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6 hours ago, superdad said:

Great job @Prank Emperor. Only one promotion away from the Premier League! :)

Thank you! It was nice to come back to this save after 5 months!

Promotion to EPL I think that's going to be tough one. However, I would be happy for mid table obscurity in championship for few season as I become more stable. Don't want to become a yo yo club.

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1 hour ago, Prank Emperor said:

Thank you! It was nice to come back to this save after 5 months!

Promotion to EPL I think that's going to be tough one. However, I would be happy for mid table obscurity in championship for few season as I become more stable. Don't want to become a yo yo club.

I'm feeling the same way after back to back promotions into League Two. If I can stick around for a couple of seasons in the same league and establish a solid first team, I'll be more likely to avoid relegation when I finally make it to League One.

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7 hours ago, superdad said:

I'm feeling the same way after back to back promotions into League Two. If I can stick around for a couple of seasons in the same league and establish a solid first team, I'll be more likely to avoid relegation when I finally make it to League One.

My squads saw a massive turnaround every season helping me rush up the leagues. I would prefer to stay in the championship than L2 or L1 as it will increase my club reputation rapidly hence making it easier to bring higher quality players.

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2 hours ago, Prank Emperor said:

My squads saw a massive turnaround every season helping me rush up the leagues. I would prefer to stay in the championship than L2 or L1 as it will increase my club reputation rapidly hence making it easier to bring higher quality players.

I'm trying to do the same with my squad. I'm finding it hard to sign any League Two quality players though. The best I can get is top Vanarama National quality. My low wage budget doesn't help. I've got just under £15k to play with, and any players I try to sign want at least £1k.

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Dulwich Hamlet - Vanarama South 2018/19 - Season 1

3rd (Promoted via play-offs)

The board gave me a minimum target of a top half finish so I took that. I went off to a flyer at the start of the season and was scoring for fun and was undefeated for the first 6 games when I hit a slump. After that Dartford went above me and I could recover finally ending up finishing 3rd in the league. However I managed to get promoted in the play-offs beating Hungerford and Hampton & Richmond in the two games.

Odds - They had me as fourth favourites so about par to where I ended up finishing

Table

FA Cup - I was knocked out in the first round but that was more than the board expected so I was happy with that.

FA Trophy - I reached the final somehow by beating a few National teams before Barrow dominated me in the final.

Transfers  - Mainly brought in a load of youth players in that had been released and getting the core of my squad together.

Squad - Concentrated on having a small squad and bringing people in if required and keep players happy and wages down.

Top Goalscorer - Ronan Hale had a great season. Picked him up as a free and ended up scoring 38 goals in 55 games

Highest average rating – My target man (an existing player) was my teams overall highest average rating with 7.49 overall.

League player of the year – This went to my left winger who provided goals and assists throughout the season

Best Eleven

Finances – I made 500k over the season mainly due to high profile friendlies, good cup runs and good control of my wage budget

Profile – Gained my National C & B coaching badge over the season and currently studying for the A badge.

Manager of the Season – Won this mainly due to promotion and the FA trophy run

Stadium expansion - Due to my promotion they’ve started work to increase the capacity by 1,000.

Facilities

Reputation – An increase but no real change

Season Review

Career Overview

Season

League

League Finish

Achievements

Leaderboard Points

Av. Attendance

18/19

National South

3rd

Promoted via play-offs

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1,663 (55%)

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2022/2023 Season

After being in 2nd place most of last season, then losing in the Playoff final, I was determined to win the Vanarama this year.  Wasn't to active in the Summer transfer window, put picked up John Greenwood from MK Dons for a 39K transfer fee.

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We started out strong, going undefeated in our first 11 games until losing to Orient, and then we blitzed the rest of the League, finishing with 33 wins, 7 draws, and 6 losses.  The number of matches won is a Vanarama record.

Playing our 3-4-3 were were prolific on offense, scoring 156 total goals (also a Vanarama record), which was a good thing because the defense still has problems stopping the opponent.  We gave up 93 goals, which wasn't the worst in the league, but it was close.  We were only shut out once in the season, a 1-0 loss to Chester.

Highlights:  Beating Fylde 7-4, and then beating Barrow (this years version of us last year, in 2nd place all the way before losing in the Playoffs), in the FA Trophy final.

Lowlights:  Losing to Barrow, who thumped us 6-2, and losing in the First Round of the FA Cup to a weak Peterborough team 5-1.

Financially we did not lose a lot of money, TV rights for League 2 put us in the black, and while we are going to lose money this season, it won't be a lot.  

Player of the season:  John Greenwood.  Playing AF on the right, he had 54(3) appearances across all non friendly competitions, 47 goals, 43 assists, 10 POM and a 7.68 rating.  Jaanai Gordon, playing Defensive Forward in the Center, had in 50(3) appearances also had 46 goals, 8 PK's converted, 11 Assists and 9 POM's with a 7.50 rating.  Tom Ashton, the third of the strike trio playing Poacher on the left, had 40 goals, 24 assists, 7 POM's and a 7.58 rating in 48(1) appearances.

As a result of our promotion the League 2, we have gone professional (which came with it's own set of headaches), are going thru another stadium expansion (or second in three years, and with next to no transfer budget are fighting to avoid relegation. I suspect a decent stay in League 2, as we build up the club for the future.

 

You can catch up with where we currently are here:

 

Thanks for reading!

Jellico73

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Billericay Town F.C. 

Season Update 2021-2022

Table | Squad |  Transfers | Finances | Youth Intake | Injury Summary | Manager Profile | Affiliate Clubs

Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 | Fixtures 3

Board Expectations & Achieved

Sky Bet League One: Top Half | Won Title

English FA Cup: Reach Third Round | Reached Sixth Round got knocked out by West Ham

Carabao Cup: Reach Second Round | Reached Third Round got knocked out by Fulham

Checkatrade Trophy: Reach Sound Round | Reached Quarter Final got knocked out by Oxford

 

Yet again another season of over achievements, which we have made a habit of something! Preseason Promotion odds were really good with us at 6-1 for promotion, 4th highest in the league. However, the media prediction had us good for only a 14th placed finish, but we have made a habit of always overachieving and this season was not going to go any different! This was a record-breaking season for us as we stormed the league to a massive 112 points despite losing 6 games and scoring 117 goals both League records which I don't think any team is going to come close to breaking! We started the season the season with fantastic August, scoring goals for fun before stumbling in few results in September conceding the league top position to Birmingham who we chased all the way till mid-December. The second half of the season was disturbed by the January transfer window which saw 10 players leave, however, we soon recovered and kept brushing aside teams with ease, Birmingham was the only team to score the double over us. The month of November and December saw us go on a rampage as we put 6 goals past Swindon, Blackpool & Oxford with few other matches were we scored 5 or 4 goals. And our impressive performance in the league was recognised when we were labelled the Biggest Overachievers of the league.

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Keshi Anderson made the lone striker position his own with Tyler Roberts challenging him. Our big money striker Joe Nuttall failed to make any sort of impression. Mid-November to combat fatigue and for rotation, Colin Bliss stepped into the striker role and scored 7 goals in 3 matches. Bliss has been with the club for 3 seasons all on loan and he stepped up quite well pushing Anderson all the way to the season as the two created monopoly over the striker spot, having impressed for 3 seasons Bliss is coming back to us for a 4th season on loan. The playing style I employ, the wingers are the main creators'  and all my wingers were on form. Jan Novak started the season on the right wing before being displaced by Nathan Holland later, the fan favourite Novak days at the club are likely over and is leaving on free at end of the season. Filippo Berardi was the destructor in chief and formed an able partnership on the wings with Novak, however, his untimely transfer allowed Godfried Frimpong to blossom who was at his destructive best. 

From the midfield Arturo pulled the strings able as he controlled the play around him nicely, he contributed nicely to the goals tally from the midfield. Alessandro Bordin was another impressive midfield maestro who racked 12 assists despite starting only 7 games of his 28 games. The defence was not as strong and tight as I wanted but was still good enough for league resulting in the least goals conceded. Macaulay Gillesphey was the defensive rock often saving us at key moments with his well-timed tackles and interception. Unlike seasons of past, no player was able to completely dominate the position with only Paisa held on to the goalkeeper's slot losing out the place to James Shea for rotation.

