AK22

If You Count Your Chickens Before They've Hatched, They Won't Lay An Egg

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"If You Count Your Chickens Before They've Hatched, They Won't Lay An Egg" - Sir Bobby Robson

Hello and welcome to my FM12 Career Thread! Following on in the same vein of my FM11 career, this will be a journeyman adventure encompassing many clubs and nations from around the globe.

Here's the link to my previous save (if you missed it) http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/258221-FM11-Only-Mad-Dogs-and-Englishmen...

Game Set-up (Large Database, 75000 Players)

In my opinion, these five leagues are the staple of European football, and will remain active throughout the entirety of the save:

England

Spain

Italy

France

Germany

These are the additional nations that I've decided to load from the start, giving a total of 44 leagues in 15 nations:

Sweden

Scotland

Hungary

Portugal

Romania

Serbia

Mexico

South Korea

Brazil

Argentina

Set-up 1 Set-up 2

Career Objectives

I like my careers to be quite fluid, so there's no self-imposed rules or any particular challenges I'd like to attempt. However, I will start off at the lowest level possible, unemployed with 'Sunday League' experience, and will look to play as realistically as possible, climbing my way up the football management ladder. Attribute masking will be on, I don't use add-ons or the player search to find players, and I trust my scouts (no matter how rubbish they are!). As a Liverpool supporter, it's difficult for me to manage certain rival teams, so don't expect to see me in the hot-seat at Everton or Man Utd. And as I live on the South Coast of England, I would definitely favour a job from one of my local teams if it became available.

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Career Summary

Season     Team              League                     Finish    Cups                             
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2011/12    Unemployed
2012/13    Kingstonian       Blue Square Bet South      3rd       FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, FA Trophy 2nd Round
2013/14    Kingstonian       Blue Square Bet Premier    3rd       FA Cup 1st Round, FA Trophy 1st Round
2014/15    Kingstonian       npower League Two          16th      FA Cup 1st Round, Carling Cup 1st Round, JPT 1st Round
2015/16    Kingstonian       npower League Two          17th**    **Resigned 19/12/2015
          Hull City         npower League One          6th       FA Cup 4th Round
2016/17    Hull City         npower League One          1st       FA Cup 1st Round, Carling Cup 1st Round, JPT Winner
2017/18    Hull City         npower Championship        2nd       FA Cup 5th Round, Carling Cup 2nd Round
2018/19    Fulham            Barclays Premier League    5th       FA Cup Semi-Final, Carling Cup Semi-Final
2019/20    Fulham            Barclays Premier League    7th       Europa League 2nd KO Rd, FA Cup 6th Rd, Carling Cup 3rd Rd
2020/21    Fulham            Barclays Premier League    8th**     **Resigned 13/11/2020
          Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    6th       Europa League 1st KO Rd, FA Cup 5th Rd
2021/22    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    3rd       Europa League Winners, FA Cup 4th Rd, Carling Cup QF
2022/23    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    1st       Champions League Runner-Up, FA Cup 3rd Rd, Carling Cup QF
2023/24    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    1st       Champions League SF, FA Cup SF, Carling Cup QF
2024/25    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    2nd       Champions League Runner-Up, FA Cup SF, Carling Cup Winners
2025/26    Estudiantes       Primera División Apertura  4th       N/A
                            Primera División Clausura  3rd       Copa Argentina QF
2026/27    Estudiantes       Primera División Apertura  1st       Copa Sudamericana SF
                            Primera División Clausura  3rd       Copa Libertadores RU, Copa Argentina 7th Rd
2027/28    Estudiantes       Primera División Apertura  2nd       Copa Sudamericana Winner
                            Primera División Clausura  1st       Copa Libertadores SF, Copa Argentina RU
2028/29    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 1st       Champions League 1st KO Rd, DFB-Pokal QF
2029/30    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 1st       Champions League Winners, DFB-Pokal Winners
2030/31    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 2nd       Europa League Winners, Club World Cup Winners
2031/32    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 1st       Champions League Runner-Up
2032/33    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 3rd**     **Resigned 25/11/2032
          Genoa             Serie A                    7th       TIM Cup Quarter Final
2033/34    Genoa             Serie A                    3rd       TIM Cup Runner-Up
2034/35    Genoa             Serie A                    2nd       Champions League QF, TIM Cup QF
2035/36    Genoa             Serie A                    1st       Champions League SF, TIM Cup Winners
2036/37    Real Madrid       La Liga                    1st       Champions League Winners, Copa del Rey Winners
2037/38    Real Madrid       La Liga                    1st       Champions League Winners, Copa del Rey Winners, CWC Winners
2038/39    Real Madrid       La Liga                    1st       Champions League SF, Copa del Rey Winners, CWC Winners
2039/40    Balma             Championnat National       2nd       Coupe de France 10th Round
2040/41    Balma             Ligue 2                    6th       Coupe de France 7th Round, Coupe de la Ligue 4th Round
2041/42    Balma             Ligue 2                    2nd       Coupe de France 9th Round, Coupe de la Ligue 2nd Round
2042/43    Balma             Ligue 1                    11th      Coupe de France Quarter Final, Coupe de la Ligue 3rd Round
2043/44    Balma             Ligue 1                    10th      Coupe de France 10th Round, Coupe de la Ligue 3rd Round
2044/45    Balma             Ligue 1                    5th       Coupe de France 9th Round, Coupe de la Ligue 4th Round

