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Welcome! I've decided to do a little experiment to see if a club can thrive by being given money and players from a bigger club. In this instance the clubs involved will be Manchester United and Stockport County. Two clubs close to my heart.

I've used the editor to make the clubs affiliates, where Utd can send players to Stockport as well as play a yearly fee of £10,000.

But there's also a Bonus, I as Man Utd manager, will send Stockport 10% of my transfer budget every summer to help them along. Every summer without fail, regardless of how high the budget gets, I will buy a player from Stockport for 10% of my budget.

The aim is to get Stockport to the Premier League, lets see how long it takes.

Also, as I'm manager Utd I will aim to get them back to the top table of world football, and as an extra challenge I will only sign English players.

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Here we go! I randomised a manager, enjoying the ginger hair and beard :D, and added myself as Man Utd manager


Some background for those who don't know the history of the club, they've been pretty successful, not so much today though


Stockport haven't been as fortunate, but hopefully that can all change with our help. Recently promoted to the National League, they are predicted to finish 23rd!



We'll keep at tab on their facilities to see if they improve them with all the extra cash coming their way.

Here's proof of the link


Here's Utd finances, we have £100m to spend on transfers so there's £10m coming County's way very shortly. I'll also loan the player I buy back.


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After an assessment of the Utd squad I've decided I need to players for the coming season. An AM and a RW, so I'll searching for those.

Here's the squad I'm starting with


Transfer listed Matic and Rojo and moved them to the U23s squad. I've also promoted two Englist youngsters to bolster the first team. Gomes and Williams should get plenty of playing time this season.

We've made our first signing, our first annual raid on County in fact...


Signed for £10m and sent back for a season on loan. I have also sent a youngster on loan to Stockport to help them out.


Seems I can only send 1 player at a time, thought it would've been more.

We'll look again at the end of the transfer window to see if Stock port have spent the money wisely.

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End of the summer transfer window sees Utd sign 3 players to bolster the squad.


Disappointingly Stockport didn't use any of their new found millions to sign anyone. Only 1 player coming in on a free.


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August 2019 

4 fixtures for Utd in the league in August. A great start to the campaign with wins against Brighton and the noisy neighbours, but it all cam crashing down away to Spurs in the next game.


Thought maybe my tactics were a little too attacking, but it didn't matter as we could still be playing now 4 days later and we wouldn't have scored against Norwich :D 


Disappointed with the 0-0 especially at home. 


5th at this early stage, although the league table is a little pointless at this stage.


Stockport weren't as lucky as Utd amd have struggled at the start of their life in the National League



A tough season ahead, perhaps they should've spent some of that lovely money I sent them :rolleyes: 

Int break for Utd to blow away the cobwebs of the Norwich game, but its Leicester up next for them. Hopefully Stockport can mange to win some games. Lets see! 

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45 minutes ago, Swills417 said:

I like to do this with any affiliated clubs I have. Will keep an eye on this ! :thup:


Not managed to get game time in the last few days but will hopefully get some more updates over the next few days.

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Here are the draws for EL and Carabao Cup



Good draws here. Fully expect to proceed in both comps

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September 2019

3 PL games and the start of our adventures in the EL and CC. After the 0-0 draw against Norwich it was important to get back to scoring, but my players thought otherwise, another 0-0 draw, but this time less embarrassing as it was away to Leicester


But we followed that up with a really confident win against Palace, Rashford the star of the show with a hattrick. Then we finished the month off with a tricky away day in London, against an in form West Ham who had started the season very well. A Martial goal was enough to win!


Changes were made for two games this month, in what would certainly be less prioritised competitions.



Two fantastic high scoring wins, lovely to see Greenwood get a couple of goals :thup: 

Stockport had a very good month as well, chalk and cheese from the last month, they only went and stayed undefeated  in 5 games


Which meant they shot up to the top half of the table


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October 2019

Only 2 league games this month because for some unknown reason we didn't have a league game on the last game week of the month.


2 wins from two though, and without conceding which is always nice.

A 1-1 draw at home to Torino in the EL stopped us from having a perfect month, and we also advanced into the next round of the LC. A Lingard double sealing that win :eek: 



Stockport had a mixed month in the league. A win, a loss and a few draws. But they aso went through in their cup game, this time to get into the first round proper of the FA Cup.



Still within touching distance of the play offs, which would be a fantastic achievement. 

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November 2019


A perfect month thwarted again by Torino, this time a 2-2 draw. But apart from that slight disappointment a pretty good month. The highlight being the back up players absolutely battering to VP and Greenwood getting a hattrick.


Top of the league by goal difference with a game in hand, the league campaign is going well, some difficult games coming up however. 

Stockport get 3 wins and 2 loses in the league and unfortunately go out of the cup but they're still in the plays off places



A month until the Jan window opens, wonder if they will buy anyone!

