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[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/sskoromaleg.jpg[/IMG]

....bugger.

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We haven't missed him too much so far, thanks to the performances of [B]Risvig[/B] and [B]Bola[/B], however I'm still keeping my eye out for another striker to add for depth.

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Anyway, looks like it's going to be one of those seasons where you can win a million games, but a team still sticks on your tail*

[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/sstitlerace.jpg[/IMG]

[SIZE=1]*I'm fully aware that I've guaranteed a winless streak by posting this...[/SIZE]

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94th minute equaliser after being 2-0 up at half time next match. Like clockwork.

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And 11th placed [B]Sutton Utd[/B] score 40 seconds into the next league game, despite me having the kick-off. Tremendous.

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Have you played Havant yet?

I guess those games will be big.

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Well we've just lost 1-4 at home to a Canvey Island that had four shots (all from corners) the whole game. The coded slump has begun.

Four points behind [B]Havant[/B], yet to play them.

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Use a team meeting very wisely and at the right time, it could turn it around.

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Our form since posting that stupid picture...

[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/ssform.jpg[/IMG]

I'm really at a loss as to why this happens to me pretty much every season. I try to use logical team talks, I sympathise when we're unlucky, tell the players when they've been poor (win or loss), try to avoid complacency when we win a few, get positive responses from team meetings et al. Yet there it is, that 180 degree turnaround where we can't string two passes together or defend the simplest of balls. The most annoying part is, if my tactics are so off, how do we win 11 of our first 13, conceding only three in the process. How can form and performance turn around that much?

Anyway, end rant. Maybe 2014 will bring something better!

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Runs like that must be hardcoded into the game to happen at random times.

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Morale Manager strikes with a vengeance again? :(

Hope you can get back on track. Aquaplaning is never fun.

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[quote name='Nobby_McDonald']Decent season, it's a bugger losing in the playoffs.[/QUOTE]

I am hopeless in the playoffs, always have been on any version. Funny thing is I have a very good record in playoff finals, but more often than not I get done in the semis.

Anyway morale hasn't been an issue, as most of the players are retaining good morale (which increased to very good and superb after a recent team meeting), it's just form has disintegrated. We beat [B]Dorchester[/B] 2-1 on New Year's Day with a good display and are still second, so hopefully we can get on a winning streak again.

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[quote name='HotChocolate']Runs like that must be hardcoded into the game to happen at random times.[/QUOTE]

Haha, it does feel like that sometimes. More likely is I just don't pick up the impending signs, however cryptic they may be!

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[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/sskoromareport.jpg[/IMG]

Ah, Barry. I don't want to tell you how to do your job, but I have an inkling the reason for his slight decline and severe lack of match practice is probably something to do with, you know, HIM BREAKING HIS LEG.

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[center][B][SIZE=4]2013/14 - Swindon Supermarine FC - Blue Square South[/SIZE][/B]

[IMG]http://www.swindonsupermarinefc.com/SwindonSupermarineFC.jpg[/IMG]

[B][url="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/ssfinal1314.jpg"]League Table[/url] - [url="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/ssfinances1314.jpg"]Finances[/url] - [url="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/ssgraph1314.jpg"]Graph[/url] - [url="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/sstransfers1314.jpg"]Transfers[/url][/B][/CENTER]

[B][U]Season Review[/U][/B]

We start well. Better than well really, and after 17 games we haven't lost and are playing beautiful football. Then we collapse, and spend a month and a half barely touching the ball. The new year comes, and we go unbeaten in 12, to open up an eight point advantage at the top with eight to play. Then we don't win in four and the gap is one. We scramble together a couple of wins and go into the final day two points ahead of [b]Salisbury[/b], but with an inferior goal difference. So we have to win. We don't, putting in an awful display at [b]Welling[/b] and lose the title by a point.

Within five minutes of the start of the playoff semi against [b]Chelmsford[/b] we're down to ten men after an off the ball, last man foul, and [b]Koroma[/b] has broken his foot. I'm so close to chucking the game in the bin out of frustration at this point. We concede a header from a corner in the 66th and no more. I tell the players they are unlucky - what else can I do?