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This season also saw me reach 200 games in management  all at Billericay Town

Joe Nuttall our all-time record transfer for €350,000 in August failed to make an impression and was sold in January for €250,000 at a loss to the club. He played only 7 league games 4 as a substitute costing us a princely €50,000 a game! We broke our transfer record for the second time within the season when we got Ricardo Fati for €500,000, who came highly recommended by our scouts and we were able to get him after pursuing him for nearly 18 months. Along with our star homegrown Francisco Amaral, I think Fati might be able to make the step up to English Premier League if we are able to hold on to them both. Holding on to Amaral has been a struggle with him being pursued by 20-30 clubs each window, thankfully my relationship with him id strong enough to not have him complain when I always cancel any transfer agreed for him. Two future potential players which were highly recommended by the scouts Diamantino Guerreiro  & Torkil Haakenstad were signed on from free transfer. These are essentially risk-free gambles hopefully resulting in quality players or at least a good resale fee and since they are U-18, they have joined the club on trial till the contracts kick in.

Filippo Berardi was our star player and was pursued hard by teams all January transfer window before Palermo made a cheeky bid with less than 6 hours to go for the window closing. The bid was what I considered to be highly undervalued transfer fee of €525,000 and the chairman accepted it even though that was barely above his value. Just hours ago the chairman also accepted a bid for Arturo my midfield maestro which was able to successfully protest and kept him at the club.  And that was not enough for the chairman as he accepted a bid for Marc-Gauthier Bedime for  €450,000 barely an hour after Berardi's bid, though I did not agonise much over losing Bedime as he was my backup Right full-back. Yet really unhappy my chairman interfered so much, however, these sales did put us over real good in terms of finances. James Shea a fan favorite who could not hold on this his GK place in the squad was pursued by Manchester City all season but with no bid coming in is leaving the season at the end of his contract.

 

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Arturo was rightly awarded the Fans' Player of the Season for his massive contribution from the midfield, his presence was a big influence in the wingers and strikers being able to play so freely. His contribution to the team's cause was more valuable than his 11 assists and 8 goals as he beat top goalscorer for the team Keshi Anderson and defensive rock Macaulay Gillesphey. Arturo and Gillesphey were also selected in the Player's Team of the Year, while Arturo also won the Sky Bet League One Player of the Year award. Keeping the traditions of past 2 season going I collected the Manager of the Year award.

 

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Billericay Town has built a reputation of being a giant killer in cups past season and that was continued this season as well in the FA Cup as we defied odds to reach the sixth round. We beat two championship teams Bristol City and Portsmouth 5-1 and 1-0 respectively. Portsmouth scoreline flattered them as we were unlucky to score a goal from open play despite having 11 shots on target and 61% possession. Despite our domination, we had to make do with a goal from Gillesphey from corner to allow us to progress. The sixth round saw us visit West Ham were despite being the underdogs we held our own as we lost 4-2 with Colin Bliss scoring a brace. We were own our way to forcing a reply, however West Ham scored to goals in quick succession with about 15 minutes to go deflating the team and consigning us to a loss. The two televised matches against Bristol City and West Ham United brought us a cool €440k.

The Carabao Cup saw us beat Championship sides Norwich and Ipswich before losing to fellow championship team Fulham 5-2. The Checkatrade Trophy was an easy run but we made a hash of our match with Oxford as we had to pay the price of the penalties with us losing 9-10 with my Goalkeeper Paisa missing the crucial penalty.

 

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We successfully applied to Youth Category 3 from 4, this year's youth intake was horrendous and except for Amaral, there has been no noteworthy youth player coming through the academy over the years. With us now in the championship and no restrictions on scouting range hopefully I can bring in some quality future prospects U-18 on low or free.

 

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The planned expansion by 751 seats was cancelled due to denial of permission by the local council but maybe for the best as it saved us the money and the miniscule addition of seats was not going to help.

 

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Our smart chairman provided with a massive cash injection days after the audit and hence not getting hit by tax! Compared to our earlier seasons we were better financially as our transfer outgoings and good cup runs again did give us a good cash injuction.

 

Top Goalscorers: Keshi Anderson (29) | Colin Bliss (24)

Most Assists: Nathan Holland (15) | Godfried Frimpong (15)

Retirements at the club: None this season

 

Other News

Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Paris Saint Germain, Celtic, Feyenoord win the respective titles.

Manager favourite Reading FC struggled throughout the season with winning only one in the last ten matches. They finished 18th resulting in their relegation back to the championship. 

 

Next Season

With the massive turnaround in the playing squads every season, I was able to rush up the leagues quickly. However, now the plan is to stabilise for a few seasons and build for a future while the club reputation increases allowing greater scope in player recruitment. Next season hoping to avoid getting pulled into a relegation battle,

 

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@Warhawk

 

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On 05/05/2018 at 13:17, KVJ92 said:

Marine - Vanarama National League North - 2021/2022

 

League Table - Great season. 

FA cup - Not good. Lost in 3rd qual round. 

FA Trophy - Lost in 2nd round. 

Squad - Have to find out who is good enough to stay

Transfers

Finances - Not much left, as there were no good cup runs

Key Player Profiles:

Sean Connerton - top scorer both club and league wise. 

Matthew Vernon - 20 assists and 19 goals from the inside forward. (Loaned from Bolton, whos manager keep complaining that he isn't playing ML) 

Ethan Kershaw - 43 games in central midfield with an average rating of  7.62 including 8 goals and 11 assists. 

Career Overview:


Season          Team              League                                     Position     Achievements
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2018/2019       Marine            Vanarama National League North             12th         n/a
2019/2020       Marine            Vanarama National League North              5th         n/a
2020/2021       Marine            Vanarama National League North              8th         n/a
2021/2022       Marine            Vanarama National League North              1st         League winner
Next Season:

Survive!

I did indeed survive! 

Quick update with no screenshots. I forgot to update and is a bit further already.

Marine - Vanarama National League North - 2022/2023

League table: Ended 7th and got into playoff. Lost the first game. 

FA Cup: 4th round - Lost 4-1 at Old Trafford. 

Fa Trophy: 2nd round

Finances: Was at 1.4 - 1.5 million after Old Trafford visit.

Played 4-1-2-2-1. Rotated strikers due to injuries. Both Ryan Colclough and Sean Connerton was absolute beasts. Colclough with 43(6) games, 31 goals and 11 assists. Connerton with 32(16) games, 29 goals and 4 assists. And my AML with 33(3) games, 21 goals and 12 assists. All three was on loan. 

After the season we went Pro. Got 600k in transfer budget. 

Season          Team              League                                     Position     Achievements
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2018/2019       Marine            Vanarama National League North             12th         n/a
2019/2020       Marine            Vanarama National League North              5th         n/a
2020/2021       Marine            Vanarama National League North              8th         n/a
2021/2022       Marine            Vanarama National League North              1st         League winner
2022/2023       Marine            Vanarama National League                    7th         n/a

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This is eeasily my most nerve wracking match so far. I've never had a penalty shootout go on for so long. What a great win against a Championship side though. We've been drawn away against Blackburn next round. We won't win, but the money from that match will be good.

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I have never had a player score 6 goals in a match before...What is the most anyone has seen? Lower League football is nuts...

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7 hours ago, paulskln said:

I have never had a player score 6 goals in a match before...What is the most anyone has seen? Lower League football is nuts...

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I bought a new striker, and he scored 8 goals in his first two league games (4 goals per game).

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Just finished my second season in the National. And it was a success!

 

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Moved to first place in the 84th minute of the last game!

 

I'm having problems with imgur. What screenshot program do you guys use? I want it to be easy to crop and upload right away.

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2 hours ago, Muggert said:

Just finished my second season in the National. And it was a success!

 

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Moved to first place in the 84th minute of the last game!

 

I'm having problems with imgur. What screenshot program do you guys use? I want it to be easy to crop and upload right away.

Nice one! It's so much more exciting when it boils down to the last match or two.

I use Imgur as well. I don't have any problems with it.

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After winning only 2 games in the first 9 matches, we have gone on 7 matches unbeaten run winning 4 matches in those helping us shoot up the league. :D

 

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3 hours ago, Prank Emperor said:

After winning only 2 games in the first 9 matches, we have gone on 7 matches unbeaten run winning 4 matches in those helping us shoot up the league. :D

 

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It would be crazy if you kept the run going, and got into the play-offs.

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1 hour ago, superdad said:

It would be crazy if you kept the run going, and got into the play-offs.

