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HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN FC

Part One: The History

Heart of Midlothian Football Club (commonly known as Hearts or The Jam Tarts) is a Scottish professional football club based in Gorgie, in the west of Edinburgh. It is one of two Scottish Premiership clubs in the city, the other being Edinburgh derby rivals Hibernian. Heart of Midlothian is the oldest football club in the Scottish capital, having formed in 1874 by a group of friends from the Heart of Midlothian Dancing Club. The modern club crest is based on the Heart of Midlothian mosaic on the city's Royal Mile and the teams colours are predominantly maroon and white. Hearts play at Tynecastle Stadium, where home matches have been played since 1886. After renovating the ground into an all-seater stadium following the findings of the Taylor Report in 1990, the stadium originally had a capacity of 18,009, but over the years this has been reduced to roughly 17,867 in order to comply with UEFA regulations.

Hearts have won the Scottish league championship four times, most recently in 1959–60, where they also retained the Scottish League Cup to complete a League and League Cup double – the only club outside of the Old Firm to achieve such a double. The club's famous 1957–58 league winning side, led up front by Jimmy Wardhaugh, Willie Bauld and Alfie Conn, Sr., who were affectionately known as The Terrible Trio, set the record for the number of goals scored in a league campaign (132) and became the only side to finish a season with a goal difference exceeding 100 (+103). Hearts have won the Scottish Cup eight times, most recently in 2012 after a 5–1 demolition of city-rivals Hibernian and the Scottish League Cup a total of four times, most recently in 1962 after a 1–0 victory against Kilmarnock. The most recent Scottish League Cup Final appearance was in 2012 when they lost to St Mirren 3-2, despite a double from Ryan Stevenson.

In 1958, Heart of Midlothian became the third Scottish and fifth British team to compete in European competition at the time. The club reached the quarter-finals of the 1988–89 UEFA Cup, narrowly losing out to Bayern Munich 2–1 on aggregate. More recently, Hearts became both the first Scottish side and the first British side to reach the UEFA Cup (now Europa League) group stage in the inaugural 2004 season and Hearts were also the first non Old Firm team to qualify for the UEFA Champions League in 2006.

The club is currently in administraton, bringing to an end the reign of Vladimir Romanov who had been the majority shareholder since 2005.

[b]Full name 	Heart of Midlothian Football Club
Nickname(s) 	Hearts, The Jam Tarts, The Famous, The Maroons (earliest nickname)
Founded 	1874 (139 years ago)
Ground 	        Tynecastle Stadium. Gorgie, Edinburgh
Scotland
Capacity 	17,420
Manager 	Gary Locke
League 	        Scottish Premiership
2012–13 	Scottish Premier League, 10th[/b]

The Early years

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The club was formed by a group of friends from the Heart of Midlothian Dancing Club. The group of friends bought a ball before playing local rules football at the Tron from where they were directed by a local policeman to the meadows to play. Local rules football was a mix of rugby and football as we know it. In December 1873 a match was held between Queens Park and Clydesdale at Raimes Park in Bonnington. This was the first time that Association rules had been seen in Edinburgh. Members from the dance hall viewed the match and in 1874 decided to adopt the association rules. The new side was Heart of Mid-Lothian Football Club. The exact date of the club's formation was never recorded however 1874 is regarded as the year of formation as it was when association rules were taken on, although Tom Purdie claimed the club was formed in 1873.[ The earliest mention of Heart of Midlothian in a sporting context is a report in The Scotsman newspaper from 20 July 1864 of The Scotsman vs Heart of Mid-Lothian at cricket. It is not known if this was the same club who went on to form the football club, but it was common for football clubs in those days to play other sports as well.[

The club took its name from the Heart of Midlothian jail, which was demolished in 1817 but was kept fresh in the mind by Walter Scott's novel The Heart of Midlothian.

Led by captain Tom Purdie the club played its matches in the East Meadows and in 1875 Hearts became members of the Scottish Football Association and were founder members of the Edinburgh Football Association. By becoming members of the Scottish Association Hearts were able to play in the Scottish Cup for the first time. Hearts played against 3rd Edinburgh Rifle Volunteers on October 1875 at Craigmount Park in Edinburgh. The game ended in a scoreless draw. A replay was held at the Meadows which again finished 0 – 0. Under rules at the time both clubs progressed to the next round with Hearts losing out to Drumpellier in the next round.

In the 1884–85 season, clubs in Scotland struggled to attract players, who were attracted to play in England, due to the games professional status there. After an 11–1 win in the Scottish Cup over Dunfermline a protest was raised against the club for fielding two professional players. Hearts were suspended by the SFA for two years as this was against the rules at the time. This was the first suspension of an SFA club. After a change of the clubs' committee the club was readmitted.

Early success

Hearts had considerable success in the early years of the Scottish Football League, winning the league championship in 1895 and 1896. They also won four Scottish Cups in a 15-year period from 1891 to 1906. The team played against Sunderland A.F.C. in the 1894/95 World Championship, but lost with s 5-3 score. Hearts did win the World Championship title in 1902, beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 in Tynecastle Park, after a 0-0 in London few month earlier

The Tommy Walker era

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The club went from 1906 to 1954 without winning a major trophy before enjoying a decade of success between 1954 and 1963. Under the management of Tommy Walker, Hearts won the League twice, in 1958, with a record 62 points and 132 goals scored (Still the Scottish 'Top' League Record) and only 29 against in 34 matches, and in 1960. Hearts also won the Scottish Cup in 1956 and the Scottish League Cup four times, in 1954, 1958, 1959 and 1962. This glorious period for the club contained many top, now legendary, names such as Alfie Conn, Sr., Willie Bauld, Jimmy Wardhaugh (the Terrible Trio), John Cumming, Dave Mackay and Alex Young. In 1964–65 Hearts lost 2–0 to Kilmarnock on the last day of the season to lose the league title to them on goal average. Subsequently Hearts were instrumental in pushing through a change to use goal difference to separate teams level on points, which ironically was to disadvantage the club in 1985–86.

