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  1. So the BETA is out, and I've been looking at this year's league structure, it's going to be a tough one but I'm looking at doing the database once again. Every database I have done has seen the Mid Sussex League be the lowest one, this year it's different as it only goes to Level 17 but I'll be looking at getting to 22 elsewhere in the Country!
  2. So this began out as me looking to create a 22 Tier database, but it was brought to my attention that one was already in the making, therefore I am looking to create the logos for the teams, competitions and possibly also the cities and stadiums if possible that will accompany this database created by @Dan BHTFC (Link to his page) Make sure you check out his content as it has been high quality for many seasons now! Peace. Instructions for installation: Download File Extract File Move logos folder to where your graphics folder is, for me it will be Documents > Sports Interactive > Football Manager 2019 > Graphics (You may have to create a graphics folder) Boot up Football Manager 2019 Go to Preferences > Interface Click Clear Cache Return to Preferences and click Reload Skin You have to Clear Cache every time you add a new logo and then go back and Reload the skin! DOWNLOAD HERE
  3. Taking football manager 2019 down to level 11 FA Cup redone to include Preliminary rounds, proper prize money added. TV money added. FA Competitions gate reciepts shared 50% each. FA Trophy redone to include preliminary rounds, proper prize money added. FA Vase added, proper prize money added. 1000 teams entered from Level 9-11 FA Trophy & FA Vase Finals played on the same day but at different times like in real life. Small amount of prize money added to the top 3 teams at Levels 7-11 Northern/Southern & Isthmian League Cups Added. Local Cups added down to Level 11 Playoffs at Level 7 & 8 done correctly. Minimum stadium requirements added in at Level 7-9 All promotion/relegation done down to Level 11. Boundaries added for all leagues down to Level 11. Awards added down to Level 11. Full long names added for teams down to level 11. Maximum wage per week added in at Level 7-10. Any feedback is welcome. Level League(s)/Division(s) 1 Premier League 20 clubs – 3 relegations 2 EFL Championship 24 clubs – 3 promotions, 3 relegations 3 EFL League One 24 clubs – 3 promotions, 4 relegations 4 EFL League Two 24 clubs – 4 promotions, 2 relegations 5 National League 24 clubs – 2 promotions, 4 relegations 6 National League North 22 clubs – 2 promotions, 3 relegations National League South 22 clubs – 2 promotions, 3 relegations 7 Northern Premier League Premier Division 22 clubs – 1-2 promotions, 3 relegations Southern League Central Division 22 clubs – 1-2 promotions, 3 relegations Southern League South Division 22 clubs – 1-2 promotions, 3 relegations Isthmian League Premier Division 22 clubs – 1-2 promotions, 3 relegations 8 Northern Premier League Division One West 20 clubs – 1-2p, 2r Northern Premier League Division One East 20 clubs – 1-2p, 2r Southern League Division One Central 20 clubs – 1-2p, 2r Southern League Division One South 20 clubs – 1-2p, 2r Isthmian League Division One North 20 clubs – 1-2p, 2r Isthmian League Division One South Central 20 clubs – 1-2p, 2r Isthmian League Division One South East 20 clubs – 1-2p, 2r 9 (All divisions run in parallel) Combined Counties League Premier Division – 20 clubs Eastern Counties League Premier Division – 20 clubs Essex Senior League – 20 clubs Hellenic Football League Premier Division – 19 clubs Midland League Premier Division – 20 clubs North West Counties League Premier Division – 20 clubs Northern Counties East League Premier Division – 20 clubs Northern League Division One – 18 clubs Southern Combination League Premier Division – 20 clubs Southern Counties East League Premier Division – 20 clubs Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division – 20 clubs United Counties League Premier Division – 20 clubs Wessex League Premier Division – 20 clubs Western League Premier Division – 20 clubs 10 (All divisions run in parallel) Combined Counties League Division One – 19 clubs East Midlands Counties League – 20 clubs Eastern Counties League Division One North – 19 clubs Eastern Counties League Division One South – 19 clubs Hellenic League Division One East – 13 clubs Hellenic League Division One West – 13 clubs Midland League Division One – 19 clubs North West Counties League Division One North – 20 clubs North West Counties League Division One South – 20 clubs Northern Counties East League Division One – 20 clubs Northern League Division Two – 20 clubs South West Peninsula League Premier Division – 19 clubs Southern Combination League Division One – 18 clubs Southern Counties East League Division One – 18 clubs Spartan South Midlands League Division One – 20 clubs United Counties League Division One – 20 clubs Wessex League Division One – 19 clubs West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division – 20 clubs Western League Division One – 20 clubs 11 Anglian Combination Premier Division – 16 clubs Bedfordshire County League Premier Division – 16 clubs Cambridgeshire County League Premier Division – 16 clubs Central Midlands League Premier Division North – 16 clubs Central Midlands League Premier Division South – 16 clubs Cheshire League Premier Division – 16 clubs Dorset Premier League – 16 clubs Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Division – 16 clubs Essex Olympian League Premier Division – 16 clubs Gloucestershire County League – 16 clubs Hampshire Premier League Senior Division – 16 clubs Hertfordshire Senior County League Premier Division – 16 clubs Humber Premier League Premier Division – 16 clubs Kent County League Premier Division – 16 clubs Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division – 16 clubs Lincolnshire League – 14 clubs Liverpool Premier League Premier Division – 16 clubs Manchester League Premier Division – 16 clubs Mid-Sussex League Premier Division – 16 clubs Middlesex County League Premier Division – 16 clubs Midland League Division Two – 16 clubs North Riding League Premier Division – 16 clubs Northamptonshire Combination League Premier Division – 16 clubs Northern Alliance Premier Division – 16 clubs Nottinghamshire Senior League Senior Division – 16 clubs Oxfordshire Senior League Premier Division – 16 clubs Peterborough & District League Premier Division – 16 clubs Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League Premier Division – 15 clubs Somerset County League Premier Division – 18 clubs South West Peninsula League Division One East – 16 clubs South West Peninsula League Division One West – 16 clubs Southern Combination League Division Two East – 16 clubs Spartan South Midlands League Division Two – 16 clubs Staffordshire County Senior League Premier Division – 16 clubs Suffolk & Ipswich League Senior Division – 16 clubs Surrey Elite Intermediate League – 16 clubs Thames Valley Premier League Premier Division – 16 clubs Wearside League – 16 clubs West Cheshire League Division One – 16 clubs West Lancashire League Premier Division – 16 clubs West Midlands (Regional) League Division One – 16clubs West Riding County Amateur League – 16 clubs West Yorkshire League Premier Division – 16 clubs Wiltshire Senior League Premier Division – 16 clubs York League Premier Division – 16 clubs England Level 11 Leagues & Data Updates.fmf
