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  1. Weston-super-Mare Season 2026-2027 Season summary 8 wins. 7 draws. 23 defeats. 31 points. -58 goal difference. We conceded 4 or more in 11 games, including a 8-0 defeat at Man City, and another 9 games where we conceded 3 in a game as well. All of this should point towards an inevitable outcome come the end of the season, yet it didn't. We finished a remarkable 16th. With 31 points. Our points tally would've seen us relegated in every other season bar one, so I think it's safe to say this has been a somewhat fortuitous survival campaign. That said, we had all but secured another season in the top flight with 3 games to go, so maybe I'm being a little harsh on our peformance. The vast majority of our points were gathered by beating the teams around us at the foot of the table, although only us and Burnley failed to beat bottom side Middlesborough in the league this season. Player-wise, Jez Blanchfield joined us permanently after firing us to promotion last season was our top scorer again this year, hitting 12. No one else got into double figures, which is a huge concern. Juan Sanguinetti, on loan from Spurs, contributed 8 goals and 4 assists from the right wing, and performed consistently well this season. Whether or not we can get him again next season remains to be seen. Gonzalo Villar in central midfield had a solid season, providing 6 assists, but I'm struggling to find someone who can play with him successfully. League table Finances I was so pleased that we ended last season with over £1m in the bank. But this season has been a completely different level. We've only spent 15% of our revenue on wages, and regardless of what happens from here on in, we've secured the financial future of this club long-term. Now to loosen the purse strings a bit! Transfers Other developments The stadium is still being built, but we have managed to pay off some of the club debts, which is definitely a positive. Next steps Building for mid-table obscurity. I'd love to not be involved in a relegation battle next season, but the current squad is definitely not good enough to do so. We lack goals in general, and bringing in players who can hit the back of the net fairly regularly is going to be vital. We received some absolute tonkings throughout the season, so tactical development is needed as well. I'd love a good cup run, but only if we're in a position in the league where the squad isn't stretched too thin by the extra fixtures. I also need to sort the coaching team out, as most are out of contract and I think we can probably attract a better quality of candidate now.
  2. Weston-super-Mare Season 2020-2026 Season summary Unbelievable. We actually did something unusual this season, and won a match in the Carabao Cup for the first time, beating Cardiff on penalties after a 3-3 draw. Bearing in mind we beat them in the playoff final last season, they must really hate us. Normal service was resumed in round 2, losing 2-1 away at Oxford. We fared much better in the FA Cup, beating Birmingham 4-1 away before a 2-1 win after a replay and extra time against Barnsley saw us face league leaders Brighton. A 1-0 home win took us into the quarter finals for the first time, where we lost 3-2 at Arsenal in front of the TV cameras. A magnificent run, and absolutely vital for the finances. Pleasingly, we weren't disgraced at the Emirates either. We started the season in blistering form, only losing twice in the first 17 games, and putting us firmly in the promotion race, completely unexpectedly. No wins in the following 4 burst our bubble somewhat, and we continued our streaky nature with 7 unbeaten, taking us into February and March. Two months during which the wheels well and truly fell off. 1 win in 9, complete tonkings by Millwall (4-1) and MK Dons (5-0) meant we were now clinging onto the final playoff place. A 3-0 win against Rotherham gave us a little breathing space, by 2 points from the next 4 matches saw us drop out of the top 6 for the first time all season, and left us in 8th place with 4 games to go. A solid 2-0 win at Bristol City was followed up by a must-win game against fellow playoff hopefuls Huddersfield, which we won 5-3 after they had a man sent off. A 1-0 win at already-relegated Sheffield Wednesday meant our destiny was in our own hands on the final day of the season. However, there were 2 playoff places available, and 5 teams in contention. Now, in a previous post I had a rant about my save crashing, so you may have already figured out that we had a pretty extraordinary season, and I'll get to the tail end of it shortly. Thankfully, it autosaved before the final match, so we were still in with a shout of making the playoffs. We faced champions Crystal Palace, and turned in one of our best performances of the season, beating them 3-1 and securing a playoff spot. Huddersfield actually failed to win, so we ended the season 5th, and would go on to face Brighton in the semi-final. We had already beaten Brighton twice this season, drawing the third game, so I was fairly confident going into the first leg. 1-0 down after 11 minutes, we were then phenomenal. Jez Blanchfield, our loan star