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  1. Welcome to a Scottish league odyssey managing 7th tier Burntisland Shipyard FC. Burntisland Shipyard Football Club are a Scottish football club based in the town of Burntisland, Fife. The club competes in the East of Scotland League First Division Conference A and play their home matches at Recreation Park. They are full members of the Scottish Football Association. For this save I have used The (Real Life) Full Scottish Pyramid inc. Juniors database created by @Morrissey. Burntisland play at the lowest possible tier of Scottish clubs that can be promoted to the SPL. The aim is to take them all the way to the top of Scottish Football and challenge the European elite. 0 The aim will be to move up the leagues and use any money possible to upgrade the youth infrastructure at the club. Here's the squad at the start of my tenure.
  2. After a few years away I am making a return to writing about my football manager stories (quarantine will do that to you). Decided for this one I will go back to my hometown team of Stirling Albion. I've managed them a few times before and every save I race up through the leagues only to fall out of love with the save when I have to start relying on loanees from massive clubs or foreign wonderkids. This time I'm going to go a bit more local and only use youth players to build my way up through the leagues. Few fun facts about Stirling Albion: 1. We hold the record for the largest post war win in British Football (20-0 vs Selkirk in 1984) 2. We became the first fan owned club in Scotland in 2009 after a takeover by the Stirling Albion Fan Trust with members including Andy Murray and Cristiano Ronaldo 3. We were founded in 1945 after the previous club in Stirling (Kings Park FC) had their stadium damaged by a German bomb during WW2 4. And finally we have one of the best stadium views out there Set-Up Like to see what's going on in other top leagues and have a fairly large database just for realism sake. Thrown in every Scottish player as well because there's usually some finds in the Scottish juniors (not that I'll need any) Club Info Bit of club info for you. Facilities are pretty average but hope to get the improved to a high level. Club Vision & Finances Seems like the board do have some ambition compared to others. Mean that results are going to be somewhat key with promotion required in the next 2 seasons and after that I would have to keep them in the league. Financially the club is pretty sound and hopefully I can use this money in the bank to get facilities upgrades and increase the youth spending. Squad These are all the players I have to work with this season (first team + reserves). Our youth team is pretty non-existent and is full of grey players. Gave YP nicknames to the 3 players that came to the club through the youth system. There is a decent amount of potential in the players here so looking forward to getting to work Key Players Gutted that Hughes is only a loan player but hope to get as much out of him. Mackin and Bikey will hopefully bang in the goals this season. Prospect(s) Kyle Banner is by far our best youth prospect with that 5+ stars potential ability however that only puts him as a League 1 standard player. Some decent attributes for a centre half. That brings an end to the Intro to my challenge. Will give an update once I clear preseason. Any questions, tips etc feel free to post them. Would be much appreciated thanks!
  3. The Spartans A journey to make Spartans relevant. I was looking for a long term save to start during this work from home period, started a Bolivian league save but everything broke after 1 season so went for a more tried and tested database and the Scottish adventure began. Choosing a team was easy when I looked and saw one called Spartans, big fan of the races and lock down has had me miss a few events this year. A quick look into their history, based in Edinburgh and never been in the football league. First challenge is to get into the league, secondly become the best team in Edinburgh, thirdly best team in Scotland and finally best in Europe and worldwide. The team selected, game loaded it was time to begin. First things first, new kits. I have completed 2 season already before deciding to write this so will give a quick run through so everything is caught up. Season 1 Started poorly, we went with a 4-1-4-1 formation and controlling possession tactics. The possession controlling seemed to work but we struggled at the attacking end of the pitch scoring just 36 goals in 30 games the only reason we finished so high in the league was we conceded just 16 goals. Overall we were involved in quite a few competitions so here is a summary; Lowland League - 3rd Scottish Cup - 4th Round Betfred Cup - Group stage- 5th IRN-BRU Cup - 1st Round SFA South Challenge Cup - Runners up East of Scotland Qualifying Cup - Winners Lowland League Cup - 1st Round Biggest takes from this were, Scottish cup was great for income, beat Berwick from league above us in the second round then got a divisional rival in East Kilbride in the third round. Falkirk beat us after an own goal from the halfway line ended our chances and Tolmie’s Spartans career. The league showed we are a good side but need to be more attacking so that was my mine drive going into the second season. I didn’t see the need for wholesale changes so secured our better players to additional years on contract and brought in 4 new signings during the summer. Season 2 This season started a lot better, I have decided to change the tactics and move to a 4-2-3-1 with the extra midfielder going forward hopefully enough to get me the goals I craved. Mix this with my biggest summer signings Lewis Small and Aidan Wilson we would hopefully have a successful season. The fixtures speak for themselves, just the two losses all season (which I still don't understand) and we set records for most wins, points, wins in a row, games without losing, highest avg rating and most goals by a player. In the rest of the competitions we did fairly well in the cups the board does not care about and just about scrapped the results needed in the cups we were judged on. Here are the results in a nice easy to read form. Lowland League - 1st Playoff Lowland/Highland - Winners League 2 Relegation Playoff - Winners Scottish Cup - 3rd Round Betfred Cup - Not entered IRN-BRU Cup - 1st Round SFA South Challenge Cup - Winners East of Scotland Qualifying Cup - Winners Lowland League Cup - Semi Finals The league itself has issues with competitiveness as most teams let too many players go in the off-season and didn't replace them. A lot also had loanees that would not work now as bigger teams did not want to loan to clubs our size, I tried many times to get a senior affiliate (for money more than players) but failed every time. One benefit/bug I found was I could sign players to a youth contract on £5 a week and only give them a real contract if there was interest. This mean 4 or 5 players on top wages close to £100 a week took up half my budget and then the rest was a few youth academy players (can't afford to keep them all), players on youth contracts and rotation players who I had to give part time contracts to so that they stayed. This brings us nicely onto finances. On average our wage bill second year was £650-700 a week, rather than the £1200 in the first year so over the season we saved £26,000. This mixed with some good cup runs, in the low paying cups, meant we finish the season with -£11,000. Not great but much better than peak debt of -£62,890. I cannot see anything that says stadium sizes in the rules for League 2 so hopefully that's not an issue though last home game of the season I got a notification saying we were leaving Ainsle Park so not sure what's going on there as no building work or anything going on. Moving forward the squad want to challenge for playoffs next year, I think it might be an issue getting players of the right caliber but its wait and see for now, Scottish clubs have released players on the save so begins a few hours of trawling looking for the right guys, particularly a GK and LW. Around the World. Scotland England Rest of Europe If anyone wants info on anything let me know, playing on FM19 with Scotland as only playable but big European leagues viewable Planning to post a pre, mid and post season update from here on out.
