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[FM20] Home and maybe away, one day?

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With the release of FM20, I have decided to start with the club that is closest to my own home. They had a very poor season last year, and were relegated, but fortunately, are still in the game....

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Yep, I live less that a mile from Portman Road! That isn't to say that I will be staying at Ipswich for the entire run of the save. If the right job comes along, I will take it, but I will look to achieve the following goals as Ipswich:

 

  • Get back to the Championship as soon as possible - Achieved in 19/20 season
  • Aim to surpass Norwich as the 'Pride of East Anglia'
  • Emulate Sir Alf and Sir Bobby and win a top tier trophy

I will be playing as myself, but with my footballing experience more in line with where it would need to be to manage a League One team IRL. 

I have made the most of my fairly decent PC and loaded a lot of leagues, so the options to move will hopefully be a little more varied than the usual English sides I've tended to end up with in previous versions of FM.

 


Progress

|Year             |Team        |Division  | Position | Cups
|-----------------------------------------------------------
|2019-20           |Ipswich    |League One | 1st      | FA Cup 4th, League Cup Quarters   

Honours

2019-20 League One (Ipswich Town)

 

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Squad

As a recently relegated side, Ipswich will be expected to have a very good attempt at going straight back up. The first team squad at first glance looks decent on paper, with new signing James Norwood the talk of the town all summer. The playing staff are perhaps a little older than I'd like, but several players from the Under 23 and Under 18 side are, according to my staff at least, decent prospects. Andre Dozzell, son of Ipswich and Spurs player Jason, is probably the best prospect at this stage.

Tactics

The squad I have allows me to play a fairly fast paced game along the wings. I'd really prefer a target man, and I may well look for one over the summer. However my first team will look something like this.

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Will follow with interest as Ipswich is my club! Live in the Town, have a season ticket and been to a few away games this season (including Southend last weekend)/ Best of luck! 

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2 hours ago, ITFC_Blue said:

Will follow with interest as Ipswich is my club! Live in the Town, have a season ticket and been to a few away games this season (including Southend last weekend)/ Best of luck! 

May I ask what part of the town? I live about half a mile from Portman Road.

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1 hour ago, Lenzar said:

May I ask what part of the town? I live about half a mile from Portman Road.

I live near Sproughton Road, not far from there. 

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The goal to surpass Norwich as pride of East Anglia is pretty cool, and just gave me ideas for a future save. What are you thinking to measure it?

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2 hours ago, Thomas_Spurgeon said:

The goal to surpass Norwich as pride of East Anglia is pretty cool, and just gave me ideas for a future save. What are you thinking to measure it?

Getting ITFC to the point that I'm finishing above Norwich every season is basically the idea here.

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August 2019

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A very solid start indeed, particularly against Championship Reading in the Carabao Cup. 

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And we are the early pace setters.

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September 2019

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Although looking near perfect on paper, the team made hard work of the 1-0 wins. 

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But we are building a decent lead early on.

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October 2019

 

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This is starting to look stupidly easy. Paul Hurst must have been a bad manager to get this squad relegated because they appear way too good for League One! Even against Championship Stoke we were the better team. 

The reward for beating Stoke is a tie against Manchester City at Portman Road.

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A comfortable lead as we enter November!

 

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Well done so far! Not quite as easy going in my save, although I am top of the league entering March, but I have lost 4 games so far. How do you find Huws on the game? He really frustrates me. Every time he touches the ball he shoots from 30 yards!

 

Keep up good work!

 

 

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6 hours ago, Sam-T1 said:

Well done so far! Not quite as easy going in my save, although I am top of the league entering March, but I have lost 4 games so far. How do you find Huws on the game? He really frustrates me. Every time he touches the ball he shoots from 30 yards!

 

Keep up good work!

 

 

Huws has actually scored a few long range efforts for me. Judge is the star, though!

 

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November 2019

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Things went absolutely insane against Yeovil as we just didn't stop scoring. To then score just one more goal in the next 3 games was massively disappointing, but we remain unbeaten.

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Starting to look quite comfortable.

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December 2019

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Good league form before we faced a virtually full strength City side who finally ended our run in the Carabao Cup. The two games at the end of the month were probably our poorest performances so far.

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And our gap at the top increases by another point.

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January 2020

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Poor form, at least by our standards, combined with an injury to our goalkeeper. was enough to end our FA Cup run, whilst the second string couldn't find a way past Newport's defence. The 5-0 win against Rotherham couldn't have come at a better time.

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But our lead continues to increase.

Transfer Window 

The DoF signed a few youngsters but I doubt they'll ever be good enough. Thanks to an affiliation with Arsenal, I managed to grab a loan signing who will hopefully improve our left flank.

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February 2020

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Basically a perfect month. 

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26 points clear now. 

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Youth Intake

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Mostly dross, but Tom Taylor certainly has a chance at making it. With luck, Ollie Morrison might prove useful too.

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March 2020

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Only 3 matches (our 4th would have been against Bury), but the win against Coventry was enough to secure the league title!

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10 hours ago, Nobby_McDonald said:

Piece of ****.

I guessed that it wouldn't be too much of a challenge given Ipswich are doing pretty well IRL, but the squad appears insanely good compared to the rest of League One. They must have been playing well beneath themselves to have got relegated so badly.

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April & May 2020

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With the league already ours these matches were technically dead rubbers, but I pushed on to ensure the unbeaten season.

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And we ended up 29 points clear - our points total and goals scored were both new records - even though we had 2 fewer matches!

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2019/20 Season - Ipswich Town - League One

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League - Absolutely blew everybody else away. 

FA Cup - Two easy wins against lower league opposition, before Championship Brentford made the most of the fact our first choice keeper was injured

EFL Cup - Man City well virtually full strength and still only just beat us.

EFL Trophy - Youngsters and reserves eventually failed against Newport.

Key Players

Kayden Jackson - One half of a lethal strike partnership

James Norwood - Jackson's partner. Lived up to pre-season hype perfectly.

Kane Vincent-Young - Secured the right flank and provided lots of assists

Alan Judge - Seemed to be involved in absolutely every attack.

 

 

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Signings

Plenty of additions have been made over the summer. Even with a squad that went unbeaten in the league, a higher division calls for as much strengthening as possible. This wasn't easy as I had a budget of just £270k, but I'm quite pleased with the players I've managed to add to the squad.

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On 25/11/2019 at 21:41, Nobby_McDonald said:

Does it count as The Invincibles when it's League One?

I indeed gained the achievement for doing so!

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August 2020

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An excellent start, but we were brought firmly down to Earth by Cardiff after going down to 10 men early.

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But we're definitely in the right part of the table.

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Fantastic work in League One. Good start to the new campaign too

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September 2020

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Just 4 matches - but we've got to be happy with 10 points.

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Looking very good already.

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10 hours ago, Nobby_McDonald said:

Very good indeed.

 

10 hours ago, SRL88 said:

Great month

I'm not even doing anything particularly special. Whether I just happen to have the right tactic for this ME or Ipswich were seriously under-performing under McCarthy, Hurst and Lambert, I'm not quite sure!

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November 2020

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A very mixed month. We conceded almost immediately after scoring in several of the games, and I certainly didn't expect to beat Oxford after going down to 10 men.

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The top 2 are starting to break away a little bit.

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Sitting really nicely in the league. Just got to stick with those top two. You have a really nice gap back to teams behind you.

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My first job interview - Villa are bottom of the Premier League with just 3 points after 11 games. It is not the kind of challenge I'm looking for, but I attended the interview nonetheless.

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I rejected this one. Swansea are 14th in the Championship and don't represent an interesting challenge at all.

 

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