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knocked out the Champions League at the Group Stage again!!

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Gypsum's Worksop town - Premier league - 2020/21

League position: 2nd / Position chart

Media prediction: 15th

Transfers

Finances

General squad info

Star players:

1- Philipp Eberlein - A £6m signing at the beginning of the season and proved good value, bagging 24 goals with a 7.75 rating and was named English players' young player of the year.

2- Denis - A record £10m signing, who despite some late season injuries enjoyed sensational form, scoring 28 goals in 28 games.

3- Darnel Situ - A signing from our Championship campaign who continues to prove himself at the top level.

  Year                Division                          Position                    Other achievements
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[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279812-dafuge-s-FM12-challenge?p=7211593&viewfull=1#post7211593"]2012/13[/url]              Blue Square North                    1st
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279812-dafuge-s-FM12-challenge?p=7235105&viewfull=1#post7235105"]2013/14[/url]              Blue square Premier                  12th                       FA Cup third round
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279812-dafuge-s-FM12-challenge?p=7247744&viewfull=1#post7247744"]2014/15[/url]              Blue square Premier                  3rd                        Moved into new stadium / Playoff winners 
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279812-dafuge-s-FM12-challenge?p=7270622&viewfull=1#post7270622"]2015/16[/url]              League 2                             3rd                        Automatic promotion / FA cup 5th round
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279812-dafuge-s-FM12-challenge?p=7285863&viewfull=1#post7285863"]2016/17[/url]              League 1                             1st                        FA Cup 4th round
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279812-dafuge-s-FM12-challenge?p=7300327&viewfull=1#post7300327"]2017/18[/url]              Championship                         5th                        Championship playoff semi-finalists
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279812-dafuge-s-FM12-challenge?p=7311246&viewfull=1#post7311246"]2018/19[/url]              Championship                         1st                        
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279812-dafuge-s-FM12-challenge?p=7326521&viewfull=1#post7326521"]2019/20[/url]              Premier league                       7th
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279812-dafuge-s-FM12-challenge?p=7343716&viewfull=1#post7343716"]2020/21[/url]              Premier league                       2nd                        Champions league qualification

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Hendon F.C. - Season 2013/14

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Media prediction: 20th

Board Confidence

Season Summary

Best Eleven

Transfers

AIMS

· Promotion.

· Reach the FA Cup 1st round.

· Keep financial losses to a minimum.

LEAGUE (POSITIONS GRAPH)

We were consistently brilliant throughout the season and deserved to finish top with a points total of 85. However, Bath also had a brilliant season and managed to finish 3 points ahead of us which left us in the playoffs when ordinarily our points total would have left us well clear at the top.

PLAYOFFS (FINAL)

In the playoffs we were drawn against a Dover side who we always struggle against. The 1st leg in Dover finished 3-3 and in the 2nd leg at home we won 1-0 after extra time to set up a final against Truro City. We dominated the final but with 86mins gone it was still 0-0 when home grown youngster Gary Ward picked up a second yellow and left us a man down. Poor defending from a 90th minute corner cost us and we lost 1-0. It was a bitterly disappointing end to what looked like a very promising season. The final was our last game at Vale Farm before moving into our new ground.

FA CUP

We reached the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup for the second year running, this time we lost 2-0 away to non-league Banbury. We missed a big opportunity to reach the 1st round here.

FA TROPHY

We reached the 3rd round of the FA Trophy where we lost 3-0 away to a Hampton & Richmond side I really expected us to beat.

PLAYERS

Anthony Horley is a home-grown youngster who came through the youth system at the end of last season to become the youngest person to play for Hendon and also Hendon’s youngest goalscorer. He finished his first full season as our top goalscorer with 20 league goals and 23 goals overall.

Jake Nicholson had another good season in the centre of our midfield. He finished with 5 goals and 11 assists in 38 league games as well as scoring the goal that put us in the playoff final.

Jakub Sokolik joined midway through the season as a replacement for the outgoing Elliot Brathwaite who we could not stop leaving due to wage restrictions. Sokolik made 17 league appearances and finished with an average rating of 7.39, as our best defender he will be very important next season.

FINANCES

Our losses for the season totalled approximately £154,000 which leaves us with a total debt of £220,000.

FACILITIES

We moved into our new 4,883 capacity stadium on 22/6/2014.

Our average attendance for the season improved from 313 to 461 partly due to large attendances in the playoffs.

AIMS FOR SEASON 3

· Win the league.

· Reach the FA Cup 1st round.

· Keep financial losses to a minimum.

 Season      Division                    Position          Points         Noteworthy Achievements
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 [url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279812-dafuge-s-FM12-challenge?p=7338317&viewfull=1#post7338317"][u]2012/13[/u][/url]     Blue Square South           11th              63             None
 [url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279812-dafuge-s-FM12-challenge?p=7344493&viewfull=1#post7344493"][u]2013/14[/u][/url]     Blue Square South           2nd               85             None

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Struggling due to lack of home grown

I've had several issues with this as well, purely because it's so easy on this version to grab foreign youngsters on frees.

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Going to attempt this for the first time in a few years. Picking the closest team to me, Bradford PA

Welcome to the challenge! :thup:

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FC United of Manchester

Season 8 - 2019/20 – nPower League One

Pre-season - Media Prediction: 23th

An up and down season

League Table| Progress | Squad | Transfers

The pre-season aim was to have a mid-table finish which seamed more than possible after the first ten or so games. However, things soon took a turn for the worst and the relegation zone was occupied by myself for a number of weeks due to a terrible run of 10 league games without a win. An 8-0 away win over Blackpool in the FA Cup got the belief back in the side and the league climb started to ensure League One football was secured for another season...phew!

Targets for the 2019/20 season

1. Survive in League Two ACHIEVED

2. Reach FA Cup 3rd round ACHIEVED

3. Expand the scouting range FAILED

Career Overview

Season          League                League Finish     Achievements
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2012/13         Blue Square North          4th           Reached play-offs 
2013/14         Blue Square North          9th           Reached FA Cup 1st round
2014/15         Blue Square North          3th           Highest finish to date        
2015/16         Blue Square North          1st           Promoted                           
2016/17         Blue Square Premier        1st           Promoted                               
2017/18         League Two                 17th          None                                       
2018/19         League Two                 3rd           Promoted                            
2019/20         League One                 15th          None                                        

Targets for new season:

1. Gain promotion

2. Reach FA Cup 3rd round

3. Expand the scouting range (again!)

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It took me nigh on a week of reloading but I've finally got 'em. Introducing:

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Wavelberry's Hornchurch Adventure.

The closest playable club to my Birth Town of Romford I finally nabbed 'em and have been appointed manager with immediate effect.

Manager Profile

Manager Overview

Club Info

Reformed after 2005 having gone bust becoming the 'Chelsea' of the Non-league AFC Hornchurch are a club looking rebuild honestly after chasing the dream the wrong way. This time they're doing it the right way with me in charge and we're starting at the very bottom.

