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Dulwich Hamlet season 2018-2019

Crazy first season. Started off hot, then couldn't win a game to save my life. Snuck into the playoffs and beat Billericay on penalties. Lots of squad turnover coming and finances are precarious. If I can stay up, I'll be happy.

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Hereford United

2021/22 Season

After the pain of missing out on promotion last season I took a gamble and signed these three on free transfers.

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The season started brightly then we hit a bad run of form picking up too many draws, so the formation was tweaked and the season ended up like this

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And we won the FA Trophy again

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Top Scorer 

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Highest Rating

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The revised aims are now going to be - don't get relegated and massively cull the fringe players.

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Good to see new people starting this challenge every day :) Good luck guys

quick update for me. managed to get a few hours spare and now picking up some form in League Two (Season 4)

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Playoffs and auto promotion are still on the cards if we can keep it up!

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Bad news is, 6 injuries in a week.  OK news is, the longest is only 5-6 weeks and 3 of the 4 players who were injured in our game a week ago (we were able to handle the Newcastle U21s in the Checkatrade fairly easily in spite of it) are already back.  Great news is, we're now in the Carabao Cup semifinal after beating 3 Premier League teams in a row - Sheffield Wednesday away, Leicester at home, and Newcastle away.

Man, Newcastle must HATE us right now.  I mean, Sheff Wed and Leicester were probably the better performing team in those matches, but at least we were relatively close statistically.  Our win over Newcastle was grand theft in the first degree.

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I know a team in real life which had multiple broken ankles from tackles in a season, not quite the same thing, but I don't think two broken legs in a season from tackles is highly unlikely for it to be even close to unrealistic.

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Lowestoft Town FC managed to go to the semi finals in the FA cup!

Great cup run so far ... even though financially it's not that great since we played a lot at home. In the league we at the bottom half but relegation shouldn't be in the cards (9 points clear with 8 games to go)

 

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Season 2018/19 Review

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Tonbridge Angels FC

Season Review: Took a while to finish my first season due to health and work reasons, but I finally did. Gotta admit that this FM is probably one of the most difficult version for me to adjust to. The scouting overhaul is a nightmare for LLM but I guess it is more realistic (or so they say). Also, Tonbridge has a very thin-looking squad with players that generally do not fit in my kind of tactics. Defenders' average pace and acceleration of 6?! Tried to get more players as the season goes but it's really difficult getting consistent players or ones that are good to me. Nonetheless, managed to avoid relegation and hope to have an easier time next season.

Board expectations:

Vanarama National League South: Fight against relegation

Media prediction: 21st

FA Cup: Third Qualifying Round

FA Trophy: Third Qualifying Round

Results:

Vanarama National League South: 13th | League Table | Player Stats | Team Stats

FA Cup: Fourth Qualifying Round

FA Trophy: Third Round

Season Summary:

Transfers

Finances

Key Performers:

Jamie Smith: Wish I had him from the start. Only got him mid-season to shore up a really slow defence line (I don't like to play deep). Quickly became indispensable in my defence line. 

Harry Smith: Nope, not related to Jamie. He was kind of my gamble. Didn't have enough midfield and I had brought him to the club for a trial. Before the scouting ended, I took a leap of faith to sign him and he was great for most of the season. Turns out he can be quite inconsistent, but well, he did the job for me more often than not.

Shama Bako: Can you believe that we didn't have a single natural striker at the club when I took over?! Brought Shama in due to the emergency and he was quite good. Still inconsistent but managed 33 goals in the season operating as the sole striker. Good enough for me.

Youth Prospect:

Not worth mentioning.

Next Season's Goals:

1) I tell the team "Mid-Table", but I'm hoping for "Top-Half".

2) Priority goes to my defence line, then I'll see whether I can replace my left midfielder, and right raumdeuter.

