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On 6/26/2017 at 20:29, roseboy64 said:

Going to start this challenge this week. Was fun when I was doing it a few editions ago.

And so I do with Ashton United

 

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Dulwich Hamlet - Season 2018/19 - National League

First season at this level and my target was survival, while the board wanted mid table (bookies had us 18th)

League - slightly better than planned, defensively we were solid again (took us 5 games to even concede) but with added goal threats we broke into the top 5 after 15 games and never dropped out. Towards end of the season we looked well out the title race but a win away to leaders Hartlepool left us 8 points off with 3 to go, Hartlepool lost and drew while we won to leave us 3 off going into the final day. Wasn't to be as even though we won so did Hartlepool to secure them the title. In the playoffs we had Eastleigh (who did the double over us in the league) a good away performance saw us draw 2-2 before we raced into an early 2-0 lead in the home leg, despite a couple of scares we won 3-2 to progress 5-4 on aggregate. In the final we played Wrexham (draw and win in our favour in the league) a scrappy game was settled just before half time when Jordan Bowery pounced on a mistake. 1-0 and we were up!

FA Cup - made the 1st round buy league one Wigan were too good. We gave them a real game though

FA Trophy - a good run as we made our first ever final, took the lead twice but a red card for Kamara (his 3rd of the season) saw them come back and beat us 3-2. Frustrating

Transfers - my policy of not bringing in players durning the summer meant we were able to add quality through the season.

Squad - heroes the lot of them, need to upgrade a few roles for next season though

Finances - looking good after 2 trips to Wembley

Key Players

Jared Thompson - keeper signed on a free after Chelsea released him. 21 clean sheets in 33 games was great. 21 conceded in the others not so much

Sindri Scheving - Icelandic U21 LB signed from Reading on a free. 

Chris Smith - our rock at the back. On loan for the season from Ipswich and hardly missed a game

Savas Mourgos - our main playmaker, released from Arsenal but was a standout for us

Jordan Bowery - singed to provide some experience for the young forwards I had brought in and ended up with 20 goals and 7 assists

Career Overview 

Season		League		Position	Achievements

2017/18		VNS		1st		Champions
2018/19		VNL		2nd 		Promotion via playoffs, FA Trophy runner up		

 

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31 minutes ago, darren1983 said:

Dulwich Hamlet - Season 2018/19 - National League

First season at this level and my target was survival, while the board wanted mid table (bookies had us 18th)

League - slightly better than planned, defensively we were solid again (took us 5 games to even concede) but with added goal threats we broke into the top 5 after 15 games and never dropped out. Towards end of the season we looked well out the title race but a win away to leaders Hartlepool left us 8 points off with 3 to go, Hartlepool lost and drew while we won to leave us 3 off going into the final day. Wasn't to be as even though we won so did Hartlepool to secure them the title. In the playoffs we had Eastleigh (who did the double over us in the league) a good away performance saw us draw 2-2 before we raced into an early 2-0 lead in the home leg, despite a couple of scares we won 3-2 to progress 5-4 on aggregate. In the final we played Wrexham (draw and win in our favour in the league) a scrappy game was settled just before half time when Jordan Bowery pounced on a mistake. 1-0 and we were up!

FA Cup - made the 1st round buy league one Wigan were too good. We gave them a real game though

FA Trophy - a good run as we made our first ever final, took the lead twice but a red card for Kamara (his 3rd of the season) saw them come back and beat us 3-2. Frustrating

Transfers - my policy of not bringing in players durning the summer meant we were able to add quality through the season.

Squad - heroes the lot of them, need to upgrade a few roles for next season though

Finances - looking good after 2 trips to Wembley

Key Players

Jared Thompson - keeper signed on a free after Chelsea released him. 21 clean sheets in 33 games was great. 21 conceded in the others not so much

Sindri Scheving - Icelandic U21 LB signed from Reading on a free. 

Chris Smith - our rock at the back. On loan for the season from Ipswich and hardly missed a game

Savas Mourgos - our main playmaker, released from Arsenal but was a standout for us

Jordan Bowery - singed to provide some experience for the young forwards I had brought in and ended up with 20 goals and 7 assists

Career Overview 


Season		League		Position	Achievements

2017/18		VNS		1st		Champions
2018/19		VNL		2nd 		Promotion via playoffs, FA Trophy runner up		

 

Was thinking about starting this challenge with Dulwich Hamlet. What happened to youth academy challenge

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Just now, wicksyFM said:

Was thinking about starting this challenge with Dulwich Hamlet. What happened to youth academy challenge

I've still got it but feel like I've gone as far as I can, been lower half championship for 11 seasons now and with no even half decent prospects coming through the best I can hope for is more of the same. Decided to give this a go instead. May return back to youth only in time but we'll see. 

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Just now, darren1983 said:

I've still got it but feel like I've gone as far as I can, been lower half championship for 11 seasons now and with no even half decent prospects coming through the best I can hope for is more of the same. Decided to give this a go instead. May return back to youth only in time but we'll see. 

I really enjoyed that. Ive been looking at a few challenges and its either a youth academy challenge or dafuge. As its nearly july i think i will leave the youth challenge. wont complete it buy FM18.

Just cant find a team to do this with. Might just start in the vanarama south with Hampton and richmond

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6 minutes ago, wicksyFM said:

I really enjoyed that. Ive been looking at a few challenges and its either a youth academy challenge or dafuge. As its nearly july i think i will leave the youth challenge. wont complete it buy FM18.

Just cant find a team to do this with. Might just start in the vanarama south with Hampton and richmond

I've really enjoyed the youth only save but England can be a real slog at times, I'll probably attempt it again on FM18 but probably somewhere other than England. 

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1 minute ago, darren1983 said:

I've really enjoyed the youth only save but England can be a real slog at times, I'll probably attempt it again on FM18 but probably somewhere other than England. 

I will give it a go on FM18. Good luck with this. I will be following

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Met Police - Premier League 2029/30 - Season 13

So after finally reaching the Champions League the hopes were to get stay their though at least the Board were only expecting a Europa place but were wanting us to make it through the UCL Group Stage. The Bookies didn't give us much chance of getting top four again, with the Media Predicting we'd finish sixth. We also had two players who were in with a chance of being named Young Player.

Reputation - Last seasons success pushes us upto Continental rep and into the top half, we also just about made it into the European Top Clubs List.

Rich List - We climb 10 places to 14th ahead of German giants Bayern.

Club Rankings - We make our debut in 43rd which is not bad after just one season.

Transfers - Sales first as it was going to be a quiet season until Spurs offered me a deal worth up to ~£50m for wantaway midfielder Krneta, but City blew that transfer away giving me nearly £90m for Winger Akbulut (a deal that was enough to just about make the leading transfer list) which I couldn't turn down, then on deadline day MBoro gave me nearly £10m for Defender Ayovi and in Jan Liverpool took both of my backup full-backs for ~£30m.

In the Summer window I didn't really do much apart from raiding the English academys for some promising kids and bringing in some cheap kids once they turned 18, I also brought in Marcus Rashford on a free to add some experience. Then in January I spent my money splashing out a record £81m on World Class Italian Grande and then spending £25m on Spanish Wonderkid Rodriguez.

Leading Transfers - Grande pushes Akbulut off the list, though he should reappear once City activate one of his clauses, whilst Monaco broke the seven year record splashing £118m on Real's Brazilian Full Back. With the next eight top transfers all involving Paris which may explain why they have utterly dominated in France. Paris lead the way with six signings, followed by City, Utd, Barcelona and Chelsea with four, then their is us, Monaco and Bayern with one each. Paris also have the most sales with five, whilst three people make the list twice and the closest an English player has got is Carcel who was sold by Norwich to Barcelona who actually came through Forest's academy when they were in the Championship.

Community Shield - We started the season as we finished the last hammering City to claim the Shield for the first time in front of a record low which was 10K less than watched Leicester in the first season, with Fabricio quickly making the fans forget Akbulut who didn't even make the City squad.

Super Cup - Another strong performance against a City side who must be sick of playing us, though we just couldn't score not helped by playing on a stupid almost square pitch (90m by 70m!) so it went to pens where my Keeper again proved the hero despite having a stubbed finger saving City's third pen after they'd missed their second as we scored all four to claim our second European Trophy and a 'minor' cup double.

EFL Cup - We opened our campaign in the Third Round with a narrow 1-0 win over rock-bottom Forest. In the Fourth Round we entertained Arsenal and just about beat them thanks to a last minute goal from Fabricio who smashed home a nod down from a corner, though it was a star performance from my Young Keeper Perez that kept us in the game. In the Quarter Final we of course faced Man City yet again this season and what followed was a classic in a delayed game that took place on New Years Day, we went 2-0 down against the run of play thanks to two free-kicks before two late goals in five minutes pulled us level which sent the tie to extra-time, but promptly went behind again before Pinau-Beauvue drew us level again and that's how it stayed as we'd go to a shoot-out again and things didn't start well as we missed two of our first three kicks whilst City scored their first three, meaning they needed one to go through but my Keeper again stepped up saving Da Silva's pen (who'd missed in the Super Cup as well) he then saved the next two as we scored our two sending the game to sudden death where Young Midfielder Mohammed stepped up to send us through.

In the Semi-Final we faced Championship side Bournemouth and the First Leg went horribly wrong as we just didn't turn up and lost 1-0, thankfully we turned up in the Second Leg and smashed them with Grande and Traore both grabbing a brace.

In the Final we faced an Everton side who'd won the cup back in the second season but had lost two other finals since then. In the actual Final despite controlling the game we just couldn't score though most of our shots were wasted long shots though Winger Fabricio managed to miss two golden chances to win the match and in extra-time things got worse as record signing Grande got himself stupidly sent off, though it didn't really change the match as we went to our third shoot-out of the season and my Keeper again stepped up as we scored our first three pens, Everton hit the bar with their first, scored their second but my Keeper saved their third and then their fourth to secure a Cup 'treble' :)
 


Also rather weirdly within the last year we have won four shoot-outs, but in the same time have only managed to score four of the nine normal pens we've been awarded, whilst we saved two of the four we conceded in the league (the game doesn't seem to keep track of the conceded ones like the awarded ones).

FA Cup - Third Round we smashed Championship leaders Derby with Traore scoring a hat-trick though we did have to come from behind. Fourth Round we entertained Chelsea and in a close fought game were unlucky to lose after Defender Woods mistimed his jump late on leaving Chelsea's £100m Striker Mirza with a free run at goal - though weirdly despite scoring goals for fun he was reduced to a super-sub role this season for them, though he did still end up their top scorer. In the Final Utd beat Arsenal for their first win in four years and their sixth overall

Champions League - The Bookies didn't give us much of a chance, and we were third seeds in our group which meant we had what could be a tough group - Top Seeds were Ukrainian Champions Shakhtar who were at least the weakest Champions (and will be replaced by Belguim next season) who'd only made it out of the group stage three times but have been in the UCL every season so far. Second seeds were Portuguese Giants Porto who'd made it to the Quarters on three occasions, finally we had Danes Kobenhavn who'd made it to the Group Stages seven times but never made it past them.

Group Stage - We made a good start winning in Denmark, though our Home Debut went badly as we somehow lost 3-0 to a Porto side who only had two chances, thankfully we picked ourselves up and went to Ukraine to claim a 1-0 victory and then beat Shakhtar at Home to secure qualification with two games left, in the next game my second string were unlucky to draw to Kobenhavn after my Keeper bundled a free-kick into his own goal, we missed a pen had a man sent off and then conceeded with the last kick of the game :( Then with nothing to play for a weakened team went and beat Porto in Portugal.

In the Knockout Round we faced French Giants Paris, who despite their domestic domination had been poor in Europe losing the final once and losing three Semi's, though they had won the Europa League in their only attempt. With the First Leg at home despite controlling the game our finishing would again let us down, though a 0-0 wasn't that bad as anything but a defeat would send us through. In the Second Leg we got off to a great start as Lima bundled home after their keeper flapped at a corner, however our lead didn't last long as Paris soon equalised and then took the lead after half-time however late on Grande scored from close range to level the tie and sent us through on Away Goals.

In the Quarter Final we of course drew Man City and the First Leg didn't go well we fell behind after my Keeper flapped at a corner, Pinau-Beauvue then came off the bench to draw us level, before my Left Back got himself sent for a silly shirt tug and with 10 men we were unable to cope as City scored two late goals, though Lima gave us hope when he scored a longe-range deflected free-kick. In the Second Leg we played out a poor 0-0 as neither team could break down the others defence though our wayward shooting and inability of my Strikers to stay onside let us down.

In the Semi-Final City would then get hammered by Utd who would go onto the beat Spurs in the Final for the fifth all English final in a row and Utd's third in four years.

Premier League - Frustrating season as this was our best chance to win the league, City and Chelsea had poor seasons (with them both benching their star strikers), Arsenal started badly but recovered to very nearly pinch the title, as Utd's points total was the second lowest since the game started and would only have got them third last season.

We started the season off well enough keeping pace with Utd though both of us were behind a Leicester side who started strongly and by the time the Champions League Group Stage ended we were still third with eight wins, four draws and two defeats from our 14 games, however after that we just fell apart - December brought three draws, two defeats including a first win for Forest and just the one win over Leicester as we only managed three goals, which meant at the half-way stage we'd dropped to four nine points behind leaders Utd, four behind Leicester and level with Arsenal who'd played a game less and four points ahead of Everton.

The second half of the season started well as Grande grabbed a hat-trick on his league debut as we smashed Huddersfield 5-0 and even managed to miss two pens and was more goals than we'd scored in our last eight games, however that was a false start as we lost to Mboro and Soton and drew 0-0 to Spurs and Stoke.

In Feb we recovered to beat Newcastle 2-0, claim a good 0-0 draw at Utd before losing 2-0 to City and Watford which meant with 10 games left we were still somehow in fourth place but now 17 points behind leaders Arsenal, 15 behind Utd, but only six behind Leicester who had a game in hand, though the problem was behind us as City, Everton and Norwich were all on the same amount of points as us, Chelsea and MBoro were only one point back and 10th placed Stoke were three behind us, thankfully we'd already claimed a Europa spot which is what the board wanted so a bad end shouldn't have cost me my job.