Expectations

Board Expectations in Brackets

League: Lower mid-table with some signings. 17th (Stay Clear of Relegation. Predicted 22nd)

FA Cup: 4th QF Round (3rd QF Round)

FA Trophy: Not bothered (Learn From Experience)

Squad is not good enough to survive I don't think and will spend the afternoon doing major surgery. After that? Well it's game on at Bridge Avenue. Maybe I'll see you there:

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Good luck Wavelberry. I had no idea about Hornchurch. Garry Hill was one of my old nemesi from an older FM game when he was at Weymouth.

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Oxford City

Season 2 - 2013/14 – Blue Square Premier

Pre-season - Media Prediction: 24th

Into the football league!

Table | Transfers

Our aim in pre-season was to achieve upper mid-table and perhaps have a shot at the playoffs. Performance in the cups was quite important considering the financial state of the club with a new stadium in the pipeline.

Season started slowly with a couple of defeats and things weren't looking well. However after a few new additions to strengthen, the team started their climb up the table. The cups went well for the most part, getting to the 5th round of the FA where we lost to Coventry (making a good bit of money along the way). We reached theh final of the FA trophy but unfortunately lost out to Grimsby. Disappointment didn't last long though because we won the playoff final a week later to achieve back-to-back promotion.

Targets for season:

1. Challenge for playoffs ACHIEVED

2. Get finances under control ACHIEVED

Career Overview

Season          League                League Finish     Achievements
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2012/13         Blue Square South          1st           Promoted! 
2013/14         Blue Square Premier        3rd           Promoted!

Targets for new season:

1. Survive in League 2

2. Reach FA Cup 3rd round

3. Develop youth and training systems

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END OF SEASON

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HENDON F.C - Season 2030/31

League Table | Squad | Transfer In / Out

Another good season in the league but we were disappointing in Europe. We finished 3rd in our Champions League group again but were put out of the Europa League in the 2nd Knockout stage by Atletico Madrid. In the cup front we should've done better but I think next season will be our time to shine!

Season      Division                    Position        Cups
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2012/13     Blue Square South           6th             F.A Cup 3rd Qual Rnd, F.A Trophy 2nd Rnd
2013/14     Blue Square South           5th             F.A Cup 2nd Qual Rnd, F.A Trophy 1st Rnd
2014/15     Blue Square South          12th             F.A Cup 3rd Qual Rnd, F.A Trophy 2nd Rnd
2015/16     Blue Square South           9th             F.A Cup 2nd Qual Rnd, F.A Trophy 1st Rnd
2016/17     Blue Square South           1st             F.A Cup 2nd Rnd, F.A Trophy 4th Rnd
2017/18     Blue Square Premier        10th             F.A Cup 4th Qual Rnd, F.A Trophy 4th Rnd
2018/19     Blue Square Premier         1st             F.A Cup 5th Rnd, F.A Trophy Winners
2019/20     npower League 2             9th             F.A Cup 3rd Rnd, Carling Cup 1st Rnd, JPT 1st Rnd
2020/21     npower League 2             1st             F.A Cup 2nd Rnd, Carling Cup 1st Rnd, JPT Semi-Finals
2021/22     npower League 1            15th             F.A Cup 3rd Rnd, Carling Cup 1st Rnd, JPT 2nd Rnd
2022/23     npower League 1            14th             F.A Cup Semi Finals, Carling Cup 1st Rnd, JPT 2nd Rnd
2023/24     npower League 1             1st             F.A Cup 4th Rnd, Carling Cup 1st Rnd, JPT 1st Rnd
2024/25     npower Championship         1st             F.A Cup 5th Rnd, Carling Cup 3rd Rnd
2025/26     Barclays Premier League    10th             F.A Cup 5th Rnd, Carling Cup Quarter Finals
2026/27     Barclays Premier League     8th             F.A Cup 3rd Rnd, Carling Cup Winners
2027/28     Barclays Premier League     9th             Europa League Quarter Finals, F.A Cup 3rd Rnd, Carling Cup 3rd Rnd
2028/29     Barclays Premier League     3rd             F.A Cup Final, Carling Cup 4th Rnd
2029/30     Barclays Premier League     4th             Europa League Winners, F.A Cup Winners, Carling Cup 4th Rnd
2030/31     Barclays Premier League     3rd             Europa League 2nd K.O, F.A Cup 4th Rnd, Carling Cup Semi Finals

Next Season Targets

*Top 2 finish

*Do well in Champions League

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Harrow Borough | Season 2022/23 | Coca-Cola League Two

Table | Squad | Finances | Transfers1

My first season in the Football League, and as a professional team, was remarkable. Never lower than eighth, we went from fighting for a playoff spot in mid-season to table-toppers in early April, our playoff spot guaranteed. But that wasn't the end of our run - continuing to clinch automatic promotion, securing it on April 10th, before absolutely romping to the title with an incredible run from the turn of the year. We lost to Wolves on New Years' Eve, then won 19 of the remaining 24 games to shoot up to League One. Incredible, really. I wasn't expecting it at all! Apologies, I forgot to screenshoot the Positions Graph this year, but essentially, it was around 6th for half the year, then shot up to first and flatlined there.

Towards the end of the season I signed a five-year contract. The board clearly like me. And whilst there was talk of a takeover, I'm quite happy with this board, as they give me extra investment when necessary, and the only bid I've had accepted over my head was for Harry Haynes, and that was an offer I would have been unable to refuse anyway (£450k). Also, they have more than doubled my wage budget for next season, so prepare to see some big signings!

Cup runs this year were chalk and cheese. I lost to Orient at the first hurdle in my first shot at the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, but the FA Cup saw two lucrative ties with QPR and Wolves, who were our eventual conquerors. QPR were a League One side but it was still quite a lucrative trip, and an impressive scalp. They made the playoffs in League One, too.

Finances are steadily improving, helped by ever-increasing TV revenue and prize money.

Key Players

Daniel Jones and Matt Jenkins - couple of key loan signings for the last quarter of the season really gave us the impetus to push on and win the league.

Andy Fairhurst - top scorer.

Josh Rose - top AvR of any non-loanee.

Gokhan Karatoprak* - couldn't quite make it three strikers with 20+ goals but very close.

Volkan Kaya - very impressive season from the Volk.

(*= fans' player of the year)

The team of the year

The historical best XI - Gokhan Karatoprak and Fairhust the new inductees. Slightly suprised to see that it's still in a 4-4-2 formation as the change of formation was what really pushed us on as a club. The wingers should slip out soon....

I took Manager of the Year, Avgousti and Rose were selected in the Team of the Year

Key Records Broken

Biggest Transfer Fee Received: £450k for Harry Haynes to Burnley.

Biggest Transfer Fee Paid: £26k for Lee Perry from Cardiff.

Highest Transfer Spend: £95k

Highest League Position: 1st in League Two

Highest Gate Receipts: £80k v QPR (FA Cup 1st Round)

Highest Attendance: 5,503 v Morecambe (Last League Match, Trophy celebrations?!!!)