Latter 20th century

From the mid-1960s Hearts went into decline. The players of greatest note in the 1970s were Jim Cruickshank, Donald Ford and Drew Busby, not to forget the loyal servant Alan Anderson. After the advent of the ten team Premier Division in 1975, Hearts were subsequently relegated for the first time in 1977. Promotion followed in 1978, but several seasons were spent yo-yoing back and forth from the Premier League to the First Division. The major problem for Hearts at this time was an antiquated company structure which was a massive disincentive to anyone to invest in the club. The board of directors finally resigned after Hearts failed to regain their Premier Division status.

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The arrival of chairman Wallace Mercer led to a revival in the club's fortunes. The club came within 7 minutes of winning the league in 1986, needing a draw from the last game of the season away to Dundee. Two late goals by Albert Kidd combined with Celtic winning heavily against St Mirren meant Hearts losing out on goal difference. Hearts finished runners-up again in 1988 and 1992.

In the early 1990s the club struggled to settle on a manager. Within a 2-year period, Joe Jordan, Sandy Clark and Tommy McLean were all sacked. One of the few bright points in this period was the run of 22 games in a row without defeat against arch-rivals Hibernian, including the 2–1 triumph in the fourth round of the 1994 Tennents Scottish Cup at Easter Road, with Wayne Foster grabbing the late winner.

In 1998, Hearts beat Rangers 2–1 to lift the Scottish Cup under the management of Jim Jefferies, with a 1st-minute penalty from Colin Cameron and a second-half strike by Stephane Adam.

Into the 21st century

In recent seasons, Hearts have usually been competing for third place in the Scottish Premier League. They finished third in 2003 and 2004, and reached the inaugural group stages of the UEFA Cup in 2004–05, but finished bottom of their group, despite Robbie Neilson's goal giving a 2–1 victory over FC Basel. During the 2004–05 season, they finished fifth in the league.

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In 2004, then club CEO Chris Robinson announced plans to sell Tynecastle, which he claimed was "not fit for purpose", and instead have Hearts rent Murrayfield from the Scottish Rugby Union. This move was deemed necessary due to the club’s increasingly large debt. The plan was very unpopular with supporters, and a campaign, entitled Save Our Hearts, was set up to try to block the move. As Robinson and his supporters had a slight majority of the club’s shares, a preliminary deal to sell the stadium was struck with the Cala property development company for just over £20 million.

The Romanov years

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In the midst of Hearts' financial difficulties in August 2004, Russian-Lithuanian multi-millionaire Vladimir Romanov entered into talks to takeover Hearts in what was dubbed the "Romanov Revolution". Romanov had already made failed attempts to purchase Dundee United, Dundee and Dunfermline. Romanov offered the prospect of the club staying at a redeveloped Tynecastle, which was very attractive to Hearts supporters. At the end September 2004 Chris Robinson agreed to sell his 19.6% stake to Romanov. Romanov called an extraordinary general meeting in January 2005 so that the club could pass a motion to exercise the escape clause in the deal with Cala Homes. The backing of Leslie Deans and the McGrail brothers meant that the motion was passed with over 70% support. The sale of Robinson's shares was completed on 2 February 2005 after Romanov made financial guarantees that the club could continue to trade without selling Tynecastle. This sale increased Romanov's stake to 29.9%, giving him effective control of the club. Romanov's takeover was welcomed by a fans representative. Romanov increased his shareholding in Hearts to 55.5% on 21 October 2005, and offered to buy the rest of the shares. Chairman George Foulkes sold his shares to Romanov and encouraged others to do likewise. Romanov eventually increased his majority share in Hearts to 82%.

Romanov's management of the clubs debt became a cause for concern. During his takeover Romanov pledged to eradicate the club's debt. Soon after the takeover was completed, the debt was transferred from HBOS and SMG to the financial institutions controlled by Romanov, Ūkio bankas and UBIG. At the end of July 2007 the club were £36M in debt. On 7 July 2008, Hearts issued a statement that stated the club would issue debt for equity in order to reduce the debt by £12M. a further issue was completed in 2010. Since the takeover Hearts have failed to pay players wages on time on several occasions, and been threatened with administration twice due to failure to pay an outstanding tax bills with the bill finally being settled in August 2011. Results released for financial year ending 31 July 2010 showed that Hearts had made a small profit for the first time since 1999 although were still heavily in debt.

Hearts first manager of the Romanov era was George Burley who was appointed during close season by new chief executive Phil Anderton who replaced Chris Robinson as chief executive. With their new manager and signings, Hearts got off to a tremendous start in the 2005–06 season. The team won their first eight league matches, equalling a club record set in 1914. Romanov shocked Scottish football by sacking George Burley on the following day whilst Hearts were sitting top of the SPL table, Hearts ultimately finished second. Hearts fans were led to expect a "top class manager" would replace Burley. Kevin Keegan, Bobby Robson, Claudio Ranieri and Ottmar Hitzfeld were all linked with the vacancy. Anderton, who had been making the approaches for these coaches, was sacked by Romanov on 31 October 2005. Foulkes, who had helped to bring Romanov to the club in the first place, resigned in protest at Anderton's dismissal. Romanov replaced both of them with his son, Roman Romanov. This has proved to be a feature of his time at the club with him going through nine permanent managers in seven years. The most recent managerial change came on 1 August 2011 when Jim Jefferies was sacked during his second spell at the club and replaced by former Sporting CP boss Paulo Sérgio.

