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  1. Hi all, been a while since I posted here and that's mostly due to the mad real life stuff that has got in the way along with a broken laptop which has meant FM19 has fallen by the wayside for me this year. However, I come with news. Most of you will know me (and those that don't can click ma profile and read them) for my Wick Academy saves and it just so happens this Summer I will be going to Wick. The catch is that I am walking from Lands End to get there (and only stopping for a day or so before heading to John o Groats) and I start this amazing journey on Sunday. I am walking for two charities which are MND and Shelter. The Just Giving Page is here if anyone wishes to donate. Even a penny would make it worth it (it totally would not you tight-fisted *****s) if you can spare. If you wish to follow the walk as it unfolds and see how many non-league English grounds I will walk by too then I can be followed on Insta: wanderingwebby Twitter: @webbwandering Tell your friends and your enemies and also let me know if FM19 touch is worth it as have got a tablet for this journey and am wondering whether to bother. Thanks guyse.
  2. Seconded. I think in lower leagues (which is where I tend to play) this will be fine enough to get with decent enough players eventually to compete in the division you start in and then go on from there. Some of it is down to actually doing the spotting yourself on the youngsters that come through. Some that ain't rated or expected to do well can actually be mint (look at Danny Gormley who was only ever rated averagely in last year's Wick save) and then just shoot up. I'm guessing eliting on HOYD specific attributes is a top end of the leagues game.
  3. One of them was bugged on that screen and gave me a shonky performance rating one year but it didn't affect me. Think it might be that.
  4. Also the old biddies are moaning already. Farquahar is moaning about game time and Grant Steven is moaning about me calling him out for playing *****. Sake.
  5. I ditched it last year because (and this annoyed the **** out of me) it counted as a tournament on the history stats for the year which made doing the reviews etc a lot harder as it skewed ratings for those kids who played those games and no others. If they go back as non-competitive I'll bring it back. Obviously. The cat must be honoured.
  6. September 2018 Update A quieter month with less games. Right? Nope, we at Wick want as many games as we can have and if there is a replay or extra time, we want it and if we can't have another game we want pelanties. Whatever is said we are through to the North of Scotland final by beating Fraserburgh and we'll face them again in the 2nd round of of the cup after we (eventually) dispatched Fort William. In league news we got three points in Clachnacuddin which was nice especially as all three scorers were 17 year's old. We sit a comfortable sixth, unbeaten, with a cup final on the horizon. Can't complain about that... Buckie however... October is mental. Eight games afoot with a cup final involved as well. Two Fraserburghs, two Deveronvales and the rest... Let's see what this ragtag WIck old guard can win...
  7. I tested five seasons before I started with my save and everything seemed grand so...
  8. Once made two changes in the 25th minute because my opening tactical plan was so bad... it worked out as I ended up drawing the match 4-4 having been 2-0 and then 3-1 down.
  9. Quitting Wick in 2016 and moving to Sweden of all places. Madness.
  10. Thanks guyse. I will be Twitching a bit more of this save as well once I've got ma Twitch all working etc. Two Tiny Dancer references though is good Elton John punning so far. I must admit to be being a little bit disappointed @deltablue that you didn't go for 'The Bitch is Back' though.
  11. August 2018 Update A first month with at least six games and with the possibility of more if we could do well in the cups. Could we do well? Well, could we? We could as it goes. The North of Scotland cup is where we started and we put in a professional performance against the youth of Dingwall with Mackay and MacGregor getting on the scoresheet. MacGregor continued his good form as we downed Buckie in the first league game of the season and I was surprised how little they offered us. I made wholesale changes for the Huntly game in the Aberdeenshire cup and Craig Gunn's early goal was as good as it got as the reserves showed why they were reserves. A trip to arch rival's Brora gave us a chance to make amends but it was frustration abound as Allan's pelanty was instantly equalised by a free kick outta no where. Euan Kelly grabbed his first proper goal for the club though to give us a precious win. The rest of the league month was taken up by draws. Cammy ****ING Keith picking up from where he left off last year by equalising for Keith and earning them a point before we dug in and earned a point in Rothes. Andy Hardwick got himself sent off like an idiot in the 66th minute just as we were starting to dominate. Annoying to drop points there but we are into the North of Scotland Cup Semis after getting cup revenge on Huntly. I am doubly pleased as the reserves went out and we parked the bus and got through with an own goal. HA HA HA. Decent month that. Second in the embryonic table with the biggest shocks for those who actually follow the real life league given Buckie are bottom without a win and Fort William have SEVEN points. We truly are in a new reality. A double dose of Fraserburgh this month as we welcome them to Harmsworth in our semi-final before heading to them in the league at the end of the month. A trip to Clachnacuddin and a visit from Formartine round out as surprisingly quiet September after that manic August. I ain't complaining though...
  12. Pre-season 2018 Right-o then. Let's get this show on the road shall we? Friendlies first 19 for and 18 against then. Ayr and Bolton were outliers (God I hope they were outliers) but the way we collapsed in both games gives me some cause for concern. Not really sure my 16 year old goalkeeper is up to it but we are where we are and we'll work with what we've got. Some decent results and nice to see young Tam get an early goal and it was a beauty as well. Feel we're gonna need to score lots because the Steven boys are as they ever were and with no senior goalkeeper in the side I feel we're going to have a few goals going in. Weirdly both the McCarthy boys who have been part of the Wick team since FM16 are at St Duthus and the only two players they actually have. Strange... This is how we're setting up at home anyways and this is the first team. I imagine it will be subject to change as the season progresses but this first year is all about getting to the first youth intake and demanding good performances from the stalwarts. The Allan boys look tasty on the wing and both Mackays have played well in pre-season. As far as the board are concerned we should be midtable and unlike last year where we ended up in all the cups after a few years this time we start in all the cups so maybe I'll have a chance at my first silverware in Wick since FM16. Despite the midtable demand we've been predicted 5th in the league which is worrying given what happened last year so I might look to ship off some of the high CA underperformers (I'm looking at you Farquhar, Stevenses and Manson) early doors so I don't end up having to win the league in my second season and get fired again. All the usual suspects are up here with us though. Shipping Manson and Farqs out may well be a priority too as they are welly influential and not first choice. Sam, Davie and Macads being Highly Influential is fine for now as I look to mould the next few years around them. August is always busy in the Highlands and we start off against an U18 side in the North of Scotland as Ross County are the visitors to Harmsworth. We also have a home tie in the Aberdeenshire with Huntly making the journey up while in the league we start off with a toughie against Buckie as well as having to go to our arch rivals for the first away game of the campaign. Keith and Rothes will be good early indicators of how **** we actually are as well. Ready? Let's do this...
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