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Unlikely we catch Havant now I think. After a bit of a wobble around the time we beat them, they've won their last 9 and 10 of their last 11. We've been pretty good ourselves. Losing just 1 of our last 15. Winning 11 of those. 

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Weymouth have just beaten Havant 3-1, we beat Welling 2-1. It's on!

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Having a lot of the fun with a 01/02 database I found. Currently managing Leeds and just signed Arjen Robben, Van Persie and Fernando Torres who are all 16/17 years old and already smashing it.

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So we missed out on automatic promotion. The very next game after Havant had lost, we went and lost at home. We managed to finish strongly ahead on the play offs though

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Second and third get a bye to the semi final. 

Semi final - Eastbourne 3-2 Billericay (AET)

It took a stunning goal (and a first goal of the season) from our LB to win the game.

The final also went to extra time. It took another screamer to win it for us. I'd have been so pissed off if we'd have lost this one!

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Have won the Vanarama South with Billericay Town in my first season. Predicted to finish 6th, we’ve exceeded expectations, losing just four games en route to the title, breaking a club and league record for a twenty-one game winning run we embarked on.

The title was only won on the final day though as Dartford pushed us all the way but due to the league being a twenty-one team league for 2020/21, a quirk of fate meant Dartford’s bye came on what was the final day, so we knew we had to win to win the title and we did, winning comfortably 3-1 at Hungerford Town to seal the title by a point. 

The clubs finances are listed as “Insecure” which is something I’ve tried to work on. We had  £2,000 a week tied up by four players - Dion Curtis-Henry, Doug Loft, Jai Reason and Jake Robinson. In fairness to Curtis-Henry, he was unlucky, I had two good keepers and it was down to pre-season to see who got the nod for the first game and I made the decision to go with Harry Palmer, who then never looked back so offloading DCH in January, with him on £450p/w, the joint second highest earner at the club, was a necessity. Loft has been decent in the ball-winning midfielder role and I never thought of getting rid of him, though I have a decision to make regarding a new contract. Reason was almost immediately well down the pecking order, with others just playing better than him and offering more versatility, and he eventually kicked up a fuss, however, he turned down Boreham Wood on the last day of the window so I’ve had to keep him. Robinson again was one who was well down the pecking order and combined with his wage (£650 p/w, the highest earner at 34) I wanted him gone. He was poor in pre-season and three trialist forwards come in and performed better than him so he was never going to be close to a game for me. He, like Reason, did have a chance to leave but turned it down, this time to Havant & Waterlooville. The finance is still Insecure having moved up a league so I’m going to have to be tough with the budget in the summer and hope it can be enough to keep us in the Vanarama National. 

I’ll do a proper post on Friday about the first season. 

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Really close at the top for me, managing 1860 Munchen and despite only being asked to finish mid-table, we've managed to get ourselves within a shout of going up with just a few games to spare. 5 matches remain and it's currently;

  1. Kaiserslauten 66pts.
  2. Duisburg 65pts.
  3. 1860 Munchen 65pts.
  4. Dynamo Dresden 63pts.

You do get the feeling that it's going to go to the absolute wire, with the top two places being the target as 4th is nowhere and 3rd is a playoff against the Bundesliga 2. relegation side - we've got Kaiserslauten too before the season ends which will be a massive six pointer, could literally push us up and keep them down.

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Not made a bad start at all to life in the National League. Only 3 wins in our first 11 games but also only 2 defeats. Our first 11 is largely still the same as last season apart from two players.

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Could have turned a couple of those draws into wins. We had chance after chance vs Chesterfield and Altrincham we conceded a 94th minute equaliser. We lie in 13th position, 3 points off the play offs and 7 off the relegation zone.

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Just been approached by Grimsby, which I've decided to take. They're currently 16th in League 2. I leave Eastbourne in 14th in the National League. 

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I am in shock. I've just had this bloke come through! He could be genuinely Del Piero levels.

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Not a bad start at Grimsby. Currently sit two points outside the play offs.

