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And secured the final playoff place on GD too. What a finish to the season!

 

I've gone way overboard on signings now the European scout reports are coming back with some gems. Total difference to start of season where I couldn't fill subs bench. Going pretty well though even if I'm failing FFP.

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7 minutes ago, XaW said:

Congrats on the promotion back up to League Two, @Hypanimz!

Hopefully I do better this time!

2 minutes ago, Balahara said:

And secured the final playoff place on GD too. What a finish to the season!

 

I've gone way overboard on signings now the European scout reports are coming back with some gems. Total difference to start of season where I couldn't fill subs bench. Going pretty well though even if I'm failing FFP.

 

That actually seems tighter than it was. I had already secured it on the penultimate game as I drew and had a 3 point lead into the final game with a healthy goal difference. Losing 5-1 in the final game still gave me a 7 goal difference so although it was on GD it was actually a lot safer than it looks. 

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6 hours ago, Balahara said:

Do you have Zubar still available Muttley84? Is a class player for VNN/S. I was very tempted to go with them due to the nice colour scheme. Not as good as Barwell though!

Available and club captain for the first season :-) The color scheme got me going for them also, togheter with the nice city size and actually being one of the few teams that popped up that I heard of before.

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Enfield Town FC

Sky Bet League Two 2020-2021

Year-End Update

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Competitions

Sky Bet League Two

While I was mostly pretty happy with my roster going into this season, I did want to look for some affordable upgrades.  Our payroll budget had a fair bit of room at around $25,000 p/w, but the problem was FFP, which required us to stay under approximately $16,500 p/w.  While 8 of our starters from last season either remained starters or saw substantial time in the rotation, we did make a number of key signings, and were again quite successful in identifying players who could make a positive contribution.  First, we signed a couple of right fullbacks to replace Parmar as the starter; ultimately I decided to keep Parmar on the roster as the backup and loan out the one who was less productive in the preseason.  That left us with 23-year-old Lewis Travis as the starter.  The start to his season was a bit rough, but he settled into the position and ultimately led all our defensive players in goals (with 4) and assists (with 5), and had an average rating only slightly lower than Max Melbourne, the starter on the other side.  New central defender Fraser Horsfall didn't have the best season, but he was serviceable.  Another player who started slowly was striker Ollie Bayliss, as I found more success early in the season with Joe Ward.  However, when Ward went down for several months with an injury, Ollie started to find his feet, and ended up leading the team with 17 goals.  By far the two most successful signings I made, however, were midfielders Callum Wright and Cassian Thomas.  The six players on my team with the highest ratings were my midfielders (which does include Pearse who only made 3 appearances), and Wright and Thomas were 1st and 3rd, respectively.  Wright played as a ball winning midfielder and proved excellent at ball handling, and created many offensive opportunities for us.  Thomas played both as a box-to-box midfielder and as either a deep lying playmaker or halfback in the DM position in relief of Edwards, racking up 9 goals and 8 assists.

We had the most successful preseason yet with the exception of a rather mystifying 4-1 loss to AFC Wimbledon; we went 4-2-1, with a 3-0 win over League 2 Coventry, a 0-0 draw against League 2 Barnet, and a 1-1 draw against Leeds, who ended up finishing 3rd in the Championship.  Our first league game was away at Mansfield, and frankly we didn't play all that well.  Ward came off the bench and scored to give us a 1-0 win despite having half as many shots as Mansfield, and we started the season in 8th place.  I had no idea at the time that that would be our lowest position all season.

We continued to play well, and found that despite the fact that we ought to be outmatched, our control mentality possession-based game that served us well in the National League was having even more success here.  We started 5-2-0, the most exciting game being a game at Gateshead where we went down by a goal in the third minute, took a 2-1 lead by halftime on goals by Ward and Hooper, and then fell behind 3-2 in the second half, before Hooper scored his second goal of the game off a free kick in the 83rd minute, and at the very end of stoppage time, had another free kick blocked by the keeper, but Ward jumped on the rebound and scored to win it for us 4-3.  Ward was hurt in our next game against Accrington, but Bayliss took the opportunity to score his first competitive goal for us in the 2-1 win.

We had a bit of a blip when Edwards got a straight red card against Exeter and Ward re-injured himself in a U23 match, which ultimately led to a bad 4-2 loss to Coventry, but we got back on track.  Though we were briefly at the top of the league early in the season, we spent most of the first few months bouncing around the various playoff and promotion spots.  We finally reached the top again after a 2-1 win to Luton, but gave it away to Doncaster after a loss to York.  That would only last one game, however, and we reclaimed the top spot following a strong showing in a 2-0 win against Scunthorpe.  That day also began Doncaster's long slide - they had started 10-3-5, and had finally reached the top, only to completely fall apart in the second half of the season.  They would go on a 2-3-11 run, and 5-8-13 for the remainder of the season, falling all the way to 14th.  Coincidentally, this was also around the start of Accrington's remarkable improvement, having started the season 2-9-10, and finishing the season on a 16-3-6 run.