Thankfully we kicked into gear in March beating Norwich 4-2 thanks to a double from Traore and new Striker Rodriguez, my second string then beat Wolves 2-0 and they then beat Arsenal 1-0 inbetween the City games, two late goals from Grande were enough to beat West Ham and with five games left we were still fourth - 13 points behind leaders Utd, 10 behind Arsenal, five behind Leicester, but only ahead of Everton by two goals, four points clear of Chelsea and five clear of City.

Next up we faced Chelsea and robbed them as Traore scored two injury time goals to secure an important win, though luck wasn't with us in the next game as we blew a 2-0 lead to draw against Everton as it was our time to conceed in injury time, in our next game we needed a late Rodriquez goal to claim a win over relegated Forest and with Everton losing to Utd we had a three point cushion in fourth we two games left, City and Chelsea could no longer catch us, whilst Leicester were just about catchable being five points ahead in third. Next week City did us a favour as they smashed Everton, but Leicester won leaving us pretty much in fourth of course we then went and lost to Palace to give Everton an outside chance of catching us, and in the final game we played out a dull 0-0 draw to secure fourth place, though we did have an anxious two week wait to see if Spurs would snatch our Champions League place if they beat Utd, thankfully Utd didn't let us down as they secured the real treble.

Stat-Pack - Goals was what let us down this season we had seven 0-0 draws (when you include the Leicester game), six 1-0 wins and five 1-0 defeats. We failed to score in 14 games and only scored once in another 11 games and their were only two games we failed to win when we scored twice. We were at least solid in defence having the third best defence and keeping a third best 19 clean sheets.

Manager Movements - It was a busy December as first Spurs fire Williams when they were down in 15th and replace him with former Bury Coach Sedgwick who they poached from Newcastle. Next up Liverpool fired Heckingbottom and replaced him with former Basel U19 Manager Wicky after they dropped into the relegation places but he didn't really improve them and failed at Bolton, Palace and Fenerbache. Next Chelsea fired Nagelsmann who returned to Hoffenheim with Chelsea struggling in 15th, he was replaced by Czech Manager Hubschman who spent five years managing Czech youth sides, before becoming Shakhtar's U21 Manager for six months before taking the main job where he stayed for five years but seems a little inexperienced for the Chelsea job though he did climb them back up the table. Then there was a bit of a shock as City fired Guardiola for the second time which was harsh considering they'd won the World Club Cup, Champions League and Prem in the last year, though they were down in 11th when he was sacked and replaced him with former Monaco Manager Jardim at the end of the season who won the World Cup with Portugal and dominated with Dortmund in Germany over the last four years.

Squad, Home and Review.

In Goal Russian Valery Yefimov had another solid season proving the hero in three shootouts, though he did make a few costly mistakes with the biggest one against City in the Champions League, providing cover was South African Daniel Mokhele who did ok but hasn't really pushed on and with his agent pulling out of contract talks he'll be moved on as I have Argentine Wonderkid Aldo Perez who put in some good performances and is pushing to be number one.

At Right Back Brazilian Attacking Full-Back Renato Quinhones had another solid season and is looking a bargain at £30m. At Left Back Irish Full-Back Alan O'Shea was also in good form well apart from picking up silly bookings.

At Centre Back was World-Class Englishman Matthew Norris who had an excellent season and continues his fine partnership with Strong Centre-Back Clive Wood and thankfully teams have stopped tapping either of them up (though as I type this Arsenal are now after both of them :(), providing cover was Simon Bennett who again a solid backup option though Chelsea want him back.

In the Centre of Midfield is where our problems started as Brazilian Luiz Lima had a poor season and with his contract up he'll likely get his move to Barcelona, playing alongside him was fellow Brazilian Jeferson who also had a poor season and is more interested in pushing through a move to City, and continuing the theme Russian Wonderkid Georgy Udaly also had a poor season offering nothing and all of them have a fight to stay at the club next season as I have some youngsters pushing for a place the best of them was Nigerian John Mohammed who had a good season and scored the third best goal in the Champions League, whilst Korean Kim Min-Kyoo showed glimpses of his potential.

On the Right Wing French Winger Ardiouma Traore had a mixed season he was woeful in Europe, but enjoyed the domestic cups and was inconsistent in the league but was somehow named Young Player of the Year? Providing cover was Norwegian Sigurd Larsen who did well when called upon but isn't really good enough and will be moved on once a youngster comes through. On the Left Wing was Brazilian Wonderkid Fabricio who started the season in fine form but then just utterly switched off in the second half and I expect a better season from him next year, providing cover was French Wonderkid Serge Diallo[/URL] who showed glimpses of his potential though I spent most of the season fending off bids for him and with the big boys tapping him up I doubt he'll be here much longer.

Upfront Frenchman
Gregory Pinau-Beauvue had an awful season as he just looked utterly disinterested, to give him a kick I brought in Spanish Wonderkid Alain Rodriguez in Jan and didn't quite make the impact I'd hoped for though he improved as he settled and I tend to give Jan signings a free pass until next season.

The other option I had was record signing Mattia Grande who became the most expense Italian and near enough single handly dragged us through the second half of the season, the only problem being I need to work out where to play him as I needed him both upfront and in Midfield.

Best XI - Shows how poor my Midfield was that none of my first choice trio made the team, though the rest of the squad was correct.

Overall XI - Couple of changes as Wood replaces Ballard in Defence and Traore replaces Larsen on the Right Wing, with Norris making the bench and he should make the team next season. Whilst thanks to a woeful season from my midfield Lesi somehow stays in the team, though Grande might replace him next season or one of my first choice if they turn up.

Prem Select - Traore surprisingly is named in the team and becomes my first player to make the team, though my defenders were unlucky to miss out.

Academy - Produced a timely player in Midfielder John Parker.

Finances - Slight loss last season after a net transfer spend of ~£25m, though the board have increased our sponsorships for next season from £18m to £40m.

Attendance - Rather disappointed we only managed to fill two-thirds of Upton Park, though it does tally with our newly expanded ground so at least we won't be seeing a loss in match income next season.

Profile - No real changes this season.

English Hall of Fame - I finally made it onto one of the Hall of Fame lists, becoming the seventh best English Manager of all time, as I have now won everything but the two trophies that are actually part of the challenge, I also haven't won a single thing twice.

Nationalities

24 ENG
5 BRA
3 FRA, SCO, ESP
2 RUS, KSA, WAL
1 ARG, COL, IRN, ITA, NGA, NOR, IRL, SRB, SVK, RSA, KOR, TRI, VEN

Squad Rules

Currently I have 7 FGN players, with a further 18 U21's, with a max of 17 Over 21's allowed.

For Homegrown rules we have 21 Club Grown and 12 Nation Grown with a further 14 due to become Homegrown.

Plans For Next Season

Hopefully we can push on next season, though it is a little weird to complain about a season where you won three trophies and finish fourth. Transferwise a World-Class Striker or Midfielder is the priority, though with only £50m to spent I'll need to sell off some squad or underperforming players.

Though attempts to sign World Class Players isn't going well Chelsea Listed Striker Mirza and I had a ~£50m bid accepted only for Monaco to blow my offer out of the water, two midfielders have wanted £300K p/w wages and another two stormed out of talks in the second round :(


State of The World

Championship - Cardiff also make their return to the Prem, reaching it for the first time in game.

League Two - Salford drop out of the Football League after just one season

National League - Blackpool return to the Football League after a five year absence.

Europa League - Schalke beat Villareal in Dublin for their first win and Germanys fourth. Arsenal could only make it to the 2nd Knockout Round losing to Leipzig, with Everton (Sevilla) and West Ham (Wolfsburg) losing in the 1st Knockout Round.

France - Paris easily retain the title whilst Marseille finish rock-bottom

Germany - Dortmund make it sixth in a row, with Leipzig a surprise runner up, also something weird seems to have happened as Schalke finished fifth and won the Europa League but it looks like they have failed FFP so their Champions League place seems to have gone to sixth placed HSV, whilst 7tn, 8th and 9th are all in the Europa League which seems wrong as England didn't get an extra place last season? Whilst Wolfsburg finish rock-bottom after being one point from the Champions League last season.

Italy - AC Milan finaly win the title, whilst Napoli finish second but fail FFP.

Portugal - Sporting win the title, Porto are second with Benfica third for the first time.

Scotland - Shock here as Hearts become the first team in 17 years to beat Celtic to the title

Spain - Real Madrid claim their first title in four years, A. Madrid lead by 36yo Harry Kane finish second ahead of Barcelona.

World Cup 2030 - Quite a few shocks this year as hosts Spain fail to get out of the Group Stage losing to Colombia and Albania, Holland failed to get out of a group containing Iran and Switzerland, England finished bottom of their group though they did have France and Argentina. In the end Italy beat Holders Portugal in the Final thanks to an extra-time winner from my player Grande :)


Leaderboard points (FM Mode)
(My Steam Username is same as here if anyone wants to add me)
(points / position)
Single Game: 7,055,964 (60,738)
Single Season: 1,489,941 (159,959)
Single Season England: 1,489,941 (92,558)
Single Season Premier League: 1,489,941 (91,011)
Single Season Championship: 961,478 (6,593)
Single Season League One: 683,801 (9,907)
Single Season League Two: 733,684 (1,204)
Single Season National League: 1,099,379 (100 :cool:)
Single Season National South: 436,272 (175)

Career Overview
 

Season League League Finish Achievements Leaderboard Points Av. Attendance
17/18 National South 11th -  10,825 246 (8%)
18/19 National South 1st Promoted - Champions!!! 436,272 / 447,097 270 (9%)
19/20 National League 1st Promoted - Champions!!! FA Trophy Winners 1,099,379 / 1,546,476 571 (16%)
20/21 League Two 16th - 42,187 / 1,588,663 1,095 (21%)
21/22 League Two 1st Promoted - Champions!!! 733,684 / 2,322,347 1,671 (30%)
22/23 League One 6th Promoted - Playoff Winners!!! Checkatrade Trophy Winners 683,801 / 3,006,148 2,902 (52%)
23/24 Championship 5th Playoff Finalists 153,622 / 3,159,770 5,530 (100%)
24/25 Championship 1st Promoted - Champions!!!  961,478 / 4,121,248 5,530 (100%)
25/26 Premier League 12th - 168,015 /  4,289,263 20,146 (100%)
26/27 Premier League 10th -  176,865 / 4,466,128 20,102 (99%)
27/28 Premier League 5th Europa League Qualification 189,720 / 4,655,848 15,055 (100%)
28/29 Premier League 4th FA Cup Winners, Europa League Winners  1,489,941 / 6,145,789 15,055 (100%)
29/30 Premier League 4th EFL Cup, Super Cup, Comm Shield Winners. UCL QF  910,175 / 7,055,964 22,261 (62%)

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Season Summary - XaW - Merthyr Town - 2021/22

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Table | Past Positions | Squad | Transfers | Finances

Another summer where I cleared out quite a bit of the squad, and brought in better players. The season started far better than expected and were in the top part of the table throughout the fall and in November I saw my old favourite Antonio Diaz were transfer listed by West Brom. I guess his adventure up the leagues didn't quite pan out with only a single sub appearance in the cup for them, so I thought I'd look at the possibilities to bring him back. The board sold him for £83k, and I managed to bring the sum down to £12k. So we brought him in in January! He scored in his comeback, but other than that his return have been less than expected. As the season went towards the latter part we were firmly in the fight for promotion, and we were close to the leaders Sheffield United. They had a horrible finish and only won 3 of their last 10 matches to allow us to overtake them to be crowned champions! A very surprising promotion, but I'll take it! It's going to be exiting to see how we are going to fare in League One next season.

In the FA Cup we lost to Peterborough in the 1st round. In the EFL Cup we beat Gillingham on pens before narrowly losing at home to Premier League outfit Crystal Palace in the 2nd round. In the Checkatrade Paint Trophy we were in a group with Chelsea U23s, Forest Green Rovers and Oxford United. We won once and lost twice and didn't progress from the group stage.

Some of the standout players we have at the moment are our two strikers Matthew Gillam and Rob Green, along with defender Jack Fitzwater and attacking midfielder Kyle Taylor.

Season	|       League	      |     Position	   |    Europe	  |      Top scorer       |    Achievements
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2017/18	|   Vanarama South    |       5th	   |      N/A 	  |    Marcus Forss (17)   |   Lost in the playoffs
2018/19	|   Vanarama South    |       2nd	   |      N/A 	  |    Ashley Pope  (31)   |   Won in the playoffs
2019/20	|  Vanarama National  |       7th	   |      N/A 	  |    Rob Green  (28)     |   Upper mid table
2020/21	|  Vanarama National  |       1st	   |      N/A 	  |    Rob Green  (23)     |   Promoted as champions
2021/22	|     League Two      |       1st	   |      N/A 	  |   Matthew Gillam  (30) |   Promoted as champions

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Season Summary - XaW - Merthyr Town - 2022/23

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The summer started with the usual clearance of players who no longer have the skill needed to play for us as we have rocketed up the divisions. We did bring in a lot of talented players to replace the ones we had let go though. I also managed to get a bit of cash for a couple of players as well. When the season started it went much better than I had feared as we ran away along with Bolton early on. I guess the difference between League One and League Two aren't that big. As we went towards the winter we had solidified our spot at the top though Bolton were never far behind and Birmingham had also gotten involved in the title race. The fight continued all the way until around late February, early March when we started to pull away from them. And with 5 games remaining the title was ours. The Championship are our playground next season and I hope we can keep improving to survive. With some of our cup results this season I have hopes we can stay away from the relegation battle, but I'm not taking anything for granted since we have gone up the ranks so fast. A lot of our players have been with us for several tiers, and I'm not sure how many will continue to play well enough at the higher level.

We are finally getting a new stadium after playing all this season in our 3.5k stadium. We are building a new one who will be ready after next season with a capacity of more than 10k.