  4. Tuesday 6th July 2010 A sleepy town on the Thames is where fate has placed me for this latest attempt at cracking the big time world of football with a start from the bottom. In this case, the bottom is the ninth level of English football, as the game is asked to randomly select me an English lower league club, and hands me Chertsey Town of the Combined Counties League, Premier Division. Established in 1890, they are a club that have achieved, well nothing actually. They won the Surrey Junior Cup before the turn of that century, but then took over fifty years to actually become a Senior club and join the Surrey Senior League, and then until 1960 to win the Title. They won it twice more in the next three years, adding three League Cup triumphs to it as well before turning professional. That lasted exactly three years, costs were too high for a club of this size, and they reverted back to a lower level of football. In recent years, with several League reorganisations, Town earned promotion twice, only to find the higher level too competitive for them. Now I'm joining a club that is expected to challenge for a promotion. There is no real signal that it's on the cards from what I can see, the club want to spend £575 on wages, already spending all but £8 of that, and worse still, spending £400 of it on just one player. I'm not sure that's a sustainable situation. The club has a bank balance of £8,500 right now. With no backroom staff at the club, the first job is to try and bring in some help, while also evaluating what kind of level of player we have, and what we need to make immediate improvements. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- *Welcome. Football Manager'11, twenty four nations, with only lower level League's from England added to the traditional FM preset options. No other tinkering has taken place, even unfaking, as I forgot to do it, so don't slap too much of your hard earned cash on the Germans winning the Euro's or World Cup during this one! In the spirit of a proper lower league save, I won't sign staff unless they apply for the job, or are recommended by a current staff member or player. As for on the park, players need to be scouted, playing in trials that I or my staff are invited to or recommended before I can attempt to sign them. Should keep things interesting. Enjoy. --------------------------------------------------------------------------
  5. Updated for 19.3.0 Lower League Game Files for Hong Kong Editor Files Facepack & Logos Adboard XML Adboard Static Pictures Adboard Video Adboard Video Font File (if nameplates, shirt numbers disappear) Mirror Site on Google Drive (limited daily downloads, no preview) Mirror Editor Files Mirror Facepack & Logos Mirror Adboard XML Mirror Adboard Static Pictures Mirror Adboard Video Mirror Adboard Video Font File (if nameplates, shirt numbers disappear) The Hong Kong Database is a user-adjustable detail-rich lower league simulation. 10 separate editor files offer flexibility with the challenge level. Adboards plus club and competition logos are provided at each level of competition. The Hong Kong facepack contains 693 images of existing players and non-players, 443 images of club officers, coaches, players and officials, and 96 generic faces. Six tiers are provided for promotion within the HKFA pyramid. HK Tier 1 approximates English Tier 5, the National League. HK Tier 5 and 6 approximates English Tier 9 and 10, the County leagues. Cup competitions are tier appropriate with the FA Cup open to all clubs in the pyramid. Four international competitions allow Tier 1 clubs to grow beyond the stature of the domestic league. Hong Kong is slanted towards academics rather than athletics. The youth system will see a significant number of usable newgens coming from the included school leagues. In reality, some recent youth stars are of expat and/or mixed race origin, and there will be usable newgens coming from non-league and/or expat based local regions. Actual Hong Kong football is dominated by a small number of underwriter supported clubs. The provided databases flattens the revenue structure through a self-sustaining league position award system and opens transfer avenues to undervalued nations. The revamped youth system allows smaller teams the opportunity to grow talent and increase their stature, before being poached by larger clubs. Because Hong Kong football is weighted towards the elite few, my gameplay experience in FM16 and 17 saw an easy ride through the middle tiers. To increase the challenge, I balanced the league by adding new players and staff to all existing tiers of the pyramid. These additions are in separate files: one can play with only the league structure, only new officials and staff, or only new non-players and experienced players, or only new officials, non-players, experienced players and new players up to tier 4. Tier 5 introduces a new division made up entirely of expatriate clubs. Such leagues exist in HK at the amateur level. The new tier extends and enhances the actual situation. Tier 5 is optional, but adding it and the accompanying 860 youthful facepack images will extend enjoyment of this challenge without a proliferation of regen faces. Tier 6 represents the actual amateur leagues, of which I have included the most successful teams from The Legal, Union and Yau Yee Leagues. Hong Kong is the world's most expensive real estate market; land is at a premium. Where possible, 7-a-side fields are utilized as reserve stadiums and training grounds. This prevents existing pitches from turning into a soggy mess and delays the want of some clubs to build their own, which in reality, is an impossibility. Facts Hong Kong, SAR Population: 7,392,000 Language Official: Cantonese and English (Hong Kong Basic Law article 9) Spoken English Competance: 23/41/35% very good, average, not good* FIFA Conf: Asian Football Confederation FIFA Rank (Present, High, Low): 144, 90, 172 FIFA Rank perspective, between Soloman Islands (143) and Afghanistan (145) AFC Champions League Appearances: 1, 2016-17 Eastern A.A. FA Tiers/Clubs: 4/52 Avg Attendance Premier League: 1142 (week 23 2018, HKFA site) Capacity Stadiums: 2400-7800 (Premier League) Players T1 Total/Foreign %: 288/88, 31% (2018 Oct Transfer Markt) CA Observed Top Pro HK Club: 63-105 (Highest 14 Players) CA Observed Bot Pro HK Club: 46-098 (Highest 14 Players) Consistency Top Pro HK Club: 07-015 (Highest 14 Players) Consistency Bot Pro HK Club: 05-010 (Highest 14 Players) Compare England T5, Torquay: CA 65-90, Consistency 8-15 *2016 Thematic Household Survey, HK Census and Statistics Dept Tiers (Actual 2018-19/FM19/Custom Gamepack) 10/10/10 T1,Premier League 14/14/10 T2,HKFA 1st Division 14/14/18 T3,HKFA 2nd Dvision 14/14/18 T4,HKFA 3rd Division nn/00/36 T5,(new international conference) nn/26/48 T6,(four amateur divisions) nn/11/32 T7,(university and academy division) nn/00/40 T8,(college divisions) nn/00/10 T9,(non-league) Cups National (in editor file) HKFA HK Community Cup HK Senior Challenge Shield HK Junior Challenge Shield HK Amateur Cup Clubs All HKFA T1 clubs are professional. T2-6 clubs are semi-professional. Attendance and reputations are normalized. Existing sugar daddy and underwriter clubs continue to be. Sponsorships were normalized to a minimum level and compensated for with division performance awards. Recruitment and Youth Academy ratings are normalized down from a world class level down to a reputation appropriate level. Stand-alone academies, colleges and university produce youth talent. A new expat league is added to form T5. Current expat and locals continue to play in the amateur division of tier 6. T7 and T8 represent for-profit football academies, secondary schools and the university league. T9 contains non-league clubs. A pyramid system is introduced. Traditionally, semi-pro clubs refused promotion to the professional Premier League, historically, some placements have been arbitrary. Non-league clubs can now be promoted to the HKFA through a playoff system. Cities/Local Regions Modified 234 cities to include proper inhabitant range, latitude/longitude, altitude, weather, and attraction level as a function of proximity to the number of MTR subway lines and/or (express) bus routes. Modified 62 local regions. The actual 18 HK districts now have proper population and weather. Others are in-country expatriate regions and foreign expatriate regions that models the Hong Kong diaspora. Stadiums Only HKFC, South China, government support service associations, and academy/schools own pitches. HK pitches are groundshare with assignments managed by HK Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD). Added T1-2 alternate stadiums to lower level