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37 minutes ago, thomas_e said:

Totally agree @tajj7, and it also becomes a great way of making money. Signed an argentinian national team player on a free last season, used him as a rotation/backup player, then sold him to Arsenal for £45. Pretty good business...

Signed a striker from Man City on a bosman now, no competition for his signature whatsoever. Played to 7.3 average rating for them last year. Valued now in Billericay at £50 million. 

 

Not benefited yet myself, but I suspect I might soon, a few of my players are wanted by various clubs. My star winger who I signed from a Japanese club (also the one that came out as gay) for just £1.7 million, is now worth over £55 million and is wanted by Monaco and Arsenal. He got 20 assists in the league last year but my formation seems to make wingers over perform a lot, so I think he is replaceable, so I might cash in as we could do with the finances. With the rise in wages of all my players and players coming in, we are struggling to make money now, my balance is being topped up by winning champions league games at the moment.

I've also noticed that there are a huge amount of very talented young players available from Portugal at cheap prices, every scouting meeting my scouts highlight a new 5 star potential player from the Portuguese league, most of whom you can buy for sub £1 million. I have 3 arriving in January, carefully scouted by multiple top scouts and still 5 star rated, but also teams like Chelsea, Arsenal, Barcelona, Man Utd etc. were looking at them so I usually find that if a big AI club is looking at a player he is very likely to have high PA so I try to snap them up.

But yeh as well the likes of Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd are just overloaded with talent, some very good players just sit in their U23s for ages and often get transfer listed for low values.

The 18 year old wonderkid I had on loan from Chelsea last year, an English AMC, scored 17 goals for me in the league, similar amount of assists and was young player of the year. Still has barely played a game for them beyond some cup appearances. 

 

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On 22/01/2018 at 10:38, Edinton said:

Finally completed a season - my first two attempts lasted 39 games before I resigned in disgrace - so very much third time lucky. I don't have any screenshots but I ended 15th (maybe 16th) after a solid run of form around Feb to April time, including 5 wins in a row which was enough to pull me clear of relegation.

As always my team at the end of the season was unrecognisable from the team that started it, and most of my squad will be released over the summer. A Structured, hard tackling, short passing 4-4-1-1 system that seemed to get the best of our better players was the key to survival.

Financially we are about 120k in the hole so it will be interesting to see what happens next. Onwards and upwards though!

 

Just started the next season - media prediction is for an 11th place finish (gulp) so I guess they like my preseason signings!

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36 minutes ago, tajj7 said:

 

Not benefited yet myself, but I suspect I might soon, a few of my players are wanted by various clubs. My star winger who I signed from a Japanese club (also the one that came out as gay) for just £1.7 million, is now worth over £55 million and is wanted by Monaco and Arsenal. He got 20 assists in the league last year but my formation seems to make wingers over perform a lot, so I think he is replaceable, so I might cash in as we could do with the finances. With the rise in wages of all my players and players coming in, we are struggling to make money now, my balance is being topped up by winning champions league games at the moment.

I've also noticed that there are a huge amount of very talented young players available from Portugal at cheap prices, every scouting meeting my scouts highlight a new 5 star potential player from the Portuguese league, most of whom you can buy for sub £1 million. I have 3 arriving in January, carefully scouted by multiple top scouts and still 5 star rated, but also teams like Chelsea, Arsenal, Barcelona, Man Utd etc. were looking at them so I usually find that if a big AI club is looking at a player he is very likely to have high PA so I try to snap them up.

But yeh as well the likes of Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd are just overloaded with talent, some very good players just sit in their U23s for ages and often get transfer listed for low values.

The 18 year old wonderkid I had on loan from Chelsea last year, an English AMC, scored 17 goals for me in the league, similar amount of assists and was young player of the year. Still has barely played a game for them beyond some cup appearances. 

 

Same here, Portugal has some serious talent! Same with Brazil and Argentina as always, as well as Czech Republic in my save. Many wonderkids coming out of there, and they are very, very cheap! 

But I do find it harder to loan out players in this version. I've always tried to adopt a bit of a Chelsea-style transfer strategy, bringing in several young players that I never really intend to use as first team players, but loan out for two-four years, and then sell for a profit (of course, some of them develop enough to become first team players). But in this save, I've had several youngsters, including wonderkids that I haven't been able to loan out. I try and try, but dont get any offers. I find that really strange, why wouldnt clubs be interested in loaning a wonderkid striker that they don't even have to pay anything to get! 

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2 hours ago, thomas_e said:

Same here, Portugal has some serious talent! Same with Brazil and Argentina as always, as well as Czech Republic in my save. Many wonderkids coming out of there, and they are very, very cheap! 

But I do find it harder to loan out players in this version. I've always tried to adopt a bit of a Chelsea-style transfer strategy, bringing in several young players that I never really intend to use as first team players, but loan out for two-four years, and then sell for a profit (of course, some of them develop enough to become first team players). But in this save, I've had several youngsters, including wonderkids that I haven't been able to loan out. I try and try, but dont get any offers. I find that really strange, why wouldnt clubs be interested in loaning a wonderkid striker that they don't even have to pay anything to get! 

Not had too much issue loaning players, most of mine that I bring in as hot prospects seem to be wanted straight away. Even if I haven't loan listed them and don't even intend to. 

Also seems a lot of these regens come in with very high CA, most players I am finding are leading Championship players at least if not 2 1/2 to 3 star already, even at like 17-18, seen the same with other clubs.

Everyone seems to be producing Wayne Rooneys 

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On 22/01/2018 at 19:10, themonk9223 said:

keep it up, hopefully find some money somewhere.

 

Thanks - of course we went even further into the hole over the summer with no gate income, but it looks like i've now got a better squad with lower wages* so hopefully I can chip away at the deficit and maybe get a cup run together.

*That being said, do non-contract players count in your wage bill if they are essentially only paid when they play??

