dafuge

From Young Men to World Beaters

1,544 posts in this topic

Amazing first season there daf :D

Just out of interest, when signing your players, do you go by the assistants reports on the level they could play at, or do you just look at the attributes of the players?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bourneview Young Men - Championship One - 2013/14

After destroying the third tier of Northern Irish football, it was time for my squad to step up a level. With the nature of our win last season, I was hoping for more of the same.

League Table

League Positions Graph

It was a repeat of last season, we were just too good for them. Bit annoying to lose the one game though.

Mid-Ulster Cup - I really wasn't interested in this competition, but despite rotating the team we found ourselves winning it again.

Intermediate Cup - another meaningless competition, but it brought a shock.

Irish League Cup - I wanted to do well in this one, but suffered another shock defeat.

Irish Cup - the draw against Cliftonville set us on our way to a fantastic cup run, which ended in a fairly simple final. This win means we will be in the Europa League next season.

Squad - an early injury crisis meant I had to go out and sign more players and I've ended up with a superb squad.

Transfers - an influx of Brazilians and Eastern Europeans made a huge difference to my squad, along with a couple of great English players.

Finances - the finances are awful, but with European football not far away we have a chance to sort it out.

Key Player Profiles:

Paul Muir - another great season from the striker.

Reginaldo - a great first season from the new striker.

Darjan Mevlja - he's starting to get left behind, but he's still doing well.

Theophilus Ekoku - Westo suffered a bad injury, so he was brought in.

Liam Gormley - plenty of assists from the winger.

Career Overview

Season    League                   Position    Achievements
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2012/13   Championship Two         1st         League, Mid-Ulster and Intermediate Cup winners
2013/14   Championship One         1st         League, Mid-Ulster and Irish Cup winners

Next Season

This was another stupidly easy season, I'm wondering if the Premiership will provide some better competition? Hopefully the Europa league will give us a good test and bring us back down to earth, we are a bunch of part timers after all.

One big concern I have is that I cannot afford to renew the contracts of the players I have, I'm a victim of my own success. Unfortunately this might mean the squad will need rebuilding almost completely next year.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Amazing first season there daf :D

Just out of interest, when signing your players, do you go by the assistants reports on the level they could play at, or do you just look at the attributes of the players?

I always go by the scout/coach reports, I barely look at the attributes unless I've got a choice between two or more players.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great work daf. I dare say you won't be challenged at all except in Europe.

Are you still following your old approach of getting scout reports for all players that pop up in your player search screen? How many scouts do you have and how long is it taking to return all the results?

KUTGW

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Great work daf. I dare say you won't be challenged at all except in Europe.

Are you still following your old approach of getting scout reports for all players that pop up in your player search screen? How many scouts do you have and how long is it taking to return all the results?

KUTGW

I only have a handful of scouts, so I'm focusing them on getting reports on unattached under 21 players in the UK & Ireland. For the players outside of the UK/Ireland I tend to offer trials to the ones my assistant thinks are unrealistic signings.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Makes sense! Still working on the premise of finding players with (at least) 2.5 stars CA and (at least) 4.5 stars PA?

The only issue I've found with your approach is that it can take a while to find quality players. In the meantime, my team can be suffering in the league which is why I tend to rely upon the players recommended by my Ass man, by backroom staff and the players the scouts actually find themselves. Do you have a method you use to get players in quickly, just to get a base layer of quality whilst you gather scout reports on all your other potential targets?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Makes sense! Still working on the premise of finding players with (at least) 2.5 stars CA and (at least) 4.5 stars PA?

The only issue I've found with your approach is that it can take a while to find quality players. In the meantime, my team can be suffering in the league which is why I tend to rely upon the players recommended by my Ass man, by backroom staff and the players the scouts actually find themselves. Do you have a method you use to get players in quickly, just to get a base layer of quality whilst you gather scout reports on all your other potential targets?

The stars really change depending on the club I'm managing, a lot of the players I've signed were 5/5 on the scout reports, but a bit lower than that once they were at the club.