Highest Average Attendance: 3,610

Most League Apps for the Club (extended): Josh Williams - 326

Valete (Or, key departures and their career stats)

HARRY HAYNES

Had a bid accepted above my head just before my last report, but I thought I'd include him here. Shame, because I think he'd have thrived in League Two, but the money was good.

APPS: 175, GOALS: 67, ASSTS: 38, MoM: 23, AvR: 7.10

Next season, I doubt it will be so easy. League Two has an extra automatic promotion spot so there was a bit less pressure. Also, I think most of the players I had in the BSP were League Two quality, but whether they can make the step up into League One is far more doubtful. I will have to assess the squad in the summer and release quite a few, and use my improved wage budget to bring in some star quality.

Targets for 2022/23

Survival. SUCCESS - well....

Cup run to maintain the finances - hope for a Premiership tie. SUCCESS - Wolves aren't quite Man Utd but it was helpful nonetheless.

Sign at least three players with Championship or Premiership potential. FAILURE - Not including loanees, only Lee Perry and Mike Faulds have Championship potential, but several existing ones seem to have stepped up better than expected, as the consecutive promotions demonstrate.

Targets for 2023/24

Survival.

Cup run including a victory over a Premiership side.

Sign at least one player with Premiership potential.

In other news, Chelsea won the League, Newcastle grabbed the cup, Swansea became the first non-English team to win anything for god-knows-how-long, whilst in Athens, Inter beat their noisy Milan neighbours to clinch the Champions' League. My team of choice for this challenge, Wingate & Finchley, came up - and if I ever complete with Harrow, I might jump ship and try to lead them to glory, too!

Season      Division	          Position     Points    Achievements

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[url=http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279812-dafuge-s-FM12-challenge?p=7278263&viewfull=1#post7278263]2012/13[/url]	    Blue Square South         17th      45       Stayed clear of relegation.
[url=http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279812-dafuge-s-FM12-challenge?p=7287208&viewfull=1#post7287208]2013/14[/url]	    Blue Square South          3rd      80       Playoff runners-up.
[url=http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279812-dafuge-s-FM12-challenge?p=7294922&viewfull=1#post7294922]2014/15[/url]	    Blue Square South          2nd      91       Promoted via playoffs.
[url=http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279812-dafuge-s-FM12-challenge?p=7300819&viewfull=1#post7300819]2015/16[/url]	    Blue Square Premier       13th      64       Mid-table finish.
[url=http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279812-dafuge-s-FM12-challenge?p=7305894&viewfull=1#post7305894]2016/17[/url]     Blue Square Premier       10th      63       None.
[url=http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279812-dafuge-s-FM12-challenge?p=7313993&viewfull=1#post7313993]2017/18[/url]     Blue Square Premier       17th      57       None.
[url=http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279812-dafuge-s-FM12-challenge?p=7322421&viewfull=1#post7322421]2018/19[/url]     Blue Square Premier       15th      56       Drew with Forest in FA Cup!
[url=http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279812-dafuge-s-FM12-challenge?p=7326026&viewfull=1#post7326026]2019/20[/url]     Blue Square Premier        7th      73       FA Trophy Winners.
[url=http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279812-dafuge-s-FM12-challenge?p=7330382&viewfull=1#post7330382]2020/21[/url]     Blue Square Premier        4th      77       Playoff semi-finalists, FA Trophy Winners.
[url=http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279812-dafuge-s-FM12-challenge?p=7334472&viewfull=1#post7334472]2021/22[/url]     Blue Square Premier        1st      90       Promoted as Champions; FA Trophy Winners.
2022/23     Coca-Cola League Two       1st      92       Promoted automatically, and at the first attempt!

PS - the table on the first page is, as you have all noticed, not in operation currently. We're looking into easier ways of doing it, because with so many entrants, it was just becoming a crazy amount of work and was unsustainable. Will let you know when I know more.

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Season 2016-2017 Review

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The Rooks applaud their fans after their title winning match at Barrow.

Media Prediction: 19th

My Prediction: Playoffs

Final Position: 1st (Champions!)

We've only gone and done it! An incredible season took us from 20th after our first couple of games to the Blue Square Premier title! Anton Forrester, Alex Jones and Jack O'Connor put in over 50 goals between them to secure the clubs place for the first time in the league. It's going to be tough, but we'll fight as hard as we can!

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FA Cup: Last seasons great run was sadly missed as we went out 1-0 to Grimsby in the First Round.

FA Trophy: Gateshead hit us with a 1-2 punch to knock us out in the Third Round.

Managers Player of the Season

Anton Forrester: This lad is dynamite, he chalked up 23 goals in 50 games and secured a average rating of 7.28 in the league (7.22 overall), my ass man reckons he could be Championship calibre, I wouldn't argue with that.

Table

Transfers

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Club Overview


Season Division Position Points Achievements
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2012/13 Blue Square South 8th 67 FA Trophy Semi Finalists
2013/14 Blue Square South 3rd 72 Promoted via playoffs, BSS Manager of the Year
2014/15 Blue Square Premier 12th 63
2015/16 Blue Square Premier 10th 69 FA Cup Third Round
2016/17 Blue Square Premier 1st 87 Blue Square Premier Champions, BSP Manager of the Year

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Second game of the season and I think I'm just going to have heart attacks if this keeps up. Lost the first game 3-0 away at Basingstoke and was hammered and then this happened:

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Shaggy61 Bedford Town Number 60 Seasons 3 and 4 update. BSN

Apologies for the double season post the wife has been away and i've had some game time!!

Season 3 proved to be a successful if disappointing one. A tally of 70 points is normally good enough for the play offs but it was only good enough for 9th. To be fair there were times when we were good and times when we were poor but after a good start to miss out on the playoffs was disappointing. We signed only 2 players one on loan and a backup centre half but with early cup exits we got into financial trouble.

Season 4 carried on from where we finished season 3 on a roll, in fact a combined 22 match unbeaten run left us top of the table and into the FA Cup second round. This provided us with a welcome financial benefit, but when we lost we went on a 6 game winless run which switftly pulled us back into the playoffs. The season largely relied upon a good defence and "super" keeper and an Auzzie striker and a youth team prospect who stepped upto the plate when we went 4-3-3 rather than 4-4-2 at christmas. The change in formation and success it provided was extremely surprising as we lost one of my NC strikers and played my attacking winger from the bench for the last 20games or so.

Victory in our penultimate game secured a play off spot and victory in the final game ensured 4th spot and a two legged tie against Coywyn Bay. First leg at home dull finished 0-0 end of. Second leg saw us miss a 6th minute penalty before going 2-0 down after half and hour. We bossed the midfield from then on in and fought back to 2-2 and into extra time where 2 more goals gave us a 4-2 lead only to be pegged back to 4-3 and cling onto victory. Into the final we went with renewed confidence we had not lost to Kettering in 6 previous meetings and so it proved again as we scored early and clung on for 1-0 victory and PROMOTION to the BSP.

As a result we've got some ground improvements at a cost of £180k but a new £750k 20year loan has wiped out debt and although our wage budget remains at 2.5k we have a 7.5k transfer budget........hmmmm who to buy??