I was in the playoffs momentarily, before I dropped out and just hanging outside the playoffs barely 2 points difference as I approach 1st Jan!

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After losing our first match and drawing our second, I thought we were going to be battling relegation. Our form soon took a turn for the better though, and now we're hovering in and out of the automatic promotion spots.

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The fairytale continues, we are definitely not getting relegated as 50+ point total is safety for the championship and we hit that with 4 more months to go! My aim this year was to consolidate for the season and target promotion in 24-25, at this rate it is highly likely I would finish in playoffs and not that far off the automatic promotion spot. While the EPL is lucrative financially and will be a huge boost, my squad will be nowhere good enough to finish any higher than 20th and the relegation could spell trouble for my club. Losing intentionally to not get promoted feels like cheating to me, I am praying that I don't get promoted but I will keep playing my best squad and tactics.

Cardiff predicted to finish 17th currently 3rd, I am predicted to finish 22nd currently 5th and Ipswich predicted to finish 20th currently in 6th. 3 Overachieving clubs in playoff spots.

 

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If you get promoted, you get promoted. You may struggle in your first Premier League season, but I reckon you can survive and build a mid-table squad at least for the season after.

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53 minutes ago, superdad said:

If you get promoted, you get promoted. You may struggle in your first Premier League season, but I reckon you can survive and build a mid-table squad at least for the season after.

My squad is super overachieving, and I have been using a highly structured defensive tactic. I thought I would need massive defensive protection, turns out my 4-2-1-2-1 Wide DM tactic is more successful than the 4-1-2-2-1 Wide attacking tactic I used for my climb up the leagues. March first week and I am in 1st position 3 points clear off 2nd position Reading.  

Getting promoted will bring me massive transfer budgets to build a quality young team which but if I get relegated the financial burden of it will be big. However, I am playing my best squad and tactic and not trying to lose, though it is tempting to do that to stay in the championship/

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So its time for a proper written update, been awake for the better part of the last 20 hours, and in another gripping run in the save. I have to thank @dafuge for one of my favourite challenges of all time. Without fail this is one that I do every season, and I have noticed that for the first time ever, I am having a really hard time. Last season I took a lower league side on FM17 with Gloucester, and we managed to do back to back promotions easily, went into the premiership, very first season, coasted to a mid table finish. Everything was so easy on FM17, things are very different on FM18. It's harder to find those players, and even harder to even get half decent ones to play for your club.

It's taken a while but hey its season 2024/25 and my manager profile looks half decent, the board started letting me go on coaching courses and  finally look half decent as a manager.

Our track record has been very good, we managed consecutive promotions that were chronicled on my Youtube channel as the Kingstonian Diaries cos I am too lazy to write. (yeah so says the git who wrote 3 books on FM). 

The club has grown too, once we entered the Premiership we had to rent Selhurst Park, which had a nice 20k capacity, the board decided to build a new stadium, yeah its not 20k it's a lot smaller. Overall though we are still a small rep club at 3 stars and are expected to struggle for another season in the top tier of English football. Our season ticket prices are really cheap, I suggest buying them to watch how we play. The thing that got my goat was the reluctance of my board to even consider improving training facilities - their rationale- they wanted to sign players. That's an issue, no one takes us seriously. 

First season in the premiership I went on a massive transfer signing spree, spent all my transfer money - 17 million and brought this lot in. Now why was FM17 easier, I could actually get better players in, that no one had heard about and I could to some extent do really well. It's my second season and I still have most of these players. A transfer kitty of 80m is useless cos most players look at us, scoff, laugh and then walk off.  I learnt one thing quickly, go after teams that get relegated. So in our second season in the premiership we spent 54million and strengthened the squad. It was more of a side-grade than an up-grade. We managed to sign some big names, this time, including Rui Patricio, at age 36 for the unheard amount of 12m. Let's put it this way, he was the only player who was interested and no one else was keen, even keepers who were transfer listed at discount prices looked away in disgust. Two big names stand out for us, a youngster who has bags of potential and a defender I had high hopes for till he broke his spine in pre-season and dashed my hopes.

The signing of Rui Patricio has proved to be inspired. We have had a horrendous start to our second season, but with Mr Patricio, I call him that in training on the pitch and with every call I make before he goes to bed, we have had a great run in the Carabao Cup. I discovered that he had a knack for shot stopping, so we developed a strategy to hold onto any kind of a stalemate and force the game to a penalty shootout. And that's where Mr Patricio gets first dibs on the female physios, he stops others from scoring. He plugs a hole in my defence. His handling is superb and he has saved the day for the club, leading us on and into a Carabao Cup semi final clash with West Brom. Something tells me that after writing this, we will get hammered there, so yeah, let me enjoy this while it lasts.

We have some major defensive issues we need to iron out, if you have watched my Kop Diaries or my Ajax Diaries you would have seen some sublime passing moves, orchestrated perfectly. With Kingstonian, we play balls over the top, we hit them on the break, we cajole, bully even send players off to the treatment tables. Yes we are brutal, you see, we can't play the ball on the ground. In fact, we are defensively so poor that 50% of all goals come from inside the penalty area. Our tackling success rate puts us 18th out of 20 teams in the league. We can't cross a ball to save our lives, we can only punt them from deep and hope for the best.

Thank god I am writing this, you see I wouldn't have noticed this had I not. 

We have been using the 4123 DM Wide, and I thought this was the start of a beautiful system. Wrong. We have scored 13 and conceded 28. 
Our 5122 DM Wide or the Hadrian's Wall system has done a lot better : In 19 games it has scored 20 and conceded 23
 

Usually these saves are easier, you kinda find those talents easily, now not so. So its made this challenge a lot more harder and fun. So in our first season in the premiership we finished 14th, I am hoping that we finish at least 10-14th in our second season. And with nearly half the season played we are 17 points away from 5th and 2 points from the relegation zone, so it looks like I have to worry more about leaking from my ass than from getting high.

 

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The second half of the season was a completely different picture from the first half as we went unbeaten since 31st December winning all league matches except one which we drew. The second half of the season the team looked like genuine champions material for the league. We cliched the title with 4 matches still to play. Most likely we will come down next season but now since we are there the target is to be better than 3 teams and stay in EPL! Detailed report coming later once season is finished. @Warhawk

 

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Straight through League Two... Off to League one!

 

This is going surprisingly well...

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On 03/11/2017 at 20:35, Sean Blinkhorn said:

My god, Thurrock must be UBER-RARE

:seagull:

I am giving this a go on FM touch switch. I have reloaded this what seems like an eternity and have still yet to get Thurrock!

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2 hours ago, \'Appy \'Ammer said:

I am giving this a go on FM touch switch. I have reloaded this what seems like an eternity and have still yet to get Thurrock!

It took me an absolute age. Something like 50-100 re-tries. And then I never saw it through to the end of the first season. :(

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12 hours ago, Sean Blinkhorn said:

It took me an absolute age. Something like 50-100 re-tries. And then I never saw it through to the end of the first season. :(

You've just motivated me to persevere with this. I still haven't got them. When I do, my sub challenge is to make it past the first season 👍👍👍

 

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Billericay Town F.C. 

Season Update 2022-2023

Table | Squad |  Transfers | Finances | Youth Intake | Injury Summary | Manager Profile | Affiliate Clubs

Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 | Fixtures 3

Board Expectations & Achieved

Sky Bet Championship: Avoid a relegation battle | Won Title

English FA Cup: Reach Fourth Round | Reached Fifth Round got knocked out by Chelsea

Carabao Cup: Reach Third Round | Reached Second Round got knocked out by West Brom

And the Billericay juggernaut continues to steamroll up the leagues, this was a season of defying expectations mine included as we were again labelled overachievers Preseason Promotion odds were not particularly kind to us as we were predicted to finish 17th while the media had us down for 22nd placed finish. If at the start of the season I was offered 17th place finish I would have snapped it immediately and be content. The start of season cemented my belief that we are in for a struggle this season as we won only 2 of the first 9 matches. For the first time in my history of playing football manager, I created a Highly Structured Defensive tactic 4-2-1-2-1 DM wide to shut out opposing teams and avoid defeats primarily. The idea was to at least draw every match and sneak in a few wins thereby reaching the 50+ points target which would have been enough to avoid relegation.