Achievements

2011/12: None

2012/13: Blue Square South Manager of the Year, Blue Square Bet South Manager of the Month (November)

2013/14: Blue Square Bet Premier Manager of the Year

2014/15: None

2015/16: None

2016/17: npower League One Manager of the Year, npower League One Manager of the Month (January)

2017/18: npower Championship Manager of the Year (3rd Place), npower Championship Manager of the Month (February, March, April)

2018/19: Barclays Premier League Manager of the Year (3rd Place), Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month (September, February)

2019/20: None

2020/21: None

2021/22: Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month (September, October, March)

2022/23: Barclays Premier League Manager of the Year, Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month (November, January, May)

2023/24: Barclays Premier League Manager of the Year, Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month (October, November)

2024/25: Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month (October, November)

2025/26: None

2026/27: Mánager del año de la Primera División Argentina (2nd Place), Mánager del mes de la Primera División Argentina (October, March)

2027/28: Mánager del año de la Primera División Argentina, Mánager del mes de la Primera División Argentina (December, March)

2028/29: Mánager del año de la Primera División Argentina, Fußballtrainer des Jahres, Spielers Fußball-Trainer des Jahres

2029/30: None

2030/31: None

2031/32: Deutsche Trainer des Jahres (3rd Place)

2032/33: None

2033/34: Associazione Italiana Calciatori Miglior Allentore (3rd Place)

2034/35: Associazione Italiana Calciatori Miglior Allentore (3rd Place)

2035/36: None

2036/37: Premio Don Balón Mejor entrenador del año (Runner Up)

2037/38: Premio Don Balón Mejor entrenador del año

2038/39: Premio Don Balón Mejor entrenador del año (Runner Up)

2039/40: Entraîneur de l'année

2040/41: None

2041/42: Trophée UNFP du Meilleur Entraîneur

2042/43: None

2043/44: None

2044/45: Trophée UNFP du Meilleur Entraîneur

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I'd have followed this thread anyway, but as you're a fellow red I will take extra interest ;)

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Thanks for all the comments so far, first proper update should be up later tonight :thup:

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24th June 2012: After holidaying, and taking in some of the Euro 2012 action, the first available job that took my interest was this

one.

Kingstonian F.C.