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Gilbster - North Ferriby - Championship - 2029/30 End of Season Update

Table | Positions Graph | Playoffs Final | Finances | Transfers | Squad

Started the season by requesting a trial day. This gave me some youngsters to sign that are better quality than my own youth products, still not great, but at least may be able to not be embarassingly bad if needed to fill in home grown player rules. Didnt get any stand out players, but you never know if a lower league club wants to buy them for a profit.

I am also running a more strict system, if a player moans about bigger clubs and wont take my word that I will try and get the club to improve, I will offer them ot on transfer. Same with any players complaining about lack of first team, reserve quality players can be picked up cheap, so if I can turn any profits I will. I also sold a couple of my highest wage earners partly cos they wouldnt sign new contracts.

The season started well, until I had to go to bed last night. Since starting to play today, the form has been all over the place. It took til the last day of the season where we needed a win to even secure a playoff spot. Luckily it was 4th time lucky for North Ferriby in the Playoffs, and we beat Peterboroguh and QPR to get PROMOTED!!!!!

In the FA Cup we got to the 4th round after a 4-1 win over Spurs, befoe losing 2-1 to Arsenal. In the League cup, we beat Chelsea in round 3, to set up a tie against Ipswhich we lost. But encouraging that we did beat 2 Prem clubs this season. Just need to do that in the league next season.

Unfortunately our finances are currently awful, but I havent got to the bit where the first Premiership money comes in. The only thing I will be desperately asking my board for when we are next in the black, is a relaid pitch as ours is in awful condition, and we have awful home form compared with away form.

Aims

Survival, Survival and Survival

Strengthen all areas of squad

Pray I get a wage budget that takes into account the promotion wage rises, and give me some room to play with

Hope I can stay up

Decent cup run would be great

Career So Far



Season    Division    Pos     FA Cup      Other Cups             Achievements
2012/13   BSN         5th     1st R       FAT 1st R              Promoted via Playoffs
2013/14   BSP         16th    4th QR      FAT 3rd R
2014/15   BSP         12th    2nd R       FAT QF Replay
2015/16   BSP         15th    1st R       FAT 1st R
2016/17   BSP         1st     4th QR      FAT 3rd R              Champions and Promoted!
2017/18   L2          22nd    1st R       JPT1R, LC 1R           Survived on goal difference
2018/19   L2          3rd     1st R       JPTFN, LC 1R           Promoted
2019/20   L1          24th    1st R       JPT1R, LC 1R           Relegated
2020/21   L2          21st    1st R       JPT1R, LC 2R
2021/22   L2          7th     3rd Rep     JPT2R, LC 1R           Lost in Playoff Finals
2022/23   L2          1st     1st R       JPTWin, LC 1R          Champions and Promoted! JPT Winners!
2023/24   L1          8th     5th R       JPT2R, LC 1R  
2024/25   L1          1st     4th R       JPTWin, LC 1R          Champions and Promoted! JPT Winners!
2025/26   CH          15th    4th R       LC 2R 
2026/27   CH          5th     SF          LC 2R                  Play off Semi Final, FA Cup Semi finalists
2027/28   CH          3rd     3rd R       LC 3R                  Lost in Playoff Finals
2028/29   CH          4th     3rd R       LC 2R                  Play off Semi Final
2029/30   CH          5th     4th R       LC 4R                  Promoted

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Congrats on that promotion Gilbster. About bloody time you got promoted. Like how you couldn't be bothered with any of that automatic rubbish. Truly you were the Ipswich Town of the 2020s.

Fancy your chances of survival?

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Hendon - Blue Square Bet Premier - 1st - 2015/16

When we lost the first game of the season 4-1 to Newport County I thought that it was going not going to be our season, but I could hardly have been more wrong, as we tore up the rest of the league to take the title with a total of 107 points, 17 points clear of the very team which handed us that opening day thrashing. The team scored plenty of goals, 128 in all competitions, with a number of players getting among the goals, 7 players all scoring at least 9 times. Cup form was only a tiny improvement on last season's, as we crashed out in the first round of the FA cup, and the FA Trophy 4th round after extra time.

Joe Wright once again was outstanding, and won the BSP Player of the Season. Collins was the top scorer in the team, bagging 27 goals and fellow new signing Armelin also had very good season, as did centre halves Nicholas and Turley.

Table - Past Positions - Squad - Fixtures 1 2 3 - Transfers

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2012/13     Blue Square South           6th             F.A Cup 1st Rnd, F.A Trophy 3rd Rnd
2013/14     Blue Square South           1st             F.A Cup 1st Rnd, F.A Trophy 3rd Rnd
2014/15     Blue Square Premier         12th            F.A Cup 4th Qual Rnd, F.A Trophy 2nd Rnd
2015/16     Blue Square Premier         1st             F.A Cup 1st Rnd, F.A Trophy 4th Rnd 

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Gricehead ** Tooting & Mitcham ** Blue Square Bet South ** 2012/13

"Consistently inconsistent"

Table ** Positions ** Squad 1 ** Squad 2 ** Transfers ** Staff

Media Expectation: 21st

Board Expectation: Comfortable Mid-table

Achieved: 10th

Coming into a team with no backroom staff whatsoever made it difficult to judge the existing squad. Not that it really mattered, as most of the upped and left within a week anyway. Throughout the season I went slightly mad signing youngsters, firstly on my own judgement and then later on with the assistance of my one scout and assistant manager.

An amazing win in the first game, 4-2 over Sutton Utd, was followed by the same scoreline in reverse against Boreham Wood. More about them later. After that we went on a reasonable run, recording five out of six wins. We never won more than two in a row for the rest of the season, but did finish with four unbeaten towards the end of the season.

Being about as midtable as you can get for most of the season, we never troubled the playoff planners or the lower league fixture compilers.

FA Cup - Board Expectation: Third Qualifying Round Achieved: Fourth Qualifying Round

A 6-2 victory at Croydon Atheltic (including a hattrick for one of my Central Defenders) was followed by a solid 3-1 win at fellow mid table side Havant & Waterlooville. My heart sank when we drew Boreham Wood in the 4th qualifying round, and sure enough they did us 2-0 at home

FA Trophy - Board Expectation: First Round Achieved: Second Round

More cup goals, as we beat Weston-super-Mare 6-1 on their own patch, before beating high-flying Dorchester 3-0. Blue Square Bet Premier side Dover ended our procession towards Wembley with a 2-0 home defeat.

Key Players

With 39 players used across the season, picking key players is not easy.

Mike Cestor Very solid defender

Jordan Agbaje Joint top scorer

Callum Davies Another solid defender, who currently refuses to sign up for next season

Next season

Although I stayed within my wage budget at all times, appearance bonuses ate into the club's overdraft, and I fully expect to struggle to be able to offer the deals my players want for their second season at the club. Until I can end some contracts, I can't really offer any more. Therefore, July will be a critical month and it will depend on how patient the players I want to keep are prepared to be. This could be a long building project.