  4. Some may have seen my post in GD where I discussed this but after pouring some hours into the editor this db is finally finished! For now! I have created a fantasy league system for Scotland with clear promotion and relegation from the best of Scotland down to the Highland and Lowland leagues. This is not as extensive as it sounds with only three leagues (H/L are in the same tier). This is because in my opinion Scotland simply has far too many league teams for a nation of its size. This retains the best 32 professional sides with the tiered leagues adding another 40 teams. We have the following: SPL - Tier One - 16 teams playing each other home and away. After 30 games top four and bottom four split and play each other once more to decide the overall champion and who finishes in the two rlegation places. They keep their points totals from the first 30 games. Championship - Tier Two - 16 teams playing each other home and away. Top two are promoted and bottom two relegated (no playoffs). The most northerly team enters the Highland Premiership and the most Southernly enters the Lowland Premiership. Highland and Lowland Premierships - Tier Three - Two leagues of 20 teams playing each other home and away. A single team is promoted from each into the Championship. Scottish Cup - For the league sides only. 32 teams are drawn into 8 groups of 4. These extra 6 games (plus potential playoff games) brings up the number of games to ease the loss of revenue from shorter leagues. Scottish teams cannot afford to lose any more money! The group winners and runners up procede to the last 16 after Christmas. Only the final is played at Hampden. Amateur Trophy - For the 40 Highland and Lowland sides. With no League Cup I could afford to raise the reputation and prize money for the Amateur sidesto hopefully make it a big deal. 40 teams are in 8 groups of 5 (8 games) with the group winners progressing to the quarter-finals. The finalists get their big day out at Hampden. The Download Link: - http://www.mediafire.com/file/72uy8rfhw7kq5lf/SPL_Pyramid.fmf/file Any bugs/ questions/ suggestions or anything, please don't hesitate to fire away! Special mentions to the following people: @EnigMattic1 and @huntelaar19 for showing an interest and helping me work through some ideas @sporadicsmiles For his editing help Samo and Rickie over on FMSlack for sticking their two-penneth in too!
  5. I've never played a full game of FMT, (in fact I have never managed more than a single season I don't think), and mainly due to my dissatisfaction with a couple of bugs in FM, I have decided to give FMT a proper go and play a save that isn't really something you would expect of me. It's not going to be Youth Only. It's not going to be Journeyman, (because I expect that the issues with FM20 are likely to exist in FMT20 too). I will not be starting at the very bottom of the structure I start in. The save is inspired by a song, (or at least a fans version of a song that blew me away). Because this is FMT, I will be embracing some of the FMT style benefits, (I already knew that I had the ability to purchase a son in the game and now I also understand that I can "buy a Golden Generation", but what's the betting they are all absolutely pish anyway!). I'm really just playing this until the boffins at SI can sort out the things that are bugging me about FM20. The 1st aim as always is to not get sacked. The 2nd aim is to absolutely bury Hearts. The 3rd aim is to separate the Old Firm and become better than Rangers. The ultimate aim is to topple Celtic. Where as I would usually start with no badges and a Sunday League reputation, in this save I am starting with an automatic reputation and I don't think badges are in the game because I didn't get an option in that respect. There is however 1 feature that I will absolutely NOT be using. It's a downright abomination. Start of save. Jul 2019. We have £8.8M in the bank, but a transfer budget of £0.00. Our wage budget is £67,952 and that's exactly what we are spending. Our Training Facilities are "Great" (at least that's what it says), and part of the reason for playing FMT is that I have no way of checking. Our Youth Facilities are also "Great" and as above we will just have to take their word for it. (There is no separate Youth Recruitment which is the big problem in FM20 at the moment). This is a new screen to me and it says that we don't have a Chairman. Are Hibs fan owned? I was actually looking to delegate stuff to the Chairman, (like hiring/firing all staff), so I might have to do that myself, (which is a pain, and not very FMT-like). Oh ok. Here it is. It is here, it's just quite limited but no problem. I never knew this feature existed. I won't be using it. (Another abomination). I also hadn't heard of this feature either but not sure if it's new or not. This might get used at some point but I will talk you through it if and when I use it. The idea would be that this would just be for a players who has done something special that deserves special recognition. (I'm assuming that this is for a player and not for me by the way?) I've just come across "Dream Transfer" and I'm not sure what this is at all. Let's have a look and see if I can work out what it is. Oh, it actually creates a pop-up with a description for all of them. No loan restrictions. This doesn't really appeal because I tend not to use in-coming loans, but if I was able to unlock it in-game then I might be tempted to take advantage of it just for the hell of it. I certainly won't be purchasing it though. No transfer windows. I won't be purchasing this or using it when I activate it in-game. I am very used to transfer windows and couldn't bring myself to abolish them. No sacking. While I won't be purchasing this, I would like to think I will be unlocking it in-game and that it might be a decent reward to activate it. It might also allow me to them go for more risky strategies without risk of getting shown the door. Board over-ride. I won't be purchasing this, but it does say that it's unlockable even if it doesn't say how. I would expect that I get one of these to use if I get the board to change their mind about something. Either way I look forward to using this, (maybe even multiple times depending on what unlocks it). No Work permits. Although I won't be purchasing this, what makes it appealing to use if un-locked in-game is the trigger of "showing a commitment to developing home-grown talent". I would definitely use this. Brexit has been announced and it's a medium Brexit. Son generated. This is the big one for me. I would have been tempted to pay money for this, but as it's triggered by a player retiring after 10 years service rather than me being at the club for 10 years then I might hold off. It also means I am about to go and re-sign some players who I was prepared to let leave. (I wonder if loan deals screw with this?) All players interested. I'm not going to