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  1. Just finished my first season and am pretty pleased with how it went. Came 2nd in the league, only really because Man Utd were unstoppable, and got to the Europa League semi-final. Van der Vaart is just an absolute god in the Trequartista role - scored 25 goals and got 33 assists. Didn't really delve much into the transfer market, bought Afellay from Barca in January for £7.5m and have got Cardozo coming for £9m in the summer, but didn't sell anyone. Highlight of the season was definitely this though: Uploaded with ImageShack.us
  2. After several months off I'm returning to FM10 and this challenge. I'm picking up with Oxford City in 2015 in League 2, with us sitting precariously on top of the relegation zone with 6 games to go. The question is: can we stay up?
  3. Grrr, my striker just ended his goalscoring record, where he'd scored in 43 league games in a row. Still, 59 goals in 43 games isn't too shabby
  4. Just got to say Stephen Thompson is an absolute hero - 28 goals in the first 20 games of the season, including scoring in every single league game so far. If it wasn't for him, we'd certainly be getting relegated; as it is, we're in 22nd, 1 point outside the relegation zone.
  5. Oxford City's first season in League 2 is not going well at all; bottom after 11 games with just 5 points and 1 win in 12. On the other hand striker Stephen Thompson is in the form of his life, with 15 goals in 12 games, scoring in every league game so far.
  6. Smithers - Oxford City - Blue Square Premier - 2013/14 League Prediction - 24th League Position - 1st Another quite excellent season to secure back-to-back promotions, and finally enter the promised land of the football league. Predicted to come a definite last in a difficult relegation battle, we proved our critics wrong quite spectacularly by dominating the league, going unbeaten at home, and reaching the final of the FA Trophy, only to succumb to a bitterly disappointing 4-1 defeat to York, only our 7th loss of the season. Winning the manager of the season was a nice little bonus too. League Table Changing Positions FA Cup run - not a brilliant run, as although we dispatched Didcot 3-1 in the 4th qualifying round, we were convincingly beaten 4-2 at Macclesfield in the 1st round, thanks to a Gavin Tomlin hat-trick. FA Trophy run - a fantastic cup-run saw us emerge victorious against the likes of St. Albans, Bath, Woking, Weymouth and Stafford, but we fell apart at our first trip to Wembley. We were always going to be second-best, as our best midfielder Francis Quarm got injured (in an otherwise injury-free season) shortly before the match, and star striker Stephen Thompson was forced to come off just half an hour in too. Things went from bad to worse, as we saw a goal disallowed for offside, and we capitulated just before half-time as York capitalised on our defensive frailties, and from then on there was no looking back, despite a late Kyle Wilson goal. It was to be a melancholy end to a season, but even so our success in the league more than makes up for it. Transfers - although the transfers in screen may suggest otherwise, the main crux of the team from last season remained the same, with most of our new signings used as backup, most only playing a handful of games, some not at all. Anthony Wordsworth however quickly established himself in midfield due to his terrific versatility, and although his stats may imply a poor season, goalkeeper Grzegorz Szamotulski was for the most part exceptional in goal (except when he got lobbed from 80 yards by Accrington Stanley's own goalie). Our signing of the season though was by far striker Stephen Thompson who immediately settled in right at home with partner Gareth Evans in one of the best seasons I have ever witnessed in terms of striker parterships. Scoring 35 league goals in 36 starts, and further influence in the cups, he was consistently in formiddable form, earning himself a place in the BSP team of the season (alongside Evans), top BSP scorer (with Evans coming 3rd), and ultimately player of the season. Meanwhile, Oxford said goodbye to unhappy striker Darryn Stamp, aging left-back Sacha Opinel and midfielder Rossi Jarvis, who will be forever remembered for his input into our first couple of seasons. Squad - at the back, we remained the same as last season, with highlights being Jon Boardman overtaking Jermaine McSporran's appearance record, and Phil Anderson's consistency. Midfield was again solid, with a strong rotation policy of wingers, and Solomon Shields, Ryan Hall and Luke Thurlbourne coming in to impress whenever needed. Attack was certainly our biggest strength, as Evans' (fans' player of the year) and Thompsons' partnership saw them jointly notch up 72 goals, and for the majority of the season they were in constant competition with each other to score the most goals. Finances - weren't a huge problem this season; in fact due to our excellence in the league, our transfer budget was increased from nothing to a hefty £400k. I used this to pour more money into the wage budget, and combining this with the sales of expensive players such as Rossi Jarvis, we are now in a very secure position. Aims for next season: - survive obviously - get a decent parent club (I say this every year but never get round to it), especially since we're now in the same league as our current one Oxford Utd and so lose those connections - just generally expand the squad and improve key areas Season League Position Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Blue Square South 14th n/a 2011/12 Blue Square North 4th Play-offs, lost in final 2012/13 Blue Square North 2nd Promotion via play-offs 2013/14 Blue Square Premier 1st Champions, FA Trophy runners-up
  7. Accrington Stanley's goalkeeper just scored against me with an 80-yard free-kick, to win 2-1. Usually I'd be fuming, but today is different, as Chester beat 2nd place Darlington 3-1, meaning I'm BSP champions with 1 game to go, and the FA Trophy final to look forward to!
  8. Possibly the most important day of the season, for obvious reasons. I am also simply amazed at this news article I received shortly afterwards; where the hell did all that money come from!?
  9. I love conceding 4 and still winning - that's probably the best match I've had on this game yet. Incidentally that's Gareth Evans' 2nd hat-trick in a week In fact Evans is even more Super than Kyle Wilson - 12 goals in 7 games now!
  10. After nearly 2 weeks off, I'm ready to return to Oxford City, currently 3rd in the BSP after 23 games.
  11. Yay another Oxford player Nice one on finishing 3rd, that's much better than what I did in the first season. If you want any advice, I'd recommend keeping McSporran; although he's getting on, with the right training he'll develop immensely.
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