Chengdu Blades – Season Review 2012


Introduction and 2012 Season Review

This is my first full season outside of Europe on Football Manager. Usually I start, struggle with the ‘foreignness’ of it all and return to Europe. Not this time!

Chengdu Blades a professional football club based in Chengdu, PR China who currently plays in the CFA Jia League (China League One.) The club was founded on February 26, 1996 and was formerly known as Chengdu Wuniunamed after their first sponsor, the Wuniu Cigarette Company. On December 11, 2005,  English professional football club Sheffield United F.C. took over the club and changed the club badge as well as the team home kit to represent this. On December 9, 2010 Sheffield United sold their majority to Shenzhen based company Si Jiabo Group.

The idea is to utilise the youth academy as much as possible, but this will not be a strictly ‘youth product only’ save. Loans and the occasional purchase/free transfer will be permitted, much like how real clubs implement the policy, such as Ajax. I will also endeavour to adhere to a nationalistic policy, to aid the China National Team as much as possible and hopefully improve upon their 80th placed world ranking – I hope to one day get the job myself!

CFA Jia League (stats)

I was tasked with getting promotion as a minimum, while also playing attacking football. Promotion took a while to achieve, with us winning the league with a game to spare, though despite setting our tactic up as quite attacking, the lack of personnel in the attacking positions meant our formation wasn’t conductive to attacking play, with us forced to utilise a 4-5-1 ‘pentagon’ with two DM’s, MR, ML and an AMC behind the lone striker. Needless to say, we failed the attacking football element, but the league win more than ensured I stayed in the job! Continue reading Chengdu Blades – Season Review 2012

Enfield Town – Season Review 2050/51


2050/51 End of Season Review

This season we were chasing a record, a huge record. The most Premier League wins ever. Both us and Manchester United are tied on twenty-four wins apiece. Win the title this season, and we take the record…

Premier League (stats)

So this was the big one. Win this and we break Manchester United’s record. And win it we did! From beginning to end, we led comfortably. We won the league with seven games to spare, losing only once, and then only once the league was wrapped up. I do regret losing that game, as if we’d have won, Southampton would have finished second! But we needed to rest players for the Champions League. C’est la vie. Continue reading Enfield Town – Season Review 2050/51

Enfield Town – Season Review 2049/50


2049/50 End of Season Review

After a month away from this career, I needed to come back to it. The exorbitant demands from players during contract negotiation is what pushed me away, but after some hard negotiation I got them onto contracts that vaguely resembled their value to the club.

We were going to use a new tactic this season, incorporating a Libero, wingbacks and a strikerless front three, resembling a 1-2-2-2-3-0. For the most part, it was a successful experiment, although the libero was eventually dropped in favour of a ball-playing defender with a stopper duty, changing the formation into a 3-2-2-3-0.

Premier League (stats)

A fifteenth consecutive league title and our record-equalling twenty-fourth overall, but we had to work harder for it this season with Man City chasing us for much of the season, though they had a spectacular implosion in their last seven games, which widened the gap between us and them considerably. I genuinely believe that the league as a whole is weaker than it was at the start of the career, especially below the top four. Continue reading Enfield Town – Season Review 2049/50

FC United – Season Review 2017/18


Season Review 2017/18

So here we are. The Championship. Possibly the biggest and most competitive second division in the world. And I want to get out of it as soon as possible! My stock as manager has risen significantly of late, due to the success we’ve enjoyed to this point. I’ve been approached by no less than eight teams this season, of which four were in the Premier League, and the most notable of those was Southampton during pre-season – who had a £28m budget as well as offering Europa League football! But I declined them all. I have a mission here to complete, and I’ll do my best to see it through.

npower Championship (stats)

With the way we started this season, we had no business hoping for promotion. But after ten games or so, we started to find some form, and even went on a six game win streak, which put us in a much more favourable position. We had our ups and downs, but we found ourselves in the playoffs as teams around us failed to pick up points while we did. The playoffs were a tense affair. We were drawn against Cardiff, and we only managed a  0-0 draw at home in the first leg, which put considerable pressure on us in the second leg. The tie finished 1-1 after 90 minutes, but in extra time our super-sub Stuart Evans scored a brace to take us through to face Blackpool in the final. The final proved to be one of the longest matches of my life, or so it seemed. We were inseparable for 120 minutes, with no goals scored. Penalties were to decide our fate. Four goals to three later, we were going up! Continue reading FC United – Season Review 2017/18