Other notable games in the second half of the season included a game against a Mansfield team on a 12-game unbeaten streak that was 0-0 through 87 minutes which ended in a 2-1 victory for us, a 5-1 demolition job away at Oldham (which also saw Brittain score a penalty by banking it in off the post), what seemed like a re-run of our Gateshead victory against Exeter where in this case we scored just over a minute in, lost Ward to an injury in the 8th minute, extended our lead to 2 in the 16th minute, allowed two quick goals before the half and one just after the half to fall behind 3-0, and came back and scored twice to take it 4-3, and a strong 4-1 win against Lincoln which saw us overcome an early own goal by Mitchell.  Prior to our March 31st game against Chesterfield, we learned that a takeover bid from a local investor was brewing, and after our game against Lincoln, a transfer embargo was imposed.

We started getting scenarios to clinch promotion (and thereafter the league) with about 6 games to go, but we had to endure a bit of a blip first.  A poor performance against Luton was compounded by a pair of yellow cards for Edwards.  We finished the game up by 7 points with a game in hand, when we had begun the game up by 10 points, but a loss by York ensured we would need only 1 win to clinch promotion.  In our 5th to last game of the season, we thought we had promotion in our hands, forcing an own goal from a corner in the 54th minute to take a 2-1 lead.  But two goals by Newport Co. in the final 5 minutes snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, and we would have to wait.  We managed to overcome an awful first half against Notts Co. in our 4th to last game and salvage a draw, putting us up by 7 points with 3 games to play.  Finally, things fell into place for us away at York, when a scoreless game at the half turned into a 2-0 victory, with goals by Ward and Mitchell, and we win the league, up 7 points with 2 games to go, making us 2020-2021 Sky Bet League Two Champions.

But there was one last surprise after we had clinched the league - two days before our second to last game Oxford, it was reported that the takeover bid was on the rocks, and just one day after that, it collapsed.  The embargo was lifted, hopefully allowing me to make the moves I would like over the summer.

Final Table

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FA Cup

Another successful FA Cup run for us started with a 2-0 home victory against League One Wigan, in which Thomas scored on a free kick and Bayliss scored on a mistake by the opposition keeper in an otherwise fairly even game.  We followed that up with what appeared to be a pretty easy second round draw at Spennymoor, but they played us tough for 90 minutes, and we needed a goal by Bayliss midway through the 3 minutes of stoppage time to escape with a 1-0 victory.  In the third round we faced Championship side Bolton at home, and handled them surprisingly easily, with Thomas scoring 2 goals and Wright scoring 1, all in the first half, giving us a 3-0 victory in a game in which Bolton did not manage a single shot on target.  Finally, in the fourth round, we drew away to Everton, and managed to hold out for 80 minutes before allowing two late goals, losing in the fourth round.

EFL Cup

A tough draw at Fulham, a team who had just been relegated from the Premier League, in the first round led us to a 3-0 loss right off the bat.

Checkatrade Trophy

Not much was expected of us, drawing a group comprised of the Tottenham U23 squad along with League One sides Colchester and Southend.  First, against Tottenham, the game went to penalties after it was tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes, and we made all 5 of our penalty shots.  McCracken deflected their 4th penalty shot, and the ball scurried down the line before coming to rest against the post, but never crossed the line.  Brittain scored the clincher.  At home against Colchester in our second group game, each team scored off a free kick to make it 1-1 at the half, before Youngs scored in the 77th minute to give us a 2-1 win.  Finally, needing just a point away against Southend to advance, we dominated the game, out-shooting Southend 17 to 7 (and 8 to 1 on target) on our way to a 3-1 victory.

In the second round, a 1-1 draw without much offense besides the goals led us again to penalties, with Thomas scoring the game winner.  We would follow this up with a third round crushing of then-leaders of League One Millwall, with Bayliss scoring just 16 seconds into the match and again in the 12th minute off his own rebound, with goals by Ward and Brittain contributing to a 4-0 win.  In the quarter final at rivals Barnet, we dominated the first half but couldn't break through, but we did finally score in a much more even second half, with Ward coming off the bench to score a header in the 85th minute.  Then in the semi-final, we have our third game of the tournament finish 1-1 after 90 minutes and go to penalties; both teams hit 4 of their first 5, but Portsmouth misses their 6th, and Horsfall hits the game winner to send us to the final.

The final saw us matching up against the Everton U23s in a shockingly one-sided game.  We scored 2 quick goals in the 22nd and 23rd minutes, the second on a truly incredible shot by Bayliss from 35 yards that banked in off the post.  They scored before the break, but we add 3 more in the second half, two by Willbye, to lead us to an emphatic 5-1 victory and making us the well-deserved 2020-2021 Checkatrade Trophy Champions.