Year   Division          		Position   FA Cup		     FA Trophy		Notes
2018   Vanarama National League South   13th	   Fourth Qualifying Round   Third Round           
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Marine - End of Season 4 Review (21/22)

League Report: (League Two)
It was another remarkable season for the club as we clinched promotion to League One. After the struggles of last season adjusting to the higher division and tactical problems we managed to find some form in the second half of the season to secure 3rd place and a place in League One next season. The 433 formation that got us up to league two wasn't cutting it in this level of football so we tried switching to 5 at the back to give a bit more security in defense and this worked wonders for results. The first half of the season we hovered around mid table but after a few injuries to our strikers we brought the fan favorite 'Mr Marine' Matty Hamilton back into the starting 11. Only rated 2 stars in this division but that didn't stop him smashing in the goals as he fired us up the table and eventually into the automatic promotion places. What a season it was for Hamilton as he finished on 28 goals despite being a backup player and justifying my decision to offer him a contract extension last season. We could of won the league If he didn't pick up a 4 week injury at the end of the season as he missed the final few games and also the Checkatrade Paint trophy final defeat to West Ham Under 23's. Its going to take a bit of a clean out of the team for next season and hopefully bring in a few better players to help us survive League One.

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Cup Report:
In the FA Cup we made it all the way to the 5th round before we was beaten by Championship side Wolves. This run helped the bank balance as the 1st round tie vs Bristol Rovers was televised that earned us £67,500 and the 5th round tie at home to Wolves brought another £110,000 in gate money and £247,500 in TV money.

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The Checkatrade Paint Trophy was also a massive success as we made it all the way to the final and the clubs first visit to Wembley in there 128 year history. We face West Ham under 23's and this proved to be a very tough game as we lost 2-1. The trip to Wembley earned the club around £300,000 in gate money to once again boost the clubs bank balance.

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The less said about the league cup the better... Lost in the first round 6-4 to Huddersfield

Transfers and Loans:
We did alot of business this season to try to bring in some better players for the team. The key signings this season where: Stefan Mols (7.09) from Blackburn on a free transfer, Goalkeeper Louis Ashton (7.09) on loan from Middlesbrough and Left back Ryan Harbottle (7.02) on loan from Westbrom. We also extended the loan deal of Richard Bell (7.35) from last season and the 19 year old striker on loan from Crystal Palace scored 25 goals. We picked up a lot of youth players released from teams in the premier league with high potential.

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Key Stats and Records:
Top goal scorers: Robbie Parsons (31) - Matty Hamilton - (28) Richard Bell (25)
Most assists: Robbie Parsons (24) - Richard Bell (20) - Columbus Ibeh (17)
Average Rating: Matty Hamilton (7.43) - Richard Bell (7.35) - Robbie Parsons (7.30)

Player of the season: Matty Hamilton (57%) Richard Bell (18%) Richard Bell (15%)
Signing of the season: Stefan Mols (7.09) Free transfer

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Season 21/22 Targets:
- Stay up in League One.
- Improve the backroom team.
- Bring in some higher quality players.
- Improve club facilities (training and youth).
- Make some money from player sales.
 

Career History:

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2018/19  |   Vanarama North     2nd        3rd Qual Rd     N/A                N/A                  Playoff Winners
2019/20  |   Vanarama Premier   1st        3rd Rd          N/A                N/A                  Champions
2020/21  |   League Two         16th       1st Rd          N/A                N/A
2021/22  |   League Two         3rd        5th Rd          N/A                N/A                  Promoted

Career Stats:

Played  |  W  |  D  |  L  |  For  |  Against  |  Win %  |  Time at club  |  Earnings  |  Trophies  | Total Transfers (£)
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  222     121    35    66    523       394        54%       1,412 days       £110k          1            160k

Club Information:

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2018/19  |   3,185          647                124           Poor            Poor          Limited
2019/20  |   4,435        1,093                191           Poor            Poor          Limited
2020/21  |   5,685        1,717                595           Poor            Basic         Basic  
2021/22  |   5,685        2,048                665           Poor*           Basic         Basic

*Currently upgrading training fac. to basic and will be Completed in October

 

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Heading into my first season in the big bad world of the Football League, I've trialled around 100 players it feels like - no major gems found but a few squad players added.

I think there may be a bit of a purge of some of the fringe players who've come up with me from VNN.

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Quick update from pre-season preparations...

We sold one of our best players for 650k that we signed for 3k just 3 season ago from Boston United. He wanted to leave to further his career :(

Made a cheeky loan bid and he came back a week later haha :D

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Yeah, done that too, Lee Sands is still with us in January 2023 after I sold him in January 2022.

