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With the release of Football Manager 2013 I have taken it upon myself to start a new career game and one I’d like to stick with. Over the last few careers I have cut them short because of different reasons – I’ve lost interest etc. but I’m going to try and keep this one going.

I wanted an “easy save” to start the game so indeed I have chosen Scottish Third Division side Rangers as my destination.

So, without further ado it’s time to introduce myself. I am “Shedender”, a young up and coming manager with aspiration for success with Rangers Football Club and I will stop at nothing to achieve success at Ibrox. I have chosen “Sunday League Experience” as I thought that would have been more realistic than starting as anything else.

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Managerial career:
http://i.imgur.com/9hkdM.png Rangers: 3 July 2012 - Present

Trophy cabinet:
http://i50.tinypic.com/30kapav.png Challenge Cup: 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15
http://i45.tinypic.com/sb1sgp.png Scottish Football League Third Division: 2012/13
http://i.imgur.com/uOdf4.png Scottish Football League Second Division: 2013/14
http://i.imgur.com/EO2po.png Scottish League Cup: 2013/14, 2014/15
http://i.imgur.com/0TB1w.png Scottish Cup: 2013/14
http://i.imgur.com/GyDNx.png Scottish Football League First Division: 2014/15
Good luck mateyyy! will obviously follow thiss
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Good Luck
Jordan Rhodes is a football genius
Thanks to both Dan and George, really do appreciate them lads.

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And now back to the career, this career is going to show you our two cup draws that were made on the same day. They're for the first rounds of the League Cup and Challenge Cup. I'd love to win the league as we're favourites but also I'd fancy a cup along the way too.

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Our first cup game of the season is against Second Division Queen of the South who visit Ibrox at the end of July.

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That's followed by a trip to New Bloomfield to face Airdrie in the Scottish League Cup first round. They're in the First Division so it'll be a very, very tough game.
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Our pre-season preperations had us playing five games, four away from home and just the one at Ibrox. Rangers travelled to Ross County, Stranraer, Dunfermline and Wigan while hosting America (Mex) at home. Things, didn't excatly go to plan as we couldn't even pick up a single morale boosting victory before our season starts with QotS in the Challenge Cup.

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I've also decided to add staff with only around thirteen being employed for the future. Then assistant manager McDowell couldn't agree to a new deal so I decided to let him go and replace him with former Walsall manager Money and I'm suprised he was willing to come to the club.

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I have two former Premier League players on my staff, former Southampton player Lundekvam has come in as a scout while former Norwich City striker Roberts is a coach.

Despite a rubbish pre-season, I am still confident we can have a successful season and get promotion from the Third Division.
Good luck with this!
Follow my career here!:

Conquering Britain!
i shall be keeping an eye on your game for handy tips as i have a gers game on the go too.
BOWC: Cheers mate.

Steveekay: Thanks bud, I’m expecting it to be tough to gain promotion.

At least one or two more updates could be expected today.
Poor pre season but I'm sure you will find a way to boost them during the season!
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It was a poor enough pre-season Dan but my assistant manager took charge of the games so I'm unsure whether he played our strongest side, or not.

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My first competitve month in charge of Rangers saw me take charge of six games, four at home and two away with four of them being cup games and the other two in the Scottish Football League Third Division and it's been a great month that ended with a monumental victory over SPL side Kilmarnock at Ibrox.

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The first fixture of the 2012/2013 season was a Challenge Cup first round encounter as Queen of the South visited Ibrox and were defeated in a "cupset". The Second Division side had taken the lead but former St. Johnstone man Sandaza levelled five minutes before the break before Zanetti won it - third division East Stirlingshire await in round two.

Another cup game followed as First Division Airdrie awaited in the first round of the League Cup and United were humbled thanks to a straight forward victory, the home crowd went quiet when Sandaza had given Rangers a twenty-fifth minute lead before former Hearts striker Kyle doubled the lead late on to set up a second round tie with Kilmarnock.

Our first league season in the Third Division was against East Stirling at Ibrox and a thirty seven thousand strong crowd saw a home victory as Templeton had put us into a seventh minute lead before the same man doubled the lead on twenty-nine minutes and then Ephraim, on loan from QPR until the end of next season added a third a minute later. East Stirlingshire did pull a goal back in the second half.

A trip to Hampden Park was up next to face Queen's Park and it was a tough fixture as the amateurs had took a shock lead before Sandaza made it 1-1 shortly after and then left winger Templeton had turned the game around, Queen's Park did have a goal controversially dismissed in the second period.

East Stirlingshire were our next opposition for the second time in three games and we went one better as Rangers struck four. Ephraim scored twice inbetween a Sandaza strike and attacking midfielder Shiels sealed the rout and a third round tie.

