd from 9th so a good run would see me get that place for sure. It was annoying because those defeats to Ebbsfleet and Margate saw me in 8th rather than 2nd by a point as I would have been with two wins there. 90 seconds into the home game with Wrexham, my newest winger, Hakeeb Adelakun, nodded us ahead. But with a minute, we were pegged back through an own-goal. But I sensed this was a game we really needed to win: half-way through the half, three teams were on 70 points ahead of me: a win here would give me the same number. 20 minutes into the second half, Brown got what I was hoping would be a winner. With two of the teams who had been on 70 having changed (one conceded and one scored), this left us in sixth as it stood. But with ten minutes to go, disaster struck as a perfect cross saw Johansson with no chance. 10 minutes to score a goal, or I felt my playoff chances were done. But within seconds, things got worse not better, with Wrexham completing the turnaround. I went for it, but there was no coming back. Three from three might give us a chance of sneaking into the playoffs, but we had collapsed badly since mid-March. The last game was against Telford and whilst they might have clinched the league by then, I didn't really feel that I could rely on them not caring about the result. We more or less won the game against Hayes and Yeading in the first 2-0 minutes, through goals from Levi and Diedrick-Roberts, but did our best to throw it away just in the first half, with no marking whatsoever from a cross which left Johansson with no chance. Then, ten minutes into the second half, carbon copy goal and playoffs were looking a million miles away. A slice of good fortune saw us get a penalty with half an hour to go and we re-established our lead. Could we hold on this time to join Ebbsfleet on 70 points? Well, Ebbsfleet equalised at Barnet, so not quite, but we held on and moved up into sixth. But we were massively reliant on other results, now. Three wins would see us in the playoffs if Ebbsfleet dropped five points from their last three games or if Nuneaton dropped eight. There was also a chance of catching Barnet or AFC Wimbledon, but no matter how you polished it, things were not looking good for us. It got worse in the 20th minute of the penultimate game, when yet another free header saw us 1-0 down. Then another crossed was missed by goalkeeper, then defender, and our promotion bid was over. A shame, but then again, I wasn't expecting even a challenge for the playoffs this year. We go again next year: I need to find some better inside forwards, and try to improve my defence a bit. The centre of my midfield and my target men are doing brilliantly. Unbelievably, the board were threatening to sack me and I have to get 9 points from the first 5 games. Seems a little harsh after a season of real progress. Performance of the season: the four-nil win over Chester was also big but this game really put us in with a real chance of the playoffs. AFC Wimbledon did eventually make it there, too. FIXTURES 1: really patchy.... FIXTURES 2: that run at the start of the year gave me some cruel hope, but those final seven games were unforgiveable. Wrexham were in the bottom half andf Guiseley only stayed up by four points. Those six points would have seen me finish 4th. VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE and positions graph Squad and Club Info Squad | Transfers | Season Review | Awards | Stats | Historical XI | Fans Player | Top Goalscorer Records Broken Most Assists: 15 - Kayne Diedrick-Roberts (aka Marlene) Most League Apps: Charlie Oliver - 211 Season Division Pos PPG FA Cup Other Comps Continental Comps Notes -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/437642-dafuge-s-FM16-challenge?p=10747418&viewfull=1#post10747418"]2016/17[/url] Vanarama National North 3rd 1.60 4th Qual Rd FAT: 3rd qual rd N/A Lost in playoff semi-final [url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/437642-dafuge-s-FM16-challenge?p=10749171&viewfull=1#post10749171"]2017/18[/url] Vanarama National North 10th 1.52 4th Qual Rd FAT: 3rd qual rd N/A None​​ [url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/437642-dafuge-s-FM16-challenge?p=10754210&viewfull=1#post10754210"]2018/19[/url] Vanarama National North 13th 1.26 2nd Qual Rd FAT: 3rd qual rd N/A None [url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/437642-dafuge-s-FM16-challenge?p=10758269&viewfull=1#post10758269"]2019/20[/url] Vanarama National North 5th 1.57 3rd Qual Rd FAT: 1st qual rd N/A Lost in playoff semi-final [url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/437642-dafuge-s-FM16-challenge?p=10759027&viewfull=1#post10759027"]2020/21[/url] Vanarama National North 4th 1.66 3rd Qual Rd FAT: 1st rd N/A [b]Promoted via playoffs![/b]​​ [url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/437642-dafuge-s-FM16-challenge?p=10767984&viewfull=1#post10767984"]2021/22[/url] Vanarama National 14th 1.35 4th Qual Rd FAT: 1st rd N/A None 2022/23 Vanarama National 9th 1.52 1st Rd FAT: 1st rd N/A None
  12. SEASON 2021-22 VANARAMA NATIONAL League - predicted finish: 6th We made a dreadful start and it looked like a relegation dogfight was on the cards but then we picked up in October and went on a brilliant run that meant promotion was a possibility for a while, until a poor run from mid-January which saw us pick up just two wins in the last 15 (including one on an irrelevant final day) and we had to settle for a mid-table finish. Indeed, with the last few games meaning little, the table looks far worse than perhaps it should: the players basically went on holiday once the promotion challenge was over. A particular low was the 4-1 defeat at fellow mid-table dwellers Braintree. Bradley Iftikhar's loss of form was probably the biggest factor in our fall from the promotion chase. He had a dissapointing year. But I'm hoping it's a blip and he will improve next year. Performance of the season: Chester got into the playoffs and this convincing win at Deva Stadium was impressive. FIXTURES 1: you can really see how well we played towards the end of 2021. FIXTURES 2: January onwards was a shocker. VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE Squad and Club Info Squad | Transfers | Season Review | Awards | Stats | Historical XI | Fans Player | Top Goalscorer Records Broken Highest League Finish: 14th in Vanarama National League Most Games Without Scoring: 5 - 22nd January to 5th March Highest Average Rating: 7.51 - Gareth Walker (28 appearances) I've changed the table slightly to reflect the different number of games in each league, and so "points" has changed to "points/game" Season Division Pos PPG FA Cup Other Comps Continental Comps Notes -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/437642-dafuge-s-FM16-challenge?p=10747418&viewfull=1#post10747418"]2016/17[/url] Vanarama National North 3rd 1.60 4th Qual Rd FAT: 3rd qual rd N/A Lost in playoff semi-final [url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/437642-dafuge-s-FM16-challenge?p=10749171&viewfull=1#post10749171"]2017/18[/url] Vanarama National North 10th 1.52 4th Qual Rd FAT: 3rd qual rd N/A None​​ [url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/437642-dafuge-s-FM16-challenge?p=10754210&viewfull=1#post10754210"]2018/19[/url] Vanarama National North 13th 1.26 2nd Qual Rd FAT: 3rd qual rd N/A None [url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/437642-dafuge-s-FM16-challenge?p=10758269&viewfull=1#post10758269"]2019/20[/url] Vanarama National North 5th 1.57 3rd Qual Rd FAT: 1st qual rd N/A Lost in playoff semi-final [url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/437642-dafuge-s-FM16-challenge?p=10759027&viewfull=1#post10759027"]2020/21[/url] Vanarama National North 4th 1.66 3rd Qual Rd FAT: 1st rd N/A [b]Promoted via playoffs!​​[/b] 2021/22 Vanarama National 14th 1.35 4th Qual Rd FAT: 1st rd N/A None
  13. Still managed to get promoted :-)
  14. SEASON 2020-21 VANARAMA NATIONAL NORTH League - predicted finish: 1st This season was meant to be all about one man: Bradley Iftikhar. He scored 14 goals and was our top goalscorer as expected. But that was in half a season, after which he got a dreaded cruciate ligament injury and is out until at least September. It was a shocker and we were struggling for goals after that although a decent regen came through who looks promising up there. However, our defence did us proud this year, and a run of four wins and three draws in the final seven games saw us grab a playoff place and our highest points tally ever. Not bad for a team missing their star striker (not to mention three other top players who all got injuries measured in months not weeks). FIXTURES 1: a really dodgy start to the season cost us automatic promotion. FIXTURES 2: the second half of the season was title-winning form. VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH In the first leg, we played beautifully in the first half, with young regen Martin Croasdale scoring two in six minutes early on. After that we kept it really tight and came away from the ground with one foot in the final. More importantly, our form looked fantastic ahead of a potential showdown with Telford who had beaten me twice this season already. First Leg In the second leg, I was slightly worried about complacency but figured they would have to come at us, so I decided to play on the counter. We dominated the ball but a fabulous cross saw us behind in the 19th minute and things were looking precarious. When Croasdale side-footed it to the Horse on 36', it should have been 1-1 and slightly less nervy but the goal didn't really look likely. A good position on the stroke of half-time was wasted by a wasteful shot from Croydon Boy (he started his career at Palace and has a long name that I can't pronounce!). Despite still edging posession in the early stages of the second half, we looked really vulnerable so with 25 minutes to go, I put an extra defender on. We held on for dear life and whilst we didn't really deserve it, we were in our first ever playoff final! Second Leg I assume because we finished below them, it was an away game at Telford. So I had to play cautiously on the counter in our first ever final. Couple of big calls, with Jack White ahead of Mike Conneh and Marley Watkins in for The Horse (real name Marcus Harness...). I figured he could always get back in the saddle (geddit? :-D) if we needed to chase the game. Watkins made a wonderful run in the opening seconds before blasting wide, but new kid on the block Martin Croasdale reacted well after his shot was saved to hit the rebound in. Then, ten minutes later, he repeated the trick with an emphatic finish. 2-0 up in just 13 minutes! Unbelievably, the fairy tale was not over yet. After just 25 minutes, Croydon Boy found Croasdale on the penalty spot and he calmly slotted away his 22 minute hat-trick on the biggest game in the club's history. I couldn't quite believe it. He's not exactly all that, but surely this cements his position in Salford folklore! The second half was uneventful in the extreme: the great thing is we totally deserved it on the day - we limited Telford to just 4 shots on target in the match, and just one CCC when the game was already essentially over, whereas we had 22 shots, 9 on target and 4 CCCs. WHAT A PERFORMANCE Squad and Club Info Squad | Transfers | Season Review | Awards | Stats | Historical XI | Fans Player | Top Goalscorer Records Broken Most League Appearances: Charlie Oliver - 157 apps, beating Danny Webber's record of 141. Worst Discipline: The Fire - 13y0r Highest Points Tally (VNN): 70 Youngest Player: Martin Croasdale - 16y45d v Alfreton (H), 6th March Youngest Goalscorer: Martin Croasdale - 16y55d v Gateshead (H), 16th March Most Games Without Conceding: 4 - 24th October to 28th November Most Games Without Winning: 7 - 2nd May (previous season) to 22nd August NEWS: 250 new seats to be installed before the start of the season. Season Division Pos Pts FA Cup Other Comps Continental Comps Notes -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/437642-dafuge-s-FM16-challenge?p=10747418&viewfull=1#post10747418"]2016/17[/url] Vanarama National North 3rd 67 4th Qual Rd FAT: 3rd qual rd N/A Lost in playoff semi-final [url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/437642-dafuge-s-FM16-challenge?p=10749171&viewfull=1#post10749171"]2017/18[/url] Vanarama National North 10th 64 4th Qual Rd FAT: 3rd qual rd N/A None​​ [url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/437642-dafuge-s-FM16-challenge?p=10754210&viewfull=1#post10754210"]2018/19[/url] Vanarama National North 13th 53 2nd Qual Rd FAT: 3rd qual rd N/A None [url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/437642-dafuge-s-FM16-challenge?p=10758269&viewfull=1#post10758269"]2019/20[/url] Vanarama National North 5th 66 3rd Qual Rd FAT: 1st qual rd N/A Lost in playoff semi-final 2020/21 Vanarama National North 4th 70 3rd Qual Rd FAT: 1st rd N/A Promoted via playoffs!​​
  15. Oh dear. Star player with 14 goals already in December...