from Wolves, took the game by the scruff of the neck, and smashed in a hat trick, as well as setting up Josh Gray for a fourth and a brilliant lead to take into the second leg. Gray put us in front in the second leg on the stroke of half time, and from there I knew we were final-bound. Brighton came back and scored twice to win on the night, but a 5-3 aggregate win was the least we deserved. I was praying Huddersfield would beat Sheffield United in the other semi-final, as the Blades were unlucky not to go up automatically and comfortably beat us in the league this season. I got my wish, and we faced the Terriers at Wembley. Flying wide man Josh Gray put us in front early on, and from there it was a game of few chances for either side. They hit the bar from a free-kick, but never hugely threatened from open play, and we saw the game out to win the richest game in football and head to the promised land! Player-wise, Jez Blanchfield hit 19 goals and justified my deadline day decision to use the rest of my wage budget to bring him in. Fejiri Okenabirhie slotted 13 as our back up striker, with another loanee Josh Gray, back from a second season with us, hitting 8 and 10 assists. Timmy Abraham, pushed out to the right wing for most of his appearances, hit 8 as well, with the vast majority of those coming during the run in. A third loanee (seeing the theme here?) Tommy Boulter at right back was absolutely phenomenal, and won EFL young player of the year. I really want to see if I can bring him in on a permanent deal for next year. League table Finances Transfers Other developments We have sold out almost every fixture this season, and promotion has meant that our 5,750 capacity stadium isn't up to scratch. So, a new, shiny, purpose-built stadium is on the way, and we're playing our maiden season at the top level of English football 2 hours and almost 100 miles away in Bournemouth. The irony of this is that Bournemouth were relegated, and we're taking their place. Football is weird at times. Next steps Top flight football! I'm giving up on making plans, as we seem to be completely overachieving at every step so far. Assessing progress, we've been rather lucky a few times, but getting into the Football League via the playoffs without scoring a single goal from open play over 3 matches was pretty ridiculous. Since then, we've recruited well at every stage. I've spent a long, long time getting the squad ready each pre-season, and it's paid off. George Dowling aside, I've been pretty ruthless with improving the squad each summer as well, especially up front. Josh Davison was replaced by Victor Sodiende, who in turn was replaced by Timmy Abraham. Abraham was the only one who consistently cut it in the league above, and has actually done well this season in the Championship as well. The other big thing I've done is bring in players to suit my tactic, and I've been consistent with its use throughout the leagues. We've played attractive, possession-based football at every level, and this has helped us I think. Yes, there are times when we get absolutely slaughtered (MK Dons beat us 5-0 this season for example), but on the whole it's worked well. God knows if we can stay up next season though. We spent £3m on wages this year, compared to Fulham who spent just shy of £51m. Our wage budget had increased for the Premier League to £16.7m, but that would only have been the 13th largest budget for the Championship this season, let alone the Premier League. Still, we do love a good battle against the odds!
  3. Need to have a rant about something, and know everyone will appreciate this. My save just crashed, after the final day of the season. A final day of the season in which we made the playoffs (finishing 6th) after winning the 3 games running into the final fixture. We lost the final game to champions Crystal Palace, and yet made the playoffs because Huddersfield (5th), Nottingham Forest (7th), Brentford (8th) and Stoke (9th) all lost. An absolutely barmy set of results. But none of it matters. I now need to load up and see where the last save point was, and go from there. Absolutely furious.
  4. Cheers @GoalieManPat121. I ended up bringing in 14 players, including 6 loanees. 3 of the new signings weren't new at all, as they were on loan last season, with 2 joining us permanently and 1 on loan again. We've started the season like a train, unbeaten in 8 in the league. I made a few deadline day additions, and I'm really pleased with the state of the squad currently.
  5. Quick question for those of you in the latter part of your saves. Did you find player recruitment more challenging once you made the step up to the Championship? Up until now, my system of bringing in anyone released by premier league clubs for a trial, coupled with careful use of the loan system, has served me well. This summer feels a bit different, as I haven’t really found anyone so far who I think is up to the standard needed for the Championship. I’m also wondering what people are paying in terms of wages per week at this level too. In League One, Timmy Abraham’s £2.7k per week was far and away my highest wage, with no one else over £2k. How does this compare with everyone else?