Squad & Awards

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Aside from the success of the aforementioned new players, Callum Brittain also had a strong season, scoring 16 goals (good for second on the team) and contributing 12 assists (tied for first).  Edwards continued to be a rock at DM, and Mitchell played well too.  Willbye saw a lot less playing time this year, but was very effective when he did see the field.  Melbourne had another strong season, and Hooper contributed 9 goals and 12 assists of his own.  Joe Ward struggled with injuries at some points in the season and saw his playing time reduced as Bayliss improved, but nonetheless contributed 12 goals of his own.

As for a few interesting statistical notes, we finished tied for 4th in the league in goals scored and 2nd in goals conceded (though we were actually 2nd in goals scored before a few teams added to their number in the playoffs).  We completed the most passes and had the highest cross completion ratio, and were second in pass completion ratio, average possession, and shots on target ratio.  None of our players were in the top 20 in goals (Brittain scored the most league goals for us at 14, but it was a team effort), nor did we have a player in the top 10 in the Player of the Match standings (we had 5 different players win 3, but none won more than 4).  James Hooper did finish tied for 3rd in assists, while Wright had the fourth most dribbles per game.  McCracken tied for second with 15 shutouts.  Wright had the second highest average rating in the league, while Edwards and Thomas were both in the top 20.  Despite our team dominance in a variety of statistical areas, we didn't have many individual players very high up in the statistical charts, indicating that it was the team's cohesion and overall quality that made us successful, rather than reliance on any particular player(s).

Fans' and Manager's Player of the Season: Callum Wright

Fans' and Manager's Signing of the Season: Callum Wright

Fans' and Manager's Young Player of the Season: Callum Wright

Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month (August & March)

State of the Club

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From a financial perspective, the club made a profit of approximatley $1,000,000 last season.  Shortly after the new financial year started, we scheduled another upgrade to our youth facilities, costing approximately $850,000, which has been partly offset by a new sponsor which provided us with income of approximatley $200,000 for this seaosn.  We sold no players last season, but had a substantial increase in attendance, as well as a profitable game away at Everton in the FA Cup.  Our payroll budget, which was at approximately $25,000 per week, has been increased to approximately $44,000 per week, and we have been given a transfer budget of approximately $200,000 (of which I've already spent about $15,000 of).  Fortunately, unlike last season, our FFP cap is basically in line with our payroll budget.  We have re-signed most players, though some may be relegated to backup roles depending on what is available on the market this offseason.  Our average attendance was 1,992, or 21% of capacity, an increase of over 330% of our average attendance last season of 602.

Additionally, Brexit plans were announced in October.  It will be a hard Brexit, and players currently in the UK will have to apply for work permits.

Goals for the upcoming season are as follows:

  • Avoid Relegation
  • Reach the FA Cup 3rd Round.
  • Get out of the group stage in the Checkatrade Trophy.
  • Look for potential upgrades at various positions.
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Workington A.F.C - Season 17/18 - Vanarama National League North - End of Season Update

League Table - Past Positions - Squad - Transfers - Finances - Season Review - Season Awards

Hello World

    Hello and welcome to my first ever entry to the dafuge Challenge. My name is Dan, you may call me either Dan or Sheep I don't mind :-). I've known about the dafuge Challenge for a number of years but never had the desire to commit to it and give it a good go before now. I've been playing FM since the 2006 iteration, never really been a big forum poster here but I've always enjoyed reading the FM content here so thought I'd try. So anyway, enough about me onto my season review with Workington.

The Beginning

    The media had me as deadwood, the butt of the league. 22nd. Media predicting me rock bottom, I thought that was harsh. Then I looked at my squad... I was inclined to agree. So I thought I had a major job on my hands and would need to totally change the squad I was given. I thought it would be maybe November/December time before the new squad would have gelled enough to knock up some results but this all changed. Pre-season went well, almost too well. 5 wins out of 6, with the only loss being against a very strong Carlisle side. This made me question my motives, did I really need to revamp the entire squad? Sure it was small so it needed additions but the core of the squad seemed to work really well together. My normal procedure is to make my tactics and then build my squad for the tactics I'd settled on. This time however; players first, tactics second. Initially I just went with a bog standard 4-4-2, nothing can go wrong with a 4-4-2. Never. So, I set my 4-4-2 up to focus on taking advantage of the best player in my squad: David Symington. In my eyes, he was far too good for this level. Very pacy winger, with a good work rate and some decent technicals. I was particularly impressed with his high Free Kick and Long Shot ability, somewhat of a commodity at this level.

    First game of the season rolls around, it's against Tamworth away at their ground. Media had them pegged at a 4th place finish, so I was expecting a tough game especially as they would be looking to win their opening home game of the season. The first half came and went just like that. 0-0 HT. Neither team getting a sniff at goal. I was happy to continue as is. A point would be a good result for me and as the game progressed Tamworth became more desperate in their play which became their undoing. In 5 mins of late second half play my two strikers had linked up twice and put me 2 to the good. They got a very late conciliation goal but we were 2-1 winners. I thought this managing malarkey was easy. I started the season with 4 wins out of 6 and I was praising myself for keeping faith in the players I'd inherited for a change, and then I got thumped, in what I'm calling My Moment to Forget, 4-1... by rock bottom Gloucester... at home. After this game I knew this tactic wouldn't work long term. You can not get smashed by such a poor side in that manner. Things had to change.

