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FM18: Salford City - Class of 92' United by City

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Welcome to the Salford City Football Club thread (FM18)

Club Details

Status: Professional

Nickname: The Ammies

Founded: 1940

Owners: Peter Lim (50%), Phil & Gary Neville (10%/10%) Nicky Butt (10%), Paul Scholes (10%), Ryan Giggs (10%)

Current Managers: Anthony Johnson & Bernard Morley

League: National League North (England)

Captain: Liam Hogan

Vice-Captain: N/A

Squad Personality: Fairly Professional

Rivals: FC United, Maine Road, Droylsden

Legends: Barry Massey, Chris Lynch

Favoured Personnel and Icons: None

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Ground: Peninsula Stadium (Formerly Moor Lane)

Capacity: 4160 (1300 seated) - Expansion complete 1/12/2017

Training Facilities: Poor

Corporate Facilities: Average

Youth Facilities: Poor

Youth Level: 0

Junior Coaching: Average

Youth Recruitment: Fairly basic

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Finances: Okay

Transfer Budget: £7500 (can be adjusted to £21,800)

Wage Budget: £10,710 p/w

Media Prediction: 4th

 

Salford City Football Club is a recently made professional football club in the Kersal area of Salford, Greater Manchester, England, which plays in the National League North, part of the sixth tier of the English football league system.

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Club History

1940 to 1989

The club was formed in 1940 as Salford Central and progressed steadily through local leagues until, in 1963, when it stepped up to the Manchester League and changed its name to Salford Amateurs. Nicknamed "The Ammies" the club became a real force in the 1970s, winning the Lancashire Amateur Cup in 1973, 1975 and 1977. All the Manchester County Cups and the League title came the club's way and in one season of note the club won seven trophies. The ultimate prize – Champion of Champions – was secured in 1977. In 1979, after a decade of success, the club took its first major step towards securing its status in non-league football.

The players and committee took on the task of restoring the present Moor Lane ground. The pitch was in poor condition, the main stand roofless and derelict. Working all hours the challenge was met head on and Moor Lane was passed as acceptable for entry to the Cheshire League in 1980. When the North West Counties League was formed in 1982 with the amalgamation of the Lancashire Combination and the Cheshire League, the foresight of upgrading the ground bore fruit and Salford seized the opportunity of joining football's non-league pyramid. The transition has not always been easy but with the reorganisation into two divisions the club eventually took their place in Division One.

1989 to 2005

Salford appeared in the Manchester Premier Cup Final at Old Trafford in 1989 and the same season saw floodlights installed at Moor Lane and the dropping of the Amateurs tag to become Salford City. In 1990 the club celebrated its 50th year by entering the FA Cup for the first time and received national exposure on BBC Television's Grandstand's "Road to Wembley" feature. Relegation followed the same season, however. With League restructuring in 1992 the club regained its place in Division One and with ex-Manchester United starlet Billy Garton in charge finished ninth, the club's highest ever league position. The following years have seen improvement on this and under Andy Brown they finished third (on goal difference) missing out on promotion only in the last few games as well as again reaching the final of the Premier Cup. The last few seasons, under manager Gary Fellows, saw the club establish itself as one of the dominant sides in the North West Counties League having won the League Challenge Cup in 2006 and just missing out on promotion in 2007 with virtually an all local squad.

In the 2004–05 season, the club reached the third round of the FA Vase, and reached the third qualifying round of the FA Cup in the following season, also winning the North West Counties League Cup, beating Cammell Laird in the final.

2005 to 2010

The 2007–08 season proved the most successful in Salford City's history, as they finished in second place in Division One (now the northern Premier League) of the North West Counties League, enough to clinch promotion to Division One North of the Northern Premier League, the eighth level of the English football league system.

