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Career AFC Telford United - No Signings - VNN to Champions League -

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So......... after taking a short break from the game I've decided to return with a new challenge.

Not goals this time round, just a pure challenge.

Bring the worst ranked team in the English Leagues to Champions League glory.


Season 1 - Vanarama National League North

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Current situation

AFC Telford United currently site bottom of the pyramid after 36 games, 24th & 16 points adrift from safety in National League North.


I am fairly confident that in 10-12 seasons I could win the Champions League with any team in this game so to make it that little bit more challenging I will be implementing a no signing rule.

Everyone that plays for the club will either be current players, or youth team players that have come through the system.



The club aren't in too bad a situation with both training & youth currently sitting on 3 stars, not too shabby for a club in such a poor position.

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Not sure if they are as poor as their current situation may suggest as the board are expecting the club to attain a safe mid-league position.

Or do I have my work cut out for me to achieve such high expectations??

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Haven't been down this neck of the woods for a while so wasn't to sure what to expect.

Was hoping that a £10k value player would by my worst, not best.  But he is a full International (for the mighty Monserrat) so expectations on him will be high.

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Will update once I evaluate the players & decide on a formation.


I give myself 20 seasons but in reality I'd hope to do it in less, but to be honest I will be happy just to complete it before I get too bored or run out of seasons.


Lets go!!

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It's nice to pick entirely different challenges and not just the goal-scoring ones. And this is a great one 👍 goodluck!

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Small update after receiving my first batch of players from the youth team.


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Decided to promote most of them straight away.

Solid debut from both my young strikers. 

Need to offer them new contracts. Can hopefully keep them at the club for as long as possible. Especially if they carry on like this!!!

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Good to see the 10% growth on 3 of the boys and 9% growth on the other 2.

If they carry on like this they will be fire for sure!!




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Current set up, used a similar one before at this level and it seemed to work well.

Was using a too attacking one before and with one at the back conceded too many goals, especially late goals, costed us too many points.

Used this for the last 2 games and won them both so we have climbed from relegation zone to mid table.

Hopefully once they all adapt we can push on and aim for the play off spots, possibly even promotion but in all honesty I'll be happy to end mid table and not get sacked!

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1 hour ago, BatiGoal said:

It's nice to pick entirely different challenges and not just the goal-scoring ones. And this is a great one 👍 goodluck!

Yeah was looking for something different, this seems to fit the mould.

After posting I've noticed someone else is running a similar save.

Will be following his save closely. 


Needed something different to keep things fresh

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1 hour ago, StuartM said:

I like this, good luck mate. I keep thinking I should do something similar for a bit of fun

I tried the same thing a few years back but with only signing free transfers.

Was a fun save. But things were a bit easier then, this should be good challenge to see if I can adapt and overcome all the challenges that come my way.

So far we are doing ok, exceeding expectations if anything.

If i managed to get promoted 1st season I'd be delighted!!

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Season 1 update


Half way through the 1st season and we are exceeding expectations. 

If we carry this recent form on no reason why we can't be pushing for promotion come the end of the season 🤞

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Season 1 - Summary

After a poor start to the season which left our job in a precarious situation we managed to turn things around dramatically. 

We end up winning the league with 1 game to spare after a fantastic run of about 20 games without defeat.

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Fresh blood


Without doubt the introduction of some fresh blood changed our fortunes.

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Season 2 - Vanarama National League

After a fantastic season last year we find ourselves newly promoted to the Vanarama National League.

Not sure what to expect, will the standards be much higher or very much the same?

Hopefully the latter.


Some areas of concern, having lost 1 of my starting centre backs to retirement that leaves us with only 2.

My 2nd choice right wing back has also left the club leaving us with no back up.


Replacing these 2 positions will be essential if we hope to progress this year.

Praying for a good intake of youngesters to fill these positions.

Guarantee I get 16 goalkeepers and 5 strikers though, time will tell.

Anyway, on to Season 2 we roll.


Could lightning strike twice and we go back to back, time will tell

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Mid season (2) report

didn't get much from youth intake. Forgot to screenshot. Had 1 5 star gk and 1 5 star centre mid.

Not what I was hoping for but we are struggling by just fine. 

A rich run of form has seen us jump up to 2nd in the league.

Out of both cups but play the shags in them because don't have enough quality to focus on any other competition other tha  league.

Had to restart a game which I was winning 3-0 at half time after it crashed when I left the app to open a message.

Annoying how that bug still happens after all these years!!!!

Ended up drawing in the fixture but least we didn't lose.

Given our current position play offs has to be the aim.

Automatic promotion would be a dream but really think we'd struggle in league football at the moment. 

Anyway. See how we get on...

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Doing very nicely!

How are you managing at RWB? I can see that being one of the main difficulties with this type of challenge, when you have 9 or 10 positions sorted and just 1 or 2 just causing the pain.

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21 minutes ago, StuartM said:

Doing very nicely!

How are you managing at RWB? I can see that being one of the main difficulties with this type of challenge, when you have 9 or 10 positions sorted and just 1 or 2 just causing the pain.

Had to promote a grey from the reserves.

I've got a left back playing centre back for some games but it doesn't seem to make too much difference to be honest

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Season 2

What a season that was. 


