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Career Geordie's UK Goal Challenge Attempt - Wales✅

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As the keen eyed among you may have seen I have commented on @FuddledFox's Germanic goal challenge career saying that I was trying to get my own goal challenge career off and running.

 

Not many of you were around back in 2018/9, but this is the challenge I updated from @BatiGoal's original trilogy as the goal totals were a little off in my mind. I attempted it a couple of times that season, getting close; being in the final England stage, but I couldn't quite get the numbers and then dropped off playing all together:

 

 

So hopefully, I'll be taking what I've learnt from the various completed challenges I've done this year and pushing my players to the limit of their goal scoring abilities.

 

Copypasta-ing from Foxy, here's a quick overview of the UK Goal Challenge

The challenge goes like this.

  • Break the record in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England for most goals in a season.
  • Start with no reputation so that needs to be built up in order to move clubs.
  • The challenge score is my best total from each nation so I can try and beat my own record each season I am in that league but I cannot go back to a league once I have moved on.

These are the records I need to beat and it’s only league goals that count.

  • Wales - 47 goals
  • Scotland - 52 goals
  • N. Ireland - 55 goals
  • England - 60 goals

There is a slight difference in the challenges as I have only included league goals, so only league goals count!

I have also made the challenge "slightly" harder for myself by adding an extra complication of making the decision league's leading goal scorer should be of that country!

  

I will be posting shortly (probably tomorrow) with my progress in Wales. But guesses as to which club and player are welcome and encouraged. 🤔

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Good luck with this Krispy.

I have no idea on the player you have chosen but I’m wondering if you have gone for Barry Town as your club choice because that’s who the current record holder played for.

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Good luck mate!

Id love if you were Carmarthen, my hometown, but they’ve fallen out of the top division so I’ll go for TNS. The player though I have no idea!

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PSNI is the place to be. Great place to groom your youngsters before moving to bigger job and buying them for pennies. Good luck! 

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19 hours ago, FuddledFox said:

Good luck with this Krispy.

I have no idea on the player you have chosen but I’m wondering if you have gone for Barry Town as your club choice because that’s who the current record holder played for.

I have not gone for Barry Town, good shout though. I looked at them but they just didn't tick the boxes for me.

 

18 hours ago, Rich said:

Good luck mate!

Id love if you were Carmarthen, my hometown, but they’ve fallen out of the top division so I’ll go for TNS. The player though I have no idea!

They have dropped out of the Cymru Premier you're correct.

 

17 hours ago, hhooo said:

PSNI is the place to be. Great place to groom your youngsters before moving to bigger job and buying them for pennies. Good luck! 

I have my eye on PSNI when I get to Northern Ireland definitely, they seem one of the strongest sides in the league for sure.

 

16 hours ago, DLC said:

Good luck!

Thanks

16 hours ago, broodje kip said:

Good luck mate!

Thanks

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Well I've kept you all in suspense for long enough...

 

The choice of club was actually harder than I thought it would be. I really wanted to use Cardiff Met Uni as I used them last time and they have the best training grounds by a mile, but their finances aren't great and with no reputation, it's harder to get the better players. Plus they are one of the few amateur clubs in the UK, which would cancel out the better training ground if they're only there every other day.

 

So I decided to go for TNS (I remember when they were Total Network Solutions, not The New Saints), for a couple of reasons.

  1. They've got the best finances in the league, them being secure.
  2. They're in the Euro cup so I fingers crossed I can build some reputation by beating some "bigger" sides in the early stages.
  3. They've got the player I want to use.

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So in terms of players, there's not that many Welsh strikers that are either for free/cheap, so my thoughts were to try and go to a club which has the best welsh striker already.

And TNS have Adam Roscrow, he's a player I used in my attempts previously so I know he can score goals and he's classed as one of my favourite positions a "forward" so can play up front and on the right wing as an IF if needed.

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His attributes are ok (he's only got the 1 red) and he's showing as "needing to play at a higher level to improve" but I don't know if that higher level is higher than the Welsh league, or AFC Wimbledon. I'd prefer a bit more pace and a bit higher shooting, but hopefully we can improve that over the course of the season.

 

Now to try and get the wage budget under control as it's currently in the red and get rid of the dross that is filling the current first team and reserves whilst replacing the outgoing players with better quality, on less wages...

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So season 1 is done, finally!

 

It was a struggle at times as I've commented elsewhere, Roscrow would go on a made run of scoring at least 2 every game for a month or so, then just fail to even have a shot for a couple of games. I have a feeling it's a tiredness/morale issue that we just can't track.