  6. Weston-super-Mare Season 2024-2025 Season summary Streaky. It was how I previously described our form, and it's proven very apt yet again. We'll get to the league campaign shortly, but there appears to now be three certainties in life: death, taxes and us getting knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the first round. This year Shrewsbury smashed us 3-0, and it could've easily been 5 or 6. Absolutely dreadful. We made the knockout stages of the Football League Trophy, before being knocked out on penalties to League Two Yeovil. Another abysmal performance. However, the FA Cup was a much better affair this year. A 2-1 win at Doncaster was followed by a 3-1 win over Kingstonian in round 2, to set up a home tie with Championship Mansfield Town in round 3. Not quite the glamour tie we were hoping for. A 1-1 draw at home was followed by one of our best performances of the season in the replay, winning 4-0 and taking us through to face Reading in round 4. 2-0 down just before the hour, we fought back to 2-2, before conceding again and losing 3-2. Still, a good run for the finances. We started the league campaign really well, with 8 wins and 3 draws in our first 12 games. An unbelievable start, and my fears of a relegation struggle were quashed. I was really pleased with how the new signings had settled, and I was starting to think we might be able to genuinely keep up with some of the pacesetters. A little unrealistic, but you've got to aim high, right? We won 3 of the next 8, before claiming 7 points from the next 3 games meant that at the half way stage of the campaign we had amassed an incredible 44 points. We had what I thought was a sticky patch as we moved into the new year, with 4 wins from 9, meaning we were still firmly in the playoff picture, and only just behind Cardiff in 2nd. I was wrong. A single win in both February and March meant that we went into the run-in sat in fourth (somehow), but with a 10 point cushion from the team in 7th. We were going through an horrific injury spell, with Timmy Abraham the biggest loss. Losing both first choice wingers, both full backs and a central midfielder demonstrated that whilst our first team was solid, our squad completely lacked depth. We got them all back during the run-in, but had to manage them back carefully, as I wanted them fit for the play-offs. I didn't anticipate losing 4 on the bounce and leaving ourselves falling outside of the play-offs in the penultimate game of the season. We faced mid-table Shrewsbury at home, whilst Wigan, above us on goal difference, hosted 8th place Blackpool, themselves still holding out hope of making the play-offs with a win and us failing to do the same. Blackpool won at Wigan, and opened the door for us. We bucked the poor run, winning 2-1, and sealing 6th place and a tie with Portsmouth. The last time we were in a play-off, we went up having only scored once and not conceding across three games. A Xavier Simons brace, either side of a goal for them, gave us a 2-1 lead to take to Fratton Park for the return leg. We lost 1-0 to a penalty, meaning we were heading to the dreaded shootout. I needn't have worried, as 4 perfect penalties, teamed with two brilliant saves from Carl Rushworth sent us to Wembley to face Cardiff, who had fallen away and finished 4th. We won a game each during the season, so I was confident we had a chance. 1-0 down to another penalty, despite dominating the game, we went into the break behind. We continued dominating after half-time, and centre back Andrew Wilson nodded in an equaliser, bringing us level. We continued to attack, and it seemed fitting that star striker Timmy Abraham, who I had almost broken the bank to bring in after last season's scoring exploits, would net what would prove to be the winner with 15 minutes to go. Absolute scenes for the 4,963 fans we took with us (compared to the heartache for the 46,797 Cardiff fans at the other end). The Championship, here we come! Our squad still contains 3 of our Vanarama South winning squad in George Dowling, Josh Eppiah and Daniel Ballard. The latter two didn't play masses of games this season, and will be heading off to pastures new in the summer, but Dowling played 36 times across all competitions, scoring 8 goals, and is still under contract for next season. I think heart will rule head on this one, and I'll keep him around. His wages aren't too high at all, and I think he could prove a useful back-up option next season. As you may have figured out, we managed to bring in both Carl Rushworth and Timmy Abraham on permanent deals following their successful loan campaigns last season, and both were instrumental again. Rushworth kept 16 clean sheets, and Abraham was the only player to get into double figures in terms of goals, netting 22. Six players joined us on loan, and all contributed well, but the centre back pairing of Wilson and Oliver Denham were solid too. League table Finances Transfers Next steps Well, last season I was hoping just for survival in League One, and now we're preparing for life in the Championship. We've been given a transfer budget for the first time, which feels bizarre. No real aims other than survival. Getting into the Championship means third round start for the FA Cup, which is a positive for the finances. Like most summers, it'll be one of rebuilding. I think I did a good job of recruiting well for League One, and now it'll be about keeping the core of the squad together and bring in some quality to give us a chance of staying up. Priority is another player who can consistently hit the back of the net. Onwards and upwards!