In the FA Cup we beat MK Dons, Scunthorpe and Rotherham before losing to Newcastle after a rematch in the 4th round. In the EFL Cup we had an amazing run where we beat Wycombe, Crystal Palace, Barrow, Aston Villa and Brentford before losing to Man City in the semi finals. In the Checkatrade Paint Trophy we got a group with Shrewsbury, Chelsea U23s and Forest Green Rovers, almost the same group as last year. We won all the group stage matches to progress. We beat Wycome, Crawley, Exeter and Southend to get to the final. Here we thumped Chesterfield 4-0 to give us our first cup trophy!

Some of the standout players we have at the moment are our two strikers Jamie Coulson and Matthew Gillam who scored a total of 78 goals for us this season! Other notable players are right back Charlie Scott, a player who somehow just plays well even though I can't figure out why, box-to-box midfielder Andy Irving, who both scored and assisted far more than expected, and stalwart central defender Jack Fitzwater who just keeps getting better and better as we face tougher opponents.

We have also just produced the first youth player I think might have a great future in Martin Wesson. I'm not quite sure how I'm going to play him yet, as I think he will be a great deep lying playmaker, but that's a role I don't use in my current tactic. I might let him grow a bit in general before I try to steer him in a direction. Any suggestions are welcome here.

Season	|       League	      |     Position	   |    Europe	  |      Top scorer       |    Achievements
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2017/18	|   Vanarama South    |       5th	   |      N/A 	  |    Marcus Forss (17)   |   Lost in the playoffs
2018/19	|   Vanarama South    |       2nd	   |      N/A 	  |    Ashley Pope  (31)   |   Won in the playoffs
2019/20	|  Vanarama National  |       7th	   |      N/A 	  |    Rob Green  (28)     |   Upper mid table
2020/21	|  Vanarama National  |       1st	   |      N/A 	  |    Rob Green  (23)     |   Promoted as champions
2021/22	|     League Two      |       1st	   |      N/A 	  |   Matthew Gillam  (30) |   Promoted as champions
2022/23	|     League One      |       1st	   |      N/A 	  |    Jamie Coulson (40)  |   Promoted as champions

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Slough Town FC - 2026-2027

Crazy year and we definitely didn't do it the easy way but...Promotion!

League Table

We got off to a slow start as our offense sputtered with our best striker hurt. We sat in 17th after 7 games, but then things clicked and we climbed all the way to 2nd after 18 games. Another slump when my midfield got decimated by injuries dropped us to 8th but then 5 straight wins pushed us all the way to 2nd again. And then another slump with a 7 game winless streak dropped us all the way to 7th going into the final game of the season. We needed a win along with a loss and a draw from the teams ahead of us to reach the playoffs. We responded with our best game of the season, crushing Bath 5-1 while Woking and Billericay both lost away from home, sneaking us in on goal difference.

We got Hampton & Richmond in the first round, and a scoreless home draw sent us on the road for the second leg. There my defense came up huge with 2 goals off corners to give us a 2-1 victory to advance.

The final was played at Eastbourne Boro and, after a slow start and a fumbled goal allowed by my goalkeeper, we ratcheted up the pressure and took over the game, equalizing at the 60th minute and then taking the lead in extra time for a 2-1 win and promotion!

Cups

Cups didn't go terribly well. We won our first FA match at home against Enfield Town 1-0, then lost a tough draw at Dorchester 0-2. In the FA Trophy we got past Dover once again and beat up on Waltham Abbey 4-1 before getting crushed at Chester from the VNL 1-3.

Key Players

Left fullback Daniel Martin was our player of the year for the 5th year in a row (the fans are very biased towards him). He scored 3 goals and 9 assists, including our goal of the year on a sweet bicycle kick

Once again, loanee striker Shaun Patterson would have got my vote. 26 goals and 3 assists, including both goals in the playoff final. Really hoping we can keep him around another season.

Our defense was very solid this year, led by Graham Budd, who set a team record with 17 clean sheets in league play.

Finances

Yeah, not pretty as we are now insecure and 300K in the hole. The board has given me the same 6.5K a week for next season and I think they were on the verge of tossing me aside before we made the playoffs.  I'm going to have to try surviving on the cheap next season and see if we can't get a run in the FA Cup.

Next season, just survive and try not to go bankrupt.

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Season Summary - XaW - Merthyr Town - 2023/24

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Once again, a new tier and I didn't know how we would take the improved challenge. Turns out, don't worry the players will fix it. Last season we did great in the cups, but this year we went out early, so all focus was on the league for us from just about day one. We also went out swinging losing only 3 matches until December and were comfortably at the top, though Leicester, Aston Villa and Swansea were never far behind us. Going into January we had a very bad streak, but the other teams also struggled a bit so we didn't lose much from it. In February we played much better, but then we hit an injury crisis. We don't have many strikers, so when our 3 best ones got injured for most of March then we lost 3 games in row without scoring any. April saw us hit back a bit, but going into the final match of the season anything could happen. Our final match against Reading didn't go well when they got a pen after just 6 minutes and scored. We did hit back only a few minutes later, but the rest of the match we knocked on the door, but couldn't get past their goalkeeper so it ended 1-1. Looking at the other results I saw that Aston Villa and Swansea had drawn against each other, and Leicester hadn't managed to score at home to already relegated Brentford! This meant we are the champions! Premier League here we come!

We are also moving into our 10k stadium this summer, if everything goes well, so this will be a very exciting season for us.

In the FA Cup we got a rough draw and lost to Man Utd in the 3rd round. In the EFL Cup we lost to Burton Albion in the 1st round.

Some of the standout players we have at the moment are striker Matthew Gillam, though he was injured for the last part of the season, central defender Jack Fitzwater and midfielder Benjamin Garré.

For the youth watch, Martin Wesson got a couple of matches this season to keep his progression going. We also got in a new exiting midfielder in Kevin Stonehouse. Both are being tutored to improve both stats and personality.

Season	|       League	      |     Position	   |    Europe	  |      Top scorer       |    Achievements
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2017/18	|   Vanarama South    |       5th	   |      N/A 	  |    Marcus Forss (17)   |   Lost in the playoffs
2018/19	|   Vanarama South    |       2nd	   |      N/A 	  |    Ashley Pope  (31)   |   Won in the playoffs
2019/20	|  Vanarama National  |       7th	   |      N/A 	  |    Rob Green  (28)     |   Upper mid table
2020/21	|  Vanarama National  |       1st	   |      N/A 	  |    Rob Green  (23)     |   Promoted as champions
2021/22	|     League Two      |       1st	   |      N/A 	  |   Matthew Gillam  (30) |   Promoted as champions
2022/23	|     League One      |       1st	   |      N/A 	  |    Jamie Coulson (40)  |   Promoted as champions, won Checkatrade Paint Trophy
2023/24	|    Championship     |       1st	   |      N/A 	  |   Matthew Gillam  (19) |   Promoted as champions
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Season Summary - XaW - Merthyr Town - 2024/25

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Ahh, the Premier League, the pinnacle of Football! Now, how would my Welsh team do? Not that bad, actually. We started great as we won against Everton and Tottenham in the first two matches for some reason. Then we found out that we have some work to do as we played 5 games lost all and didn't score a single goal while conceding 14 goals. Welcome to the Premiership, eh? After the rough times we started to pick up some points here and there and we were never in any real danger of relegation, but we lost quite a lot of matches, and at times it effected moral. Some supportive talks helped out quite a bit, and in the end we finished in a very respectable 14th place. I think quite a revamp of the squad in necessary for us to progress since a lot of players have been with us up a couple of tiers now. I don't think that many players are good enough to help us climb further up the table, though we have some who definitely are. I hope to bring in some talents this summer to give us a bit more quality.

We moved into our new stadium this summer, but are filling it out from day one. I've gotten an expansion approved, so hopefully it will be big enough to satisfy demand. I've also started to improve our facilities now that we have a lot of money, so improvements should be done a bit into the next season.

In the FA Cup we beat Birmingham before losing to Stoke in the 4th round. In the EFL Cup we beat Bradford City, Northampton and Wolves before losing to Man Utd in the quarter final.

Some of the standout players we have at the moment are attacking midfielder James Johnson, defender Jake Cooper and striker Grant McIntyre.

For the youth watch, Martin Wesson are now a first team regular who plays very well. Kevin Stonehouse are slowly worked into the squad and are looking like he is improving a bit. We have a couple of others of notice as well in Rhys Collins, a very talented central defender. The most exciting though are one we just got in, John Michael, a very promising goalkeeper who rivaled our second choice from his appearance. When Kjetil Haug got injured I though why not give him a match or two towards the end of the season and he did fairly well for a 16 year old goalkeeper in the Premier League. I think he might fight for the main spot already next season, but he still have some things to work on. I'm mainly focusing on his aerial ability, so he is on a trampoline jumping all day to improve. Hopefully he will get a bit taller as he grows older as well.

Season	|       League	      |     Position	   |    Europe	  |      Top scorer       |    Achievements
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2017/18	|   Vanarama South    |       5th	   |      N/A 	  |    Marcus Forss (17)   |   Lost in the playoffs
2018/19	|   Vanarama South    |       2nd	   |      N/A 	  |    Ashley Pope  (31)   |   Won in the playoffs
2019/20	|  Vanarama National  |       7th	   |      N/A 	  |    Rob Green  (28)     |   Upper mid table
2020/21	|  Vanarama National  |       1st	   |      N/A 	  |    Rob Green  (23)     |   Promoted as champions
2021/22	|     League Two      |       1st	   |      N/A 	  |   Matthew Gillam  (30) |   Promoted as champions
2022/23	|     League One      |       1st	   |      N/A 	  |    Jamie Coulson (40)  |   Promoted as champions, won Checkatrade Paint Trophy
2023/24	|    Championship     |       1st	   |      N/A 	  |   Matthew Gillam  (19) |   Promoted as champions
2024/25	|   Premier League    |       14th	   |      N/A 	  |   Grant McIntyre (19)  |   Survived

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Season Summary - XaW - Merthyr Town - 2025/26

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Now that we had a boatload of cash before the season my board were generous enough to give me a very nice £50M transfer kitty before the season started. I brought in a broad range of players, both for the main squad and some talented youths. I also brought into a couple of Australians and some Norwegians who didn't get work permits, so they are loaned out while I keep on trying to get a permit for them. Most of them are getting matches for their national team, so hopefully they will be able to play for us within a short time. When the season started we once again have a pretty good start, but then faced Man Utd, Chelsea, Everton and West Ham closely after each other and struggled. As the season went along we settled in as mid table and stayed there for the rest of the season. Still, a great season for us, and any season where we finish above Liverpool and Tottenham should be counted as a success in my book.

We are getting another expansion of our stadium, so we should be able to house about 23k when it's done. We are also improving our facilities at the moment, so they are also improving.

In the FA Cup we beat Cardiff, Southampton and Reading before losing to Newcastle in the 6th round. In the EFL Cup we beat Millwall, Everton, Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday before losing to Man City in the semi final.

The best players in the squad this season have been Petrit Neziri, a striker I bought of Arsenal for £11M, long servering central defender Jack Fitzwater and Aleksandar Mitrovic, the former Newcastle striker I got in on a free transfer.

Youth-wise Martin Wesson is a key player for us now and starts every game he is fit for. The same goes for goalkeeper John Michael who played every minute of every game this season and are looking more and more like a rising star. Kevin Stonehouse are a backup player at the moment, but gets rotated in for some matches. Rhys Collins got his first taste of football for us this season, but mainly down to injuries. He isn't ready to be counted on yet, but he is coming along nicely.

Season	|       League	      |     Position	   |    Europe	  |      Top scorer       |    Achievements
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2017/18	|   Vanarama South    |       5th	   |      N/A 	  |    Marcus Forss (17)   |   Lost in the playoffs
2018/19	|   Vanarama South    |       2nd	   |      N/A 	  |    Ashley Pope  (31)   |   Won in the playoffs
2019/20	|  Vanarama National  |       7th	   |      N/A 	  |    Rob Green  (28)     |   Upper mid table
2020/21	|  Vanarama National  |       1st	   |      N/A 	  |    Rob Green  (23)     |   Promoted as champions
2021/22	|     League Two      |       1st	   |      N/A 	  |   Matthew Gillam  (30) |   Promoted as champions
2022/23	|     League One      |       1st	   |      N/A 	  |    Jamie Coulson (40)  |   Promoted as champions, won Checkatrade Paint Trophy
2023/24	|    Championship     |       1st	   |      N/A 	  |   Matthew Gillam  (19) |   Promoted as champions
2024/25	|   Premier League    |       14th	   |      N/A 	  |   Grant McIntyre (19)  |   Survived
2025/26	|   Premier League    |       9th	   |      N/A 	  |   Petrit Neziri (28)   |   Mid table

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Season Summary - XaW - Merthyr Town - 2026/27

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Before the season we once again got rid of some dead weights during the summer, we even got a bit of cash for a few of them. I also brought in some much needed quality in Dolberg and Carrassco. The real exciting transfer were the young French striker Ismael Celerier, but I failed to notice his work permit was denied before I accepted the transfer so I had to loan him out while applying for a permit. He did get one in January so I brought him back then, but his season was kinda done for. On the pitch, we played well and were for, for the most part, much better defensively than last year after a small tactic adjustment. We still sometimes suffer heavy defeats like 0-5 to Manchester City, 0-4 to Arsenal and 1-5 to Manchester United, but for the most part we didn't concede as much as last year. Going into the latter part of the season Manchester City had run away with the league with Liverpool and Manchester United trailing behind. After those three teams Arsenal, Everton, West Ham and ourselves fought for the 4th and final Champions League spot. With only a few games left Everton and Arsenal had fell behind and the fight was between West Ham and us. Before the final game away against Watford we had only a single point to go on. We took an early lead and won comfortably 3-1 to keep out 4th place and Champions League qualifying spot. We are heading into Europe next season!

I've arranged for a truckload of youngsters to come into the team in the summer, though very few have gotten a work permit. I think I'll be able to load out most of them and get a permit after some time. If not the fees are so small that I should be able to make some money anyway. We are once again improving our facilities and expanding our stadium. At the moment our capacity is about 23k and after the expansion we should have about 27k.

In the FA Cup we beat West Brom, Sunderland, Wolves and Liverpool before losing to Manchester City in the semi final. In the EFL Cup we beat Bristol Rovers and Coventry before losing to Manchester United in the 4th round.