Romanov stated that his ultimate aim is for Hearts to win the Champions League. Hearts competed in the Champions League during season 2006–07 but progressed only as far the second qualifying round before dropping down to the UEFA Cup. Since then Hearts have been unable to split the Old Firm for a second time to earn a Champions League place. In recent season Hearts target has been to finish third or above in the SPL.

Romanov also owns the Lithuanian club FBK Kaunas and Belarusian club FC Partizan Minsk. Several players have been loaned by FBK Kaunas to Hearts since Romanov acquired control of the club.

The club began experiencing severe financial problems in November 2011, which meant they were unable to pay the players wages and the club was put up for sale. The squad's October salaries were late and the November wages were paid twenty nine days late, just one day before their December salaries were due. The December pay failed to arrive on time, and a complaint was lodged with the Scottish Premier League by the players' union. During this period the club advised fringe players they were free to leave the club. On 4 January 2012 the SPL ordered Hearts to pay all outstanding wages by 11 January 2012 and insisted that January's wages had to be paid on time on 16 January. Hearts paid all outstanding wages that day following the sale of Eggert Jónsson to Wolves. On 17 January, the day after Hearts wages were due to be paid, it was revealed all players had been paid. Despite this the SPL issued a statement saying Hearts had failed to pay all players on 16 January and an emergency board meeting had been called, Hearts refuted this, saying payment of the remuneration had been made to all players. On 7 November 2012 Hearts were issued with a winding-up order by the Court of Session in Edinburgh after failing to pay a tax bill on time.

In early June 2013, during the close season, a Hearts media statement stated that they would need to raise £500,000 in capital to keep the club up and running during the break between seasons. With no match day income coming in and a lack of finance from owner Romanov, the club have been left in a position where they have had to put their whole squad up for sale.

On 17 June 2013, Heart of Midlothian began the process of entering into administration with debts of £25 million, owing recently bankrupt Ukio bankas £15 million.

On 18 June 2013, a Scandinavian consortium offered to pay the club £500,000 immediately in return for a share of any future transfer income from up to 12 players but was rejected by Hearts. The process of entering administration began on 19 June 2013 when the club's parent company, Ukio Bankas Investment Group (UBIG), filed papers at the Court of Session on Edinburgh for accountancy firm BDO to be named as administrators.

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Part Two: Colours, badge and Stadium

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The original Hearts football strip was all white shirts and trousers with maroon trimmings, and a heart sewn onto the chest. For one season they played in red, white and blue stripes. These were the colours of a club called St. Andrew, who had taken their name and colours from the University of St Andrews, that Hearts had absorbed. Since then the predominant club colours have been maroon and white. The strip typically has a maroon top and a white collar, although the strip was predominantly white in the 2010–11 season. The shorts are normally white, although maroon was used in the 2008–09 season. The socks are normally maroon with some white detail.

Hearts' current home kit is all maroon with a white collar. The shirt is sponsored by Wonga.

Home Kit;

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Away Kit;

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The badge is a heart, based on the Heart of Midlothian mosaic on the Royal Mile.

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The Stadium: Tynecastle

Tynecastle Stadium is a football stadium situated in the Gorgie area of Edinburgh, Scotland, which is the home ground of Scottish Premiership club Hearts. Tynecastle has a seating capacity of 17,420, which makes it the seventh largest football stadium in Scotland. In the 2007-08 season and 2008-09 seasons, Tynecastle was voted as having the best atmosphere in Scotland's top division in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League Fans' Survey. Hearts first played at the present site of Tynecastle in 1886.

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Tynecastle is an all-seated stadium, split into four sections known as the Gorgie Stand, Main Stand, Wheatfield Stand and Roseburn Stand. The Main Stand was designed by noted football stadium architect Archibald Leitch and completed in 1919. It is split into two levels, with approximately 3,300 seats in the main section and 1,400 seats in a paddock to the front of the stand. The paddock was reduced in 1994, when the pitch was shifted 6 metres to the east to make room for the new Wheatfield Stand. The three other stands were constructed between 1994 and 1997, with all having a distinctive goalpost roof structure made out of steel tubes. Unusually, the framework sits at the front of each stand, which means that the support towers sit within 10 yards of the corner flag, forming an arch over the stand. The stadium floodlights sit on top of the support towers, angled down towards the pitch, like the lighting rigs used at concerts. The Wheatfield Stand, which seats just under 6,000 people, slopes at just under 34 degrees, the maximum angle permitted. The Roseburn Stand (School End) was completed in August 1995 and cost £1.4 million to build. The Roseburn Stand seated 3,676 when it was opened, but 280 seats were removed from both it and the Gorgie Stand when the pitch was lengthened in 2005 to meet UEFA requirements. The Gorgie Stand, which was completed in September 1997, contains the Gorgie Suite and a club superstore.