Anyway, my January schedule is a bit nuts.  After two matches in 3 days on December 31st and January 2nd (and we went up 3-0 in that second one despite playing a bunch of backups), we do get 6 days off, then we have 7 matches in the next 18 days, including a stretch of 3 matches in 5 days, and 3 cup matches in 6 days.  At Barnet in the FA Cup on the 7th, followed by at Chelsea in the Carabao on the 10th, home against Sheffield United in the Checkatrade on the 12th, and at Walsall in the league on the 14th, plus two more away league matches on the 17th and 21st and the second leg against Chelsea on the 24th.  If we get any injuries I'm gonna have to start recalling some loanees.

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On 27/11/2017 at 20:46, Thebaker said:

With Billericay surely you already have the players there to win the league. They are so strong the AI gets them into L2 on most games, so i don't think you need worry too much

Yes. And this version of Billericay has me as a manager. I would argue that most people would prefer the AI 😂

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Dulwich Hamlet  - End of season review - 2018/19

Starting profileManager at end of season | Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances | Schedule 1 | Schedule 2 | FA Cup | FA Trophy | Inbox season review

 

Decided to try out this challenge for the very first time. After reloading a lot of times and very nearly starting with Altrincham, I finally decided to go with the Hamlet.

Not quite sure what expectations I could have at the start of the season, but of course making the playoffs was a natural target. Decided to switch between  a direct 4-2-3-1 and a short passing 4-4-2 and it worked reasonably well. I thought we were more solid backwards than I'd expected and decent enough going forward. Dartford and Billericay were too strong for the rest of us all season, but we were firmly placed in the playoff spots since the start of September. Playoff games were tough, but we managed to pull through to gain back to back promotions, and we'll be looking forward to playing football on a national level next season. I had the pleasure of being voted manager of the season by my colleagues.

Our performances in the FA Cup and FA Trophy however were a bit disappointing.

Finances were surprisingly good. We made a taxable profit of £369K. The board granted my requests to improve both junior coaching and youth recruitment, as well as a National B and National A licence. We were the only team to sell out our stadium (twice), and averaged 57 % of our capacity. Average attendance ended at 1719. 

After the season the board decided to expand the standing area of the stadium by 1000. For some crazy reason, I was also linked to a vacancy at newly relegated Premier League side Middlesbrough.

@Warhawk, @HighFlyingDwarf 

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9 minutes ago, Muggert said:

Yes. And this version of Billericay has me as a manager. I would argue that most people would prefer the AI 😂

Billie got back to back promotions in my save and are a mid table league two side now. Would be nice if they could keep up with my marine and get to league one 👍🏻

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King’s Lynn dafuge Challenge
 

Season 4 – 2021/22 – League 2

The season started with some confusion about turning professional – I requested it, the board said yes, and then said it would be done in a year :o But then we turned pro by the start of the season anyway.

Transfers: It was harder to find players this time, maybe because I was now looking for semi-decent released players rather than any old dross. So this season was mainly about loan signings – 7 in total, all good quality, and rotated for the 5 loan places in the squad. I managed to secure a few non-loan signings in the summer and a few more in the second half of the season. Another milestone was reached in the winter, as I sold off one of my younger players for £140k + add-ons to QPR. He wasn’t getting much first-team time, and I could use the cash to upgrade facilities.

League: Easily the most enjoyable season so far. The quality of the loan signings was good, and we hit the ground running, staying in 1st even in the early stages of the season, and running away with the league later on, collecting 107 points in total.

FA Cup: An impressive win at home to League 1 Sunderland set up a third round tie away to Championship Sheffield Wednesday. We fought hard, but were denied a replay when they scored their winner with literally the last kick of the game. The extra cash came in handy, but I’m still waiting for that money-boosting tie away to a top premiership side.

Other cups: Out at the 1st knockout stage in the Checkatrade, and in the first round of the League cup, but both were very close.

Best players: On-loan striker Karl Pashen finished top scorer, but I ended up signing my best player in January, with ex-Nottingham Forest and Cambridge striker Gerry McDonagh hitting 16 and assisting 15 in just 15 games. No other players really stood out, but a newly signed midfielder George Dowling had a good season.

Facilities: a training facilities + youth recruitment upgrade, plus a stadium seat conversion to meet the league requirements. Managed to scrape just enough cash for another training facility upgrade at the end of this season.

