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Career "Goal a Mile" challenge - S22, Weston-super-mare, VNS

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Many thanks @Paul186 @broodje kip@Kaneganand @to_madeira. @FuddledFox, i have a feeling you don't want Cock Bridge too close to Biffins Bridge, but i don't know what you people get up to in Gloucestershire...

A few games this morning - the Betfred campaign is over...

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And our league campaign got off to a bad start, despite attendance increasing from 900ish to about 4.5k!

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No worries, we won the second game well, with Josh bagging his 4th of the season:

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This notification popped up this morning, which i think says it all...

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Hopefully that trend will go in the opposite direction today!

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3 minutes ago, Mr Tree said:

This notification popped up this morning, which i think says it all...

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Hopefully that trend will go in the opposite direction today!

That’s a bad thing mate! Should’ve increased it a lot more.

 

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Going quite well. Josh did pick up a red, but the lads had his back...

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And we went top after another fruitful visit to East Fife

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I was starting to make a name for myself - but i didn't have quite enough mileage yet:

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I think I've got screen recording sorted too - here's a pair of screamers from my win at Peterhead (hopefully!)

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Cheers @Shector! I'm not quite gonna emulate you, it seems, but i am smashing some teams in between frustrating losses. Here's the league table at halfway:

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Most goals scored, least conceded, 9pts behind first :(

Joshy is doing alright:

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2 hours ago, Mr Tree said:

Cheers @Shector! I'm not quite gonna emulate you, it seems, but i am smashing some teams in between frustrating losses. Here's the league table at halfway:

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Most goals scored, least conceded, 9pts behind first :(

Joshy is doing alright:

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Still easily win the league from that position just need a run of games. Although how Inverness are in L1, they're a premiership team or championship at worst! 

Playoffs are there if anything although the step up is fairly big I've found out! 

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A million miles from Elgin, Italy were crowned world champions:

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Meanwhile Josh keeps banging them in:

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So that's 70 miles in total, so hopefully by the end of next season, some of those clubs in the middle of the country will be in range. If Josh doesn't mess it up and get too big for his boots in the meantime.......

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3 hours ago, Paul186 said:

Hopefully you don't promote and another season of easier competion to score more goals.

Sorted! 

I caught right up to them, but then the game injured half of my team so i fell away...

No disaster though:

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But in the playoff...

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From 3-0 up to losing 4-3, sums up my season pretty well i reckon! Dangerous but fragile...

Anyway, Josh ended up alright:

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Getting better and better! 

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"Several" means three here, apparently. With no space for the Player of the Year...

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Yep Josh's strike partner was frequently awesome too:

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But Allen had a 4-month injury so couldn't repeat last season's goalscoring exploits, and Hamer (cracking 18yo) got a two-month layoff, etc.

Anyway, Josh has earned us 80 miles now, and we look well set for a good season next year. Forgot to mention, sold a midfielder for £250k, so my financial picture is much more rosy now. I used the funds to get the staff to take exams - they all passed first time, which was a relief! 

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I sold Harris for another £300k, very good money for our level but maybe i should've resisted... i did some upgrading, especially goalkeeper, but instead of going for a dependable veteran i went for a 19yo with upside... again, maybe foolish :)

We had our best Betfred campaign, but couldn't get through as one of the best runners-up...

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We've been up and down in the league... We've had our moments:

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And this was brilliant - one of my lads' post-match reactions after we WON 5-0!!

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But we concede too many stupid goals, lose too many stupid games...

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And Josh only has 14 so far, so we're at 94 overall... Not far now, but we could do with a strong finish to the season...

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Got past the transfer window, still bobbing along, still 2nd and in the cup... just checked, home record is 10-1-1 and away record is 4-1-7 🤦‍♂️

Josh hasn't been as good as last season, but hopefully he's coming into some good confidence and form....

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1 hour ago, Mr Tree said:

Got past the transfer window, still bobbing along, still 2nd and in the cup... just checked, home record is 10-1-1 and away record is 4-1-7 🤦‍♂️

Josh hasn't been as good as last season, but hopefully he's coming into some good confidence and form....

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Funny how morton are my rivals also in the league above 😂 they're a pain! 

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10 hours ago, Shector said:

Funny how morton are my rivals also in the league above 😂 they're a pain! 

Indeed they are...

Only got a bit further - won a load in a row so then the game set about sabotaging me with various injuries, delightful...

One was Joshy himself, and i had to use my backup loanee striker for the first time - he took his opportunity!!

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So now we're in the last eight 😮

Josh out for three weeks :(

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Well, I'm just gonna dump this and run - it all fell apart, especially Josh, who went into a total funk. Maybe i should never have sold Harris... certainly, it seems there's holes in my "simple" 4-4-2, so i need to sort it out (damn). The worst of it is this doesn't help my rep so might be limiting future options. Just want to make my first leap now, but we're only on 99 miles...

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After a bit of a sulk, we got back on the bike. I had been considering anyway possibly using different tactics from the forum when i changed clubs, but it would probably go against the spirit of the general "own tactics" rule in a challenge, so...

I've put the tiniest ounce of effort in and pushed the full backs forward, in the style of my Liverpool / Trent challenge last season. Here it is, my patented 2-2-2-2-2 formation (or is it a three?) :

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Josh has a little mojo back too, banging in three free-kicks already and...

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*RAGE QUIT*

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Seems to have done the trick :D

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Although i did get new CB's and CM's, so can't be sure it's all down to the tactic... Long way to go too, but Josh has scored 9 (incl five free kicks), so we're getting close to a move now (maybe!!)

I needed to name a new captain, so i checked this and...

