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

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3/4 stage and after winning our last three, including beating the top two, we've hit the playoff spots:

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Still very tight though...

We also benefited from a kind draw, "upsetting" Aloha Athletic in the 5th round to reach the quarter final and...

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That, predictably, did not go well :D

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Arbroath had a run of 10 wins from 11 - i was the only team to stop them in that period, but that consistency was too much for me to live with:

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Very happy with 2nd though, after taking over 2nd-bottom after 8 games. 

We won 4-0 at Stranraer to make the second leg a formality, setting up a playoff final against Stirling. A hotly disputed injury-time penalty enraged the home fans:

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And we eased home from there, 3-0 in the second leg. 

Vassell got Player of the Year:

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And you can see there, he ended up with 16 goals...... Frustratingly, one short of Cowdenbeath, but hopefully we can expand our options quickly next season :)

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Many thanks @RichD @Ian and @Paul186! You're right @Shector, having backed myself into a corner, my stay at East Fife won't be a long one. However i could really do with bouncing one in off Vassell asap to put Cowdenbeath in range, and a couple more to get Dunfermline possible too...

For now, we plod on. Our Betfred group threw up a reunion! 

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"dreamland" :D

It was quite impressive though, especially missing a host of regular players:

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Yep, i went back and raided them a bit, but i was a little surprised that i was allowed to have so many of them. Wasn't there something in the rules about that? 

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(the third line)

Mind you maybe all loan restrictions have been turned off or something (not sthg i did deliberately!) - i noticed Elgin's squad had a lot of unfamiliar faces, so i looked and...

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Wtf?

Won 2 of 3 early in SFL1 but Vassell is not having fun, and i got whooped in the other match. 

Oh the world cup happened in the summer, a million miles from Fife - congratulations to Portugal for boring us all to death again! ;)

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A third of the way into the season, and i can't complain!!

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Vassell started poorly, and had a couple of weeks off after this, with his young colleagues thriving:

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But he's bounced back well and he's banged in 8 now as we keep rolling in the league. We used up our bad luck in getting knocked out of the Trust Trophy! 

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As for the overall challenge status...

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Too soon! "It's my dream to manage Plymouth one day, but right now I've got to focus on the task at hand. No further questions"...

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Still rolling in the league, no matter who scores against me...

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But i lost Vassell for a few weeks :(

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We survived by the skin of our teeth in the Scottish Cup:

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Before going on to upset one of the big boys in round 4:

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All the more impressive as, per below (screenshot taken afterwards, hence the L) they were on a 10-match winning streak prior!

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Awesome season so far mate! Hopefully Vassell will have bagged enough for you to move at the end of the season and with some silverware in tow! 

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Cheers @Shector - this tactic, at the very least, appears to destroy SFL1:

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Title sealed at the end of February with NINE games to spare :)

Unfortunately i couldn't get past my local rivals (although apparently their rivalry doesn't merit a mention in FMM), Raith Rovers, in the Scottish Cup:

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Unfortunately Vassell has struggled a little - only 5 more goals since we last checked in, so we're on 29 miles, with a cluster of clubs around 35-40... For now, we're stuck in the Firth of Forth in no man's land :( I'll have to try and take advantage of the next 9 games where results aren't vital - maybe some kamikaze attacking is needed...

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So yeah, smashed it:

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Managed to get a few more for Vassell:

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The stupid thing is, i could've chosen either of those other two guys - Lambert was my second-choice free transfer pick-up, and he was still available a few weeks after i grabbed Vassell. Ah well, it happens...

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So Isaac ends the season with us able to move 35 miles - we can reach Edinburgh, but we need a little luck...

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Started the new season decently, even reaching a holy grail...

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Qualification for the second round of the Betfred 😮

This was all too much for the boys in Elgin, who begged me to come back:

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But I've moved on man, and we're getting on alright in the Championship - Vassell has added 6 goals in the early going, and taking him off enabled me to pair my actual two best strikers together for a stirring comeback at Killie, who had a 100% record until this match...

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It was all going so well...

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At the halfway stage:

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And the very next game, we got an unbelievable win:

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(btw Jack Grealish is playing for St Johnstone :D )

But this Vassell mistake is proving catastrophic. Isaac got to 10 goals (45 miles in total), which puts us around here:

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Which, as you can see, is problematic. And he hasn't scored since the start of November, so we're a little stuck.

The red marker to the right of the line (where we can reach) is Livingston, who are the one team you can't see in the league table above (i.e. they are bottom). Their boss is apparently very insecure, so if you see him, maybe give him a sincere compliment and a smile, ok?

Really need him to get sacked asap (so i can wheel and deal in January).

All my own fault - i had a chance to jump to Alloa last season, but turned it down cos i thought it was too west, not south enough (same problem with Falkirk now). I'm not very strategic :D Will need a few good seasons to catch up, but this tactic does look like it'll be useful with the right players, so there's still a long way to go...

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Well...

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and...

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cos...

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while...

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and...

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!!!

Also...

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You'll note, they finished bottom. They lost six in a row in January! God knows what they want, but positive results during the off-season is a big ask.......