The final game of August was against Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock who visited Ibrox and a small crowed of just under eighteen thousand one hundred saw striker Sandaza give the "Teddy Bears" a tenth minute lead and then central defender Faure completed the "cupset" ten minutes from time, getting on the end of a corner.

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This is the league table after the opening month of the season - due to cup competitions, each team has only played two games. Peterhead, who we face next, lead the league and our one of three unbeaten sides along with ourselves and Elgin. Annan and Berwick are yet to pick up a point while Annan are yet to score.
Brilliant start to competitive football buddy but not more than i expected! you need to play annan or berwick soon and get plenty of goals there!
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You're right, Dan but unfortunately I don't face Annan or Berwich until October.

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I've made seven new signings ahead of Rangers going under a transfer embargo and I feel some of them are decent enough players who can do a job until the embargo is lifted next September. We can still sign players but they've to be under seventeen years of age.

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Zanetti is an excellent piece of business for a Third Division side while Herd and Ephraim have both joined on loan until the end of next season. Castelen could do a job on the right wing and I might give him his debut vs. Peterhead while Ilunga and Addo will be decent squad players.

You can check out the players profiles in the spoiler below.

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I've secured the Manager of the Month award while Templeton has won the Player of the Month who has scored three goals in six competitve games.
Those two loan deals will be fantastic for you this year! And now the transfer embargo is upon you maybe we can see you sign some younger stars who could still be about in a couple years for you
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They should be good quality to have on board Dan, I'm happy with the squad I've currently got and I hope we can cope until the transfer embargo gets lifted next September.

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As we embarked onto the second month of the season Rangers played six matches and suffered their first competitive defeat of the season in the third round of the League Cup to bitter rivals Celtic while entertaining non-league Huntly in the Scottish Cup. There was also four league games this month, three at home.

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Rangers' opening game of the month was against league leaders Peterhead as The Blue Toon visited Ibrox and suffered a four goals to one defeat. Central midfielder and former Hearts man Black opened the scoring before Sandaza doubled the lead. Summer signing Castelen added a third late in the first half before Cribari added a fourth on the hour mark.

Our next game was in the Challenge Cup third round as we faced Ayr of the Second Division and they were beat thanks to goals from Sandaza and a double from Northern Ireland international Shiels who netted his two in the second period.

A large crowd then welcomed Stirling Albion to Ibrox as Rangers secured their second 4-1 success of the month - Templeton, Sandaza, Castelen and Shiels on target.

Despite a goal from left back Wallace at Bishop Briggs, Rangers suffered their first dropped points of the season as Elgin City fought back to earn a draw.

Celtic then picked up an expected victory at Celtic Park as the Premier Division side secured a single goal victory.

And then the final game of the month saw Huntly travel to Glasgow for a second round Scottish Cup tie in front of little short of fifteen thousand, Black opened the scoring on twenty-eight minutes before Shiels slotted home a penalty just four minutes later and then the same man scored a second period penalty fifteen minutes from time.

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Annan Athletic remain rock bottom after the second month of the season as they're one of three teams yet to pick up a point - Montrose and Queen's Park the other two. Rangers lead the way at the top of the table due to scoring a goal more than Elgin following that 1-1 draw with Rangers.

Peterhead remain near the top of the table, The Blue Toon are three points behind a point ahead of both Clyde and East Stirlingshire while Stirling and Berwich are sixth and seventh.
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Rangers' third month of the season saw the Glaswegians play four league matches and scored sixteen times in the process while conceding three. The game against Clyde saw us pick up our first clean sheet of the season. We secured a penalty victory over Dunfermline as we advanced to the final of the Challenge Cup.

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A trip to the Rangers of Berwick started the October month as we picked up another victory on the march for promotion. Attacking midfielder Shiels opened the scoring in the tenth minute before Zanetti doubled the lead just before the hour mark and then an own goal sealed the victory at Shielfield Park.

The Challenge Cup semi final was up next against first division side Dunfermline at East End Park and despite falling behind we levelled through a Black penalty on thirty-nine minutes. Ilunga was dismissed in the first minute of second half stoppage time for two yellow cards and he was followed by Black who was also sent off in added time of extra time.

Thirty seven thousand, two hundred and twenty six spectators welcomed Clyde to Ibrox as Rangers secured a two goal victory and their first clean sheet of the season as Ephraim and Templeton netted in the second half.

We then travelled to the bottom club and secured a big victory, a fluke goal from Argyriou sent us on our way to victory and then winger Templeton added a second just before half time. On fifty-seven minutes Shiels added a third before Sandaza added a fourth and then a second goal from Templeton completed the scoring.