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December 2019

Lots of games this month, almost too many. 

We were on a great run of form but the games in quick succession around the festive period tested our squad depth and our run of wins had to come to an end :( 


Rashford, Martial and Greenwood all got injuries this month too, Rashford and Martial will be out for some time too.

Barnsley wanted it more than our back ups and they went through in the LC.

Good wins against Liverpool and Chelsea kept us at the top of the league, and at the half way stage we have a point lead over Arsenal, who we have next, but we do have a game in hand.



Another mixed month for Stockport, who just can't get a run of wins together. Although the month does end with two 3-0 wins.



Still in the run for the playoffs. 

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Since it's the half way point of the season lets have a look at some other leagues



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This is not the shambles I was expecting! :D

Good luck against Brondby

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14 hours ago, Deisler26 said:

This is not the shambles I was expecting! :D

Good luck against Brondby

Oh there's room for some shambles, stayed tuned!

Thanks :) 

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January 2020


The fixtures just keep coming! Is it too much to ask just to have 4 games in a month? :D 

Injuries have meant our form has dropped off a little, although the wins have kept coming the wins aren't as convincing as they had been, and then we get games like against Wolves where we have little cutting edge.

But we did bounce back with a nice win in the FA Cup.


Still top of the table but the gap could be gone soon, top 4 was the target at the start of the season so we should get that but not winning the league now would be a diasppointment.


Couple of wins, couple of draws and a lose isn't too bad. And into the next round in the FA trophy, Overall a good month.


No signing for Utd this month. And Stockport again decided not to buy anyone, just a few loans. C'mon County, spend some of that lovely money I've sent you!!

Table ST.PNG

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February 2020 


Some light relief as our fixyures aren't as heavy and we start to get players back from injury. Only Pogba out long term now.

Disappointing start to the month, and it's all my fault. Tried to try something different and catch Coty out but it failed and we got battered. The scoreline flattered us.

So we went back to the tried and tested and it starts raining goals :cool:  15 goals in 4 games without reply!


Two point lead with 11 to play.


Stockport also had a nice run of clean sheets and a few wins in a row.


Playoffs look very likely, hopefully no implosion and League 2 doesn;t look that far away.

Here's what the EL looks like:


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March 2020

Relatively poor months in March for both teams...



Tough away to Chelsea and Liverpool mean Utd move into 2nd place in the table. We have really struggled in away games against the other top teams, I'll have to look at how we set up going forward.

Stockport had a shocker with what looks like their porrest period of the season. But luckily they are still in the playoffs.



Into the next round of the EL brings us Besiktas. The QFs look like this...


Got our youth candidates. Not a great amount of talent


The standout being this guy, who I've tagged to keep track of his development


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In other news, Jesse Lingard has decided he wasn't getting enough playing time so requested a transfer. I would've liked to keep him as a back up but he wants to be a regular starter. He's played 21 times so far this season so don;t really see the problem. So he will most likely be leaving come the end of the season.

Pogba is also wanted by PSG so might cash in on him and I do was an all English team in the future.

I might also sell DDG and promote Henderson, but could wait another year for that

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April 2020

Going 2nd in the table seemed to spur us on, we've waited almost a whole season for a perfect month and we finlly got it


8 wins in a row see us return back to the top of the table and a nice lead in the semi final of the EL.


A point ahead of Arsenal with 3 games to go. Arsenal by the way, just wouldn't stop winning. They were destroying everyone, including a 4-0 win over Spurs.


Average month for Stockport but it sees them finish in the top 6 and get into the playoffs. They've been there for most of the season so they deserve to be there.


Don't think they will be favourites to go up, but good luck to them!

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May 2020


A 0-0 draw with Spurs gave Arsenal the advantage in the race to the title. but they only went and lost away to Newcastle, who are now managed by Steven Gerrard.

2-2 was enough to put us into the EL final, Arsenal again bottling it with losing to Wolves in their semi

We were away to Palace and Arsenal at home to Man City, they drew 0-0 and we won the title with a fantastic 6-0 win :cool: 

I made wholesale changes for the game against Leicester, and we were unlucky to lose but it didn't damper the celebrations around Old Trafford.

We absolutely battered Wolves in the EL final, they had 2 off target shots the whole game and we had over 20 shots. It took a last minute of extra time Pogba strike to win the cup! 

Here's how the PL table finished...West Ham had a great season. Chelsea not so much



Stockport didn't enjoy similar success as they went out to Dover in the first round of the playoffs.



Some awards for the Utd players...







Mason Greenwood has been outstanding this season, over 30 goals in all comps...


Edited by Gizzy

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End of the Season in other Leagues








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£16m coming Stockports way. Hopefully they spend some of it this time

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