The best players in the squad this season have been Aleksandar Mitrovic, a player I though would be backup but managed to fight his way into the team, Kasper Dolberg, our top scorer and our captain and right back Trent Alexander-Arnold who bombed up and down the right side delivering crosses to our strikers.

Youth-wise Martin Wesson is becoming an amazing midfielder for us and an important player for Wales. Kevin Stonehouse are rotated in and out of the team. Rhys Collins got some matches due to injuries and played so well he made the spot his own, he could be an important defender for us in the coming years. In goal John Michael are progressing great and his aerial ability are improving as well. He is now considered a wonderkid as well! I've added some new players and the first one is Drazen Juric-Bare. He is our own youth product, but came through our youth deal with NK Zagreb. This March we got three new talents in John Smith, Jack Edwards and Chinese Peng Dan who came through our youth deal with Shandong Luneng Taishan.

Season	|       League	      |     Position	   |    Europe	  |      Top scorer       |    Achievements
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2017/18	|   Vanarama South    |       5th	   |      N/A 	  |    Marcus Forss (17)   |   Lost in the playoffs
2018/19	|   Vanarama South    |       2nd	   |      N/A 	  |    Ashley Pope  (31)   |   Won in the playoffs
2019/20	|  Vanarama National  |       7th	   |      N/A 	  |    Rob Green  (28)     |   Upper mid table
2020/21	|  Vanarama National  |       1st	   |      N/A 	  |    Rob Green  (23)     |   Promoted as champions
2021/22	|     League Two      |       1st	   |      N/A 	  |   Matthew Gillam  (30) |   Promoted as champions
2022/23	|     League One      |       1st	   |      N/A 	  |    Jamie Coulson (40)  |   Promoted as champions, won Checkatrade Paint Trophy
2023/24	|    Championship     |       1st	   |      N/A 	  |   Matthew Gillam  (19) |   Promoted as champions
2024/25	|   Premier League    |       14th	   |      N/A 	  |   Grant McIntyre (19)  |   Survived
2025/26	|   Premier League    |       9th	   |      N/A 	  |   Petrit Neziri (28)   |   Mid table
2026/27	|   Premier League    |       4th	   |      N/A 	  |   Kasper Dolberg (22)  |   Qualified for CL

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Not sure whether I'll buy FM18, but I must say the list of eligible Dafuge teams next season (some never before seen clubs and the long-awaited return of Tiverton Town) might be the deciding factor!

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Tiverton Town will be eligible? Interesting..I grew up in Wellington, just up the M5.

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Met Police - Premier League 2030/31 - Season 14

So after securing Champions League football again, the board were now Expecting it again but at least only wanted us to get past the UCL group stage. With the Bookies giving us the chance of a title challenge whilst the Media Predicted another fourth place finish.

Reputation - We finally become a Worldwide side but are still behind the big boys and Leicester. In Europe we make the top page sandwich between those well known German giants Hoffenheim and Mainz.

Rich List - We actually drop a place behind Bayern, whilst Wolfsburg are an interesting entry considering they got relegated to the Germany second tier this season.

Euro Rankings - We just about make it onto the top page of the rankings as we climb up 18 places.

Transfers - It was a slow but eventually an expense season, as I said at the end of my last update attempts to bring in a World Class Striker or Midfielder proved rather frustrating, though in the end I did snatch World-Class Greek Midfielder Papadedes from Leicester for a reasonable £45m, then with nothing looking likely City transfer listed Striker Diallo on deadline day (seems he only noticed after the group stage drawing that City weren't in the Champions League) and with not much time left I spent what could be a club record £88m on him, I also had to pretty much max out every bonus clause I could to get him to sign as I couldn't match the silly wages he was on at City. Then in Jan I splashed some more cash on a couple of Wonderkids who I may have over paid for a bit but the problem we have is we are up against the FFP wage cap so whilst the board are giving me a massive transfer budget they give me a negative wage budget which really limits our options.

Saleswise I moved on several youngsters who weren't likely to get in my team for good money, whilst Keeper Mokhele was sold after refusing to sign a new contract, Rashford was let go to free up some wages, then Madrid pinch my Wonderkid Diallo who complained when I rejected their initial bid and was forced to accept their improved offer worth upto £50m, though of course when he left he then wondered if he'd made a mistake - which was his own fault for pushing through a move. In January I cashed in on Midfielder Jefferson who again wasn't impressing.

FA Cup - the less said about this the better my kids did me proud beating Burnley before my first team let me down with a poor performance against Newcastle where our finishing again let us down. It was no real surprise as Utd retained the FA Cup beating Chelsea in Extra Time.

EFL Cup - Some more good performances from my youngsters as we easily made it back to the Final, where we faced City for the fourth time in a final, and whilst we'd beaten them in the previous three finals we hadn't beat them since the EFL Cup win last season and had suffered a record 7-0 hammering to them in the League this season, however the final was sandwich between two important Europa League games for City so they played a weakened side (whilst my former player Akbulut couldn't even get into their weak side) whilst I had Striker Diallo out injured and Right Back Quinhones suspended.

Despite controlling the Final we just couldn't score and the game went to extra-time where forgotten man Pinau-Beauvue came off the bench to grab an assist and then scored what may have been an offside goal late on to kill the game as we finally won something for a second time :)
 


Champions League - We were forced to start off in the playoff round where we drew Turkish side Besiktas who'd never made it past the group stage and we thumped them 4-0 in the First Leg in our newly Expanded Ground as Striker Rodriquez scored half of his seasons goals in just his second game, the Second Leg wasn't a great game as we needed Grande to rescue a draw with a late goal but we were never in any danger of going out.

Having made it to the group stage the Bookies didn't give much chance and with no City this season they pretty much expected Utd to win it again. In the draw we were again third seeds but got some luck as Belguim Champions Anderlecht were drawn as our first seeds, who'd only made it past the group stage once, though they had made it to the Europa Semi's back in 18/19. The second team out were Spanish side Bilbao who'd made it to the Knockout Stage in three of their previous six appearances, whilst they won the Europa League in the first season, completing the group were German side Mainz who despite their Worldwide Rep were making their Champions League debut (and had only been in the Europa League in the first season) after finishing fourth last season, though Germany did cheat having five sides after Schalke won the Europa League but failed FFP which let HSV in, though it seems Germany have been underperforming and will only get three sides next season.

Group Stage - Our Opening Game didn't start well as Mainz scored a free-kick within a minute, however Diallo took advantage of a defensive error to open his european account for us, defender Norris then headed home a free-kick to put us ahead before Traore scored a late header to secure the win. In our Second Game we dominated play against Anderlecht but some poor finishing let us down before Pinau-Beauvue came off the bench to finally put us ahead with Anderlecht's Wonderkid Defender then scoring a late own goal to secure the points for us. In Game Three we hosted Bilbao and again despite dominating the game poor finishing cost us as Bilbao scored from their only chance after we switched off from our own free-kick, in the second half Fabricio at least rescued a point. In Game Four we went to Spain and won a crazy game 6-3 as our attackers finally turned up, whilst our defence went walkabout but we had secured qualification, which was good because in Game Five we went to Germany and got thrashed as my defence decided to take November off - we conceeded 18 goals in six games, which was bad considering we'd only conceed nine in  the previous 14 games this season. My kids at least recliamed some price in the Final Game as they easily beat Anderlecht to secure first place. Elsewhere Leicester had a torrid time finishing bottom of their group as they let England down.

In the Knockout Round we faced France side Lyon who's last two campaigns had been ended in the Quarters by the Manchester clubs, whilst they reached the Europa League Final back in 2027. With the First Leg in France things couldn't have gone easier as we smashed them Diallo opened the scoring early on and then things went worse for Lyon as their Midfielder Aerts was sent off for a two footed lunge, and in the second half Diallo scored twice more to secure his only hat-trick. In the Second Leg Diallo scored an early goal to kill the tie, whilst Pinau-Beauvue came off the bench to extend our lead before we switch off in the last five minutes allowing Lyon to claim a draw.

In the Quarter Finals we would face Real Madrid who'd only made the Final one losing to Utd and had rather interestingly been knocked out by Barcelona five times, they'd also lost to English sides five times. Whilst they beat Spurs in the Europa League back in 2026. With my team out of form I'd recently switched back to a basic 4-4-1-1 formation (that everyone else seems to be using) and with the First Leg at Home it worked wonders as we smashed Madrid - we fell behind early on before a Grande double either side of half-time put us ahead, I then made a tactical switch moving Fabricio upfront to replace Hinshelwood who was struggling (Diallo was out injured again) and bringing Rodriguez on to play on the left and that worked as Fabricio grabbed a brace whilst Rodriguez got a goal and an assist, though Madrid did pull one back in injury time. The Second Leg was more of a cagey affair but a Fabricio goal midway through the first half all but killed the tie, and whilst Madrid levelled on the night they never looked like scoring the other three they needed. Whilst in the other Quarter Finals there were a few shocks as Benfica knocked out Paris, Juventus knocked our Arsenal and Barcelona beat Utd on pens, meaning for the first time in six years their wouldn't be an all English final as we were the last ones left and surely this was our best chance of securing the trophy.

In the Semi-Final we drew Benfica who'd made it this far twice before only to lose to Arsenal (2017) and Utd (2023) so the omens were good. With the First Leg at Home we played out a nervy 0-0 draw as we missed a couple of golden chances but at least we didn't conceed an away goal however the bad news was Grande did his knee in and would be out for the season. In the Second Leg after another nerby first half we finally produced the goods in the second half as two goals in a minute from Diallo finally broke Benfica and then Papadedes scored his third goal in a week as he stepped up in Grande's absence having been moved further forward.

Having booked our place at Hampden Park we would face Barcelona who were the last non-English side to reach the Final, having lost two of them to City, and whilst they did lift it back in 2020 beating Arsenal they'd been knocked out by an English side every season since so again good omens. Going into the Final we were at near full strength with Grande the only player out, though he was just about fit enough to make the bench.

In the Final we got off to a great start as Fabricio scored a fine header after Barcelona failed to clear a corner and then Diallo helped repay his transfer fee just before half-time taking advantage of a mixup in defence (or a bug), which was good as Barcelona pulled one back straight from the kick-off, however after that the pressure didn't come and with the ref deciding to book nearly everyone I was dreading the red card, however instead it was Barcelona who were reduced to 10 men as Renato Sanches (who turned us down this season to join Barcelona from City) got a second yellow and allowed us to comfortably see out the game to lift the Champions League :cool: which completes one half of the challenge and actually pleased the board, whilst our 36 goals were a new competition record.
 


(couldn't be bothered doing vids of all the games this time, as it takes too long to upload them).

Premier League - Another frustrating season as we just cannot seem to push past fourth place. We started the season well enough winning five and losing just two of our first 10 games, which left us fourth but already six-eight points behind the top three who were flying. We then fell apart getting hammered 7-0 by City for a record defeat as we just gifted them goal after goal and conceeded as many goals in that game as we had done so far this season, next up we got beat by Utd but only 2-1 as we didn't bother to defend corners so I switched from 4-2-3-1 back to a flat 4-3-3 and that brought a narrow 2-1 win over Arsenal before we smashed Cardiff 6-0 with Pinau-Beauvue grabbing all of his league goals for the season in one game and hammered Burnley 5-0, winning both games with just 10 men each, we then beat West Ham and put three past Everton for only their second defeat of the season, but then over Christmas we drew to Norwich and lost to Newcastle.

So at the half-way point we were fourth, nine points behind City (who had a game in hand), five points behind Utd (who had four games in hand!), five behind Everton, but only ahead of Liverpool on goal difference and two points clear of MBoro, whilst Newcastle who'd just beaten us were six points behind but had two games in hand. Thankfully our form returned in the New Year as we claimed four wins in our next six games, beating a struggling Chelsea and drawing to Liverpool and Spurs.

Going into February everyone's games in hand had been played, so with 24 games gone we were still fourth, now 19 points behind Utd, 13 behind City, seven behind Everton, but six ahead of Arsenal so no-one was going anywhere for a while. However with the Champions League back our league form died as we lost to Leicester and Palace, drew to MBoro before being beaten 3-1 by City after missing a pen and we then got hammered 5-1 by Utd, which saw us drop down to sixth below Arsenal and Palace though they both had played an extra game.

So with us out of form I switch from 4-3-3 to an old 4-4-1-1 formation and that seemed to change things as we beat Stoke and beat Arsenal 3-2 to reclaim fourth with six games left - we were now three points clear of Arsenal, but were nine points behind Everton, 14 behind City (who had two games in hand), whilst Utd were an unreachable 25 points ahead. In between the Madrid games my kids did me proud beating Cardiff and Burnley before losing to West Ham.

With just three games left Everton were just about catchable being seven points ahead, but Palace were only one point behind us in fifth, whilst Arsenal were five back. Next up we went to Newcastle and whilst it was between the Benfica games I had to field my strongest side and Greek Midfielder Papadedes stepped up scoring his first two goals for the club after moving forward to replace the injured Grande and with Palace blowing a 2-0 lead to draw at Watford we had the advantage, though of course we then blew that drawing 0-0 against Norwich as Palace beat Spurs leaving us just one point clear with one game left which was against an Everton side with nothing to play for, however my players clearly had an eye on the Champions League Final and we didn't play well going behind early on before Hinshelwood came off the bench to at least claim a draw, though it didn't really matter as Palace conceeded an injury time goal against Liverpool to lose.

Whilst down at the bottom Leicester had a poor season not help by ourselves and Utd poaching their two best players :)

Manager Movements - Derby went through three managers this season and still finish rock bottom. A poor season for Arsenal cost Gallardo his job and he was replaced by Edgar Barreto who'd impressed at Leipzig after they lured him from Juventus. Chelsea fired Hubschman after less than a year in the job replacing him with former Dortmund boss Tuchel who'd been fired by Bayern 10 months ago. Leicester harshly fired Lennon after nearly seven years replacing him with Markus Babbel who'd done well with Mainz. Spurs fired Sedgwick who then took the Bilbao job which seems a weird choice, but replaced him with Gibraltarian Jansen Moreno who was their U18 Data Analyst!