This turned out to be the masterstroke as we immediately turned the corner and started grinding out results as we lost only 1 match from the next 9 matches. We kept struggling to shut out the game but we still did a much better overall job. The new year brought us a new found gear which we did not have till then as we went the entire second half of the season undefeated. We also created a new championship record of 16 wins in a row as we got ourselves embedded in the playoff spots. Match by match we started clawing our way up the ladder before climbing to the summit in the final quarter of the season, once we got our hands on the top position we never relinquished it winning the title with few games to spare. Our ascent to the top was helped by Reading's worst phase of the season as they lost 7 and drew 3 matches in the first 3 months of the season. 

 

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John English made the lone striker position his own displacing Keshi Anderson, who had problems with me when I sold club captain Macaulay Gillesphey. Keshi never got his head into the game and was eventually sold in the January transfer window.  Glen McAuley was brought in to be the primary choice striker but never made any sort of impression and was relegated to being a backup along with Manuel De Luca. However, the prolific nature of my teams in the past was missing this season as John was the lone player to get into double digits for goals.  Nathan Holland, Mitchell Van Bergen and Daniel Truslove racked up the assist with other players chipping in with the goals. Holland and Van Bergen were like snipers delivering precise balls into the box and if I could have played 2 AMRs I would have, Truslove when fit was an equally potent creator. Since the midfield sat deeper for most matches this season there was less contribution from the midfield trio, however club captain Josh Dasilva still was able to manage pretty good returns of 5 goals and 7 assist. Vitja Valencic was an integral midfield player as he formed a strong partnership with Dasilva as between the two of them they spray the ball all over the pitch and bossed the midfield often.

My decision to sell last seasons defensive rock was more than justified with the fantastic performance of my young defensive line. The central pairing of Ricardo Fati and Stephen Duffin had 450 interceptions between the two of them, while my full backs Francisco Amaral and Axel Campeol despite being more of support players still tracked back and provided fantastic coverage racking up 240 interceptions between the two. And even if anyone got past the strong line-up they still had to deal with my German goalie Marian Prinz who has been the safest hand I ever had for Billericay as he kept most clean sheets and conceded the least at 19 and 29 respectively. His exploits had Stuttgart interested as they kept sniffing at him and bid a massive €5 million in January, I stalled on the bid but was unable to get in any a replacement, in the end, rejecting the bid. Last season goalkeeper Paisa was meant to provide cover to Prinz, however, with both goalkeepers getting injured early into the season forced me to bring Eugenio Lamanna, who did not make any sort of impact and Paisa was loaned out in January.

 

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Stephen Duffin has to be the find of my Billericay career as the €6,000 transfer fee more than a million times paid over as he formed a strong partnership in central defence and even getting into the championship team of the year. Mitchell Van Bergen, Marian Prinz and Vitja Valencic were picked up on free and they became an integral part of the team. The senior affiliate partnership with Manchester United paid rich dividends as loanees John English and Cyril Olive were fantastic additions. Last season stars Godfried Frimpong and Macaulay Gillesphey were shipped off for big amounts with Frimpong becoming my first multi-million sale. The squad was not happy with either sale with Gillesphey's sale disturbed last season star striker Keshi Anderson who imploded and was shipped off in January

The big two sales allowed us to open our purses and get our first million euro player Manuel De Luca, who is a striker primarily but was bought as a backup for the Attacking left Winger position. He has yet to justify his price but has shown flashes of his ability and might still pay me back his fee. 

Emir Murati picked up on free in summer transfer window went on to make 2(2) appearances yet for some reason Blackburn saw enough to splash massive money on him in January. His €3.7 Million transfer fee allowed us to splurge more as we spent €1.5 million on youth winger with an eye on the future. We continued to spend money on future players with hopefully good potential youth discovered by the scouts.

 

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Nathan Holland was rightly awarded the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year award as well as the Fans' Player of the Season. Holland has been a consistent performer for the club and lead the assists chart for the league until he was trumped in the final matches. He beat the midfield duo of Vitja Valencic and Josh Dasilva, Valencic being the Signing of the Season. The Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Year was awarded to yours truly and this season it felt more than deserved as unlike past season it was not a cakewalk.

 

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We were not so great in the Carabao cup was we underperformed, however, the English FA Cup was a different story as the giant-killing overachieving Billericay team of yore stepped forward as we reached the fifth round. On the way to fifth round 3-0 defeat at Chelsea, we defeated fellow championship teams Charlton and Leeds 2-1 and 2-0 respectively. The away match at Stamford Bridge was televised bringing us a nice income of nearly 275k euros. 

 

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The promotion to the English Premier League brought us necessary stadium expansion which will be completed next season end bringing out seating capacity to 12,500 the minimum for the league. We move the 26,297 seater Selhurst Park stadium next season which will help us bring more match day income. The board also announced improvements to the Training Facilities as well as the Youth Facilities. The Data Analysis Facilities was improved 4 times in the past season.

 

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Our smart chairman again provided with a massive cash injection days after the audit and hence not getting hit by tax! Compared to our earlier seasons we were better financially as our transfer outgoings of nearly 7 million and good cup runs again did give us a good cash injection. The transfer sales kept the club afloat for most of the season with the finances dropping into the red at the end of the season before the cash injuction pushed the balance to over 10 million euros.

 

Top Goalscorers: John English (19) | Daniel Truslove (7)

Most Assists: Nathan Holland (17) | Mitchell Van Bergen (12) | Daniel Truslove (10)

Retirements at the club: Eugenio Lamanna

 

Other News

Manchester United, Real Madrid, Baye 04 Leverkusen, Inter Milan, Paris Saint Germain, Celtic, Feyenoord win the respective titles.

Manager favourite Reading FC were hot favourites to be the champions and by the 15th match of the season was top of the table which they held onto till displaced by Billericay in the final run in of the season eventually finishing 2nd.

 

Next Season

With the plan to build for the future and stabilise this past season, 10 future potential youths are coming in with the aim to grow them in next few years to provide a stable core for EPL. However, with the promotion, we will need to spend money into the first team player to avoid being a yo-yo club and somehow sneak in a 17th place finish at worst next season.

 

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@Warhawk

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1 hour ago, \'Appy \'Ammer said:

You've just motivated me to persevere with this. I still haven't got them. When I do, my sub challenge is to make it past the first season 👍👍👍

 

Finally...

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And new season this happens! I hope I don't get placed in Transfer embargo before I get all my deals in! :(

 

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We've done what many thought was impossible, and won promotion to League One. Now to secure the title! Coventry are hot on our heels, so it might come down to the last match of the season to decide who wins it.

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@Prank Emperor, you know the thing at the bottom of your posts with information about each season? Do you mind if I do something similar? It looks much better than what I put at the bottom of my posts.

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KINGSTONIAN QUICK UPDATE

Mammoth session this, not the post, the game. 

So I've been chronicling my adventures on Youtube if anyone is interested, and I am well underway in 24/25. The season started horrendously. We had a dressing room revolt, Stefan O'Connor, who I swear is Johny Burns BFF, was so enraged that we had shipped out the BFF, he just stormed into my office:

O'Conner:  "I don't believe this how dare you sell Burns off, he's the one who's held us together in the dressing room"

I was pleasantly surprised that the players were bonding that well, without looking up, I told O'Conner to clear his dressing room. He was going to be next. Gone was any happy atmosphere in the locker rooms, it was replaced by outrage. We'd ended the last season in a terrible way, the manager had made sure of it. His hairdryer treatment had shocked even the board, who sent down a representative to warn him that they were keeping a close eye on proceedings. Really this bunch? They hadn't even upgraded any of the training facilities, we've been trying on the same dungheap since our days in L1.  

Preseason meant we needed to go out and make the two key signings we needed. Financially we had lost 40million from last seasons spending extravangza which still cost us a position on the table.  11 new players and we hadn't even improved a position. It was time for some change. We upped and brought in a defensive midfielder, a goal keeper and a fullback. They were others too, but they were just backup. On the shoulders of these 3 players rested our future. And we still had 30million in the kitty, for a total spend of 12m. That was a lot better. 

Towards the end of last season I had managed to negotiate an upgrade to our training facilities, it was still Basic. By November, the board did something strange, they actually agreed to upgrade those facilities and our Youth Level. Had our Chairman finally come to his senses? Wait he did lose 40m last season, so he's spending more this season on facilities. This club is strange.

Heading into preseason, I knew we had to iron out a style of play. Evren Karadeniz had not lit up the league last season, but we still had faith in him. He was going to be our very own "Bobby Firmino". So far he was playing like Andy Carrol. 

