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  1. Finished my first season with Peterborough so I thought I'd give you an end of season update. Transfers: Nothing much to see here apart from our sale of Da Silva-Lopes. Lainton was brought in as backup goalkeeper after our first choice and backup goalkeepers got injured. Heffernan was brought in as backup due to injuries to our other strikers. He only made two or three appearances all season without a goal. He retired at the end of the season. The quality of some of the first team players was one of the main reasons for me managing Peterborough so I didn't feel any need to strengthen. League table: It was a great season which had us winning the league by nine points. MK Dons were very strong all season but fell away a bit at the end whereas we kept on winning. Early we had a lot of problems with conceding too many goals due to using an attacking mentality but once my players got used to the tactics we didn't concede stupid amounts of goals. Losing 5-1 at home to Millwall and throwing away a 3-1 lead to end up losing 4-3 due to three late goals from Scunthorpe were easily our worst results. We did get our revenge on both those teams when we played them later in the season which felt good. AFC Wimbledon were the only team to do the double over us despite their poor form. Beating Sheffield United home and away and seeing them finishing mid-table was great, especially with me being a Wednesday supporter. I wouldn't say we overachieved because the first team is up their with some of the better teams in the league but I wasn't expecting to run away with it. We didn't do anything in the cups. Swansea beat us in the second round of the EFL Cup, Wycombe beat us in the first round of the FA Cup after a replay and we lost to the Reading U-23 side in the semi-final of the Checkatrade Trophy. Tactics: This was the only tactic I used all season. It's not perfect but my tactics hardly ever work so when one starts working I don't like to fiddle around with it too much. Best Eleven and Maddison: Baldwin, Maddison, Taylor and Lopes were the obvious standouts. Lopes seems destined for top level football at some point so his future was never going to be with us sadly. Maddison was my personal player of the season. His stats are great and he's improving all the time in terms of development. I gave him a new contract but I messed up big time with it by missing that it included a £2.1million minimum fee release clause for domestic higher division clubs. I was gutted after noticing too late. Taylor was probably just as good but his stats are a bit hit and miss for Championship football and he wouldn't accept a new contract as a rotation player. He left on a free after his contract expired. Baldwin's stats are OK for a good League One/lower end Championship side. His performances don't match the stats as he's consistently brilliant and has the best average rating in the side. He'll continue to be a key player for us going into next season. McGee and Oduwa, both on loan from Spurs, did relatively well for us. I wanted to sign McGee but he wasn't interested despite a £500k fee being agreed. I like Oduwa, he fit into the system I was playing and he got a few goals for us but his stats aren't great for League One and he's certainly not suitable for Championship football. We could've got him for £100k at the end of the season but I passed on the chance as there were much better options out there. He's probably best suited for League Two football. I recommend having a look at him if you're managing a club around that level. Summary: Next season is already underway as I write this and we've strengthened the team in a few areas and got rid of some deadwood in the process. I'm not sure what to expect as the teams in the Championship look very strong in comparison to us. We've definitely got goals in the team but that was at a lower level and I'm not sure if we can replicate it in the Championship.
  2. I played him almost entirely as a CM(S). @Nev10 Chairman sold him to Middlesbrough for about 10% of what you got for him. He went on loan to Millwall for the rest of the season but they didn't register him in time so he didn't even play a game for them. I doubt I'd get him on loan next season as Middlesbrough got relegated so they'll probably use him more now.
  3. Excellent progress there, @CFuller . Shame about the injuries. Solid first season in the Championship regardless.
  4. Nice update @CFuller . Fleetwood winning the league is surprising to see but they are also doing well in my save, currently in 3rd. I'm also managing Peterborough @MaxeyN17 . I'm just over half way in the first season and we've just lost Da Silva-Lopes in January to Middlesbrough after the chairman accepted a decent offer. He's not been improving much for me but he's been a consistent performer and I'm gutted to lose him at this crucial stage of the season. I'll be interested to see what happens to him in your save.
  5. FM17 - French Football Thread