We then concede after 30 seconds in the second leg, then [b]Wynter[/b] limps off injured. By this point I'm so sick of everything I leave the half time address to my assistant, which seems to work as we score straight away. That's the way it stays, we are out in the semis again and I want to cry.

[B][U]Goal of the Season[/U][/B]

[video=youtube;AN6XQV-RBJ0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AN6XQV-RBJ0&feature=g-upl&context=G271b3d4AUAAAAAAAAAA[/video]

A stunning run and finish from [B]Risvig[/B].


[B][U]Key Men[/U][/B]

[B][url="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/ssrisvig1314.jpg"]Nicolai Risvig[/url][/B] - 20 goals and 19 assists represents a promising return, however he was anonymous when we really needed him in the final game and the playoffs.

[B][url="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/sssalt1314.jpg"]Chris Salt[/url][/B] - Our best defender and only 19. Shapes as a key figure going forward.

[B][url="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/sswynter1314.jpg"]Curtis Wynter[/url][/B] - Shook off his injury woes from last campaign to get back to his ball-winning best.

[B][url="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/sslletget1314.jpg"]Sebastian Lletget[/url][/B] - Our most damaging midfielder and produced some sensational attacking displays.


[B][U]Next Season...[/U][/B]

I can pretty much just copy and paste "promotion, but will need to work out how to prevent the random form slumps". Have a quite a few key players coming out of contract and wanting big money too so will see where the squad is at in about a month.


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[I]2011/12 - Evo-Stik Southern Premier - 1st (promoted as champions)
2012/12 - Blue Square South - 2nd (lost in play-off semis)
2013/14 - Blue Square South - 2nd (lost in play-off semis)[/I][/center]

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I feel you dude. Happened with me a few times (about 7..). It will come good!

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[SIZE=4][U][B]2013/14[/B][/U][/SIZE]

[B]Charity Shield:[/B] Arsenal [I](Man Utd)[/I]

[B]Premiership:[/B] Chelsea [I](Wigan, Bolton, Leeds)[/I]
[B]Championship:[/B] Bristol City; Middlesbrough, QPR [I](Crystal Palace, Preston, Rotherham)[/I]
[B]League One:[/B] Huddersfield; Rochdale, Doncaster [I](Brentford, Northampton, Oldham, Dag & Red)[/I]
[B]League Two:[/B] Yeovil; Southend, Morecambe, Burton [I](Stevenage, Plymouth)[/I]

[B]Conference Premier:[/B] Wrexham; Stockport [I](Harrogate, Nuneaton, AFC Telford, Braintree)[/I]
[B]Conference North:[/B] Southport; Solihull Moors [I](Gainsborough, Eastwood, Colwyn Bay)[/I]
[B]Conference South:[/B] Salisbury; Havant & Waterlooville [I](Tonbridge, Basingstoke, Dorchester)[/I]

[B]Ryman Isthmian Premier:[/B] Grays; Hitchin [I](St Neots, Arseley, Folkestone, Horsham)[/I]
[B]Evo-Stik Northern Premier:[/B] Altrincham; Kendal [I](Frickley, Mickleover, Vauxhall, North Ferriby)[/I]
[B]Evo-Stik Southern Premier:[/B] Bognor Regis; Worcester [I](Fleet, Chesham, Tiverton, Walton Casuals)[/I]

[B]Ryman Isthmian Division One North:[/B] Waltham Abbey; Aveley [I](Great Wakering, Potters Bar)[/I]
[B]Ryman Isthmian Division One South:[/B] Tooting & Mitcham; Hastings Utd [I](Croydon Ath, Crawley Down)[/I]
[B]Evo-Stik Division One North:[/B] Witton; Farsley [I](Salford, Prescot)[/I]
[B]Evo-Stik Division One South:[/B] Carlton; North Greenford [I](Market Drayford, Lincoln Utd)[/I]
[B]Evo-Stik Division One Central:[/B] Aylesbury Utd; Evesham [I](Burnham, Daventry)[/I]
[B]Evo-Stik Division One South/West:[/B] Mangotsfield; Ware [I](Wimborne, AFC Hayes)[/I]


