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  1. Unless they have made massive changes to how dynamism works, it's simply not possible to do significantly well with only Welsh players. I was several years down the road and still couldn't produce more than one or two Welsh players who could crack my first team at the time I was within reach of winning the CL with Prestatyn. Of course, if anyone could do it, you could, dafuge!
  2. Great to see this career is still going!! This sort of slog up the English pyramid seems to me a harder ask than my contemporaneous Welsh effort, which ended in frustration after the '33-'34 season. You are on the cusp of promoting to the PL; I'd wager it won't be more than 5 seasons before you're in Europe by PL place.
  3. Ah, a Welsh career. Well do I remember the joys of doing this! My Prestatyn effort was with FM 11; I can't find the thread but as I recall, got about 30 seasons in or so and gave up after having lost the CL final for the second time in four seasons. The main issue was two-fold: never was able to get a new stadium and never was able to get significantly improved youth signings. Hopefully, you'll get better results out of FM 14! PS: Just loaded up my last save, which was at the start of the '34-'35 season; the prior year we had lost in the CL final, which we also did in '31. I expect you will have more perseverance. Edited to add: I also got pissed off that the Welsh federation wouldn't hire me to be national team coach, that being part of the challenge I was doing at the time ("Mission Impossible in Wales" FM11). Got tired of watching Robbie Savage get all the plaudits.
  4. Ah, thanks! I missed the importance (or failed to understand what I was seeing) of the link.
  5. It's been a while since I've done this challenge (FM 11, IIRC). dafuge's initial post notes that the database has to be extended to include the 7th level of the English pyramid for this challenge, but unlike his initiating posts of olden days, he doesn't have a link to a database that does this. I see hints that the relevant data are available in the game itself, and only need to be unlocked. Can someone let me know how to accomplish the addition of the relevant teams? Thanks in advance!
  6. Confidence low? I find that, in this version more than before, if morale starts to sap, it's almost imperative to use some form of a parked bus to get a positive result or two to break the chain. Since the defense is having trouble keeping possession, you might try shifting that inside forward back into a fifth center-back, and play 5-2-2-1, allowing your fullbacks to be more aggressive, and making it tough for the opposition to get through you, even if possession remains a difficult task.
  7. Yes, you aren't supposed to tamper with players in your home country, but it's prefectly fine to do so with them when they are in some foreign place.
  8. I'm looking for a re-calculation in the next patch.
  9. As the game progresses, it keeps track of an increasingly intricate database of information. That slows the game down with time. A machine that is over-matched with the requirements of a mature FM13 game will start out fine. However, game speed will deteriorate with time. Given that your graphics card is deemed to be marginal at best, and your processing power is only average, it's not too shocking that your game experience is getting frustrating. And I will note that my laptop, which ran FM11 just fine, ran FM12's demo version reasonably well (though obviously not past 6 months! ), is noticeably more likely to take its time with FM13.Having said that, it's always possible that the problem is something external to the game, like malware or other unwanted processes going on in the background.
  10. I never have had trouble with Steam. The game shows on time, downloads behind the scenes, pops up when I ask, etc. Pretty seamless.
  11. You need to change what the game shows you, and what it replays for you. You can have the game show you anything from the whole game, to nothing at all (only commentary in words at the bottom of the screen). You can have the replays show you goals, goal action, highlights, or nothing at all. The settings button for this just to the right of the play/pause button during the game.
  12. As most know, Rochdale Association Football Club managed to earn its first EVER promotion in 90 years of League play two seasons ago. But, sadly, after two seasons in the rareified air of League One, Rochdale AFC has returned to the Rochdale Division. I'm not letting that be the final word.
