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    Swindon, Wilts, UK


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    Football, history, fiction

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    Aldershot Town

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    Armagh City

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  1. I've just reached 2022 and after being sacked by Bath City I've taken over Hereford, who have just been promoted to the Vanarama North for the first time. They're the first English non-league side I've managed who don't have an Under-23 squad, just the seniors and Under 18s. Is it because they've only just been put in a playable league? Am I likely to have an U23 option at some stage?
  2. I like to manage lower leagues in the British Isles. I load up the five leagues with small database because having loads of players from elsewhere seems unrealistic for the level I'm at.
  3. Thank you all, and in particular bababooey. I've put in place your suggestions and it's early days but I look a bit more solid and Aldershot's friendlies in season 2 have seen me dominate and win. I've also done a holiday test with Chelsea, and results have been better. I still have problems against much weaker sides - it looks as if the tactic isn't adventurous enough against sides who part the bus, so I'll probably develop a more Chelsea-like 4-2-3-1 for such games. Thanks again.
  4. Thanks Both I'm mainly using 4-1-2-2-1, and not particularly enjoying/grasping the tactical side of the game my preference is to use a very small number of 'generic' tactics. I appreciate that means less success than studying player strengths and weaknesses, opposition etc, but that's a trade-off I'm willing to take. Anyway, for my Aldershot game I'm lying 11th, which is fine because by squad isn't very good. My home form is fine; I'm 9th in the home table which I'll take while I rebuild the team. But I'm 18th in the away table with a record of 4/7/6, and my problem is that I can't find a way of making turning some of the draws into wins as trying to open the game up a bit more ends up turning them into defeats instead. I'm playing Classic so training/team talks/familiarity aren't issues. I'm using a 4-1-2-2-1 with standard/structured mentality and flexibility. I don't use Player Instructions. TIs are Retain possession/Short passing/Work ball into box/play out of defence/Push up/close down/low tempo. I've recently stopped using get stuck in as the foul and card count was too high. Most goals conceded come from one-twos around the box. I guess my point is that using identical tactics home and away I'd expect to be about in the same place on the home and away table, and I can't work out why that isn't the case, let alone what to do about it. If anything, seeing as I have a cautious approach, I'd expect this to be a better away tactic than home one. Roles are: FB x 2 WB (A) CB X2 CD (D) DM (D) CM x 2 CM (A) & DLP (S) Wingers X 2 IF x 2 (A) AF (A)
  5. Thanks to advice from this forum, I've developed a couple of decent looking tactics - a 4-1-2-2-1 (DM and two wingers) and a slightly more adventurous 4-2-3-1. Both are based on keeping possession and wearing the opposition down - short passing, pushing up, closing down, low tempo etc, with standard/structured mentality and shape. Home form isn't a problem - in my two saves Chelsea have a more or less 100% home record, and Aldershot are 5th or 6th in the home league table, which I'm very happy with given the squad we've got. It's away I'm struggling; Chelsea lose significantly more than they win, and Aldershot's away record is near-relegation - we don't lose many, but draw matches against weaker sides we should probably beat. I'd have thought a patient tactic should do fine away from home but I'm clearly doing something wrong, and I've tried everything I can think of to improve results away from home without resorting to a completely different tactic, which I don't want to as I like what I've got. Does anyone have any suggestions for improving my away form?
  6. I'm another who was lost from FM due to family, career etc. I've only bought one FM version in the last 4-5 years and have only really been been playing (and loving) CM01/02 due to the overwhelmong detail of FM for the casual PC gamer I've become. This may well bring me mack to the fold - FMC seems like 01/02 but with a better mach engine, updated leagues and rules, and more difficult to build a team of overachievers, particularly in the lower reputation leagues. I'd like more flexibility like more than 3 leagues and more options for database size and match speed (at least, if they're there I've missed them). Being a more modern game and with my not so modern PC it runs slower than I'm used to with CM 01/02 which I'm finding frustrating, and the interface seems more complicated, but I do think it's likely to be the football management sim that drags my gaming into the modern era.
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