Jump to content
Sports Interactive Community
Constantine

[FM20] No one in the history of torture’s been tortured with torture like the torture you’ll be tortured with.

Recommended Posts

582dc7cbf71996dd379970a7ef91ac8d.png

Bolton Wanderers F.C.

Title of the thread is kinda self explanatory when you see the club in question.

Liked them back in the days, closely followed their downfall and recently, did some analysis on them for my job and suddenly felt an urge to start a FM save with them.

So here we are.

a85bb02fca4a7c5f1034fea6c5925702.png

Great mood in the locker room, exactly what we need for upcoming campaign.

 

9d4db72d6390f1128036a4e1072d7067.png

We're so good, we gave our opponents a 12 points head start.

 

7fd04f2f7c8c4294c323a4d789c0975c.png

Right now, we're golden. But not for long since we're burdened with debt...

 

As for the players themselves... Some really exciting prospects, mixed with few oldies in their peak.

 

b747e543d981fea5f1448ca5c147a985.png

Decent goalie for this level and our undisputed #1.

 

9f81d5c57393036a8db9c7785419beca.png

Arguably our best defender but unavailable for 3 months due to hamstring injury.

 

9e662dc19b9c63b2ca18e8a4bc8f362f.png

Experienced CH player.

 

59712ffe999cb80afe70c2629b11770f.png

Our jewel. Bolton's midfield is packed but this lad is one to keep and build a team around.

 

b5e0478146102f6cad54523959e71f32.png

Veteran striker is not exactly my kind of player but he is our best option upfront so i'll look to utilize him fully.

Summer transfer window is disabled so there would be no changes to our squad.

 

Also, is it just me or this looks a little bit too ambitious, considering the state they're in?

75c606ff32256136342417709d6c5d37.png

No?

Alright. Here we go.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

582dc7cbf71996dd379970a7ef91ac8d.png

Bolton Wanderers F.C.

First thing i've done was tying our top prospects on long contracts. Harry Brockbank, Yoan Zouma, Jordan Boon, Ronan Darcy and Eddie Brown are all staying with us til foreseeable future and will be given lots of playing time this season.

Preseason  was all about building up fitness and lifting morale of the miserable squad.

d37ce46468dcedcaad6b033403c4553e.png

And it worked really, really well.

 

Sky Bet League One

a7c36d97272741eb8fa12c85799341b2.png

Terrific run in the league and pretty much flawless August helped us clear our 12-points deficit and as of this round, we've climbed out or relegation zone for the first time since campaign started.

cd982de734eadd73449069513bb1c408.png

 

Carabao Cup

9b27bc270b2b678a62ae2dec27381047.png

Weren't as much as lucky in the Carabao Cup, sadly. Had Hull on the ropes but young fella named Keane Lewis-Potter closed off his hat-trick with a 92nd minute screamer so it all came to penalties. A lottery we weren't lucky enough to win...

 

leasing.com Trophy

659a85b7d0621355fb426634263100a1.png

846602897509e29c578a95d4712ab4ce.png

Rotated a lot in this one but the boys haven't let me down. Usually wouldn't even bother with this competition but we need money.

Badly.

0e6752cc05c09e275b64b8b0a2d14ce3.png

This is gonna get ugly...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Amazing start and so soon out of relegation zone!:applause:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

582dc7cbf71996dd379970a7ef91ac8d.png

Bolton Wanderers F.C.

First day of 2020 so i thought i could do an update.

Bit of a mixed bag for us, to be honest...

Sky Bet League One

a11f90a8143933f97477c1ae078dcda2.png

Had a nice, little unbeaten run going on, with Accrington spoiling the party, setting us on a three-game losing streak away from home in the league.

Still, can't really complain as we're still standing strong, few points off playoffs places, a remarkable achievement, considering where we've started...

3ff492129b43c8af8cabf985a8c29d9c.png

 

FA Cup

1dec9796441a534445ec7fcc008f9ba9.png

One and done. I was furious about this loss, as we're strapped for cash and cup run would've helped a bit.

