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  1. St. Ives 2034/35 Season Review League Table Youth Intake Squad Transfers All right, we're not going down. Good enough for me! Intense scheduling forced me to rotate more and Cull seized his chance. At 23 goals he's our best striker this season, ahead of even Atkins. Not a bad time to have your big breakout season! Honestly happy with most of the team considering the quality of players we're facing now. Every game feels like we're barely hanging in there. I've been experimenting with training schedules now that we're F/T and finding it incredibly hard to nail a balance. Lighter intensity sure makes the season more manageable, but it's definitely noticeable on the progress curve. Not great long-term given what I need more than anything else right now is better players. Really hoping more youngsters can make the step up so I can keep the training intensity high and rotate without dropping so many points. On that note, Driver and Eaton-Collins have been getting some minutes and mentoring, and I'm hoping the likes of Sambridge and Hughes can keep developing. Lots of potential in the youth teams but progress is still slow. May need to revisit that whole loaning out thing again soon... From the youth intake, the coaches seem to agree Foley is the cream of the crop with Harris and Tring trailing closely behind. No one to get overly excited about just yet, if you ask me, but we'll see in time. For now, I suspect it's back to fending off relegation for one more season... Season League Finish Notes 2034/35 Sky Bet League Two 16th - 2033/34 Vanarama National 1st League winners 2032/33 Vanarama National 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2031/32 Vanarama National 4th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd, FA Trophy runners-up 2030/31 Vanarama National 7th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd 2029/30 Vanarama National 15th - 2028/29 Vanarama National 10th FA Trophy runners-up 2027/28 Vanarama North 1st League winners 2026/27 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2025/26 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2024/25 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2023/24 Vanarama North 5th Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2022/23 Vanarama North 4th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd 2021/22 Vanarama North 9th - 2020/21 Vanarama North 15th -
  2. St. Ives 2034/35 Season Review League Table Season Review Squad Transfers Finances Back to the old 4-4-2, back to hoofing long balls. Started rather poorly with 11 games without a win, but a good October turned things around and in the end we managed to fight our way up to 16th. I'll take it! Struggled a lot with fitness this season. In the VNL we had busy months and reasonable months alternating, here it's pretty hectic every week. Probably not helped by me messing around with training schedules and intensity, but I really want to nail those down now that we're finally F/T. I was a bit concerned with our finances considering our wage spending more than tripled, but income is actually pretty good. Gate receipts and sponsorships are up a bit, but more importantly we're getting TV money and solidarity payments now to the tune of about £800K total. It hasn't been enough to save up for facility upgrades, but at least we're healthy! Aim for next season: Bottom half-ish again? A lot of the clubs up here feel several sizes too big for us. Season League Finish Notes 2034/35 Sky Bet League Two 16th - 2033/34 Vanarama National 1st League winners 2032/33 Vanarama National 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2031/32 Vanarama National 4th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd, FA Trophy runners-up 2030/31 Vanarama National 7th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd 2029/30 Vanarama National 15th - 2028/29 Vanarama National 10th FA Trophy runners-up 2027/28 Vanarama North 1st League winners 2026/27 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2025/26 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2024/25 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2023/24 Vanarama North 5th Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2022/23 Vanarama North 4th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd 2021/22 Vanarama North 9th - 2020/21 Vanarama North 15th -
  3. Junior Coaching is a facility upgrade (go to Club Info > Facilities and look toward the bottom of the list). I assume it's the coaching they get before they enter your youth team, i.e. before ages 14-16. So yeah, In FM terms it would/should affect their starting CA/PA.
  4. A good personality, followed by Working With Youngsters and JPA+JPP. Tactical style apparently matters too, at least for the players they say they influenced when you get your youth intake. I've previously read that all youth staff have a mild influence, not just HoYD, so I try to make sure they all have decent WWY/JPA/JPP, but I'm frankly not sure how outdated that information is. Broadly I'd go by what Seb Wassell posted recently, though so far I've had to settle for the facility upgrades the club can actually afford rather than a preferred order.
  5. I'm having more fun than I've had doing just this challenge in many years, but I do think it depends on which parts of the game you enjoy most. You will not be producing good youth until you've had several facility upgrades, which you won't have until you have money, which you won't have until you either manage consistent cup success or luck into a spendy chairman. In other words: prepare for many years of slow progress, making the most of very little purely through tactics and motivating. This challenge already demands an extremely long-term approach so adding youth may be amplifying that too much for some, if only in pure time commitment.