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It hasn't been a particularly easy first half of the season, but we have managed to keep our heads above water in League 2- despite our miniscule payroll compared to the rest of the league. Our offense has been surprisingly good and Kevin Hudson has been our best player (I expected him to be), but our defense has been troubling and leaky all season. We lost our #1 keeper Deren Ibrahim to injury for much of the first half and replacements were not consistent. Nor was our central defense consistent as Alex Penny has been disappointing. I am trying to keep us on the even keel of play- as of late- and will try to build more going into next season (though if we can find some good free signings in January, we have the payroll room to add a couple quality players).

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Season is over for our best striker ever just the day he started in partnership with the new loanee which should be his replacement as he struggled little with injuries this year.

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A quick update from the start of the 2028-2029 season. Being defending champions of the Premier League and competing in the Champions League for the first time we have a challenging year head, but of course one that we welcome. 

We got a really tough fixture list for the start of the season with Chelsea (A), Newcastle (H), Man Utd (A), Leeds (H) and Tottenham (A). On top of that our Champions League group, where we were seeded as nr.1, saw us up against Barcelona, Napoli and Rijeka. 

What is obvious this year is how defensive our opponents line up against us on account of our success last season. This is a big change for us, and even though we managed to get victories against Newcastle and Leeds at home we really struggled against them both, as they played super defensive. We might have to alter our formation a bit, or just the player roles, as our fast paced 4-2-3-1 is not doing a lot when we are facing a brick wall of defenders. 

We lost the Charity Shield 0-2 against a strong Arsenal team. Following that we lost 0-2 to Chelsea in the season opener. After a scrappy win against Newcastle we took our regular beating at Old Trafford, losing only by a goal, but not really creating any chances. After beating Leeds, I had high hopes for our game against a weak Tottenham, and even though a draw is an okay result, we missed a one-on-one with the goalkeeper in stoppage time, leaving a bitter taste! 

We beat Rijeka 3-0 away in our opening game in the Champions League, fielding a team of our backup players, but against opponents that weak we should win no matter what. 

Overall I was really optimistic going into the new season, having signed some quality players. But even though we've had an extremely tough fixture list and we have plenty of time to pick up points I'm not happy with what I've seen from my team. We have very creative players but seem to be out of ideas when teams drop low into their own box, with players often firing away hopeless long shots from 35 yards out. We also haven't been able to really figure out our midfield duo, still lacking a top class "central midfielder <defend>" player. 

Next game is Stoke at home and after that we have a pretty easy fixture list, so hopefully we can build some momentum going forward. But being favourites in most games this year (compared to last season) brings its own set of challenges and we need to find a way to break down defensive teams, otherwise this could be a tougher year than expected. 

A consortium is looking to buy the club these days, lets hope that if they do, the new board will realise what a limitation our 12,000 capacity stadium is... 

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1 hour ago, thomas_e said:

A quick update from the start of the 2028-2029 season. Being defending champions of the Premier League and competing in the Champions League for the first time we have a challenging year head, but of course one that we welcome. 

We got a really tough fixture list for the start of the season with Chelsea (A), Newcastle (H), Man Utd (A), Leeds (H) and Tottenham (A). On top of that our Champions League group, where we were seeded as nr.1, saw us up against Barcelona, Napoli and Rijeka. 

What is obvious this year is how defensive our opponents line up against us on account of our success last season. This is a big change for us, and even though we managed to get victories against Newcastle and Leeds at home we really struggled against them both, as they played super defensive. We might have to alter our formation a bit, or just the player roles, as our fast paced 4-2-3-1 is not doing a lot when we are facing a brick wall of defenders. 

We lost the Charity Shield 0-2 against a strong Arsenal team. Following that we lost 0-2 to Chelsea in the season opener. After a scrappy win against Newcastle we took our regular beating at Old Trafford, losing only by a goal, but not really creating any chances. After beating Leeds, I had high hopes for our game against a weak Tottenham, and even though a draw is an okay result, we missed a one-on-one with the goalkeeper in stoppage time, leaving a bitter taste! 

We beat Rijeka 3-0 away in our opening game in the Champions League, fielding a team of our backup players, but against opponents that weak we should win no matter what. 

Overall I was really optimistic going into the new season, having signed some quality players. But even though we've had an extremely tough fixture list and we have plenty of time to pick up points I'm not happy with what I've seen from my team. We have very creative players but seem to be out of ideas when teams drop low into their own box, with players often firing away hopeless long shots from 35 yards out. We also haven't been able to really figure out our midfield duo, still lacking a top class "central midfielder <defend>" player. 

Next game is Stoke at home and after that we have a pretty easy fixture list, so hopefully we can build some momentum going forward. But being favourites in most games this year (compared to last season) brings its own set of challenges and we need to find a way to break down defensive teams, otherwise this could be a tougher year than expected. 

A consortium is looking to buy the club these days, lets hope that if they do, the new board will realise what a limitation our 12,000 capacity stadium is... 

New stadium, after you have already had one is hard coded to 20 or 25 years I believe, silly rule but if your game was like mine and you built a new stadium to get into the football league, then that is it for a while.

Have the same issue it's capped to 13250. 

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Just now, tajj7 said:

New stadium, after you have already had one is hard coded to 20 or 25 years I believe, silly rule but if your game was like mine and you built a new stadium to get into the football league, then that is it for a while.

Have the same issue it's capped to 13250. 

We only expanded the stadium with a couple of thousand seats I believe. So then it shouldnt be a cap in place? 

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3 hours ago, thomas_e said:

We only expanded the stadium with a couple of thousand seats I believe. So then it shouldnt be a cap in place? 

The original stadium I don't think meets league standards so pretty sure they build a new one, unless you have the original stadium? 

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I decided to give this challenge a go after getting fired 4 times in a row by Bognor Regis (once on the 1st season and 3 times after promotion to National league and being relegated).  I don't chose the most difficult since I have taken Altrincham (6th spot on the reputation scale with 6 others).  Why Altrincham? Mainly I grew tired of having 550 and less people in the seats even while fighting for 1st rank in National South (biggest crowd was FA cup 2nd round againt Bristol Rovers: 765 peoples attending!) and under 700 in VNL :( ...

