Football Manager 2013

Football Manager 2013

Alan Partridge Mar 2, 2013 @ 12:02am
Turning the Impossible into the Possible
So I started an unemployment challenge a couple of days ago (for around the 20th time, can't seem to stick to any one save in this version) and it took me a while to get into a job.

When the offer finally came, it took me to the Blue Square Bet South, the team in question being Dorchester. Middle of November was the time I joined them, and at that time when I clicked on the squad screen (as is always my first thing to check) I noticed one striking thing: of the 1st team squad, only 4 players WEREN'T injured for many weeks, some many months. I almost gave up there and then, i've never had quite that much bad luck when starting for a team, but after almost quitting and an opening game defeat to Tonbridge in the FA Trophy, I decided to knuckle down.

We lost the FA Trophy game by only 1-0, and considering i'd raided the Reserves and Under 18s to even be able to field a starting XI plus 5 Subs, I wasn't overly disappointed. Plus, looking on the bright side, we were out of that competition so I could simply focus on surviving the league.

After that first game defeat I rather panic-raided the free transfer market looking for some semi-decent players to replace the atrocious setup I had at my disposal, and some real gems turned up. First was a goalkeeper recommended by the clubs scout, Mirko Ranieri. At only 20 years old, the Italian has been something of a rock for us since signing, keeping 6 clean sheets in 9 games played, with an average rating of 7.10 - nice find indeed.

My main panic signings were in defence where this team are extremely shoddy. I signed 3 first team defenders, and all have been performing well. Dorchester do have one player worth using and that is Jamie Gleeson, and since this guy has played in the Premier League once upon a time, I suppose his class isn't a surprise. Average league rating of 7.20 proves his value.

The main issue for me still is the Striker position, the 'best' striker who was here already couldn't hit the proverbial barn door, so I brought in a guy called Mark Rawle. 33 years of age, he's scored 3 in 6 for us, and is averaging 7.09 in those 6 games.

I still would prefer a more reliable goalscorer and the wingers I brought in aren't particularly noteworthy, areas i'd like to strengthen given the money to do so in a season or two. Nevertheless, this team are now unbeaten in their last 9 games (since the FA Trophy defeat) and i'm playing a system a little foreign to me, something I thought up based on what players are available. We play a 5-2-3, 3 DC, 2 WB, 2 CM, AML+AMR and a single striker.

Here's hoping I can have some success in a game I was ready to quit on day one of the job! I hope someone might get some kind of inspiration from this if they are in a similar position of not being able to stick to any one game, or they feel like quitting.
Last edited by Alan Partridge; Mar 2, 2013 @ 12:15am
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STEELE Mar 2, 2013 @ 1:01am 
I always struggle tp stick to one save. Last game I stauck at was going back to 2008 probably, and i did about 25 seasons. Now i'm lucky to do 4. I like the challenge of creating my own team from scratch using editor and using the players that FM auto generates. In my 25 season game years ago, i took this team to champions league glory and was a premier league winning team.

I doubt I will ever recreate this but i'm about to start again and see if I can do the same again. I always wait for the final game update before I play. That way I know i;m playing the final version of the game ;)
Last edited by STEELE; Mar 2, 2013 @ 1:02am
Alan Partridge Mar 2, 2013 @ 1:12am 
Yeah, i've had a couple of 2-3 season games this term but nothing sticks :( hopefully Dorchester will :)
Matt Ladell Mar 2, 2013 @ 3:49am 
I've had the same problem so i decided to create a rangers career. You can build the team up to the SPL but i won it first season so there was nothing else to achieve. I'm still trying to find an english club that i can stick with, but can't find a decent one... I might try a team like Dorchester and see what happens :)
Alan Partridge Mar 2, 2013 @ 4:06am 
I started unemployed, Dorchester are the first team that'd take me :D

EDIT: Turns out this side do have a decent striker, one of the long term injuries when I joined, Sam Malsom. He's played in the Championship as well as at various other leagues. Rawle got injured and since then Malsom has proven his worth.
Last edited by Alan Partridge; Mar 2, 2013 @ 6:34am
Alan Partridge Mar 2, 2013 @ 7:37am 
One small criticism I have of this game is somehow opposing teams in this league get away with a lot of passing play that would pass off as Barcelona. Not sure how Bromley could manage such play but it's really irritating.
Alan Partridge Mar 2, 2013 @ 1:29pm 
Amazingly we remained unbeated since that first game defeat, with 2 games to go we were level on points at the top with Eastleigh, having beaten them a couple of games earlier, but their goal difference was far superior. Fortunately we scraped a win against Dover at the same time as Tonbridge beat Eastleigh, then we made it hard on ourselves, only grabbing an equaliser against Weston-super-Mare in the last 5 minutes, tense times, but we are now winners of the Blue Square South :D
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Date Posted: Mar 2, 2013 @ 12:02am
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