  6. I think doing this challenge at all is a bit masochistic. South Shields start fully Professional. For the others, you need to ask the board to go Professional and have them say yes. Likely won't happend before League Two as most Semi-Pro teams already lose money paying P/T wages, but if you somehow manage to increase the cash flow (cup success, probably) they might.
  7. St. Ives 2033/34 Season Review League Table Season Review Squad Transfers Finances Boom! Up we go! Got the wingers going and that seems to have made the difference. Well, that and the fact that no other team did very well this season. Between 2019/20 and now, no club has won with any less than 88pts. Normally, you'd need over 90, but even that has frequently only been good for 2nd. We just clinched it with a mere 76, all while conceding a whopping 80 goals. If you want to call it luck, I won't argue! Heck, we had more points than this last season! The squad is largely the same. Wilson retired and Osei-Bonsu left. Once again, the one to highlight is Atkins, earning himself Top Goalscorer and Player of the Season for the 2nd year in a row. Couldn't wish for a more reliable striker, really. It's kind of wild to me that he's approaching his 30's as one of our early academy players. It's been a long journey, and the goal still feels really far away. Oh, and we're turning professional. The board asked and I said yes (though I think we had to anyway to be in L2?) but I have no idea if it's actually a good idea. We don't make very much money. Time will tell? Aim for next season: Stay up. L2/L1 teams usually destroy us in the FA Cup. Season League Finish Notes 2033/34 Vanarama National 1st League winners 2032/33 Vanarama National 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2031/32 Vanarama National 4th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd, FA Trophy runners-up 2030/31 Vanarama National 7th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd 2029/30 Vanarama National 15th - 2028/29 Vanarama National 10th FA Trophy runners-up 2027/28 Vanarama North 1st League winners 2026/27 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2025/26 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2024/25 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2023/24 Vanarama North 5th Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2022/23 Vanarama North 4th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd 2021/22 Vanarama North 9th - 2020/21 Vanarama North 15th -
  8. St. Ives 2033/34 Season Review League Table Youth Intake Squad Transfers Ha! Playoff dodged again! And up the pyramid we go~. Getting the wingers firing really helped going forward; Bloomfield scored 11 cutting in from the left and Davenport managed 13 assists spamming crosses from the right. Both had barely any last season. Truth is, though, playing essentially three up front and attacking wingers didn't do much for our already shaky defense. At 80 goals conceded, we're 2nd worst in the league! Our 76pts is also a good bit worse than last season and only 1pt better than when we finished 4th. Getting promoted like this was fortunate, and as fun as it is to watch, well... Let's just say I'm not sure this'll be the right approach in L2. Overall a poor youth intake, but at least Cummins seems to have good potential—if I can do something about that personality. Munson and Godbold could maybe do a job for us in a few years. Our youth level improvement is already in place, so I guess it hasn't done much in the short term. I keep revisiting the same key players' profiles season after season, so how about more of a squad overview: Dynamics Hierarchy Promotion-winning line-up GK - Austin IWB - Hayes CDR - Duncliffe CDR - Seal FB - Stupple DM - Knight WR - Davenport IWL - Bloomfield AMC - Harrison AF - Atkins PF - Aspin Season League Finish Notes 2033/34 Vanarama National 1st League winners 2032/33 Vanarama National 2nd 2031/32 Vanarama National 4th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd, FA Trophy runners-up 2030/31 Vanarama National 7th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd 2029/30 Vanarama National 15th - 2028/29 Vanarama National 10th FA Trophy runners-up 2027/28 Vanarama North 1st League winners 2026/27 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2025/26 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2024/25 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2023/24 Vanarama North 5th Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2022/23 Vanarama North 4th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd 2021/22 Vanarama North 9th - 2020/21 Vanarama North 15th -
  9. St. Ives 2032/33 Season Review League Table Playoffs Season Review Squad Transfers Finances 2nd and playoff loss? This brings back memories... Made the switch to a 4-4-2 diamond to get Aspin into the side while keeping Atkins and Harrison in there. It pretty much killed our wingers as they're forced into more balanced roles, but the three up top have been a menace. Heck, we score more than anyone else! We may also concede like hardly anyone else, but hey, what's the point of a chart if not to top it?! Lots more takeover rumors, except this time around our chairman actually wanted out. And out he got. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the new guy is already putting in money and approving much needed facility upgrades, all without adjusting Club Vision or anything else related to what's expected of me, so.... So far so good? Aim for next season: Let's break this playoff curse. Season League Finish Notes 2032/33 Vanarama National 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2031/32 Vanarama National 4th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd, FA Trophy runners-up 2030/31 Vanarama National 7th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd 2029/30 Vanarama National 15th - 2028/29 Vanarama National 10th FA Trophy runners-up 2027/28 Vanarama North 1st League winners 2026/27 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2025/26 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2024/25 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2023/24 Vanarama North 5th Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2022/23 Vanarama North 4th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd 2021/22 Vanarama North 9th - 2020/21 Vanarama North 15th -