Competing in the Northern Premier League Division One North for the first time, the team suffered a difficult start to the 2008–09 season picking up only one point from the first 7 games. Despite leading the team to promotion during the previous season, Gary Fellows was relieved of his managerial duties in October 2008 and was replaced by former Bridlington Town and Stockport Sports boss Ashley Berry. After only two months, with results still not improving, Berry left the club, and former Flixton boss Paul Wright was appointed manager. Unfortunately due to a pre-existing suspension from the Football Association, Wright was unable to start work until March, so his assistant manager, Neil Hall, deputised as manager for the first two months of 2009. By the time Wright took up his position, the club were languishing at the bottom of the league, having achieved one win and a total of eight points from their first 26 games, leaving them 15 points adrift from safety. An unlikely 5–3 away win at Lancaster City prompted a change in fortune, and with the new management team settling into their roles, the team proceeded on an astonishing run of results, garnering nine wins and a draw from their last fourteen games and finally clinching survival by two points with a 5–2 win away at Garforth Town on the last day of the season.

The 2009–10 season saw strong performances in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy, but the team continued to struggle in the league. In February 2010, having lost four consecutive home matches, the club parted company with Paul Wright. Rather than appoint a permanent successor, chairman Darren Quick took the unusual step of taking on the role of caretaker manager himself for the remainder of the season. Under Quick, the team enjoyed a strong finish to the season, amassing 36 points from the remaining games and finishing the league in 11th place (the highest league position in the club's history).

2010 to present

Despite the 2009–10 season's heroics, the team again struggled at the start of the 2010–11 season, and Darren Quick decided to end his tenure as caretaker manager, replacing himself with Rhodri Giggs who would act as player-manager alongside experienced coach Danny Jones. Results improved under Giggs with team finishing the season in 12th position. The club began well in 2011–12 with hopes of a playoff push, however a poor run of form at the start of 2012, combined with the frequent departure of the club's top players, resulted in a mid-table finish. After the final home game of the season, Giggs announced he was resigning from the post with immediate effect.

In May 2012, the club appointed ex-professional Darren Sheridan as the new manager. The 2012–13 season started well in the league, and the club also enjoyed a local derby in the preliminary round of the FA Cup against FC United of Manchester. Over 1300 fans were in attendance at Moor Lane to watch the Ammies narrowly lose in a five-goal thriller. Sheridan's tenure at the club lasted only 8 months though, and he resigned from the club in January 2013 after a review of the club's budget. The club appointed Andy Heald as caretaker manager, before announcing his appointment on a full-time basis a month later. Under Heald's leadership, Salford finished a disappointing sixteenth place in the Premier League Division North, but enjoyed a good cup run by reaching the final of the Manchester Premier Cup where they faced Mossley at Edgeley Park. Despite a rousing late comeback to level the score at 2–2, Mossley eventually triumphed 4–2 in the resulting penalty shoot-out. At the end of the season, Heald and his assistant Chris Thompson left the club by mutual consent due to business and family commitments.

Ahead of the 2013–14 campaign, the club appointed Barry Massay and Phil Power as joint managers and Salford based businesswoman Karen Baird took over as chairman from the long-serving Quick. The new management team got off to a strong start and were unbeaten after the first six games of the season, however form began to dip and in October 2013 the decision was made to reshuffle the management team with Power assuming sole managerial responsibility and Massay dropping down to an assistant managerial role, before subsequently leaving the club completely a month later.

In March 2014, news broke of the proposed takeover of the club by former Manchester United players Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, subject to Football Association and Northern Premier League approval, with the deal expected to be completed by the summer. The remainder of the 2013–14 season saw Power lead Salford to a 12th position finish in the Premier League Division North.

With the proposed takeover of the club completed, the new ownership team were present at pre-season training in July 2014, at which Giggs suggested the consortium had ambitious aims for the non-league club, with a target of Championship level football within 15 years. It was confirmed that Baird would remain the club's chairman and Power would continue as manager. Prior to the start of the 2014–15 season, the club announced a showcase match against a 'Class of '92 XI' featuring all five of the new owners which Salford City went on to win 5–1. The 2014–15 season started with Salford unbeaten in the first 13 games. In September 2014, the ownership team announced that they had agreed to sell a 50% stake in the club to Singapore–based billionaire Peter Lim, the owner of Valencia CF.

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Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson were appointed joint-managers in January 2015.