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[B]FA Cup:[/B] Chelsea [I](Fulham)[/I]
[B]League Cup:[/B] Man City [I](Liverpool)[/I]
[B]Johnstone's Paint:[/B] Huddersfield [I](Wycombe)[/I]
[B]FA Trophy:[/B] Wrexham [I](Stockport)[/I]


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[B]Champions League:[/B] FC Porto [I](Man Utd)[/I]
[B]Europa League:[/B] Lyon [I](Atletico Madrid)[/I]
[B]Super Cup:[/B] Tottenham [I](Barcelona)[/I]

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[SIZE=4][U][B]2013/14[/B][/U][/SIZE]

[img]http://fifa.neoseeker.com/w/i/fifa/thumb/0/0b/A-League_logo.png/220px-A-League_logo.png[/img]

[B]A-League:[/B] Brisbane Roar
[B]Finals Series:[/B] Melbourne Victory [I](Brisbane Roar)[/I]

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[SIZE=3][U][B]2014 World Cup:[/B][/U] England [I](Portugal)[/I][/SIZE]

A [B]Theo Walcott[/B] brace turns my save into a farce.

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[center][B][SIZE=4]2014/15 Season Preview - Swindon Supermarine - Blue Square South[/SIZE][/B]

[IMG]http://www.swindonsupermarinefc.com/SwindonSupermarineFC.jpg[/IMG]

[B][url="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/sstransfers14.jpg"]Transfers[/url][/B]

[B]Media Prediction:[/B] 17th
[B]Ttitle Odds:[/B] 80/1
(the reputation model really needs a drastic overhaul)[/CENTER]

This HAS to be the season. Pre-season has gone well results-wise, however it has also been littered with injuries, and we will be without [B]Griffin[/B], skipper [B]Ashman[/B], winger [B]Jahidi[/B] and new signing [B]Luke Conlan[/B] for the season opener, in addition to [B]Koroma[/B]'s broken foot. From a squad point of view, we've managed to retain most first teamers, although [B]Lletget[/B]'s departure due to wage demands will leave a creative hole in the middle of the park. We face newly promoted teams in the first two fixtures so a chance to get off to a good start.

One to watch is left-back [B][url="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/sswilkinson.jpg"]Gareth Wilkinson[/url][/B]. A product of the club's youth system, he impressed in the first team towards the end of last season and will be given every chance to make the position his own.

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[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/sswilkinsonwrist.jpg[/IMG]

Far out - I need to get a dairy farmer onto the staff payroll. He joins [B]Griffin[/B] (fractured ribs) and [B]Koroma[/B] (broken foot) on the current injury list.

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[B][url="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/sspatchett.jpg"]Stephen Patchett[/url][/B] - Came through the youth intake just gone, not really very good, gets a game due to injuries...

[video=youtube;KIXHsSb5HZ0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIXHsSb5HZ0&feature=g-upl&context=G271b3d4AUAAAAAAAAAA[/video]

Not a bad finish on debut. He also set up our first and won a penalty for a pretty handy afternoon's work. Everyone loves a youth player scoring!

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Terribly bad luck at the end of the season and especially in the playoff. Hope you can pull it off this season.

Are you auto-resizing screenshots to 800 pixels or something? I need binoculars to see anything in the linked screenies :(

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I've noticed that too - I save them full size in paint and then upload them with photobucket. I don't think they've ever been that small before?

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Ah, I see they are uploading at 799x449 which is the problem.

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Probably something you can change in settings. I don't have any limitations and it works fine to upload them in their original size, as long as the file is less than 1 MB if I remember correct.

