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Career Tree Attempts The "Goal A Mile" Challenge! (22 seasons in)

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Despite a good start...



...Griff was still struggling a bit with fitness:



So he didn't end up with the best season:


Leaving us on 98 goal-miles overall, 7 short of Carlisle.

The rest of the team, though, had a great time. The league title was retained emphatically:




And we dominated the awards of course. My rotation of three wingers were the top three in the Player of the Year:



And otherwise...




Lonsana (let's call him) has developed into an absolute beast in midfield:



We threw in the League Cup too:



But shamefully lost in embarrassing fashion in the FA Cup against a team who shouldn't even be on the same pitch as my world-beaters:



Hope @samhardy enjoys that one, cos I certainly didn't!

And what about the Champions League?



Our first ever game in the tournament set the tone:


(Nugent was the £33m signing brought in to back up Griff)

Griff did at least notch a hat trick (his only one of the season :( ) in the return game with Schalke:


So we won our group:



And marched through the knockout phase, winning 2-0 at the Delle Alpi before surviving a lively second leg (more comfortable than it looked!)



Real Madrid in the final, and of course they took the lead.... But a late equaliser and an extra-time winner gave Wigan the glory!!


McGovern's exploits earned him a spot on the world team of the year:



(well done again, Rangers, on not playing him 👏 )

And the customary look at the manager profile at the end of the season:


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So a wonderful season and the squad is really humming. I'm almost at the Scottish border, but I've still never won the FA Cup - so I think I'll hang around and make that my focus next year.



obviously, with this success, we were outgrowing the DW Stadium:


Originality is hard, sorry.

So at the start of the next season, it was time to say goodbye:



And welcome to the new era. So we picked up the phone and said "Hey, Real Madrid, no hard feelings eh? Why don't you come over and celebrate our new stadium?"


"Yeah how about you come over and we WHOOP YOUR ASS - thanks for the Champions League, bitches!" 😮


NEXT TIME: We reach the FA Cup final, but there's a stunning twist in store!

Thanks for reading!

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Incredible career this is. Well done mate. Sorry for not replying earlier. 

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7 minutes ago, Foxy said:

Great season there.

Do you think this is going to last the full 30 seasons?

we'll see but it looks like it'll go close. Scotland's a big old place so there's a fair way to go!


5 hours ago, Kanegan said:

Incredible career this is. Well done mate. Sorry for not replying earlier. 


2 hours ago, Gunners Rishi said:



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Congratulations to the 2036 European Champions, Spain!



Domestically, all that was left for me was the FA Cup. Or so I thought. Unfortunately, checking out my trophy cabinet made me realise that I hadn't actually won League Two, only finished 2nd 🤦‍♂️

Oh well, too late now.

I mean, Carlisle was an option - Griff quickly racked up the last 7 goals needed to get us there. But they weren't appealing!



So anyway, my main focus for the year was the FA Cup, so I'll put that here and everything else behind spoliers.

The cup campaign went relatively smoothly, until...


My bees! Our first ever cup final in the club's history! 

So I was left with mixed emotions and a temptation to throw the match... But despite those thugs trying to destroy my team... We lifted the trophy!



That wasn't our only trophy of the season...


We won the Community Shield, beating my old mates Bristol Rovers, who are still hanging in the Prem and won the FA Cup last season:



We became world champions, just about!




And we added the Carabao Cup:



But a familiar face, my striker from season 12, prevented me from adding the European Super Cup:



And then he got the winner to stop me from retaining the Champions League too!




In the league, of course we were smashing it - Griff made up for last year by starting like an absolute house on fire!




And he had already matched last year's goal output by the end of November:



Of course he then had another injury to slow him down (his Coach Report says he may have concerns over injuries :( )



Meanwhile, I got some recognition on the world stage, although of course I can't touch Stevie G:



We cruised the league, sealing the title with three games to spare:



And we even found time to condemn Spurs to relegation afterwards:




So the final standings and awards:




Just the three players in the team of the year though:



Anyway, the main man had his best season overall for us, leaving us on 135 goal-miles:


My manager profile after 19 seasons:



And I have to share this guy again with further development - might be the best player I've ever had!



NEXT TIME: it's time for me to update my chart and my maps as we cross the border!

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Scene: a shiny media room in the bowels of The Thunderdome. Wigan chairwoman Kym Marsh approaches the dais...


"It is with profound regret that I must report that the moment we feared would come has arrived.

On Monday morning, head coach Mr Tree called me up to say that he intends to take up a similar role at a smaller club. Specifically, Mr Tree intends to leave the three-time reigning Premier League champions and reigning Club World Champions to join Gretna 2008 of the Scottish fourth division. We tried to persuade him to stay, but he said the matter was non-negotiable.

We knew what we were getting into when we recruited this maverick from TNS five years ago. The past few years have been beyond all expectation.

But on a personal level: the man is a quitter. He left Bristol Rovers eight years ago to drop down five divisions. We knew it was a matter of time before he did the same to us. 

I'd like to reassure all Latics fans that we firmly believe that the board's support has been instrumental to the club's recent success, and that any well-trained monkey could've produced the results that Mr Tree did."