Despite the promising start, a dip in form during December resulted in only 4 wins from the following 11 matches which saw the team fall behind Darlington 1883 at the top of the league. As a result, Power was sacked in January 2015 after 18 months in the role. Owners Paul Scholes and Phil Neville acted as caretaker managers for the subsequent match against Kendal Town before announcing the arrival of the new managerial team of Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley. Johnson and Morley had led Ramsbottom United to promotion from the Northern Premier League Division One North during the previous season. The new managerial team went on to win 15 of the remaining 17 matches of the season, a feat which saw them regain their place at the top of the table. With Darlington 1883 failing to win their penultimate match of the season, Salford were crowned champions, guaranteeing promotion to the Northern Premier League Premier Division. The championship was celebrated with Salford recording their ninth consecutive win in a 5–0 victory over Ossett Town in front of a crowd of over 1100.

In October 2015, the club was featured in the BBC One series Class of 92: Out of Their League which was commissioned for a second series in February 2016.

The club reached the FA Cup 1st Round proper for the first time in their 25-year association with the competition having defeated fellow league side Whitby Town, Curzon Ashton and Bradford (Park Avenue) from the National North League and Southport from the National League in the Qualifying Rounds. In front of a sell out crowd of 1,400 with many millions more watching live on BBC Television, Salford scored a famous win over League Two side Notts County by 2–0 at Moor Lane. The 2nd Round saw them drawn at home to Hartlepool United, also from League Two, and again the tie was televised live by BBC Television in front of another capacity crowd. A creditable 1–1 draw meant a replay in Hartlepool – a game that was televised live by BT Sport – but despite outplaying their hosts in normal time, Salford with the backing of 500 travelling supporters eventually succumbed to two unopposed goals in extra time. Having been in the top five places for the majority of the season Salford eventually finished third behind champions Darlington 1883 and runners-up Blyth Spartans to claim a play off place. Ashton United were defeated 3–1 in the semi-final at Moor Lane which was followed up four days later with a 3–2 win over Workington at the same venue in front of nearly 2,000 spectators with 'the Ammies' scoring twice in the final eleven minutes to claim their place in the Vanarama-sponsored National League North for the 2016–17 season, the highest level the club has ever reached in its 76-year history.

 

Colours & logo

The club's colours are red and white. Prior to the change in ownership in 2014, the club played in tangerine & black (earlier colours include tangerine & white and all navy blue respectively). The club's logo also changed in 2014 but both logos picture a lion. The old logo included the club's nickname "the Ammies".

 

Full time status

In March 2017 the joint-managers signed two-year full-time contracts starting 1 April and the club announced that from 1 July, players with the club would become full-time professional players.

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The Re-brand: Salford City FC Identity 

In 2014, the ‘Class of 92’ – ex Manchester United academy players, now legends, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary and Phil Neville and Nicky Butt had become the new owners of non-league Salford City FC. Gary Neville commissioned Work Club to take on the task of rebranding them. Freelance designer, George Schon led the project from the initial pitch work right through to finished product.

They had acquired the club with a clear agenda to give something back to their community, to give other local lads the chance that they once had and to give the city of Salford a chance of professional football.

 The brief was to redesign the entire look and feel of the club; from manifesto to visual identity to architecture and the digital story, turning an eighth division, semi professional club, into a brand the Class of 92 and the people of Salford could be proud of. The heritage of the club and the city itself had to be acknowledged in the new design, and be infused with the ethos of no nonsense, honest, hardworking football, married with the ambition of the Champions League-winning new owners.

The motto of the city of Salford ‘Integrity and Industry’ and the existing club crest containing the Salford lion was the starting point for the new brand. The sideways facing lion of the club and city was turned to face forward, making it look confidently into the future. 

The mane of the lion is a 6 sided shield that was taken from the profile of a container ship commonly found a few miles away in the Salford dock, the 6 sides was in subtle reference to the original 6 members of the Class of ’92. 

The typeface, an element so core to the brand was also taken from the docks. SAA is the regulation font found on all shipping containers worldwide and would have been commonplace when the docks fully operational. In design it also perfectly embodied the club’s ‘Integrity and Industry’ values, with clear, hardworking letterforms.

Having flirted with five colours in their 40 year history, the Salford FC shirts are now the red that served the Class of ’92 so well for so long. 