Targets:

Try to reach the playoffs.

Try to keep my wage bill about £1000/week lower (I may not get much choice in this!)

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Congrats on that promotion Gilbster. About bloody time you got promoted. Like how you couldn't be bothered with any of that automatic rubbish. Truly you were the Ipswich Town of the 2020s.

Fancy your chances of survival?

Thanks, problem is I genuinely fear within a season we could be back in the Championship. We have been given decent budgets to play with, but also a 3000 seat stadium expansion which will involve another large bankloan. If I can get the right players in, or these turn out to be better than I think, we may survive in 17th. 40 points is the traditional target isnt it?

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Good work Gilbster - did you end up selling that Cameroon striker who scored bucketloads or something? Or did you just nickname him?

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Good work Gilbster - did you end up selling that Cameroon striker who scored bucketloads or something? Or did you just nickname him?

Sorry havent been giving much details in some of my updates. I sold him about 2 or 3 seasons back, as he wanted ridiculous amounts for his new contract. Werder Bremen bought him for £2.9 mill - pure profit, got him originally on a free. My current strikers are just as classy.

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CityAndColour - Canvey Island - 2019/20 - League One

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Final Table (13th)

A solid first season in League One all up, especially given star striker Joakim Skaane left for the Swiss league in a £500K deal in pre-season and was never really replaced. Started okay, suffered a big dip in form to hit the relegation spots at Christmas, mixed results had us just outside the drop zone at the start of February, before a good run at the end saw us finish comfortably in mid-table. We missed an absolute bucketload of chances all year and conceded a lot of soft goals, which was frustrating, but also gave me hope when we were in a relegation battle as we were rarely outplayed in general terms, and always created chances.

One thing that did annoy me however was how many clubs seemed to be able to get top players on loan from Premiership clubs. As an example, this guy turned out for Leyton Orient for half a season. Yeah, they may have a link with Tottenham, but are you honestly telling me no lower Prem or Championship clubs were a better option?

Cups

FA Cup - Lost 0-1 at L2 side Walsall in the 2nd Round.

League Cup - Lost 0-1 at L1 side Brighton in the 1st Round (getting sick of playing them in every cup).

Johnstone's Paint Trophy - Lost 1-3 to L1 side Bournemouth in the Semi Final.

Notable Players

Mark Barker - He had to make the step up early due to an injury to Baxter, and he kept his spot for most of the season even when both keepers were fit. Very solid, despite his age and a defence prone to losing concentration. I have high hopes for him.

Lukas Charvat - Our most consistent defender. Signed a new contract despite higher level interest too.

Carl Barrett - Our trusty vice-captain was again the first picked all season, and had no troubles with the step up.

Roger Chapman - Signed for £60K from fellow L1 strugglers Bournemouth in January, he made an immediate impact in a play-making role, including a midfield hat-trick against his old side. Then tore his calf.

Édson - Amazing signing. Brazilian with a German second nationality, one of my scouts found him while on trial with Championship club Cardiff. They didn't have a manager at the time, so I snapped him up on a free.

Karim Annan - The standard now from my Ghanaian winger. Was dynamic for two thirds of the season, and missed the other third through various injuries.

Gelu Plesca - My player of the season. Top scorer with 13 goals, all from a right wing, and he chipped in with a number of assists as well.

Next season...

Finish top half, and increase my home grown quota.

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2012/13 - 9th Blue Square South

2013/14 - 2nd Blue Square South (lost in playoff semis)

2014/15 - 3rd Blue Square South (lost in playoff semis)

2015/16 - 1st Blue Square South (promoted as champions)

2016/17 - 8th Blue Square Premier

2017/18 - 1st Blue Square Premier (promoted as champions)

2018/19 - 3rd League Two (automatic promotion)

2019/20 - 13th League One

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#6 Hitchin Season Update 14 Premier League 2025/26

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Squad - Table - Graph - Profile - Finances - Transfers

Awards

Manager of the Year - Golden Boot Winner - PRM Goalscorer Runner Up - PRM Young player 3rd

Overall a great season. Good EURO run, poor domestic cup runs and a season finish as 2nd. For a long time, I believed we could actually finish as champions, but it is extremely hard to compete vs a superb playing Man Utd, who only conceded 24 goals in 38 league games and further more won the double.

Season started with us being ranked 44th in the world. A huge increase due to last seasons good run in the EURO Cup.

For an unknown reason, chairman decided to put some money in the bank, despite our finances being ok. Those finances were quickly put to use to increase our training facilities. Found a feeder club in China to increase our merchandise, but board won't let us go to china and show our colors, and neither does our affiliate desire to come to England :o

Didn't buy any expensive players this season, but did buy some good looking youngsters, and especially keepers to help us in a needed area in the future, as we cannot afford any of the current "star" keepers.

Domestic Cups were a joke. 4th round exit in the League Cup to Cardiff 3-2 loss (Cardiff lost in the finals) In the FA Cup we struggled to a 0-0 home to Blackburn, who in return killed us 3-1 away.

Euro Cup was alot more fun thu. Advanced from grp stages with 18 pts and Lazio being our hardest challenge with a 2-0 win both home and away. 1st round saw us against Fernebache. 2-0 away and 3-0 home. 2nd round vs Wolves another 2-0 home/away. In the Q/F we were the only English team left and drew Valencia. I was sure this was it for us but a 2-1 away and 3-2 home win advanced us to Semi Finals, where Sevilla waited. Having just beat Valencia morale was high, but despite that we were punished 3-0 away and only managed to play 1-1 at home.

Best game of the season was a 6-0 humiliation to Man City at home (press)

Players of the season:

GK:

- Phillip Salibur: New signing from Lens. Probably our best keeper according to staff. Only position we are really hurt in.

DEF:

- Carl Flynn: 31 year old Flynn who has been with us for 11 seasons is unfortunately not in the top 3 defenders anymore. He is still a good player who is now devoting his time tutoring youngsters.

- Lars Andersen: Is getting better and better. Key in defense with Cristiano.

- Cristiano: Same story as Lars.

- Abubakar Tagoe: Played mostly defense, but also midfield this season (to give Flynn some games) Really strong overall player.

MID:

- Chris Hayter: Bargain signing for 2.4mill from Man Utd. Amazing tireless DM

- Pirulito: Had another great season with 7 goals and 10 assists.

- Schwaab: Having trouble deciding now whether to play Pirulito or him on left winger.

- Busão: Played both MC and AMR. Versatile and really strong.

- Marcos Costa: Looking at his stats, I am amazed at his nose for assists. 41 games 29 assists.

- Carlos: As with Hayter, completely controlling defending areas on the midfield.

ATT:

- Giuseppe Cutolo: Had a good season, but nothing remarkable.

- Wayne Hall: Didn't score as many goals as last season, but I can live with his contribution of 39 goals and 15 assists.

With the new upgrades to facilities, 24 coaches and 1 year from moving into a new stadium. The future is looking bright at Hitchin.

