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  1. dafuge's FM18 challenge

    Season 1 - 2018/19 League - What started off as a decent mid table season took a drastic downhill turn after the new year. Our already bad defense became non existent and we struggled for points big time. While we scored 87 goals this year which was 3rd best our defense allowed a record number of 111 goals! Any kind of ball over the top they seemed to lose all ability. I tried making changes but it didn't seem to matter. We didn't lose a single preseason game(including a 1-1 draw vs Stoke). Safe to say I dropped this 433 and and have settled on the classic 442(Have played almost a month into next season and is going much better) FA Cup - Lost in 4th Qualifying Round to Leyton Orient, hopefully we can get into the proper round next year and get some money FA Trophy - Was not too bothered by this competition this year and used this as chance to rotate players with the fixture congestion and crashed out in just the 1st round against Harrow Transfers - Brought in loads of players to fill out the squad. A majority are back with us next year and looking to add more quality in key spots Finances - Lost money all year and hoping for a cup run to bring us in money. Our attendance is very poor and need to start winning to bring more in. Best player this season was on loan striker Harry Warwick who led the team in goals(26) and average rating(7.46). He joined us a month and a half into the season and played a big part in us ultimately staying in the league which saw him get voted as our fans player of the season. His club would not loan him back to us as they wanted him to play with higher quality next season so looking for someone to step up
  2. dafuge's FM18 challenge

    I've decided to jump in to this as my youth challenge has become kind of stagnant. So meet the new manager of Metropolitan Police. Actually already into November of the season and reckon I'll around mid table at the end of the year.
  3. FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Season 7 - 2024/25 League - Back in the Vanarama National League after being promoted back as champions we had a decent mid table finish in 13th place. We were close to the play off spots until the final 10 games or so we had a major drop off and completely forgot how to defend. We also lost our best player Wayne Clarke 24B to Everton for pennies... He refused to sign a contract the whole time at the club so I knew this was coming and only got $18.25k in compensation. Hopefully he gets sold for some good money as I do get 15%. Goals for next season is push for promotion but if we can't figure out how to defend(mostly balls over the top) we will struggle in doing this. FA Cup - We lost out to Welsh rivals Newport County in a 2nd Round replay. This hurts because they are rivals and we had them in both games and blew it. We conceded a 93rd minute equalizer in the first game, in the second we blew a 2 goal lead and ultimately lost out 5-6. FA Trophy - Made it to the fourth round before losing to league winners Exeter in extra time. Transfers - Loans and Wayne Clarke Finances - Non-league money... Youth Intake - Saw as add 6 players from this group with 2 key positions Dane Facey 25A - Needed an attacking midfield to fill the hole left by Wayne Clarke. He has a great personality and mentals. Sean Clarke 25B - Needed a GK with potential and we finally got one. After the play offs got out of reach I threw the poor kid in the deep end and it wasn't pretty...but we got him valuable playing time and hope he will fill out his potential. Career Update: Season League Position FA Cup Training Facilities Youth Level Youth Facilities Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment Achievements/Notes Top Scorer 2017/18 N/A N/A N/A Poor 0 Poor Average Basic N/A N/A 2018/19 VNN 8th 4th Qualifying Round Poor 0 Poor Adequate Fairly basic Won MOTY Fleetwood/Richards (15) 2019/20 VNN 10th 4th Qualifying Round Poor 0 Poor Good Average None Smith 19B (33) 2020/21 VNN 1st 4th Qualifying Round Poor 0 Poor Good Average Champions, records & rewards! Brown 19E (32) 2021/22 VNL 16th 1st Round Poor 0 Poor Exceptional Above Average Survived Hall 19C (30) 2022/23 VNL 21st 2nd Round Poor 0 Poor Exceptional Above Average Relegated Hall 19C (24) 2023/24 VNN 1st 3rd Qualifying Round Poor 0 Poor Exceptional Above Average Champions Smith 19B (26) 2024/25 VNL 13th 2nd Round Poor 0 Poor Exceptional Established None Rowlands 24A (27)