Stat-Pack - Our most common result was a 1-1 draw, followed by 2-0 win and a 2-1 win. We had the fourth highest goals this season, but conceded the joint sixth most - though 17 of our 41 goals conceded did come against City and Utd.

Squad, Home & Review

In Goal I gave Argentine Wonderkid Aldo Perez the nod but he didn't really impress as he had an error prone season, providing cover was Russian Valery Yefimov who had an even worse season and looks like a new keeper is top of my wishlist next season.

At Right Back Brazilian Renato Quinhones was in good form and even scored a rare goal, provding cover was Suadi Waleed Zoulan who proved to be a solid backup. On the Left was Explosive Irishman Alan O'Shea who had a solid season, covering for him was Spanish Wonderkid Juan Pedro who was also in good form and my fullback positions at least look sorted.

At Centre-Back was World-Class Englishman Matthew Norris who had an excellent season as did his partner Clive Wood, providing cover was my other Englishman Simon Bennett who had a decent season but isn't ever going to challenge my first choice pairing, though all of these are only described as Good Prem players so I might need to replace them at some point with better players.

In the Centre of Midfield in came World Class Greek Kyriakos Papadedes who had a solid season and in Jan I snapped up Argentine Luis Ramirez to add a bit more steel to my side and he hit the ground running. Providing cover was Brazilian Luiz Lima who again didn't really impress nor did Russian Georgy Udaly and I might move them both on to free up some funds as I now have plenty of midfielders.

On the Right Wing was French Winger Ardiouma Traore who had a good season as he finally started to show what he could do, providing cover was Norwegian Sigurd Larsen who did well when called upon but isn't really good enough so I let him get his big money move to Spain, and which funded the move for Wonderkid Ross Ramsey who is already better than him and looks like he could be a great player.

On the Left Wing was Brazilian Fabricio who was in excellent form as he also rediscovered his form and was named Young Player of the Year as we claimed the award for the third year in a row, providing cover was Trinidad Youngster Colin James who impressed in the cups, though of course I did have a bit of a problem when I switched to 4-4-1-1 as I don't have any proper LM players, with Spanish Striker Alain Rodriguez being the best player I had for that position and played better their aswell though he was so bad upfront it was hard for him to be worse in midfield.

Playing as my Attacking Midfielder was World Class Italian Mattia Grande who had an excellent season as he pulled the strings in midfield and his 17 assists are a new club record beating the 15 set by Gori back in 2022. He also became our first player to make the World Team and was named Third Best player in Europe.

Upfront big money was spent on World-Class French Striker Ladji Diallo and whilst he didn't quiet hit the heights I'd hope for (loads of niggling injuries didn't help - he picked up eight injuries over the season keeping him out for ~3 months total) though his goals in the Champions League paid back most of his fee as he came third in the race for the Golden Boot and with less matches, he also claimed a rare Goal of the Month as he scored a nice goal from distance. Providing cover was Academy Striker Chris Hinshelwood who was given a chance after impressing on loan and put in some good performances and becomes my first academy Wonderkid :cool: The other option I had upfront was Frenchman Gregory Pinau-Beauvue who again failed to impress - all his league goals came in one game against Cardiff, though he did at least win us the EFL Cup after coming off the bench, and rather bizarrely Arsenal seem to want him back.

Prem Select - Wood and Grande make the team, though Norris is cruelly left out despite playing better than Wood in the same amount of games, Quinhones was also cruelly left out despite rating the same as the selected RB but with more games.

Champions League Dream Team - Though half of my side at least made this award, though both Fabricio and Diallo were unlucky to miss out.

Best XI - About right considering the formation changes, though Udaly was lucky to get in the side as Ramirez would have got in if he'd been here all season.

Overall XI - Couple of changes this season as Norris replaces Alberg in Defence, Lima finally replaces Lessi, though Mohammed was a weird pick to replace Porter though I expect Grande should make the side next season, whilst for some reason Pejakovic randomly replaced Akbulut on the Left despite having played less games with a worse rating he also retired five years ago, I can only assume a players current position rating affects this, which may explain why Fabricio is only on the bench as well.

Academy - No good players through this season as we are still only Level 2, though I did get Jack Stubbs who can play anywhere down the middle.


Finances - Despite the crazy transfer spending things are still good, whilst the game stated we'd fail the FFP wage rules until we got the prize money.

Shirtsales - Bit of a surprise as Diallo doesn't seem that popular with the fans.

Expansion - The board approve another expansion of our ground, boosting it to 30K which means we should no longer have the smallest ground next season, though it needs to be much bigger to compete with the top sides.

Profile - I made it to 700 games this season, I was also offered the England job again, whilst my reputation increases slightly.

Hall of Fame - I become the third best English Manager, though there seems to be a real lack of good English Managers as only myself and Hodgson have won anything this century.

Nationalities

28 ENG
4 BRA, ESP
3 FRA
2 ARG, RUS, KSA, SCO, WAL
1 BEL, CRO, GRE, NED, IRN, ITA, NGA, NOR, IRL, SRB, TRI

Squad Rules

Currently I have 9 FGN players, with a further 13 U21's, with a max of 17 Over 21's allowed.

For Homegrown rules we have 23 Club Grown and 13 Nation Grown with a further 24 due to become Homegrown.

Plans For Next Season

So with the Champions League secured the only priority from now on is the league, though I have no idea how we'll get past Man Utd best bet is to wait for Mourinho to retire or take an International job.

Transferwise the priority is a World-Class Keeper and possibly a World-Class Centre-Back ability wise rather than rep wise.


State of The World

National League - Dulwich nearly get promoted to the Football League losing the Playoff Final to my Feeder Club Boston. Stourbridge are also embarking on the challenge winning the North League

Europa League - Of course Man City win this beating Mainz in the Final. Chelsea lost in the Semi's to City, whilst Everton made it to the Second Knockout Round losing to Inter.

France - Paris retain the title again, with Monaco just behind them, whilst 30 odd points back are Saint-Etienee and Caen who are both surprise UCL qualifers.

Germany - Dortmund make it seven in a row, whilst Europa League side Hoffenheim finish rock bottom.

Italy - Inter claim their first title since the first season, just about beating AC and Juventus

Portugal - Benfica reclaim their title beating Sporting by one point.

Scotland - Celtic reclaim their title, with Hamilton second, whilst holders Hearts struggle to 6th and would have finished ninth if not for the split.

Spain - Barcelona reclaim the title with Real struggling to finish fourth.

World Cup 2030 - Quite a few shocks this year as hosts Spain fail to get out of the Group Stage losing to Colombia and Albania, Holland failed to get out of a group containing Iran and Switzerland, England finished bottom of their group though they did have France and Argentina. In the end Italy beat Holders Portugal in the Final thanks to an extra-time winner from my player Grande :)


Leaderboard points (FM Mode)
(My Steam Username is same as here if anyone wants to add me)
(points / position)
Single Game: 8,159,908 (49,864)
Single Season: 1,489,941 (159,959)
Single Season England: 1,489,941 (92,558)
Single Season Premier League: 1,489,941 (91,011)
Single Season Championship: 961,478 (6,593)
Single Season League One: 683,801 (9,907)
Single Season League Two: 733,684 (1,204)
Single Season National League: 1,099,379 (100 :cool:)
Single Season National South: 436,272 (175)

Career Overview
 

Season League League Finish Achievements Leaderboard Points Av. Attendance
17/18 National South 11th -  10,825 246 (8%)
18/19 National South 1st Promoted - Champions!!! 436,272 / 447,097 270 (9%)
19/20 National League 1st Promoted - Champions!!! FA Trophy Winners 1,099,379 / 1,546,476 571 (16%)
20/21 League Two 16th - 42,187 / 1,588,663 1,095 (21%)
21/22 League Two 1st Promoted - Champions!!! 733,684 / 2,322,347 1,671 (30%)
22/23 League One 6th Promoted - Playoff Winners!!! Checkatrade Trophy Winners 683,801 / 3,006,148 2,902 (52%)
23/24 Championship 5th Playoff Finalists 153,622 / 3,159,770 5,530 (100%)
24/25 Championship 1st Promoted - Champions!!!  961,478 / 4,121,248 5,530 (100%)
25/26 Premier League 12th - 168,015 /  4,289,263 20,146 (100%)
26/27 Premier League 10th -  176,865 / 4,466,128 20,102 (99%)
27/28 Premier League 5th Europa League Qualification 189,720 / 4,655,848 15,055 (100%)
28/29 Premier League 4th FA Cup Winners, Europa League Winners  1,489,941 / 6,145,789 15,055 (100%)
29/30 Premier League 4th EFL Cup, Super Cup, Comm Shield Winners. UCL QF  910,175 / 7,055,964 22,261 (62%)
30/31 Premier League 4th Champions League Winners. EFL Cup Winners 1,103,944 / 8,159,908 22, 478 (99%)

 

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Thinking of having a bash at this for the first time. I've picked one of Dafuge's saves in the OP, and I'm plumping for Blyth Spartans, who are my non-league team anyway, Normally have a save with them, but haven't as yet on FM17. :)

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Merthyr Town - 2031/32

Championship - 1st

Overview

It's been a little while since I posted, mostly due to apathy. I was becoming a little bored with my save as I went through five seasons where I was trapped in a loop of only being good enough for the playoffs and not getting past the semi finals. This was driven by having to support a wage bill with sales of players. This meant every year I transferred a couple of players for big fees, replacing them with similar ability players for smaller amounts. However, the profit made here was eaten by the wage bill and therefore I was unable to significantly improve the standard of the team. The side was good but needed a jump in quality to make the step up to the premier league.

It looked like the above pattern would be repeated this season as I struggled to make signings during June. My expectation was to go into the new season with largely the same squad as last. At the start of July however players returned from loan spells and a number of quality players were transfer listed by their clubs. I was able to pick up two strikers, Smith and Wright for 1.4m and 1.5m from Arsenal and Man Utd as well as defenders Hall and Bell for 1.2m and 4.8m from the same clubs. This was bankrolled largely from the sale of midfielder Bryan Tierney to Palace for 9m. These four additions pushed the standard of the team up a notch and importantly gave me an impressive centreback partnership which had been lacking for years. The players gelled and finally we put form together for automatic promotion. We even managed to throw away a ten point lead with poor form at xmas and then recoup the advantage again by the end of the season.

The Team

  • GK - Chris Saunders - Signed as an 18 year old from West Brom. The ex-England u20 keeper has been first choice for four seasons but won't be good enough for the Premiership.
  • FB - Josh Vincent - A pacy young full back signed from Wolves three years ago. Was the player of the season last year.
  • CB - Trevor Davis - Davis signed from Man Utd six seasons ago and accrued 224 games.
  • CB - Toby Bell - Signed from Man Utd last summer for 4.8m. Formed a solid partnership with Davis at the back.
  • FB - Marc Hall - A bargain from Arsenal last summer at 1.2m, the rapid fullback was excellent. 
  • DM - Robbie Black - England u21 holding midfielder arrived four years ago from Watford. He is getting a bit stroppy about a new contract..
  • CM - Michael Kelly - Kelly was a revelation this season and earnt a callup by England for the European championships. I was looking to offload him last summer without success so returned him to the team where he excelled.
  • CM - Harrison Whild - ex-Chelsea striker Whild arrived two seasons ago. He played as a number 10 last season but was converted to play the creative midfield role this season. Called up by England towards the end of the season.
  • CM - Chris Holmes - A 3.8m signing from West Ham last summer. He was a full back but I figured he would fit a left sided midfield role and converted him.
  • DLF - Billy Wright - 30 goals was an impressive return for Wright playing in the deeper lying forward position. He was a signing last summer from Man Utd for 1.5m.
  • AF - Daniel Smith - Smith arrived from Arsenal last summer for 1.4m and hit 29 goals.

 

Record

 

Season          League                                   League Finish     Achievements
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2017/18         Vanarama National League South           7th              
2018/19         Vanarama National League South           3rd              Playoff Finalists
2019/20         Vanarama National League South           1st              Champions, Promoted, FA Trophy Winners
2020/21		Vanarama National League		 1st		  Champions, Promoted
2021/22		League Two				 2nd		  Promoted
2022/23		League One				 7th		  
2023/24		League One				 7th		  
2024/25		League One				 1st		Champions, Promoted		  
2025/26		Championship				 13th				  
2026/27		Championship				 3rd		Playoff Semi-Finalists, League Cup Semi-Finalists		  
2027/28		Championship				 6th		Playoff Semi-Finalists		  
2028/29		Championship				 4th		Playoff Semi-Finalists		  
2029/30		Championship				 7th				  
2030/31		Championship				 6th		Playoff Semi-Finalists	  
2031/32		Championship				 1st		Promoted, Champions, FA Cup Finalists		  

 

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On 11/15/2016 at 21:25, fairsy said:

Feel a bit p155ed off with this challenge - was doing ok in first season in conference with Lowestoft after promotion - 41 points after 32 games and comfortable in lower mid table......and then the new patch was downloaded and my season instantly crashed. Seems 3 at the back was totally ruined by the new (undisclosed) match engine changes.

So I then proceeded to lose 4 games in a row, conceding 14 goals in the process from about 7 CCCs.....I changed some bits about and thought I had craked it and picked up 7 points from 3 games, leaving me with 48 points from 39 games.......and then I lost the last 7 games conceding 22 goals and scoring just 8.

Before the patch
P32 - W12 D5 L15 - F66 A79
Post patch
P14 - W2 D1 L11 - F20 A39

I was subsequently sacked and currently have no interest in starting back up again as am frustrated with the game. Was really enjoying the challenge and felt I was making good preogress and building a good squad which would have gone on to be succesful.....but when it was based around 343 and I had no full backs it was hard to make any changes to the style and I was buggared

I have recently placed my toys back in the pram and have given this another go with Lowestoft.

Currently just after Xmas in my 3rd season and in the play off zone for promotion into the football league. The club is haemorrhaging money on a monthly basis, and despite a lucrative FA Cup draw vs Southampton, and a 4-4 draw at Crown Meadow the replay wasn't on the TV and I lost 1-0 in front of 16k so have had a little boost.

I've come up to an issue with loan players where their loans have expired in January but I am not able to re-loan them as a loan can not run into a period where the loaning clubs transfer window won't be open. It's incredibly frustrating that 3 of me key players have gone back to parent clubs and I can't replace them with the same quality.