Ochilview Park was the next destination as we played East Stirlingshire to finish the month, striker Sandaza got us off to a dream start in the second minute but The Shire levelled from the spot before Zanetti had restored the lead just before half time and then Shiels slotted home a penalty to give us a 3-1 half time lead. Sandaza scored his second and Rangers' fourth early in the second half before Templeton and Shiels completed the rout.

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We are starting to get away from the pack at the top as an excellent month has seen us move six points clear at the top ahead of Peterhead who moved in the second ahead of Elgin City on goal difference. Annan Athletic remain bottom of the table as they're still without a win in the league this season, conceding twenty goals and scoring twice, they're five points behind Montrose. Clyde have leapfrogged East Stirlingshire following The Shire's hiding against Rangers.
Good to see you start a game as the Teddy Bears, dude . Solid start you have made as well. Unlucky about the Celtic score, was it a close game?

Also, what state are the clubs finances in when you start? Getting the game on Thursday so I'll be starting a new save as Rangers then.

Keep it up though!
By Charlie M | Permalink | On 06 November 2012 - 20:51 PM
Good to see you start a game as the Teddy Bears, dude . Solid start you have made as well. Unlucky about the Celtic score, was it a close game?

Also, what state are the clubs finances in when you start? Getting the game on Thursday so I'll be starting a new save as Rangers then.

Keep it up though!

Who else could I have started with?

The Celtic game was incredibly close, as I got beat with a goal two minutes before half time from Hooper before Cribari was dismissed in the second half. Celtic had 13 attempts at goal with 7 on target with 2 CCC’s while we had 9 shots and 5 on target but with no CCC’s. Was pretty close.

Shoot, I can’t remember what state the finances were in when I started but I think they’re good enough for a Third Division side. You going to start a Rangers career on here, mate? The more the merrier and all that.
By Shedender | Permalink | On 07 November 2012 - 08:31 AM
Who else could I have started with?

The Celtic game was incredibly close, as I got beat with a goal two minutes before half time from Hooper before Cribari was dismissed in the second half. Celtic had 13 attempts at goal with 7 on target with 2 CCC’s while we had 9 shots and 5 on target but with no CCC’s. Was pretty close.

Shoot, I can’t remember what state the finances were in when I started but I think they’re good enough for a Third Division side. You going to start a Rangers career on here, mate? The more the merrier and all that.


Haha I never start an FM game with any other club. I think I'll use the realistic web teplate guide though so mines will differ from yours as much as possible so folk don't feel like they are readig the same story twice! I'll start it tomorrow I think.

Maybe next time you'll beat Celtic!
Those loan signings look incredible, are they possible basically due to rep? Quality stuff mate
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By Charlie M | Permalink | On 07 November 2012 - 09:01 AM
Haha I never start an FM game with any other club. I think I'll use the realistic web teplate guide though so mines will differ from yours as much as possible so folk don't feel like they are readig the same story twice! I'll start it tomorrow I think.

Maybe next time you'll beat Celtic!

Once it was announced that Rangers had been demoted to division three I vowed that I would start with them and wouldn’t quit until we won the Scottish Premier League and put in a quality European run together and that will take years, which is good.

I’m looking forward to your career mate. I do enjoy the web-based stories so I’ve no doubt it’ll be a good read. Your career would be different anyway as I’m sure you would sign different players, use a different formation and your fixtures would be in a different order to mine.

If we’re drawn at home, I’ve no doubt we’ll beat Celtic.

By KEZ_7 | Permalink | On 07 November 2012 - 09:17 AM
Those loan signings look incredible, are they possible basically due to rep? Quality stuff mate

Hmm, I’d say so mate. I’m not sure what Rangers’ rep is. They’re only to fill the squad up but they do a job when called upon.
By Shedender | Permalink | On 07 November 2012 - 11:56 AM
Once it was announced that Rangers had been demoted to division three I vowed that I would start with them and wouldn’t quit until we won the Scottish Premier League and put in a quality European run together and that will take years, which is good.

I’m looking forward to your career mate. I do enjoy the web-based stories so I’ve no doubt it’ll be a good read. Your career would be different anyway as I’m sure you would sign different players, use a different formation and your fixtures would be in a different order to mine.

If we’re drawn at home, I’ve no doubt we’ll beat Celtic.


Yeah same here mate, I would have thought that A LOT of FM'ers would have seen that as a good challenge idea. We do it more to see our beloved club restored to the glory days! That's what my aim will be also, dominating Scottish football again and CL Group Stage participation. Your looking at a good 6-7 years maybe to get that far, maybe more!

