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  1. Boyd The Beast

    dafuge's FM19 challenge

    Dorking Wanderers Season 4 - 2022/23 League - Second season in the National League and losing out in the playoffs last year I was optimistic of this year especially with some talent we brought in. However, things just didn't click for us and our season saw us put in inconsistent performances all year which saw us finish 13th. When things seemed like they were back on track we would lose form and drop down the table. Ultimately we missed out on the playoffs which left me frustrated. Maybe I was being too loyal to some players that just aren't up to standards and this opened my eyes. Coming into next year I upgraded some key positions and was extra careful to get the right players who have strong mentalities. Cups - This year made it the farthest yet in the FA Cup, reaching the 3rd Round and getting an away draw to Aston Villa. We got some much needed money which unfortunately was only enough for a coaching badge before it ran out, but much appreciated! FA Trophy continues to be a disappointment, knocked out in our first game. Transfers - Thought I had some real gems joining this year but ultimately only Knight lived up to my expectations. Broome who was suppose to lead our attack was simply not scoring and ended up getting outscored by Banton who started less games Finances - As mentioned the cup money quickly ran out. We did get a takeover but no money was invested into the club and still refuses to get an affiliate. Career History: Season League Position FA Cup Notes Top Scorer 2019/20 VNS 7th 2nd Qual. Round Made playoffs Zane Banton (27) 2020/21 VNS 1st 2nd Round Champions Zane Banton (42) 2021/22 VNL 6th 2nd Round Made playoffs Zane Banton (36) 2022/23 VNL 13th 3rd Round Very inconsistent Zane Banton (17) Club Information: Season Stadium Avg Attendance Training Facilities Youth Facilities Youth Level Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment 2019/20 3600 427 Poor Poor 0 Minimal Fairly basic 2020/21 3600 556 Poor Poor 0 Minimal Fairly basic 2021/22 4600 835 Poor Poor 0 Minimal Fairly basic 2022/23 4600 786 Poor Poor 0 Minimal Fairly basic
  2. Boyd The Beast

    dafuge's FM19 challenge

    Dorking Wanderers Season 3 - 2021/22 League - First season in the National league so I was unsure of how our team would fare. We had a slow start to the campaign so we had to work our way back into the playoff positions. We were ways off the top teams in terms of ability and the highest we managed to make it was 4th place. York were by far the best team in the league this year and this showed in the final table. We made it past the first round of the playoffs but ultimately lost the semi finals to Maidstone who went on to win the final. We were missing our starting LW who got injured 2 games before the end of season and was out throughout the playoffs and then ended up picking up an injury to our starting LB before the semi final. We definitely could have won but a poor first half meant we needed to come behind, each time we got one back they scored another. The match ended in a 3-2 win for Maidstone. Overall this was a good season even though playoff losses are very disappointing being that close to promotion. It looks like next season better players are willing to join the club. I already have a new striker joining, an 18 year old from Chelsea. He is already better than Banton and looks to fit in perfectly for our tactics. Next year we will push on! Cups - Same old story with the cups. FA cup started poorly which saw us needing a replay against VNS side Chesham(first game was at home as well). Made it to the 2nd round once again and at least lost to a team in a league above us. Really hoping to get a decent run / draw so we can get some much needed monies. FA Trophy saw us reach the third round before losing to Dag & Red who finished 18th in our league so that was a bit upsetting. Transfers - Not as many in this year and didn't transfer anyone out(not for lack of trying). 5 of these were starters and the others were rotational players Finances - Still lacking the money, stuck with no upgrades until we get some money in the bank. Career History: Season League Position FA Cup Notes Top Scorer 2019/20 VNS 7th 2nd Qual. Round Made playoffs Zane Banton (27) 2020/21 VNS 1st 2nd Round Champions Zane Banton (42) 2021/22 VNL 6th 2nd Round Made playoffs Zane Banton (36) Club Information: Season Stadium Avg Attendance Training Facilities Youth Facilities Youth Level Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment 2019/20 3600 427 Poor Poor 0 Minimal Fairly basic 2020/21 3600 556 Poor Poor 0 Minimal Fairly basic 2021/22 4600 835 Poor Poor 0 Minimal Fairly basic
  3. Boyd The Beast