Season	League	FA Cup		Other Cups	Europe  	Final Pos.	Achievements
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2012/13 BSN	4th qual	FAT 3rd qual	N/A		12th		None
2013/14	BSS	1st rnd		FAT 1st rnd	N/A		 4th		Lost in playoffs
2014/15	BSS	2nd rnd		FAT Final	N/A		 1st		Promoted, FAT runner up
2015/16	BSP	2nd rnd		FAT 1st rnd	N/A		 5th		None
2016/17	BSP	1st rnd		FAT Winner	N/A		 1st		Promoted, FAT Winner, New stadium
2017/18	L2	3rd rnd		LC 2nd rnd	JPT 2nd rnd/N	 5th		None
2018/19	L2	1st rnd		LC 1st rnd	JPT Semi S	 1st		Promoted
2019/20 L1	3rd rnd		LC 1st rnd	JPT Q/F S	 6th		None
2020/21	L1	1st rnd		LC Q/F		JPT Q/F S	 1st		Promoted, +4014 seats
2021/22	CH	Semi Final	LC 2nd rnd	N/A		 2nd		Auto Promoted, +7148 seats (12.500 total)
2022/23	PRM	5th rnd		LC S/F		N/A		13th		None
2023/24	PRM	S/F		LC Final	N/A		 8th		EC Qualifier, LC Winner
2024/25	PRM	6th rnd		4th rnd		EC Q/F		 7th		EC Qualifier, New stadium (22525 in 2027)
2025/26	PRM	5th rnd		4th rnd		EC S/F		 2nd		ECC Qualifier

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Forgot to add Concord Rangers were promoted to playable in my last season, which is the first time I've seen that. I think they registered about four wins before being relegated pretty tamely though. Still, could always get them in the FA Cup as a rivals match.

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Holidaying now. Didn't really get very far with this on FM11, but hoping to have something close to my success with Canvey Island back on FM10.

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with the new upgrades to facilities, 24 coaches and 1 year from moving into a new stadium. The future is looking bright at hitchin.

24 coaches?!?! :eek:

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That seems like almost one coach per senior squad player!

Just been ticking along nicely in my Chester game, obviously I'm more suited to managing in the north. Boston United just delivered some serious pain to fellow promoted team St Albans though, thrashing them 9-2! With 6 goals from their awesome regen! Never seen a team this low down get a regen like that from their own youth system! (Don't know why I can't even make an offer for him though?)

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dustShadow - Northwich Victoria 2012/13 - Blue Square Bet North - End of Season Update

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Table

It's a surprising promotion to be honest. I signed a number of players to broaden the squad, especially in midfield but a lot of the team was already in place. The squad was thus pretty good already. I'm very happy I won the plays-offs, I finished second 10 points clear of the 3rd placed Barrow so we deserved it. But while league winners FC Halifax weren't untouchable they were to consistent for my tired team in the end. Given that the team has now promoted to seasons in a row, I'll be very satisfied with a mid-table finish next season.

FM12 Remarks

- Teams in unplayable leagues are often pretty strong

- I hate the endless stream of press conferences

- Morale is even more important than before, a team on a run is unstoppable. But I like the fact that you can slam your team during half-time and they will actually turn around the game in the 2nd half sometimes

- Some news items are ridiculous, more in particular during the play-offs you get comments that are pointless

(example: I win the first legs of the semi's 1-0 against Gloucester, the return ends on 2-2 and the news item is: "Northwich fans will be frustrated by their side's 2-2 draw". The fans should be dancing on the table for qualifying for the final.)

- I'm also getting fed up with the "Team X is afraid they will lose Manager Y"-news items

- The confidence report is still stupid: I release a redundant striker on a free in august and until March I have to hear that they are slightly disappointed with his departure. This while I'm fighting for promotion and the guy hasn't even found a new club yet

- I win promotion with a team that was destined for mid-table AND I DON'T GET NOMINATED FOR MANAGER OF THE YEAR. Idiots.

Players

Best average rating: Danny Hall (7,24; 7,22 in the league) > rock in the defence, always present and never injured, 55 appearances this season

Top Goalscorer: Jason Oswell (18; 18 in the league) > only signed him on a free end of september, so pretty impressive

Surprise package: Jordan Lodge > right winger of 23 with abysmal stats but scored 12 goals nonetheless and provided 14 assists

Aims

Avoid relegation

Focus on the FA Trophy

Reinforce certain positions (already signed a new left back and a new goalkeeper)

Clean up the squad and get rid of the dead wood

Improve the backroom staff

History

Season    Division    Pos     FA Cup      Other Cups             Achievements
2012/13   BSN         2th     1st R       FAT 4th R              Promoted via Playoffs

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Season 2016/17 Review - East Thurrock United in the npower League 2

League Table | Positions | Cups

Not too shabby for our first season in League 2! Got off to a bit of a shaky start, but that was expected. We're hard to break down though, and in the long run the more adventurous teams lost points and went on bad runs while we kept a steady pace. My counter tactic isn't much of a crowd-pleaser but if it's good for something, it's consistently getting something out of most games. Come mid-season we were surprisingly among the front-runners and thanks to avoiding any serious injury problems this time around, managed to hang on all the way!

Squad | Transfers

Most of the offensive players are struggling with the step-up, especially Wright who's a mere shadow of last season's good form. My tendency to poach foreigners has also put us in a bit of a tight spot in terms of matching HG requirements. All things considered, my focus in the coming pre-season will have to be securing good English attackers. Possibly get a new GK as Bouzanis isn't looking so impressive anymore.

Finances

Unremarkable. The Paint Trophy final at Wembley probably helped a bit, but we're by and large in the same financial position as last year.

Aim for next season: Stay up. We got the promotion playing off scrappy counters and most players are still on old P/T contracts. I'm not holding my breath for another upset.

Season    League   Finish   FA Cup          Other Cups                Achievements
2016/17   L2       2nd      1st Rnd         Paint Trophy Final        Promotion
2015/16   BSP      2nd      4th Rnd         FA Trophy Final           Playoff winners, FA Trophy winners
2014/15   BSP      2nd      1st Rnd         FA Trophy Final           Playoff finalists
2013/14   BSS      4th      4th Qual. Rnd   FA Trophy 1st Rnd         Promotion via Playoff
2012/13   BSS      9th      4th Qual. Rnd   FA Trophy 3rd Qual. Rnd   -

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June - August 11 Round up

24/06/11. The day Bradford Park Avenue made the best decision in their history and shockingly replaced the man who brought them up with former sunday league flop John Thornton.

Looking at the squad, the media had quite understandably tipped PA for a short stay in the league, expecting a 22nd place finish.

There was one gem in the squad, Medi Abalimba proving to be an inspired signing from the previous regime.

Thornton's scouts pointed him in the direction of what appeared to be a great brazillian defender, but one who had no chance of obtaining a work permit. This angered him, and the scout was told he needed to find someone special to keep his job, much to Thornton's chagrin he pulled it out of the bag, 17 year old Kristian James looking like a star already, with L1 potential, and star Man City defender ('s brother) Francois Kompany. Other signings have included, among others, the unfortunately named young scottish centre back Gordon Dick, and yet another Man City defender's brother Aaron Lescott.

