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    love football manager. love playing pool, drinking with friends and a bit of weed now and again.

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    Sunny Skegness


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    sport, fm, facebook, music

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    Leicester City
  1. Saving The Latics

    WIGAN VS ROCHDALE. DW STADIUM, 5/9/23, JP TROPHY NORTH ROUND 1 We made our way back to Lancashire on the Sunday night after the defeat at Grimsby and it wasn't long before we were back in action with a JP Trophy match at home to League 1 side Rochdale. With my small squad, I decided it was probably best that I played a side mainly of reserve and youth players with intention of keeping my important players fit and to go out of this competition as quickly as possible. Rochdale have been in League 1 for all bar two seasons since 2010 and these days have Ian Foster as manager. My lack of enthusiasm for this fixture was the same as the fans as the ground was very deserted, the board's refusal to make ticket prices cheaper didn't help the cause either. My hope was not to lose heavily like we did in the Carling Cup and my prayers were answered as early as the 6th minute. Egan got a teasing cross into the box which Barrow got onto and fired past the keeper to put us in the lead. Two things went through my mind at this stage. One was blimey we're winning, the other one was it surely can't last. Lambert managed to feed McMahon in the box as Rochdale looked for an equaliser but my reserve keeper Devonshire dealt with it quite easily. In the 27th minute Barrow broke the offside trap and rounded the keeper to extend our lead and now I thought this can't be happening. Lambert though was having a very good game for Rochdale and he was very unfortunate to have a goal chalked off for offside just before the interval as we held on. Lambert was again involved after half time as he found Dunkley who shot straight at Devonshire. Rochdale continued to push for a way back into the game but just couldn't break down what for once was a resolute defence for us. Thurgood went off injured with 15 minutes left to put a blot on the game for us. Baker then took a corner for us which was reached by Chukwuma but a brilliant save from Rochdale keeper Day stopped it from getting worse for the visitors. We held out to the end as my reserve side beat a higher league side much to my pride, even if I didn't want another game. WIGAN 2 Barrow 6,27 ROCHDALE 0 ATT 1806 Wigan; Devonshire, Thurgood (Bond 75), Chukwuma, Qualter, Chihab, Hamilton, Cahill, O'Brien (Rose 61), Egan, Drew (Baker 61), Barrow Man Of The Match Barrow (Wigan) After the game, the draw for the 2nd round took place and we have a trip to League 1 strugglers Sheffield Wednesday to look forward to
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    During the week after the Mansfield game, I managed to sign Ashley Griffiths on loan for the season from Nottingham Forest. He's a 20 year old central midfielder and that has now given me 17 senior players to work with for the rest of the season. GRIMSBY TOWN VS WIGAN. BLUNDELL PARK, 2/9/23 LEAGUE 2 MATCH 4 Our second away game of the season came against a club that has never played a home match, Grimsby Town. Blundell Park is in the near by town of Cleethorpes, a popular seaside resort in North Lincolnshire. With the weather still being nice at the start of September, I agreed to let the players spend the weekend here to thank them for their good performances so far this season. We found an excellent fish and chip restaurant on the seafront and all had a meal there, pasta is well off the menu for this weekend. We knew this was going to be a tough match though with Grimsby getting relegated from league 1 last season. The media were quick to call this a 'promotion challengers match' even though were only 3 games into the current campaign. Hayden Mullins is the manager of of the Mariners having been there for 4 seasons so far. We arrived at Blundell Park on Saturday lunchtime and were quickly reminded of what we had eaten the night before as the ground really did smell of fish (no offence to you Mariners fans) and the players seemed to have a few upset stomach's from last nights meal. This was now going to be harder than it should of been. Both teams were wasteful inside the first half hour, our best chances fell to Hubbard and Chambers who both shot horribly wide. Grimsby took the lead in the 34th minute when a superb cross from Carroll was headed home by Howarth. I was furious as my defenders seemed to stand around like a bunch of statues in all the build up. The second half was all Grimsby, Howarth had another good chance but was denied by a Schultz save. The Mariners were generally wasteful and should of sealed this game up with the way they were playing. As for us, we didn't create a thing and I was certainly regretting the fish and chips long before the final whistle as we fell to our first defeat of the season in league 2. This result means we stay on -3 points, 5 points away from getting out of the relegation zone. GRIMSBY 1 Howarth 34 WIGAN 0 ATT 5,475 Wigan; Schultz, Betts, Chukwuma, Bond, Tulmans, O'Brien (Hamilton 64), Griffiths, Rose, Chambers (Barrow 64), Hubbard, Baker Man Of The Match Howarth (Grimsby)