We arranged a few pre season matches against larger reputation clubs, and we went out to see how far we were in quality. Needless to say we lost all of them, but during that time, we were trying out our systems. Each game featured a different one, till our last two friendlies. By then a system was coming together. And it was now time to head into our first league game of the season. We have yet to win on opening day. Let me just put it this way, gents the K's are in town! With 11 matches played, we are riding a way of euphoria.

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You can follow the chronicles of my Kingstonian Save on YT here:

It begins with a Getting Started with Kingstonian episiode before I sink my teeth into the save.  The first video is merely a guide, the series really kicks off after that. Thanks and I hope you guys have as much fun as I am having!.

 

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On 03/06/2018 at 23:23, superdad said:

@Prank Emperor, you know the thing at the bottom of your posts with information about each season? Do you mind if I do something similar? It looks much better than what I put at the bottom of my posts.

Sure why not! Why should I have a problem? 😊

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Metropolitan Police FC

Season 4 - 2021/22

 

League -  A much improved second season in the National League saw us finish 6th booking our place in the playoffs. We unfortunately faded the second half of the season but still played strong enough when it mattered in the playoffs. We have no issue scoring goals but our defense continues to be a huge liability. Need to improve on this or we could have some serious issues next year.

FA Cup - Not quite as good as last year only managing to make it into the First Round. 

FA Trophy - We did it! We won the FA Trophy getting us our first trophy for our cabinet under my management. We had some solid performances along the way and won the final in the 119th minute! What a feeling!

Transfers - Picked up some solid players who played a big part in our season. Shaw, Wright and Noble all were starters who helped us over the line.

Finances - Our finances look good for the first time giving us the ability to finally upgrade some facilities

Career History:

Season League Position FA Cup Achievements Top Scorer
2018/19 VNS 19th 4th Qualifying Round   Harry Warwick (26)
2019/20 VNS 5th 1st Round Promotion via playoffs! Cameron Ebbutt (27)
2020/21 VNL 17th 2nd Round   Harry Warwick (26)
2021/21 VNL 6th 1st Round Promotion and FA Trophy Dave Shaw (39)

Club Information:

Season Stadium Avg Attendance Training Facilities Youth Facilities Youth Level Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment
2018/19 3000 301 Poor Poor 0 Minimal Basic
2019/20 3000 381 Poor Poor 0 Fairly basic Fairly basic
2020/21 4297 546 Poor Poor 0 Average Average
2021/22 4297 602 Poor Poor 0 Average Average

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The last takeover collapsed and now with January transfer window coming up, I have another takeover process started, hope it goes through as I need a board which will grant me affiliate clubs!! 

With EPL finances rolling in I was able to ask for additional funds and was handed a big transfer kitty of nearly 35mil euros for January! And we have picked up an English striker from Fulham Jon Coady for a massive deal of 40Million euros spread over 3-year instalments, with 15M upfront. Got a left winger coming in from Barcelona on cheap, two defenders a transfer listed first teamer Central defender from Tottenham Spurs and an 18yr old who looks like having bags of potential and will serve as back up to homegrown right back Amaral! Also coming in is no-risk Defensive midfielder on the cheap I splashed on last season when he was U-18 and he looks like displacing my first choice right away, scout report suggests he has a good potential as well! So that is good January transfer business before it opens. Got some dough to spare and will dip only for a good youth with potential.

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The league position is flattering to us, we are not as good as the position suggests and we got a few lucky results!

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Billericay got a new chairman, not sure how he is going to be but let's see he is making the right noise. We finished the league in 6th place getting into Euro Cup displacing Man City on the last day as well as winning the FA Cup after an unbelievable cup run where we took out 4 big name clubs! End of Season detailed report coming up later but really really happy with the season.

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It's been years since I tried this challenge. I don't recall any success previously but back in the old days I managed to get Dag and Red up to the Premier League. They even constructed a statue in my honour. Unfortunately that seemed to go to my head and I was subsequently sacked when I tried to force my star striker to stay at the club and completely lost the dressing room. Who knew football management wasn't a dictatorship?

Anyway I picked up FM18 on steam after a few years absence from the game so I reckon I'll start this up on Thursday. Already done the holiday bit so ready for the save and reload fest. 

I'm a bit confused by the opening post, is it possible to get St Ives or St Neots? I haven't seen any reports about the them but they're two of my local teams so would be cool. Failing that I work near Dulwich and their crest is epic so I will try for them.

I predict a sacking within 6 months following 10 straight league defeats and a string of suspicious insurance fires in the stadium.

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Altrincham - Premier League 2023/24 - Season 6

Bit of a delay on this season as I haven't had much chance to play FM recently.

So after making it to the Premier League in the minimum time required the boards Expectations were basically good luck and don't embrass us, with the Media Predicting we'd finish bottom and the Bookies not giving us much chance either however they reckoned four of us stood no chance of staying up and all we needed to do was be better than those three sides, though going straight back down isn't much of an issue I've been relegated at least twice in previous versions without a problem and just one years worth of Prem money should set us up for awhile.

Reputation - Well this should be fun as we are by far the worst team in the league and our rep is still worse than all but one Championship side. We are also the only team with our star player being worth less than £500K, with Derby's worth £6m and everyone else's being worth over £20m.

Transfers - We made a frustrating start as Prem quality players just weren't interested in signing for us and the ones that were wanted silly money, so it was a case of trying to snatch up who we could and quickly broke our transfer record with our first £1m signing, though we had better luck in Jan as I snapped up a couple of promising youngsters, taking full advantage of release clauses and then blew past our transfer record with £14m spent on Wing Back Blake from Wolves and then beat that with £17m spent on Italian Striker De Sanctis.

Outgoing were several squad players who just weren't good enough, though losing Shermadini was a bit of a blow after he moaned when he couldn't get in my side, whilst new signings Markovic and Dunk didn't last long both departing for a profit after struggling.

FA Cup - An excellent run as we made it to the Semi-Final, though we did make a meal of things against West Brom having to come from 2-0 and 3-1 down to claim a replay, we also had to come from behind twice to beat Blackburn thanks to a 93rd minute winner from Weatherall though they had knocked out Utd in the last round. Of course a lucky draw helped out as West Brom were struggling in the Prem and the rest were in the bottom half of the Championship.

The big challenge was the Semi-Final against Chelsea and we put up a good fight but the strikers on each side seemed to have an off day with Chelsea snatching victory in extra-time when subs Lozano and Hazard combined, of course being able to bring on subs worth over £150m helps :(

League Cup - We went one better here making the Final and without the luck of the draw as I took the competition seriously for the first time for the most part, I fielded my strongest side to get a morale boosting win over Burton, but then gave my second string a chance against Utd and after they'd just thrashed us 7-1 in the league I wasn't hopefully but they also rested players and a double from Lander gave us a famous win, in the next Round I again rested players against Spurs and a brace from Glaztel who had struggled so far saw us come from behind to beat them. In the Quarter Final I fielded a strong side against Stoke where we needed a Glaztel pen to beat them.

In the Semi-Final we face Bournemouth and quickly fell behind but two goals in a minute put us ahead - Glatzel scored the rebound after missing a pen and then Record Signing De Sanctis came off the bench to put us in the lead a day after joining but then conceeded an injury time pen and to make matters worse Striker Lander tore his hamstring leaving him out for the next two months, thankfully Weatherall had just recovered from his knee injury that had kept him out for the last five weeks. The Second leg was a cagey affair not helped by being played in a hailstorm and was settled by another De Sanctis goal to send us to Wembley.

In the Final we faced an Arsenal side who were struggling in the League and we'd also managed to win both our league games against them and to make things even better Arsenal fielded their second string (which still included the likes of Keane, Mstafi, Tierney, Arhur, Pjaca and Lacazette) and they'd also made the silly decision to sell their Star Striker Belotti to City on deadline day for £60m.

League Cup Final - We got off to a great start as some good work from Glatzel on the left found an unmarked Weatherall to open the scoring with less than a minute played, he then added a second tapping in McAuley's cross and then with under 35 minutes played claimed his hat-trick as we claimed our first major piece of silverware and booked our place in Europe next season :cool:

And to make things worse the Arsenal manager got fired after the match :D
 


Premier League - I still have no idea how we managed this as we somehow finished fourth in our debut season to secure Champions League Football :shock:

Though things didn't start well as we lost our first three matches, we got outclassed by Chelsea on our debut but the narrow defeats to Brighton and West Brom hurt as they were the teams we needed to beat, and in the next game we finally got our first point in a crazy 4-4 draw against Palace live on TV as we through away a 4-1 lead with all but one of the goals coming in the first half and then we went to Old Trafford and got stuffed 7-1 the only saving grace was that Liverpool were having just as bad a start as we were.

