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  1. A month into the new season, three trophies have already been handed out: PEARSONS won Collington city's New Year Cup again, beating United Athletes 6-2 in the semi-final before overcoming Eppeshall 4-0 in the final. In Insford city, BLUESTRIPES won a sixth consecutive Challenger Goblet, defeating hosts Insford Rail 2-0 in front of 53,000 fans at the Insford Rail stadium. Meanwhile, the Forcesport Super Cup, the traditional curtain-raiser between the champions and an Avrilian XI, once again went the way of SAKATAR CITY, who triumphed 7-3 on aggregate. Forcesport, the cable company which sponsored the competition, was nationalised during the winter, after concerns that Avrilian sports coverage was being spread too thin. The Forcesport channels have been wound down, with all staff moving to TTV Sport. Forcesport will remain in place as an independent production company for sports documentaries. Controversially, the handsome prize money for the Forcesport Super Cup - seen as something of a bonanza for the champions, if they can win it - will now be paid out of government coffers.
  2. Thanks so much for taking the trouble to do this, it's amazing! Gives me a new perspective on this monster I've lived with for a decade! Also amazed that my team (Sakatar City) has scored 724 league goals, and slightly embarrassed that we've only conceded five goals fewer than Gold Swords. Never a dull moment. 208 of City's 724 goals were scored by Chris McGillen (in 247 league appearances). He's scored 341 in 402 overall. And poor Kohlenburg! One season in Pro League Premier is a poor record for their overall performance in Pro League First. Lots to chew over here, thanks again!
  3. The last day of the season saw Gold Swords defeat their deadly historic rivals Bluestripes in the final of the Christmas Cup. In a tetchy, bad-tempered game, Bluestripes hit the front early when a brilliant pass from Anthony Schwartz put in winger Alan Weiss on the right . Weiss's superb finish to the top corner was cancelled out just moments later, when Gold Swords striker Sam Allen slipped between the centre-halves to finish to the near post. Bluestripes had way more of the play in the second half, but Gold Swords had the better chances. Gold Swords had playmaker Chris Bush sent off for a second bookable offence, but Bluestripes couldn't capitalise. Deep in extra time, with penalties looming, Gold Swords defender Rob Miles out-jumped four Bluestripes players to head a free-kick across goal and into the net. Final score: Bluestripes 1-2 Gold Sword AET. Since 2012, only club outside the traditional big four of Bluestripes, Gold Swords, Pearsons and Sakatar City has won any of the three biggest trophies (Pro League Premier, NFA Cup, Christmas Cup). In the other traditional Christmas Eve event, the Four VIllages Cup final, Skarmwell Players beat Trotleigh Football & Cricket Club 1-0 in Trotleigh. It was a second cup final defeat of the year for Trotleigh, who, incredibly, made it all the way to the NFA Cup Final before losing to Sakatar City.
  4. In further news, a controversial new proposal by Minister for Sport & Recreation Edward Casey (Social Radicalist Party, Liberty Faction) is set to be debated over the close-season. The Minister proposes a completely new and unique format for Avrilian football, to take the emphasis off the Pro Leagues, which utterly dominate the footballing landscape. Under the Minister's proposals: All 144 senior teams (32 x Pro League, 112 x NPO) would be required to field women's teams, youth teams and community teams (amateur) in parallel leagues The overall National Football Championship would be determined by combining the results of each of these teams under a pre-determined points system The Pro Leagues and NPO structure would continue as they are, but placings would count towards the National Football Championship It's understood that Minister for Professional Sport Billy Reynolds (Social Radicalist Party, Programme Faction) and Minister for Pro League Football Wilhelm Teumer (Social Radicalist Party, Programme Faction) oppose the proposals.
  5. Just to flesh things out, as the tenth year of the Avrilia save comes to a close: For the first time ever, the Christmas Cup final will be between deadly rivals Bluestripes and Gold Swords. Sakatar City thumped Mablonda 8-1 away (a record) in the last sixteen, but then shockingly lost 2-1 away to Pro League First side Province F.C. in Tarviho (North West province). In the semis, Bluestripes narrowly saw off Pro League First outfit, Whitealley Heaton, a small club from inner Sakatar city who have enjoyed great success over the past 5-10 years. Veteran playmaker Simon Forde made the difference with a stunning hit from thirty yards. Gold Swords comfortably beat Province 3-0 at Galanta Hall. The final is, as they say, a mouth-watering affair between the Insford and Aroa giants, but many will remember the truly awful 2015 NFA Cup final contested by the pair, which Bluestripes won on penalties after a sterile 0-0 draw. After a long season, there are now just two games left to play on Christmas Eve, as Trotleigh take on Skarmwell in the Four Villages Cup final. Trotleigh will entertain high hopes of winning, after, incredibly, reaching the NFA Cup final this year, where they lost 4-0 to Sakatar City. 2019 was the third consecutive year in which a team from outside the Pro Leagues reached the NFA Cup final and lost to Sakatar City. The Four Villages Cup final will, as is traditional, be played at 3 p.m. on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, before millions of Avrilians turn their eyes to the National Football Stadium in Sakatar for the Christmas Cup final.