Scene: Mr Tree is walking his dog close to his sprawling country estate on the outskirts of beautiful Clitheroe.


He knows that this will be one of the last times for him and Louis around here. He knows that he'll need to call his assistant later to arrange for the estate to be put on the market.

Finally... It took a little longer than expected. But he finally hears a helicopter in the distance. The story has broken. The next few hours are going to be a rollercoaster. He turns into the forest and calls Louis after him.

Half an hour or so later, he emerges for the homeward journey. Turning a corner, he takes a breath upon seeing a press pack of around 20 hardy souls. Here we go then...

"Tree is it true?"

"Yes - look, I appreciate the interest, but I'd rather just do this once. Get your cameras etc set up, then let's go.

Yes, it's time for me to move on. I know some think I should just stay and keep winning, make Wigan a dynasty. Well I'd like to think I've left them in a position to do that themselves. But it's not for me.

I've always wanted to manage in Scotland. I've won titles in England and Wales, so now I'd like to try something different. I can't explain it really - I feel this pull inside, almost as if I'm being controlled by some external force. It's a bit like Eric Cantona said 40 years ago... [sees the blank faces of the young whippersnappers] - oh forget it, look it up, call yourselves sports reporters...

The salaries are obscene. We kept it under control for a while, but it's spiralling now. I want to work with men again, not overpaid primadonnas."

"What do you make of Kym Marsh's comments?"

"They're just hearsay"

"No, she had a press conference this morning, look" [reporter attempts to play the clip to Tree]

"No it's alright, thanks. I don't care. It's pure and simple: they'll move on, so will I. Now if you'll excuse me gentlemen... Come on Louis..."


Quick look at what I'm leaving:






It's 114 miles to Gretna, and Griff had me covered:




Hello, Scotland!

So what of my new team?


Well fantastically, they'd maxed out their loan signings and their wage budget, so I had to wriggle a bit. I didn't realise that this screenshot doesn't actually show it properly, but the squad is in position order, just look at this FFS - they have THREE goalkeepers on loan?!?



Fortunately, they were top when I arrived (I think this screenshot came after my first game):


And they had a striker with 5-star potential:


He had three goals when I arrived:



It appeared that my reputation proceeded me when I arrived at the club:



Sadly, McFadyen turned out to be quite injury-prone, despite a promising start:





I had a horrendous start, losing 5 of my first 7 games, although one of the other games involved me banging in 6 away from home, so not all bad:




And eventually we got rolling, once I brought in a decent CB and left-winger, reeling off 11 unbeaten to hold on to top spot:





Had an interesting one in the final run-in - never seen a player who was sent off win man of the match before :)



Anyway, we sealed top spot with a game to spare:



And my main man Dec did alright, earning me 14 miles in our first year together:




Clearly, my reputation did count for a lot - I wonder how many times a League 2 manager has won these awards:



Meanwhile, Wigan did survive without me:



My manager profile after two-thirds of the career:



And the journey so far:




NEXT TIME: can the young lad make the step up to Ladbrokes League 1?

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I missed a couple of your seasons but well done on your exploits at Wigan. 

Great start at Gretna and you are getting closer to the finish line now.😀

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1 hour ago, 1759 said:

I missed a couple of your seasons but well done on your exploits at Wigan. 

Great start at Gretna and you are getting closer to the finish line now.😀

What he said

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23 hours ago, 1759 said:

I missed a couple of your seasons but well done on your exploits at Wigan. 

Great start at Gretna and you are getting closer to the finish line now.😀


22 hours ago, Gunners Rishi said:

What he said

cheers lads. looks like the Vibe World Cup will slow me down a bit, plus a couple of holidays coming up (i try to play less when away with the family, gotta give em some love :) )

but yes, the finish line is within sight.... although, there will be more on that topic in due course... not next update, but maybe in season 22.... ;)

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Well done Tree. But I miss two updates and all of a sudden you go from the dross of the Premier League to the pinnacle of world football in the Scottish 4th tier!!

I hope you gave Dale Woods what for after his know it all comment.

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Apologies for dropping off of this but I fell out of everything recently lol, anyway I've just caught up and this is going really well! I'm very impressed and delighted to see how possible this idea actually is as I did always wonder lol. 

Keep it up!!

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36 minutes ago, samhardy said:

Well done Tree. But I miss two updates and all of a sudden you go from the dross of the Premier League to the pinnacle of world football in the Scottish 4th tier!!

I hope you gave Dale Woods what for after his know it all comment.

Sam, i think you'll be glad to know that i genuinely sold him to Newcastle for his sins!

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4 minutes ago, Mr Tree said:

Sam, i think you'll be glad to know that i genuinely sold him to Newcastle for his sins!

😱 Doesn’t get much worse than that!

Deserved though. Who does he think he is.

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Firstly, hail the greatest World Cup Final in history! Only spoiled by Germany prevailing:



At home it went relatively straightforward. My remit was to stay up but I won my first two games, 4-0 at Stenhousemuir and 6-1 vs East Stirling, and although Arbroath chased me honourably, we got the job done...