But no, we were FM'ed and knocked out by a club from division below.

Shambles...

 

leasing.com Trophy

72c22fc2d58e8579f1252d2d64f3cd64.png

99ada2e37e709a36cef2d646be048a30.png

Had a great start, qualified after two group games but were sadly undone by League One rivals.

Every single thing that could've gone wrong for us did it so and our journey ended much, much earlier than i anticipated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice. !! 

I was considering doing a Saving Bolton save. But managed them in FM16 so decided not no :D

Hope you can save clear the debts and get them back up to Prem

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, rrozek93 said:

Nice. !! 

I was considering doing a Saving Bolton save. But managed them in FM16 so decided not no :D

Hope you can save clear the debts and get them back up to Prem

Honestly, i looked at them and wanted to managed them ever since their troubles started but having already had one long term save i enjoyed... It just wasn't the right time. 

Just before this Coronavirus situation got out of hands, i was doing research about them for my job. Which lead to me looking them out in Football Manager. Nice team, not as bad as their MP in the game, some fantastic looking prospects. Not long after, i became bored, dominating in Germany with Karlsruher and with Wanderers in the back on my mind, here we are :D

40something millions of debt is scary but manageable. Having to pay 575k every month, that's around 6, 7 mill a year, without any other expenses. Not great, not terrible. But it could get ugly if we don't get promoted. Fast.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

582dc7cbf71996dd379970a7ef91ac8d.png

Bolton Wanderers F.C.

With our focus solely on the league, Bolton's well rested side pushed another few steps up the ladder with everything to play for in the remaining months.

But first, transfers.

January window didn't exactly pan out the way i expected. Three players out, two loanees in. Wage budget in slightly better state but overall finances are not so good.

62b03248960b7679a3e73084259d66e5.png

Ryan Delaney, Jason Lowe and Luke Murphy were at the exit doors, together with their humongous salaries but, alas, there were no takers.

b711da793c546331137c41dc98df1742.png

9446d929f510a65dd188ca31d1837804.png

Nabil Touaizi and Curtis Jones will hopefully be worthy additions to our squad. Latter already proved to be such acquisition, as he scored on his debut and seems to work really well in the system.

f2be3421188fa0696d969ece31397b28.png

 

Lots of green in here...

79d0d52969e4c11f7b6d9f2dcf92a00b.png

Few hiccups here and there, for whose i'm to blame as i kept experimenting with defensive setup but can't really complain how it's gone. Really productive two months are behind us.

ec5acecf50941277e96d58c6f52c8ab0.png

League table to close out this report.

With nine more games to play... There's a chance to catch up to Bristol Rovers. But honestly, we are way higher than i thought we would be when i started this save.

 

 

Edited by Constantine

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
16 hours ago, Constantine said:

Honestly, i looked at them and wanted to managed them ever since their troubles started but having already had one long term save i enjoyed... It just wasn't the right time. 

Just before this Coronavirus situation got out of hands, i was doing research about them for my job. Which lead to me looking them out in Football Manager. Nice team, not as bad as their MP in the game, some fantastic looking prospects. Not long after, i became bored, dominating in Germany with Karlsruher and with Wanderers in the back on my mind, here we are :D

40something millions of debt is scary but manageable. Having to pay 575k every month, that's around 6, 7 mill a year, without any other expenses. Not great, not terrible. But it could get ugly if we don't get promoted. Fast.

Wow. 40 mil is quite significant. Prem is your best bet. TV money and prize money will put you back on the legs. 

 

I can see you're fighting for playoffs, hopefully will manage to get promoted. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

582dc7cbf71996dd379970a7ef91ac8d.png

Bolton Wanderers F.C.

ac343685caa9be7776c4f5423a9c4838.png

bca421de9c83370dc3e56b9362f8387e.png

Bad day at the office against then 20th placed Gillingham meant that our dreams of direct promotion are over. It was a long shot anyway but boy can dream...