The Middle

    I will like to call this middle period: "The Period of Great Uncertainty and Change". Here I just keep changing the tactics, 4-4-2, 4-5-1, 4-2-3-1, 4-3-1-2... the list goes on and on. You name it, I probably tried it. Something wasn't right with the team. One game we'd look like Barcelona at the Nou Camp playing some Spanish minnows the next moment we were Grimsby Town FC bottling it in the National League Playoff Semi Finals (Thank God I don't have to live through that anymore). During this period many players came and went. I signed veteran players, I signed young players. I signed fast players, I signed slow players. I signed small players, I signed tall players. Trials, trials, trials... trials for so many people. I signed a 16 year old Goalkeeper from Donny Rovers for £7,000 after a single scout report. I don't know why. He ended up being awful when he arrived at training and I got a good look at him. Still, I played him about 10 games telling myself that "He'll outplay his stats" plus his haircut was too crazy for him not be a good player. He didn't outplay his stats and spent much of the season with the U18s. We were at panic station one. I don't know why I was panicking so much. I was still comfortably mid table despite all of this uncertainty. I think it was more of a case of if we got into a rut I was worried we wouldn't get out of it.

   Late into this period I had settled on a flat 4-5-1 with sometimes switching out to a 4-4-2. Scoring goals was never a problem for the team this season. Not conceding or even defending well on the other hand seemed to be an impossible task for the team. It was like I had given them this huge burden of not conceding a goal and it was always on their brains and they'd just do utterly stupid things when trying to defend. I think my favourite was when one of the four keepers I used at this point in the season decided to punch the ball into his own goal off a cross. I mean how on God's green earth does that even happen. It still baffles me. I think I released him after that match. The period continued with continued fluctuations in the results department but still the team never fell from their mid table location and finished with a massive 3 clean sheets in 24 games during what I call the middle bit. Oh and we got knocked out of all cup competitions to teams in lower leagues than ourselves. That was fun.

The End

    So The End part starts with the signing of a Goalkeeper. Who would have thought? I signed Jay Lynch and although he didn't bring me the clean sheets that I desire so much he brought a much needed stability to my back line. When he played I felt as though my defenders played a lot better. So he stayed in goal until the end of the season. We continued being mid table all the way to the end of the season. We had a sniff of a playoff position but the lads didn't fancy it and bottled the last 3 games which left us in our favourite position of mid-table. There isn't much to say about the end of the season really. It was quite uneventful but I did have My Moment to Remember, a 3-1 win against Altrincham who were top of the league at the time. I've identified the people I want to keep and who I want to move on. Defensively I think there will be big changes, the midfield I'm really quite happy with other than left midfield and the strikers also okay with but will pick up anyone that looks like an improvement. My largest aim next season is to try and bring some stability to the finances. The squad is far too large right now and the finances look very sad with a chairman that shows little to no ambition to helping me.

Cheers

Thanks for reading my update, let me know your thoughts on my team, my writing or anything else.

Dan

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Season  |       League                      League Finish     Achievements
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2017/18 |       Vanarama North              11th              Didn't get sacked or relegated

 

Edited by Sheep

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Season 2024/25 Review - Burgess Hill Town in Sky Bet League One

League Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances | Season Review

Isn't it amazing when everything just clicks?

I couldn't tempt more than two players to sign on - and a backup solution on loan - but it turns out refined tactical instructions for a proven squad cohesive enough to "be willing to die for each other" from the get-go can make you a mighty tough nut to crack. We're not the most prolific, no, but restricting space and trusting the long ball has yet to disappoint. For a team predicted rock bottom I'd say it's served us well! (Though looking at that list in general makes me seriously question the in-game media!)

We did have a brief go at 1st as Carlisle was a mere point ahead for the final round with a heavy loss to Rochdale behind them, but while they indeed only managed a draw we lost uncharacteristically 0-2 to Newport Co. Heads in the Championship already, lads?

On the 50% exciting/50% scary front, plans for a new stadium are under way. We are filling 5000 capacity Leylands Park every week so it's certainly needed, but if this all works like in earlier FM's we'll be locked into this new place for the next 20 years and I'm not convinced the board has the finances for a big project. Fingers crossed planning takes forever?

Promotion-Winning Starting 11

GK - Mark Smith
DR - Derek Docherty
DC - Kristopher Da Graca
DC - Jack Winter
DL - Jordan Cranston
MR - Herson Alves
MC - Luke Moran
MC - Liam Smith
ML - Mathias Coureur
ST - David Mulhall
ST - Koray Çetinkaya

Aim for next season: Stay up!