Wage: £600 per week

Contract Length: 1 year

Transfer Budget: £0

Wage Budget: £2.2k per week

Current Player Wage Total: £186 per week

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Year Founded: 1885

Nickname: The K's

Rivals: AFC Wimbledon, Sutton Utd, Woking, Boreham Wood

Stadium: The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow

Capacity: 6200 all-seater

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2012/13

Media Prediction: 22nd

Title Odds: 20/1

Board Expectations

Blue Square Bet South: Avoid Relegation

FA Cup: Third Qualifying Round

FA Trophy: First Round

Initial Impressions

Newly promoted to the Blue Square South, this is a team with a lot of work to do. I inherit a squad of just 17 players, with only two of which are on proper part-time contracts. There is absolutely no backroom staff, even though I'm pretty sure Sky Sports commentator, Martin Tyler, is a first team coach here in real life. So my task is clear, remodel the entire structure of the club, and hope that we survive our first season in the BSS. We're predicted to finish bottom, which is not surprising due to our minuscule squad, but if I can work a bit of magic in the transfer market, I could see us scraping survival. To be honest, I'm not hoping for much more, as I can see us being whipping-boys until I've established a first team squad. First things first though, I'm going to need to find an assistant manager, and then a scout, and then hope to attract a few decent players to a very fashionable area of Greater London.

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Good luck with The K's,hope you can achieve survial :)

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Best of luck, looking forward to seeing how you do! :thup:

I don't know why, but I always feel like Kingstonian should be the name of a Scottish team. Anyone else know what I mean? ...Anyone? :confused:

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Looking forward to it AK22. I'm managing Staines in the BSS right now and doing decent. A newly promoted club should still be able to complete well.

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Good to see you back. Good luck! I'll be following
Good luck with Kingstonian AK22!
Good luck with The K's,hope you can achieve survial
Good luck with this, I'll be following
Best of luck, looking forward to seeing how you do!

I don't know why, but I always feel like Kingstonian should be the name of a Scottish team. Anyone else know what I mean? ...Anyone? :confused:

Looking forward to it AK22. I'm managing Staines in the BSS right now and doing decent. A newly promoted club should still be able to complete well.

Thanks for all the comments :thup:

Survival is the only aim this season, I'll be extremely happy with 19th.

I'm planning on getting a lot more immersed into this save than my previous ones. I'm going to be watching more game action than usual, analysing more stats, and will try to become a lot more tactically aware. I feel that the new FM12 interface will make this a lot easier too. Due to this, I've only played the one competitive game so far, a 1-1 draw away to Staines (coincidence Cerud?!). A game which we took the lead, had a player sent off, only for them to equalising in stoppage time. A bit frustrating, but still, the first point is on the board.

And yes, iseemonsters1, I can kind of see where you are coming from on the Scottish name front... ;)

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Super keen to follow your save from the start this time, catching up on your 11 career was the biggest mission :lol: Fingers crossed you can evade relegation this year, but based on your efforts with Thurrock I'm picking a mid-table finish :)

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Good luck in Kingston AK.
Super keen to follow your save from the start this time, catching up on your 11 career was the biggest mission :lol: Fingers crossed you can evade relegation this year, but based on your efforts with Thurrock I'm picking a mid-table finish :)

Thanks guys :thup: I'd be delighted with mid-table.

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Kingstonian F.C.

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Pre-Season Summary 2012/13

Wow, it was a lot harder than I anticipated to string some kind of squad together. After further inspection, we have the third lowest wage bill in the league (only Bromley and St. Albans are lower), so it's going to be a tough season. At least the board recognises this fact!