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I am not even halfway through December, and after every game the team plays (even those with a week in between), at least 6-7 members of the squad are jaded. They have more rest days than training days at the moment.

Why oh why does Steam not give you the option of rolling back patches? 12.1.1 may be more "realistic" but it is far less enjoyable for me.

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We've dropped from second to tenth with yet another appalling and out of the blue run of form, and [B]Risvig[/B] has requested a transfer due to a fine over a 5.0 rating.

Anyone got any tips (that don't involve a team meeting) before I seriously consider resigning from my post?

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[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/ssrisvigchat.jpg[/IMG]

I fined you a week's wages for an utterly abject display, you big effing sook.

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After a very up and down season (well, two games to go)...

[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/ssplayoff15.jpg[/IMG]

We're probably under a little bit less pressure this time around, as we are miles off the top two and as such, aren't going into the play-offs as the 'best of the rest', so to speak. We also have the FA Trophy final against BSP side [B]Ebbsfleet[/B], which if I remember correctly falls right between the two play-off semi legs. Obviously I'll play a weak team in the final league game, but the result of the first semi leg may dictate how seriously I can take our first trip to Wembley.

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[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/ssribs.jpg[/IMG]

Our fifth player to suffer this injury in a match this season. Is this football or rugby?!

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[quote name='abulezz']How are you doing in the Play-offs!?[/QUOTE]

I'm surprised anyone is still following this thread given I keep using it as a platform to whinge about the game! (strangely therapeutic, mind you)

Will it be a breakthrough play-off triumph or yet another heartbreak? All will be revealed in about 12 hours.

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[center][B][SIZE=4]2014/15 - Swindon Supermarine FC - Blue Square South[/SIZE][/B]

[IMG]http://www.swindonsupermarinefc.com/SwindonSupermarineFC.jpg[/IMG]

[B][url="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/ssfinal1415.jpg"]League Table[/url] - [url="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/ssfinances1415.jpg"]Finances[/url] - [url="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/ssgraph1415.jpg"]Graph[/url] - [url="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/sstransfers1415.jpg"]Transfers[/url][/B][/CENTER]

[B][U]Season Review[/U][/B]

We win our first five, then go winless in the next five. Form picks up again, and after 15 games we sit atop, and I'm confident. This is the best squad we've had and we're thoroughly outplaying our opponents. Then we are atrocious for much of the next 15 games, and we're out of the playoff spots. We claw our way back and finish the season in 4th.

In the meantime, we turn into cup specialists, knocking out an assortment of BSP sides and even [B]Northampton[/B] of League Two, as we make the second round proper of the FA Cup and the final of the FA Trophy.

We face [B]Woking[/B] in the first leg, who had beaten us at home only two weeks prior. It ends 0-0, and we go into the FA Trophy final against BSP side [B]Ebbsfleet[/B]. We lose 0-1 in a game where the difference in class was evident, as was their fitness levels as they finished 7th and had no other commitments. To the second leg away from home, and a goal in each half has us in the final in an unexpected result. [B]Welling[/B] are our opponents, who finished a clear second.

By this point we are playing our 60th game of the season, and half the squad is jaded. We go down a goal early and don't have the energy to fightback, and it ends up 0-3.


[B][U]Goal of the Season[/U][/B]

At the girlfriend's house and her internet connection is shocking, so will skip it this season.


[B][U]Key Men[/U][/B]

[B][url="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/ssrisvig1415.jpg"]Nicolai Risvig[/url][/B] - 28 goals and nine assists represents a pretty handy season. A bit of a hiccup mid-season as he cracked the sads over a fine for poor performance, but his last two months were huge. Also scooped the league Player of the Season award.

[B][url="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/sskoroma1415.jpg"]Omar Koroma[/url][/B] - Not as dominant which was to be expected after such serious leg and foot injuries, but still bagged 20 goals.

[B][url="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Nicko85/sswynter1415.jpg"]Curtis Wynter[/url][/B] - Our best defender and most consistent player, averaging nearly six and a half tackles per game in the league.