Season    League               Finish   Achievements
2024/25   Sky Bet League One   2nd      Promoted!
2023/24   Sky Bet League One   9th      -
2022/23   Sky Bet League Two   1st      League winners
2021/22   Vanarama National    1st      League winners
2020/21   Vanarama National    8th      FA Trophy runner-ups
2019/20   Vanarama South       1st      League winners
2018/19   Vanarama South       4th      Playoff semi-finalists
2017/18   Vanarama South       6th      -

 

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2017/18 Season Summary

Grays Athletic - 8th position

I entered the season expecting a struggle but we started off with a Shane Marshall lead start to be second early. Marshall my 16 turned 17 striker or left winger started with 7 goals in 7 games but was injured for a month in the 8th game. The season was up and down after that all mid-season I was in third. However scoring was always a struggle with lots of 0-0 draws which the team dominated play and chances without scoring. Marshall never returned to his early season form and was very wasteful in front of goals and ended up the season playing on the LW, still he did score 15 goals and is a huge player for the future. I eventually made the mistake of trying to go more attacking and was punished 5-3 (4-0 in the first half before coming back to 4-3 and conceding late) and 3-0 in consecutive games. I fixed the defence again to have three 0-0 games in a row but the chances of a play off spot were gone. The rest of the season saw mixed results with only a late flurry of goals from mid season recruit Tom Winter stopping us having the worst attack in the league. 

Nothing happened in the cups, FA Cup saw a terrible performance against Chippenham.

I played this season with a 4-1-4-1 but I am planning on trying 5-3-2 next season but I need to find some attacking full backs. I will keep the core of the squad, keeper Bogard, central defenders Fagbola and Lacey, midfielders Webb and Da Costa and striker Marshall. Some others will stay but more in back up roles if I can recruit the type of players I want. 

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XaW Congratulations on making the premier league.

Hypanimz  Well done on getting straight back to League Two despite a difficult season.

Warhawk Congratulations on the League win and promotion.

Scab congratulations on the promotion,.

So many people doing so well.

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People are really beginning to fly now. Congrats to all those promoted and doing well. 

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15 hours ago, XaW said:

Just got the TV deal. Silly money..... This is the current table. If anyone want any other screenshots of how things have gone in my game, feel free to ask.

Interesting that the teams in Premier have not really changed. Wonder if that is down to tv deal money. Tough to break into

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Season 2 - Mid season update...

I seem to be a bit slower than most of the others on here - and whilst I got promotion in my first season with Lowestoft, Season 2 is proving much harder. I still can't defend but still score lots - Scored 53 and Conceded 71 in 27 games! Highlights have been going 3-0 down after 7 minutes against AFC Fylde and winning 5-4 - lowlights have been being 1-0 up at half time vs Morecambe and losing 6-1....!

Cups have gone better this season, mostly due to favourable draws - my next game is a home game in the FA Cup to Premier League Brighton, although I've yet to beat a side above me in the pyramid to get to this stage. I fear a hammering.

I have just dropped into the relegation zone on New Years Day on goal difference, have had good runs and bad and don't feel any closer to cracking anything.

Made some decent signings, but with part time trainiung am finding it frustrating when trying to re-train positions.

 

EDIT - Got out of Brighton game with a creditable 3-1 defeat - led for 2 minutes briefly before half time before a couple of goals in the 2nd half won the game.

 

Edited by fairsy

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Afbeeldingsresultaat voor Spennymoor town

Spennymoor Town - Vanorama North - 2017/2018 [PROMOTION]

Upon joining the club I found myself with a squad that was nice and unbalanced: A few players were too good for the Vanorama North and a few were not even near first team level. After replacing the latter,  Spennymoor started the season off very well, led by pacy striker Matty Hamilton and midfield genius Rob Ramshaw. Expecting to be one of the weaker teams in the league, and with speedy strikers and wingers, the team relied on a counter attacking style of football, with a deep sitting defense, a target man and poacher up front and wingers hugging the lines. The counterattacking style of play led to the team massively overperforming, clinching the Vanorama North title to secure a 3rd consecutive promotion. 

 

Season Review 

The team did really well in the league, with no significant performance to mention in the cups. We didn't do too bad in the FA cup, which helped a bit with the finances, but we would have required another upset to really cash in there.  

End-of season awards

We see top goalscorer Matty Hamilton secure the player of the season award, despite being out since February. He is almost returning to fitness and hopefully can help us in the Vanarama National next season. Jack McNab surprisingly came in second, not being intended to be a starting player, with Lewis Knight brought in to be the main target man. However, with Lewis Knight taking almost half the season to find goal-scoring form and Hamilton's injury, McNab featured in quite a few game and the 31-year old always performed far better than expected based on his skilsset. 

League Table

Transfers

Key Player Profiles:

Matty Hamilton - Top scorer last season with 20 goals and 8 assists in 30 games and a 7.3 rating before a big injury ended his season

Rob Ramshaw - 35 games for Spennymoor with a solid 7.1 rating. His midfield performance was the start of many successful counterattacks

Jack McNab  - Played only 25 games for me, scored 10 times and if I remember correctly pretty much all of those were game-winning. 