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Part Three: Club Honours

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Major Honours

Scottish League Championships (1890–present):

Champions (4): 1894–95, 1896–97, 1957–58, 1959–60

Runners–up (14): 1893–94, 1898–99, 1903–04, 1905–06, 1914–15, 1937–38, 1953–54, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1964–65, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1991–92, 2005–06

Third (17): 1891–92, 1901–02, 1912–13, 1913–14, 1920–21, 1925–26, 1932–33, 1934–35, 1949–50, 1955–56, 1989–90, 1997–98, 1999–00, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2008–09, 2010–11

Scottish Cup (1874–present):

Winners (8): 1891, 1896, 1901, 1906, 1956, 1998, 2006, 2012

Runners–up (6): 1903, 1907, 1968, 1976, 1986, 1996

Scottish League Cup (1947–present):

Winners (4): 1954, 1958, 1959, 1962

Runners–up (3): 1961, 1996, 2013

Minor Honours

Scottish First Division (1893–present):

Champions (1): 1979–80

Runners–up (2): 1977–78, 1982–83

Edinburgh Football League (1894–1896):

Champions (2): 1894–95, 1895–96

East of Scotland Football League (1896–1907):

Champions (7): 1896–97, 1897–98, 1898–99, 1899–00, 1903–04, 1904–05, 1905–06

Inter City Football League (1899–1904):

Champions (2): 1901–02, 1902–03

Festival Cup (2003–2004):

Winners (2): 2003, 2004

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Part Four: Hearts on Football Manager

So you have picked Hearts!?

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What Budget do you get?

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You want more General Information about the club?

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It's Facilities?

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Any affiliated clubs?

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What shape is the Squad in?

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Part Five: The Players

Goalkeepers

Jamie MacDonald

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Mark Ridgers

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Alan Combe

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Jamie MacDonald is your undisputed number 1 to start with. Ridgers can fill in and it is worth giving him a few games to see how he develops because he has the potential to be better than MacDonald.

Defenders

Danny Wilson

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Kevin McHattie

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Brad McKay

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Jordan McGhee

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Jordan McGhee isn't quite ready for the Right Back spot that almost seems like his by default, but we have a couple of Utility Players who can fill in at RB at the club and i use one of them. The other three positions (if you choose a 4-man defence) pick themselves, Danny Wilson is a solid CB for this level anyway and McKay and Hattie look like they will develop well.

Utility Players

Jamie Hamill

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Dylan McGowan

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I tend to use these two where needed most, both are good enough for a variety of positions and tactics. Both can fill in at RB while McGowan makes a good Box to Box Midfielder, i like Hamill for a solid Anchor Man.

The Midfield

Jason Holt

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Ryan Stevenson

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Scott Robinson

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Callum Tapping

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Depending on your tactics all four of these players can do a good job in the Center of your Midfield. I have rotated between playing a 5 man Midfield with 2 Wide Attacking players and a narrow Midfield featuring the 4 of these and Hamill as a Shield in-front of my Defenders.

Attacking Players

Callum Paterson

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David Smith

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Jamie Walker

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Dale Carrick

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Billy King

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Sam Nicholson

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I have lumped all the attacking players together because they can all play a few different positions in attacking play for you. Callum Paterson is best used as the main CF with any of the others either partnering him or supporting from wide positions and behind him.

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The U19 Squad

The U19's is important for the Club because the First team squad is so small, the administrators may also sell off a few of your first teamers making the Youth even more important.

Goalkeepers

Jack Hamilton

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Jordan Miller

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Defenders

Liam Gordon

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Liam Smith

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Elliot Ford

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Midfield

Adam King

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Kai Wilson

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Angus Beith

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Aaron Scott

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Jack Simpson

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Rhys Craigie

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Sam Daniel

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Attackers

Gary Oliver

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Robbie Buchanan

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All the U19's have the potential to become at the very least Decent Scottish Premiership players. I'd pay special attention to Adam King myself, he could be a Star at CM. King along with Gordon and Oliver can get games from the start (depending on who the Administrators get rid of/send out on Loan).

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So thats my first attempt at doing a team guide, hopefully a few of you will join me in an attempt to save Hearts. If there is anything you think i have missed just give me a shout, remember my first ever attempt at a Team Guide so go easy on me :)

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Great thread mate. Nice to see a hearts guide this year, well done.

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Haha, Love the title!

Nice thread! We all love an underdog.

A new screenshot for every player may be a bit of screenshot overload mind.

Best of luck pal!

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May as well update on my game. We have currently just come out of a 7 game spell without a win and managed 3 wins in a row. Into February and the Transfer ban as been lifted meaning i have signed 2 players including this legend. He will mostly be here 18 months to tutor some of our youngsters.

The Table looks like this (note we would be second without the -15) and i am about to face Inverness.

These are the three tactics i use.

Tactic one, two and three.

Oh and we currently only have 1 fit CB so Paterson is going to have to fill in as an emergency CB.

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I am also Hearts but frustrated that i cant do anything with transfers including staff in or outs!!

When is the administration ended do you no?

I am 2 days away from my first league fixture and I am still in it

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I am also Hearts but frustrated that i cant do anything with transfers including staff in or outs!!

When is the administration ended do you no?

I am 2 days away from my first league fixture and I am still in it

I came out of Administration sometime in September, but the transfer ban on over 20's lasts until February 2nd i'm afraid. The aim first season is just to stay up and move on from there. Good luck.

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Update: 18th August

Played 3, won 2 & lost 1

7 players gone either sold or out on loan, Calum Paterson got a straight red for a reckless tackle in 2-0 opening game defeat to St. Johnstone so not played since. Beat Hibs at home in derby 3-0 up at HT ended 4-2.