Since money will be flowing and signings should be easier, I decided to put myself some restrains:

  1. No loans of any kind.  So, players I want to develop, I'll need to do it in house and should never ease up my wages by signing loans for myself
  2. All the players on my roster will have a real contract (full or part time) so, no non-contract signings
  3. As for transfer budget, it will be like this: under 50k for VNN, and add 50k/division up to L1, after that, no limitations.
  4. Scouting budget will be significant though because after the 1st season, I will forbid myself any trials. For 1st season, I'll give myself trials up to September 1st (trial offers). All the signings will have to be on scouted players (70% knowledge will be minimum)
  5. Finally, no signings of any kind after September 30th of each year except for ONE disgruntled player/year from a team that need to be at least 2 divisions higher (the day I'll be Championship, that rule will change ofc but it remains to be seen that I ever achieve that) [this mean I will keep a pretty big roster at all time because of injuries and should miss some players because of the time stamp I impose on myself]

So, here is my screenchot:

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Quick note about the screenshot...  the managers face is blurred because I always use a real pic of my daughter (I always do that :idiot:).  She is the one that made me discover the game.  That said, I wonder how many here can say that quality daddy/daughter time is playing online seasons with a daughter (even if she always wins, handing my butt to me every single time so far.... :p ).

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Dulwich Hamlet season 2021-2022    

Another awesome season. Better loans this year due to a switch from Ipswich to Man City for parent club. Finances are crap but at least I'm still getting promoted.

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King’s Lynn dafuge Challenge
 

Season 9 – 2026/27 – Premiership

TLDR: I did it, challenge complete!

Transfers: Quality over quantity, and we managed to find several very good upgrades in defense and midfield. The main signings were world-class midfielder David Martins Cardozo and center back Gordan Veladzic. Cardozo had a low minimum release clause, and was signed straight from Brazil, and Veladzic looked to be one of the very best center backs in the game – I had him on my shortlist, and he was stupidly transfer listed by Leverkusen, so we snapped him up. I missed out on a few targets who chose to join bigger clubs, but overall we did well.

League: Won it! Man Utd and Chelsea were going strong to start with, but I gradually caught up and overtook them. We were behind Man Utd on goal difference until we beat them 5-2 at home in mid-February, and we never let up after that, securing the title with two games remaining.

Domestic cups: With focus on the league and CL, I didn’t pay much attention to these, and went out in the League cup quarters (to Spurs), and FA cup semis (to Swansea).

Champions League: Monaco and Barca made for a tough group, but we made easy work of it and only dropped 2 points, beating Barca 7-1 at home. Celtic were an easy last-16 opponent, and were easily dispatched. A hiccup against Schalke at home in the quarters meant we lost 1-0, but we roared back with a 6-2 away win. A solid display beating Inter home and away in the semis, and Atletico await in the final. It was a nervy affair without many clear chances, but we edged it 1-0 thanks to a far post volley from our Italian complete forward Francesco Mirto. So, CL won at the first time of asking, and challenge complete!

Best players: My two best players are still the strikers Francesco Mirto and Bastien Auclair, with Auclair playing on the wing this season due to me switching back to a one-striker formation.

But two of the new signings made a hell of a lot of difference. David Martins Cardozo hit 14 goals and 12 assists from center mid, and is just an all-round brilliant player. Gordan Veladzic was fantastic, achieving a 7.4 average rating at center back in a rather attacking formation – still can’t believe Leverkusen transfer listed him, but here we go...

And the prize for the player of the challenge goes to Ashley Pope, who has been with us since League 1 and continued to be part of the squad, going on a great scoring/assisting streak in the Autumn before being phased out by the better players. He’s top of the all-time appearance stats, and is rightly a King’s Lynn legend.

Here are some stats for the end of the challenge:

All-time Best XI | Club profile | Manager profile

And a career summary:

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
2022/23 |  League 1   |  1    |  R4      |  n/a      |  n/a     |  n/a       |  Pope (51)         |  Pope (31)          |    Pope (8.1)        | Promoted
2023/24 | Champ-ship  |  1    |  R4      |  n/a      |  n/a     |  n/a       |  Pope (52)         |  Pope (43)          |    Pope (8.4)        | Promoted
2024/25 | Premiership |  7    |  R4      |  n/a      |  n/a     |  n/a       |  Pope (27)         |  Narita (15)        |    Narita (7.6)      | Europa qualification
2025/26 | Premiership |  2    |  R-up    |  n/a      |  n/a     |  Winner    |  Auclair (38)      |  Pope (24)          |    Mirto (7.8)       | Europa and Carabao cup winners
2026/27 | Premiership |  1    |  Semi    |  n/a      |  Winner  |  n/a       |  Mirto (36)        |  Frolov (22)        |    Auclair (7.6)     | League and CL double

Season  |  Finances  | Training Fac.  | Youth Fac.      | Coaching     |   Recruitment    | Stadium
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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
2022/23 |   £1.5m    |  Adequate      |  Basic          | Adequate     |   Average        | 5700
2023/24 |   £5.9m    |  Average       |  Below Average  | Adequate     |   Average        | 5700
2024/25 |   £107m    |  Average       |  Below Average  | Good         |   Above Average  | 5700
2025/26 |   £142m    |  Good          |  Adequate       | Excellent    |   Established    | 5700
2026/27 |   £214m    |  Great         |  Average        | Exceptional  | Well Established | 13000

 

PS Congrats on winning the league @thomas_e, and on everyone else's progress! Will keep on following your progress; might give the youth challenge a go myself next.

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On 17/01/2018 at 16:21, warlock said:

That's my experience, too. My solution has been to keep match preparation high throughout the season, and focus exclusively on match tactics or teamwork, which seemed to work well in the first season.

