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A career in England?! Fire and Blood!

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I have actually never done a long-term save in England, moving through the leagues... it's about time. 

the club I chose is Basingstoke Town, playing in the "Evo-Stik League South Premier Division", in the seventh tier.

The only reason I chose them since I don't know anything about them is that they are nicknamed "The Dragons". Fire and Blood!

Since we all know the crazy money in England, I'm going to limit myself in a pretty big way - I don't plan to pay any transfer fees throughout the save. I can get new players from youth intakes, loans (without fees) and free transfers.

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I used the DB with the 22 levels but only loaded the top 9, and might be deleting the bottom ones at some point, depending on how fast the game runs. As far as the DB is concerned I've not done much, just a large DB with all international players.

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Just the 2.2M debt then. No big deal.

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The squad at the start - I did click add players to playable teams so there have been some regens added.

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Ben here is the best player at the club, I don't mind him at all.

Enjoy.

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Pre-Season & August 2017

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Predicted to finish 15th, I hope to get close to play-offs but have no idea how we'll do really.

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A few free signings and loans, maybe more later. There's already take over talks at the club so couldn't do any more deals after these.

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Losing to the u18s wasn't a good start but got some morale after that.

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You know you're in England when you start the season with eight league games in the first month. Up and down so far, at least we're scoring goals.

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September 2017

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Good in the cups, not great in the league.

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Takeover talks failed so I was able again to get a new player in. I also let two players go.

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1 hour ago, MarcxD said:

Ben here is the best player at the club, I don't mind him at all.

Some cracking technical attributes for that level.

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26 minutes ago, BoxToBox said:

Some cracking technical attributes for that level.

Definitely and he's doing fine, but another striker is actually doing better...

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October 2017

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Much, much better. Very good month - and we've made it to the first round of the FA Cup!

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Ah, that's something else entirely. 

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I signed three new players this month - a back-up striker, a keeper and a central defender.

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One player left the club.

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November 2017

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Ups an downs again but some good performances overall. Out of the FA cup as expected, a well as out of the FA Trophy. Only cup left is the Southern League cup.

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December 2017

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Pretty good month overall, keeping the points coming.

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Caught up with the rest, and it's a close race for the play-off spots. 

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Posted (edited)

January 2018

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Started with the take-over. Not much changed apart from the new chairman severing our affiliate deals with Wimbledon and Reading.

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I got in two new players on loan. We are way above the wage budgets, hoping to get to the play-offs.

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Good month, the 4-4 was against the current leader in the league.

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With 13 games to go three points behind the play-off spots. With our current form that should definitely be possible.

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I also got my first manager of the month win.

Edited by MarcxD

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Woop! Basingstoke Town are about an hour from me!

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11 minutes ago, Deisler26 said:

Woop! Basingstoke Town are about an hour from me!

Cool! Tbh I'm only now really realizing where they are!

 

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February-March 2018 + Youth Intake

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Still going strong, but those losses keep things unsure.

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It's really close with four games remaining, we could win the title or we could drop out of the play-offs...

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Signing up a few players but not expecting much or really anything from them.

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Speedy, at least, which is a great help in general and definitely at this level.

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April 2018

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Good, but not perfect.

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With four wins we would've finished on equalpoints and maybe had a chance at a better GD than Hereford, but play-offs it is. Weymouth.

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May 2018

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Yes!

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Fantastic performance in the play-offs and we've been promoted. Sixth tier next year.

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Just now, deltablue said:

Good luck in the playoffs.

Cheers :D 

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Just now, MarcxD said:

Cheers :D 

I was just thinking 'that was quick' :D

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Season Review 2018

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A hit and miss start to the season, but we got in better form later on, perhaps due to the team gelling more and some improvements throughout the year. Was happy to get to the first round of the FA cup but mostly very happy with the promotion, of course!

Will need to revamp the squad a lot for next season, so that's going to be interesting.

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Keeper and defense named in the best team of the league, didn't particularly think that was the highlight of our play this year but okay!

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I got a manager of the year award already.

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I know I didn't go into the tactics before... I went for the three striker route. If it works, it works, and I wanted to play differently from my previous saves.

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Trying one of these tables again, fits a save like this.

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Congrats on winning the play off :applause:

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13 hours ago, john1 said:

Congrats on winning the play off :applause:

Thanks man.

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Posted (edited)

Pre-Season & August 2018

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Predicted to finish 21st, we need to get out of the bottom three to stay in the division, which will be the main goal of this season.

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I got busy a little bit late, but I needed to sign a bunch of new players with people leaving and having quite a few players on loan. Five this year, so far. I think we are only allowed six (long-term ones anyway).

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So ofcourse we didn't really get started well in the pre-season with barely a first eleven, we did get some morale in. The start of the actual league was harder, but we did get a very promising win in as well. Four points from four, could be worse. And we continued scoring goals.

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That looks like mid-table. I'll take it.