be purchasing this and I also don't think there is much chance in me unlocking this either. This might be more suitable in a Journeyman save, but is it restricted to 1 club or does it follow the Manager around? Foreign Influx. Although I wouldn't purchase, if I manage to go undefeated for a full season, then I bloomin well deserve this as a prize. Unlimited scouting. Oh yes, if this save lasts 10 years then this is definitely getting used once I unlock it. New Stadia. I would pay good cash money to have a stadium names after me, (because I still haven't managed it in any FM), but I can't see myself using this even if I somehow trigger it. SI please note I am happy to pay to rename a stadium though. Pretty please. Attribute masking. Not sure about this one. If you asked me if I wanted to play with the FoW lifted then I would have said no, so I'm definitely not purchasing this, but if it was an earned reward to show me every players determination level for example then that might seem more reasonable. I will have to think about this one nearer the time and will discuss in more depth if and when it happens. £1M boost. Nope. I'm not using this. £5M boost. Nope. I'm not using this. £10M boost. Nope. £50M boost. No no no no no. Morale boost. I'm not purchasing this, but if I unlock it then I will use it. Would have been better if you could keep it in your back pocket for a rainy day though, (like a Cup Final or a big league game). Magic sponge. Dodgy Lasagne. Lifetime Player contract. I'm not purchasing this, but I would use on someone like a son if I unlock it. Unsuspend player. No, not using this. All job Applications. If I was playing a journeyman save then I might be tempting, but no. Design a son. Oh I see. This isn't the same thing at all as "Generate a son". I will "try" not to buy this and will instead try to earn it. Golden Generation. This sounds right up my street. I would love to unlock this, (by having a product of my Academy win some accolade or something), but I can see me purchasing this. The only reason I'm not purchasing immediately is partly because I don't even feel like the club is mine yet, (and I've just finished the 1st season), but also because I want to be financially viable so that the board don't sell them off and that they can stay at the club long-term. I also want to see what a normal intake is like 1st. Dream Transfer. The idea of bringing in Messi or Ronaldo doesn't appeal in the slightest, but the idea of perhaps bringing back a previous product of our Academy might be more appealing. Only if I trigger it though. I'm not buying this. I don't actually know if we qualified for Europe last season. We will have to wait and see. The Youth Intake Preview is appalling and possibly suggests that the issues with FM20 are also in FMT20. I haven'y worked out how to force through a Golden Generation. I also can't work out how to give myself a son in the game, (although I think it auto-triggers after 10 seasons). (20a) Brian *. (20b) Johnston *. Something that I have noticed however is that this button is available...... I'm not sure if this is going to try and get me to pay for a son, (I'm not going to), or if it's has been triggered because I have players at the club who have been here for more than 10 years, (although not exactly 10 years). Anyway, let's press it and see what happens..... Ladbrokes Premiership. Going into the last game of the season we were 3rd, level on points with Rangers and only behind by 1 goal difference and ahead on goals scored. We just need 1 point more than them to finish in 2nd and 4th placed Aberdeen were almost 20 points behind us. Hearts, with 1 game remaining were only ahead of St Mirren in the relegation zone on goal difference. How I wish I was playing them to send them down. Celtic have obviously romped the league, although it was close for much of the season while they had games in hand. Forget that bit above. We have just been given 5 more games to play. I had forgotten about that. In the end, we didn't finish 2nd and Hearts didn't get relegated. Betfred Cup. We progressed through the Group stage and then somehow crashed out to Alloa. Scottish Cup. As if losing to Alloa wasn't bad enough, we made it a double by also losing to Morton. That's more like it. I had nothing to do with this at all. The board just announced it. How Mallan has not been called up to the Scottish side I have no idea. I'm playing him as a DLP(s) and he is absolutely smashing it. Finances. Anyway, so I know some of you will be disgusted by all of the above and still others might demand to know who am I and what have I done with Jimbo. Don't worry, I'm not changing the way I play and this is just some light entertainment to pass the time while the SI lads get on with some bug-fixing.
  6. After 16 years of trying to get all of his badges Beinir Joensen has thrown in the towel and gone into hiding...ending up 220 miles south in Scotland, in search of a new life and not as an assistant manager but as a full fledged manager! Scotland down to the 16th tier, Beinir has gone into a life of recluse! We'll be starting unemployed looking for a job in the 16th tier, from there we can only take jobs either in the same tier or one tier above us. How will this end? Who knows but this is a journeyman so I hope you're all ready to explore Scotland!
  7. I need a low maintenance save that I can just crack on with when I want to play, and not get too bogged down with the writing side of things. So I have reverted back to the old Championship Manager series, and a version that is over twenty years old. It will provide a bit of nostalgia in terms of players, and even clubs in some cases. With only English and Scottish Leagues open in the game, and very little in the way of detail compared to the current series of it's Football Manager successor, there should be a decent pace set. No match reports here, just very brief game summaries. I used an online random selector to pick me a Division, and then a club, and ended up with Scottish Third Division side, Dumbarton. To add an extra layer of competition, I'll be making use of a feature in the older versions of the game, the Overall Reputations and Performance Points Tables. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wednesday 16th July 1997 Two Cup draws are made today, before I even get a chance to take a look at my squad. First up is the Scottish Coca-Cola League Cup, where we are one of 12 teams that will play in the First Round, and we are drawn away to Divison rivals, Berwick Rangers. That becomes our season opener on the 3rd August. In the draw for the lower league competition, the Scottish League Challenge Cup, we get a more difficult tie, home to Livingston of the Second Division in a tie that is scheduled for 21st August. A quick look at the squad suggests we need to improve our full backs, centre midfield and striker options. If we decide to deploy wide men, we may need a left winger too, as 22 year old Joe Goldie is looking to move to a new club in the near future. With only £100,000 to spend as a Transfer Budget, I'm shopping for new players in the bargain basement. If I can move a few players who are not going to be required on as well, we'll be in okay shape. Sunday 20th July By the time the weekend is out, we are discussing personal terms with two players, and have offers in for another three. That was originally two players, but when my Transfer pot was increased up to £130,000, I put in a bid for a midfielder who I had originally thought would be out of our price range. Monday 21st July The first signing is made, and it's a younger player, and much needed upgrade at right back. Keith O'Halloran is a 21 year old from the Republic of Ireland, who sign's for £8,000 from St Johnstone. It's a four year deal on £1,000 per week for the player who made four appearances for Middlesbrough as a youngster, and then further appearances on loan for Scunthorpe United and Cardiff City. He also played five times for St Johnstone last season. 17 year old left winger James Paterson has rejected a move to us from Dundee United after the club accepted a £4,000 offer from us. We may be looking to go back in for him with improved personal terms. Wednesday 23rd July A second new signing is now done, and the new arrival is 23 year old centre midfielder Innes Ritchie, who signs for £13,000 from East Fife. A very good passer of the ball, it's a two year deal at £600 per week for a player who has made eleven Senior appearances, all for Motherwell prior to his arrival at East Fife, who had him Transfer Listed. Friday 25th July On the day that left winger Joe Goldie has a Transfer Request rejected, I bring in a new striker, and the man I hope will fire the goals for us this season. 31 year old Jesus Tejero signs for £25,000 from Partick Thistle. The Spaniard looks head and shoulders above any striker we already had at the club, and signs a two year deal for £850 per week. Sunday 3rd August Scottish Coca-Cola League Cup, First Round Shielfield Park, Berwick-Upon-Tweed Berwick Rangers (2) 3 - Ansah (10), Fraser (39), Walsh (68) Dumbarton (0) 0 Attendance :- 3,192 K.Meechan; Barnes ©, Bruce; O'Hallaron, J.Meechan, Sharp; Reid (McKinnon 74); McGarvey, Granger (Ritchie 45); Tejero, Glancy. We created our fair share of chances, but light on numbers in midfield with this ambitious formation cost us, and Berwick took their chances. They move on to play Rangers, while we are lectured by the Board. Performance Points :- 9th. 20 pts Overall Reputation :- 140th. Okay Wednesday 6th August We'll have to tread carefully now in the Transfer Market going forward. There is less than £30,000 available, and we clearly need to make some improvements. An attempt to bring in an attacking midfielder before the opening Third Division match has failed though.
  8. Giving this another go for the new season added a few extra teams updated the leagues improved a few things from last one , managed to get it down too level 13 there is also 2 extra leagues below this . Take a team from the bottom through the amateurs leagues and work your way up through the different leagues including the juniors Scottish cup open too 276 teams British and Irish fa cup for fun 736 teams ! Level 1 Ladbrokes Premier League Level 2 Ladbrokes Championship level 3 Ladbrokes league one level 4 Ladbrokes League two level 5 highland /lowland leagues level 6 East of Scotland , south of Scotland , West of Scotland Premier league and East superleague North/South level 7 highland North / East, North superleague , North Caledonian league level 8 mcbookie East premier north/South Level 9 Scottish Non league 1 , west region championship, east Region first division,East of Scotland Division one ,Highland Amateur league, North first division level 10 Scottish non league 2 , east of Scotland Second division west region league one ,East region division 2 ,North second division , Highland Amateur Division one Level 11 Scottish non league three West region league two, Borders amateur league A, Aberdeenshire Amateur League, Highland Amateur league two level 12 Scottish Amateurs level one caledonian league , Dundee amateur league Borders amateur league B Level 13 Borders amateur league C, Aberdeenshire Division one, Highland Amateur division Three, caledonian Division one caledonian Division two caledonian Division Three Update added second file this one has no British fa cup and the Scottish cup the way it is now with 101 teams Scottish Fantasy Pyramid System.fmf Scottish Fantasy Pyramid System Version 1.fmf
  9. Hello folks new user here to the forums first of all.. Not been a member of the forums at any point so decided to take the plunge and share my experiences with you all whilst enjoying playing the game as well.Ive noticed a good few saves with teams in Scotland and in particular the lower scottish teams which i always find a good realistic challenge given my level of playing as i would consider myself not the greatest at the game But anyway,in this save ive decided to start off with my local team Larkhall Thistle and see where we go from there. Heres what i've setup gamewise.. Leagues Loaded in Norway,Sweden,Finland,Denmark,Iceland (All lowest league possible,View only settings) England (Vanarama N/S and above) Scotland (Junior + Senior pyramid - Mozza's Full Scottish Pyramid file from this forum) Ireland (First Division),Northern Ireland (Bluefin Sport Intermediate League),Wales(Premier League) Also added players form top european countries in the advanced section as well as African players (Mainly for regen purposes) Player count of about 75,000 Here goes
  10. Back again for another year! Instead of doing 2 different DBs this time, I've put all my efforts into one real-life DB going all the way down to the bottom of the junior ranks. Also, it always annoyed me playing in the Lowland League with no real players when the Highland League had full squads...so I've been watching various games and working with some of the clubs to make real squad lists this season! A huge thank you is owed to the SLFL's media man Michael Park, as well as representatives from Cumbernauld Colts, Edusport Academy, Uni of Stirling and BSC Glasgow for their help with this. Here's a brief change list: Addition of all leagues in the SFA pyramid, as well as the SJFA ranks underneath and relevant cups Lowland Squads added to complement the Highland League's detail level Managers added at all playable levels Cups corrected to work as they do IRL, with the Scottish Cup and Irn-Bru Cup seeing changes Graphics pack for logos (all teams and leagues) available Working playoffs at every level (including the seperate strands of the SJFA) *PENDING* Junior league reconstruction after season 2017/18, as will happen in real life This saw over 10k downloads last year, hoping to get even better this time around.