  6. That'd be great! Posted them below the spoiler tag. Note that it shows the seasons as e.g. 2009/2010 rather than just 2010 for some reason, even though the Avrilian season runs February-December.
  7. An update from Avrilia, as my save approaches the end of its tenth year. I'm still playing through in real time. 2019 HEADLINES Sakatar City's total domination continues, as they pick up their 9th title in 10 years. However, they (we) won't repeat their 2018 clean sweep of available trophies, having lost 0-1 to city rivals F.C. Freistadt in the Municipal Cup final. They did, however, win the Forcesport Super Cup, NFA Cup and Grand Provincial Cup in addition to the league. They're now in the last sixteen of Christmas Cup. Sakatar City striker Chris McGillen, the greatest goalscorer in Avrilian history, has won yet another Double Fehador medal for 40 goals in a season (although he is slowing down - he scored 53 in 2018 and 57 in 2017). The historical Big Four finished in the top four position (1: Sakatar City 2: Gold Swords 3: Bluestripes 4: Pearsons) West Insford's long stay in Pro League Premier has ended. They were relegated along with Malternan. Amergina, despite a nightmare season, survived the relegation play-off against Picavella Strollers of Pro League First. East Allen easily won the Pro League First title, promoted alongside Kohlenburg (who also won the Southern provincial championship). Terecuda City suffered a second successive relegation, dropping out of the Pro Leagues for the first time this century. Capelprice Gardens of Insford also went down, along with Clariners and Union, who were relegated in heartbreaking circumstances on the last day. The bizarre story of Insford Rail continues. The railway team, traditionally the seventh-biggest in the city of Insford, moved into a brand spanking new stadium built by the local council, and have been filling it with 53,000 fans - easily the biggest average attendance in the country - on a regular basis. Nonetheless, they didn't challenge for promotion from Pro League First and were eliminated at the group stages of the Christmas Cup. Northlands, one of the most geographically remote teams in Avrilia, finally made it back into the Pro Leagues. Lakeley and Holmgrove also return to the Pro League, with Outerwood (another Insford side) the final team to make it through the gruelling National Play-Off Round process. For the first time since I started this save, a team racked up ten goals in a match. Pro League Premier side Yluf Argan thumped Eastern Naval 10-0 in the group stages of the Eastern Premier Trophy. Eastern Naval, traditionally one of the weakest sides in Avrilian football, had something of an excuse; due to their participation in the Services Trophy, they were playing their third game in three days. Yluf Argan went on to win both the Eastern Premier Trophy and the Eastern Football Association Northern Plate. Eastern Naval, weirdly, went on to have their best season in a decade, finishing fourth in their league Qualifying Group. The Christmas Cup group stage reached its conclusion at the weekend. The last 16 ties will be played this week, with the final, as ever, taking place on Christmas Eve. Want to know anything else? Just ask!
  8. Just an update from Avrilia: Sakatar City completed the first ever clean sweep in Avrilian history when beating Gold Swords 4-1 in the Christmas Cup Final on Christmas Eve. Gold Swords took the lead with a free-kick from Chris Patterson, but a fine breakaway goal from Brett Davies levelled things up at half-time. Chris McGillen scored his 52nd goal of the season from the penalty spot, before assisting Lionel O'Connor for the clinching third goal and scoring a 53rd goal of the season late on (this took his tally over the past two seasons to 100 goals). For the record, Sakatar City's clean sweep consisted of: ForceSport Super Cup (pre-season super cup competition against national select XI) Sakatar Municipal Cup (cup competition for senior clubs in the capital city, Sakatar) Sakatar Grand Provincial (provincial cup) National Football Association Cup (main cup competition) Pro League Premier Christmas Cup
  9. I can confirm that none of the above is true, and that Eric Ellis's recent beating by persons unknown is entirely coincidental and being investigated with the utmost seriousness. Sakatar City have wrapped up their fourth consecutive title and have repeated last year's feat of winning the quintuple (ForceSport Super Cup, Sakatar Grand Provincial, Pro League Premier, NFA Cup and Sakatar Municipal Cup). They are now gearing up for an unprecedented clean sweep. With the regular season over for Pro League Premier clubs, City have a chance to charge their batters before taking their tilt at the Christmas Cup. It will be a tall order; although City have utterly dominated Avrilian football over the past nine years, they have only won two Christmas Cups in that period. A curious tradition attaches to the Christmas Cup; as a mark of respect and hospitality, the home team wears a modified kit which incorporates elements of their opponents' colours and design. These are one-off kits which aren't sold commercially, and stem from the days when Christmas Cup hosts used to actually wear their opponents' shirts or socks. See below for Sakatar City's modified kits for the group stage of the Christmas Cup, compared to their regular kits for the 2018 season.