 

It might have been a complete coincidence, but around about February I changed all my training to be Match Tactic and Teamwork/Team Cohesion only and the next two months worth of matches I went on the run of form that took me clear of relegation and haven't look back. In fact, I won all five matches in March and won MOTM. I slipped a bit in April due to injuries but finished with a 2-0 win away to one of the eventual Play-Off contenders in my best performance of the season.

As such, after pre-season finished I went back to this combination and I've (miraculously) started with six wins out of six. I definitely have better players now than when I started with Salisbury but I've also now got consistency of tactics and team selection, and thanks to this training setup there's a cohesion to everything so fingers crossed it continues.

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Absolutely brilliant work @dkouv. 2026/2027, finishing the challenge this quick must be some kind of record? 

Hopefully I can do it soon myself. Sitting 3rd in the PL, but having won that already, its all about finishing within the top 4 and focusing on the CL.

Won my CL group over Barcelona, Napoli and Riejka, before being drawn against a strong AC Milan side in the first knock out stage. Played 1-1 at the San Siro, second leg will be played tonight. Fingers crossed! 

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1 hour ago, Edinton said:

I've also now got consistency of tactics and team selection, and thanks to this training setup there's a cohesion to everything

Sounds like it worked for you - congratulations! You still need the right players and a decent tactic, but I think this kind of training works better than the constant changing between defensive positioning/attacking movement/setpieces that your backroom staff suggests.

Hope it keeps working for you!

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1 hour ago, dkouv said:

@thomas_e - thanks, and good luck against Milan in the CL!

Knocked Milan out comfortably. 

Unfortunately, a very strong Chelsea side knocked us out 5-4 on aggregate in the quarter finals :seagull:

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22 hours ago, warlock said:

Sounds like it worked for you - congratulations! You still need the right players and a decent tactic, but I think this kind of training works better than the constant changing between defensive positioning/attacking movement/setpieces that your backroom staff suggests.

Hope it keeps working for you!

Thanks - I had been going crazy in the first couple of season attempts as it felt like nothing worked. I knew I just had to stay up and I could then progress as the club reputation increases and better players became available. 

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Having completely banjaxed my Dulwich Hamlet save with unintended promises, I decided to jump before I was pushed. So, Nobby Charlton is back in the saddle with a new team. I think it's important to have some kind of connection with the club and since i went to Margate once as a small child, they won.

Here we go again...

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Bilderesultat for billericay town

 

Season Review 2028-2029

 

Our first season in the Champions League after winning the Premier League last season. A big challenge to compete in two major tournaments, so adding squad depth was a big focus last summer. We did fairly well in the transfer market, and were able to offer higher salaries with CL money coming in. 

The league season overall was good, and we managed a 2nd place in the Premier League. I didn't expect to go back-to-back, and with Man Utd not playing Champions League football this year they were always going to be favorites. Even though it looked comfortable, it really was a five horse race for the top 4 spots this year, separating only 8 points between Man Utd in 1st and Liverpool in 5th. I think all of the top 5 teams were top of the league at one point or another. The challenge this year was clearly that teams were taking a much more defensive approach against us. This led to some frustrating draws, and in december it was back to the drawing board. I kept my preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, bit increased our closing down mentality as well as giving the players more creative freedom, as a team as well as with individual instructions. This really helped with results and also improved the "identity" of the team, getting a lot more out of our creative players. Especially Joshua Cordier, a 20 year wonderkid i signed on a free (!) two years ago blossomed in the second half of the season, putting in some unbelievable performances from the AM position. 

I had high hopes for the FA Cup and of course the Champions League. But one team stopped us in both: Chelsea. 

Even though they finished 7th in the league, losing against really poor sided, against us they play so well its strange they dont win the Premier League 38-0-0! But thats the challenge, and we have to learn how to defeat them. 

We lost to Chelsea in the FA Cup final and in the Champions League quarter-final. We won our group against Barcelona, Napoli and Riejka (5 wins and a draw away to Barca). We beat AC Milan in the first knock-out stage, but Chelsea were too strong unfortunately. 

Goals for next season: Top 4 in the Premier League --- Win the Champions League

 

Season overview and key players

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Season  |        League         | Position  |      FA Cup     | Checkatrade Trophy | Carabao Cup | Europa League   Champions League 
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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  |  			 					 
2022-23 |  Sky Bet Championship |    1st    |     3rd round   |                    |  4th round  | 				 					
2023-24 |  Premier League       |    13th   |     6th round   |                    |  semi-final |				 					 
2024-25 |  Premier League       |    8th    |     4th round   |                    |  4th round  |				 					 
2025-26 |  Premier League       |    6th    |     4th round   |                    |  3rd round  |				 					
2026-27 |  Premier League       |    6th    |     4th round   |                    |  3rd round  |   Semi-final	 					 
2027-28 |  Premier League       |    1st    |     5th round   |                    |  Qtr final  |   Runner-up	 					 
2087-29 |  Premier League       |    2nd    |     runner up   |                    |  semi-final |   Runner-up	 	quarter-final	 

 

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Someone said promotion?

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I think injured Hatton's replacement took that business seriously. He'll be with us next season all way long and once Hatton will be back from his injury we'll have a couple of terrific strikers on them!

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As far as the season went, as a club we exceeded expectations.  A projected mid-table finish was beaten, as we went the the second round of the playoffs, beating Gloucester City in the first 
round in a thrilling penalty shootout before losing to Chelmsford City in the second round, finishing 5th overall.

With 109 goals scored, we came close to breaking the record for goals scored in the Vanaram National South.

Tom Ashton was our player of the season.  40 goals, in all competition, 23 assists, 7.63 rating, 11 POM awards.  And he didn't make the teams best XI.  Montell Moore had 30 goals as well, but neither player won player of the year, that went to Justin Amaluzor, who was on loan to Chelmsford City.

We, along with Chelmsford city, did set a record for number of goals scored in a game, a thrilling 7-5 win for Enfield.  Chelmsford got their revenge three weeks later, knocking us out of the playoffs.