  10. St. Ives 2032/33 Season Review League Table Playoffs Youth Intake Squad Transfers Ah, playoff disappointment. Hello again, old friend. Actually, I refuse to complain about 2nd. We're improving really nicely, both individually and as a team. Atkins was simply phenomenal, earning himself both Top Goalscorer and Player of the Season. While our tactic has changed in a few other ways as well, I think it's safe to say he works better with a striking partner. You could sure do worse than Aspin for that, considering he's basically a hard-working PF(D) that does nothing but open channels for you. Much is happening off the field as well, what with a new owner stepping in. I was concerned he'd demand big changes or even have me replaced, but right off the bat he approved funding for better youth recruitment and improved youth level, in addition to injecting an extra £50K. Maybe we can be friends after all! Decent youth intake. The preview got my hopes up a bit high, but Driver doesn't look too bad and Hughes and Eaton-Collins could grow into decent PFs. As usual, it's really down to how they develop from here. Season League Finish Notes 2032/33 Vanarama National 2nd 2031/32 Vanarama National 4th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd, FA Trophy runners-up 2030/31 Vanarama National 7th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd 2029/30 Vanarama National 15th - 2028/29 Vanarama National 10th FA Trophy runners-up 2027/28 Vanarama North 1st League winners 2026/27 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2025/26 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2024/25 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2023/24 Vanarama North 5th Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2022/23 Vanarama North 4th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd 2021/22 Vanarama North 9th - 2020/21 Vanarama North 15th -
  11. St. Ives 2031/32 Season Review League Table Playoffs Season Review Squad Transfers Finances Not bad. Slowly inching our way up the table. I like it! Clifton retired and Turner left. I was sad to see them go, especially Clifton after so many good years, but in truth neither would've gotten many minutes. I guess time comes for everyone... Atkins had a bit of an off season. I mean he did score in the FA Trophy final — heck, he's one of few who actually likes big matches — but 12 league goals is not enough and too many came from a handful of matches we dominated. What I need is regularity. Luckily Harrison had the time of his life from AM, essentially doing the work of another striker and a playmaker, and Seeby has been contributing healthily as well. Now if only I could get all these guys to perform in the same season... Another FA Trophy final, another loss. At least the pay is good? Shored up our finances, and it's a good thing because the board never came in with those cash injections I was anticipating. I should probably prioritize this competition to raise money for facility upgrades. Definitely feels winnable. Aim for next season: Another go at the playoffs? Season League Finish Notes 2031/32 Vanarama National 4th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd, FA Trophy runners-up 2030/31 Vanarama National 7th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd 2029/30 Vanarama National 15th - 2028/29 Vanarama National 10th FA Trophy runners-up 2027/28 Vanarama North 1st League winners 2026/27 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2025/26 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2024/25 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2023/24 Vanarama North 5th Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2022/23 Vanarama North 4th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd 2021/22 Vanarama North 9th - 2020/21 Vanarama North 15th -
  12. St. Ives 2031/32 Season Review League Table Playoffs Youth Intake Squad Transfers 4 more league pts, 7 better GD, 3 positions higher. Baby steps, but they're baby steps in the right direction. Still relying on Atkins up front as Clifton retired, but I can't say he's seemed up for the task this time around. Luckily Harrison, Seeby, and the other midfielders score enough to make up for it. For now. Bloomfield and Davenport are just about ready for the first team and the coaches reckon Aspin deserves a chance as well. Part of me wants to go back to two strikers so he and Harrison can take turns playing PF next to Atkins, except Harrison is doing such amazing work from AM that messing with his role seems like a poor idea... We'll see. Maybe I'll try a diamond. Another mediocre intake. James looks the best right off the bat — which says a lot, really — and Harding and Copping have decent personalities, but they all have a long ways to go. I still have hope for Stupple and maybe Sambridge if he can keep improving. The rest... will need a miracle. Season League Finish Notes 2031/32 Vanarama National 4th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd, FA Trophy runners-up 2030/31 Vanarama National 7th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd 2029/30 Vanarama National 15th - 2028/29 Vanarama National 10th FA Trophy runners-up 2027/28 Vanarama North 1st League winners 2026/27 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2025/26 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2024/25 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2023/24 Vanarama North 5th Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2022/23 Vanarama North 4th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd 2021/22 Vanarama North 9th - 2020/21 Vanarama North 15th -