  13. I can't believe this game is still going! I've been gone for over half a year! You are a dedicated man.
  14. Gutted! - The 2033-34 End of Season Report Our friendlies. Note summer vacation was in France this year. Our European matches. Our WPL matches. Our League Cup matches. Our Welsh Cup matches. The Welsh Cup (last four rounds) The League Cup The Squad. The Squad's stats (combined). The Reserves. Celihueta often plays with the first team in the WPL. The Youth Rated. The Youth Team Stats A reminder that my youth players rated one star or better potential are made available for the Reserves. Transfers This Season. Essentially no action. As the saying goes, Second Place is simply First Loser. Europe Our first bit of Spring Euro Footie was a visit to the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough. Given how we had played, I had high hopes for this match; nick an away goal or two and even if we lost, we'd be in the driver's seat, I felt. Of course, we promptly lost all scoring touch, and limped (wimped, really) our way out of the Midlands 0-1 losers. So in the return fixture, we got all stern and demanding and a 5-0 spanking of 'Boro sent us through to the UCL quarter-finals. As usual, the teams available to play in the quarter-finals were no patsies. At this point, I'm usually of the opinion that it doesn't matter who you play: either you're good enough to win, or you're going home. Since we aren't all dicey with our finances, the extra income of the semi-final round isn't that important to us to worry about sneaking into them on the basis of a lucky draw. So I wasn't upset or pleased when we got handed Valencia. We had never played them, so I had no way to judge their ability. In the past, they've been primarily a EURO Cup team at knockout time, but they did make the UCL Final against Barcelona a couple years back, so their current squad I felt was likely to be good. Speaking of Barça, note their absence from the Q-Fs. They took a 3-0 first leg lead against Chelsea, only to let Chelsea wax them 0-4 in London. I was a bit pleased to see that result. As it turns out, we didn't have much trouble with Valencia. A pair of 2-1 victories saw them off comfortably. At this point, my heart started racing a bit, because after all, if you make the semi-final round, you're just one lucky set of games away from a date in the Final. And the semi-final teams included Lyon, whom I felt we could beat, given the chance. O Frabjous Day, calloo, callay, I chortled. Sure enough, it was a date with the men from the banks of the Rhône we collected. I began to plot our way to the final, where I felt certain a certain club wearing red tops and black shorts would be awaiting us. Of course, as it turned out, all the planning was almost for nothing. In the first leg, in France, they shrugged off our 18th min. opener and scored a brace immediately after, followed by one more right after the interval for good measure. Fortunately, our talisman, Barry Fitzgerald, dumped a second goal into their onion bag, allowing us to take two away goals home with our 'L'. Good thing, too, because at Bastion Gardens, we had to weather an awful storm of shots. However, Renaldo Cremers stole a goal right before the whistle ending the first half, and we made it hold up for a 3(a)-3 win on aggregate. And, as expected, it was the Red Devils themselves who showed up in Dublin to contest the Final. I didn't expect much from the game. We've never beaten Manchester United in 6 previous efforts, though we have managed a pair of draws to go with our four losses. Further, although our squad was healthy, we hadn't had a match in 14 days, and I worried about sharpness. I toyed with the idea of trying to play them straight-up, with our potent 4-1-2-1-2 wide diamond, or possibly a 5-1-2-1-1 version. In the end, I tried something totally new: 4-2-1-1-2. In essence, I swapped our width for better deep play, without sacrificing our ability to attack in front of goal. The upside was the presence on the field of Elissalde, Azaïez, Fitzgerald and Cremers. The downside was the lack of a place for Giorgos Kotsiopoulos, our goal-creator. It almost worked. No, you don't need to adjust the TV set: we went in at the half up 2-1! We had come back after their star striker had scored, and fired ourselves into the lead. But it didn't last long enough. A corner kick from Utd. resulted in a glancing header towards goal, and Carlos couldn't keep it out, the bad carom off the crossbar hitting him and going in. After that, neither team could manage much of a sold effort on goal. I swapped fresh legs in late, but even with the extra time to score, we couldn't poke another one by their 'keeper. I wasn't that upset at the game going to penalties. We've had a good record over the years in penalty-kick shootouts. But this time, our youth and nerves showed. The Mancunians nailed four straight kicks (Carlos didn't even touch them). Meanwhile, we blazed one over the bar and had one saved easily. And, with that, all the effort, all the dreaming, all the hopes and excitement was over. Wales Domestically, we did as we usually expect. Besides the opening draw, we dropped points only one other time (a loss third game from the end). The League Cup was a blowout against the team which had beaten us in the WPL just two weeks prior. We smashed our way to the Welsh Cup final, where we played around with TNS (letting them have too much play in the process) before walking out 4-3 winners. Ho Hum, another year in Wales for Prestatyn Town Football Club (during which I managed my 1200th game in charge of PTFC). None of that can make up for the deflated feeling after the final whistle blew in Dublin. I did nothing to change the squad in the spring. I figured what was working should be let to work. The WPL Player Statistics. We were dynamite. Notice our pass-completion stat leaders. Manager Overview. Finances. Boardroom Overview. Upgrading Youth Facilities again, as they got downgraded, again. It's hard to put into words the feeling right now. I'm sure it will be in perspective at some point.
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