Career Scratch's EPL Second Chances & Accidental Armstrong 1KC

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14 hours ago, BatiGoal said:

Bradford City? Oh gosh.. I remember playing them in the Challenge Cup. You're deep in this career now tho so maybe you find yourself a much better squad to work with :D solid going, mate!

Thanks mate! I'm definitely going to have a better squad to work with. I have pretty deep pockets in this save... 

It makes this totally unrealistic (but I guess this challenge was never realistic), but when I turn up Bradford, I will be saying goodbye to all the current players and bringing in players from several levels above. The real challenge is to not buy too many players!

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13 hours ago, Ashez said:

So much going on here! It is really remarkable what you achieved at Coventry and I hope you can replicate that with Bradford :).  

Reputation wise it's so annoying that the game almost forgets who you are and what you've achieved and I see no reason for it. 

Thanks mate, but can't really take any credit for winning anything in this save. As I said to Bati, I have deep pockets (I am literally carrying £1B around with me) and I'm using them. Totally unrealistic and not worthy of any praise! But sort of fun totally rebuilding a club. 

I guess the Copa America was me rather than the money though, so I'll take the credit for that! ?

As for reputation, yeah, totally annoying! Luckily, with my budget, I'll probably win a cup every year or two. 

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13 hours ago, mcandrew003 said:

What an enticing read! Great to see you back at this, and a great year! Seems I need to catch up a bit....

Thank mate! Was a super slow season (so many games, so many transfers, and I'm caring about how the team functions for Armstrong) and not getting much game time at the moment. Could take me a LONG time to finish. Yo'u'll be done well before me! ?

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13 hours ago, Idol said:

It is annoying but it's also exactly what happens IRL.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_Di_Matteo

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/André_Villas-Boas

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_Mancini

Just some examples off the top of my head! 

Excellent work Scratch, did you manage to get Armstrong up the road without too much difficulty? 

I get what you're saying @Idol but at least those guys have Wikipedia entries. I think mine was deleted! ?

Thanks though mate. Yeah he came quickly enough. He knows he will always be the star of the show in my teams. He did want £160K though, which is higher than he ever asked me in the Celtic career... Not sure how it will play out in a few years / clubs...

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Another really good read there mate so much detail to get into, looks like having all that money had made you pretty unstoppable. Its amazing who's actually willing to join your club when you got millions in the bank, I got neymar to a league 1 club lol. Looking forward to your next update already.

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On 6/8/2017 at 19:50, Mikee1984 said:

Another really good read there mate so much detail to get into, looks like having all that money had made you pretty unstoppable. Its amazing who's actually willing to join your club when you got millions in the bank, I got neymar to a league 1 club lol. Looking forward to your next update already.

Thanks mate (and sorry for the delay in responding). Yeah, the money does make you unstoppable. I think the balance is off to be honest, I shouldn't be able to get some of these players in Division 1 no matter how much I offer. Maybe the odd player would accept in real life, but not as many as do in the game. 

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Uh oh, Armstrong is still adapting to the team's playing style after 11 games:

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And it's really affecting his performance:

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Can't wait to see how he goes once he settles in! 

LOL, FMM, he's playing for the same manager he did at Coventry for 3 years before moving to Bradford, using the same system that was used there (its even called the 4 3 2 1 Armstrong). I know FMM doesn't track these things, but ... I guess I find it quite funny. 

Just for the record, this is what Armstrong is looking like now (this one is better than my Celtic one and definitely way too good for League 2):

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Hell he does develop into quite the talent mate, like you said if that's his form now, can't wait till he settles in :D

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This is becoming more than a man-crush...

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10 minutes ago, Taff said:

Hell he does develop into quite the talent mate, like you said if that's his form now, can't wait till he settles in :D

Yeah, I'm loving he turned out like this in this career. He did well in the Celtic 1KC, but this is the best he ever got in that career:

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This career's version has hit the steroids or something! 

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Just now, Jens said:

This is becoming more than a man-crush...

Yeah, I'll admit that! 😄

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7 hours ago, scratch99 said:

Yeah, I'm loving he turned out like this in this career. He did well in the Celtic 1KC, but this is the best he ever got in that career:

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This career's version has hit the steroids or something! 

