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Welcome aboard the FMCU community thread where anyone is free to join in. I will jazz up the opening post with more flavour when I have time but for now lets just get the rules out there so those that want to contribute can start whenever they're ready.

Game Setup

- No edited databases, any official FM database allowed (e.g. FM 18.3, 18.0 or any previous FM).

- Have a chosen nation you will have a career in and load all playable leagues. Any other nation top flight leagues can be added for immersion purposes.

- You can be play in any nation, however the save would work better in a national with multiple lower tiers, completely up to you.

- Any database size allowed up to maximum of 60,000 players.

- Player Attribute Masking must be ticked on.

Manager

A little bit of flexibility here, as in itself it's unrealistic that a Sunday League player with no coaching badges will land a manager's job in Conference North. The limits are the following:

- Sunday League Footballer & Continental B Licence

- Semi-Pro Footballer & National A Licence

 - Professional Footballer (Local) & National C Licence

- You can start with lower/no licences if you want to, but you must not go above the limit. You can spread your attributes however you like.

- You can either start at a club in the lowest playable league, or start unemployed with the aim of getting a job in the lowest playable league.

- You may move clubs, but only to a maximum of one league above. If you are sacked you may apply for jobs at the same level as your previous club (or lower).

Tactics

- Your default formation / tactic must include 3 or 4 defenders and at least 1 striker.

- You may only use a 3-striker system in the last 20 minutes of a game.

- Maximum of 3 Team Instructions at any one time (these can be added/removed throughout)

- Maximum of 1 Player Instruction per player.

Transfers

- Any player signed must have been scouted. You may have found the player yourself, but must be able to get a scout report for the player to be able to sign them.

 - Ideally make use of the scouting system and/or DOF for signing players for added realism.

 - Youth only is allowed if you wish to play this way.

- You can only employ staff who apply for a job advert, or offer a job to a current player. No staff search allowed!

 

That's it for now, the rules are changeable if there is a consensus, however I think this gives a good base. Enjoy! :) 

Edited by smp20

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Reserved for contributing managers progress

@smp20 - Edinburgh City > Stirling Albion (Season 2)

@DamianJMcGrath - Weston-Super-Mare (Season 1)

@Makoto Nakamura - Newry City (Season 3)

@Hootieleece - Bognor Regis > Carlisle (Season 4)

@SmileFaceGamer - Harrogate (Season 1)

@XaW - Budafok (Season 1)

@deltablue - Peterhead (Season 1)

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I was just about to start a new save so I'll start it in here instead. I'm just loading it up. My laptop isn't the fastest so I was just going to do England and a handful of European nations but does anyone fancy suggesting something for me to try? 

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2 minutes ago, DamianJMcGrath said:

I was just about to start a new save so I'll start it in here instead. I'm just loading it up. My laptop isn't the fastest so I was just going to do England and a handful of European nations but does anyone fancy suggesting something for me to try? 

I'd suggest looking at clubs squads before picking a club, see if there are any close to matching what you want to do tactically so you won't need to make as many changes since there won't be much in the way of budget. 

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Just now, Makoto Nakamura said:

I'd suggest looking at clubs squads before picking a club, see if there are any close to matching what you want to do tactically so you won't need to make as many changes since there won't be much in the way of budget. 

Yeah good shout. I'm just sticking with a flat 442, that's the way most lower league teams do it. Simple, basic, hardly any instructions as the rules say anyway, but I want to try and create a total back to basics thing, that mirrors how basic my team is! 

Most teams will have players for a 442 I reckon. 

It'll probably be a case of picking the best sounding team :D

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3 minutes ago, DamianJMcGrath said:

I was just about to start a new save so I'll start it in here instead. I'm just loading it up. My laptop isn't the fastest so I was just going to do England and a handful of European nations but does anyone fancy suggesting something for me to try? 

Welcome! I haven't decided where to start yet but will most likely be England too given the number of lower leagues. Your setup sounds about right :thup:

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"Must include 4 defenders".

Forgive me, but why? I saw the argument over 4-3-3 so can understand you may wish to take 3-4-3 out too, but 3-5-2/5-3-2 are perfectly reasonable systems, no?

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So, I decided to start in the Vanarama South, and pick the team closest to my house. I live in Bristol, and could have maybe picked Bath, but Weston Super Mare is 20 minutes away down the M5, and a lot of family live there, so that's who I'm going with. I like being by the beach as well.

