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Knocked out by Gillingham in the 1st round of the FA Cup after a 0-0 draw at their place. Playing two games a week from November through to January which is killing my players. All cup games too.

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The build up of games with the cups and replays really hurt my team, we picked up in the league after we had been knocked out.

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Season 1 with Kettering complete. Report will be up tonight.

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YES! Playoffs secured on the last day! We needed a win against Workington with Guiseley losing to Solihull Moors to do so. We beat Workington 3-1, Guiseley lost 2-0!

The journey continues!

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On the back of that crash, I'm going to start my dafuge attempt again when the full game comes out. Dont want to risk playing too much of this and getting dumped again. I will be back though (perhaps with another team).

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I've had that error before but I restarted the game and it went. Report it to SI if I were you.

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BLYTH SPARTANS A.F.C.

This is Sparta(ns)!

2013/14 - Blue Square Bet North

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Club Information | Manager Profile | Confidence | Finances | Squad | Transfers

The League

League Table | Position Graph

Bit of a whirlwind season really. I really didn't expect to get top table, let alone playoffs and promotion. It went down to the wire for the playoffs, with it being decided on the last day when we beat Workington 3-1 and Guiseley lost to Solihull Moors 2-0. The playoffs however, that was a different matter. My good old friend Lady Luck returned for the semi finals.

Semi Final First Leg | Semi Final Second Leg

Joe Foley, who you'll read about later, was amazing in the first leg. He practically got us through on his own. We were stupidly lucky in the semi final, winning thanks to a 92nd minute own goal, which is a nice change after last year's last minute losses. We made it to the final to face Tamworth.

Playoff Final

Dominated the game. I'm shocked it 1-1 for the 90 minutes. Fortunately we won it in extra time and will spend next season in the Blue Square Premier!

The Cups

FA Cup Fixtures | FA Trophy Fixtures

Relatively poor showings in the cups this season. Hopefully we'll do better next year.

Key Players

Phil Airey | Robert Dale | Ben Greenhalgh

Three of the most important players for me. See the next section for Phil Airey. Robert Dale was instrumental in our attacking play, as was Ben Greenhalgh. I can't rate Greenhalgh highly enough. If you can get him, do so.

Awards

Fan's Player of the Season

Phil Airey

27 goals in 38 games is one way to get the fans on your side. Already a Blyth player when I took charge, he'd only scored 9 in 44 last season. Brilliant player and well deserving of both this award and the Blue Square Bet North Player of the Season.

Top Scorer

Phil Airey

See above.

Millward Player's Choice Award

Manager's Player of the Season

Joe Foley

He may have only played two games, but one of those games was in the first leg against Halifax, where he essentially won the tie for us.

Jordan Swinburn Award

Surprise of the Season

Getting Promoted

Didn't expect to even make the playoffs, let alone get promoted.

Aims For Next Season

Survive!

Survival is the big aim for next season, with good cup runs the side quest. Would quite like to get the squad boosted somewhat too.

Career Overview

Season          League                League Finish     Achievements
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2013/14         Blue Square North     5th               Promoted - Playoffs

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The CSE awards thread is up lads, award winners will be announced from 9.15 BST onwards.

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Good luck to all. I will participate as always, and hopefully I'll get round to actually finishing it for once. But I might just wait a wee while until I actually start it though.

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My transfer budget this season is an astonishing £35. We're rich! #buyingtheleague

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Kettering Town - Blue Square Bet North - 2013/14

The only way I can sum up our season would be consistantly inconsistant. We managed a comfortable 12th never threatened either the play-offs or relegation. We only lost 10 games all season but 20 draws was our downfall. I did change tactics around all season long as I cant seem to settle on a tactic.

League Table

Past Positions

Far too many draws. If we can turn some of those into wins we would be a massive threat in this league. Only winning 12 games all season was a massive dissapointment when you consider we had the 2nd top scorer in the league.

Cups - Banbury sent us packing in the FA Cup 4th Qual round 2-1. FA Trophy saw a 3-1 defeat to Tamworth in round 2.

Squad - I think its a very strong squad. If I can just settle on a tactic we should be able to compete up the higher end of the league next season.

Transfers - Plenty of movement and there will be the same this coming summer.

Finances- In debt. Pretty standard at this level. Need a cup run.

Key Player Profiles:

Paul Moran - Star striker, scored 34 in 42 also setting up 11. Only 17 years old. His contract expires in 1 year so I will be looking to tie him down to a long contract as soon as I can.

Jason Lampkin - Centre midfielder who scored 7 and set up 10.

Darren Cole - Player mainly as a right back. Likely to move him into centre back for next season.

Hopefully it was a good platform to build on. Look forward to pre-season to work on a tactic I will use for the entire season.