clubs. Added and modified 212 stadiums and fields to include correct latitude/longitude, seating, capacity, city, seating color, pitch dimensions and type, build and modified date where available, and condition. LCSD database and Happy Valley facility map were used as reference: 7-a-side facilities were converted to reserve/training pitches and 11-a-side pitches were added/modified. HK Centre of Excellence training facility was also added, reflecting actual building plans. Certain university and secondary school facilities of proper dimensions were added. Some pitches were added to accommodate new clubs. Custom db current stadiums, capacities and locations are here, categorized by division. The drill-down shows capacity, lat and long, and Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department link if available., Nation (file: 200 HKG Policies) Adjusts Youth Rating from 47 to 60 (same as mainland China) Adjusts FA from Completely Useless to Very Important Adjusts Starting Personality Attributes to Above Average->Good Changes Nationality Status to Accumulative from Consecutive Years Moves English to primary language and adjusts Mandarin proficiency upwards Add preferred secondary and attack/defense formations Adds Macau as Non-Foreign Adds nations to preferred Transfer Continent and Nation Transfer fees set to the Dutch level to properly compensate for poaching Personal Taxation brackets corrected: 4,8,12k GBP vs 47,93,140k GBP in editor Actual 2018 median annual income is 19.4k GBP. Corporation Taxation Schema updated to actual CY2018 two tier schema Club (file 201 HKG Clubs) Installs League Structure and Cups Cups International (file:202 Asia Competitions) AFC Trophy (32 teams/top 8 nations) AFC Plate (32 teams/top 8 nations) AFC Gold Challenge Series (64 teams/top 16 nations) AFC Silver Challenge Series (64 teams/9-32 ranked nations) AFC Bronze Challenge Series (64 teams/17-47 ranked nations) Officials (file:203 Officials) Reclass 83, Add 138 Assign officials to (new) AFC competitions, HK Tiers 1-6, HK Cups Officers (file: 204 Officers) Add 134 Chairmen and Managing Directors to clubs without entries Add 13 agent/advocates to nation Hong Kong (bugged, these are not appearing in-game) Coaches (file: 205 Coaches and 106 Reclass) Add 478 and reclass 103 Managers and Coaches to existing clubs and to new clubs in T5 and T6. All T1-6 clubs will have at least a first team manager and assistant. Upper tier clubs also receive reserve team manager and specialty coaches, fitness and/or goalkeeping. Players (file: 207 Players) Add 209 older players to T1-3 Clubs, CA 50-70, Consistency 13-14 Players (file: 208 Players) Add 553 young players to T1-4 Clubs, CA 30-60, Consistency 9-12 Players (file: 209 Players) Add 1516 players to T5-6 Clubs, CA 10-24, Consistency 7-9 How to use the files The numbered editor files will load in order. The minimum needed to play are files 200 and 201. File 202 adds Asia Competitions and is optional. In order to use the facepacks, the prior numbered files must be used. So for instance, if one wants to only add T1-T4 young players (file 208), one must install all prior numbers (files 200 through 207). The included facepack is sequentially numbered for 19.3. Road Map FM20 Update Hong Kong Facepack, review T1 Senior Faces Review possibility of consolidating editor files Review possibility of adding diaspora leagues culminating in Chinese Intl Cup Assign mental, physical and technical attributes to added players Assign player/non-player status for added players to create future staff with faces Create transfer file for future seasons to compensate for foreign league poaching Update non-league clubs if time remains How to Install Download files from the main site or mirror site. Once are in the main file area, the zip directory/sub-directory will create/use the proper directories and then place files in their place, if installed on Windows OS. -- >documents/sports interactive/football manager 19 is for ads, adboard pictures, editor files, and facepack & logos -- >(program files)-->football manager 19-->data is for adboards video Install Editor Files Install ads.xml Install Ad Static Boards Install Ad Video Boards Install Ad Video Fonts (if necessary) Install Facepack (HKG) Sample of Static and Video Ads Install Cautions ads.xml will overwrite your current one. Please back this up if you intend to play other challenge/scenarios. The HKG Adpack will overwrite any other adpack defaults you are using. Please backup graphics->pictures->ads->default before installing. Other directories should peacefully coexist with your current files. If in 3d match play/highlights player nameplate and/or jersey numbers disappear, install adboards video fonts into the same directory as the video ads. Link to FM18 version
  6. The British Lions' Toothless Roar - a Talentless Eejit's Adventures A Head Coach/Youth Academy Challenge, In Which the Chairman and Director of Football don’t trust me to anything other than focus on tactics and coaching. Leagues loaded: England to Level 10 (DanBHTFC incomplete) Scotland to Level 6 (Claassen) Wales to Level 7 (Rainbowz) Rep of Ireland to Level 5 (Claassen) N. Ireland to Level 7 (Claassen) Gibraltar to Level 2 (Cel1234) I’ve made a few tweaks – Ranieri at Fulham, slipped in the odd Easter egg such as Craggy Island to the lowest Irish level, swapped a few teams, altered some reputations (e.g. our first club’s reputation is 200; all other L10 English clubs are 400) – nothing substantial other than setting up my job. Advanced Rules – don’t add players to playable teams, untick do not add key staff, untick attribute masking. Small Database, no additions, 37 leagues, c. 26K players, 4 stars speed. Start 25/6/18. Having left Plymouth Marjon under a wee bit of a cloud, my wife and I have crossed England so that I can return to North-East Essex where I grew up, to a village team just a few miles up the road from my childhood home. I vaguely remember Little Oakley as a sleepy nothing of a village, but my latest research shows me that this club is going places. I just hope we can be part of that journey. Here in the foreground is the village, with the football ground visible on the outskirts next to the red roof. It adjoins the town of Dovercourt with the port of Harwich on the estuary of the River Stour, serving the North Sea.
  7. Hello, and welcome to my save! This is my first try at doing something like this, so bear with me, I'm sure I will make a lot of mistakes the first times I post pictures and stuff like that . Also, Sorry for any mistakes. English is not my native language. I hope everyone who reads this will find it interesting. And with a bit of luck, it will be fun as well! My goal for this save is to take Unia Wapno, a team currently playing in the seventh tier of Polish football, to glory. First of all I'll try to climb the Polish football ladder, then we'll see where that takes us. The database can be found here: Poland 7th Tier. Unia Wapno After spending an hour looking through all of the groups in the seventh tier of Polish football (hundreds of teams) I decided on Unia Wapno. I have never managed in Poland before, so this will be exciting. The reason I chose Unia Wapno was because of the kit, the name (It's easy to spell, some of these Polish name are a real tongue twister), and that they have a okay stadium. All the facilities in the lower leagues are really bad, so that had nothing to say. Only one way to go, and that is up! Well then, say hello to Dølle Døkk, my manager in this save. I'm Norwegian, and I usually use a randomizer to get my second nationality, and I have to say, this time I got a good mix! I start this save with just the basics, and need to improve along with the team. Current Squad This is how the squad is looking at the moment. I'm sure there will be a lot of changes over the next few weeks before the league starts, but I will go over the final squad in the next update. Key players at the moment That is all for now, feel free to give me suggestions to what will make this a more interesting read!