  4. FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    @andershs Congrats and good luck in Europe next season!
  5. FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Season 6 - 2023/24 League - What a way to bounce back from relegation. We walked the league thanks to a huge improvement defensively and stayed in 1st the whole time after match #12. A big part of this season was also thanks to our stand out youth player from last year Wayne Clarke 23B who set the new league record of average rating of 7.77(Previously help by our player Matt Hall 19C in 2020 with 7.58). This saw him grab the National League North Player of the Season FA Cup - Unfortunately our great League performances were not emulated in the FA Cup and saw us drop out the earliest ever in the challenge in the 3rd Qualifying Round FA Trophy - Knocked out by VNL side Hartlepool in the First Round Transfers - Some loans and 2 players leaving on frees. Didn't really rate Iwan Thomas but with Brighton scooping him up from us makes me wonder and will keep an eye on his progress. Finances - Not good, board had to help with injections Youth Intake - Didn't get as spoiled as last year buy still solid and Rowlands already in the rotation. Sean Rowlands 24A - Fast and can finish already. Only downside I see is he is one footed, but at this level he is great. Career Update: League Position FA Cup Training Facilities Youth Level Youth Facilities Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment Achievements/Notes Top Scorer N/A N/A N/A Poor 0 Poor Average Basic N/A N/A VNN 8th 4th Qualifying Round Poor 0 Poor Adequate Fairly basic Won MOTY Fleetwood/Richards (15) VNN 10th 4th Qualifying Round Poor 0 Poor Good Average None Smith 19B (33) VNN 1st 4th Qualifying Round Poor 0 Poor Good Average Champions and numerous records and awards Brown 19E (32) VNL 16th 1st Round Poor 0 Poor Exceptional Above Average Survived Hall 19C (30) VNL 21st 2nd Round Poor 0 Poor Exceptional Above Average Relegated Hall 19C (24) VNN 1st 3rd Qualifying Round Poor 0 Poor Exceptional Above Average Champions Smith 19B (26)
  6. FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Season 5 - 2022/23 League - What a terrible season it turned out to be. My defense was atrocious and is something I am desperately looking to fix. Spent basically the entire season in the relegation spots and almost survived by thanks to a goal difference we go down and Harrogate survive. I have tweaked my tactics and am hopeful my late season form is a result of finding the right formula to bounce back straight away. FA Cup - Made it to the second round but unfortunately didn't get a big money draw. FA Trophy - Not only did we crash out we also had to play a replay. Disappointing like the season as a whole. Transfers - Let our back up GK go and 2 young guys and a back up go out on loan. Adrian Brown is a CB and looks to have improved a good amount which will likely see him get some decent playing time next year. Finances - Bled money all year, our poor display on the field led to a decrease in attendance which did not help. Youth Intake - Our best intake which finally saw as add a CB that can make a difference. Ashley Savage 23A - Our best ever CB prospect to come through the academy. Instantly became our best CB and was thrown in the deep end. Wayne Clarke 23B - Fantastic midfielder who has the great attribute of being either footed. Career Update: Season League Position FA Cup Training Facilities Youth Level Youth Facilities Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment Achievements/Notes Top Scorer 2017/18 N/A N/A N/A Poor 0 Poor Average Basic N/A N/A 2018/19 VNN 8th 4th Qualifying Round Poor 0 Poor Adequate Fairly basic Won MOTY Fleetwood/Richards (15) 2019/20 VNN 10th 4th Qualifying Round Poor 0 Poor Good Average None Smith 19B (33) 2020/21 VNN 1st 4th Qualifying Round Poor 0 Poor Good Average Champions and numerous records and awards Brown 19E (32) 2021/22 VNL 16th 1st Round Poor 0 Poor Exceptional Above Average Survived Hall 19C (30) 2022/23 VNL 21st 2nd Round Poor 0 Poor Exceptional Above Average Relegated Hall 19C (24)
  7. FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Good look, I tried in Netherlands but only got 2 seasons in before I threw in the towel. Team was just too weak. The finances are fantastic due to a great TV deal so you should be able to get in upgrades early.