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    After our recent good news, im in a much happier mood and now believe we should do fairly well when most of my players are fit. A squad of 16 seems so much bigger than a squad of 13! In the midweek ahead of this game, the 2nd round of the Carling Cup took place. League 2 side Lincoln caused the only shock of the round, winning 3-0 at MK Dons. Spurs and Man City also progressed in the other 2 games of note. WIGAN VS MANSFIELD TOWN. DW STADIUM, 26/8/23 A nice sunny day and perfect conditions set the scene at the DW Stadium, It hardly seemed like a bank holiday weekend with the nice weather. A win would give me a perfect birthday present of 3 points. Standing in the way were Mansfield Town, they finally got promoted from the Blue Square Premier in 2018 (a good friend of mine will be hoping its not that long in real life) and have been in this division since. James Chambers is the current Stags manager and he made it very clear that he already doesn't like me already before a ball is even kicked in anger. My three new loanees would all start and make their debuts The game would turn out to be as good as the weather but it took a while, the first 20 minutes were dull with neither side doing any sort of real attacking. Mansfield took the lead midway through the half, Evans had a shot blocked by Bond but it fell straight back to him and he made no mistake at the second attempt. We upped our game as we looked to get back level. A succession of corners finally paid off when Chambers was unmarked in the box to tap home. Lake wanted to put the Stags back in front but he wasted two glorious chances just before half time, one that even my gran would of scored, as we somehow hung on. I again expressed my disappointment at the break and the lads came out fired up this time for the second half. A corner from O'Brien, 2 minutes after the break found Baker who scored on the half volley. Our second goal from a corner in the match which tells me we are quite strong at set pieces. At least our third was different. Barrow had a one-two with Chambers before finding Baker who put the ball in the bottom hand corner to make it 3-1 and we looked in control. Sadly this didn't go as smoothly as I would of liked. A tuohy through ball found Lyne who cooly finished to get a goal back for Mansfield and make it a nervous last 7 minutes for me. Four minutes of injury time didn't help my heart either. Lyne got a free header in the box from a Tuohy cross in the 94th minute but a Schultz save denied him and we in the end hung on for a second home win. We now have managed to take ourselves on to -3 points and a positive points total is hopefully not far off. WIGAN 3 Chambers 33, Baker 47,66 MANSFIELD 2 Evans 21, Lyne 83 ATT 8,858 Wigan; Schultz, Betts, Chukwuma, Bond, Tulmans, O'Brien, Cahill, Rose (Hamilton 65), Chambers, Hubbard (Barrow 65), Baker Man Of The Match Baker (Wigan)
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    Firsrtly, thanks for the positive feedback so far. Im hoping this story does go well. secondly sorry about the lack of update since tuesday. I have had a lot of work on as well as a poker and pool tournament since the start of the week. will be hoping to catch up over the next few days. DAGENHAM AND REDBRIDGE VS WIGAN. THE VICTORIA GROUND, 19/8/23 After a win in our opening game against Torquay, we were hoping to continue our start with a good result in our 1st away game of the season at Dagenham. The Daggers have spent the vast majority of the last 10 years in league 2 except the 2020/21 campaign where they played in the blue square premier and won it for an instant promotion. Darren Edmondson decided to crank the pressure up ahead of the game by saying we should win the league this season, pull the other one please!!! I was expecting this to be difficult as we had yet to play away from home and with the league being fairly evenly matched, I won't take any points for granted. We played our strongest eleven after giving them all a rest for the midweek Carling Cup clash. We started very brightly, Hubbard being set up by Chambers after just 4 minutes but Dagenham keeper and captain Anderson kept him at bay with a good save. Baker then had a shot