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    Working full time atm, Uni next year!

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    Somewhere under the rainbow and round the corner past Tesco's


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    Man Utd, WBA, Bordeaux
  1. Yeah will definitely be doing that, will be up in the next day or so
  2. Also still got a bit of work to do obviously but that's what I've got so far
  3. The WBA thread is up! Hope y'all think it's alright...http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/231256-FM11-Official-West-Bromwich-Albion-thread-The-Yo-Yo-is-on-the-ascent
  4. Welcome to the West Bromwich Albion FM11 thread The Baggies A brief(ish) history The foundations of the Football League and F.A. Cup success West Bromwich Albion, founded in 1848 as West Bromwich Strollers, are an English football club based in West Bromwich. Their first ever game took place on 22nd November 1878 against the staff of Hudson's soap factory. The 12-a-side game ended in a 0-0 draw. In 1882 the club joined the Staffordshire FA and shortly after won their first trophy, triumping 3-2 over Stoke in the Staffordshire Cup final. By now they had gained national coverage in the press. In the 1883/84 season, Albion entered the F.A. Cup for the first time. They reached their first F.A. Cup final in 1886, having turned professional in 1885. They were defeated 2-0 by Blackburn Rovers. The following season they reached the final once more with a familiar conclusion - a 2-0 defeat at the hands of fellow West Midlands club Aston Villa. In 1888 they reached the final for a 3rd consecutive season, going one better and winning the cup in a 2-1 victory over heavy favourites Preston North End. In March 1888, William McGregor, founder of the Football League, wrote to West Brom and the other 4 teams he considered to be the best in England. He proposed the formation of an association of football teams who would play each other home and away each season. As a result, West Bromwich Albion became one of the 12 founder members of the Football League. Albion's second F.A. Cup success came in 1892 against Aston Villa in a 3-0. However Aston Villa were the victors in their third F.A. Cup final meeting in 1895, winning 1-0. Fred Everiss, promotion, relegation and a near double In May 1902, 19 year old Fred Everiss replaced Frank Heaven as Albion secretary, and remained in the post for 46 years. During his time as secretary/manager Albion were relegated from Division 1 three times and promoted twice. They also reached two F.A. Cup finals, beating local rivals Birmingham 2-1 in the 1930/31 campaign but losing out to Preston North End in 1937. Everiss ended his 46 year reign at Albion in Division 2. Fred Everiss retired in 1948, which marked a turning point in Albion's fortunes. They remained the only club yet to implement the conventional role of a manager. Their first modern manager was Jack Smith, who led the club to promotion in 1948/49 and so began their longest spell in the top flight of English football - 24 consecutive years. Smith was soon dismissed in 1952 due the board's increasing frustration with the lack of trophies at the Albion. His replacement was Juventus coach Jesse Carver, who very soon after returned to Italy to coach S.S. Lazio. In 1953/54 Albion had their most successful season. They came extremely close to becoming the first ever team to win a league and cup double. They led the league for most of the season, but eventually finished runners-up to fierce rivals Wolves. They did, however, win the F.A. Cup, beating Preston North End 3-2 in the final. The year 1957 saw Albion become the first team to play in the USSR, which at the time was locked behind the "iron curtain". The Soviets were invited back to the UK, where Albion beat Soviet Central Army 6-5. In 1964, a promising young striker arrived from Notts County. He went on to become Albion's most iconic player of all time: Jeff Astle Post-Astle and the Atkinson era The depature of Astle in 1974, coupled with the failure to achieve promotion, cost current boss Don Howe his job. In 1978, an unknown manager by the name of Ron Atkinson stepped in as manager and inherited a talented young squad including Bryan Robson, Laurie Cunningham and Cyrille Regis. In Cunningham, Regis and new signing Brendan Batson from Cambridge United, Albion were the first English team to simultaneously field three black players. These players famously became known as the Three Degrees, in reference to vocal trio of the same name. May 1978 saw Albion make history again by becoming the first British team to play in China. The 1978/79 season was dominated by the Albion, but unfortunately due to huge fixture congestion at the end of the season, Albion slipped to third with Liverpool winning the title. The highlight of this season for many fans was the spectacular 5-3 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford. Atkinson went on to manage United in 1981. 