7efcffb4828632a39f5e3fbd6b756754.png

Playoffs it is. We're going to Bloomfield Road to face the Seasiders.

 

Edited by Constantine
Added March fixtures

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

582dc7cbf71996dd379970a7ef91ac8d.png

Bolton Wanderers F.C.

WE ARE GOING UP, BOYS AND GIRLS!!

8f064747dfda96e18b649582c6caf89d.png

3e6101906454e88d805d410630e7b202.png

4a03dc9ab1e114fb05003dd13be4e338.png

Daryl Murphy. Curtis Jones. You beauties!!

giphy-29.gif

e1b03ca89f454a524fd1f96d88c2b931.png

Thank you, boys. To the last one, you've been amazing. Particularly happy for old man Daryl, who got his swan song and a playoffs to remember before he returns home to wind up his rich career. Joe Dodoo, i fought to keep him but Kilmanrock offered terms we couldn't match so back to Scotland he goes. Someone finally bit for Delaney and we'll get 200k compensation when he go toward Rotheram.

As for the rest of the team, most of them will remain here. Jason Lowe and Luke Murphy are leaving, as i really can't justify their high wages but others will remain. Now, for loanees, we'll see. I'm yet to offer extensions but one thing i know is that i'll do everything in my power to keep Curtis Jones here. Lad has been nothing short of amazing ever since he arrived.

And now, the bad news. You know what it is.

45afa1e878a1f7808891ac4fe58baee6.png

9220eca63d1732083dbf251aaebe6344.png

Got some leeway in wage budget but next to nothing to spend on incomings. We'll have to work with freebies and Bosmans, unless we sell someone...

We'll see.

Most important thing is, we're up. Hopefully, we will stabilize in Championship and then mount a challenge for the Prem.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Best XI

Always did these kinds of posts during my careers so here's the one for Wanderers. Best XI for 2019/20.

Remi Matthews

Josh Emmanuel   Harry Brockbank   Aristote Nsiala   Brandon Fleming

Luke Murphy

Ronan Darcy   Ali Crawford

Joe Dodoo                                                                              Curtis Jones  

Daryl Murphy

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
11 hours ago, Constantine said:

Best XI

Always did these kinds of posts during my careers so here's the one for Wanderers. Best XI for 2019/20.

Remi Matthews

Josh Emmanuel   Harry Brockbank   Aristote Nsiala   Brandon Fleming

Luke Murphy

Ronan Darcy   Ali Crawford

Joe Dodoo                                                                              Curtis Jones  

Daryl Murphy

 

That's interesting approach :D do you mind it being stolen :D

 

Anyway , Congrats on your promotion! I know how hard it is going through playoffs :D ( watched Loki Doki Fort William Save on youtube :D ) 

 

Hopefully you can stay up!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
17 minutes ago, rrozek93 said:

That's interesting approach :D do you mind it being stolen :D

 

Anyway , Congrats on your promotion! I know how hard it is going through playoffs :D ( watched Loki Doki Fort William Save on youtube :D ) 

 

Hopefully you can stay up!

Sure mate, feel free to do so.

I watched my fair share of Loki Doki adventures, know all about his hardships :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 minutes ago, Constantine said:

Sure mate, feel free to do so.

I watched my fair share of Loki Doki adventures, know all about his hardships :D

Yeah, :D he is the best FM content creator imo. I tired watching other but no one is as natural in videos as he is. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

582dc7cbf71996dd379970a7ef91ac8d.png

Bolton Wanderers F.C.

I've got a tiny bit carried away... Planned to do preseason and first two months of our return season in Championship separated, present new arrivals and just ramble about stuff for a while but here we are. Have to do it all at once.

So let's get started.