from the edge of the box on the 10 minute mark which was also saved by the keeper. Barrow then also got a good chance but this time it was the post that saved the home side. Dagenham slowly began to get themselves in the game but Marquis was twice denied by Schultz. Half time couldn't come quick enough for me as we were getting outplayed and I expressed my disappointment as the break. We also lost Hubbard through injury just before the interval. Sadly, the second half was a very dull affair which no writer would be able to put much enthusiasm into! Cahill came the closest to a goal in the 56th minute from distance but again Anderson easily dealt with it. In the end I was happy to claim a point from a very even match and our trip to London was rewarded by what could be a very useful point. DAGENHAM AND REDBRIDGE 0 WIGAN 0 ATT: 3,043 Wigan; Schultz, Thurgood, Chukwuma, Tulmans, O'Brien, Hamilton, Cahill, Baker, Chambers, Hubbard (Egan 44), Barrow (Valentine 61) Man Of The Match; Chukwuma (Wigan) The day after the match we got some great news, we had come out of administration and I could now make some signings!!! Sadly we still can't offer anybody more than £90 a week so I was never going to get any permanent deals. However with plenty of loan players available, I managed to get a few lads in to at least give me a bit more of a squad. The players we signed were... PAUL BETTS, EVERTON, D WB R MARK BOND, DERBY, DC MARK ROSE, BARNSLEY, M LC, AM LC This now means I now have 16 players on my books excluding youth team players and I hope to make another signing before the end of the transfer window which is very fastly approaching.
  5. i would say that 90% of the time they keep the manager already at the club. dont see many changes after a takeover
  6. Taufic Guarch

    I had him for two seasons and he couldnt hit a barndoor. Never siging him again!
  7. http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/231852-FM11-The-Official-Leicester-City-Thread-–-Bringing-Back-The-Martin-O-Neill-Days! this will just get closed when a mod spots it
  8. Saving The Latics

    Chihab was ruled out for 2 weeks following his injury against Torquay. Next came an unwelcome match against Barnsley in the League Cup. One thing you don't want with a very small squad is cup games so this for me was going to be a case of putting out a youth team and hoping we would lose but not get hammered too much. There was still no news about our financial postion at this stage so we still can't sign anybody. WIGAN VS BARNSLEY. DW STADIUM 15/8/23 LEAGUE CUP ROUND 1 With us playing a side from the Championship we didn't stand much chance of progress anyway but the risk of injuries to players made me decide to play just 3 senior players for this game. Barnsley have been in the championship since 2014 with Andy Scott in charge for the last 11 years. This was the 17th meeting between the sides in all competitions, Wigan winning 9, Barnsley 6 and 1 draw in the past. We surely didn't have much chance here though surely. The Tykes only took 6 minutes to find the net when some brilliant play from Voigt found Zaha in acres of space in our box. We actually wasn't playing too badly though and Barnsley were kept at bay for long periods. John Barrow even had a chance to equalise but shot straight at the keeper in a one-on-one. As 1st half injury time was coming to an end, my friend turned to me and said 'you're doing well so far'. This of course was speaking too soon as Voigt got on the end of a free kick to head home and make it 2-0 Our weakness from set pieces was exposed again at the start of the 2nd half when Chamberlain got on the end of a Chappell corner to fire home and make it 3-0. I was praying for respectability at this stage so I was shocked when we got another chance and Egan scored a tap in to get us a goal back. We clung on then for quite a while until Zaha beat the offside trap to get his second. Osbourne then got a cross in late in the game which found Zaha who completed his hat trick and made it 5-1. I would normally be furious with that sort of score but considering the circumstances I can't moan too much. WIGAN 1 Egan 62 BARNSLEY 5 Zaha 6, 80, 86, Voigt 45+2, Chamberlain 51 att 4,377 Wigan team; Devonshire, Kelly, Riley, Qualter (Thurgood 77), Hawkins, Adam, Hall, Valentine, Barrow, Drew, Egan MAN OF THE MATCH ZAHA (BARNSLEY) OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS FROM ROUND 1 L1 Hull 1-3 Lincoln L2 L1 Rotherham 3-2 Peterborough CH L1 Blackpool 0-2 Scunthorpe L2 L2 Colchester 1-0 Charlton L1 L2 Cheltenham 1-0 Southend L1 CH Coventry 1-2 Luton L1 L2 Hereford 2-1 Reading CH L1 Leyton Orient 1-2 Brentford L2 No real massive upsets apart from Hereford beating Reading but a few interesting results there ahead of some Premier League sides entering in round 2.