After that I made some changes dropping new Defenders Bran and Dunk for Academy players Tandy and Best, and made some tactical tweaks switched my Wing Backs from the Support to Auto duty, changed my Midfielder roles from a DLP-S and RPM to a DLP-D and AP-S to add a bit more cover to my defence and had my Wide Strikers man-mark the Full Backs to add some support down the flanks as everyone seemed to be using attacking full-backs against us which overwhelmed my flanks, it also helped that my first choice Keeper was finally back from injury having got injured in our second match.

And that seemed to work as Lander came off the bench to grab a brace against Soton to claim our first win which kicked off a club record 17 league game (22 overall) unbeaten run which was ended by City.

On Boxing day a 3-1 win over Spurs in game 17 saw us climb into fourth place and that is basically where the season ended, the only reall difference in the table from then is that Spurs took Bournemouth's place in Europe and Liverpool swapping places with Arsenal, though there was some final day drama as Newcastle scored an 89th minute winner against City to spend Boro (who lost to Utd) instead of themselves down.

We did drop off in the second half of the season as I concentrated on the cups and made a soft attempt to drop out of the UCL places (as I was happy with the Europa League and don't want the board demanding a top four finish next season) but the teams below us kept on dropping points and even after we failed to win any of our last six games (which was also a new club record) losing four and drawing to City and Spurs they couldn't take advantage, you also have to go back to 2004/05 when Everton finished fourth with 61 points to find a lower points total for fourth (with Liverpool getting 60 in 03/04 and Villa in 95/96 and Chelsea in 97/98 both getting 63 points as well) it also wasn't just us overachieving as newly promoted Stoke managed to finish 7th, of course Spurs, Liverpool and Arsenal all being woeful helped out.

Whilst Utd walked the league we were at least one of the two sides to beat them in the league and were responsible for two of the six defeats they suffered this season, though I have no idea how I'll ever catch them as they had a tycoon takeover a couple of seasons back which makes them even more powerful than they normally are :eek:

We also had some interesting league stats - we were fourth top scorers but had the fourth worst defence and gave away a league high 10 pens. Whilst our Salary costs were £10m which was a quarter of the next side Derby and likely the costs of one player at Utd who spent £241m! and they also had a net spend of £200m.

Squad, Home and Stat-Pack

In Goal was Pole Kamil Grabara who had a good season, though his place is under threat from Colombian Wonderkid Hugo Perez who arrived in Jan and looks like he could be a great player.

In the Centre of Defence initialy was Lewis Dunk who was doing okay but found himself out of the team and was sold to West Ham for a profit in Jan as he'd lost his place to academy graduate Michael Tandy who despite barely being good enough for the Championship again stepped up with some solid performances. Playing to the Right was Italian Alex Bran who wasn't one of my better purchases having an awful season and lost his place to another Academy graduate Lamar Best who outperformed him despite being rated as a League One player. On the Left side was German Robin Englbrecht who did well and will be joining us permanently next season, covering him was Italian Gaetano Pascuccio in joined in Jan and made a good start.

At Right Wing Back in came Australian Nathan Lyons and after a slow start improved as the season went on, but is likely to lose his place next season to Jacob Blake who arrived for big money in Jan. At Left Wing Back was Spanish youngster Sergio Santamaria who also had a slow start but improved as the season went on which is good as I don't really have any cover on the Left.

In the Centre of Midfield playing as my Deep Lying Playmaker was Scot Taylor King who had a good season and was partnered by Scottish Wonderkid Jim Hamilton who was in good form, though he isn't likely to stay as he spent most of the season wanting out when Arsenal then Spurs looked at him but neither made a bid and he eventually signed a new contract, but at the end of the season has demanded a move to a bigger club even though no one is interested and it seems Champions League football isn't enough to keep him, providing cover was German Vangelis Gerardis who is touted as the next Schweinsteiger and did well when called upon.

Upfront leading the line was another Academy graduate Arran Weatherall who had an excellent season (and hopefuly my board won't try to sell him next season) and was named European Golden Boy and won the Euro U19 Golden Boot, playing to his Left was Captain Paul Glatzel who did well enough after a poor start and on the Right was Irishman Glen McAuley who was solid enough but I don't think either are going to be good enough going forward. Thankfully I have a couple of promising Strikers looking to breakthrough, Academy Grad Olly Gray is developing nicely and is labelled as the next Michael Owen, whilst Uruguayan Maurico Arioli made a good start. Whilst record signing Manuel De Sanctis struggled a bit as he just kept on picking up little knocks and loanee Garry Lander again impressed but I doubt I'll bring him back next season.

Best XI - Pretty much spot on.

Overall XI - Hamilton and Weatherall both make the bench, though Watkins, Graham and Thomas are all promoted from the bench replacing Logan, Guru and Kehinde despite none of them being here any longer.

Euro U19 Dream Team - My England youngsters Best, Weatherall, Gray and Tandy are all named after England lost in the Final to Italy.

Academy - We get three quality players this season GK Tinnion, DC Mooney and Striker Hammell who made a quick start grabbing three goals in four appearances and becoming the Premier Leagues Youngest player and youngest scoring at the age of 15 and claimed Young Player of the Month for April.

Manager Profile - My Reputation goes up by about 1/4 a star whilst I grab the final Coaching Licence and claim Manager of the Year for the fifth team and manage my 300th game.

Finances - We make a crazy £100m profit this season as income is up across the board with the £100m TV deal the biggest increase, outgoings increase threefold but are dwarfed by our income increases, though the £25m the board took later was our biggest expensive.

Commerical Summary - Not much surprise with the players topping the shirt sales, though for next season we sign some bumper new sponsorships which includes £4m p/y for some Altrinicham flavoured coca-cola.

Facilities - Main change see's our Youth Facilities increase to Average and I finally both to invest in some Data Anaylsis facilities, which hardly cost anythin and only take two weeks to build.

Nationalities

17 ENG
5 NIR
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3 GER, ITA, IRL
2 AUS, SCO, ESP
1 COL, CRO, IRQ, POL, SVK, KOR, TUR, URU, WAL

Squad Rules

Currently I have 16 FGN players, with a max of 17 allowed, though two are on their way out.

For Homegrown rules we have 16 Club Grown and 6 Nation Grown with a further 17 due to become Homegrown, with just 7 not counting at all

Plans For Next Season

So after an excellent Premier League debut I doubt we'll be mounting a title challenge next season and will just be happy to stay up and enjoy our European debut that should be in the Group stage with the rule changes.

Transferwise a couple of new Defenders are again top of the list as whilst Tandy and Best did well they aren't really good enough, a backup Left Wing Back would be nice and possibly an extra Striker. Hopefully with Champions League football we'll actually be able to attract Premier League quality players.

State of The World

Championship - Leeds, Villa and Swansea will all join us next season.

League Two - Billericay continue their 'slow' climb winning promotion to League One with Forest going up as well.

FA Cup - Utd retain the cup thrashing Championship Wolves 5-0 in the Final.

League Cup - Chelsea become the first side to win this twice, beating Utd on pens.

Champions League - Well the English domination didn't start but their was still a shock as Monaco beat Real in the Final, with Monaco beatin Chelsea (QF) and City (1KO) along the way with Utd (Real) and Spurs (Porto) both going out in the Knockout Round.

Europa League - Some good news for England as Everton beat Roma in the Final after extra-time thanks to a 120th min Sandro Pen. Arsenal went out in the QF to Shakther and Liverpool lost to Roma in the 2KO.