  11. FM18 All-European (Less England) Small Club to Big Club Challenge Introduction Welcome to a new chapter in the history of the ‘Euro Nation’ Challenge, born out of the recent history of the highly successful Gundo’s Challenge and the Big Euro Nation Challenge that spawned out of it. Originally set up as an alternative to the hugely successful Dafuges Challenge for FM06, Gundos Challenge offered an alternative for people who wanted to play in another European country. The Big Euro Nation Challenge followed for FM08 and, like Gundo’s Challenge, has had some fantastic stories over the years. These threads have always been hugely popular and successful thanks to those who played, and who still take part, in the challenges. Some of the stories are legendary, and hopefully more of these will be born in this, and future, versions of the game. The premise of the challenge is the same, and simple, to start with a previously unplayable club and taking them all the way to a National Title and then on to winning the European Champions League. With a variety of leagues, styles of play, different rules, and many different locations for your clubs there can be a lot of variety throughout the thread, providing a great atmosphere and stories for our users to become immersed in. General Challenge Info Possible Countries Austria Belarus Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Finland France - June 20th Germany Greece Holland * Hungary Iceland Ireland * Israel Italy - July 30th N. Ireland - 25th June Norway - January 13th Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain - July 10th Sweden - December 15th Switzerland Turkey Ukraine Wales * Holiday for two seasons not one. League Reset Dates Austria - 13th June Belarus Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Holland * Hungary Iceland Ireland * Israel Italy N. Ireland Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine Wales The Rules A) Game Set-up 1) Load One Nation Only (All Available Divisions within your nation) 2) Your choice of Database Size (Large Recommended) 3) NO Edited Databases of any kind 4) Customising Database You can add players to the database up to a limit of 100,000 in total in order to add more depth to your save and also add more difficulty down the line. Suggested Adds Players from Top Clubs/Top Divisions (Europe or All Continents) - This increases the challenge at Continental Level Players Based in your Nation - This can add up to 50% more players to your game Players Based in your Region (Central Europe/East Europe/UK & Ireland) - This can add extra players likely to join your club There will be a file correcting the club/competition names, I will advise use of this. NO other additional customising is allowed. 5) Attribute Masking should be Enabled 6) Disable Ingame Editor (Please do this) 7) Optional Ticks Add Key Staff (This will give you a Scout, Physio & Ass Man by generating them if your club is without) Add Players in Playable Nations (This will ensure all clubs have a minimum number of players, generating them if needed) The extra levels of detail that you can change while in the game are up to you, as they shouldn't make a difference. B) Steps in the Game 1) Add an unemployed manager; you will not use this man to manage your club. I like "Unemployed Man or Holiday Man" 2) Go on holiday until the reset date of your chosen nation (Should take about an hour) TIP - Changing Detail Level to None will make it go faster. (Remember to change it back afterwards) TIP - Saving on the day before this date may give you a better choice of teams by reloading the game then going on holiday for one day, I would strongly recommend trying this. 3) Add a new manager - Use yourself, or a created character to help build a story line a) Personal Details - Your Choice b) Tracksuit vs. Trainer - Your Choice c) Past Experience lowest Possible (Generally Sunday League) d) Coaching Licenses lowest Possible (None) e) Other options are up to you TIP - If you add the language of your country of choice it will make it easier at the beginning TIP - Training now includes you at some level depending on your abilities. 4) Choose to take over any club which has been promoted to the bottom playable league of your nation. TIP - Easiest way in FM17 to see this is on the "Season Review" screen, showing the "Promoted Clubs" TIP - You can confirm your club by checking the Domestic History's page for not being at this level since start of game 5) Retire your unemployed manager. 6) Manage your club to National Title & European Champions League Victory 7) Completing the Challenge. C) Signing of Players 1) You must be able to scout them TIP - You don't actually have to scout them, just be able to TIP - You can check your scouting range on the Scouting page 2) Alternatively (If you can't scout them), you must bring them on a trial first 3) You are able to sign anyone sent to you via Agent Offer TIP - Make sure you screenshot the Agent offer 4) In later versions you can get your DoF to find players, he will bring in players not in Scouting Range, these are also allowed. TIP - Grab a screenshot of your DoF signing them D) Posting 1) Player naming is allowed. (This is a warning for those of you who do not wish to see this) 2) Discussion of tactics is allowed. (This is another warning for those of you who do not wish to see this) Expected Updates We have minimum expectations when it comes to a first up post and also in the end of season updates. The Bold pages are necessary for everyone; the others are some suggestions that will get others interested in your posts and following your club. All other screenshots are welcome and encouraged, but we please ask that the majority are posted as links, because lots of pictures can make the page very slow to load. First Post: Domestic Leagues History (Club) Profile (Manager) Overview (Club) Squad (Club) End of Season Updates: Transfers (Club) - This is so we can see the ins & outs League Table (Competition) Squad (Club) Information (Manager) Profile (Manager) Information (Club) Profile (Players) Progress of your club should be documented using this thread; we want to hear the story of your club all the way through. Please keep us updated, even if you are doing badly. If you title your end of season report in bold this makes it easier to identify. Everyone will be supportive, and really get into your game if you give more detail. E) Other 1. If you are Sacked 1. You can Restart from the beginning or; 2. Continue your game and pick a new club (Under Same Rules) at the end of the next season or; 3. Add another Euro League/Remove Current League, holiday a whole season and continue 1. You can still only have one nation running at a time 2. Once the league becomes active you MUST holiday a full season 3. The club must be one of those unplayable from the beginning 2. No Restrictions on Parent or Feeder Clubs 3. International Management allowed from FM14 forwards (But you cannot start as an International Manager) The use of any external utilities and editors (Such as Genie Scout or FMM) are prohibited. As of FM14 there are also unlockables, these are also prohibited, please don't use them. It would be appreciated if you also ticked the box at the start which prevents the use of the ingame editor. How to Post a Screenshot 1) While in FM, press the 'Prt Sc' button (usually next to F12 on your keyboard). 2) Open an image editing program such as Paint and paste the image 3) Save the file as a JPEG or PNG 4) Upload the image to an image hosting website such as Photobucket or Imageshack 5) Post the direct URL to the image here. Alternatively using ALT + F9 in game saves a screenshot to your user data folder. (You can also edit this in the shortcuts options) The Euro Nation Motivational I would like to thank all of you who choose to participate in this thread this year, and to wish everyone taking on this challenge the best of luck on a long and hard journey to managerial success! I have personally had a number of hugely enjoyable saves over the years, first in Gundos challenge and then latterly in the Big Euro Nation Challenge. The atmosphere and support these threads have historically offered is key in making the thread, and your saves more enjoyable as I can testify to. I and some of the other regulars of these threads are here to help for the new challengers and hope everybody that participates contributes considerably to the thread. There is nothing better than getting immersed not only in your own game but providing the encouragement to other people's attempts too. Remember we are all fighting the same battle - to defeat the AI (and uncover fabulous newgens!) - Therefore it goes without saying that any form of cheating will be severely chastised. Don't do it! I know that it is painful to lose a European Final or to lose the title on the final day (I have been there myself on more than one occasion) but eventual success down the line is all the sweeter for those defeats. Good luck to all the participants – Here’s to a successful (and enjoyable) version!!