  7. Weston-super-Mare Season 2023-2024 Season summary We started our season similarly to last season, by a mixed start in the league and getting knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the first round, this time to Walsall courtesy of an 84th minute winner to round off a drab game. We fared a little better in the Football League Trophy, making the knockout rounds, only to be thrashed 5-2 by Chelsea's u23 side. It could have been much, much worse, so the less said about that the better. In the FA Cup, we beat Woking 4-1 before knokcing out League One Salford City 2-0 in front of the TV cameras. We were drawn away at Premier League West Brom in round 3. We played really well, and had chances, but our run ended with a 2-1 defeat. Good to make round 3, and I'll be hoping for more of the same next season. In the league, we were playing well, at hit the dizzy heights of 4th in mid-December. We then followed that up with 1 win in 8 to drop to 10th. Typical of us, really. We're quite a streaky team, in that we tend to string results together, both positive and negative. This was definitely the case, as we then won 11 and drew 1 of our next 13, including 8 clean sheets and a win away at eventual league winners Ipswich, to catapult us into the promotion race. Indeed, it was the win at Ipswich which saw us open up a little gap in 3rd. We then proceeded to lose 3-1 to relegation threatened Oldham, before a nervy 1-0 win relegated Carlisle, moved us up to 2nd and set up a huge match with Walsall. A win would guarantee promotion, but we lost 2-1, dropping down to 3rd with Walsall overtaking us, and Notts County now only 1 point behind us in 4th. We travelled to Cambridge on the last day of the season, knowing a win would guarantee promotion. Walsall hosted Grimsby, who themselves needed a win to guarantee safety, and Notts County played Gillingham. An early goal put Notts County 1-0 up, and knocked us down to 4th. News then filtered through that Grimsby had taken a shock lead at Walsall, putting us back into 3rd on goal difference. After 36 minutes, Timmy Abraham (more on him in a moment) scored, and we were 1-0 up, into 2nd and on our way to League One as it stood at half time. Notts County added a second just after the break, but none of the three games saw any more goals, and Grimsby's win teamed with us doing the business meant we went up as runners up! League One here we come! This season I rebuilt the defence, as we conceded 72 goals last time around. This season, we conceded 54. In reality, that is still too high, but the tactic means we create a lot of chances and score a fair few. We were the highest scorers in the league with 79. We did, however, keep 17 clean sheets, which I think is definitely a positive. Carl Rushworth, on loan from Brighton, did an excellent job in goal, and our new look defenece of Harvey Rodgers at right back, Andrew Wilson joining Oliver Denham in the middle, with Seb Revan at left back gave us a good platform on which to build. Bjorn Hardley, our best centre back last season, was sold in pre-season to Rotherham, who met his £250k release clause, which partly prompted the rebuild. Defensive midfielder Jordan Doherty had a strong season, as did George Dowling alongside him. Further forward, David Wang, Taylor Richards and Tyler Frost scored 19 and made 28 goals between them, which is a sizeable contribution. However, Timmy Abraham was by far and away our player of the season. On loan from Fulham, he displaced Victor Sodiende up front fairly quickly, and from then on he couldn't stop scoring. He scored 32 goals in 38(12) appearances, and won the League Two golden boot courtesy of his minutes-to-goals ration being 106.5, which is pretty phenomenal at this level. He's out of contract at Fulham shortly, but isn't short of suitors. I really hope he'll join us permanently, as I want to see what he can do at the next level. League table Finances Transfers Next steps Survival! I'm aiming for 20th. If we achieve that, I'll be a happy man. We really do need a half decent cup run to help the finances as well. Half of the squad is out of contract, so we'll be spending the summer with large numbers of players in on trial, and hopefully we will be able to convince a few of them to come and join our seaside revolution!