1986-Present Between the years of 1986 and 2000, Albion were stuck in limbo. Atkinson returned in 1987, but was soon lured away to Athletico Madrid. Ossie Ardiles took over for the 1992/93 season and led Albion to their first Wembley appearance in over 20 years - a 3-0 victory over Port Vale in the 3rd Division play-offs. Ardiles, like Atkinson, was lured away from Albion in favour of Tottenham Hotspur after only one season in charge. Gary Megson took over at the start of the new Millennium and his arrival seemed to spark a revival in Albion's fortunes. They reached the Divison 1 play-offs in his second season, finishing 6th in the league - their highest league position since relegation in 1986. They finally reached the promised land in the 2001/02 season, but only won 6 games in their first season in the Premiership and were relegated. They were promoted again at the first time of asking, but again had a horrible start to the 2004/05 season, winning just 1 of their first 11 games. This led to Megson being sacked and the arrival of Albion legend Bryan Robson as manager. Albion were bottom at Christmas, but the relegation battle raged on until the final day of the season. Albion beat Portsmouth 2-0, while Crystal Palace, Norwich and Southampton all lost. Albion had completed the Great Escape, becoming the first club to ever survive relegation after being bottom at Christmas. Albion were relegated once again the following season, and took two seasons to gain promotion in the new Football League Championship. They were, however, relegated again and Tony Mowbray resigned to take over at Celtic. Roberto Di Matteo took over and led Albion to automatic promotion as runners-up behind Newcastle United. This tendency to gain promotion and suffer relegation back-to-back has led to Albion's nickname the "yo-yo club". This leads us to the present day. You take over as manager in the 2010/2011 season. You take over as manager of a club steeped in history and tradition. Will you be able to return The Baggies to the glory days of old? Stadium: The Hawthorns The Hawthorns has been the home of West Bromwich Albion since 1900. At an altitude of 551 feet, it is the highest ground among all 92 Premier League and Football League clubs. The Hawthorns was constructed on the site of a field of hawthorn bushes, hence the name. When opened, the ground could hold 35,500 supporters. The first game took place on the 3rd of September 1900 between Albion and Derby County with an attendance of 20,104. The highest ever attendance at The Hawthorns was set on the 6th of March, 1937 when 64,815 turned up to watch Albion thrash favourites Arsenal 3-1 in the F.A. Cup quarter final. Today, The Hawthorns has a capacity of 26,500 spread over four stands: the West Stand, Birmingham Road End, Smethwick End and East Stand. It is served by The Hawthorns railway station. The Hawthorns Club information Founded: 1848 Nation: England Location: West Bromwich, West Midlands Nicknames: Albion, The Baggies, The Throstles, West Brom Fierce Rivals: Wolves (who together form the Black Country Derby) Other Rivals: Aston Villa, Birmingham, Stoke Legends: Cyrille Regis, Tony Brown, Jeff Astle, Bob Taylor Icons: Richard Sneekes, Laurie Cunningham, Derek McInnes, Willie Johnston, Bobby Robson Chairman: Jeremy Peace Manager: Roberto di Matteo Captain: Scott Carson Vice-captain: Jonas Olsson Estimated value: £46M Potential transfer budgets: - £4M (attempt to avoid relegation) - £4.5M (avoid relegation) - £5M (mid-table finish) - £5.5M (top half finish) - £6M (continental qualification through league position) - £6.5M (title challenge) - £7M (winner) Potential wage budgets: - 500k } - 500k } - 575k } - 575k } (as above) - 600k } - 600k } - 625k } Corporate facilities: Average Training facilities: Top quality Youth facilities: Average Current kits Current first team Goalkeepers 13. Boaz Myhill 01. Scott Carson Defenders 36. Gonzalo Jara 30. Gabriel Tamaş 12. Steven Reid 03. Jonas Olsson 06. Pablo 33. Paul Scharner 22. Gianna Zuiverloon 20. Nicky Shorey 02. Joe Mattock 04. Marek Cech Midfielders 21. Youssuf Mulumbu 08. Giles Barnes 14. Jerome Thomas 07. James Morrison 11. Chris Brunt 17. Graham Dorrans 05. Somen Tchoyi Forwards 24. Peter Odemwingie 31. Simon Cox 28. Marc-Antoine Fortuné 10. Ishmael Miller 09. Roman Bednar
  5. Just to let y'all know Purefun has confirmed I'm doing the WBA thread, cheers!
  6. FM2011 - Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez

    This kid is going to be a magnificent player. Mark my words! The perfect Solskjaer-esque poacher to play off any of United's other strikers
  7. Nice OP. Exciting prospect for a player wanting a challenge; and with the added pull of Craig Bellamy, I'm sure there will be a lot of takers!
  8. FM11 Official Good Goalkeepers thread

    As someone has already posted, Guillermo Ochoa. Worked absolute wonders for me as Bordeaux in FM10, became a world class keeper in about 1/2 seasons.
  9. Good OP! Excellent team analysis. Fletcher's mental stats look amazing, as always! I'm sure Nani will step up to be the main man when Rooney inevitably gets the boot in a future patch
  10. I'd happily do a West Brom thread.
  11. Lewis this is the gayest thing I've ever seen you publish. (It's Gandy/Les Dennis btw!) In all seriousness, quality OP mate! I'm still not convinced by PSG so I will stick to my beloved FCGdB