Career Overview

Season          League                League Finish     Achievements
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2013/14         Blue Square North     12th               

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Right, 10 odd years of lurking is enough. I am the new manager of Lowestoft Town, before I post again I will attempt to learn how to put pictures up!

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Right, 10 odd years of lurking is enough. I am the new manager of Lowestoft Town, before I post again I will attempt to learn how to put pictures up!

Alt+F9 in game, screenshots folder in the FM documents folder, upload it to somewhere like imgur, link it here ;)

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Bury Town - Blue Square North - Season 2013/14

A good finish in my first season as we managed to finish in a nice mid-table place with 58 points. At times we could've threatened the play-offs but inconsistency in results put paid to that and we were sure to finish in a respectable place that made the board more than happy. One of our biggest problems was finding the right tactic and settling the players in as at the start we had players playing all the over the park but once we switched to a 4-4-2 and made it simpler we played better. We enjoyed a good cup run or two in the FA Cup (Where we ousted by Gillingham in the 1st round Replay) and the Third Round of the FA Trophy against Braintree.

League Table

Squad - A squad that could do with some strengthening in some places and some more technical players wouldn't be bad.

Fixtures 1 Fixtures 2

Finances

Transfers - More ins than outs but that's probably to be expected at this level if I'm honest. Some players were very astute signings who I'll be having contract talks with depending on my new budgets.

Key Players:

David Hume - Hume was at the club when I arrived and he was the best of the lot still at the club. Originally I told him I didn't have a use for him but as I didn't have enough players for the first league game I drafted him in and he didn't dissapoint with a great goal return. He's signed a new contract for a year and I hope he can extend his feats next year.

Sam Smith - The first loanee at our club and whilst he came in the January transfer window he's someone who had a big impact seeing us through a fair bit of congestion and scoring a nice tally that will make me think about signing him permanently if his parent club, Cambridge, don't resign him.

Tim Sandercombe - Every club needs a strong set of hands between the nets and we had Tim. He saved us on more than one occasion and was a real asset to the club. I hope he can be our starting keeper for a few years whilst we try and improve our side.

Career Overview

Season          League                League Finish     Achievements
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2013/14         Blue Square North     11th              1st round FA Cup

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Can someone give me a pointer as to how to post with he "code" look please

I just copied someone else and changed the information to fit.

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I started with Kettering, il upload pictures tomorrow night when i next get on.

We beat Bradford PA 2-0 at home in the first game with very sexy football ;)

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I'm really struggling to settle on a team this year. I'm back to reset day looking for a team which really holds my interest to play for the long haul.

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Going with AFC Fylde (first time a local team has been in the dafuge challenge for me, being a blackpool lad) will update once first season is done.

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Gonna be starting as Wingate when I get the beta from steam tonight, hoping that this will be my only game on FM this year. David, how long did they take to come up or was it first time lucky?

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how long did they take to come up or was it first time lucky?

I think I reloaded three or four times until they came up.

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Anyone else getting way to many goals disallowed? Both for me and my opponent. 2 or 3 every match. Seems a bit too much.

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I think I've only had two upto October so far

Am scoring goals but conceding by the gallon. Currently sat one place above the relegation slots with a team that is spending too much on wages.

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Edit: Sticking with Kettering. After a LOT of messing about today I've decided 100% to stay put.

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I'm in again. I completed this with Kingstonian last year, so I've plumped for them again (as local teams East Thurrock and Concord Rangers didn't come up in 4 hours, someone already has Canvey and I don't like Thurrock).

Onwards and upwards...... Ehren James takes charge at The Fans' Stadium

I was hoping to get either Canvey or Concord as well as they're local. Had to settle for Bury Town in the end.

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I've finally made some progress with my tactics for FM13 after an inconsistent start. My 4-3-3 from previous years had become virtually useless, conceding far too many and having no control of the game. But adapting it to a 4-1-4-1 seems to have solidified the team considerably.

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I have decided to go with FC united

Good choice. I've decided to go with FC United for the third year in a row.

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I've really struggled with sticking to a tactic. I've decided to play a 4-4-1-1 Hopefully this will stick.

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I've really struggled with sticking to a tactic. I've decided to play a 4-4-1-1 Hopefully this will stick.

From what i've noticed so far packing the midfield and using the wings (with wide mids more than attacking mids) seems to be important. Looks like 4-1-4-1 and 4-4-1-1 are going to be popular for FM13.

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Ok I will give this a go but I am already on to my 3rd team as I could not get Leamington after reloading almost 100 times & I could not read the info with Wingates colours.

So I have now chosen to manage Carshalton Athletic who are the FA National Community Club of the Year.

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