Transfer embargo still going on, sold 2 cb's and 1 injured so having to play left back McHattie in at CB with 17 and 16 year olds comming into first team.

Happy with start but have to say luck has been on our side with Ridgers keeping us in games.

I have been playing a 4-2-3-1 attacking formation, dont really have a striker at the club but playing 18 year old Oliver up top.

With over 5k pw wage budget to play with and a 500k balance i hope the transfer embargo ends soon.

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Only 9 more points to go then CurlyKev.

I lost Liam Smith, Robbie Buchanan, Gary Oliver, Liam Gordon, Adam King, Jack Hamilton and Dale Carrick all on Loan. Carrick came back in January though but he went to Reading for £210k a couple of weeks later. Dylan McGowan also left in January £185k to Sion.

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Finished first season. Guided the team out of admin and to a respectable 6th in the league (partick were relegated). Lost Dylan McGowan to St Johnstone, however kept most of the squad together (very lucky).

Class players - Danny Wilson, Jason Holt, Dale Carrick, Calum Paterson and McHattie.

At the end of the first season I've tried to get some experience in the team so I signed:

Stephen McManus

Stephen Crainie

and a polish DM who I cannot remember the name of at the moment (will edit later).

Finances look stable for season 2, wage budget of £35k pw.

I'll keep you guys updated

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Finished first season. Guided the team out of admin and to a respectable 6th in the league (partick were relegated). Lost Dylan McGowan to St Johnstone, however kept most of the squad together (very lucky).

Class players - Danny Wilson, Jason Holt, Dale Carrick, Calum Paterson and McHattie.

At the end of the first season I've tried to get some experience in the team so I signed:

Stephen McManus

Stephen Crainie

and a polish DM who I cannot remember the name of at the moment (will edit later).

Finances look stable for season 2, wage budget of £35k pw.

I'll keep you guys updated

6th!? Nice work, would love to see that table.. Good that you kept most of the squad together there is some real good potential there, did you lose many to loans for the season?

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6th!? Nice work, would love to see that table.. Good that you kept most of the squad together there is some real good potential there, did you lose many to loans for the season?

Thanks. I'll post a screenshot of the league ASAP.

I picked up a loan signing (rw) in January, however rarely played him as Paterson was immense.

The key trio were at the back. McDonald, Wilson and brad McKay were rarely beaten.

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Just started a game drew 0-0 first game with St Johnstone

Annoying though got fuild formation in preseason then all the players got loaned and can't play it anymore :(

No DM or wide players :(

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I made sure the game had no summer transfer window and made every youngster worth keeping unavailable for loan so the guys that went out were needing the game time. Sitting 7th on March the first and looking like sneaking into the top 6 :)

Ins were John Pantsil on a free on feb 1st when the embargo ended and Kane Ferdinand from Peterboro on loan. Both were desperately needed given that I'd sold McGowan and Stevenson in Jan for moaning about everything they could. Lost in the league cup away to Inverness and have Dundee Utd in the scottish cup quarters to come. Hibs crashed out of the scottish cup on pens to Raith Rovers :D

Ive mostly played a 4-4-2 but had to drop the C/Ms into D/M to try and tighten the defense up and re-trained Robinson, Tapping and McGowan to play in there. I also decided to re-train Jason Holt as a Trequartista in the C/F position and used him alongside Paterson who has scored 22 league goals as an advanced forward with Holt on about 12 assists for him. Club came out of admin end of October and my balance is 250k in the red projected 100k in the black so hopefully I will have some sort of budget to work with next season.

I'll need some cash as I struggled to tie down the guys who's contracts were ending with MacDonald and Walker both leaving for Burnley but luckily I sorted Wilson Paterson and Holt on long term deals. Seen a few of yous have used Carrick but he was hopeless in pre-season for me so I've played Oliver a fair bit and hes turning out pretty awesome and has Newcastle and QPR chasing him after 11 league goals from the bench. Anyway I've waffled here but well done to Brettney good thread.

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I just exited admin after 5 league games.

On -7 points so slowly getting away from the bottom - next team only has 1 point!

I have been playing a 4-1-3-2 formation with 1 DM and 3 CM

GK - Mark Ridgers

LB - McHattie

RB - Elliot Ford

CB - Danny Wilson

CB - Jordan McGhee

DM - Jamie Hamill

CM - Dylan McGowan

CM - Jason Holt

CM - Ryan Stevenson

ST - Callum Paterson

ST - David Smith

Is my first choice team at the moment.

The following players have been sold or loaned out:

Brad McKay - Sold

Callum Tapping - Loaned Out

Dale Carrick - Loaned Out

Billy King - Loaned Out

Sam Nicholson - Loaned Out

Jack Hamilton - Loaned Out

Liam Gordon - Loaned Out

Liam Smith - Loaned Out

Adam King - Loaned Out

Sam Daniel - Loaned Out

Gary Oliver - Loaned Out

Robbie Buchanan - Loaned Out

Running pretty thread bare at the moment!!

Hopefully get some free transfers in January.

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Good to see a few people kicking off a Hearts games, thanks for the kind words JamboJapp. That looks tough Apeth, just hope you can hang on till Feb without picking up too many injuries...

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First season finished last night and I ended up in 5th place if we didn't have the 15 point deduction I'd have came 2nd 5 behind Celtic so quite chuffed with how things went. Board have given me 0 to spent but i've got 14k free in my wage budget so a fair few loanees and frees will be needed.