Thornton believed his squad was complete, decided to get straight to the season, leaving the assistant to deal with the friendlies. Unfortunately there was one massive oversight, come match day Thornton realised he had no left backs at the club. He quickly panic bought two young left backs, including an Andy Carroll esque transfer fee for unproven Michele Picano.

The season didnt start well, a makeshift 3-3-2-2 formation to offset the lack of a left back ended with a flattering 1-3 defeat to Halifax, then came the biggest game of the season the home derby v the much fancied Guiseley, before an ill tempered 2-3 defeat to Hinckley. Up came a home game against Lowestoft to end the month, the first game to showcase the new 4-1-3-2 PA are using now, and with 9 out of 11 first choice players available. A much needed performance to fill the players with optimism.

Next on the agenda, is to sort out the away form and keep the discipline, as the 2 defeats have seen 5 yellows and 1 red in each game, the bank balance cant afford 23 fines either.

Transfers

A decent start to the season, no shame in consolidation this year, but still early days.

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St. Albans - Blue Square Premier - 2015/2016

I'm too tired to do a big update. So i will just post the most important screenshots.

League Table

Past positions

My aim was top10, which i failed. Aim for next season will be playoff if I can sign the right players.

Squad

Transfers

Need a new striker to play with Ahmed Abdulla. Scott Bennett is too young to play every time. Jack Lyons is not good enough. Besides that i'm almost satisfied with the first eleven.

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Gilbster - 2030/31 North Ferriby - End of Season Update - PREMIERSHIP!!!

Table | Positions | Finances | Transfers | Squad

Amazing how much a single season in the Premiership can do for a clubs finances. We got a few extra random sponsorship deals, which at least means we arent laughable sponsorship wise anymore! Was given a large transfer budget and significant wage budget increase, which I still have plenty of left. I didnt end up buying in many more players, which makes our finish this season even more impressive.

We managed a great run to the Semi Finals of the FA Cup, where we lost 3-0 to West Brom. If we hadnt had loads of key injuries throughout the seaosn, I reckon we could have finished 1 or 2 places hihger. Never felt like I was in a relegation battle so am delighted with the season.

We just need to build on it for next season. Already have a couple of new players due in, but worried my goalies min release clause could be met and that I may need to hunt for another Prem quality keeper. Definitely need to continue to just make small additions to the squad, hopefully with more and more quality.

Have already persuaded the board to improve my training facilities, and before this seaosn started we got an expansion to the stadium, so we are now 12,000 all seater capacity, which is starting to feel a bit like a stadium! Cant ask to improve youth as we are apparently renting youth facilities.

Aims

Mid Table would be great again

Buy a few more good players

Cup runs

Training facility upgrade again

Career So Far



Season    Division    Pos     FA Cup      Other Cups             Achievements
2012/13   BSN         5th     1st R       FAT 1st R              Promoted via Playoffs
2013/14   BSP         16th    4th QR      FAT 3rd R
2014/15   BSP         12th    2nd R       FAT QF Replay
2015/16   BSP         15th    1st R       FAT 1st R
2016/17   BSP         1st     4th QR      FAT 3rd R              Champions and Promoted!
2017/18   L2          22nd    1st R       JPT1R, LC 1R           Survived on goal difference
2018/19   L2          3rd     1st R       JPTFN, LC 1R           Promoted
2019/20   L1          24th    1st R       JPT1R, LC 1R           Relegated
2020/21   L2          21st    1st R       JPT1R, LC 2R
2021/22   L2          7th     3rd Rep     JPT2R, LC 1R           Lost in Playoff Finals
2022/23   L2          1st     1st R       JPTWin, LC 1R          Champions and Promoted! JPT Winners!
2023/24   L1          8th     5th R       JPT2R, LC 1R  
2024/25   L1          1st     4th R       JPTWin, LC 1R          Champions and Promoted! JPT Winners!
2025/26   CH          15th    4th R       LC 2R 
2026/27   CH          5th     Semis       LC 2R                  Play off Semi Final, FA Cup Semi finalists
2027/28   CH          3rd     3rd R       LC 3R                  Lost in Playoff Finals
2028/29   CH          4th     3rd R       LC 2R                  Play off Semi Final
2029/30   CH          5th     4th R       LC 4R                  Promoted
2030/31   PRM         8th     Semis       Lc 3R

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FC United of Manchester

Season 9 - 2020/21 – nPower League One

Pre-season - Media Prediction: 20th

The dream continues

League Table| Progress | Squad | Transfers

The aim for the season was promotion having spent last season getting to know the division. Summer signings included a prolific striker and a few experienced defenders which gave me confidence that the team was complete and ready to take the division by storm. A slow start to the season was a bit of a worry but as soon as my strikers dusted off their scoring boots, there was no looking back. A twenty game unbeaten run helped the team open a big lead by February and the team cruised to the title to do the double.

Targets for the 2020/21 season

1. Gain promotion ACHIEVED

2. Reach FA Cup 3rd round ACHIEVED

3. Expand the scouting range FAILED

Career Overview

Season          League                League Finish     Achievements
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2012/13         Blue Square North          4th           Reached play-offs 
2013/14         Blue Square North          9th           Reached FA Cup 1st round
2014/15         Blue Square North          3th           Highest finish to date        
2015/16         Blue Square North          1st           Promoted                           
2016/17         Blue Square Premier        1st           Promoted                               
2017/18         League Two                 17th          None                                       
2018/19         League Two                 3rd           Promoted                            
2019/20         League One                 15th          None      
2020/21         League One                 1st           JPT winner                               

Targets for new season:

1. Survive in Championship

2. Reach FA Cup 5th round

3. Expand the scouting range (again!)

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Canvey Island - 2012/13 End of Season Update - BSS

Timed to perfection...

League: (Positions) Well to call this unexpected would be a bit of an understatement. Started horrendously with 5 defeats out of the first 7 games (including a 7-1 spanking at home to Tonbridge) but this unbeaten run put us firmly in the chase for the second half of the season.

Even with 3 games to go the gap between us and long-time leaders Farnborough was 6 points (at one stage around January it had been around the 15 point mark), which was duly turned to 3 after beating them; then a mad penultimate round of games involving two different 5-0 scorelines which favoured us massively put us in the driving seat with one to play. Even though we tried our best to throw it away on the last day of the season, automatic promotion was secured. :D

Have to say that whilst Farnborough did pretty much gift us the chance, we were playing pretty well at the end of the season ourselves.

Cups

FA Cup : Slightly disappointed, threw away the lead against Eastbourne.

FA Trophy : A magnificent run to the quarters, including beating Grimsby in extra time, but the Darlington game was a step too far; even if we almost came from 4-0 down in the game :rolleyes:

Squad (1)(2) and Transfers : A large squad at this level for sure, but it was more players coming in quicker than leaving than anything else. Quite a fair few of the fringe/reserve players will be let go in the summer so size should become more manageable next season.