I use the trials to get players in quickly, then slowly replace them with better players found by my scouts. This might explain why my team was full of foreigners at the start but slowly became more british towards the end of the season.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's interesting. How were you finding the trial players then? By attribute search?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
That's interesting. How were you finding the trial players then? By attribute search?

I can't see most of the attributes as they are masked. Just filtering for non UK/Ireland unattached under 21s that my assistant thinks are realistic targets brings up a small list, filtering to a single position usually just gives me a handful of players to offer trials to.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

An ok so as regards your post above, did you mean 'realistic' as opposed to 'unrealistic?'

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I meant I tick the box to get my assistant to exclude unrealistic transfers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looks like I got what I wanted in Europe, my first European game will be against Hajduk Split :eek:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

13-14 season. The links for league table and positions graph are wrong. When you click one, the pic is the other one. Just saying :) and great job btw, best of luck

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
13-14 season. The links for league table and positions graph are wrong. When you click one, the pic is the other one. Just saying :) and great job btw, best of luck

Thanks for that, I'm always getting those two the wrong way around :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It would be great if you could give us updates about your results in Europa League, before final season report.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
It would be great if you could give us updates about your results in Europa League, before final season report.

I certainly will this time, as I have a feeling my European adventure will be over before I've finished my pre-season :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round Leg 1: Hajduk vs Bourneview

Hajduk did to us what we had been doing to the teams in our league, they bossed us and barely let us out of our half. We were lucky to keep the scoreline down and even managed to find the net ourselves, but there's no way we are going though to the next round!

The second leg will be hosted in our 550 capacity stadium, and the TV cameras are coming :cool:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round Leg 2: Bourneview vs Hajduk

Hajduk were a bit more cautious in this match, which gave us a few more chances. We were never going to win the tie, but we gave it a good attempt.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Unlucky there dafuge, at least you scored against them :D

I gave the trialist idea a go, and I didn't really get too much from it, a decent striker aside, so I went back to my scouts, who found me some NI premier league ability players. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not a bad result at all against an established European side! Good luck in the top division - although I'm sure you'll walk that too without the need for jam.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm confident about the Premiership as my team matches up fairly evenly with the winners from last season. It won't be as easy as the last two, but I think we've got a decent chance.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I read your FM11 thread daf and loved it! Will be reading this one with interest as well!

Good luck in the Premiership!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dafuge so useless, lost in all three levels of Northern Ireland now. ;) Good luck in the step up to the Premiership, sounds like it will at the very least give you a decent challenge. :thup:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am very interest in this as I see thread of fm2011 where you have amazing career. I only see this thread now and I read for hour. Now I follow this one from start and I get excite about career progress you have.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dafuge, I've followed your careers since your T&M story, and just wanted to wish you the best of luck for this challenge, not that you'll need it! :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I'm wondering if the Premiership will provide some better competition?

Wow,close call there dafuge,only 23 pts ahead. :)

Maybe the competition will be a bit harder but I predict you will walk the league your 2nd season in the prem and never look back.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bourneview Young Men - Carling Premiership - 2014/15

After dominating the lower leagues we had a chance to test ourselves against Northern Ireland's best. We also had a chance to play in Europe.

League Table

League Positions Graph

We didn't start too well, but with a few new signings we found ourselves climbing the table. Even with the league split playing into our favour, we couldn't catch runaway winners Cliftonville.

Mid-Ulster Cup - our reserves suffered a shock defeat.

Irish League Cup - we were going well but suffered an unlucky defeat.

Irish Cup - we made the most of an easy route to the final, then blitzed that.

Setanta Cup - the prize money for this was big, so I was really hoping for a decent performance. Despite winning 2-1 at home, we threw it away in the second leg.

UEFA Europa League - it was brief as we lost at home and away in our first tie.

Squad - I'm still looking to improve it, but this lot are easily capable of success.

Transfers - I went into the season with the same squad and quickly realised that it wasn't good enough. Three new strikers were brought in, which made a huge difference.

Finances - still not great, but I've improved since last season.

Key Player Profiles:

Martin Zelenka - he was the man brought in to bring us goals, he did just that.

Eriks Punculs - another new striker that was brought in.

Matija Cakarun - he was brought in as a striker, but did well in the AMC role.