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The Stadium: Peninsula Stadium (formerly Moor Lane)

The Moor Lane football ground is now unrecognisable from what it was like a year ago. The old ground has been completely replaced by four new stands, effectively making it a new stadium. Considering that this was all done in just ten months, is a remarkable achievement. The last stand to be opened was the new Main Stand on the Neville Road side of the ground. This all seated stand is a fairly simple affair with six rows of seats. At the back of the stand, there is quite a tall retaining 'wall' between the seating area and the roof. The team dugouts are located at the front of this stand. Although this stand on the Neville Road Stand replaced the old Main Stand, it is the new Moor Lane Stand opposite that has more facilities, with glassed corporate areas at the rear of it. It too is all-seated and is of a similar height to the Neville Road Stand. Both ends have new covered terraces, with the West Terrace, being the first of the new stands to be constructed of the new stadium. The East Terrace opposite is almost a replica of the West Terrace and all of part of this terrace can be allocated to away supporters. Two corners of the ground on the Moor Lane side are enclosed, although not used for spectators. The transformation of the stadium means that it now meets entry requirements for the Football League, which shows the ambition of the Club.

Overlooking the ground at the North Eastern corner is the tall spire of St Pauls Church, and the new floodlight panels at the ground are in the same outline shape as the Club badge. In October 2017 the Moor Lane ground was renamed the Peninsula Stadium in a corporate sponsorship deal. The new stadium was officially opened by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Capacity: 4160 (1300 seated)

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Players and Staff

First team squad

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Coaching staff

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Medical staff

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Scouting staff

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Why Manage Salford City?

A great challenge to take this nicely invested club all the way from the National League North up to Premier League glory. The current set of owners want the club to go places, after a recent rebrand and rebuild of the Moor Lane stadium, the club is looking to take steps into the football league in the immediate future.

Two promotions in two season since the takeover suggests that the club have a good platform in which to build from but the pressure will be on to continue this success and make your way into the football league.

Long term, can you reach the Premier League, and rub shoulders with locals such as Manchester United and Manchester City? Can you go one step further and compete in European football? Whilst surely cementing yourself as the clubs first icon.

Good luck...

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I decided to set up a Salford City club thread for FM18, as I'm planning on this being my long term save this year. Hopefully a few others will also join me on this journey, manage Salford City and swap/share stories and tips. The club are now professional, with a very good base for trying to progress up the leagues, which makes this an interesting save.

This would be my lowest ever start to a save, my lowest and most enjoyable previously was in FM16, with Portsmouth, which is well documented in here:

 

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11 hours ago, Jamesbfc1887 said:

Good luck, well put together. :)

If you don't mind me asking what skin are you using?

Thanks. Just the default skin that comes with the game, but with background pictures.

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Just loaded up this game I’ve never played as a lower league team for years...... this will be interesting and different sort of challenge for me! 

Any help and advice early on is much appreciated! 

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I’m managing Salford City and I’ve got promotion to the Championship in straight seasons where I’m now sat in mid table. I’ll post a bit about what tactics I play and how I went about it later. Been my most successful and enjoyable saves for years.

The one thing I will say though is that Jack Redshaw is a beast, he scored 35-40 goals a season for me in the Conference North, Conference and League 2. I’m convinced he could have done a job in League 1 as well, but his contract demands were too high.

Crocombe in goal is another mainstay only released him on promotion to L1. Mafuta is decent to keep hold on as well. Maynard is also very good, but I got a good offer for him so sold him after promotion to L2.

Great opening posts @stevemc.

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20 hours ago, westmarsh7 said:

Help on maybe a right and left back?!?!?

I play with Wing Backs, but signed Garth Falconer to play at left back and was great for me in the Conference North and Conference National. I can’t remember who I signed at RWB, but I’ll check later.

EDIT - Danny Harris on loan from Dartford at RWB in my first season, was pretty good for me but a pretty average player TBH.

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I've just started up a game with Salford myself....

 

Will update properly late but the left back I have went for is..... Gideon Adu-Peprah

 

looks pretty decent for this level and is only 18 ex Man City and Newcastle youth academy player.

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I'm 11 games in to the season, still trying to settle on the right tactics. Tried 442, 424 and 433 so far but none look that convincing. Would love to hear how people lined up.