Player of the Season : Robert Hall - AMC

Almost gave it to Ladapo for his near 20 goals since joining in November, but Hall was instrumental in the final run of games that secured the title so it really had to go to him. Not a bad prospect for the near future at 22 too.

Finances : The less said about this the better I think... :o

History:

2012-13: BSS - 1st

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Currently sitting 2nd after 18 games in League One, but have decided to put the save on hold and have a crack with one of the lower league databases. Playing with Hall Road Rangers FC in the Northern Counties East League, so should be a bit of fun. Running an update thread in the Careers forum too.

Will definitely continue to follow people's progress in here though.

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FC United of Manchester

Season 1 (2012/2013) - Blue Square North

Table Progress Transfers

I wanted to start slow, building a base for a club that can get promoted and stay up. I signed a lot of players because from experience in the lowe leagues it's better to have a bigger squad of weaker players with just a few 'stars' and rotate than lot of tired but better players. We started unexpectedly good and after a string of wins I started to think it's gonna be too easy. But then came the slump and we started to be hit and miss. We were never really threatened throughout the season to go below the playoff spot but at this time my appetite was higher and I wanted automatic promotion. Luckily for me our form went up in the final stages of the league and we managed to beat AFC Telford on away goals for automatic promotion. Tough luck for them, as they were a better team than us, and ultimately the have also lost the playoff. In FA cup it was a dramatic performance with us losing to Northwich and the FA Trophy was only little better because we survived till 3rd round. None of the players was worth mentioning, needless to say that my best player was already in the squad - Matty Wolfenden was my best striker and player throughout a season, unfortunately he decided to continue his career elsewhere and didn't sign new contract.

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| 2012/13 | BSN      | 1st | 4thQ R  | FAT 3rd R  | Promotion    |

Targets for next season:

League: Stay up :) (Media prediction 24th)

FA Cup: Win something

FA Trophy: 4th round

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Bedford Town | Season 2012/13 | Blue Square North

Table | Position Graph | Squad (1 - 2) | Finances | Transfers (1 - 2)

League Summary (1 - 2 - 3):-

A fantastic first season for Bedford, we finished 4th and took part in the play-offs. We managed to beat Tamworth 3-2 on aggregate which set up the final against Darlington. We hadn't beaten Darlo in either league game and unfortunately we didn't manage to this time. 3-1 was the final score and it didn't really flatter them, we didn't turn up for the first half and when we got the goal, Darlo just shut up shop.

FA Cup Summary:-

We had a pretty decent go at the FA Cup this year, reaching the first round proper in the process. Comfortable wins over Hucknall, Witham and Brackley saw us host Gillingham in front of a 1600 strong crowd at The New Eyrie, but the Gills overran us. They play two leagues above us and it certainly showed, 5-2 was the final score and despite our best efforts, they were just too strong for us.

FA Trophy Summary:-

The FA Trophy is a cup I want to win before I leave the non-league, I'm hoping that I will only have a few years left to win it as I want to get out of the non-league as soon as possible. This years adventure saw us drop out in the second round. In the third qualifying round we faced and beat Eastwood 4-1, then we played Truro in the first round and we managed 4 goals again this time with a clean sheet. The second round draw paired us with Ebbsfleet away and the BSP side ran out 2-0 winners.

Team Summary:-

I made alot of transfers throughout the season as I struggled to find a settled side despite managing a 4th place finish. One place I did manage to sort out was the strikers with my first choice pair netting 48 goals between them. The midfield and defence wasn't quite so settled although the goalkeeper shirt was kept by the same person all season.

Goalkeeper:-

- TIM SANDERCOMBE joined on loan from relegated Farnborough, he probably wasn't the best option I could have chosen but he did a decent job through out the season.

Central Defenders:-

- MARK POWER was the second player I signed as was first choice center back for the whole season. He was a rock at the back and we needed someone as good next too him.

- JACK DEAMAN only joined us in December and injuries restriced him to just 14 starts and 2 substitute appearances.

- JAMES BRADLEY was brought in just before Deaman and ended up as backup for when he was injured, but unfortunately Bradley had a few injuries himself and only managed 5 starts.

- GAVIN HOYTE was already at the club and was also club captain before I took over. Although not as good as players I brought in, injuries meant he still played 37 times coming off the bench 11 times.

Wide Defenders:-

- TOM SMITH didn't join until late November but made the right back spot his own. He made 25 appearances and I'm trying to renew his contract.

- AARON AKURUKA was the starting right back until Smith joined, then had to settle to playing second fiddle managing 17 appearances over the season.

- SAMIR BIHMOUTINE joined in the late September and was the regular left back for the season, starting 30 times and coming off the bench just once.

- NIALL COPERTHWAITE similarly to Akuruka, was the starting left back until Samir joined and took it from him. Made 18 appearances with 2 coming from the bench.

Central Midfielders:-

- ADAM FORSHAW joined in late December, he is the best midfielder we have at the club and I'm currently renewing his contract. He made 22 starts and came of the bench twice.

- JAKE NICHOLSON was my final signing this season, coming in at the end of December he made 11 appearances after an injury in March kept him out for the rest of the season.

- AGUSTÍN BATTIPIEDI was my very first signing of my career. He was the hardman in midfield, winning back possession and breaking down opposition attacks very well.

Wide Midfielders:-

- CHARLES BANYA was the first choice right winger since he joined in early December. Making 27 appearances and getting 11 assists.

- JAMIE YATES joined in late July and was going to be first choice and started off well making 11 appearances, scoring 2 goals and getting 2 assists, but then suffered a bad injury which kept him out for 3 months.

- LEON OSBORNE kept the left wing position ever since he joined in early December making 28 appearances, scoring 8 goals and getting 10 assists in the process.

- JERNEADE MEADE was first choice until Osborne came, then he was used mostly as an substitute with 11 of his 23 appearances coming off the bench.

Strikers:-

- CHRISTIAN OKPALA was the first striker to join us and was first choice for most of the season, he managed 25 goals and 7 assists.

- JACOB HAZEL joined us in mid-August, and along with Okpala kept his shirt for most of the season. He racked up 23 and 14 assists. Both strikers' contracts are up at the end of this season. I'm letting Opkala go but I'm tryin to renew Hazel's, although his agent is making it damn near impossible.

Next Season Targets:-

Reach the Play-Offs

Sure up the finances

Get rid of deadwood

Reach the FA Cup 1st round

Get as far as possible in the FA Trophy

Get rid of more deadwood

Not leave it so late for contract renewals

Season         Division                  FA Cup       Other Cups         Position      Points         Achievements
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[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279812-dafuge-s-FM12-challenge?p=7351311&viewfull=1#post7351311"]2012/13[/url]        Blue Square North         1st Round    FAT 2nd Round      4th           78             Reached the play-off final.

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I'm having a couple of days away from this challenge, expect my next update on Wednesday/Thursday!

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After 51 hours of gametime - Chester have played the last game of the first season. Interesting update to follow :)

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