And we're heading for league 2.

Could have been all the sweeter if it wasn't for a small blip at the beginning of April, those 2 losses killed out chances of winning the championship. 


Lads developed nice, sadly a few have developed a bit of an attitude too. 


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This challenge looks easier for u i dont think u need more than 7-8 seasons to win CL ..if u get good 2-3 winger midfielders and CDS. the goals scoring here is also insane..the 2 strikers of 5* rating are deadly and by the time they reach in PL they surely update to the max .. 

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4 hours ago, P.Rahul said:

This challenge looks easier for u i dont think u need more than 7-8 seasons to win CL ..if u get good 2-3 winger midfielders and CDS. the goals scoring here is also insane..the 2 strikers of 5* rating are deadly and by the time they reach in PL they surely update to the max .. 

Yes but keeping hold of the players is going to be the problem.

Chadwick is out of contract at the end of the coming season and at the moment he has no interest in signing a new contract.

Its showing 12k/week where as I can offer 1.5k max at the moment, cannot really afford to sell any players to bolster my wages either as my squad is stretched as it is.

But yes, I will be hoping for another few good players in this seasons youth intake.

Hopefully not all in the same position again.

Already had two 5 star goalkeepers come through, dont know why but the game just loves giving you keepers

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3 hours ago, Barcarakuten18 said:

Do u tweak the tactics based on the opponents or do u just plug and play. 

No never change, probably should be dont.

Settled on what works, changed my two strikers to AF from PF half way through the 1st season but havent changed anything since

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Season 3 - League 2

Absolutely flying again this season.

Must hit the wall soon.

Good chance my lead striker is leaving at the end of the season as its just about to turn new year and he still won't sign a need contract 🤬

If we can keep close to this form for the 2nd half of the season I can't see any reason why we won't bag another promotion.


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Smashing progress here mate.

My prediction is you get straight promotions to the Championship and then its a test of how even the squad is.

Good luck!

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I hope you are right.

Haven't really come up against a good team yet with my strongest team, so its hard to gauge how good they are.

Good enough for this level at least!!

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Season 3 - League 2 - Complete


Ended up being a pretty straight forward season.

Had a slow start but once we got going we were pretty much unstoppable!!


Got another decent batch of youngsters bled into the team and now my entire starting 11 have come through the youth system, with the exception of my right wing back, who was promoted from a grey as I had no other option due to lack of positions from the youth intake.

Top two up front were on fire again this year but suffered due to a few injuries.

Chadwick still managed to hit 38 even though he missed a couple of months due to injury.

But more importantly, he signed a new contract.

Wimbledon poached a young striker from the youth intake and we received £450k compensation, went straight into the wages and we were able to sign some of the lads up to longer contracts.


Final Table

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Top Scorers

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The Lads

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Season 4 - League 1

So far so good, we are in the mixer for promotion again!!!

Games are coming thick and fast as we have managed to get through the group stages in the Papa Johns & made the 3rd round of the FA Cup for the 1st time.

Hurting our performance in the league slightly as I am having to rotate teams, but we just don't have the quality in the 2nds yet.

Getting there slowly!!

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Youth Intake

We got another gem from the youth intake this year.

He's banging in the goals, looks very promising.

Good competition for the starting spots already, and will give us peace of mind if one of our top 2 strikers leave us, which one is very keen to do.

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Also received a very handy looking goalkeeper but farmed him out on loan.

If he develops well he might become 1st choice as out current number one wants out of the club.

Had offers around the 5 million mark for him, this kind out money would be very handy as it would aid in the facility development which we cannot afford currently.

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Season 4 - Leage 1 - Complete  

We are going up, say we are going up!!!!

Unbelievable scenes as we Complete a domestic double, bringing home the league title and the Papa John's trophy.

Major improvement defensively but still room for improvement. 

Again we had a youth player pinched but received £450k for him.

Sadly though some of the players I'd earmarked to have a breakout season next year have left.

One of them was the goalkeeper I spoke about in previous post. He looks like an absolute beast. He's 17 now, at a vanarama club, and valued at £2.2 million. 

They were only out on load with no clauses but they seem to have been snapped up regardless 🤷‍♂️🤬

Looking forward to testing ourself next season, will be a massive jump. But got confidence in the lads, they always perform on the big stage.

Starting to get annoyed with big clubs coming in and unsettling my players. What is the point in setting status to 'not for sale' when you set get weekly bids for them?

Yes it is for slightly more than I'd expect but still....


Good development in terms of players and staff as I managed to get them all gold now, although since, one has dropped back down to silver 😒


Still struggling to find a solid right wing back, hopefully this is the year we get one in the youth intake 🙏 


Onwards and upwards

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Season 5 - Championship

so far so good.

At the half way point we are in the mixer. Started slow so changed up the tactics. 

Lead to a revival but conceded too many goals so reverted back to original. 

Not scoring as many but getting the results.

Still a long way to go but surprised with how the squad are handling the step up.


Had to slow the save down a bit as things have got mad crazy at work.

Hopefully be in the Prem by end of the week

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Season 5 - Championship - Update


Massive game at the business end of the season.

Win this an surely automatic promotion is ours.

They did us over on our own patch earlier in the season so we will be looking for revenge.


Make or break time

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