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On 26/11/2017 at 18:49, Robioto said:

I’m managing Salford City and I’ve got promotion to the Championship in straight seasons where I’m now sat in mid table. I’ll post a bit about what tactics I play and how I went about it later. Been my most successful and enjoyable saves for years.

The one thing I will say though is that Jack Redshaw is a beast, he scored 35-40 goals a season for me in the Conference North, Conference and League 2. I’m convinced he could have done a job in League 1 as well, but his contract demands were too high.

Crocombe in goal is another mainstay only released him on promotion to L1. Mafuta is decent to keep hold on as well. Maynard is also very good, but I got a good offer for him so sold him after promotion to L2.

Great opening posts @stevemc.

Looking forward to hearing more!!

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22 hours ago, stevecummins78 said:

I'm 11 games in to the season, still trying to settle on the right tactics. Tried 442, 424 and 433 so far but none look that convincing. Would love to hear how people lined up.

I'm about the same time into my save as you are, Steve, I've drawn 2, lost 1 and won the rest and currently sitting top of the table (just) at this early stage. The Tactic that I've found the most joy with is an attacking 4-1-2-3. I've based the defence on 2CBs and an anchor man to allow the Fbs to push up a bit. I use one BBM and 1 CM- attack. Dudley at AMR (IF) and Redshaw up front have been scoring for fun. Hope this helps a bit, sure some of the other guys have found more effective tactics. Looking forward to hear how your season is going and happy to answer any questions you have! 

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For those who might be interested, I finally managed to pick up Tom Walker from FC United towards the back end of August when he is open to speaking to clubs again. Slightly expensive on wages but he's head and shoulders above anyone else in the league. May be worth others looking around this time if you want to snap him up before any other side does. Also him being a Salford lad made me more desperate to have him and Redshaw in the same team!

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On 02/12/2017 at 12:39, SirCular said:

For those who might be interested, I finally managed to pick up Tom Walker from FC United towards the back end of August when he is open to speaking to clubs again. Slightly expensive on wages but he's head and shoulders above anyone else in the league. May be worth others looking around this time if you want to snap him up before any other side does. Also him being a Salford lad made me more desperate to have him and Redshaw in the same team!

Was that end of August 2018? He won't entertain signing for me in Nov 2017.

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9 hours ago, stevecummins78 said:

Was that end of August 2018? He won't entertain signing for me in Nov 2017.

No it was August 2017 mate. FC United were second behind me in the league at the time, but around about the 27th August he was open to talking to me.

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I plan on starting a save with Salford once I've perfected a tactic I'm working on :) Love the opening post! I've watched some of the transformation the club has undertaken since the class of 92 took over and as I support Manchester United, I feel a connection to this club through the owners, so a save with Salford seems like a no-brainer!

By the way, if you haven't watched to documentary on this team, you really should, it's a good watch!

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Went for Salford just to try and remove the financial meltdown that seems to happen to every LLM save I do. Currently 2nd in National League after a cracking first season. 

Signed Healey, Laird and Hudson on loan following recommendations. Brought in stone & Evans on frees, then moved to tactics. Settled on a 433 control tactic, and a 352 counter. Needed wing backs to make this work, so brought in Danny Harris and a left back from new parent club Gillingham, Simpson. 

Healey was immense as a mezzala, laird and stone quickly kicked livesey out, Harris was a shocking footballer but did a job, Simpson was the same. Turning point was signing Owen Dale on loan from crewe. As either a right winger or poacher he was quality. Shelton was a bang average midfielder but won at least 9 points through vital goals as we basically 1-0ed all the way to the title in May. 

After promotion I wanted a massive clear out. Out went Maynard, burton, livesey and a lot of others, at one point I only had about 8 players left. Then the free transfers came flying in. Redshaw got unsettled and refused a contract so was sold for 60k, replaced by fewster from Spenny. Walker from FC United was a big one, and sneaking in adil nabi on loan from Peterborough allowed me to add a 4231 tactic for the new season. 

So far going well, won 6 in a row at the start of the season though results are levelling out a little. Board still think avoiding relegation is the aim, I'll be disappointed if I miss the playoffs. Fewster scored 13 in 10, although 6 were in one game, and proving a bit of a Redshaw clone since that was how he did the season before (scored in batches), Stone is going from strength to strength, but Healey and Dale, both on loan again, aren't really looking as good at this level. 

