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    Hungerford Town
  1. You might have missed a news item about the board scrapping plans to turn professional, or it might just be a bug. I love scrapping it as a part time club in the Conference, as it makes success and finding that great signing even more rewarding.
  2. Would be a combination of things - finances, supporter base, crowds, sponsorship etc. Once you make it into League Two you will automatically go pro anyway.
  3. Silly question but is he listed and set to "not needed"?
  4. Should add that Whichelow also won the league player of the season award, with six goals and eight assists. Also finally got a youth player who has a chance at the first team, at least while I am still in the lower leagues: Not sure he's ever going to be a centre half at 5'6 and with a jumping reach of 3 and bravery of 5, but if he can improve his marking and positioning he could be a solid right back.
  5. Second season in the Conference and we improved our position to 7th, albeit only a point better off than last time around. We matched our excellent defensive record conceding only 34 again, and this time at least scored a few more which gave us both a healthy goal difference and only 10 losses, which only the top two bettered. Unfortunately our inability to turn draws into wins ultimately cost us a playoff spot. Unfortunately I was unable to convince Shorey to play on, although he more than held his own throughout his last season with a 7+ average rating. His full back mate McCoy was probably our best player overall, while Moore scooped yet another fans' gong with 10 goals from midfield. New signing Sam Wedgbury was also important with nine assists. Up front, I thought I had found the solution with Doidge scoring nine goals in quick time. Unfortunately he then scored twice in his next 19 starts, leading to me falling out when I threatened the axe and put him in the under 23s when he disagreed. I brought him back for the last two matches and he scored twice, and has a year to go on his deal, so I am unsure what I will do there. Top performer: Marvin McCoy (7.17 avg rating in 41 appearances) Top scorer: Christian Doidge (13) Most assists: Sam Wedgbury, Matty Whichelow (9) Most P-o-t-M: Matty Whichelow (5) The goal obviously has to be playoffs now, although I would be happy with consistent top half finishes until we can get a cup run or two to try and fix our finances. We are still the smallest club in the division and as you can see from the screenshot, the only part-time outfit in the top ten. Tranmere were in and around the drop zone up until January, but then somehow managed to sign Garath McCleary and Jay-Emmanuel Thomas (I have no idea how at this level) which pushed them right up. They will be the team to beat next season.
  6. I wouldn't worry about debt at that level - it is almost impossible to not lose money unless you manage an FA Cup run and a big away fixture. You will run at a loss, especially as a part time club. I don't even run an u23s squad until I get to Championship level, as I don't see the point. If they are too old for the u18s and not good enough to be involved in the first team, there's no point paying them in the lower leagues.
  7. Have just reached the halfway point of our second Conference season, and it's been a good'un. We are currently right in the mix for a playoff spot, sitting 4th with a 10-9-4 record. Importantly we've been able to retain the defensive solidity of last season (17 goals conceded in 23 matches) but also add firepower, scoring 30 times so far. The biggest difference has been adding a good striker in Christian Doidge. The big man has scored nine times in 13 starts since signing at the end of September, and has linked up extremely well with right winger Whichelow, who has seven assists and an average rating of 7.31. Still haven't been able to put together a good FA Cup run unfortunately, which is necessary with our financial situation being dire at best.
  8. So after struggling to 44 league goals in 46 matches last season, we score four in the first 29 minutes of the new campaign, on the way to a 5-1 trouncing of Dover, at their place too. Go figure.
