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[FM19] One last shot at redemption

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Hello, and welcome to another Northernpilgrim career. As suggested by the title, this (whatever happens), will be my last FM19 career.

Career Aims

Simple. The career aim is to restore my enjoyment of FM19, hopefully enjoy a little bit of success along the way, and to make an interesting career for people to read.

My manager

I am managing as myself, but using the same profile I used for my previous career

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and the adventure begins in League 2, at Bury

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Preseason was busy, and was about getting the players used to my tactics. Considering the opposition, results were pleasing

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There were quite a few arrivals since the end of the previous season

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but only Claudio Gomes (on loan) was signed under my management

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and this is the squad going into the League Two campaign, with promotion the objective

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We made an unbeaten start to the season

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and added one more loan signing before the window shut

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ending the month second, behind MK Dons only on goal difference

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September was pretty good too, although we lost our unbeaten record

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and we end the month four points clear of Mansfield at the top

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But faltered again in December

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which saw our lead cut to two points, Colchester now our nearest challenger

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January wasn't that much better

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but we stay top, the most important thing being that we're 8 points clear of the playoff places

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Posted (edited)

January transfer activity was limited to one signing1559906237_TransfersJan2019.thumb.PNG.f2d006603d6965240ba193a7eeefac9f.PNG

as we added a striker to boost our forward options

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Edited by Northernpilgrim

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February brought an interview that I simply had to attend

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although following the interview at the start of the month, results nosedived

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and we look anything but title contenders now, five points behind MK Dons, and down to third, only a point ahead of fourth placed Lincoln

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March was better, and we probably would have beaten bottom side Macclesfield, if we hadn't had a player sent off after 6 minutes

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and we end the month still third,. with it looking like a four way fight for the three promotion spots

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April wasn't good enough

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and we face a last day decider for a promotion that we should have wrapped up weeks ago, with anywhere from a second to fifth placed finish possible

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We faced Port Vale at home on the final day, knowing that a win would secure promotion, anything less and we would be in the playoffs. We won, and it was more comfortable than the scoreline suggests, with us holding a 3-1 lead at half time, and their second goal coming after 88 minutes 

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so we end the season second, securing promotion to League 1

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As the season has ended, it's time for the first end-of-season roundup, beginning with the Bury FC awards night

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and the stats of the season

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A snapshot review of the season, which shows how much our fast start contributed to the promotion

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Jay O'Shea was League Two's Player of the Season

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and our only representative in the League Two Team of the Season

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Having reached the last game of the season, and with my contract due to expire in June, I began to look for another job in case Bury didn't offer me a new deal, and this job became vacant, so I applied and got an interview

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In between the interview and finding out whether I'd got the job, Bury offered me a new one year contract. I refused it as I wanted to wait to see what Ipswich said, and my patience was rewarded

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Posted (edited)

And we were very busy in the transfer market

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Reece Lyon was signed by my youth team manager, and these are my signings

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with these two being sold and immediately loaned back to us for a season

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which left our squad looking like this

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Edited by Northernpilgrim

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An unbeaten start to life in League 1, our only defeat coming in the cup against Premier League Everton

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and we are top of the early table

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A perfect September in the league, the only setback coming in the Checkatrade Trophy

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which saw us extend our lead at the top to four points

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October wasn't perfect, but we played over an hour with 10 men against Bristol Rovers

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and I'm not entirely sure how we lost to Colchester

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We end the month 5 points clear

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Posted (edited)

We made two signings in the January window, with one other being sold and loaned back to us

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Jordan Archer replaces the departed Bialkowski

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and Kyle Bartley adds depth in defence

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Edited by Northernpilgrim

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Apart from FA Cup defeat to Premier League Burnley, February was perfect

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and we are now 21 points clear, with 11 games to play. Champagne on ice?

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We had a perfect month in March

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and with the title already secured, we're 24 points clear with just 6 games left.

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We won our final game too

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ending the season 31 points clear of MK Dons, who join us in the Championship

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Time for the Ipswich Town awards night, and here are our winners

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and the stats behind the season

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A snapshot review showing how dominant we were this season

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further evidenced by the League 1 review

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And with that I bid farewell to East Anglia, and head to Lancashire, as Burnley came calling

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and I've taken some of my backroom staff with me

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Posted (edited)

And I made 6 signings. Tarkowski left because Cardiff triggered his release clause

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which leaves our squad looking like this

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Edited by Northernpilgrim

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Not the best start to the season, which wasn't helped by Zidane missing the first three games on international duty

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and we end August outside even the playoffs

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December was very nearly a perfect month

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and that sees us climb back into the top two again, four points behind leaders Norwich1511720471_Dec2020table.thumb.PNG.5bf5519c1a97cb5aabdb59b97a7aa436.PNG

 

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Doing very nicely this time! :D

Shame you didn't hang around at Ipswich - surely you'd have done well after stomping League One.

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3 hours ago, Lenzar said:

Doing very nicely this time! :D

Shame you didn't hang around at Ipswich - surely you'd have done well after stomping League One.

I only had a year left on my contract,  and didn't want to risk being sacked if we struggled.

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One match from perfection in the league in January, and an FA Cup defeat to Liverpool that was closer than the scoreline suggests

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means that we're second in the table, and the five point gap to Blackburn in third is far more important than the four points by which we trail Norwich

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and with Nahki Wells leaving right on the transfer deadline, I've made a profit in the transfer market this season

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