Nabi is a star, but only fits into the 4231,which  isn't quite right yet. Mafuta doing OK in midfield, Walker is a bit of a let down, problem is if fewster doesn't play well, the team doesn't, as Adam Morgan is proving a poor back up. 

Still, the first save I've got into so far, plus I have 3 youth prospects who league 1 teams are sniffing round, always a good sign that my standard method of building towards an entirely homegrown squad will be possible. 

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Started my Salford save yesterday. Havnt signed many, Gary Twigg and Will Hoskins up top. The talked about Redshaw was injured for 4 months pre season, so needed re-inforcments. Played 4 won 4 so far!

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Into my third season with Salford. Finished 2nd in my first season missing out on the title by 3pts. Won the playoffs to gain promotion.

 

Second season was a thing of beauty.... Record points 111...record lowest number of defeats 4 and redshaw record goalscorer 40. Tranmere ran me close tho and only secured the title on second to last game.

 

Just ten games into league two. After a slow start of 2 draws and 2 defeats I've won 6 in a row and sit in 6th.

 

Playing a 424 with two wingers supporting a target man and the goal machine Redshaw as a poacher. Very direct style passing with a counter mentality. Enjoying the challange as after each season I've had to overall the squad to meet the demands of the higher league. Club is bleeding money but the board keep injecting money in. 

So far so good! 

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Half  Way Through Season two with Salford. 

Season one ended pretty well. 

 

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I finished top of the league with 95 points and also won the FA trophy. I used a combination of attacking 451 and 352 formations to achieve this, with Redshaw netting almost 50 goals in the season. Anthony Dudley started and finished the season well and the best loan signings I had were Charlie Edge in the AML/AMC position, Archie Edwards in LB and Cameron Healey in CM. 


Half way through season two and I am sitting top of the table yet to lose a league game. I have been leaking goals at the back, but the attacking approach and combintation of Tom Walker, Ashley Nadesan, Jack Redshaw and loan signing Dashane Dalling (each of whom has a tally of 20+ combined goals/assists already) has ensured I have outscored most. Hopefully can maintain the form for the rest of the season and look to tighten up the defence before next year. 

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22 hours ago, jarvinhio82 said:

Jake Beesley is on fire at the moment. Long way to go, but I feel confident of promotion even this early on in the season. 

Did you recall him? never managed to get him going really. 

 

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Just started a long term save with Salford after reading the post, and being a Man Utd fan thought it would be enjoyable.

I have hopefully perfected a tactic in my Barnsley save which won me the champs league 3 times in a row!

The Salford game has started very promising indeed.

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Just a heads up to others playing as Salford, I've just entered my fourth season after consecutive promotions and received a news article saying Peter Lim was stepping back from full time duties and was only going to be part time. I checked the data in the editor and he has two separate profiles, one for owning Salford and the other for Valencia with differing attributes for both and also different date of births, which I found strange.

Anyhow, I've reported this in the data forum but wanted to let you know, I'm not sure if this will affect cash injections into the club but will keep you posted as the season goes on!

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3 hours ago, SirCular said:

Just a heads up to others playing as Salford, I've just entered my fourth season after consecutive promotions and received a news article saying Peter Lim was stepping back from full time duties and was only going to be part time. I checked the data in the editor and he has two separate profiles, one for owning Salford and the other for Valencia with differing attributes for both and also different date of births, which I found strange.

Anyhow, I've reported this in the data forum but wanted to let you know, I'm not sure if this will affect cash injections into the club but will keep you posted as the season goes on!

I had a similiar situation towards the end of the second season, before a failed takeover bid from the fans and then immediately followed by a successful takeover and a nice bit of cash injection. Problem is I spent half of pre-season under a transfer embargo and now struggling to find players who are interested in joining the team.  

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23 hours ago, asnasn said:

Did you recall him? never managed to get him going really. 

 

No, He was always with me from the start. He's still doing very well for me.

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If people are interested I'll post an update later as I'm in 2025/26 and won the Premier League in 2024/25 in my third season in the top flight (with straight promotions before this).

