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(De facto flag of Leicestershire)

I've had this idea rattling around for some time and thought now is the time to attempt my maiden FMCU save. The concept it simple but much more difficult in actuality (I'm quite average at the game as well!) - I've got a militant Chisit* or Beanbelly** agenda, or in normal terms, I'm very fond of my hometown and home county of Leicester and Leicestershire; there's a lack of strong regional identity so my attempt to remedy that is by embarking on a save using only Leicestershire (and Rutland, its ours really) with a few exceptions, born players.

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** (sadly antiquated)

"Shake a Leicestershireman by the collar and you may hear the beans rattle in his belly".

 

With a population of 1,043,800 it's not an insignificant amount of people but the trouble arises when looking at the landscape of Leicestershire football, the club I'll be starting the save with, Leicester City, are the only professional club in the county. After us it's Barwell and Coalville at step 7, then Loughborough Dynamo at step 8 so it's not too encouraging.

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Not a bad starting spot but work to be done, we're actually moving to a new £100m training ground in a few years so if the training facilities aren't at the max by the end of 2020 I'll update it to the max with the editor.

(:cool:)

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The rules and objectives

  • The long term aim is to have a squad full of players born in Leicestershire
  • Always have at least one player that meets the criteria in the the matchday squad
  • Unable to purchase any players that aren't born in Leics (however I can renew the contracts of existing players)

Harvey Barnes is a definite exception, despite being born in Burnley (because his dad, Leicester-born Paul Barnes was playing for Burnley at the time) is a fan of the club and grew up here. Oliver Burke spent his formative years in Melton Mowbray as far as I'm aware so he's another exception.

I'm also toying whether or not to make myself unsackable for amount of time after 2023 but it'll be very much an emergent save I feel :D.

The squad

Disappointingly only one first teamer is Leicester born (Choudhury) and I had to promote him from the U23s in game! Josh Knight has the potential to be but he's not ready for league football yet.

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I neglected to mention George Thomas is out on loan at Scunthorpe too 

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And here's the main man, I cannot recall him from his loan which is a shame (I since have).

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Set up a scouting filter to have a scan at players that meet the criteria, Che Adams and Tom Bayliss are the pick of the bunch but I'm not convinced of their ability to play at a higher level, unfortunately.

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I'll sign this lad, not that he's any good but he was the year above me at school and I if pay slightly over the odds and loan him back - it'll swell their coffers and hopefully set them on their way up the leagues

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I'll do the same for Loughborough Dynamo and Barwell

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8 minutes ago, Fosse said:

I'll sign this lad, not that he's any good but he was the year above me at school and I if pay slightly over the odds and loan him back - it'll swell their coffers and hopefully set them on their way up the leagues

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I'll do the same for Loughborough Dynamo and Barwell

He rejected a contract! :lol:

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Love the concept! Will be following. I think Dewsbury-Hall in the u23s is from Shepshed, not sure if he's any good in the game though. I think you'll have to go academy + local, at least for the first few years until you get the regens in. Good luck!

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On 29/12/2018 at 17:53, FMGoal said:

Love the concept! Will be following. I think Dewsbury-Hall in the u23s is from Shepshed, not sure if he's any good in the game though. I think you'll have to go academy + local, at least for the first few years until you get the regens in. Good luck!

KDH and Darnell Johnson are both born in Leicestershire, not listed in game though 

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Interesting idea, look forward to seeing how this plays out.

 

Not seen that new Leicester complex which looks incredible if/when it is built!

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See this is this the sort of stupid inconsistency I thought would blight this save :lol:

I've used the editor to recall Harvey Barnes and George Thomas because what good is the club enacting a La Cantera policy if our best two attacking players are on loan?

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*New rule*

To further display my inconsistency (or ineptitude, if you like) I'm adding a new rule which make it less easy to skirt around my own rules and that the matchday 18/matchday squad should always have at least on player that is born in Leicestershire (or Harvey Barnes ;)).