  8. Weston-super-Mare Season 2022-2023 Season summary That was a tough season. Cup competitions didn't quite go to plan. We kicked the season off with our Carabao Cup debut, but we had to travel to face Birmingham City. We played really well, but couldn't find a way through and it finished 0-0, before they knocked us out on penalties. In the FA Cup, we beat Bolton 3-2 in round one, before losing 2-1 away at Chesterfield to an 85th minute goal in front of the TV cameras. We negotiated our way through the Football League Trophy group stage, beating Leicester u23s, and winning on penalties against Newport County and Coventry City. We beat Cheltenham on penalties in the second round, before going out to eventual winners MK Dons in round 3. Two wins and a draw in our first five games gave me a bit of hope that we might be able to hold our own at this level, but that was a bit of a false dawn. We then only won 2 out of the next 15 games in the league, leaving us bottom. In fact, A 2-1 win at home to Bolton was followed by another 9 game winless run. 3 wins and 3 draws from the next 7 games in January and February brought us back into the fight against relegation, helping us to avoid being cast adrift at the foot of the table. 1 point from the next 4 games left us in a difficult situation with six games to go, and 5 times in the relegation mix. Three back to back wins took us out of the relegation zone with three games to go for the first time since before Christmas, and even after defeat by Halifax we were 4 points clear of the drop zone with two games to go. We travelled down the M5 to face Exeter, who themselves had pulled clear of the threat of relegation with a few games to go. Wrexham, 4 points behind us, went ahead early, and we were under pressure. Thankfully, big game players Victor Sodiende and George Dowling stepped up, and we sealed safety with a 2-1 win at our south-west rivals. Somehow, against all the odds, we had survived! A 1-1 draw with Maccelsfield finished the season off, and we ended in 22nd, 4 points clear of relegation. Victor Sodiende scored 13 goals, and was the only player to get into double figures, with three others (George Dowling, Jayden Harris and on loan back up striker Sam Bird) all getting 7. Tyler Frost scored 6, which was impressive considering he joined us in January. In such a tough season, no one really stood out in terms of performance. Despite his stats, we always seem to perform far better with George Dowling in the side, and I'm glad he's already tied down to a contract for next season. Oliver Denham and Bjorn Hardley, our two new centre backs, are both attracting interest from clubs higher up the pyramid, but again both are already under contract for next season. League table Finances Transfers Next steps Lots of the current squad are coming to the end of their contracts, so I'll be spending the summer with hordes of trialists in, trying to unearth a few gems to take us forward. The board have upped our wage budget to £23k a week, which is rather exciting. The aim will be to use the framework of the current squad and improve it. I'd like to get into a system where our new players are ones to improve the first team, and the current first team players become the squad players / back up players. Realistically, I'd like to push towards mid table next season, and the finances could really do with a cup run. Our parent club, Fleetwood, have been relegated to League Two, so I'm assuming that will be the end of that particular link up. The board have already turned down my request for a parent club, as they don't want us to rely on loan players. So frustrating!
  9. Weston-super-Mare Season 2021-2022 Season summary Well, football is a funny old game, isn't it? The cup competitions were abysmal, and we deserved to be knocked out of both. We were horrifically poor in both of them, and it's frustrating because the extra revenue would've been most welcome. The league was an odd sort of affair. We started off pretty well, and then got better and better as the season went on. The top few teams were always way ahead of us, but we remained in the playoff picture consistently. We managed to secure a playoff place with 6 games to go, and it's a good job too. As the fixture list below shows, we then proceeded to lose our last 6 games, and it looked like we'd finally been found out. To say the first playoff game, away at Leyton Orient, will live long in the memory isn't so much an understatement as it is a damn lie. Tedious, dull, like watching two teams managed by Tony Pulis and Sam Allerdyce play anti-football for 2 hours. Penalties almost came as a relief, as I think we could've played all week and not scored. We went through, and travelled to Fylde for the semi final. The same Fylde that had beaten us 4-0 during our calamitous run-in. Expectations were low. It was another drab affair of few chances, until the game turned with a red card for them on 76 minutes. Could we now go on and grab a winner and send ourselves to Wembley? The full-time whistle came and went, and into extra time we went. Up stepped George Dowling with a peach of a free kick to send the travelling supporters wild. We clung on during the inevitable onslaught, and headed to Wembley to face Dagenham & Redbridge, who had finished the season in 2nd, but had fallen apart during the run-in themselves. Another 90 minutes went by without us scoring, but also without us conceding either. 90 minutes became 120, and we found ourselves in a penalty shoot out. It didn't last long. In fact, it lasted 6 penalties. We scored our 3, they missed their 3, and back-to-back promotions became a reality! I feel fairly confident in saying not too many teams will go through 3 playoff games and win promotion whilst simultaneously failing to score from open play for 360 minutes. I mean, that's just ridiculous, and yet here we find ourselves in the Football League for the first time ever! Players-wise, this squad isn't going to cope with the step up. A few might, but the majority won't. I made a big call at the start of the season in dropping leading scorer from last year Josh Davison in favour of new signing Victor Sodiende, and he rewarded my faith ten-fold. Well, 27-fold, actually, as that's how many goals he scored. George Dowling is one player I do think will manage the step up, and I'm so pleased I was able to keep him with us for this season. Defensively we were solid throughout, but that was a collective effort rather than any outstanding performances from individuals really. League table Fixtures Finances Transfers Next steps? Well, we're turning professional! I'm expecting upgrades to the ground as well, as I don't think it'll be up to League Two standard. This squad certainly isn't up to League Two standard either, so another summer of lots of trialists coming in and trying to scour the loan market for a decent signing or two ahead. Exciting times though! Realistically, I'd say the amount of players in the squad capable of League football is in single figures, so survival is the target. It'd be nice to get a round or two into a cup competition, but I imagine that'll be unlikely unless the draws are kind to us. Onwards and upwards!