  12. Scotland as a footballing nation has had quite a storied history, with Queen's Park laying the foundation for modern passing football in the late 19th century and constantly topping the Elo rankings at the turn of the 20th century, with a team mostly comprised of Queen's Park players. It tasted European success in the 1967 with Celtic winning the Champions League, a side lovingly dubbed the Lisbon Lions. The recent years have been more barren though, with the dissolution of Rangers the league has become a one horse race, with the exception of the current season. Scotland were also the only home nation not to qualify for EURO 2016, having to watch all the neighbours perform on Europe's biggest stage at home. The aim of this career is to return Scotland to the pinnacle of world football, to be in contention for the top honours in club and national football. If Croatia can get to the final of the World Cup with a population smaller than Scotland's, maybe Scotland can do one better! The main protagonist for this story is a humble bloke, he's the boy that clean's out the public toilets in Aberdeen, the eponymous Wee Jock Poo-Pong McPlop. I was initially considering managing Queen's Park, the first club in Scotland, with the idea of starting where it all began. However they are amateur only, and I figured that will really start annoy me if I had any good players I found get poached for nothing every time. I decided on managing Raith Rovers, a small club based in Kirkcaldy.
  13. Fair to say that the Scottish Highlands are not the most hospitable places to play football, with tough winter weather, remote landscapes and a small population. The Press & Journal Highland Football League is Tier 5 in Scotland, the first non-league tier. To get into the football league you must win the league, then beat the winner of the Lowland League, and then beat the team that comes last in Scottish League Two. A bit of a hard task. Fort William Fort William are pretty rubbish. They come last most seasons. In 2009 they only got one point. Their points have been in single digits for 9 of the past 13 seasons. Last year they conceded over 180 goals and all six directors left. Since they joined the Highland League in 1985 they have never finished higher than 11th (there are 18 teams at the moment but there were as few as 14 at one point). Quite the task. They play at Claggan Park which is at the foot of Ben Nevis. Technically 1,800 capacity, but that includes an old wooden stand for 400 people and then a perimeter fence. My goal is to develop the youth and see where we can take them. Not we'll ever get them out the league let alone any further, but we'll see!
  14. Background It is the summer of 2017 and we are half way through the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Everyone is expecting a lot of the usual suspects to be there with a few surprise nations expected to make a return to the world stage or make their debuts. One nation looking to make their return is Scotland. Scotland were a permanent fixture on the international stage throughout the 1970's and 1980's, however no tournament qualification since the 1998 World Cup in France sees the Tartan Army facing a long baron run in the big time. Aims for Scotland My overall aim is to get Scotland back into international tournaments, as we are half way through the qualifying for this World Cup I am not putting this as a target and will use this time to build my squad and find the best tactic for us to play. As a Scotsman myself I already have a sound knowledge of our current squad and the younger players coming through. I will look to use a lot of the talent coming through just now and some of the fringe players we have used over the years and we wont see players like Hutton, Fletcher, Brown and McGregor feature as much as they have done in recent years. Below is the point we are starting from when the game is loaded up. I hope you all enjoy and join me on this journey to try and bring another home nation back to the big time.
  15. Hi guys though i would give this another bash and improve from the last one (level 20) this one iv adding in the up to date leagues also added the west premiership to level 5 with Eos and Sos with all 3 leagues with 1 promotion too lowland with 3 relegated from the lowland , also added below the Eos league with 4 relegation places to the north and south leagues with relegation from the north to the East Superleague . the top leagues are updated leagues still 12 10 10 10 enjoy Fantasy Scottish Pyramid 2019 -2020.fmf
  16. Hello :waves: My name is FMSamo and I blog about FM. I'm also from Scotland, and ahead of FM18 launching I decided that I wanted to edit the structure of the Scottish leagues on the game to prevent me from getting ridiculously bored playing against the same teams four times a season. Just to reiterate, unlike @Morrissey's excellent effort at getting the whole official Scottish pyramid working in-game, mine is purely made up. I'm hugely passionate about Scottish football and promoting it in a good light, but I bloody hate our league structure! My edited database consists of 288 clubs within the Scottish league system, across 16 tiers. The SPL returns as the top tier, while the remaining divisions are numbered from One to Fifteen. Here's how the top three divisions look: All of the divisions are done to the best of my ability in matching up where the finished in their current leagues during the 2016/17 season. The SPL has been given a tiny reputation boost in comparison to the Scottish Premiership out of the box, and it decreases the lower down the leagues you get. As does prize money. There's now £4.8m on offer for 1st place in the SPL. Still a drop in the ocean compared to the BuLi or Premier League, but a decent enough boost for Scottish football. Don't go filling your squad with foreigners in the top two tiers though, you'll be expected to have at least six homegrown Scottish players in your matchday squad. If you do decide to play lower down the pyramid, perhaps at newly resurrected Third Lanark in the bottom tier, then make sure you do click add players to playable teams to give you a slightly easier task to start off with. Three teams get relegated in each league aside from the 16th tier, while in each league other than the SPL, 2 teams automatically go up alongside a third team via the playoffs featuring the teams from 3rd to 6th. There's no regionalisation, it's a pure all-in league system. The Scottish Cup, aside from the 1st round containing teams from lower down the pyramid, from the 2nd round is all in. It is in fact the only major cup competition too, with the League Cup and Challenge Cup being removed. There's an addition of a Supercup at the beginning of the season between the SPL and Scottish Cup winners. If there's any questions, queries or feedback at all, please do let me know! I've been playing my save on my blog with Stirling on an earlier version of the database and nothing majorly gamebreaking has happened or is jumping out at me. Hope you enjoy it! DOWNLOAD LINK