    Great guides @Joga Bonito France is one of the places I'm thinking of doing a save in but I've yet to choose a team. Got a few teams in mind but I haven't chosen one yet. Completely random comment but I sometimes simulate the first season or two on random saves from time to time to see what happens and funnily enough in my most recent sim both Marseille and Lille got themselves relegated in the first season. I've uploaded it if anybody wants it. It's currently in the 1st of June 2017.
  6. dafuge's FM15 challenge

    Straight back to it, this time with Matlock. Profile
  7. dafuge's FM15 challenge

    On the verge of getting the sack. Second season started so brightly with us being at the top for a spell then we had a bad run and haven't turned it round yet with us lying in 15th going into February. Edit- Resigned before they could sack me. It was inevitable anyway. Second highest scorers in the league but the amount of goals conceded was stupid. I'll give it another go at some point with somebody else.
  8. dafuge's FM15 challenge

    @Quavis I had nothing to do with it really, but I couldn't help notice every time the youth match report popped up that they kept on winning. They had two half decent 16 year old strikers who weren't good enough for the first team yet so I threw them in there rather than the U-21 team. Both strikers ended up with a ratio of a goal every game in the U-18s and one of them became my first choice striker in the first team for a short while before his form dipped.
  9. dafuge's FM15 challenge

    AFC Hornchurch - Vanarama Conference South - 2015/16 - 6th League table - We narrowly missed out on the playoffs thanks to the very consistent towards the end Sutton United. We had a great run going and were sitting in 5th going into our last 5-6 games with one point separating us and Sutton United in 6th but inform striker Javlon Campbell got injured and our form wasn't good enough to stop them leapfrogging us to that last playoff spot in the final stretch. Oxford City were immense all season long and beat us both home and away. Squad - The standout players were goal and assist machine George Purcell and top scorer Javlon Campbell. Transfers Finances English Under 18s Group 8 Champions! - That was a nice little consolation after narrowly missing out on the playoffs.
  10. dafuge's FM15 challenge

    Decided to go with AFC Hornchurch. Profile
  11. dafuge's FM13 challenge

    Might aswell have another crack at this. I've gone with Whitehawk. Profile
  12. The WOW Thread!!

    Scunthorpe winning the FA Cup and getting relegated from the Championship in the first season of FM11. Their fixture list was crazy the next season.
  13. Great OP pal! Going to give Groningen a go myself after reading this thread.
  14. BigVanVader's Journeyman Adventure

    Celano Marsica | Serie C1/B | 2012/13 | 13th League Table Amazing season full of ups and downs, one moment we look like promotion the next we look like relegation. As you can see by the league standings that it was one of the tightest leagues ever. Believe it or not with 4 games to go I was actually just 1 place and 1 point behind the final playoff place, unfortunately we only managed a draw in those 4 games and finished in the lowest position we've been in all season. Our main strikers started off brightly but somewhat faded towards the end with injuries and goal droughts, with the only available players to replace them nowhere near good enough for the league we're in and were just there until their contracts run out. We did nothing worth mentioning in the cups, getting knocked out early on against similar rated teams. Despite having one of the lowest wage budgets in the league and not spending a penny in the transfer market we find ourselve losing around £100k a month and are now £200k in debt. Oblivious to this the board have announced a new 9459 capacity stadium called the Giannitti Arena after club legend Marco Giannitti. New Stadium Moving On? However, I don't think I'll be there to see the new stadium in all it's glory as I'm possibly going to move on from Celano depending what jobs come up. I'm still hesitant at the moment as Celano look to have some potential, but with this new stadium and our ever dropping finances I feel it'll be too long term of a challenge for a journeyman like myself. Let's see what happens... Career Stats Celano | Serie C2/B | 3rd | 2011/12 | Promoted via playoffs Celano | Serie C1/B | 13th | 2012/13 | Nothing
  15. BigVanVader's Journeyman Adventure

    Wow, never had this much bad luck with injuries before. It wouldn't be so bad if maybe one was a defender or defensive midfielder but they are all attackers. For some reason I don't think we'll be staying top for much longer... INJURIES!