Leaderboard points (FM Mode)(My Steam Username is same as here if anyone wants to add me)
(points / position)
Single Game: 4,484,193 (88,272)
Single Season: 1,090,552 (161,460)
Single Season England: 1,090,552 (82,173)
Single Season Premiership: 888,542 (118,920)
Single Season Championship: 177,858 (31,475)
Single Season League One: 709,941 (9,933)
Single Season League Two: 749,065 (1,360)
Single Season National League: 1,090,552 (153)
Single Season National North: 868,235 (94 :cool:)

Career Overview

Season League League Finish Achievements Leaderboard Points Av. Attendance
18/19 National North 1st Promoted & FA Trophy Winners  868,235 1,927 (31%)
19/20 National League 1st Promoted & FA Trophy Winners 1,090,552 / 1,958,787 3,022 (49%)
20/21 League Two 1st Promoted  749,065 / 2,707,852 3,920 (87%)
21/22 League One 4th Promoted - Playoffs & Checkatrade Trophy Winners  709,941 / 3,417,793 4,198 (98%)
22/23 Championship 2nd Promoted  177,858 / 3,595,651 5,000 (100%)
23/24 Premier League 4th League Cup Winners 888.542 /  4,484,193 25,146 (87%)

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I had a problem with my FM Touch, which was caused by Google Play Store. Before realising Play Store was the problem, I uninstalled the game and reinstalled it. In doing this, my Kettering save disappeared! I'm so annoyed about this, as I'd just reached the end of my first season and had done really well. I'm going to restart the challenge, this time with Barwell as I don't think anyone else has used them this year.

 

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I've reloaded a lot of times and the team I want always stay down and never go up, is it random what teams go up or is it based on rep? I don't want to keep reloading if the team is never going to come up. 

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5 hours ago, bigmattb28 said:

I've reloaded a lot of times and the team I want always stay down and never go up, is it random what teams go up or is it based on rep? I don't want to keep reloading if the team is never going to come up. 

It's mainly based on reputation with some randomness throw in as well, though for the most part the lower the rep the lower the chances of the team being promoted. Also the team you want has to be in one of the feeder leagues there is a list of teams in the opening post - if you want a team from below these leagues then you'd need to holiday multiple seasons to allow them to get promoted to the feeder league, this can also sometimes help with getting different teams especially if their is a large team that nearly always appears as you'd get them out of the pool (though you'd have to hope a big side didn't get relegated and took their place).

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My Enfield Town save continues.

Last season was a surprise promotion the League 1, and after a frustrating offseason, our League 1 start is well underway, and we aren't doing to bad.

 

 

Jellico

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Altrincham - Premier League 2024/25 - Season 7

So after an excellent debut season in the Premier League the Board were expecting us to stay clear of relegation with a Mid-table finish, not that the Media gave us much chance predicting a 17th place finish, with the Bookies making us the best of the cannon fodder. Though Weaherall was made third favourite to be Top Goalscorer.

Reputation - Still fairly rubbish as it only slightly increases leaving us miles behind everyone else again, though we are now better than most Championship sides.

Takeover - We finally had to deal with the fuss of a takeover (first time in the challenge this hasn't happened in the first couple of seasons) thankfully it went through quick and easy after the window had shut and all I got out of it was the board cancelling our facilities approvements adding a years delay to them.

Transfers - Not a lot of activity as we still cannot really attract quality players so instead snapped up some promising youngsters before spending a club record £22m on a Centre-Back from relegated Derby. Outgoing were youngsters and squad players who weren't good enough with Striker McAuley going for a club record £9m.

League Cup - Not a great defence of our trophy as our second string went straight out to Liverpool's second string.

FA Cup - An excellent run as we went one better than last season reaching the final, though we made hard work of an easy draw. Things started well with an 8-0 thrashing of Swansea thanks to their GK having a shocker as he gifted us three goals and ended the match with a 3.1 rating the lowest I've ever seen. Brushed past Spurs with easy before making a meal of beating Championship strugglers Birmingham needing three goals in the last 10 minutes to beat them. We then snuck past another Championship side Wednesday setting up a Semi-Final against relegated Palace and nearly made a mess of that needing two late goals from mistakes to beat them though then we went and gave away a pen in injury time but thankfully my Keeper saved it to set up a final against the all conquering Utd.

Going into the Final Utd had already won the League Cup and Premier League and were hoping for a domestic clean sweep, though we did have an interesting record against Utd - we'd won three of the five games, however we did lose the other two 7-1 and 5-1 so the game could go either way and having several injuries was going to make things harder as Defender Englbrecht and Strikers Matheus and Andrew were all out injured, whilst Defender Pascuccio needed an injection to let him play on the plus side Dybala was out for Utd.

The Final - We got off to a great start with Weatherall reacting first to the rebound opening the scoring on his birthday (not sure how Gray got this assist considering two other players touched the ball after him?) and then we made it 2-0 this time De Sanctis smashing in after Weatherall's header and whilst Utd pulled one back it seemed their Striker got injured scoring and had to go off. In the second half we restored our two goal lead when De Sanctis returned the favour setting up Weatherall for his second and whilst Utd pulled back another thanks to our inability to clear a corner we held on to win the FA Cup :cool: With our 23 goals being a new comp record.
 


Champions League - Thanks to the new rules we made our debut straight in the group stage, but being fourth seeds we ended up with a tough group that included two of the favourites - Italian champions Juventus who have won the Italian league 14 years in a row(!) and won the Champions League back in 21 and had lost in the Semi's three times and had so far always made it past the group stage. Second seeds were Spanish giants Barcelona who'd won the Champions League the year before Juventus and then lost to them in the Final next season, other than that they hadn't made it past the Quarters but again always got out of the group. Third seeds were Scottish champions Celtic who'd also won their title 14 years in a row, but had never made it out of the group stage and hadn't won a Europa league game when dropping down.

Game One - We started off with the short trip to Glasgow and things did not go well we fell behind within a minute and then had our left back sent off as we just didn't turn up and welcome to Europe :(

Game Two - A much better performance as we matched Barcelona and were unlucky not to win with Tandy unlucky to deflect a late shot into his own goal.

Game Three - This is more like it as we hammer Juventus thanks to a De Sanctis hat-trick which lifts us up to second.

Game Four - A crazy game as we beat Juventus 5-4 in Italy though the first half didn't go well as we just couldn't cope with their firepower and were getting torn apart down the flanks as their FB's were almost playing as Wingers so in the second half I brought on Krasniqi and moved him out to the Left Wing purely to mark their right back out of the game and it worked as we started to take control with De Sanctis quickly pulling a goal back and then we had a crazy last five mins as we levelled the game thanks to their right back deflecting the ball into his own net, we then missed a pen before their right back was sent off and then scored the second pen for a famous win, which left us on the brink of qualification having 7 ponts to the 3 that Celtic and Juventus had.

Game Five - And we blew it with another woeful performance against Celtic as we somehow made three goal mistakes whilst only conceeding twice.

Game Six - A disappointing performance as we conceed at the start and end of the match to lose which combined with Celtic drawing against Juventus sends us out on head-to-head.

Group Table - To be honest I would have taken third at the start, though was expecting Juventus not Celtic to beat us. In the End Real Madrid went on to beat City in the Final, with Real also knocking out Chelsea (SF) and Utd (QF) along the way.

Europa League - In the First Knockout Round we faced Turkish side Besiktas who'd also finished 3rd in their group and had only made it past this stage once in the first season when they lost in the Semi to Liverpool, and with the First Leg in Turkey we made no mistakes thrashing them 6-1 thanks to a Weatherall hat-trick with all goals coming in the first half. In the Second Leg I rest players but we still dominated scoring three second half goals.

Second Knockout Round drew us against A.Madrid another team that finished third in their group and that won the Champions League in the first season but this was their first time in the Europa League. Again we dominated the First Leg with De Sanctis giving us an early lead before two late goals gave us a commanding lead. In the Second Leg I was again able to rest players as a solid defensive performance gave us a 1-0 win. We also lost a couple of English sides as this point with Spurs losing to AC Milan and Stoke going out on away goals to Valencia after spending most of the game with just nine men.

Quarter Final we faced Italians Fiorentina who'd made it this far twice previously and the First Leg was another crazy 5-4 win we were looking comfortable with a 3-1 lead going into the last 10 mins, but found ourselves 4-3 down by the 91st minute but then scored in the 92nd and 94th minutes to claim a weird win - the issue was Fiorentina were playing an insanely high line as they threw everyone but their DCs forward we kept on picking them off and really should have been out of sight before the end but their tactic of throwing everyone forward nearly worked as we couldn't cope defensively. The Second Leg was a much better performance as our defenders easily dealt with everything they threw at us and my attackers took their chances.

