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406 "They call it a Royale with cheese"


  • Biography
    Massive football fan. I'm lucky enough to watch football for a living, but if I'm not watching it, I'm playing FM.

About Me

  • About Me
    In the manager's office


  • Interests
    Football, FM, films, gigs, stand up comedy, GTA, a beer or two.

Favourite Team

  • Favourite Team
    Notts County, Celtic

Currently Managing

  • Currently Managing
    York City

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  1. Pre-season No complaints with how results have gone on the pitch over the course of pre-season, although we have a few injuries to contend with. We're a little short on the left for the next couple of weeks, so hopefully we can ride it out without any other knocks arising.
  2. A few years ago, I was watching a lot of Mexican football for my work, and it was absolutely mental! The non-promotion rule absolutely stinks, but I hope you enjoy this.
  3. 2020/21 Vanarama National League North Media expectation: 2nd (from 22) Board expectation: make the play-offs Transfer budget (remaining): £0 Wage budget: £18,000p/w (£1,000p/w under budget) Just about ready to get the first season underway, then. I'm fairly happy with where we are in terms of the squad, although like every manager, I'd probably like one or two more options. Looking around the club I'm quite excited for the move to the new ground, which should happen in October. It's a pity it's actually slightly smaller than the current stadium, but 8,512 it's absolutely fine for my plans with this club. As mentioned in the first post, I have no plans of a "paupers to kings" type save here, but I do want to get York back into the Football League at least before I even think about moving on. In terms of tactics this year, I'm going to keep things pretty simple in terms of formation: it'll be a Mike Bassett-like 4-4-f'in 2. I do want to try and adopt a short pass/high tempo type ideology though (I'm normally quite direct in terms of tactics, so it would be nice to ty something a little different.) So this is where we are. I may yet switching the pressing forward for a DLF, just to try and help ensure there's less of a gap between midfield and attack, but I'll see how our performances go in the pre-season friendlies. Transfers I've tried to get a couple of youngsters out on loan to bring the wage bill down a bit, but I want to have a look at every player in the first team squad squad before deciding whether to let them go. It helps that the transfer window isn't really an issue at either this level, or indeed in the tier above, so I'm confident I can do business whenever if need be. In terms of players in, I've signed six players. Two have arrived on free transfers (former Bristol City right back Ashley Harper and former Bolton centre back Ted Moulden) although neither are starters, while four have come in on season-long loans. The most expectation is probably on Salford's striker Emmanuel Dieseruvwe, who has arrived to replace Jack Redshaw, who did his cruciate in my first few days at the club. He'll miss the entire season. Fellow striker Joe Piggott has come in on loan from Wigan, central midfielder Michael Klass joins from Southend, while Taylor Charters is a versatile midfielder and has come in on loan from Carlisle, and winger Fraser Kerr joins us for £9,000 from Torquay. Finances We start with money in the bank, and hopefully we'll get some decent crowds over season and only get stronger financially. The club is debt-free too, which certainly helps. (BTW, I'm not going to add player screenshots at this level because nobody really warrants it. The only exception will be at youth intake time. Hope that's OK with you reading along.)
  4. So, York City it is. Some of you may notice that I've managed York before, and indeed I did before life took me away, but I'm keen to start afresh rather than pick that up more than six months after stepping away. My impressions of the club are that quite simply they shouldn't be where they are. This is a Football League in all but name, and I'm eager to get them back where they belong. The squad is a bit thin, but I have around £1,500p/w spare in the wage budget, and about £20,000 to spend on transfers. That can make quite a difference at this level.
  5. (From Wiki) York City Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city of York, North Yorkshire, England. The team compete in the National League North, the sixth tier of league football in England, as of the 2020–21 season. Founded in 1908, the club played seven seasons in non-League football before folding in 1917. A new club was formed in 1922, and played in the Midland League for seven years before joining the Football League. They played in the third tier until 1959, when they were promoted for the first time. York achieved their best run in the FA Cup in 1954–55, when they met Newcastle United in the semi-final. They fluctuated between the Third and Fourth Divisions, before spending two seasons in the Second Division in the 1970s. York first played at Wembley Stadium in 1993, when they won the Third Division play-off final. At the end of 2003–04, they lost their Football League status after being relegated from the Third Division. The 2011–12 FA Trophy was the first national knockout competition won by York, and they returned to the Football League that season. York are nicknamed the Minstermen, after York Minster, and the team traditionally play in red kits. They played at Fulfordgate from 1922 to 1932, when they moved to their current ground, Bootham Crescent. The ground has been subject to numerous improvements over the years, but the club lost ownership of it when it was transferred to a holding company in 1999. York bought it back five years later, but the terms of the loan used to do so necessitated a move to a new ground. They are due to move into the 8,512 capacity York Community Stadium during the 20/21 season. York have had rivalries with numerous clubs, but their traditional rivals are Hull City and Scarborough, while Darlington are the biggest rivals in-game. The club's record appearance holder is Barry Jackson, who made 539 appearances, while their leading scorer is Norman Wilkinson, with 143 goals. (From FM) The club have around 1,300 season ticket holders, good training facilities and below average youth facilities. The club are expected to make the play-offs in my first season.
  6. "It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to." Afternoon FMCU, how's everybody getting on? It's been quite some time since I was a regular in these parts largely thanks to "stuff", but it's something I'm hoping to put right now. I've certainly got a lot of reading to do to catch up on how you're all progressing, and the start of the FM22 cycle seems an ideal time to do that. I've had a bit of a struggle with FM in recent times. I still don't really have the tech to run the modern version of the full fat game beyond a single country, but I've learnt to accept that Touch/Xbox editions are probably a better use of my time than starting endless new careers on FM13! I've clearly now played that to death and beyond, so it's time to move on. Before I go on though, I do want to put on record that I wouldn't touch any of the "store" nonsense on the Xbox edition with a bargepole. No sackings? Bank balance boost? Take that stuff back to Fifa where it belongs. Anyway, I digress. So what's the plan, then? Well, normally when I play FM, I like to venture into smaller football countries and take a club that have never won a thing into the higher echelons of the world game, but playing the Xbox version with limited leagues available mean it's time for a change. Instead, I'm going to attempt to to take a club from a larger European football country - and Scotland - that's never won a thing (or at least, hasn't won anything for many years) and take them to some kind of success. All I do know is that this won't be a one-club save, but I'm setting no real goals as to where I have to go. I'd perhaps like to end the reign of the Glasgow clubs at some point, or maybe challenge the big three in Italy, but there are no hard-and-fast rules. I'm starting right at the bottom, at least the bottom of the in-box game, as I'm not sure any of the changed lower league database stuff works on the Xbox edition, which means venturing into England's sixth tier. From there, I'm happy to move wherever feels right, with leagues loaded in England, Scotland, Italy, Germany and Holland. I did consider loading more than five, but this way I can play during the season on my Xbox One, which is probably more powerful than my laptop. The manager Usually when I play I'm some Scandinavian dude, but this time I'm just me. An early 40s bloke from the English Midlands. Club details to follow.
  7. Yeah, I'd imagine so. Would extending your parameters to allow you to sign released youth players from other Portuguese clubs be an option in future? That way you're still using youth players, but it gives you a few more options.
  8. As a Notts fan, it's nice to see the club shooting up the leagues here! Some excellent work, man.
  9. Beta is out in an hour, for those of you who have preordered. 👀👀
  10. I thought I'd try the full fat version of FM21 to see if I had the same issue. Downloaded it from gamepass last night... and it worked. Very weird.
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