  8. Just 4 seasons ago Chesterfield reached the League 1 playoffs after just getting promotion the season before. Since then, the club has been on a downward spiral and find themselves in the National League for the first time in their history. With a new stadium, funds are never high. The new squad has an average age of 26. The youngest as standard 18 and the eldest... 38. There is a real range of players available. It won't be easy to bounce straight back. This is my aim. With battles against the giants such as Salford and Leyton Orient. It won’t be easy. With a media prediction of 3rd but also only 1 automatic promotion spot. In this League i am allowed just 5 subs to be named per game. It will be key to find have versatile players such as Drew talbot, who can play anywhere along the right side and Curtis Weston, can play anywhere in midfield and right back. KEY PLAYERS: Laurence Maguire - DC Younger brother to Leicester Cit player, Harry. A young up and coming defender who came through the ranks. 21 year old with a 4 star potential. Definitely one i will playing and looking to improve where possible. Joe Rowley - MC Again another young prospect to come through the ranks. This time a 19 year old creative midfielder. as standard suited to central midfielder but i will be using as my advanced playmaker. currently a 4 and half star player, should be at a higher level definitely 1 to keep happy and try to tie down to a longer deal. Charlie Wakefield - MR A 3rd young player to come through the Academy, an 18 year old winger. Not very fast or strong however, his technical ability makes him a good option to retrain as central playmaker. only has 1 year left on his deal will need a new one soon as he has a very high potential also. Lee Shaw - ST A new signing this season. 24 year old work horse. simple as that, work rate of 15 and determination of 14 makes him the ideal pressing forward. Works best when partnered with a strong Target man to play off. It's clear that the academy produces good quality players, i like to use youth where possible especially cup games. So i will be looking to develop existing talent and find new young prospects. STAFF: As i have replaced Martin Allen, who has very few staff. That will be early on my agenda, a fitness coach, scouts and a larger medical team. The games come thick and fast in this league, will need all the help i can get. TRANSFERS: As the budget is very low, but i already have enough players i believe to compete, i won't be adding to the existing squad straight away. After all, the transfer window never shuts in non league.
  9. Lower League Game Files for Hong Kong Editor Files Facepack & Logos Adboard XML Adboard Static Pictures Adboard Video Adboard Video Font File (if nameplates, shirt numbers disappear) Mirror Site on Google Drive (limited daily downloads, no preview) Mirror Editor Files Mirror Facepack & Logos Mirror Adboard XML Mirror Adboard Static Pictures Mirror Adboard Video Mirror Adboard Video Font File (if nameplates, shirt numbers disappear) The Hong Kong Database is a user-adjustable detail-rich lower league simulation. 10 separate editor files offer flexibility with the challenge level. Adboards plus club and competition logos are provided at each level of competition. The Hong Kong facepack contains 699 images of existing players and non-players. An additional 2372 images of club officers, coaches, players and officials are included. Six tiers are provided for promotion within the HKFA pyramid. HK Tier 1 approximates English Tier 5, the National. HK Tier 5 and 6 approximates English Tier 9 and 10, the county leagues. Cup competitions are tier appropriate with the FA Cup open to all clubs in the pyramid. Four international competitions are introduced to allow Tier 1 clubs to grow beyond the stature of the league. Hong Kong is slanted towards academics rather than athletics, so the youth system will see a significant number of useable regens coming from included school leagues. In reality, some of the recent youth stars are of expat and/or mixed race origin, and there will be useable regens coming from non-league and/or expat based city regions. Actual Hong Kong football is dominated by a small number of underwriter supported clubs. The provided databases flatten the revenue structure through a league position award and taxation system, and open new transfer avenues to undervalued nations. The revamped youth system allows smaller teams the opportunity to grow talent and increase their stature, before being poached by larger clubs. Because Hong Kong football is weighted towards the elite few, my gameplay experience in FM16 and 17 saw an easy ride through the middle tiers. To increase the challenge, I balanced the league by adding new players and staff to all existing tiers of the pyramid. These additions are in separate files, so one can play with only the league structure, only new officials and staff, or only new non-players and experienced players, or only new officials, non-players, experienced players and new players up to tier 4. Tier 5 introduces a new division made up entirely of expatriate clubs. Such leagues exist in HK at the amateur level. The new tier extends and enhances the actual situation. Tier 5 is optional, but adding it and the accompanying 860 youthful facepack images will extend enjoyment of this challenge without a proliferation of regen faces. Tier 6 represents the amateur leagues, of which I have only included parts of The Legal, Union and Yau Yee Leagues. In FM17, my amateur league included all their divisions, but it made the groundshare stadiums into a soggy mess. So, for this version, I include only the top amateur divisions. One will have to extend disbelief into new stadiums. As the world's most expensive real estate market, land is at a premium. Where possible, 7-a-side fields are utilized as reserve stadiums and training grounds. This prevents the soggy mess situation previously referenced and delays the want of some clubs to build their own, which in reality is an impossibility. Until FM18, Hong Kong regens had mainland chinese names and surnames. Romanization rules are different for the two territories. While this problem has been fixed, one can still see the wacky english names chosen by Hong Kongers. A separate name database is included, if one wants to flood the pitch with the fanciful, so to speak. Type 'hong kong english names' into a search engine for some laughs. Playtesting (twenty years) In world rankings, HK Premier League is below English National League, Irish Premier, German Regional, French Nations 2, Turkish League 2 and above Croatian League 3, Malaysia Super League, Polish Second Division. Hong Kong T5 is on par with Icelandic Third Division, Dutch Zaterdag and Zondag, Swiss Second League Interregional, English County Leagues. In terms of FIFA world ranking, after twenty years Hong Kong is ranked 62nd between Kosovo and Lithuania. Within Asia rankings, HK sits between South Korea and Uzbekistan. Within Asia conferences, HK Premier League sits between Kuwaiti Premier and Thai League. After twenty years, the starting five financiers disappeared. All clubs were at a minimum of finance ok. Some of the lower tier teams were running in the red. Top tier turnover ranged from 1.2m to 4.9m. Average attendance increased from a range between 1330-2380 to 2100-7500 while T2 attendance trended down from a range of 630-1880 to 280-1850. Offside.hk reports Premier League budgets from 600k to 4 million GBP. After twenty years of gameplay, the annual wage of Tier 1 clubs is 514k to 1.3m GBP. The annual wage budget of T2, T3 and T4 excluding top and bottom clubs are between 105k to 550k, 52-350k, 35-303k. Facts Hong Kong, SAR Population: 7,392,000 Language Official: Cantonese and English (Hong Kong Basic Law article 9) Spoken English Competance: 23/41/35% very good, average, not good* FIFA Conf: Asian Football Confederation FIFA Rank (Present, High, Low): 144, 90, 172 FIFA Rank perspective, between Soloman Islands (143) and Afghanistan (145) AFC Champions League Appearances: 1, 2016-17 Eastern A.A. FA Tiers/Clubs: 4/46 Avg Attendance Premier League: 1142 (week 23, HKFA site) Capacity Stadiums: 2400-7800 (Premier