Let's start with transfer dealings. Overall, i'm perfectly satisfied with job done, considering our limitations. Had to sell one of our top prospects but that bit of money let us finish our business even if we still ended up going over wage budget.

fc82617c7a798b6286e0685a2f031366.png

Jordan Boon is out. Had a amazing bidding war for him, with bunch of Championship clubs outbidding each other so we got a measly 1m for him, massive improvement over first bid i accepted, which was around 550k +%. Few kids were sold for whatever we could get for them, some are moved just to get their salaries off wage budget, with couple more experienced (also expensive) players leaving us on free.

But we've got some exciting new faces in.

77fad6e00ea8d7e7f6d7c31d4c9d96ee.png

 

34e413088e9300593f2eecc09b22da22.png

He's back where he belong. Another HG player and decent replacement for Daryl Murphy.

 

2372077c513256feab061501fc0a20f3.png

First of the trio i chased (and signed) back in my previous save for Modena. So it was kinda no-brainer to go for him again. As it was for next two players...

 

be2163cf78823d736b622765df6590a9.png

Real Madrid's graduate. Decent player for this level. And he always fetch me a good price, whenever i've got him.

 

2bc410fe82b393c64092e9e0801b68f9.png

This lad got Barcelona and Atleti in his resume. Not so bad for 21yrs old. But for now, he'll be a deputy for the next fella.

 

e28aad26883d6487fc90225f2f82e457.png

Huge talent back in the day who, sadly, never fulfilled his potential. But he'll easily slot into our starting lineup, Jordan is more than good enough to replace Luke Murphy in that DLP slot.

 

f96b6473aa9989fcffb8d79f197ec4b0.png

Brilliant player, can cover multiple positions, extremely low wages... What's not to love?!

 

cbaf572a62fa1df3e870735cc0d02478.png

Couldn't find a proper left back and with two of our targets escaping my grasp, this young man was the best i could get.

 

d768c5840053605dd5bbe1329aa4e3e2.png

Arguably finest player in our squad. I've literary squealed with joy when we got a confirmation for his arrival.

 

1f6be3407189c53bbbbc82b2500d8384.png

Our new captain's partner in crime in the heart of defense...

 

805d152c3b121b02db3d412d2fb06bc9.png

Matthews's backup. At the time, we were really struggling with wages so this lad was best we could get. He'll do fine.

 

a0a8476b1b288ddc6ceb94ed30bf75b4.png

Last but not least important, our starting left back. Former Man Utd graduate, he perhaps is weaker player than Branthwaite but he's 100% ours and will perhaps have some resale value.

 

This is how we look at the moment.

5f40a69eca3a3c6d83ec9e3a53938fd6.png

Pleased, really pleased with that.

b2fd2a29d3deec5655bc5e22c88ac941.png

And our best eleven.

Sky Bet Championship

Kinda spoiled this one with that Squad panel but what the heck.

We started brilliantly (which was main reason for delayed update) but started to lose some steam as we faced far superior opponents. Huge cup win brought us back on the winning track as we unleashed our fury against Newcastle United for our finest performance to date.

2962680dfe02efd98a9214ec8696fc96.png

bf5040d6c5c358782d8c7bc647c2d608.png

 

Carabao Cup

4bd8008277f8ebecd91dd1854089c00c.png

Scraped past Newcastle in a really tied match and sordid affair but our fans were compensated with two superior performances which got us to Fourth Round where we'll face Wolves.

 

26a311713834c1e4f914fed0e3fa34a7.png

Meh, i'm used to being in the red. Sale of Josh Emmanuel will bring some funds into club, 2.5m to be exact but that payment is due in February. We'll be deep into the abyss at that time :D

39m debt remaining to be paid.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

doing very well so far. Supprised to see Newcastle relegated. I thought they had investor takeover ?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
11 hours ago, rrozek93 said:

doing very well so far. Supprised to see Newcastle relegated. I thought they had investor takeover ?

Happened only when they got relegated. Crystal Palace is bigger surprise for myself, their squad is just superb.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

582dc7cbf71996dd379970a7ef91ac8d.png

Bolton Wanderers F.C.