  17. Decided I'm going to complete a Scottish League Pyramid with all real players for most teams... I will also add youngsters to teams in the Premiership & Championship. If anyone has ay players they'd like to see added who arent in the game give me a shout. Leagues Ladbrokes Premiership Ladbrokes Championship Ladbrokes League One Ladbrokes League Two Highland-Lowland Leagues North Caledonian Football League EoS-SoS League/s SJFA East Region SJFA North Region SJFA West Region Ayrshire Amateur Aberdeenshire Amateur Border Amateur Caledonian Amateur Central Scotland Amateur Dundee Saturday Morning Amateur Glasgow & District Saturday Morning Amateur Glasgow Colleges Greater Glasgow Premier Amateur Kingdom of Fife AFA Lothians & Edinburgh Amateur Midlands Amateur Paisley & District Amateur Perthshire Amateur Scottish Amateur Stirling & District Strathclyde Evangelical Churches Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Aberdeen Sunday Football Association Airdrie & Coatbridge Sunday Amateur Football League Ayrshire Sunday Amateur Football Association Dundee Sunday Amateur Football Association Dumfries Sunday Amateur Football League Fife Sunday Amateur Football League Forth Valley Amateur Football Association Lothians & Edinburgh Amateur Football Association Stewartry Sunday Amateur Football League Sunday Central Amateur Football League West Lothian Sunday Amateur Football League Caithness Amateur FA Inverness & District FA Lewis & Harris FA North West Sutherland FA Orkney Amateur FA Shetland Amateur FA Skye and Lochalsh FA Uist and Barra FA
  18. Ok, had a tactic I used in a rangers save previously and kept beating celtic, however this time it will not work, i play them in the scottish cup final and i am snookered, I have no way to beat them, I can beat almost all the other teams in the league bar an anomaly, so the results against celtic are pivotal
  19. Decided to put this up this year you Can work your way from the amateur leagues through the juniors up to the eos/sos leagues into the lowland/highland league all the way too the premiership included a few extra cups like the British cup , Scottish non league cup. Update 25 Feb done another pyramid system same set below sos/east seems to be working but got top teams real life 12 ,10, 10, 10 play off back in for lowland /highland and for sos /eos also added a play off for bottom of sos/ eos play the junior champions of east /west Iv added this in as a alternative for anyone wants to play close too the real life set up . 18 Scottish premiership 18 championship 16 league 1 Scottish fantasy pyramid system.fmf Scottish fantasy pyramid system version 1.fmf
  20. SCOTLAND - All 42 sides (From 4 Divisions to 3) Every division has 14 teams. Automatic relegation from the 3rd tier (2 will go down) - Highland & Lowland Leagues (Both have a 2nd tier) Then it goes regionalish (North Divisions, South & West, East) - Scottish Cup (All teams involved, the SPL teams come in the 2nd Round (Last 64) Some good prize money for all teams if they do well) - League Cup (Knockout competition which just involves 42 teams, 1st round is 2 legs) - Challenge Cup (Involved with just Scottish Clubs only, Plus all of the Highland & Lowland League teams get involved 64 teams and its all in) - Highland & Lowland Cups - Scottish Junior Cup - Scottlsh Junior Vase - Regional (Pre-season) Cups (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling etc) Trialists are allowed in all division (Apart from the top one) Plus lots more Please let me know any Thoughts, Suggestions please Scotland.fmf
  21. SCOTLAND - All 42 sides (From 4 Divisions to 3) Every division has 14 teams. Automatic relegation from the 3rd tier (2 will go down) - Highland & Lowland Leagues (Both have a 2nd tier) Then it goes regionalish (North Divisions, South & West, East) - Scottish Cup (All teams involved, the SPL teams come in the 2nd Round (Last 64) Some good prize money for all teams if they do well) - League Cup (Knockout competition which just involves 42 teams, 1st round is 2 legs) - Challenge Cup (Involved with just Scottish Clubs only, Plus all of the Highland & Lowland League teams get involved 64 teams and its all in) - Highland & Lowland Cups - Scottish Junior Cup - Scottlsh Junior Vase - Regional (Pre-season) Cups (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling etc) Trialists are allowed in all division (Apart from the top one) Plus lots more Please let me know any Thoughts, Suggestions please Scotland.fmf
  22. This is my from my journeyman save. Currently in Falkirk in Scotland, fourth (and last) season and my second club in my virtual manager career. I will get to the results later but we managed to break the Glasgow dominance for the first time since Aberdeen in 84/85. This season have been so great I feel the need to share it somehow! First thing to point out is to credit the foundation I have used. The brilliant write-up from @LPQR of the Max Allegri’s Juventus. Found here -> https://fmasymmetric.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/the-mad-max-space-commitment-creativity-part-one/#more-2312 This article is sheer brilliance and a recommended read. I have used the same team shape, mentality & formation but changed the player roles & team- and player instructions. My team doesn’t play anything like Juventus but have the ability to both dominate possession & hit teams on the counter. My version of the tactic: Common tactical tweaks: If we chase a goal - Change the fullback to “attack” + crossing instruction (often from byline) - Add “look for overlap” - Change crossing type; “whipped crosses” if the penalty area is congested, “low crosses” if we have space behind their back line - Add “shoot less” to attackers & maybe even “work ball into the box” If we defend a league - Drop the d-line to “Normal”, this is something I do the second I felt the opposition found space behind my back line. Many teams in Scotland played with a target man and I wanted to keep them as far away as possible - Drop the WB to a fullback position OR change it to a defend duty Player selection & instructions: GK: Standard goalkeeper, nothing out of the ordinary. Shot stopper. PI: Distribute to fullbacks (common tweak is to change to central defender depending on the opposition formation Desired player traits: None RB: Look for a pretty all-round solid right back. We want them to overlap when they have the possibility but not for all cost. PI: N/A Desired player traits: Nothing essential but found be RBs to have “get forward whenever possible” CB: Fast and good on the ball is priority because of the initial high D-line but it all comes down to how you want to play really. We suffered some for the lack of presence in the air and conceded some easy goals on corners but not a major issue. PI: N/A Desired player traits: Play simple passes. WB: I have played with both the roles of CWB and the ordinary WB and really didn’t see any major different. However, we want this guy to bomb forward and cross the ball & keep width. Need good team work, work rate & stamina ofc. PI: N/A (for the CWB). Add run wide & stay wider for the WB. Not a fan of the "roam from position" box for the complete. DM: The enforcer of the team. I want him to break of play and give the ball to either the flanks or the playmaker. PI: I have used him to mark any player in the AMC spot. When playing against 4-2-3-1 you have to keep tabs is the AI overload the space with the MCL pushing forward. He is also instructed to play fewer risky passes. Tweak 1: if the opposition line up without any apparent threat in central midfield I have changed it to a Ball-winning midfielder Tweak 2: Sometimes the opposition line up in a deep 