[B][U]Next Season...[/U][/B]

Meh, how about not inexplicably losing form?


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[I]2011/12 - Evo-Stik Southern Premier - 1st (promoted as champions)
2012/12 - Blue Square South - 2nd (lost in play-off semis)
2013/14 - Blue Square South - 2nd (lost in play-off semis)
2014/15 - Blue Square South - 4th (play-off and FA Trophy finalists)[/I][/center]

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Losing in the playoffs three seasons on the bounce must hurt. Hope you can pull it off next season, preferably by being top dog and avoiding the playoff altogether. GL :thup:

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[SIZE=4][U][B]2014/15[/B][/U][/SIZE]

[B]Charity Shield:[/B] Man City [I](Chelsea)[/I]

[B]Premiership:[/B] Chelsea [I](Norwich, Bristol City, Sunderland)[/I]
[B]Championship:[/B] Bolton; Reading, Derby [I](Millwall, Rochdale, Charlton)[/I]
[B]League One:[/B] Sheff Utd; Crystal Palace, Colchester [I](Bristol Rovers, Southend, Morecambe, Yeovil)[/I]
[B]League Two:[/B] Stockport; Brentford, Dag & Red, Tranmere [I](Bury, Crewe)[/I]

[B]Conference Premier:[/B] Luton Town; Fleetwood [I](Solihull Moors, Darlington, Salisbury, Southport)[/I]
[B]Conference North:[/B] Chester; AFC Telford [I](Hyde, Hinkley, Altrincham)[/I]
[B]Conference South:[/B] Dover; Welling [I](Frome, Bishop's Stortford, Bognor Regis)[/I]

[B]Ryman Isthmian Premier:[/B] Wealdstone; St Albans [I](Loewstoft, Waltham Abbey, Tonbridge, Cray)[/I]
[B]Evo-Stik Northern Premier:[/B] Altrincham; Kendal [I](Hednesford, Belper Town, AFC Fylde, Buxton)[/I]
[B]Evo-Stik Southern Premier:[/B] Eastleigh; Basingstoke [I](King's Lynn, Barwell, Leamington, North Greenford)[/I]

[B]Ryman Isthmian Division One North:[/B] Heybridge; Ilford [I](AFC Sudbury, Faversham)[/I]
[B]Ryman Isthmian Division One South:[/B] Dulwich Hamlet; Maidstone [I](Whyteleafe, Eastbourne Town)[/I]
[B]Evo-Stik Division One North:[/B] Burscough; Skelmersdale [I](Durham, Goole)[/I]
[B]Evo-Stik Division One South:[/B] Vauxhall; Leek [I](Atherstone, Rainworth MW)[/I]
[B]Evo-Stik Division One Central:[/B] Dunstable; Cambridge City [I](Chalfont St Peter, Romulus)[/I]
[B]Evo-Stik Division One South/West:[/B] Cirencester; Bishop's Cleeve [I](Gosport, Poole Town)[/I]


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[B]FA Cup:[/B] Chelsea [I](Fulham)[/I]
[B]League Cup:[/B] Chelsea [I](Man City)[/I]
[B]Johnstone's Paint:[/B] Crystal Palace [I](Chesterfield)[/I]
[B]FA Trophy:[/B] Ebbsfleet [I](Swindon Supermarine)[/I]


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[B]Champions League:[/B] Man City [I](Bayern Munich)[/I]
[B]Europa League:[/B] Paris St-Germain [I](Bayer Leverkusen)[/I]
[B]Super Cup:[/B] Lyon [I](FC Porto)[/I]

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[SIZE=4][U][B]2014/15[/B][/U][/SIZE]

[img]http://fifa.neoseeker.com/w/i/fifa/thumb/0/0b/A-League_logo.png/220px-A-League_logo.png[/img]

[B]A-League:[/B] Melbourne Victory
[B]Finals Series:[/B] Sydney FC [I](Melbourne Victory)[/I]

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Such a close season, hopefully you can go one step further next year.

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