Ian Woodford - the star winger.

Gheorghe Luca - another great winger.

Career Overview

Season    League                   Position    Achievements
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2012/13   Championship Two         1st         League, Mid-Ulster and Intermediate Cup winners
2013/14   Championship One         1st         League, Mid-Ulster and Irish Cup winners
2014/15   Carling Premiership      2nd         Irish Cup winners

Next Season

This season proved that we are capable of keeping up with the big teams in Northern Ireland. Next season I think the title is a realistic aim.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

daf, your screenshots says you lost in the Semi-Final of the Irish Cup but yet got to the final and won? Is it just me that's got confused by this?

Edit: Your Irish Cup link is linked to the Irish League cup and your League Cup is linked to the Mid-Ulster Cup... Someone has had a few to many too drink!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Two promotions and finishing 2nd in your first season in top flight,absolutely brilliant :D

Good luck in your title ambitions next season!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
daf, your screenshots says you lost in the Semi-Final of the Irish Cup but yet got to the final and won? Is it just me that's got confused by this?

Edit: Your Irish Cup link is linked to the Irish League cup and your League Cup is linked to the Mid-Ulster Cup... Someone has had a few to many too drink!

The links should be sorted now :thup:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The links should be sorted now :thup:

Aye, ace season anyway. 'best manager going' comes to mind :cool:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As for losing in the Setanta Cup, I was gutted at missing out on the chance of the £1.7m prize money for winning.

Until I saw this :D

That's my finances sorted then, time to start pestering the board.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Are you slightly concerned at how easy it's been to establish yourselves as a top NI club? By which I mean the sheer length of the task in elevating the stature of your club and league to the point where you can challenge in Europe.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Are you slightly concerned at how easy it's been to establish yourselves as a top NI club? By which I mean the sheer length of the task in elevating the stature of your club and league to the point where you can challenge in Europe.

Getting to the top in Northern Ireland has been easy for one huge reason, it is rubbish. Getting my club (and possibly the league) to a point to be able to challenge in Europe is the real challenge here, I'm expecting that to take quite a while. I'm hoping to be able to complete enough seasons to make that possible, although I realise that it may well be quite frustrating.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looks like my second European adventure may also be a short one, I've drawn Bursaspor :(

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Looks like my second European adventure may also be a short one, I've drawn Bursaspor :(

Good luck with that dafuge,and grats on another great season. :thup:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great progress here - looks like Zelenka really did the business for you. How do you rate your chances of going one step better this season?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow daf! Far enough the two bottom leagues are low standard but 2nd in Prem is awesome

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Great progress here - looks like Zelenka really did the business for you. How do you rate your chances of going one step better this season?

I think it depends if Cliftonville (or anyone else) make big improvements. They finished 8th the previous season, so it was odd that they won the league so easily.

I think we should be able to do it if we get off to a good start.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round Leg 1: Bourneview vs Bursaspor

What a result! We didn't just sneak this result, we deserved it. I imagine the second leg may be a bit different.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round Leg 2: Bursaspor vs Bourneview

Things were going well as we held Bursaspor off, then we scored. At 3-0 up it looked like we were through but Bursaspor came out a different team in the second half. They battered us for 45 minutes but couldn't find enough goals as we sneaked through on away goals. This means we become a seeded team for the next round where we meet Midtjylland of Denmark.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Amazing result. Maybe your season summaries should also include UEFA Country coefficients screen. When are you going to activate other leagues (especially those ranked near NI)?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Amazing result. Maybe your season summaries should also include UEFA Country coefficients screen. When are you going to activate other leagues (especially those ranked near NI)?

I was considering that, but the reputations are updated quite a while after I write my updates. Perhaps I could add them as a separate post?

Here's where we are now:

Northern Ireland - 74th in FIFA rankings

Northern Ireland - 46th in UEFA coefficients

Carling Premiership - 180th in European competitions (1 star)

Bourneview - 491st in UEFA coefficients

I'm not sure about activating other leagues, I've got a fairly big database so the teams I'm playing all have real players. Perhaps I'll look into it if I notice problems with the reputations.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.