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Nice work JamboJapp the League split cost me getting any higher. Table - Top Players.

The Squad. - Transfers

McCay, Wilson and Patterson all made Team of the Year. Patterson was also Football Writers Player of the Season.

New Youth Prospects

3 have potential to make the First Team;

Pat Bradley

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Graham Bingham

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Matthew Jablonski

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Briliantly done thread Brettney1980

I have just started up my first serious Hearts save. Made all my youngesters unavailable for loan, and tried to put asking prices on my players up enough to stop bids, but also still possibly stop them from being unhappy. Only one I lost was Holt, who the administrators sold for £155K to Crystal Palace. Annoying as he is probably the best prospect we have, but equally he didn't especially fit into my formation which softens the blow a bit.

The admin did try and loan out a few players, but I found they always had the "recall" clause set, so I just recalled them straight away!

So far been playing an attacking 442 with advance wingers (although playing them as DW) and 2 CM who sit and win the ball and play simple passes. Rotating the squad a fair bit and players covering multiple positions, but managed 2 wins and 2 draws out the first 4 league games. Beat the Hibs 2 v 0 which was predictable :D

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Thanks a lot Jambo98, i am a little embarrassed to say i never even thought of calling my players back from Loan... And i spent about a Month with only one recognized CB as well :o

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Just hit Jan 1st in my game, and its going reasonably well all things considered

After 19 games we are 9th in the table, with 16pts. Without the penalty we would be 4th. Our attacking formation is paying off in the most part. Top scorers in the league with 42 goals in 19 games. Sadly also leaked 32, but im up for "score one more than you"...........

Jamie Walker has been amazing for me on the right wing. 19 assists in 21 games! Plus 9 goals. No wonder Wigan and Ipswich sniffing around him. Paterson also banging them in, with 12goals from 17 appearances. Other nice bonus was Brad McKay getting called up to the Scotland squad. Didn't make an appearance but his Ave Rate of 7.32, augmented with 4 goals already, means he is looking like someone I can build around.

On the downside, other than losing Holt, Jamie Mac has said he is leaving on a bosman after we fell out over the valuation I put on him. Ridgers doesn't look great so might be time to try and find a new keeper at the end of the season.

Signings wise, after the admin exit I signed a French left back on a Free, 21yr old Rodrigue Laurent found by my scouts. Not going to be a world beater but I need someone to cover McHattie. He couldn't be registered it seems, as he had "INE" against him until Jan. Scouts also recommended a 17yr old striker at Queens Park, who looks like a regen/random but given he was on an amateur contract, and ranked as "Leading premier division striker" potential, I had to take him. He also joins on 2nd Jan.

Lastly, an agent recommendation led me to a 19yr old Luxembourg internation, Anthony Luisi. Another striker, but also available for free so gave him a low contract and see how it goes.

Have around 2.3K free wage budget now, but (I assume) still limited to U21 freebies, so will struggle to find anyone.

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Hmm the transfer embargo seems wrong. I have signed 3 players under 21, and as at 3rd January they are still all "unavailable" - The SPL has no registration rules in the game, so stuggling to figure this out?

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Great to see such an indepth jambo thread !!

I've just downloaded the game after weeks of will i wont i because my FM13 Hearts save kept me going since last Oct and i was doing so well in that but this season is such a different challenge.

Can't wait to get started and really into this game. It's going to be tough but i had a look through this and things are possible !!

even -15 knows the score !!!

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Just finished my first season, and only 2 worlds can describe it - "Unbelievable Jeff!!!"

Inspite of the 15pt penalty, we managed to finish an amazing 3rd in the league. With 61pts total, 6 behind an amazing Partick side which finished second, and 26 behind Celtic. We finished 19pts above hibs, even after 15 deducted!

My attacking tactic just worked perfectly. Top players:

Jamie Walker - 42apps, 18 goals, 39 assists (!!!), Ave rate 7.76

Callum Paterson - 37 Apps, 25 goals, 6 assists, Ave rate 7.42 - Top scorer in the SPL

The kids came on great too - Nicholson made 24 starts, McHattie developed really well, and McGhee already looks a physical beast of a player.

Sold McGowan for 500K to middle east club in April, was comfortable I had cover. Have made a bunch of youth signings for next season, but need to add one or two. Top priority is a new keeper, as Ridgers is gash

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Nice one Jambo98, looks like you got Walker working way better than i did. Have you had anyone sniffing around Paterson yet?

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yeah had walked playing in the AMR spot as a defensive winger. Also set piece taker and I think we got a good 8 - 10 goals from corners all season (Celtic got 15 for context).

Had some interest in Paterson in Jan, but over the summer nothing. He is valued at around £1.8mill. To be honest, if I could get £2.5M for him I would take it. Im not sure he will ever be top class and I tend to be a bit ruthless with prospects.

Signed some youth over the summer, but 3 main signings for the first team -

A free Belgium keeper named Jo Coppens, formerly of Cercle Brugge. He replaces Jamie Mac who left on a bosman. He isn't an amazing keeper but looks enough for the moment.

Young Scottish left back Andrew Robertson, signed from Dundee Utd for £275K. Looks similar level and potential to McHattie, but I couldn't resist at such a low price for 4.5 stars

Probably the biggest gamble but huge upside - Stefan Scougall cost me £600K (half over 18months) from Livingston. He is 4.5 star potential, homegrown Scottish and also has "perfectionist" personality type which I love. I can see him going on to be a star.