Next Season 

Next season I hope to be able to stay up, even the strongest players in this squad wouldn't be first team material at most Vanorama National sides, and with the wage budget cut due to financial issues securing new players is going to be difficult. Quite a few players have contracts ending at the end of the 18/19 season, so I am expecting to rebuild the squad from the ground up before the 19/20 season. Hence I hope to have the time to scout some players, perhaps already bring in a few young talents who I intend to use as backup later. 

To be frank, at the moment of writing this update I have started the second season, 3 games in and 1 point so far. It will be struggle just to stay up this year. 

Career Overview

Season          League                      League Finish     	Achievements
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2017/18         Vanarama North              1st	  		Promotion              

 

Edited by Moriean

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How do you feel about the Brexit scenario you had, Warhawk? Mine came through and I had no change to current rules, which was a relief as I was already building quite the continental squad and scouting network.

 

 

 

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Just caught up on the thread. Been pretty busy with other games and that real life game so am a Bit late to the party for the first time in 4-5 years. 
Will get the game in a few weeks once my real life tycoon comes online and I will probably give Met Police another crack :)

Good to see everyone doing well already!

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I am in the middle of a protracted takeover. We have already had 2 failed attempts and now the 3rd one is upon is. This one is a consortium and I just hope it all gets sorted out soon.

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My board pulled of a great deal, getting Kettering as an affiliate club in which they share their training ground with us. Brings us from basic to adequate training facilities for the small price of £11k/year.

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3 hours ago, Moriean said:

 

To be frank, at the moment of writing this update I have started the second season, 3 games in and 1 point so far. It will be struggle just to stay up this year. 

Hoping this won't jinx it, but things are starting to look better after a strong run.

1 minute ago, Balahara said:

My board pulled of a great deal, getting Kettering as an affiliate club in which they share their training ground with us. Brings us from basic to adequate training facilities for the small price of £11k/year.

Wait, that's possible? I have always only pushed for senior affiliates because low level I don't see the use because you don't really invest in youngsters that aren't first team level. 

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27 minutes ago, Moriean said:

Hoping this won't jinx it, but things are starting to look better after a strong run.

Wait, that's possible? I have always only pushed for senior affiliates because low level I don't see the use because you don't really invest in youngsters that aren't first team level. 

I always push for affiliates in the off chance that something useful comes from it. Kettering are a team that gets promoted often so it I'll be giving them some decent players if they do get promoted next season to show my gratitude. My club value has rocketed after the partnership even though the training facilities aren't mine. Full details

A takeover attempt has been made by a fans group. I thought I was safe from this uncertainty after getting a consortium takeover a couple of seasons ago. Not even sure what a fans trust would mean in regards to ownership.

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2 hours ago, Balahara said:

How do you feel about the Brexit scenario you had, Warhawk? Mine came through and I had no change to current rules, which was a relief as I was already building quite the continental squad and scouting network.

 

 

 

Mildly disappointed, but I was hoping to play a save with a hard Brexit at some point, so I guess this one is as good as any.  Working on using the database editor to ensure a non-Brexit result for my new Eastleigh save though.

I hadn't yet expanded my scouting range beyond the UK & Ireland in anticipation that this might happen.  I'll probably use separate shortlists to handle UK vs. non-UK players once I do (probably the same setup I'm using now, which has one shortlist for every player with decent potential that I use as a clearinghouse to fully scout players then sort them into my good players & trash shortlists; I keep a shortlist of players I'm not interested in so that I don't re-add them to my initial shortlist when I'm looking through my scout's assignment reports).

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Relegated on the first attempt... take 2 with Hednesford!

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Things are going a lot smoother in League 2 this time for me. I have managed more points in my first 24 games than I did in the entire season last time I was here. Hopefully this form continues.

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Stafford Rangers

Season Report 25-26

League  Finances  Best XI  FA Cup  EFL  Checkatrade 

The squad promoted was given a chance at this level to see where we stood overall and despite a few hammerings along the way I was pretty pleased to come up 17th with no relegations fears what so ever . The only inbound transfer was the striker I had coveted for many seasons having terrorised Stafford over the years against Tamworth . Devante Rodney now leads the line for The Boro . The 27 year old who had scored 97 league goals for his previous club employers formed an excellent partnership with Peters and ended the season level with Cameron Peters as club top scorer though had played a game more.

As you can see from by Best XI I am not one for making drastic changes with players been at the club for several years though some of this is due to playing this as a local club for the local people and only signing players from inside the region. I am though hopeful of finding a new centre half partnership as too many mistakes from my current pair lead to avoidable goals conceded. Record signing James Hart could also be for the chop if a keeper is available following a ropey first season in League Two. Left Back Stuart Graham wants to leave for a bigger club though hopefully I will be able meet his ambitions and keep him at the club for the next few years.

Cups were pretty short and sweet , Stafford have yet to get to the third round of the FA Cup under my tenure this time going out in extra time to league one side Chesterfield after a replay.

