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Career William Wallace's IALWTTT: done after six seasons!


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Hello here,

First of all, small presentation: I'm a Frenchman who's been around for many's a year, save the last two years, where I lost interest in the game, so was not very active here. The one career I'm proud of is this one:

So, now, 2021, I decided to buy FMM again, and after a small 2 years save with Monaco to get a grip on the game, I decided to start a challenge. In the previous FMM, I really liked to take the smallest team (like Maidenhead, Slough) through the promotion ladder and win the Champion's League without spending a penny in transfers. So, I saw IALWTTT and decided to try it on this year! Let's go!

As for the manager, here I am (yes, I'm French, and the Auld Alliance is vivid in my heart, also I really liked Scotland when I visited :P):

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A few days after the start, I applied for the job at FC Halifax and... here I am:

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I was happy to get a job in Vanarama League instead of a lower league!

The roster was already full of loans, so I had to unloan them (most of them dead wood) to get back the wage budget. I forgot to take a screenshot of my transfers that year, but it mainly consisted of free transfers and contract-ending players in the irish / scottish championship. Harsh to recruit when your reputation is so low...

After a rocky start (my tactics seems to need a lot of "relationships" to work properly), I managed to end the season 3rd (Chesterfield ended first and waaay out of reach), and after a playoff against Grimsby...

 

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We got promoted!!

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During the whole season, my players kept questioning my choices and blame the losses on my low reputation, to the point that they disrespected me. A struggle I had never experienced :'(

Luckily, I managed to win the FA trophy, which bumped my reputation a little, and helped with my relationships with the players!

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(Funny that Halifax wins over a team with a Spitfire on the crest :P).

As required here is my profile after the season ending:

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And here are a few statistics:

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And now on to the next season! Hoping to improve the staff and the facilities, ang get some decent players on loan... I'll also think about making more screenshots for you guys!

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On 30/12/2021 at 17:01, StuartM said:

Good start and bon chance!

Merci !

35 minutes ago, MikeF said:

Nice start!

 

17 minutes ago, Rich said:

Well done mate, great start 😁

Thanks ! The reputation boost helps me a lot during the second season, and it's been sailing smoothly until now... Hoping to post an update soon!

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Hey lads, new Year, new season (well, I hope next one will be sooner :P)!

This second season went smoothly, for multiple reasons:

- better reputation

- slightly better training facilities (yay, I got ONE 2-star young boy from my academy!), and silver badge staff

- tactic seems to be ok now.

- transfer budget + some players want to come to my club, here are my 2nd season transfers. Mostly freebies, plus one good attacker and 2 young guys. Cissé had a tremendous progression in my reserve team, he will surely be in my main team next year!!

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We got promoted very soon:

 

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Aaaand a bit later:

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I even went the whole championship unbeaten until... last day, will you believe it... :'( Well at the time, I was playing youngsters to get them used to my system. Here's the league table:

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As for FA Cup, we got properly destroyed by Tottenham on December... 

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Now here's how my lads performed. Holland is a very good free kick taker and corner kicker and brought some crucial points. Scrimshaw is highly inconsistent, and Shields is funny: with him, it's either nothing or a brace/treble... Cain has been very consistent (got him free from L'Pool), so... some club noticed him and I could not refuse the 2,3M!

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Here's my manager profile, reputation is slightly growing and my lads are fond of me hehe:

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Some other screenshots next.

My best score in my FMM history !

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Manager history and trophies:

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Once I got FMMed BIG TIME!

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Well, now I've got 2M to spend, and I've been able to improve my training / formation facilities just before the beginning of season3. Will I get some wonderkids haha? See you soon! :P

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Sooo, what happened during third season 2023/2024? You're about to find out!

Top transfers:

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As you can see, my two besties wanted out in the middle of the season  :'(

Enock Asante was a rejection from Liverpool, and Halifax shed some light on his abilities:

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Cédric Cissé was a newgen I bought for cheep in Africa, and was very promising:

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But I had gained enough fame to attract One man that helped a lot for the rest of the season:

Hélder Costa:

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I also used the generated cash to recruit two very fine newgen from Southampton and Lazio, Tyrone Ndiweni and Willian Kleina (who at 19 looks better than any of the strikers I've ever had!!)

Fixtures:

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We managed to get promoted but we let Huddersfield win the league after a long and tough last run.

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In the Cup we managed to win against Charlton! But got erased by Liverpool at the next turn...

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Manager profile:

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Aaand managed to be League 1 Manager of the Year:

 

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Now, onto season 4! How will my team and tactic react against tougher opposition?

At least, this time, I got a very fine youth income. The best I've had in this game!

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And here's a funny thing. I once got 3 of my Matt Smith (2 midfielders and a winger) on the field, I won't do that again because when I'd bark from the bench they's all turn their head at me, real nightmare :laugh:

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47 minutes ago, StuartM said:

Great season mate, can't believe you let that pesky Huddersfield finish above you though 🤣

I'm taking comfort in the fact that atm they are struggling way more than I am in the Championship :P

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Back for season 4, are you reeeeaaadyyy?

Transfers:

Out:

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Apart from the first one (he wanted to leave), the rest is either deadwood or disappointing young guys.

