Tuddur

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  1. Marine AFC Season Summary 21/22 League Two Final Position: 2nd - promoted Table - Finances - Board Review Professional status and increased wage budget to a whopping £11k/week attracted a new level of players and this was the best pre-season so far in terms of player recruitments. Previous key players like Alex Rae Harvey became bench warmers and this fact caused quite a bit of trouble as I had players knocking at my door just about every week complaining they didnt play enough! But solid players coming ensured a great season, where we scored over 100 goals for the first time ever and secured promotion with 2nd place. Highlight of the season has to be the sensational comeback in the Johnstone Paint Trophy North Final. Having lost 3-4 at home against League one side Carlisle, we didnt have much confidence going to their ground for the return-leg, but a 6-0 win shot us to another Wembley final! Which we lost in a gutless surrender to Millwall. Key signings Steven Marshall SC: New club record in his debut season with 29 goals. Sadly under the influence of an evil agent and demands a new contract with sky-high salary Kim Bertelsen DM/MC: Danish dynamite. Deep-laying playmaker who could become the new Jan Mølby if he manage to gain some weigth! James Alton MC: New club captain and very consistent player. Hammered in quite a few shots from long range. Robert Swaby DL/MCL: Steady performer at left back and great squad player in terms of covering three positions. Jonas Helmes DC: A nervous wreck before most games, but rock solid at the back and also a big threat on offensive set pieces. I have high hopes for next season as I have just received news of an improved wage budget to £30k a week, which should enable us to strengthen considerably. We'll probably be considered odds-on for relegation, but I'm confident we will survive and maybe push for promotion with some luck and good recruitment in the summer. Year League Pos. Champ.L Uefa FA.Cup Cap.One JPT FAT Achievement 15/16 Van N 19th None None 2ndQual None None 3rd Rnd None 16/17 Van N 5th None None 4thQual None None 3rd Rnd Lost play-off semifinal 17/18 Van N 4th None None 4thQual None None 1st Rnd Promoted through play-off 18/19 Conf 19th None None 4thQual None None 1st Rnd None 19/20 Conf 4th None None 1st Rnd None None 1st Rnd Lost play-off final 20/21 Conf 1st None None 3rd Rnd None None Final Champions 21/22 L 2 2nd None None 2nd Rnd 1st Rnd Final None Promoted
  2. Marine AFC Season Summary 20/21 Conference Final Position 1st - Champions! Table - Finances - Board Review Sixth season was the one where everything pretty much clicked. We were top of the league most of the season and won by a comfortable 7 point ahead of Bristol Rovers. Avoided the mid-season slump that has destroyed promotion hopes a few times now. Good cup runs, including a Wembley final in the FA Trophy Cup was a great bonus and also secured finances further, allowing us to go full-time professional before next season. The FA Trophy final was the big disappointment where we lost 1-0 to a Grimsby side we'd beaten twice in the league. With just one shot on target in 120 mins, we can't really complain either. The 3rd round of the FA-cup was another story though. Up against Premiership giants QPR, we came so close to an upset. Totally bombarded them in the first half and should have been up by 2 or 3, but in the end their quality forwards was the difference and we lost 1-2. But won the hearts of the record attendance of 3862! Key players Niall Heaton DC: Good in the air, mediocre defending on the ground. His main asset though is the long-throw, so much he's averaging over 5 "key passes" every game. All of which of course is his monster throw finding its target! Sam Hillhouse SC: Reliable goalscorer, 26 goals in 41 starts this season. Hopefully will be able to deliever the goods on a higher level as well. Neil Plummer MC: Flourished this season as a box-to-box midfielder. Chipped in a respectable 11 goals Brian Hutchinson DC: My key defender. Most successful tackles per game and over twice the amount of interceptions as the next best guy! Aim for next season depends on the level of players we might be able to recruit, but mid-table security at least Year League Pos. Champ.L Uefa FA.Cup Cap.One JPT FAT Achievement 15/16 Van N 19th None None 2ndQual None None 3rd Rnd None 16/17 Van N 5th None None 4thQual None None 3rd Rnd Lost play-off semifinal 17/18 Van N 4th None None 4thQual None None 1st Rnd Promoted through play-off 18/19 Conf 19th None None 4thQual None None 1st Rnd None 19/20 Conf 4th None None 1st Rnd None None 1st Rnd Lost play-off final 20/21 Conf 1st None None 3rd Rnd None None Final Champions
  3. Good luck with Marine, Bonzo! Beaverstock is a gem, try sign him up on a long-term contract as he will develop. I lost him for nothing when he started to become real good after season 4