Edited by MarcxD

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On 05/08/2018 at 10:45, BoxToBox said:

Good stuff!

Cheers!

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September 2018

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Harsh start but got some more points in as well as a good start in the cup.

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October 2018

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Did really surprisingly well this month, but it ended with some poorer results.

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November 2018

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A bit lacklustre and got defeated by a league one side in the FA cup again.

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7 points behind the play-offs and 8 ahead of the relegation spots, mid-table for us.

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December 2018

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Some great wins again but out of the FA trophy in the first round.

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13th more or less halfway, not too bad. Only 5 points behind the play-off spots as well. 

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Ok, I'm late to the party.  What did I miss?

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15 minutes ago, ManUtd1 said:

Ok, I'm late to the party.  What did I miss?

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Not much yet. But...

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26 minutes ago, MarcxD said:

Not much yet. But...

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That's not a threat, that's a promise.  Love it.

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Interesting start. As always, I'll be following. :thup:

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12 hours ago, Rikulec said:

Interesting start. As always, I'll be following. :thup:

Appreciate it. As Always ;)

 

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January 2019

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One new signing, a central defender. Am pretty happy with the first team right now (compared to what's available) so not too much business needed.

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First upgrade of this save, financially we're actually not doing that bad - thanks to some board investments as well.

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Great results to start the new year with.

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Which put us in the play-off spots all of a sudden, but it's super close. If we can keep the current form going...

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February 2019

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Another good month really.

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Still in fifth but with a slightly bigger lead on the non-play off spots now.

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Posted (edited)

March 2019 + Youth Intake

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Not quite as good and the first loss in a while against clear leaders of the league Billericay.

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Still in fifth, 7 points ahead of 8th place now. Looking good with 6 more games to go.

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Not good, but I'm not expecting anything until we have had a bunch of upgrades really.

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April 2019

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Still doing pretty well, certainly when we are attacking!

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We secured our play-off spots - and could theoretically finish in second with one more regular league game in may.

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May 2019

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Wow, we were doing very well but I did not expect to get promoted through another set of play-off matches... and I certainly did not expect this at the start of the season.

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Amazing turn around in the end :D Congrats on promotion.

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18 hours ago, john1 said:

Amazing turn around in the end :D Congrats on promotion.

 

12 hours ago, Nobby_McDonald said:

Excellent first two seasons Marc.

 

2 hours ago, deltablue said:

Nicely done so far. 

Thanks guys!

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Season Review 2018-2019

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A remarkable season, a lower midtable position for most of the first half but an amazing second half of the season pushed us to second place and with that form we did very well in the play-offs as well. Looking forward to next season.

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Another manager of the year win!

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Great stuff from the strikers again, with Ben Wright being pushed off to the first back-up option but he'll still be with us for the national next season.

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Not a lot of rotating, and a decent number of players will leave again. Let's see what I can do in the summer...

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Pre-Season + August 2019

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Predicted to finish last... it's hard to me to say what my goal is since it's hard to judge how big the jump up is - especially seeing that Billericay is expected to finish in first again.

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To be fair though, they have a player who's earning over half a million per year...

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Signed a few players, but still looking at some more loan players to bolster the squad.

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Pre-season was mostly promising, especially when we beat Walsall who are a league one side. When we got to August though, it got even better. Very remarkable start.

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Billericay and Salford at the top... but we're just behind. 

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September 2019

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Got my last two loans in.

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Still going very well, even if we did lose a game now.

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Keeping up with Billericay and Salford, would be amazing if we can keep that up. Haven't played either of them yet.

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October 2019

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Dropped some points but still going strong!

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Nothing to worry about as Salford and Billericay also lost some games. In first!

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First time I'm doing a save in England this year so also the first brexit for me. Will be interesting what the exact rules are going to be.

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November 2019

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Good and bad this month - for the first time got to the second round of the FA Cup, and we beat Billericay! But we also lost several games including the one against Salford.

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They ran away with things a bit, but we're still in second.

Brexit

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No idea if this is a bad one or a good one, 17 foreign players does not seem so bad but since they all need to get working permits and this system is hard to understand...

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December 2019

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Crushed by league two side Stevenage in the FA Cup, but done well elsewhere.

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Lagging behind a bit so Salford got a big lead in points.

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17 hours ago, MarcxD said:

Brexit

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See, this is why I just avoid British leagues altogether. Luckily in two FM's, the whole negotiation process is over and we probably get some normalization.

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Posted (edited)
3 hours ago, Timetxu said:

See, this is why I just avoid British leagues altogether. Luckily in two FM's, the whole negotiation process is over and we probably get some normalization.

I love me some dynamic things in a game like FM, but Brexit is not very appealing no, I agree. One of the reasons I have barely played here in the last couple of FMs - alongside with the crazy money and just generally liking other leagues more.

It's been fun so far though.

 

Edited by MarcxD

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