This is my game setup - decided to stick to just the UK leagues. Maybe I'll add some European ones later, but I'm guessing my scouting will be limited to the UK for quite a while anyway!

I've turned on attribute masking, and turned off the potential of using the editor. I set it to Do Not Add Key Staff, so teams can go and hire their own staff, but I think all the teams in the game are set up realistically anyway. 

I'm Sunday League with a Continental B licence.

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For some reason, another manager dislikes me already - I haven't even pressed Continue once yet!

 

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I quite like their badge, but I'm pretty sure Brighton are the Seagulls, aren't they! That said, I go to Weston every Sunday and there's definitely a lot of seagulls there!

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10 minutes ago, withnail316 said:

"Must include 4 defenders".

Forgive me, but why? I saw the argument over 4-3-3 so can understand you may wish to take 3-4-3 out too, but 3-5-2/5-3-2 are perfectly reasonable systems, no?

Very good point, I'm going to change it to 3 or 4. In the 9th tier with the team I coach we've came across 3-5-2 twice in the opening 4 league games.

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I won't do too many posts - maybe a couple a season, but I wanted to share my players:

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Seems like they have a few decent ones, with Scott and Cane seeming the best of the bunch.

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I have 2 players in my U23 and none in my U19, so my squad is pretty thin. 

In terms of playing my 442, I seem to have decent enough midfielders and attackers, but I have 2 defenders in the entire squad. One DL and one DC. That's it. :rolleyes::lol::(   And they are my worst players - so much so that the DC didn't even fit in my screenshot of players above that was sorted by Ability! He's the only one left off. @smp20 any chance we can play a 2-6-2 formation! :D

That's going to need some immediate recruitment.

On the subject of recruitment, I have a wage budget of £2,000pw and I'm spending £2,100. So, that's good then. No money to bring players in, and just two defenders. Maybe I should have researched teams a bit better before picking them!

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Best of luck @DamianJMcGrath with Weston-Super-Mare! Looks like you're going to have to retrain/release/sign some players to be able to go with a 4-4-2, no youths or reserves to bring up?

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This is my setup, absolutely no idea who I'm going to manage, may even start unemployed.

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Just now, smp20 said:

Best of luck @DamianJMcGrath with Weston-Super-Mare! Looks like you're going to have to retrain/release/sign some players to be able to go with a 4-4-2, no youths or reserves to bring up?

No youths or reserves at all. Just grey players. I found a ML who is decent at DL so now I've got two DLs and one DC! I'm going to have to bring in some defenders somehow. 

Most of my team are non contract too and I can't afford to give them part time contracts. 

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Well that didn't take long! Interviews for Tamworth & Bognor Regis, get offered Tamworth :).

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We're predicted 15th, very much a mid-table side! Our best player is out for 2-4 months as well...

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One more thing worth adding @smp20 to get staff you have to put up a job advert, instead of just going to the staff search screen. Or let a member of staff do it, of course.

Edited by Makoto Nakamura

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6 minutes ago, Makoto Nakamura said:

One more thing worth adding @smp20 to get staff you have to put up a job advert, instead of just going to the staff search screen. Or let a member of staff do it, of course.

Unless you appoint an older player from your squad before retires, or as player/coach etc.

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2 minutes ago, withnail316 said:

Unless you appoint an older player from your squad before retires, or as player/coach etc.

Good shout, that's also an acceptable option.

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Welcome @Makoto Nakamura! Good point about the staff, in which case, I need to start again already as I'd used staff search :lol:

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Whoops, as I'd employed staff via the search I had to restart and this time round I was unsuccessful in getting the Tamworth & Bognor Regis jobs!!

All viable jobs are gone, now holidaying til October to see if any come up.

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24 minutes ago, smp20 said:

Welcome @Makoto Nakamura! Good point about the staff, in which case, I need to start again already as I'd used staff search :lol:

I used Staff Search and found 1 staff but he rejected me! So I'm carrying on with Weston. I've got to be honest, it is not going well. I just lost 2-0 to my greyed out reserves and my next game is a friendly at Rangers! This is going to get messy! 

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2016/17 Mid Season Update

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Things started off tough as we tried to find our feet and I tried to find roles to fit players but now we're set and we're doing great!

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The transfer window looks like it stays open all year round and Salou Jallow has been a revelation with his pace!