Ten Year Regional Update (No Cup Wins within the Region)

Aston Villa    - Midtable Premier League Side , Promoted in 2020 from Championship

Stoke City     - Have started to drop down the table a little , Highest Finish in 2021 of 5th , Lost EFL Cup Final 2026

West Brom   - Generally in top half , Highest Finish in 2024 of 5th  (My main source of players)

Leicester       - In general decline, finishing lower and lower every year now and hanging just above the drop zone

Derby Co      - Have spent a few seasons in the premiership but now back amongst the top clubs in the championship

Wolves          - Recovering after a season in League One - Midtable Championship side

Forest           -  Another side who has dipped into League One for a season but bounced back straight away

Coventry      - Back to where they probably belong , playing out in the lower areas of the championship

Crewe           -  Have seen a bit of a resurgence and reached the League One Playoff Final this season. Producing good youngsters once again

Birmingham - Relegated from Championship in 2020 , from League One in 24 , Bounced back and relegated again - The Blues are having a torrid time

Port Vale      - Were steady in League One until 2024 but dropped down to League Two where they have remained

Burton         - Lost League Status and never recovered

Walsall , Notts Co , Mansfield have just rinsed and repeated - Pretty much same places as you'd expect them to finish

Overall Birmingham City have had it worst throughout the leagues , Colchester United been the most improved now riding midtable in the Championship 

  

Season	|       League	      |     Position	   |    Europe	  |      Top scorer        |    Achievements
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2017/18	|  Vanarama North     |       16th	   |      N/A 	  |  Harvey Knibbs  (15)   |   Avoided Relegation
2018/19 |  Vanarama North     |       16th         |      N/A     |  Harvey Knibbs  (11)   |   Avoided Relegation 
2019/20 |  Vanarama North     |       11th         |      N/A     |  Harvey Knibbs  (27)   |   Mid-table
2020/21 |  Vanarama North     |        5th         |      N/A     |  John Sampson   (29)   |   Lost in Playoffs     
2021/22 |  Vanarama North     |        1st         |      N/A     |  Jason Davidson (25)   |   FA Trophy Finalists
2022/23 |  Vanarama National  |       14th         |      N/A     |  Cameron Peters (33)   |   Avoided Relegation 
2023/24 |  Vanarama National  |       10th         |      N/A     |  Cameron Peters (22)   |   FA Trophy Winners
2024/25 |  Vanarama National  |        1st         |      N/A     |  Cameron Peters (29)   |   Champions
2025/26 |  League Two         |       17th         |      N/A     |  Cameron Peters (23)   |   Avoided Relegation

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The game has put my club in north league instead of where I started south.. is that really normal or what?

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7 minutes ago, Wells said:

eh just some few players I signed and my media prediction jumped from 20th to 7th.

They are on the ball in regards to knowing who has the best squad in this version. I was comfortable favourites for the title in Vanarama National even when I was just promoted from the lower league.

 

5 minutes ago, Wells said:

The game has put my club in north league instead of where I started south.. is that really normal or what?

They can rearrange some clubs so it keeps the north/south divide intact.

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6 minutes ago, Wells said:

The game has put my club in north league instead of where I started south.. is that really normal or what?

Yeah it can happen due to the location of clubs getting relegated.  Stourbridge's location is sort of borderline though generally would be in the North Division

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Kettering Town F.C

I was having a good form still on top but somehow i stopped winning matches.

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Suffered my heaviest ever league defeat in all my years of FM - lost 11-0 v Boreham Wood, the match kicked off I went to make a cup of tea came back and was 0-6 after 30 mins. My GK had sprained his wrist, so I subbed him off and had to put an outfield player in - he then shipped 5.

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2 hours ago, Hypanimz said:

Things are going a lot smoother in League 2 this time for me. I have managed more points in my first 24 games than I did in the entire season last time I was here. Hopefully this form continues.

The forum curse is still strong as I have only won 1 game in 8 since this post and I am currently 7 without victory....

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Season 20/21 - League Two

 

League Table - I guess I should be glad that I got promotion, but I was at one point 6 points clear at the top before a horrid spell saw those title hopes dashed.

 

Transfers - I was left with a barebones squad up until the sale of Dawson on deadline day gave me the funds to get reinforcements. However I had spent too much on wages and FFP sanctions hit, so I had to have a big sell off in the January window to keep things under control.

Cups - An early cupset to Championship Derby was the highlight. Was good getting a decent draw for third round, but just like the last time I faced premier league opposition, we didn't get close.

SquadPrince Oniangué was a rock in the centre of midfield and would be my player of the season. The fans player of the season for the second year running was Jonathan Johnson      , who will thankfully be staying another season on loan here. I owe a big debt of gratitude towards Crystal Palace for Johnson and buying Dawson for £500k. Maddison did find his shooting boots this year and delighted the fans with several long range goals. He ended up injured for a quarter of the season and that will have hurt our title chances immensely.