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Yeah, I'll admit that! 😄

Somebody needs to message Armstrong on twitter or something, let him know he has a secret admirer/stalker :laugh::P

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2 minutes ago, mcandrew003 said:

Somebody needs to message Armstrong on twitter or something, let him know he has a secret admirer/stalker :laugh::P

How do you know it isn't Armstrong doing the stalking?

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4 hours ago, samhardy said:

How do you know it isn't Armstrong doing the stalking?

That would be some plot twist! Always wondered what the chances are an actual player has stumbled onto these forums. 

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Damn, you guys are onto me, will have to start again with a new account! Did you work it out because I played myself too often? Is that what gave it away?

LOL!! 😄

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Update - Season 5 - Bradford City
 
No Premier League move for me. I bid farewell to my high flying Coventry team and headed north for life in League 1 with Bradford City. 
 
 
Targets
 
I didn't set any targets at the end of last season, but here's what I was aiming to achieve this season:
  • Promotion to the Championship for Bradford City
  • Getting Oldham Athletic and Blackpool out of League 2 by pulling some strings (trying again!)
  • 100 goals for Armstrong (given he should find League 1 pretty easy)
As always, I didn't hit all of those targets, but I actually did hit more than 1 this time...
 
 
Transfers
 
The most important transfers took place immediately after I accepted the Bradford job (£1B incoming!):
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The next most important transfer happened not long after that (the 1KC can continue!):
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After that, we went crazy again, buying a team of players that should be playing well above League 1, while at the same time shipping good players off to other second chance teams. I did try a new strategy, with a smaller core of players on high salary for my team and loads of good players and promising youngsters on low salaries to be farmed out.
 
Here are our transfers out:
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And here are our transfers in:
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We bought a few trusted players from Coventry, who seemed to be selling players off at a very low rate. They weren't bankrupted, but I guess they had way too many players on their books. They lost a lot of their best players (to me and others), but I'd left them with a bunch of first class free agents coming in (Gotze, Douglas Costa, etc), so they weren't short on talent.
 
 
Charity
 
Once again, I exchanged quite a few players on to second chance teams. I manage to ship a couple of good players to Blackpool and Oldham Athletic in order to try to get them out of League 2, but I also shared them far and wide. Here are some stories:
 
Have A Keeper
 
Early on I noticed that Birmingham had lost it's first 4 games, while shipping 11 goals. 
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When I looked at their squad, I found the answer: they had no keeper!
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I immediately shipped them a promising young keeper and quality forward (and they ended up comfortably in mid-table):
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But Give Me Yours
 
In the January transfer window, I had a close look at where all the second chance teams were and identified some areas of priority. The first one was Sunderland:
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I really wanted to push them aside somehow and let MK Dons or Sheffield United through. So I left it to just before the window closed and bought all their keepers! I also had to sign one they tried to get in on a free transfer. 
 
They still won some games, but they started losing a lot more:
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Their record got even worse near the end of the season and, as you'll see later, they ended up missing the playoffs. I tried this in a few other places, with varying degrees of success, but this was the one that worked the best. I ended up with a lot of keepers though!
 
Here's something strange:
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When you looked at Sunderland's squad, you could see they had two grey keepers:
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But when we played them, they had a different player in goals (Kieron Hopper). 
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Those screenshots were taken at the same time! And when I did a search for Hopper, neither of the found players were our mystery goalie!
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Not On My Watch!
 
Vincenza decided to try and buy one of the stars I'd sent to MK Dons:
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Umm, I don't think so!
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I dragged negotiations out as long as I could and then backed out of the transfer and MK Dons got to keep their star. They'll thank me later...
 
 
Interesting Games
 
In most games that we throw, we try to get Armstrong to score for most of it, then try to lose it at the end. There was one exception this year, where we rested Armstrong and went out with a team in a 'throw it' formation. We got a hammering!
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This game was crazy. 4 to Armstrong in the first half, but we left it a little late to throw the game. They got level 2 minutes into extra time, only for us to go ahead again, and then they scored again to snatch the draw... 3 goals in extra time!
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Another crazy game, and once again, they could only manage a draw, thanks to Martinez scoring after we'd opened the floodgates. Read the script son! Also, if things had gone right for Armstrong he could have had 5 in this game, but he ended with only a hat-trick.
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Job Opportunities
 
Nothing tempting during the season, but there was a nice one at the end of the year... I'll talk more about that at the end of this update!
 