League) Players T1 Total/Foreign %: 288/88, 31% (2018 Oct Transfer Markt) CA Observed Top Pro HK Club: 63-105 (Highest 14 Players) CA Observed Bot Pro HK Club: 46-098 (Highest 14 Players) Consistency Top Pro HK Club: 07-015 (Highest 14 Players) Consistency Bot Pro HK Club: 05-010 (Highest 14 Players) Compare England T5, Torquay: CA 65-90, Consistency 8-15 *2016 Thematic Household Survey, HK Census and Statistics Dept Tiers (Actual 2017-18/FM18/Gamepack) 11/10/10 T1,Premier League 16/16/10 T2,HKFA 1st Division 14/14/18 T3,HKFA 2nd Dvision 12/12/18 T4,HKFA 3rd Division nn/00/36 T5,(new international conference) nn/23/48 T6,(four amateur divisions) 09/00/32 T7,(university and academy division) nn/00/40 T8,(college divisions) nn/00/10 T9,(non-league) Cups National (in editor file) HKFA HK Community Cup HK Senior Challenge Shield HK Junior Challenge Shield HK Amateur Cup Clubs All HKFA T1 clubs are professional and T2-4 clubs are now semi-professional. Attendance and reputations are normalized. Existing sugar daddy and underwriter clubs continue to be. Sponsorships were normalized to a minimum level and compensated for with division performance awards. Recruitment and Youth Academy ratings are normalized down from a world class level down to a reputation appropriate level; compensation is through a higher youth rating which allows lower league teams to purchase higher levels for thousands rather than millions. A new expat league is added to form T5. Current expat and locals continue to play in the amateur division of tier 6. One T6 division is semi-pro and can be used to climb the ladder for the ultimate lower league challenge. A pyramid system is introduced. Traditionally, semi-pro clubs refused promotion to the professional Premier League, historically, some placements have been arbitrary. T6 Non-league (amateur) clubs can now be promoted to the HKFA through a playoff system. T7 and T8 represent for-profit football academies, secondary schools and the university league. T9 contains non-league clubs. Finances The database weights league vs cup competition to provide 75/25% of turnover. This is a predictable income scheme for lower level clubs. A taxation scheme is introduced to keep the rich from getting too wealthy. So, there is a path to break into the middle ranks. However, it is hard to consistently compete against Premier League underwritten sides. Cities/Local Regions Modified to a total of 199 cities to include proper inhabitant range, latitude/longitude, altitude, weather, and attraction level as a function of proximity to the number of MTR subway lines and/or (express) bus routes. Modified 59 local regions. 18 HK regions now have proper population and weather. Others are in-country expatriate regions and foreign expatriate regions that models the Hong Kong diaspora. Stadiums Only HKFC, South China, Govt support service associations, and academy/schools own pitches. HK pitches are groundshare with assignments managed by HK Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD). Added T1-2 alternate stadiums to lower level clubs. Added and modified 212 stadiums and fields to include correct latitude/longitude, seating, capacity, city, seating color, pitch dimensions and type, build and modified date where available, and condition. LCSD database and Happy Valley facility map were used as reference: 7-a-side facilities converted to reserve/training pitches and 11-a-side pitches were added/modified. HK Centre of Excellence training facility was also added. Certain university and secondary school facilities of proper dimensions were added. Some pitches were added to accommodate new clubs. One can view the current stadiums, capacities and locations here. Nation (file: 100 HKG Policies) Adjusts Youth Rating from 47 to 80 Adjusts FA from Completely Useless to Very Important Adjusts Starting Personality Attributes to Above Average->Good Changes Nationality Status to Accumulative from Consecutive Years Moves English to primary language and adjusts Chinese upwards Add preferred secondary and attack/defense formations Adds Macau as Non-Foreign Adds nations to preferred Transfer Continent and Nation Adds Progressive Tax Regimen to temper HKFA league awards Tx fees set to the Dutch level to properly compensate for poaching Club (file 101 HKG Clubs) Installs League Structure and Cups Cups International (file:102 Asia Competitions) AFC Trophy (32 teams/top 8 nations) AFC Plate (32 teams/top 8 nations) AFC Gold Challenge Series (64 teams/top 16 nations) AFC Silver Challenge Series (64 teams/9-32 ranked nations) AFC Bronze Challenge Series (64 teams/17-47 ranked nations) Officials (file:103 Officials) Reclass 83, Add 138 Assign officials to (new) AFC competitions, HK Tiers 1-6, HK Cups Officers (file: 104 Officers) Add 134 Chairmen and Managing Directors to clubs without entries Add 13 agent/advocates to nation Hong Kong Coaches (file: 105 Coaches and 106 Reclass) Add 445 and Reclass 120 Managers and Coaches to clubs without and new clubs in T5 and T6. All clubs will have at least a first team manager and assistant. Upper tier clubs also receive reserve team manager and specialty coaches, fitness and/or goalkeeping. Players (file: 107 Players) Add 209 older players to T1-3 Clubs, CA 50-70, Consistency 13-14 Players (file: 108 Players) Add 553 young players to T1-4 Clubs, CA 30-60, Consistency 9-12 Players (file: 109 Players) Add 860 youth players to T5-6 Clubs, CA 20-24, Consistency 9 Names (file: 110 Names) Add 4800 combinations of the 20 most common HK surnames and 240 first names Extra (file: 111 Extra) Add 25 senior players to T6 Metro League for mentoring, CA 40, Con 12 How to use the files The numbered editor files will load in order. The minimum needed to play are files 100 and 101. File 102 adds asia competitions and is optional. File 110 introduces cantonese and anglified names and is optional. In order to use the facepacks, the prior numbered files must be used. So for instance, if one wants to only add T1-T4 young players (file 108), one must install all prior numbers (files 100 through 107). If one wants to add mentoring players contained in file 111, files 100-109 must be installed, 110 is optional. This is because new players are sequentially numbered. Road Map FM18 Update Adboards Video for AFC competitions, only have a placeholder now. Make User Defined Bug Fixes Road Map FM19 (after 19.3 is released, will get to as many points as possible) Update Hong Kong Facepack, remove outdated entries, review T1 Senior Faces Update Hong Kong Clubs and Logos, there seem to be a few new ones Update Alternate Stadiums to include later stages of certain cups Revise downwards starting PA and consistency values for added players Review possibility of consolidating editor files Assign mental, physical and technical attributes to added players Assign player/non-player status for added players to create future coaches Create transfer file for future seasons to account for foreign league poaching Update non-league clubs if time remains How to Install Download files from the main site or mirror site. Once are in the main file area, the zip directory/sub-directory will create/use the proper directories and then place files in their place, if installed on Windows OS. -- >documents/sports interactive/football manager 18 is for ads, adboard pictures, editor files, and facepack & logos -- >(program files)-->football manager 18-->data is for adboards video Install Editor Files Install ads.xml Install Ad Static Boards Install Ad Video Boards Install Ad Video Fonts (if necessary) Install Facepack (HKG) If you are just testing out the database, do not load the 110 Names editor file. It processes for about 20-30 mins. Sample of Static and Video Ads Install Cautions ads.xml will overwrite your current one. Please back this up if you intend to play other schallenge/scenarios. The HKG Adpack will overwrite any other adpack defaults you are using. Please backup graphics->pictures->ads->default before installing. Other directories should peacefully coexist with your current files. If in 3d match play/highlights player nameplate and/or jersey numbers disappear, install adboards video fonts into the same directory as the video ads.