  13. St. Ives 2030/31 Season Review League Table Playoffs Season Review Squad Transfers Finances Switched to a 4-2-3-1 and would ya' look at that, I have half a mind to say it worked out! The playoffs didn't, of course, but I'm optimistic. I expected this to be a tough transitional year, but instead we're doing better than ever. Can't complain about that. From a long term perspective, bagging more pts than our previous best without relying as heavily on the old guard gives me hope. I need a system that the younger players can slot into easily without us asking too much of them and this appears to fit pretty well. There's still work to do for the defenders in this regard — their ratings suffer quite a bit without two DMs sweeping the space in front of them — but that's a team balance problem that I think I can address, as opposed to the worry I used to have that the quality of our players just wouldn't be enough. £185K in debt again, so new takeover rumors are going around. Then again if I know this chairman right, he's about to push two big cash injections mid June to shut everyone up. Riiight? Aim for next season: Playoffs. Season League Finish Notes 2030/31 Vanarama National 7th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd 2029/30 Vanarama National 15th - 2028/29 Vanarama National 10th FA Trophy runners-up 2027/28 Vanarama North 1st League winners 2026/27 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2025/26 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2024/25 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2023/24 Vanarama North 5th Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2022/23 Vanarama North 4th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd 2021/22 Vanarama North 9th - 2020/21 Vanarama North 15th -
  14. St. Ives 2030/31 Season Review League Table Playoffs Youth Intake Squad Transfers Back to winning ways! And playoffs! Which we lost, of course! I'm happy enough. Atkins, Goode, Knight, and Seeby are our key players now; all from the academy with many years left to play. I still look to the likes of Osei-Bonsu and Wilson further down the pitch, but we have players coming through who I believe can fill those shoes, too. Actually seeing a squad of only youth players start to take shape — one that may even let us punch for the playoff spots — is a great feeling and even greater relief. Navigating that transition was the big challenge this season and it's gone beautifully! Except... This is the third year in a row that our youth intake preview hasn't had a single + green line in it. Annoyingly, it is woefully accurate. Only signed four players this time, of which maybe Goode could be a half-decent defender and Furnell some sort of ultra-selfish poacher. On the other hand, Aspin and Stupple from previous years' intakes are actually developing and the coaches seem to think there's plenty more to them. A new defensive partner for Duncliffe and future striking partner for Atkins sounds like a plan to me! Loaned Stringer to Brightlingsea to see if it may be the way to get youngsters to develop faster. Of course, they then went on to have the worst season I think I've ever seen anyone manage, losing 44 of 46 games with a GD of -113. So... I may not have gotten the answers I needed here? 🤔 Season League Finish Notes 2030/31 Vanarama National 7th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd 2029/30 Vanarama National 15th - 2028/29 Vanarama National 10th FA Trophy runners-up 2027/28 Vanarama North 1st League winners 2026/27 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2025/26 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2024/25 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2023/24 Vanarama North 5th Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2022/23 Vanarama North 4th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd 2021/22 Vanarama North 9th - 2020/21 Vanarama North 15th -
  15. St. Ives 2029/30 Season Review League Table Season Review Squad Transfers Finances Well, we were overdue a step backwards. At least still comfortably away from relegation? 😅 Truth is we're not doing too badly — these 61pts would've still gotten us 10th last season — but the problems are obvious when watching the matches, perhaps underscored best by us sitting dead last in the Chances Created list. It's probably time to take the bull by the horns and make that 4-5-1 system I was planning work. At 75 goals conceded, only the bottom 3 teams have worse defensive records than us. By that metric alone, we should be relegated. That, coupled with a waning attack, doesn't make for pretty math. Clifton broke his foot in his own testimonial 🤦‍♂️ and missed the first 3 months of the season. More concerningly than the time out itself, it has accelerated his decline and he only mustered 6 goals from over 30 appearances. I'd say that's now decidedly past his peak. As for other starting-squad players, Jackson isn't quite cutting it anymore either while Parker and Wood have retired. I'd say the transition to using only our own youth products is officially in full force. Aim for next season: New system. Without getting relegated, please? Season League Finish Notes 2029/30 Vanarama National 15th - 2028/29 Vanarama National 10th FA Trophy runners-up 2027/28 Vanarama North 1st League winners 2026/27 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2025/26 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2024/25 Vanarama North 2nd Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2023/24 Vanarama North 5th Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd 2022/23 Vanarama North 4th Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd 2021/22 Vanarama North 9th - 2020/21 Vanarama North 15th -
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