  9. First season in the Conference completed, and I am very pleased with our performance overall: ] While only three teams scored less goals than us, we finished with comfortably the best defensive record in the division, conceding only 34 goals (despite losing Tunnicliffe to injury for more than half the season). Selection consistency was the key. Despite a few key injuries throughout, we had six players start more than 40 games, which included GK, DC, DL, DR and DM, so it is no wonder we had such a formidable defensive record. It was at the other end where we struggled, with no player hitting double figures for goals - it basically meant if we scored first we were a great chance to win, but if we conceded first we found it tough to get back into the match. When we drew, often it was 0-0 (eight times). Most pleasing was our record against the bigger clubs. While we were patchy against the teams in and around the bottom, we were phenomenal against the bigger sides. We did the double over Barrow and Morecambe (including 4-1 away!), smashed York 3-0 away, while we also picked up home wins against Eastleigh, Wrexham and Accrington, and two draws against runaway champions Gateshead. From a player point of view, the skipper Moore was without peer, with seven goals, eight assists and on the shortlist for the divisional player of the season award, despite missing two months with a dislocated shoulder. Between the sticks Skrzyniarz kept 18 clean sheets in 41 starts (before also dislocating his shoulder late on), and in front of him Sesay made 752 interceptions, won 88 key headers and was named man of the match eight times, more than any other player in the league. In the fullback spots both McCoy and the evergreen Shorey were wonderfully consistent, and Poku and Whichelow both averaged 7+ as the holding mid and right winger respectively. Crawley loanee Payne also performed really strongly, striking up a really good midfield partnership with the captain. Top performer: Corby Moore (7.33 avg rating in 39 appearances) Top scorer: Amari Morgan-Smith & Cristian Montano (9) Most assists: Corby Moore (8) Most P-o-t-M: Alie Sesay (8) Obviously the biggest concern is up front. Despite looking good on paper, neither striker was able to adequately perform within the system, certainly not the way Ellis Iandolo was able to do last season. They both still have a year to run so they will be kept, however first priority will be to find a striker more suited to playing as a DLF(s) in the 4-5-1. Looking forward to the off-season, as we have most of our key players under contract. The only exceptions are Moore and McCoy, however I am well over the wage allowance so will need to wait until the budgets reset before I will be able to offer them acceptable terms.
  10. Just approaching the new year now and we've managed to scrap our way to 10th place, with both the worst attack (22 goals scored) and the best defence (21 conceded) in the league after 26 matches. We have been particularly impressive against the so-called "bigger" clubs of the division, doing the double over Barrow, beating York 3-0 away, beating Accrington at home and severely outplaying them away in a 0-1 loss, and getting impressive draws at home to runaway leaders Gateshead and away to Wrexham. We have also shown a habit of snatching a late winner, with three 1-0 wins decided with goals inside the last 10 minutes. We even had a run of seven consecutive clean sheets, although that led into an injury crisis which has seen us really have to dig in for points over the festive period. The biggest loss was inspirational captain Corby Moore who dislocated a shoulder, while his regular midfield partner Fahad Rwakarambwe damaged his cruciate ligaments in the pre-season. We also lost 'keeper Skrzyniarz and our best defender Alie Sesay for periods too but managed to keep firm. Still a long way to go but with key players returning in the new year and our counter-attacking system proving very hard to break down, I am feeling pretty good about the last 20 games.
  11. There are likely more, those were just off the top of my head. I'm not saying he should have a tendency to sign domestic-based players, but at least one per season would suggest he doesn't tend not to either.
  12. You've quoted my post from FM16 though.
  13. I never really found a solution for FM16 - I just accepted that I would concede goals in this way with my preferred tactics and this was countered by the fact I scored a lot from crosses too. FM17 I am playing a counter-attacking 4-1-4-1 which provides quite a bit of coverage both on the flanks and in the box. There are still some funny moments with defensive positioning/reactions and 'keepers are hopeless at their near post, but it's not nearly as frustrating this time around.
  14. Not an Arsenal fan but I just noticed that Wenger has "tends not to sign domestic-based players". Is this correct? Off the top of my head he has signed the following players from other English clubs during his tenure: Jeffers, Jenkinson, Walcott, Oxade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Welbeck, Holding, Chambers, Arteta, Campbell, Gallas, Upson, SIlvestre, Wright, Poom, Benayoun, Cech and most recently Cohen Bramall from Hednesford. Or am I misunderstanding the definition of this tendency?
  15. Montaño I am quite surprised I was able to get him - on paper he looks good enough for the better teams in the Conference, and he was willing to sign on pretty cheap wages too. He is currently my top scorer with four goals, however neither of the roles my tactic uses really suit him - left wing is a WM(s), lone striker is a DLF(s). Still he is good enough to perform anyway it seems.