Keeping my attacking philosophy and so far a good start to season 2. Cruised through Europa qualify against Viking, then impressively saw of St Ettiene to put us in the group stages!

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First Season.

Finished 9th on 43 points (would have been 4th with out the deduction).

In the summer I lost Jamie McDonald (Motherwell) and Brad McKay (Reading) along with Dale Carrick, Billy King, Liam Gordon, Liam Smith, Jack Hamilton and Robbie Buchanan going out on loan so the squad was very thin. In the February I brought back the skipper Marius Zaliukas and he helped fill the gap Brad McKay left. Mark Ridgers is woeful. Do not rely on him if you can avoid it.

Paterson Scored 34 times and provided 13 assists. Walker provided 13 goals and 19 assists. so they where the main men.

Second Season (can't remember by budgets) I brought in a few faces. Murray Davidson (St Johnstone), Erik Israelsson, Lee Camp, Thomas Flynn, Joe Cardle, Graham Carey (Ross County who went down), Brad Finne (loan), Phil Bardsley and the star of the show Javier Patino.

Sold Ridgers for £220k which covered my money spent on transfers almost entirely (234k spent).

Finished 2nd in the league on 74 points. Dundee Utd 3rd (61 points) but Celtic ran away with it with 89 points.

Paterson only scored 26 times but did provide 22 assists so again was a star. Walker scored 6 and had 17 assists. Carey got 12 assists.

Patino scored 19 in 20(6) games and Ryan Stevenson (playing up top in a front 2) scored 16 goals in 20(13) also provided 10 assists. Wilson was an absolute rock second season. We scored 92 times (68 1st season) in the league but still had 47 against (61 year before).

3rd season has just began. Just drew Ajax in the Europa League Play Off so I am thinking I'm out. Team is all change.

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Hoping for the title this year.

Outs: McHattie £900k Paterson £3.3 million and Robinson £350k

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Nice work mattyw

Seems I jumped the gun in my previous post re the Europa. I thought the win against St Ettiene was the last round before groups but I was wrong. We had another and drew Anderlecht. After a 1 v 1 draw again, we were 3 nil up at half time at tynie. I finally put the breaks on my attacking strategy and just sat in and took the handsome win.

Managed to free up wages to bring in 2 more players both on frees. Jesse Lingard to play LW, as Nicholson is still developing and needs rotated. Also needed a little experience in the middle so 37yr old Georgious Karagounis comes in. Looks good for some tutoring too.

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Thanks guys.

Not really much going on development wise. Made too many changes too quickly and the youngsters suffered a lot so the likes of Adam and Billy King, Tapping and Nicholson (played well first season got a bad injury and it set him back too much) have little chance of breaking through now which is sad.

Got a couple of regens that I just signed though. Gediminas Sidauskas, a young Lithuanian left back (17) who is already solid enough to provide cover for Aaron Taylor-Sinclair so he will be getting some game time this season between that and the reserves he should develop along very nicely.

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Harold Wildschut again 17 year old regen. Centre half who is solid physically looking to make him a strong dominant player to partner either Wilson (if I can keep him long term) or Tom Thorpe so I feel like I am covered at the back for a few seasons.

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Both 4.5* potential

Andy Ryan (from Hamilton). Excellent player. Keep an eye open on his contract situation or buy him. Highly recommended. scored 3 in 9 games so far (5 sub) once he has settled I can see him banging them in for a few years

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Should also add to anybody looking in that is thinking about a Hearts save. Do it you wont regret it. I would maybe turn off transfers in the first window and set most if not almost everybody under 21 to unavailable for loan so deter offers until you are out of admin. As it is important to keep the squad together and you will be out of admin come January.

But if you enjoy developing youngsters its a great chance, total fresh slate for you to implement players to fit whatever style you want. With Paterson, Walker, Wilson and Holt you have 3 players who are easily the best players and must keeps. With Wilson you have a defender who if you can keep will stay in your team for a good decade. Walker can both sides in most roles well and Holt is just a star play maker to build round. Paterson is excellent either wide or up top (even with his woeful finishing). So what ever you play whether its 3-4-3, 3-5-2, 4-5-1, 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2 they all fit in with every kind of play.

The finances (after admin) once the cva is paid off you are debt free with a good stadium 17,500 (expansion up to 25000 I checked the editor) and "great" training facilities.

Finances end up in great shape. I have £9 million in the bank. Projected for £15 million at the end of the season. (3rd season)

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I've just trundled into September in my save. God this is going to be hard !!!

I'm really struggling i kept it realistic as possible and didnt turn off the transfers in 1st window ( wish i did now ) !!

Transfers out - Jamie Hamill - Stoke £250k

Callum Tapping - Dundee Utd £56k

Dylan McGowan - Al Ittihad £82k

Loans Out - Liam Smith

Liam Gordon

Jack Hamilton

Gary Oliver

Dale Carrick

Billy King

Robbie Buchanan

I'm so annoyed that i forgot to put the lads unavailable for loan but it was too late when the offer was accepted to change them. So i'm really down to a bare squad at the minute, i had Stevenson and Walker out for 4-5weeks so im struggling big time.

My squad the now

GK - Jamie MacDonald

LB - Kevin McHattie

CB - Danny Wilson

CB - Brad McKay

RB - Jordan McGhee

LW - Jamie Walker

CM - Scott Robinson

CM - Ryan Stevenson

RM - Jason Holt

ST - Callum Patterson

ST - Walter Martin ( 18yo regen, was in my U19s squad and is 5star. Hes a AMC MC AMRL but has been filling a void as a poacher for me and doing well ) 5 clubs after him aswell Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle. I'm really surprised i managed to keep a hold of him until the window shut !!