Transfer Activity

Transfer Summary

Club Signing of the Window : Jason Marr

Total Amount Spent: £0

Total Amount Received: £0

My game-plan here was to buy experienced seasoned-pros, and boy, experience did I buy! It seems I raided the local nursing home to sign a 40 year old Frank Sinclair, who's still got just enough quality to play BSS football. In addition to Ol' Frank, 37 year old defender Steve Foster, 'keeper Nathan Abbey, and former-Crazy Gang member Carl Cort, all joined the over-30's club. Unfortunately, due to lack of resources, I've only been able to sign twelve new players. This gives me a pretty decent first eleven, but worryingly thin squad depth. I'm just praying for an injury-free season, otherwise I'm going to have to depend on some of the cack that I inherited on my arrival. All the players have signed one-year deals, which suits me nicely at this stage. At least any flops can be moved on quickly and without much compensation.

Tactical Outlook

As being one of the favourites for relegation, my main aim is to make us tough to beat. This way, we should be able to string together a few draws where we were predicted to lose, all vital points which will help to ensure our survival.

This is my initial formation and team instructions:

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Nothing too fancy here at all. My defence is on the slow side, and I don't want them exposed to pacey attacks, so I don't want a high defensive line either. The 4-5-1 should help us to maintain possession, and make it difficult for the opposition to attack through the centre of the pitch. Due to the lack of obvious talent, I've restricted creative freedom and roaming, to make sure they don't try anything too ambitious. All I want them to do is pass the ball to the front three, and for one of them to try and get a shot on target. You never know, one of them might go in every now and again!

Other News

European Championship 2012

Hosts: Poland & Ukraine

Group Stages

Knockout Rounds

Final: Portugal 1-2 Spain

Spain successfully defended their trophy in an all-Iberian final. Credit is due to co-hosts Poland, who did themselves a lot credit by reaching the semi-final.

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Cheers for the comments, should have a mid-season update soon :thup:

I'm very anti 4-4-2, so I'll go with any formation other than that. 4-4-2 is too outdated for my liking, and far too predictable.

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Sorry AK, having had a great save on FM09 with AFC Wimbledon, I'll have to stick with my loyalties! ;):D Seriously though, good luck. I enjoyed your FM11 save and no doubt I'll enjoy this too.

Interesting that you've chosen the 4-5-1/4-3-3 formation. A lot of people are seeming to go for that now. I guess I'm just a football purist as I tend to stick with the 4-4-2/4-1-3-2...or I'm just predictable! ;)

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Good luck - its a good formation at this level of the game. I started using it after taking over at Boston and found it most handy - you need to make sure you have one hell of a good striker though as my AML/R's don't chip in with too many.

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Sorry AK, having had a great save on FM09 with AFC Wimbledon, I'll have to stick with my loyalties! ;):D Seriously though, good luck. I enjoyed your FM11 save and no doubt I'll enjoy this too.

Interesting that you've chosen the 4-5-1/4-3-3 formation. A lot of people are seeming to go for that now. I guess I'm just a football purist as I tend to stick with the 4-4-2/4-1-3-2...or I'm just predictable! ;)

Good luck - its a good formation at this level of the game. I started using it after taking over at Boston and found it most handy - you need to make sure you have one hell of a good striker though as my AML/R's don't chip in with too many.

You're right, 4-3-3/4-5-1 is very fashionable at the moment, but it is very dependant on having a strong striker who can score 20 goals a season. The traditionalist in me says that a club from England should play 4-4-2, but I just can't ever get it to work in FM. I think players 'playing in between the lines', such as defensive midfielders or attacking midfielders, tend to excel on the current match engine, and also add a touch of unpredictability to the side. Unfortunately, at the highest level in world football, 4-4-2 is on the way out. The majority of successful teams play a version of 4-5-1, or are at least comfortable to switch to this formation when things aren't working.

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Kingstonian F.C.

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Mid-Season Update 2012/13

Blue Square Bet South: 3rd

Table

Fixtures

To be honest, I'm surprised how well we've done so far. We started off pretty averagely, scraping through matches 2-1 or 2-2, but to our credit, we didn't lose many, clinging on to secure vital points in several matches. The team unit really started to gel come November though, winning all but one match, which was enough to secure me Manager of The Month. We've also exceeded expectations in the cup competitions too, making the 4th Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, and securing our place in the 2nd Round of the FA Trophy.