The season ended on a good note for us.  Dynamics wise we are doing well, and of my starting XI, eight are going to be back next season as they are all under contract.  I think we have a good chance of winning the league, especially if we stay healthy.

Financially we could be better.  We could also be a lot worse.  However, Queen Elizabeth II Stadium did not meet the league requirements for minimum size, sol the board had to borrow 26K, along with a 24K grant, to expand the stadium.  As a result, I cannot make any sort of financial requests to the board.  No coaching courses, no expansion of facilities, no salary increases, no youth recruitment expansion.  Plus thats £500 a month in loan repayments.  We did get an increase in sponsorship money, which will offset some of that.

I did win coach of the year.

This was also my first attempt at putting some videos up on Youtube.  It's been a learning experience, fraught with technical difficulties and PBKAC errors, but I am having fun doing it, and will continue to put the series online.  I can tell just by watching the first video and the last I'm better at it.  Still poor, but not as much as I used to be.  As Enfield grows and advances, so will I.

SEASON

LEAGUE

POSITION

FA CUP

FA TROPHY

TOP SCORER

MOST ASSISTS

BEST RATING

ACHIEVEMENTS/OTHER

2018/2019

Vanarama South

5th (proj 15th)

4th Qualifying Round,
lost to Tranmere

3rd Round, lost to Aldershot Town

Tom Ashton, 40 goals in 43 matches

Tom Ashton, 20

Tom Ashton, 7.63

Set record with Chelmsford for most goals in a match, 12.  Tom Ashton DID NOT MAKE Best XI.

 For those interested, you can follow along on Youtube here:

 

Thanks,

Jellico73

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Dulwich Hamlet season 2022-2023    

What an incredible season! My new DoF brought in a striker from Denmark and the guy proceeded to score an average of 2 goals a game. We would have easily won the league if my board hadn't sold him for peanuts (speaking of - where is the option to protest when your board does that??). If this hadn't been a challenge game, I would have resigned. I didn't though - and we improved and some loan signings from parent club Man City helped pave the way to second place. Promotion meant we lost that player avenue though, so I have no idea how I'm going to properly add to my threadbare squad. If I can just survive a year with the premier league money, I'll have a chance...

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En 31/1/2018 a las 11:07, thomas_e dijo:

Congrats on the promotien @13-gigi

Thanks!!

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Getting a minimum Stadium expansion due to a new loan for half price of the works.

Not a wise movement if we pretend just to avoid the drop next season, we needed that money so badly on the squad!

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17 hours ago, 13-gigi said:

Thanks!!

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Getting a minimum Stadium expansion due to a new loan for half price of the works.

Not a wise movement if we pretend just to avoid the drop next season, we needed that money so badly on the squad!

I experenced the same thing, going through a stadium expansion and upgrading training facilities, when all I really wanted was to renew the squad! 

And now, since its not that many years since our last expansion, we are playing in the Premier League with a 12,500 capacity stadium :seagull:

And thats not looking to change anytime soon, as the game clearly has an imprinted rule on how often the board will upgrade its facilities, probably to avoid having a big stadium if you get relegated. Feels strange though, consiering that we have won the Premier League and finished 2nd last season. Don't see us dropping down to League One anytime soon...

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Season Review 2019-20

 

We have now had back to back promotions as the champions

We also won the FA Trophy this season after deciding to take it more seriously than last year and I am glad I did as a trip to Wembley for the final improved our finances and now around £200k in the red. In the FA cup we were knocked out by Sky Bet league two side Swindon Town 3-0 in the first round.

Our star man again was Joe Cairns, our top goalscorer for the second year running. He's only rated as a Vanarama National league north/south standard striker so I don't know how he keeps on banging them in the back of the net.

Yet again the board have took out another bank loan to expand the stadium to comply with Sky Bet league two standards, so we now have loans of £350k and £720k.

For the second straight season our youth intake was abysmal and not one player was signed. That doesn't really surprise me though as the board refuse to accept any of my requests apart from letting me go on one coaching course but have said no every time I have asked to go on another one.

 

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We survived our first season in League 2, but overall I was disappointed. We had committed to playing improved defense and instead we were the worst club defensively in League 2 allowing 99 goals. The wheels came off late in the season after we lost scoring machine Kevin Hudson and our club floundered the rest of the way. Our center defense additions all under-peformed as Alex Penny, Yannick Aziakonou and Matthew Weaire all disappointed me. Mid-season signing DR Max Aarons solidified the rightback, but after a wonderful start he tailed off badly to close the season. None of our leftbacks performed well and that is a position I will be looking to fill next season- Ronnie Barker didn't develop at all and Jaydon Mundle-Smith had one good stretch of matches and then failed to play well down the stretch. Our keepers were inconsistent as Rich Dearle became #1 keeper (mostly due to Deren Ibrahim missing time with injuries and National duties).
 
Kevin Hudson did everything I thought he would as he scored 30 goals in 34 matches and was on pace to challenge for the league goal-scoring title until he injured his calf and missed the last five matches of the season and we only scored one goal in those matches. Mark Kingdon played well when paired with Hudson- contributing 20 goals overall- but didn't show anything once Hudson went down. Brandon Mackie contributed a bit, but was bothered by injuries. Seika Jatta never looked like a League 2 forward and we have likely seen the best of his production in the past at this point. Jubril Adedji and Max Ryan contributed little- other than griping- so we will try to find both new homes in the summer.
 
Midfield was so-so. Alex Pope was a revelation and he and Hudson should be our best players for years to come- assuming the big clubs don't come calling for either of them. James Simmons was consistent at leftwing and performed better than I expected with 8 goals and 10 assists. Dilan Markanday paired well with him on the right- until he was injured at midseason and missed three months. Tandai Matinyadze and Steven Cahill played solidly and Jordan Mellor moved up from our under-18s to show some promise. Overall, it could have been better and the midfield really didn't do well in our losing stretch to close the season.
 