 

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On 7/23/2017 at 16:02, Tecmo said:

Well that's a bit ridiculous

 

 

Wow I've never seen 3 in a row before, 3 in 4 days has been the worst for me

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I'm a little late to the challenge I know! But I thought I'd close out FM doing this challenge with the side I fancy doing a long-term save with on FM18. 

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Challenge has taken a back seat for a while but in the premiership, so far, no good... 21 games, 15 points and -25 goal difference...

Not sure I can recover!

 

 

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Blyth Spartans Season 2017/18

Managed to sneak up via the playoffs (after finishing 2nd), beating Boston United 1-0 in the final. AFC Fylde went up as Champions. Top Scorer, Dan Maguire with 27 in all comps (only 16 in the league) and best player was winger, Jarrett Rivers who averaged 7.17 in 9 goals and 14 assists in all competitions. I've since moved on Maguire on loan to Stalybridge for the season as he's not really good enough for what I want.

FA Trophy - made the 4th round, before bowing out 5-2 at Lincoln.

FA Cup - 2nd round proper, losing 3-2 at home to Bradford. Game was televised which brought in some much needed revenue, which has since been swallowed up! :(

New season in the Conference is going to be a struggle, though I've won my first game 3-1 v Bromley. I've brought in striker Tom Craddock on a free, midfielder Eoghan McCawl (ex Hull) and winger, Brad Jackson (ex Burnley) Got a transfer budget of around 8K and fetching in loan players is proving to be a struggle as the quality just isn't there. I will be scouring the free market for some more experience. Gonna be a real achievement to stave off relegation.

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Started with Stourbridge , gonna be fun.

EDIT: First season ended and we managed to finish 12th in the league, the fa cup also saw us being knocked out at first stage by some regional club, it was upside down season hopefully we can sign some better players and do well.

Edited by Wells

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Met Police - Premier League 2031/32 - Season 15

So after having completed half the challenge last season with our Champions League win, the only goal this season was to win the Premier League, though the Board would be happy for another top four finish with the Bookies preditcting we'd finish third behind the two Manchester clubs.

Reputation - The Champions League win boosted us to five star rep and made us bigger than City :) and the second biggest club in the World behind Utd.

Rich List - We climb upto sixth, with struggling Spurs seemingly hoarding money.

Transfers - Cleared out several squad players and also made a decent amount of money loaning out some of my youngsters. Purchase wise I struggled to find some World Class Players to boost my team so instead went after some highly rated but expensive Wonderkids.

Super Cup - We secured our second Super Cup with yet another shootout win over City, though we really should have won it in normal time twice letting city comeback into the game, however in the shootout my new 18 year old Czech Keeper became a hero on his debut saving all four of Citys pens :cool: though we weren't much better as Fabricio scored our first but we then missed our next two before Hinshelwood finally won it.

FA Cup - The less said about this the better as we somehow lost to League Two Mansfield who scored through a fluke goal.

EFL Cup - My kids at least did me proud here as we got the luck of the draw easily dispatching lower league sides Exeter and Wycombe and struggling Cardiff, which set up a Semi-Final against Liverpool who were easily brushed aside which set up a final against a Wolves side who needed extra-time to beat League One Leaders Coventry.

In the Final I kept faith with my kids and we utterly dominated the game but couldn't score until my two Belgian Wonderkids combined just before the hour - Schwarz chipped a free-kick into the box and Defender De Keyser beat the keeper to the ball to nod the ball into an empty net, and a minute later we double our lead as Wolves failed to clear a corner and Russian Attacker Udaly scored through a crowd of players. Then a minute after coming off the bench Brazilian Wonderkid Marcinho made sure as we made it three in a row and set a new record of 12 straight wins, beating Utd's record from 10 years ago.

Champions League - We went straight into the group stage as first seeds, though of course we got a tough group that included Real and Sporting, but my kids just about made it through as we lost to Real in our first game thanks to an unlucky later own goal, but smashed Ludogorets 4-0 in the second game as they conceded two own goals we then narrowly beat Sporting 3-2 with us both scoring an own goal and with us being down to 10 men for most of the game after Midfielder Min-Kyoo got himself booked twice in a minute, however we nearly blew it in Portugal losing 1-0 to a late Sporting goal which put them ahead on away goals. In the second to last game we got a 1-1 draw in Madrid but with Sporting winning they were now second on away goals, meaning we'd need a Madrid side with nothing to play for to grab at least a point. Though of course we made hard work of beating Ludogorets at home needing my Keeper to save an early pen before Italian Wonderkid Martini opened his account for the club with a late winner and thankfuly Sporting could only draw sending us through.

In the Knockout Round we draw the other Madrid side and claimed a solid 2-0 home win in the First Leg, however the Second Leg went horribly wrong as we conceded an early pen from a dive and after that just fell apart as we got hammered 4-0 :(

It also wasn't a great season for the rest of the English sides, Everton went out at the same stage to Celtic on Away goals, City lost to Monaco in the Quarters and Utd lost to Real in the Semi-Finals (I at least had the excuse of fielding my second string) which meant for the first time since the second season their would be no English sides in the Final.

In the Final Monaco would go on to beat Real on pens, meaning I missed out on a £4m clause from Diallo's transfer.

Club World Cup - In December we made the trip over to Egypt and didn't make the best of starts as we needed extra-time to beat Suadi side Al-Hilal in the Semi-Final with two late goals finally breaking them, though it was a costly win as Grande who'd only just come back from a month out tore his hamstring and would miss the next three months of the season, also the fourth sub rule is stupid - it allowed them to replace an injured player in extra-time but I couldn't bring my side back upto 11 players as I'd already made my subs with Grande went off. In the Final we faced Brazilian side Mineiro and again dominated but struggled to break them down before Traore grabbed two goals in five second half minutes, Diallo made it safe late on before we both scored in the last minute.

Premier League - An excellent season as we finally secure the title. We got off to a Great Start winning our first seven games including a 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea, before playing out a 1-1 draw against Utd and then losing to Liverpool that allowed Arsenal to draw level after nine games and then suffered a shock defeat to Norwich after giving away pens in both games, which allowed Everton to draw level with ourselves and Arsenal at the top, but we pulled three points clear after beating Arsenal 3-0.

After returning from the Club World Cup things started to fall apart Grande was out injured long-term and Star Striker Diallo had his head turned by PSG as we drew to Wolves and then lost to Leicester as at the half-way stage we'd dropped down to fourth, two points behind City and three behind Arsenal though they'd both played an extra game and four points behind Utd who'd played two extra games, we were also level on points with Everton who'd also played two extra games.

Going into the New Year we smashed Everton 4-0, but then lost 3-0 to Chelsea, but then we won our next six games included a 2-1 win over City with their keeper gifting Diallo a goal, before Belgian Wonderkid Schwarz was allowed to just walk through their side, whilst we put four goals past Palace, Newcastle and MBoro and after 23 games we'd finally caught up gameswise and had returned to the top of the table one point clear of Utd, four clear of City and eight clear of both Everton and Arsenal who'd both fallen out of what was now a three horse race.

At this point we were struggling to score as we narrowly beat Bolton and Spurs 1-0 before struggling to a 0-0 draw against Cardiff, which saw us fall one point behind Utd but go five clear of City. We then played out another 1-1 draw with Utd before beating Norwich and with City beating Utd with 10 games left we were top again on goal difference from City who'd played an extra game and two points clear of Utd.

We then ground out 1-0 wins against Forest and Liverpool before the game decided to cheat awarding Arsenal a pen out of thin air (our fourth in the league), thankfully City could only draw to Norwich meaning with seven games left we were three points clear of City and six clear of Utd who now had a game in hand on us both.

We won our next two games without conceding and with City losing to Arsenal and Utd losing to Chelsea we were now six points clear with just five games left, of course we then drew a blank against Stoke but Utd lost to Palace all but ending their chances. Next week with City drawing to Watford we took advantage by thrashing Wolves to restore our six point lead.

Which took us to the title decider as we made the trip to City next and came back with a 2-0 win - Hinshelwood took advantage of another GK error to head us into the lead before Grande scored a trademark free-kick to secure the title and complete the challenge :cool: and was a result that harshly cost the City manager his job.

Elsewhere in the League their were some close calls, Everton beat Arsenal to the Champions League by one goal, whilst MBoro were relagated by one goal.

Stat Pack - Our excellent defence claimed us the title as we kept a league high 23 clean sheets conceding just 21 goals, with our most common result being a 1-0 win followed by either a 1-1 draw or a 3-0 win. We also finally solved our defending set-piece problem only conceding the one goal from a set-piece this season.

Squad, Home and Review.

In Goal I brought in Czech Wonderkid Jan Jakubov and after an excellent debut he made the position his with an excellent season as he claimed the Golden Glove Award, providing cover was Argentine Aldo Perez who after a shocker in our first game lost his place though he did redeem himself in the cups.

At Right Back was Attacking Brazilian Renato Quinhones who was on fire who enjoyed the freedom to get forward and was named Young Player of the Year, providing cover was Explosive Saudi Waleed Zoulan who had a good season and according to my staff has a World Class Potential though he is going to struggle to displace Quinhones. At Left Back was Explosive Irishman Alan O'Shea who was also in excellent form and even managed to not get sent off this season, providing cover was Spanaird Juan Pedro who was in good form but has been lured by the promise of money from Monaco.

In the Centre of Defence were my two World Class English Defenders Clive Wood and Matthew Norris who were again rocks at the back, providing cover was Strong Belgian Gilies De Keyser who provided some quality cover and should hopefully push for a first team place in the future, partnering him in the cups was English Wonderkid Adam Scott who is highly rated but struggled a bit though he wasn't really ready yet.

In the Centre of Midfield as my Deep Lying Playmaker was World-Class Greek Kyriakos Papadedes who did well enough in what is a fairly thankless role, providing cover was Brazilian Luiz Lima who had another poor season and after moaning will be got rid off well if someone will bid for him. Playing alongside them in the Box-to-Box Role was Belgian Wonderkid Steve Schwartz who after impressing in the cups was given a chance and in the league due to injuries and he took it putting in some excellent performances and he looks like he could be a great player and is looking a bargain at £30m, providing cover was Argentine Luis Ramirez who had a poor season but was only a stopgap solution.

On the Right Wing was French Winger Ardiouma Traore who had a solid season but went missing in a few games so I might need an upgrade, though I do have several promising youngster so hopefully one of them will break through with the best of the bunch being English Wonderkid Ross Ramsey who is highly rated but struggled to make an impression. On the Left Wing was Brazilian Fabricio who had a solid season and whilst he struggled to score (four of his goals came in the first two games) he was my top assister and the only one to get into double figures, providing cover was Croatian Wonderkid Robert Komorski who showed glimpses of his potential.

Playing as my Attacking Midfielder was World Class Italian Mattia Grande who had an excellent season until PSG tapped him up and he then got a long term injury which saw him miss most of the second half of the season, providing cover was Russian Georgy Udaly who did well in the EFL Cup, however he broke his ankle and missed the same period as Grande, which meant in Jan I spent £25m on Brazilian Wonderkid Marcinho who Arsenal were surprisingly willing to let go (though he did cost me 10 times what they paid for him last year) and he slotted straight in providing some much needed goal threat with my other players injured.

Upfront leading the line was World Class French Striker Ladji Diallo who started the season running as he finally recaputured his early City form scoring goals for fun but then PSG came calling with low ball offers and after that he pretty much went on strike putting in some awful performances resulting in him being dumped in the reserves before PSG stumped up a club record £93m for him and saved me another £8m as I would be due to pay City that if he played another game. Providing cover was my Academy Striker Chris Hinshelwood who had a solid season and stepped up when Diallo's head went though I'm not sure if he's going to be good enough to be first choice long term.

Prem Select - Clean Sweep for my defensive players, with Grande's injury costing him a place and Diallo's sulking costing him his.

World Team - Both Grande and Diallo make the team.

Best XI - Spot on though I'd put Papadedes in for Ramirez.

Overall XI - O'Shea comes in for Lewis at Left Back, whilst in Midield Fabricio replaces Doyle-Hayes.

Academy - no one of note this season, though I did get an Italian with that classic Italian name of Tom Hopkinson, I also got a couple of Colombians thanks to a feeder club but no one above three stars.

Finances - A small profit this season mainly from transfer profits. Whilst our stadium was expanded to a 30K capactiy and now looks like it belongs in the Premier League.

Profile - No real changes, though I did claim my seventh Manager of the Year award.

So after 5,439 days, 793 games, 1,229 goals, 190 players bought at a cost of £755m that is the Challenge Completed :cool:

Nationalities

26 ENG
5 BRA,
4 ESP,
2 ARG, BEL, FRA, NED, ITA, SCO, WAL
1 COL, CRO, CZE, GRE, IRN, IRL, RUS, KSA, SRB, KOR

Squad Rules

Currently I have 11 FGN players, with a further 13 U21's, with a max of 17 Over 21's allowed.

For Homegrown rules we have 31 Club Grown and 9 Nation Grown with a further 12 due to become Homegrown.

Plans For Next Season

With the Challenge complete not sure if I will carry on, might do som achievement hunting other than that I might just take a break until FM18.

State of The World

League One - bit of a surprise as Crawley beat Fulham in the Playoffs to reach the Championship for the first time.

FA Cup - Utd beat West Ham in extra-time to make it three in a row.

Europa League - Dortmund win it for the third time beating Arsenal 1-0 in the Final, thanks to a goal from a player Arsenal sold to Dortmund in Jan :D In the Semi Dortmund spoiled Plzen's fairy tail which was impressive considering this was the first time they'd ever got past the Group Stage in Europe. And more embrassement for English sides as Liverpool lost in the Knockout Round to Lazio and Palace didn't even make it out of the Group Stage.

France - Paris retain the title again but unbeaten and with 100 points, whilst Lorient finihs a distant third but are denied a rare place in Europe after failing FFP.

Germany - Bayern storm to the title ending Dortmunds run of seven in a row, though newly promoted Wolfsburg were unlucky after leading for most of the season they collapsed in the last 10 games and just about hung on for a Europa spot.