Season  |  League   | Pos.  |  FA Cup  | FA Trophy |  CL      |   EL       |  Top scorer        |  Top assists        |    Top rating        | Notes
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2018/19 |  Van Nth  |  5    |  R3      |  R1       |  n/a     |  n/a       |  Abioye (36)       |  Limb (17)          |    Limb (7.4)        | Lost in play-off final
2019/20 |  Van Nth  |  1    |  R3      |  won      |  n/a     |  n/a       |  Obiero (34)       |  Hmami (18)         |    Doughty (7.8)     | Promoted
2020/21 |  Van Nat  |  1    |  R4      |  R4       |  n/a     |  n/a       |  Keaveny (48)      |  Keaveny (25)       |    Keaveny (7.9)     | Promoted
2021/22 |  League 2 |  1    |  R3      |  n/a      |  n/a     |  n/a       |  Pashen (31)       |  Keaveny (18)       |    McDonagh (7.9)    | Promoted

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2018/19 |   £82k     |  Poor          |  Poor           | Adequate     |   Limited      | 8200 
2019/20 |   £392k    |  Basic         |  Poor           | Average      |   Limited      | 8200 
2020/21 |   £447k    |  Below Average |  Basic          | Average      |   Basic        | 5700


 

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Lowestoft Town FC - End of Season 2024/25
18th in Sky Bet League One

Final League Table | Squad| Transfers | Schedule 1+2+3 | Awards | Season Review | Finances | Dynamics
Best Eleven

Lookback:
    We've successfully established ourselves in League One. From the start of the league we were actually playing some football instead of just hoofing the ball upfront. I had the feeling that we could beat any other team in the league without calling it a fluke.
    However we still weren't really successful. Most of the games still ended with us losing closly. At the start of the new year I decided to switch away from my successful 4-3-3, 4-5-1 tactics and give 3-5-2 a try since we had a overwhelming good midfield (in my eyes anyway).
    This gave us the turnaround and was also the major reason we reached the semi final of the FA cup - we lost to the Wolves 3-0 ... the first team to really take us seriously.
    Besides that it was a real uneventful season. I decided to splash the cash and invested 450k into the team.
    My main signing Darryn Connolly (325k) took a long time to get used to the league but now I'm happy with him - he fits perfectly in the 3-5-2 system. However I still think I spent 25-50k too much on him.
    Mitchel Candlin came for 40,5k from Walsall and was the League One striker I was looking for. He banged 34 goals, 10 assists in his 52 games for us - noteworthy are his 11 goals in cup competitions :)
    I got a new board ... they injected 250k into the club ... I would have prefered the old one with my philosophies still in place - they agreed in January to upgrade my youth + training facilities for 1.5 million though.
    We raised our Youth rating to category 4 ... not sure what that means to be honest even though I asked for it.
    And plans are in place to build a new stadium. I have no clue where the money is supposed to come from this ... but okay. No date, no capacity is set yet .. they're planning around 11.000 seats though.
    Our youth intake we nothing to mention this year ... I released all the trialists.
    But overall I made the club more professional and installed a Director of Football, Data Analyst and Head Of Youth Development.
    The biggest thing we've too work on is the defense again. 20 goals conceded from corners is 20% from our 98 goals. I'm looking into that and try to get better central defenders.
    
Outlook:
    I still want to take things slow. Next season would be the first I would consider a promotion possible but it will need some luck.
    I want to be in the top 12 of the league though. Hopefully our cup run and the avoided promotion has raised our reputation further ... our main sponsor deal last year was still only 75k.
    All my players are now reaching a point where it's getting harder to make them better. Hopefully the new training grounds will help here ... I'm also looking to overall the backroom staff.
    Also next season I've decided not to throw away the Checkatrade cup competition like I did this year :D
    I would love to sell some players for cash but nobody seems interested in my lads so far :(

 