Losing Marcus Kelly as my assistant coach at mid-season hurt the staff a lot (he became head coach at Havant & Waterlooville) and I wound up with Scotsman Nick Montgomery as his replacement. I keep hoping that the Board will loosen up and permit me another coach- or two- as we really could use a bit more help.
There were a lot of players that proved to me that they aren't League 2 caliber, so this summer will be about seeing if we get a larger wage budget- we are currently maxxed out- and seeing if we can pare our roster some.

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On 2/3/2018 at 13:57, col_nufc1 said:

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For the second straight season our youth intake was abysmal and not one player was signed. That doesn't really surprise me though as the board refuse to accept any of my requests apart from letting me go on one coaching course but have said no every time I have asked to go on another one.

 

Try to get 'develop young players for the first team' as a philosophy, add it in to a contract renewal, generally after that I found the board would agree to anything 'youth' related

Cool club choice BTW, sad that IRL they have no coppers playing for them! 

 

 

 

 

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Billericay Season 8 (I think) Update - 2025/26. 

A season of improvement, but ultimately a disappointing one.  We improved on our 3rd place last year, to finish runners up in the league -

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91 points, 96 goals but still not enough to overtake the juggernaut that is Man Utd. That points total would have been enough to win the league in 5 of the 8 seasons since the save started but not enough this year. 

We improved in every area, though defensively we are still prone to conceding goals against top opposition, hence the 42 goals conceded to Man Utd's 20, yes they conceded just 20 goals all year. 

Man Utd were just an immovable wall that blocked us at pretty much every opportunity -

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Knocking us out of the FA Cup and Champions League, we did have a spell through the mid season on top of the league but it was only because Man Utd were away at the World Club Championship so were sitting on 4 games in hand for a while.

They also went on to win the Champions League as well, their second in a row and I think their fourth since the save started. Quarter finals though for our first season in the Champions League was a decent success, Billericay mixing it with the European powerhouses.

And of course in the one competition they don't knock us out off, the League Cup, Liverpool beat us in the final with their only chance and only shot on target. :mad:

As you can see above the stadium is stuck on 13,250 capacity and we can't do anything about it for another 20 years I think thanks to the hard coded new stadium rule. The rest of the facilities are looking pretty good though -

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Still the overall progress has been fantastic -

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Players

Here is my squad and their performance this year -

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Here are some of my top talents -

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Club captain, hero of the championship season when on loan and has turned into a fantastic player. Has hit over 23 league goals over the the last 3 seasons he is basically turning into my Harry Kane.

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Probably my best performer, average around 7.7 throughout his whole career, won every award going this year and only cost me £1.3 million. Managed 17 goals and 23 assists in all competitions this year from the MR position, with a 7.77 average rating. 

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My best defender, which probably highlights my problem as my team going forward are much better than at the back, but Bheki is developing nicely and hopefully has more PA to improve. 

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Was bought in the first season in the PL in the January window, was highly rated by my scouts after watching him for 6 months, I bought him early with his £20 million release clause after seeing he was wanted by several top clubs, with the board and fans thinking it was a poor deal for the club but he has developed fantastically and £20 million now looks cheap. 

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This guy has just been signed for a fee that will eventually reach £111 million, from Swansea of all places as well. (There are some absurd talents at the middling PL clubs), I wanted a second top quality striker and one that was good in the air as well (Mputu's main weakness), this guy was actually my second choice, my first a regen from Stoke called Howell agreed to go to Man City, despite them paying him £50k a week less, finishing below me the last two seasons and him having been my top target for over year and him saying he was 'desperate' for the move. 

 

Youth Talents 

The heavy investment in the youth academy, coaching etc. is finally paying off, here are some of the best prospects from the youth academy -

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My current best prospect, started around 10 games in the league last year and is still only 17, coaches seem to have downgraded his potential to 4 star but is already close to decent premier league level at 17.

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From the same youth intake as Wilson, though has not got as close to first team because of my attacking talent but has been performing very well on loan last year and is now spending the season in the Championship. 

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From this years intake, I really like his starting mentals for a centre-back as finding defenders with good decisions and concentration is rare, just a shame his anticipation is so low. 

 

World News

Thought I'd also highlight a few stories in my save that stood out, firstly - 

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Yep, England have won the World Cup, beating Germany in the final, under the stewardship of Marco Silva, the recently sacked Watford manager in real life. 

As well as -

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Stoke sell £195 million worth of strikers, Stoke who have never finished higher than 9th in the 8 seasons since the save started. PL money at it's finest. 

Also whilst it looks potentially good that Man Utd have sold their star striker and top scorer, they bough Moises Keane for £75 million who is just as good and have like 3 other world class strikers. 

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I wonder if this is going to be one of those years where It will take long to get promoted. Here is my fifth try at the challenge.

 

Witton Albion Season 2018/2019

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We are in a close spot to get to playoffs.

 

Oh...

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Oh well it wasnt meant to be...

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We survived, so we got that going for us.

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sigh....

 

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Bilderesultat for billericay town

 

Season Review 2029-2030

CHALLENGE COMPLETED

 

Our second season in the Champions League, and after getting knocked out in the quarter final last year, this season we did it, beating Man City 3-0 in the final! On top of that we won the Premier League, making it two league titles in three years. 

We were the better team for the majority of the Premier League season, having brought in a new left back and left winger we really had an improved squad from last season. We were lucky with having basically no injuries what so ever for the whole season and we won the league with a comfortable 9 points. Beating Chelsea at home and Arsenal away in the last two games were the icing on the cake! Man City had a good run at the end, overtaking a Man Utd side that fell apart in March, and at times I got worried, but our 1-0 away victory against them in January proved to be important! 

In the Champions League we drew AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund and Basel in the group stage. We won the group comfortably, winning 5 games and drawing against Dortmund away. 16 points put us 8 points clear of Milan in 2nd. 

