tomtuck01

Tomtuck's First FM Career Adventure

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Do you want him?

Absolutely - but his wages would be an issue. He's already on £15,000 p/w more than my highest paid player.

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Wow, looks like Swansea have really grown as a club under your management! Great career so far!

My own career has started similarly to yours at Seoul, hopefully its as good as your save! :)

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Going great so far Tom. Keep it up :thup:.

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Tom where abouts did you get the International badges from because I cant find them.

I cant remember as i downloaded way back when for FM10.

Wow, looks like Swansea have really grown as a club under your management! Great career so far!

My own career has started similarly to yours at Seoul, hopefully its as good as your save! :)

Thank you for the kind words.

Seoul is a good place to start with the quality they have in their squad.

Going great so far Tom. Keep it up :thup:.

Cheers. My seasonal expectations have certainly changed after the start we've had.

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Thomas Lewis' Career - December 2014 - Swansea City

Premier League

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A cracking month for us in the league, and we have now won our last seven games since defeat to Manchester City early in November. As good a win as we had at Ipswich it should have been many more, but still I can never moan about a 3-0 win away from home. Papiss Cisse then kept up his wonderful season thus far getting both the goals against West Ham after we had trailed early on. He then got the winner after just two minutes at Stoke. Our only fixture of the Christmas period, (I don't know why when most others had two or three games), saw us defeat Everton 2-0, this time with Danny Welbeck bagging a brace. The only downside of that game was Scott Sinclair getting injured - he will miss three weeks of January.

League Cup - Quarter Final

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The 3-0 scoreline flattered us against the League One strugglers, but still a win is a win, and we are into the semi-finals, wehere we will play Fulham. The winners of our tie will face either Manchester United or QPR.

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December Continued

Europa League

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We played poorly in Bursaspor and got away with the draw, but in the final group game we did very well to win 3-1 against Steaua after falling behind very early. I may have already been through, but by looking at my goalscorers you can see I played a very strong side. I find not rotating my players keeps them "at it", so to say. Also, I don't exactly have a big squad to be rotating!

In the next round we have drawn Panathinaikos.

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Decent draw in Europe there. Done well to top the group as well.

Like the fact how good your strikers seem to be peforming. Definitely looks like signing another quality one has brought the best out the other as well.

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Decent draw in Europe there. Done well to top the group as well.

Like the fact how good your strikers seem to be peforming. Definitely looks like signing another quality one has brought the best out the other as well.

I would quite agree. I'm so pleased with Cisse to be honest, he really has done well this season.

I'll be perfectly honest though, this front three only came about because of early season injuries. Had Silvestre Varela not picked up an injury just when Scot Sinclair was coming back to full fitness, I may not have fielded these three together.

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Thomas Lewis' Career - January 2015 - Swansea City

Premier League

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Another cracking month, and now even I'm coming round to the idea that we could actually win the title. The win against Liverpool came in the 92nd minute and just about deserved. Winning at Arsenal was ffortunate to say the least. We got battered, and got a fortunate equaliser just before the break and then former Arsenal man Kieran Gibbs slammed home to winner. A draw at home with Spurs followed, before we again came from behind to take the points at Bolton, debutant Kiko Femenia getting the winner late on.

FA Cup 3rd And 4th Rounds

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Appalling. We did shockingly at Wigan and were fotunate to get an equaliser, and the replay wasn't much better. Fortunately Danny Welbeck came to our rescue to send us through to the fourth round. I retrorespect I wish he hadn't, because Sunderland, bottom of the Premier League, outclassed us at the Liberty Stadium.

Not good enough.

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January Continued

League Cup Semi-Finals

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Yes! Again we are through to the final of the League Cup. We gave a controlled performance in the first leg, but a late goal for Fulham made the second leg look much tricker. However, we performed excellently at Craven Cottage, counter attacking to devasting effect.

In the final, rather surprisingly, we face Championship side QPR, who defeated Manchester United 2-1 on aggregate in the other semi.

Transfers In

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

A man for the future, and for now. He cost just £2.2million, and so far has given some very encouraging performances.

Joey Somers

A free transfer after he was released from Bohemians. He's just 19, and has four star potential. He could really be something.

Yannis Tafer

Brought in because of Danny Grahams poor form and Papiss Cisse going off to the African Nations Cup. He cost us a £375,000 loan fee, and we can see him for £2.5million at any time. He's here on a year long deal so has plenty of time to prove himself.

Jeremy Toulalan

As with Tafer he has joined us a year long loan deal. He cost a fee of £1.4million and can be signed for £1million. However, he is on £70,000 p/w of which we are only paying half. If we were to try and sign him permanently then wages will be a likely stumbling block.

Kiko Femeni

An exciting looking player. Set us back £200,000 and is here until the end of the season. However there is no fee agreed. Hopefully in his short time with us he can make an impact.