  10. FM YouTube channel ⚽️ https://youtu.be/LQjIlI3NWEE CHECK IT OUT! Join the Banter and the journey! Would love to see you there !!!! Nostalgic FM talk, career saves and journies up the leagues. Current save with Portsmouth as we await FM 19 - SOOO EXCITED! SUBSCRIBE IF YOU ENJOY! https://youtu.be/LQjIlI3NWEE
  11. The Sardinian Fortress This save isn't that special, the usual youth-only challenge, only this time done with Eccellenza Sardegna side Latte Dolce, also known as Sassari Calcio. The main objective will be to create somewhat of a dynasty with the team and reach the top flight of Italian football, whilst also trying to bring as many other Sardinian teams with me on the way. Sardinia is one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean sea, second only to Sicily. This Italian island is located to the immediate south of the Corsica, and is divided into four provinces whilst being home to one metropolitan city. Its capital is Cagliari, which also happens to be the home of the only Sardinian club to have ever played in the Italian top flight. The second largest city on the island is Sassari, which boasts a population of over 127,000 inhabitants, in an urban area of around twice this size. Historically, its economy has relied mainly on industries such as tourism and services. All of this hardly matters to us, as what truly matters is information regarding the club which we will be following in this career update. U. S. D. Latte Dolce Unione Sportiva Dilettantistica Latte Dolce (which ironically translates to 'sweet milk') is an amateur Italian club founded in 1973, which has spent the vast majority of its history in Eccellenza, the Italian fifth division, with a brief spell in Serie D in 2013-14. Currently, their squad is considered to be the strongest amongst their Eccellenza group, and will fight for promotion whilst aiming to improve its facilities and generate strong youth intakes for the future. Their manager will be former high school goalkeeper-turned-coach, the Ethiopian-American Legend Tesfaye. And as you can tell, those aren't the best facilities. Poor training facilities, basic youth and corporate facilities, and minimal junior coaching combined with limited recruitment; we're rock-bottom, and we'll have to work on getting those facilities up as soon as possible. As for the squad itself, the assistant manager rates our starting eleven very highly, stating that all of them would be decent players if they were to be in Serie D sides, even mentioning that some of my key players (such as Andrea Usai and Omar Delizos) would be good players in Serie D, despite them really not being that good. I think the real struggle this season will be to keep our players, as although there is definitely talent in this team, none of them are actually earning anything for now. I'm personally just very excited for this, and can't wait to see how we end up doing this season. I'll see you in the next update!
  12. Hi I'm playing in the Spanish lower leagues, in my first season with Gernika (I started unemployed...don't know if that matters) I didn't get entered into the Spanish cup nor the federation cup...so effectively I only played league games In my second season I got entered into the Spanish cup, but not into the federation cup (I was still in the B league, so should of been) Screenshots attached
  13. Long time until FM2019 but thought I'd drop this in now seeing as it occurs to me. I play LLM almost exclusively (Conference National all the way down to level 9). Because the crowd sounds are designed for grounds like the Nou Camp and AlianzArena I either have to put up with the sound of 90,000 screaming fans whilst the attendance is actually 16 people and a dog or I have to turn the sounds off. My suggestion, then, is as follows... Scaleable crowd sound fx. it doesn't have to be extensive - empty (just pitch sounds), tiny (a few voices getting lost in the blowy outdoors), small (the chatter of a couple of hundred people echoing off a tinny sounding stand), medium (a few thousands people cheering, singing and oohing and aahing in a ground), large (a full modern stadium of people) and huge (The Maracanã, sounding as only it can sound). The ability to turn off the crowd but keep the pitch sounds on (ball being kicked, ref's whistle.etc) A, perhaps, more achievable alternative. It isn't a massive thing but it would enable me to make use of the sound fx in a way I haven't been able to before.