Italy - AC reclaim the title from Inter.

Portugal - Sporting pinch the title back from Benfica in a three horse race with Porto.

Scotland - Celtic fall apart but manage to beat Dundee Utd to the title on Goal Difference but with just 66 pts!

Spain - Barcelona retain the title



Leaderboard points (FM Mode)
(My Steam Username is same as here if anyone wants to add me)
(points / position)
Single Game: 9,458,326 (41,053)
Single Season: 1,489,941 (159,959)
Single Season England: 1,489,941 (92,558)
Single Season Premier League: 1,489,941 (91,011)
Single Season Championship: 961,478 (6,593)
Single Season League One: 683,801 (9,907)
Single Season League Two: 733,684 (1,204)
Single Season National League: 1,099,379 (100 :cool:)
Single Season National South: 436,272 (175)

Career Overview
 

Season League League Finish Achievements Leaderboard Points Av. Attendance
17/18 National South 11th -  10,825 246 (8%)
18/19 National South 1st Promoted - Champions!!! 436,272 / 447,097 270 (9%)
19/20 National League 1st Promoted - Champions!!! FA Trophy Winners 1,099,379 / 1,546,476 571 (16%)
20/21 League Two 16th - 42,187 / 1,588,663 1,095 (21%)
21/22 League Two 1st Promoted - Champions!!! 733,684 / 2,322,347 1,671 (30%)
22/23 League One 6th Promoted - Playoff Winners!!! Checkatrade Trophy Winners 683,801 / 3,006,148 2,902 (52%)
23/24 Championship 5th Playoff Finalists 153,622 / 3,159,770 5,530 (100%)
24/25 Championship 1st Promoted - Champions!!!  961,478 / 4,121,248 5,530 (100%)
25/26 Premier League 12th - 168,015 /  4,289,263 20,146 (100%)
26/27 Premier League 10th -  176,865 / 4,466,128 20,102 (99%)
27/28 Premier League 5th Europa League Qualification 189,720 / 4,655,848 15,055 (100%)
28/29 Premier League 4th FA Cup Winners, Europa League Winners  1,489,941 / 6,145,789 15,055 (100%)
29/30 Premier League 4th EFL Cup, Super Cup, Comm Shield Winners. UCL QF  910,175 / 7,055,964 22,261 (62%)
30/31 Premier League 4th Champions League Winners. EFL Cup Winners 1,103,944 / 8,159,908 22, 478 (99%)
31/32 Premier League 1st Club World Cup, EFL Cup, Super Cup Winners 1,298,418 / 9,458,326 23,259 (100%)
      !!!CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!!    

 

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Tonbridge Angels

Season    League                             Position    FA        Other Cup     Euro Cups        Achievements

17/18    Vanarama South               3rd        3rd Q        3rd Q            N/A            Lost in Playoff Semi Final                    (MOTY)                  P    42  W   21  D    14  L       7    GD 32

18/19    Vanarama South               1st         3rd Q        2nd R            N/A            Vanarama South Champions             (MOTY)                  P   42  W   19  D    13   L    10    GD 22

19/20    Vanarama National          1st       1st Rnd       Won              N/A            Vanarama National Champions        (MOTY)                  P    42  W  27  D     9    L     10   GD 28

20/21    Sky Bet League 2              7th      4th Rnd       1st R             N/A            Play Off Final (WINNER)                                                      P    46  W  18  D    16   L    12    GD 16

21/22   Sky Bet League 1               4th     3rd Rnd        3rd Rnd       N/A             Play Off Final ( WINNER)                    (MOTY)                   P    46  W  21  D    11   L    14    GD   4

22/23    Sky Bet Championship    7th    3rd Rnd        3rd Rnd        N/A              None                                                                                     P    46  W  19  D   14    L    13    GD 10

23/24    Sky Bet Championship    7th    4th Rnd         3rd Rnd       N/A              None                                                                                     P    46  W  22   D  10   L    14    GD  25

24/25    Sky Bet Championship    3rd    3rd Rnd        2nd Rd         N/A              Play Off Final (WINNER)                    (MOTY)                    P    46  W  22   D  14   L    10    GD  25

25/26     Premier League             17th    3rd Rnd        3rd Rnd        N/A              Staying up!                                                                          P    38  W   7    D  13    L    18    GD -33

 

What a season!

I'd like to say we were ready for the Premier League, we absolutely weren't.  Coming up from the Championship is no fun at all, particularly with minimal budget and a poor reputation.  Much of the squad we had assembled had reached their pinnacle in the Championship although Mark Guehi continued to perform admirably at Right Back for us (7.06)  Everyone else was below a 7 which highlights the struggle we had.  A 0-4 battering by Manchester United first game of the season was a sign of things to come and reverting to a 5-3-2 at times helped provide some solidity.  We had to work hard to gather every one our 34 points!  40 points?  Pah!  

Throughout the season we began to scout heavily for new arrivals and with only loans possible early on in the season, the TV money meant that in January we could outlay a whopping £5.5m on 4 players, 2 CM's, 1 CB and a striker - all under 23 and with some potential by then I feel our reputation had picked up somewhat but was still 3*

A horrific run in of last 3 games of Arsenal at home, Man City away and Spurs away was always going to be a problem and 1 point from 9 never felt like enough.  Fortunately it was.  The complete ineptitude of Bournemouth, Southampton and Bristol City was staggering but satisfying.  They all managed 0 from 9...  Wow.
 
So we managed to stay up which is amazing and unexpected news.  It was horrendously disheartening at times getting ripped to shreds and without the necessary quality to mount any form of comeback,  but what a sense of achievement!

Stadium wise, we've moved into our 16,000 capacity sensibly named "Tonbridge Stadium" and I've immediately set out to expand it.  Training upgrade in progress (2.5*) Youth in progress (2*) and given our wages are at the ridiculous end of low we are now "Rich" and making about £5m a month!  WIth all the cash washing around, many of the club debts have been cleared.

So on to the next season.  I have had a full clear out.  12 of the squad have gone and I've been spent some cash.  It feels like our reputation has improved (although still 3*) as alongside a small number of free transfers, 2 year long "free" loans and sub-£3m bargains, I've spent £40m to "release clause" a striker who wanted to come!  Maicol Serni is his name and he is a monster.  Det 20, Fin 18, OTB 18, Acc 17, Bal 17, Pac 16, Sta 16, Tea 16, Wor 16.  Lets see how he goes!

£50m in the bank, but I'll be looking to only add hot prospects or free transfers to the squad this season as I want to spend that cash on infrastructure.  I will need home grown players if we're going to rock European competition.

A pre-season of expensive glamour ties against top European competition awaits.   (not sure they'll help with rep but I hope they might) 

Onwards!


 

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Hello all, 

Tried this in the past with varied success. Got Blyth Spartans on first attempt whom with their FA Cup history seem like a nice club to try.

Will update at the end of the season

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Blyth Spartans - 2017/18 

Outcome - Promoted via playoffs!

The league:

I had targeted a mid-table berth this year in order to consolidate the promotion that had brought Blyth into the challenge. That said I managed to recruit some very good quality loan signings and a great young striker on a free.

We started off slowly only achieving 11 points off the first 10 games, we then exploded into life going 12 consecutive games without loss to fire us up the table.

December, January and Feb saw us go through a very patchy bit of form losing to AFC Flyde and Worcester 1-6 and 2-6 respectively. We then won 6 of the last 9 to sneak into the playoffs with one to spare, we had Lowestoft away on the last day and with what I thought was little chance of moving up to 4th in the playoffs I played a very young team, fortunately they took the win and a loss for Alfreton at home to a mid-table team let me climb one more place. 

In the playoffs, we drew Worcester whom we had exchanged home wins will this season but they were missing a key man due to injury and went down to 10 in the first 5 due to a straight red. As a result we took a 2-0 win away from home. Knowing the job was almost done I was keen to not take my foot off the gas and played a slightly more aggressive strategy for the away leg which proved to work with another 2-0 going our way.

After managing to sneak up to 4th in the table on the last day it would prove critical with Alfreton beating AFC Flyde 3-1 on agg, so we had a home final. Unbeaten in both games against them I was confident going into the last game and I was right to be so with a comfortable win recorded and promotion assured at Croft Park.

Star Men:

I always make a point in the VNN to have a slightly larger squad than normal to ensure plenty of rotation so it is hard to pick a single star so I have three:

Liam Nolan and Kayden Jackson both were instrumental on no-wage paying loans with Jackson averaging 7.11 from 42 games with 10 goals and 18 assists.

Charlie Dunkerley who was signed on a free from Hull managed to score 21 from 36 in the league but tailed off in the last 10, fortunately he is tied down for another year.

Cups:

For me a key part of this challenge with Blyth will be to continue the tradition the club has in the cup competitions.

We certainly managed that this year reaching the third round proper in the FA Cup earning a lucrative tie away to Aston Villa thanks to a few easier draws than I'd normally expect.

We also managed to reach the third round of the FA Trophy.

Both of the above awarded us a huge £84,500 in prize money which will be critical as we look to improve for next year.

Finances:

 As mentioned above the cups have been a huge help this year allowing us to register a large profit for the season and a balance of £140k in the bank. We have improved youth facilities on the way which has been paid for in part by our cup run.

What next?:

Next season offers a huge challenge, my squad has been very reliant on depth but my budget has only gone up by £2000 per week. I may struggle to improve my depth enough to stay up.

Season          League                                   League Finish     Achievements
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2017/18         Vanarama National League North              4th          Promoted via playoffs! 3rd round FA and FAT

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For those of you that are doing English saves, I'm currently in the middle of my second season in the Championship with Sheffield FC and I'm now able to request "Increase youth level". I know what it is for, but since our finances arent too good and I'm hoping to persuade the board to build a new stadium (current capacity is only  2,500), I'm hesitant to request it.  Am I right in thinking that this won't cost us any money? 

Thanks in advance.

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Tonbridge Angels

Season    League                             Position    FA        Other Cup     Euro Cups        Achievements

17/18    Vanarama South               3rd        3rd Q        3rd Q            N/A            Lost in Playoff Semi Final                    (MOTY)                  P    42  W   21  D    14  L       7    GD 32

18/19    Vanarama South               1st         3rd Q        2nd R            N/A            Vanarama South Champions             (MOTY)                  P   42  W   19  D    13   L    10    GD 22

19/20    Vanarama National          1st       1st Rnd       Won              N/A            Vanarama National Champions        (MOTY)                  P    42  W  27  D     9    L     10   GD 28

20/21    Sky Bet League 2              7th      4th Rnd       1st R             N/A            Play Off Final (WINNER)                                                      P    46  W  18  D    16   L    12    GD 16

21/22   Sky Bet League 1               4th     3rd Rnd        3rd Rnd       N/A             Play Off Final ( WINNER)                    (MOTY)                   P    46  W  21  D    11   L    14    GD   4

22/23    Sky Bet Championship    7th    3rd Rnd        3rd Rnd        N/A              None                                                                                     P    46  W  19  D   14    L    13    GD 10

23/24    Sky Bet Championship    7th    4th Rnd         3rd Rnd       N/A              None                                                                                     P    46  W  22   D  10   L    14    GD  25

24/25    Sky Bet Championship    3rd    3rd Rnd        2nd Rd         N/A              Play Off Final (WINNER)                    (MOTY)                    P    46  W  22   D  14   L    10    GD  25

25/26    Premier League             17th    3rd Rnd        3rd Rnd        N/A              Staying up!                                                                          P    38  W   7    D  13    L    18    GD -33

26/27    Premier League                5th    6th Rnd        QF                 N/A              EURO CUP Qualification!                  (MOTY)                   P    38  W  17   D  11   L     10    GD  15

 

Well, that's a little bit more comfortable.  A very positive, if a bit of a yo-yo season due in part to a large influx of players totalling £58m, including nabbing a Striker and Captain for £40.5m.   As a young side, we are struggling for consistency but this season we have really started to find our swagger, with long winning streaks followed by being unable to buy a win.  A centre midfield who are 19, 19 and 20 are actually starting to boss poorer teams which is pleasing to see, a little bit more from them and it'll be very exciting.

The first major highlight of the season was the first big scalp in October, beating Man U 3-1.  THis was followed up in December by a 4-1 defeat of Tottenham  and a very surprising 1-0 double over Man City (who seem to have won everything!)
Arsenal however continue to smash us.  I think I'll need a new answer to them as the 5-3-2 (Counter/Flexible) I'm using to get some solidity really is exposed by their quick passing and movement.

But anyway, we've only gone and got into Europe!  I'm hoping that'll help with the rep, which continues to be a stumbling block.

At an infrastructure level, our stadium is being upgraded from it's 14800 capacity, Our Training facilities are now 2.5 star and Youth 2 star.  Our reputation remains 3 star but at least we're now on a par with Championship clubs like Brighton and Birmingham.

By now, we're almost exclusively newgens.  Cameron James, Marc Guehi are the last two with us, shortly to leave at the end of the season, although both have managed some appearances.  This season has also seen the end for Ivor Lawton who we released on a free

 It finally feels like we can compete with all but the top teams without defending for our lives constantly, which is a huge relief.  So another seasons warchest and reasons to be cheerful as we push towards the premier league title which I'm aiming to have in my possession by season 29/30.

barnet (MOTY) and "Legend" :)

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Rushall Olmpic - 2017-2018

Season Preview /Season Review

I was expected to be in a relegation dog fight in my first season at the club. After a decent start i thought we might of ended the season in a mid table position.

 

 

League Table

Past Positions - As you can see by our form we were inconstant threw out the season but we managed to avoid relegation.

FA CUP-A second qualifying round loss to North Ferriby seen us crash out.

FA TROPHY - This was a chance for my fringe players to show me what they could do and we got beat by  Altrincham 3-1.

Transfer History- We made eleven transfers in and three out.

Squad One

Squad Two- It took a while for the players to get used to the new system later in the season after i changed it when we were losing lots games, could do with bit trimming down though. 

 

Finances Summary-Some how we had a loss of 1223,444, so think we have to reduce this for next year, hopefully a new sponsorship deal or kit deal.