Unfortunately, conceding goals in the final ten minutes has been our downfall, as we've let in nine of the 23 conceded in the final knockings of games. Also, an injury crisis has struck my first choice centre-back partnership, who have both just torn their hamstring, and are going to miss three months of action. Since this happened, my reasonably solid-looking defence has become very porous, letting in three goals per game. It could be a long old winter at this rate. At least it's all looking good for Blue Square South survival, but I very much doubt we'll maintain a promotion push, especially as my home ground has a terrible habit of water-logging, meaning that we now have a bit of a fixture pile-up to contend with in January.

Other News

We're FA Cup record breakers! There's life in the old dog yet!

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Despite not having played as much, you're looking very strong for the playoffs.

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Looking good so far,hope your able to maintain your form :)

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Good start to the season - with the games in hand, you could go top, and only one defeat so far - very impressive! :thup:

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Despite not having played as much, you're looking very strong for the playoffs.
Looking good so far,hope your able to maintain your form
Good start to the season - with the games in hand, you could go top, and only one defeat so far - very impressive!

Thanks chaps :thup: This is a really close league this season. Not sure if it's down to an equal class in quality or an equal class of uselessness! :D

Frank Sinclair :D

What a hero. Surprised it wasn't an own goal though

I reckon he's achieved cult-status now :)

Shame he's just announced his retirement though, I'm sure a 42 year old could manage a few more games at non-league level.

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Watching with intrest :) - Looking good for servival, how are your scouts doing finding your next batch of players?? - i am finding the CA dropoff is quite sudden for the older player in my save atm.

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Kingstonian F.C.

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Season Review 2012/13

Competitions

Blue Square Bet South: 3rd (Promoted via playoffs)

Position Graph | Playoffs | Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2

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FA Cup: Fourth Qualifying Round

FA Trophy: Second Round

Season Summary

We had a pretty abysmal winter period, only winning two matches of the twelve played in January and February. Amazingly, we still found ourselves in 7th position and still with a shout of making the playoffs or, even, automatic promotion. It's no coincidence that this poor run tied in with the most horrific injury crisis, where five first choice players found themselves on the treatment table. I always knew this would be the case though, as our squad is lacking depth, and was unlikely to cope well with any strain placed on it. However, we battled through this difficult period, recovering well in March, and putting together a nice little string of results at the end of April. Going into the final game of the season, we were sitting 2nd, one point behind leaders Hayes and Yeading, the team we were playing in that match. A win for either side would have seen them go up as champions. However, we could only muster up a draw, which allowed Dover to slip in the back door, and take the one automatic promotion place.

As with Hayes and Yeading, Farnborough and Salisbury, we would have to ride our luck through the playoffs. We comfortably beat Farnborough home and away in the semi-final, to set up a make-or-break tie against Salisbury in the final. As we had finished higher in the table, we were granted the luxury of playing the game at home. Our largest home crowd of the season saw a demotion job, where we scored three goals in four minutes either side of half time. The rest of the game was a mere formality, especially once Salisbury had been reduced to ten men with fifteen minutes to go. Against all odds, we had done it, and achieved promotion! The team predicted to finish bottom will be playing Blue Square Premier League football next season.

Another point of interest is that we had the best away record in the league, picking up 36 points on the road, but only the 11th best at home. We will need to do a lot better in front of our own fans next season if we're going to survive in the BSP though.

Financial

Bank Balance: £22481 ( - £33920 on last season)

Average Attendance: 648

Season Ticket Holders: 55

Finances aren't looking great, but would have been a lot worse if it hadn't been for our bonus playoff matches. The extra revenue from these games have just pushed us back into the black. The board have already announced the budgets for next season, where I will have an extra £1.9k per week to spend on wages (not a lot, I know!). We should get a bit of TV revenue next season too, which will help, and I'm hoping for an improvement in the attendances too. That being said, we had the 6th best attendance in the league this season, so I suppose our fan base isn't too bad all things considered. Boreham Wood only averaged 148!