Preseason 18/19

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Mostly to gain fitness, cancelled a load of friendlies in China bar the obligatory game I couldn't cancel because I didn't want to do so much travelling - but it turns out it was a training camp and I'm an idiot. The other games weren't as easy as I'd hoped but we had quite a few players retuning late from the World Cup. Darnell Johnson, Josh Knight and Hamza Choudhury featured a lot which is a step in the right direction.

 

 

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August 2018/19

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A spectacular start. We were second best and unbelievably porous conceding well over 60 shots across the 3 competitive games, our setup is fairly balanced but chopping and changing has costed us so far. The Palace game was entirely my fault as Josh Knight proved he's nowhere near ready.

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September 2018/19

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September gets off to a much better start, we were still probably the worst side on the balance of play but we caught them on the counter well. We were all over the shop with defensive set pieces so if training it specifically doesn't improve matters I'll have to rejig them. Barnes scored a tidy finish, had one narrowly rules out for offside and generally impressed; earning him a spot in the TOTW. What a boy.

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Great concept, it'll be hard though signing players just from Leicester is very restrictive, I can't even get myself to just commit to just England never mind one city.

Glad to see you're keeping Harvey Barnes around, he's a class player definitely one of England's top talents. I'll never forget the goal he scored for Barnsley against Sheffield Wednesday.

Matty James is another player I got a soft spot for but he'll probably just be injured for your entire save (not that he qualifies anyway) :D

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15 hours ago, Jamesbfc1887 said:

Great concept, it'll be hard though signing players just from Leicester is very restrictive, I can't even get myself to just commit to just England never mind one city.

Glad to see you're keeping Harvey Barnes around, he's a class player definitely one of England's top talents. I'll never forget the goal he scored for Barnsley against Sheffield Wednesday.

Matty James is another player I got a soft spot for but he'll probably just be injured for your entire save (not that he qualifies anyway) :D

It's certainly difficult, that's why I've given myself a target of having the squad being Leicester(shire) born in 5 seasons time, thinking about it might not be long enough - if I'm struggling too much then it'll become a youth only save instead or perhaps opened up to the East Midlands (wouldn't really want to be playing players born in Nottingham or Derby though :D).

 

I've been following Barnes career very closely since I watched him make his debut in our 5-0 thrashing in Porto, he was MK Dons best player and every Barnsley fan I've ever met in Sheffield (one) has loved him. He ran over to the away fans for that goal didn't he? That's what we all wanna see. You're right about James, tidy player but he's a perma-crock unfortunately 

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September 2018/19

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A much improved performance and result once again, we gave a penalty away for the third game running and fortunately Schmeichel saved the second penalty he's faced in a row. They didn't really threaten aside from Benteke being a massive b*stard and some set pieces but our issue was creating good chances as Barnes picked the ball up in our half and basically did this from our half to the goal:

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except the barging. Maddison scored from Barnes laying the ball off with his thigh I think which was werid, Maddison added his second with a nice curling strike from outside the box.

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3 hours ago, Fosse said:

He ran over to the away fans for that goal didn't he?

Yeah he did, full length of the pitch after a 25 yard screamer. :D 

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September 2018/19

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A much better month than August, bizarrely we gave a penalty away in each game aside from the Cardiff one where we missed one ourselves.

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The scenes we like to see. Gomez is probably there because of the brace he scored against us.

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This also happened, Bruno Berner is a former left back of ours - it's a bit odd I always play as him but y'know it just feels more natural than a scrawny 21 being a top flight manager.

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October 2018/19

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I'm a bit surprised to the board agreed so soon, but Susan Whelan (CEO) is slightly in favour of promoting youth players which was also the philosophy I requested immediately after starting which I suppose helped.

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October 2018/19

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Poor starts for Coalville and Barwell.

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October 2018/19

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Kettering are in the same division as Coalville and Barwell, I wanted one of them :(

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November & December 2018/19

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I don't know what to do, the life has drained out of  me and the squad, there's no movement or vibrancy despite me watching games on full mostly. I think I'll have to change formation rather than tweaking mentality and instructions because it's just not happening.

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I can't argue with that.

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December 2018/19

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We've signed Tom Bayliss, he's not going to play much yet (if it all tbh) but Mendy is off to Palace whilst Silva and Iborra are both ageing.

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