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Welcome to the English Football League Thread - EFL in FM18 Welcome to the 2017/2018 edition of the Football League thread for Football Manager! Below are brief introductions to each of the 72 EFL clubs, listed in order of their FM18 media predictions. I hope you will enjoy and contribute...
Welcome to Exeter City Football Club! First and foremost thank you for clicking on this thread where I will be documenting my career with Devon outfit Exeter City who play in England's fourth tier - Sky Bet League 2. As you can probably tell by the fantastic title of the thread, I had little idea what to name it so I will gladly take thread name suggestions! This will be my first 'career update thread' but I have read a few others that have tempted me into doing my own but have also given me inspiration into how to layout the thread and so on. I purely play the game for enjoyment and have done for many years so don't expect a mastermind and don't expect me to win every single game, there will be a lot of struggle documented here I'm sure. Why Exeter? I am very much a fan of the lower leagues. As you can see by my profile picture, (I believe that's what we call it round here, correct me if I'm wrong!) I support Barrow AFC who play in the league below Exeter, in the National League. I attend every home fixture and also try and travel to away games when I and other people are available to and so I tend to enjoy watching this level of football compared to the Premier League, for example. I stumbled across a thread in the 'Good Player & Team Guide' forum which is dedicated to the Football League and I scrolled through reading all the information given by the creator and all the updates within that thread which made me want to join in. The idea to document my career here ultimately came from there, truthfully. Out of all the teams available to me, I narrowed it down to a select few. Accrington Stanley are one of my favourite sides, purely down to the way the club are viewed and just how modest of a club they are and so were on the list alongside Exeter, Notts County and Crawley. I decided against County due to them being a 'bigger club,' historically anyway. I decided against Crawley because I simply disliked them when they were in the Conference, as petty as it sounds and finally I went against Accrington as the ratings of some of the players bothered me too much, for example Erico Sousa was rated higher than a large majority of the team. What drew me to Exeter was the fantastic campaign they had in the 2016/17 season. The club finished 5th and so occupied one of the playoff places and so would play 6th placed Carlisle United in the Semi Finals. If you watched the playoffs, you knew the drama was high with the first leg finishing Carlisle 3-3 Exeter. The second leg was just as exciting as Exeter went 2-0 up with 10 minutes to go to surely wrap up the tie. However Carlisle pulled one back in the 82nd minute and would equalise in the 90th minute to level the game - away goal doesn't exist within the playoffs. But with the last kick of the game, Jack Stacey would step up and convert in the 95th minute, setting up a trip to Wembley against Blackpool - where they also scored with seconds to go to preveil over Luton. Ultimately Blackpool would win on the grand stage despite David Wheeler equalising just before the break after an early Brad Potts goal, Marc Cullen scoring the historic goal to win the Tangerines the game. So, Exeter have a young squad with exciting winger Ollie Watkins being a standout player for the Grecians in real life and also in-game. Players such as Jack Stacey, on loan from Reading and David Wheeler are also huge assets to the club. You will be able to see the squad in more detail below... Squad and Depth We have two goalkeepers at the club who are both very able and could both, arguably, feature. However our first choice will be the older Bobby Olejnik but Christy Pym will definitely be given game time at some point this season. Jordan Moore-Taylor, Troy Brown and Troy Archibald-Henville were all injured before I started the save but have all returned to fitness mid-August (when I have taken the screenshots) and so Luke Croll and Pierce Sweeney were originally the duo at the heart of the defence however I intend on rotating between Croll and Moore-Taylor alongside Sweeney over the duration of the season. Callum Jones, Joshua Emmanuel and Matty Foulds have all been brought in on loan by myself from West Brom, Ipswich and Everton respectively until the end of the season to compensate for the injury issues we have in the full-back department. Craig Woodman is out until October and Connor Riley-Lowe simply isn't ready just yet for regular football. Expect Emmanuel and Foulds to be the two full-backs this season. We only have a trio of out and out central midfielders for the season. Oakley won't feature much and instead will be used to tutor young players whereas James and Lecygne, another player I loaned in, this time from Stoke, will be the two midfielders. The wide areas are definitely the place where Exeter excel, with a bundle of exciting players on either flank. Holmes will be out until October with injury, David Wheeler and Jack Stacey are the two options for us available and will rotate, with Holmes adding to the rotation when he returns. On the left we have Ollie Watkins who was the standout player as mentioned in real life for Exeter, Joel Grant who is another player originally on the injury list but has just returned (20th August) and also Thomas Grant, no relation to Joel, who was brought in for cover. Watkins will, similarly to most positions, rotate with Joel Grant and Thomas Grant is there when needed. Behind the striker we have two very able options again - Ryan Harley and Jake Taylor. The latter will be the first choice ahead of the older Harley who will be an option on the bench for the majority of the season and will be used when needed. Finally we have the attackers, where it's a selection dilemma once again. Ryan Swan and Matt Jay will most likely be loaned out for the season to lower league clubs as they won't feature. The other three options, Simpson, Reid and McAlinden will all be fighting for the no.9 role. McAlinden will be the preferred choice, ahead of Simpson and Reid - I prefer Simpson as he is more able to play as a defensive forward than Reid who can only really play as a target man which isn't something I tend to use in my tactics. Tactics This is how we lined up in our most recent fixture against Accrington, the formation will most likely remain like this for the season with the mentality and instructions changing from time to time. Currently we are going with a 'counter' mentality and a 'structured' team shape. August Fixtures Thanks for reading the beginning to my career update with Exeter I hope to see you reading and interacting.
Battle of Britain Over 400 football league teams (No Scotland or English Premier) in a straight FA Cup style knockout. England / Scotland / Wales / Ireland / Northern Ireland Semi Finals played at Neutral Stadium 3rd place playoff & Final played at National Stadium Squads must have >5 U23 players. The cup is built into the Wales Nation (just to be easier in the editor) - WALES MUST BE LOADED AS AN ACTIVE NATION. DOESNT EDIT ANYTHING SO SHOULD BE COMPATIBLE WITH MOST FILES THAT DONT CHANGE NATION TEAMS/LAYOUTS LINK - > https://www.mediafire.com/?0vqjov43b44a9d2 Added to steam - > http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=834562792