  10. Hi @Minuy600, here are the current tables from Pro League Premier and Pro League First. Unfortunately, the third tier is separated into sixteen Qualifying Groups, so it's not really practical to upload them all here! Sakatar City, who are romping to their eighth title in nine years, just endured an incredible run of five games in five days. Four of these were Municipal Cup group-phase matches against lower-league opposition, which City navigated safely, setting a new Avrilian record of consecutive unbeaten games by defeating Omegans 1-0 at Bow End (by which time only a ragtag of youth team players were left standing). The last game in the punishing five-team run came against Northern giants Pearsons in an NFA Cup quarter-final. City left 2-0 inside five minutes, before Pearsons hit back to level things at 2-2 before the break. There were no further goals in normal time, but teenage striker Adam Walker was unleashed from the bench to score a magnificent hat-trick, a remarkable game finishing 6-3 to Sakatar City. Sakatar City should beat Lakeley Newtown in the semi and face Picavella Strollers, who overcame F.C. Freistadt 1-0, in the final. City trounced Picavella 7-0 in last year's final, and the third-tier Southerners have shown remarkable resilience to reach the final again in 2018. Just a reminder that I've been playing through this save in real-time since 2010, and am posting from my fourth different residence since the save began!
  11. Hi, @Smkx_Muldoon. I open up FM 10 every day and advance it to the end of the current day, taking note of all the games and results, and major news stories. Depending on how many games are played, it takes me from 30 minutes to an hour per day (unless my own team have a game, in which case I play it through on full). Sometimes the game skips ahead more than one day if there are no matches to be played, and sometimes I'll miss a couple of days and catch up if I'm particularly busy with work or away from home etc.
  12. Never seen this before. I watched the highlights, and all four penalties were struck low to the keeper's right. Nice quadruple bluff there, Alex...
  13. A unique event in Avrilia this past week. In the first round of the NFA Cup, Pro League First side Sandcombe recorded a 4-0 win over Eastern village team Londale F.C. Nothing so extraordinary about that - except that all four goals came from penalties scored by midfielder Alex Walshe. I had a look at the highlights, and all four penalties went low to the keeper's right. In other news, third-tier Insford Rail continue to attract crowds of 53,000+ to their brand-new stadium. The stadium, part of the municipal authority's CITY II initiative, is the most impressive in Avrilia. However, the mammoth attendance figures are slightly misleading. The stadium also hosts the most luxurious, state-of-the-art entertainment complex in the country. The Museum of Football is a particular attraction, along with a major art gallery, five-star hotel and spa, a huge number of performance spaces - currently hosting residencies by some of Avrilia's top stars - and a rideable, outdoor model railway which circles the stadium and features mock-ups of every city (and station) in Avrilia. There's also the opportunity to play five-a-side against a rolling selection of Avrilian football legends. These heavily-discounted attractions are only available on match-days, partly explaining the mammoth attendance figures, which include tourists flocking from throughout the country. Again, the above is my attempt to rationalise quite why tiny Insford Rail are pulling in such enormous crowds.