4-4-2, I have tested to use the volante role with some success (AP then changed to a DLP) Desired traits: Play simple passes AP: The creator & attacking heartbeat of the team. Look for a player that excels in first touch, technique, passing, vision & anticipation as he is requested to pick out either the speedy attackers up front, the flanks to build pressure or the attacking midfielder to link-up. I am eager to try the RPM role once I found the perfect fit but AP works just fine. PIs: None Desire traits: Dictates tempo RM: This role have not been changed from the tactic borrowed (stolen?) from LPQR. This role together with the AM role and how they interact with each other is pure magic. Their partnership is really wonderful and I saw no need to change anything. I have gotten many goals & assist from Tom Walsh in this role. PIs: Shoot less, Dribble more, Cross more often, Sit narrower & Ride wide with ball Desired traits: I have found Get forward whenever possible useful & would like to add “Look for pass rather than attempting to score” AM: Same thing here, almost untouched from the tactic created by LPQR, just added shoot less as a PI. PI: Shoot less, Roam from position, more risky passes, move into channels Desired players traits: Place shots, player killer passes, look for pass rather than attempting to score CF: Look for speed, movement and good work rate. Played with a defensive forward at last season but couldn’t get him to back track and/or hassle the defence as much as I wanted. Neither did I get offensive fire power. When I switched to a Complete Forward I got a bunch of goals and an assist record for the Scottish Premiership (25 assists). Tbf, I am not sure if those PI really makes any difference. PI: Mark tighter & tackle harder Desired player traits: Run with ball. Maybe add some kind of finishing trait (place shots, lob keeper or like to round keeper AF: This is your goal scorer. Look for speed and movement. My prototype is below, Daryl f***ing Hornby. PI: Roam from position Desired player traits: See below The results: Three trophies in the bag and broke all kind of records. At one time we were on a 30 matches unbeaten run, which is the longest run I have ever had on FM. We simply couldn’t lose. The turn-around against Leverkusen is one of the most ecstatic moment I have had in a video/computer game. The Premiership The domestic cups European Cups Stand-out performance of the year: The loan from Manchester United Daryl Hornby scored 82 goals for under during the 2 seasons he spent at the club. 31 goals in the role as DLF & 51 (!) when we changed it to AF. Tried to tie him up for a third consecutive year but Manchester United wants to give him a chance in the first team. Well deserved. The kid has been described as bot the new Gary Lineker and Michael Owen. With me moving on in my journeyman save I will most certainly look to sign Daryl if Jose Mourinho doesn’t give him the love he deserves. DOWNLOAD LINK: https://ufile.io/p8naz
  23. So after the bug I found made my Andorran save dead and my East Kilbride save ending abruptly, I am starting again, in the lowest Scottish league available where promotion is eventually possible to the top flight. I am using the league created by @Morrissey. You can find the file here. Game Type - One club, youth only. I will be at Scottish club Tynecastle FC until I either retire, get sacked, or give up! I cannot sign anyone and must rely fully on our youth academy. Reputation - Sunday League. Starting Qualifications - None. Editor's Used - Real Competition Names. Huge database. The Scottish league database as stated above. Leagues Loaded Scotland. Number of Nations Loaded - One. Number of Leagues Loaded - Ten. Number of Players Loaded - 15,660. I have loaded all players from the Scottish leagues, including those in the lower leagues, as well as all players of Scottish nationality. Database Size - Huge. Game Start Date - 29 May 2017. Updates - I only intend to update at the end of each season, together with the youth candidates day. Youth - As this is a youth only save, I will tag all who are rated to have 3 stars potential and above. YP18A1 for example, would mean Youth Player from 2018. The "A" means he is the best prospect from that intake and the "1" means he is the first youth prospect I have produced in my career. Records - If you have ever read one of my threads, you will know I am a bit of a statto, so will be keeping detailed records during this save which you can see in the next few posts.
  24. EDIT: This thread had a change in direction before I had a blue screen which brought it back to the original track. I had then abandoned it, but I've decided to bring it back from the dead. Evening all I've been trying to come up with an idea for a new thread for several weeks now after finally running out of steam with my original Scandinavian Shankly effort, but I think I'm finally on to something. I'm something of a fan of football biographies and autobiographies, and just recently I've been reading about Jim McLean (I'd stolen the title of his autobiography originally for this thread), who took the manager's job at unfashionable Dundee United in 1971 and transformed them into one half of the New Firm (the other of course being Fergie's Aberdeen). While McLean couldn't quite match the silverware Ferguson took to Pittodrie, his United side were robbed of a place in the 1984 European Cup Final thanks to a bribed referee, and he also took United to the 1987 UEFA Cup Final, beating Barcelona home and away in the process. So where am I going with this then? Normally I'm not a fan of starting careers in the top flight, but attempting to restore McLean's club to prominence really appeals to me. I've always liked the challenge of trying to overthrow clubs who have a hegemony on domestic silverware, such as that of Celtic and Rangers in Scotland. No club outside the Glasgow giants has won the Scottish league title for 30 years now, so of course I'd be aiming to change that down the line. Meet the manager 32 year old Johan Andersen is the man in the hotseat. He is Norwegian born to Scottish family, and spent his playing career as a fairly average midfielder in Norway's second tier. He is a lifelong fan of his local team Bodø/Glimt, but has followed Scottish football all his life. A knee injury brought his playing days to a close at the age of 31, but he is determined to make more of an impact in the management game. The details: FM13.3 (My laptop can't handle any later version, I'm afraid) Loaded leagues from England (BSS/N and above) Scotland (Third Division and above) and Norway (First Division and above). I'm sure I'll add more as time goes by, but for now fewer leagues loaded means a faster laptop, and that can't be a bad thing. Medium database, 17,000 players. Club details to follow shortly...
  25. I'm looking to start a save in Scotland not in the 8th tier or something but in the Premiership or Championship but obviously not Celtic (too easy). It would be the type of save that I would probably write about, being exactly the type of level of team I like to manage (English Championship to League 2). I like a bit of narrative as well so if anyone with a slightly better knowledge of Scotland as any inspiration for me. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated . Cheers.
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