During the window we also signed Kieran Gibbs permanently. He cost £1.3million, and given his performances in the first half of the season while on loan he is a steal.

Transfers Out

We didn't sell or loan out any players during the window. John Bostock though asked for a contract termination due to a lack of first team action - which was granted. And I decided not take up the option to sign Silvestre Varela on a permanent deal. I felt at 29 he was getting a bit old.

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A really strong set of signings there. A tilt at the title really does look on.

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This far into the season you're definitely contenders.

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A really strong set of signings there. A tilt at the title really does look on.
This far into the season you're definitely contenders.

Shhhhhhhhhhhh don't say it too loud - I don't want my players to know!

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Thomas Lewis' Career - February 2015 - Swansea City

Premier League

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Not a great month, but we are still in there with a big chance of the title. The Blackburn result was disappointing - we battered them for the whole game, but just couldn't find the net. Against Wolves we went ahead, but they came back, and in the 86th minute they went ahead. But in the 92nd minute we got what could be a crucial equaliser. In our next fixture against West Brom we again benefited from a late goal; Scott Sinclair grabbing a priceless winner in the 91st minute.

Our next three league fixtures are as follows; Fulham (A), Manchester United (A), Mancheser City (H). A crucial period lies ahead.

Europa League 1st Knockout Round

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Our amazing European adventure cntinues. We got a great win in Greece, which could have been more. In the second leg we twice let them equalise, but we persisted and got the winner eventually to take it 5-2 on aggregate. In the next round we face Genoa.

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Thomas Lewis' Career - 2014/2015 - Swansea City

League Cup Final

How We Got To The Final

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The Final

vs.Queen Park Rangers

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Superb! That's twice in a row we have won the Carling Cup now, and even though we didn't really have any big tests this year, we still did excellently to come out on top. Our performance in the final was much better this year - we kept the ball well and fashioned four clear cut chance during the game. In fact, Joe Allen had a 100% pass completion. We pressed from the off and eventually got the breakthrough thanks to Papiss Cisse. We then did our best to make it hard for ourselves by missing a penalty, but just a minute afterwards Danny Welbeck wrapped up the game.

Twice in a row - a terrific achievement.

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Going well in third place and congratulations on the winning the Carling Cup :thup:

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Going well in third place and congratulations on the winning the Carling Cup :thup:

Cheers. Given our games in hand on City, we're basically second as well!

Very comfortable cup win.

Indeed, though it shoud have been more.

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Nice to lift another trophy. Good work.

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Was a very interesting read. What's the aim with Swansea? Win the league and try and win in Europe? I always have the problem of finding somewhere to go that's motivating after reaching that stage in the game? You gonna move abroad then?

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Nice to lift another trophy. Good work.

We're League Cup specialists here at Swansea!

Dream of a campaign so far mate, hopefully you can keep it going :)

Our March fixtures so far certainly suggest so. ;)

Was a very interesting read. What's the aim with Swansea? Win the league and try and win in Europe? I always have the problem of finding somewhere to go that's motivating after reaching that stage in the game? You gonna move abroad then?

The aim for this season is just to finish in the top half of the table, anything after that is a bonus. Long term the club need to match my ambition in terms of overall developement. If we carry on like this we need to expand the ground further and improve all the facilities.

As for me, i wouldnt mind trying my hand abroard again.

Good reading. Well presented and a bit inspiring!

Cheers. :thup:

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I'd just like to say sorry fo the lack of updates over the past few days, I've been pretty busy. There should an update or two before the weekend is here.

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Thomas Lewis' Career - March 2015 - Swansea City

Premier League

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Not a brilliant month, but a very solid one and we have managed to keep up the pressure on the two Manchester club. If only one of those draws had been a win then we'd have been in a great position. Still, we had good away wins at Fulham and Sunderland, and a great battling draw at Old Trafford. With eight games to go, we are still in with a great chance of lifting the title.

League Cup - Final

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A second League Cup victory in a row. It may have been against a Championship Club, but we still put in a very good performance. Maybe next season we can do it all again and make it three in a row?

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March Continued

Europa League - 2nd Knockout Round

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Another superb couple of performances from us in the Europa League. We got a very good raw in Italy, and even took the lead! In the return leg we were senational - in the first half in particular when we scored three goals in the space of eleven minutes. The fourth came just before half time, and then in the second half we sat back and soaked up pressure, defending resolutely.

In the quarter finals we have been drawn against Malaga, and if we get through that we will face either Manchester United or Marseille.

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A very solid month indeed,still in with a shot at the title and good luck against Malaga.

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A very solid month indeed,still in with a shot at the title and good luck against Malaga.

Thanks. :thup:

With our remaining eight games I actually think we could do it - we don't have to face of the ther top seven sides in the league as it stands at the minute.