    dafuge's FM19 challenge

    Dorking Wanderers Season 2 - 2020/21 League - Wow what a year this was which saw the Wanderers become the champions! My defense was revamped with new starters which really made a huge difference. This year we scored the most goals and conceded the least in the league. Incredibly we started the season unbeaten in 31 games, by far the longest run I have ever been on in any FM. We made it all the way until February 27th before we ended up losing a heart breaker by a 94th minute goal. We did have more draws than I would have liked by I believe this is simply down to player quality. Zane Banton picked up where he did last year and consistently scored goals. Led the league in goals with 37 and picked up 7 assists along the way. Next year will be a step up but believe our setup is more than capable of a mid table finish if we can add a quality player or 2. Cups - This year was so much better in terms of cup competitions. In the FA Cup we made it to the 2nd Round which helped us out financially. We disappointingly got smacked down 4-0 against National League side Fylde and will be looking for payback next year. FA Trophy we made it 2 rounds in and crashed out to National League side Ebbsfleet in the 1st Round. I do have ambitions to win this cup before we get promoted to League football so we can add silverware to our cabinet Transfers - 6 new starters ended up coming in, the rest are all coverage and prospects. Finances - Made it out of the red thanks to the cup run and took that opportunity to get my 3rd coaching badge. No money to do anything else and board keeps rejecting senior affiliate request. Announced stadium expansion to meet requirements so we will be in a tougher situation next year, but am thankful they didn't decide to build a new stadium. Career History: Season League Position FA Cup Achievements Top Scorer 2019/20 VNS 7th 2nd Qual. Round Made playoffs Zane Banton (27) 2020/21 VNS 1st 2nd Round Champions Zane Banton (42) Club Information: Season Stadium Avg Attendance Training Facilities Youth Facilities Youth Level Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment 2019/20 3600 427 Poor Poor 0 Minimal Fairly basic 2020/21 3600 556 Poor Poor 0 Minimal Fairly basic
  4. Boyd The Beast

    dafuge's FM19 challenge

    Dorking Wanderers Season 1 - 2019/20 League - First season you never know how it is going to turn out. We started off slow as we weren't able to attract quality players but were never in any danger. In October we were finally able to sign our top target Zane Banton who we had on trial during pre-season but either refused to sign or then was demanding too high of wages. His pace at this level is lethal, as soon as we got him our fortunes changed and we started climbing up and challenging the play off spots. We had a terrible spell in February and March were we only picked up 2 wins from 9 games. This put us in danger of missing out on the play offs...but somehow we managed to sneak in thanks to a win on the final day and a Woking loss. Unfortunately for us our play off dreams were short lived, we crashed out in the first round against Hemel Hempstead. We were outplayed which was frustrating as their best player was suspended for the match and they were in bad form. Next year I hope we are able to build off our good first season and bring in some new faces to push us over the edge. FA Cup and FA Trophy both were terrible experiences for us this year. We crashed out against our first opponents in each competition. In the FA Cup we lost in the 2nd Qualifying Round to Sevenoaks. We got a home reply and proceeded to lose 0-1 without putting up any fight. This was unacceptable and made my players well aware of this. FA Trophy was a 0-1 loss away to Dartford, which was disappointing but acceptable. Transfers - Nothing special here, lots of new players in to fill out our team. Finances - Finances steadily declined all year and with no cup wins at all we ended up in the red. Our board refuses to accept my requests for an affiliate even though it would help tremendously with our cash flow. I did however get 2 coaching badges before things got worse. Don't expect to get anything new in our current state though. Career History: Season League Position FA Cup Achievements Top Scorer 2019/20 VNS 7th 2nd Qual. Round Made playoffs Zane Banton (27) Club Information: Season Stadium Avg Attendance Training Facilities Youth Facilities Youth Level Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment 2019/20 3600 427 Poor Poor 0 Minimal Fairly basic Read through the updates from everyone at work today. Some fantastic progress made by some! I am jealous of some of the players you are able to attract, keep up the good work!
  5. Boyd The Beast

    dafuge's FM19 challenge

    Starting the challenge from the start of FM19 with Dorking Wanderers. Last year I started late and kind of stopped posting updates....but not this year!
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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)
  12. Boyd The Beast

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    @andershs Congrats and good luck in Europe next season!
  13. 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)
  14. 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)
  15. 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.
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