Ah, Brexit...

683be4c8dcbb383fdffa3aca10eceda7.png

Could've been better. 17 foreign players limit. With new work permit rules, which looks pretty much as old work permit rules, if I'm not mistaken...

24beb463a1990261dd587c22efcdb9c5.png

31ff481da77462937b52c043ebfd9bec.png

 

Sky Bet Championship

Somehow, we're still in the promotion race, despite our less than stellar record during October & November.

f267fa2b6b22ae90780ef531c8d13c86.png

Unbeaten month coming into New Year, now that's just sweet.

3df89452e385120f1c9a327859b2696f.png

Palace deservedly on top, they're just so strong... They'll walk this league.

Southampton, on the other hand...

 

Carabao Cup

We've had our shot with the Wolves, kept them on the ropes for good chunk of the game but sadly our end product was lacking.

Rui Patricio was ridiculous during penalty shootout and he ultimately led Wolverhampton to the next round.

81e5d4291c5476f01e59f5b84c7d660e.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice, you still sticking around the top.! 

If you do manage to get promotion hopefully your debt problems will be marginal. 

Other than that, Yeah Southampton is a shocker, but also Swansea. They have been in Prem few years ago ! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

582dc7cbf71996dd379970a7ef91ac8d.png

Bolton Wanderers F.C.

 

Three players out, three players in. And we actually got some money!!!

87dfdd3165dc1585e88c1799e0f6c639.png

Another Bolton graduate leaves the club with Politic going the way of Stadium of Light. Josh Emmanuel's going back home to US of A and he's bringing his pal with him. Thank you, LA Galaxy, for massively improving our financial standing.

 

58f4f544e252fdbdb6a20ab03e04caf1.png

Armini was brought as a cover for both Emmanuel and Zouma but with injuries catching up, we had to bring another player in. That's where Jack Simpson comes in. Jerome Sinclair is direct replacement for Politic and another Englishman on the books. And he's still pretty young, i honestly thought he's around 27, 28...

ed354f5d47db1a82c426cd756027710a.png

b4cff2a43bc76b9557468b3dfe2769be.png

6b41dea2c459967ef76ce898300b25dc.png

 

Sky Bet Championship

a7a9a56726689ffe9fe507f537ba9e2d.png

We've kept our good run going for a while but with fixture congestion, piled up injuries and occasional suspension, our performances dropped a bit.

Still, Bolton remain strong promotion contenders. It's getting really tight at the top as we come into decisive few weeks.

Anything can happen.

6cda93d24aeb7a9d340f73bdf7298e33.png

 

FA Cup

9dd5ef0833fd47726931b6c540018c0d.png

Routinely dispatched the Dons and, in what might be our best performance of the year, run Chelsea off the pitch. Kept our cool after going down, equalized just before HT from set piece and then caught them on counter. Brilliant!!

Sadly, draw hasn't exactly been kind as we travel to Enfield. Looking at their squad, we'll be happy to get out alive.

They've got freaking Dybala. And he always turns up whenever he's facing my sides. My personal FM boogeyman.

 

 

Edited by Constantine
Grammar

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

582dc7cbf71996dd379970a7ef91ac8d.png

Bolton Wanderers F.C.

Apologies if screenshots looks a bit iffy, i've been playing it on my TV starting yesterday so i'm having few issues regarding resolution and font scaling in FM which i hope to sort out soon.

 

FA Cup

5ae4318e39a64f16f880e9d090b2acbe.png

End of the road for us. Dybala continue to harass me as he scored one and had an assist for opening goal.

God, i hate him so freaking much!!

 

Sky Bet Championship

40d0d688524aa5a993c3908270dc1714.png

Not exactly greatest run of games in the world but considering opposition we were facing... I'll take it.

Still up for direct promotion. But we can't afford another month like this. Gotta snap out of it and start picking up wins.

a65455948a3239f16c0a3de855ad4baf.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...