  8. FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Season 4 - 2021/22 League - Coming into the season I was hopeful to try and sneak into the playoffs and 8 matches into the season we were 4th. However, after the early season excitement faded, we dropped off and our defense was our achilles heel. We conceded a massive 111 goals in the league! Luckily we were still good attacking and scored 84 which saw us stay in the league. Never felt like we were going to be dragged into a relegation fight, but we only stayed out of the relegation spots by 4 points. We must improve defensively next year if we want to challenge for promotion, and I am hopeful we can as a young CB was given a chance due to injuries and impressed me enough to stay in the role. FA Cup - Well we finally made it to the first round proper of the FA Cup but lost out in a replay to Darlington FA Trophy - Made a bit of a run in the FA Trophy making it to the fourth round before losing to league and cup winners Billericay Transfers - Let a backup CB leave on a free after moaning about not playing Finances - We aren't in red! With the step up in leagues and a increase in sponsorship's we were making up the deficit but after a takeover a loan was taken out. Taken over by our Director after the president stepped down. Youth Intake - Another decent intake with a variety of positions. Really hoping to get a top CB though Cameron Marsh 22A - A good LB who can cover CB with a great personality. Our previous LB prospects are starting to drop off and impressed in his appearances in both LB and 1 sub appearance at CB replacing an injured player. Kevin Jones 22B - Has good technical skills but his personality and determination are poor. Hopeful with some tutoring we can improve this some Career Update: Season League Position FA Cup Training Facilities Youth Level Youth Facilities Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment Achievements/Notes Top Scorer 2017/18 N/A N/A N/A Poor 0 Poor Average Basic N/A N/A 2018/19 VNN 8th 4th Qualifying Round Poor 0 Poor Adequate Fairly basic Won MOTY Fleetwood/Richards (15) 2019/20 VNN 10th 4th Qualifying Round Poor 0 Poor Good Average None Smith 19B (33) 2020/21 VNN 1st 4th Qualifying Round Poor 0 Poor Good Average Champions and numerous records and awards Brown 19E (32) 2021/22 VNL 16th 1st Round Poor 0 Poor Exceptional Above Average Survived Hall 19C (30)
  9. FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    That is weird @andershsI would check the staff responsibilities and make sure someone else didn't get set for finding new players as I believe you can have someone other than a director make offers. Also congrats on the promotion again, good luck next year and will be interesting to see if there is a huge gap in the quality with the step up.
  10. FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    No you can't. You can use gray players but not sign them
  11. FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Season 3 - 2020/21 League - We did it! This was our year in the Vanarama National League North winning the league by 14 points and racking up a 39 goal difference in the process. For the first 20 games or so we sat comfortably in the top for moving up and down. As the season went on our form never dropped like the first 2 years and after moving into 1st after 29 games we stayed there for the rest of the year. Lead by our 3 strikers from the first intake we always had a chance to outscore anyone, and we did just that by scoring 106 FA Cup - And once again with keeping tradition going we crash out in the 4th qualifying round to fellow VNN Bishop's Stortford FA Trophy - Might as well not entered the competition this year as we lost in our first game to Bishop's Stortford here too. Quite annoying since I played my strongest team Transfers - None in and none out Finances - Still bad Youth Intake - Another decent one but don't think it will turn out as good as our first one was. Still looking for a top CB prospect Brian O' Sullivan 21A - Another Striker to add to our spoils in that department. Got 4 starts and 3 sub appearances due to an injury. Had 4 goals and an assist with an average of 7.16 I did sign quite a few from this group but didn't seem to upload the screenshots for the others Awards/ Honours Matt Hall 19C - Set the National League North average rating record at a whopping 7.58 and winning the league's player of the year award Jon Smith 19B - Set the National League North record for assists at 20 - Earned some U19 caps for Wales Marc Brown 19E - Claimed top goalscorer in the league at 28 goals And I won Manager of the Year Career Update: Season League Position FA Cup Training Facilities Youth Level Youth Facilities Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment Achievements/Notes Top Scorer 2017/18 N/A N/A N/A Poor 0 Poor Average Basic N/A N/A 2018/19 VNN 8th 4th Qualifying Round Poor 0 Poor Adequate Fairly basic Won MOTY Fleetwood/Richards (15) 2019/20 VNN 10th 4th Qualifying Round Poor 0 Poor Good Average None Smith 19B (33) 2020/21 VNN 1st 4th Qualifying Round Poor 0 Poor Good Average Champions and numerous records and awards Brown 19E (32)