  14. Polish club football. For anyone who is interested in polish club football, the downfall in the results of Polish clubs in europe is clear. In 1964 now 5-th tier Polonia Bytom won the UEFA Intertoto Cup, beating Lokomotiv Leipzig 5-4 in the final. This marked the first time a polish side won an european competiton, sadly it was also the last one. In 1970 Górnik reached the Cup Winners Cup final, beating Roma, Olympiacos and Rangers in the process, before narrowly losing out 2-1 to Manchester City. This was the last time a polish club reached a final of an european competiton. Legia also had a pretty good run in 1970, reaching the semi-finals of the European Cup before crashing out 2-0 to Feyenoord. In 1983 Widzew beat Liverpool and reached the semi-finals of the European Cup. Sadly they lost 4-2 to Juventus, another polish team came so close, only to lose out when it mattered the most. In 1991 Legia reached the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners Cup, beating Aberdeen and Sampdoria along the way. Yet again however, this proved to be as far as they got losing out to Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United. In 2003 Wisła reached the 1/8 of the Uefa Cup, smashing Schalke 4-1 at their ground along the way. Lazio proved to be too strong however and beat them 5-4. In 2011 Lech reached the knock-out stages of the Europa League beating Juventus and Manchester City in the group stages. But now? Polish clubs can't even win against clubs from Moldova, Macedonia, Kazakhstan and Iceland to name few. It's embarrasing how bad the league is, despite how good our national team is and how high the interest in football is. We are now behind Macedonia and Cyprus in the UEFA's league rankings, it's shocking how bad the league has become. The whole Poland misses the times when our clubs could stand up against the likes of Liverpool and Man Utd. Now even Astana and Sheriff are too strong, it's about time to change this. Which leads us here. Olimpia Zambrów is a Polish football club located in Zambrów, Poland. It currently plays in Polish Third League. The team's primary colors are blue, white, and black. The club has never been higher than Polish Third Tier (second league= 3rd tier) and is a very small club, hence why it got relegated from the 3rd tier last season, where even my **** local team stayed up. I wanted to get them (Olimpia Elbląg), but they wouldn't pop up, so I went with Zambrów instead after holidaying one year, as it's 100% the smallest club that can possibly pop up. We barely have any players, let alone good ones. Don't let the stars fool you, 4'5* is barely good enough for this level. This is going to be a long year, trust me. The bookies seem to agree But hey! At least we have a lot leagues to get players from! I'm going to meet you just before the first game of the season, after the pre-season ends. Stay tuned
  15. Hi all, I originally got this idea from a post in @Makoto Nakamura's Final Countdown thread: Although this post had nothing to do with me, it piqued my interest. It also gave me an idea. Why not try and achieve this? First of all, who the hell are Cherry Orchard? Notable former players include Andy Reid, Connor Sammon, Keith Fahey, Anthony Stokes and Glenn Whelan. Here is the setup for the game: I've loaded every player from the UK to make it as in depth possible for us. The league I have for Ireland is a restructure that has 5 tiers, each with 18 teams. The link for it is here. Cherry Orchard are in the 3rd tier, so it gives me a bit of time to get used to things. Now, on to the aims. Obviously the end goal is to win the Champions League, but this isn't going to be a youth only save. However, there will be some rules: My DoF or whoever else is in charge will make offers and manage the contract signings for the team. I however, will finalise the signings. I will only okay the signings if one of 2 conditions are met: 1. If the players CA is higher than my current top player/s in that position. 2. If the players PA is higher than my current top players CA in that position. I think I'll leave contract extensions to the others as well, might make things a bit more interesting and harder for me as well. I will sign all staff, extensions will be left out of my hands though. Alright I think that just about does it, let's do this!
  16. Once upon a time, in the West. Of Germany. There was a beautiful city from where once the Great Charlemagne ruled his empire. In this city, the people were happy. They were happy, because they could play sports as much as they liked. The people in the West were so good at sports, that people came to watch them play in their little valley called Tivoli. Heck, they even paid to go and see them. So many people flocked the gates to see them, that sometimes it was quite hard to see them play from the overcrowded stands. That's why they started wearing yellow and black shirts. This led to people calling them "Kartoffelkäfer", or potato beetles. That, or an unhealthy relationship with a lot of German beer. For over 117 years, people would come to the Emperor's city to see the potato bugs play. Unfortunately, except for a period in which ABBA was considered decent music, the potato bugs were actually very bad at playing football anywhere outside of their beloved fortress. For decades, hardly any competitive football was played. Only the 2nd choice of teams would travel there for almost 50 years. Until the year 2004, when the potato bugs reached the final of the national cup and qualified for the magic land that is called the UEFA Cup. This was extraordinary, as they still played at the 2nd level. Luckily, the people of the West would finally cheer again on the date of 16 April 2006, when they promoted to the nation's best league. Dark clouds gathered quickly though, as the rise would only last for one year. It relegated a year later. Five years later, another relegation. One year later, yet another relegation. Financial turmoil, a new castle which would suit too modern and too expensive for the people to attract. The potato beetles were thrown into the dungeons of German football. A quicksand of which very rarely clubs would return. The Regionalliga.... Nowadays, the proud potato beetle club finds itself still stuck in that quicksand. The more it has struggled, the more the quicksand has tightened its grip around the Westerners. Will they ever see daylight again? ----- After a disappointing end to my career in Moldova, I'm heading back home. Almost home, though, as I will remain to the East of the border. However, the club I will be managing is more of a home than many other places in the Netherlands, as it's my favourite place and club to be in Germany. You guessed it, we're going to Aachen.
  17. Milton Keynes Dons Football Club (/ˌmɪltən ˈkiːnz ˈdɒnz/; usually abbreviated to MK Dons) is a professional football club in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, founded in 2004, following Wimbledon F.C.'s controversial relocation to Milton Keynes from south London, when it adopted its present name, badge and home colours.[n 2] As of the 2017–18 season, it plays in League One, the third tier of English football. Initially based at the National Hockey Stadium, the club competed as Milton Keynes Dons from the start of the 2004–05 season. After two years in League One it was relegated to the fourth-tier League Two. The club then missed out on promotion in the play-offs before it moved to the newly built Stadium MK for the 2007–08 season, when Milton Keynes Dons won the League Two title under the management of Paul Ince. Milton Keynes Dons also won the Football League Trophy that year. The team remained in League One until the 2014–15 season when it won promotion to the Championship under the management of Karl Robinson, however they were relegated back to League One after one season at the higher level. Milton Keynes Dons have built a strong reputation for youth development, boasts 16 disability teams and its football trust engages around 60 000 people; between 2012 and 2013 the club produced 11 young players who have been called into age group national teams and between 2004 and 2014 the club gave first-team debuts to 14 local academy graduates, including the England international midfielder Dele Alli. The squad: The squad is very good for League One standards, 100% good enough to get promoted back to the Championship, really the only weak area in my opinion are goalkeepers, we'll have to work on that, I think. The bookies seem to agree, so the pressure is early on! So why MK Dons of all places? I always like to manage in England and I feel like the League One is a good starting point, not too hard and not too easy at the same time, which is perfect for me. They have a good youth set-up and often produce gems, which go on to become superstars in both FM and real life (Dele Alli) Or like this man (teen ) Not bad for a 17 year old, very good physically with superb potential ability, watch out for this lad as he could become a legend. Anyway back to the topic, I also chose MK Dons, due to their reputation, it's always them who are shown as an 'evil' and 'heartless' club, without a history. Well, time to change that! I also love their kits, badge and stadium Let's get this going, I'll see you after the pre-season ends. Hopefully this is going to be a success.
  18. I will be trying to do a journeyman save where I start as a 26 year old manager with little skill and I load a lot of leagues for me to start on for the release date of FM18. Anybody else enjoy doing an journeyman style of experience in FM18? Please let me know if you have any tips or recommendations.
  19. I launched a gaming channel in August 2017 and will soon be starting my Football Manager 2018 lets play series called Road to Riches. I will start in the lower part of the English football league and make my way (hopefully) to the highest clubs in the country/world. If you would like to be part of this series from the ground up then subscribe to my channel. There will be other FM 2018 content coming as well. In preparation for this series I would love some suggestions on starting clubs so please feel free to comment below. Heizenblog Gaming Channel
  20. America, land of the free and now, thanks to @Uncle_Sam's awesome database located here I can manage in the USA like never before, but I'm going to hopefully explore these states using @PaulHartman71's idea of accepting every job that comes to him, I'm going to be the American 'Yes Man'. I should probably say why I'm managing in America, or where my interest has been piqued, well it's not because of the MLS, obviously that would be the pinnacle for in the game though. It's because in real life the majority of the football I'm watching is from the USL thanks to them broadcasting every game live on their YouTube channel, located here. Leagues loaded: All of the USA, I may include Mexico further down the line, I may not. Players loaded: Everyone based in North America. I'm starting unemployed with no experience, I am Hank Brown, and I am from Idaho.