 

Key Players:

 

Thomas Probert- Voted fans player of the season he was a joy to watch too hope we can keep a hold of him for few more seasons.

De'Jaune Taylor-Crossdale- One new players took a while for him to start hitting form and when he did he was quality.

Mickael Partodikromo- The only player i had as a left winger he was quality all season can not fault him. 

Stanley Mugisha- He was wanting first team football as a thought he was not ready but he did his job later in the season when i did decided to play him.

Aaron Forde- Club captain had decent season but could done a bit better.  

 

 

Career Overview:

 

Season		        League		             Position	Achievements
2017-2018   Vanarama National League North        18Th        None

 

 

Next Season:

 

After Avoiding relegation the season just gone , i think squad rebuilding and trying to sort the clubs finances out are top targets for the season and try learn from last season errors. 

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11 hours ago, dj clark boy said:

 

 

Finances Summary-Some how we had a loss of 1223,444, so think we have to reduce this for next year, hopefully a new sponsorship deal or kit deal.

 

 

 

Next Season:

 

After Avoiding relegation the season just gone , i think squad rebuilding and trying to sort the clubs finances out are top targets for the season and try learn from last season errors. 

Finances can definitely be tough, depending on your team. I've started this challenge as well, (waiting for end of first season before posting intro screenshot etc), and I've tried to offload anybody not actually in first XI who's on a part time salary. Also no point having U19 staff if there's nobody in the U19s. My U19 manager is on a non-contract player manager contract, so basically he's working for free. Still losing money though. Getting money through the FA Cup is the best chance, but didn't get very far.

Was it a typo though. If you're more than a million pounds in the red, that could be a fairly big problem. How many players in your squad? What's your average attendance?

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Vikeologist's Folkestone Invicta 2018/19 Final Match (or matches) Report 

You should smile more. If you smiled more, you'd look really promoted.

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Let’s just get to the heat of the meat. My first season in this challenge. One match to go. We’re in 2nd place, 1 point behind the leaders, and only 1 automatic promotion place on offer. Our match is postponed due to a waterlogged pitch which threatens to take the excitement out of the final match, but no, the leaders lose. This means that a draw and we might win the league, though Dartford who are also playing a postponed match can overtake us if we do only draw. We’re at home to Eastbourne who are way down in 16th place.

Dartford concedes a goal in their match, but I don’t even have time to celebrate that before our opponents Eastbourne are awarded a penalty, which they convert.

Folkestone 0 Eastbourne 1

Dartford are now 2-0 down, so we don’t have to worry about them.

In the second half we are awarded a penalty, which we convert.

Folkestone 1 Eastbourne 1.

We just need to hold on.

Then in the last seconds of normal time, they lump the ball into our penalty area and awarded yet another penalty. I feel sick. 3 penalties! You can’t even breathe in the wrong direction in the penalty area with this referee, let alone take the opposition player to the ground and put him in a chokehold like our guy just did.

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And he misses the goal. By miles. Still a whole 90 or so seconds for my guys to toss it away, but they manage to hold on. It’s over. We are champions.

Screenshots and the like to follow, including why I've started a season later, (spoiler, couldn't get Folkestone as a promoted team in 2017).

 

Starting profile

League Table

Squad Statistics

Transfers

Top Goalscorer – Tobi Sho-Silva – 21. Signed part way through the season. On a big wage, but he's worth it.

Top Average Rating – Sho-Silva 7.49 

Man of the Match – Sho-Silva  - 6

MVP - Oooh, this is a tough decision. 

 

 


Challenge Progress

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Domestic
Season	Division				Position	Notes										
18/19	VNL South				1st		Promoted on last day of the season after opposition missed a 90th minute penalty 

 


 

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Big apology for being absent here for so long, as I write this I am updating the Leaderboards in the second post on the first page.

By now if you are not promoted into Vanarama National then you don't make it to the Leaderboards as there are a lot of entries.

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On 9/17/2017 at 01:00, vikeologist said:

Finances can definitely be tough, depending on your team. I've started this challenge as well, (waiting for end of first season before posting intro screenshot etc), and I've tried to offload anybody not actually in first XI who's on a part time salary. Also no point having U19 staff if there's nobody in the U19s. My U19 manager is on a non-contract player manager contract, so basically he's working for free. Still losing money though. Getting money through the FA Cup is the best chance, but didn't get very far.

Was it a typo though. If you're more than a million pounds in the red, that could be a fairly big problem. How many players in your squad? What's your average attendance?, yea was type error, my average age is 25 years old and i have 26 players my average attendance wont show game keeps crash when i go to facilities 

 

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Very late starter here in at Kettering Town - one quick question guys,how often do we post up updates on our relevant teams? Or have i overlooked this on the thread...

 

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Vikeologist's Folkestone Invicta 2019/20 Playoffs Report 

 

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Reached the playoffs in my first season in the National league, which I’m pleased with, not least because it might bring in some extra money. When I started this challenge I thought I might have a shot at getting promoted every season, but it's a lot more difficult when you're actually trying to do it, especially with a fairly small team like Folkestone who are now going for their 4th promotion in 5 years; (1 real life, 1 game generated, 1 me generated and now this playoff).

Let’s see what happens as I write it up as we go. Just getting to the final would probably be a big boost financially, and we need the money.

 

Semi Final Leg 1

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Accrington 2 Folkestone 1

We had a few good chances on the break which we couldn’t take. Hopefully we can turn this around at home.

 

Semi Final Leg 2

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Folkestone 4  Accrington 1

I was expecting a contest as edgy and close as the first leg, but this was a cakewalk. We were 4-0 up by half time, and their consolation goal at the end of the match was against the run of play. We’re in the final, baby. We smashed our record attendance, and even though it didn’t bring in that much money, hopefully the final will sort out our financial worries. If we win and become a football league club, I’ve no idea whether that will be a good or bad thing, given the changes it would bring about. I want to find out though.

 

Final (If applicable)
 

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Folkestone   2 Shrewsbury 3

When we went a goal up in the first 2 minutes, I thoughts my dreams were going to come true, but while we kept failing to convert our many great chances, Shrewsbury were clinical in front of goal and went 3-1 up. We pulled a goal back and had chance after untaken chance right up to injury time. We had more possession and more shots both on and off target, and some of them were way off target. So it wasn’t to be, but out debts which were $300k at one point in the season (before we reached the 2nd round of the FA Cup and had a match televised) are now all but cancelled off. Hopefully we’ll be back next season even better.

 

 

 

Squad

League Table

Transfers

 

 

Top Goalscorer – Tobi Sho-Silva – 31. Sounds pretty good, but this was from 56 matches. My AssMan sees him as my 4th best striker at the moment, but he stayed in the team because he kept scoring at least fairly regularly, whereas the guys I brought in, not so much. Still one goal every 145 minutes is meeting rather than exceeding expectations. 

Top Average Rating – Sho-Silva 7.23 (Players have to start 10 games for these end of season awards, but an on-loan striker, Okeke, notched 7.34 from 10 appearances, including 4 as a sub, and I'm going to try to sign him permanently. Not at all sure he'll be interested.)

Man of the Match – Sho-Silva  - 9

MVP - Sho-Silva

 


Progress

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Domestic
Season	Division				Position	Notes										
18/19	VNL South				1st		Promoted on last day of the season after opposition missed a 90th minute penalty 
19/20	VNL National				3rd		Lost in playoff final. 

 

 

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Vikeologist's Folkestone Invicta 2020/21 End of SeasonReport 

 

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We won the league. Much of the time it seemed as though we were trying not to, piling up draw after draw and allowing the team behind us to catch up.

With 5 matches to go we were 7 points clear, but picking up only 3 more points we limped over the line most unconvincingly. 87 points from 46 matches probably wouldn’t win the league most seasons, but obviously I don’t care too much how we did it.

We also won the FA trophy to complete the non-league double.

Big changes are ahead. We’ll need to put extra seats in and go professional. Our facilities are terrible and the staff team tiny. This is now 4 promotions in 6 seasons, and we’re completely out of our depth. I just hope it’s not possible in the game for us to be refused entry to the football league like Dover were years ago. I think we’re going to need to take out quite a meaty loan.

Up to now money has been a constant issue, and we’ve only survived because of our cup runs and back to back Wembley appearances.

Top Goalscorer – Jack Dyche – 25. Jack’s a shadow striker so his goals were pretty vital. 8 of them were penalties, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who appreciates someone who can convert 100% of penalties. Our top scorer / MVP from the first 2 seasons, Sho-Silva, was a bit player this time around, and only got games when our strike force was wiped out with injuries mid-way through the season and our lead in the league evaporated.

 

Top Average Rating – Jordan Thorniley 7.12. There’s not many time when 7.12 is the best rating for the league champions. We were very lucky dogs that everybody else was even more mediocre than us this season.

 

Man of the Match – 4 players – 4

 

MVP – Jack Dyche 

 

Season	Division				Position	Notes										
18/19	VNL South				1st		Promoted on last day of the season after opposition missed a 90th minute penalty 
19/20	VNL National				3rd		Lost in playoff final. 	
20/21	VNL National				1st		League / FA Trophy double

 

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After I was sacked early on, after what felt like a buggy update, I picked this old save up a few months later and got it going again - managing to save Lowestoft from relegation and cracking on from there. If that makes this achievement void then fair enough - but thought I'd share it anyway.

What followed has been an unbelievable decade at Lowestoft, where I flew through the leagues and completed the challenge of winning both the league and CL. The game has got a bit rubbish as I keep failing PL FFP so I can't buy anyone at all - even with £100m + in the bank and in the kitty I can't sign anyone because I get a fine at the end of the season of about £2m. Feels a bit stupid to me but what can you do. Means I just sell no-one and buy no-one now - fortunately I have a very young squad - but as they get older their wages increase and it becomes even more of a Catch-22.

 

Anyone - here's a brief overview

2017/18 - Vanarama North - 3rd - Promoted via play offs

2018/19 - Vanarama National - 18th

2019/20 - Vanarama National - 1st - Promoted

2020/21 - League 2 - 1st - Promoted

2021/22 - League 1 - 1st - Promoted

2022/23 - Championship - 5th - Promoted via play offs

2023/24 - PL - 8th
Lost in FA Cup FInal

2024/25 - PL - 5th

2025/26 - PL - 3rd
Europa League winners

2026/27 - PL - 3rd
Champions League winners

2027/28 - PL - 1st
Club World Championship winners
European Super Cup winners
League Cup winners

I have had a new stadium built and spent a couple of years at Carrow Road when it was, and then went back to Carrow Road when it was extended

Capacity is still only 28,700 which is holding me back a bit. 

Transfer record is £41.5m for a Ukranian RWB regen, and generally I've overpaid for what I hope will turn into 'Wonderkids' - some I've won, some I've lost but that is the downside of scouts!

Academy is now Cat 2, but I've never had anyone decent through it yet - generally keep a squad of 22 players with 3 or 4 spare so barely even run a reserve team.

Overall Best XI is

Dragowski

Ali Suljic
Ahmed Khalaf
Ian Gould

Anil Capkin
Tashan Oakley-Boothe
Oliver Finney
Rico Henry

Gareth Coleman
Callum Gribbin
Kaylen Hinds

Subs
Sam Sargeant
Nasira Amaefule
Eddie Flynn
Yan Dhanda
Ryan White
Reece James
Jamie Eaton-Collins

I think I've been manager of the year every year bar that 2nd one in the Vanarama North - have loved this save although starting to get a bit frustrated with FFP

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Vikeologist's Folkestone Invicta 2021/22 End of Season / Playoffs Report 

 

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Newly promoted to the Football League, I’d have been delighted if you’d told me at the start of the season that we’d be in the playoffs, but…..

With 5 matches to go we were top of the table, albeit with lots of clubs close behind us. We then lost the last 5 matches of the season and plummeted to 7th and the final playoff spot. We’re a club in total freefall.

Semi Final Leg 1

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Folkestone 4 Crewe 1

Well, that was unexpected. We dominated the game and looked like our old selves again. Cannot stress enough how awful we were the previous 5 games.

 

Semi Final Leg 2

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Crewe 2 Folkestone 2

The score is misleading. We were 2-0 up early on, and sat on our lead which allowed Crewe to score a couple of consolation goals late in the match once I’d taken my best players off and were playing keepie-ball.

At the least now we will get a useful pot of money from the final. Our third visit to Wembley in 4 seasons.

 

 

Final (If applicable)

 

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Folkestone   2 Notts County 1

For some reason my celebrations at winning this match were more than any other I can remember. Sure, it means we’re promoted, but have you seen my progress, promotion is our like thing, baby.

Maybe it’s those last 5 matches of the season, maybe it’s what’s happened with football in the real world this week or maybe it was the 89th minute winner.  I don’t know, but there were lots of boo-yas and punching of fists.

Next season could be a struggle but the money from the final, and the solidarity payments mean that we’re in our healthiest place yet. In league 2 we had by far the lowest salary, just over half of that of the next club and a fifth of the top spending club, which happened to be Notts County who we beat in the final. Funnily enough, we didn’t have the lowest average attendance, although I think we did until the playoff semi-final. Now we’re going to be in the same division as clubs paying 20 times what we do.

But hopefully at long last I can do some coaching badges, (yep, the board have now finally agreed),  and I won’t be able to fit the entire club staff in a minibus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Goalscorer – Sam Smith – 42. It was Sam’s 2nd season with the club, but he’d kind of underwhelmed in the conference, so I was reluctant to give him the money he was asking for to ‘stay with me’ full-time, but in the end he turned out to be very much worth it.

 

Top Average Rating – Sam Smith 7.30 Maybe he’s ‘not the only one’ in the team, but it can seem like it sometimes.

 

Man of the Match – Sam Smith – 10. Sam’s the first Folkestone player to ever win a man of the match.

 

MVP – Let’s be honest ‘the writing’s on the wall’ for this one - Sam Smith

 

Season	Division				Position	Notes										
18/19	VNL South				1st		Promoted on last day of the season after opposition missed a 90th minute penalty 
19/20	VNL National				3rd		Lost in playoff final. 	
20/21	VNL National				1st		League / FA Trophy double
21/22	League 2				7th		Promoted via playoffs after losing last 5 matches of season and falling from 1st to 7th.

 

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