Squad

Squad Overview

Transfer Summary

Team of the Year

Fan's Player of the Year: Jason Marr

Manager's Player of the Year: Jason Marr

Top Goalscorer: Elvis Chio (19 goals)

Even with such a small squad, with everyone fit, we were more than a match for any side in this division. The emergence of Elvis Chio was the most pleasant of surprises, who after taking a while to break it into the first team, went on to become the second highest scorer in the league. Other players of note include Jason Marr, Stephen Radcliffe and Anthony Thomas, all of which were consistent performers across the season. I've got a big task ahead of me over the summer, with most player's contracts up for renewal, I need to decide quickly who will be able to cut the mustard at the higher level. Unfortunately, I fear that very few will deemed worthy of an extension, and with such a small wage budget, I can ill afford to carry anyone for sentimental reasons. I will, however, be securing the services of youngster Jack Boyce, the most promising of prospects to come though my youth intake.

Other News

An interesting season in the Premier League saw Liverpool win their first league title for 23 years. Whereas Arsenal finally saw sense, sacking Wenger after an 8th place finish. Meanwhile, England are making a pig-ear of their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign having lost away to Ukraine and at home to Poland. At the half way stage, they currently sit joint 3rd in their group, eight points behind the runaway leaders Ukraine.

Career Summary

Season     Team              League                   Finish    Cups                             
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2011/12    Unemployed
2012/13    Kingstonian       Blue Square Bet South    3rd       FA Cup 4th Qualifying Rd, FA Trophy 2nd Rd

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Congrats on the promotion,looks like you've carried on your form from FM11 :D

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Really well done winning promotion at the first attempt!

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Watching with intrest :) - Looking good for servival, how are your scouts doing finding your next batch of players?? - i am finding the CA dropoff is quite sudden for the older player in my save atm.

Cheers Adlain :thup:

Finding it trickier to find decent players capable of slotting straight into the first team. My scouts are unearthing lots of youngster with plenty of potential, but they are at least two seasons away from being first team regulars. I suppose there aren't many players between the ages of 22 and 30 who are unattached and willing to play BSS football.

I'm hoping that since achieving promotion, my board will be more willing for me to scout outside of the UK, even if it's just being able to visit France. I'm not banking on it though, my previous requests have been shot down in no uncertain terms!

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Congrats on the promotion,looks like you've carried on your form from FM11 :D
Really well done winning promotion at the first attempt!

Thanks :thup:

This may sound a bit strange, but I don't think we really deserved promotion. We only totalled 73 points, hardly a lot for a 42 game season. We also only managed 32 points from our last 22 games too, which is not promotion form by any means! The BSS standard is pretty awful!

Ah well, I mustn't grumble though. I'm still very pleased to get promoted at the first attempt, although I'm expecting a lot tougher ride in the BSP next season :)

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Yeah 73 points is surprisingly low! In fact I finished 9 points off top with 77 in my save, but then again you can only beat what's in front of you - it was probably just a particularly competitive season.

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Woo, hope you manage to survive in the BSP better than I did.

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Yeah 73 points is surprisingly low! In fact I finished 9 points off top with 77 in my save, but then again you can only beat what's in front of you - it was probably just a particularly competitive season.

The top half of the table were only separated by 12 points, so it was a pretty competitive year. 77 points would have been enough to go up as champions this season!

Woo, hope you manage to survive in the BSP better than I did.

Cheers deltablue, so do I. I don't want to go to Norway yet! ;)

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Awsome AK, love following your threads. Brilliant on the promotion, looked like it would be a bit difficult but you pulled it off.

Good to see carl cort and frank sinclair worked out as they were alwasy going to be a gamble. I have found the older players do tend to do well as all they want to do is play football.