  4. Marine AFC Season Summary 19/20 Conference Final Position 4th - lost play-off final Table - Finances - Board Review Spent ages before this season looking for players, was beginning to be hard to find useful additions with the wage budget (£5k/week) I was operating on. It really payed off though and especially Tommy Bell (SC 0,80 goals/90 mins), Man Utd reject Karl Hamer (ML 21 starts/10 goals - 6 assists), Danny O'Halloran (MR 40 starts/7 goals - 17 assists) were big improvements in the first eleven and major contributors to a season that went way better than the expected relegation battle. We were in the top 6 of the table almost all season, briefly 1st around Christmas, but a bad spell in the new year made sure we hade no chance of top spot and automatic promotion. Play-off matches was heaven and hell. Won the semifinal thanks to a late goal that came from a long-throw move that was set up in detail before the match. I hadnt touched those instruction for 5 seasons, (yeah, yeah poor managment I know), so scoring that important goal was incredibly rewarding. Then came the final at Wembley and we were crushed 3-0 by Gateshead. Oh well....still that day at Wembley secured our finances and we're finally in the green! So now I as allowed a 3rd coach and wage budget rocketed up from 5k a week to 6.75k a week. Bring on next season! Year League Pos. Champ.L Uefa FA.Cup Cap.One JPT FAT Achievement 15/16 Van N 19th None None 2ndQual None None 3rd Rnd None 16/17 Van N 5th None None 4thQual None None 3rd Rnd Lost play-off semifinal 17/18 Van N 4th None None 4thQual None None 1st Rnd Promoted through play-off 18/19 Conf 19th None None 4thQual None None 1st Rnd None 19/20 Conf 4th None None 1st Rnd None None 1st Rnd Lost play-off final
  5. Marine AFC Season Summary 18/19 Conference Final Position 19th Table - Finances - Board Review My guiding light, shining beacon, my Gareth Bale, my Luis Suarez the last three seasons Michael Crank left me in the summer. Didnt even get 30 silver coins for him as the ******* sat out the contract, then signed for Burnley the next day. Panic of course broke out and I signed way, way, way too many players. I think at one point of the season I had 5 leftwings all about of the same sub-standard. One of them (Darren Diver) mainly because of the name, but still! The season started really rough with two heavy 2-5 defeats, where we were totally slaughtered and lucky not to lose more. At that point made a decision to switch to an ultra-defensive 5-4-1 system, which i pretty much used for the rest of the campaign, with mixed success it must be said. A great run of games at the turn of the year saved my season. We won 7/14 games before falling totally apart towards the end of the season again. Still - very happy to survive this season and hope to recruit well in the summer. Also hope to make more of a cup run next season as that has been totally non-existant so far. Could use all financial bonus from extra games as we're soon £300k in the red. KEY PLAYERS: Sam Hillhouse: 43 games - 28 goals, 2 assists. Judas' replacement actually had an amazing season. Ended up joint 2nd in the topscoring charts which is pretty great in a struggling side. Thankfully signed up also for next season! Danny Beaverstock: 38 games - 3 goals, 5 assists. Been with me since the start and have really flourished this season. Versatile and reliable performer and had the best average rating of my players. Wayne Page: 34 games - 6 goals, 5 assists. I said earlier I was stuck with 5 mediocre left wings, but this one turned out to be pretty good. Year League Pos. Champ.L Uefa FA.Cup Cap.One JPT FAT Achievement 15/16 Van N 19th None None 2ndQual None None 3rd Rnd None 16/17 Van N 5th None None 4thQual None None 3rd Rnd Lost play-off semifinal 17/18 Van N 4th None None 4thQual None None 1st Rnd Promoted through play-off 18/19 Conf 19th None None 4thQual None None 1st Rnd None
  6. Marine AFC Season Summary 17/18 Vanarama North Final Position 4th - promoted through play-off SF Squad - Table - Transfers - Finances - Profile - Board Review A good season overall. Was leading by 5 points by the end of january, but then a horrible, horrible run of 9 games with 3 draws/6 defeats killed any hopes of direct promotion. Thankfully we had better luck in the play-offs this season. A dramatic two-legged semifinal vs Southport ended with a 4-3 win after a 88th minute winner from Daniel Reynolds. The final was a relative comfortable 2-0 win over AFC Fylde after two early goals. KEY PLAYERS: Michael Crank: 22 goals/45 matches and league topscorer. Sadly wont sign a new contract so I risk losing him for nothing in the summer Alex-Ray Harvey: My new captain this season and lead by example getting the best average rating (7.11) Danny Andrew: Steady leftback who also contributed with 11 assists and chipped in 3 freekicks I have no idea what to expect next season, but suspect it will be a struggle for survival. Going to turn on the charm to convince Crank to stay and hopefully getting promoted could open up better loan-possibilities. One worrying thing is finances. lost another 100k this season despite spending just 3k a week on wages. Bank balance is -£236 000 at the moment Year League Pos. Champ.L Uefa FA.Cup Cap.One JPT FAT Achievement 15/16 Van N 19th None None 2ndQual None None 3rd Rnd None 16/17 Van N 5th None None 4thQual None None 3rd Rnd Lost play-off semifinal 17/18 Van N 4th None None 4thQual None None 1st Rnd Promoted through play-off