  10. Weston-super-Mare Season 2020-2021 Season summary Well, that was unexpected. Having spent a lot of time bringing players in on trial, I felt we eventually had a fairly decent squad for this level, augmented by the addition of a couple of players on loan from our parent club. Media predictions had us as high as third, but the board were far more realistic in their ambitions, which allowed me to under promise and over deliver. The first 8 games of the season saw 4 wins, 3 losses and a draw, which I thought would demonstrate the sort of season we were in for. Turns out I was completely wrong. We won 10 on the bounce, before a 1-1 draw away at Hendon in early October. Weirdly, this turned out to be our second and last draw of the season, which is something I've never experienced before. Torquay were with us all the way through this run and beyond, and it was only a dip in form for them around Christmas which allowed us to build up a bit of a buffer zone and start to stretch away at the top of the league. 3 defeats between 7th Jan and 6th February saw them close the gap somewhat, but we went into the last 6 games 9 points clear of Torquay. Two defeats later, one to our promotion rivals, and the lead was 3 points. It looked like we were bottling it in the run-in. A 3-0 beating of Weymouth coupled with a defeat for Torquay saw the lead become 6 points once more, and that is where it stayed! We won the league with a game to spare, in completely unexpected circumstances really. A 2-0 defeat at Hemel Hempstead stopped us breaking the 100 point barrier, but all in all, I really can't complain with this season's results! In the cups, we crashed out of the FA Trophy in the third qualifying round to Haywards Heath 2-1, and we were truly awful. Absolutely deserved. The FA Cup was a better story for us this season though. Merstham and Enfield Town were both beaten, before we came up against Yeovil in the fourth qualifying round. We were 2-1 down at half time, and the game changed when they were reduced to ten men. Two quick goals were enough to see us into the first round proper, and a trip to Doncaster. They completely outplayed us, yet we missed two golden opportunities to go in front. Despite their dominance, our defence held firm until the 80th minute. We lost 1-0, but it was a pleasing performance against opposition three leagues higher up the pyramid than us. Best players We had some really strong performances across the squad. Five players (Josh Davison, Josh Eppiah, Sam O'Halleron, Stanley Asomugha and George Dowling) all scored in double figures, but none of them got to 20. It's a good thing not to be overly reliant on one player for goals, but having someone capable of hitting that mark for next season is definitely going to be a priority I think. James Matthews had a good season at centre-back, and formed a good partnership with Daniel Ballard. Ultimately, George Dowling was probably our best player, with the irony being he's not actually been signed to a contract for the whole season. League table Transfers Finances Next steps Well, after anticipating a season of consolidation last time round, this year will all be about fighting bravely against relegation. I'll spend the summer getting as many players in on trial from Premier League and Championship clubs as I can, in the hope of picking up a few decent signings in the process. From there, I'd like to see if we can replicate or even go further in the FA Cup this season, as I'm aware from reading all of your updates of the importance of that for finances moving forwards.
  11. I've decided to give this challenge a go for the first time. I was hoping for Yate Town, but I've had to settle for Weston-super-Mare instead. I'm not sure if I've uploaded this right, but here goes... Manager profile: I'm a few games into the season, having spent a fair while trying to build something approaching a competitive squad. We're still short in a few areas (we started the season without a right back...), but it's been a positive start. I've done the Ultimate challenge a couple of times, so trying to think about potential long-term planning is a different experience this time around!
  12. Cheers. I've been reloading and reloading but to no avail. It's so frustrating!
  13. I've run through a whole season, and still not got a job. As in my first two goes at this challenge, I decided that I was going to start in a top league somewhere in the world. I've had a fair few interviews, from Wales, Ireland, Chile, Peru, South Africa... but not a single job offer. Might need to go back to the drawing board I think.
  14. Hi all. I don't suppose anyone has had Yate Town come up on their reloads yet? I've been trying for a couple of hours and still no joy.
  15. Glad to see this thread alive and well and so many saves ongoing. I’ve just got FM20 for Christmas, and need to decide if I’m going for a third Ultimate Challenge, or to have a go at Dafuge’s challenge. Where have people started this year?
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