We met RB Leipizig in the first knock out stage, and even though their squad looked really good we ended up beating them 8-1 on aggregate. The only goal they got was actually scored by my player, 19-year old Tugdual Alibert, a wonderkid out on loan to RB Leipzig for the season. In the quarter final we drew our opponents from the group stage, AC Milan. A 6-1 away win in the first leg ended the competition swiftly. The biggest challenge came in the semi final, drawing Real Madrid, with the first game at home. Down 0-2 after 15 minutes I thought it was all over, but we managed to get back into the game, salvaging a 2-2 result. The away game was without a doubt the best game on my Billericay save so far. A 4-3 win at the Bernabeu, in a thrilling game where Real Madrid took the lead three times, it was just fantastic! In the final we were up against Man City, a very strong team but lacking their key player Moise Kean due to injury. Man City were a shadow of the team I played in the league, and our 3-0 win was really deserved. When they went down to 10 men early in the second half the game was all but over, and we could collect our very first Champions League trophy! 

To be honest, I didn't expect to win the CL this year, but with basically no injuries, star players really putting in world class performances, and a big stroke of luck at the Bernabeu we have completed the challenge after the 2029-2030 season! 

 

Season overview and key players: 

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Season  |        League         | Position  |      FA Cup     | Checkatrade Trophy | Carabao Cup | Europa League      Champions League 
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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  |  			 					 
2022-23 |  Sky Bet Championship |    1st    |     3rd round   |                    |  4th round  | 				 					
2023-24 |  Premier League       |    13th   |     6th round   |                    |  semi-final |				 					 
2024-25 |  Premier League       |    8th    |     4th round   |                    |  4th round  |				 					 
2025-26 |  Premier League       |    6th    |     4th round   |                    |  3rd round  |				 					
2026-27 |  Premier League       |    6th    |     4th round   |                    |  3rd round  |   Semi-final	 					 
2027-28 |  Premier League       |    1st    |     5th round   |                    |  Qtr final  |   Runner-up	 					 
2028-29 |  Premier League       |    2nd    |     runner up   |                    |  semi-final |   			 quarter-final	
2029-30 |  Premier League       |    1st    |     qtr-final   |                    |   runner-up |     			 1st place	

 

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Now this I like... after signing a one year renewal last season, I'm in September and won 9 out of 11 league games so the board have just offered me a new two year deal. That's a nice feature.

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Sorry for going AWOL again.  Leaderboard is updated.  Congratulations to @dkouv and @thomas_e

If I get around to it this weekend I'll see if I can figure out a good way to highlight your squads on the site.  Might ask for screenshots of key players during your run, that kind of thing.

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33 minutes ago, thomas_e said:

Thanks @Warhawk

If you want to, I'm thinking maybe if you can get me screenshots of your most important players, maybe 4-8 of them, I'll include a slideshow of that.  If you'd like to do a short blurb on them that would be even better.  Season results I can pick up from your table so that's easy.

Did you manage to get any notable results in the FA Trophy (since that's not in the table you posted)?

Trying to think of anything else I might add.

Oh, your manager profile at the end of the challenge.

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Sure I can @Warhawk.

Just did a short note on each player! 

I did jack all in the FA Trophy :lol:

 

Bassala Sambou

Easily my best performing player of this save. Not that he managed to reach Premier League quality, but absolutely vital in my promotion years. Was with me from the Vanarama National League until the Premier League, after being signed on a free from Everton. 149 goals in 161 games, playing as an advanced forward in a direct 4-4-2 system. 

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Javairo Dilrosun

After Sambou, left winger Javairo Dilrosun was key in the promotion years. Signed as a very expensive player at the time, being Vanarama National highest highest earner, but boy was he quality. 113 goals/assists in in 156 games, he was the main assist king, providing the strikers with great support from hos offensive winger role. 

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Patrick Zankl

Not necessarily the best performer, but a very consistent one. Zankl was signed from Liverpool for £6.5 million when I got promoted to the Premier League and he has started basically every game since. 225 games makes him the player with the most caps for the club and a true club legend! 

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Antonio Augusto

My star signing, brought in from Benfica for £48.5 million in 2027, breaking the club record by a mile. Originally a central midfielder, Augusto was deployed as a lone striker, but he still delivered. He brought in much needed star quality to a very average team, and was the catalyst for bringing the Premier League title to Billericay. 

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Joshua Cordier

Star player and wonderkid, Cordier had it all. And he was brought in on a free transfer from Standard. He was uneven with his performances in the beginning, but in my last season he was absolutely amazing. Operating in the AM slot he was a goal threat as well as a creater, and topped off his season with two goals in the Champions League final. 

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Gabriele Poggi

Poggi was brought in for £18.75 from Fiorentina, and instantly fixed my defensive, which had up until them been a disaster! A really steady performer and great in the air, making him a big threat on offensive set pieces. Played four seasons without a single injury, mr. Consistency himself! 

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Manager Profile

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I've been looking for a challenge to re-kindle my FM flame and this looks like the one.  Going to try and get Farnborough as a option as I've had a previous save with them on an older FM so I have a soft spot for them.

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After 18 attempts I was starting to lose patience but eventually Farnborough appeared and I've gladly accepted the challenge to take them all the way up. 

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Currently theres only 13 players but one of them is the legendary Jamie Cureton.

 

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Wish me luck

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Witton Albion 

2019/2020

 

We reached playoffs

 

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We also broke three records

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The revelation player was our new striker

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22 goals in regular season

 

We used only two simple tactics.

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Also this guy came from our ****** academy. Seems to holding out against their teammates and doing a good work as a winger. Even had to fire a a player that I had sign up becase he was performing better.

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First round vs Boston we will see how that goes.

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We won vs Boston and played against AFC which we tied but in penalties we missed 2 and lost .

 

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I am a bit dissapointed but it was a very great season overall.