 

I ended up doing an almost complete squad rebuild over the season, mainly due to not being able to shift certain players for ages and then trying to keep the wage bill down.

Transfers

Spoiler

In:

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Out:

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The League and Cups

We won the league very comfortably, the cups less so but we managed to snag both of them as well.

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We did crash out of the Euro Cup at the Fourth Qualifying Round:

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So how did he do? Well it was touch and go up to the last few games, needing 5 goals from the last 4 league games, but he came through in the end pretty comfortably.

Spoiler

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Now it's just a case of building up my reputation up from local to try and get a job in Scotland. I'm guessing it'll be at a lower division and attempting to get promoted and then completing that stage of the challenge.

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Wow, that's a lot of goals from Roscrow. You're making me want to give Wales a try now! 😄 Looks like fun.

Hope a nice Scottish job opens up for you. I was thinking it would be hard to get a job there, but I was thinking at the top level - I guess it should be easy enough with a lower division job? Anyway will be fascinating to see where you land. Good luck mate!

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Yeah, Wales is fun. It's fairly easy to get players that are good enough to smash the league. But it's a pain to have to trawl through all the free transfers!

Roscrow seemed to have some awesome purple patches of goals scoring form, and he didn't have a single injury all season. Mainly due to me subbing him off when he got to 80% condition unless he hadn't scored yet.

And there was an annoying habit of me subbing him off when he'd scored two, within 5 minutes we'd get a penalty!

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Great season.

6 hours ago, geordiekrispy said:

And there was an annoying habit of me subbing him off when he'd scored two, within 5 minutes we'd get a penalty!

I feel your pain there as that always seems to happen to me as well!

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So after riding a relative high from last season, we managed to get some more slightly better fresh faces in to the squad, with a quite hefty transfer kitty of nearly 300k!

I knew that playing in all the European qualifying rounds would be tough on the squad as it was so small, so I maybe went a bit overboard, but the team report was still saying that I was missing depth in all positions...

Spoiler

Transfers In:

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Transfers Out:

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Roscrow started off really well, having a really good pre-season/euro qualifying, getting into double figures before we even started the season for real. Then this happened in mid-Sept:

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After that, he took ages to get back to full fitness due to the sheer amount of games that we were playing; league, Europe (spoilers!), the Nathanial MG Cup and the SPFL Trust Trophy, which meant we were playing 2 games a week pretty much every week.

 

Luckily my replacement Welsh strikers were fairly capable in filling in, don't let their attributes fool you;

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Here's our escapades in our European adventure:

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It didn't go well in the group stage though:

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Annoyingly the Ajax games were really close, Benfica decided to only turn up for the last 20 minutes when Nunez started smashing in the goals for fun and Man City I feel were playing with us in the first halves and then unleashed all hell in the second halves of our games against them.

 

We won the Nathaniel MG Cup again:

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So the keen eyed among you may have noticed that a lot of these screenshots were taken in February rather than at the end of the season, this is due to the Scottish Premiership teams all deciding to have a changing of the guard in terms of their managers, and so this lead to the Championship teams also following suit, and it trickling down to League 1.

Which meant a lot of applying for roles, with a lot of messages from the board and my Loyalty attribute taking a massive hit...

But it got me a 4 and a half hour drive up the M6

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Yes they're in League 1 currently, but are sitting in a good position to get promoted, hopefully automatically!

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So finally, we can see how Roscrow was doing;

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With TNS sitting pretty at the top of the league:

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And here's my manager profile and history too:

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So fingers crossed we can secure automatic promotion, then build the squad to push for promotion to the Premiership and have a good Scottish striker banging in the goals to get this stage underway properly!

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Great job mate, makes sense to take that job, looking forward to seeing how you go there. Will be interested in what you think of the difference in standard between Wales and the Scottish L1.

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Great job mate. Scotland will be a bit tougher, I feel. No doubt you'll smash it though. Keep it up. 👍

39 minutes ago, Rich said:

Good job in the best country in the UK mate, now on to Scotland and I’m sure you’ll do great. Good luck 👍

I think you'll find, it's the best country in the world! 😁

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1 hour ago, Dai_ said:

Great job mate. Scotland will be a bit tougher, I feel. No doubt you'll smash it though. Keep it up. 👍

I think you'll find, it's the best country in the world! 😁

I don’t know why I said UK, I thought straight after I posted why didn’t I say world 😂

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