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F's?!?! Jesus... But yeah, this seems to fit with how we fell apart towards the end of last season...

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Many thanks @RichDand @Ian, always appreciated! 

We're still rolling at halfway - what a bizarre league table, the relegation battle begins at 4th!

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Josh has 19 for the season, so St Johnstone is within range - will we still be at Elgin by the end of the next update?!

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Airdrie didn't win their next 3 after the above and i did, so I'm streaking clear now :) Josh has slowed down a bit though :(

My new tactic allowed me to avenge last season's semi-final defeat...

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... before getting smashed in the next round:

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My "owe you one" didn't go to plan...

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Nice clean sweep on the youth awards:

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Hollman's a cracker:

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And McConnell is very young but has shown some useful flashes and bagged a couple of goals:

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Into the final stretch now, looks like we'll see the season out...

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Many thanks @ScottishFMMand @George Traistă! I guess my training facilities were far ahead of my youth facilities (cos i don't care about Elgin's youth), so they wouldn't let me go further. So i did a youth upgrade instead.

Anyway, we kept rolling and on March 15th, with 7 games left...

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It ended like this:

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...and, of course, my only defeat was to the team you can't see, bottom-placed Arbroath!

Airdrie were miles clear in second too. But they bottled it, and Partick went up. 

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Btw "several" members of the team was three, despite my dominance...

29 goals for Josh, good but could've been better. We can move 128 miles from Elgin now, so I'll be keeping a close eye on the job market! 

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Clean sweep :)

This was remarkable, too:

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I sold Hargreaves in January so he could pursue his dreams in Barnsley...

Manager profile after the first five seasons:

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I guess I've picked up a few English players, explaining the red mark. Turned down loads of jobs, hence loyalty of 20 - that'll probably change soon...

 

And finally, my bees won the Championship the previous season... but they went straight back down :(

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I checked and, yeah, losing your last 10 in a row won't help you beat the drop...

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You need to rack up a few 100s of miles and get down to west London and sort the 🐝 out pronto as 9 games without scoring is shameful.

I guess you must be itching to move on now so hopefully something within range turns up soon.

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1 hour ago, Mr Tree said:

Many thanks @ScottishFMMand @George Traistă! I guess my training facilities were far ahead of my youth facilities (cos i don't care about Elgin's youth), so they wouldn't let me go further. So i did a youth upgrade instead.

Anyway, we kept rolling and on March 15th, with 7 games left...

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It ended like this:

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...and, of course, my only defeat was to the team you can't see, bottom-placed Arbroath!

Airdrie were miles clear in second too. But they bottled it, and Partick went up. 

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Btw "several" members of the team was three, despite my dominance...

29 goals for Josh, good but could've been better. We can move 128 miles from Elgin now, so I'll be keeping a close eye on the job market! 

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Clean sweep :)

This was remarkable, too:

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I sold Hargreaves in January so he could pursue his dreams in Barnsley...

Manager profile after the first five seasons:

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I guess I've picked up a few English players, explaining the red mark. Turned down loads of jobs, hence loyalty of 20 - that'll probably change soon...

 

And finally, my bees won the Championship the previous season... but they went straight back down :(

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I checked and, yeah, losing your last 10 in a row won't help you beat the drop...

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Well done you must be delighted to finally get promoted 😊 will be gutted to see a fellow Elgin manager move on but interested to see where you go next 😁

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Arbroath was the place we used to take our trawler to so we could paint her and I’m truly disgusted that you’ve left them off the league table image 😡

In seriousness, you’ve done a fabulous job with a commanding league victory.

Brentford did shit though.

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Many thanks @FuddledFox @Shector @Ianand @Paul186 - always appreciated! 

I wanted to make some signings but anyone who would've been a real upgrade was unaffordable, apart from one cracking CM pick-up.

We were entertaining though, goals flying in at both ends:

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Alas, it wasn't Josh doing the damage:

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It was this kid:

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But Josh had done enough....

I wasn't sure but, as he'd nailed the amount, and given this is one of the greatest football kits I've ever seen...

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I'm a bit out to the east but there should be loads of clubs within range quickly, with the Forth Bridge helping us take a shortcut over the Firth of Forth.

They've even got a decent-looking option in-house:

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I haven't fully reviewed the squad yet so I'm not confirming his as my guy yet, but he may be...

We are one point from game-ending peril:

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But plenty of time (although the window has just closed, so any holes in the squad will be tricky to deal with!). Mind you, they expect promotion, so this could be hairy!

But that's the fun of it :)

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Nah @George Traistă, i love a good ramble, especially in beautiful Scotland :) it was decided (by me) that Google maps walking distance between the two stadiums would be the best way to measure it...

You are indeed right though - i had to get some free agents in, particularly a half-decent keeper and left wing-back.

I also got a striker, judging Rory to be a bit below-par. My recruitment was a bit risky though, due to his age...

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I do love a good target man though. Plus we're right in that middle of Scotland where there's loads of clubs... Raith Rovers is only 10 miles away, Cowdenbeath 17, Dunfermline 20, all in the right direction too (south west)... so hopefully i can get that far at least! 

Of course Rory is out-scoring him 🤦‍♂️

He has hit some form though:

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The other two there are Elgin loanees :)

And at least we've righted the ship, going 4-5-1 in 10 games so far since i arrived:

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Unfortunately those FA recruits are testing our benefactors' patience:

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What a transfer budget! There's a lot of deadwood in my reserves so hopefully January can be productive. 

A quick look at our lovely new home, btw:

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The Fifers had some fun in the 30's, 40's and 50's, but only three top-flight seasons since then, and those were all back in the 70's. Doubt I'll stay long enough to change that! 

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