BSP here you come, make sure you do better than Rushden (RIP my beloved team)

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Well done on getting promoted and good luck for next season.

Thanks Luton Town :)

Awsome AK, love following your threads. Brilliant on the promotion, looked like it would be a bit difficult but you pulled it off.

Good to see carl cort and frank sinclair worked out as they were alwasy going to be a gamble. I have found the older players do tend to do well as all they want to do is play football.

BSP here you come, make sure you do better than Rushden (RIP my beloved team)

Shame what happened to Rushden, had a great save on FM with them a few years ago. Managed to get them up to the Championship, so sort of got an affinity with them after that. Hopefully they can 'do a Wimbledon' and return to league football eventually.

Well done on winning promotion with grandfathers in your team.

Cheers Nobby. I'll treat them to a new Zimmer frame as reward for promotion :D

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Shame what happened to Rushden, had a great save on FM with them a few years ago. Managed to get them up to the Championship, so sort of got an affinity with them after that. Hopefully they can 'do a Wimbledon' and return to league football eventually.

I started using them in management games from when i played Ultimate Soccer Manager 2 (my first and favourite management game). I once signed Vinnie Jones when i started in league 2 first season and he was released. Also the club with Simeon Jackson (now at Norwich) and i think he should play more. I always have a Rushden save and its part the reason why i haven't bought FM12 so far.

I hope for the Wimbledon thing for them aswell. I use Wimbledon on Fifa 12 just because they deserve to be in the premier league and i will get them there

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Kingstonian F.C.

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Pre-Season Summary 2013/14

Wage: £625 per week | Contract Length: 1 year

With a new contract in my pocket, and a £25 per week pay rise (that'll pay for a couple of scratchcards), I start my difficult task of keeping this club in the Blue Square Bet Premier League.

Board Expectations

Blue Square Bet Premier: Avoid Relegation

FA Cup: Fourth Qualifying Round | FA Trophy: First Round

Transfer Budget: £0

Wage Budget: £4k per week | Current Player Wage Total: £2984 per week

Media Prediction: 24th | Title Odds: 40/1

Everyone expects us to finish bottom, and there's good reason for this too. With such a small wage budget, it's going to difficult to piece together a squad capable of performing consistently at this level (only AFC Telford have a lower wage bill than us). However, with a bit of luck, I've quietly confident that we'll avoid relegation, but back-to-back promotions is definitely not on the agenda as far as I'm concerned.

Transfer Activity

Transfer Summary

Club Signing of the Window: Jordan Thewlis

Total Amount Spent: £0 | Total Amount Received: £0

Asides from a handful of players, the majority of my ageing promotion-winning squad have been released, and a whole new batch of players have been signed up. I've brought in a new striker, Jordan Thewlis, who I hope should thrive in the lone-striker role. In midfielder, I've strengthened by bringing in holding-midfielder George Fotheringham and the creative Adam Forshaw. Shay McCartan is the other big salary signing, who will either play on the right-hand side of midfield or be Thewlis' back-up. As with last season, this all leaves me with a pretty tiny squad of just 18 players. Any injuries, and we'll be screwed, but at least I'll be able to give some of the under-18s a game or two then!

Tactical Outlook

This is my initial formation and team instructions:

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Still the same formation as last season, but I've released the shackles ever so slightly, as creative freedom and roaming are back up to default levels. The reason behind this is mainly that my players are ever so slightly better than last season, so hopefully, they've got that extra intelligence needed to determine whether to use any flair they have or not. To be honest though, there are very few flair-players in the Blue Square leagues, so I can't imagine it will make too much difference either way. I was really pleased at how the 4-5-1 made us difficult to beat last season, so I will be looking for the same kind of results this term too.

Other News

Denmark won the Under-20's World Cup, beating Germany 3-1 in the final. Will be interesting to see if this team develop into world-beaters in the future.

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