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  1. Boyd The Beast

    dafuge's FM18 challenge

    Metropolitan Police FC Season 4 - 2021/22 League - A much improved second season in the National League saw us finish 6th booking our place in the playoffs. We unfortunately faded the second half of the season but still played strong enough when it mattered in the playoffs. We have no issue scoring goals but our defense continues to be a huge liability. Need to improve on this or we could have some serious issues next year. FA Cup - Not quite as good as last year only managing to make it into the First Round. FA Trophy - We did it! We won the FA Trophy getting us our first trophy for our cabinet under my management. We had some solid performances along the way and won the final in the 119th minute! What a feeling! Transfers - Picked up some solid players who played a big part in our season. Shaw, Wright and Noble all were starters who helped us over the line. Finances - Our finances look good for the first time giving us the ability to finally upgrade some facilities Career History: Season League Position FA Cup Achievements Top Scorer 2018/19 VNS 19th 4th Qualifying Round Harry Warwick (26) 2019/20 VNS 5th 1st Round Promotion via playoffs! Cameron Ebbutt (27) 2020/21 VNL 17th 2nd Round Harry Warwick (26) 2021/21 VNL 6th 1st Round Promotion and FA Trophy Dave Shaw (39) Club Information: Season Stadium Avg Attendance Training Facilities Youth Facilities Youth Level Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment 2018/19 3000 301 Poor Poor 0 Minimal Basic 2019/20 3000 381 Poor Poor 0 Fairly basic Fairly basic 2020/21 4297 546 Poor Poor 0 Average Average 2021/22 4297 602 Poor Poor 0 Average Average
  2. Boyd The Beast

    dafuge's FM18 challenge

    Metropolitan Police FC Season 3 - 2020/21 League - Winning promotion last season saw us playing in the Vanarama National League this season. With many others getting promotion in their first seasons here I was hopeful to do the same. Looked to add some more quality where I could and was feeling optimistic at the start of the season with my picks ups and a good pre-season. We started of pretty inconsistent and was hoping that was just to the new faces still getting integrated in the team...this was not the case because all season our defensive mistakes kept happening. We hovered down above the relegation spots for most of the season and only finished 17th. Much work to be done next year FA Cup - This year we progressed a round further and made it to the second round were we lost 2-4 against Bury. It wasn't a huge payday like some have gotten but this helped us greatly in the finance department. FA Trophy - A disappointing exit in this competition as we lost 1-4 against Chester who are a division below us. Transfers - Not as many as last year but saw as add some better quality players and some young prospects. Finances - We did very well this season with finances and actually made a large enough profit to get out of the red! Career History: Season League Position FA Cup Achievements Top Scorer 2018/19 VNS 19th 4th Qualifying Round Harry Warwick (26) 2019/20 VNS 5th 1st Round Promotion via playoffs! Cameron Ebbutt (27) 2020/21 VNL 17th 2nd Round Harry Warwick (26) Club Information: Season Stadium Avg Attendance Training Facilities Youth Facilities Youth Level Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment 2018/19 3000 301 Poor Poor 0 Minimal Basic 2019/20 3000 381 Poor Poor 0 Fairly basic Fairly basic 2020/21 4297 546 Poor Poor 0 Average Average
  3. Boyd The Beast

    dafuge's FM18 challenge

    Metropolitan Police FC Season 2 - 2019/20 League - With our 433 being a defensive disaster last year we switched to a classic 442. We hit our stride early and kept pace with the leaders until Christmas. After the New Year we dropped of the pace but comfortably stayed in the playoff positions. We had a bit of a rough patch in March but we started finding our stride again at the right time heading into the playoffs. We had some hard fought games but we stepped up when needed and saw us win promotion via a 1-0 win again Concord. FA Cup - We made it to the 1st round of the FA cup this year before losing to League Two Notts Co. FA Trophy - After crashing out in the FA Cup and having a good position in the league In was able to make a push in this cup. We made a good run into the 4th round but unfortunately lost to the runners up York 0-3 Transfers - Added wide players for my 442 and added better quality in some positions as well. Finances - We actually managed to make money this year but are still in the red, hopefully win our good season we will see an increase in attendance next year. With our good season we saw our player Hunter win the players of the season award in the league. Just announced we are expanding our stadium by a capacity of 1,297 even though we only averaged 381 fans last year. Luckily we did get a good grant to offset a good chunk of this cost but this will hurt the finances for sure. Career History: Season League Position FA Cup Achievements Top Scorer 2018/19 VNS 19th 4th Qualifying Round Harry Warwick (26) 2019/20 VNS 5th 1st Round Promotion via playoffs! Cameron Ebbutt (27) Club Information: Season Stadium Avg Attendance Training Facilities Youth Facilities Youth Level Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment 2018/19 3000 301 Poor Poor 0 Minimal Basic 2019/20 3000 380 Poor Poor 0 Fairly basic Fairly basic
  4. Boyd The Beast

    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
  5. Boyd The Beast

    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.
  6. Boyd The Beast

    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)
  7. Boyd The Beast

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    @andershs Congrats and good luck in Europe next season!
  8. Boyd The Beast

    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)
  9. Boyd The Beast

    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)
  10. Boyd The Beast

    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.
  11. Boyd The Beast

    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)
  12. Boyd The Beast

    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.
  13. Boyd The Beast

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    No you can't. You can use gray players but not sign them
  14. Boyd The Beast

    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)
  15. Boyd The Beast

    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
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