Semi Final we faced our third Spanish side Valencia who'd actually won this back in 22 and had made the Semi's on two other occasions. An excellent First Leg put us in a commanding position as we again surperbly and took our chances as Academy Prospect Gray grabbed a hat-trick. In the Second Leg an early Gray goal broke Valencia as we easily saw out a poor game to book our place in the Final.

In the Final of course we'd face another English side as last seasons winners Everton had follow the same route as ourselves though they'd been beaten by Leverkusen and Rangers in the Champions League. We also had an even record against Everton both having won two of the five games we'd played, though we had won both our league games this season. But we still had the same injury problems from the FA Cup that was just a couple of days ago though Defender Englbrecht was just about fit enough to start, whilst Glatzel had to be given an injection to be fir for the bench with Pascuccio getting another injection.

The Final got off to a bad start as we gave their MR Romero all the space to score from the edge of the area, then things got worse as Gray saw his penalty saved but he made amends minutes later setting up De Sanctis to draw us level, but midway through the second half our good work was undone as we switched off and let sub Bernard ghost in at the far post to restore Everton's lead, but it wasn't long before Wonderkid Hamilton drew us level again bringing the ball down beautifully then smashing the ball into the net from the edge of the area and minutes later he did the same to put us in the lead for the first time and that broke Everton as we held on to win the Europa League and re-secure Champions League football :cool: Also rather harshly the Everton manager got sacked after the game.
 

Striker Weatherall was named Player of the Comp with De Sanctis second with both of them being named in the Dream Team along with defenders Badea and Pascuccio with the rest of my side largely missing out due to not playing enough games, with De Sanctis and Weatherall both also making the All-Time Team.

Premier League - Another excellent season as we finish fifth but with more points than last season, we Started off well with another crazty 5-4 win this time over Everton and we put up a good fight but ran out of steam in the second half of the season as I put the effort into the cups and europe and couldn't keep pace with Stoke (who seem fairly strong for a team that came up with us) as we don't have the squad depth to compete on several fronts as nine of our defeats came before/after cup games, though we did come close to snatching Stokes place as on the last day a last minute Tandy goal gave our badly weakened side a draw at Villa which left us three points behind Stoke but whilst everyone else had finished we still had to play Chelsea as their wasn't any place to fit the game in before the end of the season, but now a badly weakened and tired team claim a solid draw against Chelsea though it wasn't enough to pass Stoke.

Squad, Home and Stat-Pack.

In Goal Colombian Wonderkid Hugo Perez had a good season cementing his place as first choice and is developing nicely though for some reason the fans seem to dislike him, providing cover was Pole Kamil Grabara who was a bit unlucky to lose his place.

In the Centre of Defence was Romanian Bogdan Badea who arrived for a record £22m and had a mixed season as he struggled in the league but showed his worth in Europe, playing to his Left was German Robin Englbrecht who had a poor season and also seems to have hit his limit, and on the Right was Italian Gaetano Pascuccio who also struggled but can still improve. Providing cover was Academy prospect Lamar Best who had a poor season but to be honest is no where near ready, whilst Michael Tandy had his best season so far, whilst Colombian Victor Batalla stepped up at the end of the season with some strong performances but some better quality defenders will be on my list again next season.

At Right Wing Back was Jacob Blake who was in good form, but is likely to be pushed hard next season by Promising Turk Ilhami Gizlen who finally arrived in Jan after turning 18. Down the Left was Spanaird Sergio Santamaria who was in excellent form, providing cover was German Till Leipertz who was a bit unlucky as he'd broken his leg before joining in Jan and had to be slowly nursed back to fitness.

In the Centre of Midfield as my Deep Lying Playmaker was Czech Wonderkid Marek Kovarik who made a slow start but improved as the season went on helped by the switching of the duty from Defend back to Support, partnering him as my Advanced Playmaker was Scottish Wonderkid Jim Hamilton who had his best season yet and no longer seems to want out. Providing cover was Scot Taylor King who had a poor season and will likely be moved on as he doesn't count as homegrown and I'll likely need his squad place, whilst German Vangelis Gerardis was in good form.

Up Front leading the line was Academy graduate Arran Weatherall who had a storming season grabbing an impressive 43 goals from 44 games (which just fell short of the record 49 goals scored by McAuley a couple of seasons back) and became only the second player to retain the European Golden Boy Award, playing to his right was Italian Manuel De Sanctis who was also on fire and showed why I spent £17m on him last season. On the Left was another Academy graduate Olly Gray who stepped up with some excellent performances and is developing nicely and is still only 18. Providing cover was my Captain Paul Glatzel who randomly decided he was German midway through the season and whilst he started the season well he just couldn't get back into the team after losing his place to Gray and his time is likely up, especially as I signed Liam Andrew from Liverpool to add some more squad depth, whilst Brazilian Matheus was brought in to add a bit of experience and did surprisingly well when called upon.

Best XI - Pretty much spot on.

Overall XI - This just gets more messed up each season, though at least Hamilton and Grabara make the team, but for some reason Midfielder Thomas moves to Left Back and Kehinde moves into Defence - which probarbly sums up our defensive issues as the game reckons my best defenders were a Midfielder, Full-Back and a guy I had on loan, as it seems the game uses a places current position ratings instead of historical ones.

Academy - Only one player with Potential this season Striker Jim Pinch who seems to have insane physical attributes for that age.

Facilities - Only improvement is to our Data Analysis Facilities as the takeover cancelled the other improvements, whilst we should finally move into our new Staduim next season though will be losing 10,000 capacity.

Finances - We again make crazy money, with the main income increases being the £25m European prize money and £15m TV Money, we also got £14m sponsorship money which was a massive increase on the previous £1m deals we had. On expenses the biggest increase was the £34m we paid out in tax. With our Net Transfer spending being £37m.

Commerical Summary - Bit of a surprise to see Gray topping the sales, whilst the game seems to have finally solved the long standing Sponsorship issue as our sponsorship for next season will double to over £30m!

Profile - Only real change is in my Tactical rating, whilst my Reputation reaches four stars and I become the first in-game Manager to win Manager of the Year twice in a row. I was also offered the Belgium and Italy jobs.

Nationalities

18 ENG
5 GER
2 COL, ITA, MEX, IRL, SCO, TUR, WAL
1 AUS, BRA, CRO. CZE, POL, ROU, KOR, ESP, URU

Squad Rules

Currently I have 14 registered FGN players, with a further 4 unregistered.

For Homegrown rules we have 21 Club Grown and 4 Nation Grown with a further 16 due to become Homegrown 5 of which are due at the end of this season, and just 5 not counting at all.

Plans For Next Season

I'll likely concentrate on the Champions League next season (hopefully we'll have a better seeding) as we don't have the squad depth to match Utd in the league.

Transfer targets will again be some Defenders and it looks like we are finally at the point where we can attract Prem quality players the only issue now is being able to afford them. I may also need to have a clear out of some of my squad players as we are at the squad rule limit.

And one thing that is a bit silly is that the board keep on setting our pre-season training camps for the week before pre-season starts which makes them pointless but their doesn't seem to be anyway to opt out of them?


Leaderboard points (FM Mode)(My Steam Username is same as here if anyone wants to add me)
(points / position)
Single Game: 6,143,550 (57,930)
Single Season: 1,659,357 (104,698)
Single Season England: 1,659,357 (58,049)
Single Season Premiership: 1,659,357 (57,304)
Single Season Championship: 177,858 (31,475)
Single Season League One: 709,941 (9,933)
Single Season League Two: 749,065 (1,360)
Single Season National League: 1,090,552 (153)
Single Season National North: 868,235 (94 :cool:)

Career Overview

Season League League Finish Achievements Leaderboard Points Av. Attendance
18/19 National North 1st Promoted & FA Trophy Winners  868,235 1,927 (31%)
19/20 National League 1st Promoted & FA Trophy Winners 1,090,552 / 1,958,787 3,022 (49%)
20/21 League Two 1st Promoted  749,065 / 2,707,852 3,920 (87%)
21/22 League One 4th Promoted - Playoffs & Checkatrade Trophy Winners  709,941 / 3,417,793 4,198 (98%)
22/23 Championship 2nd Promoted  177,858 / 3,595,651 5,000 (100%)
23/24 Premier League 4th League Cup Winners 888.542 /  4,484,193 25,146 (87%)
24/25 Premier League 5th FA Cup & Europa League Winners 1,659,357 /  6,143,550 25,721 (88%)

 

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