It's been my most sucessful save in over 20 years playing FM, I also got quite a bit of luck on the way with some decent casjh injections from the board as crucial times. Everything has clicked into place and playing an extremely aggressive 5-2-3 (WB) formation/tactic has worked, with tweaks, right up from the Conference North to the Champions League and Premier League. Really enjoying th save, now struggling a bit to defend my Premier League win and a lot at keeping hold of my best players.

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On 03/01/2018 at 10:42, SirCular said:

Just a heads up to others playing as Salford, I've just entered my fourth season after consecutive promotions and received a news article saying Peter Lim was stepping back from full time duties and was only going to be part time. I checked the data in the editor and he has two separate profiles, one for owning Salford and the other for Valencia with differing attributes for both and also different date of births, which I found strange.

Anyhow, I've reported this in the data forum but wanted to let you know, I'm not sure if this will affect cash injections into the club but will keep you posted as the season goes on!

Lim left me on promotion to League 2 at the end of my 2nd season. Thankfully my new chairman still supported me well financially after that.

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4 hours ago, Robioto said:

If people are interested I'll post an update later as I'm in 2025/26 and won the Premier League in 2024/25 in my third season in the top flight (with straight promotions before this).

It's been my most sucessful save in over 20 years playing FM, I also got quite a bit of luck on the way with some decent casjh injections from the board as crucial times. Everything has clicked into place and playing an extremely aggressive 5-2-3 (WB) formation/tactic has worked, with tweaks, right up from the Conference North to the Champions League and Premier League. Really enjoying th save, now struggling a bit to defend my Premier League win and a lot at keeping hold of my best players.

Wow that is very impressive! Would be very interested in seeing your post 

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On 1/4/2018 at 11:17, Robioto said:

If people are interested I'll post an update later as I'm in 2025/26 and won the Premier League in 2024/25 in my third season in the top flight (with straight promotions before this).

It's been my most sucessful save in over 20 years playing FM, I also got quite a bit of luck on the way with some decent casjh injections from the board as crucial times. Everything has clicked into place and playing an extremely aggressive 5-2-3 (WB) formation/tactic has worked, with tweaks, right up from the Conference North to the Champions League and Premier League. Really enjoying th save, now struggling a bit to defend my Premier League win and a lot at keeping hold of my best players.

I've just started a save with Salford.

What tactics, team instructions etc are you using with Salford?

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On 04/01/2018 at 11:19, Robioto said:

Lim left me on promotion to League 2 at the end of my 2nd season. Thankfully my new chairman still supported me well financially after that.

Wish mine did I got a Tycoon who promised the world it is only now 2023/24 in league one I have been given £1m to spend.

Anyone advise a decent formation to use in League one at the second I am playing a basic 442

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I started a Salford city career at the weekend, after a binge session of FM Saturday and last night, I finished the season 3rd slightly disappointing really as with 9 games to go, I led Blyth Spartans by 9 points, injuries and suspension’s cost me dearly!!! Jack redshaw had an ankle injury out for 3 weeks (Top scorer with 27 at the time) Liam hogan had a 3 game ban and then another CB Brian saah left the club to join Boston United(was on a non contract basis) and I made a mistake in not signing a RB all season because nightingale(I think) was out injured for 3 weeks also. When I had these 3 key players out that’s when my form dipped 4 losses in 5 cost me, but when redshaw returned so did the wins!!! I’ve managed to win the play off semi final against Southport 4-0 redshaw hat-trick and Now on to the final tonight against FC united, who we drew 1-1 with around the festive period and then Boxing Day we dispatched of them 5-0 S. Ebanks-Blake scores 4 and assisted with 1... up the ammies 

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Alright lads

just out of curiosity what did you guys have as your manager attributes?

not sure how much it truly matters, just didn’t want to make my attributes too good or too bad.

Anyways I’ve just started a Salford save, 1st thing I have done is sort the staff, got some better quality staff, mainly the goalkeeper coach and fitness coach.

Signed Dan Harding for the left back role and Yvan Wassi on frees.

 

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Finding it a bit strange with my players valuations.

Flirting with the playoffs in League 2 and all my players are worth less than £50k.

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