In:

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Campbell has been my go-to BBM for the last 2 FMM when playing mid-table teams, solid and constant. Gyökeres too, he helped me during a few saves a few years back. With Travers I finally get a decent GK, Gutiérrez is a wonderboy out of nowhere: believe me or not, he already had English citizenship, which helped a lot with the contract... Mari is a solid DC, Billing a solid CM, Rothwell an experienced DLP, all for free, I'm in!

Results:

So, what did we do? We secured promotion very early...

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...But we got overrun by Everton during the last matches, so no title this year... :(

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And Huddersfield got relegated haw haw :P

Manager:

Anyway, my reputation grew up, maybe thanks to that little piece of paper:

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And here's my current player profile:

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As asked, manager history:

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Misc.

Globally the team performed well. Two of my newgens made it up the scoring board (one from Lazio, other one from Southampton):

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Remember Hélder Costa? Player of the year! He still got it!

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So, what's it next? Premier League... This will be another challenge!! See you later boys :celebrate:

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Aaand I'm back! I must say that I have struggled a lot more during this season than the previous ones:

- difficulty to sell players

- difficulty to loan youngsters

- almost all Premier League teams have huge budgets (I mean even Watford had England / France Senior international players amongst their ranks...)

- *"çà_" Work permits to get newgens.

Anyway, enough ranting, that's not what I'm paid for am I? :D

Transfers:

Out (top):

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Well, Gutiérrez almost did not play for us. He looked promising but I could not spit at the money (+24M!). Jessup was a promising guy from Halifax Youth, but, hey, 14M... I also sold some players that had reached their top and did not have the Premier League level.

In (top):

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Well, here I fell for Ângelo, who I liked in another save. He had not grown that much, but hey, I like him.
Bought some solid people for the midfield and back (Palaversa, Koch, Nelson), and some promising newgens.

Results:

How did it go then?

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We managed to finish in the Europa League spots, which is what I had aimed for at the beginning of the season. It was very rough, a lot of losses during the first matches, until I won a Carabao fixture that kicked my team up. Not a bad start in the Prem' I believe!

Manager:

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Here are the mandatory screenshots:

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Misc:

One result I'm proud of though, first win away against a Big One:

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And the funny thing this year is that my reserve won more trophies than I did!!

They managed to finish first of their group:

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And above all they won the Papa John's Trophy!!! Which I have never won with the main team haha :laugh:

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Soo, let's go for Season 6! It's time for some tactical changes, time to face Europe, and time to earn some reputation! And here's something that will surely help me (thanks to World Cup 2026):

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I'm to manage Scotland!! A dream come true, for William Wallace 💪🏻💪🏻

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Aaand here we are for season 6!

After a fifth season spent struggling, I decided to keep my formation but to change some roles and tweak the tactic to give more freedom to my strikers / IF, as they are now mature enough to take decisions!

I also decided to only bring in a few players who would have the experience to hold the team in tough moments.

Transfers:

Out:

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I could not offload as much as I wanted, but I could use 3 players to bargain for much better players!

In:

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Brought in Zabarnyi to strengthen my defense, Kral my midfield, Oscar to have a proper creator / passer. I exchanged him for my Ibrahimovic regen who looked awesome but lacked a lot of speed which did not suit my tactic. Oscar proved to be the best DLP I've ever had in FM!

Brought in for free Luis Suarez (the Colombian one 😛) and Jeremie Boga, experienced players for my attack.

Results:

So... I decided to focus on cups (Carabao and Euro) to get finally get some proper reputation!

Carabao Cup:

Turned out nicely for this one: ✌

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Premier League:

When possible I used my main team, but my "second team" proved to be quite ok in the end, the younglings did the job! We went on early on a duel with City, but they had the decency to lose enough games to let me reach the 36th day and the final duel against them.. which I won ! 😃

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As you can see, I scored much more goals than last year:

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FA cup:

Well, FA cup was not a goal per se, but we ended up going against League / Championship teams until the final where we had a completely crazy match!!!

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EURO cup

For this one... Well, the group phase was smooth as hell, all 6 fixtures were a win !

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And then it was a decent path to final (Fenerbahce, Porto, Salzburg)... against Shakhtar. And damn, we smashed it!

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This season was just awesome, one of the hardest I've ever had. But a lot of rewards for my players:

Team rewards:

PFA Players' Player of the Year / Young player of the season / Player of the season, Mr. Ângelo:

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Three players in the Team of the year !

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Manager rewards:

Well, I did do well didn't I?

Manager of the year:

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Oh, and just after the Euro finals, I got this letter:

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I DID IT! 🎉🎉

Well, I'm rather happy with that because I was getting tired of this save (having only England loaded removes a lot of fun).

Here are the mandatory screenshots taken on May 28th, looks like I ended up with 926 points. That last season sure brought in a lot of' em!

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I hope you enjoyed William Wallace's trip to Halifax. My only regret is that I still haven't played Scotland's semi-finals in the UEFA Nations League B, and next year the Euro cup is due to take place in Wales and in Scotland! But it's time for a change, maybe a 1K challenge which I have never attempted because I'm not a "One player" guy. Maybe I'll give it a try :P

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