  7. Good going Dons! I take it you're playing 4-5-1 with inside forwards in the AML/R spots then? Thats my long term plan, but just unable to find players with some skill AND pace at the moment
  8. Marine AFC Season Summary 16/17 Vanarama North Final Position 5th - lost in the play-off SF Squad - Table - Transfers - Finances - Profile - Board Review Big improvements in second season. Reached the play-offs and managed to stop the economic rot and go break-even over the season. That being said I won the 6 first games, so by then I'd started to imagine winning this league would be a walk in the park. Which of course it wasnt! My only player with some class Michael Crank got injured in january and missed the rest of the season, so by then it was just a case of trying to scrape the results needed for a play-off spot. My aim before the season was to bring in atleast 2-3 players of that calibre, but they were just nowhere to be found! Brought in a few new faces, some of them improved first XI, others have potential to. Will they reach that though training part-time with awful training facilities/coaches??? I pray to God! I definately need to itensify the search for some solid midfielders and defenders in the summer. Having come so close this year, I have ambitions to get promoted next season, bring it on! Year League Pos. Champ.L Uefa FA.Cup Cap.One JPT FAT Achievement 15/16 Van N 19th None None 2ndQual None None 3rd Rnd None 16/17 Van N 5th None None 4thQual None None 3rd Rnd Lost play-off semifinal
  9. 7-1 down after 61 mins you say? Give up??? nahhh
  10. Marine AFC Season Summary 15/16 Vanarama North Final Position 19th Squad - Table - Transfers - Finances - Profile - Board Review Well, that was a tough first season. We spent most of it in the bottom 5 and survived thanks to our rival also losing their last game of the season. The highlight of the season was an epic 4-3 win away to Hyde early in the season. 3-0 down after 30 mins, but an amazing comeback secured the win and what I hoped would be the turning point of the season. How very wrong I was. I have to blame myself for an awful transfer policy this first season. First I gave new contracts to a lot of no-hopers as I wasnt sure what kind of players I could attract later. Then fell for the temptation to sign far too many free agents. Ended up the season with 48 players(!) included U21's and U18's. Obviously I pushed the wage limit to the max and we're now solid in the red. SOLID. A couple of good signings though: Michael Crank: Top scorer and my main man upfront. But 16yo and a nervous wreck before most games so had his off-days. Eric Grimes: Brought some much needed stability at the back early in the season Academy prospects: Keith Flynn: High hopes for this kid. Need to improve for next season. First step is to trim the squad, then hopefully bring in 4-5 players who'll strengthen the first XI considerably. Going to try to play a narrow 4-3-3 to limit the number of positions that needs covering Year League Pos. Champ.L Uefa FA.Cup Cap.One JPT FAT Achievement 15/16 Van N 19th None None 2ndQual None None 3rd Rnd None
  11. Cheers, how are you getting on? Been a rough start here, struggled badly first games. By the end of november and 18th now , 6 points above relegation. Made the classic mistake of signing way too many players. This one have potential though:
  12. 27/5-2015: a bright new start for Marine Kevin Kayer manager profile
  13. General advice: get a pc/laptop with high screen res Have seen the game running on some low-res screens and squad/tactic-view is just a pain to watch. ` Especially some low-budget laptops come with low res like 1366x768. I would atleast check what FM looks like on those before buying
  14. It feels as if the ME has become a balance act where common sense and player intelligence just do not exist. It's all about churning out "realistic" stats I set up a 3-5-2 wingback tactic where the basics were supposed to be simple: get the ball to the wingbacks and cross it to the big targetman upfront. I bought a couple of wingbacks with great crossing ability and already had a top target man. And it failed spectaculary. Simply because the wingbacks just wouldnt cross the ball. Even when instructed to cross often from deep and aim for target man. It just feels pointless to even try to create a tactic when simple stuff like that just dont work. I hope to God Im wrong, but feels like this match engine is a blind alley for SI
  15. Well.... if press conferences and post match teamtalk are important for your chances next game, this game has truly gone off the rails. If it does any bigger than maybe slightly alter players morale, it really is a joke