  12. FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    I believe there will be no youth intake for you, though I would save the game and holiday the day before the intake and see if you get it
  13. FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Just had my Brexit and got the 17 foreign player limit
  14. FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Season 2 - 2019/20 League - Coming into the second season I felt we had a good chance at getting into the playoffs after missing out by 1 point last year. We had a good first intake which I thought would get us over the edge. We started off great and were in 2nd place 7 games into the season and after 14 found ourselves in good position in 4th. Our form started to drop off a bit and were inconsistent in November and December. However things got very disappointing after this as we only won 6 games January onward with 6-2-11 record in the span saw us finish outside the playoffs in 10th. We scored 90 goals in the league but also conceded 87, if we are going to make a promotion bid next year our defense needs to improve. FA Cup - Was hoping to get past the qualifying rounds this time around and get a big money draw but we crashed out in the 4th Qualifying Round again this time at home again National League side Aldershot. FA Trophy - Made it a round farther this time making it to the 2nd round before a disappoint 1-4 defeat to National League side York. As we had a full 7 days before and after this game I played my strongest team so was not too happy by the scoreline. Transfers - None in and none out Finances - Not good and went deeper into the red, need to get a promotion and FA cup money before we can make any upgrades. Limited to just Junior Coaching and Youth Recruitment increase. Youth Intake - Not at much depth as the first intake and saw me only sign 4 from this intake but did get a starting defensive minded CM. Still lacking a quality CB from an intake so hopeful next year gives us one Adrian Rees 20A - A very good defensive minded CM who started 6 games and 3 sub appearances after the intake. Fantastic mental with 17 team work and 16 work rate! Sean Llewellyn 20B - A natural finisher with 16 finishing, will not be a starter next year(most likely) but will keep a close eye on his development Jon Jones 20C - Another striker who has potential, like Llewellyn won't be a starter next year due to the first intake producing so many options at the position. Youth player updates Jon Smith 19B - Wow what a year for Smith leading the team in goals(33), assists(16) and average rating(7.38)! His pace at this level allows him to get past defenders and cause havoc and will look for him to help us for the promotion push next year Matt Hall 19C - Another good contributor from the first intake with 10 goals and 11 assists in the league. Will also look for him to push us forward next year Geraint Marsh 19A - Our starting LB saw him get 7 assists this year. Needs to cut out some of the mistakes to help improve our defense next year Marc Brown 19E - Yet another one of our striker prospects from the first intake. He was down the list getting the tag of E but he really developed into the second half of the year. Had a couple strikers go down with injuries and when he got his chance he showed why he deserved to stay in the lineup. 12 goals and 9 assists in just 12 starts and 1 sub appearance. Going into next season my 3 up front will be Smith 19B, Hall 19C and Brown 19E Career Update: Season League Position FA Cup Training Facilities Youth Level Youth Facilities Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment Achievements/Notes Top Scorer 2017/18 N/A N/A N/A Poor 0 Poor Average Basic N/A N/A 2018/19 VNN 8th 4th Qualifying Round Poor 0 Poor Adequate Fairly basic Won MOTY Fleetwood/Richards (15) 2019/20 VNN 10th 4th Qualifying Round Poor 0 Poor Good Average None Smith 19B (33)
  15. FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    @Sanno11nice job on promotion this time around, good luck next year
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