  9. Saving The Latics

    The last couple of weeks have been a bit difficult away for me away from the club. The missus is still not speaking to me because I took a job that pays £90 a week and because of the ammount of time I will be spending away from home. I was about to move into a bedsit in near by Hindley but luckily for me Ryan Giggs (you may of heard of him), my 1st team coach, offered me a room to stay in at his house for a while. I also cant afford to pay my road tax on my 15 year old car so hes having to give me a lift to the training ground everyday as well or I have to catch the bus when I go anywhere else. There has also been a bit of a drinking problem within my club, twice I have had to discipline players after late night outs. The thought of starting proper matches has kept my spirit up though and a home start against Torquay would give me a realistic chance of a good start in the league. WIGAN VS TORQUAY. DW STADIUM 12/8/23 LEAGUE 2 MATCH 1 Match day 1 had finally arrived and Torquay were the visitors having made the long trip up from the English Riveria. Adie Shaw had taken over as manager way back in 2014 when they were in the BSP and had helped them achieve promotion in 2017. They have been a fixture in this league since then and the two sides had never met in a competitive match before today. I was still without Tulmans for this game as he hadn't recovered enough from his injury against the MK Dons. There was a buzz about the place despite all the problems as nearly 9000 people turned up to watch us start the season. The 1st 20 minutes were very scrappy with 4 yellow cards dished out, 3 of which went to the visitors. On the half hour mark, Baker set in a through ball which Chambers smashed from the edge of the box and into the net to give us the lead. Torquay attacked for the rest of the half but wasted two really good chances to equalise and we somehow held on to the break. I encouraged my players at half time meanwhile Torquay made two changes as they looked to change the game. We were much better though after the break and took a foothold on the game. Another through ball, this time from Cahill, found Baker who slotted home but I admit it looked very offside and I understood the protests but I was very happy it counted obviously. In the 58th minute, a free kick from O'Brien found Chukwuma who just headed over. A minute later we had another chance thanks to a good ball from Hamilton. Cahill shot from the edge of the box but hit the bar. An injury to Chihab threatened to break our spell of dominance but in the 66th minute we got a deserved 3rd goal when Barrow found Chambers in the box who simply tapped in. We got a corner 6 minutes from time which Torquay countered on and got a goal back through Ellis. There was no problem holding on and we certainly deserved our win and moved on to -7 points. WIGAN 3 Chambers 31,66, Baker 48 TORQUAY 1 Grant 84 att 8,830 Wigan team; Schultz, Thurgood, Chukwuma, Qualter, Chihab (Adam 62), Hamilton, Cahill (Valentine 62), O'Brien, Chambers, Hubbard (Barrow 62), Baker MAN OF THE MATCH CHAMBERS (WIGAN)
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    No I cant either Sean! A friend has said I will be a miracle worker if I even reach the play offs but im not scared of a challenge. WIGAN VS MK DONS. DW STADIUM 29/7/23 FRIENDLY With me joining so late in July it left me with only 1 match to prepare for the season but as I dont want extra matches at the moment I'm not too worried. With a lack of players I also didnt really have much choice but to play a wide 4-4-3 formation and hope for the best. MK Dons are currently in the Championship so this was always going to be a good challenge to see how good the players are. Sadly this did not get off to the best start when Tulmans got injured