Season	League			Position	FA Cup		FA Trophy		Top Scorer		Most Assists		Highest Rating
2018/19	Vanarama North			19th	2nd Qual Rd		1st Rd		Jake Reed (18)		Lewis Taaffe (11)		Eze Ebuzoeme (6.99)
2019/20	Vanarama North			5th	1st Rd		3rd Qual Rd		Tom Hitchcock (34)		Anthony Cook (15)		Bernardo Rosa (7.23)
2020/21	Vanarama National			19th	4th Rd		1st Rd		Daniel Griffiths (27)		Rachid Tiah (11)		Lezion Cela (7.06)
2021/22	Vanarama National			1st	4th Qual Rd		1st Rd		Daniel Griffiths (21)		Daniel Griffiths (21)		Marcus Dinanga (7.44)
2022/23	SkyBet League Two			3rd	4th Rd		1st Rd		Offrande Zanzala (29)		Daniel Griffiths (27)		Offrande Zanzala (7.40)
2023/24	SkyBet League One			20th	4th Rd		3rd Rd		Offrande Zanzala (16)		James Norman (11)		James Norman (7.12)
2024/25	SkyBet League One			18th	Semi final		2nd Rd		Mitchel Candlin (34)		Jonathan Llewellyn (14)		Mitchel Candlin (7.21)

 

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Dulwich Hamlet Football Club – Season 2020/21 – Vanarama National League

 

League – Expected to finish bottom again We started off well winning 5 games in the first 12 we were very in consistent so i decided to drop the 4231 and changed to a 343 narrow as the 3 up top looks to be working well this season. This then lead us on a club record 17 games unbeaten winning 12 and drawing 5 until Wrexham who were second beat us 2-0 at home to peg us back to 3 points at the top. I then thought after such a good run i was being FM'd we struggled to find the back of the net in games and were being punished our form slumped and we dropped to 4th with 4 games left. In a desperate attempt not to drop out the playoffs with our form i went easy on the team giving the no pressure and good luck team shouts and it worked we won the next 3. Sitting second going in to the last game 3 points off Ebbsfleet who were playing Tranmere. We Just had to beat Maidstone and hope for a Tranmere win as we had a much better goal difference. 4-0 Win and Tranmere 2-0 up with 10 mins left Ebbsfleet scored late which left a nervy end to the game but as the final whistle went Dulwich were Champions and going in to the football league!

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Cup – FA cup we reached the 3rd round where Leeds tore us apart 3-0 but the money was very nice!

FA Trophy we reached the 4th rnd where Weeling united beat us in a replay

Season Awards  

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So a new stadium to be built as we embark on our football league status.

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2018/19 Vanarama National South		1st	Champions, Manager of the season
2019/20 Vanarama National		16th	FA Trophy runners up
2020/21 Vanarama National		1st	Champions, Manager of the season

 

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6 hours ago, Warhawk said:

Anyway, my January schedule is a bit nuts.  After two matches in 3 days on December 31st and January 2nd (and we went up 3-0 in that second one despite playing a bunch of backups), we do get 6 days off, then we have 7 matches in the next 18 days, including a stretch of 3 matches in 5 days, and 3 cup matches in 6 days.  At Barnet in the FA Cup on the 7th, followed by at Chelsea in the Carabao on the 10th, home against Sheffield United in the Checkatrade on the 12th, and at Walsall in the league on the 14th, plus two more away league matches on the 17th and 21st and the second leg against Chelsea on the 24th.  If we get any injuries I'm gonna have to start recalling some loanees.

After various rescheduling I managed to end up with another set of 3 cup matches in 5 days, and 5 matches overall in 11 days.  Wouldn't mind as much if I hadn't managed to go on a good run at the end of the year to get myself right on the cusp of a playoff spot.

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Even though I am done with FM18, I read this thread every season.  I always attempt it but I lack the patience to carry it out.

That said, during my reloads from 24 June 2018 to 25 June 2018, I have had a number of "rare" sides receive promotion and I have saved these games and am making this post to share these save files with you all.  Please note, as @dafugestates in the OP, you will need to retire the Holiday Man manager and start your own.  The save files are ready to play and the in game date is 25 June 2018.  I have highlighted in bold, those teams I consider "rare".

Save One - Kettering Town, Billericay Town, Merthyr Town, Stalybridge Celtic, Dorking Wanderers, Altrincham.

Save Two - Kettering Town, Billericay Town, Kings Langley, Margate, Altrincham, Grantham Town.

Save Three - Tooting & Mitcham United, Billericay Town, Kettering Town, Basingstoke Town, Altrincham, Ashton United.

Save Four - Billericay Town, St. Ives Town, Bishop's Stortford, Altrincham, Dulwich Hamlet, Buxton.