 
Colombia
 
Nothing exciting happening on this front, just qualifying and friendlies...
 
 
Results
 
Once again, our team was far superior to any of the others at this level. There are only a handful of teams at the top of the Premiership that are better than us.
 
We won the Checkatrade Trophy easily enough, beating Northampton 3 -1 in the final.
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We did well in the League Cup, beating teams such as Man Utd on the way to the Semi Final. We fell at that stage, going down 2-3 to Man City over the two legs.
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We once again beat Man Utd on the way to a date with Man City in the Semi Final, this time in the FA Cup. Unfortunately we had the same result, losing on penalties with Thorsby shooting over the bar with the last kick.
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Great results to make the Semi Final of both competitions, but I really wanted to bring one of them home. Damn you City!!
 
In the League, we were in total control of things. No mistakes with dropping too many game this year (thanks to there being only 5 other second chance teams in League 1). 
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Accidental Armstrong 1KC
 
Armstrong is too good for this league. He hit 4 goals four times this year:
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And he had 62 goals by New Year's Eve. I was thinking he'd score at least 120 for sure, based on the first half of the season:
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However, he faded in the second half of the year:
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He had to be rested occasionally, there were less games, and for the first couple of months he just lost his mojo. I put it down to lack of freshness. The Slightly Tired message was only triggered a couple of times, but our boy had just lost the bounce in his step. He had lots of games like this, where he kept shooting, but they weren't going in:
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I've seen this before - my strikers always seem to perform better when they are fresh, especially at the start of the season. Anyway, he recovered towards the end of the season, but still wasn't scoring as often as in the first half of the season.
 
He fell short of the 100 goal target, but not by much. He finished with 95 goals in 59 games and now has 272 goals total under my management.
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He's 24 now and coming into this prime. It's going to keep on raining goals!
 
 
League Tables
 
Here's the top and bottom of all the English leagues:
 
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Chelsea won the Premier League again, no bonus points this time around. Coventry finished 14th, well clear of relegation, but not doing as well as I'd have liked. I guess their new manager, Alan Pardew, is not quite as good as their last manager! 
 
In the Championship - Disaster! None of the 3 promoted teams were remaining second chance teams... In fact Wolves were the only one in the top 6 and they bombed out in the playoffs. So we didn't cross any teams off this time around... At the other end, Sheffield Wednesday went down with after a terrible season, while Swindon escaped on the last day of the season (they were a point behind leading into the last weekend). Derby have already been back to the Premier League so they are a red herring team (and it's getting harder to keep those straight in my head). 
 
In League 1, Portsmouth join Bradford in getting promoted, with Bolton and Sheffield United missing out in the playoffs, while at the other end, no second chance clubs were relegated. 
 
In League 2, both Blackpool and Oldham went up, clearing the division of second chance teams (not counting AFC Wimbledon, as my focus has to be on MK Dons instead at the moment).
 
 
Past Winners (3)
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  • Manchester United
  • Arsenal
  • Chelsea
  • Manchester City
  • Blackburn Rovers
  • Leicester City


Completed (9)
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  • Aston Villa
  • Blackburn Rovers
  • Coventry City
  • Derby County
  • Fulham
  • Newcastle United
  • Nottingham Forest
  • Norwich City
  • QPR


Remaining (18)
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Championship (11)

  • Barnsley
  • Birmingham City
  • Bradford City
  • Cardiff City
  • Ipswich Town
  • Leeds United
  • Portsmouth
  • Reading
  • Swindon Town
  • Wigan Athletic
  • Wolves
 
League 1 (7)
  • Blackpool
  • Bolton Wanderers
  • Charlton Athletic
  • MK Dons
  • Oldham Athletic
  • Sheffield United
  • Sheffield Wednesday
 
League 2 (0)
  • AFC Wimbledon

 

 
So, none promoted, but we're pushing teams upwards. 
 
 
Looking Ahead
 
This happened just after our last game:
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Bolton were about to face Port Vale in the two legged playoff semi final. I hadn't been planning on jumping ship this early - I was planning on seeing Bradford City all the way to the Premier League - but here was an opportunity to directly influence the chances of Bolton going up! I have a soft spot for Bolton and Bradford have a squad that should see them be right in the promotion race next year, even without me (might be deluding myself on the AI's ability).
 