in just the 4th minute and had to be subbed, sods law immediatley sprung to mind! This game was generally quiet for the 1st 25 minutes before a mistake from Cahill left Shaw with a simple tap in from 6 yards to put the Dons ahead. We seemed to wake up a bit after this and we had a chance just a few minutes later which Chambers but horribly wide. With half time approaching Hubbard went spriting up the right wing and put a cross into the box for O'Brien to head home to make it level. MK Dons wanted the lead again but Moult struck the bar in 1st half injury time as we clung on into the break. We made two changes at half time with Chambers and Hubbard being replaced by Egan and Barrow. We made a bright start this time but had to wait for the 58th minute to take the lead. Chihab put in a quality ball from the left which found the sub Egan's head on the edge of the 6 yard box where he was never going to miss. Sadly our lead only lasted 3 minutes when we failed to deal with a corner and Pollock had the simple job of a tap in. The Dons pushed for a winner but we clung on to get a very encouraging draw. They probably deserved to win the game but I couldn't fault our effort over the 90 minutes. WIGAN 2 O'BRIEN 42, EGAN 58 MK DONS 2 SHAW 26, POLLOCK 61 att 2,377 Wigan team; Schultz, Thurgood, Chukwuma, Tulmans (Qualter 4), Chihab, Hamilton, Cahill, O'Brien, Chambers (Barrow 45), Hubbard (Egan 45), Baker MAN OF THE MATCH SHAW (MK DONS)
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    1ST TEAM SQUAD Jacob Schultz Age 28, GK. Started his career at AaB in Denmark before moving to Birmingham City. He didn't get many chances at St Andrews and joined Wigan where he has suffered relegation in both seasons he has played for the club Jamie Devonshire Age 21, GK. Came through the youth set up at the club but has only made 1 league appearance to date. He is a good back up at this level though Craig Gough age 18. GK. Just what a 13 man squad needs, 3 goalies on the books! Has a 4 star future but do we really need him in this situation? Sean Thurgood Age 19, D RC. Another player to come up through the club. Has made 21 appearances so far and he could seal a regular starting spot this season Mark Tulmans Age 21, DM D/L (L/C) For some reason decided to join the club in the summer from FC Groningen. No I can't work out why he wanted to either! Can play in various positions so he is going to be important for us Emeka Chukwuma Age 22, DC. Joined the club in the summer from Brechin City in Scotland. Has played for Nigeria at youth level. Ilyas Chihab Age 26, D WB L. An international for Morocco, my captain for this season. Praying he doesn't get too many call ups Jim O'Brien Age 35, M/AM R, AM LC, ST. A player who can seem to play almost anywhere. Joined the club from Sheffield United for £1.9m in 2015. Whether he can last 90 minutes is a different issue. Dylan Cahill Age 19, M AM C. Another product from the youth team. Only made 2 senior appearances so far though John Baker Age 26. ST AM R/L. Joined from championship side Bradford in 2022. The clubs key player but only 28 goals in 144 senior appearances is a bit worrying Brian Chambers Age 26 ST. Joined the club on a free from Plymouth in 2020. Another key player but failed to make an appearance for the club last season. Jack Barrow Age 20, ST. Came up through the youth team but has yet to make a senior appearance. Kevin Egan Age 18, ST. Another former youth player with no games yet at senior level Steve Hubbard Age 19, ST. 1 senior appearance to date, and another striker for a very unbalanced squad. Youth Players Of Note George Qualter DC Darren Hamilton WB R, DM, M RC Tom Hall DM MC Rob Valentine MC Kieran Drew ST Needless to say I am going to have to play a strange formation and pray I never get any injuries ever!