Save Five - Kettering Town, Shaw Lane, Dulwich Hamlet, Tonbridge Angels, Hereford FC, Stalybridge Celtic

Save Six - Kettering Town, Mickleover Sports, Merthyr Town, Billericay Town, Lowestoft Town, Ashton United.

Save Seven - Billericay Town, Brightlingsea Regent, Kettering Town, Gosport Borough, Ashton United, Stalybridge Celtic.

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On 27/11/2017 at 23:24, PS-GamerNeil said:

took me over an hour till I got marine. Keep trying mate :) Matty Hamilton is a beast :D

Not had a lot of time so still trying to get Marine or Warrington to the Conference North so I can manage them. Been doing it for the last hour now.....

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Season review 2021-2022

League Table

Transfers

Finances

Bassala Sambou - Player of the year

Herbie Kane - Key Player

Jack Cork - Key Player

Javairo Dilrosun

 

A great season, securing my 4th straight consecutive promotion and league title. Some really good signings and a great streak of form gave me the title. Although the table makes it look like a walk in the park, it really wasnt, and I have to say I got lucky in many games this year! After Christmas we had a terrible run of form and even though we had a really good margin of points down to third place I got worried that it would all slip away! A great 5-1 win away to Walsall really was the turning point, after having just picked ut 4 wins in the previous 13 games. From that point it was never going to slip and my key players performed great in the final stretch of the season, winning the league with a 13 point margin. 

We made it to the 3rd round of the FA Cup, where we drew Tottenham away. It was always going to be an uphill battle, and we got hammered 5-1 in the end, against what was basically their U23 team. But it gave us some well needed income! 

In the Checkatrade Trophy we lost in the 3rd Round against West Ham U23s, and in the Carabao Cup we lost in the 3rd round away to Crystal Palace. Both really bad games where we should have done better, but the focus was always going to be on the league. 

Player of the year, again was Bassala Sambou, scoring 28 goals in 39 games. That totals 115 goals and 45 assists in 130 games! Fantastic player, although he really didnt manage to stand out when we were in periods of bad form. So how will he carry the team in the Championship? Not sure he will. 

We were able to sign Jack Cork on a free transfer in december. A great signing for us and Cork is more than good enough for the Championship. He will for sure be the heart of the team next year! 

Finances are decent and we are in no real need to sell players, especially as our income will be a lot higher in the Championship. Although a wage budged of 950k p/w will be a little slim next season.....

Securing the promotion is great, but during our bad stretch of form, some of my players showed their true colors, and most of them are far away from being Championship standard. With my loanees contracts expiring, this will be a very busy summer! Players like Jack Cork, Dilrouson and Sambou will all be in the squad next year, but other than them and a couple of others, we really need to sign new players for basically every position! Putting the Team Dynamics to the test!! 

We've had a fantastic four seasons, but there is no doubt that the consecutive promotions are going to stop now! We have absolutely no chance at this point to do anything more than battle for survival! 

Looking forward to next year! 

 

Season  |     League         | Position |      FA Cup     | Checkatrade Trophy | Carabao Cup |     
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2018-19 | Vanarama South     |   1st    |     4th round   |      1st round     |             |
2019-20 | Vanarama National  |   1st    |     3rd round   |      2nd round     |             |
2020-21 | Sky Bet League Two |   1st    |     3rd round   |      2nd round     |  1st Round  |
2021-22 | Sky Bet League One |   1st    |     3rd round   |      3rd round     |  3rd Round  | 

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, DazRTaylor said:

Even though I am done with FM18, I read this thread every season.  I always attempt it but I lack the patience to carry it out.

That said, during my reloads from 24 June 2018 to 25 June 2018, I have had a number of "rare" sides receive promotion and I have saved these games and am making this post to share these save files with you all.  Please note, as @dafugestates in the OP, you will need to retire the Holiday Man manager and start your own.  The save files are ready to play and the in game date is 25 June 2018.  I have highlighted in bold, those teams I consider "rare".

Save One - Kettering Town, Billericay Town, Merthyr Town, Stalybridge Celtic, Dorking Wanderers, Altrincham.

Save Two - Kettering Town, Billericay Town, Kings Langley, Margate, Altrincham, Grantham Town.