Dec was still picking up regular injuries:





But he was doing well when fit:






He surpassed his 14 goals with me last year by the first week of November:



I was getting a bit twitchy though, knowing that I wanted to get him on a bigger contract but worrying that he'd insist on a release clause. I decided to wait until he knocked on the door... And he duly did...


I managed to get him sorted, and guess how he celebrated?




Anyway, Arbroath did give me a good run for my money, and the last game was away at Arbroath so that was a bit of a worry. But in the dying minutes of the penultimate game at Cowdenbeath... We conceded!

It was disallowed... And then we pumped a ball over the top... Their keeper stayed welded to his line... And my man Whelan slammed it home:




Arbroath promptly went 3-0 up in the last game... We pulled it back to 3-2, but anyway:



My lads were on top in the scoring charts - Whelan's been a great pick-up on the left-wing (IF, could be a striker but I've got Dec there!)



Four lads in the Team of the Year:



My inspirational loanee centre-back managed to make quite a name for himself:




The cups didn't go so great... I like their Betfred cup, it's a good "competitive preseason":



I got smashed by last year's rivals in the IRN-BRU Cup:



But we did well in the Scottish Cup, setting up a tie at Ibrox... Where somehow, we fought back from 3-1 down to force a replay:


Of course they eventually overpowered us:


(by the way, Roofe was the player i used in part-exchange when I signed McGovern for Wigan...)


After all that, I was Scottish Manager of the Year again:



And by the way, yes, Wigan keep rolling - I left the squad in good shape and the AI hasn't buggered it up, yet:



Seems I finally forgot to get a manager profile shot at the end of this year, oh well! As for Dec, he got 25 in total, bringing us up to 39 goal-miles. More on the implications of that next time...



NEXT TIME: another step up for McFadyen - maybe it's time for me to move on?

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I think this post will contain the biggest shock of the year at the end of season awards!

The fact that the AI hasn’t destroyed all your work at Wigan.

Going great and it sounds like another move is imminent so good luck with that.

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On 22/05/2019 at 07:59, Foxy said:

I think this post will contain the biggest shock of the year at the end of season awards!

The fact that the AI hasn’t destroyed all your work at Wigan.

Going great and it sounds like another move is imminent so good luck with that.


On 22/05/2019 at 08:57, smoggy90 said:

Fantastic career Mr Tree, just did some catching up and loved reading it. Look forward to the next move.

cheers fellas. it's certainly been a fun journey!

amazingly, Bristol Rovers have managed to survive in the EPL for 9 seasons since I left too - and I didn't leave them in nearly as good a spot as I left Wigan!

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Just before the new season began, the Queen of the South manager retired, so this enticing offer came my way:



Dec had earned me enough goals to get there, and I was very tempted as they're a great name, a classic team...

But ultimately I turned it down. It was, basically, a sideways move, and I needed to ensure I kept going north at this point. Besides, Griff's goals would've been good enough to get me to QOTS from Wigan directly, so moving now would've made the last two seasons pointless.

Unfortunately, the offer did leave me with a bit of a problem...



That's a map of the Scottish league clubs (2018/19). Gretna aren't actually in the league at the moment, so they're not shown, but the orange marker in the bottom right is Annan, and Gretna's a bit East of there. The purple marker to the left of Annan is Queen of the South.

And then there is a huge barren space before you reach the great cluster of clubs between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

So turning down Queen of the South was probably the right thing to do, but it really put all my eggs in McFadyen's basket. I'm quite mindful that nothing's really gone horribly wrong so far in this career - no big injury, no transfer demands. Anything like that now would make Elgin hugely unlikely...


We knuckled down. Despite three shootout wins in a row, we went out of the Betfred at the first stage:



And we got humbled by one of our old league two nemesises in the Scottish Cup:



We did at least have some fun in the IRN-BRU, only to miss a golden opportunity to reach the final before our shootout luck ran out as QOTS got revenge on me for my rejection of them:



The league went bizarrely well again. I picked up a good RB and TM but had most of the same squad - we just kept rolling. About halfway through we beat our closest rivals St Johnstone to suddenly somehow go 10pts clear! We responded by promptly losing our next three to ensure a thrilling run-in...

Dec responded well to the pressure in the penultimate month of the season:



I thought I was stuffed when I got FMM'd here to fall to 2nd:



But St Johnstone totally bottled it with a couple of shocking defeats down the stretch. God bless QOTS!




And so I was left with another 1st vs 2nd match on the last day, and this time it mattered. I was 2pts ahead, so defeat would've left me in 2nd.



Well, we made it........

But, as has happened a couple of times in this save, this was definitely very tempting to throw the game. The SPL was gonna be a massive step up for the team and Dec. I was worried (and didn't help myself by promptly accidentally clearing my shortlist in the off-season!).


But anyway - for now, we toast our success!







Leaving us on 66 goal-miles overall - the sporting equivalent of no-man's land......





NEXT TIME: Can McFadyen manage to grab himself enough goals so that I can get a move? Will I even need to, or can Gretna grab an unlikely fourth title in a row?!

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Nice season and good luck in the SPL. At the least hopefully you can get more mileage in to give you some options further North.

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