  21. Hello and welcome to my FM17 Beta save. My original idea here was to mess around with a top team for a while until a good pack of additional leagues is out, because I want to do a true worldwide journeyman with lots of weird leagues from unusual nations. I even opened a thread on the Tactics forum about my short Beta save with Arsenal to pass the time meanwhile, but this is going to take weeks and weeks until that leagues pack is out... and all the bugs are corrected... and the game is proper polished... Suddenly browsing the forum I had a better idea. I've never had much success in the lower leagues of UK&Ireland. In FM11 I took over Kettering - sacked. In FM16 I tried Berwick Rangers of the Scottish League 2 - resigned before getting sacked. Right next I went for Loughgall of Northern Ireland... sacked again. My only successes in UK&Ireland were a brief Premiership title with a tycoon-owned Spurs in FM12, and a couple of Scottish titles with Dundee Utd later on that same FM16 career. But lower league successes? Absolutely zero. It's been a long standing ambition of mine to fix that, indeed I wanted to go through the English lower leagues in the journeyman I was going to start. And I want to "experience Brexit", which might make England surprisingly interesting. So... why wait for the extra leagues if I want to play in England? It's time for me to try the Dafuge Challenge for my first time. Started a new game with the extra full ladders of Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Portugal, and the top tiers of Italy, Spain, Germany, France. Large database with full squads for the 3 divisions below the Conference North/South, as required. Holidayed to 24th of June 2017. Continued for another day and immediately found a satisfying team to take over without having to reload: It's a relatively rare team, not one of the highest reputation eligible sides. It's got a nice red-and-white strips kit, like my local club I used to play for. Or Olympiacos, Red Star Belgrade, Southampton. It's based near a large city (Birmingham) which might help with youth in future seasons. I am the new manager of Stourbridge FC. Also known as The Glassboys.
  22. So I'm in the 6th season of my Salford career (original i know) and have been stuck in the Vanarama National for a few years, been close to giving up on this career multiple times as it feels like it has stagnated. So in my first season I was promoted playing a 4-3-3 narrow formation with 2 defensive forwards, and a similar midfield to how I have it now. This slowly changed into a 4-3-1-2 in my first couple years in the VNL as my forwards decreased in stats and I brought in a very good AM (he's left now). I got up to 3rd using this tactic but lost in the playoffs so decided to pivot to the tactic I am currently on. I have always thought its better to go out and attack and score lots since I have a very defensive back 4. I have a fairly high rated starting line-up most of which are the team who almost got promoted, and although my expectations are to finish mid table I really feel the team is good enough to go up. Have included the squad, my last three seasons and and idea of the tactic I'm playing, any help would be hugely appreciated.
  23. WHY PLYMOUTH?? Plymouth Argyle are my local team as I am from near by Cornwall. It was the first team I went to a stadium to see, I was a season ticket holder for a couple of years when they were in The Championship which seems an age ago now though! The club has had a tough time of it since then suffering relegation's, financial issues etc but has stabilised the last couple of years and just missed out in the Play Offs last year. Many of you may only really know Plymouth from recently when they took Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool to an FA Cup replay. Still the biggest City team not to be in the top flight so hopefully I can get them back to The Championship or hopefully further in to The Premier League. On FM the squad is actually fairly decent as well for the league and Promotion should be our target, though wages are a bit tight I may have to release some players and bring in youth with re-sale value, or see if the board are willing to jiggle the budget slightly. I am hoping to style this story by posts such as this (talking to the reader) or by way of fictional News Stories, any questions or suggestions feel free to comment.
  24. Hey guys! I've been a lurker here on many threads and commented on a fair few when I get the chance. So I thought it was time to start my own thread and save. Let's get onto the team then shall we? It's going to be one of my local sides that I turned out for from the age of six until 17. Clonmel Town in the Irish lower leagues. In real life there's no proper pyramid connecting all the leagues but I managed to find a database that links 7 tiers together right up to the Airtricity Premier League and so I'll be starting in the 5th tier. This is going to be a Youth only challenge as I love reading those types of saves on here. There are some real players still here (including a couple of my former managers!) and also some regens to fill up the squad, all random of course. No players will be signed but I'll keep the real players until they retire/are sold/can be replaced. I won't drag this on so I'll post some screenshots of various bits and pieces. As you can see we have pretty meh facilities but the Fairly Professional squad status is a good starting point. The finances start off in the red unfortunately and since it's my first lower league save I'll have to learn how to control them. We got off on the wrong foot with that as I managed to get the wage bill up to €425 a week which was a complete oversight from me as I tried to tie some players down. Our modest history is also there. My best achievement with the club was getting to the semi finals of the National competition at U13s where we were hammered 5-0 by St. Kevins Boys in Dublin (They've produced the likes of Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady etc.) Squad Part 1/Squad Part 2 I forgot to get the ages in but there are a lot of very old players and very young players. Curran who I'm excited about is 16 and I hope I can keep him at the club for a considerable time. Other future prospects are O'Reilly, O'Rourke, Smith, and O'Donovan. The current star players are McGrath, Kiely, Mulcahy and P. Scully (Who's 40 and a former manager!). Tactics (Couldn't post like the other pics for some reason, maybe a limit?) Very simple 4-4-2, pretty self explanatory. Loaded Leagues (Quite a few view only in South American/African etc. to try and get some variety.) Playable Leagues (For European competitiveness further down the line.) Thanks for reading (if you made it that far!). I know that was a lot of info bombarded at you all but if you want more (Greedy bastards. ) just ask!
  25. The idea for this challenge is simply: Win every top flight domestic league, starting from the least reputable competition to the highest. (I have downloaded Claassen's hugely impressive set of extra nation's so I can really start right at the bottom.) The reputation of each competition can be found in the editor - I will provide an extensive list (incl. all of Claassen's nations) if there is enough interest in this from others. This is the first ten (where the number represents a reputation value out of 200 for the domestic top flight): 2 Kiribati 2 Northern Mariana 7 Guam 7 Bhutan 12 Tuvalu 13 American Samoa 15 Liberia 20 Tonga 20 Zambia 20 Mali So I have loaded the bottom two nation's, Kiribati & Northern Mariana, as both of their top flights have the same reputation. (You can load as many as you want at one time, but must stay in order.) In this case, it is up to you which you try to conquer first, but to move on to higher reputation leagues, you should've won both top flight division titles! I will add the next most reputable nation's leagues, Guam & Bhutan, when it is a possibility that I could move up to one of those nation's by the start of the next season. Start out with a no-qualifications, Sunday league rep manager and unemployed. Apart from that, there are no other rules. Just to try to enjoy a successful, multi-national save in every corner of the globe! I'll be posting my progress here!
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