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    WIGAN ATHLETIC A BRIEF HISTORY This game is on FM11. Wigan start in the premier division and managed to survive the 1st season before going down in the next campaign with just 16 points. They had two midtable finishes in the championship before they finally began to push for promotion back to the top flight. Successive play off place finishes were obtained but on both occasions defeat in the semi finals dashed the hopes of the fans. Wigan went back to mid table obscurity before the first sign of trouble happened in January 2019. The club went into administration but still came 17th. The following summer saw many players leave without being replaced and a struggle was very much on the cards, a bottom place finish materialised without ever looking like staying up and league 1 football was now on the cards. 2021/22 saw another spell into administration but the club put this behind them to come 5th and won in the play offs for an instant promotion. Sadly this proved to be a false dawn as they then came bottom of the championship again and in the 2022/23 season another relegation saw Wigan drop into league 2. Things couldnt get any worse or could they??? I GET THE JOB! Paul Ince was sacked following the relegation to league 2 and the club then went into administration for a third time, meaning the club would start in the basement division on minus 10 points. My only management experience was in charge of the local pub team, The Dun Cow, but we had won the league 3 seasons in a row so I decided to apply for the job at the DW Stadium. Towards the end of July, I got a phone call from Wigan Chairman Lee Vaughan asking me to pop and see him. I was offered the job straight away and he made it clear that I was only getting it because I was the only applicant. The contract offer was for £90 a week, I accepted but the missus was far from happy and the 1st result for me was being chucked out the house for a week. THINGS ARE NOT BAD, THEY ARE AWFUL I start my 1st day at the club and I have to first of all find out what Iam going to have to sort out. The first thing I find is I have a huge 13 man senior squad and can't even add to it because of a transfer embargo, while I can sign free agents, the most I can offer is £90 a week for them to come so I'm not going to find anybody there who is going to be much use. There is some promising youth players though and some get promoted to the 1st team squad to bolster my numbers. I then get told we have a wage budget of £8k but spending £40k a week. My staffing is the main reason for this, 3 of them take home over £12k between them and I have got 5 physio's to look after my depleated squad. Mutual terminations take place to help me knock £10k off the bill. The fnancial side is even worse than I could of dreamed of as we were £24m in the red and the stadium is now in very poor condition, holding 10848 seats compared to the 25000 at the start. The final piece of bad news for me was the club wanted me to win the league 2 title despite starting on -10 points. They obviously think that they have hired Harry Houdini as manager though I need a bigger miracle than that. The challenge for me really is on!
  13. Story Ideas & Discussion Thread

    yes i do want to do it, thats why i asked! just didnt want to break any rules or upset anybody by doing so!
  14. Story Ideas & Discussion Thread

    hello all, just here for an opinion more than anything. i have used the forums for quite a while and on fm11 decided to do a long save which has reached 2023 at current. in june 2023, i got a new job at manchester city after 7 successful years at dundee united. anyway, a friend was round my house and we were looking at where clubs were league wise at this moment in time. he did a bit of arm twisting to convince me to do a new manager at a lower club in 2023 as a seperate save away from my man city team (hope this makes sense so far). so i took over at wigan athletic with a new manager. they are now in league 2, in administration, got a transfer embargo, just 13 senior players on the books, 24m in the red, a stadium that now only holds 11,000 and obviously a 10 point deduction. to cap it off they also have a wage budget of 8k but spending 40k a week!!! taking over i get told that the minimum expectation is i win the league and media prediction is 1st. somebody must be joking me! so my aim short term is to try and get wigan back on some sort of good footing, long term is to try and get them back up the pyramid. so should i do a story around this? am i ok to do it even though im starting in july 2023? i would prefer a quick answer as i have already played 4 games in the league but i can at least still back track at the moment.
  15. Is FM 2011 too easy?

    agree with people that its easy because its too easy to sign good players for lower sides. i signed jay demerit a few times in league 1, when he is easily a top championship player on the game and hes a good captain as well. really shouldnt be able to sign him for a club that low