Save Three - Tooting & Mitcham United, Billericay Town, Kettering Town, Basingstoke Town, Altrincham, Ashton United.

Save Four - Billericay Town, St. Ives Town, Bishop's Stortford, Altrincham, Dulwich Hamlet, Buxton.

Save Five - Kettering Town, Shaw Lane, Dulwich Hamlet, Tonbridge Angels, Hereford FC, Stalybridge Celtic

Save Six - Kettering Town, Mickleover Sports, Merthyr Town, Billericay Town, Lowestoft Town, Ashton United.

Save Seven - Billericay Town, Brightlingsea Regent, Kettering Town, Gosport Borough, Ashton United, Stalybridge Celtic.

Dorking Wanderers, WOW. That is an extremely unlikely promotion. 

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7 hours ago, DazRTaylor said:

Even though I am done with FM18, I read this thread every season.  I always attempt it but I lack the patience to carry it out.

That said, during my reloads from 24 June 2018 to 25 June 2018, I have had a number of "rare" sides receive promotion and I have saved these games and am making this post to share these save files with you all.  Please note, as @dafugestates in the OP, you will need to retire the Holiday Man manager and start your own.  The save files are ready to play and the in game date is 25 June 2018.  I have highlighted in bold, those teams I consider "rare".

Save One - Kettering Town, Billericay Town, Merthyr Town, Stalybridge Celtic, Dorking Wanderers, Altrincham.

Save Two - Kettering Town, Billericay Town, Kings Langley, Margate, Altrincham, Grantham Town.

Save Three - Tooting & Mitcham United, Billericay Town, Kettering Town, Basingstoke Town, Altrincham, Ashton United.

Save Four - Billericay Town, St. Ives Town, Bishop's Stortford, Altrincham, Dulwich Hamlet, Buxton.

Save Five - Kettering Town, Shaw Lane, Dulwich Hamlet, Tonbridge Angels, Hereford FC, Stalybridge Celtic

Save Six - Kettering Town, Mickleover Sports, Merthyr Town, Billericay Town, Lowestoft Town, Ashton United.

Save Seven - Billericay Town, Brightlingsea Regent, Kettering Town, Gosport Borough, Ashton United, Stalybridge Celtic.

Argh... totally torn now... Do i throw away 2 full seasons of work with Margate and start again with Brightlingsea Regent (just an awesome name) or Tooting & Mitcham (The Terrors is such an awesome nickname and i grew up round there)... argh the decisions!

Craziness... Brightlingsea are proffessional already!

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Hereford FC - Premier League - 2029/30

A very up and down season for us this year. We started well enough being around mid table and then had a massive slump and fell just 1 point before the relegation zone. Thankfully we picked up and had a good run of form towards the end of the season, although we drew a lot of those games we should have won them so I saw a lot of positives. Hopefully we can finally crack the top half soon. 

League Table


Past Positions

Cups - I wanted to reach a cup final so I went for it in the Carabao Cup however Man United knocked us out in the semi final. FA Cup as a quick exit in round 4.

Squad - I have stocked up on a few too many midfielders and my defence is weak at the wing back positions. I'm screaming out for a class striker as my current strikers miss a lot of opportunities. A revamp is needed soon.

Finances - Plenty in the bank despite spending £109m on new players.

Transfers - I sold £60m worth of talent over the season. with Sutcliffe going for a potential £40m. I panicked and overspent on Gale, hopefully he can come good.   

 

Key Player Profiles:

Berat Haxhaj - Bought 2 years ago for £4.5m and now worth £35m. Needs to score a bit more but a very good player.

Peter Deutschmann - Had a £4.9m release fee which I hit last summer to sign. Great first season.

Joao Rodrigues - Top scorer with again this season with 17. Just needs to convert more chances as misses lots. 

Next Season Aims

Break into the top 10. We are not far off doing this and then hopefully can really push on.

Other News

My homegrown star Garner played 30 times in the first team as a 16 year old this season and did pretty well. I cant decide if I should use him in midfield or upfront however.