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With our remaining eight games I actually think we could do it - we don't have to face of the ther top seven sides in the league as it stands at the minute.

Well then you've definitely got a shot, but could the Europa League ties take too much focus away from the league?

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Well then you've definitely got a shot, but could the Europa League ties take too much focus away from the league?

I think tiredness is a more likely issue. Some of my more influential players are starting to feel the strain after the long season we've had.

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Well hopefully you can rotate them around a bit a keep them fresh for the big games :)

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Well hopefully you can rotate them around a bit a keep them fresh for the big games :)

I will try, but it is my big player who are getting tired. So it could make it difficult.

Good to see an Irish regen make it to the Prem with potential :)

Yes it makes a refreshing change!

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Sorry about the lack of updates recently. Over the weekend I went to Germany to watch Borussia Dortmund and Weder Bremen and wasn't back until yesterday evening. My next update should be posted tomorrow.

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Tafer and Toulalan. :cool:

How are they doing?

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I've just skimmed through all your updates so far, just to get up to speed with things. Absolutely fantastic career so far, some great moments, promotion for Bristol, then taking on Boston and winning the league, to then being offered the Swansea job and taking the bull by the horns and smashing up the league :D

I do kind of take some inspiration from the way you do your updates. I think I may do mine similar because it's much clearer and some people don't like to have to read through massive posts like the ones I do :D

Lets hope you can push from the league title!

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Tafer and Toulalan. :cool:

How are they doing?

Neither of them has played much to be honest. Since they arrived the players i already had have been much better.

I've just skimmed through all your updates so far, just to get up to speed with things. Absolutely fantastic career so far, some great moments, promotion for Bristol, then taking on Boston and winning the league, to then being offered the Swansea job and taking the bull by the horns and smashing up the league :D

I do kind of take some inspiration from the way you do your updates. I think I may do mine similar because it's much clearer and some people don't like to have to read through massive posts like the ones I do :D

Lets hope you can push from the league title!

Thanks for the kind words. :thup:

However, it is SRL88 who should take credit for the updates as i basically just copied his!

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How do you upload photos and make your own page im trying but it wont seem to work???

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Good milestone :D Now for 300! Will we see another update soon?

April should be up tonight at some point. :thup:

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Thomas Lewis' Career - April 2015 - Swansea City

Premier League

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A great start to the month put us in a great position in the title race, and at one stage we lead by four points. But two draws at the end of the month, one a dreadful home draw with Ipswich, really hurt our title bid. Against West Ham our goal came in the 88th minute, and even though it is looking unlikely we will lift the trophy, it could be a crucial point.

Next up in the league we have Stoke at home, and we finish up with two away games against Aston Villa and Everton. Even if we dont win the league, it has been an amazing effort from us this season, and Champions League football will be coming to Wales next season.

Europa League

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Our amazing European adventure continues. Against Malage we were amazing, particularly in the away leg where we played a perfect counter attacking game. We surprisingly faced Marseille in the semi's who knocked out Manchester United. We took the lead in the first leg, but we then missed a penalty which would have made it 2-0. In the second half Marseille grabbed two goals and head into the second leg with a slender lead.

We really have a great chance going into the second leg. Maybe I should rest players againt Stoke ahead of the game?

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Now it's nail biting time.Good luck :D

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Its going to be very tight going into the final 3 games. Good luck Tom :thup:.

Even if you rest players I feel you should have enough to beat Stoke. You have a great chance of making a European Final though so I would have that as a high priority because it will be tough to see both Manchester clubs dropping enough points for you to overhaul both.

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Not read for this for awhile due to internet problems. Did not expect such a high placing in the league absolutely brilliant dude.

Good luck in the return leg and in the league, who are the Manchester clubs last games against?

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Now it's nail biting time.Good luck :D

I may need it! City have three easy-ish games, and although United have to face Chelsea, even that is at Old Trafford!

Its going to be very tight going into the final 3 games. Good luck Tom :thup:.

Even if you rest players I feel you should have enough to beat Stoke. You have a great chance of making a European Final though so I would have that as a high priority because it will be tough to see both Manchester clubs dropping enough points for you to overhaul both.

I would ten to agree. A European final would be such a huge thing for the club to achieve, whereas as even if I will all three of my remaining league games I doubt I'll win the title!

Comon!! Sneak the title! :eek:

I'm trying!!

Not read for this for awhile due to internet problems. Did not expect such a high placing in the league absolutely brilliant dude.

Good luck in the return leg and in the league, who are the Manchester clubs last games against?

Thanks alot Acid Burn, even I'm shocked! :thup:

United have Blackburn (H), West Brom (A), and Chelsea (H).

City have Bolton (A), Wolves (H), and Fulham (A).

That is why I can't see us doing it!

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Can't see City messing up but Chelsea is a tough game for United, might sneak second but I hope I am wrong and you win it.

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