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We knocked out League 1 Portsmouth out of the FA Cup to set up a home tie with Man Utd. Fully deserved to go through as well.

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14 hours ago, LFCMike said:

Not a bad start at Grimsby. Currently sit two points outside the play offs.

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We knocked out League 1 Portsmouth out of the FA Cup to set up a home tie with Man Utd. Fully deserved to go through as well.

Great to see that you're looking after us!

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I stopped my Wigan save once my fantastic generation of players all moved on for huge fees. I replaced them with potentially better players from Dortmund, Bayern etc but it wasn't the same.

 

Since I've been doing a couple of EFL saves...

Nottm Forest - lost in playoffs for two seasons. Ended up at Cardiff. 

Colchester - Promoted to League One. Ended up at Cardiff.

Blackpool - Promoted to Championship. Ended up at Cardiff.

 

As @Bluebird Hewitt can vouch. I don't even like Cardiff.

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I can’t even play FM Touch atm, my laptop is just shockingly shit and won’t be able to afford another for a while

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1 hour ago, Danny said:

I can’t even play FM Touch atm, my laptop is just shockingly shit and won’t be able to afford another for a while

Do you have a tablet you can play it on?

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25 minutes ago, The Palace Fan said:

Do you have a tablet you can play it on?

Nope

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Comeback.

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Could have won it, but i'll take that from 3-0 down. 3 wins, a draw and a defeat since the FA Cup game with Portsmouth. We're 9th, a point off the play-offs and only three points off 3rd as we head into January.

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15 hours ago, The Palace Fan said:

I stopped my Wigan save once my fantastic generation of players all moved on for huge fees. I replaced them with potentially better players from Dortmund, Bayern etc but it wasn't the same.

 

Since I've been doing a couple of EFL saves...

Nottm Forest - lost in playoffs for two seasons. Ended up at Cardiff. 

Colchester - Promoted to League One. Ended up at Cardiff.

Blackpool - Promoted to Championship. Ended up at Cardiff.

 

As @Bluebird Hewitt can vouch. I don't even like Cardiff.

What's your obsession with us on FM? xD

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1 hour ago, Bluebird Hewitt said:

What's your obsession with us on FM? xD

Only team desperate enough to offer me a job xD

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On 21/05/2021 at 22:29, LFCMike said:

Comeback.

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Could have won it, but i'll take that from 3-0 down. 3 wins, a draw and a defeat since the FA Cup game with Portsmouth. We're 9th, a point off the play-offs and only three points off 3rd as we head into January.

You're a hero. I need to get back into FM again. 

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Since that 3-3 draw with Colchester:

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Leaves the table like this with 10 games left:

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Bristol Rovers and Swindon are our next two games. Huge games.

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Lost both games v Bristol Rovers (1-0) and Swindon (3-2). Didn't really deserve to lose either and Swindon scored two penalties that weren't penalties imo but what can you do. Four points off third now. A few games coming up that we should win now before we play Plymouth on the last day

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Not sure if anyone's interested in this or not, but I came across this video on YouTube and thought one of you lot might be interested in one of these teams. 

I think one of you has managed one of the teams before, but can't remember who. 

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Promotion was secured with a game to go. Beat Plymouth on the final day too to cost them the title. Interesting season ahead in League One!

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9 hours ago, LFCMike said:

Promotion was secured with a game to go. Beat Plymouth on the final day too to cost them the title. Interesting season ahead in League One!

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Good work! What's the budget like for League One?

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23 minutes ago, Pyfish said:

Good work! What's the budget like for League One?

Currently got about £1.5m transfer budget, wage budget had increased by about £10k too I think.

Our unbelievable run coincided with us signing a CB called Lissens on loan from Norwich. He was brilliant. Need to get him back on loan or sign someone permanently at CB. Other than that pretty strong defensively. Could do with a couple of midfielders and wide players who'll score goals to take the pressure off Kieran McGrath who ended up winning League Two top scorer.

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