Finances - Not such a bad position here but this was taken right after the solidarity payment of 525k went in. I sold around £700k worth of players as well so I will need to continue selling in order to keep above water. Our final Expansion of Kirby Road Sports Complex is underway, as 5000 is the maximum capacity for it. Won't be filling that out anytime soon as our average attendance this year was 1,642.

I'm currently under a transfer embargo as the fans trust tries to rustle up the pennies to purchase the club. Is already the start of the transfer window so I am slowly seeing my transfer targets ebb away and it is making me resentful of my future employers. I'll be selling this chap for £900k to Swansea so once the embargo is lifted, I have a lot of transfer market activity to make up for.

Season	|       League	      | Position |    Europe	  |        Top Scorer          |    Achievements
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2017/18	|   Vanarama North    |  1st	 |      N/A 	  |Williams,Driessen,Duffus(12)|   Promoted as champions, VNN Manager of season
2018/19 |   Vanarama National |  4th     |      N/A       |        McKay(18)           |   Playoff finalist
2019/20 |   Vanarama National |  1st     |      N/A       |        Thompson (20)       |   Promoted as champions
2020/21 |      League Two     |  3rd     |      N/A       |        Johnson (24)        |   Promoted

 

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15 minutes ago, Hypanimz said:

The forum curse is still strong as I have only won 1 game in 8 since this post and I am currently 7 without victory....

I've got too scared to comment if things are going well.

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24 minutes ago, Swindon69 said:

I've got too scared to comment if things are going well.

I was going to post on something positive, but now I think I'm just going to wait until the end of the season lol

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Stourbridge Career Overview
1. 2017/2018 Vanarama South Position - 13th Avoided Relegation
2. 2018/2019 Vanarama North Position - 4th Promoted Via Playoffs
League Table Transfers - 20 in / 20 out

 

 

 

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Just when I was starting to get attached to my players. I feel the sack was harsh since my back line was ravaged with injuries and we had just dropped into the relegation zone for the first time after the previous game.

 

I think I'm going to go back and have a second crack at Weymouth back down south.

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So, I just paid $4,000 in a transfer for a 19 year old regen central defender who's already a League One quality player.  You'd think I was posting this to talk about what a great deal I got.  You'd be wrong.  I'm posting this because the entire reason this guy caught my eye is that he shares the same name as one of my current central defenders.  So now my defense is anchored by Niall Mason and Niall Mason.  Although, of the two, Niall Mason is a little better.

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26 minutes ago, Warhawk said:

So, I just paid $4,000 in a transfer for a 19 year old regen central defender who's already a League One quality player.  You'd think I was posting this to talk about what a great deal I got.  You'd be wrong.  I'm posting this because the entire reason this guy caught my eye is that he shares the same name as one of my current central defenders.  So now my defense is anchored by Niall Mason and Niall Mason.  Although, of the two, Niall Mason is a little better.

Mate what are you smoking over there? Obviously Niall Mason has the goods

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Urgh in a horrible slump atm won 6 in a row - now in a run of 2 wins in 9. Players can't pass - tackle or get shots on target.

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2 hours ago, Warhawk said:

So, I just paid $4,000 in a transfer for a 19 year old regen central defender who's already a League One quality player.  You'd think I was posting this to talk about what a great deal I got.  You'd be wrong.  I'm posting this because the entire reason this guy caught my eye is that he shares the same name as one of my current central defenders.  So now my defense is anchored by Niall Mason and Niall Mason.  Although, of the two, Niall Mason is a little better.

Only 2 Niall Masons. Only 2 Niall Masons. 2 Niall Masons. Only 2 Niall Masons. 

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The chairman I have is really stupid, he doesn't accept anything at all whatever you request.. 

He isn't going leave any times soon as he loves the club.. what a moron.

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5 hours ago, Warhawk said:

So, I just paid $4,000 in a transfer for a 19 year old regen central defender who's already a League One quality player.  You'd think I was posting this to talk about what a great deal I got.  You'd be wrong.  I'm posting this because the entire reason this guy caught my eye is that he shares the same name as one of my current central defenders.  So now my defense is anchored by Niall Mason and Niall Mason.  Although, of the two, Niall Mason is a little better.

You should really consider getting a Niall Mason backup in cases of injuries or suspensions. :)

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Season 3 - League table

Stourbridge Career Overview
1. 2017/2018 Vanarama South Position - 13th Avoided Relegation
2. 2018/2019 Vanarama North Position - 4th Promoted Via Playoffs
3. 2019/2020 Vanarama National Position - 8th Top half finish

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I have quit Stourbridge.. because the chairman has sacked me while I leaked to the press for his refusal of increasing wage budge, more scouts and affiliate club..

he never accepts any requests at all even asking to give me a new contract when I got promoted lol.. 

I have never seen a chairman like that, it was fun while it lasted, I will move on and maybe start new save, it is not worth the time continuing Stourbridge because of that moron chairman and he isn't going to leave anytime soon.

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