Anyways i'm on -11 points after 6 games which is so bad it's unreal !! Only managed 1 win and 1 draw in they games a 2-2 draw with Hibs and a 5-1 away win at Partick. I can't seem to find a tactic that suites every game, i usually start off a 4-4-2 but end up swapping and changing to combat the opposite team.

Hopefully get a wee run together and pick up points Motherwell are on 4points so still 15 behind

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Try a 4-5-1. Losing Hamil and McGowan it's going to be hard.

Since walkers out. Keep back 4 and keeper. Retrain Robinson to dmc. Play as ball winner. If you have Adam King he's another who you could retrain to play dmc..

Nicholson left Paterson right stevo up top (while retaining didn't take long for me. Play Stevo as CFA two wingers Holt ap and whoever fits in beside him in cm

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I'll give it a shot mate thanks. Biggest problem i seem to have is i'm losing goals basically in the last 20-30 mins always seem to be winning or drawing at half time then last 3rd i get pounded and end up losing !!

Stevo is being a ***** with me i played him up top but took him off in 1 game and he went awol, didnt turn up to training then basically wanted a transfer. Smoothed it over the now casue Patterson has broke his arm and is out for 8 weeks, Stevo is uptop the now playing as striker.

Iv'e been using Nicholson out left and he's been doing great for me, 4 goals and 8 assists in 14 games.

I'm on -1 now so i'm digging the points back but alot of draws and a couple wins arent helping me much as the other 11 teams are pulling away from me.

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As long as you are in the race. I was still bottom going into the split. Ended up 9th. First season is very difficult. It either clicks or it doesn't. Things for me didn't click until the Feb when I got a couple players in.

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Just into January so only a month to go !!!

Changed my tactics to the 4-5-1 you mentioned, i'm still losing goals right at the death, was 1-0 up on Aberdeen at half time 1st time i used tactic lost 2 goals in last 7 minutes !! Then played Caley and was 1-1 at half time ended up conceding goal on 82 mins to get best but since then i managed a win to take me onto 2 points, finally got there but im 12 behind Killie now so heres hoping i can catch them !!

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Im really enjoying this save, just about to hit xmas in season 2 and in with a shout of getting out the Europa group. If I beat BRaga away (anyone remember that...........) then im through on 10pts.

The most recent Scotland starting 11 had 5 jambos in it in my game! Wilson and McKay started together, ANdrew Robertson (signed from Utd) started at left back and Walker and Paterson also both started. Nicholson also still developing nicely and had one great regen in first intake, a DM who is knocking on the door of my first 11.

Plenty of home grown talent to take me forward :)

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The Jam tarts are rolling! Just won 10 games in a row, to earn the "your on fire" achievement. We have hit Jan 1st in season 2, Stevo already has 17 goals, Paterson 15 and my 16yr old Italian phenom (found on a free in Italy in the close season) has scored 13 in 13 appearances.

We are into the knockout stages of Europa, where we play Dnipro. Junior Coaching has been upgraded and finances looking good. We are on the up!

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Going along very nicely myself. 3rd season for me though. Sitting 7 points ahead of Celtic on the top of the table after 21 games. 3rd of Jan still in both cups. Ajax beat me 3-1 on agg in europa play offs. Lost 2-1 in Amsterdam so only needed a goal to go through. Kept it tight first half. Had a couple chances 2nd half before I got done in the 85th.

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Nice one Matty. Do you have many original players still in your side?

Im only at the end of Jan season 2, but Celtic are annoyingly good. After 24 games, they have dropped only 9pts all season. 6 of those were defeats to me! I drew a few at the start of the season so im sitting 6 back. They must hit a sticky patch soon!!

Also annoyingly went out the league cup to QoS on pens. Played a full team of kids and paid the price :(

Looking forward to Europa knockout round, should really bring in some cash. Havent made any major signings this window as my squad is performing well, and im stock piling good youths to make sure the future is secure.

Champions League is a big jump, not sure the likes of Walker and Paterson are that level, even though I have them pretty well developed. See what happens next season!

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Holt walker Wilson are the only starters. Still using Hamil and McGowan as cover but other than that it's all changed.

Miss Paterson but couldn't turn down £3.3 million. He basically paid the stadium expansion I've got planned. 23,500 seats. Which will be nice.

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Huge week for us at the end o Jan season 2.

Firstly, board agreed to upgrade the stadium to 19,500 seats. Costs just over £2million, but we have money in the bank from the euro run, and from not really buying many first team players.

Then just into feb, I appointed a new scout to beef up my youth scouting for the summer ahead. As part of his opening report he picked up that a certain Darren Fletcher was available on a free. Released by Man Utd in Jan, for no obvious reason. I offered him a contract, and he wanted £55K per week..........erm.........ok. So with little to lose, I offered him a 4 week trial.

After a week in the trial I offered another contract, and he wanted £14K per week. My limit is £5K, so wasn't going to work. Three weeks into the trial I took a final roll of the dice. This time his opening gambit was £9K. Seemed almost possible. So I maxed out a lot of the bonuses and finally got him to sign for £5K per week, plus match highest earner, plus 50% of next sale.

He might be 30, but he still looks utterly class :D Cant wait to pair him with my great youth prospect in midfield!

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