Career Overview

Season          League                      League Finish     Achievements
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2018/19         Vanarama South              9th               FA Cup 2nd round  
2019/20         Vanarama North		    3rd	 	      Lost in playoff final
2020/21         Vanarama North		    1st	              Champions and FA Trophy Winners
2021/22         Vanarama National           1st               Champions, FA Trophy finalists & FA Cup 3rd round
2022/23		Sky Bet League 2	    1st		      Champions  
2023/24         Sky Bet League 1            4th               Lost in playoff final
2024/25         Sky Bet League 1            1st               Champions, FA Cup round 5 & Checkatrade Trophy winner
2025/26         Sky Bet Championship        1st               Champions
2026/27         Premier League              11th              Survival
2027/28	        Premier League              12th      
2028/29         Premier League              14th
2029/30         Premier League              14th

 

 

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League - Squad - Dynamics - Transfers - Finances

The last season to be played out at Moss Lane was a pretty forgettable one and all promotion momentum appears to have dried up.  It could well have been worse as the club were threatened with relegation up to round February before eventually moving away from the drop zone.  There will be system changes next season as currently i am too open and whilst i got away with it over the past 9 seasons i now need to address it as the bigger clubs are exploiting the gaps . The club are currently hemorrhaging  money  whilst paying for the new stadium, overall £650k in the red despite the record sale of Michael Hill to Huddersfield Town.

In the Cup , there were wins over Oxford United and Witton Albion before losing to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough in Round 3.  Huddersfield Town ended any aspirations in the Carabao losing in extra time in round 2.

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Margate FC 2018/19 season review

 

A rough start, but we found our footing. After nearly missing out on the playoffs, this happened League Table

Which means that we are off to the Vanarama National. I feel that we have a strong squad, but we still need to strengthen a lot if we want to survive

Top Scorer - he didn't perworm that good, but we are keeping him for next year

This guy joined us on loan from our parent club Peterborough late in the season, and what a difference he made. I really hope to be able to sign him permanently.

Finances aren't great, but as expected

Season          League                      League Finish     Achievements
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2018/19         Vanarama South              7th               Promoted 

 

 

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@Hypanimz - My homegrown star Garner played 30 times in the first team as a 16 year old this season and did pretty well. I cant decide if I should use him in midfield or upfront however.

I would use him as shadow striker - Doesn't seem too many of those around, when searching the market?

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1 minute ago, Dons said:

@Hypanimz - My homegrown star Garner played 30 times in the first team as a 16 year old this season and did pretty well. I cant decide if I should use him in midfield or upfront however.

I would use him as shadow striker - Doesn't seem too many of those around, when searching the market?

I have been considering using him there but I don't tend to use an Attacking Midfielder. I would have to change my formation to fit him in which I'm not overly keen on doing.

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Yep... couldn't resist.

Meet Raymond Bingham, the new manager of Tooting & Mitcham United

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Going to see how it goes... it looks like it's going to be super tight to start; no squad, no staff and 8k for wages with zero for transfers almost zero scouting budget... on the plus side... if i can get it up and running, having an 8000 capacity stadium is a real bonus and the fact that there is absolutely no fat anywhere means i'm starting from scratch.

Margate is on hold... Up the Terrors!

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So at the January deadline I made a move for Swindon's goalkeeper.  Swindon had been in the top spot since October after getting off to a 13-4-1 start.  I had been bouncing around mid-table for most of the season but at that point had basically established myself in the top 8-10.

I suspect they're regretting that decision at the moment.

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23 minutes ago, Swindon69 said:

On a side note I've just spotted Wayne Rooney is managing Bury.

I mentioned it before but he managed Stevenage to a promotion from League Two in my game, then left for Oxford where he's gone 2-4-8 in the Championship since taking over in November.  Then again they had gone 4-5-10 before then so they're just not any good.  Giggs got fired from Gillingham after falling apart after making the playoff last season.  Adam Lallana got hired by Doncaster in November, went 4-1-0 in his first five matches, and 1-2-8 since.  Way down in the VNL, Jamie Vardy is managing Ebbsfleet after getting sacked at Hartlepool.

As for the PL, contrary to most people's experiences I've seen on here, Guardiola is still with Man City in 2023.  Zidane is managing Chelsea.  Man U hired Simeone in 2022 after he added two more Liga trophies in 2018 and 2021 along with 2nd in 2019 and 2020 and 3rd in 2022.  Arsenal hired Allegri in 2020 after he won 3 straight Serie A trophies.  And Mancini is with Liverpool.

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