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Control is our home setup and Counter is our away setup.

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And the squad at this point.

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Here is my coach and starting Leagues:

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I am starting unemployed, but have a lot of options. Will update when and where hired.

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4 minutes ago, DamianJMcGrath said:

I used Staff Search and found 1 staff but he rejected me! So I'm carrying on with Weston. I've got to be honest, it is not going well. I just lost 2-0 to my greyed out reserves and my next game is a friendly at Rangers! This is going to get messy! 

I'd already signed several members of staff so I had to restart :stop: Now into October and no jobs come up yet that meet the criteria (only 1 sacking in all the leagues and it's Stevenage)

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Here we go, a place I actually know and have worked at on the odd occasion - Chelmo!

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Decided to give this a bash in Portugal as I've never really managed there before, chosen Lusitania Acores from the Azores Islands

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49 minutes ago, Hootieleece said:

Here is my coach and starting Leagues:

I am starting unemployed, but have a lot of options. Will update when and where hired.

 

10 minutes ago, pezza96 said:

Decided to give this a bash in Portugal as I've never really managed there before, chosen Lusitania Acores from the Azores Islands

Good luck both!

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So Chelmo have never played above this level, but they've been in and around the playoffs several times and I'm expected to do so this season.

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We're 4 points off the playoffs as it stands so it's very doable.

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As is often the case at this level our best players are loanees. Will need to make the most out of them before they move on. 

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got a big squad for this level, facilities seem decent though, will be aiming to play a 3 at the back system

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Want to try to utilise our big front 2, so we're pumping it!

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1 hour ago, Makoto Nakamura said:

2016/17 End of Season Review

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Queens University choked and we end up being promoted after winning the playoff! :D

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2016/17 Best XI

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Ryan Morrell

Gareth Porter - John Boyle - Connor McCaul - Ian Curran

Marty Havern - Declan Carville - Eoin Toal - Stephen McCabe

Salou Jallow - Thomas Healy

 

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24 goals from a two striker formation?. This stinks of cheating.

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Not a great start so far and lots of tweaking to the tactic. That 4-0 win over Welling stands out as they were top, but we lost the double header against our rivals...

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I am not very original: Bognor Regis

I made a mistake by starting at the US start date. I then added staff through advertisments . After which I then vacationed till mid June. I am doing a preseason.

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Tactics:

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Ass Man Reports:

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Results

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After losing the double header to Braintree things started to click together and we went on a long winning run. Going into the East Thurrock game we had a chance of winning the title, but we lost and then followed that up with a crazy 8-2 loss at home to Havant. They ended up our biggest nemesis, beating us in the playoffs after we went down to 10 men after 6 minutes...

However we did manage a great cup run and ended up winning the FA Trophy at Wembley :D. Very useful for our finances, we've now got over £300k in the bank.

League Table

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Overall a good season considering where I took over and also my poor start in the league.

Transfers

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Not much in terms of transfers in since I joined the club. I took on 5 strikers on trial in Jan and ended up signing Adeyinka and Akinde. Bagasan Graham wanted to terminate his loan as he wasn't happy being an impact sub, so we signed Murrell-Williamson for the same role as a pacey impact winger.

Player Stats

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The plaudits go out to our front 4, Mullings in particular impressing and Sam Akinde performed so well when Batt was out injured he kept his place. I will be looking to keep a core 10-12 players from this seasons squad and add to it with physical players to dominate this level of football.

 

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2017/18 End of Season Review

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A slight improvement after signing new players in the winter and we survived, and I kept my job!

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Overall Best XI

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2017/18 Best XI

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Ryan Morrell

Niall Crilly - Neil Mullan - Connor McCaul - Graeme Edgar

Marty Havern - Jimmy Walker - Thomas McCann - Stephen McCabe

Salou Jallow - Mark Miskimmin

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16 hours ago, DamianJMcGrath said:

I used Staff Search and found 1 staff but he rejected me! So I'm carrying on with Weston. I've got to be honest, it is not going well. I just lost 2-0 to my greyed out reserves and my next game is a friendly at Rangers! This is going to get messy! 

Weston Super Mare to Ibrox is a 780 mile round journey. If you want to kick up a stinker over realism, that's not a trip you should be making. What would Rangers gain from that game in real life that they couldn't gain against a local side? And why would they use Ibrox?

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