 

Anyway what about meeeeee?!

I'm stuck on 50 for isaac, which just about gets me to Clyde but not quite Airdrie.

But, we could all collectively forget i pinned my nail to that mast, and accept Zander Lambert as our real hero all along? He's somehow scored 68 in the same timeframe, despite not having penalties and free kicks. He's young, so he might have a chance of performing in the SPL. We're 35 away from Queen of the South, 38 away from Annan (though they might've got relegated i think), or 55 away from Carlisle, as it stands. 

Shall we stay and see how the Fife get on in the SPL? Or should i stick with my original designated striker and look for a move asap? Any opinions? 

Edited by Mr Tree

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So, been working today, but gonna catch a train in 3hrs and I'll have some time to progress... I'll make my mind up for the journey! 

I'm inclined to keep going with Lambert, although i might jump if Clyde pop up by chance... i think Lambert isn't a big "cheat" really, although slightly immoral and covering up my foolishness...

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I started the next season, but it was clear it was gonna be tough with an overmatched squad...

Although i did get an incredible youth class 😮

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But then... that's the beauty of "Goal a mile" - who would have seen this coming? 

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A touch more south than Livingston... a pretty inefficient move, and a bit of a shame to be hanging round the Scottish lower leagues still...

But I've got a full summer to work with, so hopefully i can find a star....

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Cheers @Paul186!

They only had 14 players when i arrived! And no staff! But we had 50k in the bank... except i kinda foolishly (again!) jumped in and asked for better Training facilities, which cost me all my 50k!

Our new home is so vast and wonderful that it appears there is not a photo on the internet that can capture all its beauty in one. Here's a glimpse:

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We filled the squad up with frees and loans and away we went - although fortunately, we had a half-decent striker already:

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He already had one goal when i joined:

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But he and the lads showed what they're capable of in our second league game together:

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And despite an annoying injury:

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We've been rolling:

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Even advancing in the cup with a battling win at League One opposition:

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It's 68 miles to Queen of the South from here, or 85 to Carlisle. Let's hope Lee can get us there quickly! 

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41 minutes ago, Mr Tree said:

Cheers @Paul186!

They only had 14 players when i arrived! And no staff! But we had 50k in the bank... except i kinda foolishly (again!) jumped in and asked for better Training facilities, which cost me all my 50k!

Our new home is so vast and wonderful that it appears there is not a photo on the internet that can capture all its beauty in one. Here's a glimpse:

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We filled the squad up with frees and loans and away we went - although fortunately, we had a half-decent striker already:

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He already had one goal when i joined:

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But he and the lads showed what they're capable of in our second league game together:

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And despite an annoying injury:

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We've been rolling:

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Even advancing in the cup with a battling win at League One opposition:

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It's 68 miles to Queen of the South from here, or 85 to Carlisle. Let's hope Lee can get us there quickly! 

McFadzean looks like a baller for that level! Hopefully that injury isn't a sign of things to come and he can stay fit. Good luck dude

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Cheers @Shector!

I forgot to mention two absurdities:

1/ Roy Keane was the coach i brought in. Can you imagine?! :D

2/ the Rose's most famous past player appears to be... the recently departed Sean Connery! According to the BBC: there was one reference in the Dalkeith Advertiser from 1951 that described him scoring "with a 30-yard shot in a 3-1 defeat by Broxburn Athletic".

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You can see above, my only real competitors at the top were Edinburgh City... So when i did this to them, it was clear where the title was going:

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Duly wrapped up with 3 games to spare:

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Meanwhile i was having some fun in the cup, too...

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Before finally...

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The Fifers survived, btw:

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Goals galore in my squad, with 40 miles gained by the main man:

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So he took home the main award:

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Now to recruit well for League One and hopefully smash it again :)

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Early days, McFadzean got a 10-day injury that meant he missed 4 or 5 games, and two other strikers got injured leaving me a bit bare! So I've dropped a couple of games but I'm second, and when i visited the league leaders, i did this to their 100% record:

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Just had to give up for now and get on with "Life", but my "one last game" was this cracker. I was on a hiding to nothing, with two of my best players unavailable due to being on loan from Motherwell, one wing-back was away playing for Australia, and two other defenders got injured on the eve of the game.

Rather than bringing anyone back from loan, i stuck a 16yo in... and it wasn't a total disaster (obv), i still had 5 of my first-choice front six...

Didn't expect this though 😮

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Obviously Motherwell liked what they saw:

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...but that'd be a backward step at this point... McFadzean has notched 10 already, so we're bearing down on the border...

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Breaking clear at the halfway point:

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McFadzean went into a big sulk though after being praised for some good form, vomiting out four sixes in a row. So he had a couple of weeks off in the reserves to get over himself. Think he's on 17 for the season, not as much as I'd like...

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Cheers @smoggy90and @Paul186!

My old friends ended my cup run:

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But McFadzean was back on form in the league:

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And we sealed the title with five games to spare:

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Haven't had much chance to test it elsewhere but this tactic DEFINITELY kills SFL1 :D

He should still bang in the goals in the Championship, so hopefully England is not far away now...

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