I was faced with a difficult question: Stay or Go. What would you have done?
 
Well, I applied. Of course, by the time they offered me the job, Port Vale had beat them 7-1 on aggregate and they were consigned to League 1 for another season - but by this point I'd made my mind up and I'd decided to take the job anyway.
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I was sad that I left Bradford without winning a major trophy, but I got them the Checkatrade Tropy and the League 1 title and leave them with a fantastic team that will hopefully take them up (I'm counting on that!). And we're leaving them with a bunch of great players coming in:
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So see you next year back here in League 1 with Bolton! Hopefully Armstrong can break the 100 goal barrier then (if I can sign him!). 

 
 

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I'm actually really bothered by your title. There's simply no way you can convince me that this 1 KC iw accidental. You planned this from the start-ish!

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Great update, love the detail. Some fantastic signings there I have to say, and another great year. Enjoying having some competition on this, can't wait to see how we both do in 10 or so years time. I personally would have stayed at Bradford, but I think that's because I love a promotion on my CV ;)

Great read, good job!

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Just remember FMM has decided to retire all players at 32 now. Goodluck :) you're doing top mate!

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18 hours ago, Jens said:

I'm actually really bothered by your title. There's simply no way you can convince me that this 1 KC iw accidental. You planned this from the start-ish!

Haha. Of course it was accidental, or I would have had him at Barcelona in the first season! I am wondering if I should follow the same approach (lots of money, playing in the lower divisions) and go for a 2KC with him, but I'm not sure that would be sporting...

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16 hours ago, mcandrew003 said:

Great update, love the detail. Some fantastic signings there I have to say, and another great year. Enjoying having some competition on this, can't wait to see how we both do in 10 or so years time. I personally would have stayed at Bradford, but I think that's because I love a promotion on my CV ;)

Great read, good job!

Thanks mate. It was tempting to stay and I'm wondering if it will end up being a mistake, but I don't regret it. I will admit that a preference for Bolton's colours (in game) helped sway it! As did the probability that Armstrong would score more in League 1! I've got to start taking this seriously... 🙂

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7 hours ago, BatiGoal said:

Just remember FMM has decided to retire all players at 32 now. Goodluck :) you're doing top mate!

Thanks mate! We all know that Armstrong likes to retire at 42 and he's probably going to reach 1500 goals - better get used to that idea! :P 

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Wow so many developments in there! Armstrong did excellently as expected under your management ;). 

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Progress, even without ticking any teams of the list. I am intrigued by your early move to Bolton though... Are you going to take a lot of your money with you? In my experience, teams can fall apart once you've taken a few players and the money. I know you'll be balancing it, but I'm very interested to see how the AI does in your place...

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On 6/17/2017 at 20:23, Ashez said:

Wow so many developments in there! Armstrong did excellently as expected under your management ;). 

Thanks. Yeah, there's a lot going on, so slow with all the transfers. I'll have to swap back to Pina Colada soon for a while. It's quite crushing to find a young gem only to have to sell them to a second chance team rather than keep them and develop them... 

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28 minutes ago, Mr.Manager said:

Progress, even without ticking any teams of the list. I am intrigued by your early move to Bolton though... Are you going to take a lot of your money with you? In my experience, teams can fall apart once you've taken a few players and the money. I know you'll be balancing it, but I'm very interested to see how the AI does in your place...

Yeah, I'm thinking I'll regret it. I tried to take most of the money with me, but I ended up 1 transfer short, so they have at least £150M plus a bucket load of stars (I took 1 star and the backup keeper and they sold Success as well).. In real life they'd be a good bet, but in FMM they'll probably assemble a crack squad of left backs.

Actually I have noticed that they are playing some of the £150M players I bought just before leaving. These are the worst players Bolton had when I moved, but I guess they think they must be pretty good if they payed that much for them.

Anyway, they are in the playoff positions at the moment (in October) and we'll have to see how it goes. 

It was just one of those things, where I planned to stay, but then got excited by the opportunity (and it has to be said the chance for more goals for Armstrong). 

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Why'd you keep talking about yourself in third person Mr. Armstrong? 

Lovely career to follow, great detail. Keep going :D

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