I'll definitely be following yours as usual.
Very good signings But tad unrealistic to see players like Zanetti going to third division team tho Good luck for rest of the season.
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By Charlie M | Permalink | On 07 November 2012 - 12:42 PM
Yeah same here mate, I would have thought that A LOT of FM'ers would have seen that as a good challenge idea. We do it more to see our beloved club restored to the glory days! That's what my aim will be also, dominating Scottish football again and CL Group Stage participation. Your looking at a good 6-7 years maybe to get that far, maybe more!

I'll definitely be following yours as usual.

I'm aiming for at least a decade to become a force in Europe, that's if I can achieve back-to-back-to-back promotions to the SPL in consecutive seasons - then, it's achieving survival in the top flight before I make a European burst.

By Johno | Permalink | On 08 November 2012 - 08:31 AM
Very good signings But tad unrealistic to see players like Zanetti going to third division team tho Good luck for rest of the season.

Cheers bud. Hmm, you could say Shiels, Templeton, Black and perhaps Cribari who all signed in real life could be considered "unrealistic" signings but I do get your point mate. Thank you for commenting though.
Great start mate keep it up
Jordan Rhodes is a football genius
By George14brfc | Permalink | On 08 November 2012 - 21:40 PM
Great start mate keep it up

Cheers George. I’ve not been surprised by the start as it’s been expected. With the squad we have, I expected us to be top of the table and playing some good football, only downside is though is that I can’t seem to keep a clean sheet for love nor money – ach well, adds to the “entertainment” value.

I have still been playing the game and have this evening completed November and it’ll be posted sometime tomorrow.
By Shedender | Permalink | On 08 November 2012 - 21:58 PM
Cheers George. I’ve not been surprised by the start as it’s been expected. With the squad we have, I expected us to be top of the table and playing some good football, only downside is though is that I can’t seem to keep a clean sheet for love nor money – ach well, adds to the “entertainment” value.

I have still been playing the game and have this evening completed November and it’ll be posted sometime tomorrow.


That sucks about the clean sheets mate, but as you say, the fans are being treated to exciting matches I suppose! Look forward to seeing how you get on in November.
By Charlie M | Permalink | On 09 November 2012 - 09:53 AM
That sucks about the clean sheets mate, but as you say, the fans are being treated to exciting matches I suppose! Look forward to seeing how you get on in November.

I’d still like more clean sheets though. I believe I’ve only got the one in the third division to date, vs. Clyde.
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November saw Rangers enterain in six matches as they secured their first trophy of the season as a second half goal from Sandaza saw Rangers lift the Challenge Cup at the expense of East Fife. Twenty goals were scored by the third division leaders while clean sheets were still an issue, conceding six times.

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Clachnacuddin in the Scottish Cup third round started November as the Gers eased to the fourth round as goals from Castelen, Templeton, Wallace and Gasparotto saw off the non-league side.

The next game was again at Ibrox as Montrose were the visitors as Rangers secured another confortable victory, a 5-1 win thanks to five different scorers. Sandaza opened the scoring in the 20th minute before winger Templeton doubled the lead three minutes later, Shiels added a third just after the half hour before second half goals from Castelen and Zanetti completed the rout.

A third straight home game saw another home victory as a Shiels double, Templeton and Zanetti saw Queen's Park defeated in front of just over forty thousand fans.

Rangers' first cup final of the season was up next as East Fife were the opposition and the Challenge Cup headed to Ibrox thanks to a fifty-sixth minute winner from Sandaza.

The penultimate game of the month was away to Peterhead and Shiels' first minute goal got Rangers off to a dream start before subsitute McCulloch doubled the lead on nineteen.

And November ended with victory over Stirling Albion, a 4-2 victory saw both wingers Templeton and Castelen get on the score sheet before Sandaza added a third goal in the thirty-fifth minute and then defender Cribari finished the scoring early in the second half after the centre back headed home a corner.

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Early days but the league is Rangers' to lose as the Gers opened a twelve point lead at the top of the third division with Peterhead second, three points ahead of East Stirlingshire. Annan's victory over Stirling Albion saw them move from the bottom of the table to be replaced with Montrose. Clyde are just outside the top four on goal difference with Elgin just ahead of them, Queen's Park, Stirling and Berwick are seperated by just a point.

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Conformation of our victory in the Challenge Cup over East Fife at Hampden Park in front of fifty two thousand and sixty three spectators.
Doing extremely well buddy! great to get the first trophy under the belt too!
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By DanW19 | Permalink | On 10 November 2012 - 11:39 AM
Doing extremely well buddy! great to get the first trophy under the belt too!

Thanks pal. It's great to have won something so early on in my Rangers career, sadly I couldn't add the League Cup nor do I think I can add the Scottish Cup, but I will try. The league is ours to balls up too.

I can't wait for you to update yer career, hopefully it'll be soon.
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