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En 8/2/2018 a las 0:21, thomas_e dijo:

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Season Review 2029-2030

CHALLENGE COMPLETED

 

Our second season in the Champions League, and after getting knocked out in the quarter final last year, this season we did it, beating Man City 3-0 in the final! On top of that we won the Premier League, making it two league titles in three years. 

We were the better team for the majority of the Premier League season, having brought in a new left back and left winger we really had an improved squad from last season. We were lucky with having basically no injuries what so ever for the whole season and we won the league with a comfortable 9 points. Beating Chelsea at home and Arsenal away in the last two games were the icing on the cake! Man City had a good run at the end, overtaking a Man Utd side that fell apart in March, and at times I got worried, but our 1-0 away victory against them in January proved to be important! 

In the Champions League we drew AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund and Basel in the group stage. We won the group comfortably, winning 5 games and drawing against Dortmund away. 16 points put us 8 points clear of Milan in 2nd. 

We met RB Leipizig in the first knock out stage, and even though their squad looked really good we ended up beating them 8-1 on aggregate. The only goal they got was actually scored by my player, 19-year old Tugdual Alibert, a wonderkid out on loan to RB Leipzig for the season. In the quarter final we drew our opponents from the group stage, AC Milan. A 6-1 away win in the first leg ended the competition swiftly. The biggest challenge came in the semi final, drawing Real Madrid, with the first game at home. Down 0-2 after 15 minutes I thought it was all over, but we managed to get back into the game, salvaging a 2-2 result. The away game was without a doubt the best game on my Billericay save so far. A 4-3 win at the Bernabeu, in a thrilling game where Real Madrid took the lead three times, it was just fantastic! In the final we were up against Man City, a very strong team but lacking their key player Moise Kean due to injury. Man City were a shadow of the team I played in the league, and our 3-0 win was really deserved. When they went down to 10 men early in the second half the game was all but over, and we could collect our very first Champions League trophy! 

To be honest, I didn't expect to win the CL this year, but with basically no injuries, star players really putting in world class performances, and a big stroke of luck at the Bernabeu we have completed the challenge after the 2029-2030 season! 

 

Season overview and key players: 

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Season  |        League         | Position  |      FA Cup     | Checkatrade Trophy | Carabao Cup | Europa League      Champions League 
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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  |  			 					 
2022-23 |  Sky Bet Championship |    1st    |     3rd round   |                    |  4th round  | 				 					
2023-24 |  Premier League       |    13th   |     6th round   |                    |  semi-final |				 					 
2024-25 |  Premier League       |    8th    |     4th round   |                    |  4th round  |				 					 
2025-26 |  Premier League       |    6th    |     4th round   |                    |  3rd round  |				 					
2026-27 |  Premier League       |    6th    |     4th round   |                    |  3rd round  |   Semi-final	 					 
2027-28 |  Premier League       |    1st    |     5th round   |                    |  Qtr final  |   Runner-up	 					 
2028-29 |  Premier League       |    2nd    |     runner up   |                    |  semi-final |   			 quarter-final	
2029-30 |  Premier League       |    1st    |     qtr-final   |                    |   runner-up |     			 1st place	

 

Oh nice! I hope this year I too finish the challenge. If you don't me asking what were the initial mentality in the vanaramas? how did you get up. Were you aiming for most physical players or for more technical players? 

 

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1st Season

Media Prediction: 22nd

Finished: 2nd (lost in playoff semi)

 

I wasn't sure what my goals would be for the first season with such a small squad / budget but we ended missing out on promotion via the playoffs (despite dominating the game).  Catching the moneybags of Billericay was always going to be a big ask and in the end they ran away with the league.

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However the season was bitter sweet for more than just the playoff loss.  Our talisman Jamie Cureton injured his cruciate ligaments about 12 games in and subsequently retired.  He had a goal a game ratio so it  was a sad way for his never ending journey of a career to end.

Best signing:

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Despite his name Yacine is an Irishman (go figure).  Chipping in with 14 goals and more impressively 19 assists he was influential in most of our attacking play and I'm hoping he sticks around for next season.

 

After coming so close this season the goal for next is promotion but it will be a big challenge as I have no stand out players and zero money so exploiting the loan and free transfers will determine how we go next year.

 

 

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14 hours ago, QSF25 said:

Oh nice! I hope this year I too finish the challenge. If you don't me asking what were the initial mentality in the vanaramas? how did you get up. Were you aiming for most physical players or for more technical players? 

 

Thanks @QSF25! First time finishing the challenge myself, looking forward to seeing how you get on! 

Difficult to say how I got alle the promotions back to back, except luck was a big part of it! What I did have as a strategy, I was playing a 4-4-2 with offensive wingers. In that formation I wanted ball winning midfielders in the centre, as well as a big target man/poacher combination upfront. Really simple, and combined it with direct football. I don't think its beneficial in the lower leagues to try and play a controlling/possession oriented type of football, so I was looking for pace/finishing and height/heading in my attackers, pace for my wingers and tackling/passing for my midfielders. 

And loans... pleanty of loans! Thats where you can get quality players for free, and if you for example have four-five players on loan with a high star rating, there is always going to be possible to climb the leagues! 

Of course, I have to add, Billericay is probably the "easiest" team to do this challenge with! 

Good luck QSF25!! 

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Episode 16 of my Youtube series with Enfield Town is up.

Currently we sit top of the table, and are undefeated in League play.  How long can the good times last?

 

Thanks,

Jellico73

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@thomas_e:

Finished the page I put together for you, it's at https://warhawk137.wixsite.com/dafugechallenge/thomas-e

Can also access it now from the front page where I added a Champions list ahead of the standings.

Hope you don't mind that I did a bit of editing on the blurbs you wrote, just to fix a few spelling and grammar issues.

@dkouv:

Now that I've got the format set up, if you'd like to do the same thing, give me screenshots of 4-8 key players (they don't have to still be on the team or even still playing at all), and a short blurb on each (no more than 4 sentences or so).

If anyone thinks of anything else to add, let me know.

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