  14. Thanks for reading, deecee110! The new season is underway in Avrilia, with three trophies already awarded. The New Year Cup (for the four senior clubs in the Northern city of Collington) witnessed a shock, as Eppeshall beat giants Pearsons on penalties in the final after a 1-1 draw. In the city of Insford (Sakatar province), Bluestripes continued their customany dominance by defeating Insford Town 2-1 in the final of the Challenger Goblet. This tournament also witnessed a somewhat baffling milestone in the history of Avrilian football, as 54,568 people - a national record - turned out to see Insford Rail beat Capelprice in the quarter-final. This was Insford Rail's first game in their new 56,000-seater stadium. Quite why so many people trooped in to witness one third-tier team beat another 1-0 (with a penalty) in the last eight of a municipal cup competition is beyond me - see the post below for the full, bizarre backstory. Sakatar City defeated the Avrilian national selection 5-2 on aggregate to win the season-opening ForceSport Super Cup. All six provincial championships are now underway, along with Pro League First. The Eastern Premier Trophy was the last provincial championship to kick off (it started this Sunday), but has already produced a doozy of a feat, as Mablonda's Keith Engel had an eventful morning against Port Sunday, scoring an unusual "hat-trick" which consisted of his own side's opening goal and two own-goals in a 2-2 draw.
  15. The Avrilian season has now ended. Just to round up the results for those interested: Sak = Sakatar province, Nor = North province, NW = North West province, Sou = South province, Wes - West province, Eas - East province. LEAGUE COMPETITIONS Pro League Premier Champions - Sakatar City (Sak). Relegated - Enverdale United (Sak), East Allen Sports (Nor) Pro League First Champions - Malternan (Eas). Promoted - Yluf Argan (Eas). Relegated - Clifton Town (Nor), Port Sunday (Eas), Otteldam (Sak), Southstown Blues (Sak). Ballinglin City (Wes) beat F.C. Freistadt (Sak) in the Pro League Premier/Pro League First promotion-relegation play-off. Qualifying Groups Promoted - Union (Sak), Dovestream (Sak), Strayton (Sak), Springhill (Sak) NATIONAL CUP COMPETITIONS N. F. A. Cup Final Picavella Strollers (Sou) 0-7 Sakatar City (Sak) - National Football Stadium, Sakatar, attendance 35,000. Christmas Cup Final Yluf Argan (Eas) 0-1 Pearsons (Nor) - National Football Stadium, Sakatar, attendance 35,000. PROVINCIAL CUP COMPETITIONS Sakatar Grand Provincial final Julianastrasse 1-5 Sakatar City - Julianastrasse Stadium, Sakatar, attendance 1,782 (sell-out). Northern Championship Trophy final Ferres Town 1-2 National Sports Academy - Civic Ironworks, Ferres, attendance 12,000 (sell-out). Western Provincial Football Combination Cup final Fontana 98 0-1 Ballynoun Comrades - Brigade Park, Fontana, attendance 3,700 (sell-out). Southern Football Authority Elimination Cup final Picavella Strollers 1-0 Holmgrove - Valepark Arena, Picavella, attendance 4,000 (sell-out) North West Province Gold Cup final Gold Swords 2-1 Province F.C. - Galanta Hall, Aroa, attendance 26,000 (sell-out) Eastern Premier Trophy Malternan beat Yluf Argan 2-1 on an aggregate. REGIONAL CUP COMPETITIONS Eastern Football Association Southern Plate final (East province) Yluf Argan beat Fishermen 5-4 on aggregate. Eastern Football Association Northern Plate final (East province) Northlands beat Malternan 3-2 on aggregate. Four Villages Cup Final (North province) Trotleigh 3-0 Skarmwell - Trotleigh Paddock, Trotleigh, attendance 1,200 (sell-out) THIRD-TIER CUP COMPETITION NFA Club Challenge Doncada (Sak) beat Lakeley (Sak) 5-1 on aggregate. CITY CUP COMPETITIONS Municipal Cup final (Sakatar city) Chevaliers d'Avril 0-1 Sakatar City - Victoria Castle, Sakatar, attendance 5,400 (sell-out) New Year Cup final (Collington) Collington Carpentry Works 0-3 Pearsons - The Workshop Fields, Collington, attendance 3,000 (sell-out). The Challenger Goblet final (Insford) Centralians 1-3 Bluestripes - Amenity Ground, Insford, attendance 3,000 (sell-out). OTHER COMPETITIONS Forcesport Super Cup Sakatar City (Sak) beat Avrilia 5-0 on aggregate Midnight Football Festival final Codicilians (Sak) 0-0 Julianastrasse (Sak) - Codicilians 5-4 on penalties - Advent Corner, Sakatar, attendance 500 (sell-out) Services Trophy final Army Sports Club (Sak) 4-0 Naval Veterans & Recruits of Sakatar (Sak) - National Football Stadium, Sakatar, attendance 9,934 Parks Shield (Sakatar city) Cathcoate beat Prince's 4-2 on aggregate.
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